Saturday, April 25, 2015

Low-Carb Taco Bake




As you know if you've been reading A Working Pantry within the last year that my husband and I switched to a low-carb lifestyle due to health issues about a year ago. That meant we had to learn a whole new way of eating and we needed recipes.

As a result we are constantly trying new recipes and tonight we tried one that was really quite good ...

Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Taco Bake with Savory Crust

This one is a keeper for us and we'll have it again!



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Wasp and Bee Stings ... treating them with herbs!




One day I was out in the green house working with my ferns when I got stung by a wasp. It hurt so bad! I tore out of the green house and ran … yes, this old woman ran … it hurt that bad … and made a bee line for my medicinal pantry and my bottle of plantain tincture. I quickly poured some out in a small bowl and stuck my finger in it (I had gotten stung on a finger). It wasn’t long before the throbbing stopped so I took it out of the solution. The throbbing started back up again and I stuck my finger back in the solution. I left it there a couple more minutes and then tried removing it again. This time the pain was not nearly as bad but it was still hurting.  I stuck my finger back in again and left it there for another couple of minutes. When I removed it again it was not hurting … it was a bit sore but not hurting. I had read that plantain tincture was good for stings but had not had an occasion to use it since making it. After getting stung I was sold on plantain tincture and have not been without it since. It is most definitely a staple in the medicinal part of my pantry!  You can buy dried plantain HERE and HERE, grow your own or harvest it most likely from your own yard.  It grows everywhere!
 
How do I make it?

I fill a quart jar nearly full with fresh plantain leaves that I grow (Can also use dried plantain but only fill the jar half full if using dried plantain.). I do not pack the jar, but leave the leaves loose. Then I fill the jar with vinegar. Put a plastic cap on it, shake it good and set it in a cool, dark place for about a month. I shake it a couple of times a week. Strain and bottle in an amber colored bottle or if you don’t have an amber colored bottle, stick a sock on it … yes, I’ve done that too!!!!

How do you treat wasp and bee stings?

(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor.  Any information shared is purely from a research or personally tried it point of view. Always consult your doctor or other medical professional when treating ailments.)


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Low Carb Ham & Swiss Breakfast Casserole



This recipe was cooked and shared with my husband and I by a very dear friend.  (Sorry, no picture.)

Makes 6 servings  (Total carbs for entire recipe ... 17)

1 and 1/2 cups diced ham
3 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
9 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Layer ham, green onions and cheese in greased 9-inch square baking dish

Beat together eggs, milk, sour cream and pepper.  Pour over ham and cheese.

Bake at 325 for 50 - 55 minutes until eggs are set and knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Let stand 10 minutes before slicing/serving.


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pantry Challenge #16 ... 2015


 
I’ve heard from 2 friends recently that either they’ve had a reduction in income or are being threatened with layoff.  It’s hard when the unexpected happens with no notice.  One day everything is fine and the next you’re wondering how you’re going to keep the bills paid and food on the table.  No one is immune to this sort of thing happening so let me take the opportunity to reinforce the importance of building and keeping a well-stocked pantry.  It could literally be the thing that makes putting food on the table doable during a difficult financial time.


Here's what's been going on with my pantry building since last time ...
 

My to-do list from last time:   
The garden needs planting … We’ve started this!  We planted onions, yellow squash, egg plant, cayenne pepper, jalapeƱo pepper, bell pepper, red bell pepper, banana pepper, celebrity tomato, roma tomato, okra and cabbage.


My herbs need planting … Didn’t get done!

The Cheerios we purchased on sale right before we left on our trip need to be vacuum sealed in jars … Didn’t get done!

Tea bags that we purchased on clearance right before we left on our trip also need to be vacuum sealed in jars … Didn’t get done!

I have ginger tincture that needs to be strained … Didn’t get done!

I need to finish vacuum sealing the oats that I started before we left on our trip …  I didn’t get it finished but I did get another 2 quarts done.  Baby steps!

Our yard needs to be mowed … you can image what it looks like with it not being mowed at all this year yet!  Done!  It took us several hours over 2 days to get it in shape, but we worked together and got it done!

My mom gave me two compost bins that I need to get put together and start using … Done!  I’ve been raking up leaves and adding them, adding vegetable scraps and tearing up newspaper to add to get it started.



 

I want to make a low-carb freezer breakfast casserole that a dear friend served us while we were at her house.  Our chickens are finally laying again and I want to make several breakfast casseroles to add to the freezer part of my pantry while I have plenty of eggs … this is the first one we’re going to try. … Didn’t get done!

