July 28, 2015

Updated 52-Week Food Storage Inventory Schedule

This month I updated my 52-Week Food Storage Inventory Schedule AND put weekly reminders on my Google calendar. Yay! It's right there in front of me each week. Of course you could just print the schedule and hang it on your refrigerator, but I rarely hang anything on my own because sadly it's stainless steel and not magnetic.

So, here is a little tutorial on how to put food storage inventory reminders in your Google calendar:
  • Ceate a sub calendar entitled Inventories. Shocker! 
  • Make reminders with all-day tasks that repeat monthly every 12 months.
  • Title each week like this: JUL5 Breakfast Foods (That's code for the fifth week of July I'll take an inventory of my shelf-stable breakfast foods such as boxed cereal, instant oatmeal, pancake mix and pancake syrup. I don't inventory the #10 cans of dry oats even though they could be used as breakfast food, because I check that item when I inventory my grains. But you can track your food any way you like.)
  • Click repeat, repeats monthly, repeat every 12 months, repeat by day of the week, then click done. My reminders show up each Sunday. If I don't get it done on Monday, I move it to another day always saving only this event, or you'll mess up the repeat each year. And don't stress if it doesn't happen because we're human. But it is really important to track your food storage. :-)
I love breaking down food and home storage inventories into bite-sized pieces, because I can't stand taking loooonnnnnng inventories. That's soooooo painful!

You'll notice that my schedule has some emergency supplies listed on it as well, but I'll still call it the 52-Week Food Storage Inventory Schedule since more people may find it with that title. You can find my old one here, but I think this one is better because it's easier to identify each week.

I've attached a printable copy for you right here. And even gave you the Excel version.

52-Week Food Storage Inventory Schedule.pdf
52-Week Food Storage Inventory Schedule.xls

I hope it helps some of you track what is happening to your food storage! Make a list of things you need to buy, and watch for sales. And for those of you privy to Utah case lot sales, they are coming.

Note: Sometimes JAN1 starts on the last Sunday in December.

Here is a list of categories, weeks and how often I check each category of items. Well, sort of check them.

JAN1 Freezer 3M
JAN2 Beverages 3M
JAN3 Water 6M
JAN4 Toiletries 3M
JAN5 Breakfast Foods 3M
FEB1 Fruits & Vegetables 3M
FEB2 Snacks 3M
FEB3 Beans, Meat & Soups 3M
FEB4 Baking Basics 3M
MAR1 First Aid & Medicine 6M
MAR2 Grains/Pasta/Potatoes 6M
MAR3 Oils & Fats 6M
MAR4 Emergency Kits 6M
APR1 Fuel & Light 6M
APR2 Beverages 3M
APR3 Cleaning 6M
APR4 Freezer 3M
APR5 Toiletries 3M
MAY1 Breakfast Foods 3M
MAY2 Paper & Plastics 6M
MAY3 Beans, Meat & Soups 3M
MAY4 Condiments 6M
JUN1 Baking Basics 3M
JUN2 Spices 6M
JUN3 Fruits & Vegetables 3M
JUN4 Water 6M
JUL1 Snacks 3M
JUL2 Beverages 3M
JUL3 Freezer 3M
JUL4 Toiletries 3M
JUL5 Breakfast Foods 3M
AUG1 Fruits & Vegetables 3M
AUG2 Emergency Equipment 1Y
AUG3 Beans, Meat & Soups 3M
AUG4 Baking Basics 3M
SEP1 First Aid & Medicine 6M
SEP2 Grains/Pasta/Potatoes 6M
SEP3 Cleaning 6M
SEP4 Fuel & Light 6M
SEP5 Beverages 3M
OCT1 Oils & Fats 6M
OCT2 Snacks 3M
OCT3 Freezer 3M
OCT4 Toiletries 3M
NOV1 Breakfast Foods 3M
NOV2 Baking Basics 3M
NOV3 Beans, Meat & Soups 3M
NOV4 Paper & Plastics 6M
DEC1 Condiments 6M
DEC2 Spices 6M
DEC3 Snacks 3M
DEC4 Fruits & Vegetables 3M

June 28, 2015

July Emergency Preparedness Goals - Summer Foods, Emergency Drills & Canning

My spiritual theme this month is Be Guardians, meaning to protect "our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" just as Captain Moroni did. (see Alma 46). This month, share over social media how you feel about your freedom and how grateful you are for those who defend it everyday.

In July, I gather shelf-stable summer foods into my 3-month emergency food storage supply. You know, those foods you use at summer activities such as crackers, chips, gelatin, pudding, food bars, popcorn, vinegar, olives, and jams. They store well in your pantry for emergencies to. Some for about 3 months; that is if your family doesn't eat them first.

June 18, 2015

Adventures With Dad: Seeing My Ancestors Through My Father's Eyes

I consider myself lucky to have such an
awesome dad. Since his move to Utah in 2013,
I have had almost weekly adventures
with him. Even if they are just to Sam's Club
or out to lunch, I call them adventures
as I listen to Dad's stories about my ancestors. 
This week my 10 year-old daughter and I 
went with Grandpa McCune to
the Salt Lake City Cemetery 
where we saw our ancestors
through his eyes. 

My father, the great family historian,

June 16, 2015

LDS Charities Self-Reliance Video Explains How the Mormon Church Cares for Those In Need

Self-reliance is a principle taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those of you who have followed my blog over the years have only glimpsed a small portion of how my church helps people help themselves through food storage and humanitarian service. I invite you to see the big picture as you view this new video called "LDS Charities Food Production and Nutrition."

Our welfare program is not a handout — it's a hand up. I'm grateful to belong to an organized, loving church that follows Christ's example and ministers to those in need. Can you imagine what a difference we could make in the world if we each did a little bit more to lift and help others?

June 1, 2015

June Emergency Preparedness Goals - Grains, Vitamins and Bread Making

School will be out for many families this month, and though vacations and good times begin, it's important to keep striving to prepare our families for emergencies.

June is the month I like to focus on gathering wheat, rice, yeast and vitamins for my family. Even though it is hot, I'll have time to practice bread making skills and teach my youngest. This is also a good time to gather paper supplies like paper towels or napkins, foil, plastic wrap, storage bags and trash bags. Whether you suddenly lose a job or are without power for several weeks, these are important items to keep on hand.

Many grains can be stored long-term (20 - 30 years), but some cannot (check link) because of the natural oils. For example, it's fine to put brown rice in your 3-month food storage supply of everyday foods, but brown rice does not store well long-term.

May 23, 2015

The Tale of Laptops, Authors and Healing

For Christmas last year, my husband gave me a laptop computer. Actually he bought me two laptops and told me to pick one, and he'd return the other. As much as I loved getting a new laptop, December was the month after Mom's death when I was still in a fog. You know when everything is a big blank inside, but you keep a smile on your face for everyone else. So the new laptops lay in their boxes for a very long time.


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