Sunday, August 30, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 33

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 33
Ezra Taft Benson – When the economies of nations fail, when famine and other disasters prevent people from buying food in stores, the Saints must be prepared to handle these emergencies.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 6 lbs. Jam

Extra Item Purchase 20 lbs Oats

Family Prep: We are going to start putting together our emergency car kits. So for this week you task is to get a bin, box, or bag of some kind that you will keep in the trunk of each vehicle. Put in this kit one extra pair of clothing. Next week we will start gathering other supplies.

Spiritual Preparedness: Personal Revelation is so important to our obedience to the commandments and to our understanding of the latter days – the time in which we live. Take some time to study this subject by using the dictionary, index and topical guides in the scripture.

Dad's Cookies
2 cups fine oatmeal
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons soda
1½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup fine coconut
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup shortening
½ cup corn syrup
Mix dry ingredients. Add syrup to beaten egg before
mixing everything together. Roll in balls, bake in hot
oven at 400 degrees until brown.

Fry Bread
4 cups flour 1 tablespoon salt
1 cup shortening 1 ½ cups warm water
Stir together the flour and the salt. Cut in shortening. Add warm water to make a soft but not sticky dough. Let rest 15 minutes. Divide into balls about the size of an egg (for Navajo Tacos, I make bigger balls; maybe double the size of an egg). Shape into patties, poking a small hole in the center of each to let steam escape. Deep fry 'til golden on each side. Drain. For Navajo Tacos, serve topped with chili, grated cheese, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, olives, sour cream, guacamole, or whatever you like. These can be served with icing sugar for a snack, or gravy for a bread and gravy.

Monday, August 24, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 32

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 32

The counsel to have a year's supply of basic food, clothing, and commodities was given fifty years ago and has been repeated many times since. Every father and mother are the family's store keepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an a year's supply.....that might keep us from starving in case of emergency. James E. Faust April 1986

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Vegetables

Extra Item Purchase 30 lbs. Rice

Family Prep: Your 72 hr. kit and gear box and flu kits should be completed. You may add to them as you see fit or add items you skipped. We will move on to other things next week.

Spiritual Preparedness: Take time to reflect upon the lessons you have learned from your mother. Think about how you have applied them in your life.

Bean and Rice Soup
1 ¼ cups dried beans – your favorite kind
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
6 ¼ cups water
¾ cup powdered milk
½ tsp salt
taco seasoning
1 cup rice
Rinse and soak beans and cook them until tender. When done drain and set aside.

In large saucepan, add oil and warm over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over warm oil and let sit for one minute. Stir together to make a paste. Let cook for one minute. Add water and powder milk and stir. Add beans, rice and seasonings and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Can be served with corn chips, or corn bread.

Easy Chicken & Rice
2 cups milk (or use powder milk and water equal to)
2 cups uncooked rice
2 cans cream chicken soup
1 tsp salt
1 cup chicken tvp & 1 cup water or 1 can chicken
1 can mixed veggies – optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, combine milk, rice, cream soup, veggies, tvp and water (or chicken) Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Take out of oven and stir. Bake another 30 minutes or until rice is cooked through.
You can add lemon pepper, or pepper flakes, or any spices you may like, eg: onion powder or garlic.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

52 weeks, Week 31

52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 31

Elder Boyd K. Packer – 2005 "If 9/11 was a wake-up call, then the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia, was a kick out of bed. We need to pay attention to the signs of the times.

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 8 Cans of Fruit

Extra Item Purchase 8 Rolls of Toilet paper

Family Gear Box Fire extinguisher

Family Preparation Purchase a water/fire proof safe to protect your important papers, photos, family history and your on hand cash.

Spiritual Preparedness Prayerfully consider the needs and welfare of the families you home teach and visit teach. Ask for inspiration

Message from the First Presidency

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide  or our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to "prepare every needful thing" (see D&C  109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support Bishops as they care for others.

We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve. We realize that some of you may not have the financial resources or space for such storage. Some of you may be prohibited by law from storing large amounts of food. We encourage you to store as  much as circumstances allow.

