October 30, 2012

November 2012: Monthly Food Storage Shopping List


Over the next few weeks many families will gather for the holidays. The food storage focus for the month of November is baking supplies and emergency heating. Besides using baking supplies for the holiday feasts, these items are also great for year-round baking. With many of us on tight budgets it is helpful to bake more to help save money.

Because you will be buying baking items for the holidays anyway, it's easy to stock up on just a bit more for your food storage. Even though I will suggest a different item or two to focus on each week, you may find some great sales on all of these items earlier this month.

Here is what we are gathering for our 3-Month Food Storage supply. You may want to stock up on more for your Long Term storage as well (SL = Shelf Life):
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin (SL 2 - 5 years)
  • 15 oz. canned yams (SL 2 - 5 years)
  • 2x14 oz. broth, chicken and/or beef (SL 2 - 5 years)
  • 2 lbs. brown sugar (SL indefinitely)
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar (SL indefinitely)
  • 10 lbs. granulated sugar (SL indefinitely)
  • 1 box stuffing mix (SL 12 - 18 months)
  • 15 lbs. white flour (SL in pantry 1 year; SL in #10 can 10 years)
For the more detailed monthly list with additional emergency supplies, click the link below.


We will also focus on staying warm this winter by gathering a winter coat, blanket, gloves and hat for each person in your family if you have not already done so. Kids quickly grow out of these items. Imagine if you had to be without power for a week; do you have enough warm items if temperatures in your home drop below 50 degrees? A portable heater can be useful. Something like a propane indoor/outdoor Buddy Heater that heats up to 200 square feet might be a good idea as well.

I hope some of you practiced your fire drill last month. Our family watched the video at HomeFireDrill.org for Family Home Evening and then did a quick drill. My 7-year old said fires made her nervous. I told her I knew fires were scary, but it was better to be prepared. So she did the drill from the same bedroom as her older sister. However, the next day she said they practiced fire safety at school. So she felt much better. Hooray!

Anyway, the girls pretended to be asleep. We turned out all the house lights. Boy! Was it dark. Mom pushed the smoke alarm. The girls crawled on the floor, touched the door to see if it was hot, then ran down the stairs and out the front door. Dad was outside and it was there we decided on a different family meeting place.

We talked about the importance of not going back in the house, even for the dog. My youngest asked if she could cry if that happened. We said of course. A few things I learned was to keep all pathways clear in bedrooms and on the stairs. Tripping on something would have been easy in the dark. I also decided to get some hallway night lights.

Let's move forward and become better prepared in the month of November! And stay warm. Thinking of all of you going through difficult times on the East coast.

Best wishes,

Valerie

Watching the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Flooded carousel under the Brooklyn Bridge

Watching the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has been heart-wrenching. However, of all the disasters I have observed over the past few years, this is the one where many people headed the warnings and scrambled to get ready. In some areas, water and other emergency supplies disappeared from store shelves three days before the storm hit.

No electrical power means refrigerator and freezer items will spoil. It will take many days to get power going again in communities. No power means no heat. No transportation means no access to supplies. It is times like these that I am grateful for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Church issued the following statement in the aftermath of Sandy:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by post-tropical storm Sandy. Local Church leaders along the eastern coast of the United States have made preparations for the storm. Church representatives are in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The American Red Cross, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and other relief agencies to coordinate response efforts. Forty-two LDS volunteers are supporting Red Cross shelter operations in New Jersey and neighboring areas. The Church is working closely with the Red Cross to identify additional shelter locations if needed. 

The Church stands ready to assist affected communities. Emergency Response resources have been pre-positioned in Bishops Storehouses in the area. These resources include items such as food, water, blankets, hygiene supplies, tarps, cleaning supplies, chain saws and shovels. 

Local Church leaders will make assessments in the coming days and coordinate with response partners to determine further relief efforts. 

Mission presidents have taken precautions to protect the safety and well-being of missionaries."

Helping hands are on the way! Advance preparation is the key. Let us each move forward this month with our own personal preparations.

October 29, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #44


Here's what we're working on this week (Oct. 28 - Nov. 3):

INVENTORY: Pantry cooking basics.
Now is the time to count things your bake with: such as baking powder and soda, salt, cornstarch, yeast, flour, sugars, oils, cooking spray, cocoa, chocolate chips, etc. Decide what you need to stock up on. Toss anything that is past its expiration dates.

