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Archive for May, 2010

Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 31, 2010

I thought that it would be a great use of this blog to post food storage friendly recipes every Monday. I have gotten several comments that people would LOVE more recipes. If you have a recipe that you love and would like to share, please email it to me!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Dough

Remember this recipe?

To that dough add a little more sugar and bump up the eggs to 3 ( 3 TBS powdered eggs + 6 TBS water).

Roll the dough into a long rectangle- probably 16-18 inches in one direction, maybe even 24. The dough should be 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.

Filling

1 c. packed brown sugar
1-2 T. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter
Cream ingredients together and spread over rolled out dough.

Spread filling on dough all over except a 1/2 inch on the top and bottom. Roll up in a log. Use a knife or dental floss and cute 1/2 inch rolls. Place in greased 9 X 13 pan. 12-18 rolls per pan. Let rise until double. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes. They will be down when they look golden brown on top. Immediately drizzle with icing.

Icing

1 lb. powdered sugar
1 cube melted butter
2 tsp. vanilla
milk to bring to desired consistency. You want it to be on the thick side because it will melt as it is spread on the hot rolls.

Good luck and Happy Eating!

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Financial Freedom

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 30, 2010

“May I suggest five key steps to financial freedom . . . . First, pay your tithing . . . . Second, spend less than you earn . . . . Third, learn to save . . . . Fourth, honor your financial obligations . . . . Fifth, teach your children to follow your example.”

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

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Item of the Week

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 27, 2010

Every Thursday I will post an “Item of the Week” to assemble our Preparedness kits. Don’t worry if you have just started and we are half way through the list. This will continue on a loop so we will eventually get back to the beginning. Start when you can, do what you can, and we will become prepared.

Right now we are gathering items for: Office Kits

This office kit is a small one designed to go in a desk drawer.

This week get 1 gallon Ziploc bag for each person in your home that has a desk at their office.

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Preparedness Kits Overview

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 26, 2010

For those of you who weren’t able to come to our meeting, I thought it would be nice to fill you in on what is going on. As you may have noticed I am using this blog more. I find it is more helpful in keeping everyone on the same page, since 1-2 hour meetings once a month isn’t enough time. Every Sunday I post an inspirational thought, talk, or scripture; Monday is Food Storage Recipe day ( they are everyday recipes that can also be adapted to be food storage only); Tuesday is Important Info. Day (documents that need to be copied for your 72 hr. kits); Wednesday is anything day, it will be announcements, sum ups of previous meetings, and reminders; and Thursday is Item of the Week for our Preparedness kits. I will put an item that you need to gather every week so that in the end we will have all of our kits done and put together.

Disclaimer: I am in no way an excellent writer. I apologize now if my grammar, punctuation, or spelling is COMPLETELY off!

Here are the links for the handouts you missed.

Important Documents and Keys
Office Kit
Car Kit
Baby Diaper Bag Kit
72 hr. kit- a hard copy will be passed around in Relief Society in a few Sundays.

We also tried a 1200 calorie bar, MRE, and 2 different freeze dried ready to go meals (just add water). I am happy to announce that the calorie bar did not kill me. I will be honest that one was the one that made me queasy just to think about it. My daughter’s loved it as well. Another option for meals in 72 hr. kits are from this article in the Ensign. I suggest you read it. I found it extremely helpful and am using some of their suggestions in my families kits.

I hope this helps. Please email or call me with any questions. Steacey I have not forgotten about you. How are your recipes coming? 😉

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Important Info. Tuesday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 25, 2010

Every Tuesday I will post a document that needs to be copied and put in your 72 hr. kits. Breaking it down week by week will, hopefully, make it easier to get it DONE!

This week gather something to hold your documents in. Whether it is a binder, small fireproof container, or an accordion file. Just make sure it will fit in the person’s kit that will be carrying it.

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Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 24, 2010

I thought that it would be a great use of this blog to post food storage friendly recipes every Monday. I have gotten several comments that people would LOVE more recipes. If you have a recipe that you love and would like to share, please email it to me!

Homemade Pizza

Dough:

1 cup warm water
1 TBS yeast
1/2 TBS sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS oil
2 1/2 – 3 cups flour ( I used whole wheat)

Preheat Oven to 450 degrees.

Combine water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes or until frothy. Add salt and oil; stir in 1 cup of flour, stir in 2nd cup of flour. Keep adding flour and stirring after each cup until reached desired consistency. It shouldn’t be a little tacky to the touch. Knead for a minute. Put in a bowl covered with a damp cloth and let rise until double (about 45 minutes). Punch down; divide into two circular pizza’s or one big rectangular one.

Toppings:

1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce
2 -3 tsp of Italian seasoning
Mozzarella cheese, grated

Mix sauce together. Put on dough and add cheese. Top with your favorite toppings.

1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup BBQ sauce
Mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded

Mix tomato sauce and BBQ sauce together. Put on dough and add cheese. Top with chicken. If you like you can also add red onions, jalepenos, or olives. Anything you like on a BBQ chicken pizza.

Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Recipe for pizza dough from my in-laws!

Happy Eating

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Staying Prepared

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 23, 2010

This series of posts is taken from the “Staying Prepared” article which references older preparedness standards. The principles and ideas are applicable though the pamphlet is now out of print.

Marvin K. Gardner, “Staying Prepared,” Ensign, Feb 1979, 24

LDS families share their ideas.

When it comes to being prepared, “the simpler, the better” is a good approach.

