Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Week 19

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Nineteen

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

Non-Food list:

Shampoo 4 bottles
Hair Rinse 4 bottles
Powder 2 containers (baby or shower type, in summer it helps the skin stay dryer)
Toilet paper 1 or 2 - 48 roll packs (I know we go through a lot when several are ill)

Food list:

Chicken 3 large cans
Rice white 10 to 25 pounds (more if you want this last for years stored)
Pasta 5 pounds
Thyme 1 large container
Carrots 10 cans


Baked chicken yogurt w/ rice or noodles

4 c. large chucks of cooked chicken
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups boiling water
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
½ c. yogurt
1/8-teaspoon thyme
1 cup of rice cooked or
2 c. noodles cooked
½ cup mushrooms, optional
Cook the rice or noodles and mix with other ingredients grease pan. Fill and cover bake at 350 degrees 30 to 45 minutes.


“We encourage families to have on hand this year’s supply; and we say it over and over and over and repeat over and over the scripture of the Lord where He says, ‘Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?’ [Luke 6:46]” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 171; or Ensign, May 1976, 125).

The counsel to have a year’s supply of food, clothing, and other necessary items is wise counsel for several reasons. A disaster such as a flood, an earthquake, or a snowstorm could hit a city or an entire region, cutting off roads and making it impossible for food and other items to be transported to the markets. Political unrest or strikes by truckers, shippers, or rail workers could interfere with the transport of foods. Other types of disasters, such as famine resulting from drought, hurricanes, floods, and even wars have occurred in many countries and could occur again. When such disasters affect the entire community, food and other supplies often cannot be obtained, even if money is available. A family can also experience an emergency in the form of illness or unemployment that results in a lack of income, making it necessary to rely on home storage.

The Pioneer picnic went well if not in a whirlwind. The displays went well and the food was all good.
The volunter singers did songs from the 1800's and old fashioned folk songs during the picnic.
Dave, our daughter Christine, another volunter and I served up ice cream at the end of the picnic.
Around 400 attended and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Week 18

I went ahead and made 4 loves of home made bread on Monday afternoon and had to remake a new sour dough starter.
This is what I do.

Sour Dough Starter

4 cup plastic container starter needs to be able to expand.
Put in 1 cup of warm water, 1 teaspoon of yeast,, 1 teaspoon sugar, (I used a bit of molasses, you can use honey to,) let sit a few minutes, add 1 cup flour, stir, doesn’t have to have all lumps gone at all.
Sit in warm place about 18 hours to 24 hours then stir down add 1/2 cup flour stir add 1 cup warm water and a dash of sugar, let sit till next day, stick in fridge.
You won’t have to add any more sugar to this; it was just to help it grow.
Take out 1 cup of starter for making a couple loaves of bread, and add back in 1 cup flour and 1 cup water to your starter and let set out a few hours then put back in fridge
Use your starter like you would your yeast, look at some sour dough bread recipes on the
Internet to see things you would like to make with it.
It’s good to feed your starter about once a week if you can.
I have gone 2 weeks and it was fine in the fridge.

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Eighteen

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

Non-food list:

Sweat pants 3 pair for you and family, kids can be 1 or 2 sizes to big. (Great for 72-hour kits.)
T-shirts and a few extra long sleeve shirts.
Books- How to books on subjects needed for home storage, building things etc. Dutch oven cooking and other books for your and children for entertainment.
Coloring books and crayons
Soap bath and hand soap at least 2 -8 bar packs.

Food list:

Spam 6 cans more if you really like it.
Velveeta cheese 2 or 3 packs, you can take out of box and foil and repackage in Foodsaver bags or can it. Or a canned cheese you like to make mac and cheese with.
Pasta 10 pounds in assorted types as you like.
Fruit cocktail 8 to 10 cans


Spam Macaroni and Cheese

1-pound macaroni, cook until tender in large 4-quart pot, drain put back in pot.
¼ cup butter
Velveeta or other cheese you prefer, ½ pound cubed.
Spam 1 can, cubed
Salt and pepper to taste
Warm on low to medium heat until cheese is melted.

Fruit Cocktail Cake (Grandmother Pierce)

(No butter needed)
1-½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1-teaspoon baking soda
1-½ cups flour
Dash of salt
1 large can fruit cocktail, drain liquid off the fruit. Use only the fruit in the cake.
Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees 30 to 40 min. or until done. Serve with cool whip or ice cream.


We have been counseled to have Food Storage by our leaders.

