Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Where's the Beef?

Well, besides a desire to really beef about the new stimulus package and what that is really going to do for our economy, there will be very little beef in the following recipe.
First though, I would like to share something we found this morning in the Doctrine and Covenants, specifically Section 90:25-27. The counsel to serve the Lord was followed by finding upright men of means who could help in the work. And that when this was accomplished, they were to be wise in using the resources acquired which is what those verses refer to. There was a footnote on the commission to "Keep your families small" as that was a strange request. see Mosiah 4:26-27. In these verses we are commanded to repent and take care of those in need, but to do it in wisdom and in order as we are not asked to run faster than we have strength. A good reminder to not over schedule time each day. We all need a rest period each day to reflect, revive and rejuvenate. See what Brigham Young says about that in my very first post.

Okay, now to the recipe.

Meatball Stroganoff
1 cup cracked wheat or bulgar wheat soaked in 2 cups hot beef bullion or broth. 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/3 lb. hamburger 1 egg 1 T katsup 1 T. worcesteshire sauce 1/2 t. Lawry's seasoning salt
1 can cream of mushroom soup + 2 soup cans water 1 package onion soup mix 2 T. katsup 2 T. worcesteshire sauce 1 t. marjoram 1 t. basil 1 t. dill weed 1/2 cup sour cream

Combine meatball ingredients and mix well. Form 1 inch meatballs and place on greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine all sauce ingredients except sour cream in a large pot and heat over medium temp, stirring occasionally. Turn down temperature to low and stir in sour cream until blended well. Add hot meatballs and serve. Serves 8

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Goals.....

Aaaaawwww, aren't they cute? So soft, cuddly and tiny! They have nothing to do with this post, but I wanted a picture to share with you so I put up one of my paintings.

I had some good thoughts I wanted to share earlier, but they drifted away on the path that all good thoughts often go, getting lost among the tasks of the day, or, in my case in the fog of my I'll be so glad when my sinuses are healed. We set a goal this morning to read the scriptures together. I asked Kent when we should do this and he said we could read in the morning right after breakfast, and wouldn't you know it, we didn't do it! We have a serious family matter that has weighed heavily on my mind and that got in the way of my reminding him. I will get him to read though. Another goal we have is to stop being so negative. It's such a disease, and so non-productive! I'm sure that if we heard all the negative remarks about us, we would be totally crushed, so I think about that whenever an incident comes up that I'm thinking of sharing, or even a news story that irks me. And, while my inclination is to rant about what is going on in the U.S. today, it won't help, so I'm trying to learn to be pro-active. So let me ask you this, what are you doing to be prepared for what is coming with the economy and so forth? Are you planning a garden this year? Are you looking for ways to save money or cut back? What are you doing? Me, I will be going through the seed catalog and ordering seeds this week. I will be planting tomato seeds, and perhaps peppers and squash. I will be putting out pea seeds, in the garden, and maybe even some carrots and garlic.
Here's another recipe that I put together for a soup I was asked to make for our District Conference. It's very yummy if I do say so myself so give it a try!

Red Lentil and Wheat Berry Soup
2 c. cooked wheat berries - 1 c. dried red lentils,rinsed - 8 c. water
1 ham hock - 3 slices bacon, chopped - 1 onion, chopped - 1 large carrot, scrubbed or peeled, thinly sliced - 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms -
1 1/2 c. chopped celery - 3 c. chopped cabbage - 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes - 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce - 4 chicken bullion cubes
1 bay leaf - 1 T. cumin powder - 1/2 t. red chili flakes
Seasoning salt to taste - 1/2 t. pepper - 1 cooked potato, cubed

Saute bacon, onion, garlic, celery and cabbage in a large pot until veggies are tender. Combine the rest of the ingredients in the pot and simmer slowly, covered, until lentils are cooked. Remove ham hock and serve hot. Serves 10-12.
If you want you can add some Garam Masala for a nice East Indian flare. This is a nice, healthy soup without much meat that can be adapted to whatever your family preferences are. Enjoy!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wheat Berry Salad

Wonderful wheat! The delicious foods that can be created with it are amazing! And the nutrition factor is an added plus. Whole wheat has pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, B vitamins and E vitamins. Iron, potassium and magnesium are among the other health benefits of eating wheat.
You can sprout wheat for salads, grind it into flour for all sorts of goodies, including gluten that can be turned into mock meat. In this form it is almost a complete protein, lacking only lysine which can be made up by adding legumes, nuts, and vegetables. Cooking the wheat kernels gives you a plump wheat berry that can be used for breakfast cereal, salads, in soups and stews. Cracked wheat makes an easy and great extender for burger in meatloaf,meat balls, as well as taco filling.
You can save money by incorporating wheat into your weekly menu as well. Start by adding wheat slowly to your diet and you will feel better, save money, and also more fully follow the Word of Wisdom by learning to eat meat sparingly. Don't be afraid to experiment and Enjoy!
Here's a salad recipe that is really quite delicious.
Wheat Berry Salad

3 c. cooked wheat berries
3 sl. bacon cooked til crisp and crumbled
3/4 c. each chopped celery and grated carrot
1 c. chopped cabbage
I/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. each plain yogurt and mayonnaise
1/3 c. Craisins
1/2 t. course ground pepper
1 t. seasoning salt
1 T. honey

Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Chill and serve. Servings 8
You can change any veggies and use broccoli or cauliflower, chopped.

