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Ultimate convenience comes from having your Food Storage Staples available. Yes, Food Storage is absolutely 'convenience food' at your fingertips.
Chicken Rice Soup (The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook 1973)
- 3-4 lbs stewing chicken cut into pieces (I used my canned chicken-1 Pint)
- 3 quarts (12 cups) water
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 6 peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning, if desired
- 2 medium stalks celery, chopped
- 1 small onion copped
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1/2 cup uncooked brown or white rice (I used Barley instead)
Try It On A Cold Wintery Day!
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"Asking a favor - Putin has asked his parliament for permission to send military troops to Ukraine - specifically Crimea. We are fasting tomorrow for the people of Ukraine and the missionaries there (especially the one who is near and dear to my heart - Elder (son)) - could you add them into your fasting and prayer tomorrow? And - if you aren't the fasting, but the praying type - could you lift them up in prayer. My heart hurts for this people and their division and what it could mean for their country. Thank you so much!"
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made the following statement today.
Church Statement on Missionaries Serving in UkraineSalt Lake City-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today regarding missionaries serving in Ukraine:
Due to civil unrest, 23 missionaries serving in the Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission have been removed from the Crimean peninsula and transferred to other areas within the mission as a precautionary measure.
- Begin by calling on The Father by saying "Heavenly Father"
- Take a minute to offer your thanks for the blessings that you are grateful for. Suggestions might be for your family, health, shelter, etc
- Ask Heavenly Father for the things you are calling upon him for. (If you feel so inclined, ask for protection and care to be upon the People of the Ukraine).
- End "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen"
Given the evolving situation in Ukraine, 22 missionaries serving in that country will end their missions early and return home over the next few days. This includes missionaries originally scheduled for release in March and April of this year and allows the four missions in Ukraine to better accommodate the missionaries who were moved out of the Crimean Peninsula. Missionaries who have been in missionary training centers preparing to enter Ukraine are being temporarily reassigned to other missions or will remain at the MTCs on a short-term basis (see previous statements issued this week).
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There are 2 distinct opportunities to order product:
The second option is Home Storage Centers with Opportunities to Package Products (selected locations). This was also published as of 2/1/14
If you are wondering where the facilities that you can package your own are located, look here.
I also love how 'current' the church is with their media. They have QR codes for each of these forms!
|For the Price List for Prepackaged foods.|
|For the Price List for Packaging your own product.|
At any rate, there are still foods that you can purchase through the Home Storage Centers. If you would like more information, please go here.
- I had everything at home to make this quick and delicious bread.
- I figure that this quart of pumpkin cost be about $.30 versus $3.33 for a 15 ounce can.
- The pumpkin chunks performed just as well as the commercially packed pumpkin puree.
It seems that Winter has struck everywhere. This was my Backyard not to long ago.
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A family member's home in the South East with the Power line down.
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- It's cold...it's cold...it's cold. Having alternate fuel sources available when needed is a must. Propane prices have jumped nearly $2.00 per gallon. Wood is useful if it has been kept dry and away from the elements. Do you have access to Natural Gas? I am sitting here writing this post by the fire....powered by Natural Gas. In an emergency, our Natural Gas rarely goes out, so I can be warm and safe in my home.
- Sheltering in place. Many school districts have cancelled school a lot! This means that the parents must have a plan to care for their children if they work outside of the home. It also means that there needs to be some form of 'entertainment' that is not dependent on power. How is your stash of cards and board games?
- Feeding the family: I have seen news stories that showed shelving in stores that were nearly bare. Are you in a position to feed your family with the food reserves that you have in place? Do you have fuel and a means to cook it without power? Do you have experience cooking with a Dutch Oven, Wonder Oven, Reflector Oven, etc?
- Power: I messaged with one family member in the South East. She said they were watching TV by Generator. I messaged her and asked what type of generator they had. She reported that it was a portable one. She also stated that after the storm dies down that they were going to get an additional one. What plans do you have in place for a power outage that may be prolonged?
- Light: Check your current supplies. Flashlights are often the first thing that one thinks of when the power goes out. But they require batteries....and a lot of them at that. Candles are also often thought of. Do you have enough candles, matches, and batteries etc to serve you over several days? I have a solar powered light that I can also use. Think outside of the box, what do you have access to and what should you store. Consider using the solar lights that you have in your garden or along your walkway. They can charge during the day and be brought in to provide light during the evening.
