Wednesday, December 31, 2008

January Newsletter 2009

Scripture / Quote of the Month
"And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts
of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to
make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Luke 1:17
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! This new year is going to bring each one
of us new challenges – some which perhaps we can predict are coming, and
some which we cannot. With these new challenges we have two options:
we can look forward to them and accept them and be grateful for
the opportunities for learning and growth, and in this way be a happy
people that look forward to the coming of the Savior,

or, we can say "why me", and look at our challenges with anger and
frustration, blaming God or others and allowing these challenges to
make our lives miserable
I am choosing to see the good in the challenges. For the Lord is preparing
a people that will be ready for Him when He comes, and we, have the
choice, to be a part of that people. Make it a GREAT year! And PREPARE!
to use the time that has been alloted to us as a people, wisely by:

sharpening our home making, survival, educational, spiritual, social,
physical, and all types of preparation skills

fine tuning our storage by discovering what we like to eat and
learning how to use our storage, using new recipes, and finding out
what we really need

practicing emergency techniques, and emergency drills
sharing recipes, stories, and testimonies of our success' and our
failures, for we learn and grow from each other
I believe that the day has come for us to no longer ignore the
words of the prophets concerning being a prepared people.

Please feel free to share stories and recipes and whatever you feel
would be of benefit to others in our quest for being obedient, and
being prepared.
Beans and Rice
Beans and rice are great additions to your food storage. They are nutritious,
delicious and inexpensive sources of protein and fiber. Don't forget to attend
our Magical Beans class this month to learn more, gather recipes, and be
How many beans to store??
60 lbs per person per year.
This will provide about ¼ cup cooked beans per day and about 150
calories per day.

They can be stored in glass jars, buckets, #10 cans, mylar bags, or
other air tight food storage containers, and when kept dry, they will last
for years.

Eating one cup of beans every day means you should have 365 cups of
beans which is equal to 25 gallons or 5 gallon buckets.

For four people this would give you ¼ cup beans per day per person.
Do the math if you want more than your ¼ cup.

Bean Facts
1¼ cups of cooked beans will provide the same number of
calories as in a 3-oz steak and yet deliver 50%
more usable protein
with NO cholesterol. Most beans contain at least 20% protein.

Most beans are high in carbohydrates, which provide long-lasting
energy. In addition, beans provide essential B Vitamins, Iron, and they
are one of the richest sources of fiber.

Beans ground to a fine flour can be whisked into boiling water and
seasonings to make an almost instant soup or thickener in
only 3
Bean flour can be used in any recipe calling for flour by replacing up to
25% of the wheat flour with any variety of bean flour
Bean flour stores for up to 6 months on the shelf, 1 year under
refrigeration, and is great to have on hand for "instant" soups, sauces,
dips, sandwich fillings and gravies, and to add to almost everything you
cook or bake.

Legumes and grains, eaten as much as 2 days apart will still combine
properly as a complete protein, as the body extracts and stores the
amino acids from the beans and combines them into proteins as a
variety of foods are eaten.

Beans mixed with grains form a high quality complete protein that can
be tolerated by people of all ages, even infants

A pound of dry beans ground to a fine flour measures approximately 5
For more information on using food storage, and just plain
getting back to the basics of life, check out my new blog. It will be full
of links and great information to help us be a more self-sufficient people.

Rice is an extremely healthy food for a number of reasons. Rice is a complex
carbohydrate, which means that it contains starch and fiber. Complex
carbohydrates are digested slowly, allowing the body to utilize the energy
released over a longer period which is nutritionally efficient. Rice has low
sodium content and contains useful quantities of potassium, the B vitamins,
thiamin and niacin. An average portion of rice (50g) provides about 11% of the
estimated average daily requirement of protein.
There are about 12.5 cups of rice in a #10 can
A #10 can contains about 5.5 lbs
1 cup of white rice weighs 7 oz
1 six gallon bucket of rice contains 44 lbs
1 six gallon bucket of white rice = 8 #10 cans
1 six gallon bucket contains 100 cups
one serving is approximately ¼ cup dry rice (1.75 oz)
Use these numbers to figure out how much rice your family should store for
one year.

