Sunday, June 28, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 24

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 24
In short, we are to learn the will of the Lord and do it. We are to
follow the model of Jesus Christ and be like Him......The
essential question of life should be the same one posed by Paul:
"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" (
Acts 9:6.) President
Benson 1988

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:
Food Storage Purchase
    2 lbs. Bouillon Cubes or powder.
Extra Item Purchase        
30 lbs. Beans
Flu Kit
                                Your Basic flu kit is complete. Modify
it, personalize it. Add to it what you think your family will need,
medications, more gloves, more masks, and get it finished this week.
Give a big sigh and pat on the back.

Family Preparation
            Have a practice disaster with family
members. Make it real and don't tell anyone in advance. See if your
evacuation plan works, can individuals work the windows to exit
from them? How long does it take?  What do you need to change?

Spiritual Preparedness   
Read the March 2008 Ensign- The
special issue about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grinding Beans into Flour
When added to boiling water, bean flour thickens in only one
minute, and in three minutes is ready to eat. Bean Flours added
to baked goods increase vitamins and minerals and provide a
source of complete protein.
Bean flours store well and are great to have on hand for
"instant" soups, sauces, dips, and gravies. You can add bean
flour to almost anything you bake. They can be stored at room
temperature, but by refrigerating or freezing the flour, more
nutrients are retained.
You can grind beans in almost any grinder. Mills with
grinding stones cannot, however, grind soybeans, and must be
cleaned after each 2 cups of beans. You can do this by grinding
one cup of hard wheat after grinding the beans.
Pinto Bean Dip
½ med. Onion, minced
½ t cumin
1 T beef bouillon
½ t chili powder
½ t garlic powder
½ t salt
¼ cup picante sauce
2 cups cooked mashed beans
Mix and heat thoroughly. Add 1 cup grated cheese, if
desired. Serve hot, topped with chopped green onions and
Quick and EZ Burritos
¼ cup each black bean flour, pinto bean flour, kidney bean flour
¼ t cumin
½ t chili powder
2 ½ cup warm water
¾ t salt
½ c picante sauce
Whisk dry ingredients into warm water in a medium
saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir until
mixture boils, then reduce heat and cover pan. Cook an
additional four minutes, stirring once. Remove from heat. Add
Picante Sauce. Spoon into tortillas and eat as burritos. Can be
used as a bean dip as well.

Monday, June 22, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 23

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
                        Week 23
We speak not by way of alarm but by way of gentle counsel. Let us go back to the basics and follow the fundamentals. Thus we will experience a spiritual resurgence in our lives which will help us through these tempestuous times. Ensign, May 1981 President Kimball
Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase    
Fruit Drink mix to make 30 qts.
Extra Item Purchase        
20 lbs. Oats
Flu Kit                                
Disposable gloves (1 box per person), Vicks or eucalyptus oil for vaporizers, petroleum jelly for                                             skin care
Family Preparation
Have an evacuation plan for leaving home in the event of a fire. Discuss with you family what should be gathered quickly by each member and make assignments. Post this list where everyone can find it.
Spiritual Preparedness
Read Alma 37:35. Strive to teach your children to keep the commandments of God

Serves 8 to 10
1 lb. hamburger
1 Cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can sliced ripe olives (optional)
1 (15 oz) can tomatoes
1 tsp. salt , dash of pepper
1 (12 oz) can corn, drained
1 ½ Cups sharp cheese, grated
1 Tbsp. sugar
½ Cup yellow corn meal
2 - 3 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. butter
1 ½ Cups cold milk
½ tsp. salt
Brown the ground beef, green pepper, onion and garlic together. Drain the fat and add tomatoes, tomato paste, corn, olives, sugar, salt, chili powder, and pepper. Simmer 20 minutes until thick. Add cheese and stir until melted. Pour into 9x13-inch baking dish.  Make corn meal topping by heating milk in double boiler; add salt and slowly stir in corn meal. Cook and stir until thick (about 20 minutes), add butter and spread over top of meat mixture. Bake at 375' F. for 40 minutes.
Serves 20 - 25
6 Quarts water
1 (10 oz) can condensed tomato souop
2 Cups dry soup mix
2 lbs. frozen hash browns
1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can tomatoes
2 lbs. ground beef
6-7 (9-inch) unbaked pie shells 
If desired add left over vegetables, frozen carrots, corn, etc. Fry hamburger (if using fresh ground beef, or warm if using canned ground beef) until well done and break into tiny pieces. Add to above ingredients, place in unbaked pastry pie shells. Add top crust and seal edges well. Bake in oven at 450'F. for 25 minutes or cover with foil and freeze for future baking.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 22

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 22

Everyone who owns a home recognizes the need for fire insurance. We hope and pray that there will never be a fire. Nevertheless, we pay for insurance to cover such a catastrophe, should it occur. We ought to do the same with reference to family welfare. President Hinckley, Nov Ensign 2002

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Vegetables

Extra Item Purchase 30 lbs. Rice

Flu Kit Masks (make sure you have enough for your family), baby wipes, and kleenex

Family Preparation Now that you have a plan for saving, set a plan for reducing your debt. Pick one debt and work to get rid of it, then move on to another one

Spiritual Preparedness Read "Life's lesson Learned" by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, p. 45 May Ensign.


