Tonight I made pizza for dinner. The dough was so easy I whipped it together before I ran to cub scouts. When I got home the dough was ready to roll out and bake. I use my ceramic baking sheet and pre heat it in the oven at 425 degrees. I sprinkle the sheet with cornmeal before I set the pizza crust on the ceramic baking sheet. I like to bake the crust without toppings for about 10 minutes first.

Friday! Gnocchi and Birdseed Treats for People

This morning I mixed up some pancake batter and cooked them on the outside grill for the kiddos. I felt like oatmeal. I have about a cup of almond butter. A friend of mine loves to eat peanut butter and oatmeal. I really like almond butter so I tried it with my steel cut oats this morning and it is really, really, good. I think I may eat it every morning for the next week.

Lunch: left over spaghetti, black bean and cheese burrito, and chicken curry with rice. I really enjoy the chicken curry recipe, its the coconut milk. I am storing a lot of canned coconut milk.

Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches, Chocolate Cake, California Casserole

Yes we ate in that order today.

As you know I baked bagels last night. Julz wanted to bring one in her lunch with chicken salad. With Thrive food chicken salad is a cinch. Julz makes it herself. She just used the left over salad she made last week. The ratios I use are 1 cup chopped chicken (fd), 1/2 cup celery (fd), and 1/4 cup chopped onion (fd). Rehydrate in 1 1/4 cup hot water. Let the sit until all the water is absorbed. After 10 minutes drain off any excess liquid. Chill for and hour in the fridge then add a couple teaspoons of mayonaise.  Those ratios are enough to make two large chicken salad sandwiches. And that is what Julz brought for lunch today, well one on a bagel.

Week Two’s Food Totals

This is tougher than I thought, keeping track of the food we eat through out the week.


Rolled Oats 1.5 cups

Steel cut oats 2 cups

popcorn 1/4 cup

rice flour 3 cups

wheat flour 11 cups

rice 4.5 cups

pasta 3 pounds

Oil  2 cups oil of corn or olive oil not including the butter

Beans 1 can of black

Vegetables 1 can of corn, 1 can of green beans, 2 cups of freeze dried onions, 1 cup of mushrooms, 1 can diced tomatos, a large #10 can of crushed tomatoes, 1 small can of tomato sauce, lots of freeze dried  vegetables.

Monday: Steel Cut Oats & Smoothie, Pasta Salad, Chicken Dumplings

This morning I made steel cut oats. To mix it up a bit I added freeze dried blueberries just before serving the hot mess. It was good after adding the brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon. I also made a smoothie with the kefir that was really ready to be used. Kefir is a probiotic. Similar to yogurt. When you buy these little kefir grains you can use them indefinitely as long as they are taken care of. I asked Julie the owner at Cultures for Health how kefir grains do with powder milk (reconstituted of course). Julie said the kefir grain disintegrate in powdered milk and disappear. I was sad to hear this.  I am currently feeding my kefir grains the milk delivered by our milk man.IMG_0924IMG_0922

Sunday: Pancakes, Chicken Curry and Brownies

Pancakes for breakfast. Used my Thrive whole egg powder and instant milk in the batter. My brother-in-law found these outdoor grills that use propane. Anything and everything we cook on it tastes excellent! I am so glad we bought the grill. We will cook breakfast outside in 18 degree temps. We can make like 14 pancakes at a time! When its Sunday and you want to get to church on time that is a very handy thing. No one has to yell, “I get the first one!”. They still do yell it but everyone gets the first one.


FAIL German pancake, Scrambled Eggs, Beef Stroganoff

German pancake, FAIL. My sister in Seattle loves German Pancakes. I thought I would give it a try. I used the scrambled egg mix in this recipe. It never really puffed up and was burnt around the edges  I am not sure where I went wrong.IMG_1890

It was very dense. The good news was, since I have never made a German Pancake before my kiddos didn’t know what to expect. Pagey called it a “pancake pie”. I had a piece too. It tasted good, the result just wasn’t what I knew it could be. We all ate it with syrup and butter. Nothing went to waste.

Scrambled Egg Skillet and Spaghetti

I made an egg scramble this morning. I had 4 potatoes left and shredded two of them for breakfast. I mixed up the equivalent of 5 eggs using the scrambled egg mix. I chose to add mixed bell peppers. I have fallen in love again with Thrive’s mixed bell peppers. They are so good. And a #10 can lasts forever! I also added freeze dried onions, and freeze dried sausage and some freeze dried green chilis. All Thrive of course.

Chicken Enchiladas and a Smoothie

After school today I made the kiddos a tortilla with cheese. They also ate Thrive mangos, and a smoothie. I keep kefir grains and make the kefir into a smooth when its ready. I save the powder from the bottoms of my fruit cans to mix into the smoothies. The freeze drying process removes 98 % of the water from the food. Some of the fruits have turned into powder at the end of the can from jostling around during shipping.