WELCOME!After having many people ask for the newsletters I have compiled each month as my church's preparedness specialist, I decided to find a way they could easily access them. It was suggested I set up a blog. So this is the beginnings of just such a blog. I will be adding a newsletter each month, and see where it takes me as time goes along. I hope if someone has suggestions or questions they will comment so this will truly help us all to live providently and be prepared. (Note: garden tips are for Southern Utah area - you may need to adjust according to your area's climate.)
Friday, November 29, 2013
As another year draws to a close, it provides a great time for retrospection. We can all give ourselves and families a preparedness checkup. How are YOU doing with the goals you set in January? We can no longer lull ourselves into a false sense of security with thoughts that “it won’t happen to us”, or “it is a long ways off”. This year has been filled with worldwide disasters that bear a strong testimony to the need for each of us to engage in a personal family preparedness program. Long winter nights provide a great time to take inventory of what your summer canning, and fall purchases have added to the storage shelves. Take stock, and then take action. There is no time like the present…. to “Be Prepared!” The challenge is now that you have begun, or even finished, that you keep it up, for being prepared is a continuous process. May you be successful in all your preparedness.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and “Prepared” New Year!!
Included in this month's newsletter:
Season's Greetings: Preparedness ideas to give as Christmas gifts.
Spiritual Preparedness: Self reliance and becoming like the savior.
Disaster Prep: Solar cooking - making an oven from a box and tinfoil.
In the Southern Utah Garden: seed catalogs, leaves, ashes, Christmas gifts.
Using your Harvest: Pomegranates - jelly, Dixie Salad, tip to remove seeds.
Provident Living: Practice provident living at Christmas - quote by Robert D Hales.
Cool Clear Water: Amounts and containers and Christmas presents.
Food Storage: Start with basics, then add other items for day to day use, and give for Christmas.
Click here for a complete copy of the December 2013 Back to Basics Newsletter.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
November is a month filled with wonderful aromas, activities and thoughts. Fall is definitely in the air, and many of its days will remind us winter is just around the corner. It is a time we think of harvest, hearty meals, and wholesome living. This month as we enjoy all that November has for us, let us keep our thoughts turned to our preparedness. Those hearty meals with homemade breads and soups can be primarily from a solid food storage. Thanksgiving dinner can come from the storage shelves! As we enjoy this month of gratitude and color, let us add to our shelves those items that provide the peace and security that preparedness brings. As you purchase for Thanksgiving, put some on the shelf for next time. Then no matter what happens in the world around us, we know our family will go on living as they are accustomed to. Prepared!
In this month's newsletter:
Grains: different kinds to store, amounts and containers.
Sugars and salt: variety of items to store and info on how to.
Attitude of Gratitude: Stewardship; Waste not Want not; Dinner.
In the Garden: clean up, frost, hoses, weeds.
Spiritual Preparedness: M. Russell Ballard - filling our lives with peace.
Disaster Prep - Be a survivor: a list of skills you may need.
Click here for a complete copy of the November 2013 Back to Basics Newsletter.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The smell of fall is in the air. There are crisp mornings, warm afternoons, starry nights, and the smell of woodstoves taking the chill off. Leaves are starting to change, gardens slowing down, and our bodies are happy for a rest. It is hard to believe another summer season has come and gone. The years seem to speed right by. As time passes so quickly we should remember to be prepared while the opportunity is here. Like the song says “Today while the sun shines – work with a will…” As this harvest season “falls” upon us, let us be sure to bring in a harvest of preparedness. Remember: “Where preparations are being made there will be little difficulty, but where no preparation has been made, suffering and difficulties will come.” (Welfare Conf. April 1970) While the autumn season brings in a harvest, let us also be sure that “all is safely gathered in” in each of our own homes.
Included in this month's newsletter:
The Harvest: ways to extend/store produce harvested this fall.
Spiritual Preparedness: Quote from Paul V Johnson - using our skills, knowledge and talents from God.
Disaster Prep: Time to rotate 72 hour kits, water, smoke alarms.
In the Southern Utah garden: cleaning up for fall, killing weeds, planting bulbs.
Provident Living: Baking Soda - the storage room's secret weapon (cooking, medicinal, household.)
Home Canning: "Free Fruit" - Rose Hip Tea and Jelly Recipes. (And "other" ideas.)
Click here for a complete copy of October Back to Basics Newsletter.
Friday, August 30, 2013
September is a month of wonderful events. It is back to school for families with children in the home. It is time to harvest apples and wrap up the garden. The weather changes: days are much more pleasant and nights cool down. Truly the smell of autumn is in the air! As we wrap up another wonderful summer, it is also a great time to take stock of our preparedness. Take inventory of what you have added to the storage shelves, and what you need to add to make it a good solid supply in order to be self-reliant. Ask your family some “what-if” questions to see how prepared you are. What if there was a fire, a flood, an earthquake, or any disaster? What does our family need? Do we have it, and what do we need to get? The survival of your family in any crisis depends on how prepared you are. Are YOU ready?
