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Volume 1 Issue 2

Newsletter Date: November 2012

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Strength through Self-Reliance and Service Be Wise and Prudent

“Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit “

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hen a family member comes down with a s there any way to speed cold or the flu, it can leave you feeling up curing a cold once helpless. Time and a little TLC is the only sure-fire you feel one coming on? methods for coping with viruses. It has been said that "a cold Eat Healthy— lasts a week if you treat Whether you are coming down with a cold, them, and only seven days if already have one, or are getting over it, eating you leave them alone." Most right is one of the easiest (and best) things you healthy immune systems can do for your health. Certain foods, namely will cure a cold in about 4 those loaded with vitamins and minerals, can days; but may take longer if help boost your immune system and provide you have not encountered your body with the fuel it needs to fight off that particular virus before. infections and get better. Herbal remedies, chicken If you're one of those people who brag, come flu soup, and other home season, that you "never, ever get sick," be aware: treatments have not been scientifically proven to be The odds may catch up to you. Just in case your effective for everyone, but number is up this year, consider assembling a simple home care kit for help in surviving the flu. there is nothing wrong with trying them. Get plenty of rest. Over-the-counter flu kit necessities: 

Fever and pain relievers

Cough syrups and drops

Nasal spray & Decongestant

Thermometer

Tissues

Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any vitamin, supplement, or any over-the-counter medicine. Avoid complications from mixing cold relief medicines REMEMBER-Always read the label!

Doin’ dutch oven

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Very hard to find in this area. Amazon has very the best price with free shipping. For your first dutch oven. T his is the one to buy Your assignment for November is to buy it now. Lodge is by far the best. Made in USA Lodge Logic 8 (This answer should not be -Quart Pre-Seasoned Castconsidered medical advice Iron Camp Dutch Oven and should not take the $62.36 should order a place of a doctor’s visit.) handle too. This is the classic size Dutch Oven that is used by boy scouts, girl scouts, chuck wagon cooks, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. This model is a #12 dutch oven which is the "standard" size most commonly used, Continued on page #5


Putting the garden to bed for the winter is mostly a matter of cleaning up and covering up. As fall progresses and temperatures drop, those plants that aren't killed outright by frost prepare for dormancy. Clear out the blackened stems and foliage of annual flowers and vegetables to prevent the possibility of their harboring disease pathogens and insect eggs over the winter. The cool weather is a good time to make a cold frame, dig and box in raised beds, and make general repairs. While it appears as if all activity in the garden has stopped, there's a lot going on under the soil until it freezes. Newly transplanted trees and shrubs, divisions of perennials, and hardy bulbs are all growing roots, drawing on soil nutrients and moisture around them. Earthworms and various microbes in the soil are still processing the organic material they're finding. Most likely, the organic mulch you spread to protect the soil during the summer months has substantially decomposed. It's important to spread new mulch now -- a thicker winter layer -- to protect plants and soil over the winter months. The idea is not so much to keep the soil warm as it is to keep the temperature even. Once the soil is frozen, mulch keeps it frozen. So if you have shade trees, convert the fallen leaves to mulch and use it throughout your property.

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Cut back dry stems of perennials to soil level after frost to neaten the garden and remove pest eggs and disease spores that may linger. Leave stems with attractive seed heads for winter interest. Compost dead plant debris to create an organic soil conditioner. Hot, active piles kill weed seeds and disease pathogens; passive, inactive piles do not. Throw questionable plant material in the trash. Cut off diseased foliage from evergreen plants and shrubs and discard it in the trash. Rake up and discard the old, disease-bearing mulch, too. To prevent rodents from nesting in the soil, wait until the ground freezes before adding a 6-inch layer of organic material as winter mulch. Mulch perennial and shrub beds with pine needles or chopped leaves. This protects both plant roots and the soil and moderates the effects of extreme temperature changes during winter freezes and thaws. Mulch bulb beds with evergreen boughs to protect the soil from shifting and cracking during the winter. Otherwise plants, especially small, shallowly planted bulbs, can be heaved to the surface.

Indoor herb gardens: The perfect accessory for winter meals Indoor Herb Growing Tips and Tricks To get your herb garden started without any major problems, make sure to choose healthy plants, or grow your own from seed. This means that you should inspect plants before you bring them home and discard any that show signs of insect activity. If a plant looks suspicious, pass. Other things to keep in mind are:

Give plants plenty of room. Plant descriptions and seed packets will offer spacing recommendations, and even though potted plants don't typically grow to full size, give them generous accommodations.  Water plants regularly and make sure the pots drain thoroughly after watering. One of the biggest plant killers is stagnant water hanging around long enough to rot plant roots.  Turn plant pots frequently to keep plants growing evenly on all sides.  Go light on the fertilizer. Most herbs like moderate to poor soil. Remember, more houseplants are killed with kindness than through neglect. Wait for plants to reach 6 to 8 inches (15.24 to 20.32 centimeters) in height before harvesting any leaves, and only take about a quarter of the plant or less at any one time. After you've snipped an herb's leaves, wait for that much or more to grow back before harvesting again. If you're a parsley or oregano fanatic, it might be a good idea to keep more than one plant going at a time.


