Sunday, March 6, 2016

Green Valley Preparedness Fair - Handouts!

Thanks to all those who worked SO hard to make this event a success!! As promised here are links to the handouts from the Preparedness Fair. Just click on the link and it will take you to Google Drive where you can download the handouts. 

Sprouting Basics (Powerpoint format)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Grocery Stores to Price Match From!

Here is a list of some of the grocery stores in town, their websites and what days their ads run.  Most sales run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday, any exceptions are listed below. There are other stores that you can price match from, however they do not have online websites. These are the links to the main page because the sales pages change weekly.

  • Cardenas Market (Ads runs from Thursday to Wednesday)

  • Mariana's Markets (Ad runs from Tuesday to Monday)

  • Marketon (ad runs from Tuesday to Monday)

  • Sunflower Market (Ad runs from Wednesday to Wednesday)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    September 2015

    September Food Storage List

    Food Storage- Meat & Potatoes (See Recipes Below)
    Chicken, Turkey, Ham, Pork,Tuna, Roast Beef, or Spam
    Potato Flakes/Slices
    Drinking Water

    Home Storage
    Liquid Hand Soap
    Laundry Detergent
    Fabric Softener
    Stain Remover
    Bleach (Unscented)

    Financial Reserve
    $2.00/person weekly or what you can afford

    Preparedness Goal
    Learn how to shut off gas & water
    Strap water heater to wall
    Get flu/immunizations
    Winterize Car Kits

    Equipment Goals
    Gas shut off key
    Pry Bar
    Rechargeable wall light
    Hatchet & whetstone
    Firewood or coal

    Sale Cycles for September

    Back To School Sales
    Crayons, Pencils, Folders, & Binders

    Bayer Glucose Meters & Glucerna Cereal

    Baby Items
    Major Baby Equipment/Baby Safety

    Summer Clearance
    Apparel, Outdoor Toys, Camping Supplies, etc.

    Seasonal Produce
    Apples, Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Onions, Valencia Oranges, Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Pomegranates, Squash, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, and Winter Squash

    Challenge: Convert one of your family’s favorite recipes using canned meat instead of fresh.

    Using Canned Meats
    Keeping canned meats in your pantry is great for quick and easy meals.  They also give you peace of mind as part of your food storage in case of an emergency.
    Some Options include: Tuna Fish, Roast Beef, Chicken, Turkey, and Ham.

    -Tuna Fish: Very common, great in sandwiches, casseroles, and with rice or noodles.
    -Roast Beef: Can be heated and served alone or in soups and stews, with barbeque sauce or gravy.
    -Chicken: Delicious in soups, salads, casseroles, and enchiladas. Can be added to a box of Rice-A-Roni for a quick and easy meal.
    -Ham: Potato casseroles, fried rice, omelets, soups, and casseroles.

    -Add meat as late in the cooking process as possible. It’s already cooked, so all you have to do is warm it up.
    -Once you’ve added the meat, stir as little as possible so it can maintain its texture.
    -Ham is the only meat you will need to dice or crumble as you add it to recipes.
    -Use the liquid from the can to add flavor to your recipe.

    Store unopened cans in a cool, clean, and dry place. Try and use close to expiration date.


    Shepherds’ Pie

    2 (12.5 oz) cans roast beef, drained
    1 (14 oz) can or jar of beef gravy
    1 (14 oz) can of green beans, drained
    1 (14 oz) can of corn, drained
    Mashed potatoes prepared from Cannery flakes or pearls
    1-2 cups shredded cheese of your choice

    Line a 9x13 pan with canned roast beef and gravy. Pour green beans, then corn over meat layer. Gently spread mashed potatoes over vegetables and top with cheese. Cover and bake at 375 till heated throughout and cheese is melted, uncover, bake an additional 5-10 minutes

    Chicken Noodle Soup

    2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 
    1 medium onion, chopped (dehydrated or freeze dried may be substituted)
    1 ½ cups carrots, chopped (dehydrated or freeze dried may be substituted)
    3 celery ribs, diced (dehydrated or freeze dried may be substituted)
    2 (12.5 oz.) cans chicken 
    2 quarts chicken broth or canned low-sodium broth (may be substituted with bullion)
    1 quart water, or as needed 
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
    12 oz. pkg. egg noodles 
    3-4 bay leaves
    Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

    Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté onion over medium heat. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add carrots, celery, bay leaves, and chicken un-drained. Cook, 4-5 minutes. Stir in egg noodles and cook 7-8 minutes until tender. 