STEP 1: 3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
12 oz. chocolate/baking chips
4 oz. baking cocoa, unsweetened
I keep my chips in my freezer, but bring to room temperature before baking with them. Baking cocoa keeps indefinitely if stored in a cool, dry place.

STEP 2: 2-WEEK WATER SUPPLY: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person. That's about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles. If you refill your own containers they need to be changed every 6 months, whereas commercially bottled water can be stored indefinitely. But it will taste better if you use it periodically, then buy more. Water is an absolute necessity! You will need more for hygiene, cleaning and cooking.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE or EMERGENCY FUND: Start small, but be consistent. Add $2.00 or more per person each week. And only use it for emergencies.


STEP 4: LONGER-TERM FOOD STORAGE:
Do this step if you have completed STEPS 1, 2 and 3. Throughout the year I will suggest long-term items in STEP 1 with (LT) after their name. You can purchase a 3-month supply or a larger amount for your long-term storage. These items can be stored for 20 - 30+ years. For instance, if you want a 1 year supply of sugar, multiply the amount in STEP 1 by 4 which would be 40 lbs. of sugar per person, etc. The choice is yours.


HOME STORAGE: Humidifier/vaporizer. If you don't have one, now may be the time to get one for the cold season.

72-HOUR KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

EQUIPMENT FUND: Many of you have been working on your 72-hour kits and auto emergency kits with me for the past 9 months. So, for the next 12 weeks you will see a suggested amount to save for a more expensive equipment item to be purchased at the end of December. However, if you are not ready to do this and want to continue building your emergency kits, go back to my older monthly lists and look for items you want to purchase each week. We will start over again in January.
1. Decide on an item such as one of the following that you want to save for: Electric Pressure Cooker $100, Pressure Canner/Cooker $100, Tent $150, 2-Burner Outdoor Propane Stove $100, Volcano Cook Stove $100, Indoor/Outdoor Heater $100, Electric Wheat Grinder $250, Chain saw $200-300, Solar Oven $300, KitchenAid Mixer $300, Bosch Mixer $420, or Generator $800+
2. Divide the dollar amount by 12.
3. Put aside that amount each week.
4. Purchase your item at the end of December.

EQUIPMENT GOAL: Rechargeable wall lights. These are the lights that go on when the power goes out so you can see. You leave them plugged into an outlet.

PREP GOAL: Have a mock fire drill. With your family practice a drill that includes leaving the house at night. Push the button on one of your smoke alarms so your children know what it sounds like and then leave the house. This is not an evacuation where you grab important items. Just get out. Today I am moving all of our winter coats into the coat closet and the boots by the front door. See HomeFireDrill.org.

HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
1. Decide on a monthly or weekly home storage budget.
2. Realistically 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. You are never behind if you take one step forward.

October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Preparations

I've been watching the news about Hurricane Sandy. My niece is in Brooklyn, New York, and I have other friends that way as well. I love hearing about how you have prepared yourself.

From my niece: "We've got water, flashlights, food and toilet paper to ride out the Frankenstorm. Its windy but calm outside right now...supposed to get worse over the next couple days. Brett's agency was closed for tomorrow but he's hard at work making calls to the EQ about evacuations. Life here keeps us on the edge of our seats!!"

From my friend Shielah: "We are getting ready for a real nasty storm here. They expect us to be out of power for 3 days or so starting Monday night or Tuesday morning. So, we got ice and filled our car up with gas and such. Lowes ran out of generators Saturday at 6 am. Sure wish I had one. LOL Just thought that you might want to know. Will contact you after the power comes back on."

FEMA suggested yesterday:

"If you or someone you know may be impacted by Hurricane Sandy, here are a few things to do today:
 - Get some extra cash out at the ATM today. If the power goes out, banks/ATMs may be offline for some time.
- Make a plan for how you’ll keep your cell phone charged if you lose power for several days. Picking up a solar or hand-crank charger for your phone is a good idea.
- High winds are expected across a wide area. Protect your home/business – cover windows, clean gutters, trim trees.
- Get to the store today for emergency supplies – water, nonperishable food, batteries, flashlight, etc.
- Visit www.Ready.gov/hurricanes or m.fema.gov on your phone for more hurricane safety tips."

