Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Message


Learn to Use What You Store 

"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. . . . Some have said, “We have followed this counsel in the past and have never had need to use our year’s supply, so we have difficulty keeping this in mind as a major priority.” Perhaps following this counsel could be the reason why they have not needed to use their reserve. By continued rotation of the supply it can be kept usable with no waste" (James E. Faust, in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 26; or Ensign, May 1986, 22). 

"A year's supply of food storage is beneficial in several ways: 

1. It provides peace of mind as we obey the counsel to store. 

2. It helps ensure survival in case of personal or natural disaster. 

3. It strengthens skills in preparing and using basic foods" ("Home Storage: Build on the Basics," Ensign, June 1989, 40

As I look through the quotes the years and years this goes back in time to now. How wonderful we have a Father in Heaven who loves us enough to warn us and encourage us just like when we warn our children not to cross the street without looking both ways or warning our kids about driving the speed limit. We are trying to help them in the end. We have the choice, it is up to us.

I am still battling the meds killing my good bacteria when I was sick. I am taking probiotics and eating yogurt two times a day. I pretty much hate yogurt but I am adapting. I make yogurt usually to put in other things since I haven’t got any made at the moment. Was going by a store, ran in to get a few but they pulled a milk crate full of yogurt they marked down. Seeing I might have to keep doing this a few more weeks and they had them marked for .25 each, a real blessing, I bought $7.25 all yogurt. 

I hope I will be better by then. If not I will get mine going. This was a huge blessing to us in tight times for sure. Just letting you go with us on tight times journey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_3rdGeKXgw food storage yumminess for sure.

Did you see how she peeled the banana? Did you know that is the correct way? It makes it so those stringies don’t happen, just an eye spy thing :p

I know a wonderful family who needed a new car but before they made that purchase they made sure to have their food storage in then made the car purchase. They are amazing and what a great example.

Where is storage on your priority list? We have sooooo many things competing for our dollars. What speaks the loudest? 

Life is like a roller coaster, we go up and down. When you are up, your job is steady, bill paying is easy. When you are on the down part, times are tight. It is hard to come up with grocery money.

When you are up, you can get complacent about things, thinking you will always be on the upside or doing better. You say you finally deserve a costly vacation and you can now afford it, nicer clothes, better or multiple cars, maybe a better house. You can add anything you want to this list. 

But I stress - when you are up, please get storage in because we have all seen that a job can go away overnight. You may never ever see it coming. We once took a job with a big steady company. They moved us and such. We had checked around about them but really they hired my husband as a last ditch effort to stay afloat. We saw no signs of it at all. We saw everyone let go but the secretary, over time it was hard on everyone.  

I can tell you the one certain thing if you are up on the roller coaster, you will have down times no matter what. Nothing is stable forever, especially these days.

So what levels that out? Speaking with very much experience, it is when you have the work, be sure to get more storage in. When you don’t have much work, get what you can in. You can do it. Just ignore those voices that would suck you into the appearance and things will never go bad. You husbands out there, help with the storage. You know you like to eat. You wives help with this. 

Ask Venezuela what they would choose? People who were saving for a new tv or stereo spent it on getting barely any food and the trip to get it was scary and dangerous. Do some searching to learn their plight. We pray for all the people struggling there and around other places in the world being hit hard with tough times.

When things go unstable you will still have hard times but not as hard if you followed the advice and stored and prepared for it.

Again, I mention to work together thru hard times. Pull together and don’t hold grudges with each other or those who have dealt you the reversal. 

Over the many years we have been dealt with several in high places not paying their bills, workers who stole from us, employers who had money but kept us working with no pay just our insurance. That is hard, you do the same work, spend gas and everything, the same bills but your income stopped. You work only for insurance. Yes, we have seen many things and much dishonesty but if you dwell on these they will change who you are. Just pick yourself up and move forward or even crawl forward. 

Everything we experience builds our character and we need to keep our eyes on the Savior. So when you think I get too pushy on storage and skill building, it is only because we have been in hard times worse than we are now and it was storage and skills that helped us to not have it as bad as it could have been.  

Everything I urge you to do is from our experiences and because I have seen what can go bad and how fast it can happen. You all probably have had friends who lost jobs and took a long time to find another. Ask them to tell you what they went through. So if you ever thought I pushed too hard, now you know why. I want you prepared as best that you can be. It is not a hobby, it is a way of life that I have learned over many many years.



Just yesterday I was listening to a few people talking and I decided we all have a page in a huge book with many life journeys on every page. No one skates through problem free. I feel like using our experiences to help others is a huge thing. We should always be helping and serving others.

I was talking to our daughter about a picture of our family I pointed out my coat. I said I made it, she said it looked nice. I said I did not have a coat but found these pieces of fabric at a yard sale and I did not have a pattern but managed to make a coat. The picture is in our student housing which was basically chicken coops on graduation day. Teach your kids to sew, to cook from scratch, the basics of needful skills teach them not to be materialistic.



