Monthly Archives: January 2012

Emergency Kits – Gloves

This week, our focus is going to be on GLOVES…two types:




and Work



I think the reasons behind needing gloves are probably pretty obvious.  Latex gloves are so useful in unsanitary conditions to protect ourselves from disease, blood, germs, etc.  They also come in handy when you’re grossed out and have to clean something up.  :-)

Work gloves are so important to have!  I can imagine SO many emergency situations in which they would come in handy.  When moving debris out of the way, whether from a wind storm (tree branches), an earthquake (rock, cement, rubble), or anything else, gloves will protect you from cuts, slivers, burns, and more.  Make it a priority to get yourselves some gloves for your kits!



Ev’s Sweet N’ Spicy Salmon Recipe 1 comment

I love, LOVE salmon.  The trouble is, it’s rarely something I can afford, so I don’t eat it very often.  When I happen to find it on sale for less than $4 a pound, I will buy it, but I’m pretty fearful of trying new recipes with it…cause what if it isn’t good?  I aint’ wasting $3.50/lb of food!!!    You know what I mean?  The last time I bought it, however, I decided to be brave and experiment…and I’m really glad I did.

I’ve always liked a hint of sweet to my meat.  So, I combined equal parts of gluten free soy sauce and honey, then added just a teeny bit of ground red pepper to the sauce for a little kick.  Squeezed a bit of orange juice into the mix.  Marinated my fish in it for a half hour or so, then grilled that baby up (and by grilled, I mean I cooked it in a skillet cause I don’t have a grill.  But it’d be really good grilled).

Sweet N' Spicy Salmon

I wish I’d measured everything more closely…I really do.  Because this was TO DIE FOR.  The slightly blackened honey coating was incredible.  I will give you the measurements as close as I can get, and you can adjust for your taste:

Ev’s Sweet N’ Spicy Salmon

1 lb skinless, deboned salmon

3 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce

3 Tbsp honey (bought local, of course!!:-))

Juice of one large orange

Pinch of ground red pepper

Cut the salmon into 4 equal-sized pieces, about 4 oz. each.  In a large shallow bowl, mix the soy sauce, honey, orange juice and pepper.  Add the salmon and marinate for at least 30 minutes, turning over about halfway through to get both sides properly marinated.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Spray with a bit of misted olive oil (if you have an oil mister), or add 1/2 tsp olive oil to the skillet.  When hot, add the fish and cook for about 3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your salmon.  You want it to flake easily with a fork.  Eat it up with some roasted potatoes or a big beautiful salad.

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Thoughtful Thursday – Friendship 1 comment

The Arrow and the Song

I  shot an arrow in the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For, so swiftly as it flew, the sight

Could not follow in its flight.


I breathed a song into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where.

For who has sight so keen and strong,

That it can follow the flight of song?


Long, long afterward, in an oak,

I found the arrow, still unbroke;

And the song, from beginning to end

I found again in the heart of a friend.

– Henry Wasdworth Longfellow


“God does notice us, and He watches over us.  But it is usually through another person that He meets our needs.”

-Spencer W. Kimball

Emergency Kits – Tweezers 4 comments

This week let’s add TWEEZERS to our first aid kits.



I’ll be perfectly honest, I’ve NEVER bought a pair of tweezers before.  We own 3 pair, but that’s because they’ve come in first-aid kits I’ve bought.  I was thinking about it, and couldn’t remember ever buying them by themselves.


The good news is, you CAN purchase them in a kit, or by themselves, or however else you want to.  Amazon has them ranging from $2-$20.  (What you’ll need with a $20 pair of tweezers, I don’t know, but hey, I’m a simpleton sometimes.)  Is $2 for a pair of tweezers a good deal?  I assume so, but like I said, I don’t know for a fact.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them at my local dollar store, so you may be able to find them cheaper.  Guess it’s time I find out, and add some tweezers to the kits! :-)

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Pumpkin Coconut Bread – Gluten Free 3 comments

Ever since giving up gluten, I have had some major food cravings.


You know, for things like donuts, muffins, BREAD.

That kinda thing.


Unfortunately, I haven’t found many homemade gluten free bread recipes that I’ve liked.  I’ve tried a ton of them, but haven’t found THE ONE.


I decided to ease my way into it, and to start by trying some quick breads, rather than yeast breads, and see if I had any better luck.  Again, I tried a ton of recipes that fell flat, but I finally found one that I really, really like!

The coconut does an amazing job of keeping this muffin moist.  Who would have thought?

The original recipe calls for standard wheat flour.  I used my handy dandy homemade gluten free flour and substituted it cup for cup…and it TURNED OUT!!  Who would have thought again?

Pumpkin Coconut Bread (Adapted from Allrecipes):

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour (the stuff that already has xantham gum in it)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and “sugar” a muffin tin (or line 24 cups with paper)
  2. Mix together sugars, oil, and eggs. Mix in pumpkin. Add flour, salt, soda, and spices, and then water. Stir together until just moistened. Stir in coconut and chips. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

*To make the standard version of this bread, just swap out the GF flour for regular white flour.


