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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Latter Days Preparedness

Check out the food storage article in the Sept. Ensign: Allie Schulte, “Two Cans of Corn! “

Check out these classes through the County of Sacramento Extension Service at 4145 Branch Center Rd! (you can carpool with me if you like)
Basic introduction to safe pressure canning techniques.
September 12, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to noon, FREE

AND
Dehydrating Food
October 10, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to noon, FREE

AND
Basic introduction to safe water bath canning techniques
November 14, 2009
10:00 a.m. to noon, FREE

Visit the Farmer's Market, where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers!
EVERY SATURDAY
8:00 AM – Noon YEAR ROUND
Laguna and Big Horn Blvds.


We all need to build a personal ark, to fortify ourselves against this rising tide of evil, to protect ourselves and our families against the floodwaters of iniquity around us. And we shouldn’t wait until it starts raining, but prepare in advance..(but).Unfortunately we don’t always heed the clear warnings of our prophets. We coast complacently along until calamity .. We need to calmly continue to move ahead and to prepare for what will surely come. We need not panic or fear, for if we are prepared, spiritually and temporally, we and our families will survive any flood. … W. Don Ladd, “‘Make Thee an Ark’,” Ensign, Nov 1994, 28

President Henry B. Eyring, speaking of 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
“The giant earthquake, and the tsunamis it sent crashing into the coasts around the Indian Ocean, is just the beginning and a part of what is to come, terrible as it was. You remember the words from the Doctrine and Covenants which now seems so accurate:

…For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes…And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.

“…the Lord has prepared places of safety to which He is eager to guide us.
President Eyring, “Raise the Bar” BYU–Idaho Devotional, January 25, 2005
With the end times “just beginning”, how can we be a blessing to our families and others in these adventurous days ahead?

We hold fast to each other in this great Relief Society. We warn our neighbors in the spirit of love and show them our preparedness skills!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tired Garden


Here is our tired garden. The tomatoes were plentiful until the past few weeks, and the plants all look tired. More tomatoes are on the way, however, so all is not done yet. The zucchini plant is still producing fine, a little slowly, but that's okay for our consumption. The bell pepper is still doing well as are the herbs. The artichoke plant has been left alone to flower, and we hope next year they are much more tender.

My next project is to try to keep veggies growing all the time. I've never done a winter garden before, but if necessary, next year we will get a hot house to try to continue even in the dead of winter, assuming the sun shines enough. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

August Continues

August continues on with hot weather in the Sacramento area. My tomatoes look tired and stressed from the heat, and no doubt a bit from me pulling off branches early on. I thought I was doing the plants a favor, but with this heat, now I'm not so sure. I also plan on growing heirlooms next year, other than all hybrids.

Meanwhile, tomorrow I will at the farmer's market early to pick up berries to make more berry jam. It turned out so fantastic last time that I am anxious to repeat it for Christmas gifts this year.

Early in September, in a couple weeks, I plan on making room for lettuce and peas for some cold weather crops. I have never done this before, so it will definitely be an experiment. My intention is to always have something planted so I can know what it would be like to live off the land year round.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Plastic Styrene Pellets for Wonder Box Oven

Supposedly you can buy them at Taps Plastic, 4506 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Open: Mon-Fri 9 to 6, Sat 9 to 5.

Phone: 916.429.9551
Fax: 916.429.9579

Ihaven't tried there myself...but that's the latest word I have! ;)


-Pam
My Blog: http://shallnotfear.blogspot.com/

Success

I finally had success! I used a shorter pan and made chicken with cream of chicken sauce in a smaller solar oven. I ordered a short squat kettle to use with the one shown in the pix below. I'll use that oven for small meals and side dishes.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Failure

The wonderful looking pot of food shown below actually did not cook very well in the new Cookit design. I think it's because of two reasons: I didn't have a "real lid", so the foil may have allowed steam to escape, and the can was too tall. I plan on trying it again within the next two days, this time using my shorter container, although it is as wide as my usual container. More later.

The small and easy solar cooker




This pattern is the easiest way to make a solar cooker.

Start with an average size box. If it's an exact square it makes it easier, but you can play with it to make almost any box work.

Cut the box diagonally, separating it into two pieces.

Put one of the flaps of the box onto the bottom to reflect up using heavy duty tape. You can use tape or even string to hold up.

Cover completely (inside of it) with foil secured with glue or tape.

Take a number 10 can, like used for dry pack canning. Clean it out. Spray the can thoroughly with cheap black paint (Wal Mart has it for .95 cents), after setting outside on newspapers on a calm day. Let dry for an hour or more. Also spray some foil with the black paint.

See rest of photos. Put in sunny portion of yard.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Crazy Zucchini and Artichokes



My artichoke is doing so well. First year planted, and it's in a corner stuffed inbetween weeds, grape vine and a couple old rose bushes. The artichokes I've cooked have been tasted but tough, and I can only hope that next year they will be larger and even better tasting! The crookneck zucchini was hidden underneath the plant.

Making 3 Berry Jam


I'm so pleased with how the 3-berry jam turned out! Strawberries from the local farmer's market, then blackberries and raspberries. Awesome!

Making 3 Berry Jam

I'm so pleased with how the 3-berry jam turned out! Strawberries from the local farmer's market, then blackberries and raspberries. Awesome!