Wednesday, December 30, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 48


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 48

"Every father and mother are the family's storekeepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency." (James E. Faust, Ensign May 1986)

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Vegetables

Extra Item Purchase 30 lbs. Rice

Family Prep: Do you know where your 72-hour evacuation kit is? Can you get to it or are there things in the way. If you have it in a shed or garage can you get to it without tripping over something else? Maybe move the kits to a new location. If they are in the coat closet are coats and other items such as vacuums in the way. If you were in a hurry to get away these items may keep you or your family from retrieving them. This could cause much harm and fear. Move the kits to a better location. Items like sleeping bags and pads, water containers, cooking supplies, and lighting supplies should be kept in a central location. This should be in an easily accessible location away from the main house.

Spiritual Preparedness: My sincere counsel to you today is to recommit yourselves to these two basic practices that have been the source of so many blessings.... Never let a day go by without holding family prayer and family scripture study. Put this, the Lord's program, to the test and see if it does not bless your home with greater peace, hope, love, and faith. I promise you that daily family prayer and scripture study will build within the walls of your home a security and bonding that will enrich your lives and prepare your families to meet the challenges of today and the eternities to come. L. Tom Perry

"I Would if I Could, But..." by Jim Brinkerhoff

Dry Packing

I would if I could, but I don't like it.

I would if I could, but I haven't the time.

I would if I could, but my storage is limited.

Emergency Preparedness

I would if I could, but I will get ready next week.

I would if I could, but it's all in my attic.

I would if I could, but I am tired of preparing–this is the nineties.

Food Storage

I would if I could, but I have had it over the years, and it is all spoiled now.

I would if I could, but I have no room to store things as it is now.

I would if I could, but nothing will happen–this is modern days.

72-hour Preparations

I would if I could, but I already memorized the Holiday Inn's 800 number.

I would if I could, but I will just call my home teacher.

I would if I could, but nothing will happen that I can't handle.

Are you saying these same things?

I could add more that I have heard over the years..... it is time we re-evaluate our priorities.

This coming year many opportunities will arise to help ourselves and our families become better prepared. Lets make the effort to do so.

Then, when hard times fall upon us, as they most assuredly will, we shall not fear.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 47


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 47

Elder Richard L. Evans, 1988 Church News – We must have faith in the future, regardless of the ultimate eventualities. There could be no greater calamity in this world than the calamity of sitting down and waiting for calamity. We must not let the things which we can't do keep us from doing the things that we can do! The future will always be better for those who are best prepared!

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Fruit

Extra Item Purchase 8 rolls of Toilet Paper

Family Prep: Putting together a library of helpful books is very important. These may be things like survival manuals, gardening, first aid, food storage, cookbooks, and others that you may find helpful for in any emergency or alternate living situations. Start to put together your list of books, then start to gather them into one location.

Spiritual Preparedness: Captain Moroni did much to fortify the Nephites against their enemies. Read Alma 49 and discuss with your family the ways you can fortify yourselves, your family, and our brothers and sisters in the Gospel against the enemies who try to lead us away from living gospel principles.

Area's of Preparedness for any reason or season

1-One room living: Find one room that you have a heat source

in. Block off all hallways and exits with blankets. Set up camp

in this area.

2-Heating: Use whatever heat source you may have. Be sure

and ventilate if needed.

3-Cooking: You can make a buddy burner with a tuna can. Fold

newspaper into a fan. Roll and put into tuna can. Add wick.

Pour wax over it and let dry. You can also cook over an open

fire outside. Make sure and use heavy pans as your kitchen

pans will not handle the heat of open flame.

4-Showers: You can take spit baths with a bowl of warm water.

Poke a hole in a white storage bucket and put it on a ladder in

your bathtub. Put a container under it to catch any water that

falls. Stand in this container and have someone pour warm

water into the bucket. If you have a spigot and can drill a hole in the bottom part of the bucket you can turn it off and on.

5-Sanitation: Put a small bucket in your toilet. Put a grocery

plastic bag inside. Use this and then bury it outside away from

water lines.

6-Lighting: Flashlights will work different hours depending on

your brand of battery. Be very wise with your light. Make sure

your floors are picked up before it gets dark. Many accidents

happen after it gets dark and things are left on the floor.

7-Refrigeration: Freeze a block of ice in a plastic container

(outside) – do two if you have it. Put them in the freezer of your

fridge. This will act as an ice chest. Be careful not to have

many left overs, as we don't want food poisoning! You can

store your miracle whip and things like this in it.