You can get more updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FEMA

October 27, 2012

A Glimplse Into The Life of a Busy Mom and Grandma

So glad for a full life, but it sure makes it hard to find time to write. Here is a rundown of my October. You will want to put your feet up after reading this.
  • Watched all four sessions of General Conference and loved them! Enjoyed watching it with my college kids who came home. Was excited to hear the announcement about the age change for missionaries. Awaiting the mission call for my niece, Jessika, whose papers were in quicker than anyone I know.
  • Went to the pumpkin patch with my preschool class. Loved watching the excitement they had running through the hay bale maze and choosing their own pumpkin.
  • Watched my beautiful daughter cross the finish line in first place after battling some challenges with her health this cross country season. Her team took the region title. The girl's team took state as well.
  • Had a surprise visit from a distant cousin which led to learning more about my McCune pioneer ancestors. Very cool!
  • Made Lion House sugar cookies that our family secretly delivered to friends in the neighborhood, and left them a Boo note. I was the driver and the girls rang the doorbell.
  • Attended the BYU/Oregon State game. Wore black. Was hopeful, but no, it was not to be.
  • Babysat my beautiful grandson for four precious days! What a joy and blessing he is. Took him to the library. One of my favorite places on earth.
  • Drove my girls to Disneyland (another favorite place) and the beach and stayed with my wonderful sister, Vivian. We were one of the first in line for the Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land. We decided that the entire state of Utah was on the 91 freeway with us and in line with us as well.
  • Taught morning preschool for three days each week this month and loved it. I have the best class! They love it when we sing songs from "Wee Sing For Halloween."
  • Read books to my daughter's 2nd grade class; "Stellaluna" and "Aaaarrgghh! Spider!" And managed their "reading" money.
  • Planned how I am going to finish my degree at BYU through their Bachelor's of General Study program. Going to do the English emphasis starting next year. After the book.
  • Currently designing the elementary school PTO newsletter. I don't have time for Words With Friends anymore, so this is my outlet.
  • Watched the fall leaves fly in the breeze everywhere in our neighborhood. And then watched the snowflakes dust the earth. Did I say I love Farmington?
  • Watched the debates. Voted yesterday and was in and out of the door in 10 minutes before the crowd. However, the senior standing next to me was quicker than I was on the electronic ballot machine. 
  • And, yes. I worked on my ongoing book project; "The Food Storage Organizer." Hoping for an eBook and some paperback copies later this year.
  • I didn't include those early morning drives to choir, trips to piano and ballet, doctor's appointments, laundry, and grocery shopping. And yes. I keep on adding to my food storage and emergency supplies every week. It's easy when I add a few items from my 52 Food Storage Shopping lists to my grocery list. A little bit at a time.
Whew! Can I please take a nap? Seriously, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm enjoying life too much. Have a great weekend!

October 22, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #43

Here is what we are working on this week (Oct. 21 - 27):

INVENTORY: Breakfast items. We count these every 3 months. This includes such items as boxed cereals, oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup, etc. Count what you have and decide what you need. Learn to keep a 3-month supply always on hand.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person: 6 lbs. beef chunks/corned beef/jerky/etc. Costco has 12 oz. cans of Kirkland roast beef (no gravy) for $3.00 ea. Sore what your family does/will eat. Canned beef is an easy ad in to to stew. We like beef or turkey jerky from Costco as well for a protein boost. During a week-long power outage, you will be glad you had some beef. Don't depend on your freezer!

2-WEEK WATER SUPPLY: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). We are always refilling our containers or buying cases throughout the year. A few weeks ago I used a free Smith's Kroger coupon for a case of water. :-)

EMERGENCY FUND: Start small, but be consistent. Add $2.00 or more per person each week. And only use for emergencies.

HOME STORAGE: Thermometer. Does yours work? If not, pick up one this week.

72-HOUR KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

EQUIPMENT FUND: Many of you have been working on your 72-hour kits and auto emergency kits for the past 9 months. So for the next 12 weeks you will see a suggested amount to save for a more expensive equipment item to be purchased at the end of December.

However, if you are not ready to do this and want to continue building your emergency kits, go back to my older monthly lists and look for items you want to purchase each week. We will start over again in January.

1. Decide on an item such as one of the following that you want to save for:
Electric Pressure Cooker $100, Pressure Canner/Cooker $100, Tent $150, 2-Burner Outdoor Propane Stove $100, Volcano Cook Stove $100, Indoor/Outdoor Heater $100, Electric Wheat Grinder $250, Chain saw $200-300, Solar Oven $300, KitchenAid Mixer $300, Bosch Mixer $420, or Generator $800+
2. Divide the dollar amount by 12.
3. Put aside that amount each week.
4. Purchase your item at the end of December.

