Class Schedule for 2009

Hi everyone,

I wanted to give you the heads up on some up coming classes. I know that we are all on different levels of preparedness, so I am still offering one 101 level class each month, (i.e. cooking, etc.) but feel impressed to also move forward with some hard core classes and hopefully, acquire peace through knowledge. Please do not feel over whelmed with the below schedule. Each of us are surrounded by a pool of knowledge in our neighbors and good friends who are willing to help us along as long, if we are willing to be taught. We still have time, but in my opinion, if we are listening to our Prophet, the time to become prepared is now. So, let’s get started!

Below is a list of my upcoming classes that are to be seen as a “BANQUET of opportunity”. Hopefully I can start to quench many taste buds on various levels of learning for all of us. (If I am not, please give me your suggestions on things you are interested in.)

There are some words in the English language that instill a certain level of fear. Words like PANDEMIC, NEUCLEAR ATTACK and many more. I must say that these things are scary, but they can be less scary by becoming educated, Hence; here is a “Face your Fears” opportunity for us to come learn, become informed and hopefully to empower with ability.

Here are the classes for the next couple of months:

  • January- Pressure cooking, canned meat, Jerky, smoked meats and TVP. All about meat choices for storage.

This was great class that pretty much covered all meat choices for long term storage. There was also a mini class on Food Storage Fast Foods”. When I get it all typed up, I will post it under “pressure canning.”

  • February 5th- 7:00-9:00 pm – Bird Flu Pandemic

Class will be in the Chapel in the Larson Park Ward. (Same chapel where the Jim Phillips Sanitation class was held.) You may invite whomever you would like to take advantage of this great class. (I am hoping to fill the chapel. J) Alison Robinson will teach this class. She is C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Training) certified, a member of the Medical Reserve Corps, both of which are connected with Homeland Security. She has received the information in a MRC meeting and would be presenting that. Is also co-commander of our CERT team and is extremely knowledgeable.

(A Complete Medical kit will be available to purchase in advance of the class, or a sign up sheet will be passed around and filled later. There will also be a follow up class to teach you about anti-plague recipes, home remedies, and other antidotes that have been proven to work that can save your families lives. More information to come in the next few days.)

  • Feb. 12th 10:00 am.

Bread Making 101. I will demo bread making and you will sample some of the sisters home-made bread. I will also demo Survival Bread- #4 of “Rebecca Lee’s 20 things I wouldn’t do without” at Widmer’s house taught by me, April 🙂 As always, recipe and shopping list will be provided before the class. Mini class on your “Laundry Bucket must haves.”

  • March 5th, 6:30-9:30

Nuclear attack and the book of Revelations taught by a local specialist, Farley Anderson. This is a very spiritual meeting that gave me such peace instead of fear. Of course Heavenly Father has provided a way to protect His children. Come and find out how. It is extremely fascinating! (Nuclear attack package is available in advance of his lecture for $50.00 each. When I heard him speak, I wanted to order a package for EVERYONE I love. This is definitely life saving information including antidotes, and is very well worth the money.)

Everyone is welcome; bring your loved ones and neighbors- especially your husbands!

  • March 19th- 10:00 am

Organic gardening at the Widmer’s. What is the big deal, and why do I want to do this? Rebecca Griffin will be teaching this class and answering all of those questions. (Group ordering and catologue will be available.) Mini class on Organic Honey.

  • April’s classes – the month, silly!  🙂

I am sure that you are wondering what I will come up with next right? #3 of “Rebecca Lee’s 20 things I wouldn’t do without”, sterilized wraps, (first aid kit package will be available.) and #6, Pulse/sprouts. This is something you will not want to do without in your storage and has up to a 30-year shelf life.

  • April 9th – 10:00 am, Larsen Park Ward. 9600 So. 6000 West

April Widmer’s house. Traditional “sprouting in a jar” and other methods as well as dirt sprouting. I am going to get a great discount on bulk buying here for sprouting seeds. I will post the group order prices on May 1st.

