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So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day's challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.

The Guardian Elite Survival Kit Is An Efficient Survival Package.

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/9/2017 to Preparedness
The Guardian Elite Survival Kit Is An Efficient Survival Package.
Prepare yourself for when disaster strikes, or you find yourself in an emergency situation.

I can’t help myself, I was born with two X chromosomes.

Posted by Pam Molloy on 1/23/2017 to Current Events
I can’t help myself, I was born with two X chromosomes.
I just want it ‘out there’ - for the record … I am NOT a nasty woman.

Honesty in Nutritional Labeling

Posted by Pam Molloy on 7/1/2016 to Current Events
Honesty in Nutritional Labeling
You simply have to love honesty!

Determining Which Generator Best Fits Your Needs

Posted by John Molloy on 6/27/2016 to Alternative Energy
Determining Which Generator Best Fits Your Needs

Generators are used in many different ways - as a supplement to or backup for an alternative energy system, in emergencies when power lines are down, on the ranch, construction site, campground, beach - anywhere we want to have power and land lines are not accessible.

Creamed Beets with Rice

Posted by Pam Molloy on 6/22/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Creamed Beets with Rice
You don't need a bunch of fancy ingredients to make ordinary food festive.

"Different" Baked Beans

Posted by Pam Molloy on 6/16/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Sometimes, a single ingredient can make a dish an exciting variation when the palate is exhausted.

Keeping Kids Occupied During Camping

Posted by Brock Cooper on 6/7/2016 to Tips on Tuesday
Keeping Kids Occupied During Camping
For adults, camping can be wonderful vacation, but for many children who are joined at the hip to their cell phones, game systems and general comforts of home, it can be closer to a waking nightmare. Here are some tips to keep your little ones occupied and interested on camping trips.

French Vanilla Mousseline Sauce

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/17/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
French Vanilla Mousseline Sauce
This sauce makes an excellent foundation for a mousseline sauce.
Any sauce may be made mousseline sauce by adding the whites of an egg, beaten stiff, to the sauce while hot.
For a could mousseline sauce add to any cold sauce one-quarter cup whipped cream.

Chocolate Bavarian Pudding

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/16/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Chocolate Bavarian Pudding
Chilled puddings are a great advantage to the busy housekeeper, as they may be prepared hours before needed, or the day before. There is no last minute hurrying in order to have something ready for a dessert course, and these are delicious in themselves.

Apple Rice Pudding

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/9/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Apple Rice Pudding
There are six varieties of pudding: steamed, boiled, baked, souffle´, chilled and frozen, Generally speaking, the most popular puddings are the baked, chilled, and souffle´ in the order given.

Hungarian Goulash

Posted by Pam Molloy on 5/1/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Hungarian Goulash
Soups, stews and casseroles are the best ways to "stretch" meat. Adding vegetables and pastas creates bulk that absorbs and blends with the flavor of the meat. This recipe was obviously used in the boarding house but can easily be cut in half or even quartered for today's smaller family.

Extra Energy is Simple

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/26/2016 to Tips on Tuesday
All you have to do is put some energy food into your diet to replace the lost energy source, blood sugar. Most of us are conditioned to think in terms of candy bars or some expensive energy bar but sticking to a high-protein, vitamin packed diet eliminates empty calories.

Who Buys Emergency Preparedness Trauma Kits?

Posted by Brock Cooper on 4/26/2016 to Preparedness
Who Buys Emergency Preparedness Trauma Kits?
One of the questions we get asked a lot about our large-scale first-aid kits is “who buys this stuff?” We have trauma kits for 1,000 people, 500 and for all different situations and most people can’t imagine who might need such a thing. They’re thinking about their little personal first-aid kit that’s in the car or home. It’s good for the occasional scrap or cut, but not for a major emergency.

Cost Free Calcium

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/19/2016 to Tips on Tuesday
Cost Free Calcium
Here is a cost-free way to add calcium to the diet.

