Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday Message

"Today, I emphasize a most basic principle: home production and storage. Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store—or supermarket—sustain the needs of the community?" (President Ezra Taft Benson)

I have been thinking so many people are on fragile finances, living right on the edge. It's a very stressful thing indeed. There are as many reasons as there are people. Not always are things in our control. My mother-in-law used to always say, "one step forward, two steps back," and so often this is how it feels.

So how do we offset life's challenges? We do what we can and we make do with what we have. I follow a podcast and her family had a huge plumbing expense so she made her menu using what she had in her house. She picked up only three items at the store with a total cost of under four dollars.

Could you do this with what you have in house? Would you think to do this when you had stress?

Learning to make do is something we can do to offset the unexpected expense.

One thing we can try is to do as much as we can on our own. This helps to offset the things we have to have done. Like house repairs we can do. We also search to learn what we don't know how to do... this helps us as well.  

Things may seem harder than they actually are.

Lets face it though, there will always be stuff we can't do but every little thing adds up.

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. We should use this to live by. How exactly to do this?? 

Mend your clothes... 

If we make do by mending and repairs we will stretch our budget.

Use it much do we throw out??

Celery leaves, for example. Did you know you can dry them on a plate if you do not have a dehydrator?

Save your own orange rind. Also. those last grapes no one will eat -dry them into raisins.

Vacuum sealing is a small expense to what it will save you.

Raisins, for example, can be put in a canning jar. Yes, they will last a while but breakdown into a sugary form of themselves if you take the jar of raisins and vac seal it when you get them. One lady said a jar of raisins got shoved out of place and she found it twenty years later and they were still good.

Here is a LINK to my post on step by step vacuum sealing.

Use up your leftovers. Don't toss them out. They always taste better the next day. We can have planned overs like fixing a roast and making beef and noodles out of leftovers, bbq beef, get the idea.

I think rotating our storage keeps you from doing without as well.

Also, to go with all this is being content. If you are not content you will be miserable wanting things you cannot have. Instead be happy with what you do have and be grateful.


  1. Admittedly, I pat myself on the back about not wasting food. I cannot think of the last thing I threw out. It's very very rare. If I stumble on something that needs using, I'll change my menu around to use it up. I had some dry bread last week so I made a big bag of croutons to freeze. Homemade is so much better! I was also thinking that I have some mozzarella that needs using so I'm thinking we have a pizza in our near future!

    I'm a mender of EVERYTHING! Even undies! I've repaired several holey pairs. I just wear them around the house, but they work! It seems there's always a stack of things needing fixing on the chair next to my sewing machine.

    The past couple of times I've been to Goodwill, I've seen that they are drowning in donations! I've never seen them with so much stuff. I wonder if people have gotten tired of having so much stuff for real, or if it's a Kondo trend and they'll soon be out replacing it all with more stuff!! Mine is for good. I just don't want anymore stuff that can't be used up. It's exhausting.

    1. I did the clearing thru things this spring I don't want to do that again in my life time so I am not hunting for things as well

  2. May I ask which podcast you listen to abut the plumbing?

    1. The fundamental home I like to see what she does

  3. Celery leaves are great in soups. I try to use every little bit up. I made an omelette for Hubby yesterday suing up the tiny bit leftover from sausage and peppers. He loved it. I had a few bananas going brown so I made muffins with some and smoothies with the rest. I would have frozen them otherwise. I had a bread end that became croutons yesterday for my salad.

    1. Thanks for your ideas it will help others

  4. The church has really stopped preaching the food thing and it makes me wonder why? Although I still store food and try to improve my skills.

    1. They still say it just not as much they teach how to do a three month then go on from there this helps people new to storage I am glad you are staring and improving your skills good for you

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