Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday Message

I bought my sewing machine used thirty years ago and used it to sew for my babies.

“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.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2001)

Everyone can be more prudent.

This is the time of year when we make a list of New Year's resolutions. This would be a good time to think what you can do to be more frugal, what skills we can learn and what we need to do to build our food storage.

Make a goal to get out of debt. Maybe it could start by not going into more debt. Put away credit cards. It might be hard especially in the beginning but skip what you might now use your cards on. Think to yourself how you could do it differently, like wait and pay cash or get it used or do without - could you do that?

Ask yourself, why do I want/need this? Now, be honest - is it an emergency? Is it to make yourself feel better? Do you feel you deserve it? Try to think about it. Ask yourself, how am I helping my family by not making this purchase? As a yard sale shopper I can tell you I have seen many things with the new price tags on them for ten cents. Really, that was not a frugal purchase; they only got one dime back.

I am a firm believer that used is the way to go to save on your budget. It is clear though if you have money and spend $25 on a blouse then sell it for a dime never having worn it, this might not be a frugal use of the that money.

I am not saying that having money is bad, I am not saying getting a blouse for that amount is bad. I am saying that if you are struggling, give this thought and also another thought - how many hours must you or spouse work for everything you purchase? What if you settled for less, so less has to be sacrificed. I have heard some say but I want the finer things in life... really, what is finer? Fancy new things or spending more time with family or spouse? What does it say when things are more important? Time for a rethink.

Make a plan.

Once you stop the extra spending then go for paying down what you owe. Take the smallest debt, get it paid off then tackle the next by using the amount you were paying and add the now money from the paid off thing and just keep going.

I saw a sewing program on Saturday that there is a group who helps teaching to mend clothes. I think mending is a skill that all should have. - this has so much good info. - this is very good. - this shows if you don’t have a sewing machine.

I think mending has been given  a bad rap. Instead, think you saved money that can go to benefit your family. You can see this as happy work. You are extending the life of the clothing and stretching your money.

I once was at a grocery store in Kalona, Iowa, and was behind a young married man. He was buying a huge fifty lb bag of potatoes but I was drawn to the patch on his pants. The patch was held on with the tiniest stitches by someone who loved him very much.

Though he probably did not have a lot of money I would say he was rich in what matters and rich to have a wife who knows how to mend.

This group also gives out used machines as well as teaching them to mend.

I bought my machine used thirty years ago and it was ten years old then, so it is forty years-old. I learned the skills of being able to clean and oil it. This machine I used to sew for my babies and as they grew. I still use it.

If you learn to mend you will save money and bless your family.

So I challenge you to learn to mend. Look over these sites and find more. A few years ago to do easy mends it was eight dollars each, harder mends and the price goes up.

So make this one of the first skills you take on.

Making do is a sign I keep on the fridge as a reminder.

What helps me is to do mending right away, keeping up is better then catching up.

Work with what you learn here. Even used clothes need mending so this is a huge skill with the less training.

Keep working on your skills, watch for inexpensive but working used sewing machine at thrift stores. Tell others what you are looking for, put it on freecycle that you are looking for a working sewing machine.

Keep putting in storage. When you get groceries, add doubles of things.

I am proud of you, I notice frugality and am proud of you!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Message

Apples are a great addition to food storage and can be used in so many recipes!

 (LDS Church Handbook 2, Section 6.1.1)
“Church members are responsible for their own spiritual and temporal well-being.....To help care for themselves and their families, members should build a three-month supply of food that is part of their normal diet. Where local laws and circumstances permit, they should gradually build a longer-term supply of basic foods that will sustain life. They should also store drinking water in case the water supply becomes polluted or disrupted."

What is your normal diet? Could you store it? Can you fix it for your family? Will it store well? Can you rotate it? Will it last in storage for a year?

It's important that food storage is part of your daily food. Just work storage things into your menu planning. Don’t wait for the emergency to use your storage, your family won’t eat it. Do you know when the church goes into other countries to give aid they ship in food they are used to eating?

It is winter - make oatmeal for breakfast put it in cake cookies and bread, apple crisp... see these are perfectly normal foods, so this makes oatmeal a great storage item.

