August 31, 2012

September 2012: Monthly Food Storage Shopping List


It's hard to believe that we are down to the last few months of the year. September is one of my favorite months because I love the excitement of children getting ready for school. My kids start next week, and some of your children have already begun. September is also a month that the weather starts to get cooler. Hopefully we can get out of the 90 degree weather here in my part of Utah.

This month our food storage focus is meat and potatoes. Because of the expense of meat, I've moved beef into October, so stock up on other choices such as chicken, tuna, Vienna sausages, Spam, ham and pork. Those of you with limited storage space may only want to stock up on a 3-month supply for your family. Most canned meat has a long shelf life (2 to 5 years), which is great because most of us use fresh or frozen meats most of the time. 

September 2012
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Our family loves canned chicken, so I stock up on it because it is convenient when I'm short on time. But because of the expense, I don't us it as often. My local Costco now has canned pork as well, but I've never used it. And Sam's Club has canned turkey. My Utah readers may find some items on sale at the upcoming case lot sales. (I will post dates when I have them.) Compare case lot prices with Sam's Club and Costco on my Fall 2012 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison.

This month gather a few family favorite recipes that utilize canned meats. A few we love are Easy Chicken Tortilla Casserole and Easy Chicken Stew. The stew is low in calories which I love! You can add fresh vegetables from the garden as well.

Mashed potatoes are another family favorite. I store long-term potato flakes from the LDS Home Storage Center in #10 cans because I have the space for it, but I also buy a box of Honest Earth Creamy Mashed Potatoes from Costco for my 3-month supply. You could also store scalloped or other dried potatoes as well.

This month you may want to winterize your emergency car kit, so I've included some items to add on the monthly shopping list. Depending on where you live, items for the colder weather can be useful. This is also a good time to see if you have enough water bottles as well. 

In closing, I want you to know that I love God, family and my country. The freedom to worship as I desire is extremely important to me. I am so grateful I have the freedom to share what I am learning with others. It has been such a blessing. As each of you gather and stock up, I hope you will share what you are learning with your friends. Pass it on. You may be the one that saves another from disaster and trials. President Spencer W. Kimball said: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other.”

Best wishes,
Valerie

August 26, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Hits The Gulf This Week

I know I am supposed to be on vacation, but I just want those of you who have already been impacted by Hurricane Isaac to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. From what I have been reading and watching, many of you still in the hurricane's path are doing a great job with advance preparations. We can all learn from you. If you want to share, send me an email.

For information on the current location of Isaac, go to this NOAA link.

August 19, 2012

I'm On Vacation

The next few weeks are fairly crazy for me, so I'm going on vacation from blog. Pardon my absence, but first things first. I appreciate all of my readers and I look forward to being with you again in September.

August 16, 2012

American Beauty Pasta on Sale For .49 cents Per Package


Today I took advantage of a Buy 10 sale at Smith's (Kroger) grocery store. Select varieties of American Beauty pasta are on sale for .49 cents if you buy 10 packages. That is the lowest I've ever seen for pasta! I stocked up on spaghetti, fettuccine, bow tie, and penne pasta for our 3-month+ food storage supply. I keep my pasta in a dry pantry room in plastic totes in the original package, similar to the picture above. I mark the purchase date on the package so I grab the oldest item first.

Sorry, but I didn't see any wheat pasta included in this sale. The shelf life for most of my packages is 2 years. But we will use it sooner than that. I also saw the 18 oz. Kroger peanut butter on sale for $1.99. I hope this will be at an even lower price at the case lot sale in September, but you never know.

August 12, 2012

Christmas Planning Calendar 2012

Winter Clip Art


It's that time of year again when I revise my Christmas planning calendar. Using this calendar helps me pace myself through the holiday months. This year I decided to do a few things in August.

I like to decorate my porch and entryway table for all of the holidays. Most of my readers know I shop at thrift stores (Deseret Industries) or sales for most of those decorations. However, the big decorating and holiday preparations happen for Christmas. So, it's helpful to pace myself week-by-week.

I use a Google Calendar and enter each of the following items as an all day "Event" and then have them repeat from year to year. However, you could write yours on your calendar. I'm also making a small Christmas gift planner to carry in my purse. Here is what I decided to do this year:

Christmas Planner 2012

AUGUST
1st Week
Holiday Calendar-update
2nd Week
School shop-Finish
Clothes shop-Finish
3rd Week
Christmas letter-Start
Gather Pinterest holiday ideas
4th Week
Autumn decor up

SEPTEMBER
1st Week 
Card addresses-update
2nd Week
Budget Christmas
Gift list ideas
Temple Square events
3rd Week
Missionary gift ideas
Holiday travel plans
4th Week
Family picture cards-print
Halloween costume plan
Halloween decor up

OCTOBER
1st Week
Missionary gift shop
Buy pumpkins
Buy Thanksgiving table decor
2nd Week 
Online Christmas shop
Ghost Boo neighbors
Halloween candy
3rd Week 
Online Christmas shop
Kids Santa wish lists
4th Week 
Online Christmas shop
Work gifts
Holiday party dates
5th Week 
Inspect Christmas lights
Inspect Christmas decor
Thanksgiving decor up
Christmas lights up

NOVEMBER
1st Week 
Christmas shop
Mail missionary gifts
Buy neighbor gift containers
2nd Week 
Christmas shop
Kids go shopping
Buy stocking suffers
Thanksgiving menu
3rd Week 
Mail relative gifts
Buy Thanksgiving food
Thanksgiving food prep
Visit Temple Square lights
4th Week 
Christmas decor up
Wrap gifts

