Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Message

"Store a provision of food which will last for at least a year wherever it is legally permissible to do so. The Church has not told you what foods should be stored. This decision is left up to individual members. . .From the standpoint of food production, storage, handling, and the Lord’s counsel, wheat should have high priority. ‘There is more salvation and security in wheat,’ said Orson Hyde years ago, ‘than in all the political schemes of the world’ (in Journal of Discourses, 2:207). Water, of course, is essential. Other basics could include honey or sugar, legumes, milk products or substitutes, and salt or its equivalent.” (President Ezra Taft Benson)

We are blessed by the wisdom of those who have gone before us, who show by example things that would be helpful.

When storing wheat you need to remember a wheat grinder. Get a corn and grain hand grinder if that is all you can do at first. We were given one to us. It looks like this - I bet there are used ones out there.

I love how it cracks wheat and is good in case of no power. Then as you can get an additional one. We were blessed to have been gifted one from my sister. This makes it easier as I have fibromyalgia.  This is the one I have -

And also don’t forget to store the wheat. I love love love white wheat. I get my wheat here -

I have also seen wheat at Walmart that is fantastic as well. It is on the shelf with the large bags of flour.

I store my wheat in food grade plastic five gallon buckets. I go to bakery places and get the buckets for free or a small fee. I wash them well and dry well, then I air dry overnight just to be sure. I load into the bucket then I place two bay leaves on top, close the bucket and then label and date it. I then store in the basement and here is what I want you to know - DO NOT store any food storage directly on the concrete. I put a piece of wood between the floor and buckets and other storage. - this is a treasure trove of food storage recipes.

Robert D. Hales passed away and I wanted to add my favorite story he told, it’s message is so important…

Use your storage, rotating and using and replacing is the best way to have storage.

If children are not used to eating the things you have stored they won’t eat it!! So best to put wheat in your pancakes and breads.  That sort of thing.

Don’t do a "some day" storage do a huge pantry storage you use and replace and keep rotated.

Skills - how are you doing on them?

It is time to get out knitting and spinning and settle in. - this a great button video.

Feels finally like fall and I am trying to learn more on making socks. Here are the two I recently finished. I am now knitting their mates and I am enjoying learning as I go.

Keep working on your storage and skills. It is not too early to be working on Christmas gifts, also be sure to plan for those soon to come snow days.

Gus and Missy say hi and to keep doing the best you can! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Message

"In words of revelation the Lord has said, "Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing" (D&C 109:8).  Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparations as will assure survival should a calamity come.  We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm.  We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day." Gordon B. Hinckley.

"Brethren, I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment... I do not predict any impending disaster ... yet prudence should govern our lives ... We can begin with a one week food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. I am speaking now of food to cover basic needs. ... I fear that so many feel that a long-term supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all.  Begin in a small way... gradually build toward a reasonable objective." Gordon B. Hinckley, Priesthood Session, October 2002

Count how many times you go to the store. Now every time you set foot in the store pick up one thing for storage. You will be surprised at how it grows. If all you can get is a jar of peanut butter or a package of gelatin or a box of Band-Aids, it will add to your storage. - this is such a great help, I just love these girls. - these blender pancakes are the best thing one can do with wheat. Ok, I am a pancake person. If you have a blender and stored wheat, you can make these even if you are still waiting to get your grain mill. Your kids would love to make these. - I like this gal too. This is doable as well. - some recipes - this is the next knitting lesson. - she is the other gal who works with the above taco video. Watch this if you don’t do anything else. She is such a great presenter. - she is doing the needles and yarn big to be better for you to see. You could use size ten needles with regular Walmart type yarn.

This is a double sock blank. I knit two yarns together, I then dyed it.

Because I knit the two yarns together I needed to roll each yarn into a ball. These two balls, one for each sock, will knit the socks identical.

Here you see what the finished sock looks like. I never would have guessed what the finished sock would look like. This is just one of the skills I am working on.

What skill are you working on?

This week I made one batch of peach jam plain and two batches of raspberry/peach jam pictured at the top. I froze the rest except for about fifteen that weren’t quite ripe, we are just eating those fresh.

