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Archive for December, 2010

Update on Substitutions

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 31, 2010

Thank you Laurel!

She just used the homemade version of Baking Powder in muffins. She even was nice enough to wrestle 2 away from her family for me to try. They were delicious and it worked!

Here is the recipe again.

Baking Powder:

2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cornstarch

Mix it all together. Store in an airtight container. Use in recipes that call for baking powder.

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Item of the Week

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 30, 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: Car Kits

This week get a tri-fold shovel. I found mine at Emergency Essentials. I think it was under $10.

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Important Info. Tuesday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 28, 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 we are gathering Home Utility Information:

* Electric/Power Company and account #
* Gas Company and account #
* Telephone Company and account #
* Water company and account #
* Back up numbers of the nearest plumber or heat and air conditioning company for emergencies.

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Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 27, 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!

Gayle’s Punch

*This is a punch we have every New Year’s Eve and sometimes on Christmas Eve. It is so yummy!

2 12 oz lemonade concentrate, thawed
40 C water
2 12 oz orange juice concentrate, thawed
5 TBS almond flavoring
5 C sugar
4 TBS vanilla
2 large bottles of lemon lime soda
1/2 gallon of ice

Mix in a LARGE punch bowl. Enjoy!

This makes a TON of punch. YUM!

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Inspirational Sunday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 26, 2010

On a daily basis we witness widely fluctuating inflation; wars; interpersonal conflicts; national disasters; variances in weather conditions; innumerable forces of immorality, crime, and violence; attacks and pressures on the family and individuals; technological advances that make occupations obsolete; and so on. The need for preparation is abundantly clear. The great blessing of being prepared gives us freedom from fear, as guaranteed to us by the Lord in the Doctrine and Covenants: “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

Elder L. Tom Perry,
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
“If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear”

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Item of the Week

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 23, 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: Car Kits

This week get pen and paper. This comes in handy for quick notes to yourself or if you have to put a note on your car because you ran out of gas, can’t start your car, or it died on the side of the road.

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Wheat Watchers Meeting Notes

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 22, 2010

If you weren’t able to make it, we sure did miss you. This class was great and we all learned something new. Here are the notes:

Substitutions in Cooking and/or Baking

Baking Powder

2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cornstarch

Mix it all together. Store in an airtight container. Use in recipes that call for baking powder.

Buttermilk

1 C. Milk (I use 3 TBS powdered milk with 1 C water, mixed)
1 TBS white vinegar or lemon juice

Mix together and let sit for 5 minutes.

Beans in place of oil

Home Cooked Beans: Take cooked beans (reserve the cooking water) and blend in your blender with enough water to create a thick paste. (Basically enough water to make all the beans turn into a puree.
Canned Beans: Dump entire contents of can (beans and water) into a blender and blend until it is a thick paste.

This will make more than you need for one recipe. Don’t throw the leftovers away. You can freeze them for 6 months. Just put the date and what they are on the outside of the container.

In mixes you can substitute full beans in place of oil. In brownies, however, it makes them more cake like. If you like that fine, but if you want a chewy brownie then do ½ beans and ½ oil.

Use the color of bean that works for the color of cake or brownie you are making. The beans DO NOT change the flavor of the brownie.

OR

Applesauce in place of oil

Whatever amount the recipe calls for you can substitute for applesauce. Just make sure you get the natural or no sugar added.

Also some people have said that it changes the flavor of what you are baking. I tend to agree and use beans instead.

*We actually tried one with applesauce and one with beans. It seemed that 1/2 liked the applesauce over the beans and the other 1/2 liked the beans over the applesauce.

Cake Flour

For every one cup of cake flour substitute ¾ C all purpose flour plus 2 TBS cornstarch.

Brown Sugar

For every one cup of brown sugar (light or dark) substitute one cup of white granulated sugar and ¼ cup unsulfured light molasses.

Powdered Sugar

For every one cup of powdered sugar substitute 1 cup granulated white sugar and 1 tsp. cornstarch ground in a blender.

Eggs

To replace one egg:
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
3 tablespoons water (or other liquid)
Stir together until thick and gelatinous.
You can also use whole flaxseeds:
1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds
4 tablespoons water (or other liquid)
Process seeds in a blender to a fine meal, add liquid and blend well.
You can make a bigger batch by increasing the ingredient amounts. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

You can also use powdered eggs. 1 TBS powdered egg plus 2 TBS water.

Butter

(unsalted) For every 1 cup you can substitute 1 cup shortening or 7/8 cup vegetable oil or 7/8 cup lard.

Corn Syrup

For every 1 cup corn syrup you can substitute 1 ¼ cup white sugar plus 1/3 cup water or 1 cup honey.

Vanilla Extract or vanilla flavoring

If you run out of vanilla extract or flavoring, you can substitute maple syrup, teaspoon for teaspoon. *The syrup needs to be REAL maple syrup.

Milk

For one cup of milk use ¼ cup dry milk powder plus 1 cup water or 2/3 cup evaporated milk plus 1/3 cup water.

Half and Half

You may substitute 4-1/2 teaspoons melted butter plus enough whole milk to equal 1 cup. One cup of evaporated milk may also be substituted for each cup of half-and-half cream.

Resources:

http://www.joyofbaking.com/ingredientsubstitutions
http://www.everydayfoodstroage.net
http://www.safelygatheredin.blogspot.com
http://www.tasteofhome.com

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Important Info. Tuesday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 21, 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 we are gathering pictures. Ok, this is a really great one, take current pictures of ALL your family members (don’t forget house pets and/or farm animals) and put them in your container. This will come in handy if we EVER have to be evacuated.

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Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 20, 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!

Top Secret Chocolate Cookies

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp.
2 C sugar
2 large eggs (2 TBS+1/2 C water)
1 TBS vanilla extract
3/4 C cocoa powder
2 cups flour (I do 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 AP flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
white sugar, for rolling

In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar. Cream together with a hand mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture and mix until combined. In a medium bowl, mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Mix until well incorporated.

Roll the dough into 2 logs that are about 2 inches high and 1 foot long. Wrap them in waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.*

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Once thoroughly chilled, slice cookies into 1/2 thick rounds and cover with the sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack to cool.

*If you want to give this as a neighbor gift I would wrap it then tie it with a bow. The sugar for covering I would put in a ziploc bag. Then put a card with it that says “Keep refrigerated. When ready to bake, slice into 1/2 inch rounds and dip in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.”

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Christy Hyer

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Inspirational Sunday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on December 19, 2010

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Joshua 1:9

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