December 31, 2012

Food Storage Goals: January Week 1 - Evaporated Milk

This week our food storage focus is evaporated milk.

STEP 1: 3-Month Supply (per adult) - 1 can of evaporated milk
Recipes: see Very Best Baking. Practice using evaporated milk this week.
Tip: Milk solids settle, so flip cans upside down every month or so, and then flip another month.
Shelf Life: 1 year for best quality

STEP 2: Drinking Water - 14 gallons (FEMA) or about 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water
Tip: Stock up this month! It's everywhere today, but it may not be tomorrow. Buy more to replenish what you use.
Shelf Life: indefinite

STEP 3: Financial Reserve (per person) - $2.00 +/- per week
Tip: Start your fund this month! Use only for emergencies. Keep some in the bank and some cash at home.

STEP 4: Longer-Term Supply (per adult) - None this week

Home Storage: Toiletries Group 1 (per adult) - Toilet paper
Tip: Average use is 1 roll per week. If you want a 3-month supply, stock 12 rolls. Use your best judgment.

Preparedness Goal - Decide where to store your drinking water.
Note: You are only storing emergency drinking water, not water for sanitation or cooking which we will gather another month.
Tip: Keep water away from heat and store some on every level of your home in case you can't get to it on one level. Do not store water directly on the cement. On 2x4's or a shelf is better.
Photos: Check here and here or see more ideas on my Pinterest board.

Equipment Goal - An emergency prep book
Tip: Find a book that has practical ideas for preparing for a disaster. Preview books at Amazon.com or another book site. Or check them out from a library. See my Shop Page for some ideas. I like "Just In Case" by Kathy Harrison and "Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family" by Arthur T. Bradley.

Weekly Inventory - Water
Tip: Check your supplies for breakage, spillage and replenish if needed.

Good luck on your goals this week. So excited to get moving this year. You CAN do it! Go here to see a printout of the January 2013 Food Storage list.

Instructions:
Each week, I post various food storage and emergency items to gather. By stocking up year round, you build up your supplies economically, use some, leave some on the shelf, and buy some more. Cycling keeps your items fresh and integrated into your everyday diet. I've incorporated the LDS 4-Step Approach to Home Storage, but with my suggested items to gather.

Work on STEP 1, 2 and 3, before moving to STEP 4: Long-Term Food Supply. It may take you awhile to gather your 3-Month Supply, water and a financial reserve. As long as you are moving forward, that's what matters most. Only gather what you can afford, will eat, and choose goals you have time for. Substitute other foods that work for your family.

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December 30, 2012

12-Month Food Storage Preparedness Plan for 2013

Most of my friends know I'm a planner. I'm not good at winging it, so I have to say when I'm guided by the Spirit, amazing things happen if I listen. Pondering the 2012 natural disasters and current economy confirms to me that we live in perilous times. To face the storms that may come, we need to make a conscientious effort to become prepared both physically and spiritually. And not get distracted along the way.

Considering all of this over the past few weeks, helped me create a 12-Month Food Storage Preparedness Plan for 2013. I am also making some changes to PreparedLDSFamily. I want to make food storage and emergency preparedness doable for as many people as possible.

I'm not a creative cook, but my semi-homemade approach to cooking has helped me see that even I can have a food storage! We will not starve.

That's why I like to share monthly and weekly food storage lists. Sure you can always follow a check list, but there is something about someone prompting and encouraging you along the way that helps you stay on track as you build up and replenish your food storage and emergency supplies.

Here are some changes for PreparedLDSFamily in 2013:
  1. No more weekly suggestions for 72-hour kits and auto kits. These emergency supplies should be done quickly, and I will share ideas on how to do that economically.
  2. The printable monthly food storage lists won't look exactly like last years. And yes, you can share them with friends and without asking me. Thank you for telling me you like them! 
  3. New monthly spiritual focus. We need to refill the oil in our lamps. So I will share family home evening ideas, talks, videos and my thoughts on a monthly spiritual topic.
  4. More pictures and videos. I promise!
  5. You can see what my blog focus will be each month below.
I am extremely grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who hears me, and helps me in my desire to help my brothers and sisters everywhere. Without His reassurance and teaching me that the gifts he has given me are to help others, I would not be able to do what I do.

