January 2013 Food Storage Goals

Be Ready this January by adding emergency water to your home storage. Let's start the year out right by working on two of the LDS Home Storage Approach steps: STEP 2 gathering drinking water, and STEP 3 a financial reserve.

We will also put together a 72-hour kit, and gather some beverage items. Each week I will remind you of what to gather. Take a look at the details of this month's list to see if there are some goals you want to work on with your family:

(click to print the complete list)

It always surprises me why people don't buy a 14-day supply of bottled drinking water when it costs about $14 per person. Yes, really. That's a little less than a movie ticket these days! Why don't people do it? Because they think they have to buy a 55 gallon barrel first. Or create an elaborate storage system. Not so. Here is how to get it done.

How To Buy Emergency Water Quickly
  1. Get in the car and drive to the store
  2. Buy 4.4 cases of 16.9 oz. bottled drinking water
  3. Bring them home and put them under a bed, in your garage, in a closet, against a wall, etc.
  4. Smile. Your done!
Okay. I made that sound really simple. :-) However, while you're buying your New Years Eve party food tomorrow, get your drinking water during the same shopping trip. It's a a good thing, because it's a life saving thing.

The Math
 - 14 gallons = 1792 ounces
 - 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz.bottled water = 1622 ounces
- 4x32 ct cases of 16.9 oz. bottled water = 2163 ounces
 - I buy the 24 ct. cases because I can lift them all by myself. The choice is yours.

Where to Buy
 - Kroger stores regularly have 24 ct. cases on sale for $2.50 each
 - Sam's Club/Costco have 32 ct cases for $4.48

 - Commercially sealed bottled water can last almost indefinitely.
 - "The taste of stored water can be improved by pouring it back and forth between two containers before use."

January 29, 2013

February 2013 Food Storage Goals

The food storage focus for the month of February is breakfast items. Using a monthly focus will help you stay organized so you don't get overwhelmed. Eventually you will run on your own and be amazing.

The great thing about breakfast foods is that they are affordable and you don't have to eat them just for breakfast. The goal is to have a 3-month supply of foods in your pantry your family will eat. And if you have already gathered STEP 1: 3-month supply, STEP 2: drinking water, STEP 3: financial reserve, then store a long-term supply of breakfast foods such as grains.

Most of you are still working on the first three steps though, which is perfectly fine. Keep following along as you build up your supplies gradually and economically. Even though I suggest specific items to gather each week, you want to store items that work for your family. One family might store a lot of cold cereal, whereas another family might store agave nectar and gluten-free buckwheat. Both families would be right. So, adapt my list for you.

On the Step 1: 3-month supply section of my list you will see #10 can amounts, but you don't have to store your 3-month supply in #10 cans or Mylar bags. They are perfectly fine in your pantry and cupboards in the containers you bought them in or in plastic storage containers. I list a weight amount as well to help you figure out amounts for your family. Don't get hung up on amounts though. You could store more or less since your family eats differently than mine.

We will be gathering cereal, oats, pancake mix and syrup and powdered eggs this month. Again, adapt the list. You will also see suggestions for toiletries and emergency supplies on the monthly list below. Use the list to help you get focused, then adapt, adapt, adapt.

(You are free to print it and give to others.
Please mention my site if you share it.)

Be on the lookout for some great breakfast cereal deals this month. I like to stock up on as many as I can of our favorites. I love granola! February is National Hot Breakfast month, so you may find some items to put aside in your freezer, but you don't have to. And watch for some great grocery sales around President's Day weekend.

There are several types of oats, but most people buy regular, quick or instant oats. To understand the differences, check out this article at Baking Bites: Regular vs. Quick Cooking Oatmeal.

We will also focus on emergency communications and a family emergency plan this month. And I will share a few more 72-hour kit steps: clothing, personal items and activities.

This month I will start teaching food storage classes here in Utah, so wish me luck. I am excited to share my belief that when we are obedient to the counsel of our prophet, we will be guided to know what to store for our families and the blessings will come. Have faith to be doers and not hearers only.

