Monday, October 12, 2015
(LDS Church Handbook 2, Section 6.1.1)
“Church members are responsible for their own spiritual and temporal well-being.....To help care for themselves and their families, members should build a three-month supply of food that is part of their normal diet. Where local laws and circumstances permit, they should gradually build a longer-term supply of basic foods that will sustain life. They should also store drinking water in case the water supply becomes polluted or disrupted."
Well winter is around the corner. My garden is done so I have already unhooked the rain barrel. If you leave water in the barrel it will freeze and crack your barrel. I have not had an issue with water left in the bottom though but to have more could cause damage as it expands.
Christmas is now on our minds as we are looking at our budgets and thinking how this can possibly be done.
Be creative, now is the time all those skills can come into play.
Soup is a winter staple and is always best leftover, crusty rolls are great with it.
http://crazylittleprojects.com/2014/08/quickandeasysewingprojects.html - this has many easy ideas for sewing gifts
http://crazylittleprojects.com/2014/08/quickandeasysewingprojects.html - very easy tutorial, if you want you could applique on it to enhance
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Crafty+Gemini+Tutorials&FORM=#view=detail&mid=CDB94CB84BD4B4D84C64CDB94CB84BD4B4D84C64 - I love this gal, she is very down to earth. These are very cute reversible headbands.
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Crafty+Gemini+Tutorials&FORM=#view=detail&mid=A04F1B5563FCAFB85CD6A04F1B5563FCAFB85CD6 this is very cute and will help you with applique
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Crafty+Gemini+Tutorials&FORM=#view=detail&mid=E313954B3F4BED680841E313954B3F4BED680841 infinity scarf, easy to make
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Crafty+Gemini+Tutorials&FORM=#view=detail&mid=CADFE0AF1D709DEB5516CADFE0AF1D709DEB5516 - very easy face scrubbies
http://www.mooglyblog.com/last-minute-crochet-gifts-30-free-patterns/ there are cute gift ideas
http://www.mooglyblog.com/last-minute-crochet-gifts-30-free-patterns/ lots of basic knitted gift ideas
I think that should get you started.
Now you might want to think of your traditions and the new ones you may want to start.
This is the time I like to have my own mixes on hand: http://heart-hands-home.blogspot.com/2011/05/making-mixes-101-and-brownie-mix-recipe.html
http://tipnut.com/baking-mixes-seasonings/ - many useful mixes
budget101.com/frugal/mix-recipes-166 - this has many mixes on it
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/mixes/mixes.html - more mixes
Once you find the ones you like you can keep your jars filled.
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/gifts/a/Jar_Mixes.htm - more mixes
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/gifts/a/Gifts_in_a_Jar.htm - more mixes
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/faculty_archives/cameron/homemade_mixes.pdf this is very old and neat
So keep working on your storage and living frugally!