Wednesday, December 30, 2009


With the new year coming we often make goals to improve our health or about a new resolution to work increasing your 3 month supply of foods you already eat on a regular basis, or incorporate more beans and whole grains into your meals to promote a healthy lifestyle? Help is on the way....we have ideas to assist you in incorporating these changes into your life! Here are some recipes to get you started!

Instead of chips try having these on hand: ROASTED CHICK-PEAS

2 cups cooked chick-peas(garbanzo beans) You can also use drained ,rinsed,canned beans.

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F.
Spray cookie sheet with no stick spray. Spread chick-peas evenly on cookie sheet. Bake for about 11/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Chick-peas should be dried throughout. Store in an airtight container. Makes 1 cup.

Variations: Toss with any of the following before baking, 1 to 2 teaspoons per 2 cups chick-peas:
*chili powder
*Italian seasoning mix
*no salt herb mixes(like Mrs. Dash)
*ground cinnamon,nutmeg, or allspice
*garlic or onion powder
*curry powder

Tomato, Chick-pea And Olive salad with Fresh Mint

1 1/2 pounds medium tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 cup canned or cooked chick-peas, rinsed and drained well
3/4 cup pitted black olives(like Nicoise or kalamata)
5 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh mint leaves torn into pieces

Stem the tomatoes, then halve them length-wise. Cut each half into 1/2 inch wedges and place in a serving bowl. Add the onion, chick-peas, and olives. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt and several grinds of pepper. Whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture. Toss gently to coat all ingredients with the dressing. Let salad marinate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 hours at room temperature. At serving time taste the salad, if needed add more salt and pepper, and an extra squeeze of lemon. Then add the torn mint leaves and mix gently.

* I got this from the Columbus Dispatch years ago. ~Enjoy! Lori


Check out for an abundance of recipes using beans, rice, eggs. powdered milk, making your own convenience foods, Crockpot cooking etc....CHECK IT will be overflowing with frugal, healthful,and time saving ideas!! Have an awesome day! ~Lori



Meijer has 10 count packages/four ounces each of bars of Ivory Soap on
sale for $3.79 this
week. It is not the soap we usually use, but since we don't have any
soap allergies, I'm up for saving money on an item we will use everyday
while adding to our extended storage!

The "Old" Dragoos can rest easy if calamities or chaos suddenly befall
all the soap manufacturer' s throughout the world---as long as these
calamities and chaos don't last longer than the 52 bars of soap we now
have tucked away.

Did you know that unwrapping your bars of soap to store them allows them
to cure and harden further? This keeps them from "melting" so quickly in
the shower or soap dish. It's true! Just make sure the unwrapped soap is
stored where little ones can't get to them.

Did you know that President Hinckley's mother once made him "eat" soap
when he used inappropriate language? It's true! Even though Ivory soap
is 99.4% pure, it would leave
a bad taste in anyone's mouth if they had to "eat" it; so watch your

You can also save all your soap scraps in a jar with tight-fitting lid.
Put your soap scraps in the jar and fill it halfway with water. Close
the lid and shake the jar every time you add more soap scraps. When all
the soap melts and the jar is full, you'll have your own free soft
soap/liquid soap! (I use my free soft soap to make Lori Adkins' recipe
for laundry detergent instead of the grated soap it calls for.)

By the way, we're saving a bundle making Lori's detergent recipe. We
call it the beget principle--- the savings we realize by making the
laundry detergent begets the savings/money we need to obtain soap for our
extended storage, which begets the savings/money when we use the soap
scraps to make the laundry detergent; which begets the savings/money
again when we subtract the cost of materials for our low-cost version and
the store's high-priced laundry detergent. I know what you're
thinking---I don't charge myself for the labor it takes to make my own
detergent. It really doesn't take as long as you think! Let me know if
you want to come over the next time I make a batch or if you would like
to try a sample.

Confused about the beget principle? Ask Lori, she'll be glad to explain
how using food storage can save you money---and with better examples than

Thanks a bunch!
Sister Dragoo