    Bowtie Pasta Chicken Salad

    1 lb bowtie pasta1(12.5 oz) canned chicken
    1 (14 oz) bottle Bernstein's Cheese and Garlic Italian dressing
    1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts; drained and chopped
    1 (2 oz) pkg pine nuts
    1 (4.5 oz) jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil; drained & chopped
    1 (4 oz) can parmesan cheese, grated

    Southwestern White Chili

    1 C. Chopped Onion (1/4 C. dehydrated onions)
    4 cloves garlic, minced or 1 tsp. powdered garlic
    2 t. ground cumin
    1 t. dried oregano, crushed
    1/4 t. ground red pepper
    3 15 1/2-ounce cans great northern (white) beans, drained and rinsed (1 lb.
    (2-1/2 C.) dried white beans, cooked and rinsed)
    2 4-ounce cans diced green chili peppers
    4 C. chicken broth
    3 C. chopped cooked chicken (3 10 oz. cans of chicken-you can also use the water
    from the can as part of your chicken broth)
    *2 C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8ounces)
    *Sour Cream
    1. In a 3 1/2 to 6-quart slow cooker place the onion, garlic, cumin, oregano,
    red pepper, beans 2 cans chili peppers, broth and cooked chicken. Stir to
    2. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting
    for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Stir in the cheese until melted.
    3. Ladle the chili into 8 bowls. If desired, top with sour cream and sprinkle
    with additional chili peppers or chives.
    *Optional items in an emergency.

    Tuna, Red Onion, and Olive Pasta Salad

    1 lb. pasta cooked and tossed with a touch of olive oil
    2 (3 oz) can tuna, drained
    ½ cup pitted kalamata olives
    4 TBSP chopped red onion
    4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
    4 tsp red wine vinegar

    Harvest Potato Soup

    1 cup onion, diced
    1 cup celery, diced
    4 cups potato, diced
    ½ lb bacon, cooked and drained
    2 cups instant potatoes
    ½ cups dehydrated carrots
    8 chicken bouillon cubes
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

    Simmer all vegetables, bouillon cubes and cream of chicken soup in 8 cups of water until vegetables are fully cooked. Add instant potatoes and evaporated milk to achieve desired consistency. Garnish with grated cheese and bacon bits.

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    FREE Gardening Classes at Acacia Park

    Acacia Demonstration Gardens

    Here are some great FREE gardening classes starting in March at the Acacia Demonstration Gardens (50 Casa Del Fuego Street, Henderson, NV).
    • Acacia Demonstration Gardens Tour 
    • Landscape Design with Native Plants in Mind
    • Let it Rot! Composting 101
    • Companion Planting
    • Choosing Plants 
    • Safe & Sound Insect Control
    You can register for all classes at

    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Price Matching Website

    Since I am not listing the weekly deals anymore, here is a website that does list them!

    Thanks Becky for the information!!

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

    Screamin' Grocery Deals!!

    Sorry this is late, you only have until TUESDAY November 13th to get these deals!!  These are prices that haven't been seen in A LONG TIME!!

    Food 4 Less (must buy 10 - can mix and match!!)
    • Campbell's Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup - .48 each
    • Green Giant Canned Vegetables - .38 each
    • Carnation Evaporated Milk - .68 each
    Smiths (must buy 10 - can mix and match!!)
    • American Beauty Pasta - .49 each

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    The Prudent Homemaker's Blog!!

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    used with permission

    Brandy from now has a blog!  She has great inspirational posts including "This Week's Frugal Accomplishments". Please check out her blog at