Survival Ration Bar

  • 3 cups cereal (oatmeal, barley flakes or wheat flakes)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 package citrus flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Optional: (chocolate chips or mixed fruit)

Directions for mixing:
Place all dry ingredients (except gelatin) into mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the honey and bring it to a boil. Dissolve the gelatin in the honey-water mixture, then add it all to the dry ingredients. After mixing well, add water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture is barely moist enough to be molded. Pack in a refrigerator dish or other mold. This recipe makes two bars (each bar 1/2 the size of a match box), or drop on cookie sheet (bite size for eating).

Each bar will provide about 1,000 calories and is sufficient food for one day. It can be eaten dry, or cooked with about 2/3 of a canteen cup full of water.

The bars may be placed in the oven and dried under very low heat — 250 degrees F., then wrapped in foil and stored indefinitely in a covered container .

(Source: Handout from Utah Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, “72 Hour Emergency Survival Kit – Plus – Food & Water Storage)

NOTE: The size package of gelatin was not specified, nor the amount of time required for drying in the oven in these instructions. I tried googling to see if I could find any specific amounts and was not successful. Your best guess will have to do until we hear from someone who has actually tried these. ūüôā

Bridgette’s Roasted Garlic

2 plump bulbs garlic
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Several grinds of fresh pepper
Optional 4 sprigs of thyme finely chopped

Or if you want to do more garlic use 1 tablespoon of garlic for each head of garlic and season appropriately.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.¬† With a very sharp knife, remove just enough of the root end of the garlic bulb to flatten it enough to sit upright.¬† Slice off approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the pointed top of a bulb of garlic.¬† Each clove should be slightly exposed, but do not remove too much of the cloves’ flesh.¬† Do not peel the garlic bulb but rather roast it in its papery covering. Place the full bulb on a piece of foil.¬†Sprinkle¬†on a few¬†drops of water,¬† and then pour the olive oil on the heads, cut-side up then sprinkle on the¬†salt and pepper. Pull corners of foil up to enclose and fold over to seal tightly.¬† Place the foil packet in a oven and roast until cloves are golden brown and tender, for about 1 hour or until garlic is very tender and soft, and the papery covering has begun to brown but has not blackened.¬† The cloves at this point can be pierced easily with the tip of a sharp¬†paring knife. Remove packet from the oven and allow the garlic to cool.¬† When the garlic is cool enough to handle, push on the bottom of the bulb and squeeze the roasted garlic out from the skins into a bowl. Then mash the cloves to form a paste. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. (At this point the paste can be used or stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

The roasted garlic  can be served at room temperature and used in place of butter on the dinner table. Serve as a spread on bread and garnish with chopped parsley or mash up and stir into a favorite sauce or use as base for dip or dressing.

 

Recipe via Bridgette Server

This weeks group/bulk buy’s = bargains! 2/16/09

Hi Sisters,

Let me first tell you what it means to bulk buy. When we buy in large quantities (which could only mean 10 or more), we get a huge price break. When there are more than 20, we get an even larger break. That is what it means to group buy, or bulk buy- huge savings for all of us! ūüôā

Bulk order going on currently:

Wheat grinders, Live chickens, Raw organic Honey, Handwashers.

  1. I have one wheat grinder that I paid for, and then was cancelled that I need to sell ASAP. If you missed the chance to get one last week, please place your order with me. The final price was $239.20 including tax. If you haven’t brought me your check, please do.
  2. Live Chickens: If you are interested in raising your own organic eggs, then you may be interested in the Sexlink Laying Hen Рa cross between a Rhode Island
Red and a Plymouth Barred Rock. These were born last July and are now laying each day.
 I found a woman who will be bringing down a shipment each weekend for those who want them. They are currently laying Large and Extra Large brown eggs and
each hen averages 290 eggs per year. If we can get an order of over 50
hens, 
they are only $8.00 each. 

She has had these layers laying eggs all winter, without a light and the
eggs
taste great! Let me know if you are interested and I will put you down on the list and let you know where we will pick these up. When you buy the chickens already laying that will save you at least 5 months of feeding them while not producing them. If you are interested, this will save you money in feed, and heat lamps and 5-6 months time.
  3. Raw, organic honey. This is an INDEFINATE FOOD STOAGE ITEM that doesn’t have to be rotated, but can be. It will last forever. Last year was a tough year on bee’s and many colonies of bees were killed. Both of these beekeepers lost a lot of bees, hence; honey as well. They, as well as most other beekeepers will be out of honey come March. (Next month) That is why I thought we’d better get on this one.