The peaches are from our two peach trees and the raspberries I picked earlier in the year and froze. I used only two packages of the raspberries, one for each batch. The rest will be made into raspberry jam later. These were picked from a new raspberry patch that started around one side of our back deck.

I have two peaches left on the trees. I want to see if I can grow two more trees, we will see.

Having these to work up is a real blessing to us. Was it work? Yes, it was but one bite and it was all worth it.

I was able to stop at the library in a nearby town when we were there on errands and I got a couple mysteries, cooking magazines, and a knitting book - all free! I do love this service that they do, you need to check out your library and see if they provide it too.

So these were my frugal things this week along with dehydrating ten packages of mixed veggies that were on sale for $0.68 a bag and did ten packages of mushrooms that I sliced and dried. They were on sale for $0.69 a box.

What did you do this week to be frugal?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Message

"Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well.” (President Ezra Taft Benson)

Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we’re putting away. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future.” (L. Tom Perry)

How are you coming on your skills? We need to keep building on basic skills and expand from there. Baking bread, knitting, sewing, cooking from scratch, living within our means, getting out of debt, canning, dehydrating food, all kinds of home production, gardening, crocheting, budgeting, this list goes on and on.

I push skills on you all the time. Having skills helps to stretch your budget.  It helps your family.  It is not busy work. There is so much out there that is trying to grab your attention. If we try to learn these skills whether you feel you need them or not it will be a huge blessing to you and others.

Living frugally is a goal we should all want.

When we have needed things, we looked for them used first. This has been a huge stretching of a budget and a blessing for us.  

Trying to be frugal….

When our girlies were just tykes the sewing machine I was trying to learn on was in just rotten shape so we looked for a used machine. We found one in the paper. The lady could not take it with her as the place they were going was a different electrical. It has been a work horse for me for years and years and years and it's my favorite still. It was ten years old when I got it and since which is thirty more years.

Look at yard sales and thrift stores…

Here is my thrift store blender. It was like new. A couple weeks later I happened in there again and still in its box (pictured on the left) was the food processor attachment. I'm still using them now. If you look under the jar you can see my waffle iron which came from a yard sale. 

I have found two food savers at different yard sales. This one was brand new and still in the package. The other is like new and is a newer one. So you see buying used has served me well.

All my canning supplies are bought used except for new lids.

I found a shower curtain at a yard sale and turned it into kitchen curtains that cost fifty cents. This definitely saved us money.

Every one of my bread pans came from yard sales, most for ten cents. Which brings me to another skill, making bread….

I pushed on learning to make bread. I watched others how they made bread and made it a priority to learn.

So when I push skills it is because I have learned them and they have blessed us. I keep on learning!!  Also buying used has helped us over and over through the years and when I use my ten cent bread pans I feel happy that over the years I got them at yard sales.  I would get the kids’clothes for school used. My reasoning was you can buy a brand new pair of jeans for your kid and one romp outside and they are used jeans. So a quarter beat ten dollars in my book and if you knew how to sew you could be creative in sewing on patches as the need arose.

What frugal things have I been doing this week? I was blessed to pick apples from friends.

I made apple rings. If you have a peeler like this you know it peels and cores and slices the apple in a coil. If you cut top to bottom on one side you get individual rings if you cut in half you get pie slices. After doing the rings I put them in water with lemon juice then into dehydrators. Yes, this year I had 23 trays on two different dehydrators going.

If you look at the top pic the basket is empty. The apples from this bushel fit into this bucket. I did this three times and have three buckets of dried apples.

I picked the peaches and they were about 3/4ths of a bushel, yum! So I will be having to start jam.

These things have kept me busy and sore but remember my deal, if Heavenly Father sends me produce I will happily put it up as my own gardening did not net much for us this year.

I found these great videos to teach you to knit in time to make a knit scarf for winter… - slip knot - this shows how to cast on - how to knit - purl

So this will help you build a skill. Practice it and make scarves for gift made by you.

So this blog post was heavy on frugal and skill building. I hoped to show things can be gotten used that are very helpful to us and our budget. 