EQUIPMENT GOAL: Carbon monoxide detector. They are on sale at Costco until November 4.

PREP GOAL: Look around your house for those bookcases, T.V. cabinets or a china cabinet which could topple over during an earthquake. Get some brackets and bolt it to the wall. It only takes a few minutes to secure those items and protect your loved ones.

HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
1. Decide on a monthly or weekly home storage budget.
2. Realistically 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. You are never behind if you take one step forward.

Food Storage Goals: Week #42

I am finally back in town after a trip to California for the school break. I am posting both last week and this week's food storage goals. Sorry I didn't get it out last week, but family first.

Here is last week's list (Oct. 14 - 20):

INVENTORY: Paper and Plastics. It's always helpful to have a supply of paper plates, cups, bowls, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. on hand. They are especially useful in emergency situations. I keep at least a 1 to 3-month supply of these items on hand. Count what you have and decide what you need.

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person: 24 oz. of Vegetable/Olive/Coconut Oil, etc. AND 1 lb. of shortening/lard, etc. Everybody is different, so stock up on what you use. Store in a dark cupboard. Deal: Smith's Kroger 48 oz. cooking oil is $2.49

2-WEEK WATER SUPPLY: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). We are always refilling our containers or buying cases throughout the year.

EMERGENCY FUND: Start small, but be consistent. Add $2.00 or more per person each week. And only use for emergencies.

HOME STORAGE: Pain medicines. Items such as Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or other things you use for pain management. Buy a 6-month supply because we restock every 6 months. One or two bottles may be sufficient.Try buying store brands or use coupons.

72-HOUR KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

EQUIPMENT FUND: Many of you have been working on your 72-hour kits and auto emergency kits for the past 9 months. So for the next 12 weeks you will see a suggested amount to save for a more expensive equipment item to be purchased at the end of December.

However, if you are not ready to do this and want to continue building your emergency kits, go back to my older monthly lists and look for items you want to purchase each week. We will start over again in January.

1. Decide on an item such as one of the following that you want to save for:
Electric Pressure Cooker $100, Pressure Canner/Cooker $100, Tent $150, 2-Burner Outdoor Propane Stove $100, Volcano Cook Stove $100, Indoor/Outdoor Heater $100, Electric Wheat Grinder $250, Chain saw $200-300, Solar Oven $300, KitchenAid Mixer $300, Bosch Mixer $420, or Generator $800+
2. Divide the dollar amount by 12.
3. Put aside that amount each week.
4. Purchase your item at the end of December.

EQUIPMENT GOAL: Fire extinguisher. They are on sale at Costco until November 4.

PREP GOAL: Collect favorite holiday recipes. Type them up and keep them in a notebook. I know it seems easier to have them online, but just gather a few family favorites to have at your finger tips.

HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
1. Decide on a monthly or weekly home storage budget.
2. Realistically 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. You are never behind if you take one step forward.

October 13, 2012

Costco Deals for October Food Storage

The new Costco coupon book (valid 10/11/12 - 11/4/12) includes great discounts on some of the items we are stocking up on in October. Here is a week-by-week run down for those of you with Costco memberships. Regular price is listed first followed by coupon if any then sales price. I also show some items not on sale just for price comparison. Do you have enough smoke detectors? Do they work? (Prices may be local.)

WEEK 41
Skippy Peanut Butter 2x48 oz. $11.99 no coupon
Adam's Peanut Butter 1x80oz. $9.99 no coupon
First Alert smoke alarm w/batteries 2 pk $22.99, $7.00 C, $15.99 (That's $8.00 ea.!)
L'l Critters Gummy Vites vitamins, 275 ct. $11.99, $2.00 C, $9.99
Nature Made vitamins, various $3.00 C
Kirkland vitamins, various $3.00 C
Centrum vitamins, various $3.00 C
Various cough meds, $5.00 C

WEEK 42
Kirkland canola oil 160 oz. $8.99 (equiv. to 3.3x48 oz. containers for $2.69. Walmart Great Value is $2.58)
Crisco shortening 6 lb. $7.99 no coupon (this is huge and may not work for some of you)
First Alert fire extinguisher 5 lb. $31.99, $7.00 C, $24.99
First Alert fire extinguisher 2pk $32.49, $7.00 C, $25.49

WEEK 43
First Alert carbon monoxide detector $29.89, $7.00 C, $22.89

WEEK 44
Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels 72 oz. $10.79, $2.25 C, $8.54 ($1.42 per12 oz.!)
Hershey's baking cocoa 23 oz. $5.99 no coupon (.26 per ounce!)

