Camping supply prices will continue to drop this month, so watch for items you need. It is better to search for clearance items online, than in newspaper ads.
Here is my list of Items That Go on Sale in September 2009:
On Sale: jeans, fans, yard tools, 2009 trail bikes, rugs, lamps, dishes & glassware, fall clothing
Clearance Sales: School backpacks (look for a sturdy one for 72-hour kits), BBQ's, patio furniture, back-to-school supplies, college furnishings, summer sports equipment, comforter sets, last-of-the-summer clothing such as shorts & Capri's, summer pajamas, summer athletic clothes, sandals, canvas shoes
Camping Supplies Clearance: tents, lanterns, flashlights, camp cook sets, hiking backpacks, hiking boots, camping chairs, 2-way radios, sleeping bags, camping stoves, Dutch ovens, shade covers, coolers, duffle bags
Canned kidney, northern beans, etc.
Canned corn, green beans
TVP - chicken, beef, etc.
Medical & First Aid
backpack (watch for school clearance)
3-day supply food
3-day supply water
Equipment & Fuel
Learn school disaster plan
Update emergency contacts
Feeding a preschooler a variety of healthy meals isn't always easy, so I decided to create some Preschool Picture Menu Cards that can be hung on our refrigerator. Incorporating food storage items into the menus was important for me, so I included several items we stock up on regularly. This was really a fun project! It should also help with my grocery shopping later. There were lots of smiles from my daughter with this project.
1. Find ideas for your child's menus at school websites or ADayCare.com. Even though your child doesn't know how much they eat, they need to be a part of the planning otherwise you will end up with foods that won't be eaten.
2. Type your ideas on a spreadsheet or Word document. I created 10 breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. As you type the menus, space them so you can eventually cut them out into little cards. They will be hung on your refrigerator or a magnetic board. Mine look like little rectangles.
3. Hunt for pictures on the internet or from clipart picture software (I use Broderbund: The Print Shop Deluxe) that you can add to your menus. You could also take pictures with your own camera of your actual meals. Make your menu cards as visual as possible so your preschooler can see their choices. Ask them to tell you what they see in the picture so you know they understand.
4. Copy your menus on cardstock so they will be sturdy.
5. Cut each menu apart.
6. Laminate the individual cards, and cut them out again. This will keep safe from sticky hands.
7. Hole punch at the top so they can be hung on magnetic hooks (Target) on your refrigerator or a magnetic board. Or attach a small magnet on the back to hang them up. Each day let your child choose what they want for breakfast, lunch or snacks. Then move the eaten menu to the "discard" hook. If you don't have an ingredient such as broccoli, substitute another food item from another menu card.
Let me know how your Preschool Menu Cards work for you!
Printable Preschool Menu Cards.pdf
Printable Preschool Menu Cards.xls
P.S. My preschooler called me a chef today. I told her, "Those people work in restaurants." She said, "But you make food for our cousins. So you are a chef too." I'm glad she thinks so. :-)
Here is a great blender wheat pancakes recipe that uses lots of food storage items and tastes yummy. Adapted from “Cooking with Chef Brad” by Brad E. Petersen. I highly recommend Chef Brad and have been to some of his classes at BYU Education Week. If you want to learn more about cooking with whole grains, whole foods, and gluten free recipes, check out his website at the link above.
1 1/4 c. water
1 c. soft white wheat flour (I used 1 1/2 c. but live at a higher altitude)
1/4 c. dry powdered milk
2 T oil
2 T honey
1/2 t. salt
1 T Rumford (or other) baking powder
1. In a blender blend water, wheat flour and dry milk on high for 3 minutes.
2. Add egg, oil, honey, and salt. Blend 20 seconds more.
3. Add baking powder then pulse-blend 3 times—just enough to mix. Mixture will foam and get very light.
4. Cook on hot non-stick griddle.
Tip: I keep freshly ground wheat flour in my freezer so it is always on hand.
Yield: 2 dozen silver-dollar size pancakes
Many young couple think food storage is a "someday" project, however, a recent article in the September 2009 Ensign magazine entitled "Two Cans of Corn: Home Storage for Newlyweds," will help you see things differently.
The first presidency encourages ALL Church members to follow these guidelines, even those on a limited budget. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow. (p. 67).