When you watched the Ten Commandments when they were filling their jars with water, I think it was Moses's sister that says fill all the jars as a warning and she said do it or go thirsty from one who knows, yep.

Those who have lived tough times know. Go talk to them. There is no lack of hard times.

Do the best you can. I have spent a lot of time learning how to cook from scratch, how to make bread and I did not quit learning till it was perfect. I study from other’s hard times for things that can help us. I am always looking how to stretch the food. I am always learning how to sew better, how to basically be frugal. Learn to mend.



Learn to sew.



Learn to knit.





Sacrifice is huge. We sacrifice for our families. For Mother’s Day I could have asked for many things but I looked at our storage and decided to ask for a case of mushrooms and tomato sauce, pictured below. The cost was $19.



This will be a gift that will help us for some time. So think about what you spend. Think what could I get with that money that would be the best purchase? Learn to garden even in containers if you have to...



Now I am not telling you what to do. I am telling you what we have and still go through, so you can think about things.

I just want you to see being prepared helps a lot. Keep learning, we never out-grow that.

If you think no money, no fun, you would be wrong. Fun doesn’t have to cost money.

Live within your means. Do what you can. Learn what you can. Share what you can and remember to serve others.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Message


Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2001)
“As we have been continuously counseled for more than 60 years, let us have some food set aside that would sustain us for a time in case of need. But let us not panic nor go to extremes. Let us be prudent in every respect.”

(Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, Oct 2002 and quoted again in April 2007)
"The best place to have some food set aside is within our homes. . . 
"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 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."

As you know it is time to plant some veggies.

I am unable to plant a garden this year so I have planted seeds in planters. Plus, I will try to plant around the outside of the house tomatoes and squash, etc. This will help us to use what money we have elsewhere to make ends meet.

I have been continuing to work on my skills. I made myself a project bag that is helping me house a sweater that I am making myself.  The pattern for the bag I had to make up myself but while doing the cut out on fabric I had I did several for gifts at the same time.


Here is a work in progress look at the sweater I am making myself.
http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2017/05/7-ways-to-store-water-for-your-family/ - wanted you to be working on your water storage as well.

How are you doing working on your storage and skills??

I was able to get twelve cans tomato sauce and for Mother’s Day requested that much more and canned mushrooms instead of anything else. This is by far better then flowers or etc.



How are you doing in the prudent area? Are you cooking from scratch? Are you eating out?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUZpNGuvUQQ - I love these gals. This is so simple. Yes, I have canned hamburger also in my storage which makes this easy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGhImnVJsnY&feature=youtu.be - this is worth watching, it might change your mind on eating out so often.

I have been working on building skills. There are so many things that you can learn on the computer for free.

For example:

Knitting
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=How+to+Knit+Lesson+1&&view=detail&mid=DE8CD7E0880BEE1DA57CDE8CD7E0880BEE1DA57C&FORM=VRDGAR

Sewing
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sewing+for+the+beginner+youtube&&view=detail&mid=C828C80E23609CBC0C16C828C80E23609CBC0C16&rvsmid=ECF5BACCEA6C5AC61A0AECF5BACCEA6C5AC61A0A&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV

Crocheting
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=crochet+for+beginners+you+tube&view=detail&mid=0719043E54D5BF1F788B0719043E54D5BF1F788B&FORM=VIRE

Bread by hand
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=making+bread+by+hand+youtube&&view=detail&mid=08F7D0002CE3336CFA8108F7D0002CE3336CFA81&rvsmid=51B60D9E9F3F87F5DE4A51B60D9E9F3F87F5DE4A&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV

Water coloring
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=watercoloring+for+beginner%27s+youtube&view=detail&mid=D9C1820B0A1462B9F07ED9C1820B0A1462B9F07E&FORM=VIRE

Tatting
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=tatting+youtube&qs=AS&cvid=048c816cd6c043d490cc8a044b54754c&pq=tatting+youtube&cc=US&setlang=en-US&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dtatting%2byoutube%26form%3dEDGTCT%26qs%3dAS%26cvid%3d048c816cd6c043d490cc8a044b54754c%26pq%3dtatting%2byoutube%26cc%3dUS%26setlang%3den-US&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=E144B5418964846A98D0E144B5418964846A98D0&FORM=WRVORC

Canning dried beans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C7cvOG-rlc  

Setting up a budget
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=making+a+budget+youtube&&view=detail&mid=60EF9AF80B8A560FCD0160EF9AF80B8A560FCD01&rvsmid=4DC43B1FC49E2EF620FD4DC43B1FC49E2EF620FD&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV

Planting tomatoes to keep cutworms from getting to stem
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+plant+tomatoes+to+prevent+cutworms+youtube&docid=608053867468227308&mid=9F689D782F01BC0AD5289F689D782F01BC0AD528&view=detail&FORM=VIREHT

So whatever skill you are wanting, even on whatever level you want, type it in and learn. Always be learning and never stop.

