Friday, March 10, 2017


For those of you who like Today While The Sun Shines - I am totally in the process of creating my new Web Site.  I have been pouring hours and days into creating it, and my anticipated launch date is March 25, or sooner.  I am putting on some crazy, incredible, awesome things I have been working on.  Many free downloads.  Lists and checklists.  Homework for you.  Daily Short Preps for you.  Quotes for you.  And so much more. 

I am just putting on some of the finishing touches before I launch it.  I know, maybe I shouldn't worry quite so much about making sure it all flows and makes sense, because it will definitely be a lifetime work in progress, but what I do have available for you, I want to have done the best!

My new site -
Coming Mar 25, or sooner.  If you go there now, you won't get anything except a "coming soon"  but I promise it will be worth your visit once we launch!

And thus.............I will finally say goodbye to Today While The Sun Shines.  It has been an on and off journey of quite a few years, but my focus has grown and shifted.  Come and support me over at Inch By Inch 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Core Area #1 - Shelter

Shelter is at the top of the priority list for survival situations. Hypothermia can kill within 30 minutes if it is extremely cold. Heat can kill you just as fast. Proper shelter, especially in extreme weather is very important. Clothing, is a form of shelter for our bodies to protect us from the elements. Many of us have way too much clothing, but is any of it what we really need to survive.

I believe the first thing we should prepare for shelter - is our own home.  

Here is what one of my favorites - Alaska Granny - see what she has to say about staying in your own home if at all possible.

Extreme Heat link to what to do in extreme heat

Take Shelter in Place Video

When considering emergency shelter, here are a few thoughts:

Do you have shelter that will be quick and easy to transport and put up?  A good tent that will keep you out of nature's elements is of most importance.  The tent should be easy to set up and of good quality.

Think of what you would need to reinforce your shelter, even if it is in your own home,  things like duct tape, nails, plastic sheeting, tarps, good tent pegs, hammer

Will your clothing and shelter keep you alive if the weather is really cold?  What about if it is really hot? 
     A camper trailer of sorts really can make a good substitute shelter for your family, if you have to evacuate your home. To purchase an older one really is not very expensive either. You can have it stocked with your emergency supplies and ready to load and go at a moments notice. You can keep it full of non perishable food items, sanitation items, cooking utensils, cook stoves, alternate lighting, etc. They really are a great source of shelter, and also a great way to store your supplies, so it is easy for you to drop and run if you need. If you have to be gone from your home for a short period of time, while a disaster situation is being cleaned up or your home is being repaired, a camper will be far better than a tent.
    Ideally, setting up camp in your own home should be our first priority.  Making it work for any long term situation, is our ideal goal.  The best situation for a long term shelter self reliance is to be mortgage free on your home.

    Here is a short checklist for you to print out.  It has many blank spots for you to customize for your own individual circumstances.  

    Now go get ready and check shelter off your list for preparing for your ten core items!

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Ten Core Areas of Preparedness

    In all of my studies through the years, I have come across TEN core areas that we should be prepared in.  Some give different numbers, some have different ideas, but the reality is, there are TEN things.  

    • food
    • water
    • shelter
    • heat
    • light
    • sanitation
    • medical
    • communication
    • safety
    • financial

    Each of these areas, is worth time and study all on their own, in order to really become
    prepared in your home or family.  I suggest that you take time and learn all that you can in each area.  I am working right now on my E-course, which will walk you through step by step learning, through videos, text, and websites, to help you learn each core area.  Keep watch for this to happen soon.  In the mean time, do some study and research.  Pick one area you know you need to focus on, and go to it.  I will be focusing on one core area each week as well, in my own home and here on Today.....
    When we become more self reliant in each of these areas, we will be creating a home that will someday be able to stand on it's own. When disaster strikes, whether short or long term, we will be able to be a benefit to our family and community, instead of being one that is complaining because the government didn't get the help to us fast enough.