Those of you who follow my blog regularly know that I try to encourage you to store what will work for your circumstances. If you can only fit 3 months of food storage into your tiny apartment, than you are doing the best that can with your circumstances. As we use our wisdom to gradually build a food (home) storage supply, and then learn to use and replenish it, we can succeed with the counsel church leaders have given us.
This morning I decided to make some muffins for my family, and discovered I was out of fresh eggs. Thank goodness I keep powdered eggs in my refrigerator. They are simple to use, and always on hand, and the muffins were perfect. I hope you won't get overwhelmed with food storage. Make food storage work for YOU.
Get rid of food storage guilt and focus on one can or box at a time. Even the Nephites had home storage.(3 Nephi 4:4).
Here is a list of items college students living in apartments may want to stock up on at the beginning of a semester. Perhaps it could help young newlyweds as well.
College Food Storage.pdf
Without the power the air conditioner stopped working, so windows were opened. It was humid and somewhat stuffy because of the summer rain storm going on outside. But we endured. Just grateful winter had not set in.
The teenagers were playing Mafia in the living room, while the rest of us visited in our family room. They were excited when I lit candles on the sofa table because it added to the mystery of their game. Some of them kept commenting on how much "cooler" it was without the lights on. As conversation continued and darkness set in, I thought how wonderful it was that a family could still enjoy each another even without the power.
My little nephews, Mark and Luke, had been playing in the basement, and were somewhat disappointed that it was dark down there. I handed them a battery-operated lantern which they thought was very cool. Little 2 year-old Mathias continued wandering around the family room totally unaware of the event, but his wise mother moved the candles a little bit higher. One family member was caught in the bathroom when the lights went out; however, it was the one bathroom that I had a rechargeable light that is always plugged into the outlet. My teenage son later brought it into the family room commenting how great this little light was because it automatically goes on when the power goes out. So today I headed over to Target (also at Lowe's) to buy some Energizer Weather Ready Rechargeable LED lights for the other bathrooms; about $10 each. These also become a small handheld flashlight. Wouldn't want to be caught in the dark in the bathroom.
Fortunately this was a brief power outage, but each minor experience prepares us for future emergencies. If you are interested in a battery powered lantern, you may find these and other camping supplies on clearance later this month.
Makes: 48 mini muffins or 24 regular muffins
1 c. vegetable oil
2 T. mayonnaise
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2. c. applesauce (or 1 15.5 oz. can)
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1. Lightly grease muffin tins or use paper muffin cups.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. In a large bowl, cream oil, mayonnaise, brown sugar and eggs until fluffy.
4. Add applesauce and mix thoroughly.
5. In small bowl sift flours, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
6. Add flour mixture to moist mixture, and blend.
7. Pour batter into muffin cups and bake at 375 degrees for 10 min., mini muffins or 20 min., regular muffins
8. Sift/sprinkle powdered sugar over muffins and let cool 10 minutes.
9. Remove from muffin pan and enjoy. Great food storage recipe!
- Shampoo/Conditioner - 3
- Body Wash or Bar Soap - 3
- Deodorant - 2
- Lotion - 1
- Razors - 3
- Toothpaste -1
- Toothbrushes -1
- Dental floss - 1
- Chapstick - 1
- Shaving cream - 1
- Feminine items - varies
- Facial tissue - 1
- Toilet paper - 12
Utah Case Lot Sale Price List
Because I have the price list, I could look for the best prices, list how much I needed, and total it all on a piece of paper. I put the initial of the possible store to shop at next to the items. This is my guesstimate of what I want to buy, how much I want to spend, and where I might buy it. I didn't list things that I could buy everyday at Sam's Club or Costco.
Hope you Utah shoppers will be more prepared this year for the Utah Case Lot sales.
"By Sunday evening, I started feeling heavy in the chest and went to bed early. Monday, I couldn’t get out of bed. I was so tired and just needed to sleep; lots of achiness and especially a headache. That evening, I started a low-grade fever and assumed we were getting a summer cold. On Tuesday, my husband and 13 year-old daughter, both came down with the same type of symptoms – tiredness, fatigue, and fever. This daughter has Type 1 diabetes and regulating her blood sugars is often difficult during illness. By Wednesday evening, she was having a hard time swallowing so I decided to take her to the doctor thinking she had something like strep throat.
Some of the things we have learned:· Wash your hands often (Make sure you sanitize door knobs, toilet handles, etc. often. The cost of a can of disinfectant is cheaper than spreading it around. This applies to all cold and flu season.)