This is what I am talking about, not oatmeal patties or worse.

When you use your storage it is just like a big pantry, use and replace.

Having dried apples is wonderful as they don’t take much room. Now add some to that oatmeal, use them to make apple crisp any time of year. Dried apples are a great item to store too, drying your own cuts that cost a lot.

This is what I am talking about. Whoever said food storage had to be icky?

I notice prices going up every month on groceries, not only here in the US but outside as well. Having storage helps with the pain of price increases.

I know you are all on Christmas right now but keep working on your storage. - ideas here - part four of the crochet 101 series. - I think this is so helpful in building your sewing skills.

Now for fun I saw these… - too cute - I love the marshmallow snowman in the hot cocoa. I think you will have fun making and eating these with family. I can see a family night making a pretzel manger and stable - fun!

Mostly keep in mind your goal is stay out of debt. Don’t be that person in cold dark January with excess bills coming in. Stay within your budget! We all want to do things for others, it is who we are, but others you do for don't want you further in debt.

This is a hard time of year for many people, there are so many acts of kindness that cost nothing.

If you are someone having a hard time know That Heavenly Father loves you and is aware of your circumstances and people around you love you too. You are never alone. Pick yourself up, smile in the mirror, I know someone will smile back. You will get through this test in life! Really, we do learn from these times. I am not just saying this. I have had hard times and most have, we learn from them, whether it is to make a cake from scratch to taking a family walk in the snow looking at all the lights - most memories are free.

Let others know you are having a hard time. Everyone should read this.

Instead of feeling bad for your situation, change that to a challenge. Roll up your sleeves and tackle it.

If anyone needs to have a great feeling give service, simple as that. Look for someone to help. They won’t be flagging you down, we tend to suffer in silence so pray who needs my help today.

Remember … don’t feel bad, you may be far from home, you may be struggling to just make it through the month. Whatever the problem, don’t feel less - you are not. Things happen in life. We may not have what others have, that is okay. Not everyone has those things either. Instead, remember why we celebrate Christmas. It isn’t giving or receiving gifts that matter at all.

On a lighter note...

I have a cat named Gus. He lived outside and we brought him in. He at first was skittish with every noise and would run and hide. We would watch a Star Trek movie and he would run and hide. I would watch a YouTube clip, he would run and hide. But as time went on noises don’t bother him and he is addicted to TV and really addicted to YouTube, he comes running to watch it.

But he is a smart cookie too…you have no idea. I will be working on the Monday Messages and out of nowhere comes a paw. He stretches it out and moves my screen. Yes, he has watched me swipe the screen and has learned how. He stretches those toes out and with the pad of his foot slides my screens, a stinker to be sure but he now knows how to start or stop YouTube clips. Sooo if Gus can learn things by gum so can we, so push on and be the best you can be. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Organizing the Sewing Room

I saw this VIDEO CLIP on how to fold fabric to take up less space and organize your sewing room. The first picture is before I tackled the sewing room, the second is the start of it, and the rest you can see is the finished project.   

Most of this fabric came from Freecycle. Always be on the lookout to find material to help with your skills, whether it be for free from Freecycle or haunting your local thrift stores for great deals.

The queen (Miss Kitty) says she approves.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Message

Tis the season to make some great homemade gifts! What are you making?

“From President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor, we hear: "Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food . . . 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."
“We call upon priesthood bearers to store sufficient so that you and your family can weather the vicissitudes of life.”

Remember, as you shop try to be frugal. Turn on those creative juices. I have been noticing a few toy commercials and the toys were huge, finding room I am guessing will be the next issue. The kids will probably play with the box but come summer they will be a dollar or two at yard sales - yep, I see it every year.

Remember, start your own family traditions to add to those you grew up with. - here are some ideas.

Look for inexpensive ways to have fun with your family.

This is a stressful time so take time for yourself. 

Remember, don’t be duped into having to do what others are doing, etc. You don’t have to keep up with anyone.

