Saturday, June 25, 2011

Why Don't We Prepare?

The following article appeared at Meridian Magazine several years ago by Carolyn Nicholayson

Recently, we took our grandchildren to see the movie Horton Hears a Who. Truthfully, I was not looking forward to it because so many of the Dr. Seuss books have been ruined by the Big Screen. However, I have not stopped thinking about it since.

How to Make Homemade Chlorine Bleach

One of the main components that you’ll want to have around the house (or apartment) during a extreme situation is chlorine bleach. Not only can it be used for cleaning water (although boiling is hands down more effective and healthier) it is excellent for keeping things sanitary.

Even More Bean Information - Who knew there was so much to know about the lowly bean

yield  - 1 c. of dry = 21/2 to 3 c. cooked beans 
bean : water ratio 
1 c. beans : 4 c. water 

Using a Solar Oven as a Radiant Refrigerator at Night

My first experiments were during a winter in 1997 in Kalgoorlie, an inland location of Western Australia: The ambient nighttime minimum was getting down to 2-3 degrees above zero (Celsius).

More Bean Information - Yes more, and a Recipe too!

From "Country Beans"
by Rita Bingham
pages 178-180


Food Storage Myths - What You Don't Know Could Hurt

"We are confronted today with a great variety of serious economic and social conditions. But facing periods of economic stress, even deprivation, is not new to us as a Church. Throughout their history, the Saints have more than once faced such trials. As a result, the Lord from the early days of the Church has guided his leaders to see clearly certain correct principles. We feel compelled to reaffirm these basic principles of temporal salvation.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Defend Your Garden With Herbs - 5 Steps to Stop Pests

If you're like me you have an aversion to bugs and poison. I don't want to spray poison, breathe it, or have it anywhere near me or my garden. The side effects are just too great. So, let's save some money and our health and control pest naturally. At the bottom of the article is a recipe to make your own insecticidal soap spray without harmful chemicals.

Can Opener Musings by Melody Barber

So we've been storing hundreds of #10 cans. We've also been counseled to get a 3-month supply of ready to eat foods, which is adding many more cans to our supply. Have you thought about making sure that you always have a way to get those cans open? 

Food Storage Math - WHAT WOULD YOU REALLY USE...

How many cups are in a portion of storage items?
Ever thought about it? 
How often do you want to serve it to your family? 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wendy DeWitt Food Storage Presentation on YouTube and Printable Booklet

You can’t do a Google search on food storage and not see Wendy DeWitt’s name.  She is a well-known and respected lecturer on preparedness, and specifically food storage.  

She has created a food storage method around planned meals to suit your family size.  

Wendy has love for vacuum sealing, which she also demonstrates.

Do You Know The Signs of Christ's Second Coming?

"In the October, 1972 General Conference, President Harold B. Lee gave the following guide on how to approach the important study of Christ's second coming, saying that we should be searching out and understanding the signs:

I Testify - President Ezra Taft Benson

In October of 1988 President Ezra Taft Benson gave a talk entitled "I Testify". Considering this was his final spoken message to the saints in General Conference, this talk could be considered his final testimony. The following is an abridged version of his testimony (read the full article here). I have also made the mp3 audio recording available.

"As a special witness of Jesus Christ, and as His humble servant, it is now my obligation and privilege, as the Spirit dictates, to bear pure testimony and witness to that which I know to be true..."

Quote of the Week - Joseph Fielding Smith

"The right to direct ones own life is Gods greatest gift to man. Free Agency is the impelling source of the soul’s progress. It is the purpose of the Lord that man become like Him. In order for man to achieve this it was necessary for the Creator first to make him free, even God could not make men like Himself without making them Free."

(Joseph Fielding Smith “Doctrines of Salvation” Vol. I pp58-59)

Prepare Ye

Elder Ezra Taft Benson Of the Council of the Twelve

Ezra Taft Benson, "Prepare Ye", Ensign, Jan. 1974, 68

My brethren and sisters, seen and unseen; we are all brothers and sisters, children of the same Father in the spirit. Humbly and gratefully I stand before you this afternoon. I have been on my knees, in fasting and prayer, as have members of my family, that I may have the blessing of the Spirit.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Recipe - Homemade Baking Mix - Like Bisquick

Ever wanted to try a super easy recipe to make Homemade Bisquick? Use this recipe just like you would Bisquick.

Want High Quality Wheat?

The Church always uses #1 US Grade wheat, which is the best quality you can get.  It has to be at least 13% protein and could be higher, depending on the wheat.  However,

Cooking From My Pantry - Printable Cookbook

I found a Cookbook from the Cedar Hills Utah 2nd Ward that can be printed freely. It has pages of recipes that are items found on most Pantry Shelves all the time. It also has a chapter on substitutions which I thought you may find extremely helpful.

Beans, Beans At Every Meal - More About Beans

Beans are nutritious, inexpensive, and easy to make. Get ready to explore the world of cooking dried beans!

How To Cook Dried Beans

Vinegar! What is it good for? Absolutely Everything!

Do you need one product that will kill germs, clean, is inexpensive, all natural, non-toxic and has 1001 uses around your home? Then just pick up a bottle of WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR. Just think, all you need today in your home is White Distilled Vinegar, and isn't it easy and cheap to put in your stock of storage items?

Monday, June 20, 2011

If You Had Been Asked to Do Some Great Thing

Admit it.  When you run into some characters in scripture, who don’t act the way you know they should, you think that you would have done so much better had you been there.

Take the story of Naaman, the captain of the host of the king of Syria who was also a leper. 

The Cure Is In The Cupboard

What is my favorite Essential Oil?  
It's Oregano Oil. Let me tell you why...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bread-Making Calculations

Just how many cups in a bucket of wheat?
How many loaves of bread? 
How much do I need for my family? 
How would I know if I have enough to last a year?

Cracker Recipes

I plan on making my own crackers, but haven’t tried these yet. This is one of my goals for this summer. They look easy!

I make my own bagels which are easy and taste great, so really how hard could crackers be. (Pun intended) 

The Lord Warns and Forewarns

"In mercy the Lord warns and forewarns. He sees the coming storm, knows the forces operating to produce it, and calls aloud through his prophets, advises, counsels, exhorts, aye, even commands-that we prepare for what is about to befall and take shelter while yet there is time.