What Happens 72 Hours After Disasters

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Today I want you to think about what may happen the first 72 hours after disasters or unforeseen emergencies happen where you live. Here’s the deal, I want you to picture life in 24-hour increments. I have broken the three 24-hours in sections below so you can picture what will most likely happen within 72 hours after any disaster in any city, county, state or country. It’s plain and simple, let’s get started.

If possible get together with your neighbors to purchase walkie-talkies and set them on the same channel and test them monthly. The old kind we used at Disneyland years ago no longer cut it. They may not be useable because they will not go through blocks of houses. This is the brand an emergency search and rescue guy recommended to a class I taught a few years ago. Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)

1. The first 24 hours we will check with neighbors to see who is okay or hurt. If the disaster is big enough we will have limited county or city officials to help the entire area in the short term. It’s not going to happen. Period. We need to be ready to take care of ourselves in many areas. I am talking about water, food, shelter, first aid supplies, tools, cooking devices, etc. We most likely situation is that we will lose electricity. If we use gas to heat our homes that will probably not be available. If you think you will be able to turn on the water faucet, think again, the water supply may have been cut off or contaminated.

The sewer lines most likely will not work either. If you don’t have a portable toilet you better get one this week. Not next week. I will not share my portable toilet with anyone. I know it sounds selfish, but I want my neighbors to know that right now. I hope they have a good shovel to dig a hole for their own toilet, just saying. Here is a post I wrote regarding this issue and how to deal with it: Emergency Toilet For After A Disaster by Food Storage Moms. These are cheap and everyone should have their own emergency toilet or some black garbage bags, kitty litter, and duct tape to use inside their home toilets.

2. The second 24 hours, some people have gone through their bottles of water, emptied their food pantry, or freezer to eat whatever they have available. Remember, every family member needs at least one gallon of water per person per day according to the American Red Cross. I disagree, but I’m sure you know by now that I recommend four gallons of water per person per day. One gallon will not be enough for cooking, washing clothes, or bathing. You will want some baby wipes for what I call spit baths. This is the day you hope you were caught up on the laundry. If not, you will at least want clean underwear. Here is my post about an emergency washing machine: Emergency Washing Machine by Food Storage Moms. Of course, you can use a sink or washtub as well. You shouldn’t just plan on using the bathtub because first of all the water lines might be cut. Second, the sewer lines might backup into your house if you try to drain the water.

3. The third 24 hours will not be fun. You know those BLACK FRIDAY sales that happen after Thanksgiving? Well, after a disaster if the roads are driveable the grocery stores will have lines out the door due to rationing of water and food. Trust me, I will NOT be in any grocery store after a disaster, I do not do Black Friday sales either. I don’t like the pushing and shoving at the stores. Man, just think how the crowds will be looking for water and food. YIKES! Utah, where I live, is ranked #4 for states with personal gun ownership. People get mean when they are really hungry or thirsty and they need to feed their families. Just something to think about. The grocery store shelves will be empty or a bottle of water could cost $20.00 and the store may not have change. Exact dollar amounts will be needed.

Before A Disaster Some People May Think:

1. Why do I keep hearing the phrases get prepared, be prepared and are you prepared?

2. Sometimes people may think nothing will happen to me.

3. The government will have to step in and help us.

4. God or whoever you pray to will take care of me.

5. I can’t afford to buy extra water or food.

6. I can’t afford preparedness items.

7. I don’t have time to learn skills.

8. My neighbor is prepared, I will just go over there.

9. My house is too small to store anything extra.

My Favorite Bartering Items For After Disasters:

1. Ammunition

2. Hard liquor

3. Cigars (do not store cigarettes-they go bad)

4. After a disaster coffee drinkers will barter for instant coffee (Starbuck’s might not be open)

5. Food you grow in your garden (get heirloom seeds you can keep planting year after year if you save the seeds)

6. Basic staples you have stored like flour, sugar, honey, oil, baking powder, baking soda, and spices

7. Skills like bread making, learn to make biscuits and crackers

8. Skills-handyman stuff

9. Skills-quilting and sewing will mend clothes or make clothes for us

10. First aid supplies

11. Chickens and eggs (as long as you have the food to feed them)

12. Meat (grass-fed animals will be a premium)

13. Skill of hunting for animals to eat (learn how to preserve them)

14. Trading your canned food items (you need to know how to can and preserve your garden)

15. Water and food (be sure and have a way to purify your water) Turn off the water to your water heater before the water becomes contaminated if you hear about a water problem.

16. Fuel for car and cooking

17. Learn to make soap and laundry detergent

18. Lemonade mix, hot chocolate mix or good old sugary Tang, if they still sell it (these will make water taste better)

19. Cooking oil, any kind will be sought after

20. Cooking devices for outside cooking with fuel

I am not saying run out and buy everything on this list. We will all need the skills to help each other. We must all be able to bring something to the table in order to help one another. We are responsible for ourselves, no one else is going to take care of us.

If and when our economy crashes you may not have that Social Security check, retirement check, paycheck or pension check in the mail or deposited, think again. People keep telling us to pay off our houses, pay cash for cars, stay out of debt and be prepared for the unexpected. Have cash, precious metals and things to barter. It’s human nature to think that disasters only happen to other people living elsewhere.  If that is the approach you’ve taken up to this point in your life, think again.  Disasters can come our way in many forms, like getting sick and unable to work, losing your job due to layoffs or company closures, accidents happen, whether in your car or at home doing projects.

You may have the best plans to make your home safe and secure, but your neighbor may have a fire disaster just waiting to happen by storing dangerous fuels in the garage or on the side of the house. If their home goes up in smoke yours may be next based on wind and ashes. I read an article this week about a drunk driver that drove through the front of a home, nearly killing the occupants. They were lucky the car didn’t burst into flame. You may think that disasters only come in the form of flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake and other causes we call Mother Nature. Sure, we need to think of these and be prepared, but more often than not it’s the surprise events outlined above that bring the most heartache and challenges to families. Do your homework and be as prepared as your time and finances can allow.  You’ll be glad you did, and so will those living with and near you.

May God bless you and your family to have the means to be prepared for the unexpected one step at a time.

My favorite things:

My Book (available in every bookstore online or in the world): Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle, 3-Pack

Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System with 2 Black Berkey Elements and 2 Fluoride Filters

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Lodge L12CO3 Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 6 quart

Kingsford Products 31212 Natural Organic King Charcoal (2 Pack), 16.7 lb

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Quick And Easy French Bread You Can Make

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This is my quick and easy French bread you can make at the last minute for any meal. It’s very simple to make, it’s moist in the center and a little crispy on the outside. This recipe is an old family recipe, and my four daughters would sell the bread door to door to make a little spending money when they were younger. We sold it at church bazaars and at school functions. We got orders ahead of time when people were having spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. It’s a favorite bread when taking dinner to neighbors with a pot of chicken noodle soup.

The original recipe from almost 40+ years ago calls for shortening. I use butter these days, but most any oil could be substituted. Here’s the deal with this recipe, it says it makes three loaves. You could make two larger loaves or make the three skinny loaves I made with a pan I have had for years. You can make this bread dough in a large bowl or use a Bosch bread mixer like I did. As you know, I love pictures to visualize what I am going to make, so today here are my pictures for this bread. I have a PRINTABLE recipe available at the bottom. The thing I like about this recipe is that it doesn’t need eggs. If you have chickens that produce eggs that is great, but I rarely buy eggs these days because I am trying to eat less dairy. So let’s get started with this easy French bread recipe.

Just so you know, I dump everything in my Bosch and start mixing. Yep, I start it on low and work up to high, it’s an easy to make this recipe, I promise. It’s actually a no-fail recipe that anyone can make. You can actually make French bread rolls with the same recipe. Just mold them differently and cut the cooking time according to how big you make the rolls. You can make these loaves on a greased cookie sheet as well. You may remember, I worked at a fabulous Kitchen store and I loved to buy the fancy kitchen tools because I enjoy cooking and baking almost everything.

Easy French Bread

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups hot water

4 teaspoons SAF instant yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon shortening (I used melted butter)

6 cups white bread flour

Step One-Instructions:

I dump everything in a bowl or my Bosch bread mixer and mix the dough about 6-8 minutes.

easy french bread

Step Two:

I then cut the dough with a dough cutter into three sections. OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper

easy french bread

Step Three:

I roll out the three pieces of dough into a rectangle shape and roll up into a tube shape and place on a greased cookie sheet or French bread/baguette pan as shown: Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick Perforated Baguette Pan

easy french bread

Grease some plastic wrap and cover the dough and let rise until double in size. Just before placing the loaves in the oven to bake, use a sharp knife to slice a few shallow cuts on the diagonal on the top of the dough. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. Lightly brush the baked loaves with butter on the tops and serve while warm.

PRINTABLE recipe: Easy French Bread by Food Storage Moms

My favorite things:

Bosch MUM6N10UC Universal Plus Stand Mixer, 800 Watt, 6.5-Quarts with Dough hook, scraper and double beater.

Kelly Kettle Ultimate Stainless Steel Small Trekker Camp Stove Kit. Boil Water, Cook Fast, Survive.

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

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Why You Need To Have A First Aid Kit For Kids

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Today it’s all about why you need to have a first aid kit for kids, grandkids, etc. I don’t know about you, but it seems whenever I have my kids or grandkids here someone gets hurt. It might be a scratch, a bee sting or a cut. Sometimes the kids have a fever or a cough. We are pretty lucky they do not get sick often but it’s nice to know I have “stuff” in the cupboard to soothe or comfort them. I also use essential oils big time and Silver Solution from My Doctor Suggests. I realize every family is different and may or may not use certain products, I get that. I just want you to rotate what you do have in your cupboards for cold or flu symptoms and have them available if all your local stores and pharmacies are closed. Or if you have to be evacuated, put this item on your “to grab list” for such emergencies should they arise.

I remember talking to a family who was evacuated a few years from their city and their baby had a fever and the power was out in the town. They drove to a nearby town to stay in a motel to keep their baby safe from the cold. They needed some fever reducing medicine and luckily the mother had some items in her “diaper bag” to soothe the baby.

I decided to put together a Children’s Medical Kit with a two layer plastic container I purchased at JoAnn’s Craft Store. Of course, I used my 40% off coupon so the kit was very affordable. My daughter does vinyl lettering so I asked her to make me the set you see on the container. A Magic Marker would work too!

First Aid Kit For Kids:

How To Make A Children's Medical Kit | via www.foodstoragemoms.com

Kids First Aid Contents:

How To Make A Children's Medical Kit | via www.foodstoragemoms.com

This one I will keep in the hall closet so it is ready to grab and let the kids choose their favorite band-aids when needed. I tried to gather the most important things we might need if we are unable to go to the store. I am adding a thermometer to the kit as well. I want to be prepared for the unexpected if the pharmacies are closed or the weather closes the roads from extreme weather conditions. I guess you can call me Nervous Nellie. Please let me know what items you would add to your children’s first aid kit I would love to hear. May God bless you and your family.

My Favorite things:

Snapware Snap ‘N Stack 6-Inch by 9-Inch Plastic Container

American Red Cross Website.

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What Are You Waiting For To Be Prepared

What are you waiting for to be prepared? Maybe you are prepared with water, food, cooking devices and fuel. Maybe you are prepared with 72-hour kits. Here’s the deal, whatever you have done to be prepared for the unexpected you need to pat yourself on the back. I’m now getting requests to speak at preparedness groups for the month of September. You may or may not realize that September is designated as National Preparedness Month. I think people are starting to realize that it doesn’t have to be a major disaster for you to consider being better prepared. Being prepared is having the tools you need when you need them. Those tools could be water, food, skills, a garden, or at least know how to garden. Please get prepared with the necessities your family needs today, not tomorrow.

If we have a major disruption in our communities our grocery stores will become empty very quickly. Trust me, I have seen empty store shelves. Now I drive to local stores to take pictures of the empty shelves after a minor disruption here so I can share that information with my readers in hopes they get the vision of why being prepared is important. I don’t need anything, I just want to be aware of what the stores will look like when we have floods, damaged roads that are closed from too much rain, fires or other disruptive events.

What are you waiting for:

If you can take one night a month, or one night every quarter at the very minimum, and make a plan with your family for evacuations, I would love it. You don’t have to make it a scary experience, just explain where you can meet, what to do and where to go if you are separated. Can you imagine your child walking home from school and an earthquake starts rumbling? If you have a plan they will know what to do and where to go. Will they be scared, probably, but not as scared if you had never talked about a plan after the disaster hits your community. If the family is home, hurray, but that isn’t always the case, and you may still need to evacuate the whole family. This past week over 200,000 people we forced to evacuate an area down river from an overfilled dam that was showing damage from recent storms. That was in California, north of Sacramento. Those people couldn’t return home for at least two days. I’m sure most of those people never thought they’d have to leave the safety of their own homes. I wonder how many had their 72-hour kits with them as they drove out of the driveway?

Sometimes people have to hear it over and over again to prepare for the unexpected. Maybe they read about the floods in other areas of the country and it hits them they better get their act together to be prepared to evacuate. Or at least have some water stored and food with a can opener. I can eat food out of a can if I have a can opener. My suggestion is to get at least two can openers. If one breaks you have a spare. I have to laugh, I was teaching a food storage class and one lady said I don’t own a can opener. I was shocked, who doesn’t own a can opener? I asked her how she was going to open the #10 can food items she has stored. She mainly buys fresh meat and vegetables for her meals. I bet she has a can opener now. Life is good if we have a can opener and a plan. KitchenAid Can Opener, Red

Here are a few items that would help you get through a short-term disaster:

  1. Water, we can’t survive without water and I will not be standing in lines to get a case of water at the city or county buildings after our water lines are broken or our local water supplies become contaminated. Please store water.
  2. Food, I don’t care if it’s a few extra cans of beans, green beans or diced tomatoes in a can. Chili in cans would work, pancake mix, etc.
  3. Cooking devices, this is one of my favorites: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  4. Storing a few extra paper plates, cups and plastic silverware would be awesome so we don’t have to use our water to wash dishes.
  5. Learn to make crackers, tortillas or bread because if you have a jar of peanut butter, canned beans, canned veggies, and fruits you have a meal or two sitting in your pantry.
  6. Learn to cook from scratch, you can survive any disaster with those skills and a full pantry with baking items needed.

Please be prepared for the unexpected, you must take care of yourself and your family. The government can’t take care of everyone. Please be self-reliant, you can sleep at night if you are prepared. May God bless you and yours.

My favorite things:

My book is available worldwide in every bookstore and online everywhere.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

 

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What Are You Waiting For To Be Prepared

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What are you waiting for to be prepared? Maybe you are prepared with water, food, cooking devices and fuel. Maybe you are prepared with 72-hour kits. Here’s the deal, whatever you have done to be prepared for the unexpected you need to pat yourself on the back. I’m now getting requests to speak at preparedness groups for the month of September. You may or may not realize that September is designated as National Preparedness Month. I think people are starting to realize that it doesn’t have to be a major disaster for you to consider being better prepared. Being prepared is having the tools you need when you need them. Those tools could be water, food, skills, a garden, or at least know how to garden. Please get prepared with the necessities your family needs today, not tomorrow.

If we have a major disruption in our communities our grocery stores will become empty very quickly. Trust me, I have seen empty store shelves. Now I drive to local stores to take pictures of the empty shelves after a minor disruption here so I can share that information with my readers in hopes they get the vision of why being prepared is important. I don’t need anything, I just want to be aware of what the stores will look like when we have floods, damaged roads that are closed from too much rain, fires or other disruptive events.

What are you waiting for:

If you can take one night a month, or one night every quarter at the very minimum, and make a plan with your family for evacuations, I would love it. You don’t have to make it a scary experience, just explain where you can meet, what to do and where to go if you are separated. Can you imagine your child walking home from school and an earthquake starts rumbling? If you have a plan they will know what to do and where to go. Will they be scared, probably, but not as scared if you had never talked about a plan after the disaster hits your community. If the family is home, hurray, but that isn’t always the case, and you may still need to evacuate the whole family. This past week over 200,000 people we forced to evacuate an area down river from an overfilled dam that was showing damage from recent storms. That was in California, north of Sacramento. Those people couldn’t return home for at least two days. I’m sure most of those people never thought they’d have to leave the safety of their own homes. I wonder how many had their 72-hour kits with them as they drove out of the driveway?

Sometimes people have to hear it over and over again to prepare for the unexpected. Maybe they read about the floods in other areas of the country and it hits them they better get their act together to be prepared to evacuate. Or at least have some water stored and food with a can opener. I can eat food out of a can if I have a can opener. My suggestion is to get at least two can openers. If one breaks you have a spare. I have to laugh, I was teaching a food storage class and one lady said I don’t own a can opener. I was shocked, who doesn’t own a can opener? I asked her how she was going to open the #10 can food items she has stored. She mainly buys fresh meat and vegetables for her meals. I bet she has a can opener now. Life is good if we have a can opener and a plan. KitchenAid Can Opener, Red

Here are a few items that would help you get through a short-term disaster:

  1. Water, we can’t survive without water and I will not be standing in lines to get a case of water at the city or county buildings after our water lines are broken or our local water supplies become contaminated. Please store water.
  2. Food, I don’t care if it’s a few extra cans of beans, green beans or diced tomatoes in a can. Chili in cans would work, pancake mix, etc.
  3. Cooking devices, this is one of my favorites: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  4. Storing a few extra paper plates, cups and plastic silverware would be awesome so we don’t have to use our water to wash dishes.
  5. Learn to make crackers, tortillas or bread because if you have a jar of peanut butter, canned beans, canned veggies, and fruits you have a meal or two sitting in your pantry.
  6. Learn to cook from scratch, you can survive any disaster with those skills and a full pantry with baking items needed.

Please be prepared for the unexpected, you must take care of yourself and your family. The government can’t take care of everyone. Please be self-reliant, you can sleep at night if you are prepared. May God bless you and yours.

My favorite things:

My book is available worldwide in every bookstore and online everywhere.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

 

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Four Things That Are Not Safe To Can At Home

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There are four things that are not safe to can at home. Period. Lately, I have been concerned with articles on Facebook or blogs with posts stating you can preserve certain foods at home that I knew were not safe to can. Then I started getting emails and Facebook PM’s asking me if this post or that post was accurate. In my gut, I knew some of the foods weren’t safe to can. So I went to the experts to confirm my thoughts. I am not a newbie to canning. I have been safely canning my foods per Utah State Extension service guidelines for over 50 years. I also have my Master Preserver Canning Certificate via the USU through the USDA training courses. This is an updated article whereas I added milk to my list. I am seeing a lot of people canning milk and cream. These are unsafe to can at home because of the fat in them.

Now, you might say, “I learned how to can them from my friend (or whoever) and my jars look great”. They may even taste okay. But here’s the clincher, you don’t know what bacteria is lurking inside those jars. Please, please, please do not risk the health of your family by canning these higher risk food items. Carolyn mentioned the reason certain foods are not listed on your local state canning extension lists is because they have not been proven safe to preserve via our home canning process.

Four Foods Not Safe To Can At Home:

1. Never Can Eggs

I want to bring this issue to everyone’s attention because eggs are not safe to can at home. Bacteria will grow and you may not even see it in the jars when eggs are canned at home. Now, I am not talking about pickled eggs (which are safe for the refrigerator for a short period of time only).  Please do not can eggs. Call your local extension service if you still think you can can your own eggs. If the food item you have a question about canning yourself isn’t listed on your local extension service it is more than likely unsafe to process at home.

Yes, you can freeze eggs but personally, I don’t want to fill my freezer with eggs. The texture will not be the same with frozen eggs but they would work for baking. I get nervous about the electricity going out. I can only imagine trying to get rid of those thawed eggs in a power outage.

I love reading about people having chickens and gathering eggs from their chicken coops. I have heard good stories from people who are learning to raise chickens who have the land and families working together as a team. I have also heard they have excess eggs and want to know what to do with all those eggs.

Let’s get real here, please save money and buy some professionally processed eggs in #10 cans for longer term storage needs. Or in packages from a reputable company. I only buy Ova Easy Eggs. They are real eggs, you can scramble them, make a frittata, quiche or bake with them. I have a few #10 cans of powdered eggs, but I must say, they do not taste like eggs when cooked in a frying pan, even with butter. They will be fine for baking muffins, cakes, pancakes or bread. These are the only ones I like to buy because they taste just like eggs out of a carton: OvaEasy Powdered Whole Eggs – Case (12 x 4.5 oz Bags)

2. Never Can Bacon

There is too much fat in bacon to make it safe for canning at home. I am not a scientist or microbiologist to be able to explain correctly the significance of the bacteria that grows in bacon if you try canning it at home. I realize some people have canned bacon for years and swear by its safety. Here again, we don’t know what’s lurking in our home canned bacon. I highly recommend you do not can bacon at home. Here’s the deal, I love bacon. Doesn’t everything taste better with bacon in it? My husband and I have been eating BLT’s for weeks now with the tomatoes out of our garden.

The only bacon that’s on my food storage shelves is four cans of professionally processed cooked Yoder’s Bacon. They will be used for a treat if we are without power for weeks. It’s way too expensive per pound to store much more. I bought six cans of the canned bacon from Yoder’s. I taught a class with one can and did a post with the other can. I compared the price of precooked bacon from Costco and one can of Yoder’s: Yoder’s Bacon & Ova Easy Eggs by Food Storage Moms.

Yes, I freeze a few packages of bacon when it goes on sale. I thaw it in the refrigerator and bake it in the oven the next day. I line a cookie sheet with foil and spread the bacon out in single layers as well as I can. I bake the bacon at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes depending on how crispy it gets in that time period. I love that my stovetop stays clean by baking the bacon in the oven. I learned this from my daughter and her husband. It’s so much easier.Please note *I buy very thick bacon from a meat butcher so if your bacon is thinner, cut the time in half.  Yoder’s bacon: Yoders Canned Fully Cooked Bacon

3. Never Can Butter

Now let’s talk about butter. It is not safe to can at home either. Maybe you had a friend show you how to can it. Like bacon, butter has way too much fat in it to safely can it at home. Here again, we don’t know what bacteria may be growing in those jars.

I watch for butter to go on sale and fill my freezer with as many as my budget will allow. I also bought some powdered butter that tastes awful. I get the dry heaves just thinking about the smell of it. One website states their powdered butter “tastes like Land O’Lakes butter.” No, it doesn’t, I have tried them all. They are fine for baking.

This is a statement I was given from the USU Extension Service on a sheet of paper listing food to NOT store:

“Home Canned Butter, especially unsalted butter has NO protection from botulism, salted home canned butter has no science-based process to can safely. Heating the jars does sterilize it, but it will NOT kill any botulism spores. When you remove the oxygen from the jar, it allows for the potential growth of botulism spores”.

I highly recommend this brand of canned butter for your food storage: Red Feather PURE CANNED BUTTER – 6 cans of 12oz each – great for survival earthquake kit

4. Never Can Milk or Cream:

Here’s the deal with canning milk or cream, it is unsafe to preserve by water bath or pressure canning. The milk and cream have too much fat in them. This is what I found on the USDA website: “Caution: Do not add noodles or other pasta, rice, flour, cream, milk or other thickening agents to home canned soups. If dried beans or peas are used, they must be fully rehydrated first”. End of quote. In the classes, I took to pass my Master Preserver Canning Certificate we were reminded of these four products I have listed above that they are unsafe to can because we cannot get our pressure canner up to the temperature required to kill off the bacteria. This is why I buy these products from commercial companies that have the equipment to can them safely.

Comments from Readers:

Thanks to Lauralee H. explains how butter was stored in pioneer days:

The pioneers only made small batches of butter at a time from milking their cow. Then they stored it at room temperature in a butter bell. A ceramic type of dish where they spooned the butter into the top bell part and over the butter poured a small amount of boiled salted water that was cooled over the butter. Then a plate type bottom was placed on it, and it was turned over quickly and sat down on the counter. That way the salted water was on the bottom of the butter sealing out the air. Each time they needed the butter they poured the water off and used the butter. Most of them did salt their butter back then when churning it. They tried not to make too much butter at a time, only what they could use up in maybe three days. If they made big batches they were going to do baking that would use it up. I think you can still purchase butter bells.

Thanks to Shelley for this great comment:

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is the go-to resource for safe. approved methods and recipes. If I ever have a question this is where I go. I am also a Master Food Preserver through Washington State University and I also rely on the Extension Services to provide information. Please don’t trust the online resources you see as safe. Research first!

http://nchfp.uga.edu/index.html

Another Linda telling me what her mom did years ago: hello, great post. My mom was born in 1910. She told me stories of how things were done in Ky for generations. They had cold dairies (called various things) but what it came down to was watch where the river level was at the highest point in the year and go a few feet above this. You dig out the river bank, shore it up, just like they do in the mines, caves, etc. Milk, eggs, butter was stored. mom said it was very cold even in the summer. Winter temps allowed longer storage thus greater amounts stored. For pitted fruits, a fruit cellar dug into a mountain or wood building covered to be a small hill, etc.

JoEllen: Actually you might have included anything “dairy” as something unsafe to can as well. There’s a crowd out there who advocate water bath canning of extra milk. Hopefully, they will survive their ICU stay…

Please be careful when canning ANY foods at home, but these three we should never can at home. Here’s to safe canning.

Utah State Extension Service: Utah State Extension Service.

My favorite things:

Ball Mason Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

All American 921 21 Quart Pressure Cooker Canner

Norpro Canning Essentials Boxed Set, 6 Piece Set

Ball Enamel Water Bath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

Ball FreshTech Electric Water Bath Canner, Silver

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Quick And Easy Chicken Soup Recipe For Colds-Flu

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This is my quick and easy chicken soup recipe for colds and flu that anyone can make easily. My neighborhood is experiencing a cold or some kind of virus that is lasting 3-6 weeks. Some of the people have bronchitis, coughs, sinus infections and they are feeling drained of energy. I have talked to two neighbors who have been sick since Christmas and they just can’t seem to kick the cold symptoms. One mentioned her husband thought he was on the mend and then BAM he was flat in bed. This must be a bad virus, flu, cold or whatever is going around. My husband and I have been taking meals to families and today I’m going to make the biggest pot of my chicken soup recipe and put it in quart jars to deliver to more people. If you have neighbors that are ill this recipe can be taken to them in quart jars or disposable containers. All they have to do is heat it up and enjoy this chicken soup recipe that is homemade.

Here’s the deal with chicken soup when people have a cold or influenza without complications, of course, it soothes the throat and helps clear the nasal passages. I would call it a comfort food we all grew up on that Grandma made for anyone who was sick. We rarely went to the doctor and somehow the soup made us feel better. This is truly the best homemade chicken noodle soup in the world. I have made this for years and now my grandkids ask me for the recipe. The reason I think this is the best chicken soup recipe is the fact that 99.9% of the ingredients are right there in your pantry, freezer, refrigerator or food storage pantry. You can interchange chicken in cans or use frozen chicken or leftover chicken.

You can make your own noodles, or use my secret ingredient noodles: Grandma’s Frozen Egg Noodles. Of course, you can boil your packaged noodles/pasta of choice and add them later when the soup is almost finished cooking. I use my electric slow cooker so I can do other things because I usually have ten things going on at once. So I set the slow cooker on low and go about my day doing stuff we all do each day. I call it my set and forget dinner. It really is a very yummy smooth soup with just the right amount of spices. It practically fills my 3-1/2 quart crock pot. Cuisinart 3.5-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Secret Ingredient

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My favorite noodles

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Here is a picture of my favorite frozen Grandma’s Egg Noodles (as close to homemade as I have ever tasted).

Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chicken (12.5 ounces each) drained or substitute 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base or substitute equal amounts of water with chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried onions or 1 fresh onion chopped in bite size pieces
  • 3/4 cup dry dehydrated carrots or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh carrots
  • 3/4 cup dry freeze dried celery or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 package Grandma’s frozen egg noodles (11 ounces) cooked and separated as directed or boil your pasta of choice
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted (optional)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, BUT add the Grandma’s Noodle the last two hours or they will be mushy. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup by Food Storage Moms

If you have some neighbors who are ill this week, they will love this chicken soup recipe, I promise! Keep up the good work by storing water and adding one can at a time to your pantry.

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Quick And Easy Chicken Soup Recipe For Colds-Flu

This is my quick and easy chicken soup recipe for colds and flu that anyone can make easily. My neighborhood is experiencing a cold or some kind of virus that is lasting 3-6 weeks. Some of the people have bronchitis, coughs, sinus infections and they are feeling drained of energy. I have talked to two neighbors who have been sick since Christmas and they just can’t seem to kick the cold symptoms. One mentioned her husband thought he was on the mend and then BAM he was flat in bed. This must be a bad virus, flu, cold or whatever is going around. My husband and I have been taking meals to families and today I’m going to make the biggest pot of my chicken soup recipe and put it in quart jars to deliver to more people. If you have neighbors that are ill this recipe can be taken to them in quart jars or disposable containers. All they have to do is heat it up and enjoy this chicken soup recipe that is homemade.

Here’s the deal with chicken soup when people have a cold or influenza without complications, of course, it soothes the throat and helps clear the nasal passages. I would call it a comfort food we all grew up on that Grandma made for anyone who was sick. We rarely went to the doctor and somehow the soup made us feel better. This is truly the best homemade chicken noodle soup in the world. I have made this for years and now my grandkids ask me for the recipe. The reason I think this is the best chicken soup recipe is the fact that 99.9% of the ingredients are right there in your pantry, freezer, refrigerator or food storage pantry. You can interchange chicken in cans or use frozen chicken or leftover chicken.

You can make your own noodles, or use my secret ingredient noodles: Grandma’s Frozen Egg Noodles. Of course, you can boil your packaged noodles/pasta of choice and add them later when the soup is almost finished cooking. I use my electric slow cooker so I can do other things because I usually have ten things going on at once. So I set the slow cooker on low and go about my day doing stuff we all do each day. I call it my set and forget dinner. It really is a very yummy smooth soup with just the right amount of spices. It practically fills my 3-1/2 quart crock pot. Cuisinart 3.5-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Secret Ingredient

Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup | via www.foodstoragemoms.com

My favorite noodles

Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup | via www.foodstoragemoms.com

Here is a picture of my favorite frozen Grandma’s Egg Noodles (as close to homemade as I have ever tasted).

Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chicken (12.5 ounces each) drained or substitute 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base or substitute equal amounts of water with chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried onions or 1 fresh onion chopped in bite size pieces
  • 3/4 cup dry dehydrated carrots or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh carrots
  • 3/4 cup dry freeze dried celery or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 package Grandma’s frozen egg noodles (11 ounces) cooked and separated as directed or boil your pasta of choice
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted (optional)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, BUT add the Grandma’s Noodle the last two hours or they will be mushy. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup by Food Storage Moms

If you have some neighbors who are ill this week, they will love this chicken soup recipe, I promise! Keep up the good work by storing water and adding one can at a time to your pantry.

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Why I Love Cleaning Bathrooms Every Week

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I’m sharing why I love cleaning bathrooms every week with you today. It may seem odd, but I really love to clean bathrooms. I feel like it cuts down on bacteria, obviously, the bathrooms have who knows what in the toilets, the bathtubs, the counter tops, and don’t forget the light switches. I have a definite routine for my bathrooms. My house is very small and only has 2 bathrooms. When I worked I had someone clean my house every week for almost 20 years, it was awesome. Yes, I am a perfectionist and I had to give instructions to the gal that worked for me. I had the same housekeeper for all those years and I loved her like a sister.

I had a large home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a dining room, a living room, a family room, and two kitchens. It was a great family home, but a few years ago, Mark and I decided to downsize. It’s been very hard for me to live in this tiny home because I love to entertain and I have had to adjust to a very SMALL home. But I am grateful I have a home, regardless of what size it is. Since I semi-retired my routine for cleaning bathrooms is every Sunday. Yes, it’s the Sabbath, but that day is my day to clean my bathrooms. What can I say, it works for me.

Cleaning Bathrooms:

The first thing I do is wash the toilets, I love clean toilets. I literally can clean my bathrooms in five minutes. Yep, five minutes. Here is the tool I use for the toilets: Don Aslett’s Complete Toilet Set with Pumice Stone and these are the brush replacements: Don Aslett’s Johnny Mop-Set of 3 and I buy this product when my bottles of cleaner get low: Safety Foam Toilet Bowl Cleaner 2 Pack

Next, I clean the bathtubs with this gadget as I no longer kneel on my knees: Hurricane Spin Scrubber Cleaning Brush Keep in mind if you can kneel just use a good brush and keep up on the scrubbing because I only use this baby once a month. I use Spic N Span or whatever other cleaner I have in the house. I have tried homemade cleaners and they don’t measure up to my scrub test. If you have a great recipe for one, let me know. Then I clean the counter tops with Clorox wipes and clean the windows with a good window cleaner like this one: Sprayway, Sprayway Glass Cleaner, 19 oz Cans, Pack of 4 I think you can buy this brand at Costco as well. If you want clean mirrors and clean windows don’t buy the old standby window cleaner brand. It leaves streaks and the windows look worse after you smear the dirt around. Just giving you the heads-up here. I kind of work my way out of the bathroom by cleaning the floors with my Clorox wipes. Yep, I have small bathrooms, this wouldn’t work if you have large bathrooms. I clean mine every week and therefore I can clean them in 5 minutes, literally.

The reason I’m talking about cleaning bathrooms today is because I have several, and I mean several, sick people in the neighborhood. No, it’s not from bathrooms that need to be cleaned, but I think clean bathrooms help us stay healthy. Of course, we need to eat fruits and vegetables to keep our immune system healthy as well. This post is a friendly reminder to use a cleaner (I use Clorox or Lysol wipes) on door knobs, light switches, TV remotes and counter tops. And don’t forget to empty the bathroom garbage cans as needed. I use the small 4-gallon garbage bags in my bathroom. I replace them as needed, but at least once a week. You can buy them at your local supermarket or Amazon: Glad Garbage Small, White, 30 ct, 4 gallons, 2pk

I hope you are well and working slowly on being prepared, you will be glad you are! May God bless your family.

My favorite things:

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

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Disasters Are More Than Just Your Ordinary Day

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Obviously, disasters are more than just your ordinary day, but they typically start as one. I have been through more than my share of disasters in my lifetime. Some have been major and some not so devastating. Here’s the deal, we need to be prepared every day for whatever comes our way. The first disaster I was involved in was years ago when I was about 16 years old. I lived where snow was falling so beautifully all over the lawns, the sidewalks, and the streets. The trees and bushes in the yard looked just like a Christmas card. But then the temperatures dropped, and they dropped quickly. I had never seen an ice storm, literally, roads had become like ice skating rinks. Not really safe to ice skate in the extreme cold weather. The roads were closed for days, then two weeks.

My cousin and I had to walk to the store to get milk, and whatever else we needed at the grocery store. Keep in mind I was 16 and I had a pocket of cash walking in a snow covered sidewalk to the store. I had never lived where it snowed. It was cold, but it was fun because my cousin and I were together and laughing as we walked there. We laughed until we got to the store. There were lines and the food was rationed for families. WHAT? What is rationed? I soon learned we were allowed one gallon or one quart of milk a week, if they had it. I was back east helping my aunt for a few months who had a new baby.

Please keep in mind my mom always had a pantry filled with canned goods and bottled fruits. She made bread and taught her daughters to make bread and to be self-reliant without really knowing it at the time. Oh, how I wish my mom knew she inspired me to be prepared. She died before I was asked to write a book on food storage and emergency preparedness. If you haven’t purchased it, I highly recommend my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation It’s a family friendly book where no weapons are discussed. I wanted the book to be a teaching tool for classes and family meetings. It’s available in stores online or in most every bookstore. I was honored to be asked to write it for people to be prepared for the unexpected.

Just An Ordinary Day:

Typically disasters start out as an ordinary day and can have some warning, or no warning at all. You would think where we live we all would have some way to be alerted as quickly as possible about the minor or major disasters listed below. Yes, we do hear in some cases beforehand, but other times we will not hear for several different reasons.

If you only have cell phones remember that these are not automatically on a Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System. If you are at work, at the park, the gym, driving somewhere and you have your cell phone AND we have a disaster or emergency, your CELL phone will alert you if you have registered your cell phone. You must register your cell phone with your local Reverse 911 Notification System if you want to be notified. You can “Google” Reverse 911 Emergency Notification in your city or county and you should be able to find it. Please do it today!

  • Floods
  • Overfilled rivers, canals and drain pipes gushing with water from excessive rain or snow melting
  • Fires
  • Ice Storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunamis
  • Riots
  • Mass evacuations
  • War
  • Pandemics
  • Railroad derailments
  • Transport accidents
  • Earthquakes
  • Sewer backups
  • Waterlines broken
  • Water contaminated in local water systems

Please be prepared for the unexpected, a disaster or unforeseen emergency could strike your neighborhood at any time. Are you prepared with water, food, cooking devices and fuel? Please start with one thing at a time. You do not need to go into debt to be prepared. We can’t think that the government will have supplies for our cities, nope it’s not going to happen for days, weeks or possibly months. Just picture grocery stores empty after a disaster because they will be empty in 24-48 hours at the most. Please remember to store bleach for cleaning up sewage, or whatever, and rotate it every 6-9 months. Trust me, we will need it. Please keep your gas tank 3/4 full and have cash on hand like fives and ones. If we lose power the ATM’s, the gas stations, the pharmacy and some stores will not be able to process your debit or credit card. Hard cash will work if you need it on any not so ordinary day.

My favorite things:

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

3M 1860 N95 RESPIRATOR AND SURGICAL MASK Box of 20

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How I Started A Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

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Today I’m going to tell you how I started a whole food plant-based diet. I have struggled with my weight for the last 20 years. I have tried every diet known to man. Years ago, I was a manager of a bank, then a private banker for two bank branches, and then I started my own mortgage company. I rarely had time to eat healthy meals. I was grabbing fast food from one place for lunch and then standing in line for take-out for dinner. The pressure of my jobs forced me to eat at my desk in between clients. I did this routine for over 20 years. My doctor told me to quit my job or my arthritis would literally cripple me. I’m a type A person and nothing stops me. The pounds come on slowly and they are even harder to take off. I have high cholesterol. I had been told I was a walking heart attack at the peak of my career. I take the highest statin dose available for heart patients. I am not proud of this fact, by any means.

Here’s the deal, I had a doctor tell me back in 2006 when I was looking at getting two knee replacements to read a book called “The China Study”. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health Well, I bought the book and kept working. Have you purchased books, and thought to yourself I have got to read that book? This was one I wanted to read for years. I finally bought the audible and have listened to it almost 5 times. I love the book, but you need to decide what is right for you and your family. After reading the book, I started exercising and eating a plant based diet. I must tell you I was almost a vegetarian before I read the book because I really do not care for meat, except maybe filet mignon once every couple years. Please check with your medical doctors before you change your diet or lifestyle. This book has saved my life. I have now lost 40 pounds in six months. I lost the first 22 pounds while listening to the audible book with speakers turned on while I went swimming three times a day for an hour each time. I started slowly and worked up to three hours.

After the initial 22 pounds, I started making a smoothie every morning with a protein powder filled with lots of spinach and frozen bananas made with water only. No juice, no sweetener. I also make smoothies with different fruits, but I always add spinach.

After I semi-retired I decided I would never stand in line for food again, and almost wanted to boycott eating out. Not really, but I love eating at home with Mark. You probably know that typically restaurants over salt the food, add too much yummy butter and add lots of sugar because it makes the meal taste better. AND you keep coming back for more unhealthy food because life is hectic and you may rationalize that you don’t feel like cooking tonight. Big mistake, I know because I was standing in those lines and driving to the restaurants that had curb pick up.

The “diet”, or in my words, my new way of life is wonderful and I’m getting Mark on board who loves meat, but now realizes at our age health is the most important thing we need to consider when evaluating our lives. This may not work for you. I am not selling anything, I am just sharing my thoughts on eating a plant based diet. If you have a garden you will love this way to eat. I read the book and have now watched about 12 documentaries on Netflix, such as Food, Inc., Conspiracy, Fork Over Knives, Plant Pure Nation, Sugar Coated, Engine 2 Rescue, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Food Choices, Fed Up, and Food Matters, to name a few. I have watched each one of these at least 3-4 times. I learn something new with each one each time I watch them.

The diet is basically vegan, meaning you eat grains, legumes, beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetables with zero processed fat and oils. You eat no meat, sugar or dairy. To some people, this may seem extreme. To is is my way to show I am trying to make my heart healthy and reduce my pain from arthritis. I am only sharing this information to give you an option if you have pain all the time as I do and want to improve your health. Check with your doctor, remember I am not in the medical field and have no training in nutrition. I did not start this way of life on a whim, believe me, I wanted to strengthen my body, improve my health and hopefully become pain-free. I also wanted to rid myself from continual sinus infections, which I have done, so far, yay!

People have said to me, “how are you getting protein?” I thought to myself how am I getting protein? I never thought about protein amounts before I started eating like this. I eat everything and anything now in the fruits and vegetables food groups and I’m never hungry. Fiber fills your belly and it’s healthy, and I actually save money on my groceries, that’s one of the best parts!

Plant-Based Diet:

Here are some stats I gathered from different sources:

Fruits:

Please note the calories will vary based on the size of the fruits and vegetables you choose to eat. Note that g = gram(s) below.

Apples:    80 calories   5 grams fiber   0 g protein

Apricots:   17 calories  1 gram fiber  1 g protein

Avocadoes:  320 calories   14 grams fiber   4 g protein

Bananas:   105 calories   3 grams fiber  1 g protein

Blackberries:  1 cup=62 calories   7 grams fiber   2 g protein

Blueberries:    1 cup=84 calories   4 grams fiber  1 g protein

Boysenberries:   1 cup=62 calories  7 grams fiber  2 g protein

Cantaloupe:    1 cup=54 calories  1 gram fiber  1 g protein

Cherries (sweet):  12 cherries=51 calories   2 grams fiber 1 g protein

Dates:   1/4 cup dried=126 calories   4 grams fiber  1 g protein

Grapefruit:   1 cup=74 calories  3  grams fiber   1 g protein

Grapes:    15 grapes=52 calories   1 gram fiber   1 g protein

Kiwi:   1 fruit=46 calories  3 grams fiber   1 g protein

Lemons:   1/2 lemon=8 calories  1  gram fiber   0 g protein

Limes:   1/2 lime=10 calories  1  gram fiber    0 g protein

Mandarin Oranges:   1/2 cup=46 calories  1 gram fiber   1 g protein

Mangoes:  1/2 mango=67 calories   2 grams fiber   1 g protein

Nectarines:  1 nectarine=63 calories   2 grams fiber   2 g protein

Oranges:  1 orange=62 calories  3 grams fiber  1 g protein

Peaches:   1 peach=39 calories    2 fiber grams 1 g protein

Pears:   1 pear=96 calories   5 grams fiber  1 g protein

Pineapple:   1 cup=74 calories   2  grams fiber   1 g protein

Plums:  1 plum=30 calories  1  gram fiber  1 g protein

Raspberries:   1 cup=64 calories    8 grams fiber  2 g protein

Strawberries:   1 cup=53 calories    3 grams fiber   1 g protein

Vegetables:

Cucumbers:  1/2 large=23 calories   1 gram fiber   1 g protein

Green beans:  1/2 cup snap=22 calories   2 grams fiber   1 g protein

Kale: 1/2 cup cooked=18calories   1 gram fiber  0 g protein

Leeks: raw 1/2 cup=14calories  0-gram fiber   0 g protein

Lettuce:  raw 1 cup=8 calories   1 gram fiber  1 g protein

Mushrooms: raw 1/2=11 calories  1 gram fiber   2 g  protein

Onions: raw chopped 1/2 cup=32 calories  1 gram fiber  1 protein

Peas: green cooked: 1/2 cup=67 calories   4 grams fiber    4 g protein

Peppers: red/green/yellow raw 1/2=15 calories  1 gram fiber  1 g protein

Potatoes: 1 baked with skin 106=calories   3 grams fiber  3 g protein

Radishes: raw 10 medium=7 calories  1 gram fiber  0 g protein

Spinach: raw 1 cup=7 calories  1 gram fiber  1 g protein

Tomatoes: 1 medium raw=27 calories  2 grams fiber  1 g protein

Beans:

Black beans: canned 1/2 cup=110 calories  7 grams fiber  7 g protein

Cannellini beans: canned 1/2 cup=100 calories 5 grams fiber  5 g protein

Chickpeas: garbanzo beans canned 1/2 cup=100 calories  5 grams fiber 5g  protein

Navy beans:  canned 1/2 cup=148 calories  7 grams fiber 10 g protein

Pinto beans: canned 1/2 cup=103 calories  6 grams fiber  6 g protein

Refried beans: 1/2 cup no fat=100 calories  6 grams fiber   6 g protein

I hope this gives you an idea why some of us are a work in progress by becoming vegan. It may or may not be right for you. Mark and I are learning about becoming healthier one day at a time. I will have a bagel with cream cheese, just in case you are wondering! Life is good when I’m trying to free my body from pain and becoming stronger every day. May God bless you in your endeavors to become prepared for the unexpected!

My favorite things:

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

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Emergency Supply Checklist We All Need

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Sometimes an emergency supply checklist is a way to help us be prepared for the unexpected. If it seems overwhelming to know where to start, I get it. It’s almost like a house that needs to be cleaned and we don’t know which room to start on. Maybe we’re moving and we have a ton of boxes and packing paper staring us in the face. It’s okay, we clean one room, pack one or two boxes and keep going. You do the same thing with food storage and emergency supplies. You start with a few things you use every day and expand the amount. You write down what you eat every day and then buy a few extra things. I designed a food storage checklist a few years ago. If you missed it here it is: Where-Do-I-Start

I used to teach classes, and I still do sometimes, but my schedule is too busy to do much traveling to teach people, so I direct them to my website to learn what they need to do. I have a lot of printables that people can use to get them started. Here is what the document looks like:

Emergency Supply Checklist

I know for years the state, the federal government, the American Red Cross, and many churches suggested a 72-hour kit. I soon learned we need a whole lot more than any 72-hour kit could hold. Yes, I have a list for them too, but with all the chaos that’s going on in our country and around the world, we need more than what’s in that bag. I know, at least we can take it to the schools and churches after a disaster to help get us through the first few days. I’m not, and I repeat, not going to the hills like some preppers suggest with shotguns, etc. At my age, I couldn’t haul the stuff I need to feed my family of two and be able to carry the water too! Here’s the deal, if my house collapses from an earthquake, yep, I will evacuate. I’m not buying a second home up in the hills with a barricade built around it, nope it’s not going to happen. I’m prepared to stay where I am and I can survive most anything. Now, I didn’t get to this point overnight, it’s taken years of preparation, one step at a time. One #10 can, one case of this or that and one bucket of my hard white wheat at a time. You can do this too! One step at a time. Just start with a plan.

  1. Water, one gallon per person per day is suggested by most agencies. I suggest four gallons per person per day. I live in the desert and I will need lots of water.
  2. Food, fill in the blanks on my list above, you can start with one week, then two weeks, then three months. Buy at case lot sales and rotate the food. I always buy instant milk, ingredients that I can use to make pancake, bread, biscuits or crackers. I buy cases of vegetarian refried beans because I love them and I can make tortillas to help consume the beans. I buy rice, cans of cream of chicken soup, canned green chilies, canned diced tomatoes, and beans like kidney, pinto, navy, etc. I buy cases of canned fruits and vegetables. I used to “can” them myself, but now I just buy them.
  3. PRINTABLE first aid supplies: First Aid Kit Checklist by Food Storage Moms
  4. PRINTABLE 72-hour kits: FSM 72-Hour Kits For Adults and FSM 72-Hour Kits For Children and FSM 72-Hour Kits For Pets
  5. Be sure and get a stove that will boil water and cook a few meals when needed. This is the one I bought for all four of my daughters: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  6. Get a few good can openers.

Please start today with one can, one case or whatever your budget allows. Remember the government and your neighbors can’t take care of you. You must take care of yourself. PERIOD. It may take days or weeks for anyone else to have food and water available for you. Remember, please be cautious around our truckers on the highway, without them, we cannot survive. Please pray for our truckers who are the only ones that can deliver the food and water to our grocery stores. If you have a mini-farm that’s awesome, but most of us do not. May God bless our truckers.

Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected.

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Emergency Preparedness-How Prepared Are You

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If I talk about emergency preparedness-how prepared are you is the logical question? I have asked a few people how they feel about preparedness. Some of my questions to friends were like “do you store water?” Other questions have been “how do you feel about food storage” or “how long could your family survive on the food you have stored?” Well, as you may imagine, the answers were all over the board. Here’s the deal, I really try not to be on a soapbox screaming from the rooftops to tell everyone to get prepared. We have to be realistic and recognize the government can’t take care of all of us after a minor or major disaster, at least right away. The local American Red Cross may help in a week or two, possibly a month. We must be self-reliant, that’s it. Period.

I’m not a doomsday prepper and I don’t believe in zombies. I know a lot of people do, I don’t. My life has always been prepared for whatever comes my way. I have been lucky, my husband has never lost his job. We have never had to live on government help. Mark worked three jobs so we didn’t have to take out student loans to get him through college. I ironed clothes (I doubt my daughters even own an iron) I’m thinking this as I write this statement. I babysat kids and cleaned homes to help with income with four daughters under tow. Mark and I never thought anything about it. We just worked hard, and we still do to this day. It’s a way of life for us. I understand people need occasional help from the government. I get it. As long as it’s short term and doesn’t become a way of life or lifestyle, as I call it, I understand. It’s when I hear about families who have been living off the government for ten or more years when they could have tried to do it on their own that I get ticked off.

As you know Facebook sometimes tells us more than we want to hear. Some people almost boast about the fact they are living off the government going on 10-12 years now. Wow, my mom could have used some help as a young single mom with three daughters. She was too proud, she worked and we worked to help her. This is why it’s so critical to have food storage stored. If you or someone in your family loses a job or becomes ill such that they can’t work, are you prepared to feed your family?

Being prepared is a way of life for me and for my daughters. I can boast about my daughters because they are all hard workers and survivors. They are also self-reliant. Of course, all families have a few hiccups, and I have had a few as well. I love the saying from Texas, “I put my boots on and got back in the saddle.” I don’t know where I heard that quote, I believe it was a movie. I use it all the time because I know I have had to put my boots on and get back in the saddle a few times. It’s life, but I know I can survive anything. My daughters can survive anything because they are strong women.

I swear, it was from other’s example to us, but also we grew a garden and we “canned” every food we could get our hands on that was free or cheap. I know work teaches kids how to be self-reliant. Please note this past year I “pressure canned” chicken for the first time while earning my Master Preserver Canning Certificate. It was a really fun class!!

If you have a disaster or unforeseen emergency in your neighborhood is anyone prepared with water, food, gardens, first aid kits, cooking devices, fuel or general preparedness skills? I am extremely worried where I live. I can’t take care of everyone, it’s not going to happen. I will be willing to cook meals with help and shared food and water. My fear is the lack of both on my street. I know possibly seven families out of 1200 families that are prepared for a disaster in my subdivision. I would love to move where there are like-minded people, but economically it’s not going to happen.

I’m concerned for the truckers and their safety if the roads are shut down and the people are trying to loot the trucks because the grocery store shelves are empty. People get mean and crazy when they are hungry and their kids are crying for a drink and something to eat. For the survival of your family, please get prepared for the unexpected.

Preparedness:

I quote from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Preparedness is “A state of adequate preparation.” The key word here is “adequate,” meaning enough supplies stored to keep your family hydrated with water, fed with food, blankets and fuel sources to keep them warm, and having first aid supplies at the very minimum so your family can be prepared for the unexpected.

Please start today if you haven’t already:

  1. Water, one to four gallons per person per day minimum WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue with water preserver: 55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety
  2. Food
  3. First Aid supplies
  4. Blankets
  5. Cooking devices with fuel stored
  6. Emergency binder holding your important documents
  7. 72 hour-kits, at the very least
  8. Pictures of family members so you can post pictures if you get separated after a disaster
  9. Make a plan with your family today so all members know where to meet if you are not home when a disaster hits
  10. Buy 90-day prescriptions, if possible (they are usually cheaper if you pay cash, ask your doctors for refills)
  11. Communication, talk with your neighbors to have a walkie talkie on the same channel. I only have three families linked with my channel. No one else sees the need or has the desire to get walkie talkies (think Pandemic, I will not leave my house) Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
  12. Flashlights, please get one for every family member. Trust me, you will need them. These are my favorite because they don’t need batteries: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

Sometimes you have to see, read or hear articles before it really hits you that these needs are real and may save lives. This is the article I hope helps just one family do what they should be doing. Make a preparedness plan, today, not tomorrow and make sure all your family knows and understands what needs to be done, don’t take it all on yourself. May God bless those who have prepared for the unexpected. If you can move where there are like minded people, seriously consider it. Do it now!

 

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11 Things Every Pantry Needs To Cook From Scratch

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Here is my list of 11 things every pantry needs to cook from scratch. If you start with this list, the sky is the limit to help us make just about every baked item we would like to bake. Now we can add more foods to our pantry to make even more meals. But today I am going to just talk about what you can make anytime with these baking items shown above. Yep, you can do it! You do not even need an electric mixer. If you have a large bowl that would really help, depending on what you decide to make.

These items are in the pantry, not the freezer. I want everyone to know what they can make in any emergency when the power is out. Okay, let’s get started.

What Every Pantry Needs:

1. Honey

The great thing about honey is that it lasts forever. It might crystallize but it is still great. You might need a chisel, but it tastes great soft or hard. One thing about honey, you can drizzle it on homemade biscuits, bread or pancakes. Yummy! My baking items have to include honey! Cox’s Honey: Cox’s Honey Website. Be careful with honey and babies. Please do your research. I cringe when I have people tell me they just bought several 5-gallon buckets of honey to store. Please put the honey in quart jars or you may be sorry, just so you know. It will last forever but you will need a way to get it to soften in order to use it. I know because I have had to put my half-gallons of honey outside in the heat of the summer and keep my fingers crossed it would go back to its original consistency.

2. Real Salt

Everyone usually has some salt in the cupboard. Here’s the deal with salt, our bodies need salt to survive. I am not talking excessive, but salt makes some foods taste better as well. Plus I need to bake certain items as listed below. This is my favorite: Redmond Real Salt, Fine Ground, 26 Ounce Pouch

3. Olive Oil

We can use olive oil for so many baking items, which I will list below. Remember olive oil does not have a long shelf life. I never store mine for more than 1 year. Six months is even better. But I have eaten at homes and the olive oil on side dishes or salads tastes rancid. Some people have it for years. Oh, man is it bad, in my opinion. When in doubt…throw it out.

4. SAF Yeast

I realize you can make a lot of things without this commercial yeast. My very good friend, Melissa Richardson who wrote the book “The Art Of Baking With Natural Yeast” never uses commercial yeast. I am like an old dog and still love my no fail freshly ground whole wheat bread. Saf Instant Yeast, 1-Pound Pouches (Pack of 4)

5. Baking Soda

This is a “must have” for some homemade food items. This is a very important baking item for the pantry.

6. Baking Powder

This is also a “must have” for some homemade items.

7.  Coconut Oil

Let me count the ways we can use coconut oil! Not just for the pantry…..plus this has a longer shelf life than most oils. The temperature where it is stored is critical. Not in a hot garage.

8. Powdered Butter

Well, we do need some powdered butter in the pantry. Do you remember me telling you I opened a can of powdered butter and I mixed the portions on the can and started stirring? I start gagging just thinking of the smell. The website said it tasted just like “Land O’Lakes” butter. NO WAY! I still laugh about that. Powdered butter for baking is a great emergency food storage item. Red Feather Butter is yummy that you san store for emergencies. It’s a little pricey but it tastes good. Please do not “can” butter it is not safe to eat, trust me on this one.

9. Instant or Powdered Milk

This one is a “must have” baking item, but is also perfect for those days when you are out of milk and the roads are iced over. You can make milk to drink, cook with, on cereal, etc.! Love it!

10. Powdered Eggs (OvaEasy are my favorite)

These are my favorite #10 can eggs (they have packages inside the can). They are 100% eggs. Of course, if you have chickens or quail you are set for any meal.

11. Wheat (I prefer Hard White), White Bread Flour or Your Choice of Gluten-Free Flour

If you have wheat you will need a wheat grinder. You can sprout wheat as well. Be sure and check the shelf life for white flour (6-12 months at the most). Please do not go out and store large bags of flour that will go rancid in a year or two. When in doubt throw it out. I believe in waste not want not too…but I do not want to get the “flu” as in food poisoning.

Meals You Can Make With 11 Basic Baking Items:

Bread, pancakes, muffins, pasta, cracked wheat, sprouted wheat, tortillas. You can also make crackers, mayonnaise, English muffins, Swedish Hotcakes, Popeye Pancakes, cookies, and crepes. You can also make custards, puddings, cakes, waffles and biscuits. Is your mouth watering now? I want to make some crepes right now! Here’s the deal, look at all these items you can make in a disaster if you have just these 11 items. Now if you have some fruit, vegetables, and cheese……you will rock with meals!

Let’s be ready for those winter storms. Please fill your pantry with these basic baking items. Remember if you can afford to get that $20.00-30.00 butane stove you can cook inside (just crack a window)! Stock up on a few cans of butane…be ready when the power goes out. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and the fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

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Easy Frugal Sauces You Can Make Yourself

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I’m sharing some of my easy frugal sauces you can make yourself today. For some reason, if a dish of food has a sweet spicy sauce, I’m all over it. If the dish has a sauce that is creamy or accents the food, it seems more satisfying for some reason to me. I like meat with gravy, potatoes with gravy, stuffing with gravy. Gravy and sauces are similar to me, just different ingredients. What can I say, I love sauces and gravies. I love dips, but today it’s all about frugal sauces.

I hope you enjoy these different sauces as much as my family does. The thing about some of the recipes below, you can make a white sauce and add Parmesan cheese and you have a “light” Alfredo sauce instead of using cream. You add some sausage crumbles to the white sauce and you can make sausage and biscuits! I realize some of these have a lot of butter or sugar, that’s how my mom made them and I carry on the tradition. Now, you can cut down the butter and sugar, depending on your taste buds.

Frugal Sauces

White Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2-gallon milk (more or less depending on the consistency you like)

Instructions:

Melt: 1 cup butter (I am cringing that I am really admitting I use 2 cubes of butter)

Add: 1-1/2 cups flour, stir constantly to make a roux (a mixture of fat and flour).

Add: 1/2-gallon milk, stir constantly, I really do mean constantly. LOL, or you will have lumps!

You can make creamed chipped beef on toast or biscuits with this sauce by adding chopped beef. You can also make macaroni and cheese by adding cheese to this sauce and pouring over cooked macaroni. Creamed tuna on toast was a meal we had almost every week when I was growing up.

Egg Foo Young Gravy/Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bouillon cubes or 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or Bragg’s sauce
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions:

Place these ingredients in a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Serve warm over egg foo young.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/3  cup diced and seeded jalapenos (use gloves to chop them)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons liquid pectin

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Let it cool before placing the ingredients into your blender and blend for 5-6 seconds. Now, return the mixture to the same pan and bring it to a boil. Skim the foam off the top of the mixture. Now turn the heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pectin and bring the mixture back up to a boil again.  Let it slightly cool before serving over your favorite Mexican dishes or meats.

Sweet Meat Glaze/Sauce:

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg’s sauce

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a pan, stir constantly like a white sauce until it thickens. This sauce is almost like a barbecue sauce that you pour over a pork roast, pork chops or a pork tenderloin that’s been cooked. Broil the meat with half of this sauce poured over it in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Please watch this constantly as it will burn very quickly. Remove from the oven when it starts to caramelize.

PRINTABLE recipe: Sauces by Food Storage Moms

My favorite things:

OXO SteeL 9-Inch Whisk

Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″

OXO Good Grips Egg Beater

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 4-Quart Covered Saucepot

Cuisinart 77-412 Chef’s Classic Stainless 4-Piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set

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Quick-Easy Appetizers For Every Party

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I know we are all wanting to get to know our neighbors, so I have to share my quick-easy appetizers my family makes for every holiday. Not all of them are used every time, we switch our favorites for different holidays. I love to have people over to my house and one of my favorite ways to entertain is to have a HUGE array of appetizers so friends can grab a plate and eat appetizers as we laugh and have a good time together.

If you have a slow cooker or two you can make these a few hours before the party and just relax right before the get-together. These recipes are great for holidays like I said, but awesome to take to parks for family reunions. I think every family has made at least one or two of these over the years because we keep passing our favorite recipes on to friends and new family members. I have to tell you, I could have appetizers every day of the week and skip dinner. Well, maybe not every night, but several nights each month. Some of these recipes are even better the next day, if there is any left that is! Enjoy! I have the PRINTABLE recipes below.

Quick-Easy Appetizers:

1. Spicy Buffalo Meatball Appetizer

Ingredients:
Instructions:
  1. Combine the Franks Hot Sauce, brown sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the brown sugar dissolves. Place the precooked meatballs in a slow cooker and cover with the sauce. Cook for about 2-3 hours on low, or until warmed through. Serve with toothpicks, buttermilk dressing, and celery sticks if desired.

2. Stacie’s Green Chilies Bean Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 can bean dip
  • 1-4-ounce can of chopped green chilies
  • 1-16-ounce can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese

Instructions:

Layer the ingredients above in the slow cooker and cover. Cook on low for about 2-4 hours or until warmed through. Serve with tortilla chips.

3. Little Smokies (hot dogs) Sweet & Sassy Appetizer

Ingredients:

  • 12 or 18-ounce jar of grape jelly
  • 12-ounce jar of chili sauce
  • Three pounds of Little Smokies

Instructions:

Combine the ingredients in the slow cooker and set on low for 2-4 hours, or until warmed through. Serve with toothpicks.

4. My Favorite Chile Con Queso Dip

Instructions:

  • 40-ounce can chili without beans
  • 2-pounds Velveeta Cheese (cubed)
  • 16-ounce jar Picante sauce (I use mild)

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours, or until melted and warm. Serve with tortilla chips.

5. Linda’s Cream Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2-8-ounce packages of cream cheese softened (cubed)
  • 3-16-ounce cans of chili without beans
  • 2 cups grated or shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours, or until melted or warmed through. Serve with tortilla chips.

6. Cream Chipped Beef Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8-ounce package of cream cheese softened (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chip beef cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh green onions chopped or 1 tablespoon air-dried green onions
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
Instructions:
Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir occasionally to combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, beef, onions and milk until warmed through. Serve with Fritos.

7. My Favorite Nacho Dip

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Velveeta cheese
  • 1-10-3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 2-4-ounce cans chopped green chilies

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for about 2-4 hours, or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips.

8. Hot & Spicy Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1-pound cooked ground beef, drained
  • 1-pound Mexican Velveeta cheese (cubed)
  • 8-ounce jar salsa (I use mild)

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker until melted and heated through. Serve with tortilla chips.

9. Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1-9-ounce frozen spinach, thaw it and squeeze the liquid out of it
  • 1-8-ounce package cream cheese (cubed & softened)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dry parsley
  • 1-15-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped fine and drained
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours, or until heated through. Serve with baguette sliced bread.

PRINTABLE recipes: Quick-Easy Appetizers by Food Storage Moms

Let me know if you have love appetizers as much as I do! Anyone having a party this weekend or a family get-together?

My favorite things:

 

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How To Cook Dried Beans Four Different Ways

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I’ve been wanting to talk about how to cook dried beans four different ways for some time now. There is something awesome about a pot of beans simmering on the stove. You can flavor so many kinds of beans with different seasonings, and the magic of several new meals begin. I grew up eating beans and made pinto beans into mashed beans to fill burritos to freeze in bulk with my daughters. I must admit right here that ONCE I missed a chunk of dirt, it must have been very small but big enough that it took one of my daughters years before she would eat refried beans again. Yep, she bit into a burrito with a chunk of dirt. I know we need to open the bag and spread the beans out and check for rocks, debris and small chunks of dirt. Dang, I missed a chunk! Anyway, just giving you the heads-up to look through the bags of beans you decide to soak or not soak before cooking them. Today, when I made these beans I found a 1/4 inch rock, this is why I use a mesh strainer to inspect my beans before I soak or cook them.

I love storing beans in my pantry and food storage because they are nutritious, hearty, versatile and inexpensive. When fall comes, I immediately think of chili served with cornbread. I make chili with white beans, red chili beans, or a combination. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about a pot of chili. Here’s the deal about beans, if they are really old, as in 25 years old, that were stored in big cans (mine were green) then they may not have the food value we would all like after that many years. BUT, they would fill the belly, and if you have a pressure cooker you may be able to cook those old hard, and I mean really hard beans. I was in a pressure cooker class a few years ago and the instructor showed us how beans will soften if cooked in a pressure cooker. If you added some cooked quinoa and some vegetables along with the cooked beans you would at least feel full after an emergency in your neighborhood. I have friends that eat old beans almost every day of the week and they are healthy, so life is good if you store lots of beans.

I like to rinse my beans before I pre-soak them or cook them. You don’t have to pre-soak the beans, but just giving you the heads-up here, it takes longer to cook the beans when you don’t. I didn’t pre-soak the beans for my pressure cookers. I used two different electric pressure cookers below so I could compare them side by side. I purchased both of them just so you know I am not getting paid to review these pressure cookers.

Cooking Dried Beans:

Please note, I cooked the dried pinto beans four different ways using only the following:

  1. 1 cup dried beans (sort for rocks/debris, wash and drain)
  2. 3 cups water
  3. No salt, seasonings or oil/fat added
  4. I didn’t pre-soak any of them before cooking. PLEASE NOTE, I would for sure pre-soak the beans for cooking beans on the stovetop, in the oven, and the slow cooker. Just giving you the heads-up here. Pre-soak is always the best way to cook beans. Nothing has changed except maybe the pressure cooker cooks them a little faster. BUT, I will pre-soak all my beans going forward. I’ve pre-soaked them for years, but I wanted to see if I could cook them without doing pre-soaking. Nope, it helps cook them faster.

Four Ways to Cook:

Stovetop:

I would for sure pre-soak the beans at least 6-12 hours minimum covered with water in the refrigerator. After pre-soaking them, drain the water from the pan and cover with at least one inch of fresh water. Cook without a lid on medium heat until the water comes to a boil, simmer until tender, this time period will depend on how old the beans are. I had some beans that were about two years old and they took 8 hours to cook. I didn’t pre-soak them, big mistake. You can add your favorite seasonings, garlic, jalapenos, green chilies, onions, etc. There is something awesome about making your own homemade pinto beans, or whatever beans you have in your pantry. I added my favorite seasonings like chili powder, cumin and garlic halfway through the cooking. I didn’t add oil or fat of any kind.

Slow Cooker:

I would for sure pre-soak the beans at least 6-12 hours minimum covered with water in the refrigerator. After pre-soaking them, drain the water from the pan and cover with at least two inches of fresh water in your slow cooker. I would start by setting the slow cooker on high and then lower it to low maybe halfway through the day, depending on the temperature of your slow cooker. I realize different brands cook at different temperatures. Cook at least 6-10 hours or until tender. I added my favorite seasonings like chili powder, cumin, and garlic halfway through the cooking. I didn’t add oil or fat of any kind.

Oven Cooking:

I have to tell you this was the easiest way to cook them! I grabbed one of my Dutch ovens, but any deep oven-safe pan would work. I would for sure pre-soak the beans at least 6-12 hours minimum covered with water in the refrigerator. After pre-soaking them, drain the water from the pan and cover with at least one to two inches of water in the Dutch oven or pot. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake without a lid for 90-120 minutes. Longer if your beans are older. Cook until tender to your taste. I added my favorite seasonings like chili powder, cumin, and garlic halfway through the cooking. I didn’t add oil or fat of any kind.

Electric Pressure Cookers:

dried beans

I have purchased both the Fagor 3-in-1 pressure cooker and the 7-in-1 Instant Pot so I wanted to compare the two side by side. I am partial to the Fagor because I have taken several classes from Chef Brad who teaches so many wonderful classes everywhere. He suggested at the time we buy a Fagor, so I did. Then the Instant Pot became popular on Facebook and on blogs recently. I decided to buy an Instant Pot before I did a giveaway with one last year. They are both great machines.

You can see the mesh strainer above, I use it to rinse my beans before I soak or cook them. As you know, I will go back to soaking my beans overnight once again after today’s experiment. NOTE: you must be careful with beans in a pressure cooker because of the foam they create. Read the instructions about cooking beans in your pressure cooker’s owner’s manual. Most say to keep the pot fully cooked below 2/3 or 1/2 full. Please check your book because beans will expand and fill the pot, possibly too full.

Fagor:

The ratio for cooking beans is 1 part beans to 3 parts water. You lock the lid in place and turn it to “pressure”, HIGH 50-60 minutes and push start. I used the natural release to release the pressure after cooking.

Instant Pot:

The ratio for cooking beans is 1 part beans to 3 parts water. You lock the lid in place and turn it to “Beans/Chili”, then push the high pressure. The time comes up as 30 minutes, but my beans didn’t get cooked in the 30 minutes, but my beans are two years old. They may cook in 30 minutes if you have a fresh bag of beans, but these two year old beans were not cooked. Next time I will push 50-60 minutes. I used the natural release to release the pressure after cooking.

Release on pressure cookers:

Here are two ways to release the pressure, be sure and use a hot pad or washcloth or you will get burned from the steam:

1. Natural Method: after cooking you will press the START/STOP button to stop the cooking process. Unplug the unit and wait for the pressure to naturally release….approximately 20-30 minutes. After this time move the pressure regulator to vent to make sure all the pressure has been released.

2. Quick Release Method: after cooking press the START/STOP button to make sure the unit is completely turned off. Turn the pressure regulator to vent and allow the pressure to release. Caution! Keep hands and face away from the escaping steam as it is extremely hot and can cause injury. I use a washcloth to cover the release vent when turning it to help from getting burned by the very hot steam.

Please store some beans, they are inexpensive and you can cook them outside with charcoal and a Dutch oven or a Sun Oven if you have a lot of sunshine where you live. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family for being prepared.

My favorite things:

Fagor 670040230 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model)

Cuisinart Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers

Augason Farms Pinto Beans Emergency Food Storage 41 Pound Pail

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How Prepared Is Your Family To Survive Disasters

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How prepared is your family to survive disasters? It may be a minor disaster or an unforeseen emergency in your neighborhood. You may have to be evacuated. Are you prepared to leave your home and go to a shelter if you get a knock on your door from local authorities telling you that you MUST leave your home? We really need to think about what we may want to grab and take with us. My top priority would be my important documents I have stored in a binder in a very secure place. You may know, I designed a binder with FREE printable pages. I have included instructions detailing what you may want to add to your binder, as well. One would be pictures of our family members to be enclosed in the binder in case we get separated from our loved ones. We will keep one picture and post the other picture on a wall so we can hopefully be reunited ASAP.  Here is the download: Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download

Please be patient for it to load, and the PDF document should show up on your computer on the bottom left-side of your laptop or computer monitor. Once the document finishes loading it will be ready to click and print. I prefer printing it on cardstock, and it’s actually in color if you want to print with a color printer.

Here’s the deal, I have heard that only 10% of the people in Utah are prepared for a disaster or unforeseen emergency. This really bothers me because I can’t provide for my entire street or neighborhood.  I have this percentage based on real numbers from churches, emergency preparedness centers, and neighborhoods where I have taught classes about this very topic in Utah. I’ll bet the percentage of unprepared families is even higher in many other locations, particularly the highly concentrated urban centers. I hear comments like, I don’t know where to start, I don’t have the money to buy groceries, let alone emergency food and supplies. I have also heard people ask what’s the big deal, we have heard we need to be prepared for the last thirty plus years and nothing has happened. Well, this may be true in some areas of the country, but I get emails all the time asking me what to do, and they include comments such as this one “Our neighborhood has been without power for five days now, what would you suggest for cooking, etc?”

These are real people and the emails show me the fear in the families concerned. My heart aches for them because maybe they have never had a minor or major power outage EVER. But they do now. My point is this, we need to be prepared before we need to be prepared. It’s a fact if you turn on the TV and listen to the news, hear it on the radio, or look on Facebook there are emergency issues in numerous places in the USA and throughout the world.

I’m sure you have seen my articles on many emergency preparedness topics. I believe sometimes we have to see the comments about the stuff I have listed below again and again before it sinks in enough to take some action. If even one family gets prepared in the next week, I have accomplished what I have tried to do, inform the world one family at a time. Let’s hope at least 15% of your neighborhood is prepared, that would beat the number of 10% in Utah being prepared for disasters, whatever they may be.

Tips To Survive Disasters:

Talk with your family and make a plan for meeting up after an evacuation or disaster if that should occur. Please make more than one or two choices to meet in case roads are damaged and you are driving carpool or kids to dance lessons.

Store water and food for at least two to three weeks minimum in case you will be homebound because of a major epidemic.

Decide on one or two choices of cooking devices that you could use to boil water or cook a hot meal. Be sure and have the appropriate fuel stored that is required to go with the stoves you plan to use.

Order some N-95 masks to add to your first aid kit. If you don’t have a first aid kit, just think about what will happen if the pharmacies are closed due to power outages. Do you have cough syrups, Tylenol or whatever OTC products you would like if you were unable to get them anywhere due to all stores being closed? It will happen, trust me. It has happened in many cities and states. Here’s my first aid kit that I recommend at the very least to have on hand: First Aid Kit For Survival

Keep up on your laundry and store extra laundry detergent should you need to wash your clothes by hand. You’ve probably seen my emergency washing machine with 6 -gallon buckets and a Gamma lid as a mobile washer: Breathing Mobile Washer – Handheld, portable, non-electric, mobile, manual clothes washing machine. Handle Included.

I would make sure you have a portable toilet because if the power goes out the sewer lines may not work. Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid. I prefer six-gallon buckets so you don’t have to squat down as far: 6 Gallon Bucket with White Gamma Seal Lid Save the Gamma Lid for another bucket you can use to store food.

Please get some good flashlights and store extra batteries, unless you plan to use solar flashlights. I prefer this one: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight or this one: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

Keep in mind this list has just the bare necessities we need should a disaster hit. But we need to encourage our neighbors to prepare for the unexpected too. If your neighbors are approachable have some get-togethers and talk about what you would do as a team of neighbors to work together and what each could bring to the table if it takes the government or other emergency agencies a week or a month to arrive with help. We must take care of ourselves because we are responsible for OUR family to survive disasters.

My favorite things:

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

FEMA Website

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I Recommend These Cooking Stoves For Survival

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I recommend these cooking stoves for survival, and I’ll tell you why. If and when we lose power I want you to think about how you would cook some meals, or boil some water for that matter. If you have a generator you will be set, until the fuel runs out if it’s gas powered. If you have a woodburning stove that’s awesome if it’s cold in your home, but not in the summer if it’s 100 degrees outside. I think most of us have a gas (propane) barbecue, or maybe one that uses charcoal briquettes. Those are great for short-term cooking only because they would use way too much fuel to boil a gallon or two of water.

We need to have a plan for cooking and boiling water for survival from a major disaster or even a minor power outage. Yes, we can go a few days without a hot meal, I get it. But, if we need to boil our water when the local water supply is contaminated we should be ready to boil water with a cooking device. Hopefully, every family has at least two to three days worth of water stored at their homes, but I’m afraid there a lot of people that don’t. It could be zero storage space, lack of money to buy the containers, etc. So, this is why I’m talking about cooking stoves today. If you have at least one of these you can cook a meal or boil water. There a few more ways to cook, but I’m just talking about these stoves today. Please remember to procure the fuel required for the stove you decide to purchase.

Cooking Stoves:

Here’s the deal, if you have very little sunshine in your community, a Sun Oven would be useless. I hate to use the word useless, but if you have overcast days 300 days of the year, you will not be able to count on the sunshine to bake meals or boil water. If you have several days of sunshine, like I do in Southern Utah, this is a perfect oven for you.

                                                                                                    SUN OVEN/SOLAR COOKING:

I just purchased a second Sun Oven because I LOVE them! All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance It is approximately 19 inches square and about 11 inches high. It has a handle so you can carry it. It opens up with these sides to reflect the Sun!!! You can buy a Sun Oven with or without bread pans, cake pans, two cooking pots that stack and a set of three dehydrating racks, along with some parchment paper, and NOW a turkey roaster pan! You can “dehydrate” anything from fruits, veggies, and jerky. The instructions are quite simple. Please be sure and read ALL the instructions before use.  This is the condensed version of instructions:

1. Placement–place in a sunny location unobstructed by trees, etc.

2. Setup–lift and unfold the reflectors. Slide the slot in the bottom section of the reflectors over the thumbscrew, etc.

3. Focusing–aim the front of the Sun Oven towards the sun. You need to tilt the oven to eliminate the shadows. You will occasionally need to adjust the position.

4. Preheat–The Sun Oven should be preheated before cooking. It is recommended that you place the oven with the glass door closed and latched down in the sun to preheat. In the strong sun, the Sun Oven will reach 300 degrees F in about twenty minutes. This is awesome!

5. Cooking–Place food in the cooking pot or pan on the tray inside the oven. Close the door quickly, and latch it down, using both latches. Use potholders when removing the HOT cooked food after its finished cooking. Always cover the food being cooked, except bakery goods. Cut down a third of the liquid normally used for rice, stew or sauces. This does not apply to bakery products. You can use glass casserole dishes with a cover. It says do not use foil because the shiny foil would reflect the heat away from the food being cooked. Two pots can be stacked and cooked at the same time.

Since foods do not burn in the Sun Oven, it is not necessary to stir the foods after they are placed in the oven. Use a meat thermometer –place this in the meat BEFORE you put the meat in the oven. I highly recommend this solar oven. The All American Solar Sun Oven is the one I recommend!

VOLCANO II STOVE:

The Volcano II stove/oven is a really great stove to use in an emergency, at the park or when camping. I like this particular stove because you can use propane with an attachment (one for small bottles and a different one for large containers of propane). The Volcano II stove uses wood, propane or charcoal. I demonstrate this stove/oven at food storage/emergency preparedness classes I teach.  I recommend this stove because it can be used year round. Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove

                                                                                                     CAMP CHEF STOVE/OVEN:

The Camp Chef Stove/Oven show above is one I demonstrate at the same classes. I make homemade bread and bake two loaves in the oven after removing one of the oven racks. I bake the bread at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. I purchased a griddle to go with my Camp Chef Oven for pancakes, etc. I would highly recommend one of these. Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove

                                                                                                            BUTANE STOVE/FUEL:

I have purchased both a Butane Stove and butane fuel. What I like about this little stove is you can use it year round. It’s great for camping, teaching classes, and of course to use in an emergency or natural disaster. It is also pretty inexpensive for approximately $25.00, give or take. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

I have purchased a butane stove for all four daughters of mine, I want to know they are prepared for the unexpected. Please let me know what cooking device you have now, or one you think would be perfect for your home, apartment or use after a disaster. May God bless you for being prepared.

 

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The Food Is Free What Is The Problem

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If the food is free what is the problem, my friends? I recently read a comment from a reader and I loved it. I really did enjoy the message she sent. I must quote her because she experienced a major disaster back in 2004 called Hurricane Ivan. I quote, Angelcrest “As a suggestion to readers with special dietary needs…. stock up now on your preferred foods! After Hurricane Ivan hit our area dead center back in 2004, it was 2-3 weeks minimum before stores opened, and power was restored. It took longer for outlying areas & those closest to the bays & Gulf. We did go a couple of times to get ice, bottled water & MRE’s that were being handed out & coordinated with folks in our Sunday school class to get the water & MRE’S to their respective neighbors who were elderly or otherwise unable to get to the distribution sites on their own. Most of these people had not prepared even though there was at least a week’s warning of the hurricane. And our classmates reported back that their neighbors refused the MRE’S because of too spicy or salty & the food not being what they wanted.” Thank you, Angelcrest. Man, if this doesn’t smack you in the face I don’t know what would. Please store food your family will eat along with lots of water. The food was FREE and so was the water.

Please note Hurricane Ivan occurred in 2004 and roared through the Caribbeans and the Southeastern United States for over 10 days and seemed to not want to die down. It affected several areas, and several times it was labeled a category 5 then a 4 then a 5. Wow, the people were given one week notice that this major hurricane was headed their way, at least where Angelcrest lives. I do not know where she lives, but my point is this, some people have zero notice of an impending disaster or unforeseen emergency. Her neighborhood had a week to look over their pantry, cupboards, water storage, flashlights, first aid supplies, emergency cooking devices and whatever they felt was needed from the local stores to hunker down for this impending disaster. If seems as though some did nothing.

The Food Is Free:

They got MRE’s and didn’t care for the FREE food. I have seen counties hand out cases of water. I will never be in those lines for food or water unless my house crumbles in a very major disaster.

Here’s the deal, can you imagine standing in line to get cases of water, food, diapers, milk, or whatever? Well, I’m picturing empty store shelves. We had a 9 hour blocked highway between St. George, Utah, and Mesquite, Nevada a few years ago. Nine hours people were stuck in their cars, no way to turn the cars around, no way to exit. We had so much rain the roads washed away. This was not a hurricane, ice storm or earthquake. I quickly ran to every local store and took pictures of the empty water and food shelves. I didn’t need anything, I just wanted to see the people scrambling because they were not prepared and record my observations and feelings at the scene unfolded. The shelves of water were nearly empty.

Did you read the sentence above about the MRE’s? The people in need felt the food was too spicy or too salty. Well, guess what my friends, we need to get food for our family, water for our family and everything else so you do not have to eat salty or spicy MRE’s that the government will hand out in a week or two, maybe even three weeks after a disaster. I tried calling our emergency preparedness county offices today and have left several emails asking what food our small town has planned to hand out if any. I still haven’t heard back from them. I wanted to know what plans they have in place. You may want to check with your city and county, hopefully, they will pick up the phone or return emails. It would be nice to know, for those who are not prepared in any way. Do your part for yourself and your family, you’ll be very glad you did!

My favorite things:

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Mountain House Just In Case…Essential Bucket

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How To Take Care Of Yourself When No One Comes

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Today I’m going to discuss how to take care of yourself when no one comes, as in the government. It may be your church, your neighbors, or your friends that cannot help. The roads may be impassable, either from earthquakes, ice storms, snow storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires or other disasters. You may be evacuated or you may be home-bound. The truckers may not be able to deliver food to the grocery stores, and the shelves will become empty very quickly, as in 24 hours or less. Let’s pretend today you have snow falling more than you have seen in years. Schools are closed because the roads are too treacherous to travel. Emergency messages are coming through our landlines or cell phone or maybe on the television, that’s if we still have power. Today, I want to talk about being ready to take care of yourself BEFORE you need help. I hope you never need help, my goal is to get every family self-reliant, one family at a time.

Here’s the deal, if we are prepared for a disaster and have water, food, emergency cooking devices with adequate fuel, a first aid kit and other important items we need then we can sleep at night. I have some really awesome readers who make comments telling me they were home-bound for a month, and some for several weeks. They were prepared, I tip my hat to them. They were unable to leave their homes for longer than they ever expected. They were prepared with water, food, cooking devices, heat, and electricity. Some areas get hit harder with more snow than others. Some areas never get snow, but they get treacherous ice storms. My point today is to be prepared before you need to be. In other words, please get some good hard copy books to read with your family to discuss options and make a plan together using different scenarios, like if you are home or if you are not home, where will your family members meet? The books are great, if you read them and apply the principles outlined for you. Be proactive and get to it, now!

The four books above are what I call my bibles for preparedness. I actually have the larger Essential Oil Book because I am sure I will need to help a lot of people, and I study it religiously. This is the one I have: Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition You can see the smaller version which is awesome to help you understand essential oils. I’m going to put a disclaimer here because the FDA has shut down some bloggers because they claimed some essential oils “CURE” people of certain diseases. I don’t believe they cure diseases. I do believe they soothe some illnesses and/or their symptoms. I’m not advocating you NOT go to the doctor, that is your choice and you know what your family needs. I do believe they help keep me from needing to go to the doctor as often because I know how to use them. I also eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables to keep my immune system strong. I do not smoke or drink. I’m learning to eat healthier and rarely get sick, if ever.

Take Care of Yourself With These Books:

(When no one is available to help you, use these books to guide your family to be self-reliant.)

My book is the yellow and black one above and is available in major bookstores everywhere. In my book, I teach the world to be prepared in every way from food, water, cooking devices, food charts, how to store your water safely, and so much more. As an example, you need a first aid kit in your home and car right now because if the truckers are stopped due to inclement weather, you may not be able to go out and buy one if needed. You need a plan. Today, not tomorrow. It’s a family friendly book, I highly recommend the hard copies of these books because, without power, you will need a reference source that doesn’t rely on power, trust me. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

This is a pocket size essential oils book: Essential Oils Pocket Reference This book explains the different oils and how to use them. I will not go into depth about essential oils today, but I’m working on an article so I can share my ideas with all my readers.

I love the book by Dr. Joseph Alton and his wife: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way The thing I like about this book over any other medical book is how the doctor explains in layman terms how to take care of our bodies if we are cut, burned, or have a broken arm, to name a few things. It’s a must have book for every home. It’s the perfect first aid book like no other in the world.

My other must have book is my Silver Solution Book by Gordon Pedersen: A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses, and yeast.

I highly recommend all of these books for families to read as soon as possible in order to be prepared for the unexpected. If you purchase these books one at a time, you can learn to be self-reliant and take care of yourself. Why is that necessary, because the government can’t take care of everyone.

I’m never without these products from “My Doctor Suggests”, a company I rely on for a number of things:

***(these do not make you blue, I know because I have used them for years)

Organic Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop – My Doctor Suggests Brand

30ppm, Triple Strength pH Balanced Colloidal Solution – Daily Colloidal Silver Supplement for Immune Health – 16oz Bottle of Silver Water

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My Huge Shout Out To Truckers On The Road

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This is my huge shout out to truckers on the road today! I wrote a post a few days ago about how we should all be prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency in our neighborhoods. I was so glad I received a heart-warming comment from a reader by the name of JoEllen and I quote: What you say is very accurate. Just within the last week, there was a snow/ice storm in the Portland, OR area. While in Utah they are worse, here we aren’t really prepared for such weather events. I-84 was closed eastbound from Troutdale, OR to Hood River, OR and a few miles east it was closed again for “blizzard conditions.” The trucks were parked in Troutdale waiting to be able to continue. I can only imagine what the grocery store shelves looked like with their bare-bones inventory system! Whether your goal is to prepare for a winter weather event or the end of the world as we know it, PREPARE! My husband and I were homebound for 3 weeks due to snow. We were warm, had power and ate just as nothing was amiss. That is a major stress reliever!” End of quote. Thank you JoEllen, for this awesome comment.

I’m going to compare this story to a conversation I had with one of my daughters a few years ago. She mentioned how much she loves being a mother, but how hard it is some days. I told her I wish every mother could have a “nanny” to carpool kids, a housekeeper, a cook and someone to do the laundry. Of course, that’s not going to happen, in most families. I told her to smile every time she folds the laundry. I mentioned that kids are not usually going to say “hey mom, thanks for doing the laundry” or “wow that’s awesome you made my dentist appointment” or “thanks for planning our meals and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.” Of course, the kids will say “please” and “thank-you” for other things that happen during the day. My point is this, sometimes we take things for granted. Our kids or significant other may occasionally take us for granted. Sometimes, I want a wife…….yes I do.

Shout Out To Truckers:

I have a blogger friend named Wanda Ann over at Memories By The Mile, she and her husband are both truck drivers. We used to go to lunch at least once a month, but then our lives got busy writing and she was trucking with her husband all over the states. I sometimes would call her to see if she was driving where the weather was bad. She would call me back when she stopped at a truck stop or she would pick up if she was parked. I still think of she and her husband driving in bad weather. I think of them when I see a driver in a car on the highway not let a trucker change lanes. I get nervous when I see a car cut off a truck, you know a HUGE semi-truck. No one can be in that big of a hurry that they can’t have some manners or be courteous to our truckers.

I’m getting ready to drive up north to see my kids and I’m watching the weather to see which day would be good for me to make the trip. Our truckers drive in rain, snow, sleet, windstorms and icy roads. Yes, they stop and park when the weather is unsafe, but they have deadlines to get the animals, supplies, milk, groceries, gasoline or whatever to their destination. I am so thankful for the truckers who really need a shout out for doing their job. Without them our grocery stores would be empty, we would not have gasoline for our cars, we depend on those awesome drivers who never get a day off. Well, maybe Christmas. Wanda Ann told me she was having Thanksgiving at a truck stop last year.

So, the next time you see one of those huge semi-trucks go driving down the highway, I hope you have a smile on your face knowing they are the ones helping us every day of the year, come rain or come shine. Literally. Let’s show other drivers how WE can be courteous to the truckers driving by slowing down and letting them in a lane that they need to switch over to. When following or passing a semi- truck give enough space so the trucker can stop if he had to stop. Can you imagine trying to stop one of those babies with all the weight they carry?

Please stay clear of the tires as well, I have seen them shred all over the highway. Stay far enough back, that you or the truckers can stop or safely move out of the way to safety. I just had to post this picture below because I know we have truckers driving in these bad weather conditions and sometimes even worse weather. May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive, one way or another.

truckers

May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive one way or another. We sometimes take you for granted, thank you for all you do for our country!

My favorite things:

Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit

AAA (4388AAA) 76-Piece Excursion Road Kit

Small First Aid Kit 100 Piece: Car, Home, Survival

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How To Get Your Family Prepared For Disasters

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If you are still wondering how to get your family prepared for disasters, let’s get on it today, not tomorrow. If you want to know where to start, or you are halfway there, or your family is totally prepared, that’s awesome. I think in Utah, the statistics for families being prepared are about 10% of the people living here. I interview people all the time, I talk with church leaders of all denominations. I’m really scared, not for me, but for those who should know better. We have been told for years by various churches, state leaders, and other government agency leaders to get our families prepared for an earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, or famine. Not days people, years. We need to be prepared for a loss of income, power outages, ice storms, snowstorms, and so much more. I tip my hat to all those truck drivers that drive HUGE semi-trucks so we can have water, food, gasoline and all the necessities of life we may take for granted every day. They are subject to ice storms, snow storms, hail, extreme weather conditions and other challenges to bring every family what we need on a daily basis. If you see a semi-truck on the highway,  give them the courtesy they deserve on the road, and maybe a friendly wave too.

If we have a major disaster or an unforeseen emergency, these awesome trucks may be parked and unable to deliver the items we need. Therefore, I am begging you to get prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency. If you could not leave your home for three days, three weeks or maybe even three months, how would you fare? Do you have water, food, cooking devices with fuel stored? What about first aid supplies? These are the bare minimum items we may need if the roads are shut down and the stores are empty. If we have a power outage you will not be able to fill your car to go to another town to get water if your town’s supplies are depleted.

These are real situations that have happened all over the world, not just our country. The government will not, and cannot help, possibly for days, weeks or months in some drastic situations. I think sometimes people are complacent thinking nothing ever happens where they live. Well, we better think again, because things are happening when and where people least expect it.

If you haven’t read my book, please consider ordering the hard copy so you can teach your family how to be prepared. It’s a family friendly book with ideas we all need, I promise. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation I was asked to write a book to teach the world. I’m honored that I was asked to write a book to teach the world to be prepared. My book is available in most every major bookstore and online.

If you haven’t read Ted Koppel’s book, I highly recommend it as well. He talks about how our country is not prepared in any way for an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). If we have a grid down, our country is very vulnerable and this makes me realize why we all need to be prepared. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath I bought the hard copy as well as the Audible version.

Another book I think is very important to have for every day us, and to have a hardcopy available after a disaster is this one I highly recommend: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way Please get hard copies of these books because if the power is gone you will have nothing to rely on when it comes to electronic devices. Yes, solar works, and I have several sources of solar power, but after a disaster, you will want my book and a medical book. The doctors will not be available, the pharmacies will not be able to fill prescriptions without power or access to your medical needs.

Get Your Family Prepared:

Water:

We can’t survive without water, we need the following at the very least:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5  to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.

Food:

I would plan on at least three days of food, at the very minimum. One month’s worth of food is even better if it’s in cans. It would make you sleep at night knowing you could boil water, make mac and cheese, rice or beans and have other options too. If you can open a can of chili, that’s awesome. If you can afford some #10 cans of freeze-dried food that would be great. Take your family to the grocery store and have each one of them choose some canned or boxed items they would eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner meals. Remember you need water and a can opener to open some of those cans. Muffin mixes, pancake mixes, crackers and canned meats are fabulous. You can feel better knowing you can feed your family if the shelves in the store are empty. If you cook from scratch, get the basics like flour, salt, honey, sugar, oil, spices, baking powder, and baking soda, to name a few. You can make bread, crackers or so much more. If I have some cans of Campbell’s cream of chicken I can make so many casseroles with the food I have stashed in my pantry. Sorry, I have not found a cream of chicken soup to make from scratch that my taste buds can tolerate. That’s how I roll here.

Here’s the deal, just pick up a few items every time you go to the store that you know the family will eat if we can’t go to the store when problems confront us.

The government can’t come immediately to your home to deliver water or food, it’s not going to happen after a disaster. We all need to take care of ourselves, it’s called being self-reliant. Period. Remember, you can always donate those foods to the homeless before they expire if you don’t eat them.

Cooking Devices/Fuel:

If you can afford even just this butane stove with some fuel, you can get by for weeks. You can eat meals out of cans, but you need to be able to boil water. If you can make some hot chocolate, it will calm the nerves of many. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and some fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves Be careful using any cooking device because of carbon monoxide fumes. These are recommended to use outdoors. I have used them when I taught cooking classes in stores that were not equipped with full-size kitchens. I also used mine when I was waiting for a gas line to be installed for a gas stove I purchased. I gave a set of these, the stove and fuel to all four of my daughters, so I know they can boil water and cook a few meals. It’s a mom thing.

Medications:

If you can purchase with cash, buy as much as you can of all your critical medications. The pharmacies may be closed for days, weeks or months. If you have insurance see if you can purchase at least a 90-day supply.