A family of six eats rice twice a week using a total of 4 cups of dry rice per
week. Eating 4 cups per week for 52 weeks, they would need
17 #10 cans
1 six gallon bucket plus 9 #10 cans
This is equal to 30% of the recommended amount of grain to store for one
adult per year
Example #2:
Plan for 2 oz of rice per person per day. A family of six would need to store
6 people x 2 oz x 365 days = 4380 oz rice 4380 oz rice = 274 lbs rice for one
year. This is equal to.....
6 six gallon buckets plus 2 #10 cans or 50 #10 gallon cans
These numbers can a also be used for brown rice, with the exception that
brown rice does not store as long as white. White is better for longer term
Berry Bean Blast – Serves 4
1 can Navy beans – drained and rinsed
1 ½ cups orange juice
2 cups strawberries sliced
2 tbsp honey
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
6 – 8 ice cubes
Process all ingredients except ice cubes in blender until smooth. Add ice.
Process until smooth. Serve in glasses. If you use frozen fruit instead, ice
cubes will not be needed. You may need to add a bit of water to adjust the
consistency. A very healthy way to serve smoothies to your family.
Healthy Living Tip
Spices that kill 100% of bacteria in food, are garlic, onion, allspice and
oregano. Thyme, cinnamon, tarragon and cumin kill 80%. Hot chillies kill
75%, and ginger, anise seed, celery seed, lime and lemon juice kill 25% of
bacteria in food.
Great Value In Disaster
Thomas Edison's laboratory was virtually destroyed by fire in December, 1914.
Although the damage exceeded $2 million, the buildings were only insured for
$238,000 because they were made of concrete and thought to be fireproof.
Much of Edison's life's work went up in spectacular flames that December
At the height of the fire, Edison's 24-year old son, Charles, frantically searched for his
father among the smoke and debris. He finally found him, calmly watching the
scene, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind.
"My heart ached for him," said Charles. "He was 67 – no longer a young man – and
everything was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, "Charles, where's your
mother?" When I told him I didn't know, he said, "Find her. Bring her here. She will
never see anything like this as long as she lives."
The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, "There is great value in
disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew."
Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver his first phonograph.
By The Sower's Seeds
from A 3
rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Copyright 1996 Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
Long Term Storage Goals:    Rice and Assorted Beans

Grocery Items 
10 bars of soap per person
With your family designate an emergency meeting place with maps and escape plans
72 HR Kits  
Mylar blanket for each person, Plastic tarps enough to cover tents,
Immunization Forms up to date for everyone
Garden Tip  Start planning what seeds you want – we will be ordering seeds bulk in February
– think long term seed storage – heritage seeds
Today while the sun shines, work with a will.....
Prepare for tomorrow by working today.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Weekly Wisdom #14


Weekly Wisdom #14

Motivational Monday - "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. And, above all, my brothers and sisters, let us move forward with faith in the Living God and His Beloved Son." (Gordon B Hinckley, Ensign Nov 2001, 73)

Church Guidelines

The church counsel on food storage is simple:

Build a three-month supply of foods that you normally eat.

Lay in a supply of drinking water.

Put aside foods for longer-term storage until you have a year's supply of food.

Since we are looking at a New Year this week, and thinking and planning, and hopefully goal is a good time to take a good look at what we have achieved over the past year regarding our food storage, and home preparedness, and take an inventory. Once you have taken the time to inventory, then you can use your guidelines as to what your family needs regarding your three month supply, drinking water, and longer-term storage, and set some goals that will help you accomplish these three goals for the coming year.

Here are some of the things that I will be helping you to accomplish this year, (with my many helpers):

January – Ordering Beans and Other Grains / Pandemic Supplies – In Home Care Class

February – Water Filtration / Garden Seeds – Co-op Garden Beginnings

March – A Great Trip to the Dry Pack Cannery in Lethbridge / Powdered Milk Class


Timely Tuesday - "Keep your eye on the Prophet, being self-reliant has always been part of the Church. Statistics are that no matter what the church does, no (more) than 15% of the (membership) have (any) storage. Our people are going to need it. For example, what if somebody released a virus? What if the virus caused a pandemic? What if the pandemic led to quarantine? What if the quarantine was enforced? What would you do? The responsibility lies with the head of each family." (Presiding Bishop of Church David Burton Sept. 1,2006)

Keeping our eye on the Prophet and their counsel in the next while will be so important. They have told us to get out of debt, store food, strengthen home and family, and their most recent counsel on the provident living website is on pandemic preparedness. If you want to know what the prophet is telling us today, take time today to visit

Workin' Wednesday - Kids Activity Survival Kit

You may have to leave your house during a disaster and may sleep somewhere else for a while. It's smart to put together your own Kid's Activity Survival Kit so you will have things to do and share with other kids. These can all be stored in a backpack or duffel bag. Just make sure you can carry it easily. Some suggested items for your Activity:

A few of your favorite books

Crayons, pencils or marking pens and plenty of paper

Scissors and glue

Two favorite toys such as a doll or action figure

One or two board games

A deck of cards

A puzzle (One with lots of pieces is good -- it takes a long time to do!)

