Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mix Recipe #24: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies!

Mix Recipe #24
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/3 cup Sugar
1 cup Instant Oatmeal
1/3 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
1/2 cup Peanut Butter Flavored Chips
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Layer the ingredients in the order given into a
wide mouth 1-quart canning jar.
Pack each ingredient as you go.
To Make the Cookies Add:
1/2 cup Butter, Softened
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, blend butter, egg, and vanilla.
Add contents of the jar and stir until well blended.
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased
cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.
Jar Label:
Jar Toppers:
Recipe Packet:
Here's the PDF:

Mix Recipe #23: White Chocolate Toffee Pecan Blondies!

Mix Recipe #23
White Chocolate Toffee Pecan Blondies
Holy Cow . . . This Recipe is Fabulous!!!
1/2 cup Toffee Pieces
1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Flour
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
Layer the ingredients in the order given into a
wide mouth 1-quart canning jar.
Pack each layer as you go.
To Make the Cookies Add:
6-7 Tbsp. Butter, Melted
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in microwave and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Add egg slighly beaten.
Add vanilla and mix well.
Add contents of the jar and mix until well combined.
Line an 8x8 pan with foil and lightly spray with PAM.
Pour mix into prepared pan and use a greased spatula
to evenly spread mixture in pan and level the top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set in the middle.
(22 minutes usually does it for me.)
Cool on rack before cutting.
Jar Label:
Jar Topper:
Recipe Packet:
Here's the PDF:
This one will make you SMILE for sure!

Preparedness Project - A Bucket of Charcoal!

Today's Project is FAST and EASY . . .
It's a Bucket of Charcoal Briquettes!
You Will Need:
1 or 2 5-Gallon Buckets with Lids
1 to 2 Bags of Charcoal Briquettes
The Printed PDF
I haven't been able to confirm an expiration
date anywhere for the briquettes.
I would recommend using them within 5 years,
but if you have different information than
I was able to find, please let me know!
The Document below says that Charcoal properly stored
can last Indefinately!
Charcoal Document PDF:
I would recomend printing the page and storing it inside of
your charcoal buckets.
This Document on Charcoal was sent in by
Mel Blocks from the Homeland Security Website.
It will answer any of the questions you have about storing
and using Charcoal.
Thank You for sharing such valuable information with us!
Did You Know . . .
That 1 Bag of Charcoal Briquettes will make it possible for
 you to cook 1 Meal a Day for a Whole Month?!?
It's a great storage item to have on hand.
Add a couple bottles of starter fluid and you're good to go!
Don't Forget the Matches!
Here's the PDF:
 Another House of Order Project is on the way
with more Laundry Hints and Helps
as well as the rest of the Mix Recipes.
It's going to be a busy day!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ark Prep 101 - Alternative Heat, Light, and Power Sources!

In an Emergency Situation
Heat, Light, and Power Sources are at the top of the list.
Here are a few things to think about!
Fire Starters:
Store matches (waterproofed), butane lighters, flint and steel,
and charcoal starter.
Fireplace, Open Flame:
Campfire or Outside Firepit - suspend a Dutch oven over the heat
by using a tripod, much like the earlier settlers did, or
set the Dutch oven directly on the hot embers
you have made in the fireplace or outside campfire.
Wood Burning - Coal Stoves:
Use frying pans or pots on top to cook your meal.
Gas Camp Stoves:
(White Gas, Gasoline, Kerosene, and Propane Options)
Two burners using white gas will operate 4 hours on 1 quart.
Use outdoors only.
 Barbecue Grill:
(Include 5 Gallon Tank of Propane.)
This stores well and is easy to use.
Works well for small quantities of food.
Is a type of outdoor cook stove that you can use with
2 Dutch ovens and charcoal.
It is very fuel efficient, using about half of the charcoal
you would use normally with your Dutch oven.
A few briquettes can roast, fry, bake . . . etc.
Dutch Ovens:
A 10" Dutch oven with 6 or7 briquettes on the lid and 5 or 6
underneath will cook a pot full of food.
Use outdoors only.
Four or five charcoal briquettes in an 8"x8" Hibachi will
generate enough heat to cook a simple meal.
Should only be used outdoors.
Alcohol Stove:
Place 1 roll of toilet paper in 1 quart paint can.
Pour Isopropyl rubbing alcohol over the TP and light with a match.
The can will not get hot on the bottom until the alcohol has burned down.
Extinguish the flame,  add more alcohol and relight.
Control the intensity of the heat by adjusting the lid.
Charcoal Stove:
Turn a #10 can into a charcoal stove.
Cut out top and bottom of the can.
Punch holes around the top and bottom.
Punch many holes in the lid and wire it about half way up the can.
Place the charcoal on it to light.
Use a sturdy piece of wire screening, or crisscross wire across
the top to create a cooking rack.
New batteries last 6-7 hours of continuous use.
Six-month old batteries last 5-6 hours.
3/4"x4-inch candles will burn for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Coleman Mantle Lantern:
Two mantle lantern will burn 5 hours on 1/2 quart of kerosene.
Light Sticks:
Are the safest emergency light.
Are an excellent source of safe power.
However, they use a great deal of fuel.
Most run on gasoline, burning 1/2 to 3 gallons per hour.
Itemize energy requirements in order to select the appropriate
size needed.
Use the smallest size possible for less fuel needs.
Operate generators in an open area with good ventilation.
DO NOT ATTACH the generator to your house current without
approved transfer switches.
the electrical "back feed" can injure or even kill utiliy workers repairing the power lines.
Try to have at least one item in each area so that you can
have heat, light and some source of power in case of an emergency!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Family History Family Home Evening: It's All About Dad!

