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I got a bit adventurous today. I actually (all by myself), made.....Ravioli!
- This device costs less than going out to dinner to a sit-down restaurant. It is called a Grandpa Dante's Ravioli Form. This one costs just under $15.00.
- I literally made this entire dish out of food storage (with the exception being the Mozzarella Cheese. However, I often have this type of cheese in my freezer, so it could have been totally made from food storage staples).
- I need to practice this again. I know I can get faster each time I do this.
- I can put in a variety of fillings. If you have meat left over from a meal, dice it into small pieces and combine it with cheese or sauce. That way, one meal help make a second meal.
- It gives my family a variety. I can make pasta noodles, but the Ravioli is a nice change.
- It costs very little to make this pasta.
Try it !
Start with 1 Cup of flour.
Add 1/2 Cup of Salt.
Add 2 Tablespoons of Oil and Cream of Tarter. Then add 1 Cup of Water.
Add a 3 ounce package of Jello. I decided to try Watermelon today....it smelled so good!
Heat over Medium Heat.
Until it begins to come together and pull away from the sides of the pan.
The instructions recommend you kneed the dough. I decided to put it into a bag and kneed it in this way. I didn't want a 'mess' on my counter.
Let it cool...then make fun things!
Jello Play Dough comes from this recipe.
What is the Take Home Message?
- Flour: $.72
- Salt: $.84
- Cream of Tarter: $1.44
- Vegetable Oil: $0.7
- Water: Free!
- Jello: $1.45
How much does it cost?
- 2 Cups Soy Sauce: $2.14
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar: $.99
- 1 Cup White Vinegar: $.14
- 2 Tablespoons of Ground Ginger: $.32
- 2 Tablespoons of bottled Lemon Juice: $.12
- 2 Tablespoons of Clear Jel: $.62
You can purchase these bags (individually, or an entire box) from your local LDS Home Storage Center (i.e. Cannery). You can also order a box from the LDS Distribution center. The box contains 250 bags, so you will have plenty on hand. There are also other distributors that you can find by doing an Internet search.
Begin by folding your bag in half and to make a crease. You can fold it again to make quarter-sized bags, or can fold again to make them 1/8th the size of the full-sized bag. We will discuss reasons why you might want to do this later in the post.
How do you seal them?
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Why Re-size bags?
There are many 'methods' of sealing a Mylar Bucket liner. You can find many videos on-line that show how to use a flat iron, a clothes iron, a Food Saver, and an Impulse Sealer. Here is one video, although a bit rough, that shows a good method and the way to check to see if the seal is holding before closing up the bucket. You can find that video here.
Please know that you will get a better seal with an Impulse Sealer instead of the Food Saver. Oxygen Absorbers will activate when they encounter air. Even with multiple sealing lines with the Food Saver in a small area, over time the seal did not hold as well and at times failed. Knowing this fact, you can still use Mylar to preserve your food stuffs at home. Primarily, you can still use this method with very, very dry foods such as mixes for short term storage. Pliable dehydrated fruits would not be a good option using the Food Saver only. Use the Impulse Sealer or make a very good seal (up to 1/2 inch) with one of the other methods mentioned to ensure the food is protected.
Beware, try methods of sealing with Mylar before counting on them.
Take Home Message...
- Mylar is an inexpensive method that can be used for Long and Short-term storage. There are many sources to purchase Mylar. It comes in different thicknesses, so be sure to get a good quality Mylar when you purchase it.
- To get a good seal, test you equipment before you seal a large amount of food stuffs. The best sealer is an Impulse sealer, all the other methods that you can find require practice.
- Using your Food Saver can help you re size bags for things like mixes. However, after putting in the Oxygen Absorbers and using double seals, not all of the seals were air tight. This is a concern for Long-Term storage. However, for Short-Term storage such as mixes or camping trips, this is a great option.
- Mylar liners are a great option for your buckets. I would recommend a seal of at least 1/2 Inch in width and then waiting to ensure your bag is sealed and the Oxygen Absorbers have worked well. Waiting 12-24 hours should allow you to observe to see if the seal is holding.
