Delightfully surprising!

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon each: baking soda, allspice and cinnamon
  • 1 cup mashed pinto beans
  • 1 cup sweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Cream butter, sugar and eggs.  Add water and dry ingredients.  Stir in beans, applesauce, raisins, nuts and vanilla.  Bake in 2 greased loaf pans at 350 degrees F. for 40-50 minutes.

Freezes very well.

Pinto Bean Fudge

This is something really special! You will really like it!

  • 2/3 cup canned milk
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1-½ cups diced marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup cooked, strained, mashed beans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar and milk in heavy kettle.  Boil 8 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until marshmallows dissolve.  Pour in buttered pan.  Cool and cut into squares. 

Sweet protein!

Peruvian Beans

We used to be a potato family until I found this recipe. Now I double it and make it every week. First we’ll have it as soup, then as a taco or burritto, then as lasagna, then finally as refried beans. (if there are any left) It is VERY yummy! 🙂

  • 1 package beans
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper
  • 1 bunch of garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • Soup bones
  • Salt

Leave the peppers and garlic whole, dice the onion and place in slow cooker with beans, soup bones, salt, and water.  Cook all day.  If you need to add more water, make sure you boil the water before you add it so you do not get tough beans.  Before you serve them add fresh cut cilantro.

Recipe via. Kathy Coe

Classes for Domestic Tranquility

Dear Sisters,

I have decided that this is the best calling in the church. I have always wanted to know more about this stuff and now is my great opportunity! It also can be your great opportunity to learn some of these lost skills and learn to feed your family better at the same time while using your food storage.

Below, are a few classes that I will be teaching (for the next millennia by the looks of the list) to help prepare myself, and our ward family for the exciting events to come. Of course, I will need all of the help I can get. So, if you feel like you would like to share what you already know, or learn more about one of theses subjects, please e-mail me back and I will put you on that committee and when that class rolls around, you can help.

Sisters, please remember that none of this is meant to overwhelm any of us. But if we are prepared, we shall not fear. That is the idea here- DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY! Yippy, here we go on this great adventure!

In the Kitchen

  1. Break Making 101- grinding wheat, basic bread making, etc.
  2. Bread Making 102- pretzels, bagels, pita’s, tortillas, etc.
  3. Bread Making 103- Sweet Breads (orange rolls, cinnamon rolls, monkey bread, etc.)
  4. Breakfast Cereals/Granola Bars (inspired by the high price of cereal)
  5. Slow Cooker/Pressure Cooking (low energy, low water)
  6. Dutch Oven/ Solar Oven Cooking
  7. Pasta Making
  8. Yogurt/Cheese Making, Almond, Soy and other Milk products
  9. Amaranth, Quinoa, Wheat meat and Goetta
  10. Graham Crackers and Crackers
  11. Making “Mixes” with your food storage
  12. Show and Tell “I can’t live without this” and why
  13. Nuts, Seeds, Peanut/Almond and other nut butters
  14. Sewing clothing & other groovy stuff
  15. Soap and Lotion Making

In the Garden

  1. Cooking with Spices and herbs
  2. (Show & Tell) The things we can’t do without
  3. Juicing
  4. Vegetable Gardening and Harvesting Seeds
  5. Sprouting
  6. Home Canning
  7. Herbs, Oils and Home Remedies

Co-Ops- are you interested in participating in the following?

  1. Ward Garden Plot
  2. Ward Chicken Coop

Group Orders- stuff to purchase at a discount

  1. “Be Prepared” Cookbook
  2. Electric Wheat Grinders
  3. Hand Wheat Grinders
  4. Solar Ovens
  5. Dutch Ovens
  6. Water Purifiers

Pandemics- the stuff no one wants to talk about, but what we need to know about

  1. Earthquake
  2. Bird Flu
  3. Nuclear Disaster

E-mail me back to put you on the list of helpers for the classes that tickled your fancy. The schedule of classes will be coming out soon. Once a month, (Thursday morning at 10:00 am, at my house) there will be a cooking class, once a month there will be a group order of sorts. (Coming from Rebecca Lee’s “20 things I wouldn’t do without”.)