This comes from 2 different sources. Raw organic means that there has been nothing added to it- like water, so it is thick like molasses.  Honey that you buy in the store has bee pasteurized and thinned out. It is good though, that is what I use daily, but long term, it is not the answer. (Not a problem, I just keeps mine in my window box to liquefy it in the sunshine.) When you buy honey from your own area, it has certain enzymes in it that will increase your overall health. If you suffer from Allergies or Asthma, insomnia, have skin problems or want over all immune boost, purchase the honey nearest where you live. If you aren’t looking for anything other that yummy honey, go for the cheapest one. Both of them are delicious! This honey is raw and will eventually crystalize but raw honey stores forever! Pasteurized honey will go bad!

At my class next month, I will share with you in a mini-class, more reasons to buy raw honey, and why you want to have it in your food storage. After all, if must have been important, of Jared and his brother wouldn’t have bothered putting them on their barges. Can you imagine what that must have been like? Hopefully they hibernated!

If you can’t make the class, look it up next month at www.aprilshowerspreparedness.com, under Raw Organic Honey.

 

  1. From a beekeeper here in Highland here are the following prices: light and dark yellow from orchards and flowering plants ($3.50 a pound)
  • 1.¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 gal bucket, 12#¬† $42.00
  • 2.¬†¬†¬†¬† 4 gal bucket, 48#¬† $168.00

 

  1. From a bee keeper in Delta, alfalfa blossom honey- dark orange in color ($3.00 a lb.)
  • ¬†¬†5 lb. bucket, $15.50 (that is all he has left to choose from)

If we get our order in soon, I think that we can order as much as you would like. If you are interested, please place your order before the 26th of February.

 

5th order of handwashers. (Can you believe it? You would think that we do a lot of laundry or something!) Still $10.00 and ¬Ĺ price at that. Someone e-mailed me back and told me that she just bought it for $17.00 in her group buy. We are getting a great deal! ¬†www.breathingwasher.com

 

Well sisters, those are great deals for any who are interested. If you aren’t, don’t worry about it, maybe we’ll order that again sometime when it is more convenient for your family. No pressure at all, Sisters.

 

Have a great day.

April ūüôā

 

P.S. If you ordered a wheat grinder, they will be in sometime after the 28th.

 

P.P.S.S. I also still need money for some handwahers, as well as need some to be picked up. ūüôā

 

Lessons Learned From Unemployment Pt. 2

I am so glad to share this list with you. Reading through it, I can plainly see that we have learned a lot! (So much in fact, I could do a fireside on it! J) Most of all, the greatest thing to know, is that we will be trading goods and services. I know this because I have been doing A LOT of this. Have you always been a consumer, or do you have something to give back in form of services? I for one really want to learn how to cut hair, and to do it well. (I have done some serious damage on my poor families heads!)