I just picked a few but learning this way saves money on paying for classes and you can see how to do it. For me, this has helped tremendously.

Let me know what skills you are working on in the comments below!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Finished knitting project!


I just finished my kevin KAL. I have two cats - Miss Hissy/Miss Kissy (now known as just Missy) and Gus is the other. They were strays that showed up. Missy would hiss everytime I would go out to feed them so I named her Miss Hissy then Gus would sit on my lap when I was out sitting on the steps. I had lost my cat of many years and was sad and Gus kept sitting on my lap to comfort me. He had buddied with Missy who was born under the porch. So when I realized they were buddies and that he was taking care of her, we brought them both in and they have been happy ever since. So I made each a crocheted little octopus with cat nip in the head then I knit two cats, each in their colors. There was high interest in my knitting bag on account of the catnip. Too cute and the babies loved them.



Monday Message


When will we learn these basic economic principles? However, “… when we really get into hard times,” said President Clark, “where food is scarce or there is none at all, and so with clothing and shelter, money may be no good for there may be nothing to buy, and you cannot eat money, you cannot get enough of it together to burn to keep warm, and you cannot wear it.” (Church News, November 21, 1953, p. 4.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC_HH-RYbNE&feature=em-uploademail - I thought this was very interesting and why I keep mentioning it as a skill to learn. I know that you hardly hear people use the word homemaking anymore. It is now called homesteading or prepping but really it is just homemaking. It isn’t new, just the name they give it that has changed. Just skills we should learn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLxbBL0Usa4 - having powdered milk in your storage is so important. She is using the kind we have in our storage.

http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2017/04/three-easy-cakes-make-scratch/ - it is good to have cake recipes from scratch in your food storage binder.

This is my food storage cookbook binder, not even very pretty but I use it all the time.



Have you ever wondered what I have in my food storage binder??Just a little curious? I decided to put this together using our regular favorite recipes. I chose recipes that I would be able to make if I had no cheese or eggs. So I sat down with my regular recipe file and pulled our favorite recipes that fit in this tight parameter. These too are things which I can make out of my food storage, so here is a look inside the binder.  



You will want to add egg replacement recipes so for those recipes that call for eggs. I keep unflavored gelatin on hand for just that and it has a forever shelf life.

http://www.richardshook.com/beckysbacktobasics/Sister%20shook's%20recipes.pdf - the yellow on this is one tsp sugar on the rolled wheat bread recipe.

So build your binders, look at your recipes, and build your storage to be able to cook your recipes whenever you want.

Remember how I said to plant things around your yard to give you food to eat? I just harvested asparagus and rhubarb. The raspberry patch has divided up to make another patch, so keep these things in mind.

While things have tightened up, we are blessed there were blossoms on the plum tree, apple tree, and peach trees. Back when they were planted we were looking to this day when they would produce.

So harvesting our rhubarb here is a family favorite - Rhubarb Cake! We top it off with cool whip when we have it. Super yummy :)






http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2016/03/11/the-breezy-tee-tunic-free-sewing-pattern.html this is an easy project. Yes, it's wonderful to be able to make your own.

Being able to sew is as huge as knowing how to make bread.

I am trying to build my skills right along with you. I decided to join a sweater knit along so I could better sharpen this skill but I thought on the way I would sharpen a sewing skill too.  

I wanted to sew a project bag to hold said sweater project.  I have seen many project bags but decided to make my own pattern so I set about to do just that.  

I used some tissue paper and made a pattern then went to my fabric stash and picked the fabric. It would need a zipper too so I went through my zippers and pulled one. It also would require interfacing so I went to the basket of that and pulled it. I thought, if I am going to do one I should make another as a gift.

So see the benefit of storing more than food and first aide? I would gather sewing things at yard sales and thrift stores. I used this idea centered on several skills which benefit me so much now. To purchase a project bag of this size is selling for fifty or more dollars… so you can see I was able to do it with things I had. I know you are thinking sell them. Yes, that would be a good thing if the market wasn’t already saturated with project bags.












So enjoy looking through my food storage cookbook binder above and consider making one from your file of your family favorites and try my recipes! I think you will see food storage tastes fantastic.

Work on your storage. I have a friend tell me they had no fresh fruits and veggies at their only in-town grocery and it was because their warehouse burned down. See? Things happen that we cannot possibly think will happen but we can be prepared in as many things as we can.

With summer coming, kids will be home and can help carry and organize your storage. Let them learn all they can from you as they will need that leg up.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Great book!



A Cabin Full of Food - Link HERE.