    I love preparedness!  I love teaching it, and learning about it!  Even after thirty ish odd years of living the life, I still learn new things almost every day!  

    Create a goal, and work towards it, and stay tuned for more.

    Some quotes for you to ponder for the day:

    “Despair is most often the offspring of ill-preparedness.”
    Don Williams, Jr
    “We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.”
    Petra Nemcova
    Love this quote, and love this site. 
    “Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program.”
    Spencer W. Kimball, 1976
    “Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.”
    Max Mayfield, Director National Hurricane Center

    Sunday, February 5, 2017

    Lights Out!

    Bracing for a big power grid attack: ‘One is too many’“, USA Today states “About once every four days, part of the nation’s power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack.

    How would your family fare in a power grid down situation?  What things would you need to prepare?  In our world where we rely heavily on power, the internet, the stores, debit, credit, etc, etc, we would be in serious trouble, right?

    Let's have a look at some of the things you would need to prepare for.

    1. Lighting options - As much as we think we could live without light, it would get old after the first 24 hours.  One night of the kids complaining that they couldn't see anything, they couldn't do anything, they are bored, and so on, it is time to rethink the lighting situation.  What are your options?  You could have a large supply of candles, lighters and matches.  Both easy to do and cheap to pick up, plus they provide a bit of heat.  How about a flashlight in every room and extra batteries in a place where you can find them. Crank flashlights are a good idea.  Hurricane lanterns and other lanterns are a good plan, just make sure you use them safely.  We have a couple of oil lanterns and they are great, but not used properly they could quickly cause a larger emergency.  Glow sticks of all shapes and sizes might entertain the kiddos as well as provide some light. Whatever you choose to have, get them organized in a way you can locate them quickly in a grid down situation, whether short or long term.

    2.  Water is important in a power down situation as well.  Have your drinking water stored, and learn sources of extra water that could be used for flushing and washing.  No you will not be able to run to the store and get water, and much to our dismay, it won't come out of the taps. Have a good storage of water filters, berkey filters, life straws and so forth, there may be water sources around you that you could filter and drink. Prepare ahead of time, and have a plan of what you will do.  Know how much water it takes to flush your toilet.  Learn how and have the resources to use baby wipes to maybe give yourself a spit bath, so to speak.  What are your options, and have you prepared for no water with no power.

    3. If you do have a generator, have you practiced hooking it up, at least so you could run your fridge and / or freezer.  Do you have a source of fuel to run your generator for an extended period of time.  The time to learn all about your generator is not when you are in need of it.

    4.  Cooking supplies - Peanut butter sandwiches will get old really fast, and you will run out of bread eventually.  So what are your options for cooking?  Do you have a barbecue?  Do you have a long term source of fuel for it?  Do you have a fire pit?  Wood?  Know what you could cook over a fire, and how to do it?  Do you own small camp stoves and have a source of fuel for them that would last awhile?  Dutch ovens are great, but you need a source of fuel.  Charcoal briquettes are great for fire pits, barbecues and other cooking options, and they store for indefinitely if kept dry.  Grab yourself a few extra bags this camping season and tuck them away.

    5.  Have you thought about what you would do with all the garbage that will quickly build up?  Garbage
    trucks won't be running, so what are your options?  Have a good supply of all sizes of garbage bags, bare minimum.  Perhaps even have a way to create a burning barrel.  Most places won't allow burning barrels within city limits, but when it all comes down, it would be better to burn it, than to have it pile up, attracting rodents, critters, and all manner of disease.  Lot's of garbage bags, and a small burning barrel are a bare minimum.

    6.  Food - I can't preach enough about food.  If your family is hungry, they will be cranky, and they will get sick.  Keep a good stock of canned goods, and dried goods on hand, always.  It is easy to open a can and warm it up over a small heat source.  Also canned goods can help with a little bit of water in your system.  It is good to have a supply of familiar foods, especially if you have little children.  Emergency is not the time to be introducing new foods to a fussy eater.  You may think they will eat if  they are hungry, but I can tell you, they won't.  At least have a 72 hour supply of food and water, then work towards putting together a 3 month supply of food and water resources, and then work to a year supply.  Rotate it, learn to cook with it, learn to love it, and in an emergency situation, there will be no food shock to the system, causing sickness and mental trauma.