OLD MAN WINTER IS COMING: Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us in the ward are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

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Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks. Change your furnace filters and replace them if necessary! Look at your heating system and see if it needs to be serviced by a professional to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside. Inspect and clean fireplaces, Kerosene space heaters, and chimneys. If you use an electric space heater make sure the cord is not broken or frayed. Install a smoke detector and a CO detector &Test batteries at General Conference times each year! Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels in case of power outages. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls & Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.

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Keep grills and generators out of the house and garage. Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers and ready for power outages. Be sure to have flashlights & extra batteries (be sure you have the proper batteries that fit your flashlight) Have a backup plan in case of extended power outages. Make and practice an escape route in case there is a hose fire. Set a meeting place that all family members are familiar with and practice, practice! It can make the difference between life and death.

Phone numbers and websites for emergencies: Loudoun County School inclement weather closing Information webpage: http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/page/14 Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP number (1-866-366-4357) Keep up to date with local conditions by following media reports and monitoring the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov (http://mobile.weather.gov on your phone) for the latest forecast. If you have not already done so, sign up for alerts from the county including emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert ; follow Loudoun County on Twitter at www.loudoun.gov/twitter; and on Facebook at www.loudoun.gov/facebook. Important information from the Loudoun County government will also be posted on www.loudoun.gov .

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Reflections on preparedness or lack of #1) Without electricity, acquiring food and water in a major U.S. city can become a difficult task During the outage, masses of people across the Eastern U.S. scrambled to get squared away on food and water. Fortunately for them, malls and gas stations were open, providing (processed) food, water and air conditioning. That's because the power outages were fragmented, affecting some neighborhoods but not others. In a total grid down scenario, food and water supplies in a given U.S. city will disappear almost overnight. It's much the same for gasoline, batteries and even ammunition. All these supplies (and many more) will simply be stripped from the shelves.

#2) Most people are simply not prepared and therefore worsen any crisis The average American citizen practices zero preparedness. They are 100% dependent on the power grid, the city water supply, 911 services for protection and long-distance food deliveries to their grocery store. They have no backup plans, no stored food, no emergency mindset and no practical skills for surviving a real crisis. As a result, their lack of preparedness worsens any crisis. Instead of being part of the solution, they become a burden on all the emergency services and supplies available in the area. Hilariously, today's city goers actually consider malls and movie theaters to be places of refuge. As FoxNews reported last weekend, "On Saturday, many people flocked to places like malls and movie theaters in the hope the lights would be on again when they returned home." (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/01/millions-without-power-brace-for...)

#3) Cell phones are a fragile technology that can't be counted on in an emergency One of the more interesting observations about the current crisis is that many cell phone towers are out of service. That's because they have no electricity and / or they have been damaged by wind or debris. As a result, people who depend on cell phones for their lifeline to friends, relatives and 911 emergency services were suddenly left with non-functioning devices. Even in areas where the cell phone towers were still operating, many people had no place to charge their phones because their own homes were cut off from electricity. When the grid is up, and there are no storms, solar flares or disruptions, cell phones are truly amazing devices, but they are vulnerable to even small-scale natural events, and they therefore cannot be relied on when you need them most.

#4) Many people have no clue what to do in an emergency Consider this quote about the CDC telling people what to do: "The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention was among many government agencies trying to keep people informed -- from knowing when the food in your suddenly inoperable freezer can't be eaten to taking a cool bath if you don't have AC." (http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/30/us/extreme-heat/index.html) Seriously? Does the government have to tell people to take a cool bath in order to avoid overheating? Do people not know when food has spoiled? And even more strangely, is it now the role of the U.S. government to tell everybody what to do in every emergency? Whatever happened to common sense? I can tell you what: It moved out to the country! Out in the country of Texas, Georgia, Kentucky and just about everywhere else, ranchers and farmers still have common


sense. They know about backup water supplies, and they can figure things out for themselves. It seems to be city people who need the most instructions from Washington D.C. because they've forgotten the fundamental skills of human survival.