- Communication: Without power, how are you going to communicate with the rest of the world? How will folks contact you? I recently purchased a powerbank for a conference that I attended to charge my phone, tablet, and laptop. It lasted for days. I plan to keep it in my car for emergencies. Consider looking into various types of equipment to keep you in contact during emergencies.
- Water: Are you pipes in danger of being frozen? Do you let a little water drip from your faucets to protect your plumbing? Do you have enough water on hand to drink and use for hygiene if you traditional supply were to be interrupted?
- What have you thought of doing?
- Have you made a list?
- What is your time-line?
- How much money can you set aside for preparedness items.
- Who do you share your plans with and who do you keep your plans from?
- How do you plan to respond if others come to you for shelter etc because they have not taken the necessary precautions.
- Do you know how to use the equipment or food that you have stored?
- Is your family used to the types of foods you may have to eat during an emergency? Just for your information, there is research that shows that children will decline to eat if they are not familiar with the foods being offered...even if they are hungry. The old adage that "they will eat when they get hungry" just isn't true. I don't want to be the helpless parent/grandparent trying to offer substance to a child who just doesn't want it because they have never had it.
- Do you have pets? Have you made emergency plans for their care?
- How is your transportation? Do you have a vehicle that can travel in snowy weather?
- What medical supplies do you have on hand? Can you handle a bout with a cold or flu without running to the store. What about ailments like Diarrhea or constipation. What do you have on hand to deal with these common discomforts. Do you have the knowledge and supplies to deal with broken bones, wounds and the like?
I cooked Tortillas in my cast-iron pans.
Wait for them to start to bubble, then flip!
See the little golden brown 'spots'? That means you are well on your way to a nicely toasted tortilla.
I stacked the cooked tortillas on a plate.
Place the cooked tortilla's on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Do not use your Silpat type inserts for this. You will see why later!
Coat the tortillas with melted butter.....yum!
Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture....double yum!
Now, using your pizza cutter, cut the tortilla in to triangular-shaped chips. I cut the tortilla into wedges, then cut the wedges into smaller pieces. (Now do you seen why you don't use your nice Silpat mats?)
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes....they smell so good when you take them out!
Quickly remove from the cookie sheet and place on a towel. Allow them to cool. (If you leave them on the cookie sheet, they continue to cook and can get burned spots).
Aren't the chips yummy-looking?
Let me know what your fans think after you make them!
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- It weighs about 2 lbs and is about the same size as a Nalogene bottle.
- As it burns, it powers a fan the helps keep the fire burning and also transfers the heat into power to charge your small devices.
- You do not have to carry fuel when you use this. Instead, pick up dry tinder as you hike or camp. Some folks who have reviewed this product state that you can get 15-60 minutes of charge time on your phone while cooking a meal. It can charge your light source as well. This is on-demand power.
- Some reviewers stated that this device can be difficult to use if you live in a humid climate. However, these photos were taken in Michigan where it is very humid. We had no issue starting the fire and burning tinder that we found lying around on the ground. It burned quickly and efficiently. It actually charged the phone, which was amazing to behold.
- You can carry a portable power bank to charge your phone, but that is an additional 6-10 ounces depending on what you are packing. This can supply you with a heat source and power your small devices.
- The feet collapse and it fits into a small draw-string bag for easy transport.
- Some reviewers stated that ash can build up and impede the performance of the fan. In my use of the device, this was not an issue, but I could see if you used it for an extended time for one meal how that could be possible.
- The Fan has 2 options, low and high to help you manage your flame for cooking.
- When the indicator light is lit, you can charge your small device.
- The power module is stored in the cooking chamber for transport making it very
- This uses clean energy.
- If you have a power-outage at home, this could power your phone while you cook your meal.
BioLite CampStove Demo & Story from BioLite on Vimeo.
- He raises his food year-round. He makes a great point about being dependent on the food supply chain. He is also correct about the modified seed, generous use of pesticides, and Irradiation (a slight exposure to radiation to manage pests etc, but takes away up to 10% of the nutrients of your produce).
