Thrift Shoppe Finds

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So Glad We Stopped into The Hospital Thrift Shoppe

We have had a very busy day on an emotional roller coaster ride. We attended a Funeral Mass in the morning. Then in the afternoon, we had to return to the Hospital to follow-up on some business from the week before. On our way driving to and from each place, we would drive past the Hospital Thrift Shoppe, thinking we should stop in there soon.

On our way back home, we had talked about stopping in, but said we said No, it would be too much, because we are spent, we don’t have the energy left. We decided to head straight home, and perhaps take a nap. However, as we were driving by, at the last minute, we said, “What the Heck, just a quick look around.” Boy, am I glad we did…

Here are our finds…

  • 2 Sterno Emergency Preparedness Kits, each kit includes:
    • a Sterno 6″ pillar that burns for up to 60 hours.
    • six Sterno votive candles that burn up to nine hours each.
    • two 7-oz containers of Sterno gel fuel that burns up to 2.5 hours each.
    • and¬† a Sterno folding stove, so you can prepare food over the flame.
  • A BBQ apron with tools:
    • A nylon apron / that becomes a roll-up storage bag.
    • A BBQ spatula with bottle opener.
    • A BBQ knife
    • A BBQ fork
    • BBQ tongs
    • A BBQ mitt
    • and 2 shakers
  • A glass cake stand – (we will use as a plant stand)
  • A glass serving plate – (we will use as a saucer under plants)
  • 2 small lead crystal candle holders. (for battery taper candles)
  • A small square apothecary jar – (for the bathroom)

Sterno setsThrift glassBBQ tools

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All the above for an unbelievable price of… Two Dollars and Twelve Cents. ūüėÄ

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But then he ran back in and bought… a 2 gallon thick glass water dispenser jar without it’s lid for only a quarter. (we might use it for fermenting)¬† ūüôā

Glass jug

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Thanks for stopping by…

What do you think of our finds? What were some of your best bargains?

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,¬†¬† and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. ‚Äď OmaEagle

 

 

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Dr. Bronner’s

“Healthy Hunza-Type Foods” by All-One-God-Faith, Inc.

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A Throwback to My past…¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ah, My Past…

Some called it ‘Hippy’ others still call me the Original ‘Flower Child’.

One thing for sure is how much I miss Dr. Bronner’s ‘Healthy Hunza-Type Foods’, from the days of yore. I used and depended on his wonderful food products since the Sixties on up and through the early 2000’s.

In 1970-1972, I traveled around the country, I guess you could say I was ‘Looking for America’. I¬†relied on some of them, especially the Balanced Protein Powder as one of the main survival food staples in my backpack. They kept Me and my Wolf Abe well nourished.

When I returned to a ‘Citizen-life’ they were a necessity in my home. I raised my Children and Husband on them. They slowly started disappearing from the store shelves after Dr. Emmanuel Bronner’s Death in March 1997. His children never knew the food recipes, he never passed them down. As far as I know, it appears as if they were all in his head, and there is no written trace of them. However, his children and grandchildren still do produce the soaps.

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Dr. Bronner’s “Healthy Hunza-type Food

These are the ones I always used

  • Balanced Protein Powder¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – A Great Survival Food. ‚̧
  • Balanced Mineral Seasoning¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – Sprinkled on Everything
  • Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – Broths, gravies & a hot drink
  • Hawaiian Mineral Syrup¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – A nice healthy sweetner
  • Carrot Calcium Powder¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – Use on food and teeth.
  • Calcium Malt¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – Sprinkled it on ice cream, etc.
  • Dulse¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – Sprinkled on Everything

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These are two I have left, and NO, I am not going to use them… Memories.

Dr. Bronner’s Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon:
All Vege-Amino-Broth Survival-Food-Base-Concentrate:
Contains: Soya Bouillon Base, Blackstrap Molasses, Vitamin C, Lemon and Orange Juice Solids, Soya Lecithin (oil free), Ocean Dulce, Papain Enzymes.
100% Balanced ‚Äď Without Alcohol, Animal Products nor Synthetics! – Concentrated.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Replaces salt, to season all food.