When we decorated the tree we would have hot cocoa or eggnog thinned with milk. I would make breadstick knots. If you don’t have time, pick up the breadsticks in the can, dip each in melted butter then in sugar and cinnamon and tie in a knot. Bake at 350 till golden.

They will remember cookie making and delivering to people who could use some cheer.

It really is about being together. - this is a great tip! - more ideas - second part on learning crochet. - third part on learning crochet. - sewing building skills

This is my favorite sewing machine (my work horse). She has helped me learn and sewed clothes for my girls. Just saying you don’t need a new machine to learn on. - scroll down to get inspiration loved these ideas.

Do funky designs with pancakes like a gingerbread boy or girl, an ornament, a Christmas tree. Color the batter and let them make their own. Never met a kid yet that doesn’t like to cook. - lots of ideas here

Keep looking for deals to stock your pantry.

Sit down, put your feet up, get pen and paper and hot cocoa and plan to learn a skill a month. Give this some serious thought and make a list, under your items what things can help you achieve your goal?

I encourage you to seek out charitable things to do.

Monday, December 5, 2016

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."

We have no idea what lays in our path on life’s journey... Loss of job? Health incident? Life altering things happen all the time. We must do our best to be prepared. 

I can tell you the first time we were laid off we had no idea the company was struggling. We had just sold our house here in Iowa (our home is Iowa but this happened out east where we had only lived six months). 

My first reaction was shock mixed with lots of crying. We had some storage. I had an order waiting to go in but I cancelled it before it went out to conserve our money. This was our personal crisis. We started an architectural and design business at the time we were first to be laid off as last hired. Of course, we thought it was the worst thing ever. It was a blessing, you see, as we were able to get a small business started (just enough barely). But little by little everyone got laid off, so being first was a help though it did not feel like it. Having storage got us through.

It does take hard times to prove us. So when I talk about storage or put content on this blog, it is with much experience over my lifetime. If you haven’t had hard times that compel you to get started on storage then lean on me, trust me when I tell you this is important.

Having the skills that benefit your family is the ultimate goal because everyone has hard times.

We have favorite homemade hamburger helpers that we like. I made up eleven of each, one pot spaghetti and chili mac. Not only cost effective but tastes way better and I throw no packaging I just refill my jars.

Chili mac hamburger helper

In a pint jar put…

1 c. macaroni dry
1 tsp chili powder
¾ tbsp. dried onion
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼  tsp sugar

2  15 oz cans tomato sauce
1 can water

Brown one lb hamburger and drain, add all above ingredients cook till thickened.

One pot spaghetti hamburger helper

In a pint jar put…

Use half the spaghetti of 8 oz pkg  break them in thirds put in jar dry noodles
1 tbsp dry onion
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp garlic powder

2 small cans tomato sauce
2 cans water

Brown one lb hamburger and drain and add the ingredients above cook till thickened.

Living on your income as it is today, what if your company had to cut your income in half? Could you live on it? Do you have credit card bills? Do you eat out every time you feel you are tired or had a bad day or when you are sad or happy? Do you go to the store for entertainment? Do you shop to your last dollar not thinking ahead? Do you feel you deserve just shopping or getting what you feel you deserve? Are you shopping for therapy?

These are things to think about…

I think all too often we get the thought, "food storage is dry beans and rice and powdered milk." And people tell me they won’t do that well. Yes, these are great items for storage but if you don’t like these then don’t store them. Store what you eat. If you don’t like using dry beans, did you know you can can them for having them ready to use? Yes, you can, but if you don’t like that option buy canned beans. Do all three then you are covered on all fronts. Powdered milk makes great hot cocoa mix and is great in cooking. 

I look at storage as a large pantry that you rotate. You have heard people tell you they have had to live off their storage for a year, you have even heard me say it. Think what you have in storage and ponder from time to time, if you had to live totally on your storage what would you wish you had gotten? Would it be more of your family’s favorites? Would you wish you would have learned how to make them from scratch??

I still try new recipes. Just lately I came across that you can make pancake mix. That you just add water and is made with all things you have on hand. I shared the site to that a few posts back. Yes, I could not believe it, they are good. So I now have that mix made and in a jar. I have a friend who is allergic to eggs, this is perfect as there are no eggs in it, also doesn't have shortening either. So you can be on the look out too for new recipes that work with your storage. - this is the link to save you time looking, instant pancake mix. - a good thing to read to help us.  - great info this was our blog post in 2014, it is worth going thru it again.