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Valerie


12-Month Food Storage Preparation Plan 2013
Print my 12-Month Preparedness Plan for 2013.pdf
(PRINT BY CLICKING THE MONTH)


MONTHSPIRITUALFOOD/HOMEPREP
PREPSTORAGEGOALS
JANUARYBe ReadyWater/Beverages72-Hour Kits
D&C 88:119Toiletries 1Financial Reserve
FEBRUARYBe DoersBreakfast FoodsCommunication
1 Nephi 3:7Toiletries 2Emergency Plan
MARCHBe CharitableTomatoes/PastaFirst Aid/CPR
Mosiah 2:17First AidImportant Papers
APRILBe CleanSoup/Tuna/BeansSanitation
Isaiah 1:18SanitationHygiene
MAYBe PrayerfulCondiments/SpicesPower
2 Nephi 32:9Food Prep 1Light
JUNEBe HealthyGrains/VitaminsExercise
D&C 89:16Food Prep 2Bread recipes
JULYBe GuardiansSummer FoodsShelter
Alma 46:12Toiletries 3Bedding
AUGUSTBe NurturersFruits/VegetablesEmergency Cooking
3 Nephi 17:21Toiletries 4Kids Emergency Kits
SEPTEMBERBe HopefulMeat/PotatoesEarthquake Prep
Moroni 7:42LaundryPrep Books
OCTOBERBe FaithfulOils/FatsFire Safety 
D&C 61:10CleanupAuto Kits
NOVEMBERBe GratefulHoliday BakingHeating
Alma 37:37CleanersClothing
DECEMBERBe ChristlikeBaking BasicsGift Giving
Matthew 22:39Emergency CleanupEquipment

December 27, 2012

Review: Red Cross Emergency Apps For Mobile Devices

Adding the free Red Cross mobile apps to my iPhone, could help save a life. I love some of the features of these apps, and wanted to share them with you.

"A spokesperson for the Red Cross told MobiHealthNews that the average daily count for Red Cross apps in October was 369 downloads. The average number of downloads per day between October 25th and October 30th was about 66,000. The peak day for Red Cross app downloads was October 28th, the day before Sandy hit New York City, and Red Cross saw about 144,000 downloads for its apps that day alone."

Here's a bit about the Red Cross apps I have:

Red Cross Earthquake App - This app will alert you when an earthquake happens near your address or another person's address like your daughter in California. You can set your notifications based on the magnitude. For instance, mine is set to notify me if a 4.0+ magnitude earthquake hits within a 100 mile radius of my home address. Locations have to be in North America or that a U.S. territory, but there is a worldwide map that shows earthquakes which are 4.5 and above. There are also menus to help prepare you before, during or right after an earthquake. Also, help you recover, make an emergency plan, and test your earthquake knowledge. For instance, "How many earthquakes have hit your area in the last 39 years?" Answer for me? 88. You can also find shelters if an earthquake happens near you.

Red Cross Wildfire App - We had a deluge of wildfires in Utah last year. This app will help you before, during and after a fire, and suggest recovery ideas. For instance in Recovery you might read, "For several hours afterward, recheck for smoke and sparks throughout the home, including the attic." You can be warned if fires are within 100 miles of where you live, and find shelters. Earn badges for your wildfire knowledge.

Red Cross First Aid App - Love this! Have your first aid manual at your fingertips. No need to hunt it down the manual in your house or your poor memory. Has videos, quizzes and step-by-step first aid help. "What do you do when a person has anaphylaxic problems (breathing problems caused by allergies)." "Should I use ice to cool the burn?" "If clothes are stuck to the burn, should I try to remove them?" So many skills to brush up on.

