Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Message

"We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. I am speaking now of food to cover basic needs. . .I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all. . .Begin in a small way, … and gradually build toward a reasonable objective." (President Gordon B. Hinckley)

"Start now to create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. Watch for best buys that will fit into your year’s supply. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we’re putting away. The instability in the world today makes it imperative that we take heed of the counsel and prepare for the future." (L. Tom Perry)

I know it is hard to work on storage when you have the holidays here to do. Remember, every time you go into the store pick up at least one thing for storage. It is a good time of year to stock up, there are many sales at the grocery stores so watch your sale flyers.

When the first measurable snowfall hits I read this book…

You need to read this with your family, do it even if you have read it before. When you read it your thoughts on food storage will change.

Their garden did not produce well as it was their first year gardening in this area plus an early frost shortened the season.  They put the food up. Then being warned that the winter would be a hard one, they moved to town. They thought they would be okay as the trains brought supplies. They did not have much money but thought they would be okay. Almost immediately the trains were snowed in. You will have to read the book to find out what happens to them. But you will want to think what you have in your storage and think what you would have wished you had in storage then make it happen.

Today if there was an emergency the grocery stores have only 24 hours of food. You do not want to be going out trying to get food or storage items during an emergency.

Do you really want to go out in this? - good reminders, good to be prepared. - these are videos of doing simple homemade Christmas.

Here are some of our favorite cookies that we like to have this time of year and warm baked cookies are best served during a snow storm and during board games.

So keep working on your storage, stay with in your means for gift giving, enjoy the season, and remember those in need. Do the best you can!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chicken Pincushion Tutorial

First find an empty wooden spool but it doesn’t have to be empty it could have thread for mending but mine is empty.

Next is the pattern I made. I put measuring for you to follow but really this is primitive.

Then I used felt for the first one but I am using wool in this next one. I then cut out two.

Here are the things I need to finish …… buttons for the eyes, my spool, some black floss, stuffing, strips of felt to use for a tail, beak, and comb. I sewed the body using green so you could see.

I machine stitch around all but the bottom between 1/8 to ¼ inch from the edge, with the fabric face to face. Once sewn, I clip the curves.

Next turn body right side out and stuff.

Next we will do a running stitch around the bottom. I use big stitches about ¼ inch up from the bottom.

I divide the floss in half so that I have three strands and thread needle.

Do not clip the thread. Now we put the top end of the spool in and we will pull to gather the thread. Then we wrap the thread around the outside and tie it off.

Next we make kind of a willy nilly loop for the tail feathers and combs. Add a folded tiny diamond shape for the beak and attach it on top part of the red loop under the beak.

Then sew the eyes on.

One more primitive thing I do is sew a horizontal stitching like so all around the seam.

The size of the spool will determine the height.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Message

"The counsel to have a year’s supply of basic food, clothing, and commodities was given fifty years ago and has been repeated many times since. Every father and mother are the family’s storekeepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency … [and] God will sustain us through our trials." (James E. Faust)

This week finds me doing my deep cleaning. I usually get the urge to do a clean through this time of year.

I look forward to the slower winter days.

I have my winter kit in the car and we have our winter preparations tended. How are you coming on yours? - this is something we overlook.

I keep recipes on a ring. One set is breakfast recipes and the other is one-pot recipes. These are ones we like so it is easy to grab and make. I keep them in a basket near the stove. - I love their idea. We use all areas in food storage like she was saying about the cheese. Don’t have your eggs in one basket. If you lose electrical you still have nonperishable.

How are you coming on your food storage notebooks? This really is an important tool to have.

I have mentioned this before but a reminder goes with using all we have available to us for storage. I get yeast in big bags. Those bags I freeze. I put one bag in my “using jar.” This jar I keep in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of the yeast.

That way you will continue to make great bread items.

Storage items can also serve to decorate like in this picture it shows wash boards and clothespins. So think about it as storage that is pretty. I store emergency candles in a basket, it is pretty and very handy.

This time of year means making gifts. Consider sewing as skill building and making gifts.

I made chicken pincushions one year as gifts. Sometimes it is making useful gifts that is rewarding.

Keep working on your storage and even consider giving storage as gifts like I said last week.

Remember to put your feet up with a hot cocoa. Always keep a mix made up.

Gus and Missy say to remember to rest often during the stressful times of Holidays!

