Sunday, February 28, 2010

Don't Forget . . .

We get to go to the Dry Pack Cannery Tomorrow!
I know the pure excitement of this day will probably keep
most of you up all night, but try to get some sleep!
(We can't wait to see you all in your super sweet protective gear.)
Our session starts at 10:30 - Make sure you get there
a little early, you won't want to miss the training video.
Can't Wait!!!!
Don't Forget . . . Dairy Queen Afterwards!
If you need a ride let us know, otherwise we'll just . . .

Vital Records - Prescriptions!

We're almost done with the Medical Section . . . just 2 more things:
Your Family's Prescriptions and Your Pet Records.
Here is the Prescription Page:
We'll finish Pet Records next week and then move
onto the Automobile Section.
Now is the time to catch-up on any of the pages you've missed,
so that you don't get behind!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Food Storage Meals & Menu Planning - Dessert: Cherry Coconut Bars!

Here's What's On the Dessert Menu For Today:
Cherry Coconut Bars
Here's the Recipe:
Cherry Pie Filling can be replaced with Raspberry or Blueberry!
Serve dessert hot with some vanilla ice cream
or Spiff-E-Whip!
Haven't tried Spiff-E-Whip . . . It's a definate food storage FAVORITE!
You can buy it at J&L Gardens and Emergency Essentials.
Spiff-E-Whip comes in the bag or the can.
Whip Cream can make any Food Storage Item

Friday, February 26, 2010

Preserve It . . . Canning Corner - Bottled Stew!

Stew is a great meal to have on hand. 
It's filling and it hits the spot on a cold day.
With a few extra ingredients and a slightly larger pot,
you can make dinner time stress-free and
your family will think you've been cooking all day!
Bottled Stew can be made two different ways:
The first is to bottle the stew meat and add it to your
fresh ingredients in a crockpot.
(The picture above is of the bottled stew meat and fresh veggies.)
The second is to bottle your left over stew.
(Just make sure your recipe doesn't include flour.)
Here's the Recipe:
You can find the recipe for bottled stew meat in the:
Preserve It . . . Canning Corner Section.
Isn't Bottled Meat AWESOME!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Family Activity - Game Night!

Time to pull those games off the shelf for a
Family Game Night!
One of our family's favorite games is called, 
It only takes between 2 and 3 minutes
to play each game and is fun for all ages.
We have a few decks so that the whole family can play
at the same time, and then we just rotate teams after each game.
Sooo FuN!
Building a STRONG FAMILY through WORK and PLAY,
really is one of the best ways to prepare for any emergency!
One more thing . . .
Don't Forget the Treats!
Super Soft Caramel Popcorn should do the trick.
Here's the Recipe:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Preparedness Project - Activity Bag Games!

We had listed on the Calendar that today's project
would be a "Bug Out Bag."
We have moved this to a different area of preparedness.
Watch for the "Bug Out Bag" in the
beginning of March!
Today's Project:
Another Game for your Family Emergency Activity Bag!
We will be making a new game each week.
Here are some of the games we will be making:

Popsicle Stick . . . Go Fish
Mini Animal Memory Game
Find It . . . Bean Bag
On the Farm Animals
Silly Sea Creatures
At the Zoo
Don't Eat Frank!
Tic Tac Toe
Dot Game
M&M Match
Fruit & Veggie Candy Match
Travel Games - Match the Bug
License Plate Match
"On the Road" Signs
I Spy . . .
Temples Memory Match
Family Memory Match
Family Yatzee
Family Puzzle Blocks
Family Testimony Books
Our Family Book of Standards
"Tell Me a Story" Cards
Articles of Faith Match Game
Button . . . Button
St"INK" Bugs
Build a Bug
Build a Monster
Decision Dice
and MORE!
Today's Game:
Popsicle Stick . . . Go Fish!
You will need:
A printed copy of the game pieces;
Laminated and cut into squares.
48 Wooden Popsicle Sticks
Double Sided Tape
A Canvas Bag
(I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can find them at
any craft or hobby store and they're super cheap.)
Laminated Game Instructions
(Check back in a second . . . my camera battery is dead
so I can't put the pictures on yet.)
Having the pieces on sticks makes it a lot easier for
little hands to hold!
I also made a set on tiles.
Here's the PDF File for the smaller set:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ark Prep 101 - Part 4: A 3 Month Supply for YOUR Family!

