Sunday, January 25, 2009

Week 4

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 4
The foolish virgins were not averse to buying oil. They knew they
should have oil. They merely procrastinated, not knowing when the
bridegroom would come. The day of the marriage feast approaches.
The coming of the Lord is nigh. And there are many among us who are
not ready for the great and glorious event." Spencer W. Kimball

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:
Food Storage Purchase
30 lbs. Wheat or other grain, such as
pasta, flour, rice, etc

Extra Item Purchase
8 lbs. salt
72 Hour Kit
Flashlight with extra batteries
Family Preparation Fire prevention
: Test smoke detectors
weekly. Change batteries every six months (for example
General Conference time). Date batteries. Smoke detectors
should be on each floor and outside a bedroom door.

Spiritual Preparedness
Make a commitment to study the Gospel
Doctrine lesson to prepare for Sunday School Class

Remember our ward dry pack canning day March 7th.
Make a date of it with your spouse and help your family be a bit
more prepared. Get your orders in as soon as possible!

WheatBerry Chili

2 cups cooked wheat berries
1 lb cooked ground beef
1 large onion chopped
1 large green pepper chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 quart canned tomatoes
4 c beef or other broth
2 cans drained and rinsed kidney beans
1 can green chilies dices
Saute onion and pepper. Add all remaining ingredients in large pot.
Simmer for 1 hour and adjust spices according to tastes.
Pinto Bean Bread
A high protein bread. You can leave out the second rising, but the
bread will be more dense.
2 c warm milk
2 tbsp yeast
2 c pinto beans, mashed well
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil or melted shortening
5 – 6 cups flour
Combine the milk, beans, sugar, salt, shortening, and 2 tbsp of flour.
Stir in the yeast and wait for it to bubble. Stir in 5 – 6 cups flour to
make a kneadable dough. Knead 5 minutes until satiny. Place in a
greased bowl, turning to grease. Let rise till double. Punch down and
let rise again. Punch down and shape into 2 loaves. Place in greased
loaf pans and bake at 350 for 30 – 40 min.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Week Three

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 3

"There is an old wise saying; Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything. Some people are able to get by because of the absence of expense. They have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew, and they save money. They avoid installment buying, and make purchases only after saving enough to pay cash, thus avoiding interest charges. Frugality means to
practice careful economy." - James E. Faust

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 20 lbs. White Sugar or Honey

Extra Item Purchase Enough dish soap to last 3 months

72 Hour Kit 1 change of clothing (pants, shirt, socks,
underwear). Place in Zip Lock Bag

Family Preparation Obtain a family utility box- Action
Packer, cooler with wheels, cardboard box, etc.

Spiritual Preparedness Read Elder Bednar's article in the
September 2007 Ensign; Seek Learning by Faith

Spicy Bean and Rice Casserole
1 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 med onion, chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
1 28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes
1 ½ c cooked beans, black, kidney, pink, pinto
1 can corn
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
¼ c water or tomato juice
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
¾ c shredded mozza cheese
½ c shredded cheddar cheese
dash cayenne pepper

In large skillet, heat oil. Add garlic and onion and saute. Add pepper and cook a few minutes. Add remaining ingred except cheese. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 min or until rice is tender. Uncover, sprinkle cheese on the mix and heat in oven at 350 for 15 minutes until cheese melts.

Double Chocolate Popcorn Balls
½ c sugar ½ c corn syrup
¼ c margarine 2 tbsp cocoa
8 c popcorn 1 c m&m's

Combine sugar, corn syrup, margarine and cocoa in medium saucepan. Bring to a bil. Add popcorn, stirring until evenly coated. Remove from heat. Stir in m&m's. Cool slightly. Shape into 2" balls. Makes 18.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Week 2

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 2
Our emphasis on this subject is not grounds for crisis thinking or

panic. Quite the contrary, personal and family preparedness should be
a way of provident living, an orderly approach to using the resources,
gifts, and talents the Lord shares with us. So the first step is to teach
our people to be self-reliant and independent through proper
preparation for daily life." Victor L. Brown, Ensign, Nov 1976

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge of the Week:
Food Storage Purchase
8 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
Extra Item Purchase
Laundry Soap to last 2 months
72 Hour Kit
Obtain a blanket (wool is preferred) or
sleeping bag per person. Also - sleeping mat

Family Preparation
By your night stand place a pair of gloves, flashlight and shoes in case
of an emergency in the middle of the night.
Spiritual Preparedness
Read John 5:39, Mosiah 1: 7, and Alma 17: 2
Have personal daily Scripture study

Fruit Crisp Dessert

3 cups dried fruit
3 cups boiling water
½ c flour
½ c butter or marg, in small pieces
¾ c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ c reg or quick oats
1 tbsp sugar
Cut dried fruit into small pieces. Cover with boiling water and let stand
for 30 minutes. Butter a 8x8 pan. Make crumb topping by combining
flour, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add oats to mixture.
Combine cornstarch and sugar; sprinkle over reconstituted fruit and
mix well. Place fruit in buttered pan. Cover with crumb topping. Bake
at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly at edges.
Grain and Garden Burgers
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 egg whites or 1 egg
¾ tsp salt
¼ c grated onion
2 tbsp red lentil flour
2 tbsp grated bell pepper
Mix all ingredients together and drop by tbsp onto oil sprayed skillet.
Cover pan and cook over medium low until browned on both sides.
Serve plain, or top with White sauce.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

52 Weeks to Preparedness - Week One

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 1

Our Church Leaders have asked us to make a concerted effort to obtain our year's supply of food and other essentials. Here are suggestions for a 52 week plan to help us all achieve this. Amounts given are for two people. Adjust the quantities you purchase for the number of family members in your home. We are starting with the basics, in all areas, so if you have already done this then focus on another area you are short, or else start on your two year! Don't just do nothing! The items will change weekly, so keep up with us and take the challenge to become Prepared.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge of the Week:

Food Storage Purchase - 8 cans of Tuna

Extra Item Purchase - 8 rolls Toilet Paper (1 roll per week for 2 months)

72 Hour Kit - Obtain a backpack or small suitcase with wheels for each family member

Family Preparation (Choose One)
Store enough water for 72 hours
  1. Preferred water storage – 2 weeks – 14 gallons per person. Also store purifying agents.

Spiritual Preparedness
Read D&C: 137 and 138
Have Church magazines in your home and study the words of the modern day Prophets

Crockpot Breakfast Cobbler
4 medium-sized apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups granola cereal

Place apples in crockpot and mix in remaining ingredients.
Cover and cook on low 7-9 hours (overnight) or on high 2-3 hours. Serve with milk.

Yield: 4 servings
8 Simple Additions to Bean Soups

Like vegetable soups, bean soups are receptive to a wide variety of additions. Try, for example:

1. Scraps of smoked meats, such as ham or bacon (or cook the beans with a ham bone).
2. Precooked vegetables of any type, as long as the flavor does not conflict with that of the soup. Onions, carrots, and celery are almost always appropriate.
3. Any croutons.
4. A teaspoon or more of minced garlic or scallions, added about two minutes before the end of the cooking time.
5. Any spice you like, from jalapenos or other chiles to lots of black pepper to curry powder or other spice mixtures.
6. Diced fresh tomatoes as a garnish.
7. Bean cooking liquid used in place of some or all of the liquid in the soup for a stronger bean flavor.
8. Freshly chopped herbs or quick-cooking greens