Caught off-guard, by another wildfire...

Friday, June 29, 2012
Believe it or not, our 72-hour-kits were pulled out once again today...we are getting far too much use out of them for my tastes...they are waiting by our car and will stay there through the night as we watch and wait because the canyon to our south is on fire - again.

Food Storage Recipe - Fast and Easy Hamburger Buns

This is a great recipe to have around.  We've used it alot with pulled pork sandwiches, and especially nice for us, it's dairy-free.

These mix up fast and only rise for a few minutes before being baked. 

2 Tbsp yeast (I use instant)
1 c warm water
1/3 c olive oil
1/4 c sugar
1 egg (I use powdered, so 1 Tbsp powdered egg + 2 Tbsp water)
1 tsp salt
2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 425F.

Combine yeast, water, oil and sugar in a bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until soft dough forms.  (Add up to 1/4 c extra wheat flour if needed.)  Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.  Divide dough into 8 pieces.  Shape each into a ball and then flatten to a disc about 4 inches in diameter.  Place on baking sheet, cover lightly with towel, and let rise for 10 minutes (or more).  Bake for 10-12 minutes; remove to cooling rack.

[The ones in the picture above were made with all AP flour because I ran out of wheat that afternoon and didn't want to pull out the grinder to make more.]

Sun Oven - Wheat Bread

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Today's experiment with the sun oven was to bake bread. 

I sat the oven out in the sun to pre-heat while my dough was rising inside.  I was a little worried because we've had fairly strong winds today and occasional cloud cover.  But when it was time to stick the bread in, the oven had already hit 350F so it was good to go. 

It worked brilliantly!!!  I put two loaves in the indoor oven at the same time, but I let the sun oven loaf bake for about 20 minutes longer.  No problem - no burning, no scorching, no over-cooking.  I'm fairly certain I could have left the loaf in for the rest of the afternoon and it would have been totally fine.

The ONE thing that I've heard you do have to be careful with in the sun oven is cookies - and those CAN burn, or at least over-cook.  But pretty much everything else is safe from burning or overcooking.  Nice!!!

Overall I'm extremely pleased with the results from the sun oven!  I love it, and am glad to have it.  It does impart just a tiny hint of a strange "smell" to the food, and I'll have to look into that - most likely just off-gasing because it is new, and with use that will dissipate (I hope).

BUT - I do want to stipulate that this is on the more expensive side as far as food storage/emergency preparedness gadgets go.  It is NOT a necessity - just a nice option.  It's more in the "advanced" food storage range, meaning that this is something you would look into purchasing only after you've already acquired your year supply of food. 

Sun Oven - Meal 2

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I put some Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Loin roast and baked potatoes in the sun oven today, and let them all cook for the afternoon.  No burning, no scorching, and no over-cooking.  Everything turned out great!

Next up:  I'd like to see how it does with bread.  And then, on to dehydrating!

Free First Aid Bag at Target

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Target has started up their summer first-aid promo again...Buy three participating items and get a free first-aid bag!

I've done these promos a few times in previous years and so I have most everything I need, but I was able to find something a little different included in this year's promo.  Along with the assorted bandages, gauze pads, tape and Neosporin, they also had these little accessory kits that included a pair of scissors, tweezers and a mini flashlight.  (Don't let the "mini-" fool you - is is quite a powerful little light!)

They were priced at 3.49, so I picked up three of them to add to our various first-aid kits and then got the free bag.  Total was just over $11 with tax.

If you haven't gotten first-aid kits for your home, car or 72-hour kits, this promo can be a great way to start!  There are several items included in the promo - check your local store for details.

It worked! Food Storage Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

Monday, June 25, 2012
The sun oven worked - just as promised!  Hooray!

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
(in slow cooker or sun oven)

4 pork chops
1 20oz can pineapple chunks (NOT drained)
1 onion (could use dehydrated onions here if you wanted)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp cornstarch
3 Tbsp water

Place pork chops in slow cooker or bottom of enamelware pot (for sun oven).  Combine all other ingredients except for cornstarch and water; mix well and pour over top of pork chops.  Cook on low 6-8 hours or in sun oven for several hours.  One hour before serving, mix cornstarch in water, and add to slow cooker so sauce will thicken.  [If you use the sun oven, you'll probably want to add the cornstarch/water mixture more than an hour before serving - because opening the oven lets out so much heat and will take 30 minutes just to come back to temperature - or just finish the sauce on the stovetop right before serving.]

