(originally from 7/29/10)
At the beginning of the year we had the ‘three month challenge’.  Where are you now in your home storage program?  Which step are you ready for?  I know some of you are done with all of them, congratulations!  The more self-reliant you are, the more of service you can be.  Here’s the four-step program the Church has published.

1. Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months.

2. Store drinking water.

3. Establish a financial reserve by setting aside a little money each week, and gradually increase it to a reasonable amount.

4. Once families have achieved the first three objectives, they are counseled to expand their efforts, as circumstances allow, into a supply of long-term basic foods such as grains, legumes, and other staples.

Of the new guidelines, Presiding Bishop H. David Burton says, “Our objective was to establish a simple, inexpensive, and achievable program that would help people become self-reliant. We are confident that by introducing these few, simple steps we can, over time, have more success.”  

I know that following this will bless you and your family temporally, spiritually, and physically.  For more information, see “Family Home Storage: a new message”, March 2009 Ensign, or the “All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage” pamphlet. 

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Need something to keep your kids entertained?  There’s nothing more fun than watching paint dry….   Well, maybe not actually watching it dry, just looking at the crystals after the paint HAS dried (see Crystal Paint, below.)   The following paints were found at http://bluebonnetvillage.com/recipes.htm    They have other ‘kid craft’ recipes as well, including several versions of ‘play-dough’ , edible dough, finger paints, poster paints, …..


Monet’s Water Color Paints

1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon glycerine
food coloring

Do like the famous impressionist painters did and bring your watercolors outside to paint.
To make your own watercolors, first mix vinegar and baking soda.
Next slowly add cornstarch and glycerine to the mixture. Pour into small paper cups to let dry.
Add food coloring. The color is not as intense when it is dry so remember to add a lot of food coloring.
When dry peel away the paper cups.

Shiny, Glossy and Shimmery Paints

Moooo Paint 
1 cup condensed milk (or make your own with powdered milk)
Food coloring

Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring. This makes a very bright, glossy colored paint, great for fingerpainting.

Egg Yolk Paint
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. water
Food coloring

Mix egg yolk with water and lots of food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint on baked cookies. Return cookies to oven until egg has solidified.

Non-edible paints:

Artist Quality "Oil" Paint 
Tempera paint
Liquid dish washing soap

This paint has a smooth, glossy effect and holds color well. Mix together tempera paint and soap. Store in glass jars.

Crystal Paint
1/4 cup hot tap water
3 teaspoon epsom salts

Sparkle and Shine! Mix hot tap water and epsom salts. Brush the mixture onto a dark colored paper. When dry the salt will form crystals that shine in the light.  Photos are at http://unplugyourkids.com/2008/10/05/salt-crystal-paint/


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