I will be adding more like this so check back on occasion. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Adding Links

Today I'm spending my free time (grandson is sleeping)adding links to my new blog. So take some time to check them out and see what wonderful things there are to find out there!

Isn't Emmett the cutest little fella?! His latest thing is to read everything to find the letters or numbers he recognizes and tell you what they are. He doesn't speak many words yet, but loves to tell you about letters and numbers. He will flip through the phone book, a dictionary, magazines, anything with print, to find large and easy to recognize letters. It's fun to see what he does each day.
Tomorrow I plan on sharing some of my Cooking with Wheat recipes I created for our Enrichment night this week. Why should we store and use wheat, stop by tomorrow and I will share that. Have a great day!

Monday, February 16, 2009

I’m starting this new blog as a way to not only track my daily activities in being more prepared spiritually and temporally, but also in hopes that anyone who stops by will be inspired to do better and be better themselves.
We, my husband and I, were in a roll over accident this weekend. We were on our way to go see his daughter at college. It was early, about 10 til 9 when, as we hit the top of the Iosepa exit overpass, the car started fish tailing. I told Kent to take his foot off the gas and brake and he tried steering into the way the car was turning but the car kept on sliding. As we followed the guard rail I kept thinking we would go through it, but we didn’t even touch it, just kept sliding down the hill until we reached the end of the rail and then the car plunged into the ditch and we rolled. Everything seemed to happen in slow motion. I could see things flying but didn’t know what they were and Kent was saying, “Oh no, oh no!” I know I was hit by flying stuff, but luckily neither one of us was badly injured when the car finally stopped rolling as it came to rest on the driver side. I was up in the air, thankfully my seatbelt had held fast, and I clung to the hand hold above my window as I braced myself with my feet on the floor of the car so I wouldn’t fall on Kent. We both started to panic as we didn’t know if the car would roll again. Kent started to go into shock, and rightfully so as he had been in a roll over on a dark night a year and a half ago when he hit a black cow that was down on the freeway. I think this incident must have been doubly frightening for him after that experience, but he was able to gain control and call 911. Thank goodness for cell phones by the way! Two young men stopped to see if we were okay. They tried to see if they could get us out, but it would have been hard to try and pull us up through my window, so they stayed with us until the trooper showed up. He was able to pull the back hatch open and I maneuvered both my seat and the back seat around enough to make an opening for us to crawl through. Believe it or not, the lap top I write this on was in the car and survived. We were put in an ambulance, and checked out, but they had to take off to another accident that happened just down the road. We saw later that in 3 counties there were reported over 190 accidents that day due to road conditions, and that didn’t even include Tooele County, where we were. Thankfully we survived relatively
unscathed, with just a minor bruise or sore spot here and there. The car is totalled, but we have full coverage on it so we should get a small amount for it. We were in our 03 Mitsubishi Outlander, which has been my favorite car ever. It was sturdy, had plently of room, and it protected us in the roll over. I feel that if we had been in the Aveo we would have had a much different outcome.
So now I’m exhausted, both mentally and physically. I had major sinus surgery 3 weeks ago, and I still am trying to recover from that. I can breathe much better, but am still having headaches and eye pain. This too shall pass, but right now I’m so scattered and tire easily. So what am I going to do about that? Well, first a change in diet. We eat fairly well nothing out of a box or pre-processed except for an occasional canned food such as tomatoes for sauces and such. We’ve been on a sausage gravy and bisquits kick, as well as much more beef than normal, and more thick gravies and hot dogs, burgers and so on. So, time to lighten up and lean up a bit. I also need to get walking and riding my exercise bike again, and stay away from sugar. Aaah, my down fall is cookies.
Another thing I need to do is not load up my day so much. I tend to put 20 things on my list, and of course, who in their right mind would really do that to themselves?? I heard someone say the other day that you should only have 3 things on your daily list, so prioritizing is important. I say do that, and if there’s time left over to add a couple more things great, otherwise let it go for today. Brigham Young said that you should sleep for 8 hours, work for 8 hours and the other 8 hours should be free time. I like that thought. Those 8 hours of free time would be good for courting my husband, writing letters to my family and friends, and developing any worthy interests I have or doing service for someone else.
So there you have it. A long start for this blog, I realize, but come back and see how this develops. We can share ideas on personal and home preparedness, self improvement, special things we’ve done or seen, but no fluff stuff. I don’t like the manufactured stories that circle the internet and will any before sharing. I won’t forward, the ”if you love Jesus you won’t be ashamed to pass this along” stuff either as that is making light of sacred feelings and experiences and I don’t believe in shaming anyone into sharing anything of a spiritual nature. Those thoughts and feelings are not to be shared lightly and prayerful consideration should be sought in deciding when and where to share if at all. I also don’t share pre set prayers, as we all have to communicate with God in our own way. We can ask that others say a prayer for so and so which I will gladly do.
So, have a good day, and come back again sometime.