Pear Custard Pudding

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/16/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Pear Custard Pudding
Pears have long been considered the aristocrat of fruits. Monarchs grew them in secluded gardens. The names of some of the leading varieties, "Beurre D'Anjou" and "Doyenne Du Comice", suggest their royal origin. Only of recent years and in the rich orchard lands of the Pacific Coast have they been produced commercially in quantities to permit their being a regular part of the family diet. Because of their mildness and sugar-sweetness they can be eaten freely both by children and adults. They contain Vitamins A, B, and C and such minerals as calcium, phosphorous, iron and copper. Unless you plan to eat them immediately, pears should be purchased when slightly under-ripe. They will ripen to perfection at ordinary living room temperature.

This Pear Custard Pudding Recipe from the Great Depression works quite well with canned pears.

Fresh Pear Salads

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/15/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Fresh Pear Salads

Ripe Pears Add Freshness to Any Meal

A prominent nutritionist who has made a special study of fall and winter pears says: "The pear add minerals ... especially alkaline ones; it provides bulk; it dilutes the caloric value of an otherwise too concentrated diet. Pears will contribute pectin and uronic acid necessary in overcoming abnormal conditions in the stomach and intestine and help to overcome toxins"
"Pears are adaptable to many food purposes. One never tires of them. They add freshness and zest to any meal!"
Did you know that RIPE pears have a gentle laxative effect upon the system?
For complete satisfaction ... be sure they are ripe.

Fresh pears are preferable but canned pear halves can be substituted in these salad recipes with satisfactory results.

Baked Fresh Pears

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/14/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Baked Fresh Pears
It is economy  to bake a quantity at one time, and keep in icebox or cool place using as needed. Either recipe will remain delicious a week or more.

Shortcake Served with Fresh Pears or Canned Fruit

Posted by Pam on 4/13/2016 to Cooking
Shortcake Served with Fresh Pears or Canned Fruit
When using pears in short cake, either fresh or canned pears may be used and should be chilled before use.
The body of a green pear is hard or very firm. They are good for baking, cooking, stewing, canning, etc. , but not ready for eating fresh or using in salads. The color of a ripe pear usually turns from green to yellow. The body of a ripe pear is tender and yielding. When ripe, pears are best chilled before serving.

Fresh Pear Turnovers

Posted by Pam on 4/12/2016 to Cooking
Fresh Pear Turnovers
Test for Ripeness!
These simple rules will insure all your purchases of pears developing superlative eating quality. A rich, tender, deliciously flavored juicy pear - luscious for eating fresh out of hand, with a spoon, pear slicer, or fruit knife, or for making novel salads and for adding to fruit cups, is in itself a tasty treat when these directions are followed.

Pear Turnovers make a dainty, delicious pastry for your Ladies Tea.

Pears "For Every Day of the Week"

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/11/2016 to Cooking
Pears
This pamphlet was distributed by:

Oregon-Washington-California
Pear Bureau
Department Y
Hood River, Oregon
Copyright 1942

Mock Duck with Vegetable Dressing

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/8/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Mock Duck with Vegetable Dressing
This beef recipe, disguised to resemble duck, was a special occasion dish for the family or one that was served to adults at a dinner party.

Farina Dumplings

Posted by Pam on 4/6/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Farina Dumplings
These are very light and nourishing dumplings. Serve chicken fricassee in the middle of a large platter and make a border of the farina dumplings. Sprinkle the whole dish with very finely chopped parsley.

Politics is the Ultimate Game of Double Mindedness

Posted by Pam on 4/2/2016 to Current Events
Politics is the Ultimate Game of Double Mindedness
The front runner gets bashed for saying there should be consequences for breaking a law that doesn't, and never will again, exist.

News? This is such important news that we have to hear it over and over again? Why??

Regardless of your beliefs on abortion, this is a political issue with an agenda that has nothing to do with choice or life.

Hermits Recipe

Posted by Pam Molloy on 4/1/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Hermits Recipe
Hermits are a cake like cookie containing fruit with frosting.

Inactivity Causes Fatigue

Posted by Pam Molloy on 3/29/2016 to Tips on Tuesday
Fatigue is that overwhelming feeling of tiredness that warns us to rest and conserve our strength. Simple fatigue that follows continued activity can be relieved by lying down or taking a hot bath. Sometimes, however fatigue may plague a person who has done nothing to justify it.

