Sunday, June 1, 2008

New to our blog? Welcome!!

I think I speak for many people when I say that building up food storage and being prepared for emergencies can be difficult tasks to complete. I know they are things that I have struggled with, especially since I'm on a very tight budget (and I know many of you are, too!). Sometimes people think that since they don't have a lot of money, or a lot of time, or much space, that the commandment to build up a supply of food storage doesn't really apply to them. But that's not the case!

You CAN afford it, and you CAN accomplish it! This blog is here to help you. We will be your step-by-step guide, and we can all do this together! We're all on some sort of budget, and we're all busy. Many of us just don't know where to start, but that's about to change. Start here! Let's do this together! We are designing this blog so that hopefully one year from now, you will have: 72-hour kits, a car emergency box, a three-month supply of everyday food, and a year's supply of basic essentials (rice, wheat, oats, beans, etc). We will also teach skills, such as how to cook without electricity, how to "can" and bottle food, and how to actually use the food that you store!

If you are new to our blog, don't despair! We won't leave you behind! Once we complete each on-going project (the 72-hour kit or the car kit), we'll start them over again, so you can either jump in now or wait until we start the project again. The same goes for the year supply of food and the three-month supply - just jump in now and you'll get it done.

A few months ago, we taught a "Food Storage 101" class at our Church. We know that many of you are the food storage/preparedness specialists in your own Churches. So, to help you all out, we've uploaded our class handouts on the lefthand side of our blog under "Free Printables". Everyone is welcome to print these out for your own food storage classes, or for your own personal use. And, check that list often because we are routinely adding free printable documents for personal and public use.

The schedule for our blog is as follows:
Monday - A little reminder about why this project is so important and, basically, give us all a little push to succeed.
Tuesday - We will give you "assignments" as to what you should set aside that week for your three-month supply, as well as one or two items to put in your car emergency box or 72-hour kit. Sometimes you will already have these things in your home, and other times you will have to purchase them.
Wednesday & Thursday - We'll be posting how-to's, and we'll also be writing series of articles on different topics.
Friday - Food Storage Friday! We will share recipes for meals you can make using food storage items only!
Saturday - Roundup - We love to read blogs about frugal living and food storage, and we'll share links to our favorite things we read during the previous week.

Feel free to look around our archives at the things we've written already. You're sure to learn something new!

Hannah & Abs


Julie said...

This is WONDERFUL! I will definitely be a frequent visitor! You have just what I need here. Thank you for offering it.

Jill said...

How awesome are you!! I just found your blog from a comment you left on Ashley's about finding her from googling food storage. I totally need help in this arena, so I will be following your blog. THANKS! You rock. I'm passing your blog address on to my family and friends too :)
Thanks for your time and help :)

Jamie Bowers said...

My husband and I were just talking about food storage and that was going to be our FHE tonight...how crazy is that?! I got your blog from my friend Jill (above). I definitely want to follow this!

The Hoyt's said...

I am so excited I was told about your blog... I love it.. I have been stressing lately with getting my food storage supply going. Our stake has challenged us to have our 3 month supply by Dec 31st and i just found out about it, so I have been panicking..Your blog has made me feel much better and I think it can be possible.. Thanks so much for this!!

Lauren said...

I cannot tell you how excited I am about your blog. I just started gathering food storage and feel overwhelmed with every thing I need! I thank you for this amazing service you have provided for so many!

Jessica said...

YAY- Thank you for tackling this.

Lydia plus 4 said...

I'm so excited to have found your blog! I will definitely be checking ur sited daily...and passing this along to other women in my ward!Thanks...and I'm starting out this week with find and clearing out my storage area in my house...then will move on slowly weekly..Thanks..you have made me excited to get started on my storage!

Daniel Noll said...

I have lived in a small village in Mexico for the last four years and just returned to live in Birmingham near kids and grandkids. I learned a great deal about being prepared from living in close proximity to families whose income was not only very meager but sporadic. There normal everyday experience would qualify as an emergency for most of us. What I learned was how well people can survive on just the basics - in their case, tortillas. It is their staple food and generations of families have lived with it as a primary source of nourishment. As important as a balanced diet is for most of us, as often as not, what regulates what we eat are taste preferences. Nothing wrong with that, but be assured that in an emergency our bodies are quite capable of being supported on much less than what most of us think necessary for good health. The difficulty with kind of, admittedly, bland diet is that we are not psychologically prepared to accept it as adequate and what for all appearances seems to be our bodies call for nourishment is in reality an unmet craving for what we are used to. Personally, in a pinch, I would much rather eat some of those wonderful looking soups and muffins shown on the Blog here.
As a way of meeting my drinking water needs I depended on a product sold on www.drinking-water-filter-system.com called the Berkey gravity fed water purifier. It met my needs for four years and proved very dependable and a low cost alternative to the now common substitute of bottled water which even low incomes families rely on because even Mexicans don't drink the water in Mexico. I still use it here in the states as I like the idea of having an extra level of protection from what is often lax regulatory oversight of municipal drinking water and I just can't stand the thought of bottled water.

DaniBB said...

Hannah, Thank you so much for contacting me and telling me about your blog. You are a life saver! I really think that this will be useful for me. As well as my friends and family. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Hannah, Although I frequente many preparedness blogs, I just now spent some time click'n through your's.
I'm soo glad I did!
As my wife has a progressive form of MS, I find myself as "Mr. Mom" to include all the cooking. Not that I mind that and actually enjoy it.
I gotta say, your recipe section is a life saver for me! Got all kinds of beans, rice, oats and you name it but was about clueless how to make it appetizing.
Love your blog and your writing stile!

Michelle said...

I am so excited to find your blog - I see that you also visit some others that I like, so that is great! I am ready to jump in - thanks so much!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I can't tell you how glad I am to have found your blog. Our family has been discussing this subject for some time and without guidance have been making efforts toward our goal. But I am looking so forward gleaning from your experience and guidance. Thank you so much!


Grateful for Grace said...

This is an answer to prayer! I have started gathering for long term food storage, but lacked a plan. So far I have enough yeast and wheat for a year, but that's it. I stumbled upon your blog after googling "wheatgrass". Yea, God!! I want to get a year's worth of storage in the next three months, so I may have to triple up on what you say to gather, but that's cool. At least I'll have some kind of guide. I love the idea of the car storage and 3 day storage.

Thanks for doing this!!

I'll be purusing your site.

Brenda Campbell Hansen said...

Hannah & Abs I just found your website and I'm thrilled! What fabulous information! Thank you so much! I've been working on my foodstorage and trying to help my friends and family by finding and posting good grocery deals. I will definitely be passing on your website to them all! Thanks! Brenda (grocerygirls.blogspot.com)

Julie said...

HI, I just found your blog and I LOVE it! I will definately be following ya'll as so many of your goals coincide with my own. Thank you so much for putting this together!

Lisa said...

Hi, may I use some of you gift giving ideas for a preparation fair. You have some great ideas.

Lori said...

Wow. What a wonderful resource you are putting together here! Thank you!

Tracey said...

This is an excellent blog, it's very informative and organized. I have learned a lot!

Amy McPherson Sirk said...

I'm so glad to have found your blog. We've done pretty well at putting up stuff from the garden but last year's ice storm taught me not to rely on the freezer. So I'm relearning old skills and seeking out new solutions. Keep up the good work.

Alexander said...

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