Dr. Bronner’s Mineral-Bouillon is 40 years guaranteed to duplicate our God-made natural sodium-potassium-chloride balance. For instant pick-me-up, use as a energy drink, balanced seasoning, or instant gravy. Enjoy 1 Tablespoon Bouillon in Cup hot water instead of meal. Also, mineralize carrot & other vegetable juices with a dash of bouillon.

SURVIVAL – FOOD – BASE
Keeps a Lifetime if Undiluted!

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Dr. Bronner’s Hawaiian Mineral Syrup
[1948 to ’69 “Organic Carrot Syrup”]

CONTAINS: Hawaiian Crude Cane Syrup. Vitamin C,
Lemon & Orange & Papaya Juice Solids, Dulse.

Enjoy Hawaiian Mineral syrup to replace refined sugar,
honey & syrup in Cereal, Pancakes, Tea, Coffee, Fruit
Juice, Milk, or alone with lemon in water.

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We had to switch to Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids in lieu of Dr. Bronner’s Balanced-Mineral-Bouillon. No offense to Patti Bragg’s, we have always used her Apple Cider Vinegar, but it is nowhere near the same. Bronner’s was a Balanced Mineral Bouillon, and Bragg’s is liquid Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids made from Vegetable Protein from NON-GMO Soybeans and Purified Water. (Not Fermented)

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soaps

Back in the day, we would refill our jugs at the Health food store.

They are made with Organic Oils and are certified Fair Trade. We have used these Soaps for 50 years for everything… Cleaning our ‘Mind, Body and Soul‘. Back in the day, we would refill our jugs at the Health food store. We use it for our body, hair, teeth, and as a refresher. We use it to wash our clothes, dishes, and house. We also use it on our fruits and veggies. We have put it into foam pumpers, for ease of everyday use. But the soaps are not the issue here, his family still produces them, plus they have added Coconut oils, and toothpastes to their product line.

As toothpaste, I used to use the liquid peppermint soap with the calcium powder, now I make my own. Read about my polishing one here: Organic Deodorant ‚Äď Homemade¬†

  • Peppermint is very refreshing and cooling in the Summer.
  • Eucalyptus helps keep the bugs at bay.
  • Almond is very refreshing and warming in Winter.
  • Lavender and Rose are both refreshing and relaxing.
  • Sal Suds is great for cleaning household items.
  • We ‘rinse’ our fruits and veggies in Peppermint.

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,¬†¬†¬†¬† and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. ‚Äď OmaEagle

Confetti Matzoh Ball Soup

An End of Summer Treat

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Confetti Matzoh Ball Soup a.k.a. Matzoh Minestrone

It’s the beginning of the ‘End of Summer’, the garden goodies are coming in full-fold…¬†¬†¬† Fresh green beans, okra, corn, tomatoes, etc. Now is the time to enjoy and get your full of your garden’s bounty. For me one of the best ways is to enjoy them in their veggie broth with matzoh balls… YUM

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Start with 2 to 2 & 1/2 quarts of homemade veggie or chicken broth. Bring to a slow boil. Add sliced okra, green beans, corn from cob, and tomatoes. Let simmer until near tender. Meanwhile mix up the matzoh dough, make walnut-sized balls, let sit as soup simmers. (You can use the Matzo Ball mix.) When veggies are near tender, drop balls into soup and simmer until they are done… Yum

 

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Summertime Treats…

Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Sweet Corn

Yummy Fresh Eats… Loving July into August.

We live in PA.

