Monday, March 30, 2009

week 13

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 13

Some have said, "We have followed this counsel in the past and have never had need to use our year's supply, so we have difficulty keeping this in mind as a major priority." Perhaps following this counsel could be the reason why they have not needed to use their reserve (Ensign, May 1986). President Faust

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of fruit

Extra Item Purchase 8 rolls of Toilet Paper

72 Hour Kit Small set of scriptures, emergency blanket, small radio, earplugs, safety glasses, electrical tape, flashlight, needle and thread, garbage bags, extra set of all keys.

Family Preparation Plan and carry out a family home evening on preparedness. Make sure that your will is current. Every adult should have a will.

Spiritual Preparedness Be more aware this week of what you do, and try in everything to live your life as an example of your faith.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
4 c water 1 c powder cheese
1 tsp parsley ¼ tsp dry mustard
2 c potato slices (can be dehydrated)
1 c cubed ham or 1 can ham
In 4 quart casserole dish, mix all ingredients. Bake uncovered at 350 for 45 – 60 minutes. Variation: Bring to boil in pan, simmer for 3 minutes with lid on. Put in wonder cooker for 3 – 4 hours.

Peanut Butter Pasta
10 oz rotini or other spiral pasta ½ c peanut butter
¾ c water or veg stock 3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vinegar 1 tbsp honey
½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp chili powder
1 ½ cups frozen peas, thawed
chili oil or tabasco sauce optional
Cook pasta. Combine all other ingredients in blender except peas. Process until smooth. Toss peas into cooked drained warm pasta. Add sauce and toss well. Serve warm, or cold as a salad.

Ice Cream in a Bag
½ c milk 1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp vanilla pinch salt
3 c crushed ice 6 tbsp rock (pickling) salt
Put ice and rock salt in gallon freezer bag. Combine rest of ingredients in a quart size bag. Put quart bag in big bag and squish 5 minutes.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

52 weeks Week 12


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 12

To obey! To hearken! What a difficult requirement! Often we hear: "nobody can tell me what clothes to wear, what I shall eat or drink. No one can outline my Sabbaths, appropriate my earnings, nor in any way limit my personal freedoms! I do as I please! I give no blind obedience!" Blind obedience! How little they understand! The Lord said through Joseph Smith: "Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof until long after the events transpire." Spencer W. Kimball

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 30 lbs. wheat

Extra Item Purchase 11 lbs. Macaroni or other pasta

72 Hour Kit Non Prescription Drugs- Place in Zip Lock bags. Children's Aspirin, Vitamins, Laxative, Anti-diarrhea, Aloe Vera, Head Ache Relief, Bug Repellant, Cold Remedies, etc.

Family Preparation Place a picture of our Prophet or the First Presidency in a prominent place in our homes.

Spiritual Preparedness Make peace with someone who has wronged you or you them. Forgiveness is the key.

Where Do I Get the Money for Food Storage?

Here are seven suggestions from Vaughn J. Featherstone on how to build up your food storage:

1. Decide as a family this year that 25 or 50 percent of your Christmas will be spent on a year's supply. Many families in the Church spend considerable sums of money for Christmas. Half or part of these Christmas monies will go a long way toward purchasing the basics. I recall the Scotsman who went to the doctor and had an X-ray taken of his chest. Then he had the X-ray gift-wrapped and gave it to his wife for their anniversary. He couldn't afford a gift, but he wanted her to know his heart was in the right place. Brethren, give your wife a year's supply of wheat for Christmas, and she'll know your heart is in the right place.

2. When you desire new clothes, don't buy them. Repair and mend and make your present wardrobe last a few months longer. Use that money for the food basics. Make all of your nonfood necessities that you feasibly can, such as furniture and clothing.

3. Cut the amount of money you spend on recreation by 50 percent. Do fun things that do not require money outlay but make more lasting impressions on your children.

4. Decide as a family that there will be no vacation or holiday next year unless you have your year's supply. Many Church members could buy a full year's supply of the basics from what they would save by not taking a vacation. Take the vacation time and work on a family garden. Be together, and it can be just as much fun.

5. If you haven't a year's supply yet and you do have boats, snowmobiles, campers, or other luxury possessions, sell or trade one or two or more of them and get your year's supply.

6. Watch advertised specials in the grocery stores and pick up extra supplies of those items that are of exceptional value.

7. Change the mix in your family's diet. Get your protein from sources less expensive than meat. The grocery bill is one bill that can be cut. Every time you enter the store and feel tempted by effective and honest merchandising to buy cookies, candy, ice cream, non-food items, or magazines—don't! Think carefully; buy only the essentials. Then figure what you have saved and spend it on powdered milk, sugar, honey, salt, or grain. ("Food Storage," Ensign, May 1976, 116)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Week 11

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 11

"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."Heber C. Kimball 1859

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase Fruit Drink to make 30 quarts

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

72 Hour Kit First Aid Kit: Place in Zip Lock Bag- exam gloves, 1 triangle bandage, hand sanitizer, scissors, penlight, roll of gauze, burn cream, 6 band-aid, 1 ace bandage, antibiotic ointment, 4 butterfly closures, 6 alcohol swabs

Family Preparation Check all windows around the house an make sure they can be used as an emergency exit. Teach all family members how to open them. Give permission to break glass if necessary.

