Posts Tagged ‘Loretta Ensor’

Saving Food Dollars with Loretta?

November 18th, 2009

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Loretta Ensor, who is the cook at the SouthEast Nebraska Community Action Center or SENCA. Loretta is responsible for the preparation of the congregate meals as well as the food delivered to the elderly through the Meals on Wheels program. It was a delightful interlude in my day!

If you are a user of food that came from a food pantry or you have food commodities; if you are able to use SNAP funds or funds from WIC to feed your family; even if you avail yourselves of Angel Food Ministries or just pinch every penny you can to save money on your food budgets, it’s important to learn the best ways to get that job done while still feeding your family a nourishing diet. We hope we can help with that.

Here’s hoping you enjoyed the chat with Loretta well enough to leave a comment here.   And if you enjoyed her interview, the chances are good that you will enjoy our sister sites: Mother Connie Sez, which deals primarily with health; The Healthy and Wealthy You, which is pretty much self explanatory; and Rapid Cash Review, which makes every effort to help you get some money into your coffers by sharing ideas about internet marketing programs.

Connie Baum

Cookbooks: Who Doesn’t Love Them?

October 16th, 2009

You Have to Love Cook Books!

You Have to Love Cook Books!

Recipe books are very popular.   Men and women share the passion surrounding  them because both guys and dolls love to eat!  I am the proud owner of a new cookbook: “Tasteful Treasures” which is a collection of tasty treats from South East Nebraska!

The South East Nebraska Community Action Council’s Advisory Board teamed up with Tecumseh’s Civic Club to hold a highly successful fund raising event tonight.  They served their signature pancakes with sausages and the whole evening was a huge hit with everybody in town! A freewill offering was collected.  Our area can boast of many generous pancake lovers.

Everyone likes to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  There was a box at the entryway for donations of canned goods and it quickly filled.  There were Tasteful Treasures cookbooks for sale and those went home with people who could hardly wait to try out the new recipes.  The Methodist Youth Group was auctioned off for their services.  And no one even raised an eyebrow when it was announced ‘the Methodist minister was selling his kids.’

The funds collected will help support the services of the Council.  Senior meals, prepared by Loretta Ensor, are served there.  Meals on Wheels are delivered from the Center and there are other services available to the community.  That’s also where the office of the SENCA Family Development Associate, Terri Brethouwer is housed.

Those who use EBT cards furnished by SNAP or WIC might also have need for the food pantry or food commodities and those foods are made available from this location.

If you know someone who is in need, please let them know that Johnson County does what they can to be of assistance.  The number to call is 402 335 2134.  If you live outside of Johnson County you can ask at your county court house and they can provide you with the appropriate information.

In Nebraska you can apply for assistance by logging on to .

The cookbook I mentioned earlier has loads of helpful info.  If you have opted in to this page or to Food Stamps Cooking Club you are receiving some occasional messages to your Inbox.  I suspect you will be seeing some of the clever tips listed in the new cookbook very soon!  So, stay tuned!

We hope you’ll leave us a comment here and you are welcome as always to send us a hey at  When you visit our partners, you’ll see how you can boost your bottom line.  That will help fund your food budget!

Connie Baum