A 3-Month Supply for YOUR Family
will be different from your NEIGHBORS 3-Month Supply.
That's because the meals your family is eating on a
daily basis are different from the meals your neighbor's
family is eating on a daily basis!
Your 3-Month Supply will include the ingredients you are
using in your daily meals.
To Get Started on YOUR 3-Month Supply:
Make a list of the meals you are eating during the week.
(Just focus on one week at a time . . . It makes things a lot easier!)
Make a list of all of the items you can store on a shelf,
in your freezer, or in your refrigerator.
We have created a page for you to list your supply items
in three different areas:
Shelf Stable, Freezer, and Fresh.
Here it is:
Make 7 copies of this page, using 1 page for each different
Menu Item.
For Example:
Menu Item:  Shepherd's Pie
Shelf-Stable Ingredients:
Instant Potatoes
Canned Corn
Canned Green Beans
Freezer Ingredients:
Ground Beef
Fresh Ingredients:
This is a great option for my 3-Month Supply
because most of the ingredients are
shelf-stable and easy to store.
As you make a list of your Daily Menu Items,
Don't forget to add the Corn Dogs, Pizza, and other
Freezer Meals you have on hand. 
The freezer IS an important part of your
3-Month Supply.
A 3-Month Supply Is More Than Just Food!
Toilet Paper, Diapers, Formula, Shampoo, Toothpaste . . . etc.
Think of the items you use everyday -
They are going to become even more important
 if you can't get to a store!
I don't know about you, but if I had to choose between the
pillow-soft quilted Northern and a leaf . . . I'm choosing
the Northern!
Your 3-Month Supply is meant to make life easier for you.
Not having to run to the store everytime you need something
will save you time and money.
Make a list of the items you use everyday.
We made a form for that too.
Here it is:
Now all you have to do is . . . buy enough
 for a second meal,
or buy two things of deoderant instead of one.
Try not to use the extra items
until you can replace them.
Before you know it . . . You will have a
well-stocked 3-Month Supply!
Happy Shopping!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Family History Family Home Evening: Temple Marriage!

Our Family Home Evening Lesson Idea for Tonight is:
Temples & Temple Marriage
Here's the Lesson:
Family History FHE Temples Lesson PDF
Mom and Dad, this is a great time to tell your children
about the day YOU were married!
Share with them your
and the BLESSINGS that come from being
Even BETTER . . .
Share Your Testimony AND Write it down.
Add a copy of your testimony
along with some of the pictures from your Wedding Day
to your Family History Scrapbook.
FHE Temples Trivia Game:
Temples Trivia Game
This Game is part of the Family Home Evening Lesson PDF.
Put all the pieces into a box or basket and let your children take
turns drawing questions until they are gone!
We've also included a tag for the outside of the box or
to hang on the basket.
Temple Recommend PDF:
Print 2 recommends for each person in your family. 
One for their wallet, and one for their Scrapbook Page.
Family History Temples Page:
Add a copy of each family member's Temple Recommend
and a Photo of them to the scrapbook page included below.
Add the pages to your Family History Scrapbook.
The Prophet's have told us to put a picture of the temple
in each child's bedroom to remind them of the
importance of being Temple Worthy.
This link will take you to a great website.
They have all of the pictures of the temples
available for you to print out as well as some great ways
to display the temple pictures in your home.
Have each of your children pick his/her favorite temple.
You'll find them on the red underlined link below.
I think they have just about every temple.
Family Home Evening Treats:
Strawberry Danish Parfaits
FHE Treat Recipe:
Have a great time with the FAMILY Tonight!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Vital Records - Medical History Forms!

Today's Vital Records Section:
Medical History Forms
(Include a list of any medications being taken by family members.)
Make a copy for each of the members in your family.
The PDF file is made so that you can fill it out on your computer
and print it out with the information complete.
Medical History Pages:
(These are legal documents and regularly used in hospitals.)
Add at least FIVE DOLLARS
to your Preparedness Bank!
In an Emergency the more cash you have on hand
the better.  It won't matter if the ATM's are down
or the Banks are closed . . . Your CASH will be there
for you when you need it!
(Just don't forget to bring a can opener!)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Don't Forget . . .

The Stake Relief Society Meeting TODAY
from 9:00 am - Noon!
It's sure to . . . LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD!

Food Storage Meals & Menu Planning - Dinner: Smothered Burritos!