This book has very basic and great know-how recipes, good for anyone to have in your collection. It is on the free list today (May 2nd). It will be helpful in food storage as well. Like in any cookbook it will have things we don't use but is well worth it. I have been waiting for this to once again be on the free list. I hope you put it in your library. It has dome mixes in it as well. I got it last time and it has so much info, reminds me of Carla Emery's cookbook.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Message


"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. . . . Some have said, “We have followed this counsel in the past and have never had need to use our year’s supply, so we have difficulty keeping this in mind as a major priority.” Perhaps following this counsel could be the reason why they have not needed to use their reserve. By continued rotation of the supply it can be kept usable with no waste" (James E. Faust, in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 26; or Ensign, May 1986, 22). 

"A year's supply of food storage is beneficial in several ways: 

1. It provides peace of mind as we obey the counsel to store. 

2. It helps ensure survival in case of personal or natural disaster. 

3. It strengthens skills in preparing and using basic foods" ("Home Storage: Build on the Basics," Ensign, June 1989, 40).

"The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to prophets and stored at least a year’s supply of survival food" (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, 90; or Ensign; Jan. 1974, 80). 

"Consider the important (food storage) program which we must never forget nor put in the background. As we become more affluent and our bank accounts enlarge, there comes a feeling of security, and we feel sometimes that we do not need the supply that has been suggested by the Brethren. . . . We must remember that conditions could change and a year’s supply of basic commodities could be very much appreciated by us or others. So we would do well to listen to what we have been told and to follow it explicitly" (Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 170; or Ensign, May 1976, 124).

I wanted to put several of these quotes in this week to emphasize you could be the wealthiest person or the poorest, things can change in a second. Even people who live righteously. Even us, we have a shift which will require us to once again live without replacing our storage for a time but we have done it before and can do it again, so follow along to see how we get through it.

But most of all know that whoever you are, no matter how secure you feel, it can change rapidly. Though our income is very low, I tried to get one thing at least to stick in storage and you can do it too, but hopefully you can get more.

So I have as of April 16 hit my three month mark for being sick. It has not been fun but we all push through fun or not. I have improved from the worst of it, I hope.

We followed advice from our Prophets and planted fruit trees and rhubarb and raspberries which are now a blessing.

Because having this long time with respiratory problems I cannot feel good enough to garden but I shall try some container gardening.

Remember, May 15 is the frost date in Iowa so wait to plant but it is coming, so it's time to think on what you want to plant and make a plan.

Also, if you have a yard and can plant trees, make them fruit trees.

Please don’t ignore your skill building. Encourage your kids to learn skills as well. You can do them together, do them for family night, do them during the summer.

Teach them how to make bread. I know a family that had a very very large family. She taught them all to make bread. Littler children partnered with older siblings... they all had a skill right there to take with them.

Teach them how to cook from scratch. It is to hard later if you have to learn it and make a wage. Teach them how to do laundry from start to finish. We had two sets of twins in my family when I was eight years-old. Diaper folding is the only thing I knew about laundry. When I got married I was fortunate I ran into a friend at the laundry mat and she taught me.

Teach them and teach yourself skills too.

http://tipnut.com/turkey-leftover-recipes/ - great list on here and tips.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmID9YjOKbg - these people are the best with food storage.

The first thing I worked on was vacuum sealing my pantry items to have them last longer. I did cake flour that I use in Bakers Flower by Kaye Manning.



It is a book all on one mix that is a baking mix. I also mixed more of that mix up.

I did barley, you know things you add to soup dry spinach that I dried for throwing into soup. I did hot cereals, even baking chocolate, popcorn, macaroni... things you have probably in your pantry in boxes etc. So I vacuumed sealed all the things I could find. Once I vacuum seal the jars of food I leave them out on the table for twenty four hours so that if any unseal I can change the lid and do it again before putting them away.

NOTE...a reminder when vacuum sealing flours and powders - use the jar lid as a template and cut it out of a coffee filter. Place the filter inside the jar on top of the product before sealing. This keeps the fine particles from going into the vacuum sealing machine and killing it.

Vacuum sealing will extend my pantry items' shelf life and help with our tight budget.

I am still working on several skills - knitting socks without using a pattern and weaving. My sister sent me a kit to make a table runner that is like a sampler where I can learn different weaving patterns. It is a huge learning project. As I think I have made and corrected so many errors.



In prepping to learn a skill sometimes it takes time to gather tools and supplies. Haunt yard sales and thrift stores. 


I got this bobbin winder at a yard sale for 25 cents.  



The same one new is $142, impressive right? I did look on ebay. They had one for sixty dollars and the bidding isn’t over. So gather as you find supplies. If you never find them frugally then plan them into your budget as you can but collecting needed items are assets.

I cannot be well enough to do the garden from being sick so long, so I have my planters all gathered to plant things like lettuce and spinach. We shall see what I can do. I still have compost so we will see. This too will help us with fresh things. We have an apple tree, plum tree, two peach trees, and we have grapes and raspberries.

So what you do is take account of your assets, see how you can stretch what you have.