- Mylar keeps light out, which is necessary for food storage.
- Foods in Mylar bags need to be stored in a sturdy container (preferably metal or really thick plastic) to protect your food from vermin.
- Mylar is readily available to purchase.
- Mylar can be re-used if the food is not protein based. Cutting the sealed edge to have access to the food will make the bag smaller, but it can be re-used knowing that a smaller amount of food will be stored in this re-purposed bag.
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The Homesteading Hippy - How to Use Your Pressure Canner
Montana Homesteader - Making and Preserving Cherry Pit Syrup
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Your Thrive Life - How I Preserve Food: Meals in a Jar
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Homestead Dreamer - Water Bath Canning
Evergrowing Farm - How to Preserve Red Chile
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The Backyard Pioneer - Fermentation
Trayer Wilderness - How We Preserve Food
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- Although the price point was low, I do not feel this little device lived up to the hype. If I watch the heat/flame, I can achieve the same results.
- However, I will try it again to see if it performs better during my next attempt.
A couple of years ago, I took this photo at one of Nathan's concerts. He was singing in the state capitol, and this soldier had been standing at attention throughout the whole show. When Nathan Osmond sang "21 Guns," this soldier's composure melted and gave way to heartfelt tears. We tracked him down later and discovered that he'd lost two of his buddies (they were being honored that day) and this song really meant a lot to him. We seriously need to remember that freedom comes with a hefty price tag... real lives of real people. Thank you, Chris North, for your service to our country.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
John F Kennedy.
Now, lets talk about the marinade....you do not have to purchase a commercial marinade! I have used a variety of recipes over the years to make Jerky. Did you know that you do not have to use "Liquid Smoke" in your recipe? You certainly can, but it is not necessary. You can use a variety of marinades to flavor your jerky?
Take Home Message:
- This is very simple to make.
- I made just under 2 lb. of Jerky for under $8.00. Commercially prepared Beef Jerky costs about $.90/ounce. I calculate that this Jerky cost $.25/ounce. This costs varies up to about $.50/ounce depending on the roast I purchase.
- You can make any flavor you choose, which gives you tremendous variety.
- If I had the chance to store any (not likely around here), I would have sealed it either in jars or bags with my Food Saver.
- I have purchased Roasts, had them sliced and frozen them in our Freezer. You can also leave the Roasts slightly frozen and slice them yourself.
- Items like this show just how convenient and delicious your Food Storage really can be!
Try it and let us know what you think!
What is the take-home message?
- Food Storage staples do not need to be .....boring!!!!
- I had all the ingredients for the Focaccia Bread in my Pantry of in my Freezer (yeast).
- I made the process easy on myself by using the Bread machine.
- You can make this bread for sandwiches or as a bread for any meal.
- Cost comparison: The flour cost just under a quarter, yeast is $1.28, Sugar is $.12, Honey is $.07, Olive Oil is $.23, Salt $.11 for the basic bread. Total cost is $1.81. I had Cut enough squares for 15 Sandwiches which works out to $.12 per sandwich for the bread only.
- You can use white flour or have white and half wheat which allows you to use your whole grains.
- This is just for fun. I hosted a shower with a "Princess theme". Look at how fun this was! I cut the bread into Castle shapes!
I encourage you to try it soon! Let us know how it worked for you!
For those in the Greenville/Edwardsville area, a little more info on the water situation, and some tips on how to deal with it. Some routine samples were taken on Monday, and results on those samples came back Wednesday as positive for E Coli. They are taking more samples and waiting for the results on those. They are also looking for a source of the contamination. Officials are anticipating 6 days of being on boil order.She also shared this additional comment with me:
All water for drinking, cooking, and washing dishes with should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 full minute. You're dishwasher will sanitize dishes on it's own (it heats the water hot enough to sanitize), but all hand washed dishes should be washed with boiled water. It's safe to bathe in (don't get it in your mouth) and wash your clothes in. Make sure to use clean/boiled water to brush your teeth with.
