Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Message - Convenience in the kitchen

Friday night is pizza night at our house! Check out this easy, quick pizza crust recipe.
Provident living: The next class will be March 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Shook's. The class will be about convenience in the kitchen.

"Brethren, I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment... I do not predict any impending disaster ... yet prudence should govern our lives ... We can begin with a one week food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. I am speaking now of food to cover basic needs. ... I fear that so many feel that a long-term supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all.  Begin in a small way... gradually build toward a reasonable objective." Gorden B. Hinkley, Priesthood Session, October 2002. I will be putting things in for convenience in the kitchen

Ideas we will talk about:

Cook extra hamburger! When you are fixing supper, only take some of the cooked hamburger and put back in the freezer after draining the grease off. Then when you are in a hurry, you pull one out to add to your casserole or soup - half the work is done!

Fix extra when fixing supper and freeze for a busy day or a sick friend.

I will fix the dry ingredients and have them ready for mixing in the morning to help speed up and cut the amount of time it takes to make muffins and etc.

I have taken favorite things that we have and turned them into a mix. For example - we like a certain pineapple upside down cake. Since it requires getting out and looking up more then one recipe, I measured all the dry ingredients and put them in a baggie and write on the front what it is and what to add, then how to bake. And on the back, I write what is in the bag but amounts so that I can fill the bag once it is used without having to get the recipes out.

For me it is when I have more pain then usual it is nice to use one of these and when I feel better I can easily fill the bag again for a time when again I need it.

Keep in mind these are already family favorites so no guess on what it tastes like

I make pizza dough

5c. flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast.....(yes, you are reading that right)
stir and add:
2 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil

You mix this together and I spray two freezer bags and I divide the dough into three. You do not knead it or anything. When I do this I leave the third in the bowl, spray and cover and that is the one we eat that night, the two bags I throw in the freezer.

Then we usually dub Friday nite as our pizza night. In the morning on a Friday, I will pull out one of the bags and throw it on the counter, it will be ready to use when we have supper... and we love the crust! I use a pastry roller and roll it out on my pans we do individual ones as Brother Shook likes onions and green peppers on his and I do not. So I pop them into my preheating is preheating to 500 degrees (yes that is correct). While the crusts just cook a tad, I chop the veggies for his pizza and drain a can of mushrooms for both. 

I pull them out, put on sauce, the toppings for his then the cheese and mushrooms last on both, then bake! It does not take long. Then I pull them out one at a time and cut them on a wooden cutting board, if you want a crispy bottom this is the key, the wooden cutting board. The pizza slides right out of the pan and I cut it and plate it....try it and see what you can make! 

I searched twenty years for a good crust recipe and this is it.....sometimes when we go to the temple and you know that is a long day, I will set out the dough to make the pizza when we get back that way when I am worn out, it is easy and a nice thing.  doesn't this picture make you feel all warm and safe? That is what you want your storage to make you feel like.  this is how I mix up the mixes that are not long term but what I need to have on hand... only I write on the back the amounts of what is in them so I do not need to retrieve the recipe, it is just handy  this is good to have on hand look how cheap you can make these this has some great ideas however not a member website so you would not be having the wine unless you are like me and just whine ;o) ....but still great ideas. I love to read how others are working thru life on tight budgets

"Come what may and love it" I have a friend who says this and that is true, make the best of any situation or you will spend your whole life miserable.   personally I love shopping there, it really stretches what one has to spend for groceries. there are some good ideas here not too early to be thinking on this

So enjoy your monday message :) Hopefully you will find something interesting that will help you on your journey!

We are all finding our way and learning as we go. You all are so amazing to me! You are doing so great and so wonderful hearing how you share with all :)

Keep working on your storage as you can make it a priority and if you run onto a sale share it with other sisters in the ward!

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