Today's Menu Item Is:
Smothered Burritos
This is another easy Food Storage Recipe using only
the ingredients you can keep on a shelf!

Here's the Recipe:
This is a great time to use some of that
Bottled Pork
I know you've been dying to try!
Can I get a Woot Woot for Bottled Meat?
(Sorry . . . I still have a fever if you can't tell.)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Family Activity - Family Night at the Movies!

Sooooo Sorry . . .
This post was actually meant for yesterday
and the BBQ Sauce was supposed to be today's post.
I had a fever and obviously no clue what day it was.
Our Family Activity Idea for Today is:
Family Movie Night at HOME - Movie Theater Style!
If you're a fan of movie theater popcorn but not sure you can find
a movie the whole family can watch,
We have an IDEA:
Buy the Popcorn . . . but Rent the Movie!
The Kaysville Theater popcorn is the best price and they
have no problem with you just stopping by for a bag or two.
To make the night even more FUN
and make the kids really wonder what's up . . .
Send dad and the kids out to the car and tell them
they're in for a Big Surprise.
Dad - Get them locked, loaded and ready to go.
Mom, you can hurry and set up the 
Homemade Concession Stand
 Complete With:
Movie Theater Tickets
Treats and Drinks
We made Tickets and Concession Signs for YOU:

As soon as the concession stand set-up is complete,
head to the car and take a drive around the block.
Pull back into the driveway and announce, "We're Here!"
(That'll get 'em!)
They may look a little confussed at first, but once they see the
Homemade Consession Stand
that's all it will take
YOU are NOW the most POPULAR PARENTS around!
Way to go guys!
Snuggle in for a movie and enjoy the night with your Family.
This is a great opportunity for
Grandma's and Grandpa's as well!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Preserve It . . . Canning Corner - Bottled Barbecue Sauce!

Bottled BBQ Sauce
This recipe is both Sweet and Savory!
You will need to use a Pressure Canner to process this sauce.
Here in Farmington you will need to process at 15 psi.
Here's the Recipe:
This sauce is AMAZING!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Preparedness Project - Snack Box!

Thanks to Whitney Pratt for sharring this great idea!
A Snack Box is a great way to keep little one's entertained
at church, while you're waiting for appointments, at the grocery store,
in the car, and in an Emergency!

You will need:
1 Craft Box
(I found mine at Walmart for $1.24)
Letter Stickers
Picture Stickers
and most importantly . . . A variety of TREATS!
Fill each of the different compartments
with a different treat.
Throw it in your purse, diaper bag, or
Family Emergency Activity Bag,
 and you'll be
ready for ANYTHING . . . even an EMERGENCY!
Thanks to Whitney Pratt for this great idea!
Skittles, Raisins, Smarties, Gold Fish Crackers,
Fruit Snack, Starburst, M&M's, Nerds, Craisins,
Reeses Pieces, Baby Treats, Runts, A Variety of Cereal . . . etc.
The possibilities are endless!
Watch next week for:
Pre-made Sticker Labels
and Game Packet Additions!
Don't let your creativity stop with food in this little box:
Bling for Girls
Watch for photos of the ideas we came up with
Next Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ark Prep 101 - Part 3.5: Where Do I Store All This Food, Water, & Preparedness Stuff?

Here are some more ideas for storing
"Deals to Meals" Blog
Totes and Buckets!
"Deals to Meals" Blog
You can never have too much water!
It's nice to have different options when you store your water.
Easy to grab water bottles as well as larger barrels.
"Deals to Meals" Blog
This Water Barrel Storage Idea is found on:
Notice the wooden dowl that has been put in
front of the jars . . . Sooo Smart!
"Deals to Meals" Blog
"Deals to Meals" Blog
Make sure you label sealed totes and boxes.
Sooo Important!
"Deals to Meals" Blog
An Extra Closet!
"Prepared LDS Family" Blog
Food can be stored in the boxes they came in.
Just store the newest food on the bottom,
so that family members rotate from the top!
I love the extra piece of wood they put across the shelves
to keep things from falling!
Make sure you measure your space BEFORE you
purchase your shelves.
Note the two different sizes.
Pantry Food Storage.
Smaller Rolling Can Shelves are a great option!
Don't forget the space under your stairs!
Space can be found ANYWHERE!
Remember to rotate the food you store
and to store the foods your family will eat.
Hope this helps!