However‚Ķ ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† We make a run over to Jersey once a week to buy Old Mr. King’s Sweet Treats. ¬†I don’t know whether it is the Jersey sandy soil, or that his farm is in the middle of the Wharton State Forest. Maybe it is the Love he puts into his craft. Perhaps all three combined that make his Eggplant (he says it’s male), Tomatoes, Corn and, last but not least, the Zucchini the Sweetest ever. He has been working this farm since he was a kid. He always says: “I’m happy to still be working this side of the grass.” ūüėÄ

For us the near 2 hour, 66 mile round trip a week worth it. ūüôā

Eggplant

I cannot get enough of his fresh Sweet Jersey Eggplant.                                        I eat it hot, fresh off the griddle, topped with Sweet Red Jersey Tomatoes.         Then later that night, I eat it cold right from the Ice Box. (ahem… Fridge)

Finally for the ‘Desert’, Sweet, Sweet Jersey Corn.

Eggplant, Corn on Cob, Tomato

The best way to fix eggplant for Our Family is:

  • Peel then slice just under 1/2 inch thick.
  • Salt, and set aside for near an hour.
  • Rinse and blot off excess water.
  • Have skillet / griddle medium hot.
  • Press slices into ¬†flour on both sides.
  • then dip into a beaten egg, thinned with a drizzle of water or milk.
  • Press into bread crumbs on both sides. (your choice of seasoning)
  • Then fry, until golden brown on each side.

My Happy Summer Song – DD

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Summertime and the Livin’ is Right, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Summertime and the Livin’ is Breezy, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ‚Ķ Sum, Summertime.

Summertime is sweet, sweet Eatin’, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Summertime and the Veggies are Ripe, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Summertime nights are long and Bright, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ‚Ķ Sum, Summertime.

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount¬†many things from my past, ¬† ¬† ¬† and explore the many other creative¬†possibilities in my future. ‚Äď OmaEagle

Chicken Pot Pie‚Ķ Bot Boi

Old Mennonite cooking

Chicken was another frequent ingredient in old Mennonite cooking.

Chicken Pot Pie, Bot Boi

The Ingredients

  • 1 celery stalk w leaves,
  • 1 slice thin pepper
  • 3 lbs. chicken/parts
  • 4 potatoes, qtr.
  • 2 qt. water
  • 1 carrot, slice thin
  • 1 onion, dice
  • 2 T. parsley
  • 1 batch dough squares

The Process 

  • Cover chicken, stew almost tender. Strain. Bone chicken and dice.
  • Add potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, parsley and pepper. Bring to boil.
  • Add chicken. Drop half of squares¬†into boiling broth, one by one, cover entire top. Stir, then add the rest.¬†Cover tight.
  • Boil 20 min., until squares have a spongy texture when cut with a fork. Serve 6-8.

This is not what it will look like…

Mennonite /¬†German Dutch Chicken Pot Pie¬†is basically a stew, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† a thicken, beefed up (Oops), I means a bolstered up soup, not this‚Ķ ūüôā

Chicken pot pie #2

But, I also do this Chicken Pot Pie –¬†quick and easy with Jiffy Baking Mix.

Quicky Chicken Pot Pie¬†(or Cheater’s Pot Pie)

The Ingredients

  • 1+1/2 cup diced chicken ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† – usually leftover
  • 1 cup of veggies ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† – I use mixed, corn, gr. beans,¬†carrots, etc.
  • 1+1/2 – 2 cups of broth gravy ¬†– some use canned gravy or cream soups,
  • 1 batch biscuit dough batter

The Process Chicken Pot Pie

  • Butter or spray pie plate.
  • Place chicken and (thawed) veggies in.
  • Cover with about 1/2 the gravy.¬†Saving the extra gravy to pour on top, of finished servings. YUM
  • Pour biscuit dough batter over all the top
  • Bake on 400* F, until top is brown and gravy is bubbly. (abt. 35 min.)

HINT: I make my own gravy from the roasting pan drippings.

  • Deglaze the pan and strain into a jar, refrigerate.
  • Next day scoop off the harden fat.
  • Use this broth thickened with corn starch, etc.
  • Season.

