Monday, April 20, 2015
"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)
April we should be putting the finishing touches on our gardening plans.
http://www.cultivateiowa.org/garden/ - some ideas for saving with a garden.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=q1YvMd1ZVJw - good to watch to get you started on your garden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKIAoKHkss0 - shows you how to start your garden.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMQ1G4hTS1w - she shows how to build a raised garden bed for under fifteen dollars.
http://homemadeiowalife.blogspot.com/2013/07/container-vegetable-gardening-tips.html - (ignore the naughty gnome) the link has some great ideas for container gardening. I know that some areas have covenants that won’t let them garden but perhaps container gardening could help.
http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/make-fresh-homemade-pasta-scratch/ this is a great way to get fresh pasta.
http://iowasue.blogspot.com/search?q=measuring+dry+pasta - this is a good thing to print and put in your binder.
I store pasta in five-gallon buckets. I have bought pasta on sale and then I dump out into the buckets. I put three bay leaves on top then put on the lid, label and date it.
Never set food storage buckets or any storage directly on a concrete floor.
I go to bakeries to ask if they have buckets since I know that the buckets are food grade. Make sure you wash them well and that they set and dry overnight, then fill them up!
I keep seeing gold wheat at the Walmart stores, buy it and put in a bucket. Put three bay leaves on top of wheat, put on the lid, label and date. It is in comparison with wheat from church now that you can only get cans shipped to you, so use this time to get your wheat in storage. Ask Walmart to get in however many you want.
So get your hands dirty and put seed into Iowa soil! If you can’t, perhaps share a garden with someone who can.
Knowing how to garden is up there with other skills that are important.
Mother’s day is coming up. I don’t have a problem getting flowers but I would rather get something like asparagus that I could then plant and get year after year. I always asked for fruit trees and we planted raspberries who joined forces with our neighbors' to make a nice patch for both of us. I always wanted to plant what would feed us. I have two peach trees, a plum tree and two apple trees.
So when they want to get something for Mother's Day ask for something like a fruit tree and involve the kids in planting with you. Years from now you will still have food to eat... just some food for thought :)
Apple Pudding Pie
1/2 c. margarine or butter
2 c. sugar
cream this together real good and add:
2 eggs mix till lite and fluffy
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. b. soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. salt
mix well and add:
4 c. raw unpeeled chopped apple (Johnathan are best)
1 c. chopped walnuts
beat well and put in a greased 9x13 pan
bake 325 degrees 45-60 min.
test with a tooth pick
serve with butter sauce and whipped cream
Butter sauce= melt 1/2 c. butter in double boiler, stir in 1 c. sugar and 1 tbsp. cornstarch and 3/4 c. heavy cream (whipping) cook in double boiler until thick serve a spoon full on cake piece and dab of whip cream.
So your assignment is to ask for a berry bush or tree, to look for vacuum sealers with canisters, look for bread pans and used bread machines, sale items on food storage items. Share with others. Keep your eyes out for dehydrators and steamer canners and water bath canners and pressure canners. It is as important to you as getting food in.
Keep working on skill building and keep your eyes out for these items for you and others. Let's all help as we are all sisters and brothers!
Keep actively working on your storage.
Work together to help each other.