8-Food: Use whatever food is in your freezer first. Make do with

whatever food you have in your home – get creative – If you

have a hand wheat grinder – start grinding wheat before you get

hungry! It is hard work!

9-Water: If water has things in it, strain. Boil all water 10 mins.

You can also add bleach to it if you have it @ 3 drops per liter

10-Washing Clothes. You need a white bucket with a lid. Poke

holes in the lid about the size of a pencil. Drill a hole in top and

put a plunger through it into the bucket. Close lid and lift the

plunger up and down.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 46


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 46

"We are living in a very dangerous time. There has never been a time when it has been more important to listen to the counsel of the Leaders of the Church. It is all about Staying Out of Debt and Getting your Year Supply! I encourage your serious attention to this subject!" Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Richardson Texas Stake Conference, March 9, 2008

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 30 lbs. Wheat or Flour

Extra Item Purchase 11 lbs. Macaroni or Spaghetti

Family Prep: Preparation items for Christmas.

Spiritual Preparedness: Read 2 Nephi 4: 15-16 and ponder the ways you can expand your learning and knowledge of the scriptures and things of the world which will benefit you and your family

Often because of the hustle and bustle of the season we lose sight of the important things. It's time to take the time to bring the important things back. Following are a few ideas. As you ponder the real meaning and our busy lives you will come up with many more.

1. Find what brings peace and focus on it. I love to just watch the lights twinkle on my tree while the rest of the house is dark. It is a kind of peaceful time for me to ponder what is important to me.

2. Try to Simplify – what is really important to you. Get rid of all the fluff and stuff, we often forget the real meaning of Christmas because we hide it well in all the stuff.

3. Enlist the help of your family. This is a time of year when family members help more willingly. Many of the things are fun to do, like decorating and baking and delivering.

4. Build some fun family memories. We need to make these memories so that our families will have wonderful and special things to remember.

Following are some ideas of things to do together as a family.

- Make and frost sugar cookies together

- Deliver Christmas treats and goodies to friends and neighbors together

- Drive around and look at light displays

- Go caroling

- Share treats when you go caroling

- Draw names and do special things for the person's name that you draw

- Make Christmas decorations, popcorn and cranberry strings, popcorn balls, paper snowflakes, painted ceramic ornaments, Etc.

- Read Christmas stories

Bring the spirit of peace and love into your home as you enjoy the Christmas season and remember that Jesus Christ is the real reason that we celebrate.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 45


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 45

President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign November 1980, Prepare for the days of Tribulation"Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 10 lbs. Non-Fat Dry Milk

Extra Item Purchase 1 lbs. Each of yeast, Baking Powder, Baking Soda

Family Prep: In light of the turmoil in our world maybe it is time to gift a family member with knitting, sewing, or quilting lessons. For some it maybe the best time to purchase the family some water barrels or portable water purifiers. Still others may want to buy sleeping bags, tents, camp stoves or lanterns or camping sleeping pads. Being prepared is all about knowledge and forethought. Keep these ideas in mind as the time to get prepared is running short.

Spiritual Preparedness: Jesus said: "Learn of me. … For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:29-30.) I should like to suggest that we follow that injunction given by the Son of God. With all of our learning, let us also learn of him. With all of our study, we need to seek knowledge of

the Master. That knowledge will give us character and a fullness to life that can come in no other way.

Stocking Stuffer & Gift Ideas

. travel size shampoo, conditioner

. stick lights

. new toothbrushes, paste and dental floss

. compass, whistle with neck tie, reflector

. soap and holder

. hard candy and gum

. crayons, colored pencils

. small sewing kit (you can make these yourselves)

. small first aid kits

. travel size camping utensils

. flashlight and batteries, extra light bulbs

. rain poncho

. hand lotion

. folding scissors

. fingernail clippers and other nail supplies

. knife and sharpener

. flint and steel for fire starting

. warm blankets - wool blankets are cheap at second hand stores

. sleeping bags and pads

. wool socks and cotton socks to wear next to the skin

. wool hat and scarf. Make them yourself for a great gift

. warm coat

. gloves and mittens

. warm boots big enough to wear heavy socks with

. snow shoes or make some skies for cross country treks

. slippers

. paper products for the family i.e. toilet, paper towels

. propane for use with the campstove or lantern

. water storage container

. folding camp shovel, ax, or hatchet

Sunday, November 29, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 44

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 44

"The greatest events that have been spoken of by all of the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequence of certain causes, that unless our eyes are enlightened by the spirit of God, and the spirit of revelation rests upon us, we will fail to see that these are the events predicted by the Holy Prophets." George Q Cannon (Journal of Discourses; vol. 21, pg. 264)

