|Each year when the snow falls, it's a family tradition that we read The Long Winter.|
Elder Bruce R. McConkie - "I stand before the Church this day and raise the warning voice. It is a prophetic voice, for I shall say only what the apostles and the prophets have spoken concerning our day. ...It is a voice calling upon the Lord's people to prepare for the troubles and desolations which are about to be poured upon the world without measure.
For the moment, we live in a day of peace and prosperity but it shall not ever be thus.
Great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually." General Conference April 1979.
http://www.honeybeepantry.com/topics/view/51cbfc93f702fc2ba812df75/ - she has tons of packed info on this site.
One thing that is on my mind is that if we come along a sale that is a good stocking item, that we let all the sisters know so that they can take advantage of the sale as well we are all in this together! Facebook is a great way to do this.
Remember that Christmas is just around the corner! If you are asked what you would like, remember things that will help you (i.e. canner, dehydrator, food saver things of that nature) I know probably other things you really want are in your mind but think long term.
A chill is in the air... time to check your smoke detectors and have extra batteries for it and flashlights, not to mention the need for batteries at Christmas... nothing comes with a battery it seems.
If your children grew, look around and pass to someone else their out-grown winter things, spread the blessings for sure!
As I reminded you, do not put off putting your winter kit in the cars and trucks.
Have a sick kit handy i.e. soda crackers, chicken soup, chocolate...especially the chocolate, it cures everything! :p
There are days it is hard to make meals when you are sick. Along that line, keep a few casseroles in the freezer for your family or another that may need it.
Where are your snow shovels? .....it's time to locate them. It's also good to have ice melt on hand.
I also think it a good read and a tradition here to read The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is good to do as a family and it is something fun to look forward to each day to hear how they come out. It will make you thankful for warm homes and food on the shelves. I usually wait till the first measureable snow storm. Now I read to me but the kids got all those stories read to them and what fun we had! By the way both kids are avid readers.....read to those little ones, they grow up too fast!
If you have a kerosene lamp for decoration (I have lots) don't let them sit empty. Make sure they are full and you know where the matches are and your flashlights. We do tend to lose power in some storms.... emergency candles are good to have too but with all this care must be taken.
It is not too late to print off a list of cabin fever ideas or snow day ideas...
There are some ideas for just when that happens!
And do some things different than you normally would. One night the snow was falling straight down we took the kids on a walk, they loved it catching snowflakes on their tongues. It was a fun peaceful walk. We were the only ones. We walked in the street (you can do that in a little town) but it was unexpected, sometimes that makes things even more fun then planning for it.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hot-cocoa-mix/ - time to mix up your hot cocoa mix
http://spoonful.com/recipes/better-breakfast-ideas - breakfast ideas
http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/hot-cocoa-and-marshmallows-in-a-waffle/ - what a fun idea for a snow day!
This had lots of helpful things for breakfast http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/40-back-to-school-breakfast-recipes-ideas/
On this idea I will tell you we have eggy waffles, it is just french toast cooked in a waffle iron. Made it a hit at our house but now it is some time for hearty breakfasts to hold through the cold mornings!
If you have an interest in a provident living topic and would like me to have a class on it email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or grab me at church, I will try my best to get all the info needed and to present it.
Remember, continue to look for good bargains and gather in your supplies....you will thank me later! ;)
I love hearing how you all are doing your storages and I am thrilled to know you all keep it up!