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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Why Wheat?

Again I highly recommend this blog: In it, Stephen said:

I have wanted for some time to do an article on the doctrinal importance of the grain wheat. The prophets have long specifically named wheat as a grain of high importance. While I won't get into it too deeply are a few quotes that prove that point...

In a talk called
"Prepare Ye" by Ezra Taft Benson...he touched on some of the doctrinal importance of wheat. The following 3 quotes are from that talk...

"“There is more salvation and security in wheat, than in all the political schemes of the world. …” (Elder Orson Hyde, JD, vol. 2, p. 207.)

"As to the foodstuffs which should be stored, the Church has left that decision primarily to the individual members. Some excellent suggestions are available from the Church Welfare Committee. “All grain is good for the food of man …” (
D&C 89:16) the Lord states, but he particularly singles out wheat. Dry, whole, hard grains, when stored properly, can last indefinitely, and their nutritional value can be enhanced through sprouting, if desired."

"From the standpoint of food production, storage, handling, and the Lord’s counsel, wheat should have high priority."

Here is a prophecy of a time when wheat will be of great value...(more than what it currently sells for at the family canning center!)

“The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat.” (Brigham Young, in Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 250, 1943 ed., p. 29
He did not say "The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of grain." No...he specifically named wheat. If you go back and read the prophets words regarding storing food...take note how often they specifically name wheat.

I have heard people say things like "I don't store's too hard on your stomach"....or "Some people are allergic to I just store rice". While there may be actual medical reasons why some people can't eat wheat...for would be wise to incorporate more wheat into their diet...for health and to be prepared.

A good friend just put a newsletter together on the value of whole wheat flour. IT IS AWESOME! Check it out at
here. I especially love his graph on page 3 that breaks down how nutritionally superior whole wheat flour is!! Well done.

Now dear friends of mine, check out his web page often as well as mine! :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

72 Hour Kit Clean-Up Method

An old acquaintance of mine has an outstanding blog, ( and he recently posted an article about using baby wipes as a way to keep clean when soap and fresh water isn't readily available. Considering the whole point of 72 hour kits is to be able to leave at a moment's notice during and live out of that kit for three days or more, his sharing of this idea made perfect sense to me.

Now my husband and I both have our own package of 88 baby wipes. I chose to get Kirkland brand (Costco)...and paid about $16 for a 706 of them! They are unscented, which is a real plus, soft and very strong. They will last a very long time, and as Stephen said, whenever I go to a baby shower, the mom-to-be is going to get some baby wipes so I can rotate them out as time goes by! (Look out, Amanda! LOL)

Let me know if you decide to do the same for your 72 hour kit.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Making Wheat Treats

I'm going to try this recipe...


My tomato plants are going great guns...and for the first time I will be pruning them back. I'm anxious to see how that works for getting a better crop of tomatoes this year. Of course, it will also help if California doesn't have severe firestorms like last year!

Friday, March 27, 2009

More Gardening...

Our garden is rounded out with some new items this year we've never tried to grow. Broccoli, artichoke (which the snails have been eating with great abandon-although I now have snail bait around it and hope to save it), strawberries, more herbs, and four tomato plants instead of two. We also now have an apricot, peach, lime and cara cara orange tree as well as our existing lemon tree. Fun!!!

Gardening this year!

I just planted these tomatoes about a week ago. They are in our box garden with lots of good soil being worked in over the past few years. The plastic forks are my effort to scare the cat that uses this box for his own needs! However they haven't been effective, so I made a solution of garlic, onion and hot pepper, and sprayed it all over the soil. It's supposed to get rid of bugs and maybe persuade animals go to elsewhere too! Wish me luck!

Here s my zucchini plant, actually two of them, growing just great.

Next to the zucchini I have a green bean growing. It is sooo cute when the seeds finally sprout and start growing into a real plant!