  • April 23rd 

Rosa Rice will be teaching us how to make our own Sterilized wraps and dressings. Start finding/saving white sheets to cut up, and saving your brown paper sacks to complete this project. 

This is #3 of Rebecca Lee’s “20 Items I Wouldn’t Do Without”.
We will meet in the Larsen Park Ward (6000 West 9600 No. in Highland) in the RS Room at 10:00 and should be there about 1 1/2 hours. 
Sorry ladies, we won’t have a nursery.
Hope to see you all there,
April 🙂
  • May is “Solar Month”

May will be my solar classes, so solar ovens, panels and other solar things will be made available. Sieg is putting a package together so that you can have portable solar. More info will come as we get closer.

  • June- Power is out, how do I cook?  Dutch Oven cooking and other alternative fuel sources.

This is all for now sisters. Doesn’t this sound like fun? I am excited and hope that you too, feel like this is a lot of great stuff to learn, and start checking off of your preparedness lists. We are blessed to have so many knowledgeable people around us who are willing to share what they know. We are really being blessed!

Take care sisters,

April Widmer 🙂

Classes for Domestic Tranquility

Dear Sisters,

I have decided that this is the best calling in the church. I have always wanted to know more about this stuff and now is my great opportunity! It also can be your great opportunity to learn some of these lost skills and learn to feed your family better at the same time while using your food storage.

Below, are a few classes that I will be teaching (for the next millennia by the looks of the list) to help prepare myself, and our ward family for the exciting events to come. Of course, I will need all of the help I can get. So, if you feel like you would like to share what you already know, or learn more about one of theses subjects, please e-mail me back and I will put you on that committee and when that class rolls around, you can help.

Sisters, please remember that none of this is meant to overwhelm any of us. But if we are prepared, we shall not fear. That is the idea here- DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY! Yippy, here we go on this great adventure!

In the Kitchen

  1. Break Making 101- grinding wheat, basic bread making, etc.
  2. Bread Making 102- pretzels, bagels, pita’s, tortillas, etc.
  3. Bread Making 103- Sweet Breads (orange rolls, cinnamon rolls, monkey bread, etc.)
  4. Breakfast Cereals/Granola Bars (inspired by the high price of cereal)
  5. Slow Cooker/Pressure Cooking (low energy, low water)
  6. Dutch Oven/ Solar Oven Cooking
  7. Pasta Making
  8. Yogurt/Cheese Making, Almond, Soy and other Milk products
  9. Amaranth, Quinoa, Wheat meat and Goetta
  10. Graham Crackers and Crackers
  11. Making “Mixes” with your food storage
  12. Show and Tell “I can’t live without this” and why
  13. Nuts, Seeds, Peanut/Almond and other nut butters
  14. Sewing clothing & other groovy stuff
  15. Soap and Lotion Making

In the Garden

  1. Cooking with Spices and herbs
  2. (Show & Tell) The things we can’t do without
  3. Juicing
  4. Vegetable Gardening and Harvesting Seeds
  5. Sprouting
  6. Home Canning
  7. Herbs, Oils and Home Remedies

Co-Ops- are you interested in participating in the following?

  1. Ward Garden Plot
  2. Ward Chicken Coop

Group Orders- stuff to purchase at a discount

  1. “Be Prepared” Cookbook
  2. Electric Wheat Grinders
  3. Hand Wheat Grinders
  4. Solar Ovens
  5. Dutch Ovens
  6. Water Purifiers

Pandemics- the stuff no one wants to talk about, but what we need to know about

  1. Earthquake
  2. Bird Flu
  3. Nuclear Disaster

E-mail me back to put you on the list of helpers for the classes that tickled your fancy. The schedule of classes will be coming out soon. Once a month, (Thursday morning at 10:00 am, at my house) there will be a cooking class, once a month there will be a group order of sorts. (Coming from Rebecca Lee’s “20 things I wouldn’t do without”.)