Included in this month's newsletter:
Self Reliance: Spiritual (Testimonies, Peace, Order) and Temporal (72 hr kits, storage, skills, gardens, finances) ways to be self reliant.
In the Southern Utah Garden: fall garden, protection for cold nights, cold weather crops, weeds, fertilize lawns, plant trees.
Disaster Prep: National Preparedness Month Red Cross and CDC four steps.
Using Water Storage: Recipes to make water more tasty (Russian Tea, Sports Drink)
Provident Living: Ways to cut costs in your provident living efforts.
Click here for a complete copy of September Back to Basics Newsletter.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The “Dog Days” of summer are definitely upon us! Those sultry summer days and nights though, are what spur the harvest forward. Truly the heat is what helps the orchard to ripen. Summer time brings to mind “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” (Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens) Summer brings work as well as play, with a variety of “harvests”. But – as Ralph Waldo Emerson said – “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Hopefully we are using some of this Summertime to further our preparedness. It is such a satisfying feeling to see the shelves lined with bottles of our summer bounty. We can have a taste of summer all winter long as we enjoy the fruits of our labor from harvest time. Even if you do not can a lot, give something a try. You will be amazed at the fulfilling feeling it gives you. However you choose to store for a rainy day, be sure to keep at it. Truly “slow and steady” DOES win the race. Add a little here and there, and before you know it, your goal of preparedness is met!
Included in this months newsletter:
Spice it up - avoid diet fatigue Expanded storage ideas
Provident Living: Recipes for pre-wash, window cleaner, outdoor windows, fabric softener sheets and collar stains.
How much should I store? A link to an online food calculator.
Reader Recommendations: Links to three online preparedness sites.
In the Southern Utah Garden :weeds, grubs and fungus, cover spray, fall planting, preserving garden.
Summer cooking - Using your produce: Vegetable Pizza, Peach Pit Jelly, Sun Dried Tomatoes.
Spiritual Preparedness: from Thomas S Monson on standards of morality lowering and a warning to not follow ancient Greeks and Romans.
Disaster Prep: Power Outages: things to have on hand in advance and helpful preparations.
Click here for a complete copy of the August Back to Basics Newsletter.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The summer heat has hit – and hard this year! Unusually hot temperatures have made for very sweltering weeks. We are so blessed to be able to come in out of the heat and enjoy the comforts modern conveniences give us. It is a time we can reflect on how much we have been blessed with, especially as we celebrate the “4th of July” and Pioneer Day” this month. So many things we have are because of the sacrifices of our forefathers. Our freedom, religion, towns we live in and more are enjoyed because of the work someone else did. This is a great time to reflect on what we have and consider what we are doing with it. “Where much is given, much is required” (D&C 82:3 /Luke 12:48). May each of us live up to the blessings this country provides for us, and do whatever is necessary to keep those rights, blessings and privileges intact for those who follow us. As we live our lives with gratitude, we will be more inclined to extend those blessings to others. What better way to “Be prepared” than to live with the gratitude and actions necessary to pass on to others the things we enjoy today.
Included in this month's newsletter:
Dairy Products: Ideas and info on different items to store for a food storage
Disaster Prep: documents to keep an a portable container in case of an evacuation.
Summer First Aid Tips: Sunburns, burns, swimmers ear, bee stings, chigger bite.
In the Southern Utah Garden: water gardens, plant fall harvest, spray fruit trees, squash bugs, treating grapes.
Using the Harvest: Recipes for Squash Pickles, Zucchini Brownies, Italian Zucchini, and a reference for other recipes.
Provident Living - Just for Kids! Bubbles, Baby Wipes and Play Dough.
Spiritual Preparedness: A Christ Centered Home.
Click here for a complete July 2013 Back to Basics Newsletter.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Another summer is upon us and already we are enjoying luscious fruits. Strawberries, cherries and apricots make their debut first, and soon to follow will be peaches, plums, apples, grapes and pears! The gardens are up and growing and their harvest has also begun. There is nothing in the store to compare with home grown produce! Why not take some time to save some of the summer bounty for a winter day? Home canning, freezing and drying are great ways to expand our enjoyment of our orchards and gardens. It is easy to do, and very satisfying to see a shelf filled with the fruits of our labor. The world around us seems more unstable almost daily. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to provide a sense of peace in our own homes as we are prepared. Preparing for our family to be safe, well fed, and providing a haven from the world around us, is a great way to fill our summer days! Let the harvesting begin!
Included in in this newsletter:
Home Canning: tips for canning.
Disaster Prep: 2 Way Radios.
Elevation Adjustments: canning time and pressure chart for elevations.
In the Southern Utah Garden: planting, weeds, pests, fruit trees.
Provident Living: camping, propane, TP, paper towels, windows and newspaper.
Using the harvest: ideas for preserving Apricots.
Spiritual Preparedness: Paul V Johnson Quote.
Click here to download a complete June 2013 Back to Basics Newsletter