I have been thinking of frugal things I have done. I needed to replace my blender one year and saw one at goodwill for seven dollars. It looked to be used just once as it had some purple juice drops on it. I bought it, took it home and cleaned away the juice drops. It cleaned up great. It was an osterizer.

A year later, again at goodwill, I found an unopened box which was an attachment to go on the same brand blender. It was five dollars. The attachment was a food processor. You take off the blender jar and set this in its place. It was brand new. So both pieces did not cost what a new blender costs, let alone a food processor. I have often thought of how much buying used has helped us live on our budget.

Buying used is a huge part of being frugal. It helps stretch the dollar. But living frugally has blessed our lives tremendously over the years. My bread pans came from yard sales. Most were ten cents a piece. I don’t have to tell you how much they are new. So do more thrifting less buying new.

Enjoy your family over the holidays.

Keep working at building storage and skills.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Message

(LDS Church Handbook 2, Section 6.1.1)
“Church members are responsible for their own spiritual and temporal well-being.....To help care for themselves and their families, members should build a three-month supply of food that is part of their normal diet. Where local laws and circumstances permit, they should gradually build a longer-term supply of basic foods that will sustain life. They should also store drinking water in case the water supply becomes polluted or disrupted."

Winter is nipping at your toes are you ready? - this is great if you want to learn to crochet or just brush up on it. - can’t have crocheting with out knitting. - sewing sewing gifts here great things she has made.

Are you building your skills or sharpening them by working on gifts?

I tried this recipe this week it was great.


2 c. flour
1 Tbsp ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt

Sift these dry ingredients into a bowl, stir, then sift again into another bowl.

In a mixing bowl add:

3/4 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 egg
¼ c dark molasses

Cream sugar and shortening then add egg, mix well, then molasses, mix well. Add gently a third of the flour mixture, mix and then add rest of the mix.

Shape in balls, roll in a sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for ten or eleven minutes.

It is always nice to find a recipe that takes everything I already have in the house, plus it's a keeper recipe at that.

How are you doing on your basic skills?

How are you coming on your storage? I know you are in Christmas mode but now is time to take advantage of sales, lots are good storage items… make your own broth, save those turkey and chicken carcasses. - here is the same only canning the broth, our times and pressure will be different so call the home extension number 1-800-262-3804 to get the info from them but watch as he shows you how.

It is a good skill to have.

If you do not have the canning supplies just do it and freeze it.

Remember to stay within your means as you celebrate Christmas. Let this be the year you gain control.

You must set an example for your kids now! Your kids will not be traumatized by not getting the greatest new thing out. I guarantee you those items will be at a yard sale come summer. They might have a tantrum but what they learn is way better for them.

One thing we did is not ask the kids what they wanted for Christmas. I would yard sale and pick up things and fix them up like new. I would sew doll clothes and I would make sure there was a kit I would put together for them to have fun to make something. I also steered toward their interests and what they collected. I think kids having collections is a great thing. We also would have a puzzle under the tree to the whole family. We would work the puzzle over Christmas break.

Make happy memories, they don’t have to be grand and expensive. The favorite thing our grandkids remember every year is painting snow. To them this was their most favorite fun thing. I filled three empty dish soap bottles with water. I put a few drops of food coloring in each of them and do a different color in each one. You can use spray bottles but they tend to leak and make little hands too cold.  

We went out and wrote names and drew pictures and just attacked snow banks with color. We traded bottles for a different color, we had great fun. What was total cost? Three bottles I already had water in as they say fill your empty soap bottles with water, so you could wash dishes in an emergency. So all it took was a few drops of food coloring to make a memory of a lifetime. So think about living within your means.

When your kids grow up it won’t be what they got they remember but being with you. - great things here that will make you think.