Opening Prayer:
"Father's" Page 209 Children's Song Book
"Daddy's Homecoming" Page 210 Children's Song Book
"I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was
taught somewhat in all the learning of my father . . . "
(1Nephi 1:1)
How much do you really know about your father?
Here's a quiz to help you find out.
Take turns drawing a question from Dad's favorite hat.
Write your answer and give the cards to dad.
Dad will read each of the answers on the cards.
If you got it right you get a point.
The person with the most points at the end of the night Wins!
The prize could be Dad's favorite treat or candybar.
Question Cards(These are included in the PDF.)
Cards can be added to your Family History Scrapbook.
The Man at the Gas Station
(Included in the PDF)
Celebrate Father's Past, Present, and Future.
To celebrate Father's Past:
List some of the things your learned from your
(This is a great one for Dad to fill out!)
(Add pictures of Grandpa's.)
To celebrate Father's Present:
Have your children list some of the things Dad has
taught them, as well as some of the things they would
like for him to teach them.
(Add pictures of Dad and the kids.)
To celebrate Father's Future:
List the qualities found in
The Family: A Proclamation to the World
(Add pictures of the father's in your family.)
Have each of the boys in your family fill out their own page.
There are two scrapbook pages for each section:
1 Page for Writing
1 Page for Photo's!
Here's the Family Home Evening Lesson PDF:
Time for Treats!
This is my dad's absolute FaVoRiTe Dessert . . .
Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Frosting!
(It's usually a little bit of cake and a lot of frosting!)
Here's the Marshmallow Frosting Recipe:
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
2 Tbsp. Karo Syrup
Boil until forms ball.
Remove from heat.
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
Dash of Salt
2 Egg Whites
Beat egg whites until stiff.
Add mixture to egg whites, slowly.
Beat until thick. 
Use your Favorite Chocolate Cake Mix for the Cake!
Here's the Recipe PDF:
Have a Great Family Home Evening!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Vital Records - Financial: Safety Deposit Boxes, Taxes, & Emergency Quick Cash!

We're finishing up the Financial Section
of the
Vital Records Binder TODAY!
Only 5 more sections to go!!!
Today's Assignment:
Safety Deposit Box Information
Tax Returns
(Include copies from the last 3 years.)
(You will need to print 1 page for each year of taxes.)
Emergency Quick Cash!
Please have on hand some Extra Cash
Small bills and some change are best.
Think about what you use your Debit or Credit Card for on a daily
basis . . . now think about what you would do if you couldn't use it?
Cash can be kept in your Vital Records Binder!
My Suggestion:
Put some cash into a clear page protector
and then sew the top closed!
I'm serious . . . it works, I've tried it!
That's It!
Here's the PDF:
The Next Section We Will Be Working On Is:
The Geneology Section
(I need a lot of help in this section, so I'm looking forward to it,
and dreading it, all at the same time.)
Don't Forget . . .
Tuesday is the last day to turn in the order forms for
Gossner's Milk and the Dry Pack!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Food Storage Meals and Menu Planning - Dessert: Snickerdoodles!

Today's Dessert Menu Item Is:
Happy Day . . . You've already got this recipe!
It's a Mix Recipe and if you haven't already made one up,
Today's the Day!

Car Bucks!

The Car Bucks are Here!

Car Bucks are a great way to encourage good
behavior in the car.
The Car Bucks can be traded in for Souvenir Money
or a Special Treat along the way!

Here's the PDF:
Car Bucks Packet PDF
More Travel Bag Items on the Way!
By the Way . . .
The 4x6 Game Boards PDF
has been added to the Travel Bag Post!
You can . . .
Print the Tic Tac Toe Board and Toe-kens
onto Magnetic Paper.
All of the Game Boards can be printed onto magnetic paper
if you don't want to use a dry erase marker.
(Just use the Tic Tac Toe-kens for all of the game boards.)
Print the Travel Tokens onto Crack n' Peel and attach
them to 1 1/2-inch wooden discs.
(Or you can just laminate them and that works too!)

Mix Recipe #22: Chocolate Malted Milk Crunchies Cookies!

Mix Recipe #22
Chocolate Malted Milk Crunchies Mix
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/4 cups Malted Milk Powder
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
3/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Layer the ingredients in the order given into a
wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar.
Pack each layer as you go.
To Make the Cookies Add:
3/4 cup Butter, Softened
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp. Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, blend butter, eggs, and water.
Add contents of the jar.
Mix well.
Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 14-16 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.
Jar Label:
 Jar Toppers:
Recipe Pack:
Here's the PDF:
If you like Whoppers . . . You'll like this one!