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of soup

Extra Item Purchase 8 Rolls of Toilet Paper

Family Prep: Go through your calendar now, and put a reminder on it – every six months – to review your emergency plans, update numbers, check supplies to be sure nothing has expired, spoiled, or changed. Also remember to practice your tornado, fire escape and other plans.

Spiritual Preparedness: President Benson "When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power." Do an obedience check in your life. Are there areas where you can improve?

Mashed Potato Fudge
½ C unseasoned, well-mashed cooked
potato (about 1 medium potato)
3 C powdered sugar
1 C flaked or shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla
2 squares semisweet chocolate
While the potato is hot, beat in the sugar and coconut, then the vanilla. Press into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan. Melt chocolate and pour over top. Chill and cut into squares. Keeps indefinitely in airtight container in refrigerator. Makes 64 1-inch pieces.
Tennessee Christmas Mints: Substitute a few drops of oil of peppermint for the vanilla. Tint fondant pink and flatten balls to approx 1/2-inch thickness
Chocolate-Dipped: Melt ¼ cake paraffin wax with 6 oz chocolate chips and 2 squares unsweetened chocolate. Dip refrigerator-hardened balls or squares of candy in chocolate and place on wax paper to dry. If desired, press an almond into the top.
Peanut butter: Roll potato mixture on wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar until very thin. Spread with creamy peanut butter and then roll into a long log. Roll in a little more powdered sugar and refrigerate. Slice to serve.

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
1 pkg cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
½ cup butter (no substitutes), softened
¼ tsp vanilla extract ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar ¾ cup miniature chocolate chips
¾ cup finely chopped pecans ( w/ macadamia's)
Graham crackers
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate
chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1
hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (about 2 cups)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 43


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 43

Spencer W. Kimball 1976, We want you to be ready with your personal storehouses filled with at least a year's supply. You don't argue why it cannot be done; you just plan to organize and get it done.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Meat

Extra Item Purchase 8 rolls of Toilet Paper

Family Prep: Write out a coupon and put it in a gift box under the tree. Gifts don't have to be expensive. Teaching is a great way to pass along knowledge, skills, and to help our families become more self-sufficient.

Spiritual Preparedness: Put home and visiting teaching in its proper place of importance. This will bless our ward, individually and collectively.

Christmas without Santa

Santa didn't visit our family this year. Oh, it wasn't because we had been bad or forgot to feed him. It was because he wasn't invited. Our family was spread too far for the traditional Christmas's upon which we had grown. My brother was serving a mission halfway around the world, my sister was recovering from surgery in Salt Lake City, and Grandma had received a mission call and would be leaving shortly after Thanksgiving. With our lives changing so much and money short, Mom suggested that we not invite Santa this year so he could visit homes with younger children. We agreed.

Christmas was on Sunday so we decided to work really hard to make it a season in which we remembered the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We had family traditions that we choose to do—like harvesting the Christmas tree ourselves, making a gingerbread house, and baking goodies for our neighbors and friends. We decided, since Santa wasn't coming, we'd hang out stocking on December 1st and fill them ourselves with small gifts of love, either bought or made. Soon our stockings were bulging with little gifts.

On Christmas Eve, we set around listening to Dad tell us the stories behind the Christmas carols we loved to sing. By knowing their history, we found we felt an intense feeling of love for our family, friends, and the Savior. The feeling of calmness that filled my heart that night was a new experience.

Because Santa hadn't come, we found we concentrated on attending Church that Sunday. We read the Bible's Christmas story and learned to appreciate the reason Christ had come to earth—to show us love and give us the gift of eternal life. A gift that he gave to each of us. Looking back, my family and I agree, it was one of the best Christmases we ever had. We found things money couldn't buy—family unity and love for the Savior. Gifts that will last forever.

