Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter, Loaves & Fishes, Volume 1, Issue 03


June  2011
Volume 1, issue 3

 Loaves & Fishes

The Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter   

Mosiah 4:27

And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.


Loaves & Fishes is the Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter compiled by the Stake Provident Living and Family Finances Specialist

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Dear members of the Milwaukee South Stake,

Once again it has been a wonderful experience for me to put this newsletter together. I have been trying out the frugal tips and watching the how-to videos. I have found many things that I will continue to use or apply in daily life. I am always pleased to find out what a spiritual side there is to provident living. I hope you find something of value here that you can use as well. Enjoy!                              ...Sis. O.


Find a library of 
self-reliance resources at: 

The Milwaukee 
South Stake Resource Center

Share your ideas, experiences and insights on self-reliance at:

You will find other interesting links there as well!

Self-Reliance: Personal Conviction and Self-Discipline 



Go For It-by Elder M. Russell Ballard


Self-Discipline and Focus a program on learning self-discipline. "Learning to be self directed is one of the biggest factors to happiness and being effective and successful. It is not that difficult if you know the tricks."


How much water do I need to drink to stay healthy? Get the answer from


Living Essentials-Finding the Right Job for You 

The purpose of this episode is to provide practical information on how to effectively find employment. We will define skills and strategies needed to generate employment opportunities. We will also explore the resources available to those looking for employment.

Family Finances

Family Finances  

Food Storage 

Make a plan to actually fill that water barrel you have!

If you don't have a barrel, make a plan to save and fill soda or juice bottles...or make some other plan that works for your family.

Thanks for Sharing:

With I can see my complete financial situation on a dashboard at no cost.

In five minutes, I showed my daughter and new son-in-law how easy it is to set it up.

The site gives me the ability to see the big picture at a glance, and see each transaction.

Planning and budgeting tools are included, which provide useful feedback.

-Brother M.

"About a month ago I started using homemade cleaners. I love them. Significantly less expensive and if my kid drinks them, well it's just yucky vinegar so no worries. I guess I might have some throw up to clean up? Anyhow.
I also have loved the Food Storage Made Easy website and have often used their resources.
I can't wait to order from Share! It took me too long this month to sit down and read the newsletter so I missed out on ordering in May but June is going to be magic."            
- Sis. G

"(My husband) just planted raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries; and I really want to do strawberries now! Thanks for the info."    -Sis. Z

My family decided to join a CSA (community supported agriculture) for a couple of reasons.  First, we were concerned about the freshness and the nutrition available at local grocery stores.  The produce we see in our markets traveled an average 1300 miles and several days or weeks from farm to table.  Earth Harvest Farm picks the day before or the day I get my produce and so I know what I'm eating has as much nutrition as possible before I serve it to my family.  In addition, Earth Harvest utilizes all organic farming practices so I don't have to worry about pesticide, herbicide and fungicide residue.  And second, we chose to go with a CSA was because with five kids (two of them under 3 years old) we just don't have time to tend a garden right now.  

My kids and I have found this to be a wonderful experience.  When we drive out to the farm we get to do things like feed the chickens, gather eggs, and pick our own produce.  I've noticed my children are far more likely to eat sugar snap peas, for example, when they picked them themselves.  Being invested in the process makes a difference.  I also think they develop a greater respect for where their food comes from.
Sister L. 
(For more info on CSA click here. You can find the farms near you by typing in your city or zip code in the right hand column.)

This video includes information on CSA.

June is:

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Top 10 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Healthy Cooking

Home Grown- A video presentation, "How to Plan and Plant a Garden"

National Dairy Month

How to celebrate Dairy Month

How to Milk a Dairy Goat-this is a part of a series about raising dairy goats. If you are interested watch them all!

How to make ice cream in a plastic bag.


Self-Reliance: Personal Conviction and Self-Discipline


 To become self-reliant we need to develop the skill of self- discipline. This will help us to achieve our provident living goals and enjoy the success and security that go along with doing so. Below are some quotes from church leaders about the importance of developing self-discipline.

President Monson has said, "Our Heavenly Father has given to each of us the power to think and reason and decide. With such power, self-discipline becomes a necessity....The battle for self-discipline may leave you a bit bruised and battered but always a better person. Self-discipline is a rigorous process at best; too many of us want it to be effortless and painless. Should temporary setbacks afflict us, a very significant part of our struggle for self-discipline is the determination and the courage to try again. (President Thomas S. Monson, Pathway to Perfection, 2002 General Young Women Meeting).

President Faust: "You must have the strength to discipline yourselves so that you can accomplish your goals and enhance your natural strengths. Habits of self-discipline...will become part of the makeup of your character for the rest of your lives. The character thus formed from self-discipline will rise with you in the Resurrection (see D&C 130:18)."  (President James E. Faust, from a March 2003 General Young Women Meeting)

Gordon B. Hinckley added an insight about the need for personal conviction in developing self-discipline: "But there is another side of the coin, without which this self-discipline is little more than an exercise. Discipline imposed for the sake of discipline is repressive. It is not in the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is usually enforced by fear, and its results are negative.

But that which is positive, which comes of personal conviction, builds and lifts and strengthens. In matters of religion, when an individual is motivated by great and powerful convictions of truth, then he disciplines himself not because of demands made by the Church, but because of the knowledge within his heart that God lives; that he is a child of God with an eternal and limitless potential; that there is joy in service and satisfaction in laboring in a great cause." (Gordon B. Hinckley, "It's True Isn't It?", July 1993).

