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Tuna Noodle Casserole - A Food Storage Friendly Meal!

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Ahhh....Tuna Noodle Casserole. Doesn't that evoke childhood memories?

I happen to love it! I eat 80/20 most of the time, focusing on eating healthy. Then sometimes, I want some childhood comfort food. Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of those meals!

My Grandma Ertz made it. My mom makes it. We had it during Lent and we had it during the rest of the year. It is a meal that is simple to put together and all the ingredients are food storage, pantry friendly ingredients. It is only four ingredients. Who doesn't love that?

Tuna Noodle Casserole


2 cups egg noodles, uncooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup (can substitute homemade if you wish)
1 cup cooked peas (canned or frozen, doesn't matter)
1 small can or packet tuna (packed in water works best)

1. Cook the egg noodles in boiling salted water. Drain.

2. In a 8" x 8" pan, mix together soup, peas, and tuna. Add noodles and mix together. You can season it if you wish. I don't usually add anymore salt, but a little black pepper, o…

Life For Women During Wartime: Life Without Men

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(The history geek in me has arisen again. And probably will many more times.)

During wartime (WWI and WWII), many men were gone. Men ages 18-42 were either drafted or volunteered to fight. Some were pressed into service in other ways. Some were given reprieve if the government thought their talents lie elsewhere like farming. By the end of WWII, 16 million men had or were serving in some capacity. Some of the men returned home early, but usually with injuries.

That left a lot of women to pick up where the men left off. They didn't have a choice. Many women felt it was their patriotic duty to do what they could for the war effort. While many older gentlemen did what they could to help out and work, the loss of service age men was felt across the country in every sector. Women were left to do what they could.

I am sure that many women had doubts, struggled a bit, and felt a lot of weight on their shoulders. However, they knew whatever they were going through was nothing compared to wha…

Do You Have Too Much or Just Enough For Your Needs?

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Here is some questions to ask yourself:

1. If you had to leave your home in an emergency, could you?

2. Would you be able to leave your things and stockpiles behind?

3. Do you buy things just to have them or because they will serve a purpose not yet fulfilled by something else?

4. Do you buy a new pot just in case you might need it, even though you might have three already in that size or can serve the same purpose?

5. Do you buy a new pair of jeans because you think you deserve even though you have three almost new pairs sitting at home? Do you buy a new outfit for a party even though you have perfectly good outfits in your closet?

6. Does shopping equal family time? Do you buy things for your kids so they will think you are the "cool" parent or because they truly have a need?

7. Do you have more stockpiled than you can ever possibly use? Stockpiles are great, but sometimes you can have way too much of something just because it was a good deal, but you don't need it.

Chances a…

Sunday Savings on the Homestead Week 6: Meal Planning and No Eating Out Week

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Every Sunday I will be posting a Sunday Savings on the Homestead. This posts will concentrate on one money saving thing you and I can do to save money for the week. Some will be easy, some will be be a bit difficult, and all will concentrate on one way to save money for the week. Please join me in trying to live a frugal life in 2015!

I have been in a huge meal planning crunch lately. With junior high basketball over with, life is getting back to normal. And I need to get back onto the meal planning way as soon as possible. This challenge is just as much for you as it is for me.

We have been eating very quick meals that do not produce leftovers. I have also have a starving 10 year old son and 14 year old daughter to contend with. They are doing their best to eat me out of the house. Therefore, I have been having to eat out at lunch or buy more food for lunch. Both of those things can really hurt my budget. 

How do I meal plan? Sometimes very simply and sometimes I have to write a grocery…

Maxpedition TRIPTYCH™ Organizer Giveaway

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Have you heard of this organizing bag before? The Maxpedition TRIPTYCH™ Organizer is one awesome bag! This is a bag you will not have to worry about ripping, tearing, getting dirty and not becoming clean again, and can handle a bit of rain! Who wouldn't want one? 
Here is your chance! One winner will be chosen to receive the Maxpedition TRIPTYCH™ Organizer. The only two things for your to qualify for this giveaway: you must be at least 18, and live in the USA, Alaska & Hawaii are included. Easy peasy! 
Winner will be notified by email as soon as giveaway is finished, they will have 24 hours to respond, if chosen winner fails to respond within 24 hours’ time a new winner will be chosen.
Check out the links below to see this awesome organizer in action! 
Link to the product - Maxpedition Website http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/TRIPTYCH-Organizer-Large-13p4138.htm
YouTube Video Demo of the Maxpedition Triptych Organizer http://youtu.be/dR6DxIyMOgU
YouTube Video about Maxpedition comp…

Food Rationing, Food Storage, and Wartime: We Have Much To Learn

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I am a history geek. There is no one era in time that catches my fancy. All of them do. Lately, I have been studying food rationing during wartime during World War 1 and 2 in America and Britain. Some things have really caught my attention.

1. The government will step in and tell farmers what they can plant, where they can plant, and to do so in the most efficient way. The government will focus on the crops that will feed the most people cheaply. They will also be more concerned about feeding the troops than they will be about feeding the population. None of these things are bad things, but they are the reality.

2. People were very much encouraged to grow their own food. Gardens were almost expected. They were called "Victory Gardens". They were encouraged to grow food rather than lawns because the troops and the population needed food. They were also encouraged to can/preserve the food and share with their neighbors

3. People transitioned from meat based diets to plant based d…

February 2015 Goals Update

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I can say this: not much happened this month. I did do a lot of planning and came up with a plan of attack for the first goal. Most of the rest of the goals have been researched and are being worked on.
My Goals For 2015

1. Clean, de-clutter, paint, re-carpet, fix ceiling, and organize Paige's room. This room is an unorganized disaster that needs some serious help. Plus she is at that age where she is growing out of everything: clothes, toys, books, etc.

 Like I said before, I now have a plan of attack. Unfortunately, this plan of attack also includes Shali's old bedroom across the hall. Which wasn't in my original plans. I am on the hunt for shelves for Paige's room and a queen size bed for the other bedroom so we can move the full size bed to Paige's room. Paige also started decluttering and got rid of a lot of clothes! Yeah! More needs to be done, but this is a start. 

2. Clean, organize, paint, and re-carpet the office. This is where I work at home (most of th…

Sunday Savings on the Homestead Weeks 4 and 5: Make Your Own Bread and Taco Seasoning!

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Every Sunday I will be posting a Sunday Savings on the Homestead. This posts will concentrate on one money saving thing you and I can do to save money for the week. Some will be easy, some will be be a bit difficult, and all will concentrate on one way to save money for the week. Please join me in trying to live a frugal life in 2015!

So I missed posting this last week. I am not sure how as it was typed up and ready to go. Oh well.

This week's challenge is actually two challenges. Both are easy. 


The first challenge is to make your own bread. I actually prefer homemade bread to store bought. I also cheat when making bread! I use my bread maker and put the ingredients in, set it to the dough cycle, and walk away for 1.5 hours. I take the bread out, let rise in the pans, put it in the preheated oven, and let it bake. Easy!

Two of my most favorite recipes are here: 
Rich, Hearty Sandwich Bread
Honey Oatmeal Bread

If you make these and don't use your bread maker, that is great too. …