Small people figures and play vehicles that you can use to play out what is happening during your disaster -- such as ambulance, fire truck, helicopter, dump truck, police car, small boats.

Favorite stuffed animal or puppet

Favorite blanket or pillow

Pictures of the family and pet

A "keep safe" box with a few treasures that make you feel special

Thrifty Thursday – Don't feel deprived – Sometimes we feel deprived when we are trying so hard to cut back on expenses. We are trying so hard to put away our food storage, pay down our debt, and be frugal, that we sometimes want to splurge on something just for us. In order to avoid these splurges, and feeling this way, we should treat ourselves on a regular basis. Today, make a list of five things that you like to do that do not cost any money. Tape this to your fridge or to your bathroom mirror and do one of these things each week to treat yourself. Another thing you can do is make a list of your five food storage treats that you would like to have, and once a week or every other week, purchase one thing and stash it away for your food storage. Then if you ever feel like you need to have a treat, you won't have to spend money, you will already have one handy. Make sure you replace it on your next time to purchase.

Food Storage Friday – The Seven Major Mistakes in Food Storage: Today we will cover the first mistake, VARIETY!! Most people don't have enough variety in their storage. They store only the basic survival foods, but statistics show that most people won't survive on this diet unless they are using these items on a regular basis. Many won't be able to digest the wheat.....wheat is too harsh for young children and they can only tolerate it in small amounts......we can get what is called appetite fatigue. WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT......Store a variety of grains, particularly ones your family likes to eat. Store a variety of beans to add color and texture. Store flavorings such as tomato, bouillon, cheese, onions, spices and other things you like to cook with.


Honey Bran Whole Wheat Bread

6 cups all purpose flour

1 cup oat bran

1 cup wheat bran

1 ½ tbsp yeast

2 tbsp oil or melted butter

1/3 cup honey

5 cups lukewarm milk (use pwd and water)

4 cups whole wheat flour

2 tbsp salt

In large bowl mix all purpose flour, brans, and yeast. Make well in the middle of flour mixture and pour in oil, honey, and milk. Mix well, and then slowly add whole wheat flour until 4 cups have been added and you have a soft, slightly sticky dough. Knead for 6 or 7 minutes. Place the mixing bowl over the dough, and let rest for 20 minutes. Flatten dough with hands and sprinkle salt over dough and knead well into it until salt is completely mixed in and dough is soft and smooth. Place dough into well greased large bowl, cover and let rise until doubled. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead gently. Divide into three equal pieces and shape into loaves. Place in greased loaf pans and let rise until well above the rim of pans. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes until golden brown.

I adjusted slightly this recipe for sake of room on this page, but this original recipe can be found on

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weekly Wisdom #13


Weekly Wisdom #13

This is an easy week. I only have two assignments this week for you.

  1. Enjoy your family. Spend time with them and savor each moment. Make memories by remembering the simple things in life. Serve one another. Love one another.

  2. Enjoy the Christmas Season. Remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Spend some time this week to reflect on what that actually means in your life. Spend some time to reflect on what it means for your future. Serve others around you. Love others as He would.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Weekly Wisdom #12


Weekly Wisdom #12

Motivational Monday - When Disaster Strikes, the Time to Prepare Has Passed - The degree of our preparation will be equal to the extent of our obedience. This will in turn determine our peace of mind and the degree of normal life we will be able to enjoy during the difficult times ahead.

Some food for thought – It really is all about the obedience!

Brigham Young warned," If you are without food, how much wisdom can you boast!"

Timely Tuesday – Well winter hit us with a vengance in so many places this weekend. This is the time of year that we need to remember to dress in layers when we go anywhere. Layering clothes helps to prepare us for any conditions or activities, disasters, or storms. Use three layers when thinking of how to dress for the weather.

Underwear – this provides a basic insulation and will move the moisture away from the skin, preventing chill when your activity stops. Choose long underwear, or thin, snug fitting pants and a long sleeved t-shirt

Insulation – use one or more layers depending on the severity of the weather, including layers of pants to keep your legs warm, sweaters, and other types of sweatshirts are good insulators as well.

Outer clothing – wear clothing that is windproof and waterproof is possible. A good fit is very important. If it is too big, heat loss can happen quickly, and too small and you may not have enough room for other layers.