May the Lord bless you in your home storage efforts.

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sunday, August 9, 2009

52 Weeks, Week 30

5 2 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
Week 30

How on the face of the earth could a man enjoy his religion when he had been told by the Lord how to prepare for a day
of famine, when instead of doing so he had fooled away that which would have sustained him and his family.
George Albert Smith

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase
30 Lbs. Wheat or flour
Extra Item Purchase
8 Lbs Salt
Family Gear Box
Store some of the spices and seasonings that make meals tasty. Add some sugar or honey.
Family Preparation
Review your existing savings plan or start one. No matter what you have already or what your income,
you can save something for the future. Pay tithing first and then pay yourself- even if it's only a little.

Spiritual Preparedness
Evaluate your family scripture study and family prayer. Find your weak points and set a goal to be
more diligent in these areas

Pinto Bean Snack Cake
2 c. well-cooked pinto beans and ¼ c. liquid from cooked beans
½ c. margarine
1 c. sugar
1 egg
2 t. vanilla
1 c. whole-wheat flour
½ c. instant non-fat dry milk
1-½ t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. allspice
2 c. finely chopped peeled apple
½ c. chopped walnuts
Puree beans with liquid until smooth; set aside. Beat margarine with sugar in bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg,
vanilla and bean puree; set aside. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl. Mix half of flour mixture into batter. Add apple,
and walnuts to remaining flour mixture; fold into batter. Coat 9- inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered
sugar if desired. Serves 20
Fruity whole wheat muffins
1 c. flour and ½ c. wheat flour
2 t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
1 beaten egg or 2 T. dried egg + 2 ½ T. water
½ c. milk or ½ C. water + ¼ C. dry milk
½ c. honey
¼ c. oil
½ c. frozen, fresh, or rehydrated fruit
In a miing bowl stir together flours, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center. In another bowl combine egg,
milk, honey, oil. Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Stir just till moistened
. Grease muffin cups or line with paper bake cups. If adding fruit, fold into batter. Bake in a 400° oven for 18 to 20 or till golden. Remove muffins from pans; serve warm.
Makes 12.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

52 Weeks, week 29


52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two

Week 29

I stand before the Church this day and raise the warning voice. It is a prophetic voice, for I shall say only what the apostles and the prophets have spoken concerning our day.....It is a voice calling upon the Lord's people to prepare for the troubles and desolations which are about to be poured upon the world without measure. For the moment, we live in a day of peace and prosperity but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually. Bruce R. McConkie April 1979

Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:

Food Storage Purchase 20 Lbs. Sugar

Extra Item Purchase 3 Months of Dish Soap

Family Gear Box A multi-tool, a basic tool kit, a hammer and various size nails, a saw for cutting wood and one for metal.

Family Preparation Have enough cash on hand to solve emergency situations. Start with $20.00 in ones. Gradually add to it as your budget allows in small bills. This could save your life! Dedicate the funds for emergencies only. Set a goal to have $500.00 or one months pay in cash available.

Spiritual Preparedness Make a goal to go to the temple at least once each month. Attend twice a month when ever possible.

The Ant and the Grasshopper

Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow. All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer's field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.

The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. 'Why do you work so hard, dear ant?' he would say. 'Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labor and toil?'

The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. 'What a silly little ant you are!' he would call after her. 'Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!' And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily.

Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.

The grasshopper didn't feel like singing any more. He was cold and hungry. He had nowhere to shelter from the snow, and nothing to eat. The meadow and the farmer's field were covered in snow, and there was no food to be had. 'Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?' wailed the grasshopper. Suddenly he remembered the ant. 'Ah - I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!' declared the grasshopper, perking up. So off he went to the ant's house and knocked at her door. 'Hello ant!' he cried cheerfully. 'Here I am, to sing for you, as I warm myself by your fire, while you get me some food from that larder of yours!'

The ant looked at the grasshopper and said, 'All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me, and sang and danced. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing, grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!' And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper's face.

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8

It is wise to worry about tomorrow today