Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Are You Prepared?

These are all articles from the Ensign's "Random Sampler" section. You may need to scroll down a bit to see the article mentioned.

"At one time or another, nearly every family will face accidents, illness, unemployment, or other emergencies that will require them to depend on the resources they have stored."

Past Random Sampler

• “Home Storage—How to Begin,”Ensign, Apr. 1986, 64–65.

• “Emergency Water Storage,”Ensign, Aug. 2006, 71.

• “Storing Fats and Oils,”Ensign, June 1999, 71–73.

• “Food Storage: Where and How,”Ensign, Aug. 1981, 54–55.

• “Food Storage for One Year,”Ensign, Mar. 2006, 70.

• “Protecting Your Food Storage,”Ensign, Jan. 2006, 70.

• “Spicing Up Your Food Storage,”Ensign, June 1990, 72.

• “Mmmmm! This Couldn’t Be Food Storage!”Ensign, Mar. 1990, 71.

• “Prepared for Today: Medical Supplies,”Ensign, July 1981, 54–55.

• “How Will Your Garden Grow?”Ensign, Mar. 1979, 66.

• “When Disaster Strikes,”Ensign, Aug. 1994, 71.

• “What’s in the Safe?”Ensign, Aug. 1988, 72–73.

• “Tips for Becoming Self-Reliant,”Ensign, Mar. 2000, 68–69.

• “Out of a Job?”Ensign, Feb. 2004, 73.

• “Emergency Savings the ‘Centsible’ Way,”Ensign, Feb. 1992, 65.

Additional Helps

The Church has produced many helpful materials to assist with understanding and teaching important welfare principles. They include videos, pamphlets, books, and handbooks. A sample of available materials follows:

• All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances (04007), pamphlet (4 pages)

• All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage (04008), pamphlet (4 pages)

• Basic Self-Reliance (32293), handbook (152 pages)

• Essentials of Welfare (53045), video (six segments, 93 minutes)

• One for the Money (33293), pamphlet (12 pages)

• Providing in the Lord’s Way (32296), pamphlet in 16 languages (27 pages)

A complete list of available materials is posted on the Internet at www.providentliving.org. On the home page, bottom left, select “Helps for Church Leaders,” then “Find a Tool or Resource,” and then “Books, Videos, Pamphlets, and Forms” to access the listing of available materials. Copies of most of these materials can be ordered through the Church’s online distribution center at http://www.ldscatalog.com/.

Taken from "Are You Prepared?" Ensign August 2007

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sweet and Savory Christmas Recipes

Caramel Chocolate Squares
by Laura Clauson

14 oz. bag of caramels
1/3 cup evaporated milk

Combine caramels & evaporated milk, cook over low heat, stir until melted, set aside.

1 pkg German chocolate cake mix
½ cup melted butter
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 pkg chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, evaporated milk. Mix by hand until it holds together. Press ½ of dough in greased & floured 9x13 pan, reserve the rest. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes, remove, cool slightly, spread melted caramels on baked crust, sprinkle on chocolate chips & crumble reserved dough on top. Return to oven and bake 15-18 minutes. Cool & refrigerate to set caramel. (Don’t let it get too cold or it will be hard to cut into squares.) Makes approximately 3 dozen. (Small can evaporated milk for single batch.)

Jello Popcorn Balls
By Carla Dirk

3 bags of microwave popcorn - popped
1 (3 oz) pkg jello (red or green colors)
1 cup sugar
1 cup white karo

Bring jello, sugar & karo to a boil, cool slightly and pour over popcorn. Shape into balls and wrap with clear plastic wrap or in individual bags for giving.

Reindeer Poop (don't knock the name!)
by Stephanie Jerdon

12 oz butterscotch chips
12 oz chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup roasted peanuts (about half of one of the little cans)

In a large stock pot, melt all the chips and peanut butter over low heat, stirring constantly. When smooth, take off heat and add marshmallows and peanuts. Stir until uniform. Pour into greased 9x13 pan and spread evenly with spatula. Chill until set. Cut and serve chilled or it will soften. Keep refrigerated.

