"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Southwest Eggrolls!?!

We love spicy, southwest foods and so most of the foods we eat have a base of onions, garlic, jalapenos, rice, and beans. As we are still slowly recouping from a bout with the flu/cold/plague...I wanted to make something easy.

I had egg rolls on hand and pre-cooked ground beef- and an idea came forth!

garlic clove- minced
onion-diced up
jalapeno-diced up
lemon sliced
ground beef pre-cooked and seasoned
cheese(I had mozzarella on hand)
corn(mine was frozen)
pinto beans
egg rolls
chili powder

I took every one's order and made everyone their very own special egg rolls. Once I rolled all the egg rolls, I then fried them in lard, and served them up with Spanish rice and a homemade picante sauce.

Here is our quick and easy yummy dinner. I will make this again, although we do not eat many fried foods this was a lovey new recipe.

* Oh I had the egg rolls on hand because I was going to try and make something stir fry/Chinese food- because I wrote a post about the first meal I fixed Bill and it made me nostalgic.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday Thoughts

I have read the gloom and doom that so many are making over the food costs. I guess I haven't paid attention of late as I have been working for a while to maximize every product we purchase.

Here is an apple pie I made yesterday. Notice that I used an aluminum tin, as over last Thanksgiving my oldest brought a store bought pie home. I save everything. In fact I try and buy things that will be dual purpose for me. The container can be as worthwhile as the product.

The recipe is one that can be found anywhere, but the ingredients are the key here. I purchased the apples on sale, and these were some from last month(yes nearly 50 days old). After I washed and peeled and cored the apples. I made the pie. For the crust if I make a thin bottom crust and use a cookie cutter for the top I save and only have to make one crust.

But here is the best thing, I boil the skins and cores in a sauce pan filled with about 3 liters of water(equal to 1 1/2 cran juice containers). When I boiled off about a third of the water, I then strained the juice. I poured the juice in a juice bottle added 1/2 cup of sugar and the kids and I enjoyed apple juice! It was yummy! The only difference was that it looked pink, due to the skins. Oh and the peels I then gave to the chickens. So the apples are a great value in this home. The apples probably cost me $1.00.

Guess what I made with my first eggs that the hens gave us?? Banana bread!!!

This is another item that one can save on. The big chains cannot do this, but if you have a local grocer, you can sometimes buy the browning bananas. Friends these are perfect and with the markdown could be great savings.

Here is one more thing to mention, the prepared meals are costly and oftentimes less nutritious as there are many preservatives in them. The thing about meal management and stretching your money is planning and really maximizing all that the item has to offer.

Sunday I baked to whole fryer chickens and ended up with Sunday's dinner(1), homemade chicken noodle soup(2) for lunch, 3 more baggies filled for soups(5), and a meal of large breasts and pieces(6), I then boiled the bones with the veggies in the fridge, peelings(of carrots, potatoes,) garlic cloves, green onions that were looking like death, half a sliced tomato from dinner on Friday, and spices. I saved a pot full for the chicken noodle soup I had planned on making Monday, and the remainder I canned in 2~ 16 ounce jars. Then I took the strained veggies and bones- and put in the bucket for the hens. Boy they love bones!! Again it all was salvaged. Some things go into the compost too.

It is not a situation to take lightly, this stewardship of all we have been entrusted to. We must not ever consider that we are too wealthy or what not. It is now the time to address how we are living. I think that like the post I linked to on Pen of Jen, we are comparing ourselves to Christians here in the US, and do not see any flaws...but friends we are to compare our lifestyle to the Bible and standards set within.

Wealth and consumerism and lacksy daisy life of seeking pleasure are the norm where I live. The references to the Lord that I hear are OMG to leave it crudely. Our clothes, our homes, our temples are flamboyant and filled with the world not of Him. Please do not think that I am suggesting that one become a free living Hippie, but I do believe that one should really assess ones lives.

"What are we doing for Heavens sake?"

"Could another determine that you are a Christian from looking at you?"

Well that is all I have for now, as I have been fighting a spring cold for a few days, and it has hit full force. Time to rest.

Friday, May 16, 2008

This and That

Here's this:
Remember last post, where I described using the Mesquite branches for shade for the chicks? Well this pile was as high as the Mesquite bush behind it. Fire restrictions are high(of course) and to haul these off would be tedious. The pile is woven together like brambles. So as I looked out the window I thought what can we do with this? Slowly but surely I pull out a branch(poke myself in the process~sadly...ouch) and then weave it in the chicken wire. I love that it is low cost...NO cost and provides the chickens with the added shade.

And That:

Last night we had company over and served grilled chicken, Spanish rice, beans, cucumbers, salsa and several sides. My favorite easy meal from leftovers is using chicken and making chicken casserole enchiladas. We cooked about 20 or so legs and thighs last night, and this is what is leftover.

I first pick off all the good meat.
Then I cut it up into small pieces.
Then I take the corn tortillas and shred them. Spray the pan and place the corn tortillas on the bottom of the baking pan.

They will curl a bit and this is fine.
Cover the tortillas with with the chicken.

Shred the rest of the corn tortillas and cover the chicken.

Shake Hatch's Enchilada Sauce, open and cover. Then put on your favorite cheeses.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. This is such an easy meal to prepare and set in the fridge until the evening to heat up. I make the bean enchiladas the same way. Oh and if you do not have access to Hatch's Enchilada Sauce I am so sorry! As this is the most delightful sauce we have ever tasted. It is made here in New Mexico in Hatch of course!!