I put the wire basket above it a bit early. I keep forgetting I need to get two more baskets for the tomatoes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pruning Tomatoes

Video:Lee Reich, author of "The Pruning Book" shows you how to prune a tomato plant to keep it healthy and producing better fruit.

This is a good, if slow moving, video on how to prune your tomatoes. I heard of that briefly last year but had never done it...just figuring the huge tomato plants I grew every year were doing their best and there you go. Turns out the plants could be much more productive if I'd pruned them. This year I will use this method and see how it goes!

Gardening - Let's Talk Tomatoes


Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone taught us which skills we should develop in order to provide for our needs: “Now regarding home production…Plant fruit trees, grapevines, berry bushes, and vegetables. You will provide food for your family, much of which can be eaten fresh. Other food you grow can be preserved and included as part of your home storage…."

“I remember when the sisters used to say, ‘Well, but we could buy it at the store a lot cheaper than we can put it up.’ But that isn’t quite the answer, is it? … Because there will come a time when there isn’t any store.” (President Kimball, April 1974 Welfare Session.)

Be determined. We have been commanded to be self-reliant, so let’s have fun, faith and get on with it! Put aside ideas of failure and trust the Lord. Pray about it! Determine to do it!

“We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees… Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard.” (President Kimball, Ensign, May 1976, p. 124).


Hand trowel.
Sunny spot in the back or side yard, or a large container (about 18” wide and deep)
Bag of good potting soil.
Bag of good compost manure blend.
Potted tomato plant, about six to ten inches high, ready for planting. “Determinate” if in a pot. “Indeterminate” if in the ground or a box you can stake.

How To:

Find a good spot to plant, one that provides a minimum of six hours of sunlight a day on level ground.

Here in Sacramento County, we have clay soil. You need to mix that up with bags of compost and potting soil. Buy at Wal Mart, they have the best prices I’ve seen for both. With a shovel, spade or your hands, mix the heavy clay soil with the potting mixes and compost materials. It must crumble fairly well, so don’t skimp on soil treatment. Even a pot needs good planting soil.

When planting a seedling or 10” or so high plant, plant a little above the bottom leaves. You want the plant fairly deep in the ground.

Water well. Plan on watering every other day, deeply, even in the summer. More than that can make the plant grow more leaves than fruit.

Now you have decided to commit to this. GREAT! Plant it now, it’s early enough the harvest will be wonderful in June, July, August, September and October!!! Maybe even November! Keep an eye on your garden. This is your baby. Talk to the plants. Watch for bugs on them and remove them promptly. Enjoy the weather and God’s nature!

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This is the size elastic I'm using. It's a 1/4" of elastic, so it will fit inside the "casing" I just made. To find out how to insert elastic into a casing, see this video:
It is actually a video on how to replace a waistband, but about 1/4 the way through she shows how to use a safety pin to insert elastic. It is that skill you need here. When done, she sews the elastic together and sews the waist closed, both with a sewing machine. What we will do instead is hand stitch the elastic together and then pull the elastic into the casing like she does, but instead of sewing the insertion point closed, we will use more of the hem tape to close it up instead.

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By the way, you are using strips of hem tape, not one big continuous piece. Place a 4-5" piece of hem tape, iron it down, thenkeep going same way all around the skirt, EXCEPT for a two inch opening in which you will use to insert the elast. Photo at left shows about two fingers width of space that I stopped and did not seal with the hem tape.

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Now fold the waist fabric down again right over the hem tape, making sure it's on the edge (I left some showing so you can see it, but normally you don't want the hem tape visible), and its placement leaves room inside the "casing" for the thin elastic.

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Unfold the waistline so you can place the hem tape.
Place the hem tape down about 3/4 of an inch so when you turn the waist fabric down again it will just cover the hem tape, so you can then iron down the waist. What you are doing is leaving a space for the thin elastic to go between the hem tape and the top of the waist.