I check our local libraries for free cozy mysteries - found one of a bookmobile cat mystery so I am reading that.

I also check www.freereadfeed.com everyday for free books on knitting and sewing, even a weaving book, budget cookbook, and books on how to be frugal and cozy mysteries. So I have built quite a good library of free books.

We gave up cable years ago and bought Roku, one box is in our bedroom for TV and one in living room. No cable bills. We did get Netflix which covers both TV's. So we get news and shows when we want to watch. The best thing of all on the Roku is that we get BYUtv so we can watch conferences at home and can see the spoken word.

So no bill there but the Netflix. We have a cell phone, not a smart phone, that is on our daughter Sarah and her husband Daniel's line, no bill, and we have magic jack for our phone which is $35 a year.

We had already done that but if you find yourself in tight times we recommend these to you.

If you have debt, work hard to get out of debt.

Having food storage helps to get where things will hopefully get better.

Dick is a painter and sometime sells paintings and sometimes gets small jobs with old clients but it is sporadic at best. We pay our tithing which brings blessings, as they come I will let you know. You will get to go with us through this and maybe our ideas will help you.

We drink water and use powdered milk. I cook from scratch and make our bread and rolls and hamburger buns, etc.

So buckle up. Going along with us will be an experience and might get bumpy now and then but we have each other. We are blessed with a great marriage. I also, over many years, gathered things I needed like fabric and yarn and basket supplies and tatting, stuff I saved as people gave me theirs when they quit tatting and basket supplies and fabric from people thinning their stash and lots was gotten freecycle. So I have no need to purchase anything. Being content with what you have is huge and I am content. I have books to read and books to learn with.

I hope you will learn from our experiences.

Ask questions or offer ideas that we can use and share, email me at bshook@huxcomm.net

We all just do the best we can.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Message



President J. Reuben Clark (Church News, 1953) –
“When we really get into hard times, where food is scarce or there is none at all, and so with clothing and shelter, money may be no good for there may be nothing to buy, and you cannot eat money, you cannot get enough of it together to burn to keep warm, and you cannot wear it.  You can’t eat money, but you can eat your three-month supply of food – IF YOU HAVE IT AND KNOW HOW TO USE IT."

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0dF5lU5boc1Y1U3Zld1UWViems/view - food storage info

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Crafty+Gemini+Pillowcase&&view=detail&mid=8BD0F65B86D12CA5F9328BD0F65B86D12CA5F932&FORM=VRDGAR - this is my favorite way to do pillowcases, easy to make. Wouldn’t it be fun to make on b-days for a birthday child with their favorite character? Also, think Christmas gifts.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0dF5lU5boc1WF8wVlJTanNQeVE/view - inventory sheets that will help you keep track.

http://prepared-housewives.com/create-a-food-storage-binder/ - keeping track. I have a working food storage cookbook with our favorite recipes.

http://prepared-housewives.com/food-storage-inventory-sheets-lists/ - inventory sheets

http://prepared-housewives.com/november-get-your-basics/ - food storage

http://prepared-housewives.com/canning-beef/ - this shows you how to can beef. Check the extenstion office in your area for your times and pressure. If you live in Iowa or Minnesota, you can call 1-800-262-3804 during a week day.

I have canned hamburger raw. To use, I take it out and, in a pan, I heat and brown it.

I can roast and chicken, even some pork for bbq. Chicken and roast is also very yummy and easy to use.

http://prepared-housewives.com/creative-storage-solutions/ - great ideas and solutions.

http://prepared-housewives.com/favorite-food-storage-distributors/ - not advertising, just letting you know please don’t rule out the home storage units. We use the one in Omaha the most. Also, Kansas City. Just depends where you are. You can look it up which one is closest to you.

http://prepared-housewives.com/cooked-jam/ - this is always a good way to get your feet wet with canning.

Did you know you can buy fruit juice and make jelly with it? Yep, done that. If you have no excess produce to use, you can have juice to make jelly.

http://prepared-housewives.com/how-to-build-a-rocket-stove-and-impress-the-boys/ - making a rocket stove

http://prepared-housewives.com/easy-country-biscuits-from-scratch/ - country biscuits

http://prepared-housewives.com/food-storage-restaurant-style-tortillas/ - making your own is lots cheaper and kids could help.

http://craftygemini.com/2014/04/how-to-build-raised-garden-bed-for.html - here is how to build raised bed garden for fifteen dollars.

It is time to be thinking garden. In central Iowa you are not to plant till after May 15. But start thinking what you will do. If you cannot have a garden, do container gardening.

http://craftygemini.com/2012/05/diy-sewing-pattern-weights-tutorial.html - how to make pattern weights.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2012/01/sewing-pattern-weights_11.html - hear is another option.



https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Food+Storage+Pantry&&view=detail&mid=CEEF23CC0DFB1308314BCEEF23CC0DFB1308314B&FORM=VRDGAR - this shows one lady cleaning her storage. What I wanted to point out are the bungee cords. It would not hurt us to come up with a similar set up for earthquakes. One couple took it a step further and put rubber bands around jars to keep them from hitting each other. I know you are thinking... but we don’t get them here. But we have felt them and it would be better safe than sorry. Those who have funds can get those plastic containers that keep jars separate.

