My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!

This is the food storage iPhone app I use called aptly enough, "Food Storage App."


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New Year’s Resolutions: Yea or Nay?

Have you abandoned your New Year’s Resolutions yet? 

I’ve been doing really well this year, but to be honest with you, I rarely set New Year’s Resolutions.  I prefer to set goals at the beginning of the school year, because my life is dictated by my kids’ school schedules.

I have one long term goal which I started working on a year or so ago.  It is: Do at least one thing every month to improve my preparedness.

The one thing can be practically anything.  Some months, I buy some additional food for food storage,

 

Food storage,!

Food storage!

 

or I learn a new skill (like baking bread, patching holes in clothes, using old clothes to make a blanket or other useful item, or making my own spice mixes),

 

Freshly Baked Bread

 

or I inventory what I have on hand and see if anything needs to be replaced or used before it expires,

 

This is the food storage iPhone app I use called aptly enough, "Food Storage App."

This is the food storage iPhone app I use called aptly enough, “Food Storage App.”

 

or I purchase non-food supplies such as soap, first aid supplies, laundry or dish detergent, blankets, batteries, etc.

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

 

When I’m really on the ball, I do more than one thing!

 

This year, I set some real resolutions.  Want to know what they are?  You don’t have to twist my arm.  I’ll share.  Here they are:

1.  Index 1 batch a week and arbitrate as many batches as possible.  (Indexing is part of genealogy.  I use a free computer program to view historical documents and input information from it into the program.  The data is used to create a free, internet, searchable database used to find your ancestors.  You can find the database and info here.)
2.  Exercise more regularly.  This is pretty self-explanatory!
3.  Read Old Testament (This is a 2-year goal.)  I started this several years ago, but I stopped after finishing Numbers.  I’m determined to read the entire thing cover to cover within the next 2 years.
4.  Intelligently add to food storage.  This is a continuation of my prior goal, but more focused.  I want to increase the variety in my food storage and make sure I store things I’ll actually use.

 

Well, what do you think?  How are you doing with your goals?  What keeps you  motivated?

Please share!

 

 

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Yes, I Truly Am Back, and Here’s What I’m Doing Today!

My kids went back to school today. Well, my oldest did. I home school my youngest, but school started for him as well. With this mind-blowing amount of free time, can you guess what I’m doing today?

EVERYTHING!!

Laundry, organizing and inventorying my food storage, baking bread, and prepping some white beans for canning. See?

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I made just one loaf of bread since one of my boys, the best bread eater, is back at school.

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It will be done soon!

I received some food storage a couple of weeks ago which I never even opened! Well, today I opened it, added it to my food storage app (which keeps track of my inventory and progress), dated the cans and box, and put it away, nice and neat, so my food storage closet doesn’t get overrun!

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Finally, I sorted and washed some Great Northern beans, and now they’re soaking. I’ll can them tonight after dinner so they can sit in the pressure canner overnight, cooling.

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I’m going to start a long-awaited sewing project, and dinner’s still to come (I’m making my friend’s fabulous homemade chicken noodle soup recipe for the very first time.). It looks like today is going to be a wonderfully, productive day!!

Tomorrow? That’s another story! I’ll probably be so exhausted that I’ll laze around the house all day. :)

What are you doing now that the holidays are over and life is returning to normal?


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I’m still here!!

Sorry I’ve been absent so long! First, there was the craziness of having kids home for the summer, next came my son’s wedding, and, finally, the holidays. The trifecta of death for any personal blog, huh?

Hopefully, life will be a bit more predictable which will translate to more blog posts.

Here’s a few pics for your enjoyment showing what I’ve been doing during my blog “vacation.”

 

My third son completed his Eagle Scout project this summer.  He organized a collection drive and filled backpacks for children at local schools.  He was able to provide over 200 backpacks!

My third son completed his Eagle Scout project this summer. He organized a collection drive and filled backpacks for children at local schools. He was able to provide over 200 backpacks!

 

The back of my car was filled to the brim with backpacks!

The back of my car was filled to the brim with backpacks!

 

I went to Disneyland with a friend for her birthday.

I went to Disneyland with a friend for her birthday.

 

I cut myself with my lovely new knife.  No stitches needed, but it hurt!

I cut myself with my lovely new knife. No stitches needed, but it hurt!

 

My family and I (including my new daughter-in-law) coordinated Halloween costumes for the very first time.

My family and I (including my new daughter-in-law) coordinated Halloween costumes for the very first time.

 

I visited a dear friend to attend her wedding in Utah, and I had to buy warmer clothes to survive!

I visited a dear friend to attend her wedding in Utah, and I had to buy warmer clothes to survive!

 

I accidentally took home the wrong crockpot lid from Utah.  This one was too small, so I found a way to make do until I can switch back lids!

I accidentally took home the wrong crockpot lid from Utah. This one was too small, so I found a way to make do until I can switch back lids!

 

I was planning to have a big gingerbread party with all my friends and their kids, but I got sick.  A couple weeks after the planned event, I made a small batch of gingerbread, and my youngest son and I made our choice of gingerbread object.  He made a house, and I made a tree.

I was planning to have a big gingerbread party with all my friends and their kids, but I got sick. A couple weeks after the planned event, I made a small batch of gingerbread, and my youngest son and I made our choice of gingerbread object. He made a house, and I made a tree.

 

And, finally, we celebrated Christmas.  We gave gifts to express our love and to remember the first gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ.

And, finally, we celebrated Christmas. We gave gifts to express our love and to remember the first gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ.

 

I’ll be back soon with a fun food storage related post! I may not have been blogging, but I haven’t stopped preparing!

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