As I prepare the recipes for the week I am wondering if everyone is ready for winter. It is easy to get caught with bare pantries and freezers. We need to remember that we live in Missouri and our weather is never predictable.

As I prepare the recipes for the week I am wondering if everyone is ready for winter. It is easy to get caught with bare pantries and freezers. We need to remember that we live in Missouri and our weather is never predictable.

 During recent weeks I have been making grocery lists which include lots of winter needs. I buy several boxes of powdered milk and boxes of cereal. Peanut butter and jelly taste better than normal when there is nothing else to eat. Keep extra lunchmeat and hamburger in your freezer. Each family has different needs but make your lists and be prepared.

 In years past, when all my kids were home, I got caught in a storm with my five plus several that belonged to other famies. The batches of chili and spaghetti were prepared in a large canning kettle, several boxes of cereal disappeared at one meal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were served on turkey platters.

 Jerry Wade, a good friend and local grocery store manager, informed me that the word was out in Odessa and most kids tried to watch the weather and head for the Ryans’ when a storm was predicted, in hopes of getting snowed in. He indicated he was considering it himself.

 Sometime we are  without power and have to use fireplaces, woodstoves and generators to keep our microwaves going. Recipes that are simple are great but cooking up batches of chili to place in the freezer are true blessings in those difficult times.

 Potato sticks are a fun addition to a meal of tuna salad sandwiches and are easy to fix.



Potato sticks

Potatoes

Melted butter

Grated parmesan cheese

Garlic powder

Cut potatoes in strips with peel on or not. Roll in melted butter and then roll in grated Parmesan cheese. Place single layer in baking pan, sprinkle with garlic power and bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350. These are great plain or served with catsup or ranch dressing.

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Watch for hamburger sales and buy extra. Brown it all in a large skillet, scrambling it as you go. Use a potato masher and work the meat down to fine pieces. When the meat is done you can drain it on paper towels, allow to cool and put it into plastic freezer cartons, freeze for meals later.

 A quick thaw and addition of barbeque sauce, a can of veggie soup, or onion soup mix make a great sandwich according to your choice.

Add a couple of cups of the frozen meat to a can of beef  broth. Add a can or two of water and perhaps a beef boullion cube and cook well. Add peeled and chopped potatoes, mixed veggies, and a couple of small cans of V-8 Juice for a great soup.

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Organization means everything when you are working under stressful situations so plan and be prepared. Winter is only a few snowflakes away.

 When the storms howl and no one is getting out…you are ready and individuals like Grouchy Bear are kept full and happy.

 See you next week.