You may also be interested in the Red Cross Hurricane app and the Shelter Finder app.

In addition, all apps let you donate to the Red Cross via text, share a story, find a blood drive near you and sign up for emergency courses.

Perhaps a new year's resolution could be to learn lifesaving skills while waiting in line, instead of reading your Facebook messages. Hope you find these apps useful in your desire to help your family and others..

December 23, 2012

Video: Good Tidings of Great Joy: The Birth of Jesus Christ

There has been much to ponder this month about things that are truly important. About life and death, of Jesus Christ and his infinite love for each of us. May you each find ways to share the gifts you've been given in service to others this month, and have a peaceful and spiritual Christmas day.

Merry Christmas
Valerie

December 22, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week 52

Wow! The last week of 2012, and the world didn't end. :-) Here's what we're gathering this week (Dec 23 - Dec. 29).

WEEKLY INVENTORY:
  • Cleaning Supplies. Count your supplies and decide if you are storing enough. A few extra supplies will help you in emergencies. Make a note about which items you want to increase your supply of, and gradually build it up.
STEP 1: 3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
  • 5 oz. Baking Powder (1 1/2 YSL)
  • 4 oz.  Baking Soda (2 YSL)
  • 4 oz. Cornstarch (ISL) LT
  • ISL = indefinite shelf life, YSL = year shelf life, YFL = year freezer shelf life
STEP 2: 2-WEEK SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER:
  • Accumulate 14 gallons of emergency water per person. That's about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles. If you refill your own containers, change them every 6 months; whereas commercially bottled water can be stored indefinitely. Water is an absolute necessity, so don't scrimp on it! You will need extra for hygiene, cleaning and cooking. Pick up a case here and there, but get this done quickly.
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 real emergencies. This is not an investment fund.
STEP 4: LONGER-TERM FOOD STORAGE:
  • Do STEPS 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously, and then start storing a supply that will last a year. If you see an LT by an item in STEP 1, it usually has a longer shelf life like 20 to 30+ years. 
HOME STORAGE:
  • Scrub brush. This is one of the cleanup supplies used after Hurricane Sandy. Would be useful for many emergencies.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES:
  • 72-HOUR KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund for an item below.
  • AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment for an item 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, and they are probably complete. So for the past 12 weeks we have been saving up for a more expensive equipment item to buy this month. However, if you are not ready to do this, you may want to work on your 72-hour kits. If you saved enough, you may want to purchase one of these items: 
  • 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+.
  • EQUIPMENT GOAL: After Christmas, purchase the item you have been saving for.
PREP GOAL: FREE WEEK

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.

If you want to see the entire month, go to the December Monthly Food Storage List.

You are never behind if you take one step forward.

December 18, 2012

Scripture Study Journal for Children: New Testament

I made my 7-year-old a new bookmark schedule for her study of the LDS New Testament Stories. She finished the Book of Mormon Scripture Stories reader, so it's time to move on. Because the stories are narrated on DVD, I decided to let her listen and read along with each story on my iPhone. Since this is her personal scripture study, I knew if she heard the narration, she would also learn how to correctly pronounce words she was unfamiliar with. Obviously if you have a younger child, you could read to them, but I really want her to become an independent reader.

She still has room in her last journal to answer the questions on the bookmark. Each one correlates with a chapter of the LDS New Testament Scripture Stories. And there is a check-off square next to the chapter or video when she completes it.

I say video because I added the New Testament Living Scripture videos to the schedule as well. So she can read, see, and write about the New Testament. I didn't add additional scriptures for her to look up this time, because there were so many videos she could watch.

This new generation of children has modern technologies which can assist them in their study of the Gospel. When my daughter was studying the Book of Mormon, we also watched "The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd" together and it was a wonderful experience.

I adapted this idea from a post at Latter-day Homeschooling. Even if you don't home-school, this website is a great resource.




