Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Message

Granny Square class will be Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Shook's. Bring a crochet hook you have as close to a G as possible and two colors of cheap yarn.

"Brethren, I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment... I do not predict any impending disaster ... yet prudence should govern our lives ... We can begin with a one week 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 supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all.  Begin in a small way... gradually build toward a reasonable objective." Gorden B. Hinkley, Priesthood Session, October 2002. nice little site

this is a blog with many helps on it

“As we live providently and increase our gifts and talents, we become more self-reliant. 
Self-reliance is taking responsibility for our own spiritual and temporal welfare 
and for those whom Heavenly Father has entrusted to our care. 
Only when we are self-reliant can we truly emulate the Savior in serving and blessing others.
“It is important to understand that self-reliance is a means to an end. Our ultimate goal is to become like the Savior,
 and that goal is enhanced by our unselfish service to others. 
Our ability to serve is increased or diminished by the level of our self-reliance.” 

-Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
"Becoming Self-Reliant", Ensign, Jan. 2010, 9

“‘Self-reliance means using all of our blessings from Heavenly Father
to care for ourselves and our families and to find solutions for our own problems.’
Each of us has a responsibility to try to avoid problems before they happen 
and to learn to overcome challenges when they occur. …
“How do we become self-reliant? 
We become self-reliant through obtaining sufficient knowledge, education, and literacy; 
by managing money and resources wisely,
being spiritually strong, preparing for emergencies and eventualities; 
and by having physical health and social and emotional well-being.” 

-Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.
"Becoming Self-Reliant", Ensign, Jan. 2010, 9

Okay, for that dirty topic it is time to start thinking what am I going to plant in my garden... Time to draw up a plan, research what plants are compatible, find out what is good for your area, when do we plant (hint after mother's day). Learn to read the back of your seed packet, how far apart does it say to plant tomatoes, beans? Have the family all work together on a plan for planting on a family home evening. Have each child draw favorite veggies and cut them out and build the garden plan that way.  in case I have not said it before, I love this gal :)

We tried a new taco soup recipe, very basic, all stored food. This one is the best and will be our favorite one!

Taco Soup

Brown a lb of hamburger and drain it (I usually take part of the cooked hamburger and put in the freezer for another meal)

-Tall can of tomato sauce....(16 oz or as close as you can)
-1 can kidney beans washed and drained....(I do this to all canned kidney beans, it is healthier for you)
-1 can of diced tomatoes
-pkg of taco seasoning
-a generous pinch of dried garlic
-1/2 tbsp dried onion flakes
-1/2 c. salsa

I added a bit of water maybe a cup or less

put in small crock pot and on low all day

Oh this is great! And you can serve with Tostito type chips, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Try one new recipe a week and you sure will have a batch everyone loves.

If you have troubles finding recipes here is a good place to start someone else's food storage recipes then you can study them and see if you want to try them yourself.

this is fantastic

I love this gal and she shows you how to use the magic mix, it is similar to the sos mix which I really love having on hand. this is very interesting, helps you to spend less. I like the eating out at home idea as she has recipes, copycat like recipes kind of looks fun.  cabin fever this could work well for that  this is a sewing thing that is most helpful. Along this line I will give you a tip given to me by the Herkers. They told me if your slip starts to ride up that you should wear it inside out that will prevent that.. helpful ideas here  great idea and lots for littleones here

I tried to put in some family fun things into this one along with still the provident living....things that could help with family nites.

I am sure that with the weather so bad for parts of the country that do not get it that bad and are not used to it. The saddest I saw was a woman say she had no power and no food and then showed the kids eating a little cup of potato chips, could that be you? Could you be someone's neighbor and help them? Do you have neighbors you check on when weather turns bad or just because? You do not know when you will be the one that has the weather or other problems, would it not be well to turn to your pantry and say we can make it thru this and no matter how bad things are we can have chocolate cake....that is my motto!

Keep working on your storage, learn new things! I am still using Sister Gardunia's yogurt recipe and loving it :) Easy to make and is wonderful each time. So once you have mastered it go on to other things you want to master. On my list is to find the perfect english muffin bread, yep I have one recipe but have several I would like to try to find the best but the one I have is from the yeast company. My sis and I made it up into kits and I loved having it ahead... so when I try and I have three recipes to try then the best will be as kits and I will move on to something else. I know life is busy with kids, let me be the first to tell you it only gets busier from then. So embrace life and find time for yourself....nothing has to be done instantly, you have a lifetime of learning every day of your life you have learned and it will serve you well the rest of your journey.

Advice from Gus: Take a cat nap and have some time for yourself! 

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