Friday, January 31, 2014

Sister Miller's Rolls

Sister Miller's Rolls

In a plastic tub or gallon size bag put:

3 3/4c. white flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp b. pwdr
1/2 tsp b soda

Dump in bag and stir and set aside.

In 2 quart bag put:

1 tbsp yeast
1/3 c. dry milk powder
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. white wheat flour

Put in bag stir then seal the bag and put it in the gallon size bag and seal store this in the refrigerator.

Then on the day you want to make them...

In her kitchen aide she put 2 c. HOT tap water in the mixer bowl then she dumped the 2 qt bag in and uses a wisk and mix till no lumps, it will look like pancake batter.

Then she dumps the other bag over the top of this batter, do not stir yet. She lets it sit till cracks with lava appear on the top then she attaches bowl to mixer and adds dough hook. 

She turns on mixer to low - you want to do this till dough is stretchy smooth. If after mixing for five minutes it is too firm you can add 1 to 2 tbsp water. Even if it looks too late, it will work the same with it. If it is too sticky do the same with one to two tbsp flour so when it is done kneading in another five min or so.

She uses a 10 1/2 by 15 sided cookie sheet she sprays and puts veg oil on this pan and spread it in a circle in the center of pan and takes dough and puts it on the oiled area. She then washes her metal bowl and then oils it up and puts the dough in the bowl and turns to grease top then cover with a towel and let rise one hour.

Then she makes like golf ball size rolls 35 to be on the oiled pan she tucks and pulls the rolls then arranges them 5x7 to fill the pan that is seven rows of five.

Then she brushes generously with melted butter, then put the towel over top. She washes the metal bowl again and fills it with hot tap water and sets the pan of rolls on top of it half way through she refills the bowl with hot water and sets it back on top till 2 1/2 hrs or till they are as high as you want. I like one inch over rim then put in preheated 350 to 375 bake 18 min, but she turned the pan halfway through.

These are light and fluffy, way better than store-bought. Yum! Enjoy!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday message - Becoming self-reliant

Provident Living: We will have a rerun of the Crochet Granny Square class Feb. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Shook's.

Ezra Taft Benson, “Prepare Ye,” Ensign, Jan. 1974, 68
April 1937 general conference of the Church, President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., of the First Presidency, asked: “What may we as a people and as individuals do for ourselves to prepare to meet this oncoming disaster, which God in his wisdom may not turn aside from us?” President Clark then set forth these inspired basic principles of the Church welfare program:
“First, and above and beyond everything else, let us live righteously. …
“Let us avoid debt as we would avoid a plague; where we are now in debt, let us get out of debt; if not today, then tomorrow.
“Let us straitly and strictly live within our incomes, and save a little.
“Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead. You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds; you of large means will think you know how to care for yourselves, but I may venture to suggest that you do not speculate. Let every head of every household aim to own his own home, free from mortgage. Let every man who has a garden spot, garden it; every man who owns a farm, farm it.” (Conference Report, April 1937, p. 26.) articles on preparedness from the Ensign simple storage sheet
emergency menus a good reminder family nite food storage blog I love wheat blender pancakes

Crockpot Baked Potatoes
by Real Mom Kitchen
Using whole potatoes, wash them (with skins on and let them dry. Then wrap each potato in a piece of foil (no need for pricking them). Place the foil wrapped potatoes in your crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours

I wanted to mention that a sweet friend told me how she does potatoes in the crockpot. I have never done them the old pan on stove way since. What you do is peel your potatoes and prep them like you would to boil on the stove, cutting if needed, then put them in the crockpot and cover with water and put your crockpot on high while you are at church or when ever you want real mashed potatoes and then drain and prepare your mashed potatoes.

Harvest Potato Soup
by I Dare You to Eat It
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
4 cups potato, diced
½ lb bacon, cooked and drained
2 cups instant potatoes
½ cups dehydrated carrots
8 chicken bouillon cubes
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
Simmer all vegetables, bouillon cubes and cream of chicken soup in 8 cups of water until vegetables are fully cooked. Add instant potatoes and evaporated milk to achieve desired consistency. Garnish with grated cheese and bacon bits. has a great amount of info she has lots of helpful suggestions  a good place to start I liked her monday motivation part but looks like you would like the stuff she has as well on her site so look around. I really liked her message on this page. Foregoing luxuries to get your storage in is a good thing to think about.  I liked the frozen bean burritos, if you scroll down again harvest the blog for ideas

By now you are sensing a theme here these are all great sites on food storage, grow your storage and grow your knowledge, build your skills.

The skills I have acquired through the church Relief Society has taught me so much plus then I read and studied on my own to add to that knowledge.  I use foods we like in storage that way we are using our stored food everyday. So in short I don't like olives so you will not find olives in my storage to do so would not be good planning on my part as they would sit and waste space for years. I think that is pretty straight forward... sorry olive lovers ewwwwww!! :p

We are blessed to live in a time we can use so many things to assist our getting our stores in. We can dehydrate with more ease then ever before. We can pressure can our food. We can vacuum seal our food to help it last longer. We have wheat grinders and the list goes on so make it a priority as a family to find a way to acquire if it is a yardsale to raise the funds do it as a family research or ask me what it is I have found that I like and do not rule out looking for these items at the yardsales. I have found my food saver there at a yard sale never-used for ten dollars so don't rule it out! When I do go to yard sales I have a list with me of what I am looking for so I don't go crazy and forget I am looking for something that is right in front of my eyes.

Don't rule out thrift stores during the winter whenever I am in one I go look right away for these above mentioned items to help those who I know are looking for the items.