Another thing you can do is during Thanksgiving and Christmas if you can pick up extra turkeys and hams and make yourself keep one of each for the next year. Just in case you could not afford to purchase them, yes such times come to everyone. - if you don’t read anything else this is the read. I think it is worthy to keep putting it  in for you to read.

Another note I want to mention, we are all children of our Father in Heaven and we all are important. The size of our wallet and house is unimportant. It is how we live our life when you struggle to put food on the table or not. We must live well, use what you have, make the best of what you have do the best that you can. Because a person has little does not mean we can judge they don’t handle money well.  

There is a reason we should not judge. We don’t know what things they have to deal with. I know many thought, well, we only had two children, we didn’t do our part or obey to have children. We were married seven years before adopting our oldest. What a blessing that was this beautiful girl then within two years we were blessed to have a baby, another beautiful girl. We have truly been blessed. 

No other children came to our home. We have never been wealthy, actually have always struggled making enough but while many probably criticized why hadn’t I gotten a job…you see, I did work before we adopted but in the terms of the adoption I was to stay home. Stay home I did and raised our beautiful daughters, I fulfilled what were the terms. Which caused me to not to have enough hours to get retirement and once the girls were raised I got fibromyalgia and was too sick to work.  

I tell you this so you might see a side you think is the story but not an accurate story. Therefore never judge, we don’t want to be judged by how we judge. Would I do it differently? A resounding no. I would do it all over again. We have the best two girls, they are wonderful and the sacrifice was worth it. The journey has taught me all that I share with you and will be the knowledge that helps us continue on.

So I guess I tell this story so that if you are tempted to judge, stop first and tell yourself you do not know the whole story. When you see someone who needs help, just help them.

Keep working on your storage keep building your skills as you never know what journey you will have and all of it will help you and your family.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Message

“From President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor, we hear: "Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food . . . 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."
“We call upon priesthood bearers to store sufficient so that you and your family can weather the vicissitudes of life.”

Now he is the Prophet, are we listening??

This is a good thing to think about. This time of year think how you will feel when bills start coming in.

As I write this I have been sick for almost two weeks, my immune system isn’t good with fibromyalgia so I must be careful. But this warrants asking, what is your sick plan? Because we are heading into that season as well.

-Stick a few casseroles in the freezer
-Get lotion loaded Kleenex (as my nose gets sore)
-Plan on easy fix meals
-Stock up on overcounter meds

Next time you make chicken soup freeze some just for sick days.
I like what I call my sick drink - orange juice mixed with diet squirt, in my case seven up can be used too.

Time to start a book you have set aside. Chocolate is always nice and a few magazines free from the library, there is also free books there too. I am a cozy mystery book person but there are others. If you have something you want to learn, put up YouTube videos and learn without really trying cause sometimes you are just too miserable. This would also work with of course movies and a sick blankie is good too. What would be bad is being sick and having to load up kids to go get food. And when you are sick making more expensive choices at stores will happen.

So give your sick plan some thought. - put your skills to use, this is great. - here you can see what you can do, plus she gives you info on how she made one for her older child measuring off her other shirt to get the size. - great ideas to stretch your meat. - tell me you're not wanting this now. I love the cheese and corn chips in the picture. - this is where her chili spice is. - revisit cooking from scratch. - did you know you could make these? - inexpensive.  ideas with kids. wise thoughts. - you don’t have to spend money and you do not have to keep up with others. - gift ideas knit a cowl

I want you to not go in debt for your gifts. Shop thrift stores and fix up and make things to go with. Like one person got a free dresser, it needed help and they turned it to a doll house. Think what you can do be creative. Find frugal ways.

I want you to think outside the box, change it up and have fun. Help kids start collections, help to learn their talents. I always think a kit of some kind is fun. Our granddaughters are getting French knitting kits, totally forget the hottest things and go for the funnest things.

Share your ideas on the blog.

Hunt for good things from sales to build storage.

Do the best you can, you will thank me later.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Message

I redid my big binders into smaller easier to handle binders.
(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.” if you don’t read anything else in the blog post, read this!! I really loved hearing this lady’s version of emergency kits. Makes tons of sense. She talks some in the first clip but scroll to the second, she is detailed. So this is your homework to watch.

