"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Preparation in All Things

I am a strong advocate of preparing for as much as possible, whether it means preparing for an emergency with great detail or in what is in the vehicle when I take a trip. In my preparing I also work to have things prepared in case I am ill or not at home. I want to make sure that my family can prepare simple meals or snacks that aren't expensive or as heavily laden with preservatives.

So I made a new batch of snacks and thought I would share the recipes.

Sunshine Cookies (original recipe found here)
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
(at this point I blended the flour, soda, powder, and salt til blended well then continued on)
1 cup cooking oats
1/2 cup M&M's 
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
Be sure to pack each layer down!

Now this is what to do when making the cookies:
Oven 350F
Stir dry ingredients set aside
Mix 1/2 cup almost melted butter with 1 slightly beaten egg, 1 tsp vanilla
Then add dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix well.
Roll into 1 1/2 balls bake 8-10 min.

 Be sure to label and date the jars

Place on shelf next to other ready mixes!

Second Prepare ahead Mix
Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies
I found this recipe here and we have not tried this yet, but what can go wrong with Butterscotch Gingerbread anything?
Here goes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
(at this point I blended the mixture so that the spices were evenly distributed)
3/4 cup brown sugar
5 1/2 oz butterscotch morsels(1/2 bag)

When baking the cookies:
Oven 350F
Mix 1/2 cup butter that is slightly melted with 8 tsp molasses and a small egg.
Mix dry ingredients and then pour in egg mixture, blend well.  Drop rounded spoonful on ungreased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes.

Label and place next to other prepare ahead mixes.

Now about things going on in the world, crazy aren't they?  Seems like in every turn the world is in chaos.  Perhaps in your very own lives.  Here on the farm we understand as we have had our own upside down chaotic events unfurl and yet were able to stand firm.  Now we did not do this alone and of course in reality ended up with little in material means, but our foundation stood as we have a strong faith in Jesus Christ.  We  are because of Him and because of this comfort we found during our trials, we wish to share with anyone~ anywhere His Holy Word.  We offer to mail a free Bible to you and all you have to do is leave a message with your mailing information(no private information will be released).  

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Sue said...

Jennifer, your mixes-in-a-jar look wonderfully homey, especially with the dangly tags :-) I was wondering if you add an oxygen absorber to each bottle or not.

Wow! This post makes me feel like putting some bottles together for Renoman! Maybe I'll do it for a Christmas present. Since I rarely bake anymore I know he would absolutely LOVE it.

Anonymous said...

These are great Jen! Thanks for sharing - I'm so using these!!!

Love ya
VA Sis

Susan said...

Very clever ideas!

Humble wife said...

Sue- thank you, and no-no absorber packs as I made only five jars so far and we eat a few a week so all is well. If I made long term, I would freeze them.

VA SIS- I was thinking about the cookies you sent and was wondering if you email the recipes so I could modify those cookies to a jar...as wow they were so delicious!!!

Susan-thank you.

Sue said...

Jen, I know the sugars and salt don't need an oxypak, but I was just thinking about the flour, oats and chocolate. I'll try some with oxypaks, let Renoman open them at his leisure and let you how they turn out.

You must have a big freezer. Ours is medium sized and full of chicken :-)

Humble wife said...

Oh Sue, I see what you were first asking. We do not make too large a batch so the mixes are eaten before they will spoil!! As to our freezer we actually have two freezers as we live a bit out from town an prefer to have less need to travel to and fro. Our second freezer was an old freezer from another that I repurposed~ this link has a photo of my freezer http://doublenickelfarm.blogspot.com/2011/04/monday-photo-time.html

One is for meats and the other is for storage of veggies etc. Having the second freezer works for us at this time and I am sure as the children begin families of their own so we can raise and butcher for all!!!

I cant wait to hear of your mixes for your man!! Thanks so much for your visit my friend!!

Gayle said...

You are so organized. The jars all look so pretty.

Sue said...

lol I fist thought you gave me the wrong link because I didn't see a freezer. Sneaky!

Humble wife said...

Oh Gayle-not so much, it is a goal I work at~~ lol

Sue-lol, I confess my posts are random and so why couldn't the freezer be at the bottom of something so not related? lol