March 29, 2015

My Visit to The Layton Home Storage Center

Last week I shopped at the LDS Home Storage Center in Layton, Utah, to pick up a few items for my food storage. Shopping here has been on my to do list all month. When I started filling out the order form, the cashier told me I could walk into the display room to see what else was available. So, I stepped inside to see this room and took a few pictures for you.

Everything was nicely displayed to show how you can buy individual items or a box of items. The pouches of fruit drink and dry milk were new to me, so I decided to get a few. Then I saw the cans of dry beans. I stared at them for a minute. I'm not a dry bean chef, but I decided to buy a few cans of white beans for soup and black beans for burritos. I really need to work on overcoming my dry bean hurdle.

On the other side of the room I saw more items including Spaghetti Bites (note: they are smaller pieces, not long), so I got a few cans of those, and also a can of dry onions since it's the best price around.

An enlargement of the All Is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage pamphlet was on the wall by the registers. Love that! It's my self-reliance motto. My church uses the term "home storage," but it's really all about food storage.

After I paid for my items, a nice man put my items in my car. Since I have a new found passion for buying home decorating items from the Deseret Industries, I drove around the building to visit the D.I. My daughter says I'm a D.I. shopaholic. Yep, I admit it. The Home Storage Center is behind the D.I. Nice and convenient.

The Layton Home Storage Center is having an open house next month where you can learn about home storage (food storage), take a storage center tour, talk to a home storage expert, learn about long and short term products, get some home storage tips, and sample packaged foods. So if you are in the neighborhood, check it out:

Layton Home Storage Center Open House
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 pm
930 West Hill Field Road Suite F
(801) 336-3230

I feel very blessed to live near a Home Storage Center. What a wonderful opportunity it is to build up our food storage supplies. I hope you are working on improving yours as well.

April Emergency Preparedness Goals - Soup, Fish, Beans and Sanitation Supplies

During the month of April, my food storage focus is beans, fish and soups. I also gather sanitation and hygiene supplies for emergencies. Stock up on spiritual preparedness by attending or viewing the LDS General Conference this month.

For my 3-Month supply of everyday foods (that's the stuff in my pantry), I stock up on prepared canned beans. There are so many to choose from: kidney, refried, garbanzo, black beans . . . whatever you love is what you will want to gather. Beans for salads, beans for soups, beans for chili. Beans, beans and more beans. I love our Utah case lot sales which start this month because you can find beans on sale for about 60 cents a can.

For my printable monthly emergency list with amounts to gather, click below:

This month I also gather canned fish. This could be tuna or salmon in cans or pouches. It's a great source of Omega 3 and protein. Cans typically have a 3 - 5 year shelf life, but check your product to be sure. Fish mixed with other items like mayonnaise, has a much shorter shelf life. You can always find canned fish at stores like Costco and Sam's Club. It's best stored in a cool (75 degrees or less), dry place. NEVER in your garage.

Soup is another item I gather this month. There are so many possibilities. Consider your favorite family recipes to know what you want to stock up on. Creamed soups, tomato soup or prepared soups are fine. Do whatever works for your family. Condensed soups are about 50 cents at the Utah case lot sales.

Dry beans or lentils are store well long-term. If properly stored with an oxygen absorber packet in #10 cans or Mylar bags, these may be kept for 30 years. However, learn how to cook with dry beans before you stock up. Some of you are over-the-top with dry bean knowledge, however I'm pretty weak using dry beans. During the Utah case lot sale, you can find 20 lb. bags of black beans for about $18.00 and pinto beans for $16.00, but you can always get a 25 lb. bag of black or white beans at the LDS Home Storage Center.

No one likes to talk about emergency sanitation and hygiene, but it is so important. Our bodies have to do their thing, and we have to learn how to deal with it if there is an emergency. Those of you with little children will want to have a good supply of baby wipes and diapers around. We also need to have cleaning items on hand that will help us with food sanitation safety. This month we need to do some studying, and teach our families and friends the importance of staying clean.

Good luck with your preparedness goals! You are never behind. Any step forward is still a step forward.


I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day 
with a pure heart and clean hands?
I say unto you, can you look up, 
having the image of God 
engraven upon your countenances?

March 25, 2015

General Conference Activity Notebook for Primary Kids

Sometimes it's difficult for children to enjoy watching the LDS General Conference twice a year on television. But if you prepare in advance and make this event an important tradition in your family, kids will look forward to it each year. 

