Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu got you Panicked?

On Saturday my stake had a stake preparedness fair. It was full of information on many different topics but there was one booth there that particularly caught my interest. It was on how to make a pandemic influenza preparedness kit. This was the first time that I had seen any info on this and since we happen to be in the middle of an out break I thought it was useful information. The kit info can be found at Click on Pandemics and then the Pandemic kit selection. There is also a lot of other useful info on the website so check it out. Here is what the church has to say on it too:,11666,8041-1-4414-1,00.html

Also, I just bought a bucket of dry milk from Costco. It is by the Morning Moo brand which I happen to like. It makes 52 gallons and cost just over $57.00, so just over a dollar per gallon. I thought it was a good deal and added it to my food storage. I also stocked up on water while I was there and apparently a lot of other people have been too because their supply was low!

Let me know if you have any questions!


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes

This is one of our favorite recipes that we use the Bosch for so I thought I would post it in case anyone else wanted to try it. We've also done it in the Vita Mix if you want to try it that way. The pancakes are so easy to make and it's great because it helps you rotate through your food storage!

1 cup wheat (whole kernels)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1 t. salt
1/3 cup oil
1 T honey
1 T baking powder

In Bosch blender add 1 cup wheat and 1 cup milk. Mix on speed 4 for 2 minutes. Add final 1/2 cup milk and blend for additional 2 minutes. Add egg, oil, honey and salt. Blend for 20 seconds. Add baking powder and blend gently jogging "M" (momentary) switch 3-4 times. Pour batter onto hot griddle or waffle iron.


P.S. I would love other food storage recipes if you have any!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sprinkler timers

Today we got sprinkler timers and automatic water valves to get the ball rolling on a couple of small gardens. Hopefully in the next week or two we can get those installed for the Bullocks and Wadsworths and get some drip lines laid for their gardens. Grandpa and Grandma also need to get some water lines and pots in place for a garden. By next fall we hope to have all the bugs worked out so we can plant a ton of strawberry plants and maybe even a few other things.

Getting started - what we don't know...

On Friday evening, March 27, 2009, most of us met at Dave and Jilynn's house to begin planning our group efforts to improve our family preparedness. To summarize our discussion, here is a list of topics, projects and websites that came up:

Update or start working on 72 hour kits

Encourage each family to clarify their own plan for a 3 month supply

Plan Family Home Evening to start involving the children in preparedness

Start a preparedness blog

Make plans for water storage

Gather all important family documents into a folder or notebook

Plan small gardens with automatic watering timer

Involve children in growing sprouts in the kitchen

Share information on acquiring containers and good deals on food items

Share recipes that work well with stored foods

We hope to involve all the children in a way that will make a lasting impression on them. We hope they will experience success and satisfaction early on, and look forward to ongoing family preparedness projects.

We will plan to meet again in April when Joe and Rhonda are here.

Meanwhile, we pray that all will go well for Jilynn and Dave on SUNDAY!