Do the best you can.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Message

"Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well." (President Ezra Taft Benson)

"Our bishops storehouses are not intended to stock enough commodities to care for all the members of the Church. Storehouses are only established to care for the poor and the needy. For this reason, members of the Church have been instructed to personally store a year’s supply of food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel. By following this counsel, most members will be prepared and able to care for themselves and their family members, and be able to share with others as may be needed." (President Ezra Taft Benson)

We need to be in the position to help others. With so much happening everywhere there is a great need. We might have missed the last one but might not miss the next one. We need to help each other. Teach our kids to help too. Our eight year-old grand daughter donned a helping hands t-shirt and helped with the Florida hurricane.  

We had a tornado hit a few years back. A town to our west was hit at night and it wasn’t till daylight that they saw the extent of the damage. All the churches in our area, our church included, worked together. I remember the youth forming a long line walking shoulder to shoulder through the fields finding photos and other items of those affected.

We are to get snow Friday at the time of this writing, are you ready for it?? I put the winter car kit in the car. Do you have a car kit ready to use?

How are you coming on your storage? Remember, giving food storage is a great gift to give during holidays.

One time a lady at my church gave her kids 72-hr kits. For those who don’t know what they are, they are kits containing emergency food and items. You can grab on the run and will help your family for 72 hrs. - I like the crayons - more here - pizza - great idea - great

How are you coming on your skills? - more ideas - great ideas - handmade gifts - ideas here - I love the bowling games. - cute - I wanna play too!

Make kits up with their interests in mind.

So now I have shown you many frugal ideas to get your brains working in the right direction, I hope this helps.

Please share your frugal ideas and what you will be doing.

Keep working on storage and skills. Do the best you can!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Message

"Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well." (President Ezra Taft Benson)

I want to tell you what my mother-in-law told me years ago. She said never ever go into debt for Christmas but to give within your means instead. Very good advice.

The ones you give to would not want to know you will be making payments all year on their gift.

If people gave me gifts I would want food storage items, totally would love it!

So parents think about food storage gifts for your kids away from home. Add family favorite recipes, how fun is that?

If you know someone struggling, make them a food care package, be sure to toss in chocolate and goodies with it.

It is not too early think on gifts for giving at Christmas time.

Make your own Angry Birds kit! Pattern HERE. - apple roll - gift ideas - more gift ideas - inexpensive gifts - gift ideas - ideas - full of ideas - gift ideas  good ideas

I am a firm believer in making craft kits with everything to open and do that go along with your child’s interest. - lots of ideas

Please don’t forget your sisters you visit teach and those who visit teach you and for home teaching families and those you home teach. - this looks great

I have given you great places to start.

I again say give food storage. I was able one year to give a case of veggies, another year an oil lamp set.

So think of those you give to and please stay in budget.

Keep working on storage and keep working on skills and start working on Christmas.

Do it with love.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday Message

"A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life.” (Bishop Keith B. McMullin)

"When will all these calamities strike? We do not know the exact time, but it appears it may be in the not-too-distant future. Those who are prepared now have the continuing blessings of early obedience, and they are ready. Noah built his ark before the flood came, and he and his family survived. Those who waited to act until after the flood began were too late. Let us not be dissuaded from preparing because of a seeming prosperity today, or a so-called peace.” (President Ezra Taft Benson)

It would be wise to be continually working on our storage.

Keep trying to be frugal. Patch those holes and if they're in kids pants they have cute ways to patch.

I remember being in line at an amish grocery. There was man wearing his coveralls. He was getting a hundred lb bag of potatoes. While I waited I noticed a patch on his overalls. I studied it and noticed the tiny stitches around the same fabric, probably coveralls saved for patches. The stitches were all tiny and even placed there with loving hands of his wife. So learn mending skills, just don’t throw out things.

This week I hitched a ride with hubby as he had a town errand. I stopped at the library and found a Hy-Vee cookbook that all the employees put their favorite recipes in. I have a newer copy from 1999 and the one at library was 1989.  It was free and I am excited. I loved the one I had, now I have a ten year older one that will net many more recipes. I also got my youngest grandson a beginning reading book for free as well.

The book I had is on the right the older and free find is on left.

So look for frugal opportunities.

We have already started winterizing at our house. A reminder, soon you will need to unhook hoses and nozzles or your things will freeze and ruin all.

These videos will help you know what to do with the year-end garden things. - how to stop buying the canned soup which has gone up in price so bad. easy to can dried beans to have on hand for convenience.

It is time to sit by the fireplace and start working on gifts…

These are some of the gifts I made last year. Remember, live within your means! Homemade gifts are fun!

Missy says have fun trick or treating but be very safe!!!!
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