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: 
I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, 
for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, 
save he shall prepare a way for them 
that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." 

Best wishes. You CAN do it!

March 2013 Food Storage Goals

During the month of March, I like to focus on tomato products and pasta. For those of you who live in Utah you can find some of my suggested items at the case lot sales. Instead of buying once a week, you could stock up for this month during the next two weeks. I've listed what I consider great prices at the end of this post. Remember: you don't have to buy a whole case to get the sales price at some of the stores like Dick's. Call ahead to be sure.

If you live outside of Utah, it's helpful to focus on a category of items to gather each month for your food storage; so, tomatoes and pasta. It's easy to get overwhelmed if you try to buy a bunch of food items. If you follow my monthly and weekly suggestions, you can gather throughout the year, and your items will be naturally rotated so they don't lose their shelf life.

Suggested Food Storage List for March 2013.pdf
(made some changes 3/3/13)

Personally, I like to gather a 6 month supply of canned tomatoes and pasta. I don't like to gather more than that because I've discovered we don't go through food as fast as I hope for. Then, 6 months from now I buy some more to add to my supply again. Eventually it gradually builds to a year's supply. However, do whatever your family can afford and has space for.

Tomato based products have a shorter shelf life of 12 to 18 month, so it's best to buy regularly. Dry pasta lasts about 2 to 3 years if you buy it in bags or boxes and keep it in a sealed container in your cool pantry. But the LDS spaghetti and macaroni sealed in #10 cans or Mylar bags, can be stored for 30 years. The key is cool, dry, dry. If your kitchen gets warm like in the summer, the shelf life of foods decreases. I like to have a supply of short-term and long-term pasta.

If you want to wait until you harvest your own tomatoes later this year because you can your own items, do so. You could focus on pasta this month and some other tomato item you don't can yourself. Also, if you don't make your spaghetti sauce from scratch, you could by pre-made pasta sauce instead. If that's the way your family does it, than go for it.

The thing I love about food storage, is everyone can gather the perfect supply for their family. You don't have to get anything I suggest or someone else suggests. You build a supply that works for your family so they will eat it and you will buy some more. Food storage, for your family, your way.

Regarding emergency preparedness, now is a great time to update your first aid items. You want to have a good first aid kit, some general medical supplies and medicine always on hand for those emergencies that can and will happen.

And this month, our spiritual focus is to Be Charitable. One way to do that is to give blood to the Red Cross. There is always a need to help. So call to find out where you can donate.

Best wishes to you and your family on your adventures in food storage. You CAN do it!


"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; 
that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings 
ye are only in the service of your God."

In Case you missed our
Relief Society Activity.
here are the recipes in case you lost yours that night, or forgot to get one.

Easy, Yummy Salsa Soup
the willes family

In a crockpot, or stock pot, combine, UNDRAINED: 
  1. 1 can chili
  2. 1 can ranch style beans
  3. 1 can black beans
  4. 1 can kidney beans
  5. 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  6. 1 can corn
  7. 1 jar picante sauce or salsa (12-16 oz)
  8. Cover. Cook on low 4 - 6 hours.
  9. Serve with chips.sour cream, and grated cheese.
Thank You Erin Packard for bringing this recipe.

Apple Crisp
Suzi De Graw

  1. 12 Tbsp. Melted Butter
  2. 1 1/2 Cups Oats
  3. 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Cup flour
  5. 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  6. Dash of salt and Ginger
Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with Pam. Fill pan with thinly sliced apples. Sprinkle with Oat / sugar mixture. Squeeze lemon juice over the crisp. Bake for 1 hour at 350 or until golden brown.

If using dehydrated apples, hydrate with boiling water and apple juice. Allow to sit for 15 minutes until juicy.