Then this goes hand in hand… - a good plan as especially for winter accidents which can block traffic for hours. - it is coming closer ever closer, wish we could hang onto fall. - a good reminder, what has been good can always change. We should prepare in good times for the hard times. It is easy to fall into complacency and say another time, now I want the ease of things but watch out. Things could go bad in an instant. Would you be ready or caught off guard? stick with them they get off to a rough start but are very helpful. - talks about canning. this is a neat blog to follow as she does a gift a day, gives you incentive to get your skills sharpened. - very useful when your candles get low. - great homemade caramel corn. - making your own baking mix. - here they talk about a blizzard. Learn from others I say. Also listen how they were brought bad food, the family was sick and needed cooked food and someone cleaned their old food. That wasn’t good, not a helpful thing. - you could make these for easy making. - get some cute ideas here.

It is not too early to get your gift making started. Please don’t go into debt. It will be better for your family and best for children to see another way because debt isn’t the answer.

If you have been following you saw kneady homesteader do her binder redo so I thought I would take her example and redo my big binders into smaller easier to handle binders that were given me for free. See heading picture as to what I did.

I hope that you are finding that being frugal is not an awful thing to be shamed by but that learning to be frugal is very freeing.

Keep working on your skills and your storage. Work on things mentioned in this blog post to help your family.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Message

Easy machine bread recipe HERE that you can do so many things with!

“It is . . . necessary that each home and family do what they can to assume the responsibility for their own hour of need. If we do not have the resources to acquire a year’s supply then we can strive to begin with having one month’s supply.” (James E. Faust, April 1986 General Conference) - how to use a canister to vacuum seal your jars. I have showed this last year. You can use jars with lids from other things you use like spaghetti sauce - yes, you can reuse jars. - I have done this when I could day after a candy holiday, saves lots!

Vacuum sealing helps so much to keep your food longer like chocolate chips and nuts will keep years and years. So if you take advantage of sales this saves so much money. I have my dried foods i.e. celery flakes, sliced dried tomatoes, chocolate chips and nuts and craisins, chinese noodles, hot cereals. I have wheat gluton and specialty flours, though doing powders like flour you need to cut a coffee filter the size of your lid then set it on top of the flour, wipe the rim and affix the lid.  

I keep my sealer plugged in all the time as I do use it that much. This would be a great Christmas item. I even have a back-up for mine as I use it so much. I have a huge list so see how it might help you too.

Food storage is not just old people things, you need to think how you are doing on your storage. I cannot stress this enough that it is a great investment for your family.

Do you have a real cookbook or only internet?? Get your recipes in hard copy and put them in a binder or files, but have a hard copy. 

Something I have found helpful too is those old church cookbooks from many different churches that have everyone’s favorite recipes in there and they are basic and don’t take fifteen ingredients to make. So when you are at goodwill or other thrift stores or library sales, look for them. What's neat is that I find so many that just call for things I have in storage already.

Build your skills, push yourself to learn to make a loaf of bread. I know we have machines to do so but once you get it down you will never forget. Then use your machines happily knowing you could do it by hand if you had to.  

What if I said tomorrow everyone make bread by hand and bring it to show me on Sunday - could you do it? Would you have all the ingredients without going to the store, could you do it? Let's be honest here do you have yeast? Do you know you have to keep it in the freezer? Do you know how much flour it takes? I have kept flour in five gallon buckets with two bay leaves on the flour under the lid for four years and I rotate it every time I use a bucket. I replace a bucket, take it down, put it on the top shelf and to have the empty bucket I brought up the oldest and fetched out my bay leaves and dump in my five gallon using can.  

So it is more physical then financial to rotate but that is that. 

Roughly for the two of us now I go through twenty five lbs a month, give or take, but while that might sound like a lot I make us a loaf of bread every two days.

I make things from scratch. With our funds make cooking from scratch a necessity. Wouldn’t it be great if you did not have to cook from scratch but still did?

But I digress, what would your bread look like when you brought it to me? I think it would truly be wonderful to share a new bread and roll recipes with each other that way if one had problems they could ask each other questions on how to do it. Do it together, I guarantee you will learn while having fun doing it.

