Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter, Loaves & Fishes, Volume 1, Issue 06


September  2011
Volume 1, issue 6

Loaves & Fishes

The Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter   

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
 Matthew 11:28     


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

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This issue is about problem solving ideas. We have just had a round of garden problems that descended upon us. Bugs, weather, powdery mildew... you know the normal battles of August in the garden. It seems we were problem solving every time we turned around. When one is trying to become self-reliant there will be problems that come up and it is very important not to become discouraged. What ever problems you may be facing, I hope these ideas will come in handy.

                         ...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!

The Six Areas Of Self-Reliance and Problem-Solving


It is important to know you are not alone when you are seeking solutions.

Seeking Solutions


Sometimes the answer to the problem at hand is education. Is getting more education right for you?

Educational Options For Single Mothers

Should You Go Back To School?


Healthy relationships are important. Learning some problem solving skills in this area can be a healthy emotional choice.

You Can Get Teens To Talk

Mending Our Marriage


In this episode, experts discuss the challenges of the ever changing work world. Job security and growth are no longer a guarantee as they once used to be. 

Career Development

Family Finances

"When Church members are doing all they can to provide for themselves but cannot meet their basic needs, generally they should first turn to their families for help. When this is not sufficient or feasible, the Church stands ready to help." (Handbook 2: Administering The Church, 6.1.1)

Here are some ideas on how to help if a family member needs financial help.

8 Ways to Help Family Members in Financial Trouble

Food Storage 

Cooking With Solar Ovens

Everything Under The Sun Food Storage for the Solar Oven-A resource and cookbook by Wendy DeWitt

How to make a funnel solar oven.

Pure Religion:

Sometimes we have a problem to solve and sometimes we can help solve problems. The following examples of pure religion can help us know what to do.

The Lord Knew Joseph Millet


"Joseph Millett, with his large family, was suffering through very, very difficult times. He wrote in his journal:

" 'One of my children came in and said that Brother Newton Hall's folks was out of bread, had none that day.

" 'I divided our flour in a sack to send up to Brother Hall. Just then Brother Hall came.

" 'Says I, "Brother Hall, are you out of flour?"

" ' "Brother Millett, we have none."

" ' "Well, Brother Hall, there is some in that sack. I have divided and was going to send it to you. Your children told mine that you was out."

" 'Brother Hall began to cry. He said he had tried others, but could not get any. He went to the cedars and prayed to the Lord, and the Lord told him to go to Joseph Millett.

" ' "Well Brother Hall, you needn't bring this back. If the Lord sent you for it you don't owe me for it." '

"That night Joseph Millett recorded a remarkable sentence in his journal:

" 'You can't tell me how good it made me feel to know that the Lord knew there was such a person as Joseph Millett' (Diary of Joseph Millett, holograph, Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City).

"The Lord knew Joseph Millett. And He knows all those men and women like him, and they are many. Theirs are the lives that are most worth recording.

"This rank and file of the Church—150 years of them—have brought the truth to this generation. It is planted where it is most likely to bear an abundant harvest—in the hearts of the ordinary people."

Boyd K. Packer, "A Tribute to the Rank and File of the Church," Ensign, May 1980, 63


We Did Not Stand Alone

Thanks for Sharing:

Feed back about the sourdough recipes included in this newsletter: 

“My first experience with sourdough was Amish Friendship Bread. For some time I didn't branch out. I was seriously afraid that sourdough would be temperamental and a hassle to keep track of and use. I was wrong. My family has enjoyed sourdough pizza crust, sourdough waffles, sourdough cakes and many other yummy sourdough foods. Sourdough is simple to use and delicious. I enjoy this method of cooking because of the nutritional benefits and because I've made something wonderful for my family to enjoy.” Sis. G.

September is:

National Emergency Preparedness Month

Disasters are really BIG problems. It helps to think ahead of what you can do if something happens. Problem solving at the time with out a plan can be very difficult.

When Disaster Strikes: Latter-Day Saints Talk About Preparedness

We Outlived Wisconsin's Ice Storm

BYU TV Living Essentials: 72 Hour Kits

Mormon Share: 72 Hour Kits

Types of Emergencies and What to Do

Preparing for Emergencies-Scroll down for a great video to watch and discuss with your family on making a family emergency plan. On other pages of this site there are over 100 videos to learn about dealing with emergencies. Have fun and explore.

