Sunday, February 22, 2009

52 weeks week 8

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 8

"Get a notebook, my young folks, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." Spencer W. Kimball

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 30 lbs. Wheat

Extra Item Purchase 30 lbs. beans

72 Hour Kit Personal Hygiene Kit: shampoo, soap, chap stick, lotion, razor, nail clipper, comb, toothbrush & paste, handy wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, tissues, feminine items, hand towel. Place in a gallon Zip Lock bag.

Family Preparation Provide a two week supply of fuel for a safe alternative heat source for your home. This could be your fireplace, wood stove, or a propane space heater. Have at least one carbon monoxide detector.
Spiritual Preparedness Get a journal and start to record things in it for your posterity.


1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Combine the first three ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining four ingredients. Combine the two mixtures; stir until the dough forms a ball. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes, adding extra flour if dough is too sticky to handle. Divide dough in half. On ungreased cookie sheets, roll each half into a 10x12-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with salt and cut into 64 crackers (8 to a side). Bake at 350O for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on the pans; remove and store in a loosely covered container. Makes 128 crackers.


1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
3/4 cup diced celery
3/4 cup dry soup mix
2 cups potatoes cubed
1 tbsp. sugar
3 medium carrots diced
2 cups tomato juice
2 tbsp. minced parsley
1 1/2 qts. water
1 bay leaf
1/8 -1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1-3 tsp. worchestershire sauce
2 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
Brown hamburger. Mix all ingredients and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Week 7 of 52 weeks

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 7

President Ezra Taft Benson: "Concerning clothing, we should anticipate future needs, such as extra work clothes and clothes that would supply warmth during winter months when there may be shortages or lack of heating fuel. Leather and bolts of cloth could be stored, particularly for families with younger children who will outgrow and perhaps outwear their present clothes. (He then quoted Wilford Woodruff) "The day will come.....when, as we have been told, we shall all see the necessity of making our own shoes and clothing and raising our own food."

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 6 lbs. Jam

Extra Item Purchase 20 lbs. Oats

72 Hour Kit Flashlight and AM/FM radio with extra batteries

Family Preparation Take a few minutes to plan what your family will plant in your garden this year. Plan to attend the gardening class this coming Thursday.

Spiritual Preparedness Memorize at least one verse of hymn #131, More Holiness Give Me. Every time you need a spiritual boost this week, sing it.

Bacon Ranch Pasta
1 lb shell noodles or other noodles
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup bacon TVP (bacon bits)
¼ cup milk (can use made powdered milk)
Cook noodles until done and drain and rinse well. Combine
mayonnaise, dressing mix, TVP and milk and let set while
noodles are cooking. Combine, stir and serve cool.
Real bacon can be substituted. Home made ranch dressing
mix can be used.

Ranch Dressing Mix
½ cup dry milk, instant or ¼ cup non instant
1 tbsp dried parsley crushed
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp onion flakes crushed
1 tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp ground pepper
Blend all ingredients in blender. Combine 1 tbsp with 1 cup mayonnaise and ¾ cup water. Or use1 tbsp in any recipe calling for 1 pkg of ranch dressing mix.

Dad's Cookies
2 cups fine oatmeal (can run through blender)
3 tsp soda 2 eggs
1 tsp ginger 1 tsp allspice
½ cup corn syrup (can use homemade substitute)
1 c flour 1 ½ c sugar
1 c fine coconut 2 tsp cinnamon
1 c margarine
Mix dry ingredients. Mix syrup and egg. Mix everything together.
Roll in balls, bake at 400 until brown.....10 min or so.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Week 6

Sorry for missing the last couple of weeks, life has been a bit crazy! But here goes.....

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 6

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge of the Week:

Brethren, learn. You have learned a good deal, it is true; but learn more; learn to sustain yourselves; lay up grain and flour, and save it against a day of scarcity. Sisters, do not ask your husbands to sell the last bushel of grain you have to buy something for you out of the stores, but aid your husbands in storing it up against a day of want, and always have a year's, or two, provision on hand. (discourses of Brigham Young. p. 293)

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Vegetables

Extra Item Purchase 30 lbs. Rice Health Benefits of Rice

72 Hour Kit Food for 72 hours: non-perishable and easy to prepare

Family Preparation Make sure your house number is large and visible for Emergency Responders to see easily.

Make sure all family members know their address and directions to get there.

Spiritual Preparedness Read Ether 12:6 and consider one area in life where you can increase your faith.

Educational Preparedness Statistics show that 1 in 5 adults cannot read fluently. Creating a study space in your home will actually help you remember better the things that you read and study. Create your study space wherever it makes the most sense, and equip it with the things you need to facilitate learning:books, pencils, paper, etc. Maybe reading in a window seat helps you remember more, or sitting in a porch swing. Do you need total silence? Or do you prefer a noisy center? Learning and studying can happen anywhere, but be creative to what you have available, and what works best for you.

Physical Preparedness One of the very best things that you can do for yourself, is to get healthy. Most of us could stand to lose a few pounds, and in so doing we would be much healthier. Spring is upon us and walking is free!! It is good for the body and the soul. It is GREAT for the heart both physically and emotionally. The Walking Site is a great place to get info on walking. Go for a walk, and make it a goal to walk at least three times a week. You will be amazed at how much healthier you will feel in no time at all. Heavenly Father needs us to be healthy, in all ways to be His hands.

Emotional Preparedness Stress.....we all feel it. We all have it. It affects all of us at some point. Here is a couple of great sites that have excellent information that we can all use.
n Mental Health Association Kids Health and Stress

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Week 5

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 5

David O. McKay "To be alive only to appetite, pleasure, pride, moneymaking,
and not to goodness and kindness, purity and love, poetry,
music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hopes, is to deprive one's self of
the real joy of living."
Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:
Food Storage Purchase
8 Cans of Fruit
Extra Item Purchase
8 Rolls of toilet paper (1 per week)
72 Hour Kit
Outer gear- correct for the season. Winter
coat, rain gear, hat and gloves per person.

Family Preparation Pick two meeting places: Have A Plan!
1. A place near your home in
case of fire.
2. A place outside your
neighborhood in case you
cannot return home after a
Choose an OUT OF AREA friend as a "Check in Contact" for
everyone to call.
Spiritual Preparedness
Prepare at least one family name for
temple work.

Homemade Granola
4 cups of large flake oatmeal (non instant)
1 cup raw sesame seeds
½ cup of raw sunflower seeds
1 cup of wheat germ
½ cup of coconut
½ cup of cooking oil
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup of brown sugar
½ tsp salt
Pumpkin seeds, pecans or whatever your heart desires can be
added to this mixture. Mix everything together in a big bowl.
Bake on a cookie sheet at 300 for 15 minutes. Store in a
covered container.
Tuna Bake
1 cup ground gluten (can be omitted)
1 can flaked tuna
1 cup macaroni
½ cup green pepper chopped
3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp flour
1 ¼ cups milk
1 can cream something soup
2 tbsp onion chopped
Cook macaroni until tender. Drain and set aside. Cook onions
and green pepper in hot oil until tender. Blend in flour. Stir in
milk and cook until thick. Add soup, macaroni and remaining
ingredients. Pour into greased 1 ½ quart casserole. Bake at
350 for 30 min. The gluten can be used with or instead of tuna.
If using dehydrated gluten then rehydrate it first.