Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zaycon Bacon and Ham

Zaycon is now offering Bacon and Ham.  The Bacon is hickory smoked and comes in two 15 pound pouches, so you could easily share with a friend.  It is $3.29 a pound.  The Ham is two 10 pound hams for $3.29 a pound.  It could also be shared.  Let me know if you are interested and I'll see if we can coordinate a driver for everyone.     Click HERE to visit Zaycon Foods website.

Heidi Torian is looking to split an order of bacon if you are interested.  Anyone else???

~Fresh Hickory Smoked Bacon~

This bacon has had the same award winning cure since 1959, cured for a minimum of 24 hours, and hickory smoked for at least 7.5 hours, the smoking process includes only actual hardwood chips burned in the stocker, this creates the color and flavor that makes this cure so special, in addition to color and taste our bacon has been carefully hand trimmed from each belly for consistent sizing.

Bacon is packaged in two 15lb boxes
bringing the case total to 30lbs.


~The Carve Master
Old Fashioned Ham~

 This Ham is made from fresh outside muscles only, for excellent flavor and texture, slow smoked with real apple wood to give the ham a unique
true smoked flavor.

With less than 10g of fat per 100g the USDA has approved this ham as LEAN, with this special cure there is no MSG, this ham is completely boneless, meaning higher yields and easily carved
from end to end.

 The Ham is packaged by the case this includes two 10lb hams that are individually vacuum sealed and has guaranteed freshness up to 100 days.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Beth's Cookies

Beth's Ultimate Housewife cookies recipes.  I love Beth's chocolate chip cookies and have wondered just how she made them.  If you were lucky enough to watch her demo on Tuesday, you now have the inside scoop.  For the rest of you, here's her recipes and some notes.  Beth makes these by hand so as to not over mix and toughen the cookies.

Ana Olsen's Chocolate Chip Cookies (This is the recipe Beth demonstrated)

3/4 c. unsalted butter - softened
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream together butter and sugars until smooth,  Add egg and vanilla and blend in.  Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.  Stir in chocolate.  Drop be Tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.

America's Test Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookies

10 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 35 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line two cookie sheets with parchement.  Take 10 Tablespoons butter and melt and brown in a metal pan, swirling mixture as milk solids in the butter begin to brown.  Pour into a heat proof bowl.  Add in 4 Tablespoons cold butter and whisk until melted.  Whisk in the two types of sugar.  Whisk in the salt, vanilla and then the eggs.  IMPORTANT: Let mixture stand for three minutes and whisk again.  Repeat this process two more times.  Combine flour and baking soda.  Stir into wet mixture with a large spoon until incoroprated.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Place 3 Tablespoons of dough into mounds two inches apart on cookie sheets.  Place in center of the oven (only one sheet at a time) and bake for 11-14 minutes.


A little extra vanilla never hurt anybody!

More brown sugar than white creates a chewy cookie rather than crispy.

Butter tastes better but makes a flatter cookie (unless using melted butter recipe).  Crisco or margarine holds its shape better but some don't like the taste and prefer no hydrogenated oils.

If you use margarine - make sure it is AT LEAST 80% vegetable oil.  Otherwise there will be too much water and the cookies will flop!

Consider browning the butter for a more "caramel" flavor.  Yum!!

When using softened butter recipes make sure you cream sugar and butter long enough to incorporate enough air.

Do not overmix.  Mix until flour is barely incorporated.

Do not overbake.  Bake until barely brown around edges and then let cool 2 minutes on pan before removal.

Lake Oswego Preparedness Fair

Kathy Lazott sent this info for what looks to be a really different and super informative Preparedness Fair in Lake Oswego this Saturday from 10-2.  It is hosted by our church.

Prepare For
Food price increases, Food shortages, Earthquakes, Pandemics, Job Loss, Flood

Saturday, Oct 13 2012
open 10am to 2pm
14903 Westlake Drive
Lake Oswego

Free Admission & Parking, Fun for kids: face painting, Exhibits & Classes, Emergency kits, 
Food storage and canning, Water storage, Water purification, Power and heat, Cooking in the dark, Emergency shelter, Sanitation, Gardening, Public Health Emergency, Family communications, Neighborhood planning, Clackamas County, American Red Cross, Lake Oswego Police & Fire, Lake Oswego Water District, Earthquake Tech, Multipure Drinking Water, PRECOA, ARRL, Thrive Foods, Umpqua Bank, 
NW Natural Gas, Titan Ready Water

Room #1 High Council Room
Room #2 Relief Society Room
Room #3 Primary Room
Keynote Address by Alice Busch (Chapel)
Developing a
Family Emergency Plan
Emergency Drinking Water
Preparing for Health Disasters
Recognizing and Harvesting Yummy Edible “Plants”
Water and Sewer:
What Can You Expect During and After an Emergency
Electric Power:
Be Prepared for an Outage
The Do’s and Don’ts of Funeral Planning
Map Your Neighborhood
Safety, Security & Peace of Mind with Emergency Oils
Will Your Home Hold Up?
Coping with Children
in an Emergency

11:00am KEYNOTE ADDRESS The Importance of Community Resiliency (Alice Busch)  What has taken our society away from the civic engagement that we used to have, what can we do about it? How can you move beyond simply surviving a disaster and actually lead others?  What will it take to meet the challenges and long work of recovery?   Join us in this kick-off for our day of preparedness classes. (Room #1)

11:30am Developing a Family Emergency Plan (Major Aaron DeCelle) Family emergency preparedness begins with developing a Family Emergency Plan (FEP).  This presentation will use the tools and processes found on FEMA’s website to help you understand how to develop a personalized FEP. (Room #1)

11:30am Emergency Drinking Water (Deanna DeLong)
Learn more about having safe drinking water in an emergency when public water supplies are unavailable. Learn how to store water and obtain safe drinking water when you don't have it available at your tap!  It may change your life--and your health! (Room #2).