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. You will loose weight when your diet changes. What will you wear when your clothes are too big?
  2. Do you have clothes and shoes for your growing kids to grow into?
  3. Do you have sufficient warm clothing, boots, hats, gloves etc. for your family? (Including to grow into- I recommend having one of every size to be safe, then you can also share if needs be.)
  4. What are you going to blow your nose into? Consider old-fashioned hankies.
  5. Do you have sufficient toiletries for 2 years including TP, and diapers and wipes, ointments etc. if necessary?
  6. What about deodorant, toothpaste and brushes and floss?
  7. Do you have seeds for the next two years of gardens?
  8. Do you know how to harvest your own seeds?
  9. Do you have something/remedies for bug control? If there are plagues, there will also be pestilence- Yikes! Frogs, Mormon crickets, bugs, rats etc.
  10. Do you know how to garden, and can you actually grow something worth eating?
  11. Will your family eat what you grow and  can you prepare it so that your family will eat it? (Sometimes, my kids ate dog food instead of the dinner I prepared- really.)
  12. Do you have the seasonings and spices to make your food taste good? Buy in bulk whatever you use regularly today.
  13. Can you sustain your lives on what you grow, and for how long? All winter?
  14. What vegetables can we store for the winter that will last? I have really missed carrots and chewing them. Consider pressure canning a vegetable stock. You can use it in a soup, or the veggies in a stir fry, and use the broth to make rice. Squashes from the garden (butternut, banana etc.) will last about 6 months. Potatoes will last until they are all gone if stored in a cool dark place. (20#’s of planted potatoes should last a family of 4, for a 1-year supply.)
  15. Do I have enough canning supplies for 2 years? (Lids, jars, pectin, sugar etc.)
  16. What will you do when you get sick?
  17. Do you have a supply of non and prescription medicines that your family needs?
  18. Do you have herbs and alternative medicines that you can use, and do you know how to use them? If not, take some classes while you can.)
  19. There is no such thing as fast food when you are living on your food storage. What meals can be considered as fast food in your storage? (Our fast foods are the soups, spaghetti sauces etc. and things that I have canned during the summer that just need to be heated up.) Consider pressure canning 7 quarts of beans at a time instead of 1 batch of beans when you cook for dinner. This will save on fuel and time.
  20. What about eye glasses and contacts, and contact solution? Any spares on hand?
  21. Do you have solutions for dysentery and gas? You might be eating a lot of beans.
  22. When there is a quarantine, are you ready and prepared for that? Do you have any education therein?
  23. If you have animals, do you also have a 2-year supply of feed/food, straw and water barrels for them too?
  24. Other than a conventional oven, how can I effectively bake/cook my food/bread? (Dutch ovens w/ coals, solar, slow cooker, beanbag oven, apple box etc.)
  25. If that secondary device breaks, what can I use next. (You should have 2 or more ways to do many things, don’t rely on just one device.)
  26. How will you wash and dry your clothes?
  27. Do you have a supply of laundry soap?
  28. How will you dry your clothes it in the winter months?
  29. Can I stay warm without heat? How will I do that? You should have many different sources. Kerosene, propane, gas, etc. If you have a generator, how much gas can you really afford to store and for how long?
  30. What skills/talents/ things do I have that I could barter with if necessary?
  31. Who will cut your families hair?
  32. If you color your hair you might want to store some of that- as long as there is water, you might as well look gorgeous. (Especially because everyone else will be gray, and have to ear a hat! J )
  33. Do I need to start working on a skill/talent to have bartering power?
  34. What other items do I want to get simply to barter with?

Our Daily Prayers

 

Our prayers each day usually sound something like this:

 

“Please bless Daddy that he’ll find a job,

Bless the chickens to lay eggs,

Please bless Morgan and Shane that they will have a baby,

Please bless Grandma that she will get better soon,

Bless Fancy Pantcy (the goat) that she will have triplets or twins,

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

 

5 1/2 year old Brooklyn knew what she was saying, but got it all messed up one day. This is what she said:

 

“Bless Grandma that she will get a job,

Bless Morgan that she will have triplets,

Bless the chickens to have their kids,

Bless Fancy Pantcy to lay eggs,

Bless Daddy to get better,

(And then 4 year old Paris chimed in)

“With Liberty and Justice for all!”

 

I love having little kiddies around!

Lessons From Unemployment Pt. 3

Obviously, there are many things here too sacred to mention, but here are some things that really helped us.

 Spiritual Things:

  1. When the spirit tells you to purchase something, just do it, and do it quickly so that the spirit can continue to use you as a conduit for your family.
  2. It doesn’t matter how much food storage you have, if you are not spiritually strong and prepared to follow the Lord, you will fall apart.
  3. Surrender to the Lords will for you and your family. Hit your knees to the pavement ASAP and ask for instructions.
  4. Be humble. Don’t be afraid to ask and then receive help from others. When you get help, receive it with gratitude and humility.
  5. Talk- confide in your visiting teachers, home teachers and if necessary the bishop. Their job is to support us, and to listen and help if they can. We shouldn’t deny them or anyone else the opportunity to help/bless our families. They are a great support system and they have ways that we might not know of that can help us.
  6. Obedience, Obedience, Obedience!
    • There are huge blessings in store for us when we stay out of debt.
    • There are huge blessings in having food storage, and having had eaten it all along the way- less diarrhea and over all shock to the system.
    • When we follow the prophet and plant a garden, the Lord will bless our crops and bless us.
  7. When we stay home and don’t spend money, we can unify as a family and must be more creative in our entertainment. Make a game out of it and it becomes fun and an exciting opportunity instead of a challenge/trial.
  8. The most important things in life are our family and our relationships with them. (Even more important than a house) Loose your house before you loose a family member.
  9. When we put our faith 100% in the Lord, miracles happen and are easily recognizable- every day.
  10. When miracles are expected to happen every day, they do. “The Lord will bless us according to our faith in Him”.
  11. Pray for the little things that would make you happy. It’s by little things that great things come to pass. The Lord wants to see us happy and he can prove time and time again that he is there, and cares for you by those little things that only matter to us personally, and no one else.
  12. Pride prevents miracles, unity, and blessings from coming.
  13. Our greatest trials are usually our greatest blessings. Count your blessings and daily miracles and keep a journal of them. It is amazing to look back on those list to see how blessed you have really been.
  14. Money can come from unbelievable places when you really need it- even strangers. The Lord can whisper into people ears that you don’t even know to help you, and they will.
  15. Going to the temple is a necessity- as often as possible. When you have people on both sides of the veil pulling for you, you can accomplish more, and have more strength.
  16. Read your scriptures daily! Make new daily habits if necessary. That is where the Lord speaks to you, in His language.
  17. Always keep a sincere prayer in your heart and pray on your knees as often as you need/want. Pray while driving, while sleeping and any other time. Keep a prayer in your heart.
  18. Pay your tithing first- no matter how small the amount.
  19. Before paying your bills, pray, thanking Heavenly Father for having enough money to pay them. It will surprise you how far your money can go.
  20. When you rely solely upon the Lord, he will bless you if you tell him what your needs are. If you want chocolate, some how, it ends up on your porch! He finds ways to let you know that you are not forgotten. (It is a very sweet experience.)