Dried apples are an excellent snack right out of the can.
To reconstitute them, use equal parts of Dried Apples to boiling water. For example:
2 Cups dried apples 2 Cups boiling water
Let this stand at least 5 minutes. If you put this mixture through the blender, you will have applesauce. For variety, you may add 3 Tbsp. Cinnamon Heart Candy (or "Red Hots") to the mixture before you let it stand, or try some cinnamon and sugar mix in it.

6 peeled apples ½ Cup packed brown sugar
½ Cup sugar 1 Cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp. water ½ tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter Or margarine ½ Cup chopped nuts,
1 tsp. grated lemon peel optional
Slice 6 peeled apples (or you may use the equivalent dried apple slices reconstituted) and spread in greased 8x8 inch baking pan. Sprinkle water and ½ cup sugar onto apples. Mix the remaining ingredients and spread over apples. Bake at 350' F. for 45 minutes or until tender. Serve warm or cold. You may top with ice cream or whipped cream. You may also substitute hydrated dried apples, but cut down baking time 10 minutes.

Pour 2 Cups boiling water over 4 Cups dried apples. Let stand 5 min.
TOPPING: Mix the following ingredients well.
½ Cup flour 1/4 Cup oatmeal
½ tsp. cinnamon 1/4 Cup brown sugar firmly packed
Then cut in 1/4 Cup butter. Place the apples and liquid remaining in a greased 9x9-inch pan. Sprinkle topping over the apples. Bake at 350' F. for 55 minutes.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 21

 52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 21

"There is no person who knows the real purpose for which this welfare program is being instituted but hardly before sufficient preparation has been made the real purpose will be revealed and when that time comes it will challenge every resource of the church to meet it." -Harold B. Lee
Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:
Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Fruit
Extra Item Purchase 8 Rolls of Toilet Paper
Flu Kit Pain relief medications, cough and cold medications, bleach
Family Preparation Make a goal to have at least 3 months wages in savings. Sit down and make a plan for this to happen.
Spiritual Preparedness Read Mosiah 4: 6-12. Trust in the Lord and turn to him for guidance.

Rhubarb Cake

1 ½ cups brown sugar ½ cup butter
2 eggs 1 cup sour milk – add 2 tbsp vinegar or lemon into milk
1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt
2 ¼ cup flour 1 tsp vanilla
2 cups rhubarb
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Bake in a 9 x 13 greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
Serve with ice cream! Add raspberries or blueberries to replace some or all of the rhubarb. The will combine nicely together for a great dessert!

Rhubarb Crumble

½ cup melted butter ½ cup flour
1 ½ cups rolled oats 1 ½ tbsp flour
2/3 cup brown sugar 3 cups raw rhubarb
½ cup sugar

Combine melted butter, rolled oats, first amount of flour and brown sugar. Firmly press ¾ mixture into a 9 inch baking dish. Cover with rhubarb. Combine sugar and second amount of flour. Sprinkle over rhubarb. Cover with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

52 weeks, week 20

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 20

Peace does not come to the transgressor of law; peace comes by obedience to law, and it is that message which Jesus would have us portray among men. Peace is to the individual that he may be at peace with his God, perfect harmony existing between himself and law, the righteous laws to which he is subject and from which he can never escape. David O. McKay 1961

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 30lbs. Wheat or Flour

Extra Item Purchase 11 lbs. of Macaroni or Spaghetti

Flu Kit Thermometers, oral rehydration supplies like gatorade powder or other homemade solutions, antibacterial wipes and clorox wipes
Family Preparation Secure important documents in a fireproof safe or scan onto a disc and have a friend or relative store it for you.

Spiritual Preparedness Read D&C 38: 24-27. Strive to become united with those in your ward and community.

Surprise Chocolate Cake
2/3 c dry lentils 2 squares baking chocolate
2 c boiling water 2 c flour
1 ½ c sugar 1 tsp baking soda
1 c oil 2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs ½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Rinse, drain, and cook lentils and water for 40 minutes. Drain again and reserve liquid. Puree the lentils and ¼ c liquid. In bowl combine sugar, eggs, and oil. Add vanilla and 1 ¾ c lentil puree. Mix well. Melt chocolate and add to mixture. Add flour, soda, baking powder and salt, to mixture and blend completely. Pour into greased and floured 9x12 pan. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Frost when cool.

Lentil and Apple Muffins
½ c dry lentils rinse and drain
1 egg ½ c oil
1 c milk 1 c canned apple pie filling
¾ c ww flour ¾ c white flour
1/3 c brown sugar 2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt ¼ tsp allspice
¼ tsp nutmeg
Cover lentils with water and boil for about 40 minutes until tender. Drain and puree in food processor. Preheat oven to 400. Line muffin tins with paper baking cups. Cut any large pieces of pie filling into small pieces. In large bow, beat egg. Stir in oil and milk. Add 1 cup of the puree and the pie filling. In a separate bowl combine flours, sugar, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice and nutmeg. Stir dry mixture into puree just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Makes 8 – 10 muffins.