Thanks for your help,

April 🙂

“Provident Living Leader”

Dear Sisters,

I am elated to have my new calling as the wards “Provident Living Leader”. This is something that I have always had a huge passion for, and it is exciting to know that what we are preparing for, is the Lord’s second coming. I don’t know about you, but there is so much to learn and do-  this is going to be Fun, Fun, fun!

I love the “Hands-On approach”, so I am planning on having many mini classes during the summer at my home as we are canning, harvesting and doing other cool homemaking skills. If you are interested in any of the classes that I post, please feel welcome to come and watch and even help if you want. I will try to do theses demo’s during the day, or in some cases in the evening, before the actual harvest time, so that you can go home with the knowledge in advance of how to can, or dehydrate etc. your own garden harvest.

I will be sending via e-mail questions to all of you, and hope that you will respond back via e-mail so that I will know how best to serve you. The first thing I need to do is split up each family into 3 groups of preparedness: Beginners, ½ way there, or advanced. Once I know what families fall into what groups, I will know how best to help you at the level where you are situated. Obviously, this is a huge job for one- me, so I plan on having many helpers here and there, hopefully, from each one of you.

When we meet on the 27th at Michelle Kendall’s house to view Rebecca Lee’s awesome DVD “20 Things I WOULDN’T DO WITHOUT“, I will send out a sign up sheet, so you can be involved in the areas of your expertise, or wherever you want to fill the gap in your own preparations. Sister’s really, this is so much fun to learn, or simply to return to being domesticated! We are so lucky to be able to have so many cool things to learn. Things like homemade pasta, homegrown, and homemade pizza, spaghetti and Mexican sauces! (You know, for all of those beans you will be eating!) Yummy- and at a fraction of the cost too! This will be a fun little venture, hopefully for our whole ward. Yippy! So on to the party!

  • Class #1

BOTTLED BUTTER– Sieg will be teaching the first mini class tonight at 7:00 pm here at my home. We will be canning short-term butter. (Which means it has a shelf life of under 7 years depending where it is stored- later we will do long term, which is indefinite. Butter doesn’t last very long around here anyway, so 3 years might be pushing it.) If you can’t make it, don’t worry, it is easy to do, and I will post the recipe again after we have done it. Sorry for the short notice, but we had planned on doing this tonight anyway, and I just thought to invite you all to come along J.

  • Class #2

Have you ever wondered how you would stay warm without any heating, or any other heat source? Wonder no longer, I have an expert on the subject coming to teach us next week on June 19th, at 7:00 pm at the church. This is the beginning of a few sequential classes that will be taught on “FOAM CLOTHING” or the Jim Phillips Way. He has clothing that can keep you warm up to -60 F, no problem. It is a lot cheaper and more reliable than generators, fuel or anything else you can buy, and of course, it is absolutely portable and you can use it now if you want. (For those winter camp-outs etc.. or even this summer, if it never warms up!) Anyway, this is the best and cheapest short and long-term survival option, as well as this one that will really save your life and your loved ones, so you won’t want to miss it! I will be sending more details later on this one. You don’t have to buy anything, but the information will be lifesaving. (You can check it out yourself at PrepareMyFamily.com) Please invite anyone you know who might be  interested, as I feel so strongly about these classes.)

Finally, for those that ordered SPROUTS, they should come on Thursday. Please drop off your check to me before then for the following amounts:

If you ordered 1 bucket of sprouts, the price was $146.36.

If you ordered sprouts and garden seeds, the price is $180.21.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, log on to Lifesprouts.com and check it out. At the end of the summer, I will send out one final order that will be delivered to me here in Highland- you can order then, or on your own if you are interested.

See sisters, isn’t this fun?

I’ll chat with you again another time, and I promise that it will be much shorter then!

Adios, April 🙂

P.S. If you need WATER BARRELS, they are the cheapest right now at the AF Walmart at a beautiful $20.00 off the price of any others in town. (They are $39.00 while the supplies in the front of the store last.) Good luck!