November 29, 2018

December Food Storage and Prep Handout

Get ready for winter by gathering a few inexpensive baking basics into your 3-month food storage supply, as well as some emergency power and light items for disasters.



December is the busiest month of the year, so I try to keep the gathering simple. It's also the month when winter storms happen which leads to power outages which leads to spoiled refrigerator foods. So be prepared. I remember the wind storm we had here in Farmington in 2011.


Here is the handout I shared with my LDS Relief Society sisters with a few baking basics to gather along with some long-term food storage. I already bought salt and baking soda, and next week I'll buy baking powder and cornstarch.

LDS HOME STORAGE CENTER SPECIALS
In case you aren't following the sales going on at your local LDS Home Storage Centers, here's what's on sale in December:
*Prices are higher online

As we continue to gradually gather items along with our regular shopping, we prevent over-buying and become self-reliant. And allow the blessings of peace to come!

Have a wonderful Christmas season and keep Christ in Christmas.



Best wishes!

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

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November 15, 2018

LDS Sabbath Day Activity Bag for Home

This year for Christmas I decided not to purchase toys for most of my grandchildren, and chose to make a Sabbath Day activity bag for their families to use at home. 


Starting in January, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is changing our Sunday meeting time from three hours to two. We've been encouraged to teach our children about the Gospel and scriptures more at home using the Come, Follow Me resources. And in 2019, we'll be studying the New Testament.


I found some great Sunday activity ideas from the LDS.org blog which I modified: 80 Ideas For More Satisfying Sundays and 20 Do's For Making the Sabbath a Delight. The second link has a 
printable. My ideas were draw a picture of your Grandparents, write a missionarey, Sabbath Day scavenger hunt, make a treat for the sweets, enjoy activity pages, watch church videos, read the Friend magazine, play a quiet game and do a smiley face attack. 



HOW I MADE SUNDAY ACTIVITIES BAGS
  • I used several manilla envelopes and tucked activity supplies inside each. Then glued a title page with instructions on each packet. 



  • I purchased some children's Sunday books, quiet games and Sunday movies from Seagull Book. They always have great discounts in the back of their store.
  • The most expensive part of my purchases was The New Testament for Latter-day Families for $50.00 for each family. I hope it can be used for many years. 

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  • Lands End had some nice canvas zippered tote bags on sale for $32.40. I used their JOLLY code for the discount, but I'm still waiting for those to come in the mail. I wanted nice bags that could be used again and again.
  • In total, I spent $100 for each family, and each family has three children.
This was a super fun activity for me, and I hope it helps my children help their children have some memorable Sabbath Days.

November 2, 2018

November Grocery Store Deals for Food Storage

Here's a list of many foods that go on sale in November. Stock up for your 3-month food storage supply. Most store well for a year or more, except nuts. 😊


Consider your budget, storage space and regular usage. Do you need yams and cranberries next month? 😉 Or pumpkin and soup. 👍

CANNED/PACKAGED
Broth
Soups
Vegetables
Pumpkin
Yams
Beans
Tomatoes
Pasta sauce (yep!)
Fruits
Cranberry sauce
Stuffing mix
Potato mixes
Pasta
Peanut butter
BAKING BASICS
Flour
Sugar
Brown sugar
Powdered sugar
Baking cocoa
Chocolate chips
Nuts
Coconut
Cooking oil
Cooking spray
Gravy mixes
Evaporated milk
Sweetened condensed milk
Jello
Marshmallows
Cake mix
Brownie mix
Bread mixes
Cornbread mixes
BEVERAGES
Hot cocoa mix
BAKING ITEMS
Parchment paper
Foil
Foil containers
Baking cups
PAPER/PLASTIC
Trash bags
Plastic utensils
Paper plates

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