Light The World!

We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and got to enjoy some time with family and friends. We spent the day together and enjoyed great food and felt grateful for so many things. With Thanksgiving over we’re in full swing of the Christmas spirit over here. We usually don’t blog a lot in December because we spend extra time with our family at this time of year but we do have a few things we will be sharing this month.

We’re participating with the #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas challenge on Mormon.org. Whether you share our faith or are of another faith we invite you to join in the Christmas spirit and spread love this season.

Think about these two scriptures as you watch this video:
“I am the light of the world” John 8:12
“Ye are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14


Video from: https://www.mormon.org/christmas/light-the-world?play=hero

To kickoff this Christmas message, there will be a worldwide day of service on Dec 1st. What can you and your family do on that day to “Light the World”? …. THEN following the worldwide day of service…. You’ve heard of advent calendars right? Well how about a service advent calendar where you #LIGHTtheWORLD

25 DAYS, 25 WAYS:
From Mormon.org: During Christmas, we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. This year, we have an amazing opportunity to share that light by resolving to do the things Jesus Christ did. Every day leading up to Christmas, we will focus on a different Christ-like behavior and provide suggestions for ways we can emulate His example. The website with the daily ideas and videos you can share with your family is here:
https://www.mormon.org/christmas/in-25-ways-over-25-days

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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Along with the daily calendar activities with our families Food Storage Made Easy is participating in 2 of the days that are super relevant to stuff we already do here. The days will be December 12 and 19:

DECMEBER 12: JESUS TAUGHT OTHERS AND SO CAN YOU

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Bread is a basic food that can be made from the most common food storage ingredient, wheat. It also has a lot of symbolism in the bible. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 For this day: “Watch an online tutorial to learn a new skill that can benefit others”. We are here to help with that! This post has a full tutorial on how to make bread complete with a recipe card and a free downloadable Bread FAQ.

DECMEBER 19: JESUS CALMED THE STORM AND SO CAN YOU

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Jesus understood that life’s storms can take many shapes. Some storms rain down from the sky; other tempests come from within. The Master can calm all storms. When we follow His example, we can be a light in the lives of those going through turbulent times. Share peace of mind with our free complete emergency prep plan found here.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas! We recognize you may not celebrate the same holidays that we do but we find that most our readers everywhere celebrate LOVE and SERVICE and we invite you to join in and #LIGHTtheWORLD!


How to make bread

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Making bread is a skill that you may choose to incorporate into your daily life, or you may just save it for a rainy day. In last month’s newsletter we sent an article all about wheat, wheat grinders, and included a whole bunch of recipes. Wheat is the most popular item in food storage plans because of it’s long shelf-life and nutrient dense properties. One of the recipes we included in the handout was our FAVORITE bread recipe.  Today we wanted to give you three things:

  • A recipe card of our bread recipe you can print
  • A handout that includes an FAQ about making this bread
  • A video where we invite you into our kitchen and show you hands on how to make it

We know making bread can be intimidating for beginners so join us today to learn a skill that could very well help you and your family for years to come. In case you missed the handout from last newsletter: 
Click here to download the “What to do with wheat” free handout.

>>>Make sure you scroll to the end of the post for an important reminder.<<<

Recipe card:

Click here or on the image below to get your recipe card pdf. This is a 4 x 6 standard size card. You can print it directly on card stock and cut it out or print it on regular paper and glue it onto a sturdier paper if you want.

Bread FAQ handout: 

Click here or on the image below to download the Bread-Making FAQ. These questions have been asked to us over the years and this handout has all the answers. 


 

 

Come into our kitchen and see how it’s done:

When you’re learning a new skill it’s fun to learn it with a friend. Since we can’t formally invite you over to teach you how to make bread this video is the next best thing. This is how we teach friends to make bread all the time. Hope you enjoy!


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Spaghetti Squash – 2 ways to cook it and a recipe

I think it’s safe to say gardening season is over here but I am still enjoying the spaghetti squash I grew this year. I consider myself a beginner gardener but I’m proud of what I’ve grown so far. My kids join in and I love teaching them some good self-reliance skills.

So I completely over planted the spaghetti squash this year (LIKE REALLY).So today’s post features a couple ways to cook it and a recipe!

Back to my dozens of spaghetti squash…They grew well so that was cool but it had left me with so much squash. I don’t mind because I love it but I’ll admit I don’t love how long it takes to cook in the oven. I know you can cook it in the microwave but I mine is broken and I don’t love using it a lot. I use it as a side, as spaghetti noodles (half and half) for chicken Parmesan and so much more.