A few year's ago, I taught a ward Relief Society class about helping children enjoy General Conference. The moms and grandmas put together an activity notebook for children ages 6 - 11. It's something to keep them busy so they stay in the same room while you watch on T.V. The cool thing about this notebook, is once you have your binder made, you can remove and add new pages every 6 months. Younger children may enjoy some hands on activities to like Play-doh, or legos.

There are many great ideas online. My notebook has a-bit-of-this and a-bit-of-that. It's easy to customize your own. Look through the links, then print what your child might like.

More ideas can be found on my Pinterest LDS General Conference FHE board. Another fun notebook at FoodStorageandBeyond. Have fun creating your notebook!

General Conference Notebook for Primary Kids
  • Use a 1 inch clear-view cover binder for your child.
  • Buy 5 tab divider pages and label them: My Notes, Coloring Pages, Activity Pages, Family Games, For Parents
  • Print any of the copies below that you wish.
  • Hole-punch your copies.
  • Put the copies in the notebook in the suggested sections below or any way you wish.
  • You may need to add some sheet protectors to hold game pieces like Bingo cards.
  • Provide colored markers, crayons, pencils and treats for your child.
Step 1: print Cover page pdf  (Love this picture by Beth Whittaker!) 

or this Jenny Phillips cover page. There are more ideas at that link.
Step 2: print these section title pages or create some of your own.
Step 3: glue stick or staple the section title pages to your 5 tab dividers. You may have to trim them depending on your divider pages.

Step 4: At this link, print Latter-Day Prophets pages 4 - 12 for your child to take notes or draw notes on. You might like that cover instead of mine.

Step 5: Print any of the coloring pages you want:
"God's Prophets and Apostles Speak to Us in General Conference" at
"I Will Follow the Prophet" at or anything else from this link.
"Prophets Teach Me How to Strengthen My Family"
"Jesus Created The Earth for Me" at (It's the same as my cover)
"Prophets Speak For Heavenly Father" at
Conference listen, then color pages at the same link
"The Resurrection" by Harry Anderson at
"Jesus Christ Created The Earth As a Place Where I Can Choose The Right" at
"I Can Show Reverence For Sacred Places and Things" at

Step 6: Print any of the activity pages you want:
"Salt Lake Temple" dot-to-dot or another others from
"Mary at the tomb" dot-to-dot at (scroll down)
"The Gold Plates" dot-to-dot at my
"Liahona Compass of Faith" dot-to-dot at (scroll down)
"Noah's Ark" find and color at
"Latter-day Prophet" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 16. Another packet!
"Mexico City Temple" dot-to-dot at
"We Do Not Doubt" dot-to-dot at
"Easter" crossword puzzle at
"Sacrament" dot-to-dot at
"Latter-Day Prophet" word search at (2 per page)
Current "Prophet and Apostle" word search at (2 per page)
"Article of Faith #5 or #6" word search at (2 per page) or another one.
"I Love My Family" search and find at
"I came to Earth as Part of a Family" search and find at
"The First Easter" story with word pictures (in color)
"Noah's Ark" cut outs at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"King Benjamin Teaches the People" color-as-you-read page at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"King Benjamin" color and cut out
"Word of Wisdom" hidden pictures at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"Jesus Christ Will Come Again" multiplication activity at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"Remember Jesus During the Sacrament" picture wheel (scroll down)
"Conference Hidden Pictures" Two pictures
"Follow the Prophet" hidden picture. Print in grayscale to save on ink.
"Getting to Know Our Church Leaders" Cut pictures of 15 living apostles and match to name.
"General Conference Word Search"
Tracer Pages at Make your own tracing-the-words pages for younger children. You can create a page for your child to practice their printing of any word you wish. Some examples are your child's name, "Jesus," "Prophet," "Love," "Family," "Temple," etc. Instructions: Go to link. Click "Blank (No pictures)," and then "block" lettering. Put a word (10 letters and spaces or less) in the blank space and copy to all boxes.

Between sessions, play some games as a family.
Print a General Conference Bingo cards for each family member from
Print page 10 Apostles First Name/Last Name match from
Go to and let your child play "Articles of Faith Memory Quest"
After conference activity tree idea here at Food Storage and Beyond
"Conference Center" video tour
"A Year on Temple Square" video

"Helps for Parents" printable handout from my class (see below). Keep this in the binder so you can refer to it again. Or add any other handouts you find helpful. A few weeks before conference, come back to this page and print something new for your child.