    7. How are you going to stay warm?  Do you know how to hunker down into one or two main rooms in your home and keep them warm?  Do you have an alternate heat source?  Warm clothing?  Extra warm blankets?

    8.  Communication - how will you communicate with your family to know they are all okay and let them know you are okay?  Do you have cell phone solar chargers?  It is possible in emergency situations to get text messages out, even if a phone call won't go through.  Who are you going to call?  Does your family have an out of area contact person, who you would get a message to, to let them know you are okay?  Then if any other family are wondering if you are okay, they don't all have to try and get ahold of you, they can contact your out of area contact person.  It is important to have a central contact person and make sure everyone knows who that is.  Extra batteries are important.  Crank radios are important.  Two way radios between you and your family that live across town, are a great idea, as long as you have a good supply of batteries.

    9.  First aid supplies and prescriptions on hand are a must.  The first aid supplies should be tailored to what the needs of your family might be.  There are many lists available to help you figure this one out.  Do a little research and build a kit that works for your family. It might also be important for someone in your family to have first aid training.

    10.  Paper and plastic products.  It might be wise to have a supply of paper plates, cups and throw away utensils.  This will keep your dish washing to a minimum and save valuable water.  They can also be burned in your burn barrel that you are going to create.  Things like cards and board games might come in handy too, as entertainment will not include anything that requires electricity.

    Think as you are going through this list, any other things you may need.  What would you need if the grid was down for only a few days?  What if it was out for a few weeks?  What if we had an EMP and it was out for many months, / years?  It is a reality we face in our world today.  It may be a big bad storm that takes out the power grid, it may be a big bad terrorist that does it, regardless of what the cause of it is, are you prepared for it?  Could your family breeze through it relatively unscathed if and when it happens to you?

     If you think you would be in serious trouble, then figure out what you need to do to lessen that trouble.  Start today with one little step.  Buy a flashlight and batteries.  Buy a bag of charcoal briquettes.  Buy a package of candles.  Buy a small portable stove.  Whatever it is you need to do, just start today and do it.

    Saturday, December 10, 2016

    December Newsletter - Today While The Sun Shines

    Here is the December Newsletter.  You can find much of what is in this newsletter, here on this site, but this puts it is one location and makes it printable for you. 

    Have a great Christmas!  Remember prepping items in your last minute purchases!

    Today While The Sun Shines
    Issue #3
    December 2016

    This issue of Today While The Sun Shines, I want to share some tidbits of preparedness info with you.
    This newsletter is made up of those tidbits that perhaps we didn't know, or we have forgotten, or which
    might give us that “aha” moment!

    Food Storage Sizes
    1 gallon = 7 lbs wheat, rice or sugar
    1 gallon = 5 lbs powdered milk or flour
    1 gallon = 4 lbs macaroni
    1 gallon = 3 lbs potato flakes, oatmeal, or instant milk
    5 gallons = 35 lbs wheat, beans, rice, or sugar
    5 gallons = 25 lbs powdered milk or flour
    5 gallons = 20 lbs macaroni
    5 gallons = 15 lbs potato flakes, oatmeal, or instant milk
    55 gal drum = 400 lbs wheat, beans, rice, or sugar
    55 gal drum = 275 lbs powdered milk or flour
    55 gal drum = 225 lbs macaroni
    55 gal drum = 160 lbs potato flakes, oatmeal, or instant milk

    This info can be helpful if you know you have 10 buckets of wheat, 8 buckets of beans and 4 buckets of
    rice. It kind of gives you an estimate of poundage. 350 lbs of wheat, etc. Etc. Now it will be easier for
    you to do your inventory and have an approximate amount of just what you have on hand.