 

 

 

 

Nuclear Kit Description

Hello again everyone,
3 things today:

If you didn’t get pasta and still want to, you can go to 90 ea.¬†Main Street¬†in Lehi on¬†Friday the 13Th¬†from 1-7, or Sat. the 14Th 10-5 to get whatever else might be available. You won’t get it for .65 cents a pound though, but .75 cents a pound is still good. My friend said that he should have spaghetti and some more common pasta’s, but only on a first come first serve basis. Good luck, it goes fast, but worth it.

Class reminder:

Thursday, the 12 of Feb. 10:00 at April’s house.
Basic bread making, and survival bread.
(If you make your own bread, and want to share a taste and recipe with us, please bring it to this class.)

Group orders going on:
Handwashers  $10.00   (due Thursday am)

and 

WonderMill wheat grinders  $232.45 or less depending on how many we order. (due Friday am)

Nuclear Kit (Can save 20 peoples lives) I am pre-selling these for $50.00 for the class on March 5Th.

Nuclear kit Contents:
Nuclear War Survival Skills ($20.00 retail)
kI chemical USP 40 grams   ($26.00 retail)
Book of Revelation Today   ($14.00 retail
Restoration of the Republic  ($12.50 retail)
Trace mineral liquid label seconds (3 month supply) $24.00 retail)
DVD Last Day Devastation vs. Latter-day Preparation ($10.00 ea. DVD)
DVD A more Perfect Union
KI tablets   ($8.00)
Liquid electrolyte spray energy salt and sprayer  (12.00)

Coming up group orders:

Honey, bulk garden seeds & bulk spices. I am still working on the¬†pandemic¬†kit. When I nail down a good price, I’ll tell you all about it.

Thanks, that’s it for tonight ladies. Thank you, April ūüôā

April’s Sunflower Seed Bread

After making bread for one year, I started to gain confidence in my bread making ablilitiy. Soon, ¬†I wanted to make something more like Granny Sycamore’s Sunflower Bread, so here is my version of the Yummy Wheat Bread.

  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 Tbs instant yeast
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 Tbs gluten flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbs salt
  • 11 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (9 cups wheat)
  • 1 cup nine grain cereal
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed

Combine ingredients in order given, mixing after half of the flour, being careful not to let salt come into direct contact with yeast.  Continue mixing in remaining flour until well blended, adding more white flour as needed for desired consistency.  Knead in mixer for 8 minutes.  (Kneading this amount of time helps to develop the gluten so as not to need as much gluten flour.)  Divide into 4 or 5 loaves, place in oiled bread pans.  Let rise in a warm place until almost desired bread size.  (Usually 1 hour) Bake in preheated 350 oven for 25 minutes.  Remove and cool completely before slicing and loading it up with honey. DELICIOUS!

Honey Whole-Wheat Bread

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 T yeast
  • Set aside in a separate bowl until yeast is ready

In your mixer, put the following:

  • 5 cups very warm water
  • 2 T salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 8 cups fresh¬†wheat flour¬†
  • 6 cups¬†white bread flour

Add yeast mixture
Stir in mixer for 10 minutes.  (I usually do one quick 30 second stir after one kind of flour.)