Sun Oven Method

During the 7 Day Challenge this year I experimented cooking it in the Sun Oven and that was AWE-SOME, but for days I don’t have time to do it that way (which is often) I’ve been needing a better way.

Here’s how to cook it >>> Cut the squash in half and place on pans in the oven. I left mine in a few hours and it was perfect. I don’t know if it would have been done sooner but I didn’t check it cause it was a cloudy cold day. I was impressed it was even cooked!

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Instant Pot Method

I’ve had this Instant Pot for almost a year now and use it a lot but I had never thought to try squash in there. Well I DID and it was amazing. It seriously only took 3 mins to cook. I even tried 5 mins (the bottom right picture) and it was too long!

Here’s how to cook it >>> Cut the squash in half, put 1/4 cup of water in there on high pressure for 3 mins and you’re done. Let me give you a little tip though- as soon as it is done do the quick pressure release and get it out of there. If it stays too long it starts absorbing moisture.

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Spaghetti Squash Salad

This recipe came from a neighbor at a potluck. I LOVED it. It’s healthy, filling, and yummy. I’ve been eating it for lunch a LOT.

Ingredients:

Cooked and cooled spaghetti squash
Cut up cucumbers, onions, peppers
Italian dressing
Salt and Pepper
Optional toppings: slivered almonds, feta cheese, cranberries

Directions:
Basically you just throw it all in a bowl and sit it in the fridge. I think it even gets better over time in the fridge.

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FREE.. WHAT TO DO WITH WHEAT HANDOUT

Do you have wheat in your food storage? Do you know how to use it?

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DOWNLOAD THE HANDOUT HERE


7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 5: PRACTICE

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Saturday, September 24

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Economic meltdown! The country is in turmoil, the trucking industry has shut down, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available, your neighbors need help. Today we must use our long term food storage and really focus on how to live in an extended emergency situation.

Goal: PRACTICE a long term emergency situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Make a loaf of bread from start to finish without electricity (this video shows how we did it in a previous year).
  • Prepare all your meals without using electricity today.
  • SOS. A friend that lives a mile away got stranded and needs some supplies. Have your family carry your 72 hour kits to them since you are well enough stocked at home and can donate them. (Remember gasoline is not available so you must go on foot. We know this is far fetched— but we usually have 7 days of scenarios and do an evacuation day so we had to slot it in somewhere- don’t take it too literally. The point is… Are your 72 hour kits complete and can you transport them?)
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels.
  • You must eat foods ONLY found on your long term food storage calculator today (all your regular fridge, freezer, and pantry foods have run out). Freeze-dried items as found on our Thrive food storage calculator are ok.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of your bread-making adventures. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE ELECTRICITY AT ALL TODAY.
  • Do not use your car today.
  • Do not eat any foods that are not on your long term food storage calculator (you CAN use the long shelf life freeze-dried foods we recommend on our Thrive food storage calculator if you wish)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a one week meal plan based off of your long term food storage foods.
  • Cook your meals only indoors as there is some serious weather problems outside.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
  • Discuss with your family what you would need to do and what you would bring should the time come when you would need to evacuate your home for good.


Food Storage Helps for Groups (and families)

Often times in communities or churches there are people tasked with the responsibility to help those around them become more prepared. In communities it’s called CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). In some churches its called the Emergency Preparedness specialists.

I was recently asked by a friend of mine who is the E-prep specialist at our church for some help planning the year. After working with her on a calendar for the year this idea was born. It’s a Monthly Preparedness Projects calendar. It’s not exactly what I did with my friend but it’s something that I thought you all might like. We shared this handout with our newsletter list last month. Are you on the newsletter list? If not you can sign up here. Today we are publishing it on our blog along with a couple other tools you may find useful. If you know someone who is an Emergency Prep specialist feel free to share this blog post with them. They may thank you for making their lives easier!

Monthly Preparedness Calendar


In this monthly preapreadness calendar we give you ideas with a link to full instructions and details of projects you can do with your family or community to become more prepared that month. Each project is designed to take just a few hours.