This can give us Temporal peace and help with our spiritual being in times of trouble. (From, Home Storage: Build on the Basics on

A year’s supply of food storage is beneficial in several ways:

It provides peace of mind as we obey the counsel to store.

It helps ensure survival in case of personal or natural disaster.

It strengthens skills in preparing and using basic foods.

Once you have stored the basic food items, you need to regularly include them in your daily meals

Monday, July 18, 2011

Scout Trip, Canning & Crafts

Dave got back safe and sound from his outing with the Exploroer scouts. He had a great time out with the youth as usual. He was very happy to hit a nice hot shower and sleep off the ground. The did plenty of canoeing and hiking.

He started doing e-mails and calling to make sure things are going smoothly for setting up for the Pioneer Day picnic for this coming Saturday.

While he was gone I canned 35 quarts of last years potatoes that were still in great shape and weren't used to plant this years crop.

I also started tracking down everything I would need for the demo's, hands on for people to try and display for the Pioneer Day picnic that is this coming Saturday the 23 of July.

Everyone that wants to will be able to make dipped candles do some drop spindle spinning and hand carding . Plus the knitting board my hubby made us.

Candles made in tomato sauce, spam, tuna fish cans and muffin tin. 

Some of the drop spindles I made a fw years back.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July work and week # 17

I tried to get the main body to bold and it just won't do it, sorry.

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Seventeen

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

Non-food list:

Box or plastic container for sewing needs
Sewing needles 2 packages assorted
Thread assorted colors, extra of white
Seam ripper
Sewing measuring tape
Straight pins long 1 to 2 packs

Food list:

6 cans Vegetable juice & or tomato juice 
8 cans Tomato sauce
8 cans Tomato paste 
2 jars or cans basil dried
Oregano dried 2 jars
Bay leaves optional not everyone uses them


Spaghetti sauce (Six Family)
1-pound hamburger
2-teaspoon onion powder or ¼ c. minced
1-teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove minced
2-teaspoon oregano
2-teaspoon basil
Put in large pot cook meat and above spices, garlic and onion till meat is done, drain off grease, and then add.
 large can tomato or V8 juice
1 8 oz can tomato paste
8 oz tomato sauce
½ c. minced onion or 1 tablespoon onion powder
2 garlic cloves minced or 1-tablespoon garlic powder
1-tablespoon oregano
1-tablespoon sweet basil
1 bay leaf, optional
Bring to boil on med. heat then simmer for 2 hours on low heat, stirring once in awhile. If it needs to thickened leave off or set cover ajar.

Well the roof of the garage is finished, yippeee, one more thing done.

We planted potatoes, beets, carrots, green beans, garlic, zucchini and our grape and tomatoes plants. Looks like the other things we wanted to plant will have to wait for next year.

Dj and his two children came Sunday afternoon and stayed for 2 nights. Dj helped carry some big old windows up to the barn, take down the old shed and a few other things. I sure appreciate him helping out here with things. Thank you son.

Oh our youngest son and his wife won't be moving to Seattle until September :). They are hoping to find a place to rent outside of Seattle where it isn't quite so expensive.

I have been drying some of herbs the last couple of weeks, oregano, spearmint, peppermint, thyme etc.

Washing the truck, did their car first.


Shed being taken down, top is caved in, this shed is over 30 yrs old.

Shed metal is to be repurposed.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Sixteen

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

Non-food list:

 Batteries 2 packages each or 1 large package of those in this list you use AA, AAA, C, D,
Razors 1 package disposable
Safety pins 1 or 2 packs

 Food list:

 Jell-o 12 boxes of your choice
4 cans cranberry sauce, with or without wholes berries
4 cans pineapple bits
4 cans other fruit your choice
Walnuts 2 pounds put in jars with small oxygen absorbers or airless Foodsaver bags or nuts of choice


 Cranberry Nut Jell-o

1 large package cherry or strawberry Jell-O
2 c. boiling water
Combine and add
1 package cooked cranberries or 1 can cranberry sauce
2 c. small marshmallows
1 c. pineapple bits
1 c. walnuts bits, optional
½ c. celery diced, optional
We haven't been abe to get as much done this week as we wanted to, but that's how it goes sometimes. Lots of meetings and small things that needed done.
We were the coorindators for the 4 th of July breakfast at Church, so that was a very busy day. It went well and people could even come back for seconds.
Several people besides us volunteered to help cook.
Hashbrown casseroles, reg. hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage along with orange juice, strawberries and halved bananas.