Now, had I been a bit more prepared today, I could have done the rice in the sun oven, too.  But I just ran out of time to prep it before we had to leave for church (I needed to look up the water to rice ratio - it's different than cooking rice on the stovetop or in a rice cooker).  And if I had a smaller enamelware container, or probably even a mason jar, I could have done the vegetables in the sun oven - too!  Hmm, lots of things to test out for next time!

My sun oven is here!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012
We came back from a trip to visit my grandmother yesterday, and guess what was waiting for me on the front porch?  My sun oven!!!  That was so fast!

So, we wasted no time in unpacking it and then today I set it out for a first run...

This is Sweet and Sour Pork Chops sitting in my new sun oven to cook.  I left this outside from about 11am on, and will pull it in about 5:30pm or 6pm when my husband gets home and we're ready to eat. 

I LOVE that I could set it up and basically forget about it while we were at church.  SO easy!!!  And it didn't heat up my kitchen like the regular oven would!  Hooray - especially since it is 100F here today.

I will let you know how it turns out.  So far it looks good - there is moisture on the inside of the oven glass, and the thermometer is above 300F.  Oh, and it didn't tip over in the wind today - thank goodness. 

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Global Sun Oven Discount!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I have to tell you, I am very excited about this!  I have been wanting a sun oven for about two years now, but it has always been lower on the food storage purchase list - until now.  This is a great deal and a great price! 

I do not make any money off of these - this is a discount that the owner of the company has given for group buys.  Anyone is welcome to use the code and purchase. 

I love the idea of being able to use the sun as my fuel source.  I'm leary of storing a lot of cooking fuel because I have small kids that get in to everything.  And I don't like storing flammable liquids indoors.  With the sun oven, I don't have to store any fuel.  I can use it in summer or winter - I just need a sunny day.  And since the back of my house faces south, and my deck is in full sun all day, it gives me the perfect place to set this up and use it for cooking foods, even when I'm not needing it for an emergency.  (My oven is great, but it heats up my house like you would not believe!  So being able to do stuff in the sun oven, outside, for free, in the heat of the summer is very enticing!)

Here are the details:

SUN OVEN® with Dehydrating & Preparedness Accessory Package includes:
  • One GLOBAL SUN OVEN®  With a computer CD with recipes, videos and cooking tips.
  • Three Sun Dry Dehydrating Racks With roll of parchment paper)
  • Two Easy Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and a glass lids
  • Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
  • Two Loaf Pans
  • Free shipping within continental US
Sun Dry Dehydrating Racks
A simple, effective way to use a GLOBAL SUN OVEN® to dry and dehydrate with the power of the sun. Easily stackable wire racks allows up to 3 layers of drying includes 3 racks and a roll of parchment paper. Use the sun to naturally dry vegetables, fruits, meats, herbs, or fish. Can also be used to bake multiple levels of cookies and other baked goods.

Easy Stack Pots with interchangeable lids
Spill free cooking of multiple dishes. Set of two interconnecting enamelware pots which can be safely and easily stacked. Includes an interchangeable enamel pot lid and a glass lid for improved visibility and browning. Each 3 quart pot holds 3 pounds of poultry, or a 3 pound roast.

Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurization Indicator
A simple reusable thermometer which indicates when water has reached pasteurization temperature and is safe to drink. Can be used in a SUN OVEN®, over a campfire, with charcoal, propane, or with any type of fuel you use for heating water.

Wilton Non-stick Even Heat Bread Pans
Favorite size for homemade breads & cakes.  Constructed of heavy-gauge steel that provides an even-heating performance baking experts prefer for perfectly-browned baked goods.  The non-stick coating improves food release and cleaning. 9 1/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 2 3/4 in.