Lesson Plans

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We created these lesson plans for you to use when you have events, group meetings, enrichments, or even just family activities. The lesson plans and/or handouts can also be helpful for you to share with friends and family members.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

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This is a document you can hand out and use for any activity or group. We compiled information from a lot of different resources and created a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan for you to download. This document will guide you through developing your own Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Hopefully these tools help you in your journey. Also our Encyclopedia has TONS of resources. We also do group buys on our ebook. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more.group

Cold Weather Clothing Bins

Babysteps. We started this journey with Babysteps. There were several topics we didn’t tackle straight away. We worked on 72 hour kits, water, basic food and necessities first. We tabled the concept of powerless cooking for a couple years because it was “scary” at first. Well then we tackled powerless cooking, we tackled sourdough, and now we’re tackling cold weather clothing. Make sure you read until the end because there’s a video where I show you how I’ve started this project.

Back in November we introduced Fortress Clothing to you . Finding them was a dream. These clothes are amazing and we recommend you check them out. Right now their clothing doesn’t come in kids sizing and we know that it’s not necessarily in everyone’s budget to get them so we wanted to share some ideas we have developed. It’s still a work in progress but we’re feeling like we’re getting somewhere with it.

LEARNING ABOUT LAYERING AND COLD WEATHER CLOTHING


A facebook reader shared a couple articles with us that had some great info. The articles talked about layers, types of layers base, mid, outer), and different types of fabrics to use within each layer. Different fabrics breathe differently so make sure you check out these articles:

Intro to Layered Clothing: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/a/11061/Introduction-to-Layered-Clothing-Systems
How to Layer Clothing for Each Season: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/a/11070/How-to-Layer-Clothing-for-Each-Season

MY BINS


After reading these articles I went to Ikea and got some bins to store each of my family members items in. I watched sales and got the items for each kid and made sure to get them a little big for next year too. My kids actually got a lot of these items for Christmas. They loved it. I keep most of these items in the bins except for days we go sledding. That way I know we aren’t losing stuff around the house (because that happens here). My bin contains my bug-out bag from Fortress. It seriously made that part of this project way easier.
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Contents in my bins (for my kids and husband):

  • Boots: I made sure to get some that were rated for cold weather but also waterproof
  • Socks: I got some wool socks at Costco for my husband and myself. I had a hard time finding kids sizes so I got some black womens ones for my boys.
  • Underclothes: I found some great thermals that weren’t cotton at Costco. I got a couple of each size.
  • Pants: Target had a sale on snowpants 50% off and I got some that were a few inches too long for each kid. They fit well enough this year but will for sure fit the next couple of years. I also have sweat pants to wear over the thermals and under the snow pants in case it’s way cold.
  • Coats: I have a variety of coats for my boys. I plan on keeping their winter coats in their bins once winter is over but for now we are keeping them in the main laundry room closet.
  • Mittens: I have gloves, mittens, and more gloves and mittens. Depending on what things we will be doing “outside” I think we will need both.
  • Balaclavas: I got some balaclavas from Amazon to use for now but I would like to look into other options and investigate the fabric on these a little more.

To see a video I made and posted on facebook when I first started my bins click on the image below:
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Do you know what CERT is – is it for you?

CertlogoFor years I have heard of CERT certification and have been curious about it. I have wanted to become certified but between pregnancies, nursing babies, and my schedule I haven’t been able to make it work. This month however my church was sponsoring a CERT class that would run 2 Saturdays ALL day. I knew it would be a sacrifice to attend but I also knew a typical CERT certification course ran for weeks one night a week. A weekly schedule for many weeks just doesn’t work for me right now so I jumped on this opportunity. I am only finished the first Saturday but I’m really excited about what I am learning and wanted to encourage you all to check it out, learn more, and eventually become CERT certified if it works for you. As I finish the certification I’ll share some of what I have been learning with you.

WHAT IS CERT

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

Some things I learned on the first day:

  • More about disasters that can happen in my community with a lot of information on earthquakes
  • How and when to turn off utilities
  • What to do in case of fires
  • Triage and communication plans
  • Carries and holds for moving victims
  • Basic first aid
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • Basic psychology issues to be aware of
  • Organizing block captains and tagging/assessing homes
  • Using cribs to remove victims from under obstruction
  • Setting up an NEOC (Neighborhood Emergency Operation Center

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE


One of my favorite things was when we got to put out a little fire with an extinguisher. I can honestly say I have never used an extinguisher and if push came to shove and I had to use one I PROBABLY would have panicked. Now that I have practiced using one I feel confident I could use one in an emergency. It’s just like so much of what we teach and talk about. Practice, practice, practice (when you don’t really need it). Then when it comes time to using those skills you’ll have confidence in your abilities.

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Here are a couple links that might be of interest to you in learning more:

CERT information page
Find a nearby CERT programs


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