Spiritual Preparedness Through simple service, bless the live of another, perhaps with a note or a phone call.

Lentil Shepherds Pie
2 carrots, sliced 2 onions, chopped
1 ½ tsp oregano
½ lb lentils or ¼ lb lentils and ¼ lb brown rice
1 cup cooked wheat ¾ pint water
2 cans 14 oz tomatoes 2 oz mushrooms sliced
2 vegetable stock cubes pepper
mashed potatoes

Fry onions, garlic, carrots, and mushrooms with the herbs. Add the
lentils and rice. Fry. Add the wheat, tomatoes and water. Fry for
30 – 45 minutes until lentils are soft. Add stock cubes and pepper
to taste. Make into a pie with mashed potato topping and brown
under broiler. This can also be served as a stew without the potato

Quick Veggie Shepherds Pie
2 or 3 leeks, chopped into rounds
¼ lb mushrooms, sliced 1 15 oz can baked beans
1 cup cooked wheat 2 tsp basil
½ tsp oregano 2 garlic cloves, crushed
salt and pepper to taste mashed potatoes
grated cheese for topping paprika

Fry the leeks with the mushrooms, herbs and garlic for a few
minutes until soft, but leeks are still squeaky when tasted. Add
wheat, beans, and heat through. Make into a pie, topped with mashed
potatoes. Top pie with a little grated cheese and paprika. Brown
under broiler.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 10

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 10

"Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, home teaching, control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures – each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to our store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions, marriage in the covenant for eternity – these, too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can at midnight refuel our exhausted lamps." Spencer W. Kimball

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Soup

Extra Item Purchase 2 Months of Laundry Soap

72 Hour Kit Individual Needs: Medications, extra pair of glasses and sunglasses, hearing aid batteries, etc. If some items can't be placed in your kit, keep them ready to grab. Adjust your 72 hr. kit for children and the elderly with their special needs.

Family Preparation Fill out personal information sheets for each family member. Keep it handy. Make three copies: Home, Car, 72 Hr Kit

Spiritual Preparedness Commit to reading at least one ensign article each week. How does it apply to you and your family.

Delicious Vegetable Curry
1 can garbanzo beans (or other type) rinsed and drained
1 onion finely chopped
2 large potatoes chopped into ¾ inch pieces
3 carrots sliced
1 can baby peas
1 large can roma tomatoes (or other)
1 tbsp curry paste
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Heat oil in a fry pan and add onion. Cook on medium heat until onions are clear. Add curry paste and cook for another minute. Add all vegetables. When the potatoes are cooked, this is ready to serve. This is nice served with rice and Cucumber Raita.

Cucumber Raita
2 slicing cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and grated or chopped
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 tsp chopped fresh mint leaves
¼ tsp ground cumin
Combine all ingredients and serve with your favorite curry as a condiment.
Chicken Spaghetti
1 lb spaghetti
1 can cream chicken soup
1 can nacho cheese or cheddar soup
1 can tomato soup
1 can chicken (like tuna can)
Cook and drain spaghetti and return to large pot. Add canned ingredients, warm and serve.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 9

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 9

George Q. Cannon, Nov 1891, "It seems scarcely possible, in so fruitful a land as America that there should be famine; yet we have good reason to believe that sooner or later even this country, now so bountifully supplied with every product of nature, may be visited by famine; and we should not waste the bounties of the earth because of their abundance and their cheapness. We should garner our grains and fruits of the earth and preserve them so that we may have on hand sufficient to meet our wants should crops fail for one or more seasons. This is true prudence on our part and should be acted upon by every wise man and woman in this country, especially those who have faith in the predictions of God's servants."

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of meat (tuna, chicken, beef, etc.)

Extra Item Purchase 8 rolls of toilet paper

72 Hour Kit Place a set of scriptures in a Ziploc bag and add to your 72 hour kit. For small children add family photos and a favorite book
Family Preparation Provide a first-aid kit, a small bottle of consecrated oil, and scriptures for each car you own.

Spiritual Preparedness Memorize a verse of "Count Your Many Blessings" and contemplate the ways the Lord has blessed your life.

Tropical Fruit Salsa
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
1 can mandarin oranges drained and chopped
1 can mangoes, drained and chopped
1 can sliced jalapenos, drained and chopped (6 tbsp)
2 tbsp dried onion

Combine all ingredients and chill several hours. Serve with wheat crackers or tortilla chips or as topping for chicken, tuna, or bean patties. Makes about 3 ½ cups.

Three Bean Salad or Tropical Three Bean Salad
1 can black beans rinsed (1 ¾ cup) cooked
1 can kidney beans rinsed (1 ¾ cup)
1 can pinto beans rinsed (1 ¾ cup)
1 cup picante sauce
2 tbsp dried onion
1 can whole corn drained

Mix together beans, picante sauce, onion, and corn. Chill before serving. Serves 6 – 8 for main dish. You can substitute the picante sauce for the tropical salsa listed above for a great salad also.