Monday, March 12, 2018
"We want you to be ready with your personal storehouses filled with at least a year’s supply. You don’t argue why it cannot be done; you just plan to organize and get it done" (Spencer W. Kimball, August 1976)
The Time to Disregard This Counsel Is Over
"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)
It is time to take stock of where you are on your storage and skill building. Some skills are fast to learn, others take a lifetime but keep working on them!
I continue to work on dishcloths to replace mine. I have started on my box of gifts for next Christmas.
My fibromyalgia is in a huge flare right now and makes me slower but I keep pressing on.
I have been blessed over the years to go to yard sales and thrift shops. I have stored items that we would need for a huge savings because I was willing to purchase used. It took time and work to go to sales but you have to know you are doing it for your family.
What have I gotten to help us?
Oil lamps - it seems you can always find them. Once I got them I did not stop there. I got oil and wicks for the lamps, not all at same sale but I new I would need to look for them and we have been blessed with them many times. Like in the scriptures, I keep my lamps with oil in them. They are at the ready. So go the extra effort to be prepared.
Bread pans - I have gotten my pans from yard sales and thrift stores. There is no way I could afford to get them if I could find them now. Most were ten cents each. At thrift stores I have also found French bread pans, pans to make burger buns, a pan to make sandwich bread, pans that are twice as long, pans for roll making, a pan that slides as long as you want, and pans down to tiny. I also found a bread machine as well.
Cake pans of every type from angel food down to tiny cheese cake pans and everything between.
Mixing bowls, stainless steel bowls, bread bowls.
Crepe maker, waffle irons, even one that makes panini sandwiches and one that turns into a griddle.
Knitting needles and crochet hooks, yarn, knitting machine, sewing machines, fabrics and sewing notions, electric blanket king size for ten cents that we have used for years.
Cookbooks - my favorite bread cookbook was $35 for new, I got it at a yard sale for five cents.
Food savers, canner, steamer canner, jars....
I could go on and on but I wanted you to know that getting things used is just a great tool for being frugal and is a huge budget saver.
I have shown you my bread but there are so many more out there. I thought you might like some different ways you can make bread that being said I want to remind you: one cup of all purpose flour and one tsp of vital wheat gluten makes bread flour!
Also, I selected YouTube videos that take more fiddling to those that take very little. The variations will have you doing great breads at home.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw07XXTzIxE - bread, just another version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m08i8oXpFB0 - how to make baguettes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9ZvlKQmm6M - ciabatta bread
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVwrTAJtSNk - no knead rolls
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlp1RkJeQCE - ciabatta rolls
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-A17hYeZ8w - sandwich rolls using little pans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HndA2UZmTIk - baguettes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUoA-F3sdvw - pretzel bites
I feel that knowing how to make bread and storing the items to make it is a huge boost to skills and storage. Continue to work on both!