Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of March 25th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,


"The greatest events that have been spoken of by all the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequences of certain causes, that unless our eyes are enlightened by the Spirit of God, and the spirit of revelation rests upon us, we will fail to see that these are the events predicted by the Holy Prophets." George Q. Cannon

Our prophets and other church leaders have been warning us for years of the last days and how difficult it will be for those of us who are not prepared both spiritually and temporally. We need to take the time to evaluate where we and our family are spiritually and temporally. We need to work on those things we need to do to be prepared both spiritually and temporally for what may come your way. Being in tune with the Spirit may save our life and our loved ones lives. We need to heed the inspiration and warnings we receive. Do not procrastinate. We need to be aware of what is going on around us, in our community, our government, the nation and the world. Someday, I strongly feel, that food will not be as accessible as it is now, or will be so expensive we cannot afford it. Why not get your Food Storage and Emergency Supplies in order now so you do not have to suffer or fear the worlds future events. If we are striving to follow the counsel or our church prophets and leaders the Lord will bless you.

March Goals--Plant a Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden and Fruit Tree, Add Beans and Legumes to your Food Storage:

1) Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden and Fruit Tree--See all the postings for this month (March) regarding this challenge. Plant your gardens before the end of April.

2) This week add Legumes (lentils and split peas) to your Food Storage: These are in combination with your beans. See the previous March postings for how much to store per person in your family.

Legumes provide a hearty alternative to meat-based meals, but each has a distinct taste. They can be cooked in water or stock (vegetable, beef or chicken) and enriched with great tasting vegetables. They are very economical too, about $1 a one pound bag in the grocery stores. You can also buy them by the bulk at Costco and Sams Club. You can find great recipes in cookbooks and online. Put some recipes in with your legumes in your Food Storage.

Lentil and Split Pea Soup Recipes (Both of these recipes are low in sodium and fat):

Lentil Vegetable Soup

3-4 cans of Vegetable or Chicken Broth (low sodium and fat free--I use Swanson)
1 small -medium onion, diced
2-3 stalks of celery, diced
6 gloves of garlic, diced (I like a lot of garlic, you can reduce the amount)
2-3 carrots, diced
1 zucchini, sliced in quarters length wise and then sliced into pieces
1 package dry lentils
3/4 cup dried parsley
2-3 bay leaves (depending on the size)
salt to taste (I do not use a lot of salt because the broth has quite bit even though low sodium) 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Wash the lentils using a colander. Saute the onion, celery and garlic in a little of the broth until tender. Add the carrots and zucchini and saute about 2 minutes. Add the broth, lentils, parsley, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Add enough water to bring the liquid up to about 1 inch from the brim of the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the lentils and vegetables are tender.

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup (We served this at the Choir Christmas Dinner)

1 cup dry green split peas
6 cups water
1 1/2 cups onions, diced
2 cups celery, diced
2 cups carrots, diced
2 teaspoons-2 tablespoons chicken like seasoning of your choice, to taste
3/4 teaspoon basil, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste

Wash split peas using a colander. In a medium-large pot, bring water to a boil. Add all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer until split peas and vegetables are tender. Pour hot soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot. Add salt to taste. Heat through. Serves 6 cups.

Emergency Preparedness Tip:

If you come across standing water over a street or road, do not drive through it, drive around it. You do not know how deep the water is, or if there is a large hole there.

If driving to the mountains for a fun day or weekend in the snow, always keep a couple of warm blankets, water, food, flashlight, battery operated radio, extra batteries and flares in your car. If you get lost or breakdown you will have items to keep you warn, set up a warning signal and have food and water. Stay in your car, do not go for help.

If there is a Pandemic you will need to cover all your windows and doors with a heavy plastic and duck tape the edges to keep from air and germs coming into your house. Keep these supplies in your house or garage. It may be difficult to purchase them when the emergency arises.

Remember: Post your name and comment for this Sunday, March 25th FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing by 8:00 am.

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