Here is the link to the study book mark for the LDS New Testament Stories:

New Testament Stories Scriputre Study chart.pdf
New Testament Stories Scripture Study chart.xlsx

You may also be interested in the Book of Mormon Stories Study chart. Sorry, but these are the only ones I made. My daughter is now studying from Discover the Scriptures products.


2013 Preparedness Goal: Immerse children in the scriptures.


"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; 
and great shall be the peace of thy children."
3 Nephi 22:13

December 16, 2012

My Thoughts On Connecticut

As I watched the tragic details of the events that took place in Connecticut, my heart has been broken. I hugged my 7-year-old tightly. Today, as I looked at the pictures of the victims who resemble children her own age, I could only hang my head. Knowing my daughter will return to school on Monday, I wondered what other kids in her class might say to her, and decided to be direct but brief. She's never seen news stories on television.

We talked about the plan . . . the plan of happiness, and that there is a place we go after this life. And how grandparents and other relatives of those that died were on the other side to greet and hug them. She liked that. She wanted to know if anything happened to someone we knew. After telling her no, she returned to watching "Toy Story" on T.V.

If the veil could be taken from our eyes, we would see that we have never been left alone on this earth as well. There is nothing I can say to make it all better. And moms always want to do that. Our society has some definite problems and hopefully some lessons will be learned. But the Savior knew bad things would happen to good people, and has a plan to make it all better.

I appreciate this quote from Fred (Mr.) Rogers,“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Yes, a whole community of helpers on earth and in heaven.

Ten days ago I underwent surgery. After receiving a blessing from my husband, a great warmth and peace filled my body and I knew all would be well and that my body would be protected. I've been recuperating at home with help from my wonderful family and neighbors. And even on the tough days when I shed a few frustrating tears, I knew I was never alone. Thank you, to all my amazing helpers!

I am grateful for Jesus Christ and all that he did, and does for me. May you each find the peace you seek and be one of the helpers.

Valerie

"And no tongue can speak, 
neither can there be written by any man, 
neither can the hearts of men conceive 
so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak;  
and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls
at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.
And it came to pass that when Jesus 
had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; 
but so great was the joy of the multitude 
that they were overcome. 
And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: 
Blessed are ye because of your faith. 
And now behold, my joy is full.
And when he had said these words, he wept, 
and the multitude bare record of it, 
and he took their little children, one by one, 
and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. 
And when he had done this he wept again; 
And he spake unto the multitude, 
and said unto them: Behold your little ones.
And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, 
and they saw the heavens open, 
and they saw angels descending out of heaven 
as it were in the midst of fire; 
and they came down and encircled those little ones about, 
and they were encircled about with fire; 
and the angels did minister unto them."
3 Nephi 17:17-24

Helpful Articles:
Tips to help your child feel safe at school after Conn. shooting

Food Storage Goals: Week 51

Here's what we're gathering this week (Dec 16 - Dec. 22).

WEEKLY INVENTORY:
  • Fruits & Vegetables. Count your cans and containers of fruits and vegetables. Decide if you are storing enough if you were without power for several weeks. Make a note about which items you want to increase your supply of, and gradually build it up.
STEP 1: 3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
  • 1 box Baking mix (1 YSL) optional
  • 1 box Salt (ISL) LT
  • ISL = indefinite shelf life, YSL = year shelf life, YFL = year freezer shelf life
STEP 2: 2-WEEK SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER:
  • Accumulate 14 gallons of emergency water per person. That's about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles. If you refill your own containers, change them every 6 months; whereas commercially bottled water can be stored indefinitely. Water is an absolute necessity, so don't scrimp on it! You will need extra for hygiene, cleaning and cooking. Pick up a case here and there, but get this done quickly.
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 real emergencies. This is not an investment fund.
STEP 4: LONGER-TERM FOOD STORAGE:
  • Do STEPS 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously, and then start this step. If you see an LT by an item in STEP 1, it stores long-term like 20 to 30+ years.
HOME STORAGE:
  • Scouring Sponges. This is one of the cleanup supplies used after Hurricane Sandy. Would be useful for many emergencies.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES:
  • 72-HOUR KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund for an item below.
  • AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment for an item 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, and they are probably complete. So for the past 8 weeks we have been saving up to buy a a more expensive equipment item at the end of December. However, if you are not ready to do this and want to work on your emergency kits, go back to my 12 Monthly Food Storage lists and look for items you want to purchase for your kits. Decide on an item to buy: 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+ . Put aside money each week. Purchase your item at the end of December.
  • EQUIPMENT GOAL: Watch for sales on your large purchase item suggested above.
PREP GOAL: FREE WEEK