- You need to know what varieties will grow in the winter...and he does. See his book "Backyard Winter Gardening" which lists varieties to use. He does not use hybrid seeds, more like an Heirloom seed.
- He not only uses his Green house, but cold frames as well.
I decided to make Chili from items from my Pantry/Food Storage.
Here I am adding Canned Beans
In went my canned Hamburger.
I added Dehydrated minced onion.
Chili powder was next....
Finally, Tomato Sauce.
See how the sun was moving quickly? I set up the Sun Oven in the position that I traditionally use in the summer. I let the Sun Oven heat up for a while.
I placed the Chili in the Sun oven.
I, again going off the settings and positioning from last summer, left my Sun Oven and went off to Church for 3 hours.
How did it turn out after I returned to my home? Not so well
There was a significant amount of condensation on the glass and the temperature was....really....low.
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Here is what I believe happened. Look at Figure (b) in the Summer, the rays hit the ground more directly. Now look at figure (c) as this depicts the sun rays direction in the winter. This means that it would take more rays and a longer period of time to heat up in the winter. This is a big deal!
Here is information about using this device in the Winter from the Sun Oven Website
I didn't start this oven until 12:30 p.m. and came home near 4:00 p.m. I used it in the wrong time frame.
Am I giving up? No, I will try this again this winter, however, I will babysit it next time. I need to know that this is a viable option should I need it in the winter.
So, this is just a learning experience...nothing more or less. I look forward to learning more as I build my skill set by using the tools I have available to me.
Pumpkin Soup (Pillsbury)
(With the Little Red Hen's suggestions in red of course)
Church Instructs Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage
Canning pumpkins and winter squash
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The Old Testament: Isaiah 700 BC: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isa. 7:14.) The New Testament identifies this as a prophecy referring to Mary and the birth of Jesus. (See Matt. 1:22–23.)
The Book of Mormon: Nephi 600 BC: “… I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.“And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me. …“And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.“And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.“And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!” (1 Ne. 11:13–15, 18, 20–21.)
King Benjamin 124 years: the Redeemer should “be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.” (Mosiah 3:8.)
Alma 80 years: “And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.” (Alma 7:10.)
Since Jesus was not begotten by mortal man, his descent from David would, by necessity, be through his mother. Thus, when Mary came to earth, she was born into that royal lineage so she could transmit it to her son Jesus. That Mary was of Davidic descent is plainly set forth in the scriptures. Jesus was frequently addressed as “Son of David”; he did not disclaim that title. (Robert J Matthews)
“Had Judah been a free and independent nation, ruled by her rightful sovereign, Joseph the carpenter would have been her crowned king; and his lawful successor to the throne would have been Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” (Jesus the Christ, p. 87.)
“… Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women … for thou hast found favour with God.
“And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
“And he shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
“And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:28–33.)
So, I offer this wonderful Video for you to see. The miracle of Christmas began long before the birth of the Savior. It began in the pre-mortal existence where Mary was most likely selected to be the Mother of the Savior of the world. She lived her life in such a way, that she was in a position to have this great opportunity.
Make a plan:
Lay out everything ahead of time:
Cooking the 'Bird':
What about the Rolls?
- Using your dehydrated Sun-dried tomatoes you can make these delicious rolls!
- Or, try Pull-apart Butterscotch rolls.....they are delish! You prepare them the night before so you don't have a mad dash on Thanksgiving day!
We can't forget a salad!
- Try a delicious Copy Cat recipe for the Olive Garden Salad. Easy to do and uses Food Storage Staples. It is wonderful!
- You will need Croutons as well. Look at how easy it is to make them and do it ahead of time. I promise, these melt in your mouth!
- For those who like Pasta salad, give this one a try. Make it a day ahead so that the marinate has infused in everything. It is soooo good!
What about Cranberry Sauce?
- This is so simple to do and inexpensive. You can make 12 half-pints of delicious Cranberry sauce for less than 50% of the national brand. The added blessing is that you have some for long after Thanksgiving when you have a craving for this delicious condiment. It also makes a unique neighbor gift!
We need a little Dessert!
- When making pies, uses this recipe for the pie crust...it really lives up to its name of "Perfect Pie Crust"!
