Food Storage: Dealing with a Food Shortage

With the recent droughts and flooding, it can be difficult to find and purchase certain items for food storage. This may make getting food storage just that much more important for you to do. But how do you get those hard to find items, and are you prepared to pay more for them? You may consider getting other grains instead of rice and wheat. Before you purchase 100 pounds of barley, make sure that you know what to do with it. You should consider how you would use it. You may want to purchase a little extra so that you … Continue reading

Food Storage: Doing Our Best

Are you discouraged about your food storage? It can be frustrating to think of buying, organizing and storing all of that food. Honestly the sheer volume of food that it takes to make up a years supply can be staggering. It is important to not become discouraged in the process. In his talk “Lay Up in Store” Bishop Keith B McMullin said, Wives are instrumental in this work, but they need husbands who lead out in family preparedness. Children need parents who instill in them this righteous tradition. They will then do likewise with their children, and their stores will … Continue reading

Gospel Questions: About Food Storage

My non-member friend asked me: Why do Mormons stockpile food? Do they think the world is coming to an end? In a nutshell, yes, we do. That answer is a little bit flippant. Let me elaborate. In the Book of Revelations, we read of calamities that will befall in the last days. These are passages that are familiar to those who have read the Bible, and the End Times prophecies are familiar to all Christian religions. The leaders of the LDS Church have encouraged us to put up a reserve of nonperishable food in our homes so that we might … Continue reading

Visit Your Home Storage Center

If you live near a church home storage center (also commonly referred to as a cannery), you should take advantage of this when planning and purchasing your food storage. Your ward may plan a trip or two every year, or you may be asked to volunteer your time at the cannery. Another option is to use the dry pack canner that your stake has and prepare your food that way. You may find that it is cheaper to purchase the food on your own, and then can it. You can order just the cans, lids and oxygen absorbers from the … Continue reading

Focus on Food Storage

The rising cost of food may make it more difficult to begin or complete your food storage. However, you can still do it even if you have a limited budget and limited space. You just need to make a consistent goal to put food storage away each month. It is important to start small. The recent pamphlet from the church puts the order as preparing your 72 hour kit, then your two week supply of water. After that you need to store three months of food. Then you should move onto a year’s supply of food. Your 72 hour kit … Continue reading

Food Storage: Remember Good Cookbooks

One essential item to include in your food storage is a good cookbook. Actually you may want several. You will be doing a lot of cooking from scratch as you utilize your food storage. You will also want the opportunity to try new recipes. Many of the cookbooks that you buy today rely heavily on already prepared foods. You can save money by using the old fashioned cookbooks. Old-fashioned cookbooks are still available, but many have come out with new editions that have been updated for the convenience food and time factor. You may have a hard time finding a … Continue reading

Preschool Educational Toy Round Up

Christmas is coming so the time to toy shop is sneaking up on us. Christmas gets closer every year to the adults. This year make your toy selections wisely. Chose toys this year that inspire curiosity, imagination and a love for learning. The following list of toys is some of my favorite preschool toys that are fun and educational. Educational Insights Geosafari Talking Microscope: Explore the wonder of getting 5x closer with this perfect first microscope. The microscope features 5x focusing magnifier and a light that makes viewing easy. It comes with a Talking Microscope Unit and 12 prepared interactive … Continue reading

Finding and Eradicating Pet Odors

I’ll leave scents in both obvious and hidden places Spring cleaning season might be over, but it’s never too late for some tips on how to keep your house fresh and free of pet odors. Today I have some tips on what to do if you notice unpleasant pet smells around your house. Advice for how to deal with a smelly pet is simple: if you have a pet that regularly stinks, bathe it as often as needed. If you continue to have trouble there might be a health issue, so take your pet to the veterinarian, or at least … Continue reading

Pregnancy Awareness Month (Part II)

With the support of “Healthy Child Healthy Word.” P.A.M. are getting the word out about healthy pregnancy. Today’s blog will focus on what P.A.M. has found to be the Five Things Pregnant Woman Complain About. Number One: Excess Weight Gain Pregnancy plays quite the number on the pregnant woman’s body. During pregnancy a woman’s body goes into storage mode. So that pint of ice cream you could eat pre-pregnancy and burn off with a good cardio, isn’t going to happen during pregnancy. The recommended weight gain for a pregnant women with a healthy BMI is 25-35 pounds. There are many … Continue reading

Enter the Sandra Lee “Bakeover” Sweepstakes – Win Plenty of Pyrex

Sandra Lee is a well known author of the Semi-Homemade series of cookbooks. Clearly, this is a woman who loves to cook and bake. Pyrex is the name of a brand of glass bakeware, that is durable, affordable, and stain proof. You can enter the Sandra Lee “Kitchen Bakeover” Sweepstakes, and win a whole lot of Pyrex bakeware. Walk into any major bookstore, and you will find several cookbooks by Sandra Lee scattered throughout the cookbook section. Her Semi-Homemade series of cookbooks includes more than one general cookbook, and also several that focus on desserts, slow-cookers, grilling, cooking light, or … Continue reading