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.

If you want to see the entire month, go to the December Monthly Food Storage List.

You are never behind if you take one step forward.

December 14, 2012

30 Disaster Menus: What to Eat Without Power


Natural disasters strike anytime, anywhere. So with that in mind, I worked on 30 Disaster Menus for my family including the cooking method if we were without power. A great resource for choosing my dinner menus was the book "100-Day Pantry" by Jan Jackson. This book has easy recipes using pantry items I can grab off the shelf, and should have been titled, "Grab A Can-And A Pot-Have A Meal."

These recipes use the can juice from the ingredients you cook with, so you don't have to add extra water. Brilliant! And ingredients like canned chicken or beef, canned fruits and vegetables, dried spices and vegetables, dry milk, canned soups, and grains, pasta and canned potatoes. I have not tried all of these recipes, but the gears are turning in my head, and I think this is a good foundation. I wouldn't stock up on an unusual ingredient until a recipe becomes a family favorite first.

I went through the 125 recipes in this book mumbling to myself, "Yes, I store that. And my family would eat it prepared that way about x number of times per month." Most of the dinner recipes I chose serve 4 people and need only be simmered in a pot. Love that! If you are without power, this book would be a lifesaver. And the ingredients can be used in your everyday recipes as well.

 ☆





My breakfast menus are simple too. And the lunch menus assume you have access to bread for sandwiches for at least a week. I keep at least 8 loaves in my freezer all the time. Wherever I list fruit/veg that means a fruit or a vegetable - canned or whatever you have at the moment. Sorry, but I am not going to list all of the ingredients for my family. You have to do your own homework.

30 Disaster Menus: What to Eat Without Power.pdf

BREAKFAST MENUS COOKING METHOD
13 Oatmeal, raisins, dry milk, water Camp/Butane Stove
3 Pancakes from mix, syrup, Tang Camp/Butane Stove
8 Cold cereal, powdered milk, water Bowl
3 Wheat waffles, syrup, powdered milk Cast Iron Waffle iron
3 Muffins from mix, water Dutch Oven/Solar Oven
30
LUNCH MENUS COOKING METHOD
7 PB & J or Honey sandwich, fruit/veg, Tang Prep area
9 Tuna on Crackers baked beans, water Prep area
2 Macaroni & Cheese, fruit/veg, V8 juice Camp/Butane Stove
3 Soup, crackers, dried fruit, water Camp/Butane Stove
3 Canned Pasta, banana chips, water Camp/Butane Stove
3 Chili w/beans, crackers, water Camp/Butane Stove
3 Canned Stew, crackers, cocoa Camp/Butane Stove
30
DINNER MENUS COOKING METHOD
2 BBQ Chicken With Fruit #13 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Chicken a la King #19 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Chicken Noodle Soup #35 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Chicken Taco Soup #40 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Chicken Tetrazzini #41 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Sweet & Sour Chicken #53 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Minestrone #65 Camp/Butane Stove
2 BBQ Beef Stew #76 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Broccoli Beef Soup #83 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Chili #84 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Macaroni Beef #103 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Simply Stew #112 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Quickie Clam Chowder #132 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Tuna a la King #136 Camp/Butane Stove
2 Corn Chowder #145 Camp/Butane Stove
30
SNACK/DESSERT MENUS COOKING METHOD
10 Popcorn Camp Stove/Campfire
6 Food bar n/a
2 Pretzels n/a
2 Graham crackers n/a
2 Tortilla Chips, salsa n/a
2 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Dutch Oven/Solar Oven
2 Brownies from mix Dutch Oven/Solar Oven
2 Dump Cobbler Dutch Oven/Solar Oven
2 M&M's n/a
30
# = page you can find recipes from "100-Day Pantry"

