Valley Food Storage Review

Many times we’ve discussed food preparations and in our prepping discussions, we’ve talked about different scenarios for when we might need to have a nice stock of food on hand. There doesn’t have to be a “zombie apocalypse” for us to wish we had a good supply of food on hand. The recent ebola scare, though it looks like it isn’t going to be as serious as it sounded initially, could have been a disaster, especially if there was an outbreak in your area. The flu season is coming and we may end up not feeling like going out or we may not want to be out with other sick people. There could be many scenarios when we would not want to have to go out to the grocery store.

When I’ve discussed canning food, many have commented that they just don’t have room to store food and I understand that. Valley Food Storage may be a solution to those with little to no storage, or for those who have no interest in cannning food.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a sample from Valley Food Storage. I wasn’t sure what I would receive but was sent a package of their Pasta Primavera to try. Today I fixed it for lunch. It was delicious! Straight out of the package, I fixed myself a little bowl of it and you know we like good food and this was good! I added some sauteed, partially cooked broccoli, asparagus, carrots and mushrooms.

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

The sauce was delicious! Honestly, I could see myself opening a package of this and fixing it for company. It was great with the veggies and it would be great with a grilled chicken breast but what matters most is that alone, straight out of the package, with nothing added, it was delicious and would be easy to fix and quite filling.

The sealed, dried foods from Valley Foods have a 25  year shelf life – they guarantee it.

I’ve always been hesitant to buy the freeze dried foods that are supposed to last forever because what good is it to have a full pantry of food if it doesn’t taste good and you’d have to be starving before you’d eat it? I can only speak for the pasta primavera but I don’t think anyone would have a problem eating this and enjoying every bite of it.

Please check out their website. At this time, you can order a sample and see what you think.

Design Wall – October 20, 2014

My design wall is totally clean – empty – everything is taken down. A new project will begin soon, maybe by the end of the week. Instead of showing you a blank wall, I’ll show what was up before I took it down.

Design Wall

Design Wall

Sweet Little Rita!

When Rita first came here, she was timid and shy. She was agreeable and quiet. The new has worn off. She thinks she owns the place. She barks! She howls! Thank goodness she isn’t very loud and thank goodness we don’t have any close neighbors.

She’s been sleeping on the sofa the past few nights and she sleeps like a rock. I don’t think she wakes up once. We have a slipcover on the sofa and another blanket so hopefully, the furniture is protected. I think she must have been an inside/outside dog because she lets us know when she needs to go outside.

She now thinks she can tell Speck what to do and he pretty much stays out of her way.  She hasn’t bothered the chickens . . til today! Until this afternoon, she just walked by them and noticed them but didn’t really pay much attention to them.

Rita and the Chickens

Rita and the Chickens

Early this afternoon, I was out in the garden and noticed Rita was barking at the red chickens and running around the pen kinda chasing them. I fussed at her and this is what I got.

Rita After Being Scolded

Rita After Being Scolded

Later in the afternoon, Vince and I were in the shop looking for something and heard a commotion in the coop and Rita had dug under . . was in the pen with the chickens! Vince and I looked over about the same time to see what the noise was about and he said “Oh, my! SHE IS IN THE RUN!”

There’s the cutest little paw print on my way to the chicken coop!

Paw Print

Paw Print

This makes me smile every time I step over it. I’ll step over it til it rains and washes it away! I’m so happy Rita came to our house, even if we’re going to have to figure out a way to cause her to lose interest in the chickens.