Marti’s Corner – 120

August 24, 2023

A few years ago, our local church community had monthly classes on different aspects of being prepared.  Well…… another group in Utah has done the same thing.  Here are a few of those videos:

Emergency Preparedness, temporal preparation – most important points discussion – Highland, UT

Food Night (condensed version)

Skills Night!

WATER NIGHT (higher volume version) – Canyon Hills 1st Ward – Emergency Preparedness (Event 2 of 5)

FUEL/CLOTHING/SHELTER (higher volume) – Canyon Hills 1st Ward Emergency Preparedness (Event 4 of 5)

Click on the video to open YouTube.  Then add to your “watch later” queue.  


and some are only two fingers long: Ugh. This seems like a lot of work for such small tomatoes. Had I known, I would have grown a different variety.Well, I pulled out the beans and the cucumbers.  It’s just too hot.  The plants won’t set fruit in the heat, and the leaves are turning yellow and brown.  Not sure what kind of disease that is, but it’s spreading through the beans, and it’s just not worth trying to keep them alive.  Even the zucchini and squash plants are only giving me fruit one or two at a time.

The Roma tomatoes are ripening.  I’ve canned 15 pints so far.  I still have some round, slicing tomatoes that are green.  I have cherry tomatoes that burst in your mouth.  They taste like candy.  


Last week’s suggestion was rice.  I found rice this morning at Food 4 Less.  Five pounds for $2.99.  

This week’s purchase is “water”

Some suggestions are

  • 55-gallon drum, fill with water, and add 4 1/2 tsp unscented bleach.
  • 25-32 packs of 1/2 liter bottles of water.  You can find these for $3-$4 each.  The nice thing about this is you can throw it in the car or keep some in the fridge for a cold drink.  It’s easy to rotate.
  • 5-gallon bottles of water.  You can get these at most grocery stores.  Keep them sealed, and they’ll last for months.  

In addition to having water (1 gallon a day per person–and this is NOT very much), you should have a Silcock keySillcock keys

2 Pieces 4-way Sillcock Key Steel Sillcock Wrench Silver Water Utility Key for Hose Bib Spigot Valve Here is how you use it:  Sillcock Key: Counting Water Spigots In The City

You should also have some kind of water filter:

Personal Water Filter Straw Outdoor Portable Filtration Emergency Survival Gear Water Solutions Tactical Gear for Hiking Camping Accessories Travel Hunting Fishing Outing Backpacking (2 Pack) : Sports & Outdoors


Brita Insulated Filtered Water Bottle with Straw, Reusable, BPA Free Plastic, Night Sky, 26 Ounce: Home & Kitchen

MISC. PURCHASE:  BandAids and Neosporin

If you haven’t got a first aid kit in your car. You should get one!!!  Start with BandAids.  Add some Tylenol.  Maybe some sunburn ointment.  


Casseroles: Formula not a Recipe • Everyday Cheapskate

Here is a Fool-Proof Formula that allows you to create original, homemade, delicious, and nutritious casseroles.

Group A

  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can Cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 cans Italian style diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup

Choose one of these soups.  Add 8 oz. container of sour cream, 1 c. milk, 1 c. water, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Omit sour cream and milk when using tomatoes.

Add 1 item from 

Group B

  • 2 cans tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2 c. chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 c. chopped cooked ham
  • 2 c. chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained.

Add 1 item from

Group C

  • 2 c. uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 c. uncooked rice
  • 4 c. uncooked wide egg noodles
  • 3 c. uncooked medium pasta shells

Add 1 item from

Group D

  • 1 package chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 package frozen broccoli cuts
  • 1 package frozen Italian green beans
  • 1 package frozen peas
  • 1 package frozen sliced yellow squash
  • 1 package frozen whole kernel corn

Add 1 item from

Group E

  • 1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 c. sliced ripe olives
  • 1/4 c. chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 c. minced onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped celery
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 small can chopped green chiles
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix.

Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13 X 9 baking dish.

Sprinkle with 1 or 2 choices from 

Group F

  • 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c. fine, dry breadcrumbs

Cover and bake the casserole at 350˚ for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Uncover and bake 10 additional minutes.

Example Combinations:

  • Cream of chicken soup, broccoli, rice, chicken, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs
  • Cream of celery soup, Italian green beans, wide egg noodles, ham, two portions Swiss cheese
  • Italian-style diced tomatoes, spinach, medium pasta shells, turkey, onion, garlic, mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs.



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1 month ago

Thanks Marti! I laughed at the groups as I think I grew up with every combination. Mom & Dad both had careers so we had casseroles week nights. I’d forgotten some of the combinations so they will be fun to try again. Thanks much.

1 month ago

I look forward to your postings each week; you’ve got some great information to pass along.
I’ve been in the Disaster Preparedness / Disaster Response community most of my (long) adult life ;-), with the uncertainties we’re now facing, you can never be too prepared.
Keep up the great work.

c. LeGall
c. LeGall
1 month ago

I love this!! My parent came from the French country side and never made casseroles that I can remember, meals were very straight forward. Protein and vegetable with bread. I always hear about people making casseroles and now I am going to try to make them myself, I’m so excited! Thank you

Last edited 1 month ago by c. LeGall

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