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I would encourage you to do something every week to help with your personal preparedness. Learn something, buy something, teach something or do something. Doing a little each week will pay off .

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Doing a 90 Day Meal Plan - BREAKFAST

It has been suggested that we get not only long term storage, but a three month supply as well. this is what is said in the Family Home Storage Pamphlet - a full copy is at .

Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items
should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.

In our family meeting in March this was one of the items discussed. I was in charge of this part so I made up 90 days of menu ideas. In this post I am sharing my breakfast menu ideas.

I made up a list of 7 menu's and I figured out how much would be needed per meal then times that out by 12. These menu's aren't set in stone, but they do give me the needed supplies to make a wide variety of breakfast menu's as long as I have the basic supplies.

Right now this is for 3 people who are here at the house living. Obviously it would need to be adjusted if more or less are living here!

Oatmeal or Hot Cereal/Toast/Fruit/Milk (2 times per week)
3 boxes of oatmeal, one box powdered milk or evaporated milk, 1 carton honey, dried fruit, bread supplies***
Pancakes/Tang Drink or Juice/Fruit (2 times per week)
2 boxes complete mix, 2 bottles syrup, 1 container tang, 12 pints canned peaches
Cold Cereal/Toast/Yogurt/Tang
6 boxes cold cereal, 1 package rennet, 1 box powdered milk, canned or dried fruit for yogurt, 1 pkg tang
Breakfast or Coffee Cake/Hot Chocolate/Fruit
12 packages muffins to make into cake or br. cake supplies, 12 dried or 12 pints canned fruit, 6 packages hot chocolate
Muffins/Canned Ham or Bacon/Hasbrowns/ Hot Chocolate
12 pkg ready to mix muffins, 12 cans meat, 1 pacakge dried hashbrowns, 6 packages hot chocolate, use meat fat to cook hashbrowns

24 pkg muffin mix
12 cans meat
24 pints canned fruit or dried fruit equivalent
12 pkg hot chocolate
2 pkg Tang
2 pancake mix boxes
2 bottles syrup
6 boxes cereal
3 boxes oatmeal (or instant equivalent)
1 box powdered milk
1 pkg rennett
1 carton honey
1 gallon package dried hashbrowns
Bread making supplies includes for 2 loaves of bread a week for breakfast meal (Other meal amounts with that respecitve meal - not every breakfast meal has bread)
8 cups flour per week = 32 cups = 16 lbs.
1/2 cup pwdered milk reconstituted into 2 cups = 2 cups powdered (add to milk above)
1/4 cup oil x 4 = 1 cup
1 tbsp salt x 4 = 4 Tbs
3 Tbsp sugar x 4 = 12 = 1 cup
1 tbs yeast x4 = 4 tbsp

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Solar Cooking

I have been studying about new methods of solar cooking. I realized I need to know this skill much better than I do. I pretty much just dabble with it and I need to know it as a skill.

When doing research I came upon this blog by "Sloar Oven Chef" she started last year and cooking everyday it is sunny in her solar oven. This is about her journey - her successes and failures. She shares what she learned from the failures. It is a great read.

This site explains how to make a solar oven from a windshield shade that is pictured above:

I have learned alot, still have more research to do on this...most important is I need to practice.
I am in Idaho and the weather is pretty finicky right now, but when it levels out, I am going to cook every sunny day this summer, so I can learn how to do this.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Organizing Non Food Items

My Herb Storage Shelf
We have a bathroom in our basement that is huge - not sure why it ws made that way, but it is bigger than any bathroom in the house and all it has is a potty and a sink. There are lots of shelves there so I use it for our non food storage. As I am deep cleaning our house my number one goal is to get it all put together so the preparedness items are available to use. I have had things all over the house. So I put in the repective area's a couple bars of soap and the rest in the storage area, two tubes of toothpaste in each bathroom and the rest in storage. I have a better idea of what we have and what we need.

One thing I do as far as inventorying our food is once a case is opened it is off the food storage list and added to the "need to buy" list. I just adapted that to the non food as well.
To have a successful food storage you need to have a system of inventory that works for you.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Self Reliance and Gardening

It seems like people are thinking about things a lot differently in today's economy than they have in the past. Self reliance has become a hot topic all of a sudden. Instinctively people know that we can't depend on the government or any other organization to just 'take care of us'. We must take the initiative to provide for our families and be prepared to provide for them NO MATTER what happens in our communities. One of the most important ways to be self reliant is to be able to grow your own food.