- Fill you pie crust with Apple Pie Filling that you hopefully canned a few weeks ago. It is still not too late if you have access to apples. Put them up on Monday or Tuesday so that you have this filling ready to go on Wednesday. You can make your pies ahead of time as well.
Please, please don't forget the Why!
We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
May the Lord bless you all this Thanksgiving Season.
After bringing the water, sugar, and Orange juice to a boil for 5 minutes, add your fresh cranberries.
Leslie's Cranberry Orange Sauce8-9 cups cranberries4 cups sugar4 cups water2 oranges1 T. vanilla flavoring, optionalPreparation : Prepare 12 half pint jars, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them in the hot water till its time for processing. Make sure to fill your water bath canner and get the water to a simmer.Cooking: In a large stainless steel add water, sugar, zest and juice of 2 oranges and heat up over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and bring back to a boil. the cranberries will begin popping. If you like it whole cranberries and some sauce use a potato masher to smooth the cranberries. If you want it to be just sauce you can use an immersion blender. Cook stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Add vanilla flavoring. Remove from heat.Filling the jars: On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel in each jar using a ladle then fill the jars leaving ½” headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace with the mixture if necessary. Taking a clean papertowel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal. Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight".Processing: Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up. Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 10 minutes. When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes. Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.Sealing: Some time in the next hour your jars will be making a "pinging" or "popping" noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal.
Try it !!!!!!
This town certainly did have some really "Neat Stuff".
I like the "Seven Sisters Eatery" (in light of the popular "Six Sisters" wonderful info we all see on the Internet as of late)
I am telling you, these businesses are "the best" for having resources for those with a preparedness mindset.
Look was on the shelf! I have never seen Tattler lids on a store shelf.
Look how cool this stove is!
I like this Compost Trash Can....
Things were reasonably priced!
Nearly every grain or flour you can think of.
I took my time going down the spice aisle....I just wished I had more space in my luggage to bring many of these home!
I found these metal lids (on the right) that are the same size as the lids I use with my gallon jars. I use these to store my food storage staples.
- If you live near an Amish community, you are very fortunate. You can access Food Storage Staples and Preparedness items all in one place.
- I love that customers were required to pay cash and cannot use debt.
- It is a way of life for these great folks. They practice what they preach every day.
- $15.00 for a cube with pellets from a big box store. This is a great time of year to get something like this as they are trying to sell off the last few pieces because school has started and all the College students are now settled in. This cube was marked down by $5.00.
- Fabric was something that I had already from a project that I never finished. It is heavy weave.
- The ribbon that I sewed in the small openings (so that I can store this item either on hooks or hanger) came from remnants that I had in my sewing supplies.
- Total Cost..."$15.00!". On line, these devices are being sold from between $39.99 to $49.99.
- This device worked just as it is promoted. It is a great addition to your Supplies and it is also fun. Consider using it on a camping trip or when you are going to be gone for a few hours.
- This device does not require any fuel. Think about that in a time of emergency. Once the food is warmed, it will hold the heat and continue to cook the food over time. I can't say enough about how important the fuel issue is.
- This device is really, really easy to make once you have the pattern drawn to scale.
- It worked like a charm. I plan to use it again on days when I know that I won't be home for a long time. I know that the food will be cooked and at a safe temperature.
- I won't wait for an emergency to use this.
- I hope you noticed the 'loops' of ribbon on each piece. These are to hang up the 'oven' in the closet when it is not in use.
- My husband and son didn't even pull funny faces when I used this today. I guess they are getting used to me.
Consider getting one for your family.....soon!
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The following article comes from the Church's newsroom. If you recall, there was a significant amount of speculation as to what the changes to the Home Storage Center (aka Canneries) were and what it would mean. Please see the information directly from this link:
Within the last couple of months, the Church has made some significant updates to their welfare centers.
Now it’s even easier for members to get and maintain food storage items, as the LDS home storage centers have changed from self-packaging to prepackaging (already packaged and available for purchase).
“We wanted to make it easier, safer, more convenient, and more available for our members that don’t have some of these [food] products in their own areas,” said Don Johnson, director of production and distribution for LDS Welfare Services. “More products are available in prepack to save members time, so they can use their time to volunteer in other ways.”