11:30am Preparing for Health Disasters (Kathy Thompson)  In books and movies, like the movie Contagion, we see that a disease can be powerful enough to cause the fabric of modern society to break.  This discussion explores what the movie portrayed and compares the it to “real life.” (Room #3)

12:00 Recognizing and Harvesting Yummy Edible "Plants" (Kelly Hoffman)   Learn how to recognize some common Oregon wild edibles that are tasty and packed with nutrition. Find out how to supplement your salads. If something ever went wrong, wouldn't it be a shame to feel hungry because you don't recognize the good food growing near your door? (Room #3)

12:30pm Water & Sewer – What Can You Expect During and After an Emergency (Jeramy Inskeep & Kari Duncan) The City of Lake Oswego will help us understand the answers to the following questions:  Is it OK to put liquid and solid waste in the sewer? After an earthquake, do we need to wait for an all clear before we flush or drink? How well will our water system withstand an earthquake? (Room #1)

12:30pm Power Outage Preparation (Brianne Hyder)
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm, we know that natural disasters may strike at any time.  A severe storm or other natural event is likely to result in some disruption of power to customers. Come hear what to do if the lights go out, and learn the 7 steps PGE follows to restore power to customers. (Room #2)

12:30pm The Do’s and Don’ts of Funeral Planning (Ron & Deborah Threadgill) Understand your options for funeral homes, cemeteries, burial versus cremation, anatomical donation, Veteran’s benefits, out of state transportation, etc. (Room #3)

1:00pm Map Your Neighborhood (Major A. DeCelle)
“Map Your Neighborhood” helps neighborhoods prepare for disasters.”  During a disaster first responders are usually too busy to respond to local neighborhoods because of higher priorities.  Create a safety network within your neighborhood to consolidate resources, and skills to help each other as a team when a disaster occurs (Room #1)

1:00pm Safety, Security & Peace of Mind with Emergency Oils (Wade & Kristi Olsen)  This fun class empowers you to take control in a Crisis or Emergency situation. 1 drop of Essential Oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in your body! Come find out how to use the oils so you can get rid of or inhibit: Bacteria, Depression, Fungus, and more. (Room #2)

1:00pm Will Your Home Hold Up? (Steve Gemmell)
Steve’s presentation will cover the fundamentals of seismic construction practices and the requirements for retrofitting homes that do not have the necessary connections for enduring earthquakes. (Room #3)

1:30 pm Coping with Children in an Emergency (Tyra Baird)  Emotional and psychological reactions to a disaster will be reviewed by age, and what parents and other adults can do to foster healthy coping skills. Includes tips for how to talk about the disaster and address concerns. Includes family coping strategies. (Room #3)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jesus the Christ

Just wanted to share some links for Jesus the Christ.

mp3 audio book via  This link allows you to download each chapter separately, but not the whole book at once.

Amazon's Kindle edition - Free

Several years ago all of the YW received a copy in a missionary four book set.  I think every Laurel and most of the Mia Maid class have them.  I'm sure you could borrow one.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

St. Paul Cannery

I wanted to pass on information from Brother and Sister Sterner who are the missionaries at the St. Paul Cannery.  There are many changes that you need to be aware of so you are ready when you go out to can.  They are now canning in an assembly line fashion instead of each family canning by themselves.  There are also two portable canners that you can borrow for one week.

Here's a link to their order form. It is on the bottom of the page.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
St Paul Home Storage Center
16572 River Rd NE
St Paul OR 97137
Dry pack cannery is open by appointment only:
Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6:30pm until 9pm
And Saturday morning 9:30am until 12pm
Call: Carole Sterner 503-874-4020 to make an appointment; you can also email me at
Order forms can be found on the site under food storage, we have all the products listed and the prices are current.
We encourage families to come; children need to be well supervised. Non-members are always welcome.
Cash, check, credit or debit cards are taken. No minimum purchase required.
For safety reasons no open toed shoes allowed in cannery
To make your canning experience smoother we ask that you email us with your order totals at least a day ahead of your appointment, for instance, 5 cans of white wheat, 3 cans dry milk, etc. You may change your order once you get to the cannery; we just like to have an approximate amount of products to set up for you when you come. Please email order to: or call me at 503-874-4020.
Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you at the cannery!!

Suggested Amount of Basic Foods for Home Storage
One Adult for 1 year
Grains                  400 lbs                includes wheat, flour, corn, oatmeal, pasta,  etc
Legumes              60 lbs                   includes dry beans, split peas, lentils, etc
Powdered Milk   16 lbs                  
Cooking Oil         10 qts                  16 pounds shortening equals 10 qts oil
Sugar or Honey   60 lbs                   67 pounds of honey equals 60 pounds sugar
Salt                      8 lbs                     should be iodized
Water                  14 gallons           2 weeks supply
1 month of basic food supply for One Adult
Item                                                 #10 can                                   Pouch
Wheat                                              3 cans                                     2 pouches
White Flour                                     1 can                                       1 pouch
White Rice                                       2 cans                                     1 pouch
Quick Oats                                       1 can                                       1 pouch
Macaroni                                         1 can                                       1 pouch    
Pinto Beans                                      1 can                                       1 pouch
White Sugar                                     1 can                                       1 pouch
Powdered Milk                                1 can                                       1 pouch
Oil or Shortening                             1 can                                       1 pouch
Salt                                                   16 ounces                               16 ounces                    
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