Easy Breadsticks
Stephanie Alvarez
  1. 1 pkg (or 1 T) yeast
  2. 2 T sugar
  3. 1½ cups warm water
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 3½ cup flour
  6. Seasonings:(garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley, cinnamon sugar, etc 
  7. Mix yeast, sugar, and water together.  Let sit a while (5 mins ish) . Mix salt and flour with yeast mixture and let rise, covered in a warm place until doubled.  Roll dough our and cut into 1 inch strips.  Melt 1/2 cube butter in 9 x 13 pan.  Dip each dough strip in butter, twist and place in pan.  Sprinkle seasoning on breadsticks (and mozzarella and parmesan cheese….so good)and bake at 400 until golden brown (about 15 minutes.)

                                 Julia Child's White Bread

The instructions may look a bit long, but it is an easy recipe to follow, especially if you have a stand mixer to help you with the kneading, though I regularly make it by hand. If two loaves is too much for you to eat in a couple of days, try freezing a loaf to make toast later or giving one to the neighbors.
Classic White Bread
(from Baking with Julia)
2 1/2 cups water, warm (105-115F)
2 1/2 tsp (1 package or .25oz) active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
6-7 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp salt
4 tbsp butter, very soft
Combine 1/2 cup of the water with the yeast and sugar in a large bowl and let stand until foamy - about 10 minutes.
Add the remaining water, 5 cups of flour and the salt to the yeast mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon (or in a mixer), adding the remaining flour a few tablespoons at a time, until dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl. Knead in butter until dough is smooth and not sticky.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and continue kneading for an additional minute or two, until it is smooth and elastic. Shape dough into a ball and place in a large, lightly oiled bowl to rise until doubled, about 1- 1 1/2 hours.
Butter two 8x4 inch loaf pans and set aside. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and divide in two equal portions. Working with one piece at a time, roll the dough out into a 9 inch wide x 12 inch tall rectangle, with the short side towards you. Fold one third of the dough down, then fold it down again. Pinch the bottom seam to seal. Your rectangle should be approximately 9x4 now. Turn the seam side up. Fold each end over about 1/2 inch, tuck in any loose ends and pinch to seal. Place the loaf seam side down into a greased 8x4 inch loaf pan.
Cover loaf pans lightly with oiled plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes. Dough will rise above the top of the pan.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375F.
Place loaves in oven and bake for 36-40 minutes. The loaves will be golden and will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom when they are done (you'll have to turn the loaf out of the pan to check, and you can also insert an instant-read thermometer into the bottom of the loaf. It will read 200F when the loaves are done.)
Remove loaves from pans immediately and let cool completely on a wire rack(2-3 hours) before slicing.
Makes 2 loaves

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                        Whole Wheat Brownies

3/4 cup cocoa 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/8 teaspoon salt 
2/3 cup oil, divided
1/2 cup honey 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) 
1/2 cup boiling water 
eggs —>(see note below) 
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour 
2 cups chocolate chips 

—> If using dehydrated eggs, reconstitute before using. Follow directions on #10 can to reconstitute. 

1. Blend cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1/3 cup oil, and boiling water. Cool for 5-10 minutes.

2. Stir in honey, brown sugar, eggs, and rest of oil. Add flour, vanilla, salt, nuts (optional), and chocolate chips, then pour into a greased 13" X 9" pan.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!


Carlsbad 3rd Relief Society Sisters 2012

                                                          Debbie                                                             Pam


Beka                                                 Marci                                    Johnene      

Debbie                                                   Ciera                                                   Celina

Kim                                                        Wendy                                        

Shelly                                            Elan                                                     Jean

 Ann                                                       Teresa                                          Jeanne                            

Julia                                                             Avis                                                  Valarie

Carol                                                      Suzi                                           
Judy                                                 Barbara                                        Maxine                               
 Lorinda                                              Jean                                        Barbara                                                         

                                        Sherri                                                                       Lauren
                                  Jeri                                           Lauren

Elizabeth                                     Anita                                Natalie                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Jessica                                                    Cristina                                                Jordin
Bonnie                                                                             Elizabeth                                                                                   
Kati                                                                                  Wilma                                                                     

 Nicole                                                    Heather                                         Kim