A story taken from an Ensign of 2001

Sunday, November 15, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 42


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 42

Our Heavenly created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to "prepare every needful thing" so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others. The First Presidency – Provident Living . org

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 30 lbs. Wheat or Flour

Extra Item Purchase 10-20 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese

Family Prep: Read through the 10 Family Preparedness Ideas on the back of this page with your family and see the areas where you need to improve. Set goals of priority and work on them as a family.

Spiritual Preparedness: President Monson is an example of loving and helping "the one." Does someone you know need some special care at this time?

Preparedness Tips To Help You and Your Family Be Prepared for Anything

Planning ahead can make all the difference when a real

emergency strikes. Imagine what you would do if you had

only five or ten minutes to leave your home. What would you

grab? Pets? Photos? Family heirlooms? Cash? Computer?

Write down your list.

Next – what if you had no warning at all? What would you grab

on the way out?

What if you had time to plan? Planning will save your life.

  1. Talk about it with your family. Talk about the possible

    disasters and possible solutions to these.

  2. Create a basic Family Plan – communication plan, a

    meeting place away from home, an out of area

    contact, a list of important numbers

  3. Prepare your emergency kits – make them easily


  4. Take Courses – study and learn – first aid, enrichment

    classes offered – any community courses

  5. Memorize emergency exits – practice and learn – mental

    practice – when in unfamiliar places run a mental

    practice in your mind of where the exits are – plan in advance

  6. Be aware of your surroundings – pay attention and think about shelter or protection if needed

  7. Fire extinguishers – become familiar with them and how they work – practice without pulling the pins

Monday, November 9, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 41

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 41

President Kimball: Let's do these things because they are right; because they are satisfying; and because we are obedient to the counsels of the Lord. In this spirit, we will be prepared for most eventualities, and the Lord will prosper and comfort us.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 20 lbs. of Sugar

Extra Item Purchase 3 months of Dish Soap

Family Prep: You should continue to add items as you see fit or continue to add items you skipped to your various emergency kits.

Spiritual Preparedness: Obtain the manual, "Preach My Gospel" if you don't already have one. Choose one Christ-like attribute in chapter 6 to work on in your own life.

Substitute for Lily White Corn Syrup

2 cups white sugar
¾ cup water
¼ tsp cream of tartar
1 pinch salt
Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan. Uncover and simmer, stirring often, until it reaches the soft ball stage. Cook and store in covered container at room temperature. This should keep for about 2 months. Makes about 2 cups.

Home Made Marshmallow
2 tbsp gelatin
8 tbsp cold water
2 cups white sugar
½ cup cold water
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
Dust an 8 or 9 inch square pan with icing sugar. Set aside. In small bowl, soak gelatin in 8 tbsp cold water. Set aside. Combine sugar and ½ cup water in large sauce pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until dissolved. Add gelatin and bring to boil. Remove from heat. Pour into large mixing bowl and let stand until partially cool. Add salt and vanilla. Beat with beater until soft and double in volume. About 10 minutes. Pour into prepared pan to about ½ inch thick. Set to cool until it will not stick to your finger. Cut into 1.5 inch pieces and roll in icing sugar. You can also roll in toasted coconut, or add other flavorings instead of vanilla.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 40


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 40

President Benson: God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble.....Let us choose to be humble. We can do it. I know we can.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Vegetables

Extra Item Purchase Multi Vitamins (for two people to last 6 months)

Family Prep: Your 72 hr. kit and gear box should be completed. You may add to them as you see fit or continue to add items you skipped.

Spiritual Preparedness: Read D&C 18:15. Is there someone you know who is ready to learn about the gospel?


Give the Gift of Preparedness for Christmas

or any occasion!

Flashlights – candles – matches – oil lamp with oil

    Sayings: (Be creative in your saying)- you get the idea

        You light up my life

        May your Christmas be merry and bright

        Let your light so shine

Garden Seeds

Paper Towels (1,3,6 month supply)

Solar Oven – dutch ovens – cast iron cookware

Hand Crank Radio or Ham Radio

Sleeping Cots - Sleeping Bags - blankets

Sewing Kit

Pressure Canner – jars and lids

Camp Dinnerware

Food Storage Buckets with lids

Tent - Tarps with no tear grips and straps

Books – recipe/survival/canning/gardening

Ropes – bungi cords – straps


Sewing box / Basket

Emergency Car Kit / Bag

Sanitation Bucket

First Aid Kits

Family Emergency Activity Basket / Bin

Water pak / basket / barrel / pump

72 hour kits

lighting basket / candles etc.

gardening basket

Books – bookmarks – highlighters etc

laundry gift tub

Outdoor cooking bin

Gifts in a Jar

Monday, October 26, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 39

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 39

Heber C. Kimball 1859, With regard to grain, I will say, If you do not lay it up and keep it, you will be sorry in a day to come; for you will see hard times, trying times, plagues, and famines, and bloodshed. Be advised and provide in time, and while you have the opportunity.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Fruit

Extra Item Purchase 8 rolls of toilet paper

Family Prep: Continue to add to your 72 hr. kit, family gear box, and flu kits as your family needs. Add items that you may have skipped or special needs for your family.