Thanks for your help,

April 🙂

“Provident Living Leader”

Dear Sisters,

I am elated to have my new calling as the wards “Provident Living Leader”. This is something that I have always had a huge passion for, and it is exciting to know that what we are preparing for, is the Lord’s second coming. I don’t know about you, but there is so much to learn and do-  this is going to be Fun, Fun, fun!

I love the “Hands-On approach”, so I am planning on having many mini classes during the summer at my home as we are canning, harvesting and doing other cool homemaking skills. If you are interested in any of the classes that I post, please feel welcome to come and watch and even help if you want. I will try to do theses demo’s during the day, or in some cases in the evening, before the actual harvest time, so that you can go home with the knowledge in advance of how to can, or dehydrate etc. your own garden harvest.

I will be sending via e-mail questions to all of you, and hope that you will respond back via e-mail so that I will know how best to serve you. The first thing I need to do is split up each family into 3 groups of preparedness: Beginners, ½ way there, or advanced. Once I know what families fall into what groups, I will know how best to help you at the level where you are situated. Obviously, this is a huge job for one- me, so I plan on having many helpers here and there, hopefully, from each one of you.

When we meet on the 27th at Michelle Kendall’s house to view Rebecca Lee’s awesome DVD “20 Things I WOULDN’T DO WITHOUT“, I will send out a sign up sheet, so you can be involved in the areas of your expertise, or wherever you want to fill the gap in your own preparations. Sister’s really, this is so much fun to learn, or simply to return to being domesticated! We are so lucky to be able to have so many cool things to learn. Things like homemade pasta, homegrown, and homemade pizza, spaghetti and Mexican sauces! (You know, for all of those beans you will be eating!) Yummy- and at a fraction of the cost too! This will be a fun little venture, hopefully for our whole ward. Yippy! So on to the party!

  • Class #1

BOTTLED BUTTER– Sieg will be teaching the first mini class tonight at 7:00 pm here at my home. We will be canning short-term butter. (Which means it has a shelf life of under 7 years depending where it is stored- later we will do long term, which is indefinite. Butter doesn’t last very long around here anyway, so 3 years might be pushing it.) If you can’t make it, don’t worry, it is easy to do, and I will post the recipe again after we have done it. Sorry for the short notice, but we had planned on doing this tonight anyway, and I just thought to invite you all to come along J.

  • Class #2

Have you ever wondered how you would stay warm without any heating, or any other heat source? Wonder no longer, I have an expert on the subject coming to teach us next week on June 19th, at 7:00 pm at the church. This is the beginning of a few sequential classes that will be taught on “FOAM CLOTHING” or the Jim Phillips Way. He has clothing that can keep you warm up to -60 F, no problem. It is a lot cheaper and more reliable than generators, fuel or anything else you can buy, and of course, it is absolutely portable and you can use it now if you want. (For those winter camp-outs etc.. or even this summer, if it never warms up!) Anyway, this is the best and cheapest short and long-term survival option, as well as this one that will really save your life and your loved ones, so you won’t want to miss it! I will be sending more details later on this one. You don’t have to buy anything, but the information will be lifesaving. (You can check it out yourself at Please invite anyone you know who might be  interested, as I feel so strongly about these classes.)

Finally, for those that ordered SPROUTS, they should come on Thursday. Please drop off your check to me before then for the following amounts:

If you ordered 1 bucket of sprouts, the price was $146.36.

If you ordered sprouts and garden seeds, the price is $180.21.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, log on to and check it out. At the end of the summer, I will send out one final order that will be delivered to me here in Highland- you can order then, or on your own if you are interested.

See sisters, isn’t this fun?

I’ll chat with you again another time, and I promise that it will be much shorter then!

Adios, April 🙂

P.S. If you need WATER BARRELS, they are the cheapest right now at the AF Walmart at a beautiful $20.00 off the price of any others in town. (They are $39.00 while the supplies in the front of the store last.) Good luck!