Helps for Parents  “It is when children are young that parents must be innovative in helping them develop good habits regarding conference participation. As our children are given opportunities to observe and learn the role of these special witnesses, they will receive a spiritual confirmation of the sacred calling of their Church leaders, and they will feel a deeper love for and interest in these leaders and their message.” Elder Neil L. Andersen

Before Conference
• Make general conference a priority by mark it on your family calendars.
• During family prayer, pray for the speakers several weeks before conference.
• If possible, devote the entire weekend to your family and conference. Take time off work.
• Complete homework, chores and shopping by Friday night.
• Prepare food menus to make food preparation easier.
• Serve a traditional family favorite breakfast or lunch.
• Prepare conference treats in baggies such as yogurt covered raisins, granola, cereal, etc.
• The week before conference, spend a little time every day talking to your children about how exciting it will be to get to hear the prophet talk to us.
• Have a special family home evening lesson about “Following the Prophet.”

Room Set up

• If the goal is to keep everyone in the same room for one or all sessions of general conference, then take some time to set up the room.
• Make sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit. Small children will need floor space to play.
• Bring in a tote with a variety of favorite toys for young children.
• Kids who can’t sit still for long could do an activity at a small table in the same room like play dough or Legos. Or use a kitchen table adjacent to the room where the T.V. will be on.
• One family set their room up to look like a tent imagining they lived in the days of King Benjamin.
• Put a bowl of fruit on the sofa table and some drinks.
• Have notebooks and pencils ready. Older children can take notes in a special spiral notebook purchased just for conference.
• Fill small buckets or bowls with candy or snack on your fireplace mantle. As children hear words on the containers, such as “temple,” “family prayer,” etc., let them enjoy a small treat.

During Conference

• Tell children to remember the stories by drawing a picture or writing words or a sentence about what they hear. Be an example by taking notes yourself.
• Reverence is a worthy goal, but not always realistic with young children in the room. Quiet voices may be the best you can get.

Between Sessions
• Spend time between conference sessions showing old family movies, playing games, or taking a walk.
• Play general conference bingo. (See
• Have a family picnic indoors or outdoors
• On Saturday, go out for frozen yogurt
• Or while Dad is at the priesthood session on Saturday, start a tradition by taking kids for ice cream, or going to the park.

After Conference

• During family home evening the week after conference, let family members share stories, pictures or messages they learned from their notebooks.

Family Recipes
List a few family recipes you may want to become a tradition during general conference weekend. Breakfast Ideas 
Lunch Ideas
Snack Ideas 

You may also want to read "Preparing Our Children for General Conference" at

I'm getting excited for General Conference! Hope you are too. 

(Just updated all the links, 3/25/15)

March 2, 2015

Food Storage Case Lot Sale Prices at Fresh Market, March 2015

You don't want to miss the food storage case lot sales starting this week in Utah. This morning I visited the Fresh Market in Kaysville and chatted with a manager setting up the displays. I chose Fresh Market because you may purchase items individually and still get the case lot price. This is great for those of you with small storage space. Most prices will be similar at Dick's, Peterson's, and Lee's. (Sorry, Winegar's, Bowman's and Kents had sales in January.)

Below is a list of items with prices and I highlighted the super-duper bargains. I grouped things into the same categories I use for inventory taking. If you open my cupboards, this is about how you'll find items sorted on my shelves. And just so you know, I don't buy everything at case lot sales. I buy some things at Costco, and some just on sale.

This month I am focusing on tomatoes and pasta, so I listed those items first on the list. This list does not include everything on sale, or fresh and frozen items. And the oatmeal in the picture below is on sale for $2.50, but wasn't in the ad.

If you need some help, read this article about shopping at case lot sales. Best wishes on your food storage gathering!


Western Family Tomatoes, variety 14.5 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16 (Costco $.75)
Western Family Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.33 or 48 for $16.00 (Have seen as low as $.20)
Western Family Tomato Paste 6 oz. $.50 or 48 for $24.00 (Costco $.56)
Western Family Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.99 or 12 for $11.88 
Hunts Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.79 or 12 for $9.48

Western Family Pasta 48 oz. $2.50 or 8 for $20.00 (Have seen as low as $1.99 @ Macey's)
Davinci Pasta 16 oz. bag, $.79 or 12 for $9.48 (Have seen as low as $.59 @ Smith's)
Western Family Macaroni & Cheese 7.25 oz., $.39 or 24 for $9.36
Campbell's Spaghetti or Spaghettios $.79 or 12 for $9.48 (about like Walmart)

Western Family Purified Water 24 ct. 16.9 oz. bottles $1.99
5 gallon Water Jug $3.99
55 gallon Plastic drums $39.99