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After you completed the side seams, press down about an inch of fabric at the waist. Ironing it down like this makes it easier to place the hem tape under it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

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8. Put the other piece of fabric seam right on top of the hem tape, and iron it together. Try not to slide the iron across too much, do more "pressing down" and then moving gently and pressing down again. Iron should be on the hottest setting you can use for the fabric. If you are in doubt, place the hot iron tip on a piece of the fabric you cut away to make sure it irons smoothly.
Press all the way up and down the seam. Repeat on the other side.
More tomorrow!
When you are finished, this entire project will take you less than an hour.

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8. Now, unwind enough hem tape to run along the side seam area of the skirt. Cut off at the bottom.

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7. You will be using a product like "Heat n Bond Hem", which is like using tape, except you iron it and it sticks the fabric together permanently. It works like a charm! I use the 1/4 inch size for seams and the 1/2 inch or so for hems.

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6. Now open both pieces up and iron the fold crease out. Then place both front and back pieces right sides together.

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5. Now remove the pins and fold up the pattern pieces nicely to put away.

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4. Start cutting the pattern out from the top (waist) out to the side edge, then down, then back toward the fold. Do both front and back pieces. Remove excess fabric.

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To construct a fun no-sew skirt, start by:
  1. 1. Lay out a simple skirt pattern on a yard of washed, ironed fabric that is placed right sides together. (you will need more fabric for a larger size, but we'll stick with this idea for now until you get used to making the skirt). Note the white strip along the bottom of the fabric toward the bottom of the picture? That is the "selvage" of the fabric. When you put the fabric right sides together, make sure that selvage is together.
  2. 2. Lay the pattern pieces (front and back of the skirt) on the fabric, with the "place on fold" side of the skirt on the fold of the fabric (at the top of the fabric in this photo).

3. Make sure the fabric and the pattern pieces are ironed nice and flat. Yes, you can iron your fabric pieces, as long as you iron them quickly they will flatten out nicely. Note also that the pattern pieces are laid such that the smaller portion, the waist, are both facing the same way so that the fabric looks the same both front and back. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric enough that you can cut the pattern out without the pattern moving around.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

No-Sew Skirts

I know there are a lot of people out there who wouldn't mind learning how to make clothing, but are concerned because they don't yet own a sewing machine.

First off, I think everyone needs one. There are some fantastic bargains out there, but that's another subject.

For now, there IS a way to make clothing without a sewing machine. The way to do it is, use hem tape. It's incredibly durable, stands up through repeated washings, and is lightweight. I'll be posting photographs of how to make a simple elastic waist skirt where the only sewing involved is sewing the elastic pieces together to make the waistband.

LDS Cannery - Sacramento

Sacramento Bishop Storehouse
8401 24th Ave
Sacramento, CA 95826
Phone : (916) 381-5150
Above is a map to the cannery.

Contact the storehouse when you are ready to dry pack can. You may not bring any items into can, but must purchase foodstuffs already on-site. To get the latest list of food available and the current prices, see here:,11666,8133-1-4352-1,00.html

As of April 2013, the times open are: Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cannery Information

This is a map of the Cannery location here in Sacramento.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a bishop's storehouse and cannery where church members can dry pack can food products like white flour, wheat, oats, nonfat dry milk, beans and more. Considering we are attempting to have a year's supply (not just of food, but of everything necessary for our survival), this cannery will be one of the key points in this Blog.

Church members who read this, who have yet to go to the cannery, are encourage to go as soon as possible. It's easy. Call 916.381.5150 and ask when you can come out and "put in store" some food for your family. It's a lot of fun! If you have any questions, you can also ask me by writing me at

Luann Comic

My favorite comic:

Shall Not Fear

So here we are, men and women living in the latter-days. What skills do we need to have the abundant life? What can we do so that fear is "not an option"? How do we have fun in our lives by trusting the Lord and being obedient to the words of the Prophets?

We trust in Abundance. We trust in the word of God. Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to be happy, successful, prepared, and ready for what tries to take away our peace. This blog is about my efforts to prepare, and help others prepare, for the great day when the Lord shall come. What a privilege it is to be alive today!