Now members can visit their local storage center and purchase what they need without the additional time and labor that comes with self-packing food items.
With this change, it also allows for expansion of the products. Brother Johnson explained that by November 1 they intend for all 101 storage centers in the U.S. and Canada to have nine new products for a total of 17 that will be prepacked and available for members to purchase. Some of the 17 products include apple slices, macaroni, powdered milk, hot cocoa mix, and sugar.
According to the Church’s Providing in the Lord’s Way pamphlet, “Members should build a three-month supply of food that is part of their normal diet; store drinking water in case the water supply becomes polluted or disrupted, and gradually build a longer-term supply of food that will sustain life.”
“We’re trying to help members prepare their food storage to follow principles for a long-term basic storage in a way we can help them best fulfill becoming self-reliant,” said Brother Johnson.
Self-reliance is an important aspect of the gospel, as members are counseled to provide for themselves and their families. President Spencer W. Kimball said, “The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof” (“Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action,” Oct. 1977 general conference).
On June 17, the Church released an article explaining that home storage centers were not closing down but were changing canning methods. It stated, “These changes have been considered for some time as the Church has looked at the best way to provide home storage goods to Church members efficiently.”
The Church produces prepackaged food, such as white flour, at Deseret Mills in Kaysville, Utah. Photo courtesy of Welfare Services.
As such, these changes will reduce cross-contamination, freight and sanitation costs, facility space requirements, and complexity for volunteers while increasing safety to volunteers and patrons, customer satisfaction, regulatory compliance, food safety, and efficiency.
Despite the packaging change, there are still 12 storehouses located in the western United States and Canada that will continue to offer self-packing.
What a tremendous blessing for us all:
- New Product lines
- Being able to purchase what you need without investing the time to pack the food.
- Having 17 products prepackaged will make the availability of food items more universal to more people world-wide.
Have you seen the September 2013 Visiting Teaching Message? It is all about Self-Reliance. To find the entire message, go here.
I was excited to see it.....I think the subject is pretty important!
I decided to make a little 'gift' to go along with the message. Here is what I did:
I made really small mylar bag packets. To find out how I do this, please go here.
I sealed the packets on 3 sides.
See the nice seal?
I put a tablespoon of different sprouting seeds in each packet.
Make sure that you label each packet.
I chose to seal the packets with my flat iron.
Cut a piece of screen cut to fit just inside the canning jar lid. Place it inside.
Place the packets inside of the canning jar.
Insert the directions to sprout the seeds in the jar.
Here are the directions up close. Take the lid (with the screen) and screw it on the jar.
I made a bow out of Tulle and attached this wonderful handout from "My Happy Tribe". (I re-sized it as the original is an 8 x 10).
It took all of 20 minutes to put this together. It gives your sister something to try right away and is very applicable to this month's lesson.
Give it a try!
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Here is what happened…someone on Instagram contacted one of my daughter’s friends to connect on Kik. And once they were over on Kik messenger and chatting, this “stranger” asked to see this child’s privates. (Disclaimer: I don’t have all of the exact details, but what I have accounted for in this article is my understanding of the situation. I also performed my own rudimentary investigation.)Just pause and think about that for a minute. From innocently posting photos to being solicited by a pedophile.
When I learned about this, the first thing that I did was look through Kik. Most of the connections that my daughter had were her local friends. A couple were friends she had made via Instagram. I made her end her conversations with kids we didn’t know. Then we had her delete pictures of herself on Instagram and clean out who is following her. That night, I spent some more time exploring her Kik app. I saw a message from one of her friends saying something like “don’t search for the user ‘Instagram’ on Kik…it’s gross”. Of course, I had to check it out to understand. When I searched for “Instagram” on Kik, it showed a user called “So Horney” or “Very Horney” or something like that, and the user’s picture was that of a man’s genitals. Having seen that and having reviewed the lack of privacy and having read more about Kik, I talked to my daughter about deleting the app immediately. A few days later, when I checked my daughter’s phone, the Kik app was gone (my daughter later told me that she deleted it herself). You can see this is an odd and potentially dangerous relationship between Kik and Instagram and how someone make it instantly perverted.
That is shocking. I was scared. I was scared for my kids. And I was scared for other families who don’t take an active role in protecting their children from the dangers online.
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