Marti’s Corner – 96

January 12, 2023

Marti's Corner at City PreppingHi Everyone,


Soar throat remedy

I have not tried it.  If you do, LMK.

** I also thought this was very helpful:  10 Quick Ideas On How To Effectively Use Powdered Milk – Mom with a PREP


*  I think I probably planted the cucumbers WAAAAY too early.  They sprouted in a week and are 4 inches tall already!!  Not sure I can keep them in the house till Spring!  The tomatoes finally sprouted.  They 

Sprouting in winter for Spring Plantingare about 2 in. tall.  After the coming week of clouds and rain, I hope I can get them out in the sun.  If you have ever grown celery from seed, you’ll know they are very tiny!!!  It takes a LONG time for them to be ready to plant outdoors, which is good.  Here is a picture of my tiny celery starts.

The peppers FINALLY sprouted.  It was over 2 weeks of waiting. 


Time to pick up 3-4 additional bottles/jars of spaghetti sauce, alfredo sauce, tomato sauce, or whatever you add to pasta for a meal.  Our primary presidency gifted the teachers with a box of spaghetti and a jar of sauce.  Yay!  Free meal!!!  Thank you, thank you!

MISC: portable shovel

Collapsibile ShovelYou should consider having one of these portable shovels– $14

We have one with our camping gear, BUT if you off-road or camp out in the wild, I can think of a dozen reasons why you need this. Even just getting caught in the mud, digging out a fire pit, or needing to dig a latrine because of a lack of facilities, this would be a good item to have. And, cheaper than lunch at McDonalds!!!


Someone on FB asked “What can I do with the leftover syrup in a jar or can after the fruit is gone?”  Here were some of the answers:

*  Boil to reduce and use it as syrup on pancakes or french toast.  (This seems like too much work for me.  Hahaha)
* Use it in cake mixes to replace the water called for.  (Not sure I want my chocolate cake to taste like peaches, but maybe a white cake?  When was the last time I even made a cake?
* A LOT of people said to use it to sweeten ice tea, but since I don’t DRINK ice tea……
*  A spoon or two in oatmeal or yogurt.  Now THIS sounds like a good idea!
* Mix with sparkling water for a nice treat.  I like THIS idea too.
* Use as a marinade for chicken.  A MARVELOUS idea!!!

*  Chili for 4-5 people
I haven’t posted a chili recipe for at least two weeks, so here is another one.  If you have canned ground beef (I do), this is extra easy.  I imagine you could also substitute canned roast beef.  This looks so good, I think I’ll put it on this week’s menu.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 c. chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)
1/2 c. chopped onion (1 medium)
4 cloves garlic, minced
In a 3 quart saucepan, cook and stir ground beef, sweet pepper, onion and garlic.  Drain off fat.
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce (At first I thought it was one hundred and fifteen oz. of tomato sauce.  Dang!)
1 can red kidney beans, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
2-3 tsp chili powder (or adjust for your taste)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Simmer covered for 20 min.
Top with cheese, chopped onion, sour cream, whatever!!!

Three-Can Black Bean Soup
This recipe is from “The Prepper’s Cookbook” by Tess Pennington
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can black beans undrained
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes undrained
1 TB chili powder
3 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 TB dried onion flakes
2 TB chicken bouillon
1 TB dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a 16-qt. pot.  Bring to a boil and reduce and simmer 20-30 min.
Optional:  Stir in coarsely chopped cilantro
Can serve with crumbled tortilla chips sprinkled on top.  

Creamy Corn Chowder
1 can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
1 can creamed corn, undrained
2 c. milk, or 2/3 instant nonfat milk mixed with 2 c. water
2/3 c. instant mashed potato flakes
salt and pepper

In a 4-qt saucepan, combine both kinds of corn and milk.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to low and simmer, uncovered for 5 min.  Stir in the instant mashed potato flakes, a little bit at a time, until the chowder is as thick as you want it.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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8 months ago

These sound nice!

Robert the Texan
Robert the Texan
8 months ago

My mom used to make a tea just like that when I was a child. My wife makes a concoction her Brazilian mom used her entire life and it works very well to soothe your throat and speed up the healing process. I recently had a cough that left my throat sore and she mixed up a batch it worked wonders, no exaggeration. I’ll share: – white onion (not a 1015 sweet, but a regular white onion) very thinly sliced – a few garlic cloves very thickly sliced – raw unfiltered honey (preferably from your local area if possible) Layer… Read more »

Marsha Dixon
Marsha Dixon
8 months ago

I have used a similar sore throat remedy. Mine uses only water, apple cider vinegar and honey. It does work. Smells and tastes awful, but you should only be sipping it. I’ll try yours next time.

8 months ago

Thank you very much for the recipes. I like to print recipes that have items that I have in my stash! These are perfect. I enjoy your newsletter!

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