Sunday, February 24, 2013

Evacuation Plans

This Thursday night at 6:30 we will be having another Provident Living Class and we will focus on Evacuation Plans - whether you have to evacuate in 5 seconds or 5 hours - you need a plan!  We will have check lists that you can use to help you guide your planning.

Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Let's Get Started!

You thought we forgot you??  No way!!

With the economy headed even further south, we know there are many that are interested in continuing our Provident Living classes.......

We have been preoccupied with surgeries, work, kids, church, etc, etc...but we are determined to start the New Year off with some great goals for provident living and managing our resources more wisely.

First of all, now is the time to start planning your garden.  Arkansas extension has guidance to help us get off on the right foot.  But most importantly - plan in moderation!!  My personal goal this year is to get one square foot garden bed together and have it be successful!!  I have several barrels I planted in last summer and this year I am going to try my hand at lettuce and spinach.  I had covered my backyard beds with black plastic because I just couldn't bear any more WEEDS - but now I am ready to uncover just a small spot and try to build up a long-term bed that I can keep healthy.

My second goal is to give laying hens a try (again!).  I can only have a total of 6 hens, but I am going to give them a try and see if I can keep them alive this year.

In an effort for consistency - we are going to try something new:  6 weeks of classes - one each week - with a different topic each week.

Week 1 - Jan 17        Raw foods from scratch     Teacher:  Janet Hudson
Week 2 - Jan 24        Frozen Ready Meals          Teacher: Susie McGrath
Week 3 - Jan 31        Long Term Food Storage   Teacher: Kathy Mix
Week 4 - Feb 7         Budget Planning                 Teacher: Dawn Miller
Week 5 - Feb 21       Emergency Kits                  Teacher: Mike Davis
Week 6 - Feb 28       Emergencies (mock)          Teacher: Steven Gifford

After that I hope to have a GARDENING class in March because it will be time to really start getting some early crops in the ground.

These classes are open to the public - we want our friends and neighbors to be just as prepared as we hope to be - so spread the word!  Some of these classes may be repeats for you prepper alumni, but it is always inspiring to come share ideas and get re-motivated.

The classes are going to be held at the LDS Church on Skyline Drive for both the space and the safe parking.  Classes will begin at 6:30.  The classes will be held in the gym/kitchen area on the backside of the church.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.  There is no need to procrastinate, things are getting better anytime soon.

So chin up!  "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."

Hope to see you all there -


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

We're Back

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts but school kept me a little busy - but hurray for summer!!

Soon I will give you an update on my new garden.  I am gardening in big barrels this year after my huge bug infestation last summer.  I would love to see what you think about it.  I am curious to know what kinds of harvest I will get out of it.

Just a reminder that we do have a sealer for mylar bags and also the canner for your personal use.  Please contact me at 501-593-3506 to schedule time for the canner.

You have noticed prices going up in the store - we would encourage you to look through your pantry and decide what you use regularly.  Look for the products in the weekly grocery ads so you will know when they go on sale.  Then you can stock up at good prices.

We will have a solar oven cooking class this summer, most likely in July when the sun will be especially cooperative :-)

If you have questions, or need some tutoring in a specific topic, please call Janet or I and we will help you in any way we can.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Recipes from our Last Meeting

Thanks to everyone who showed up Tuesday - it was a great turnout! I am glad I have a lot of bowls, lol.

Remember some of our upcoming topics - making buddy burners, solar cooking, gardening, making English muffins, and generators. If you have more topics, send them my way and we will find someone who knows them. I personally think we need a good first aid refresher course.

Tuesday night our little cardboard ovens made bread, rolls, monkey bread, cake, biscuits and baked chicken! We all ended the night full.

Thank you, Marty and Janet, for bringing your oven and preparing all of that food for us, we appreciate it.

The recipe below is called basic for a reason - it is barebones. You can experiment and look on line and find all kinds of bread recipes. Keep trying them until you find the one you really, really like.

Basic White Bread

Around 4 cups white flour
1 TB yeast
2 TB sugar
1 TB oil
about 1 1/3 c warm water

Mix all of the ingredients except 2 C flour. Save that for later. Remember to let your mixture "sponge" to develop the gluten. Add flour to knead by hand until it is glossy and it "looks" like a loaf :-) You can let it rise once and punch down to rise again, or just let it rise one time. Again, experiment and do what works for you. You can make them into rolls or cinnamon rolls if you want. Bake the bread at 375. Rolls can be baked at 425.

The recipe for the Olive Garden Breadsticks can be found HERE. Enjoy, they are really yummy.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Back in the Saddle Again

This Thursday - 6:30pm!!

Mark your calendar - we are restarting our Monthly Provident Living Meetings.

Our square-foot gardener has a scheduling conflict, so this Thursday we will be practicing how to bake breads without any electricity...what?!? No bread mixer? That's right. AND no oven.

Come see how it is done.

It may - or may not - be a resounding success.

BUT you won't want to miss it either way.

Bring a friend or two - we will have a great time.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Emergency Essential Group Specials

Freeze Dried Chopped Spinach $9.00

Chopped Onions $8.00
Freeze-Dried Sweet Potato Dices $12.00

18 hour hand and body warmers $0.60

Total minimums are required.

Orders due by February 12th - you can pay when you pick up.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Checking In

Hello Everyone,

I think we are ready to get back in the saddle, so to speak. I spent this morning before Church staring at my food storage and motivating myself to regroup and reorganize. But that is a lesson in prepardedness - it has hills and valleys. The important thing is we keep moving forward.


Last Thursday, Steven, Linda and I met for a "net" of ham radio operators. It only lasts a couple of minutes. Afterwards, we got to talking about what would happen in the event of,....say...., a major ice storm. We would want a way to check on people and what if, just what if, cell phones were not working. And what about after two weeks of no power with no way to recharge those phones? It would be nice to keep track of things with a ham radio. So we are thinking of starting our own group of ham radio operators. Once a month we would just do about a 10 minute practice. We would be assigned beforehand a responsibility and then report to the group via the ham. For example, my job may be to check the weather outside, or how many cars are on my street, or to check on my neighbor next door. Then at the specified date and time, I would just call in on my radio to give my report. Easy, right?

Now - what if you don't have your license yet? Steven is ready to do a class any time there is interest. Last time NINE people got licensed. Amazing!!

No radio? You can get a good radio for $120. Start saving!!

More information on our club will be forthcoming.

Now - on to other news. Our Provident Living Classes. We will start having them on the 2nd Thursday of the Month. First class (cross your fingers) Square Foot Gardening. Even if you plan on doing a "regular" garden, the concepts are still good.

More information to follow - start getting the word out.