Just keep plugging away!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Guest Monday Message!

This Monday Message is a guest blog post from the wonderful Coupon Sahm I Am. Thanks for taking the time to inspire us to build up food storage and lead a more provident life!

Hello, I am known as Coupon Sahm I Am and I love to save money… Ok not really, what I do love is to save money so I can buy other things like art supplies for my Art addiction but I do sleep better at night knowing that I have a nice savings account for those rainy days, and for art.

If you are new to my blog come check me out at www.couponSahmIAm.blogspot.com I am here as guest post because I have successfully got a good 6 month food storage from a normal month’s budget. (it started with a $300 food budget) with a family of three, now I spend about $600 a month on a family of 5- 3 growing kids. Did I mention the GROWING KIDS part?



When you have a budget and to live within your means, means no extra money spent and you have $300 to spend on the month… you figure out what you want to spend your money on very quickly. I was at that time staying at home with our 9 month old daughter, and “needed” a hobby that saved us money.

While saving money and spending all my energy on what I could spend our grocery money on.  I realized that although couponing can be a great way to “save” money there is a system to saving money. It came unexpectedly and I found that having a year's supply of food storage to be the way to save money Let me explain:


I know that every year in August peanut butter is at it’s rock bottom price, it will not be that cheap until next august. So a portion of my grocery budget for the month of August goes to PB. I decided that we go through about 1 jar a week (we love PB) so I buy about 45 jars of PB every August. I know it’s a good baking day when I go through 2 jars of PB. Since I can justify spending just a $1 on pb I don’t mind using it for lots of baking recipes.

Sale Cycles are what helps me save the most and helps me work on my food storage!  Go here if you want see the Grocery Cycle that I have came up with to save you money on basic pantry items that each month there should be a significant savings by buying groceries at their rock bottom prices. When it comes to groceries there is a season for everything!



Once you get what a I call a stock-pile (food storage) because the deals are out there once you use the Grocery Sale Cycle. Use what you got:

I know that if I have a food storage (stockpile) I am less tempted to go “out to eat” because we have so much food at home… Using what you have usually means that you try new ways of baking, or cooking chicken or for me I am always looking for those frugal recipes ( you know the ones in the old church and community cookbooks) to see what works for your family. I use what I got, sometimes items so basic can be used for multiple uses, for example one of my favorite things to stock up is Spaghetti Sauce.



Here is a blog post that has great ideas to do with Pasta Sauce When it’s on sale at it’s cheapest (march) I know that I can do so much more with it… I could simmer it down and make it into a pizza sauce, or my favorite thing to do is to make a tomato soup with it. Same thing with cake mixes, there are even cookbooks that are devoted to cake mixes and what you can do with it. Instant pudding and cereal are some other ones… lots of ideas and way to use up some basic pantry items that fit your family’s taste.  

Still not sure if this is the way you want to try to get a food storage started or to keep up, I have also integrated this system, that can work out well: I call it my top 10 recipe stockpile:
It’s as simple as listing your favorite 10 recipes that your family loves… You know the ones they could eat every other day if needed. Once you get that list, you list out your ingredients you need to have on hand and you get 4x that much, so you now have 40 meals ready to go…
It’s about a month worth of food storage right? You get the idea!



My top 5 recipes: Chilli,  cheese burger mac and cheese, spaghetti or lasagna, Chicken pot pie/ or something like that, and pork roast and veggies. I love to bake, I always have ingredients to make a chocolate cake, and scotcharoos. I love this way of food storage because it can be as individual and you can switch up meals along the way… If chili isn’t working any more substitute that for a new dish you made that was easy and economic right? I also go by seasons for this, and if it’s too expensive I wait until the ingredients go on sale. I know a lot of people like this method because it’s not so intense!

One last thing: take full advantage of when your grocer discounts meat… Yes, what seems like tuesday morning our local Hy-Vee always has meat for ¼ of the cost because the sell by date is about up.I just got some nice Salmon for ¼ of the cost!  I either cook it and freeze it or get it ready to cook and freeze it (seasoning it and getting it ready for the oven or crock pot or my Sous Vide.) I go specifically to the grocery store on any given tuesday Morning hoping to find some good discount on meat and do the dirty work of getting the meat prepped for 4-8 dinners that I can freeze. (does that make sense?)

I would love to know what other skills you use to help build a food storage within a budget, leave a comment or come visit my blog and leave me a comment on one of my many posts about how I have saved money! (don’t be surprised if there is artwork on my blog, that is my driving force to saving money!)

