Posts Tagged ‘Nebraska’

Roadside Stands Help Food Stamps Cooking Club

September 6th, 2013
Looky what WE found at a roadside stand in North Central Nebraska!

Looky what WE found at a roadside stand in North Central Nebraska!

It’s been a busy week here in the Club House–we have hosted a Book Lovers Club meeting; we have had surprise visitors, which we always enjoy, and on Thursday we took the day to travel to Central Nebraska on business.  We did toss in some pleasure, too:

We had a ginormous pizza loaded with sauerkraut, lots of meat and cheese and spices that tickled our taste buds.  Only one slice was plenty for a meal!  WOW.  This was served at a tavern in the quaint and charming town of Dannebrog, Nebraska.

We had a ginormous pizza loaded with sauerkraut, lots of meat and cheese and spices that tickled our taste buds. Only one slice was plenty for a meal! WOW. This was served at a tavern in the quaint and charming town of Dannebrog, Nebraska.

Visiting the roadside stands this time of year is wonderful!  We picked out a watermelon, a red pepper the size of my head, and some squashes: a turban squash and a butternut squash.  Everything looked so tempting and delish!  There was a wide variety of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, melons, onions, squashes, and the workers all talked about the crops that are still being harvested.

The sight of new vineyards popping up along the landscape was a treat for our eyes, too.  We visited a winery but they were so busy harvesting the grapes they were not available for tastings or serving meals.  We’ll just have to make another road trip at a later date! ;)

Soon Mother Connie will be posting a recipe for a casserole featuring spaghetti squash.  It is sooo mouth watering in a photo I saw that I cannot wait to make one and show all of you.  The spaghetti squash will be ready to pick very soon;  you WILL be kept in the loop!

The squash featured in the above photo make luscious soups for fall.  The recipe for squash soup has been featured here before but when a new batch of soup comes out of the Club House Kitchen, you guys will be the very first to know!

For those of you who have recently become Members of our merry band of foodies, we welcome you.  We are happy to help anyone but especially we like to focus on those who use public assistance for their food budgets.

Those who use EBT cards for WIC or SNAP and those who depend on  food commodities, food pantries, food banks, and the generosity of gardeners have told us repeatedly that the help we offer is really helpful and for that we are grateful.  We hold no judgments and we are not out to sell you stuff!  We hear, also, from people who simply like the challenge of wrestling with the food dollars to see how far those dollars might  S  T  R  E  T  C  H !  We are painfully aware of how you are all living on a dime and we love you madly.

Your comments mean the world to us.  Thanks for stopping by.  We are working diligently on plans for the Cooking Class; you are in that loop, too!  We hope it will be helpful for you in keeping your food costs to a minimum!

Connie Baum

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County Fair Week and Food Stamps Cooking Club

August 12th, 2013

It’s Fair Week in Johnson County, Nebraska!

Plans for our Johnson County Fair have been in the works since the midway closed in 2012!  Our little Maple Grove church family is responsible for the Food Stand and with regard to that, the Food Stamps Cooking Club club house will once again serve as “Pie Central.”

The members of Maple Grove are superb pie bakers.  Every pie will be brought to our door each day-fresh from the ovens of talented bakers-and The Normanator and I will cut them, place each slice into its own container, place labels on each little box to identify the flavor and pop them into flats for transport to the Fair Stand.  They will be collected and placed in the refrigerators on site.  Last year we tallied 800 pieces of home made pie were served up to hungry fair goers.  If the weather is good, we could match or surpass that number this year!  All the profits go to help support our community.

These kinds of events have the potential to strain a family’s food budget.  With careful planning and scrutiny, however, even those who  depend on public assistance can enjoy such treats as a Black Cow-root beer and chocolate ice cream-juicy burgers or sloppy nachos.  It takes discipline and wise planning to make it happen.  People who are accustomed to living on a dime are really good at this!  YOU know who you are!

We salute and support people who fund their food budgets with the help of food pantries, food drops, food commodities.  We applaud you who manage on goods from generous gardeners, CSA supplies, farmers markets as well as WIC and SNAP.  We greatly admire those of you who are thrifty and clever at making  foodstuffs   s t r e t c h   as far as possible for your loved ones.

Here’s hoping you will understand that Mother Connie will be busy baking pies, cutting pies, chopping onions and all that goes with working with our church family this week, leaving no room for blogging.  :(  As the week unfolds, I’ll be on the hunt for ideas and suggestions and recipes to help you navigate your way through feeding your loved ones on a tight budget.

We would love to see you at the Johnson County Fair!  We’d love to hear about YOUR county fair experiences, too!  Just leave us some love in the comment panel.