Let us with soft hearts do those things we have been asked to do. Working hard to apply the principle of self-discipline to become self-reliant and to live providently, with a personal conviction that we are doing what is right. It will help us to plod on day by day until we can achieve our goals and become stronger in the process.

You Know Enough

Elder Hales- Becoming Provident Providers

Continue in Patience

Family Finances


Decreasing Expectations

In times gone by people lived mainly on what they could produce. Today we have so much available to us it is sometimes hard to distinguish between wants and needs,leading to over spending. Rationalization is a way people use to let spending get out of control. Thoughts like, "If I don't buy it today, I won't ever be able to afford it." or "Everyone else has it, so I need to have it, too." These messages are often sent to us from retailers who want us to buy their products. 

In the pamphlet, All Is Safely Gathered In, Family Finances, the First Presidency said:

"We urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt...If you have paid your debts and have a financial reserve, even though it be small, you and your family will feel more secure and enjoy greater peace in your hearts."

Learning that it is not the things we have that gives us happiness in life is not always an easy task. Decreasing our expectations of what we want and focusing on what we need can help us to achieve greater financial stability and keep us from financial bondage. Each family needs to decide how to handle this on an individual basis. What one family decides is essential can differ from others. The key is to learn to live on less than you bring in. Controlling and decreasing expectations can help to accomplish this.

Being frugal with your resources helps them stretch farther and helps to keep you within your budget. Following are some resources that could give you some ideas on how to save money and stretch your resources.  (There are always ideas for frugal living in this newsletter, too. See the Frugal Living section below.)

See if your family can come up with some ways to decrease expectations. The discussion at your next family counsel could yield some great ideas!

How to Break the Spending Habit

Top 7 Ways to Save on Household Expenses



Family Home Storage


Water Storage

Part of your home storage plan should include drinking water. There may be times that the water supply may be polluted or disrupted, so having an emergency supply of water would be necessary to be prepared.

Water Storage Guidelines-Here you will find information on how to store water and several other links to help you in this area.

Water Purification Guidelines-If water comes directly from a good, pretreated source, then no additional purification is needed; otherwise, pretreat water before use.

 Store water in strong containers that won't leak or break during storage. Plastic bottles commonly used for juices and soft drinks are a good choice. Using milk jugs is not recommended. These containers don't seal well and tend to become brittle over time. Store water containers away from sources of heat and out of direct sunlight.

Here are some links to information or tools that will help you in accomplishing this goal:

Emergency Water Supply Video

More ideas on water storage from

Food and Water in an Emergency- A pamphlet from FEMA

Some great resources for understanding water storage.


Self-Reliance: Family Home Evening Ideas

 The 24-hour water challenge- What would it be like to only use one gallon of water per person a day? This might be a fun family activity.

Links to information on planting a garden-Planning a garden is a fun family home evening activity. Planting a garden, even a small one allows for a greater degree of self-reliance. With the right information and a little practice, families can enjoy the many benefits of planting a garden.


Frugal Living


By using cost cutting frugal measures the money you save could be used toward buying food for your home storage, putting the cash into a financial reserve or to help others in need.

 lowest gasoline 

prices in

 Wisconsin by 



Share- A buying club operated by volunteers.

Tutorials on how to get the most out of your coupons.

Get rid of your weeds in the garden using vinegar.

5 Tips For Using Aluminum Foil- This video shows some ways aluminum foil can be used that you might not have known. The foil as fabric softener really works!

Add a couple of tennis balls in with your laundry when you put it in the dryer. Your clothes will come out static free and it will help with wrinkles. It has also been reported that this can help to shorten the drying time which will save you on energy costs.

Frugal, Wholesome Family Activities:

Events in Wisconsin-This page is for June but you can look up any month while you are there.

Family Camping Vacations-Overnight family camps that include food lodging and activities for the whole family. Look through the list to find one that is right for you


Seasonal Activities

Find fresh produce and have a good time by visiting a local farmers' market.

Quiz: Know how to shop at a farmers' market? Take this quiz and find out.

Locate a Farmers' Market Near You:

Locate a farmers' market in your state.

Wisconsin Farmers' Markets

Alphabetical Listing by City of Farmers' Markets

Wisconsin's Farmers Market Directory

Produce in Season

Veggie Facts- Get the facts on all your favorite vegetables. 

Learn about:

  • History
  • Buying tips
  • Preparation 
  • Nutritional information

Check for you-pick farms near you at

How to Can Anything-Look down the list of resources on the right hand column to find this link.

What's in season for your region? - After you click on this link, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find a link to a produce calendar for Wisconsin. This calendar can help you plan when produce will be available so you can head to the farm to get your produce. (Remember to always call first to make sure the produce is really on. Times may vary due to weather or other conditions.)

Recipes for June produce:

Asparagus recipes- Along with recipes watch this video on cooking asparagus.

Peas-Recipes with pictures.

Rhubarb recipes- Here you'll find 34 slides of fabulous rhubarb recipes. 

Salad Ideas- A slide show of summer salad ideas with recipes. You can also select a how-to video  from a variety of salads.

Spinach- A collection of recipes from  Food Network  that are sure to convert you too eating more spinach. Also, here is a video showing how to de-vein spinach.