#5) 911 and other emergency services are quickly overwhelmed or completely offline According to MSNBC: In Washington's northern Virginia suburbs, emergency 911 call centers were out of service; residents were told to call local police and fire departments. Huge trees toppled across streets in the nation's capital, crumpling cars. Cellphone and Internet service was spotty, gas stations shut down and residents were urged to conserve water. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48032427/ns/weather/)

#6) Modern cities are built on systems that have little redundancy There are surprisingly few redundancies in modern cities: Power, water, 911 services, natural gas and even sewage systems are all vulnerable to single points of failure. Even the evacuation infrastructure of modern cities is ripe for total failure. The city of Los Angeles, for example, simply cannot -- under any circumstances -- be evacuated. The highways simply do not have the capacity to handle the mass of vehicles attempting to leave, and in less than 72 hours, the whole thing would turn into a giant parking lot of stranded vehicles and desperate people, ripe for the picking off by armed gangs riding motorcycles. When 911 fails, most people have no backup plan. Most people have no skills to defend themselves against acts of violence. They have no mindset for dealing with difficulty, so they call others to solve their problems for them: the police, the plumber, the fireman, the ambulance and so on. In a collapse scenario, individuals whose specialty skills are currently shared across a broad population will suddenly be difficult or impossible to locate. Why? Because they'll be at home protecting their families!

Doin’ dutch oven (continued from page #1) This one holds 8 quarts, measuring 12" in diameter by 5" tall. It has the tripod legs and a recessed lid best suited for cooking in coals. On this model, you can even flip this lid over and use it as a skillet. You can do it all with this Dutch Oven - cobblers, stews, beans, roasts, dumplings, you name it. It is the ultimate "one pot" pan.


Holiday Spiced Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

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3 pounds (about 6 medium sized) red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams) 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 teaspoons grated orange peel 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Method 1 Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 400°F. Pierce sweet potatoes in several places with fork; place on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until tender when pierced with fork, about 55 minutes. Cool slightly. 2 Cut the sweet potatoes in half. Scoop out pulp into large bowl; discard peel. Add brown sugar, butter, lemon juice, grated orange peel, ground cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg to sweet potato pulp. Using an electric mixer, beat until mixture is smooth; season with salt and pepper. Can be made a day ahead.

Dutch oven—Monkey Bread Recipe Ingredients: I

2 rolls of Pillsbury biscuits 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 Tbsp cinnamon 1 stick butter Instructions: Tear biscuits into quarters. Mix sugar and cinnamon in plastic bag. Drop each quarter into bag and shake to coat well. Place in dutch oven. Melt butter and pour over biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serves 6 to 8. May want to line oven with foil to catch melted sugar.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Basic turkey stuffing recipe This is a basic turkey stuffing recipe with the addition of chopped apples and optional pecans for extra flavor and texture. It's a delicious turkey stuffing recipe for your holiday dinner table. Use this as a turkey stuffing or bake the dressing in the oven.

Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients:

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1 cup chicken broth 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/3 cup chopped onion 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 cups dry bread cubes, about 8 slices 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional 1 teaspoon ground sage 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon pepper Preparation: In a small sauté pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add celery and onion and sauté, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and salt; cover and bring to a simmer. In a large bowl combine the bread cubes, chopped apples, chopped pecans if using, sage, cinnamon, and pepper. Add the broth and vegetable mixture and stir until well moistened. Turn into a 1 1/2-quart shallow casserole. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes. Or, stuff the cavity of an 8- to 10-pound turkey j just before roasting.


Preparing for life-changing experiences? It would be nice if we could anticipate all the changes that would occur in a lifetime. Some changes we see coming. Certainly all Latter-day Saint young men are taught to prepare for a full-time mission, a lifechanging experience. Every worthy young single adult understands the importance of choosing a spouse and being sealed in the holy temple. We know these changes are coming, and we can plan for them. But what about the changes which are thrust upon us rather unexpectedly? These are changes over which we seemingly have no control. Economic downturn, unemployment, debilitating sickness or injury, divorce, and death are examples of change we do not expect, anticipate, or welcome. How do we deal with such unexpected setbacks in life’s journey? The answer is the same. By listening to the prophets, keeping an eternal perspective, having faith, and being of good cheer, we can face life’s unexpected challenges and “get on with our lives.”It would be nice if we could anticipate all the changes that would occur in a lifetime. Some changes we see coming. Certainly all Latter-day Saint young men are taught to prepare for a full-time mission, a life-changing experience. Every worthy young single adult understands the importance of choosing a spouse and being sealed in the holy temple. We know these changes are coming, and we can plan for them. But what about the changes which are thrust upon us rather unexpectedly? These are changes over which we seemingly have no control. Economic downturn, unemployment, debilitating sickness or injury, divorce, and death are examples of change we do not expect, anticipate, or welcome. How do we deal with such unexpected setbacks in life’s journey? The answer - By listening to the prophets, keeping an eternal perspective, having faith, and being of good cheer.

Final Thought Three simple words to overcome and survive a natural disaster Plan, Prepare & Mitigate There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in your home , or community and plan for the unique action for each. Local Emergency management offices, Ward and Stake Emergency plans can help identify the hazards and outline recommendations for each. Share these hazard-specific information with family members and include pertinent materials in your family disaster plan.

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