December 11, 2012

Site Review: "The Prudent Homemaker"

A website that has inspired me this week is "The Prudent Homemaker" written by LDS writer and home school mom, Brandy Simper. This is one extraordinary lady who understands this principle: if you can't afford it, make it do. She's written a blog as well and she is currently making a handmade gift a day for her family.

If you are looking for ideas on how to simplify your life, save money, live within your means and then some, you must check out this blog. You are going to love her photography as well. She has lived for years on her food storage and amazing garden.

Check out this page about what she buys in bulk at Sam's Club and why. Lots of great tips on how to store these items in her pantry. I love her great advice on menu planning too. She's smart. Eat things that are in season to save the most money. She has motivated me to change my menus for the seasons as well.

She has also motivated me to have a better edible garden next year. To plant some trees and berry bushes. I have the space, now I just need to add something new each year.

No doubt about it, we live in difficult times. You just never know when you will be unemployed. Read her story and learn how she got by with less. It made me cry. The answer isn't always for Mom to go get a job. Perhaps the answer is for Mom to become more prudent.

I have never lived without paper napkins and paper towels. She has. I have never lived without store bought laundry soap. She makes her own. In today's society, if we don't live up to certain expectations, we think we are failing. Well, it's about time to succeed by living with less. Thanks, Brandy!

December 9, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week 50

Here's what we're working on this week (Dec 9 - Dec. 15).

WEEKLY INVENTORY:
  • Beverages. Count your beverage items; powdered drink mixes, cocoa, apple juice, lunch drinks, etc. Decide if you are storing enough to help if you were without power for several weeks. Make a note about which items you want to increase your supply of, and gradually build it up.
STEP 1: 3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
First, let me say that these items are optional. They are nice to have on your shelf for everyday baking. You could easily make the frosting from scratch. So, you decide how many you want to store. I store 6 boxes of brownie mix.
  • 1 box Brownie mix (1 YSL)
  • 1 box Cake mix (1YSL)
  • 1 container Frosting 
  • ISL = indefinite shelf life, YSL = year shelf life, YFL = year freezer shelf life
STEP 2: 2-WEEK SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER:
  • Accumulate 14 gallons of emergency water per person. That's about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles. If you refill your own containers, change them every 6 months; whereas commercially bottled water can be stored indefinitely. Water is an absolute necessity, so don't scrimp on it! You will need extra for hygiene, cleaning and cooking. Pick up a case here and there, but get this done quickly.
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 real emergencies. This is not an investment fund.
STEP 4: LONGER-TERM FOOD STORAGE:
  • Do STEPS 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously, and then start this step. If you see an LT by an item in STEP 1, it stores long-term like 20 to 30+ years.
HOME STORAGE:
  • Cleaning rags. One of the cleanup supplies used after Hurricane Sandy. Would be useful for many emergencies.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES:
  • 72-HOUR KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund for an item below.
  • AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment for an item 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, and they are probably complete. So for the past 8 weeks we have been saving up to buy a a more expensive equipment item at the end of December. However, if you are not ready to do this and want to work on your emergency kits, go back to my 12 Monthly Food Storage lists and look for items you want to purchase for your kits. Decide on an item to buy: 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+ . Put aside money each week. Purchase your item at the end of December.
  • EQUIPMENT GOAL: Watch for sales on your large purchase item suggested above.
PREP GOAL: FREE WEEK

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.

