June 28, 2015

July Emergency Preparedness Goals - Summer Foods, Emergency Drills & Canning

My spiritual theme this month is Be Guardians, meaning to protect "our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" just as Captain Moroni did. (see Alma 46). This month, share over social media how you feel about your freedom and how grateful you are for those who defend it everyday.

In July, I gather shelf-stable summer foods into my 3-month emergency food storage supply. You know, those foods you use at summer activities such as crackers, chips, gelatin, pudding, food bars, popcorn, vinegar, olives, and jams. They store well in your pantry for emergencies to. Some for about 3 months; that is if your family doesn't eat them first.

June 18, 2015

Adventures With Dad: Seeing My Ancestors Through My Father's Eyes

I consider myself lucky to have such an
awesome dad. Since his move to Utah in 2013,
I have had almost weekly adventures
with him. Even if they are just to Sam's Club
or out to lunch, I call them adventures
as I listen to Dad's stories about my ancestors. 
This week my 10 year-old daughter and I 
went with Grandpa McCune to
the Salt Lake City Cemetery 
where we saw our ancestors
through his eyes. 


My father, the great family historian,

June 16, 2015

LDS Charities Self-Reliance Video Explains How the Mormon Church Cares for Those In Need

Self-reliance is a principle taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those of you who have followed my blog over the years have only glimpsed a small portion of how my church helps people help themselves through food storage and humanitarian service. I invite you to see the big picture as you view this new video called "LDS Charities Food Production and Nutrition."

Our welfare program is not a handout — it's a hand up. I'm grateful to belong to an organized, loving church that follows Christ's example and ministers to those in need. Can you imagine what a difference we could make in the world if we each did a little bit more to lift and help others?

June 1, 2015

June Emergency Preparedness Goals - Grains, Vitamins and Bread Making


School will be out for many families this month, and though vacations and good times begin, it's important to keep striving to prepare our families for emergencies.

June is the month I like to focus on gathering wheat, rice, yeast and vitamins for my family. Even though it is hot, I'll have time to practice bread making skills and teach my youngest. This is also a good time to gather paper supplies like paper towels or napkins, foil, plastic wrap, storage bags and trash bags. Whether you suddenly lose a job or are without power for several weeks, these are important items to keep on hand.

Many grains can be stored long-term (20 - 30 years), but some cannot (check link) because of the natural oils. For example, it's fine to put brown rice in your 3-month food storage supply of everyday foods, but brown rice does not store well long-term.

May 23, 2015

The Tale of Laptops, Authors and Healing

For Christmas last year, my husband gave me a laptop computer. Actually he bought me two laptops and told me to pick one, and he'd return the other. As much as I loved getting a new laptop, December was the month after Mom's death when I was still in a fog. You know when everything is a big blank inside, but you keep a smile on your face for everyone else. So the new laptops lay in their boxes for a very long time.

May 3, 2015

May Emergency Preparedness Goals - Condiments, Spices and Emergency Cooking

May is a busy month for many American families with Mother's Day, school testing, children's performances and graduations. I like to simplify my food storage stocking this month by gathering condiments and spices.

You've probably noticed summer displays in your grocery store now for Cinco de Mayo and soon Memorial Day. Let's take advantage of those sales and gather a few extra ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, salsa, BBQ sauce, enchilada sauce and taco seasoning mix to name a few.

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