Western Family Apple Juice or Cider 64 oz. $1.50 (Have seen as low as $1.25 @ Macey's)
Powerade 32 oz. $.49 or 15 for $7.35 (case only)

Western Family Seasoning Mixes $.33 or 24 for $8.00
Western Family Salt 26 oz. $.50 or 24 for $12.00
Augason Farms Dough Enhancer 15 oz. $2.49
Augason Farms Wheat Gluten 15 oz. $3.39

Western Family Sugar 4 lb., $1.69 (okay, but have seen for $1.59 @ Smith's)
Western Family Sugar 25 lb., $10.99
Western Family Brown or Powdered Sugar 32 oz., $.99 or 12 for $11.88 (less than Costco)
Western Family Grape Jelly 32 oz., $1.67 (have seen for $1.50 @ Macey's)
Western Family Pancake syrup 128 oz. $5.99 (Same as Sam's Club)
Mrs. Buttersworth Pancake syrup 2 pk. 64 oz. $6.99 (Similar to Costco)

Augason Farms Morning Moos 56 oz. reg. or 71 oz. choc. *$12.99 
Augason Farms Country Fresh Nonfat Dry Milk 29 oz. choc. *$10.99 
Augason Farms Butter Powder 36 oz. *$16.99

Western Family Flour 25 lb. $8.99 (Costco less)
Western Family 7 lb. Pancake mix $5.99
Krusteaz 10 lb. Pancake mix $6.99
Augason Farms Regular or Quick Oats 23 lb. pail $21.99*
Augason Farms Red or White Hard Wheat 50 lb. bag $16.99* (LDS is cheaper)
Western Family Rice 20 lb. $9.99 (LDS, Costco, Sam's chaper)

Western Family Pineapple 20 oz., $.99 or 24 for $23.76
Western Family Applesauce 15 oz., $.99 or 24 for $23.76 (have seen $.79)
Western Family Fruit 15 oz., $.99 or 24 for $23.76 (have seen $.75 @ Smith's)
Western Family Mandarin Oranges 11 oz., $.59 or 24 for $14.16
ShurSaving Mandarin Oranges 11 oz., $.39 or 24 for $9.36
ShurSaving Peaches or Pears 29 oz., $1.25 or 12 for $15.00 (have seen $.98 @ Macey's)

Western Family Vegetables 14.5 oz., $.49 or 24 for $11.76
Western Family Diced Chiles 4 oz., $.49 or 24 for $11.76
Western Family Mushrooms 4 oz., $.69 or 24 for $16.56
Augason Farms Potato Gems 48 oz. $10.99* (LDS cheaper)

Western Family Black Beans dry 20 oz., $16.99 (LDS cheaper)
Western Family Pinto Beans dry 20 oz., $12.99 (Similar to Costco and LDS)
Western Family Chili w/beans 15 oz., $.99 or 24 for $23.76 (have seen $.88)
Western Family Refried Beans 16 oz., $.49 or 24 for $11.76 (Great deal!)
Western Family Beans, various 14.5-15 oz., $.49 or 24 for $11.76
Western Family Tuna in water 5 oz., $.49 or 48 for $23.52 (Great deal!)
Western Family Albacore Tuna in water 5 oz., $1.25 or 24 for $30.00 (last fall $.99)
ShurSaving Chunk White Chicken 5 oz., $.79 or 12 for $9.48
Western Family Chicken Breast 5 oz., $.99 or 12 for $11.88 (Costco less per ounce)
Augason Farms Whole Eggs 33 oz. $18.99* (have seen $16.99)

Western Family Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups $.49 or 24 for $11.76
ShurSaving Cream of Mush or Chicken soup 10.5 oz., $.39 or 24 for $9.36

Western Family Peanut Butter 28 oz., $2.99 or 12 for $35.88 (Smith's was lower last fall)
Cooking Oil 1 gallon $7.99 (have seen for $6.99)
Pompeian Olive Oil 68 oz. $9.99 (Great deal! with $5.00 discount, Costco about $13.99)
Western Family Olives 6 oz., $.79 or 24 for $18.96 (Great price!)
Western Family Ketchup 20 or 24 oz., $.99 or 12 for $11.88

Gamma Seal Bucket lids $5.99 
5 gallon Pail with lid $3.99
100 Hour Emergency Candle $3.99
Baby Wipes 80 ct. $.89

*Use in ad coupon for $5.00 off when you buy 5 Augasan Farms canned products retailing over $9.99. The oil discount will be at the register.


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