Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter, Loaves & Fishes, Volume1, Issue 09


December  2011Volume 1, issue 9

 Loaves & Fishes 

The Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter   

"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
Luke 2:13  


The Family Home Storage Center in Naperville, IL:              630-369-1508

Link to the Church On-Line Store

The Online Store has added white flour ($32.00 per case of 6 #10 cans) and white wheat ($30.00 per case of 6 #10 cans) to the longer-term storage items you can order delivered to your door. The prices are great check it out.

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

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May you find hope, peace,and light this sacred season. May you find ways to bless others as he has blessed you, give joy as as he has given joy, and may you be filled with his pure love.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

                         ...Sis. O.

Find a library of 
self-reliance resources at: 

The Milwaukee South Stake Resource Center 

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You will find other interesting links there as well!

The Six Areas Of Self-Reliance and Enjoying the Holidays 

During this Christmas season look around for ways to give something for Christ.


Christ came that we might find in him the example to follow in our journey home to the Father. In him we will find answers to all of our mortal and immortal questions. Putting Christ in the center of our life is the first step in building spiritual self-reliance.


"True, enduring happiness, with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the greatest difficulties, will come as you center your life in Jesus Christ. Obedience to His teachings provides a secure ascent in the journey of life. That takes effort. While there is no guarantee of overnight results, there is the assurance that, in the Lord's time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and happiness will be yours."

Richard G. Scott, "The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 41

A Light unto All: A Christmas Gift


Learning of Christ builds a foundation upon which all of our education rests. 

The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Sent


In receiving a wonderful gift Mayerlinth was able to become more self-reliant. Joy and gratitude grew out of that gift and she was able to serve those she loved.


Johnny was in need of a gift in his life. Sometimes, a mentor or mentors can give the gift of time, understanding and compassion that oftentimes turns around a life.

Johnny's Story

Family Finances

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contribute the money saved on food after fasting two meals to provide temporal help for people in need. Blessings come into the lives of the giver and the receiver.

Home Storage 

Preparation through food storage can be the means of helping many in a crisis. A gift to our brothers and sisters in need.

Pepe's Garden

Pure Religion:

Helping others to become more self-reliant is a part of our becoming self-reliant. 

Madera Volunteers-Volunteers give a special gift for the Christ Child.

December is:

Read a New Book Month 

Receive a book, give a book, loan a book, read a book.


 Self-Reliance and Enjoying the Holidays 

The Christmas season can take a lot of time in planning and preparing for the celebrations and traditions that fill the weeks approaching Christmas. Great joy comes from the anticipation of the approaching holiday. Sometimes when difficulties keep us from being able to do these things, a feeling of anxiety may be felt. There was a Christmas past that we found ourselves in humble circumstances. I worried that the meager gifts we had would cause our children to be disappointed. As the morning of Christmas approached and prayers were said the dread seemed to calm down. Christmas morning came. We read the story of the birth of Christ from the scriptures and proceeded to open gifts. After that we spent the day in the warm glow of family love. 

The next day as I pondered upon our Christmas celebration, I realized that the gift giving in a temporal way had come and gone and all was well. Our children were happy as they always were. Then I realized that the true gift of Christmas...the birth of our Savior and his ultimate atonement was ours everyday and always if we accepted it. My heart was full with love and gratitude.

Now when hard times come I remember that Christmas and the lesson I learned about the true gift of Christmas and the anxiety just isn't there. I don't need gifts at Christmas...I already have the best gift. My challenge then is to find ways to pass that gift on to others so they can know of Christ and all that he has done for mankind, that they too may rejoice.

What Shall We Give?
 President Thomas S. Monson and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir help us find out what the true focus of Christmas should be.

Family Finances

There is a new Finances page on the church website. You can check it out here and review the principles that have been covered in past issues of the newsletter.
Budgeting and having a plan to keep expenditures in line is becoming more important than ever. Being in control of your cash flow, learning how to be frugal, and learning do-it-yourself skills are a definite plus in dealing with inflation. 

Family Home Storage

Longer-Term Storage: Sweetners

Sugar has a storage life of 30 years when stored properly. When you dry pack sugar
DO NOT use an oxygen absorber. If you use the oxygen absorber the sugar will harden into a sugar "brick" inside of the can or mylar bag. This is not true of sugar mixes such as fruit drink mix. It only applies to plain white sugar.

Simple syrup-A cake baker's trick to use before frosting a cake is to lightly brush simple syrup on each cake layer. This will keep cake layers moist. Be careful not to use to much or the cake will be soggy.
How to make simple syrup.
Other uses for simple syrup include making candied fruit (can be used in making fruit cake) and sorbet.