    Food Substitutions
    Cream Cheese: cottage cheese blended smooth with butter or milk
    Eggs: 1 tbsp soy flour and 1 tbsp water or 1 tbsp ground flax and 3 tbsp water
    Milk / Cream: 1 cup milk = 1/3 cup dry milk plus 1 cup water or 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup
    1 cup buttermilk = 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup, let stand 5 min
    1 cup heavy cream = 7/8 cup whole milk plus 1 1/2 tbsp butter
    Sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar = 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar or 1 cup packed light brown sugar or 3/4
    cup honey
    1 cup brown sugar = 1 cup sugar plus 2 tbsp molasses
    1 pkg yeast = 1 tbsp bulk yeast or 1/2 cake compressed yeast
    1 tsp baking powder = 1/4 tsp cream tartar plus 1/4 tsp baking soda
    1 tbsp lemon juice = 1/2 tbsp vinegar
    1 cup butter / margarine = 7/8 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup dark corn syrup = 3/4 cup light plus 1/4 cup molasses
    1 chopped onion = 1 tbsp instant minced
    1 clove garlic = 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1 cup tomato sauce = 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water
    1 tbsp prepared mustard = 1 tsp dry mustard plus 1 tbsp water

    Instead of throwing out your empty laundry jugs, fill them with water and label them as wash water.
    The little bit of soap in the bottom of the jug will be enough in an emergency to use as washing clothes,
    dishes, hands, floors, etc. You won't be using up valuable stored drinking water to keep things clean.
    Make sure you label them with a black marker in big letters NOT drinking water, wash water. Not that
    anyone will drink it after it pours out full of bubbles, but you never know with kiddos.

    Always keep a flashlight and a pair of shoes by your bed. The flashlight can even be on your phone, it
    doesn't really matter. If you have to exit your home in the middle of the night and the power is out for
    some reason, the flashlight will be a life saver. The pair of shoes will keep your feet safe if there are
    downed trees or broken glass or other items that might be hazardous.

    Never store plastic buckets or water containers on a cement floor. Plastic will leach the toxins out of
    the cement and can contaminate the food or water that is in the buckets or containers. Always make
    sure you store food in food grade containers. It would be a shame if you worked so hard to gather food
    storage and had to toss it because it became contaminated. It is worth the little bit of extra to have good
    storage containers.

    Keep your vehicle gas tanks on the upper side of half. If you ever had to evacuate, you want to make
    sure you have enough gas to get where you need to be. Also, if there were ever a gas catastrophe such
    as a major gas pipeline break, where gas shortages occur, or anything of that sort, you will fare much
    better if you have a full tank of gas. Many of the people evacuating Fort McMurray during the fire,
    didn't have much in their gas tank, and ran out of gas after sitting in long line ups, and never reached
    their destination. They had to wait for someone to come along and give them gas to refill. Stay on the
    upside of half.

    Monthly To Do List:
    • $2 per week / person in your household, tuck it away for emergency cash
    • Invest in a water filter, either one that will do large amounts for your family, or a smaller water
    filtration bottle for each member in your family. It might be a great Christmas gift, just saying!
    • Gather together baking supplies this month – baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, salt,
    vanilla, cooking sprays, flour
    • Batteries, matches, lighters, flashlights, lanterns, candles
    • Bigger possible purchases this time of year – generators are usually on sale, wheat grinders,
    things like that – buy yourself a Christmas present that makes sense
    • Buy your family and / or yourself a good emergency preparedness book for Christmas. Or print
    out articles, pdf's etc and create your own special prep book for your family to have. My plan
    for this Christmas is to create within my own family and my personal extended family, a family
    of resourceful people, each person taking on one form of preparedness and specializing in that
    area, being a resource person for our family to be better prepared. When we meet as a resource
    group once a month, we can share what we have learned. We will start in January. I am telling
    you this because I am creating a book that can begin to compile these resources and that will be
    part of my family Christmas this year. Shhh, if you are in my family.
    • Inventory condiments, spices, and extras like vinegar, etc.
    • Enjoy a simplified Christmas, don't lose the real meaning of what it is all about
    • Gather your favorite Christmas recipes. You should be starting to have quite a collection of
    your favorite recipes by now. Keep it growing