DECEMBER
1st Week 
First Presidency devotional
Wrap gifts
Make/give neighbor gifts
2nd Week 
Guest room prep
3rd Week 
Buy Christmas food
Enjoy Christmas Day with family!
4th Week
Christmas meal prep
Read Christmas story
After Christmas sales
Christmas decor down
New Year's Eve/Day activities

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Activities Advent

Clipart by MyCuteGraphics.com

August 9, 2012

August Shopping Trip at a Utah Case Lot Sale



Yesterday I found an hour to shop at a Utah case lot sale at the new Dick's Market in Centerville. And I loved it because I didn't have to buy large cases of my items. This wonderful store allows you to buy whatever number of items you want, and still get the case lot price! ☺

Our family is shrinking as daughter number two, child number 5 heads off to BYU in a few weeks. Sob, sob! So before I went to the store, I stood in the cold storage room looking over my food storage and decided to be realistic. I don't need a year supply of everything. I need to store what we eat, and eat what we store.


The beginnings of my basket.
Some of you think I buy tons of food, but I tend to be moderate in how much I store. I do believe in having a year's supply of long-term foods such as wheat, rice, oatmeal, sugar, honey, etc. But I like to buy short-term shelf life foods throughout the year so my food has various expiration dates. So, I'll buy different items next month at another case lot sale, and then again in January, March and April. And each month I buy other items following my monthly food storage shopping lists.

Since my August food storage focus is fruits and vegetables, it was easy for me to choose my items. I was excited to see that the Western Family brand now has canned fruit packed in ITS OWN JUICE! So, I spent some time down the fruits and vegetables aisle (not the case lot display in the front of the store) and gathered a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Green beans, corn, beets, mandarin oranges, peaches, pineapple, olives, chiles and so forth. So many varieties to choose from. Well, I did toss in a few boxes of brownie mix and a case of green beans and peaches.

I was very careful to ignore the rest of the store items, because I know I can stock up on those things another time of the year. My total was about $60 which didn't blow the budget.

I know. We are spoiled here in Utah. But those of you living out of state or out of the country must see the logic in not buying everything all at once so that it expires at the same time. I hope those of you who are learning to stock up on food are having a great experience. "Rome wasn't built in a day." And building up your food storage will take some time, and patience.

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August 8, 2012

LDS Scripture Study Journal for Children: Book of Mormon

Recently I was prompted to make a change with how my youngest daughter was doing her personal scripture study. Spiritual preparation is needed to weather many of life's challenges, and I want her to become immersed in the scriptures so her faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ become stronger.

When she was younger, we would read to her each night from one of the four LDS Scripture Stories; The New Testament, Old Testament, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Book of Mormon which you can purchase at the LDS Distribution Center. When she finished one book, she would go on to another. The books are $6.50 each and come in many languages, but there is also a DVD set of all four for $7.25. You can also view them online for free at the lds.org Media Library, or The Mormon Channel.

When my daughter first became an independent reader, I wanted to find a study method that would help establish the habit of life-long personal scripture study. So I created a scaled down version of an idea found at Latter-day Homeschooling which incorporates the use of a scripture journal and the LDS Scripture Stories. For my daughter, I also included a few coordinating scripture mastery verses (you are never too young) and some of the Living Scriptures videos. We already own all of the videos. I found her a lined journal at Ross for $3.00.

Each night my daughter follows a scripture chart I created for her with each chapter or verse to read. I printed it front and back on card stock paper. I taught her what each abbreviation means. Abbreviations are something new to a 7 year-old.

The Book of Mormon Scripture Chart
Then she answers a simple gospel question in a journal. On Sunday she can watch a correlating scripture video. I even included the movie, "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd." She is free to respond as she wishes and spell as she can. I love it! This will certainly be a wonderful memory.
Scripture Journal
You could adapt my idea for younger children by following the chart and reading to them. Then asking them the questions. But I think many grade school children of various ages could use my scripture chart. This is a great back-to-school, back-to-the scriptures gift idea as well.

So far I've only created the scripture card for the Book of Mormon and the New Testament. But it's working! She understands what to do. I tried to keep the questions fairly simple. You are welcome to download the Book of Mormon scripture chart below in pdf and Excel. It takes about 11 weeks to finish the cycle. I hope this post will trigger some ideas for you.

Book of Mormon Scripture Chart.pdf
Book of Mormon Scripture Chart.xlsx

You may also like my New Testament Scripture Chart.
Sorry, but these are the only ones I made. My daughter is now studying from Discover the Scriptures products.

August 7, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #32

Here is what we are working on this week:

INVENTORY: Beans, meat and soup items. Count what you have. Decide what you need for a 3-month supply.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
Canned fruit - 12 cans/jars

2-WEEK'S WATER: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). Can't live without it. Store containers off cement with 2x4's or on shelves.

EMERGENCY FUND: Add $2.00 or more per person each week. Start small, but stay consistent.

HOME STORAGE: Feminine items.

72-HOUR KIT: Sleeping bag.

AUTO KIT: Scissors.

EQUIPMENT: Lantern.

PREP GOAL: Make fruit jam.

How to Use This List:

1. Decide on a monthly home storage budget.
2. Decide what you want to gather or do from the list.
3. Multiply amounts by number of family members.
4. Adjust amount for younger children.
5. Adapt, adapt, adapt. These are only suggestions. Pick and choose.
6. Each week look for store sales that match your goals.
7. Carry your list with you or put it on your cell phone notepad.
8. Here is a link to all of my lists.

You are never behind if you take one step forward! "Rome wasn't built in a day."

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