Here's a cute poem to go along with the Reindeer Poop. In April there will also be a poem for Bunny Poop to go along with this recipe.


Santa saved a precious gift
And it’s especially for you
Just a little something extra
And it comes from Rudolph, too!

He knows that you’ve been naughty
Instead of being nice
Once again you’re on that bad list
And he’s checked it over twice

Santa hopes this little poem
Doesn’t throw you for a loop
For all you will receive this year
Is a bunch of Reindeer Poop!

by Christine Stevens

2 1/2 cups of sugar
4 cups of water
10 whole cloves
2 sticks if cinnamon
1 can of lemonad
1 can of orange juice
1 gallon of apple cider

Bring the sugar and water (syrup) to a boil. Add cloves and cinnamon. Steam for 1 hour. Make your orange juice and lemonade from directions from the can. Add cider. Serve hot!! 1 dab of butter in each glass. This makes 2 gallons.

Easy Tomato Soup
by Carla Dirk

3 jars Classico Tomato Basil spaghetti/pasta sauce
1 qt whipping cream
2 cans (14-15 oz) chicken broth

In a crock pot mix all ingredients together and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.

Perfect Whole Wheat Bread

For 2 Loaves
1 TBSP instant yeast
2 ½ cups hot water
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup honey or raw sugar
1 TBSP salt
6-7 cups whole wheat flour

For 4 Loaves
2 TBSP instant yeast
5 cups hot water
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey or raw sugar
2 TBSP salt
12-14 cups whole wheat flour

Combine all ingredients. Kneed for 10 minutes. Form into loaves. Place in prepared bread pans and let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

White Cheese Ball
by Rebecca Seegmiller

2 (8 oz) cream cheese
3 TBSP finely chopped onion
1 (8 oz) pineapple, crushed, drained
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 tsp seasoned salt
(opt. finely grated cheddar cheese - however much you want - I usually use about 3/4 cup)
Mix together all of the above ingredients except 1 cup of the pecans in a mixing bowl. Form into a ball. Roll the ball in remaining pecans, so that ball is evenly coated. Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving. Great with all sorts of crackers.

Homemade Granola or “Honey Bunches of Oats”
by Rhonda Hair (Melissa Lord's sister)

10 cups quick oats (rolled oats are OK too, just crunchier when baked) P.S.- a full #10 can from the cannery is about 13 cups- take out 3 cups and the rest is the right amount.
1 (7 oz) bag of coconut (leave out if you don’t like coconut)
1 (18 oz) box of cornflakes
1-2 cups chopped nuts, optional
1 cup honey, corn syrup, or maple syrup (pancake syrup)
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup water

In a really big bowl, stir together oats, coconut, cornflakes, and nuts. Combine honey, brown sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring just until the sugar is all dissolved. Pour over the stuff in the big bowl, stirring well to coat. Spread about ½” deep onto ungreased cookie sheets, then bake at 300 degrees until lightly browned (I think about 30 minutes) You can put 2 trays in at once, on different racks. When cool, you can also stir in 1-2 cups of raisins, dried cranberries, or any other dried fruit bits if you want to. Store in an airtight container (like your now-empty #10 can from the cannery, or an ice cream bucket). It will keep for several months, especially if in a cool and dark area. It won’t ever “spoil” unless it gets wet. The only problem I’ve had is for it to get stale after a long time. It’s still nutritious, though. The nuts could go rancid too, but I’ve never kept it long enough for that.

Christmas with Spirit

"When we have the spirit of Christmas, we remember Him whose birth we commemorate at this season of the year... If we are to have the very best Christmas ever, we must listen for the sound of sandaled feet. We must reach out for the Carpenter's hand. With every step we take in His footsteps, we abandon a doubt and gain a truth. My prayer is that at this Christmas season and all the Christmastimes to come, we may follow in His footsteps. Then each Christmas will be the best Christmas ever."