    December Weekly To do List:
    Week 1
    • $2 per person, per week, tuck away into your emergency cash fund. You should start to see it
    growing now. Exciting right?
    • Research and compare some prices of water filtration options
    • Purchase vanilla and cooking spray
    • Purchase batteries for your flashlight, and if you don't have a flashlight, you should get one.
    There really should be a flashlight beside each bed in your home, in case emergencies happen in
    the middle of the night and the power is out
    • Buy, download or print out, or organize an emergency preparedness book you want. Take a
    little time to organize your resources, meaning books, so as to find information easily when you
    are looking for something

    Week 2
    • $2 per person, per week, tuck away into your emergency cash fun
    • Purchase the water filters that you have found to be the best for your situation
    • To buy this week would be cornstarch, salt, and any mixes you use often
    • Matches, lighters, candles
    • Inventory your spices and condiments
    • Organize your favorite Christmas recipes

    Week 3 and Week 4
    • Take time to relax and enjoy Christmas and the true meaning and Spirit of Christmas.
    • As you are doing last minute presents, remember small preparedness items, and food storage
    items that will be something your family treasures.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016

    Preparedness Isn't Just About Emergencies

    Yes!  Being prepared will help you get through life's emergencies, and most often we talk about it in this way.  Be prepared for emergencies, disasters, and challenges of life.  In reality, "Preparedness" needs to become our way of life.  It needs to become a part of who we are, in what we think and all we do.

    We need to become more self reliant and less reliant on government, jobs, and other agencies and people.  How about asking yourself questions each time you do something, or buy something, like:

    "Is this helping me live a more self reliant, prepared life?  Or is it something that won't matter two, five or ten years from now?"

    "Instead of buying one or two cans of whatever is on sale, why not buy ten, then you won't have to buy it again, until it comes on sale again."  Also, you are building your 3 month supply this way.

    I know we need to prepare for those big emergencies, but keep in mind, the daily living things we need to be thinking about like:

    • Job layoffs
    • Family Emergencies
    • Sickness
    • Localized emergencies
    • Drought
    • Financial setbacks
    • Government shutdowns
    • Delays in food distribution
    • Medical emergencies and long-term needs
    • Financial realities
    • Outside influences that keep us where we are

      For years, I’ve wanted to move to a homestead out in the country, far from the maddening crowds, raising my own food, working alongside my family in developing skills that allow us to thrive.
    However, my reality is far from that. I’m tied to the area I’m in because I have family who need me to be here to help them in their own life. I have a husband who is obliged to remain at his job. Moving away would mean him being on the road for all of his free time, and none of us want that. We live in a suburb on a small plot of land and cannot raise our own meat, but we persevere by doing as much as we can with what we have.

    Your reality doesn’t mean that you can’t live a prepared lifestyle to the best of your abilities and use your talents where God has planted you for this season of your life. My hope is that you embrace that, do what you can do, and be prepared.

    On a side note: For those of you who have embraced this life, but still feel the shame of the label some try to put on you, DON'T.  If you are doing your best to be productive, to protect your family, to provide for your family, and to prepare for your family in every way that you can in the area you have been planted on during this season, know that no label defines you. You aren’t less because you can’t be called a homesteader, you aren’t less because some label you a prepper (because this lifestyle isn’t about being a prepper), and you aren’t less because you haven’t embraced the call of a world!  Who says that you cannot be different. Have faith!

    BE DIFFERENT!  Live the life of being prepared.  It brings a peace of mind that can be found nowhere else! 

