* I’ve been reviewing the content on the FaceBook page called Murrieta Stake Emergency Preparedness & Friends. There is so much amazing information here. The site has been archived, so you cannot post anything new, but EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know you can find here.
* Most of the videos of old stake classes are located on the Facebook site: Our Prepared Community.
* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Murrieta is trying to combine all this good information on its new website: ComeUntoChristMurrieta.com
They have a wonderful team of tech specialists (i.e., young people) who gather information and work hard to make this site a place for answers and inspiration.
LONG TERM FOCUS: Eggs
Although I posted this just a few weeks ago, I thought I’d share again. You CAN dehydrate your own eggs. Rather than pay over $4 per dozen for dehydrated eggs that you buy, you can do it much cheaper at home. This video shows you how: Dehydrating Eggs The Big Family Homestead Way
Dehydrating your own eggs can save you money if you get the eggs on sale (it’s all about getting stuff on sale). You can take these eggs camping and rehydrate for great omelets or scrambled eggs.
I wouldn’t mind having chickens – my daughter has chickens – but I think that’s pushing it for Craig. So, I’ll buy eggs on sale and preserve them. Remember to look for about 10 cents an egg. At that price, it would be worth the work.
72-HOUR KIT FOCUS: Toiletries
I’ve only used my 72-hour kit three times that I can remember. Once, we were in San Diego, and Craig had a really bad headache. I remembered that I had Tylenol in the kit. Another time was when we were shooting, and I had burn cream to put on that young boy’s neck when he was grazed by a small piece of shrapnel? or something? The third time was when I went to babysit grandchildren overnight. I got all the way to my daughter’s house and realized I’d forgotten my toothbrush. Of course, I could have just gone to CVS and bought another one, but I remembered I had one in my kit.
Sometimes the dentist will give out these little kits with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss in a small zip lock bag. OR, I think I bought mine at Walmart when I walked past them once. It was about $1? maybe less? They are the perfect thing to tuck into a pocket of your backpack. If you don’t want to spend money on a new toothbrush (they have them at the Dollar Store), just put in an old one when you get ready to replace it. Add a travel-size tube of toothpaste, and you’re good to go.
MISC FOCUS: Hair
If you have a bucket in the garage marked “toiletries,” you should add a brush, comb, and an entire package of hair elastics. Especially if you are unable to wash your hair, you will want to put it up and out of your face.
My granddaughter has been out of school for about a week with head lice. I remember how mortified I was when MY daughter had lice. Ugh. You can see how this could be a problem in conditions where you cannot clean up every day. (Even so, you can still have lice with clean hair.) So, I also have some Nix– Nix Ultra® Super Lice Treatment or some product like it. You need to be able to kill the lice and the eggs (called nits). Otherwise, the eggs will hatch, and you’ll be battling it all over again.
FOOD STORAGE RECIPES
No-Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg (2 TB dehydrated eggs + 1/4 c. water)
Bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes
Use the same recipe. Chill and roll into 1 inch balls. Put in greased mini muffin tin. Bake. While still warm, make an indentation in the center. Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan.
Melt 11 oz chocolate chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla. Fill the cookies.
Basic Cream Pie
2 1/2 c. milk
Heat the milk in a saucepan on medium-high, stirring.
2/3 c. sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c. cornstarch OR 1/2 c. flour
In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, salt, and cornstarch, then whisk in
5 large egg yolks OR 2 whole eggs (1/4 c. dehydrated eggs and 1/2 c. water)
When milk simmers, slowly whisk some of the hot liquid into the egg mixture. This is called tempering the eggs. What this does, is it raises the temperature of the eggs without cooking them. Stir this egg mixture back into the pan. Cook and stir until thickened 1-2 minutes. Stir in
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 TB butter
When melted and mixed, pour into a baked and cooled crust. Cover. Chill for at least 3 hours. For a firmer filling, use an extra TB cornstarch or an extra egg.
Slightly different recipes here, but he shows you how to do it. The BEST Vanilla Cream Pie Recipe (I may have watched a bunch of his videos.)
Top with meringue stabilized whipped cream or a fruit filling. Stabilized whipped cream uses powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar. The powdered sugar has cornstarch which helps keep the cream stiff.
Banana Cream Pie: slice 2-3 bananas onto cruse before pouring on the filling. Really good with caramel drizzled on top.
Chocolate Cream: Add 1/4 – 1/2 c. cocoa powder and an extra 2-4 TB sugar, OR 1-4 squares unsweetened chocolate, OR 1/4 – 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips. Stir till melted.
3 TB butter, melted
Put butter in an 8 in a pie plate or an 8 X 8 baking dish, tipping to coat.
3 eggs (whisk until light) (6 TB dehydrated eggs, 3/4 c. water)
1 c. milk – mix in
1 c. flour and 1/2 tsp salt
Add the flour a little at a time into the eggs. (A blender works well for this)
Pour into pan and bake about 20 minutes at 450 degrees, until edges are deep golden brown and puffed up.