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Make Your Own: Homeade Liquid Hand Soap


I’ve always preferred liquid to bar soap, but honestly, I’ve always used bar soap because it’s cheaper.  Now that I have kids I’ve  found that they wash their hands much better with the liquid…it’s easier to squirt a little out and wash it off, there isn’t a slippery bar to grasp, and frankly, they’re more likely to get enough soap on their hands when it’s liquid.

My son, in particular, does much better with liquid soap.  It’s what they use at his school, and one of his autistic traits is that he wants things the same.  ALL TH E TIME.  Using bar soap causes more meltdowns than I would have ever thought possible! :-)

So I decided to try and make liquid hand soap from the bar soap I have on hand.

I found this recipe from Savvy Housekeeping.  It was the simplest one I found, and had a lot of positive reviews, so I decided to give it a shot.


My thoughts?  I personally love it.  Initially after making it, the soap had a “snot”-like consistency, and that was gross, but I whipped it around in the blender and that helped.  I’ve also found that the texture has improved as the days have gone by.  My husband and kids have all given their stamp of approval, and so I consider it a HUGE victory, and something I’ll continue to make.  I love the simple fragrance to it,  I love how much cheaper it is than store bought, and I love that it uses less packaging since I’m reusing the same bottle over and over!!



If you use bar soap and have no reason to switch to liquid, this may be a fun experiment when you’ve used up your bar and only a sliver remains….what a great way to keep from letting those go to waste!


Here’s the recipe, straight from Savvy Housekeeping (I’ve included my personal notes in blue):


  • 1 cup soap flakes
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp glycerin (I used a “heaping” tablespoon, and I found it at Walmart in the pharmacy section.  It only cost me $2.31 for the entire bottle.)

Grate the soap.  Use a cheese grater, and get to work.  I found that 1 bar of soap made a little over a cup; I ended up using about 3/4 of a bar.

In a large pot, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 10 cups water, and 1 Tbs glycerin. Turn on medium-low heat and stir until the soap dissolves. This took about 3 minutes for me.

Let the soap cool completely, then pour into the containers using the funnel.  I used quart canning jars, since that what I have on hand.  This makes so much that I filled a few of them, and just have them stored under the sink in my bathroom for when the bottles need a refill.

*I’ve read through many comments about this recipe, and it seems that Dove soap does NOT work well…so you may want to steer clear of that brand.  The reason is probably that Dove is a moisturizing soap, and so it doesn’t dissolve the same way a typical non-moisturizing soap will.






Emergency Kit – Scissors


Isn’t that a great quote?  It’s so true…

This week, we’re going to focus on adding  SCISSORS to our emergency/72-hour kits.




Now, typically when we think of scissors for emergency kits, we think of the surgical kind, pictured above.  That is great, but you know what, I think that regular scissors could come in handy as well.  If you’ve got a package of food you’re trying to open, if you need to cut some string to use for something, those regular scissors can be useful.  Of course, if you’ve already stored your pocket knife, you may already have what you need.  Take a look at your own situation and decide.  You may want to look into storing a few pairs of different types, depending on what kind of storage space you have.



Some of my favorite quotes from my  family last year:

Buddy Boy:  “Mom, can I have milk?”
Mom: No
BB: Can I have juice?
Mom: No
BB: Can I have water?
 Mom: No
BB: Can I have slime?

“You know, life is hectic, stressful, and certainly not easy.  Yet when I look at my children, really REALLY look at them, I feel such a love and peace, and how can I complain? When I see my sweet smiling kids, EVERYTHING is right in the world.” – Evelyn

“Maybe I won’t have as much stress at school if I can be surprised and come home to a clean house.” – Munchkin

“(singing)  In the name a blow, what more in the name a blow?” – Buddy Boy

“There may not be a cure for Autism yet, but love is kind of a cure, and it’s the best kind of cure we can give!” – Munchkin

“I’m SO thankful for steroids!”  – Evelyn

Changing Buddy Boy’s diaper Mom said “Okay, let’s check your bottom.”  Buddy Boy looked down and replied, “Yes Mom, my bottoms are still there!”

Munchkin’s friend (during their playdate):  “Your mom is so cool!”
Munchkin:  “Yeah she is, but sometimes she swears.”

“So Mom, how are you enjoying your Malibut?” – Munchkin

In July we drove by a Texas Roadhouse.  Munchkin mentioned that she’d gotten a coupon from school for a place like that…but couldn’t remember the name of the place.  I gave her some ideas:  “Spaghetti Factory?  Outback Steakhouse?”  She replied, “No, it was, um, let me think.  It was Obama-Rama, that’s right!”
Getting out Christmas decor,and Buddy Boy sees a plate that says, “Dear Santa, Here is a treat for you and carrots for your reindeer.” The first “for” is missing the O and R. So he sounds it out and reads ” Dear Santa, here is a treat. F You and carrots for your reindeer.”
Also, Munchkin put on Christmas music and the song “Noel” came on. She listened for awhile, then came to me in clear distress and upset. “Mom, you know that Noel song? I don’t think we should listen to it anymore. You know, cause of how it says ‘Born is the kingdom of h**l'” I explained it’s “born is the king of Israel”, EL, not with an H.:-)
“You don’t have a fever.  Oh no!!  What if you’re getting the weasles??” – Munchkin