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Archive for May, 2011

Important Info. Tuesday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 31, 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 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 May 30, 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!

Chicken Balls (Remix)

1 3/4 C warm water
3 TBS yeast
1/2 C oil
1/2 C sugar or honey
2 eggs
1 TBS salt
5 – 6 C flour (1/2 whole wheat 1/2 AP)

Mix all ingredients together and knead for 10 minutes.

While kneading the roll dough, mix the following ingredients together:
2 pkgs cream cheese (8 oz pkgs)
1/3 C finely chopped onion (I use dehydrated)
1 C finely chopped red or green bell pepper (optional)
1 can cooked chicken or 1-2 C cooked and shredded chicken

Don’t let the rolls rise. After kneading, divide the dough into four equal sections. Roll out each section of dough and with a pizza cutter slice the dough into 8 pieces. Add a heaping spoonful of chicken mixture onto the fat end of each piece.

Tuck in the fat end and roll towards the narrow end.

Place rolled crescents onto greased cookie sheet, let rise for 10 -15 minutes and bake at 400 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.

Makes 32 crescents.

Recipe from Recipe Shoebox.

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Inspirational Sunday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 29, 2011

“The Church exists to exalt the family. And the family is the fundamental unit of the Church.”

–Elder Russell M. Nelson; Ensign, November 2001, page 70.

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Preparedness Fair

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 27, 2011

Utah Valley Super Preparedness Fair
**LOOKING TO BECOME THE LARGEST PREPAREDNESS FAIR IN UTAH HISTORY**

Lectures, Demonstrations, Samples, Vendors, Workshops and much more.

SPEAKERS: Roger K. Young, Sarah Menet, Jim Philips, Ken Moravec, Ken Bowers, Rod Meldrum, Vicki Tate, Richard Nielson, Alan South, and many more.

WHEN: Fri-Sat June 3, 4 2011 (Friday: 12noon to 9pm… Saturday:9am to 9pm)

WHERE: Utah Valley University Event Center, in Orem, Utah. (I-15 and University Exit)

COST : $7.50 at the door for 12 and older.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
(this tentative schedule is subject to change)

EVERYTHING AND MORE THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

ABOUT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Many of these speakers are considered world class experts, some of
the very best in their areas of expertise.

TOPICS:
Food Storage…everything you need to know (cook it, store it, buy it, best deals)
Sprouting…everything about sprouting
Cold Weather Survival

The 4 levels of emergency preparation
Urban Warfare survival
Self Defense …(the do’s and don’ts)
Cooking with Food Storage…easy to prepare tasty, healthy meals from scratch
What does the future hold…the good news and bad news of the next 3-10 years

Nuclear/biological event preparedness
Solar energy
Sustainable energy
“In house” super gardens. (Growing super food inside your house)
Constitutional issues
How to build an ark…5 easy steps (just kidding…sort of)
….and much more

Friday June 3
11:30 Doors Open
12:00–1pm Ken Bowers
1:15–2:30 Richard Neilson
3:00–4:30 Breakout Sessions 1. (Ken Moravec, Dave Noack, Vicki Tate)
5:00–6:00 Breakout Session 2
(Vicki Tate, Kevin Reeve, Farley Anderson)
6:00–7:00 dinner break
7:00–9:30 Roger K. Young

Saturday June 4
9:00am–10:am TBA
10:30–12:00 Jim Philips
12:30–1:30 RJ Hender
1:45–2:45 Breakout Session 3 (Alan South, Farley Anderson, Kevin Reeve)
3:00–5:00 Sarah Menet
5:00–6:00 dinner break
6:00–7:00 Breakout Session 4 (Dave Noack, AVOW, Richard Nielson)
7:15–9:30 Rod Meldrum – TBA

I am not able to make this so if anyone goes could you please fill me in.

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Item of the Week

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 26, 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: Youth and Adult Emergency Kits (72 hr kits)

This week get a trail size shampoo/conditioner. This is definitely something you will want to have if/when you have a chance to shower.

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May Wheat Watcher Notes

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 25, 2011

One correction is that instead of checking your oil every 200 miles you can do it every 1500.

The link isn’t working so I am just going to post the notes. Enjoy!