October 9, 2012

Thoughts on General Conference, October 2012


What an amazing weekend we have had! I have loved it. The talks given by our church leaders at General Conference were so inspiring. To have the knowledge that God loves each of us and is mindful of the details and decisions we make in our lives, is so beautiful and so reassuring. We are not alone. As we come closer to understanding our Savior, Jesus Christ and what he taught during his short mission on earth, we desire to serve our brothers and sisters throughout this world in our own simple ways.

We were all surprised and excited to learn that the age for missionaries was changed from age 19 to 18 for young men who have graduated from high school, and from age 21 to 19 for young women if they so choose and are prepared and ready. The Lord's work is hastening. Over the past few days I have heard of many young people who have decided to go on a mission as soon as possible. There are many whose hearts who have been touched. The rising generation is stepping up. (To learn more, watch the press conference.)

The location of two new temples was also announced; one in Tucson, Arizona and the other in Arequipa, Peru. The total number of temples around the world or in planning stages is 168. 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“Declaring our testimony of the Gospel is good. But being a living example of the restored Gospel is better. Wishing to be more faithful to our covenants is good. Actually being faithful to sacred covenants including living a virtuous life, paying our tithes and offerings, keeping the Word of Wisdom, and serving those in need is much better. Announcing that we will dedicate more time for family prayer, scripture study and wholesome family activities is good. But actually doing all these things steadily will bring heavenly blessings to our lives.” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“In our day, it easy to merely pretend to spend time with others. With the click of a mouse we can connect with thousands of friends without ever having to face a single one of them. Technology can be a wonderful thing. And it is very useful when we cannot be near our loved ones. However, I believe that we are not headed in the right direction individually and as a society when we connect with family and friends mostly by posting humorous pictures, forwarding trivial things, linking our loved ones to sites on the internet. I suppose there’s a place for this kind of activity. And it’s fun at times. But how much time are we willing to spend on it? If we fail to give our best personal self and undivided time to those who are truly important to us. One day, we will regret it. Let us resolve to cherish those we love by spending meaningful time with them. Doing things together and cultivating treasured memories." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

On a personal note:
Needing exercise, I decided to take a walk tonight and invited my youngest daughter to come with me. She pedaled her bike faithfully while I walked. Coming closer to home, we needed to go up a steep hill. She decided to walk her bike and we each took hold of a bike handle. Becoming tired, she started to complain. Hoping to make it easier I suggested we were like pioneers pulling our handcart. I then told her to count the cracks in the sidewalk. We counted together, and this soon became a game for her. She happily hiked the rest of the way home.

Thank you, President Uchtdorf, for reminding me to spend time with my youngest. It is easy to focus on our own needs, but as we focus on what is truly important, spending meaningful time with family and loved ones, happiness is the result. May you each find those opportunities.

October 8, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week #41

Here is what we are working on this week:

INVENTORY: Freezer. Discard old items and inventory what more you need. We do this every three months. 

3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person: 1x28 oz. peanut butter, almond butter or other nut spread you like to use. Check the expiration date on the container to see how often you should replace unopened containers. Write the date an opened container if you don't use it quickly.

2-WEEK WATER SUPPLY: Accumulate 14 gallons of water per person (or 4x24 ct. cases per person). Pick up a case for $2.50 at the case lot sales this week!

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

HOME STORAGE: Cold medicines. Buy a 6-month supply assuming everyone will get sick at least once during that time. Consider ages of family members. Suggestions are cough drops, fever reducers, pain relievers, head colds meds, etc. You get the idea. Next week we gather pain medicines, but you could do both at the same time. Try buying store brands or use coupons.

72-HOUR KIT: Save $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Save $10 + into an equipment fund. (see below)

EQUIPMENT FUND: Many of you have been working all year long on your 72-hour kits and auto emergency kits. I tried to get you prepped over the last 9 months, so for the next 12 weeks you will see a suggested amount to save for a larger equipment item to purchase at the end of December. However, if you are not ready to do this and want to continue to build your emergency kits, go back to my older monthly lists and look for items you want to purchase each week. We will start over again in January.

