My spiritual theme for this month is Be Hopeful. We are so blessed in this nation. I believe that as we continue to be hopeful and believe that God does exist, we can accomplish the impossible. Never give up hope.
A lot of big projects happened at the same time this month for me. A new job part-time job at the elementary school, a new calling as 2nd counselor in the Primary just after our stake was redivided, and a huge PTO safety week I'm planning for the elementary school. I take a lot of deep breaths every day and pray constantly. And I feel so supported by my Heavenly Father and his angels that surround me. I'm never alone.
I have to tell you that the Green Ribbon Week at the elementary school is all about pedestrian safety, however I threw in a day about earthquake safety too. And some of the PTO ladies will be going into the classrooms reviewing "Drop, Cover, Hold" with the kids! I'm so excited for that. And the computer teacher will let the kids play "Beat the Quake." So awesome!
I'm down to one child at home as child number 6 just left for BYU, but thankfully her older brother is there too. So fun to have siblings! She is on the cross-country team, and we are so excited for her. My youngest is now in the 4th grade, I have a missionary daughter in Chile still, 3 married children, and 5 sweet grandchildren who we love so much. Life is always changing around here.
However, I'll be shopping for food storage next week at the Utah case lot sales going on right now. Yay!
Maceys: 9/1 - 9/15
Bowman's: 9/3 - 9/16
Harmon's: 9/1 - 9-15
Smith's: 9/3 - 9/16
Fresh Market: October
Here is my list for September with some great ideas for emergency preparedness and food storage. If you are new with me, just start with this month's list. No need to backtrack. Just jump right in.
copy and post on your fridge!
We eat frozen beef and chicken most of the time, but we can't depend on it if the power goes out. Nope, not too tasty. So, it's best to keep some type of shelf-stable meat in the house. In September, I like to gather canned chicken. Costco sells it and so does Sam's Club for about $2.00, and you can also buy it at the case lot sales. Sometimes you can find canned turkey at Costco too.
I buy our tuna in April, beef in October, and chicken in September. Buying meat throughout the year spreads the expense. My September list suggests gathering 6 cans of chicken and 6 cans of a pork-type product for each person, but you can adjust the list however you want. That may be too much for your household. I leave the pork on the list because those of you with little kids stock up on Vienna sausages. I don't have any Spam eaters in my house, so I mostly buy canned chicken.
Canned chicken can be used in a variety of recipes such as chicken pizza, chicken stew, chicken salad sandwiches and chicken tortilla soup. It is something I use a few times a month, and I love the convenience. You know this semi-homemade food storage queen does not can her own chicken, but some of my friends do with their canners. You can find some basic recipes on my Canned Chicken Recipes Pinterest Board.
Let's talk about instant potatoes. Those that are short-term typically come in boxes or cans, and the long-term type comes in #10 cans.
For short-term storage, I buy Honest Earth Creamy Mashed Potatoes (made by Idahoan Foods) from Costco for about $10.00. There are 14 pouches in the box with 8 servings each or .71 cents per meal or .09 cents a serving. It's great to use as a side dish for dinner when you don't have time to prepare fresh potatoes, however there is nothing like homemade mashed potatoes. These instant potatoes DO NOT have a long shelf-life because they are made with a little butter. So guessing about 3 - 6 month shelf life.
For long-term storage I buy the instant potatoes from the LDS Home Storage Center. I'm NOT good about rotating them though because I don't bake much, but I'm hopeful. So I started a Pinterest Board with Potato Flakes Recipes. These LDS potatoes have a shelf-life of 30 years if stored in 75 degrees or less. Each can has 39 servings for about .08 cents each. Because butter is not an ingredient, they have a long shelf life.
Another type of potato is canned whole potatoes. You could keep a few cans on hand and add to stews, or you could gather a few cans of stew like Dinty Moore which comes on sale at case lot sale time.
Remember to laugh at your blunders, rejoice in your discoveries, and pat yourself on the back. Whatever you do is far more than most people ever will. You CAN do something!
“Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope;
for without faith there cannot be any hope.”