Spiritual Preparedness: Read Elder David A. Bednar's conference address "Ask in Faith" (page 94 of the May 08 Ensign). Follow his council to make your prayers more meaningful. ______________________________________________

"when people are but unwilling to take care of themselves we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord that the idler shall not eat the bread of the labor" Boyd K. Packer



When we speak of personal and family preparedness, we should speak of foreseen, anticipated, almost expected needs which can be met through wise preparation. Even true emergencies can be modified by good planning.
--H. Burke Peterson

Personal and family preparedness is provident living. Being provident involves being "wise, frugal, prudent, making provision for the future while attending to immediate needs." (Barbara B. Smith)

• Improve our ability to read, write, and do basic mathematics.
• Study the scriptures and other good books.
• Learn to communicate effectively with others.
• Take advantage of opportunities to gain more knowledge.

• Obey the Word of Wisdom.
• Exercise regularly.
• Provide for adequate medical and dental care, including appropriate insurance where possible.
• Keep homes and surroundings clean and sanitary.
• Shun substances or practices that abuse our bodies or minds.

• Prepare for and carefully select a suitable occupation.
• Become skilled at work through training and experience.
• Be diligent, hard working, and trustworthy.
• Give honest work for the pay and benefits received.

Home Storage
• Have sufficient food, clothing and shelter for self and family.
• Where possible, store a year's supply of basic items needed to sustain life.
• Regularly use and replace all stored items in order to keep them from spoiling.
• Learn to produce and prepare basic food items.

Resource Management
• Pay tithes and offerings.
• Avoid unnecessary debt and save for the future.
• Satisfy all of our promised obligations.
• Use our resources frugally and avoid wasting them.
• Use our time wisely.
• Be willing to serve those in need by sharing our time, talents, and resources with them.

Social, Emotional, and Spiritual Strength
• Study the scriptures and the teachings of the living prophets.
• Obey God's commandments and heed the counsel of Church leaders.
• Exercise faith in Christ and cultivate humility.
• Pray frequently and fervently.
• Strengthen our relationships with family members, neighbors, and friends.
• Shun things that are morally and spiritually degrading
• Work toward worthy goals.
• Do the best we can to adjust to change and recover from misfortune.

Reference: Providing in the Lord's Way: A Leader's Guide to Welfare, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

52 Weeks, Week 38

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 38

Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone: Decide as a family this year that 25 or 50 % of your Christmas will be spent on a year's supply..... Half or part of these Christmas monies will go a long way to purchasing the basics.......Brethren, give your wife a year's supply of wheat for Christmas, and she'll know your heart is in the right place.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 30 lbs. of Wheat or Flour

Extra Item Purchase 11 lbs. Macaroni or Spaghetti

Family Prep: Ask "What would the Lord have me do today about obtaining essentials for food storage?" Really try to find out this week, what extras you need or what it is that the Lord would have you prepare. Be specific and you get specifics.

Spiritual Preparedness: Read 2 Nephi 9: 50-52. Reevaluate your priorities and place those things that matter most at the top of your list.
Along with wheat, rice is one of the staples of long term food storage. Most of the white rice varieties store well and can be stored for upwards of 30 years of kept dry and clean. Rice is the most eaten food in the world. It is the staple diet in many countries. It can be eaten so many ways, and it is so healthy too!
Fried Rice: The variations of fried rice are infinite depending on the added ingredients. Try any of your favorite vegetables, different types of meats, seafood, your favorite or new seasonings, and you will open up a world of fried rice you haven't yet experienced.
Spanish Rice
1 ½ cups rice 2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 cup plain tomato sauce
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
¼ of a medium onion chopped
2 tbsp oil
Other spices as you like, eg: taco seasonings, cumin, etc.
Heat oil in medium fry pan. Add garlic and onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add in dry rice. Stir for about 5 minutes until it becomes golden brown in color. Add in broth and tomato sauce. Add all other spices. Stir and bring to a boil. Cover, and let simmer on low for 20 minutes. Fluff and serve.
Basic Fried Rice
This is a basic recipe that you can add anything to that you desire. If you add other ingredients you can increase the number of eggs to 3.
1 – 2 green onions chopped 2 large eggs
1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
4 tbsp oil for frying 4 cups cold cooked rice.
1 – 2 tbsp soy sauce
Lightly beat eggs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in fry pan. Add rice and stir fry for a few minutes. Pour and mix in the scrambled eggs and onions, and stir to cook and scramble eggs in mixture. Serve hot. Add any other vegetables to oil before adding rice, to make sure they are cooked.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 37

