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Monday, November 05, 2012

good morning sparkfolk! its monday and i am trying to get my bearings now that we have undergone the time change. poor shambles woke at 4:00 thinking it was time to get up. she fussed and fiddled around while we tried to get back to sleep--finally rob got up at 5 and fed her.
the weekend was again a quiet one-we seem to be lacking in ambition the last couple weeks. but i feel like rob needs time to decompress from work, so if he just wants to be quiet, i try to just go along.
food was fine--we tried a new kind of dehydrated soup--let me back up a little. we are in the process of building up a food supply for what i guess you would call "survival". we aren't really survivalists, but we have decided in the recent years that it would be prudent to have a store of non perishable food on hand in case we loose power for an extended period of time, or something happens that causes a severe interruption in food availability. so we are always alert to sales on things that would be of use. this week the local menards had shore lunch brand dehyrdated soups on sale for 1.00 off. dewayne and cindy have recommended the chili to us a couple times, so we took the plunge and bought a few with the intent to make one up and see what it tasted like. came home and made the minestrone. these soups are nice because while they call for some added ingredients, you could make them with just water. they simmer for about 20 minutes, which is a fairly short expenditure of fuel to cook them, and once cooked could be eaten cold if absolutely necessary. the packages are sealed and watertight, and all of those kinds of things go into plastic tubs to keep vermin out. anyway--i made it just as the label suggested--with water and a can of diced tomatoes. then i had some leftover green beans in the frig, so i threw them in to use them up. a little extra water as the simmering progressed, and 20 min. later we had a very nice minestrone. tasted just fine and at 110 calories for a cup of soup, you could eat a big hearty bowl with some bread and parm. cheese, along with a salad and have a good, filling meal. rob said he would like some sausage in it, which would be no problem--or i thought you could throw a can of garbanzo or kidney beans into it if you wanted. i don't really like "prefabricated" food, but this was really for our emergency stash and the flavor was just fine. we went back and bought a few more and i packed them away in the basement. its also nice to have something around if i am pressed for time and need something that cooks up quickly with a minimum of fuss--these fill the bill nicely and the end product can vary widely depending on what you have lying around that you can throw in it.
guess thats all for now=--have a great day!
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