With a computer CD with over 80 SUN OVEN recipes, cooking tips, FAQs, written & video operating instructions, a video on how the SUN OVEN works and emergency preparedness tips.

To order, go to:

Add the Sun Oven with Dehydrating & Preparedness Accessory Package to your cart, and use the code "ROSEUT" at checkout.  Total will be $246.70.


I am ordering one right now, and will definitely being trying it out as soon as it gets here.  I will post photos and recipes for anyone interested.  I'm also very interested in using it to dehydrate foods, since I also have a dehydrator on my wish list - with any luck this will do the job without me having to buy a separate dehydrator!

If the sun oven isn't quite your thing, let me know what other types of things you'd love to see offered as group buys and I'll do my best to contact the companies and arrange for discounts if possible.

For more information, check out the links at!

What I'm Buying - YFSM, 6/14

Monday, June 18, 2012
We drove down to Vegas this last weekend to attend a family wedding, and we got a chance to stop at a little food storage place in St. George, called "Your Family Still Matters".  They are a little store in a strip-mall, but they have just about everything you could possibly want for food storage or emergency preparedness!

I had to limit what I got because we didn't have a lot of room in the car with luggage and such, but here's what I got:

(2) cans soy milk powder, 16.99
(2) cans soybeans, 8.19
(1) can quick cook red beans, 11.89
(1) can quick cook navy beans, 11.89

Total:  $76.36

The quick-cook beans are for some additional dinner-in-a-jar ideas...still haven't gotten a chance to make them up yet, but I will soon.

The soy milk powder is for those in my family with dairy allergies, and it is hard to find.  I have one or two cans that I got from Augason Farms awhile back, but they have stopped carrying it, so I was very excited to find it at this store!  And the soybeans are for making my own soymilk, so that I have various options.  I plan to get a big 50lb bag of soybeans and can them so I'll have plenty in my storage.

What I'm Buying - Honeyville Farms, 6/9

Sunday, June 10, 2012
So, I *FINALLY* made it out to the Honeyville Farms retail store yesterday...I've been wanting to go for months, but since it is nearly 45 minutes away and I have a baby that nurses every two hours like clockwork, it just hasn't been easy to plan a trip out there before.

It's not a huge store, but they have every possible grain imaginable for purchase.  They have TONS of dehydrated and freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, too.  And they are famous for some really great stuff called "mushroom popcorn" - more on that later!

Here's what I picked up while I was there, to add to my food storage:

(1) 50lb bag mushroom popcorn, 34.85
(1) 25lb bag rolled 6-grain cereal mix, 12.07
(1) 25lb bag farina (cream of wheat), discounted 10% off to 12.86
(1) can sausage TVP, on sale 9.98
(1) can vital wheat gluten, 10.00
(1) Chef Tess spice mix, 6.99
(3) flavor powders (vanilla, butterscotch and coconut), 5.49 ea
(2) cans dehydrated potato dices, 8.65 ea
(1) can chocolate pudding, 10.95
(1) can vanilla pudding, 10.95
(1) can banana pudding, 10.95
(1) can dehydrated hash browns, 8.50
(1) can tomato powder, on sale 20.43
(1) small can freeze-dried apples, 6.50 (they will go on sale tomorrow, GRRRR!)
(1) small can Honeyville raspberry hot cocoa mix, 4.75
(1) can raspberry gelatin, 9.99
(1) can dehydrated carrots, 13.99
(1) can freeze-dried raspberries, 22.55
(1) package sesame seeds, 3.99

Total:  $251.39

One of my main reasons for heading out there was to pick up some items to make meals-in-jars.  I can't wait to show you a few once I get them put together!

Pot-in-pot refrigerator

Friday, June 8, 2012
In preparing for emergencies, we talk a lot about alternative fuel supplies and methods for cooking our food if the standard electrical power goes out long-term.  But we don't always talk much about storing fresh food in that same scenario.  If your oven doesn't work, chances are your frig isn't working either.  So what do you do to store your fresh food, say some produce you grew in the garden?  Go old school with your refrigeration and use evaporative cooling!

Today's WikiHow post just happens to be about that very topic - it's how to make a pot-in-pot refrigerator to keep food cool, using terra cotta pots, sand and water - that's it!