Once you master bread go on to cinnamon rolls.

You can make rolls and hamburger buns -

Do your best learn by hand first then play around as I have done here experimenting. - who you love should get good bread :)

Start gathering bread pans and tools, all my pans I got used. 

Stretch your skills, do the best you can. 

Someone once told me they had their year supply of flour in. She had only two buckets. For our family of two empty nesters we use one bucket a month, so for a year we need twelve. So now figure your family size from that. If you have four you would need twenty-four. So check and see, you might need more as you start cooking from scratch, which is another skill you should be looking at working on too.

Now while we have buckets of flour we also have buckets of wheat. Did you know if you do not want to mess with ordering and such, Walmart carries wheat montana gold?

We have been blessed with what ease we can get storage, so don’t waste it.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday Message

 (W. Don Ladd, October 1994 General Conference)
    “We all need to build a personal ark . . . And we shouldn’t wait until it starts raining, but prepare in advance. This has been the message of all the prophets in this dispensation . . . as well as the prophets of old.
    “Unfortunately we don’t always heed the clear warnings of our prophets. We coast complacently along until calamity strikes, and then we panic.
    “When it starts raining, it is too late to begin building the ark. However, we do need to listen to the Lord’s spokesmen. We need to calmly continue to move ahead and prepare for what will surely come. We need not panic or fear, for if we are prepared, spiritually and temporally, we and our families will survive any flood. Our arks will float on a sea of faith if our works have been steadily and surely preparing for the future.”

(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..."

How are you set up? Have you been working on your storage and your skills?

The following quote is by Elder Bruce R. McConkie, an apostle in The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was given in April General
Conference 1979, 37 years ago. Because it has been that long ago, it is even more important now.

"I stand before the Church this day and raise the warning voice. It is a prophetic voice, for I shall say only what the apostles and prophets have spoken concerning our day.

.. It is a voice calling upon the Lord's people to prepare for the troubles and desolations which are about to be poured out upon the world without measure.

For the moment we live in a day of peace and prosperity but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually.

Our spiritual preparation consists in keeping the commandments of God, and taking the Holy Spirit for our guide, so that when this life is over we shall find rest and peace in paradise and an ultimate inheritance of glory and honor in the celestial kingdom.

Our temporal preparation consists in using the good earth in the way the Lord designed and intended so as to supply all our just wants and needs. It is his purpose to provide for his Saints for all things are his, but, he says, it must needs be done in his own way. (See D&C 104:14-18.

There is a common axiom among us which states: A religion that cannot save a man temporally does not have power to save him spiritually. If we cannot care for our temporal needs in this world, how can we ever succeed in spiritual things in the world to come?"

I remember him giving this talk the part that I want to emphasize is that great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually.

I think if nothing were to happen, life throws enough at us that this would make us want to heed this warning but with what he says here should be added incentive… what would you be eating?? - this shows how to bind a quilt an easy way. - I thought you could benefit by her binder idea. - good info - this can be a frugal thing to do with your crocheting skills - this is a great way to build a useful skill. - mittens - here is a scarf and hat. - make socks

So these patterns are free and basic and could be done before winter. Knitting is one of your skills to build. Take time to learn your skills and practice them too.

Look for sales to stock your food storage.

Do the best you can.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Message

DIY ornaments are easy and fun to make, plus they make great last minute gifts. Tutorial HERE.
(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.”
“From President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor, we hear: "Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food . . . 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."
“We call upon priesthood bearers to store sufficient so that you and your family can weather the vicissitudes of life.” - a short read. - work on being prepared. I encourage you to read this, it doesn’t matter where you are.

How are you doing building your skills?? I have to tell you I have seen lots on frugality and skill building this last week and I can tell you it just makes me feel so good to see and hear these things. I am also so excited to see the younger people working on their skills too.

None of us get through this life without trials. It is up to us as to how we handle it, how we plan and prepare, and skills can make the difference as how we get through it and keep those who depend on us from having a harder time.

I have been checking out YouTube videos while I am trying to heal a tare in my tendon just below my right knee and boy does that hurt bad.

