|This chocolate cake is the perfect recipe for something special to have when times are tough. Click the link for the recipe: http://www.beckysbacktobasics.com/get_full_recipe.php?search.x=34&search.y=24&File=1270689755|
Provident Living Class will be this Tuesday, Sept. 10th at 9:30 a.m. We will have a share time and a planning session if you cannot come, email me what classes you would like or topics you would like covered at firstname.lastname@example.org
"We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasiblly 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).
"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).
Those Who Faithfully Follow the Counsel Will Be Blessed
"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).
http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/2012/07/fresh-produce-on-budget.html - This site is a good way to teach this as I have read over what she does. I add only one thing... when I have leftover things like celery and carrots at the end of the month (even potatoes) I dry them, freeing up my frig for the next month's shopping. It makes more time, it is a dreaded day but it is over for a month, so once a month for me saves much time and gas.
http://www.blissfulanddomesticmenuplans.com/ - In case you did not click on it, this has great information on planning for your menus and such. I throw in extra just in case I would not like a certain thing (ie too tired to fix it or other no time that sort of thing) even her recipes look very good.... scroll down to see recipe list, grocery list, meal plan, staples list.
http://www.today.com/money/see-how-frugal-family-four-lives-comfortably-14k-year-1C8768007?franchiseSlug=todaymoneymain - here is a nice video clip about the family who I sent the above sites from...
If you found that you only made $14,000 a year, could you manage and make do? It is good to know how because you never know.
Also, like a few months back in the ensign there was a message in there don't wait till...? (whatever can be placed there) to be happy, be happy now to live within your means and be happy with what life deals you or when you get to the end of your life you will look back and see you could have had so much happiness if you had let yourself. Things are just things, that is all, in a year or two they will represent nothing but a dated item, so no matter what life deals you enjoy your life!
We can all make-do! Sure there are times it is not easy... really not easy but remember what I have said, stock ingredients to make choc cake...that will make everyone know things are okay :)
The difference between the janitor and the engineer is that income but both could be happy or both could be not happy. You are not less if you do not have the great job, it's okay. We push on, live the gospel and enjoy our life, serve and love others.
http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/2011/03/frugal-living-homemade-bread-crumbs/ - also make your own croutons as well and stuffing.
http://the-neff-family-blog.blogspot.com/2012/02/frugal-living.html - some ideas here.
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=4933&lang=us#pattern_content - this site has a cute pattern for the beginner knitter. Instead of buying make-up sponges you can make your own and they wash and are re-useable.
http://ladyott.com/2012/04/18/how-to-mend-holes-in-woolens/ - one time I was in line at the grocery in Kalona (my favorite little amish bulk buying store) and an amish farmer was ahead of me getting a really large bag of potatoes fifty lbs. or so... anyway, as I was looking at him I noticed that his britches were darned in several places and I thought that is so neat to see! So often we toss things with holes as some don't want to be bothered to mend, but I am sure his wife labored over these darned areas with love of family and being so thrifty. I am sure he felt blessed to have such a wonderful wife.
http://www.cottonandcurls.com/2013/04/take-out-your-jeans-waistband-tutorial-aka-make-your-pants-bigger/ - sometimes you get a jean to fit just like you like but the waist was made for a stick drawing, this would be a good thing for just those pants!
http://shannonbrown.typepad.com/life_in_general/2011/01/lets-go-on-a-date-january.html - this could be a frugal idea for date nights.
http://www.moneysavingqueen.com/November-2011/Frugal-Gifts-DIY-Advent-Calendar/ - great idea coming up for Christmas.
Lastly, I leave you with the chocolate cake I mentioned above. This is our favorite chocolate cake and having things on hand to make it always anytime we want is a wonderful thing to know. When times are tight and hard some how a piece of chocolate cake helps - http://www.beckysbacktobasics.com/get_full_recipe.php?search.x=34&search.y=24&File=1270689755
Keep working on gathering in your storage. I love hearing about what you are doing to be frugal, and putting in storage, and living providently....you inspire me!