Shocking was the response of a 3rd grade girl to the question her teacher asked her, 'Where do vegetables come from?' She replied, 'The store'. There are many children who don't even know the plants that vegetables and fruits come from!

Education is the first step, but there is another relevant problem: The Growing Season.

I live in Idaho which means our last frost happens about Memorial Day and our first one in the fall is about Labor Day - that gives me 3 months to garden. Depending on your climate zone, most likely you won't always be able to grow food whenever you want. So we must go to battle with Mother Nature! The solution to be able to grow food year round is simple: a greenhouse. A greenhouse is something I am adding to my supplies this summer. I am so excited about it. I am learning about "greenhouse gardening" and add this to my preparedness skills.

As I have done the research and studied I have found there are so many benefits of owning a greenhouse, here are a few:
1. Grow food year round. No matter what your zone is you can produce year round. Many greenhouse owners have extended their growing season from just July and August to March - November without any heat supplement. What a huge difference!

2. Grow in any climate conditions. In a greenhouse YOU control the environment, not Mother Nature.

3. Added benefit for your family. A family who works and plays together stays together. Teaching, working and having fun in a greenhouse provides for added stability in your children. It also teaches them that vegetables do not come from the store. This is a video about greenhouse gardener's talking about the benefits to their families HERE
4. Basic Skills. Being self reliant also means that you have the skills necessary to survive in various situations. Knowing you have a method to provide food for your family, no matter the current conditions, decreases your stress level.

5 - Decrease in stress. Let's get real, digging in the dirt while in a warm greenhouse, even if the temperatures outsid are cold, heals anyone's stress level!

So next Christmas when I get to go out to my greenhouse and pick tomatoes and lettuce for our dinner, just wave at me as you drive by - well really slide by - I live in Idaho!

For more info on the greenhouse I am using you can e-mail


This is a great list - the website is at the bottom of the article.
Electric can openerManual can opener
Manual wall mounted can opener
GI K-9 emergency can opener
Pocketknife can opener blade
Wire whisk
Martini shaker
Egg beaterKnife
Food chopper
Handcrank blender
Rechargeable portable blenderElectric mixerWire whisk for thin batters
Large wooden spoon for thicker batters
Egg beater for whipping
Hand crank mixerBread mixer or bread machineStrong arms and hands!
Hand crank mixer
Food processor
Pastry blender
Two tableknives
Wire whisk
Egg beater
Food chopper
Manual food processor
CrockpotSolar oven
Norwegian stove
Wonder Box
ropane slow cooker
Campfire or stove top toaster
Campfire forks
Egg cookerSaucepan of water
Solar oven
Add a poaching insertGrain mill
Manual grain mill
Coffee grinder (for small amounts)
Popcorn popper
Campfire popcorn popper
Stove top popcorn popper
Waffle ironCampfire waffle iron
Stove top waffle iron
Sandwich maker
Camp cooker or pie iron
Hand juicer
Citrus press
Cooler with ice
Portable thermo electric cooler
Portable gas refrigerator
Propane, natural gas or kerosene refrigerator
Solar electric refrigerator
Cool gardie safe or bamboo iceless refrigerator
Pot-in-pot refrigeratorCold streamRoot cellar
Gas stove/oven/rangeL
iquid fuel camp stove
Portable collapsible oven
Propane camp oven
Lantern cooker
Gas or charcoal grill
Dutch oven
Wood burning fireplace
Solar oven
Canned heat stove
Tin can stove
Butane, propane or kerosene stove
Chafing dish
Propane skillet
Apple Box oven
Rocket stove
Hot water and soap
Garbage disposal
Compost pile
Domesticated animals
Sad iron (heavy metal iron heated by another source)
Butane iron
Clothes washer
Washboard and tub
Washing plunger and tub
Pressure hand washer
Clothes dryer
Drying rack
Sewing machine
Needle and thread
Treadle sewing machine
Vacuum cleaner
Broom and dustpan
Dust mop
Floor sweeper
Electric razor
Safety razor
Strap razor
Electric toothbrush
ToothbrushStick with shredded endFinger
Curling iron
Butane curling iron
Hair rollersBlow dryerCordless hair dryer (still in patent approval)
Alarm clock
Battery operated clock
Wind-up clock
Door knocker
Manual door bell
Computer/word processor/printer
Pen, pencil and paper
Manual typewriter
Electric typewriter
Pen, pencil and paper
Manual typewriter
Electric pencil sharpener
Small knife
Hand held pencil sharpener
Manual schoolroom pencil sharpener
Wireless telephoneLand line telephone
Battery operated fan
Hand operated fan
Hand held fan
Wind blowing through wet sheets
Battery operated television w/car adaptor
Battery powered radio
Hand crank radio
LightsCandles and matches
Flashlight and batteries
Hand crank flashlightLantern – battery powered, oil, propane, kerosene, candle, gas
Lamp –
oil, paraffin, kerosene
Battery recharger
Solar battery rechargerCell phone chargerDisposable charger
Battery operated charger
Hand crank charger
Solar charger
Car charger
Water heater
Any stove
Portable solar shower bag
Wood burning (or other fuels) stove
Propane or kerosene room heater
Extra clothes and blankets