How to Make a Pot-in-a-Pot Refrigerator

Murray Cannery: Help Needed

Thursday, June 7, 2012
We are in DESPERATE need of volunteers to help
with our  Pea Welfare Assignment
Wednesday June 13th
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·       9:30am-12:30pm, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Signups will start tomorrow morning
Friday June 8th  @ 8:00am
For those who come and volunteer you will be able to purchase
While supplies last:
2 cases MAX per person…
·       Chili                                                  $24.00 per case 2 case max
·       Cream of mushroom soup             $24.00 per case 2 case max
·       Cream of chicken soup                   $24.00 per case 1 case max
·       Tomato soup                                   $18.00 per case 1 case max

To sign up click on a link below to see the signup
sheet and to schedule a shift


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Murray Cannery
4373 So Main Street
Murray, Utah 84107

What I'm Buying - Smith's 6/6

Wow - what a week for Smith's!!!  I haven't seen this many produce items on great sales like this for a LONG, long time!

Here's what I picked up this week:

(4) 2lb blueberries, on sale 4.99 (woohoo - blueberry jam!!!)
(2) 24ct Kroger water, on sale 1.99
(13) American Beauty pasta, on sale .69
(2) broccoli bunches, on sale .59/lb
(2) heads cauliflower, on sale .59/lb
(4) bags red seedless grapes, on sale .99/lb
(4) Fresh Selections baby carrots 1lb, on sale .74
(2) Fresh Selections Garden Classics salad, on sale .74
(12) Twizzlers candy, on sale 1.79 (1.46 after coupon)

I used (4) 1.00/3 manufacturer coupons for the Twizzlers [see SS-5/20]. 

Total:  $64.88

I know they're on sale for cheaper at Macey's this week, and I could have price-matched at Walmart, but that would have meant another trip, and Walmart and I are not exactly friends right now due to a little disagreement over some strawberries.  Sometimes it is worth it to pay a little extra to save some time.

What I'm Buying - Harmon's 6/6

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I've found my shopping mojo again - hooray!!!  :)

Plenty of good deals to be found in the grocery stores this week.  Here's what I picked up at my local Harmon's:

They are running a promo where you buy 10 participating items and save $5 with an in-store coupon.  There are no limits to the number of groups of 10 you can buy.

(6) Crisco cooking oil 48oz, on sale 3.29 (2.79 after promo)
(6) Don Julio tortilla chips 9oz, on sale 1.29 (.79 after promo)
(4) Smuckers grape jam, on sale 1.79 (1.29 after promo)
(4) Smuckers strawberry jam, on sale 2.99 (2.49 after promo)
(8) Planters peanut butter 16oz, on sale 2.49 (1.99 after promo - the list says there is a coupon for these, but when I looked the coupon expired last week so is no longer valid)
(2) Jif peanut butter 18oz, on sale 2.69 (2.19 after promo)
(10) Pillsbury frosting, on sale 1.49 (.99 after promo)

No coupons needed - the cashier will have the $5 coupons at the register for you already.

However, if you DO have other manufacturer coupons for these items, you can ask to use them.  My store said they would allow them.

Total:  $68.80

Rose Canyon 4th Ward: June Group Buys

Sunday, June 3, 2012
The group buys for June are as follows:

Dehydrated diced broccoli, 19oz - $9.00
Dry pinto beans (#10 can) - $4.70
White Wheat (#10 can) - $3.50

Signup sheets are passed around in Primary, Sunday School and Relief Society.  Or you can contact me directly.  Payment needs to be made to the ward by Sunday, Jun 24th.

Also, I'm checking with the Global Sun Oven company to see if they will offer us a discount on a group buy for solar ovens - I believe their minimum order would be 5.  Is anyone interested?  I want one, so I'd need to find 4 others who want to order.  They would be somewhere between $250 and $290 I think.  Let me know if you're interested!

What I'm Buying - Smith's 5/25 and 6/1

Friday, June 1, 2012
Sorry for the delay on this one - it has been a crazy two weeks!