So one I watched this mother and daughter went out to pick carrots to can, it was nice to watch this is on making an apron out of sheets. I want you to notice her sewing machine. It is what a new treadle looks like. This woman is striving to have off-grid things. It is interesting to watch and the apron is so cute. I think her approach is a good idea. You might think what things you could do to be more self-reliant. I found this interesting.
With weather running amok it seems are we ready for such things, fires in the west, hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes and soon winter storms will be here. what I want you to see is the few things she does and that is because she is always ready. - this is living on a dime.

part 2 - - there may be something useful to you. - Halloween

Last minute/frugal gift ideas as things get more hectic for you...

These below are wonderful ideas for maybe stocking-stuffers... They are broken down by age groups.

As we approach this Christmas season don’t go into debt. If you think it would not be fair to the kids it is time for a family meeting. You could go to Dollar Tree and turn everyone loose, learn to have a fantastic Christmas and find new ways to make it fun.

If we cannot afford old family traditions then it's time to make fun new traditions. Pick an elderly couple or person or even just a lonely person or just someone having difficulties - pick them as a family to do fun things for. It could be pictures the kids have made with coloring, etc... you have fun planning as a family. Your kids will talk of this forever. - frugal ideas you may find good ideas here.

You could do a search on frugal gift giving, the main thing is that you stay inside a budget.

Keep working at getting storage in, sales will be going on. Practice or learn your skills.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Message

(Ezra Taft Benson, October 1973)
“The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.”

(J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conference Report, April 1937, p. 26)
“Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead. You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds.”

I think we all saw the empty shelves with hurricane Matthew, it makes so much sense to have food and any storage up in your home. this is from one of our own, Deb Hadden tells us of her preparedness, they will all follow if you keep on as she did in segments - thanks Deb! this is so inspiring to see her storage. I have had this on before and I follow her, she is a member of the church and still works actively on her storage and she works on her skills. She is teaching herself French and makes gifts for birthdays and Christmas. you can see some of her skills on the left. this is very much a great read!

I think we all too often think nothing will happen to us, but the truth is we all should be prepared.

Do you know how to can?? I think this we should all know how to do it. I can tell you we have been enjoying homemade bread toasted with peach jam from peaches from our own peach trees.

I have sourdough going and have been adding a half cup into my bread, it is sooooo wonderful.

Does it take work? I have never lied, it does take hard work, but we should never shy away from working hard.

I have been working at learning to weave and while I watched General Conference I worked on the table top loom which has four harnesses. I put it on the foot stool and I worked on it while watching then we broke for chili, stew and big homemade cinnamon rolls.

This is what I am learning and teaching myself it has been hard but worth it. And is helping me make gifts.

I have been knitting, crocheting, weaving, tatting and sewing to get these gifts tended. I like to have my gifts in the mail by November.

I have an incredibly painful tare in the tendon in my right knee so I have been going very very slow, it causes me cry baby pain. I had this a few years ago in my arm but I could rest my arm more, really hard to do when it is the knee. Vary hard, hurts horrid whether or not I hold it still, it is in bad pain. I hate having to slow down but we need to listen to our bodies. The hardest part of having fibromyalgia is I cannot feel well enough to be physically present now when there is so much need. I do pray and send names into the temple. But I hate not being able to be there in person to help, there is no shortage of people who need help.

I am not whining much, things could be far worse.

We must find joy. 

I packed my projects in a bag and has everything I need and I keep it near. This has been very helpful.

Keep working on your storage, no matter how poor we are get a jar of peanut butter or two packages of jello or a box of band-aids, very little if that is all you have like us, it will add up. Plus, we have been told if we truly will work on it we will be blessed.

I am noticing we need to build up our milk powder from the cannery. That is our goal to build that and oats and I truly believe a way will be made to acquire these.

We use both these items each day and it has been several years since we got these items and so we stocked well to go three years.

So no matter your income do what you can. Learn skills, build storage.

Cooking from scratch can do two things - one, can extend your dollars and, two, is if you have no dollars you still eat well because you used your skills.

Do the best you can… Pray for what you need.
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