That’s the formula some families have used to successfully handle personal and family preparedness. In essence, they all say: “We don’t do anything extraordinary. The simpler the approach, the easier it is to make things work.”

As is well known, all members of the Church have been encouraged to develop themselves in the six areas of personal and family preparedness. Perhaps—as the families we interviewed claim—their ideas are not that unusual. But they work. See which of the following might work for you:

Social-emotional and spiritual strength

“Each person should build spiritual strength to meet life’s challenges and stresses with confidence and stability by learning to love God and communicate with him in personal prayer, by learning to love and serve his neighbor, and by learning to love and respect himself through righteous living and self-mastery. Each family should understand that social-emotional and spiritual strength is a blessing that results from obedience to revealed principles of family living.” (Personal and Family Preparedness Standards, stock no. PGWE1191)

Several years ago, the Frank May family of Brigham City, Utah, dealt with two crises. On a September afternoon, Sister Becky May died suddenly. As the school-age children came home that afternoon, Brother May told them of their mother’s death. The seven children discussed with their father where their mother was and how they could be together again as a family. Their discussion was similar to many they had held in years of family home evenings.

“They were saddened and felt left alone—and they felt the loss,” says Brother May. “But they seemed to just have a way of knowing the bond was not severed. They knew they would see their mother again and that there was an adjustment they would have to make.”

Two weeks later, Brother May was seriously injured in an automobile accident and was hospitalized for weeks. But there was no despair among the children, who were cared for by their “Grandmere” May. An article in the Brigham City stake newsletter observed, “Our testimonies are strengthened; it is true indeed that personal strength can be derived from a knowledge of the gospel.”

The Mays had not used extraordinary measures to build reserves of faith and resourcefulness. But their activities, lessons, and prayers through the years had helped them prepare for the difficulties.

Many families build such resources.

For six years now, the Harold Brown family of Sandy, Utah, has been reading the scriptures for fifteen minutes every morning before breakfast. In that time, they’ve read a sixteen-volume illustrated version of the Book of Mormon three times and also eight other books.

“It’s easy to assume that our children know a lot more than they know,” says Sister Brown. “As we’ve studied the scriptures, we’ve had a lot of chances to talk about things that might not have come up otherwise.”

Family prayer is another learning time. “We don’t insist that the children always say certain things in their prayers. We’ve always wanted them to say what they feel.” So even though they have family prayer before breakfast and dinner every day, it doesn’t become routine. They try to be very practical in asking for things the children can relate to—such as help in Greg’s baseball game.

The Browns share fresh vegetables from their garden with neighbors and remember them with goodies on holidays, trying to teach the importance of serving others. This almost backfired, though, when they moved to a new home near an elderly neighbor who didn’t know their children. It was Valentine’s Day, and the children took a plate of cookies to the neighbor, who thought they were selling them. He said: “We don’t want any!”

“No,” the Brown children responded. “This is Valentine’s Day, and we want to give them to you!”

According to Sister Brown, the man just couldn’t thank them enough for the goodies after he realized they weren’t trying to sell him something. Since then, it’s been easier for the children to give and for others to receive.

Spiritual strength also grows as one learns to love and respect others. Brother and Sister Brown observe each child’s talents and provide opportunities for him to successfully exercise those talents.

For example, the six-year-old girl has a pretty singing voice. So she and her mother sit down at the piano for a few minutes every afternoon and sing songs together—just the two of them.

“It’s something kind of private—and special—between us; we don’t talk about it much. But we love it. She never lets me forget any afternoon. She thinks she can sing, and she can. I think that’s what children need. If they feel they can do something well, they’ll feel better about themselves.”

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Amazing Deal!!!

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 20, 2010

I was at Macey’s today in Orem and found a GREAT deal. I got a 50 lb. bag of Hard White Wheat for $7! They also had Hard Red Wheat as well. If you don’t need wheat they had brown rice for…I believe…$6. I am going to go back and get some brown rice tomorrow, so if the price is different I will get on and post about it. The brand is Blue Chip, which happens to be the brand of most of my dehydrated food.

This is perfect timing since next month we will have the Stake Canner for 2 weeks.

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Preparedness Kits

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 18, 2010

Reminder: Tomorrow night (May 19th) at 7pm we will be having our Monthly Wheat Watchers Meeting. Please come and learn how to prepare your kits to be ready for whatever may come your way.

We will have a few convenience items that some people consider having in their 72 hr. kits to taste.

Please come and enjoy. I would love to learn from you as well.

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Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 17, 2010

I thought that it would be a great use of this blog to post food storage friendly recipes every Monday. I have gotten several comments that people would LOVE more recipes. If you have a recipe that you love and would like to share, please email it to me!

Buttercup Bread

Ingredients

3 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
2 TBS sugar
2 1/2 cups mashed cooked buttercup or butternut squash
2 cups milk (6 TBS non-instant powdered milk + 2 cups water)
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup softened butter
2 eggs, slightly beatened (2 TBS powdered eggs + 1/4 water)
2 tsp salt
13 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

In a very large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, let stand for 5 minutes. Add the squash, milk, brown sugar, eggs and salt; mix well. Add 6 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/4 hours.

Punch dough down. Divide into three portions; shape into loaves. Place in 3 greased 9-in x 5-in loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 3 loaves (16 slices each)

As I am typing this my bread is in the oven. John was gone this weekend with Drill so I didn’t have the time to do it then. I promise once it is done I will take pictures and post them. Until then here is the link to Gracious Rain where I got the recipe. Our dear sweet Sister Launi’s blog.

Happy Eating

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