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Today While The Sun Shines - November Newsletter

    Newsletter PDF

    Today While The Sun Shines Newsletter
    Issue #2 November 2016

    Why Sprouts?
    Sprouts are one of those things that as seeds have an indefinite shelf life, but are a live food. They are inexpensive, super packed with nutrition, will grow in any climate, any time of the year, don't need soil, rivals tomatoes in Vitamin C, and takes very little preparation or clean up.

    An incredible story about the value of sprouting:


    “This is the story of one bishop, amongst many other leaders and members, all who played
    an important and tireless, behind-the-scene role in the development of the Church’s Food
    Storage Program. Bishop West put forth considerable effort to first set his own house in order,
    after which he labored helping the members of the ward he presided over to prepare. There
    were many mistakes and much to be learned, but what was learned has proven to be an asset to many of the Saints today.

    In the fall of 1977, Jack H. West was asked to give firesides in the Sacramento, California, area on the subject of food storage because of the part he played in its on-going
    development. Some of Bishop West’s comments are taken from notes recorded in one of those firesides.

    Bishop West indicated that he was “set apart as the first bishop of Glendora Ward” and
    immediately set about doing surveys to determine who in the ward had adequate food storage. The results indicated that “less than 5% of our people had even a year’s supply of food,” let alone a two-year’s supply. In order to set a leadership example, he discussed with his wife that: “Maybe we had better set the pace for the rest of the ward.” The results were that there shortly appeared “two giant trucks and trailers” turning into his driveway, sufficient
    to meet the needs of feeding a “family of eight” for two years. And I said, “You’re
    kidding--we can’t possibly be eating that much food.” Well, she took me to a full-length
    mirror and turned me side-ways and I didn’t have any more questions.

    What his family found out was that not only did they have a great deal of canned food but
    a lot of frozen food as well, especially meat. He said they immediately began experiencing a
    number of problems. A freak loss of power in the Glendora area resulted in the loss of their
    meat. They then faced the problem of how to organize and rotate cases of food that were
    “stacked nine feet high.” To correct this problem he built shelves and: . . . angled the 2 x 4's just exactly one can apart and we’d fill those slanted units with the cans of food. Then when we pulled a can out from the bottom, every can rotated like they had asked us to do.

    But with this type of storage, the problem was that he never could tell how many cans were left. Another problem which became apparent was that Sister West could only estimate how much of any given food they would use in two years, and so: . . . the first thing we knew, we were using more of one thing than another. . . . Well, it did not work.

    As Brother and Sister West checked, they determined that their diet became very unbalanced. Procrastination resulted in a failure to replace used products as they should have, bringing: . . . bulging cans everywhere you looked. . . . The first thing you know, the whole thing was completely shot to pieces. . . .

    Well, I went back to the [ward] welfare Committee and said, “Look, one of the things the Word of Wisdom tells us to do (and that’s the direct word of the Lord) is to use the food in the season thereof. We are using two-year-old food constantly in times of non-emergency and I just couldn’t believe that was the program the Lord had in mind for us.” So I said, “Let’s fast and pray about this thing--we’ll get the whole ward to fast and pray about it and see if we can come up with some better answers for a year’s supply of food, or even a two year’s supply.”

    So we did, and then we started to search the scriptures, of course, and we found in some 72 places, as I remember, it mentioned the “land flowing with milk and honey” as the ideal land. So we made note of that--we marked down milk and honey--there might be something to that. And then we went to the Word of Wisdom and we found that the staff of life was “grain” . . . particularly “wheat for man.” So we went to the scriptures again and we found if the “salt has lost its savor” . . . We marked down salt as maybe an important thing.” [Surprisingly, they didn’t include olive oil, which is also in the scriptures.]

    Bishop West was acquainted with two well-known dietitians and wrote to them, asking, “What would you think about it, if we were to use four basic foods as an emergency supply--
    wheat, honey, salt, and milk?” They wrote back and said: “You’ve just about hit the jackpot. There is just one thing you’d be low on and that is vitamin C, and that you’d be dangerously low
    on.” So we went to vitamin C tablets.

