Tuesday, July 28, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 28

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 28
The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God on the earth will be combined together at Christ's coming – and that time is not far distant. How I wish we could get the vision of this work, the genius of it, and realize the nearness of that great event. I am sure it would have a sobering effect upon us if we realized what is before us. Gordon B. Hinckley – 1992 October
Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:
Food Storage Purchase:  8 Cans of Soup
Extra Item Purchase:      2 Months of Laundry Soap
Family Gear Box:      1 Tall candle, light stick, lantern flash    light, and batteries (AA, AAA, Ds)
Family Preparation: Pick your smallest debt and make an effort to pay it off. Apply any spare dollars to this goal. When it's paid off apply its amount towards paying off the next debt. Continue until the Prophet's council to become debt free is accomplished.
Spiritual Preparedness:  Prepare your family spiritually by making sure your Church Magazine subscriptions are up to date. Set a goal to read again all the conference talks.
Johnny Cake
Oil Cooking Spray 1 cup flour
¾ cup yellow cornmeal 1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder ¾ tsp salt
1 egg 1 cup milk
2 – 3 tbsp butter melted
Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray a square 8 inch baking pan with oil and set aside. Mix all dry ingredients together. Whisk together wet ingredients in another bowl. Combine together with dry ingredients with a few strokes just until mixed, and transfer to greased pan. Bake until golden brown about 20 – 25 minutes. Serve with hot soup, chili, stew, etc.
Lentil Soup
1 ½ cup lentils rinsed 8 cups water
3 – 4 tbsp cooking oil 1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic peeled 2 carrots sliced
1 rib celery sliced salt and pepper
¼ cup beef bouillon
other vegetables as desire
Saute onion, garlic and celery in cooking oil for 2 – 3 minutes soft. Place all ingredients into large cooking pot and bring to boil and boil gently
for about 45 minutes until lentils and vegetables are tender. You can scoop out a good ladle full of this soup and blend it, then return to soup to
give a creamy thickened texture. Add salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot with Johnny Cake or your favorite cornbread recipe.
FYI: Corn is the second most plentiful cereal grown on earth for human consumption. The husks are used for making tamales, the kernels for food, the stalks for cattle,
the silks for medicinal tea. You can fry in corn oil, bake with corn meal, snack on popcorn, sweeten with corn syrup, thicken with cornstarch, and much more. One cup
white corn has about 130 calories, 2 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, 29 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of fibre with no cholesterol. It is rich in antioxidants lutein and
zeaxanthin, and high in linoleic acid, and vitamin E.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 27

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 27

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Thus what I have said is not said to alarm at all, but, rather, so that we might be noticing
and preparing. Ensign, May 1988

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase     8 Cans of Meat

Extra Item Purchase 
          8 Rolls of Toilet Paper
Family Gear Box                 Cooking Supplies: Camp stove or single burner with fuel. Spoon, spatula, multi use pan, pot                                                     holders.
Family Preparation             Change the smoke detector batteries. Vacuum out any dirt or dust and test them.
Spiritual Preparedness       Read the Proclamation on the family. Commit at least one paragraph to memory


Serves 4 - 6
1 lb. ground beef Or 1 (15 oz can ground beef )
dash of pepper
½ tsp. sweet basil
5 slices bacon, diced
1 tsp. garlic salt
½ Cup chopped onion
1 can crm mushroom soup
½ tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1 Cup cottage cheese
Hot, buttered noodles
In skillet, brown ground beef with bacon (if using canned ground beef, simply heat with bacon). Add onion (rehydrated dried onion may be used, reconstituting to fresh equivalent, but add when you begin to heat with bacon) and cook until tender but not brown. Drain off excess fat. Add salt, basil, paprika, garlic and pepper. Stir in soup and cook slowly, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Blend cottage cheese in blender until smooth. Stir into stroganoff sauce and heat, but do not boil. Serve meat sauce over hot, buttered noodles.


