Tuesday, March 24, 2009
PROJECT NOAH-MARCH WEEK #11 Purchase Items 1. 8 cans of pineapple or mandarins 2. Large bag/box of rice 3. Maple or boysenberry syrup Activity (FHE or Saturday) Time to start planning for a vegetable garden. Identify a sunny location, start clearing weeds, rocks, etc. and work in some form of good soil and fertilizer, or consider building grow boxes. (See pgs. 2-4 in Essentials of Home Production & Storage for tips or look in Sunset’s Western Garden Book) Wheat Tip Home Storage—Regardless of the type of storage container selected, grain should be stored in materials approved for food storage. Many plastic bags, some plastic buckets or cans, some metal buckets or cans are suitable for storage of dry grain. However, some plastic materials have an odor that can be transferred to the wheat stored in them. Some metal containers are lined with plastic that can also impart an odor or flavor to the wheat. Plastic garbage bags are not suitable for food storage unless the label on the container so specifies. WHAT TO DO WITH WHEAT? Wheat is a cheap and nutritious part of our food storage and can be a way to have fresh flour if food is scarce. If we are familiar with using it in our cooking now, it will be natural to use it if we have to. Electric grinders are available and usually cost about $200.00. Hand cranks are a cheaper option and good for emergencies. Two options for “cracking” wheat are a blender and a coffee grinder. They will not produce fine flour for baking, put will make a mix of coarse flour and small pieces, which can be made into a fiber and vitamin filled hot cereal. Both whole wheat and cracked wheat cereal are extremely filling! RECIPE-CRACKED WHEAT CEREAL 1 cup cracked wheat 2 1/2 cups water 1/2 tsp. salt Bring to a boil. Cook covered on low for 10 to 20 minutes. If tightly covered, can be stored in frig up to 2 weeks. Add white or brown sugar, honey, syrup, spices, raisins, nuts or berries if desired.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
PROJECT NOAH-MARCH WEEK #10 Purchase Items 1. Large package of toilet paper 2. 8 cans of a vegetable your family WILL EAT 3. A hand-operated can opener Activity (FHE or Saturday) Check your current water supply. Has your water been sitting more than 6 months? Are your bottles of water sealed tightly? Do you need to add water? Water Tip If necessary, treat water with a chlorine bleach solution prior to storage to prevent buildup of harmful bacteria or pathogens. Replace water every six months. If your water is treated commercially by a water utility, it is not necessary to treat water before storing it. If you have a well or public water that has not been treated, disinfect the water prior to storage using liquid household bleach containing 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented or color-safe bleaches or bleaches containing soaps. Water Purifying with Household Bleach The American Red Cross and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency recommend the following procedure for treating water for storage: • Add six drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented bleach per gallon of water. • Stir and let stand for 30 minutes. • If the water does not taste and smell of chlorine after 30 minutes, add another dose of 1/8 teaspoon and let stand another 15 minutes. • Seal the containers and label with contents and date of preparation. RECIPE OATMEAL RAISIN MUFFINS 1 egg 3 tsp. baking powder 3/4 cup milk 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup raisins 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 cup white/whole wheat flour 1 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup sugar Heat oven to 400. Grease bottoms of about 12 medium muffin cups or line with cupcake liners. Beat egg, stir in milk, raisins and oil. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately. Note: If using regular oats instead of quick oats, soak in water for 5 minutes to soften them.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Adam created his own show with shadow puppets today. Here is a short plot summery as Adam told it to me, so you can follow along with the show. There is an alligator and a dog. They are friends in the beginning. They are playing and they even give each other a kiss. Then the alligator pees on the dog and he gets upset. They start to fight and they both explode. No one wins and they both die in the end. (I am pretty sure he gets it from Ben) It is a very tragic play and I hope you don't get too emotional. Please remember it was authored by a 3 year old and it is just for fun!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
So, today I was in the bathroom getting ready for the day and Seth was on my bed playing with some toys. I couldn't help but notice him laughing. He was totally cracking himself up playing with this toy. I have no idea what was so funny, maybe someday he will be able to tell me. What a cute baby.
Monday, March 9, 2009
PROJECT NOAH-MARCH WEEK #9 Purchase Items 1. 7 boxes macaroni & cheese 2. 10 lbs. powdered milk. Most grocery stores carry boxes of Milkman powdered milk. 3. Pet Emergency Supply Kit (see back) 4. Emergency window ladder (if 2-story bedrooms) Activity (FHE or Saturday) Have a fire drill and organize an escape plan from your home. If you have bedrooms in your home above one story, purchase an emergency ladder in case members of your family need to evacuate through an upstairs window. Pet Preparedness Tip If you have pets, don’t forget to assemble an animal emergency supply kit and develop a per care buddy system with friends or neighbors. If you have to evacuate to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Prepare in advance for shelter alternatives. See back for pet kit items.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
PROJECT NOAH-FEBRUARY WEEK #8 Purchase Items 1. 2 Jars Salsa 2. 5 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup-write date 3. 1 bottle multi-vitamins Activity (FHE or Saturday) Have copies of all important keys made. Be sure to include house keys, car keys and any other keys pertinent to your family’s needs. Label each key and place them in your fireproof box or safety deposit box. Water Tip In addition to stored water, other sources include melted ice cubes, water drained from the water heater faucet (if the water heater has not been damaged), water dipped from the flush tanks (not the bowls) of home toilets, and liquids from canned goods such as fruit and vegetable juices. Unsafe water sources include radiators, hot water boilers, waterbeds, swimming pools and spas. FEBRUARY SUMMARY Purchase items: 1. 20 lbs of sugar or 5 lbs of honey 2. Large box of Band-aids 3. 6 lbs of salt 4. Fruit tree or berry cane 5. Fire-proof box 6. 6 lbs of yeast 7. 2 jars spaghetti sauce 8. 2 jars salsa 9. 5 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup 10. 1 bottle of multi-vitamins Activities: Show your family the emergency shut-offs for water, gas and electricity and post instructions and tools nearby. Make copies of important papers and keys and store in a fire-proof box. Video or photograph the contents of your home and garage for insurance purposes and store in an alternate location.