Disaster Survival

Finding Hope-A man describes his journey from the tragedy and trauma of 9/11 to hope, healing, and renewal through Jesus Christ.  (8:35)


Self-Reliance and Problem-Solving

It seem that life comes with challenges and problems to solve. Sometimes we are experiencing the problem and other times we can help with the solution to the problem. From either angle dealing with problems can make us stronger and builds character. That is not to say that when a problem arises it is time to jump for joy, but understanding what to do and learning how to handle problems is a necessary skill for those that seek to be self-reliant. Oftentimes we can do more than we think we can to change our situation or to help others. So have faith, roll up your sleeves, work hard and keep on trying.

One thing to remember is that a problem is best solved at the lowest level possible. In other words, as a parent you may ask yourself,"Is this my problem or my child's problem?" If the answer is "My child's", then your job is to help your child understand the steps in problem solving and stand back so they can learn the process. You may want to ask if you can give advice. If they say yes, then give of your expertise and again stand back and let the child work it through. That's where the learning takes place and self-reliance begins to grow. Learning from a mistake early on in life is much better than later in life when the consequences can be much more severe. The same principle holds if you are helping someone outside of the family with a problem. Be a support, teach the process of problem solving and if invited, give of your expertise. Then stand back to let that person learn the process of problem solving and in doing so become more self-reliant.

Don't forget to have your family councils on a regular basis. This is a great tool to deal with problems facing your family or in finding ways to be of help. If you want to review the information on family councils, here is the link.

Trust God Enough to Follow His Plan

UchtdorfDF_06_rgb.jpg“All you have to do is trust your Heavenly Father. Trust Him enough to follow His plan.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf“Your Happily Ever After,” Ensign, May 2010, 127

Know How to Work

"How I admire men, women, and children who know how to work! How the Lord loves the laborer! He said, 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread' (Genesis 3:19), and 'The laborer is worthy of his hire' (D&C 84:79). He also gave a promise: 'Thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you' (D&C 31:5). Those who are unafraid to roll up their sleeves and lose themselves in the pursuit of worthwhile goals are a blessing to their families, communities, nations, and to the Church."

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Two Principles for Any Economy, Ensign, Nov. 2009, 56

Remain Steadfast through Trials

"For years many of our members have been affected by worldwide disasters, both natural and man-made. We also understand that families have had to tighten their belts and are concerned about enduring these challenging times.

". . . I have seen enough ups and downs throughout my life to know that winter will surely give way to the warmth and hope of a new spring. I am optimistic about the future. Brethren, for our part, we must remain steadfast in hope, work with all our strength, and trust in God."

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Two Principles for Any Economy," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 55

Teach Your Children to Pray


"Parents should teach their children to pray. The child learns both from what the parents do and what they say. The child who sees a mother or a father pass through the trials of life with fervent prayer to God and then hears a sincere testimony that God answered in kindness will remember what they saw and heard. When their trials come, they will be prepared."

Henry B. Eyring"Write upon My Heart," Ensign, Nov. 2000, 85

Good Things To Come- Watch for who has the problem and how help came for the solution to the problem. One thing that is very important when you are called upon to help someone with a problem is to remember that it is their problem. You need lend support but let them find the way to handle it, not take over the problem. 

How To Be An Effective Problem Solver-This is a tool to help you "work (things) out in your mind" as you solve your problem. Be sure to pray for guidance and confirmation as you go along.

Family Finances


Family Finances:
Provide for Adequate Insurance

It is important to have adequate insurance to help with some of the problems of life that can be very difficult to deal with financially. These could include any thing from a car accident to an illness, a house fire or a death in the family. 
These problems can cause your reserves to shrink or even evaporate totally. Being adequately insured can reduce the probability of such occurrences wiping out your reserve. Some prudent insurances to carry could include home or renters insurance, car insurance, life insurance, and health insurance.

Peace In Your Hearts: Managing Household Finances Wisely- Choose the link to "Build A Reserve" to learn about providing for adequate insurance.

Insurance-This link was in another issue of the newsletter but since this is the family finance topic of the month it bears repeating.

Family Home Storage

Longer-Term Storage: Grains, Part 2


Think of it as a resource. Choose what appeals to you and have fun!


Substituting whole wheat flour for white flour. Tip: Increasing the leavening slightly when using 100% whole wheat flour can help make what you are baking less dense. Also. If you are baking a cake or cookies you can bake them a day ahead of when you want to use them. This gives what you've baked time to "ripen". The bran absorbs the moisture and produces a more moist product.

Breadtopia-Bread baking video tutorials for the beginner and beyond.

How To Knead Dough-Video

Professional bakery videos.-Seeing how a professional bakes bread can answer a lot of questions.