Wheat Watchers Notes
May 18, 2011

CAR MAINTENANCE

It’s really not that difficult to keep your car in good shape. Here are the basics:
Read your car owner’s manual, it has all the information on car maintenance as well as safety precautions.
– Keep all the fluids (e.g. engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, etc.) clean and topped up.
– Follow your maintenance schedule, there is a number of things that need to be regularly serviced or replaced at certain intervals (e.g. brakes, air filter, timing belt, spark plugs, etc.)
– Check tire pressure regularly.
– Change you windshield wipers if they don’t clean properly.
– Wash and wax your vehicle once in a while to keep the car finish shiny and protected from corrosion. 
– Deal with any problems as soon as they arise, before they become more serious and require expensive repairs.
– Use only original parts.
– At least once a year have your car check out in a garage.

Checking oil levels:
Checking oil levels should be done every 200 hundred miles
The oil level should be between low and full.
If the oil looks black, it is time to change.
If the oil looks brown but clean and trasparent it is fine.
If the oil has a milky brown color then there maybe a leak and you need to get it check out.
If the oil looks ok but is low then you can just top it off. To do this please read the Owner’s Manual to decide what oil is best to use.
Oil should be changed every 5,000 miles.

What could happen if you don’t regularly check your oil and oil levels?
You engine will melt down faster than if you regularly check and change your oil.

Engine Coolant
You can visually check the levels for the engine coolant on most vehicles. It should be between Low and Full.
If you need to open the radiator cap to check the levels, DO NOT DO IT WHEN THE ENGINE IS HOT! Please wait until the engine has cooled down before opening the cap. If it needs to be filled up use the correct coolant for your car.

What could happen if you don’t check the engine coolant?
One example is that if you drive around with low to empty engine coolant your car will stop working. When you take it into the shop they will tell you that you have cracked some heads in your car. It costs big money to fix. Please check this when you check the oil.

Checking on the battery:
Check battery connections when you change or top your oil. Make sure there is no corrosion or breaks in the wires.
If you car won’t start, you can take out your battery and have a local Autozone check the life of it. They usually do it for free.

Replacing Windshield wipers:
This should be done when you can’t see out of you car. I know it sounds basic but if it is done properly it can help reduce accidents in rainy/snow seasons.
Replacing them is pretty easy. Look for the replacement wipers at any auto store. I think Wal Mart even has some.

Tire Pressure:
Check tire pressure regularly, at least once a month
Make sure you have a tire pressure gauge
The recommended tire pressure is in your owners manual or on the tire pressure placard.
They recommend to rotate your tires every 2nd oil change. To reduce excessive wear and tire on the back or front set of tires.
Always measure tire pressure when the tires are still cold.
When you make sure you are driving on properly inflated tires it helps your gas mileage
Resources:
http://www.samarians.com

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Important Info. Tuesday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 24, 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 the Emergency contact list and phone numbers of friends and relatives. On that list you should have your doctor’s name and number, dentist’s name and number, hospital name and number, police station, fire station, and poison control.

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Food Storage Recipe Monday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 23, 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!

Yum Yum Brownie Muffins

1 (18 1/4-ounce) box devil’s food cake mix
1 (15-ounce) can 100-percent pure pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour cake mix into a large bowl and whisk to remove any lumps. Add pumpkin and stir until completely smooth and uniform. *Do not add any other ingredients. The batter will be thick but that is what it is supposed to look like.

Place batter into a 12-cup muffin pan lined with foil baking cups and/or sprayed with nonstick spray. Place pan in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly and then serve.

This recipe is from Hungry Girl.

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Inspirational Sunday

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 22, 2011

“Jesus said several times, “Come, follow me.” His was a program of “do what I do,” rather than “do what I say.” His innate brilliance would have permitted him to put on a dazzling display, but that would have left his followers far behind. He walked and worked with those he was to serve. His was not a long-distance leadership. He was not afraid of close friendships; he was not afraid that proximity to him would disappoint his followers. The leaven of true leadership cannot lift others unless we are with and serve those to be led.”

–Spencer W. Kimball, “Jesus: The Perfect Leader”, Ensign, Aug. 1979, 5

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Item of the Week

Posted by imawheatwatcher on May 19, 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: Youth and Adult Emergency Kits (72 hr kits)

This week get a trail size hand/body moisture lotions. I would get one per kit you are making. We all know how dry Utah weather can be. If we are outside without really good shelter this can keep your skin from cracking and causing pain.

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