 J.C.                                                       Sandy                                          Melissa

            Angela                                          Kim                                                   Erin
Jean                   Yvette                                   Kelly
                                  Denise                                            Susan                                            
   Sandra                       Candance                           Deana
Jennifer                                                            Anastacia                                                                       
Carolyn                                                                        Dawn

Kathy                                                 Lillian                                                               Carolyn
Ann                      Lisa                           Jana
Tina                                    Judy                                                        Kitty                                                      

              Gina                                    Susan                                                                          
June                              Eileen                                  Elisa                                
Heidi                                             Janet                                               Sue                          
Chocolate Coma Brownies

                  If you like chocolate…. and your family doesn’t. DO NOT MAKE THESE.

That was just a warning that I didn’t really mean. Well, kind of. Because I’m not sure if you will love me or hate me after your chocolate overdose

These brownies are…. perfect. Seriously. They are crazy good. And once you know how I make them, you may just jump up and down, screaming and clapping and hugging every neighbor on the street. Now here is the secret: serve them cold. They are good room temperature – but they are an entirely different experience cold.
These are quite possibly going to become your new party dessert dish that you have to take – they always get a positive reaction out of folks. Can you see how incredibly dense and moist these are?  A guy at work calls them the chocolate bricks.  I thought about calling them that.  You should make them.  Today.  If you aren’t on a diet.    So this is what you need…. ready? 2 packages of BETTY CROCKER brownie mix and 1 of her frostings

Make them according to the package directions.
Then add 3/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips and 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
(and use good chocolate)
Then bake in a 9 x 13 pan according to the THICKEST instructions on the back. You want these thick. It does something amazing to the consistency when they are thick and baked just right.
Then cool, frost, and then refrigerate.
                                               Then go into a chocolate coma.


Food Storage Recipes Cookbook - Over 200 pags!

Everything Under the Sun - Solar Oven Food Storage Cookbook

Your Family Still Matters Price List - Food Storage store in St George, UT.
Blue Chips Group pricing - The Makers of Morning Moos and other Food Storage items

Obtain a 3 Month Supply of Food in 12 Weeks - 7 different meals you can rotated weekly, for 3 months.

Recipe Chic: Cooking with your Food Storage

Water Storage Guidelines
Generator Calculator - What size standby generator system do you need for your home?
Recommended Items in a 72-hour kit - , originally by FEMA

Family Home Storage

Five different kits are now available: Wheat, Pinto Beans, Quick Oats, White Rice, and the Starter Kit. Each kit contains 6 cans of longer-term food supply items.

Monthly Ideas for Food Storage

Ark Project -
Food Storage List for one year
Interactive Food Storage Calculator
Obtain a 3 Month Supply in 12 Weeks

Food Storage Caculator (deluxe) (20)


