How did we do on our Resolutions…

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If you’ve been following us for awhile, you know at the beginning of the year we had some New Years Resolutions. Well now is the time we TELL ALL about how we did. We’re excited about how this year went, and can’t wait to share our goals for 2010 in a few weeks!

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  • I want to save up enough money to buy a wheat grinder so I don’t have to borrow Julie’s any more
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    Yay! This one was easy for me! When I wrote my resolutions last year my husband was out of a job so a wheat grinder purchase seemed far off. However, he was able to become employed in January and we got a little bit of money for Christmas and we decided that a wheat grinder would be a good investment since we used our food storage so much when he was out of work. The electric mills are on sale this month, so if you have extra Christmas money this year, now is a great time to get your own!


  • I want to plan my summer garden specifically with canning in mind
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    This one SHOULD have been an A+ as I started with a great plan and the best of intentions, but I had some setbacks along the way. You can read about my failures on my “lessons learned from gardening” post. However, I WAS still able to can some delicious applesauce and strawberry jam this year. Yay!


  • I want to create a recipe binder full of meals that use my long term food storage items and cook from it frequently
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    While I haven’t completed my recipe binder yet, I HAVE accumulated a TON of recipes and I use my food storage almost every day. I am still constantly pulling my laptop into the kitchen to follow recipes so I definitely still have room for improvement here. Next year it will be complete … I SWEAR!


  • I want to cook more with dry beans and quit being so afraid of the soaking concept
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    I have to admit, I put this goal as a way to FORCE me to get into beans. I was SO scared of them. I can’t believe how much I have learned this year about them. I learned to use them to make hummus, cream of chicken soup, and to replace my canned beans.


  • I want to plan dinners ahead of time to use more of my long term foods
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    I have done pretty well on this goal, but have to be honest there is room for improvement. I use my long term food storage ALL the time in my meals now, but I admit, I don’t meal plan that much. I have a bunch of recipes I love and use often, but I think I’m giving up on the dream of being a meal planner – it’s just not my style.


  • I want to find a way to help people who hate excel do an effective 3 month food supply plan even though the current excel file ROCKS! But I know, I know you don’t all love excel
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    I was able to make a pdf for people to make their 3 month plan, and I think it’s worked out well… What I’d really love to do now is make a cooler simpler online way, but I’m not that tech savvy so… sorry about that!

Stay tuned as we unveil next years goals in the next couple of weeks. We’re gonna have some fun ones, and Julie is giving herself another one to FORCE her into something she’s scared of.


  • Your last year's goals sound a lot like my THIS year's goals!! I just got my first pressure canner, and loads of jars so I'm really excited about canning…especially my own meat! Planting a huge garden and a small orchard, with my green-thumbed father's assistance too. We had a small food storage (about four months worth) that we lived off of when my husband lost his job. We're doing much better now that he's working from home, so we're on the road to building it back up and working on a long term (year) supply at the same time.

    I love your network. I've been spending a lot of time at Everydayfoodstorage.net, and watching all of the videos you great gals have put on You Tube. I tell you, You Tube is now one of my closest friends! I've learned so much in the past week, even though I've been glued to my computer.

    Thank you so much for your Excel calculator. I altered it a bit to suit my own needs, and added some columns and new formulas for my years supply so that I could see everything at a glance on the same page. I feel very blessed to have found your site, and want you to know that you are making such a wonderful impact on families all over. Thank you, and may your homes be blessed with abundance in the coming year.

  • Your last year’s goals sound a lot like my THIS year’s goals!! I just got my first pressure canner, and loads of jars so I’m really excited about canning…especially my own meat! Planting a huge garden and a small orchard, with my green-thumbed father’s assistance too. We had a small food storage (about four months worth) that we lived off of when my husband lost his job. We’re doing much better now that he’s working from home, so we’re on the road to building it back up and working on a long term (year) supply at the same time.

    I love your network. I’ve been spending a lot of time at Everydayfoodstorage.net, and watching all of the videos you great gals have put on You Tube. I tell you, You Tube is now one of my closest friends! I’ve learned so much in the past week, even though I’ve been glued to my computer.

    Thank you so much for your Excel calculator. I altered it a bit to suit my own needs, and added some columns and new formulas for my years supply so that I could see everything at a glance on the same page. I feel very blessed to have found your site, and want you to know that you are making such a wonderful impact on families all over. Thank you, and may your homes be blessed with abundance in the coming year.

  • Your last year's goals sound a lot like my THIS year's goals!! I just got my first pressure canner, and loads of jars so I'm really excited about canning…especially my own meat! Planting a huge garden and a small orchard, with my green-thumbed father's assistance too. We had a small food storage (about four months worth) that we lived off of when my husband lost his job. We're doing much better now that he's working from home, so we're on the road to building it back up and working on a long term (year) supply at the same time.

    I love your network. I've been spending a lot of time at Everydayfoodstorage.net, and watching all of the videos you great gals have put on You Tube. I tell you, You Tube is now one of my closest friends! I've learned so much in the past week, even though I've been glued to my computer.

    Thank you so much for your Excel calculator. I altered it a bit to suit my own needs, and added some columns and new formulas for my years supply so that I could see everything at a glance on the same page. I feel very blessed to have found your site, and want you to know that you are making such a wonderful impact on families all over. Thank you, and may your homes be blessed with abundance in the coming year.

  • April

    In the new year, I’ll be starting a new job in a new area and in a new place with a basement for storage. I just signed up for your emails. My goal is to get all the emergency kits up to 3 month storage by mid-summer. Wish me luck, and thanks for figuring all this out so I don’t have to!

  • April

    In the new year, I'll be starting a new job in a new area and in a new place with a basement for storage. I just signed up for your emails. My goal is to get all the emergency kits up to 3 month storage by mid-summer. Wish me luck, and thanks for figuring all this out so I don't have to!