Provident Living classes will soon be starting up again, be thinking about something you would like to have a class on or you will be at my mercy as to what I pick. :) Let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder and to let all the new friends to our ward know, there is a wheat grinder in the kitchen that can be checked out through the relief society president. Also our unit has a dry pack canner again, check it out with relief society president.
And a reminder of the help line for canning or anything basically, call 1-800-262-3804.
Don't forget that we have a great source for spices; check out Ameriherb. Google them, they are in Ames. It isn't a store you can go in and shop, they mail order. But since we live so close we just call, leave our name and address, and ask for their catalog. It is really just a few sheets of paper. When you are heading in to Ames, you can call and tell them you are coming in on what day and about what time and you want to order what ever and they will have it ready, neat thing is great price and no shipping fees! You have to buy one pound of things nothing less but let me tell you when you are three dollars and something for a quart jar of cinnamon, which is what a pound is, you do the math of what you are paying. So I call them a great source in our own back yard!
"We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear" (First Presidency letter, 24 June 1988).
"We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard" (Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 171; or Ensign, May 1976, 124).
This one I have to admit is hard but remember we are not wimps, right? And if we follow the Prophets and do what we are counseled we will be blessed.......says sis shook pray for help and you shall have it.
"Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own" (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1980, 47; or Ensign, Nov. 1980, 33).
"The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to prophets and stored at least a year’s supply of survival food" (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, 90; or Ensign; Jan. 1974, 80).
"Consider the important (food storage) program which we must never forget nor put in the background. As we become more affluent and our bank accounts enlarge, there comes a feeling of security, and we feel sometimes that we do not need the supply that has been suggested by the Brethren. . . . We must remember that conditions could change and a year’s supply of basic commodities could be very much appreciated by us or others. So we would do well to listen to what we have been told and to follow it explicitly" (Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 170; or Ensign, May 1976, 124).
"We want you to be ready with your personal storehouses filled with at least a year’s supply. You don’t argue why it cannot be done; you just plan to organize and get it done" (Spencer W. Kimball, August 1976).
The Time to Disregard This Counsel Is Over
"As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. . . . I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. . . . Create a plan if you don't already have one, or update your present plan . . . 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." (L. Tom Perry, in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 47; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 36).
So we work steady at it and push on. Before you know it you have developed a good storage.
You can start by creating a notebook of food storage friendly recipes. I go through our family recipe collection and either adapted them or they were already perfect for if I could not have cheese or eggs. Here is a link to recipes in my food storage binder to use as an example and get yourself started: http://www.beckysbacktobasics.com/Reference/Sister%20shook's%20recipes.pdf
Take time to set your food storage notebook up that way you can have it at the ready and use it everyday. I would like you to keep working on your storage, watch for sales but stock even if cannot get things on sale.
We are in the throws of canning season and there are lots of wonderful things to can. Start by doing jam and you can work your way up!