101 ways to stretch your food dollars

Food Storage Helpful Hints

'Canned' Butter WARNING (1)
365 Days of Pre-made Meals (1)
72 Hour Kit Ideas1
Ark Prep 101 (14)
babies (2)
Baby Steps (1)
baking (1)
Baking Soda (1
Basic Food Storage Cookbook (1)
Basic Food Storage Quantities (1)
Bean Recipes (59)
Beans (8)
beans (4)
Begin (1)
Beverage-Can Stove (or Pop-Can Stove) (1)
BFSC Rice Recipes (17)
Black-belt (1)
Books on Preparedness (1)
bread (1)
Bread Machine (1)
Bread Machine Recipes (4)
breakfast (3)
budgeting (8)
Building a Storage Program (1)
cheese (1)
Canning (2)
canning (2)
Christmas Gift Ideas (4)
clothes (1)
College Student Preparedness (1)
Cooking Beans (39)
Deals (1)
Dehydrated Apples Recipes (14)
Dehydrated Carrots (1)
Dehydrated Carrots Recipes (6)
Dehydrated Soup Mixes (13)
Dehydrating (2)
Dehydration (1)
dessert (1)
Dry Milk (3)
Dry Milk Recipes (11)
Dry-Pack Product Directions (1)
Dutch Oven (2)
Dutch Oven Recipes (10)
economy (2)
eggs (1)
Egg Substitute (1)
Emergency Clothes Washing Kit (1)
Emergency Cooking (2)
Emergency Heater in a Can (1)
Emergency Preparedness (11)
Emergency Toilet (1)
Finances (14)
Flour/Wheat (42)
Food allergies (1)
Food preservation (2)
Food Quality and Nutrition (1)
Food Safety (1)
Food Storage (19)
Freezer Bag Cooking (1)
Fruit (3)
Fuel (1)
Fumigation with Dry Ice (1)
Gardening (4)
General (5)
Getting started (1)
Good Counsel (15)
Grains (2)
Grains (1)
Helpful resources (3)
Homemade Diapers (1)
Homemade Easter Eggs (1)
Homemade Household Cleaners (2)
Homemade Laundry Detergent (2)
Homemade Sanitary Pads (1)
Homemade Yogurt (1)
Inflation (3)
Inventory (1)
Job Search Tips (1)
Legumes (2)
Longer-Term Supply (1)
Milk (2)
Mixes (6)
Meat (3)
Monthly Food Storage Plan (14)
News Articles (1)
Oat Recipes (31)
Oats (21)
Oils (1)
Organization (2)
Organizing (2)
Oxygen Absorbers (1)
Pandemic Preparedness (1)
Pasta Recipes (22)
Philosophy (9)
Poems and Songs (5)
Potato Flakes (1)
Powdered Egg Recipes (1)
Powdered Eggs (1)
Powdered Milk (3)
Powdered Milk Recipes (11)
power outages (1)
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Proteins (2)
Quotes (1)
Random (14)
Real Life -- Living It (7)
Recipes (255)
Recipes (10)
Refried Beans Directions (1)
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Rolled Oats (1)
Rotation (1)
Rotating (1)
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Shelter in Place (1)
Shopping (5)
Soup (1)
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Three-Month Supply (20)
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Weekly Food Storage Plan (1)
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Wheat Recipes (41)
White Beans Replace Fat in Most Baking (2)
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New Web Site for Youth

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August 2009


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August 2009

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Family Home Evening Index

President Hinckley has counseled that we use the talks from General Conference to prepare our Family Home Evenings. Here is a link to the church's website on General Conference and Family Home Evening: Click here.

New Family Home Evening Lesson to go (music,treats lessons)

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 1 - Our Father in Heaven

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 3 - Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 6 - The Fall of Adam & Eve

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 7 - The Holy Ghost

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 9 - The Prophets of God

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 11 - The Life of Christ (watch movie that goes with this lesson)

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 13 - The Priesthood

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 15 - The Lords Convenant People

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 15 - The Lords Convenant People (246

(Song for FHE Lesson 15 - We will Bring the World His Truth)

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 19 - Repentenance

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 21 - Gift of the Holy Ghost (Cookie Pattern)

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 23 - The Sacrament

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 25 - Fasting

FHE: Principles of the Gospel - Lesson 27 - Work and Personal Responsibility

Helps for Family Home Evening

Lesson Topics

Here you will find prepared family home evening lessons on a variety of gospel topics. The lessons include a suggested plan, ideas for activities, related articles from Church magazines, pictures, videocassettes, music, and—where available—links to related Internet resources.

Appreciating Music

Compile Family History


Forgiving Others

Gaining a Testimony



Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

Life and Teachings of Christ

Managing Family Resources


Plan of Salvation


Preparing for Baptism, Priesthood ordination, or Marriage

Preparing for the Temple

Reading the Scriptures


Reverence and Respect


Sharing Household Work

Sharing the Gospel

Solving Family Problems


Understanding Death

Word of Wisdom

ABC family home evening recipe book

For a Family Home Evening Recipe Book by Cheryl Jorgensen, click hereFor a Family Home Evening Game book by Janetta Graham, click here

Family Home Evening

Daisy Craft


The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos