No-Sugar Applesauce

Rose B. Tanner has formulated a recipe for applesauce that uses no sugar and may be used with over-ripe apples as well as some eating apples that ordinarily would not make tasty sauce.

Wash unpeeled apples, stem, remove seeds, and cut into small pieces. Cook in juice made with one can of frozen apple juice and one can of water. One cup of juice is needed for each quart of apples. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, until apples are very soft, stirring occasionally. This takes 20 to 30 minutes. Put through a sieve. Add one tablespoon lemon juice. Mary Middleton, Hope Randell, visiting teachers, Fullerton, California

Outthink Fire

Being prepared for the eventuality of a home fire will reduce the chance of it becoming a major disaster. It will also decrease panic in case of emergency.

The family can prepare by discussing together what they will do in case of fire. All family members should be aware of escape routes and how they could be used. Perhaps a ladder or rope will be needed on a balcony or roof ledge.

Children should know how a window is opened. All family members should be warned not to open doors that feel hot and to close all doors behind them.

Once out of the house, the family will need to have a designated meeting point. No one should attempt to reenter, and this is the point at which firemen should be notified. When calling the fire department, give your address first—some in these situations have forgotten to mention it.

Once these plans have been made, they should be practiced and reviewed occasionally. If any special problems come up in the plan, local fire departments can provide good advice. Deborah Ann Quay, librarian, International Association of Fire Chiefs

Wave the Family Flag

Almost every family has family prayer, a family car, a family dog. Lots of them are catching on to family home evening. But how many have a family flag?

The O’Barr family has one. They created their flag as a ward family flag contest entry and although they didn’t win, it was terrific fun. Besides symbolizing their family name, the “O” means perfection, eternity, and the family circle; the “bar” represents the judgment bar, the iron rod, and the line one must not step over. The diagonal in the middle shows that one must climb to reach the top. Colors are balanced, indicating the importance of moderation. The reflection across the diagonal is symbolic of the principle of pure matter and pure space making up ultimate existence, a something-nothing compound.

Imaginations on the go, the O’Barrs envision colors to match the seasons, symbols teaching scriptural principles, and flags reflecting moods—perhaps a combination of them in various colors such as green and white for peace.

A family flag? You may create dozens of them. Gerald L. O’Barr, 13th Ward, San Diego California North Stake

Sugarless Bottling

Try using unsweetened pineapple juice instead of sugar syrup in canning fruits. Prepare and process fruit just as you ordinarily do. The only difference is that you can use pineapple juice for liquid instead of water and sugar. The tighter you pack the fruit, the less pineapple juice will be needed. One can of juice can fill up seven quart bottles. Peaches, apricots, and pears are delicious bottled this way. Even applesauce can be sweetened with pineapple juice. Ann F. Pritt, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Dear Friend

Let not the somber stillness, born in haste
Of words misunderstood, remain between
Us longer, making of our friendship waste.
But rather let us from this friction glean
A sense of stronger unity, of fond
Forgiveness, quickening the love that we
Have felt like some unseen securing bond.
And let this love expand and come to be
More beautiful with time, increasing thus
With each reunion we are yet to share.
Let not this one brief moment alter us,
For you and I are friends, and friends are rare.

Marjorie W. Curtis

A Clean Slate

As many Latter-day Saint families do, we keep a small chalkboard handy for messages, notes, and reminders. After long use, the board developed a slick surface and was almost impossible to write on. Investigating the cost of chalkboard paint, we found that even the smallest can would cost more than the board is worth. Instead, we substituted some dark brown wood stain that we had left over from another project. We stained the board horizontally, let it dry; then stained it vertically. While the stain is still slightly sticky, rub chalk dust over the board. Wipe off the excess chalk dust, and repeat the process until a thick film of chalk dust has formed on the board. A word of caution to chalkboard users: never clean the board with water—it ruins the surface and makes it shiny.

[illustrations] Illustrations by Phyllis Luch