Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Message - Conference weekend edition

Provident living class will be on learning to crochet this Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 9:30 a.m. at the Shooks. Bring yarn and a crochet hook size G and a pair of scissors.

"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 hope you had a good week of stocking up with the good sale on hamburger and toilet paper and other items. This is still preparedness month, though I think it is always an ongoing thing. Some things overlooked is sewing supplies - if you do not sew it is a good time to learn. If you mend, make sure you have plenty of mending notions on hand especially needle and thread. to start with, fix a hot cocoa and put your feet up.

Conference is coming up. My favorite all time thing to do is watch conference. We have a tradition of having chili and cinnamon rolls.

I thought I would throw in some things for kids to do during conference:

One other thing we do is have a walk between sessions  helps wake up everyone and is fun to talk about the talks and what we each liked so far at that point what we liked best.

So those are the cinnamon rolls I make, you can frost them as you like.

My chili recipe in case you would like it.......
(I throw it in the crockpot)

I brown one lb of hamburger, drain it & put in the crockpot with one or two cans of drained and rinsed kidney beans (may be omitted if kids don't like beans)
3-4 cans of tomato soup
1 tbsp dried onion
1 to 2 tbsp chili powder
pinch or two of salt
some pepper to taste
you will need to add a can or two of water just depends on how big your crockpot is

I serve with crackers and slice of cheese and the cinnamon rolls. I have varied this by adding some salsa or sometimes half to one tsp cumin.

So enjoy!  I do the work before conference on Saturday and we just reheat it all on Sunday. it is very easy to make your own dishwasher soap..... I like the idea of having preparedness goals - Sister Challis shared this and I thank her for it. I will remind everyone that we do have a dry pack canner in the building that can be checked out, I think you could ask President Evans or Brother Nat Tognetti who one would go through to do that.

So don't be afraid of gathering in your storage due to containers. Food is important and containers you can order or go to bakeries and get free ones and elbow grease to clean them out. Just remember food grade buckets and if you get from a bakery they are food grade and I like to let mine air dry after I have washed and towel dried for overnight to be sure it is good and dry.

Remember to put two bay leaves in things like pasta, oats, popcorn, flour, wheat... you get the idea. And to answer the question in your head..... no, it does not leave a taste or smell unless you break and lose part of it and cook it into a cookie then it will taste in that cookie.

Keep working on your storage and skills. The next class will be on storing in small spaces.....

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