1. Decide on an item such as one of the following that you want to save for: Electric Pressure Cooker $100, Pressure Canner/Cooker $100, Tent $150, 2-Burner Outdoor Propane Stove $100, Volcano Cook Stove $100, Indoor/Outdoor Heater $100, Electric Wheat Grinder $250, Chain saw $200-300, Solar Oven $300, KitchenAid Mixer $300, Bosch Mixer $420, or Generator $800+
2. Divide the dollar amount by 12.
3. Put aside that amount each week.
4. Purchase your item at the end of December.

EQUIPMENT: Additional smoke alarms. Do you really have enough?

PREP GOAL: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. This should be done monthly. It's simple and quick to push the test button to see if the batteries still work. Show your older children how to do it. Never assume your alarms are all working as this may cost you your life. Put a reminder on your calendar. And keep spare batteries on hand for your type of detectors.

HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
1. Decide on a monthly or weekly home storage budget.
2. Realistically 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. You are never behind if you take one step forward.

October 6, 2012

Hill Cumorah Pageant to Be Broadcast Following LDS General Conference


Just received word that "on Sunday, October 7, a documentary on the Hill Cumorah Pageant will be televised on KSL Television at 4:00 pm MDT immediately following the afternoon session of General Conference. The documentary titled 'The Hill Cumorah Pageant, America's Witness for Christ, 75 Years of Testimony' was produced by Brad Pelo and Ward Wright. Videography and film editing was done by Michael Boren. The narrator is Carol Makita from KSL. Brad, Ward and Michael were members of the 2102 Hill Cumorah Pageant staff and cast.

"At this time the documentary is only scheduled to be broadcast in the KSL (Salt Lake) market. When wider broadcast arrangements are completed, we will announce those arrangements here on our Facebook page." LIKE the Facebook page if you want further notification.

(Thanks, Joyce!)

October 5, 2012

Taking Notes at General Conference

 Come listen to living prophets
Over the years I've written pages and pages of notes from General Conference, reread some of them, and then sadly have put many of them aside. In the past I tried to write down what I thought the speaker was trying to teach me. However, this October I decided to take my notes differently. So, after reading the article "Getting More Out of General Conference," from the April 2012 Ensign, I decided to divide my notes into various sections. First, at the top of each page for each session of conference I listed the heading:

My Current Concerns
What are some questions or concerns I currently am seeking answers to?

Then for each talk I listed these headings:

Words of Wisdom
What were some thoughts, quotes, or stories that had meaning to me?

Words of Warning
What are some warnings I need to head?

Blessings
What blessings will I receive if I head this counsel?

Changes to Make
What changes do I need to make in my life now?

This will be a new experience, but one I am looking forward to. Hope you enjoy General Conference as well.


Useful articles
Getting More Out of General Conference 

October 1, 2012

October 2012: Monthly Food Storage Shopping List


This month our food storage focus is oils and fats, and a bit of chocolate. Last year I listed those items in December because you can get some great bargains then, however some of you will want to start the holiday season off with these items stocked in your pantry. Got to have some chocolate chips for those pumpkin cookies and pancakes, right?

Our preparedness focus is fire safety. After the many fires in Utah and surrounding states this year, fire safety is in the forefront. This is National Fire Prevention month, with Fire Prevention Week starting October 7th. Check out some prep ideas at usfa.fema.gov, nfpa.org or HomeFireDrill.org.

October 2012
Food Storage Shopping List.pdf
(print the complete list)

Oils and Fats
There are a variety of oils and fats to choose from; canola, coconut, vegetable, peanut, olive, shortening, etc. No matter what you choose to store, you need to remember that oil is NOT a long term food storage item so rotate it often. As you stock up on a 3 to 6 month supply now, you may need to stock up again every three to six months.

Unopened canola oil has a 1 - 2 year shelf life depending on storage temperature, but most of us open it up which reduces the shelf life to 6 - 12 months. So write the date you open it on the side of the container and keep it stored in a dark cupboard away from heat. Shortening has an unopened shelf life of 2 years, but an opened shelf life of 1 year.

Try to buy the size that you will use up based on your cooking/baking style. If you bake often, buy a larger container. If not, choose a smaller size. Always smell and taste oil before using, and don't use if it has an off odor, taste or appearance. (Some of you may wonder why mayonnaise is not on this list. We stock up on that during the summer months with our condiments.)