In our house, we are putting signs on all the faucets saying not to use them. I'm having the kids bring their toothbrushes down to the kitchen so that it's different enough that they won't accidentally use the sink out of habit (lesson learned from last time). If a toothbrush does make it under the tap, just put it in boiling water for one minute to sanitize it again. Hand washing should be done with boiled water as well. It also doesn't hurt to have some hand sanitizer hanging around for use before eating and drinking, because sometimes contamination can make it through you're precautions;)
After the ban is lifted:
1. Flush your hot water tank twice
2. Run treated water through all your faucets for 15 minutes
3. Throw out the ice from your ice maker and sanitize the bin
4. Run a couple gallons of treated water through your refrigerator after you replace the water filter
5. Bleach the aerators in all your faucets
6. Scrub down all your sinks and bathtubs with a germ killing bath cleaner
I've got to go check on my elderly neighbor. She didn't have much water last night and we thought this was going to be short term.. I learned from you and mom to help myself, and then help those around me:)
Take Home Message:
- Would you know what to do in this situation? Would you know how to find out if the water in your area was compromised. For that matter, do you know how to find out about any possible emergency in your town or neighborhood? Many cities have a website with wonderful information. Check out the resources in your area today so that you are not wasting valuable time if and when a compromised situation arises.
- Do you have the necessary supplies on hand? Not only do you need to boil water in this situation, but you need other things as well. You should have water filters, bleach, containers to boil in, stored water, and fuel just in case you are without power as well.
- Knowing that your water is compromised, if you had to dispose of waste.....what would you plan be? What are the requirements/codes in your are to deal with waste? Are you allowed to bury it? Do you know which of your plants you can safely put liquid waste on? As a general rule, you should never put human waste on plants/trees that provide food for consumption. It is often fine for ornamental plants.
- How would you keep your family members from habitually going to the faucet and getting a drink or brushing your teeth? How would you alert little ones that cannot read?
- What about your neighbors? Do you have any neighbors or extended family members who may need your assistance during times like these? Do you have a plan in place for them?
Food for thought, don't you think?
So what do you think?
Things to Consider:
- You should always inspect the batteries, particularly the Alkaline batteries for leaking. This should be done before and after charging. Place the batteries on tissue or paper for about an hour after charging to check for leaking. Any battery that is leaking should be disposed of.
- I have found that the recharged 'disposable' batteries do not hold a charge as long as fresh batteries do, so keep that in mind.
- One reviewer on Amazon suggested that you should charge your batteries when you have about 1/3 of a charge left. You will need a meter to do this. In his experience, you have a higher chance of charging the battery.
- If the device you put the batteries in is fairly costly, consider using fresh batteries to avoid the chance of leaking.
- You will save money by recharging your batteries! This is a big deal!
- D-Cell: 10 years
- C-Cell: 10 years
- 9-Volt: 5 years
- AA-Cell: 10 years
- AAA-Cell: 10 years
Check out your supply today!
What is the take-home message?
- Grilling is actually practicing an emergency skill.
- If we had to eat from the grill, this would be a fun edition to your meal planning.
- All of the ingredients for these burgers came from my food storage. The Hamburger was from the freezer (in 1 lb bags), the cheese was also from the freezer as was the bacon.
- The condiments, (including the Relish that I canned last fall) came from my food storage as well.
- You can have quick meals that are delicious and inviting from your Food Storage Staples.
Consider getting one of these devices.
They are inexpensive and fun!
- Flag folding
- Flag presentation
- Playing of Taps
The veteran’s parent Service representative will present the flag.
"On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, or Air Force), and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciate for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."
The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of ourRepublic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
When the Flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our Nation's motto, "In God We Trust." After the Flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
We do live in a nation founded in Christian Beliefs.....as noted in the meaning of the folding of the flag. Take a moment to reflect on the goodness that you enjoy not only due to the service of our brave Military. The Lord is mindful of us all, and we would be wise to be mindful of him in all that we do.
Here is the finished edge after serging.
Sew the Bias Tape on over the edge you just serged.
Here is the piece with the Bias Tape sewn on the top edge.
Take the two large pieces. Put the wrong sides together.
Pin the pocket to the bottom of the Bib.
Serge around all edges.
See how clean the edges are after Serging? I love that aspect of a Serger!
