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.

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