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 37

Brigham Young: "We all believe that the Lord will fight our battles; but how? Will he do it while we are unconcerned and make no effort whatever for our own safety when an enemy is upon us? would be quite as reasonable to expect remission of sins without baptism, as to expect the Lord to fight our battles without our taking every precaution to be prepared to defend ourselves. The Lord requires us to be quite as willing to fight our own battles as to have him fight them for us. If we are not ready for an enemy when he comes upon us, we have not lived up to the requirements of him who guides the ship of Zion, or who dictates the affairs of His Kingdom."

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase Fruit Drink to make 8 quarts

Extra Item Purchase Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, to last 6 months

Family Prep: Extras you may want to have in your car kit are: jumper cables, a fold up shovel, an electric blanket that plugs into the lighter, flares, compass, road maps, knife, first aid kits, chains, fire extinguisher

Spiritual Preparedness: This is the time of the year when we spend some extra time pondering what we are thankful for. Be thankful for your freedom of religion. Take time to discuss just what this means to you and your family.

Honey & Sugar

Honey can be substituted for sugar:
¾ cup honey to 1 cup sugar and reduce total liquid by 25% or ¼ cup of liquid for each cup of sugar.

Honey Butter

½ cup butter
1 cup honey
Combine ingredients and beat until creamy and smooth. Store in fridge.

Basic Honey Custard

2 eggs
½ cup honey
2 cups milk
tsp salt
Beat eggs slightly. Add milk, honey and salt. Pour into individual molds and set in pan of water. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and chill in fridge.

Honey can be used to heal wounds, as it has been pro ven to be an effective disinfectant.

Honey is a natural wonder. One of my favorites is to butter a piece of toast and add honey.

Look for my email which will tell you all the wonders and uses of this great gift called......honey!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 36

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 36

President J. Ruben Clark, Jr. 1946 – May God give us the strength to stand in these times of stress and trial and crisis. May he give us the wisdom and the inspiration to put hate out of our hearts, a hate that is consuming us. May he give us the power as a people so to bring our influence to bear that men, mankind, may be saved, I humbly pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Soup

Extra Item Purchase 2 Months of Laundry Soap

Family Prep: Make sure you keep enough food and water in you car for 72 hours. The food should be something that won't spoil with heat or cold, such as emergency food bars. Keep enough for the amount of people who normally travel in your vehicle.

Spiritual Preparedness: Take time to really review to you what it means to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. Put some serious study, prayer, and thought into this. Discuss with your family and be willing to make the changes where needed.

Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups buttermilk ¼ cup oil
4 eggs ¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder

Buttermilk Waffles
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda
2 eggs, separated 2 Tbs. honey
¼ cup melted butter or oil
2 cups buttermilk
Sift together dry ingredients. Combine egg yolks, honey, butter
or oil, and buttermilk in another bowl. Add to dry ingredients
and mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry, and then
fold into batter. Cook on waffle iron. Makes 4 to 6 waffles.

2 c. hot water 1 ½ c. dry milk powder
3 T. fresh lemon juice or white vinegar

Blend water and dry milk and pour into saucepan (foam and
all). Sprinkle lemon juice or vinegar slowly around edges and
gently stir over medium heat just until milk begins to curdle,
separating into curds and whey.

Remove from heat and let rest 1 minute. Pour into a strainer or
colander, rinse with hot then cold water. Press out water with
back of spoon. Makes about 1 ½ c. curds. If desired, moisten
rinsed curds with a little buttermilk before serving and add salt
to taste. Refrigerate if not used immediately. Whey from fresh
milk powder can be used in place of water in breads and soups.