If you want to see the entire month, go to the December Monthly Food Storage List.

You are never behind if you take one step forward.

December 6, 2012

The Piano Guys "O Come Emmanuel"

Just had to share this. Headed into surgery in a few minutes, but wanted to share this peaceful message. Grateful for Jesus Christ and his love for all of us. Hope you enjoy this beautiful video.

Valerie

December 3, 2012

Food Storage Goals: Week 49

Here's what we're working on this week (Dec 2 - Dec. 8).

I've had a crazy weekend. One daughter had her wisdom teeth out and another got the flu. I will have surgery on Thursday so Christmas shopping has to be finished this week. However, I was grateful to have some "medicinal" supplies on hand: Sprite, popsicles, soda crackers, applesauce and pudding. I never had to go to the store for anything.

WEEKLY INVENTORY:
  • Snacks. Look over your supply of everyday crackers, granola bars, jerky, nuts, etc. Decide if you are storing enough to help if you were without power for several weeks. Besides using in lunches, you might eat these first in a disaster. Make a note about which items you want to increase your supply of, and keep it replenished.
STEP 1: 3-MONTH FOOD STORAGE per person:
  • 4 oz. Vanilla LT (real vanilla ISL, imitation 4 YSL). Decide if you want to store real vanilla (Costco/Sam's Club 16 oz. $6.89 or Sam's Club imitation vanilla 32 oz. $3.50)
  • 4 oz. Instant yeast (1YSL, 5YFL). It's cheaper to buy the 1 lb. packages of yeast. I like SAF yeast, but Costo carries Red Star and Sam's Club has Fleischmann's for about $4.00 for 2x1lb. packages. I don't bake bread often, so I keep mine in the freezer.
  • ISL = indefinite shelf life
  • YSL = year shelf life
  • YFL = year freezer shelf life
STEP 2: 2-WEEK SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER:
  • Accumulate 14 gallons of emergency water per person. That's about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles. If you refill your own containers, change them every 6 months; whereas commercially bottled water can be stored indefinitely. Water is an absolute necessity, so don't scrimp on it! You will need extra for hygiene, cleaning and cooking. Pick up a case here and there, but get this done quickly.
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 real emergencies. This is not an investment fund.
STEP 4: LONGER-TERM FOOD STORAGE:
  • Do STEPS 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously, and then start this step. If you see an SL by an item in STEP 1, it stores long-term like 20 to 30+ years.
HOME STORAGE:
  • Dust Masks. One of the cleanup supplies used after Hurricane Sandy. Would be useful for many emergencies to keep dust or smoke particles out.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES:
  • 72-HOUR KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment fund for an item below.
  • AUTO EMERGENCY KIT: Add $10 + into an equipment for an item 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, and they are probably complete. So for the past 8 weeks we have been saving up to buy a a more expensive equipment item at the end of December. However, if you are not ready to do this and want to work on your emergency kits, go back to my 12 Monthly Food Storage lists and look for items you want to purchase for your kits. Decide on an item to buy: 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+ . Put aside money each week. Purchase your item at the end of December.
EQUIPMENT GOAL: Watch for sales on your large purchase item suggested above.

PREP GOAL: How will you cook without power?
  • Most of us are focused on Christmas shopping right now, but one never knows when a disaster will strike. This time last year we experienced a tremendous wind storm and lost hundreds of trees in our neighborhood and homes were damaged. So, look around your home for something you would or could cook food on if you had no power. You could be without power for several weeks. Do you have enough water for quick prep foods? Do you have fuel, propane, charcoal or wood? Do you have a grill or solar oven or BBQ or camp stove? How will you boil water if yours becomes contaminated? You need to start thinking about it.
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.

If you want to see the entire month, go to the December Monthly List.

You are never behind if you take one step forward.

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