Workin' Wednesday – Today is the day to gather a few of the non food type items that we need to have especially for winter / flu season. Here is a small list of items, but adjust it according to what you think your family would need in case of.....

cough / cold medications, cough drops, various versions of pain relief, cotton balls, herbal or natural medications, antibacterial soaps and wipes, and hand sanitizer. These basic items should be included in your 72 hour kits / first aid kits / and flu kits. Of course add any other items that you think your family would need.

Thrifty Thursday - "Wherever possible, produce your non food necessities of

life." Improve your sewing skills; sew and mend clothing for your family. Develop handicraft skills as the sisters have told us, and make or build needed items."

(Spencer W. Kimball, "Family Preparedness," Ensign, May 1976, pp 124-25


Suitable container with lid

Small scissors

Straight pins and safety pins

Sewing needles and a variety of thread colors

A few buttons

Tape measure or ruler

Food Storage Friday – I have found this in several newsletters and a couple of emails from various people, and so the original source I am unsure of, but it is some great information.

Where Do I Store My Family's Food Storage ?

The coolest parts of your home are the best locations. Under beds, inside closets, inside cabinets and consider building an insulated shed outside your home.

A one-year supply for one person requires approximately 100, number 10 cans.

Under bed storage: How many number 10 cans can I fit under my bed ?

(Packed in cardboard cases – 6 cans to a case)

Double: 96 Queen: 108 King: 120

Inside a closet:

Use the number 10 can cardboard cases as a shoe shelf.

6 cans fit into one case, the case size is 13 inches wide x 19 inches long x 7 inches tall.

Water Storage:

The best location is on the north side of your home or garage, where the water containers receive the least amount of sunlight. For added protection, after you have added bleach and sealed the containers cover them (including the sides and top) with black plastic sheeting.


Other storage items that are non-perishable can be stored in warmer areas like your garage.

Recipe – Here is a great soup recipe for a hot day. Make this and eat with some fresh home made hot bread. Yummmm!

Crockpot Navy Bean Bacon Chowder

1 ½ cups dried navy beans, rinsed and drained ( or one can )

2 cups cold water

6 slices bacon

1 medium carrot sliced

1 stalk celery chopped

1 med onion chopped

1 tsp dried italian seasoning

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 large can chicken broth (46 oz) or water and chicken bouillon

1 cup milk

Soak beans overnight in the water. Cook bacon in medium pan over medium heat. Drain and crumble. Combine carrot, celery, onion, seasonings, beans and bacon in crockpot. Mix and pour in broth. Cover and cook on low for 7 – 9 hours or until beans are cooked tender. Ladle 2 cups of soup into blender and process until smooth. Return to crockpot. Add milk, cover and heat on high for 10 more minutes until heated through. Serves 6.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekly Wisdom #11


Weekly Wisdom #11

Motivational Monday – President Kimball said: "How often do Church members arise early in the morning to do the will of the Lord?... How often do we say, "Yes, I will obey the commandment to store food and to help others, but just now I have neither the time nor the money to spare; I will obey later"? Oh, foolish people! While we procrastinate, the harvest will be over and we will not be saved. Now is the time to follow Abraham's example; now is the time to repent; now is the time for prompt obedience to God's will."

"We must do more to get our people prepared for the difficult days we face in the future. Our major concern should be their spiritual preparation so they will respond with faith and not fear. "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear" (D&C 38:21). Our next concern should be for their temporal preparation. When the economies of nations fail, when famine and other disasters prevent people from buying food in stores, the Saints must be prepared to handle these emergencies. This is a matter of concern for area, region, and stake councils." President Benson

These days are upon us. We see daily the economies of nations failing, famines throughout the world, and talk of more shortages of food. I believe the day to procrastinate the counsel to get temporally prepared has come and gone. We must give our temporal and spiritual preparation our top priority.

Timely Tuesday – Take a quick preparedness test today. If you can, do it with your family. And find what areas you perhaps need to focus on.

Preparedness Test

  1. Has your family rehearsed the fire escape routes from your home?

  2. Do you know what to do before, during, after an earthquake or tornado?

  3. Do you have access to an operational flashlight in every bedroom? You could have light sticks instead.

  4. Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet if you have to evacuate during the night?