[For those new to the blog, couponing is what got me started into food storage several years back, and I occasionally post details of my shopping trips for those who are interested in the couponing info or to see what kinds of items I purchase for my food storage.  But you don't need to use coupons in order to do food storage.]

Here is my Smith's trip from last week:

(4) Armor turkey meatballs, on sale 2.99
(6) Kroger butter 1lb, on sale 1.67
(3) Yoplait yogurt 4pks, on sale 2.00 (1.00 after promo)
(1) Yoplait Light + Granola 2pk, on sale 2.00 (1.00 after promo)
(4) Progresso soups, on sale 1.49 (.49 after promo)
(6) Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce, on sale 1.00
(1) Best Foods mayo, on sale 2.99 (1.99 after coupon)
(10) Hormel sliced pepperoni, on sale 1.00 (LOVE this stuff!!!)
(4) Hormel sliced Genoa salami, on sale 1.00
(8) roma tomatoes, on sale .89/lb
(2) bunches bananas, .55/lb
(1) dozen eggs, on sale .99
(1) Oscar Mayer lunchable, clearanced to 1.75
(6) granny smith apples, .99/lb
(16) GM cereals, on sale 2.50 (1.50 after promo, 1.00 after coupons)

I used several 1.00/2 coupons for the cereal, and (1) 1.00/1 coupon for the mayo.

I got (4) $6 catalina coupons good off my next purchase.

Total:  $93.06

And here is my Smith's trip from today:

(2) Mountain Dairy whole milk, on sale 2.00 (1.25 after coupon)
(15) Gatorade 32oz, on sale 1.00 and Buy 10 Get 5 free (so .67 ea after deal)
(3) Wheat Thins crackers, on sale 1.67 (1.17 after coupon)
(1) Triscuit crackers, on sale 1.67 (1.17 after coupon)
(1) Snuggle fabric softener, on sale 2.99 (2.49 after coupon)
(1) White King laundry water softener, 4.49
(14) Kroger singles cheese slices, on sale .99
(3) blueberries 2lb, on sale 5.99 (making blueberry jam tomorrow!)
(1) bunch bananas, .55/lb
(1) red onion, .68
(4) mangos, on sale .89 ea
(1) dozen eggs, on sale .99
(1) Nucoa margarine sticks, 2.19 (one of the only brands that is dairy-free)
(10) Hormel sliced Genoa salami, on sale 1.00
(10) Hormel sliced pepperoni, on sale 1.00
(2) Snickers 6ct snack size, on sale .88
(2) Twix 6ct snack size, on sale .88
(2) Milky Way 6ct snack size, on sale .88

I used (2) .75/1 printable coupons for the milk [see GroupA coupons at], (2) 1.00/2 printable coupons for the crackers [see GroupB coupons at GrocerySmarts] and (1) .50/1 coupon for the fabric softener [see RP-4/29].  I also used the (4) $6 off Catalina coupons from last week.

Total:  $69.46

I LOVE the Hormel sliced meats - they taste fantastic and are SO handy for food storage because they don't have to be refrigerated (until you open them)! 

I like to keep Gatorade in our food storage, in small amounts, for when someone is sick.  It is very useful as a rehydration solution.

And the candy?  Well, those are for bribes for my kids...! But those are also handy to have in food storage, too!  ;)

What I'm Buying - Harmons, 5/31

Well, the "what I'm buying" is going to be a whole bunch of nothing here after my trip to Harmon's last night because I'm now broke...I spent $180 on 8 bags of groceries!  Egads!!!  It was so bad, I couldn't even bring myself to take a picture to add to my post.  I feel like I've lost my frugal-ness somwhere - holler if you happen to find it for me, okay?

[The amount was so high because I have been buying a lot of specialty items for our dairy-free diet.  Who knew it was so expensive to have a food allergy!?!?  I guess the allergy isn't expensive, it's the buying the prepackaged stuff to accomodate the allergy that is expensive.  There are ways to make some of this stuff on my own from scratch, which will save quite a bit of money, so looks like I need to do some research and find some recipes!  Do any of you have food allergies, and if so, how has it affected your food storage?]