Thursday, February 26, 2009
CERT - Preparing Your Family For Disaster
CERT - Home Hazard Hunt
CERT - Preparing Your Vehicle
CERT - Emergency Lighting
CERT - Emergency Sanitation
CERT - Water Storage
CERT - Special Needs
CERT - Dog Ready for Disaster
CERT - Cat Ready for Disaster
CERT - Coping With Crisis
CERT - Securing Your Water Heater
CERT - Practice Your Emergency Plan
CERT - Accidental Poisoning
CERT - Earthquake Safety
CERT - Evacuation Plan
CERT - Shelter in Place
CERT - Carbon Monoxide, the Silent Killer
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
If you are new (or not new) to using food storage, you will love the basic tips in this great recipe book about cooking with long-term food storage items such as wheat, honey, beans and powdered milk. The first chapter starts out with recipes using only five basic ingredients: wheat, oil, salt, honey or sugar, and water.
Each chapter after that teaches you how to make recipes using a few more ingredients. You will understand the difference between instant and non-instant milk, how to use powdered butter and cheese, and even how to make your own baby formula.
Ever want to know why you need to store certain foods in your food storage? This book explains the basics. There is even a substitution list when you are missing an ingredient. Did you know you could make your own baking powder? Or pumpkin pie spice? I like the small size of this book and that it is spiral bound so that it lies flat. A great food storage resource you'll refer to again and again!
Monday, February 23, 2009
My interest in preparedness began in the 90's, but my memories of food storage go back further than that. I remember the canned food rotation shelf my wise father built in the coat closet growing up. And how natural it was for us kids to go there to get cans of food for meal preparation. I'm sure I was fascinated when we loaded the shelves because you could put a can in the top, and see it roll behind the other cans that were put in first. Amazing! My parents have been good examples of "Preparing Every Needful Thing." They taught me the importance of being careful with money, keeping your commitments and being obedient. I think growing up in a family of 8 was a great place to learn.
Now with my own family of nine, I have learned that being a wise steward with what God has given us is a way that we show our love for him. In times of economic or personal trials it is to him that I turn for strength and guidance, and he is always there to guide me. I am so thankful for the inspiration that comes as I ponder what I can share to help others with this blog. If my mind is blank, I don’t write. I have been blessed in so many ways, and my cup is overflowing.
Elder Albrechtsen towers over everyone.
I have 4 children living at home, a son away at college, a married daughter and son-in-law in college, and a son serving a mission in Lima, Peru. I deal with all aspects of mothering as I help our 7 children of varying ages from 5 to 24.
My love for writing began at Yorba Linda Jr. High when my English teacher, Mr. Blue, said I was a promising writer. Those junior high compliments go a long way. I wrote for my high school and college newspapers, and felt that if I could become a free-lance writer I would still be able to stay at home with my kids. Blogging is a great way to do that.
I created this blog as a way of letting my voice be heard about food storage, saving money, and emergency preparedness. Things I am fascinated with, but am in no way an expert on. However, I am an expert in the knowledge that preparedness brings great peace. My blog is a way to give back to my brothers and sisters in this world in my own small way. Even though I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I welcome people of all faiths to read and share on my blog. I hope you enjoy it. Keep the faith.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The cashier at Albertson's was awesome! Very patient. The key is if your nice, their nice. If you're organized, their happy. I'm glad I went at night so that I didn't annoy any other customers waiting in line, however most of the shoppers were in the store trying to take advantage of the same sale. I ran into a lady who had cases of Progresso soup in her basket, and LOTS of coupons. She shared all of her tips with me.
Since I wanted to apply the $10 coupons that night, this is the order I had to follow:
- Before you get in line, divide your coupons into groups.
- Put 10 of the specific sale items on the conveyor belt, and put that plastic divider behind that group
- Hand the cashier any coupons for those items
- Receive a $10 coupon
- Repeat but give the cashier the $10 coupon and your additional coupons for your next group
- The last group of items were not part of the 10 specific items in the sale, but also great bargain items recommended at MyFoodStorageDeals.com.
30 Progresso soups
12 Stagg Chili
5 boxes Nature Valley granola bars (buy 5 to get an additional coupon for $3.50 off)
12 Albertson's olives
3 Lucky Charms 16 oz. cereal
2 Lucky Charms 16 oz. cereal
4 BC muffin mix
6 BC brownie mix
5 BC fruit snacks (buy 5 to get an additional coupon for $3.50 off)
12 Hunts 29 oz. tomatoes
4 BC frostings
6 Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
6 Dannon yogurts
5 Chex mix food bars
4 bags of chips
-$143.96 Albertson's Preferred Savings
$84.49 is what I paid! excluding tax
Let me help you understand how careful shopping pays off. I would have only gotten the items listed in green above at Sam's Club for $84.49
One advantage of shopping at a grocery store versus only shopping at warehouse stores like Sam's/Costco is the variety of food you can purchase. I was able to get the flavors that I wanted. Now don't get me wrong. I love my Sam's Club, but if your careful you can purchase and save elsewhere too.
FYI here is where I shop:
Smith's for most of my perishable items
Albertson's for a good sale if I can apply coupons
Sam's Club for bulk items listed at (Feb. 13 post)
LDS Cannery for grains and long-term storage items
Walgreen's for makeup, medicine, toothpaste see (Dec. 20 post)
Macey's for their Case Lot Sales, canned fruits, vegetables, beans, tomato goods, #10 can goods
WalMart, rarely (my feet hurt), but household, toiletries, socks, underwear, baking items
Kohl's, JC Penney and sometimes Old Navy for clothes from their clearance sales. I found myself a beautiful coat for $25 the other day at Kohl's, retailed $160.
Some of you are better shoppers than me for sure, but with seven children, and four at home I try to save where I can.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Also, if you would like to learn how to cough correctly to prevent the spread of germs, go to coughsafe.com. It's hilarious, but very helpful. Something we need to show our kids.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
We need to remember that it is dangerous to take generators and grills inside a home. More information on generator safety can be found in my January 5 post. Ten of the deaths were from carbon monoxide poisoning and at least nine others from hypothermia.