Chicken, a frequent ingredient in old Mennonite cooking.                                    Broths & Soups:          Chicken Corn Soups; Chicken Noodle Soups                          Main Dishes:               Chicken Baked in Cream; Chicken Fricassee;                                                             Chicken & Oyster Pie; Chicken & Pineapple.

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What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by. ‚Äď OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount¬†many things from my past, ¬† ¬† ¬† and explore the many other creative¬†possibilities in my future. ‚Äď OmaEagle

Apples in Old Mennonite Cooking

Apples were a frequent ingredient in old Mennonite cooking.

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Apples, Apples, Apples Everywhere,                                                                      Eat them whole, or cook them pared.

We have Apple Strudel, Apple Pandowdy, Friar’s Apple Charlotte, some call it Betty, some call it Crisp, etc. They are all basically the same, and very easy to make. They all start off with apples sliced into casserole dish. Then are either topped with a¬†crumble¬†top (flour &/or oats), a¬†breadcrumb¬†top, or a biscuit dough¬†top.

I Decided to Play

Well I decided to use a cake batter, not to have an apple cake, but apples with some cake crumbles. I filled the dishes 3/4 full with chunked apples. Poured plain prepared cake mix over the apples. Stirred it through. Sprinkled the top with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Cooked about 40 minutes, at 350* until the apples were done to my liking.

It made a great breakfast, and snack, mostly baked flavored apples. ūüėÄ

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Apples, Apples, Apples Everywhere,                                                                    And used in everything.

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Salads

  • Apple Walnut Salad
  • Beet & Apple Salad

Sweet & Sours

  • Apple Sauce
  • Apple Butter
  • Apple & Peach Conserve
  • Spiced Apples

Vegetable Dishes

  • Scalloped Sweet Potato & Apple

Breakfast

Desserts

  • Apple sauce Cake
  • Apple Dumplings ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†– whole apple with biscuit dough
  • Apple Strudel ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†– sliced into casserole, crumble¬†top
  • Apple Pandowdy ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†– sliced into casserole, biscuit dough¬†top
  • Friar’s Apple Charlotte ¬†– sliced into casserole, breadcrumb¬†top
  • Schnitz Pie (dried apples)
  • Apple Butter Pie
  • Apple Crumble Pie ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Apple Crumble Pie

Main Dishes

  • Schnitz Un Knepp – Ham with dried apples
  • Rote Kraut
  • Sauerkraut

Beverages

  • Apple Cider

and last but not least Scrapple – No, just kidding ūüėÄ

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by. ‚Äď OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount¬†many things from my past, ¬† ¬† ¬† and explore the many other creative¬†possibilities in my future. ‚Äď OmaEagle

Apple Ring Fritters

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An old Mennonite / Pennsylvania Dutch recipe..

Apples were a frequent ingredient in old Mennonite cooking

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Apple Ring Fritters

The Receipt < (This is how they spelled it)

The Ingredients

1 c. sifted flour ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4 lg. apples ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬ĺ c. milk ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†1¬Ĺ t. bake pdr. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2 T. sugar ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1 egg ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† salt

The Process

  • Sift dry items. (together)
  • Add milk and egg. Beat well.
  • Peel apples, core, slice in ¬ľ‚ÄĚ rings.
  • Dip rings in batter, drop into skillet of ¬Ĺ” hot shortening.
  • Fry golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towel.
  • Mix sugar & cinnamon together, sprinkle over fritters.
  • Makes 16 to 20.
Apple fritters
Yummy Apple Ring Fritters

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

  • Use fritter as a side for any meal, as a breakfast, or as a desert /snack.
  • You can use any pancake mix batter, in place of ‘from scratch’. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†We use Jiffy baking mix, it does not contain Aluminum, and is less saltier.
  • Try Pineapple rings ‚̧

You can make pancake style fritters with any fruit, leftover veggies, potatoes or onions. Just mix into batter and pour, use less oil and cook like pancakes until done.

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by. ‚Äď OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,¬†¬†¬†¬† and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. ‚Äď OmaEagle