  5. If a water line was ruptured, do you know how to shut off the main line to your house?

  6. Can this line be turned off with hands or do you need a tool? Is the tool close by?

  7. Do you know where the main gas shut off is to your house?

  8. Do you know how and would you be able to shut off this valve if you smelled gas?

  9. Do you know how to safely restart your furnace when gas is safely back on again?

  10. Do you have working smoke alarms in place?

  11. Do you have a fire extinguisher handy in case of small fires?

  12. Do you have duplicate keys and copies of important papers stored outside your home?

  13. Do you have an emergency radio and batteries?

  14. Do you have a meeting place if your family has to evacuate your home?

  15. If an emergency lasted for three days or longer:

    1. Would you have sufficient food for your family?

    2. Would you have the means to cook without electricity?

    3. Would you have sufficient water?

    4. Do you have your 72 hour kits easily accessible?

    5. Have y ou established an out of area contact for your family?

    6. Do you have first aid kits in your home and each car?

    7. Do you have emergency cash on hand in small bills or coins?

    8. Do you have ways to heat at least part of your house without electricity?

    9. Do you have at least a month's supply of medications on hand?

    10. Do you have sanitation plans for alternate toilet facilities?

    11. Where are you in your food storage supply? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year?

This should give you a basic overview of how prepared you are for basic survival. If you have answered no to any of these, then work in that area. If you answered yes to them all....good for you, and think in those areas of how you can improve and make it even better.

Workin' Wednesday – Pick one of the areas above that you answered no to, and do something today to help change the answer to a yes.

Thrifty Thursday – I got this idea off of a thrifty tips website. I thought it was a good one, and I do this alot, because I find that if I grab a cart when I go into the store, it inevitably gets full. So if I only have a basket or my hands, I am more likely to come out with what I actually went in for.


"Have you noticed how big shopping carts are getting? They are designed to keep you shopping! Avoid the spending trap by only taking a cart when you know you have alot to buy, or are buying something big. Use a basket to carry your items, or go for one of the smaller carts available. You will be less tempted to impulse buy when you don't have the space to carry everything.

Then before you get to the counter, quickly look over your items and make sure that they are something you really need. There are likely things you could put back until another time. Impulse buying is one of the worst money wasters of all! Take a list, take a basket, and think thrifty!

Food Storage Friday – Today lets quickly review the minimum requirements for long term storage.

This is for 1 adult male for 1 year and = approximately 2300 calories per day.

Grains – 400 lbs – white flour should be a part of this as well as rice, pasta, and other grains your family uses, learn to sprout grains, this greatly increases their vitamin content, and wheat grass is one of the best vitamin supplements you can use.

Beans & Legumes – 60 lbs – Black beans cook quickly, soy beans can be used to make soy milk and tofu, most beans are good for sprouting,

Dairy –minimum 16 lbs – milk powder can be used to make cottage cheese, cream cheese, and hard cheese, sour cream, whipped topping, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and of course drinkable milk

Oils – 10 quarts – This will help boost the calories and supply your essential fatty acids, as well as making cooking so much easier

Sugars – 60 lbs – This includes honey, syrups, white and brown sugars, candy and other sweets that will help keep appetite fatigue away

Salt – 8 lbs

Water – minimum 14 gallons

Two five gallon buckets will hold about 75 lbs of wheat, rice or other grains. So you will need 11 buckets of grain for each person in your family. Beans – a 25 lb bag of beans will fit in a 5 gallon bucket with a bit of space left over, so 2 buckets would hold about a one person supply for one year.

If you divide 400 lbs of grain by 365 days, it equals to just over 1 lb of grain per person per day. That is approximately 2 cups of unground grain to cover your three meals for the day.

If you divide 60 lbs of beans by 365, this works out to 0.16 lbs of beans per day or 2.6 oz, or about ¾ cup.

This isn't much food to live off. It would keep you alive, but wouldn't be wonderful or pleasant. Get these basics for each person, and then work hard to add other kinds of food such as canned or dried fruits and vegetables. If all you have are the basics, then you are going to live off the minimal survival diet, but at least you will be alive. One example of this would be this minimum diet would provide about 6 small biscuts per person, per day, or one plateful of pancakes.


Lentil Soup – Serves 8 – 10

2 cups lentil

1 ½ quarts water and 6 chicken or beef bouillon cubes, or broth equivalent

1 large can or bottle stewed tomatoes

1 bay leaf

3 carrots sliced

1 onion diced

salt and pepper to taste

1 lb cooked hamburger or tvp substitute (optional)

other vegetables sliced or diced (optional)

Put all ingredients in kettle and bring to boil (except hamb or tvp) let cook until tender. Add hamburger and heat. Serve with corn chips or biscuts.