100% Whole Wheat Bread Class- Check out the other bread classes, too.

Creating A Sourdough Starter

Sourdough. Not Just for Bread-Watch the 1st video for ideas of what you can do with sourdough. Then scroll down for a free video on how to create a sourdough starter.

Sourdough recipes-SourdoughHome (breads),  Spice cake, Waffles and pancakes (there are great bread recipes here, too), Pizza dough, Dinner rolls, Banana bread, Zucchini Bread. (The soda in some recipes sweetens the sourdough and removes the sour taste so don't be afraid to try the is wonderful.)

How To Toss Pizza Dough-Video. This could be a fun family activity. Try it and see how you do!

How To Make Pie Crust-Video

Video: Lion House Pie Crust Secrets

Lion House Bakery: Homemade Bread Tips

Baking Quick Breads

Making Whole Grain Crackers

Using Long-term Storage To Make Homemade Pasta- part 1   part 2-If you don't have a pasta machine you can roll the dough out very thin and cut the pasta into noodles. Homeade Pasta without a machine.  Making Pasta With Jody Adams Part I:  The Dough


How to cook rice.

How to cook brown rice.-Brown rice isn't good for longer-term storage. It has a tendency to turn rancid if you store it too long. Still I thought it would be good to include instructions on cooking it in case you want to keep it in your 3-month supply of pantry food.

Gluten-free bread recipes.

Gluten-free desserts


Ways to use cornmeal in cooking.-There is a short video after the ad that explains the different kinds of cornmeal.

Cooking With Cornmeal

Cooking Cornmeal for Breakfast

How to Make Polenta


Everything about oats from Quaker Oats.

Self-Reliance: Family Home Evening Ideas

Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration- Before watching this video ask your family to watch for problems that come up and how they were handled.

From The Life President John Taylor-John Taylor found a very creative way to solve a problem. Why do you think it worked?

Emergency Day Drill-Listen to this story and discuss the need for emergency preparedness with your family. If you don't have a plan, start to create one.

Frugal Living

Economical Cooking

Simple Easy Frugal Ideas For Emergency Preparedness

Home Storage Order Form

Cost comparisons of long-term storage food purchased retail as compared to the home storage center and the church on-line store:


Packed in #10 cans

Retail Price

(Delivery charge not included in price)

 Home Storage Center

(Price includes delivery to Home Storage Center)

Church On-line Store

(Price includes delivery to your door)


Beans, black




Beans, pinto




Beans, white




Milk, nonfat dry




Rice, white




Sugar, White




Wheat, hard red




Wheat, white




Apple slices















Oats, quick





Oats, regular





Onions, dry





Potato flakes










Beans, refried





Cocoa Mix





Flour, white





Fruit Drink Mix





Pancake mix





Potato pearls





Basic Longer-term Supply Foods From The Church On-line Store Delivered to Your Door

A 1-year supply of longer-term storage for 1 person of grains (300 lbs.) and beans (60lbs.) would cost approximately $312 ordered from the church on-line store. (Once you get to the on-line store click on Self-Reliance under Home and Family)

The cost would depend on the combination of grains your family likes to eat.

My example uses:

2 cases of white rice- $61.50

4 cases of quick oats- $85

6 cases of red wheat- $84

2 cases Pinto beans-$81.50

These foods can only be ordered by the case. The delivery charge is included in the price.

Seasonal Activities

Drying Foods: The Basics
- A video tutorial.

Drying Food-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Circular 1227

How to Dehydrate fruit and vegetables.

Food Safety and Health-Preserving Food Safely: Tested Recipes for Canning Approved by University of Wisconsin

Before eating boil low-acid foods that have been home canned for 10 minutes at altitudes below 1,000 feet. Add an additional minute of boiling time for each additional 1,000 feet elevation. 

Why do I have to boil my home canned low-acid foods before I eat them?

How to Freeze fruits and vegetables.

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 September produce:


FruitShare-If you are looking for fruit or have extra you've grown you might want to check this out.

Find an orchard near you.

Recipes from the Washington Apple Commission-Look around this site there are lots of fun facts and activities for the kids, too.

Recipes from the Wisconsin Apple Grower's Association

Old Fashioned Recipes-These simple recipes offer an intriguing glimpse into the kitchen of 100 years ago.


Cooking Guide: Fresh Herbs

Herbs and Spice Chart

Preserving Herbs for storage by freezing.

Preserving culinary herbs by drying.


Summer squash recipes-You can never get enough recipes for summer squash!

Winter squash recipes