While we were at our friend’s house, her daughter who is also a dear friend of ours, made some spicey mixed nuts for us to snack on.  (These two dear ladies are so accommodating to us in our low-carb lifestyle.) The nuts were delicious and we want to try to duplicate the taste.  Didn’t get done!

My lemon balm is ready to start harvesting as is my nettles.  Done!   I harvested two bundles of lemon balm and one bundle of nettles. They are tied up and hang drying right now.
 

 

The new fabric I purchased is itching to be stitched up into something … No sewing this week!

In addition:

I did a vacuum sealing session one afternoon and did Easter M & M’s we got on clearance, dehydrated ginger we got while on our trip and oats.

I needed some milk so I shopped from my freezer.  Remember the milk we got on clearance and froze!

I made a pattern from a little dress I found at Goodwill while we were traveling.  You can read about it HERE.  I’ll be using the pattern to stitch up one for my newest little granddaughter.

Our Sam’s Club ‘finds’ this week were 3 two pound containers of  Yoplait plain yogurt on clearance for $1.01 each and these freebies … 2 bottles of orange juice, 2 muffins, 3 sample packages of vitamin E capsules and 2 sample packages of trash bags.

I picked up several ‘Easter items’ for 90% off.  I packed them away in my ‘Easter’ tub for use next year.

We were given 2 metal ‘T’ clothes line post this week.  My current clothes line posts are wooden and I’ve been wanting to replace them with metal ones for a long time.  I am excited and you can’t beat the price!

Remember this … I got a fantastic deal on something we've been wanting to purchase for a while now thanks to my son and daughter-in-law ... they found it and called me, I sent them the money and they purchased it for me, that's what I call team work ..... it saved me over $100 ... have I got your curiosity up???? You'll have to wait until the next Pantry Challenge comes out on Sunday to see what it is!!!

Are you ready to find out what it is? 

LeapPad™ Ultra

I’ve been wanting one of these for the little ones in my life since I became a grandmommie.  Regular price is $129 on Amazon and I got it for $26!  Score!!!! 

I’ve almost earned enough Swagbucks to cash in for another $25 Amazon gift card.

I redeemed enough points from earnings through Bing to get $10 in Amazon gift cards.

We added $5.70 to our change jar.  

New on A Working Pantry blog this week:  I added a page where I’ll be keeping a journal of what we’re doing in the garden this year.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Finish planting garden
Plant herbs

Vacuum seal Cheerios
Vacuum seal tea bags

Strain ginger tincture
Finish vacuum sealing oats

Add 1 low-carb freezer breakfast casserole to the freezer 

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

 patsi
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Week-End Wrap-Up!





A Working Pantry has been busy online this week ... come take a peek ...

On A Working Pantry blog this week I shared about how I made a pattern from a dress I purchased at Goodwill; gave you a ‘heads-up’ about boneless, skinless chicken breast being on sale from Zaycon Fresh Foods; discussed the many things we  can do with the potatoes we raise in our gardens in our How Do You Use It Series; posted on how we earned extra money in March;  talked about how to read a Sam’s Club clearance tag; shared about a sweet surprise I got in the mail from a reader and posted the ever popular Pantry Challenge for the week.

On our A Working Pantry Facebook Group we talked about ways to deal with ‘fragrant feet/stinky feet’ and about some possible ways to treat inflammation in our herbs/essential oils/home remedies series. (We are not doctors so any information shared in this series is purely from a research or personally tried it point of view. Always consult your doctor or other medical professional when treating ailments.)

We did some sharing of posts we found online that help us in our pantry stocking endeavors.

The crockpot Monday’s and menu sharing days continue to be a big hit. Seems like all of us need a little inspiration when it comes to getting the most out of our crockpots and putting meals on the table.

We started a Swagbucks Station thread where those who want to learn how to earn Swagbucks can ask and get their questions answered.

And of course there is always lots of additional pantry talk going on.   I ended the week with the following teaser for the group …

I got a fantastic deal on something we've been wanting to purchase for a while now thanks to my son and daughter-in-law ... they found it and called me, I sent them the money and they purchased it for me, that's what I call team work ..... it saved me well over $100 ... have I got your curiosity up???? You'll have to wait until the next Pantry Challenge comes out on Sunday night to see what it is!!!


Next week in the A Working Pantry Facebook group we’ll continue on with our herbs/essential oils/home remedies series and I’ve got a couple of new things to throw at the group.  We’re having lots of fun and there’s a whole lot of learning going on not to mention the good chuckle that seems to erupt on a fairly regular basis!  If you’d like to join our A Working Pantry Facebook group go HERE!

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