President Thomas S. Monson "The Best Christmas Ever"
Ensign December 2008

Here are the links for Christmas with Spirit

More Christmas Ideas & Traditions

  1. Use a vintage Christmas picture or card to make a wooden puzzle.

  2. Traditions: The 12 Days of Christmas. Pick a family who could you a little extra Christmas cheer this year. Pick 12 gifts and "knock and run" or "doorbell ditch" them each day from December 14th to December 25th. A wonderful story about this is from LDS.org called "The Secret Giver" by Charlotte Goodman McEwan.

  3. Make a homemade treat (something that your known for) & deliver to friends, neighbors or family. Better yet, have your children deliver the goodies.

  4. Traditions: Have your kids decorate their own Christmas tree. They can decorate it any way they want and keep it in their room. That way you can have the "nice" tree in the living room :)

  5. Make a felt Mr. Potato Head for your kids. This is a great item to bring to church to play with!

  6. Traditions: Make fleece blankets, and donate them or deliver them to the less fortunate, who don't have a warm place to stay. Take along some sandwichs and water to deliver also. Tutorial for the fleece blanket can be found at A Chelsea Morning (scroll down just a bit for the tutorial). You will need about 2 yards for a larger size blanket.

  7. Give a roll of Christmas wrapping paper with this note attatched to it.

    As we wrap gifts for those we love let us remember
    the greatest gift we will ever receive was also
    wrapped and delivered to save us all.

    for unto you is born this day in the
    city of David a Saviour, which is Christ
    the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you;
    Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
    clohes, lying in a manger. Luke 2: 11-12

    And he brought fine linen, and took himdown,
    and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in
    a sepulcher which was hewn out of a rock, and
    rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulcher.
    Mark 15:46

  8. Traditions: Go Christmas Caroling and take along a simple homemade gift!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

103+ Easy Christmas Gifts

  1. M&M's - "Have a Merry and Most wonderful Holiday Season!!"

  2. Soup or soup mix - Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season!!

  3. Frozen or ready to bake pizza - "Warm up to a wonderful Holiday Season "Topped" with Christmas cheer!"

  4. Apples and Hershey's Hugs - A teacher can't live by apples alone...She needs "Hugs" too!!

  5. Popcorn Balls - Hoping you have a "Ball" this Holiday Season!

  6. Loaf of Bread - For being there when you were "Kneaded", for"Rising" to the occasion, large or small. For never "Loafing" on the job, for helping others to "Heel" with TLC. No matter how you "Slice it", you do a terrific job loving others. Merry Christmas!!

  7. Jolly Ranchers - Have a Holly"Jolly" Christmas!!

  8. Rootbeer - We're "Root"ing for you to have a Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!!

  9. Chex Party Mix - Remember Santa "Chex" his list twice to see who's been naughty or nice...so be good for goodness sake!! Merry Christmas!!

  10. Box of Hostess Ho-Ho's - Hope a merry "HO - HO - HO" fills your heart the whole year through! (Put a santa sticker on the label)

for 11 to 103+ visit Christys Clipart!!

December Self-Reliant Challenge

Here is the Self-Reliant Challenge for December.

Accept one of the following three Challenges for your Christmas gift giving:

  • Give a gift from the heart that you have created. Examples: Family Recipe book, Quilt, Family History, food storage, etc….

  • Change a family gift giving tradition that will save money and create memories.

  • Challenge yourself to reach out to someone new this season (neighbor/co-worker). Share a Simple Christmas gift and add your testimony or a scripture about Christ.

You can also download this challenge in pdf form here.

Each meeting we will also be passing out monthly challenges prepared by Rachelle. We would love for everyone to become “Self-Reliant Certified” by completing all the monthly challenges. Our last meeting will be dedicated to those who have completed some or all of the challenges. Prizes will be awarded to those who have completed all the challenges.