Marshmallows-How to make marshmallows(video, or recipe with pictures) and marshmallow fluff.
(Note: I've made marshmallows using honey instead of the sugar mixture and used  it to make chocolate covered marshmallows. It worked well.)

Brown Sugar- No need to store brown sugar if you have sugar and molasses on hand. How to make brown sugar.

Powdered Sugar-How to make powdered sugar (video).

How to make colored sugars for decorating.
Here is a recipe for a homemade maple syrup substitute.     

Learn all about honey and find recipes from the National Honey Board. A guide from the National Honey Board, "Honey, A Reference Guide to Nature's Sweetener", proper storage conditions are explained. "

At room temperature, crystallization begins within weeks or months (but 

rarely days). The crystallization process can be avoided with proper storage, 

with emphasis on proper storage temperature...

Cool temperatures [below 50°F (10°C)] are ideal for preventing crystalliza

tion.  Moderate temperatures [50-70°F (10-21°C)] generally encourage crystal

lization.  Warm temperatures [70-81°F (21-27°C)] discourage crystallization 

but degrade the honey.  Very warm temperatures [over 81°F (27°C)] prevent 

crystallization but encourage spoilage by fermentation as well as degrading the 

honey. "

To reverse crystallization at time of use, place the container in warm water and let sit until clear. Be careful not to over heat the honey. This can cause it to caramelize and can change the taste
and texture.

Corn Syrup
The shelf life for corn syrup according to 
ACH Food Companies, Inc., the conglomerate that owns and markets Karo syrup: "Karo syrup is safe to eat for an indefinite period of time, whether it has been opened or not opened. Light corn syrup may turn slightly yellow with age, but this is normal and not harmful. Storage conditions affect product quality. Before or after opening, Karo syrup may be stored at room temperature. Bottles may be refrigerated after opening, however, the syrup will be thicker and slower to pour."

Here is a recipe for a
homemade corn syrup substitute (simple syrup). Be sure to read the comments for some added advice.

Brown Rice Syrup
It has a shelf life of a year when stored at room temperature. This does not put it on the longer term storage list but is a good choice for your shorter term supply. The benefit of this sweetener is that it doesn't produce the spikes in blood sugar that come from other sweeteners and is about half as sweet as sugar. 

Find information about brown rice syrup
Find recipes

Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar

Shelf life of maple syrup stored in a sealed, unopened container is two years. Once opened
it should be refrigerated and used within six months. Maple sugar has a long shelf life so therefor is better for longer term storage.

All about maple syrup.
All about maple sugar.
Recipes for maple lovers.
Using maple sugar.

Molasses Storage
Molasses History- You will find links to recipes here, also.

Self-Reliance: Family Home Evening Ideas


A great general resource for planning Family Home Evening

Christmas Inspiration-17 videos filled with Christmas inspiration. You will also find activities, music and other ideas for family home evening.

Happiness Can Be Found In Our Families


"Begin in 2 Nephi 5:6 with Nephi's observation: 'I . . . did take my family . . . and Sam, mine elder brother and his family, and Jacob and Joseph, my younger brethren, and also my sisters.' Here indeed is a significant key to happiness--one's family.

"There is no other organization that can so completely satisfy our need for belonging and happiness like the family. Why do we yearn for home and loved ones? I believe this yearning is a universal, God-given instinct that all people in all cultures are blessed with. I also believe that a loving Heavenly Father gives it to us because within the family we experience most of life's greatest joys. The sights, sounds, and associations of family and home are among our most treasured memories and provide our fondest anticipations.

"Sometimes after an enjoyable family home evening, during a fervent family prayer, or when our entire family is at the dinner table on Sunday evening eating waffles and engaging in a session of lively, good-natured conversation, I quietly say to myself, 'If heaven is nothing more than this, it will be good enough for me!' "

Marlin K. Jensen, "Living after the Manner of Happiness," Ensign, Dec. 2002, 56

Frugal Living

How to Have a More Worshipful Christmas
Here are some ideas to help you simplify your Christmas and make it more meaningful.

Seasonal Activities

The Greatest Gifts


"We all enjoy giving and receiving presents. But there is a difference between presents and gifts. The true gifts may be part of ourselves--giving of the riches of the heart and mind--and therefore more enduring and of far greater worth than presents bought at the store."

James E. Faust"A Christmas with No Presents," Ensign, Dec. 2001, 4

Christmas Traditions