· Brush your teeth every 2-3 hours (bacteria in the mouth can spread germs and magnify the communicable diseases)
· Be prepared to provide your own meals. People are really FREAKED out when they hear Swine Flu. NO ONE brought us in food. This is where our food storage came in handy. We made all our regular favorites and more. We made parties of our isolation period. In fact, on two different nights, we had friends or family that had Swine Flu diagnosed at their house come over for Swine Flu parties. I’m sure our neighbors were really confused!
· Have cold and flu treatments and other required medications on hand (popsicles, juice, medications, etc.) For us, we had to make sure we had our diabetic supplies on hand. We’ve got a great doctor that helps us get at least an extra month or two of supplies so we always have enough on hand. Saved us here!
· Many people had similar symptoms in our neighborhood, but never went to a doctor. So in reality, you don’t know if you have it or not, unless you get an influenza test. We probably wouldn’t have gone in if it hadn’t been for our daughter with diabetes because of the complications that can arise.
· Swine flu doesn’t HAVE to be serious, but can quickly turn serious without proper attention, especially if you have a predisposition to chronic illness, lung problems, etc.
· Get lots of sleep and lots of fluids.
· If you START to show the symptoms, Tamiflu can cut the effects and time sick, but only within the first 24 hours, or so they say.
Symptoms to look out for:· Headache
· Body aches
· Fatigue and complete inability to get out of bed
· For some people – intestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting
· Sore throat
· May have a cough because of nasal discharge
· SPREADS QUICKLY
- About 3 times a year, several stores in Utah have case lot sales. A case lot sale is an opportunity to buy 12 or 24 cans or items at a reduced price. You can also find dehydrated foods in #10 cans at a reduced price.
- All items in a case lot sale are not the best prices. So it is good to compare.
- Review my Utah Case Lot Sale Price list spreadsheet and decide in advance what items you need. I put it together several times a year to compare the case lot prices to regular prices found at Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart, the LDS Home Storage Center and a few food storage companies.
- Planning beforehand will prevent you from shopping on impulse. Don't get star-struck when you walk into a store and feel the need to gather a bunch of cases. Be prepared, yet wise.
- Set a budget limit. You don't have to go in debt for food storage. "Patience is a virtue."
- Only buy foods your family will eat or use, so you don't waste money.
- Stock up on the container sizes your family will use before it goes to waste. For instance, a 40 oz. peanut butter would go rancid in my family before an 18 oz. one will. And so would a gallon of oil, so I buy the 48 oz. size. Even though larger may be cheaper, it may not be the best choice for your family.
- Realize that there will be some great November and December baking sales on items such as flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, cake mixes, evaporated milk, etc., so you do not have to buy those items now unless you're really low.
- Some stores like Maceys allow you to buy single items at the case price. This is helpful for those of you with limited storage space.
- Saving a few cents on an item usually isn't worth it. However, if you can save .25 per can on 10 - 24 ct. cases that's a savings of $60.00!
In your lifetime, have you, or a member of your family, experienced:
- Unemployment 2 months or longer
- Illness/Injury 2 weeks or longer
- A 24+ Hour Power Outage
- A Home Fire
- A 6.0+ Earthquake
- A Category 3+ Hurricane
- A Tornado
- An Ice Storm
- A Flash Flood
- An Epidemic/Pandemic
- A Drought
- Do you feel prepared for a disaster?
First, I gave them a blank Weekly Menu Worksheet, and they divided the days of the week between each other so they each created three. (Dad does Saturday dinner). I told them I wanted them to create menus using items in stock at home. Knowing it would be easier to ask me, I soon heard: "Mom, do we have spaghetti sauce?" or "Mom, do we have things to make chicken pot pie?" I was fine telling them if I had the items or not, but next time they are going to have to search for them. One step at a time.
Next, I gave them a blank Grocery List to write down the missing items for me to purchase at the store. The grocery list was actually very small, so I think they did very well using ingredients from home.
This is a beginning, and there will be more steps as I teach them how to plan meals as economically as possible.
Here are the menus:
Monday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, grapes
Tuesday: Spaghetti, bread, salad
Wednesday: Chili, cornbread, peas
Thursday: Hamburgers, chips & salsa, lemonade
Friday: Chicken pot pie, fruit salad, bread & butter
Saturday: Juan Pollo type tacos, cake, lemonade
Sunday: Lasagna, bread, salad