Let rise 20-30 minutes in the mixer.  Put into bread pans and let rise
another 30 minutes or until dough is above pans.

Cook at 350 for 38-40 minutes.  Makes 5 large loaves

**Note:  I use different variations of the flour by increasing the wheat
and reducing the white.¬† The only difference is the bread doesn’t rise as
high.
This recipe came from RaCail Hays who got it from Gayle Jex’s mom.

Recipe via Lisa Golden

Pandemic 10 Week Challenge

Please don’t put this important stuff off for later. Do it now!

 

Week #1

2 buckets

1 box of contractor type garbage bags (To make your own porta-potty in case you lose utilities)

Kitty litter Р1 bag per/person.  This can be used for absorbing all bodily fluids.

Extra garbage bags for soiled/contaminated clothing, towels or regular garbage disposal

Pet food/prescriptions, water – don’t forget them!

 

Week #2

Oral Re-Hydration formula

Buy it or make your own:

  • 1‚ĀĄ4 teas salt
  • 1‚ĀĄ4 teas Lite salt
  • 1‚ĀĄ4 teas baking soda
  • 2 1‚ĀĄ2 teas sugar
  • Combine these ingredients w/ 1 liter of sterile water.¬† Suggest making up several of these

and save it in small baggies.  Store in your kit.  Taste before relying on this recipe Рmake

it palatable for your family.

Thermometer and alcohol to clean it

Prescriptions, pain/fever reducers, vitamins

First Aid kit – make sure hand sanitizer is included

 

Week #3

Water – determine drinking and to mix with bleach and other detergents to clean with

1 gallon of liquid bleach and disinfectant cleaners

Liquid cleaners (soap, dish soap) – if utilities go out these will be easier than powdered cleaners

2 boxes of N95 masks for each adult in the household Рmake sure it fits firmly against the face. 

As long as hospitals keep these in stock, you should too.

 

Week #4

Latex gloves

Anti-bacterial gloves (some people are allergic to latex)

Several boxes of borax

Anti-bacterial wipes for cleaning up after a patient

A bell or whistle for the patient to get our attention

List of Health Care Providers in your area, including clinics and hospitals who you can call at

home to get advice or directions if needed

 

Week #5

Toilet paper (suggest 100 rolls per/person) you will use more than normal when people are sick

Paper towels (suggest 20 rolls per/person)

 

Week #6

Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products,

lotion, etc. (The things you don’t want to really run out of.¬† Suggest 3 months supply of each of

these.)

 

Week #7

A 100 ft. roll of clear 4 mil plastic (avail at Lowes or Home Depot)

10 rolls of duct tape

These items can be used to temporarily replace windows in the case of an earthquake, or also

seal off a room from the pandemic.)

 

Week #8

Paper plates, cups, plastic cutlery, will cut down on the possibility of spreading germs and save

you time to get back to care-giving.

Cash Рshould the power fail, ATM machines and credit cards will not work.  Have a stash of

small denomination bills on hand for emergencies when you are forced to leave your home.

 

Week #9

Alternative to Electricity Items:

For light – flashlights, glow sticks, lanterns, emergency candles, batteries

For heat – firewood, non-electric heaters (propane or kerosene – follow the manufacturer’s

instructions for safety very carefully.¬† We don’t want to burn the house down.)

For cooking – portable propane cook stove, barbeque grill, fuel, and non-electric can opener

For laundry – large tub, rope for a clothesline or a clothesline, and clothespins

For communications – battery/solar/crank radio and/or TV to keep up with the news or health

warnings

 

Week #10

Entertainment.  Just think about three months at home with no place to go. Talk about cabin

fever! Consider purchasing DVDs that you know your children or spouse would like to have. Keep

them put away until they are needed or until the next major gift giving occasion. Then replace the

old with new titles. You can also establish a stash of age appropriate books, magazines, puzzles

and games. Reading a few classic books as a family would also be a great way to pass the time.

Stock up on craft supplies and even a new hobby to start with the kids. Cooking can be lots of fun

together so make sure your three month supply includes ingredients to make some fun snacks

and meals. A sense of humor is key to survival, so be sure to choose entertainment that is funny

and/or uplifting. 

 

And finally….

Gas up.  As soon as you hear the flu has come to your region, fill all your cars with gas.  Not only

1.   will supplies be hard to come by, but if the power fails, so do the pumps.

2.   Cash: Should the power fail ATM machines and credit cards will not work. Have a stash of small denomination bills on hand for emergencies when you are forced to leave your home.

From Wendy Dewitt