Peanut Butter
I've also included peanut or almond butter, and any nut butter you prefer this month. Again, because of the fat content, these items are not long-term foods. So store an amount you use, and buy regularly throughout the year to replenish your stock. I picked up a few cases of the 18 oz. size at Smith's grocery store last month. In a large family, the larger size at Costco or Sam's Club may be better. Natural peanut butters have a shelf life of 6 months, and regular peanut butter has a 2 year unopened shelf life and a 3 - 4 month opened shelf life. So mark those containers.

Beef
Even though we focused on meat and potatoes last month, I added beef into this month's list to help balance your monthly expense. There are various types of beef you can store; canned beef chunks (Costco 12 oz. $3.00), beef jerky, corned beef, etc. If you have space and finances, you can store TVP (textured vegetable protein) instead of real beef. The choice is yours. I only use mine for emergencies because of the expense.

Chocolate
A 23 oz. size baking cocoa at Costco is $5.99, and it has a 1 year shelf life opened, and an indefinite shelf life unopened. A large package of chocolate chips at Costco is equivalent to $1.75 per 12 oz. package at the grocery store. So if you can't find a good sale, buy at Costco. However, you won't find mini chips.

Because of the fat in chocolate chips, milk chocolate has a 16 month shelf life, and semi-sweet chocolate chips have a 2 year shelf life if stored in a cool, dry area, tightly sealed. In humid climates chips store best in the refrigerator or freezer. I live in a dry climate, but still freeze my chocolate chips, however I let them come to room temperature before baking.

HEADS UP:
Watch for clearance Halloween candy the first week of November. Or, tell your kids they can only eat a small amount of their Halloween candy now, and then put the rest in the "family goodie bin" for future treat making. A few good candies to hang on to for baking are kisses, Skittles, M&M's, Snickers, Almond Joys, candy corn, jelly beans, chocolate bars, and peanut butter cups.

With Christmas items already needing space on shelves, stores will be getting rid of Halloween items quickly. Best prices are usually three days after Halloween with the first mark down at 50% off and then it goes up as each day goes by, but the selection is also depleted.

Forgot to mention that this month we are not adding to our 72-hour and auto emergency kits. We are putting money aside for a big ticket item at the end of December. Something like that wheat grinder or a mixes. Check out the October 2012 Food Storage Shopping List link above to see what I'm talking about.

Last but not least, I just cleaned up my menu bar and included these new tabs: Start Here, and 52 Weekly Food Storage Lists. Hope you will check them out. So let's get our houses in order this October. Love this season!

Best wishes,
Valerie
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*shelf life from StillTasty.com

Halloween Candy articles:
TasteofHome: Recipes Using Leftover Halloween Candy
Real Simple: 10 Recipe Ideas for Halloween Candy

More Case Lot Sales This Week!


In case you missed the case lot sales a few weeks ago, more start October 1 just in time for General Conference weekend! Go to GrocerySmarts.com for prices or check your local ad.

Case Lot Sales Starting October 1:
Allen’s
Crisps
Lees
Ridley’s 
Wangsgards

Case Lot Sales Starting October 3:
Bowman's (Kaysville, UT)
Winegar’s  

A few good deals still out there . . .

Hunt's Pasta Saunce 24 oz. .88, case of 12 $10.56
Campbell's Spaghettios .59 or .79
Western Family Butter $1.87 or $1.99
Western Family Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz. .59, case of 48 $28.32
Western Family vegetables 11 - 15.2 oz. .55, case of 24 $13.20
Western Family cream soup .55, case of 24 $13.20
Western Family frozen vegetables .77, case of 12 $9.24
Western Family mandarin oranges .50, case of 24 $12.00
Western Family instant oatmeal .99
Western Family 2 lb. shredded cheese $4.99
Western Family 8 oz. tomato sauce .25, case of 49 $12
Western Family 15 oz. tomatoes .50, case of 24 $12.00
Augason Farms 50 lb. Hard Red or White $15.99
Augason Farms dough enhancer 15 oz. $2.49
Augason Farms whole eggs 33 oz. $13.79
Augason Farms banana slices 34 oz. $7.49
Augason Farms Morning Moo's 56 oz. $9.99
Augason Farms Morning Moo's 71 oz. $9.99
Western Family sugar 25 lb. $12.99 (beats Costco by a little)
Western Family brown & powedered sugar $1.25 (beats Costco)



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