Sew a piece of Bias Tape around the neckline.
Sew the Bias Tape around the perimeter of the Bib.
Take Home Message:
You Can Do This!
3 cups diced dehydrated potatoes
6 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of flour
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place potatoes in a shallow baking dish.
2. In a small saucepan over a low heat melt 6 tablespoons of butter.
3. Take the butter and add the flour to it. Stir well in order to blend together.
4. Gradually add the milk.
5. Continue cooking and stirring continuously until a thick sauce is formed.
6. Add the cheese and stir until the cheese melts.
7. Pour the sauce over the potatoes that are in the baking dish and mix them gently.
8. Bake potatoes at 400° for 30 to 40 minutes. Final product should be golden brown.
SCALLOPED DEHYDRATED POTATOES
3 cups dehydrated potato slices
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. onion powder
pinch of salt and black pepper
1 Tbsp. dried parsley or chives (optional)
In my second home, I was greeted weekly by Kung Fu Panda at the front door!
Toward the end of my service opportunity, we again returned home to this beautiful building with this fabulous backdrop.
There were lots of 'Fun and Games" from Sponge Volley ball, a giant Slip-N-Slide etc...
To providing needed service for others.
One common theme was food....
and more food....
Oh, and more food (Break the Fast).
The Little Red Hen's suggestions for Sisters called to serve in a Young Single Adult Ward:
- You need to carry an Apron in your car: I am not kidding. You need an Apron as there is food at nearly every turn. You will have the opportunity to provide meals and snacks for Family Home Evening, Break-the-Fast (each month), Barbecues, Camping Trips, Repelling Activities, Relief Society Weekday Meetings, and even Ward Council. Don't be overwhelmed by this, just enjoy the journey. These YSA's traditionally don't eat a balanced diet or cook for themselves. They will express their appreciation and thanks for everything you do here. The hugs are 'payment' enough in my view.
- Learn to cook for a crowd: I won't lie, this was overwhelming for me initially. If you don't know where to turn, you really do have options. Check with trusted friends and family. Often, I used Google and Pinterest to find new ideas of things to try. You can even do a search for "Cooking for a Crowd" and find a lot of options. I learned that I can make a large Cheesecake in a Flat sheet cookie pan, make 'perfect' pie crust, make a variety of salads (pasta and fresh), make pulled pork in a Roaster Oven, and more. I have learned to make a boatload of rolls using my bread machine to mix my dough. Oh, and always have zip-loc type bags ready at all meals/snacks that you offer. These fun people are always game to take any left-overs with them! I once learned that a YSA young man ate a Queso-Blanco cheese ball and crackers from my home for a week as he didn't have time to go shopping. I wish this was an exception....but it really isn't for some:)
- Learn to be Digital! These folks are 'wired'. They really don't know what it is like 'not' to be near a cellphone or computer. It has been part of their entire life. I have learned to use Powerpoint and video when I taught classes. They are very attentive and you will have increased participation. As you might expect, there is constant change in a YSA ward. I learned how to have orientation information, presentations, and the 'handbook' with highlighted information on my IPAD. I have had to pull them out to help the newly-called Sisters learn what their responsibilities (at a moment's notice) as the Stake Leaders may not have a chance to orient them for up to a month due to scheduling. I also provided training at Relief Society Presidency Meetings and answered questions using my digital media. The Church has tremendous materials for our use, and these young folks respond very well to it. I have never received as many texts as much in my life as I have been by these good young folks. Some of the texts were pretty funny as well.
- Be Flexible: Things do not always go as planned. Be ready to jump in at a moment's notice. This is not the time to be shy! Give encouragement where it is needed as well as praise. This is often the first real opportunity for some of these young folks to serve out from under the umbrella of their parents. There will be meetings as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late at 10:30 p.m. (please know these times are the exceptions). But early and late do occur. The reason being is because this is when these good folks are available.
- Take notes: I am not kidding, not only will you need them, but others will as well. I opened one note on my IPAD and took notes for Ward Council. I kept the same note and just added on to the top of it during each meeting. When someone had a question about something that happened previously, I had the answer!
