HAPPY SPRING!!!!!

Warmer days, flowers and new life everywhere!!! I love the spring time! It is wonderful to be out doors, enjoying nature! What are your plans for the more comfortable days? It’s a great idea to talk with your family about what you would like to do this season. Do you want to plan a weekend get away? Would you like to spend time at the beach or lake? Will you participate in Mommy n Me classes, swimming lessons, or walks in the park?

Acclimating baby to the out doors is both fun and important. Living in an area where the winters are harsh makes this the best time of year to do this. There are many interesting and fun ways to take advantage of opportunities in your community. Our city offers kids cooking classes, swimming or tennis lessons, and field trips to museums and the like. Most of this information is available online. Or telephone your city hall and ask where to locate these adventures. Talk with your friends about their plans. Perhaps your church has MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meetings.

As a new mom I found it so much easier to participate in these kinds of adventures with other mommies. This way, if you need to use the bathroom or run to the car for something you do not have to pack up everything you brought with you. Other moms understand the time in life in which you are living. They are more than happy to help out where they are able. In addition sharing suggestions, asking questions, and simply finding support are very helpful. Know you are not alone in this process. Learning and growing as a parent is much more fun with others!!!

JUDY

Thinking About What to Have in Your Cupboards for the Long Haul

As we look at the world around us things appear to be fairly uncertain. How do we look ahead and make the best choices for our families? One of the areas where this directly affects us as moms is how can we prepare food items for those we take care of? There are pantry items that literally last forever. Having a few of these tucked away relieves the stress of future shortages. Below are two different articles discussing this topic.

Please do not stress our over this. Food is not going to disappear, or become so expensive we cannot afford it. Having a few of these items in your pantry allows you freedom to not worry about it. It is less expensive to purchase a 50 lb bag of rice than smaller amounts. These are available at places like Sam’s Cub, Costco, and Smart and Final. Share one with other family members or close friends. Rice never spoils. Sugar never spoils if stored in sealed dry containers. Dried beans will stay usable indefinitely if stored properly.

As the one responsible for feeding my family it takes allot of pressure off me if I know I have a few meals available in my pantry. I sleep better having that confidence. Think about the things that give you that kind of peace. Take the time now to prepare for this. Then, every couple of years, cycle those items through your meals and restock your long term food supply. If this is too much for you to consider with so many other things for which you are responsible, ask your spouse or a friend to take care of this for you. There are folks our there who love this kind of thing. Our family members in Alaska have to think of this due to the inclement weather conditions they sometimes experience. They have small children so it is really important for them to be prepared.

Kitchen Items That Never Spoil

  • https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/10-foods-that-will-never-expire/
  • Honey. Honey may crystallize over time, but it won’t actually expire or become unusable. Heating it in the microwave or over water on the stove resolves the crystallization, returning it to it’s natural state.
  • Sugar. White, brown and powdered sugar can be used indefinitely if they are stored in an airtight container away from light and heat. … 
  • White Rice. … Brown rice does not save well due to the spoilage of the husks on each kernel, but white rice will literally stay usable forever! There are so many ways to prepare it, store some away for yourself.
  • Salt. … 
  • Cornstarch. … 
  • Vinegar. … 
  • Pure Vanilla Extract. … 
  • Maple Syrup.
  • Soy Sauce
  • Bullion Cubes
  • Dried Beans
  • Powdered Milk
  • Loose Popcorn, microwave popcorn will not save for the longterm, but bagged popcorn is a great treat! Get some and hide it away, just in case.
  • Honey
  • Baking Soda
  • Corn syrup
  • Spices

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/14-pantry-goods-that-basically-never-expire-51624 In addition:   Most canned foods

https://www.eatthis.com/food-that-doesnt-go-bad/ These items can last 2 or 3 years:

Oats

Chia Seeds

Mustard

Cooking oil sprays

Red wine

Hemp seeds

Canola oil

Coconut milk

Coconut oil.  Due to its high saturated fat content, virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil can last an indefinite amount of time

Canned tomatoes

Spam

Meat jerky

Dried fruit

Canned tuna

Hard Liquor

Canned olives.  3 years

Marinara sauce.  3 years

Instant coffee

Dry pastas