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Inventory First Aid Items

We had a first aid mini emergency this week and I realized I need to replace a few items in my kit and in my supplies. I need to get some more vaseline, some anti-gas treatment, and some kind of diaper rash ointment. I also have added cleaning out my supplies to my "To Do" list next week.
Here is a great First Aid Kit Resource Article:
First Aid Kit Supplies
By Rachel Woods, Latter-day Saint Guide,
Your basic emergency/home storage should include a prepared kit of first aid supplies.
• Update your first aid kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to
replenish and check all supplies. Expired or contaminated items should be replaced.
• Check with your family doctor for any specific medicines and supplies your family
might require for an emergency.
• Some items may leak or break open. Using tubes, plastic bottles, or Ziploc bags can
help prevent contamination.
• All supplies should be labeled and organized for quick and easy use.
• Supplies may be divided and organized into compartments or sections.
• You may include any other first aid items you feel would be useful or necessary.
• A condensed version of this first aid kit should also be included in your 72 hour kit.
*List compiled from, “Essentials of Home Production & Storage,” 1978, p 7-8.

Standard First Aid Kit Supplies*
ı Container (metal, wood, or plastic) with
a fitted cover to store first aid kit
ı First Aid Booklet (including CPR)
ı Prescribed Medications
ı Any critical medical family histories
ı Adhesive
ı Ammonia
ı Bicarbonate of soda
ı Calamine lotion (sunburn/insect bites)
ı Diarrhea remedy
ı Elastic bandages
ı Gauze bandages
ı Hot-water bottle
ı Hydrogen peroxide
ı Ipecac syrup (induces vomiting)
ı Knife
ı Matches
ı Measuring cup
ı Medicine dropper
ı Needles
ı Paper bags
ı Razor blades
ı Rubbing alcohol
ı Safety pins
ı Scissors
ı Soap
ı Thermometer
ı Triangular bandages
ı Tweezers
ı Prescriptions
ı Consecrated oil

Additional First Aid Kit Supplies
ı Immunization records
ı Medications for children (if applicable)
ı Fever reducing medications such as:
-aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen
ı Allergy medication
ı Antibacterial wipes
ı Antibiotic ointment
ı Antiseptic wipes
ı Band-aids
ı Burn ointment/spray
ı Cotton balls
ı Cough syrup/cough drops
ı Disposable blanket
ı Eye drops/eye wash
ı Feminine Hygiene
ı Gloves
ı Hand sanitizer
ı Hot and cold instant packs
ı Hydrocortisone cream
ı Lip ointment (chap stick)
ı Medical tape (waterproof & regular)
ı Nail clippers
ı Needle and thread
ı Snake bite kit
ı Sterile strips
ı Sunscreen/lotion
ı Tourniquet kit
ı Vaseline
ı Water purification tablets
ı Other:

My Preparedness Information is Organized! WOO HOO

This week I have totally taken all of my preparedness paper's, handouts. books, personal research etc. and organized it. I had duplicates of many things and am giving that all away.
I have sections for food, recipes, disaters, skills, etc. I have enough information that it filled a file drawer. I am working on my herb book now, getting it organized and in working order.
Now I can clearly see what I need to work on, what herbs and garden seeds to plant and what skills I need to my challenge to you is to get your information in working order!