When we first moved here we had no refrigerator and no stove and no money. So what we did have was a microwave, a crockpot that sat on a base, and a freezer. We went along like that till we got some pay. We could spend a hundred dollars for a stove or a refrigerator but not both. So I chose a stove. We borrowed a truck and I looked in the paper. There was a yard sale that had refrigerators for fifteen dollars. They were perfect for worms they said. We bought the better one. It was so old it was from the fifties. So we got the stove and this worm fridge, cleaned them up and felt like we arrived. So you see used things have blessed my family

Keep working on storage. Frozen veggies are on a really good sale. They are my favorite to dehydrate as all the hard work is done for you. Just open and dump on trays and dry. Mushrooms are on sale again. I will do more of those, dehydrating them as I showed before.

I will be doing peach jam.

Tell us what frugal things you are doing :)

Do the best you can!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Message

"A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life." (Bishop Keith B. McMullin)

"I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us. We have a great welfare program with facilities for such things as grain storage in various areas. It is important that we do this. But the best place to have some food set aside is within our homes, together with a little money in savings. The best welfare program is our own welfare program. Five or six cans of wheat in the home are better than a bushel in the welfare granary." (President Gordon B. Hinckley)

 I think we all have seen the devastation of late just about everywhere we look. Our hearts and prayers go out to them but pay attention and help if you can. Learn what you need to do. As you noticed some people left in the middle of eating with food still on the tables as they had to evacuate on the spot, if you had to do the same are your bug out bags ready? This clip below is very common sense plus, remember to get your winter car kit in your car. - this just makes the most sense.

How are you coming along with your storage? "What?! Eat your storage???? Eewww!" I think you will agree that it tastes great like this recipe below: - on the go oatmeal muffins.

What do you have as an alternative cooking method? Check out these methods…. - cooking methods in times of emergency.

Can we learn from others? You bet. It breaks my heart watching the news and seeing people who have lost everything. Curfews are not to protect possessions but to protect food and water. That is the most important thing, food and water. Not your money or technology or jewelry. Seriously, it comes down to food and water. 

These people are under strain and stress from every side. You can tell that they have to spend hours finding food and water and in this crisis mode it is not a time they can take on learning a skill. This is why I keep pushing you to learn them now before you will need to use them. You need to have a bug out bag before you need it. Why do we put things off????  I wish I knew the answer. I know life is busy but this is more important than being busy. This can be life or death. Some little comfort or no comfort. -13 convenience foods you can make.

Funny thing, I heard a commercial for some restaurant in their ad say they cooked all their food from scratch… If they are using this as a marketing tool perhaps we might rethink this. Cooking from scratch is cheaper and perhaps they recognize this, we should use this tool as well.

Cooking from scratch is such a cost effective thing. If you're looking for getting the most with your budget this is such a huge area of savings.

Because of the devastation we can have issue with oranges and tomatoes and other products we get from these areas, just a thought.

We have been warned of things to come. We should be preparing and never be tired of doing good. There is so much that needs doing for those who are suffering.

It isn’t always easy but it is always worth it… I am processing these apples that two friends let me pick and one friend helped me pick. Thank you to them! Would we live without these? Yes, but does it give us a great addition to our eating? A huge yes. Isn’t it a lot of work? A really huge amount of work, yes. It hurts my fibromyalgia and this year the apples are very small but again, if Heavenly Father sends me food I shall certainly put it up.  It hurts me everyday but having apples is a good thing and when you are in tight times one has more than a full time job stretching things, making things from scratch, sewing, mending, making bread then working on gifts for Christmas. This list goes on….


Put up whatever food you grow. This jar holds dried spinach I grew. I use it in soups and casseroles and bread.

Also, put up food that comes your way.

It means going to yard sales and finding things we need, such as this vacuum sealer. Ten dollars well spent. It has helped us so our food keeps longer.

It means learning to sew.

It means learning to knit useful items like sweaters and socks.

It means learning to make bread and cooking from scratch.

It means using our skills to make gifts.

We need to do what we can and do the best we can.
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