Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter, Loaves & Fishes, Volume 1, Issue 11


February  2012Volume 1, issue 11

Loaves & Fishes

The Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter   

"Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?"
Alma 60: 21


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

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Winter is a good time to get organized. It is a time that we can focus indoors instead of outdoors. There are a lot of ideas this month on managing our resources. This includes our time, our home, our finances, and more. I hope you can find some of these ideas helpful. 

                Sis. O

Find a library of 
self-reliance resources at: 

The Milwaukee South Stake Resource Center 


The Six Areas Of Self-Reliance and Management

There are many things in becoming self-reliant that we need to manage. There are many pieces to the puzzle. Below are some resources in all of the areas of self-reliance.


Think on Christ

Sanctify Yourselves




Is Your Business Struggling

Family Finances

Home Storage 

Lay Up in Store

Pure Religion:

Opportunities to Do Good

February is:

Chocolate Lover's Month 

Here are some fun things to know about chocolate in case you have it in your storage.

Chocolate shelf life

21 things you should know about chocolate

Chocolate- Fresh Take Video


 Self-Reliance and Management 

With self-reliance comes the need for skills to manage our resources.  Below are some places to look for ideas on organizing the resources of your life.

 Family Finances 


Teaching Children about Finances


"Too many of our youth get into financial difficulty because they never learned proper principles of financial common sense at home. Teach your children while they are young. Teach them that they cannot have something merely because they want it. Teach them the principles of hard work, frugality, and saving.

"If you don't consider yourself informed well enough to teach them, all the more reason for you to begin learning. Abundant resources are available--from classes, to books, to other resources."

Joseph B. Wirthlin"Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts," Ensign, May 2004, 42-43

Resource Management- Answers to questions on financial resources.

 Family Home Storage 

Canning meat, poultry, and fish is very easy to do. It allows you to buy these things when they are on sale and store them without using electricity which also saves you money. It saves a lot of time at mealtime preparation. Go ahead and try it. I think you will like it.

Canning Meat- A video from Living Essentials on canning meat with a little info on dehydrating at the end. (Remember that low acid foods that are home canned have to be boiled for 10 or more minutes depending on your altitude before you eat them.)
Egg replacements to use in recipes- If you are out of eggs, there are some things you can use for a replacement.
Using Powdered Eggs- A video on using powdered eggs.
Shelf Life Studies- Studies, including some done at BYU, that show the shelf life of stored foods.
Wheat meat- A meat alternative you can make from the gluten in your stored wheat. This is a video that shows you how to make it.

 Self-Reliance: Family Home Evening Ideas 


A great general resource for planning Family Home Evening

 Frugal Living 

Seasonal Activities

Now is the time to start thinking about a garden. You can plan without pressure and decide how you want to go about doing it. There is time to ask people you know about their gardening ideas, read and study it out. Start easy. Don't try to do a big garden the first time. Build your skills as you go.  There are great rewards in gardening. It isn't just about the food. There are life lessons to be learned in the garden as well. Take some ime and see what you can discover.

Growing a Garden
Step by Step Instructions on Beginning a Home Garden
When to Start Seeds Indoors
Starting Seeds for Transplanting 
First and Last Frost Dates
Where to plant
Companion Planting
Community Gardening
How to Find a Community Garden Near You

Here are some resources for you hardy souls that would like to try your hand at camping in the winter:
Winter Camping-Outdoor Action Guide
Winter Camping-Emergency Essentials

This time of year the pumpkins that have been stored in cool storage need to be processed (If there are any left!). You can can the pumpkin or winter squashes or dehydrate them. This year I chose to dehydrate them. Below is a video on how to do it. I didn't cook the pumpkins in my canner but boiled them whole in a really big pot. You can bake them in the oven until the pumpkin is soft also. I was very happy with the results.

How to Dehydrate Pumpkins-This video also shows how to make a pumpkin pie from the dehydrated pumpkin powder.