Monday, September 21, 2020

Monday Message

"A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life." (Bishop Keith B. McMullin)

I think it is no longer “if” something happens because 2020 has shown us it most certainly can happen.

With the virus numbers on the rise here in Iowa, I feel like we need to stick with our safety plans, review them if needed. Make more masks. Continue to teach your children good practices.

This sure has been a difficult time for so many...we need to continue to build on our skills.

No doubt you are doing things a bit differently than before the pandemic…you proved you can do it. - this site has some great ideas.

Be sure to stock up on basics, as we need the basics to build on.

Just recently I watched a podcast where this lady said not to store flour as it goes bad - this just isn't so. You can easily store flour for three years and if you have a basement five years is what I am finding.

I store twenty-five pounds in a food grade five gallon bucket that I have washed and dried and I leave the bucket to air dry overnight, the lid too. Once dry I fill the bucket with flour that I dump out of the bag. I then put two bay leaves on top, put on the lid then label and date it and put it into rotation.

Yeast is starting to get back on the shelves so when you see it, get it and store it in the freezer. The way I’ve done it for years is that I buy yeast in the one pound bags (two usually sold together at Sam's Club). This is the more frugal way for me. Then I freeze one and the other goes in a quart jar that I keep in my refrigerator - this is my using jar.

Salt, baking powder and baking soda, some sugar and oil…you saw how fast all these items flew off the shelf. Waiting till the last minute to get them is not such a good idea.

If you have a bread machine, dig it out!!!

I do not like how bread turns out baked in the bread machine but I love making dough in it.

Check out the post we did on our good friend Liza's bread recipes to see all the yummy things you can make -

If you do not have a bread machine, no problem! I can get the same results by doing it by hand as well. - how to knead by hand. - she doesn't knead.

So there you have different ways to make bread. - one of the best sewing videos and most helpful I have ever seen were on making fitting patterns easy.

Part 2 -

Gus and Missy say not to forget to practice self-care, their version is curling up for a nap!


  1. Thank you for the instructional links. I look forward to your post every Monday.

  2. My husband is our bread baker. I am so spoiled!

  3. Oh how I LOVE your Monday Messages. I especially love the additional links you put in to show us how others do things. I gain information from all of them. But I just LOVE the down to earth way you explain and do things. Thanks SO much for taking the time to teach. Today it is more important than ever since so many people have not been taught common sense and getting by in this difficult time.

  4. You always have great information. I just watched the fitting link that was the best I've seen. After it she has a video of the clothing from the Downton Abbey series, beautiful workmanship.
    Missy and Gus are always adorable but have topped themselves in this weeks pic!

    1. thank you it was a fluke i got that picture....i really like that fitting link she was a great lady

  5. Synchronized cat napping! I love it!

    We haven't been able to find food grade buckets anywhere lately. I suspect lots of people are stocking up. I wish I knew a restaurant owner that could pass on leftovers. I wanted a couple for flour and a couple for dog food.

    We have been using a bread maker for most of our 27 yr. marriage. We got one as a wedding gift and it only died about 3 yrs. ago. I make a loaf of whole wheat bread about once every 10 days. I can't knead because I have too much pain in my hands from old working days carpal tunnel. That machine has been wonderful!
    That and my Kitchen Aid mixer have saved my hands many an epsom salts bath, that's for sure. Your breads look wonderful!

    I'm about stocking up on my sewing supplies to get through winter, but need just a couple more spools of thread. I'm hoping to avoid many stores thru' flu season and I love to sew all winter.

    Great tips & links, as usual! Keep it up!

    1. They got ten across the board they exicuted the naps like pros. Good job on stocking up I think we all need to be extra safe this winter

  6. Good advice Cheryl. I love your cats synchronised sleeping! Ok well... we have been warned that "supply issues" and "increased customer demand" will likely lead to some shortages coming up to Christmas. I can see this with gifts as well as anything you order is "on back order" due to "issues at the port" as I am finding... So I am on to Christmas! In any event I want to give homemade or homemade gifts mainly. We also have covid issues, we certainly have political issues and 2020 has shown me things I never thought I would see here (Australia for others maybe wondering). I love the concept of storing the basics. I agree flour lasts ages. With the basics we can do so very much! xxx

    1. Yes I saw you were going to have shortages I think we all will. Countries that usually export food are not exporting they are holding on to it for their own people. So having stuff on hand is good.

    2. Have you tried bakeries most of the buckets I have came from bakeries

  7. Thank you for the encouraging positive tone to your post.

  8. Your Monday message is very true. I think I'll write it up and put it on my fridge for a daily reminder. Blessings, Mel xx


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