Pea Roast with Carrot Sauce

Posted by Pam Molloy on 3/28/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Pea Roast with Carrot Sauce
Frozen peas are often chosen over canned peas for their flavor and texture. This recipe transforms those less desirable traits into a novel 'loaf'.

Corn Pudding

Posted by Pam Molloy on 3/27/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Corn Pudding
We think of pudding as a sweet dessert but 'back in the day' they were made with fruit, vegetables, bread and/or eggs. I might call this pudding more of a quiche.

German Pancakes

Posted by Pam on 3/24/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Sheila shared her grandmother's recipe for a German Pancake. I love that it gives the ingredient measurements by pan size. I had never thought about making one big pancake and cutting it like a pie to serve but what a FUN variation.  Although the blender was invented in 1922 not everyone in 1930 owned one. I suspect many a homemaker used a handmixer.

Spinach with Mushrooms

Posted by Pam Molloy on 3/22/2016
Spinach with Mushrooms
This recipe was used in the late spring and early summer. It was either an excuse for or an added bonus of taking a walk in the woods.

Horseradish Sauce for Beef Loaf

Posted by Pam on 3/8/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Horseradish Sauce for Beef Loaf
This is a great sauce to use with ground venison patties or meatloaf.

“Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose”

Posted by Pam Molloy on 3/3/2016 to Current Events
“Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose”
When you walk in to exercise your so-called "Civic Duty" and quite certain that your party's "manufactured choice" will save the day, remember what Mark Twain thought of the process:
“If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it.”

Potted Beef Balls

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/27/2016 to Recipes from the Great Depression
Potted Beef Balls
Otherwise called a meatloaf?
Meat had to be stretched in the 1930's as much or more than any other food. This recipe was apparently used for sandwiches in the lunches that Great-great-aunt Jess packed everyday for the miners.

Seeing Beyond Three Meals a Day - Recipes from the Great Depression

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/25/2016 to Cooking
Seeing Beyond Three Meals a Day - Recipes from the Great Depression

There is so much said about nutrition, the necessity of eating right for good mental and body functions. Most of us know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. Most of us know we should choose different snacks. Do we depend too much on the school cafeteria for proper nutrition for our children?

How in the world did they insure proper nutrition during the Great Depression?

Emergency Food Storage Comparisons Don't Tell The Whole Story

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/5/2016 to Cooking
Emergency Food Storage Comparisons Don't Tell The Whole Story
Emergency Food Storage Comparisons are extremely helpful when you are shopping for emergency food but can be misleading when the term 'year supply' is used. All One Year Supply food packages are not created equal and it's not just the calories or cost per serving that must be considered.

Another Resource for Practical Survival

Posted by Pam Molloy on 7/29/2015 to Preparedness
A collection of awesome survival sites to find the best survival information available on the web.

Invest in Futures [cartoon]

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/13/2015 to Current Events
My advice is to hedge your risky investments in the stock market, without leveraged instruments, in a diverse portfolio of commodities that you take possession of immediately for use in the future just in case unforeseen derivatives threaten volatile markets.

An Incredible Tool for the Sneaky Chef

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/10/2015 to Tips on Tuesday
Smoothie making is a fun activity that encourages consumption of healthy food by adding ingredients that might not be consumed alone.

Who Needs Emulsifying Agents?

Posted by Pam Molloy on 2/3/2015 to Tips on Tuesday
When making icy fruit treats and desserts, use an emulsifying agent to prevent large crystals.

Doesn't every Homestead have a goat?

Posted by Pam Molloy on 6/28/2013 to General Homesteading
Well, goats and small farms or homesteads do fit together well for multiple reasons. Goats are friendly, affectionate animals that are easy to work with.

Random Acts of Revolution

Posted by Pam Molloy on 6/6/2013 to Current Events



"Many people believe that revolution requires that they lead a march, stand in front of a crowd with a bullhorn, or form a militia. They feel like it’s a job for the Alex Joneses, the Adam Kokeshes,  the James Wesley Rawleses, and the Bradley Mannings of the world."
"They are wrong." ...
Daisy Luther over at The Organic Prepper, gives sound advice for rebelling without violence.