Makes 1 Cup Broth and 2 Cups Potatoes
1 tsp. Chicken Soup Base
3/4 Cup dry Potato Pearls
1 tsp. dried onion
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
3 Tbsp. flour
2 oz. Chicken (1/4 cup)
3 Cups water, divided
Cook soup base, chicken, onions, salt and pepper in 1 cup of water. Thicken with as much flour as needed. Boil the other 2 cups of water and stir in the Potato Pearls. Make a "bowl" of the mashed potatoes and spoon broth mixture into it. Increase the recipe according to number of persons to be served. Enjoy

Monday, July 13, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 26

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 26

"How often do Church members arise early in the morning to do the will of the Lord? How often do we say, 'Yes, I will have home evening with my family, but the children are so young now; I will start when they are older'? How often do we say, 'Yes, I will obey the commandment to store food and to help others, but just now I have neither the time nor the money to spare; I will obey later'? Oh, foolish people! While we procrastinate, the harvest will be over and we will not be saved. Now is the time to follow Abraham's example; now is the time to repent; now is the time for prompt obedience to God's will."

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 5 qts. Cooking oil in smaller containers. A large one might go rancid before you use it all.

Extra Item Purchase     2 qts. Peanut Butter

Family Gear Box Kitchen supplies: paper plates, bowls, cups, serving and eating utensils, paper towels, dish soap, water purification

Family Preparation     This would be a good time to back up all the important information on your computers. Make copies, and keep in a safe, or keep one at an alternate location besides than your home, should fire or something happen.

Spiritual Preparedness Read D&C 59:9 How might you become more unspotted from the world?

Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 C vegetable oil 1 C brown sugar or honey
1/2 C peanut butter 1 egg, beaten
1 T sour cream 1 tsp soda
1 1/2 C whole-wheat flour
Cream oil and honey or sugar. Add peanut butter, egg and mix well. Add sour cream, soda & flour and beat well. Form into balls, the size of marbles and place on greased cooking sheet. Press with a fork. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes.

Peanut Butter Crackle Balls

3/4 Cup powdered sugar 1 Cup peanut butter
½ Cup dry milk powder ½ cup butter or margarine
1 ½ Cup Rice Krispies

Mix powdered sugar and dry milk powder thoroughly. Add peanut butter and melted butter or margarine. Stir in Rice Krispies. Form into walnut-sized pieces. For an added treat, dip in chocolate.

Peanut Butter Bites

Spread peanut butter on a Cheese Nips cracker. Top with another cracker, making a sandwich. Dip into melted chocolate Slide coated sandwich onto wax paper and let harden.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 25

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 25

The greatest events that have been spoken of by all the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequences 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.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Tomato Sauce.

Extra Item Purchase 8 Rolls of Toilet Paper

Family Gear Box This is a large container that holds heaver more specialized items that will make life easier in an emergency. These items are more suited for a mandatory evacuation. This week find the container (trashcan with wheels?)

Family Preparation Swimming is a great exercise for the whole family. If you don't swim then maybe you can take
lessons. Take time and run through the sprinkler. What ever you decide to do have fun and enjoy the kids or grandkids.

Spiritual Preparedness Think of one trait you admired about President Monson. Consider how you might incorporate that quality in your own life.


¾ c. seedless raisins 3 cups boiling water
½ c. brown sugar 1 c. brown sugar
½ c. milk 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 c. enriched flour 2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon butter or margarine
Soak raisins 5 minutes; drain. Combine sugar and milk; add dry
ingredients, raisins, and 2 teaspoons butter. Combine remaining ingredients; heat boiling; and cook for 5 minutes. Pour into greased 8x 12-inch baking pan and drop batter from spoon over hot sauce. Bake (350ยบ) 30 minutes. Serve warm.
Tip: This is something like a cake in a caramel sauce. It is very good – kids will like it. It is best right out of the oven. If you prefer, it can be made without raisins, or use dates or chopped apple instead. Boil the sugar mixture while soaking raisins, greasing the pan and preparing ingredients. Don't mix batter until about 1 minute of boiling time is left or the baking powder will start working, leaving the batter flat in the pan. For extra cake increase batter by ½ .


Pop 1 C. popcorn kernels and set aside

Combine and cook to the softball stage:
½ C. corn syrup ¼ C. water
1 C. brown sugar ½ C. whey powder or powder milk
½ C. margarine or (½ C. margarine powder, 1 T. water, and 1 T. oil)

Remove from heat and add:
1 tsp. vanilla ¼ tsp. baking soda
Pour over the cooked popcorn and stir until coated.