Private Select Pies

Vince was at a catered dinner the other day and he brought home his dessert for me . . I guess it was kinda like a doggy bag for the wife! It was peach pie and I wasn’t prepared to be overly impressed because you know I’m more of a homemade kind of girl and most storebought or “pre-fab” as I call them, prepared items don’t get me real excited. The first bite of that pie and I was in pie heaven! I asked Vince . . can  you please ask the caterer where he got these pies? Vince said “Probably some restaurant supply company and we can’t get them.” I encouraged him to ask . . you never know.

After talking to the caterer, Vince said . . “You won’t believe this. The pies are from Kroger!”

Last night was the last of the catered dinners and there were two pies left over so Vince bought one and brought it home.

Private Select Pie

Private Select Pie

I think Vince said they’re in the deli and at our store, you may have to ask for them. He also thinks they have apple, cherry and peach.

Peach pie is one of my very favorites (but I know . . I say that about everything!).

Peach Pie

Peach Pie

The crust is good. It’s thicker like I like my crusts and it’s kinda sweet and chewy . . like I like my crusts. The filling is just delicious and there are lots of peaches and they’re firm and not mushy. 

Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Add a little Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream and it’s so good. Maybe I’ll be wishing I’d never learned about these pies. 

I have no idea how much they cost but I’m betting . . I would pay more!  :)

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.  Looks like they’ve taken down the offer for a free sample. Sorry!

Kefir Smoothies

We are both loving the milk kefir smoothies and started some water kefir to begin fermenting this morning. With the milk kefir grains, I’ve been having just about a pint of kefir produced each day but today I used a quart jar and it’s almost full of milk. The grains have grown and with a few much warmer days, the milk is fermenting more quickly.

Yesterday morning, we had a pumpkin pie kefir smoothie.

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

We have to add a little milk to get enough for both of us to have a small smoothie. As soon as there’s more kefir each day, I’ll stop adding the milk. The ingredients include canned pumpkin, flaked oats, kefir, a bit of nutmeg and the extra milk.

Smoothie in the Making

Smoothie in the Making

Pour all the ingredients in a jar, stick the immersion blender in there, give it a whirl . . rinse the blender, put it away for another day . . simple as that.

Whipped Cream?

Whipped Cream?

I was so tempted to add some whipped cream . . but I didn’t. Really!

This morning, we had apple cinnamon smoothies and I think they were my favorite.

Apple Smoothie

Apple Smoothie

I chopped the apples, added a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, the oatmeal which thickens it all up a bit, the kefir and again, a bit of extra milk.

Apple Smoothies

Apple Smoothies

All the small glasses were in the dishwasher so you can see that we’re each getting smaller amounts but in a couple of days, we should be able to have enough to make these glasses about two-thirds full.

For tomorrow morning, I think we’ll have fig/ginger smoothies!