Monday, February 18, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 2/18/13

Why "pick-me-ups"? As a Mom, I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too!  
 Keep an eye out for these each Monday  :-)

Preparedness: it's on my mind. Personally, I make an effort to maintain a supply of clean water and food my family likes for our short term needs because the leaders of the church that I belong to have counseled us to do this. I also have things prepared in the case of an emergency and some medicines and herbs for healing on hand.

Guess what? Anyone can do this! Be encouraged that with time, careful planning and budgeting, it is possible to build up reserves for a rainy day.

Having these things assembled and updated really puts my mind at ease. I know that if we had a loss of employment or other problems, some things we would be able to take care of for ourselves because we have taken time to collect them before the difficulty hits, at least until we could receive any other needed help. I really appreciate how the Relief Society in my ward (congregation) is offering classes on these topics this year. It's been a big help in expanding my knowledge as well as a good kick in the pants to restock and evaluate what needs improvement for my home storage.  :-)

1. Why do we prepare? Because, just like in the days of Joseph in Egypt and the years of plenty and the years of famine they experienced, calamities will happen to us, at some point, in some way. It just makes sense to prepare ourselves with a short term supply of the necessities of life and also prepare our minds and hearts to be strong during times of stress.

2. Okay, okay, yeah, yeah, but why do Mormons prepare? (Hint: not a doomsday thing)
 Go see more at Mormon Moms Who Blog
And the All About Preparedness blog Heidi Garvin maintains. Such a good resource!
The 100 Items to Disappear First in case of natural disaster is enlightening.

3. I've found that if I look at our family storage like an extended pantry, or like a small store that I can go walk in and get a jar of peanut butter if we run out in the kitchen (and just restock later), it makes a big difference in how my storage is used. I learned this from a dear sister-in-law :-)
It also helps if you learn how to make things with what you store!
Click to see recipes and meals we like to make here.

These are my all-time favorite homemade bread recipes below. (For the gluten tolerant among us)
Try them out, they are very easy and practically fail-proof.

The Food Nanny's Honey Wheat Bread
Crystal @ Everyday Food Storage Best Wheat Bread Ever !
(and she is the Queen of cooking from scratch videos)
Crystal is awesome. She puts together these step-by-step videos, so helpful.

4. One more, for kicks. Water is on the top of my list, as it is vital for hygiene and survival. Can you imagine what you would do if for some reason you were without water for your whole family for days?? I have been thinking about this. I usually store enough water for a few days in the case of emergency, but my family is growing and rotating this amount of water every 6 months is not easy with multiples containers of water. I found Sure Water Tanks online and it looks like a great solution. What do you think? If you organize a bulk order (10+), they offer free shipping to some states in the U.S.

Hope this inspires someone and maybe you'll even have a new recipe to try! 

Have a great week :-)


Other Top 3 Pick-me-Ups in this series: 
3/11/13: Cub scouts
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year


  1. Thank you so much for this post and the links.
    I have been thinking lately that I need to re-evaluate where we are in family prepardness. I do know I have a lot of wheat stored that is getting pretty old.
    Blessings to you for this inspiration; I needed a shove.

    1. Happy to pass it on. Good luck with your evaluations, too.

  2. I'm a big fan of food storage! We have a large room under our porch that is just like a mini store. I buy things cheap and use them like an extension of my pantry. We also do plenty of canning in the fall.

    1. Neat to hear about canning. That's something I remember my Mom doing when I was young. Funny, it always sounded so difficult and complex but when I finally gave it a go a few years ago, I realized it was fun. Now, I have never had to can a whole tree worth of fruit before or anything to that extent, but I enjoy canning salsa and jam, just enough for my family. It's fun to hear what others like to do--it's encouraging! Thanks for your comment, Sandy.


Thanks for your comment today! I love reading your thoughts, too. :-)