December 30, 2009

Last week I received an unusual Christmas present

Last week I received an unusual Christmas present. No. Not a food storage gadget. I was called as the Young Women's president (leader for the girls at church age 12 - 18). Well, needless to say my world is a bit topsy turvey. Sorry I haven't written much here, but those of you who understand, understand. Thank goodness the bishop let me have some wonderful women to work with. Our girls are the best too including my two cute daughters.

My eldest son has been putting together a website for me to launch my Food Storage Organizer and hopefully it will happen in January. Bear with me. Most likely an E-book so you can customize for yourself. It is just about completed.

Today I feel like cleaning up around here in preparations for the new year. Somehow a clean organized house gets me organized inside as well. I asked dear hubby for some food storage shelves for Christmas (I'm definitely a preparedness nerd) and the lumber is here! When that is completed, more pictures will be posted.

I always love this time of year. There is joy and hope in the air. Wishing you all a wonderful new year!

December 16, 2009

Easy Chicken Tortilla Casserole from Food Storage


There are so many ways to make this great recipe. But I'm showing you how my family likes it.


1. Grease 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Open 12 to 13 oz. canned chicken, and drain liquid into casserole dish. In a medium-sized bowl, break up chicken with fork. Add 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 3/4 c. milk, 3/4 c. jar salsa, and 1 T. dehydrated onion. Mix well.


2. Cut 12 flour tortillas (if frozen, thaw) into small bite-sized pieces with cooking scissors.


3. Layer 1/3 of the tortillas onto the bottom of the casserole dish.


4. Spread 1/3 soup mixture on tortillas and sprinkle 1/3 shredded cheese (if frozen, thaw) on soup mixture. Repeat 2 more times. Cover and chill for a few hours. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until bubbly. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve.

Easy Chicken Tortilla Casserole Recipe.pdf

Easy Chicken-Tortilla Casserole

12 to 13 oz. canned chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. jar salsa
1 T. dehydrated onion
12 flour tortillas (if frozen, thaw)
10 oz. shredded cheddar cheese (if frozen, thaw),

1. Grease 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Open chicken, and drain liquid into casserole dish. In a medium-sized bowl, break up chicken with fork. Add cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, milk, jar salsa, and dehydrated onion. Mix well.

2. Cut flour tortillas into small bite-sized pieces with cooking scissors.

3. Layer 1/3 of the tortillas onto the bottom of the casserole dish.

4. Spread 1/3 soup mixture on tortillas and sprinkle 1/3 shredded cheese on soup mixture. Repeat 2 more times. Cover and chill for a few hours. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until bubbly. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve.

Tip: Shelf life of Pace salsa is 12 months unopened & unrefrigerated at 70 degrees. Avoid freezing. Recommend use by date on bottle. Refrigerate after opening.

Preparedness Is Such a Blessing!

Preparedness is such a blessing. I like having food on hand. I like knowing I have lanterns in the front hall closet for those suprise blackouts, and a supply of cold medicine for this time of year. I know. I sound like a preparedness nerd, but I just like having some things on hand, just in case. I promise I am not a packrat. I donate constantly. Rearrange consistantly. Just hang onto what is most important.

Let me give you a few examples from this week of the blessings of everyday preparedness.

My dishwasher broke down. Not fun. So for a few days we had paper plates and bowls to use. Nice!

I didn't have time to run to the store. I grabbed tortillas, a can of chicken, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and cream of chicken soup, dehydrated onions, bottle of salsa, some frozen cheese, and some milk and I was able to make Chicken Tortilla Casserole; a family favorite. Add a side dish of canned or frozen vegetables and a meal was created without going to the store.

The Utah Food Bank needed some canned goods, expecially protein items. I had an extra case of peanut butter and canned beans to donate. I can always buy more, but others cannot.

Being a little bit prepared makes life a whole lot easier. Love it!

December 1, 2009

Grocery Store, Food Storage Companies, and Case Lot Price Comparison

At this time of year you can find some great sales on holiday baking items to add to your food storage. However, how do you know what to compare those prices to? I've updated my Grocery/Case Lot price comparison spreadsheet and added some local Utah food storage companies (Shelf Reliance, Blue Chip, Emergency Essentials). I want you to see what you can really buy items for. You can compare prices from canned meat, beans, pasta, soups and stews, vegetables, fruits and baking items. It pays to compare prices, and I've done my homework. I'm a little bit frustrated at how high some food storage companies are selling products for (I won't point fingers), so look over the spreadsheet and don't overspend. You can almost always do better at the LDS Home Storage Centers and sometimes Costco, Sam's Club or Walmart.

The month listed to the left of each item is the month I gathered the price. Some items could be at a better price now, but it's nice to know if you should wait until the next Case Lot sale, or just shop the current sales.

(Sorry for so many posts in the past few days, but I write when I have time.)

Grocery Store, Food Storage Companies and Case Lot Price Comparison.pdf
and Excel (No longer available)

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