Thank you for letting me have this opportunity to post on Frugal Measures, enjoy the savings and building up your food storage!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Message

I'm working on learning to knit socks without a pattern.

"We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear." (First Presidency letter, 24 June 1988)

http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2017/03/store-food-storage/ - this is helpful for those who want to store in small places.

http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2017/03/how-to-store-as-much-water-as-possible/ - storing water is very important. Those of you who were here in '93 know something about life with no tap water due to floods.

http://storethisnotthat.com/menu-plan-freezer-meals-cut-kitchen-time-half/ - helpful to us all, I love these gals.

I am trying to build one of my skills. I have made socks before but always with a pattern. Since I have been sick so long I am learning different heels. My goal is to be able to make socks anywhere anytime without a pattern. I know you are saying, my goodness she is going batty! I am :p If I don’t get well soon I will be completely bonkers but at least I'm working on one goal. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrfSQNgROpM - this shows how to get stared with double pointed needles.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dining+on+a+dime+getting+out+of+debt+youtube&view=detail&mid=109821F40AE03A793A7D109821F40AE03A793A7D&FORM=VIRE - getting out of a debt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIYEJ1Q757k&feature=em-uploademail - easy sewing project with your budget in mind, no more paper towels!

https://providentlivingpreps.com/ - lots of helpful things, scroll down to see great ideas on how to store what you need. Keep scrolling to see what will happen if you run out of toilet paper. See why you want to stock up on that? But also using your sewing skills can be helpful in this situation. I hope to never have to do that but good to have sewing skills.

https://providentliving.lds.org/?lang=eng - for more info.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/560276009867676036/ - this is still my favorite.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0dF5lU5boc1cFQyay1xZDR5bkU/view - a cookbook worth looking at.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0dF5lU5boc1M0E5eV9wZTBjOVE/view - three month supply.

Keep working on your skill building. If you already know your skill, build on it.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Crafty+Gemini+Pot+Holder&&view=detail&mid=FEEB9F5CDC15186DCFCDFEEB9F5CDC15186DCFCD&FORM=VRDGAR - great to know how to do, plus they also make good gifts.

So keep building your skills. As you can see, I am working on mine. Actually I am working on two things at once: learning a new heel in new sock and trying to get well, two things at same time. Keep working on your storage and on helpful skills. Do the best you can.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Message


“As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. . . . I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. . . . Create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan . . . 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.” (L. Tom Perry, in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 47; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 36).

I find this quote is very direct with information we should pay attention to. I find it interesting that it doesn’t say when convenient or when you get around to it.

I think with famine in one country and people having trouble getting food in others, these things would stand out to us. We do not know what things will come or affect our neck of the woods. 

What I think is you don’t want to be in that situation and have to be worrying how you will feed or help your family.  If you find you are prepared you will be able to help others. And help will be needed.

I know life in our time has stores everywhere wanting your money, selling everything one could want.

How are you coming on the checklist as it just isn’t about food?

Can you mend any part of you or your families clothes?

Can you bake bread?

Do you have supplies on hand to do the bread? Flour, wheat, grinder, salt, sugar or honey, yeast needed in storage? If you store wheat and do not want wheat bricks you could sand a boat with, be sure to store vital wheat gluten. Have you learned to make bread your children will eat??? If not, get practicing. On this note, it takes time… are you too busy to find time? I had a doctor say to me after I told her I make our bread, she said, good if people would do this we would have a lot less mental illness.

Do you have bread pans? I have had friends who needed to save the money to bake bread but did not have pans.

Pans - do you have muffin tins, bread pans, cookie sheets, cake pans, pie tins, sauce pans, frying pans, any other you may need? If you don't then start hitting thrift stores till you get them. 

I have a friend and in the area she lived many did not own one pan because they ate out for their meals and when hard times came, and they did, they had not what they needed. My friend helped them get used pans but then she had to teach them how to use them and there were many who were in that same situation.

Have you collected the basic needed items? Sewing machine, iron and ironing board. A water bath canner, pressure canner, dehydrator,vac sealer with canister, wheat grinder plus a hand grinder, canning jars, new lids, used or new rings, etc.

There are many things you can get used you just have to haunt thrift stores and yard sales. You can ask for needed items on freecycle. Ask relatives if they are done canning.

I know you cannot get everything all at once but make a list and keep it with you. Also, say a prayer to have help in getting these.

Same with working on your food storage, pray for help to build your storage.

If you only make freezer jam, learn to make regular jam too - this is a great skill.

Concentrate on getting in groceries and the basics and supplies. You will be blessed as you work on it.

Go back over the blogs, see if there is something you would like me to cover.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/05/monday-message.html - a huge skill is learning to can meat.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2012/06/easy-striped-dishcloth.html - skill of knitting.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/07/monday-message_18.html - skill of gathering supplies, these are all used. Sewing is a skill on our list too.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/141780720@N04/26309817461/ - skill of dehydrating.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/10/monday-message_31.html - skill of gathering supplies.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/01/monday-message_11.html - skill of preparedness.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-message_27.html - skill of storage.