    As it turned out, vitamin C tablets do not have a long shelf life, so Bishop West reviewed
    various alternatives as they tried to find a suitable source for vitamin C; in relationship to this he related the following incident:

    Then I was over in Mesa, Arizona, one day and--have you ever seen someone walking toward you on the street that you were just absolutely certain had died two years before? That was a real thrill. I saw this young fellow walking toward me who was all hunched over the last time I had seen him and his bones were knurled and he looked like death itself and he told me that he had less than two months to live. Well, here he was walking towards me hale and hearty and straight as an arrow. I said, “Ted, is that really you?” He said, “Yes, it is me.” He was the brother-in-law of one of my counsellors in the bishopric. I said, “What in the world saved your life?” He said, “Wheat greens.” I said, “What?
    Wheat greens--What does wheat greens have in it that would save your life?”

    He said, “It is the highest known source of vitamin C in assimilable form for the human
    system.” And I said, “Great Scott, that’s an answer to prayer! We have been looking for
    something that would give us vitamin C and here we’ve had the
    wheat all the time.” You
    grow greens as you need it from the
    wheat you have on hand.

    He then went on to relate that he had a friend, Anne Wigmore, Ph.D., MD, and DD, who
    had written a book called
    Wheat Grass--God’s Manna, who told him how to grow wheat grass. He then called his two dietitian friends who confirmed the value of using wheat grass, especially as it relates to vitamin C.

    A cousin of Bishop West, Elder Harold B. Lee, wrote to him several times requesting
    information on the four basics. Bishop West notes:

    When he became President of the Church he twice asked for more literature. Just before he passed away, he completely changed his mind from asking people to get a year’s or a two-year’s supply of their normal food, and rotate it, to reversing his field and coming back to the identical four basics that we had found worked so beautifully.

    Out of the prayerful and persistent effort that Bishop West and his ward put forth came an
    organized, functional food storage plan which became a part of the cornerstone in the Church’s current food storage program.”

    What an incredible story! Even if you feel like you would never use the wheat in your buckets in your basement, you wouldn't grind them and make bread, or you have a gluten intolerance so would never use it, you could always SPROUT it! What a relief to know that you could grow your own greens and not only survive, but thrive by using wheat, and wheat grass.

    There is no better survival food than sprouts. Do your own research if you don't believe me. You will find that as soon as a seed has sprouted, it immediately increases the food value of that particular food, exponentially.

    You can eat sprouts on sandwiches, in soups, in salads, in stir frys, and so many other forms of cooking. You can eat them just raw by the handfuls. They are wonderful and delicious.

    General Sprouting Method:
    Soak beans in a large glass jar, over night. Place a small piece of screen or cloth over the mouth, secured with an elastic band. Drain off water and rinse again and drain. Let sit on counter out of the direct sunlight. Rinse twice a day until the desired sprouting is finished.

    Pretty basic right? You can pay a ton for a fancy sprouter, or use a mason jar. Either way you will get the desired sprouts. Do a little research on the best times for certain seeds to eat, for they are not all best sprouted the same amount of time. Some are better after only a day or two, and some after a week or so.

    November Monthly To Do List:

    • $2 per week / person - store away for emergency cash on hand – remember that container that has the lid glued on? Use it weekly, adding in $2 per week, per person in your home. Keep it in a spot so you remember to do it, but also one that won't advertise to everyone that you have it.
    • Add another 14 gallons of water per person to your water storage
    • Take this month to add sugars to your storage – brown sugar, white sugar, honey, molasses, syrups of all types, icing sugar, or any other types your family may use
    • Add things like a snow shovel, a new broom or mop and bucket
    • Winter clothing, space heaters, winter boots, hand warmers, foot warmers – These have a really long shelf life. Even though it doesn't say so on the package, I have many of these that are almost ten years old and they still work!
    • Create a place near the door for the winter clothing, with high hopes of keeping mittens, hats, scarves, etc all together and easy to find, and easy to return to when you come in from the cold
    • Inventory your breakfast foods, baking supplies, beans and proteins, paper and plastic products. Get a thick notebook to keep inventory notes, and to purchase notes in. Each week you will be inventorying items and figuring out what you need to purchase. Keep notes on all of these things, for your own knowledge, but also if your husband or kids want to help out, you will all be working together and not repeating each other
    • Gather recipes for breakfast foods, and proteins like beans. Hopefully by now you have started gathering your recipes and organizing them into a binder with sections. Remember this isn't just another recipe book. This book is to place your favorite recipes, as well as the ones that are great for food storage, ones that you will always turn to.

    Weekly To Do List:

    Week 1
    • Set aside $2 per person in your cash fund
    • Add water to your water storage, at least 3 gallons per person
    • Purchase white sugar, and honey
    • Make sure you have a good snow shovel, and a winter coat
    • Create a space near a door for all of your winter clothing and supplies
    • Inventory your breakfast foods, cereals, pancake mixes, muffin mixes, rolled oats and other cereal grains, yogurt starters, milk supplies and things like that

    Week 2
    • $2 per person add to your emergency cash fund
    • Add another 3 gallons of water per person to your storage
    • Purchase brown sugar, and icing sugar as needed
    • Purchase a good broom, or a mop head, to have a spare on hand
    • Make sure everyone in your home has a good pair of winter boots
    • Gather winter supplies to the winter location, put summer supplies in a bin and move to storage room
    • Inventory your baking supplies. Things like baking powder, soda, salt, flour, vanilla, etc

    Week 3
    • $2 per person add to your emergency cash fund
    • Add another 3 gallons of water per person to your storage
    • Purchase molasses, corn syrup or pancake syrup as needed
    • Purchase mittens, scarves and hats for winter use, if needed and add them to the winter location you have created
    • Inventory your beans and other proteins like canned meats, lentils, Tvp, etc.

    Week 4
    • $2 per person add to your emergency cash fund
    • Add any extra water you need to make the 14 gallons of water per person for this month
    • Purchase any extra sugars you would like to add to your food storage
    • Purchase or find your space heaters and have them prepped and ready in case of any power outages during winter storms
    • Purchase hand and foot warmers and have them in your winter location for mittens etc
    • Inventory your paper and plastic products like: paper plates, utensils, cups, napkins, paper towel, toilet paper. These things are very important in case of power outages when water for washing might be scarce. Throw away is a good thing in an emergency situation.

    Sprouted Lentil Vegetable Soup

    First take the time to sprout whole green or brown lentils. Make sure they are not the small red cracked lentils. The seed needs to be whole, not split or your attempt at sprouting them will simply turn to mush and mold. Soak and sprout them until they have a nice tail sprout on them about 1/4 inch long. At this point you can allow them to dry, either by sitting on the counter spread out on a sheet, or in a dehydrator, or a freeze drier.

    Why would you let them dry? Because then they are ready to use in any recipe calling for lentils, and they have the exponential nutrients because the sprouting has activated them.

    Okay now for the soup.

    2 cups of sprouted lentils, either fresh or dried
    1/2 cup chopped onions or sub with dried onions
    1/2 cup chopped celery or dried celery
    1/2 cup chopped carrots or dried carrots
    1 clove minced garlic
    salt to taste
    black pepper to taste
    Italian seasoning to taste
    1 quart of tomatoes canned, or large can of diced tomatoes

    Extras you could add in:
    pasta, rice, beef or chicken bouillon or other vegetables, make dumplings to add on top

    Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for about 1 hour until all lentils and vegetables are tender. If you add in pasta, don't add in until the last ten minutes or it will mush.

    Serve with crackers, biscuits, toast, or fresh made buns.

    Super nutritious, super inexpensive, and super easy to make. Super delicious and it will likely become one of your family's favorites.