We’ll reconnect next week!  Please remember, too, that you are loved and appreciated!

PS/The good folks over at Living On a Dime have a sale going on, just in case you are interested and have room in your budget…tell them Mother Connie sent you, please?

Connie Baum

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Food Stamps Cooking: Cooking With Corn?

January 11th, 2010

 

 

When the giant snowdrifts melt, this will be what Nebraskans see during the summer months!

 

We live in Husker land; the famous Nebraska Cornhusker football team is just up the road from our little town and corn is grown in Nebraska like nobody’s business.  If we did not love eating sweet corn we’d probably followed by the Corn Police.  At the very least we’d be denied access to the sweet goodness!  Corn in Nebraska is pretty much comfort food all year round!

Firehouse #1 in Lincoln was featured in Nebraska Life Magazine recently, where they shared a casserole from their kitchen that makes my mouth water, just thinking of it.    It’s beautiful, it’s golden and will travel beautifully to a pot luck meal, where it will receive rave reviews from people who will gobble it up immediately.  You have GOT to try this one:

BAKED CORN CASSEROLE

2 cans cream style corn

2 cans whole kernel corn, drained

2 sticks butter, melted

2 cups sour cream

2 boxes cornbread mix (I used Jiffy)

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.  Mix well.  Pour into greased 9 X 13 inch casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for  45 – 50 minutes.  It will be light golden brown and smell delicious!  This serves 6 – 8, depending how hungry your gang is!

When the oven is baking something it warms the kitchen; your home baked goods will be heart warming!

If you have the time to look at the great comment Anne left for us on our previous post, it will be worth your time.  We are so delighted to have good comments like Anne’s!  We love our mail, too:  foodstampscookingclub@gmail.com!

We make every effort here to help people who use SNAP or WIC or food from food pantries or have food commodities; we hope we offer hope to folks who avail themselves of Angel Food Ministries and Farmers Market Coupons.  We make every effort to inspire and empower people who simply need to stretch every food dollar in their food budgets.   We hope to do all this while pointing people in the direction of healthy choices in order to be well and happy.

Other sites we invite you to visit are: Mother Connie Sez.  Mother Connie is all about health; this is the main push of this site but she does reminisce, too.  The Healthy and Wealthy You deals with health and wealth; imagine that!  Rapid Cash Review is a business blog that offers ideas for the work at home  and internet marketing crowd.  As you might expect, we are jonesin’ for comments on each of those, as well!  See how we are?

Your visits, your comments, your support are truly the lifeblood of this site.  We are all in this crummy economy together, kids.  We may as well hang together, help one another, and make the best of it!

Connie Baum

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Calling All Kids! Especially in Johnson County, Nebraska!

July 10th, 2009

Terri Brethouwer, Family Development Associate tells me the South East Nebraska Community Action Center crew is BUSY! They are gearing up for an event to help children get back to school with all their needs met!  That’s because they are investing in people to build strong communities!

Later this month there will be an event to prepare youngsters for the new school year!  It will be held at the Action Center in beautiful downtown Tecumseh, Nebraska!  The next day there will be an identical event in Pawnee City, Nebraska.  The kids will be given backpacks filled with socks and underwear and there will be professionals on hand to assist them from their areas of expertise.  Here’s a list of the key players:

  • I’ll be there to share information about healthy snacks!
  • Someone from our County Extension Office will have meal ideas!
  • An eye care specialist will do something regarding their vision
  • A Physician’s Assistant will be on hand for medical issues
  • Dental care will be addressed

Being a part of this-being a part of this community, even, just gives me goosebumps!  Oh, how I wish everyone from all over the country could come to this event so I could give you a hug and thank you for being so faithful to the Food Stamps Cooking Club!

You have been faithful to our partners, as well.  For this we are all grateful.

Summer is a great time for great food.  The ideas are pouring in at foodstampscookingclub@gmail.com  and we will be sharing those in the hot, humid days to come.  Meantime, please continue sending those in your circle of influence to Food Stamps Cooking Club so they can sign in and receive our occasional messages of information and tips.

As you are keenly aware, this site is dedicated to helping recipients of the SNAP program, food commodities, food pantries, and we hope we are assisting everyday people in managing their food budgets.  Those who get help through Angel Food Ministries seem to appreciate our offerings, as do people who are using Farmers Market coupons.

You are more than welcome to post your comments.  They will need to be moderated so you may not see them immediately but please know we are most grateful to receive them.  They give us fresh perspective and make us feel appreciated.  Thank you so very much!

Connie Baum