Whenever you find one though just ask to plug it in. You will hear a hum or some awful sound that will tell you to not get it. Of course the food saver has an awful sound so that can prove it is working but a dehydrator should hum.

These items will cut down on expense. Decide what you want, make a list so if you get a windfall you all are agreed on what is needful.

Husbands support your wives and wives your husbands, be united.

Keep working on your storage it really will help weather the storms one has in this life, I can prove it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday message

Provident living class will be this Tuesday, the 21st, at 9:30 at the Shooks. The class will be on sourdough. - this is from the church site

"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). 

"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)

This is the time of year that we start to think about organizing and cleaning out stuffed closets, I know I have been working on this myself... this shows some great ideas on doing your kitchen drawers if you have them. I especially love the tool drawer.... hmmmmm might have to do that one myself :) - I like the chalkboard on the inside of the cupboards great ideas for working with space that is wasted.  ignore the advertisements, I am just trying to get your juices flowing and show you that you can do it with what you have on hand. I heard somewhere that you should not run right out and buy organizing things, that first to use what you have at hand. I like the cans they show with the tools, very cute so this is for inspiration. Sister Smith from the other ward did a neat thing like this inside her tall kitchen cupboard door. She hung one of these that holds spices and mixes that are in packets and such a great idea try to think what you have and how you can use it differently.  - this gal gives you a tour of her cupboards. Also as a side note, look through her site. She is fantastic with using food from storage everyday. a great idea for storing pots and pans using a tension rod and S hooks. Tension rods can be used the other way as well up and down in a cupboard to help you with cookie sheets and such great idea

So these have been just some ideas to get your juices flowing because we feel more like doing things if we don't have to dig for things or hunt for things... and using what we have on hand to organize is a frugal thing.

I have heard of a sweet sister who have lined their cupboards and drawers with pretty pictures from the ensign so that every time they open the cupboard or drawer they have beautiful inspiring pictures to remind them of who they are.

We might not be able to afford the latest kitchen remodel but we can be using what we have to help us organize even if it is a mug to put pens in.

Look around and find what areas you would like to work in. I knew someone who did one drawer a week to get organized and by the end she had them all done and it was a task that was not a huge task. She broke it down so remember to break it down. because she mentioned her food storage room I thought you would want to see it she gives you tips for getting dinner on the table

Remember that once you use something in your storage it is gone. Your job is to use replace and add so that you can be growing your storage and rotating it too!

Do not get overwhelmed, talk is easy... just do the best you can :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Message

Favorite Modern Sourdough Starter, click here for the recipe.
There is a wise old saying "Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without". Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything. Some people are able to get by because of the absence of expense. They have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew, and they save money. They avoid installment buying, and make purchases only after saving enough to pay cash, thus avoiding interest charges.
~~~~ President James E. Faust this is very helpful info on vac sealing foods this shows how you can vac seal in every kind of jar this has some great ideas great ideas here too
I thought there would be some helpful hints to see if something can assist you great looking recipes

This should give lots to look at with a wide variety from pasta to breads of every variety

Keep working on your storage if you see any sales or great deals and let us all know.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Message - Time for baking bread!

My favorite wheat bread. Click here for the recipe!
Provident living class will be January 14th at 9:30 a.m. at the Shooks. The class will be on sourdough.

There is a wise old saying " Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without". Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything. Some people are able to get by because of the absence of expense. They have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew, and they save money. They avoid installment buying, and make purchases only after saving enough to pay cash, thus avoiding interest charges.
~~~~ President James E. Faust

Our emphasis on this subject is not grounds for crisis thinking or panic. Quite the contrary, personal and family preparedness should be a way of provident living, an orderly approach to using the resources, gifts, and talents the Lord shares with us. So the first step is to teach our people to be self-reliant and independent through proper preparation for daily life.
~~~~ Bishop Victor L. Brown

Brrr it is so cold, here is a warm idea - - this is a fun way to make breads and you can have with your soup - this would be good to have on hand to be able to reuse it. - this will help you to find thrift stores near by, though I see that stuff is not on there. - this site if you scroll down has good from scratch recipes for pasta, tortillas, bread to help you off on your way to provident living this year - this is how high I like my bread to be. Click on it and there are lots of neat breads you can make. This would be a good time to learn how to make bread if you have not yet perfected it now is the time to learn and perfect each frugal thing. I had a friend who spent one whole year learning to make the best wheat bread ever and boy can she make bread. So work on things that you feel need improvement that will benefit your family and your skill library. - this will help you to determine what amount of dough to put into any size bread pan - this gal has wonderful knowledge

So pick a topic you want to learn above. I gave all you will ever need to learn how to make bread but let's say you want to learn to sew then search all things available to you on the subject. There are YouTube clips to help you learn and good sites on sewing and also good books you can check out from the library. - scroll down and a cute dress you can make with step by step directions. Take it slow, do a little now and then every day and then you will have a terrific dress - little nightgowns

This is to get you started on a few topics, take time to just breath and think of what you want to develop for a skill

I have a friend in Maine where it costs her five dollars a loaf of bread perhaps that would be a good thing to start with thinking where you could save the most and start there.....

It is a good thing to keep learning! Also, keep putting in storage. You see that JoAnna in the year supply of bread enhancer states what you will need to have a year supply. I find it a good thing to see just how much that might be.

So keep working on your storage watch for loss leaders every week so that you can take advantage of growing your storage. You are doing a wonderful job!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Laura & Baby Blake visit!

This week we got the chance to have our eldest daughter and our newest grandson for a visit! It's been great sharing time with Laura and Blake.

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