- Take pictures!: I am so glad I did this. The reason being that after the first 2 years, our ward was dissolved to make way for the second MTC. At the 'end of the semester' party, I had enough photos to make a video that included everyone and so many of the memories we had made together. Just know that we didn't have enough tissues at the end of the video.
- Be friendly!: Remember how stressful it was to go to a new ward as a Young Single Adult? Now times it by 170-200 people and you can get an idea of how tenuous it can be for these young people. Extend your hand and introduce yourself...over and over again. Also ask for their patience as you learn their names. I tried to use Mnemonic devices to associate something unique about each YSA to their name. I was not totally successful with everyone, but this memory technique took me a long way. It was easy for these YSA's to know who I was....as I was the token "Old Lady of the Ward". I was traditionally the only 'mature Sister', in church on Sunday.
- Chances are that you will need to be ready to help serve at Stake Functions: The Stake Leadership is full of wonderful people who are trying to do a whole lot for a tremendous number of people. Even the best-laid plans need a little help. I often dropped into the kitchen (with my apron!) and asked what they needed. I was never turned away.
- Bring a pair of 'sensible shoes': When you are cooking and serving in High Heels....it can take its toll on your feet and back. I often had my 'dressy' Sketchers (which were flats) in my bag and would change into them while I was working in the Kitchen. When it came time to go to the Dinner or Chapel, I would change back into my High Heels and stash my Sketchers.
- Learn how to safely transport food: This may seem simple, but it is so important. In my case, (and also in the case of so many others), you are traveling to serve these tremendous YSA's. I traveled 30 minutes each way. I have learned how to pack a cooler, how to use a Hay Box to transport hot food and how to time things to be ready at the right time. It takes a little planning but has great rewards.
- Be ready to be a shoulder to lean on: Some of these young people are faced with oppressing challenges. These have ranged from the death of a parent, loss of a sibling, loss of a scholarship, having to be relocated back to their country of origin, job loss, not being accepted into the program you were hoping to have as a major, and certainly broken-hearts. Listening is such a needed service and has been something that I have had to consciously work on as well as to develop a deeper sense of patience. I have always needed more patience and probably still need more. One thing is for certain, I have learned how to be more patient while serving in this calling.
- Be ready to be lifted: When friends and family members have asked me what my experience is like, I cannot say enough positive things. I have had the opportunity to be more 'fully utilized' in my service. Often, in traditional wards, I have been serving through music (which is very honorable) In this ward, I have had the opportunity to be a 'jacklyn-of-all-trades' and I love it. If your experience is like mine, you are lifted and blessed each time you interact and serve with the beautiful young people.
"'Til me meet again"
Sometimes it is important to appreciate the basics. This is certainly true for things like Spaghetti Sauce. It is a classic and had wide appeal. You can use many of the staples in your Food storage and cook it in your crockpot while you hurry through your busy day.
Do you want to find out more? See the guide below!
Check out How to Make Spaghetti Sauce in a Crockpot! by Carin Hadley on Snapguide.
I made this game that fits inside of a "Guess Who" game. You can download it for free at this link!
Below is a list of other great ideas that are easily printed for use.
- Sugar Doodle offers this package.
- About.com Latter-day Saints has these suggestions.
- "The Ultimate General Conference Packet"
- "Mormon Times Packet"
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Homemade Grape Nuts Cereal
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
1 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
2 cups buttermilk (or milk mixed with 2 Tablespoons vinegar)
2/3 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix all ingredients together, beating well until smooth. Spread mixture onto a parchment paper lined (or well buttered) cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in a 375° oven. Remove cereal from the oven, and cool completely. Once cool, grind in a food processor until it becomes “crumb like.”
Return crumbs to cookie sheet or a large baking pan. Bake in a 250° oven for one hour or until crisp, stirring every 15 minutes.
In a crazy world with crazy people doing crazy things in the name of love, religion, or politics.....take this time to be taught by the true Prophet and Apostles of the Lord. The Lord and our Heavenly Father have their arms open and outstretched to all of us. This is true no what matter our station in life is or our location. Come and be "Spiritually Fed "this weekend!
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