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Archive for January, 2011

Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 31, 2011

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!

Sugar-Dusted Blueberry Muffins

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup orange juice
1 egg ( 1TBS powdered egg + 2 TBS water)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup flour (you can use 1/2 wheat and 1/2 ap flour)
1/4 cup plus 1 TBS sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup fresh or frozen* unsweetened blueberries (I used freeze dried blueberries: 1/2 cup freeze dried + 1 cup warm water wait 5 min)
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

In a small bowl, combine oats and orange juice. Let stand 5 minutes. Then add egg and oil blend. Combine the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl. Stir into oat mixture just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
Coat muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray or use paper liners. Fill 2/3rds full with batter. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar, sprinkle over batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack.
Yield: 6 muffins

*If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw before adding to batter.

recipe is adapted from Down Home Cooking for 1 or 2.

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Inspirational Sunday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 30, 2011

“All too often a family’s spending is governed more by their yearning than by their earning. They somehow believe that their life will be better if they surround themselves with an abundance of things. All too often all they are left with is avoidable anxiety and distress.”

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin “Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts
May 2004 Ensign

This is such an amazing talk. I urge each of you to read it and ponder it! I know I will!

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Item of the Week

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 27, 2011

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 $5-20 (in change and small bills) for each car kit. Guess what? We are done! This is the last thing you needed to gather for your car kit. Doesn’t it feel good to have it done?

Next week we start on diaper bag kit and youth/adult 72 hr. kits.

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January Wheat Watcher Notes

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 26, 2011

What a great class this one was. A big thanks to Lyndi T. and Lisa R. for doing such an AMAZING job!

If you missed the class here are some notes that I took from the meeting. *Remember I am human and my notes may not be all accurate. I did my best, but if you have any questions or would like to use some of these I would do research on the internet or ask Lyndi and Lisa for more info. Thanks!

Lyndi T.

Natural Remedies
*this does not replace common sense. If you are bleeding or any other serious condition please go to the appropriate person.

Headaches:
~check how much water you have had to drink that day
~altoids- strong peppermint helps blood flow

Papaya enzyme is good for
~stomach aches
~heartburn
~ recommended to take 3 after a meal

Mullein Tea is natural painkiller. Works well on toothaches.

If your baby has an upset stomach, put 1 starlight mint in warm water for the baby to drink.

Gargle with salt water when throat starts to get scratchy.

Cammomile for teething or grouchyness
~Don’t touch tablets with your hands, pour into the cap.

Iron deficiency
~Cholorophyll (refrigerated)
~molasses
I would dilute with water to help with taste.

Natural antibiotics
~grapefruit seed extract
~echinacea
~raw garlic (do not cook or it defeats the purpose)

Calendula helps with burns, cuts, open sores, cracked hands, and diaper rash.

Shark’s oil (ask Cheryl S. for exact name) for sunburns.

Arnica gel- for bumps and bruises you can see
Arnica montana- for bumps you can’t see; it also relieves muscle soreness

Rescue Remedy- natural de-stresser

Lyndi did a test of two prenatal vitamins. One was a whole food one and the other was a prescribed one. She put them each in their own cup of water to see which one dissolved first. By the end of the meeting the whole food one was broken down and the other one was still just sitting there.

MSM- flexibility

CALM- helps give you more calcium

Hylands brands of homeopathics say on the bottle what it is good for.

Lyndi also said that don’t underestimate the use of Priesthood blessings. You can do everything you can think of to help those that are sick and in need but sometimes you need that added protection that only Priesthood blessings can bring.

Lisa R.

Using Essential Oils to treat common family illnesses. If you want her print out click on this link.

Benefits of using Essential Oils
~no side effects
~long shelf life (on most of them)
~no dosage limtations
~50-70X’s more potent than herbs

If you want to dilute your oils use veggie oil.

keep out of eyes, ears, and nose

1 drop peppermint oil = 20 cups of peppermint tea

If you don’t like the taste of the oils then you can put them in empty gel caps (found at the heath food store) and take them that way.

If you don’t want to buy a whole bunch of oils here are some suggested ones to have on hand for Emergency use. These are good on multiple things.
~Clove
~painkiller
~antibacterial
~antifungal
~fankincense
~healing
~immune system
~lemon
~boast immune system
~peppermint
~cooling
~good for sunburns
~anti everything
~lemongrass
~meloleuca
~oregano
~kills about anything
~antiviral

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Important Info. Tuesday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 25, 2011

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 Legal Assistants info.

~Lawyer (s) name, address, and phone #’s
~ Power of Attorney’s name, address and phone #’s

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Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 24, 2011

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!

Applesauce Oat Muffins

1/2 C. all-purpose flour (I bet you could use 1/4 c whole wheat and 1/4 c ap flour)
1/4 C. quick cooking oats
3 TBS brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder (all out try this)
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 C milk (3/4 TBS powdered milk + 1/4 cup water) *remember to double if using instant
2 TBS unsweetened applesauce
1 TBS canola oil

In a bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In another bowl,combine egg, milk, applesauce and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fill four greased muffin cups 2/3rds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Serve warm. Yield: 4 muffins Double or triple the recipe if you want more.

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Inspirational Sunday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 23, 2011

“In reviewing the Lord’s counsel to us on the importance of preparedness, I am impressed with the plainness of the message. The Savior made it clear that we cannot place sufficient oil in our preparedness lamps by simply avoiding evil. We must also be anxiously engaged in a positive program of preparation. The Lord will not translate one’s good hopes and desires and intentions into works. Each of us must do that for himself.”

Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969, p. 8

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Item of the Week

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 20, 2011

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 couple of lightsticks. I would suggest red or orange. They are better to see if you are stranded on the side of the road in an emergency.

One more week, my friends, and we will be done with our car kits!

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January Wheat Watcher Meeting

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 19, 2011

Tonight is the Night!

We will be learning about Natural Remedies!

Lyndi T. Will be here to teach us of some fantastic natural things that can help with the medicine runs out.

7 pm, January 19th at my house!

See you there!

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Important Info. Tuesday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on January 18, 2011

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 an inventory of household goods. I would also recommend to take pictures of them. That way if something happens and they are damaged you have a picture to prove what you had and to know what it looked like.

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