I WANT you to watch these YouTube clips of Wendy's seminar. I painfully got them in order just so you can see them in order. Food storage with chocolate in it? Whaaaaat? Yep! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhGaTlwYs-s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUaFMEyLXOM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4woLOnURFiw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Drrd2wt8k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE5WVOqLp2k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33bovjbt8nk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vigcycRhWs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0XWoeWRDdI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoYHLW8HR7Y

Skill building - watch all these clips then ask yourself, what are you waiting for?

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/08/monday-message_17.html - skill of canning.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-message_20.html - skill of jam making.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/07/monday-message_13.html - skill of DIY scratch cooking. This has a recipe for maid-rites like eating out but you saved lots.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2016/03/monday-message_14.html - skill of frugality.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2013/07/monday-message_29.html - skill of making bread.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2017/01/monday-message.html - skill of budgeting and organizing.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2014/03/monday-message_24.html - skill of making yogurt.

http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2014/03/mixes-for-easy-kitchen-prep.html - skill to make mixes.

We have covered a lot on storage and skill building over the years, please get your family ready.

Do the best you can.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Message


"Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year’s supply of food and clothing and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year’s supply of debt and are food-free" (Thomas S. Monson, "That Noble Gift—Love at Home," Church News, 12 May 2001, 7).

If you read this statement, and read it thoughtfully, it is sad. So if we are in the second half of this quote, we need to work hard to be in the first part. To do this we must work together at it. It will mean a lifestyle change.

Well a person might say well how are we to get food storage if the money is going on debt?

I have the answer - work to pay the smallest debt off then use that money with all the money you put on the next highest debt and keep going up and that helps pay off debt. Then you still have groceries you get every month. Use the grocery money wisely. Cook from scratch - this saves lots. And shop the flyers and good deals at the store. This should save enough to get a few extra items like extra jar of peanut butter and some packages of jello, things like that.

Now you will probably say you need all your grocery money but I will give you what I have been doing. I pick an area that we are short or an item that lasts long is very frugal. So this last time I got groceries (I get groceries by the month, I get $85 a month and I really need to make the pennies squeal as I stretch them), I decided to have my one storage thing be a 25lb bag of rice. It was almost nine dollars so we are eating some favorite meals but they just happen to all be frugal so I could do this one item for storage. 

I was gifted a Sam’s card so I only get things that I deem are an item we can get. Last time it was yeast, several bags for the freezer. The time before that was two cans of shortening. I think you see how this can be done. It is very hard to have only that amount for groceries but I will tell you paying tithing always makes the money go further.

I wanted to talk about money strains on marriage. Tight times are hard for everyone, kids too but they adapt. Mom and dad you must remember a loss of income is not your spouse's fault so do not play the blame game, don’t keep shortcomings on a grocery list, and never hit each other it is not okay.  Instead, work together. Build a plan of attack together on how to tackle the problem and don’t mope about it. I promise that will make you feel bad and your spouse will feel worse...no one wins.

Remember, you walk this life together so together work the plan. Don’t dismiss ideas till you’ve heard them. We always tease it takes both of us to be one person. What one doesn’t think of, the other one does...

No matter how poor you are (and I know poor) there are always things to laugh together about. Love to be with each other. This life is short, you don’t want to spend it fighting.

Life has setbacks. It happens to everyone. Sooner or later it can tear apart a marriage or it can draw you closer together. Be the together family. Build each other up constantly. We grew up when the tv shows at the time was to tear down your spouse. I always hated those cutting remarks even though they were meant to be funny. I never felt a real marriage should have place for those.

Laugh together, live together, and love together. Let the kids see mom and dad kiss. Our daughter was playing next door when the mom and dad kissed and kids made some comment like eeeewwww and they asked our daughter, don’t your parents kiss? She said all the time.

Back to storage... I can’t always get a big item as my one storage item so then I get peanut butter.

Because I have storage I will say part of my list goes to replacing like flour, for instance. Remember to date and label, then rotate or I will tell you will waste food.

Write me any questions you have. I would be happy to answer  www.bshook@huxcomm.net I will get the answer if I don’t know it.

http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2017/03/diy-dollar-store-first-aid-kit-buckets/ - I thought this was a good idea too.

Did you know if you take a green onion - I keep two in a jelly jar with enough water - you will have an ever green onion greens?

I also keep sour dough going all the time in the refrigerator.

There are many ideas you could do to save in the kitchen.

http://tipnut.com/frugal-kitchen/ - many here.

http://momitforward.com/frugal-living-in-the-kitchen/ - some here too.

http://www.frugalmom.net/blog/category/in-the-kitchen/ - there are several pages worth reading.

None of us are too old to learn.

Make your own mixes for convenience.
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