Emergency Binder:

Gather your important documents and put them securely in a safe location. Have them ready to grab and go if needed. If you need some ideas you can download my FREE printable emergency contact binder contents:

Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download  Please be patient for it to load and the PDF document should show up on your computer on the bottom left-side of your laptop or computer monitor. Once the document finishes loading it will be ready to click and print. I prefer printing it on cardstock, and it’s actually in color if you want to print with a color printer.

First Aid Supplies:

Here’s the deal, if the grocery stores and the pharmacies are closed due to extreme weather conditions or a disaster, please check your stockpile and discard expired OTC (over the counter) items and replace them ASAP. Here is my PRINTABLE first aid kit that may help you get started, a little at a time. First Aid Kit For Survival Here’s  picture of one of my first aid kits:

family prepared

I used a Plano fishing tackle box for this one: Plano Large 6-Tray Tackle Box Please note, I use essential oils for soothing illnesses only. I love them and use them every day.

Blankets:

Just a note here, never giveaway quilts, they are awesome to keep us warm if the furnace does not work. You can pick them up from thrift stores and occasionally at garage sales.

Flashlights:

As you know, I love Goal Zero products and they have given me several products to review and I’m extremely grateful for the items. I have purchased many and I appreciate the Goal Zero products because you can’t beat the quality. They are hands down my favorite sponsor. If you ever see a Goal Zero “roadshow” at Costco, load up with as many products as you can afford to buy. This is one of many flashlights I highly recommend; Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight No batteries required. The sun charges it, LOVE it! I also have this lantern: Goal Zero 32004 Lighthouse 400 Portable Battery Charger USB Power Hub & Lantern I don’t like the dark, so if the lights go out I’m ready to turn on the lantern.

Cash:

Just a reminder, if we do lose power the gas station pumps will not work, and the cash registers at the store may not work either. Some grocery stores have generator backups for a short period of time. If the grocery store shelves are empty you won’t need cash. You may not be able to buy anything, so it’s critical to be prepared to barter, trade or share your goods. It’s not IF but WHEN we need to be prepared for the unexpected, we must be ready.

May God bless all of us to be prepared and be self-reliant.

FEMA Website

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Instructions On How To Use An Instant Pot

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Can you use some instructions on how to use an Instant Pot? I have you covered today with pictures because I’m a visual person. If I can SEE it, I can do it. I have used a Fagor electric pressure for a few years, maybe five years. I took several pressure cooker classes from Chef Brad and he recommended a Fagor and that’s what the store was selling where I taught some classes. My friend, Tiffany suggested I try an Instant Pot.  She has been using her’s a lot and loves it! She and I did a joint Instant Pot giveaway right before Christmas. It was an extremely popular giveaway. The woman who won so excited when she received the email that she had won the Instant Pot because she had heard so many people rave about it.
I really wanted to try one BEFORE the giveaway in December. Well, I got it just in time to try making some chicken tenderloins in it. They were perfect in every way! I wish every family could have a pressure cooker in their homes to make healthier meals fast! I decided to do some potatoes today in a pressure cooker because a reader asked me how to do them. You basically need to look at the charts I made for pressure cookers, or use the book that came with the one you purchased. My PRINTABLE charts are posted below. I washed the potatoes and started the process.

How To Use An Instant Pot:

I need to explain two things before I go any further. There are two ways to release pressure after cooking:

  1. Quick release means releasing pressure instantly after the food is cooked. When the meal is finished you push “cancel” and turn the valve to “venting” and cover the valve with a washcloth (be careful with the hot steam) so the steam doesn’t burn you after you switch the valve from sealing to venting. I wear hot pads as well.
  2. Natural release means the food continues to cook after you press “cancel,” but the residual heat and steam wait for the pressure to come down on its own naturally. This will take about 20 minutes or more depending on how full the pot is filled. Then it’s ready to unlock the lid and serve. There is still steam, so please be careful when you turn it to “venting”.

Instant Pot

I checked my vegetable chart and decided to cut my Russet potatoes into chunks and I left the peelings on. Easy, right? I added one cup of water to the potatoes in the pot.

Instant Pot

Next, I placed the lid on top of the base and turned it until it locked in place, and I turned the pressure valve to “sealing” and pushed the “manual” button, then the + symbol until it showed eight minutes.

I made sure the pressure button was on high. You can adjust the time for a longer time period if needed. It takes a few minutes before you will hear it beeping, that means it’s starting to build up pressure. You will see a little bit of steam come out of the valve. No worries, it’s just getting ready to pressure cook your food.

Instant Pot

You can see the “manual” button below and the “High Pressure” light is on and it shows 8:00 for eight minutes.

Instant Pot

You will see the time 8:00 or whatever the time you need and then the flasher will show ON.

Instant Pot

When you hear the beeping after it’s cooked, you place a washcloth over the regulator vent and turn it to “venting” to carefully release the VERY HOT STEAM. You can get burned, it’s very hot, so be careful. You can then remove the lid if you want “quick release”, which is what I wanted to do with these potatoes. These potatoes can be fried, mashed or eaten as is. I love how easy it is to set and forget this pressure cooker.

Instant Pot

Let me know if you have a pressure cooker and tell me what foods you like to cook in yours! Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. It’s critical we know how to cook from scratch…..May God bless you for your efforts.

Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Vegetables

Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Meat

Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Rice, grains, beans

My favorite things:

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

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How To Use Quick And Easy Pressure Cookers

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I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking about how to use quick and easy pressure cookers. I hope my pressure cooker pictures help you today. I am a visual person so pictures help me grasp things a little easier. I have canned green beans, tomatoes, salsa, spaghetti sauce, etc. in a Pressure Canner. Today I want to give you instructions on how to use an everyday cooking Pressure Cooker. We have all heard the horror stories that our Grandma, Aunt, Mom or Cousin had an explosion with food everywhere in the kitchen using a pressure cooker. Okay, here’s the deal. Pressure cookers need not be feared. Of course, we need to be cautious and make sure we secure the lid with a good gasket. I wouldn’t leave it and go run errands but it is quite simple to use.


Every pressure cooker has a rubber gasket inside the lid. The gasket creates an airtight seal necessary for pressure cooking. This is one of the parts we need to make sure is still pliable or replace if it is damaged in any way. You can see where I labeled the Regulator Knob. This gem we turn on the top of the lid to seal (for pressurized cooking)  or vent (to release the pressure or cooking without pressure) the food we are cooking. This means you can use this “pressure cooker” for cooking foods different ways. You don’t have to only pressure cook with this cooker. The filter protects the pressure regulator and is removable for cleaning.

easy pressure cookers

Here is a pressure cooker reminder to us that we must use a minimum of 1 cup of liquid when we pressure cook any food. This pressure cooker has a removable pot that is really easy to wash (it has a non-stick finish). I also purchased the optional stainless steel pot. Fagor 6Qt. Stainless Steel Removable Cooking Pot You can actually do the following with this pressure cooker:

1. Warm: reheats the food or keeps it warm until serving time

2. Brown: You can brown your meat before you pressure cook it

3. Steam: quickly boils water to steam veggies or rice

4. Slow Cook: cooks recipes slowly (9-1/2 hour timer)-this means it can be a slow cooker

5. Delay Time: allows you to delay the cooking up to 8 hours-I wouldn’t want to leave it more than maybe an hour just to be safe (perishable).

I picked up some stew meat that’s typically pretty tough meat but it was on clearance and I knew I could tenderize it in my pressure cooker. If you want you can add some barbecue sauce you but will still need one cup of water. But before I show you how to lock the lid, I want to show you how to “brown” any meat, chunks, or roasts, etc. If you brown your meat in a little oil, it seals in some really awesome flavor. Plus, you can make gravy with the liquid after you cook the meat.

easy pressure cookers

Can you see the “BROWN” button below? All you do is push that button and then the “START” button. You will soon hear the oil spattering a little, continue searing the meat to brown it to your liking.

easy pressure cooker

I added some chopped onions, I love onions in everything. This is where you will add the one cup of water, broth or liquid before putting the lid on to pressure cook it.

easy pressure cookers

Next, you put on the lid and turn it counter-clockwise until it locks into position. Turn the regulator knob to “SEAL” or “PRESSURE” depending on your pressure cooker regulator as shown at the top of this post.

easy pressure cookers

Next, choose either the HIGH or LOW-pressure button on the control panel. Check your pressure cooker for suggested settings. I set my beef chunks at 50 minutes on HIGH. Next, you push the indicator light to set the required minutes, in my case 50 times for 50 minutes. Next, press the START/STOP button to begin cooking. The indicator light will stop flashing. The cooker will count down after the pressure is reached. The floating valve will rise once the appropriate pressure has been reached, safely making it so the lid cannot be removed. The pressure cooker has two different ways to release pressure once the cooking is done. TIP: please be patient, because at first you may think is this darn thing even working? If the lid is locked it will work and you will soon see the numbers start going down, 50, 49, 48, etc. It takes a little time for the pressure to build up.

easy pressure cookers

Here are two ways to release the pressure, be sure and use a hot pad or washcloth or you will get burned from the steam:

easy pressure cookers

1. Natural Method-after cooking you will press the START/STOP button. Unplug the unit and wait for the pressure to naturally release….approximately 20-30 minutes. After this time move the pressure regulator to vent to make sure all the pressure has been released.

2. Quick Release Method: after cooking press the START/STOP button to make sure the unit is completely turned off. Turn the pressure regulator to vent and allow the pressure to release. Caution! Keep hands and face away from escaping steam as it is extremely hot and can cause injury. I use a washcloth to cover the release vent when turning it to help from getting burned by the very hot steam.

I highly recommend one of these or another similar brand because of the time issue in preparing meals and saving money on utility bills.

Here is the finished product, so tender and moist it’s unbelievable:

easy pressure cookers

Printables for Easy Pressure Cookers:

You will need to adjust the times as needed to go with YOUR pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Meat

Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Vegetables

Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Rice, grains, beans

My step by step instructions for you:

Be sure and check your manual but these are some pretty basic instructions for most pressure cookers:

Step #1 In this pressure cooker whatever you make MUST have a minimum of one cup of liquid to build up the steam every time you use it. My Fagor requires one cup of liquid. I never could find the requirement for liquids in the Instant Pot manual. Be sure and check your pressure cooker manual for the minimum liquid required.

Step #2 Place the lid on after you have placed the food you want to cook (with one cup of water minimum) and turn it until it clicks into place. It will lock when you turn the pressure regulator button to “pressure” on the top.

Step #3 Touch the HIGH or LOW button, I typically always use the HIGH button. Check out my printable charts above to help you choose the time required to pressure cook the food item you are cooking. If your food is frozen it will take longer, (about twice as long).The cooking times in my charts are for unfrozen food. It’s so easy you will cook every meal in one of these babies! You just keep clicking the high button until it shows 6 minutes for rice. Make sure the button on top is set on pressure or seal depending on what kind of pressure cooker you are using. Then you push the start button. Then you let it do its thing. Dinner is ready in no time.

My favorite things:

Fagor 670040230 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker

Fagor 6Qt. Stainless Steel Removable Cooking Pot

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model)

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How To Bake Bread And Survive Any Disaster

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I will show you how to bake bread and survive any disaster today. Yes, you can make bread with my no-fail recipe. I promise. A few years ago I wrote a post showing how you can make bread three different ways. Well, since then I have learned to make bread in a Dutch oven so now I can show you how to make bread four ways. Now, not everyone has a wheat grinder so today it’s all about making white bread. After a disaster, white bread will fill the belly and you can serve it with soup. I hope people in your community are teaching each other how to make bread with or without a bread mixing machine. If it’s a freshly ground whole wheat bread class, you rock. I grew up making bread so it’s just a way of life for me and saves me lots of $$$ on my food budget.

I have taught several classes on how to make bread, in my home, in specialty kitchen stores, and in large groups in church kitchens. If you have fresh ingredients, you can make bread. I have a no-fail recipe anyone can succeed at making bread. When I say fresh ingredients, here’s the deal on this statement. I only buy this yeast: Saf Instant Yeast, 1-Pound Pouches (Pack of 4) if you don’t bake a lot just buy one: Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch. I store ONLY the amount of SAF Yeast in my refrigerator that I will use in a month. The open pouch that won’t fit in my refrigerator jars goes in an air-tight container in a quart mason jar in the freezer. The other unopened SAF yeast pouches go directly into my freezer. I always buy 4-6 pouches at a time. I cannot ever run out of yeast. Yes, I could make unleavened bread but I don’t want to for my weekly bread making. I shouldn’t say weekly, it’s actually about every two weeks because I only make eight loaves and freeze seven.

Which reminds me, these are the bags I use to freeze my bread: 100 Count Clear Bread Bags / Includes 100 Cable TiesThese are fairly cheap and include the ties. I never reuse the bags, but I do use these bags for other things besides bread. It’s just the shape of the bags are what I need to store and freeze my bread.

I also only recommend bread flour, I grew up using all-purpose white flour but it’s not the same, trust me on this one. I try always to buy unbleached bread flour, just giving you the heads up here. The flour must be less than 12 months old because it has bread spores leaching in the bucket after a year. I store my flour in 5-gallon buckets with Gamma lids. Gamma lids make the container air-tight and are easier to open and close the buckets: Gamma Seal Lid – Red – For 3.5 to 7 Gallon Buckets or Pails Gamma2

Bake Bread and Survive:

First of all here is my recipe for two loaves of bread: White-Bread-For-Two Recipe or Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe I have to laugh every time I share my two-loaf recipe. When I was asked to write my book “Prepare Your Family For Survival” my publisher said I had to cut my recipe down to two loaves. The editors mentioned no one makes more than one loaf at a time where we live. Well, in Utah most people make 4-8 loaves at a time, right? So, yes, I cut my recipe down and actually it’s been a favorite download for college students, two member families, etc.

Lodge Dutch oven:

If you have a 6-quart Dutch oven you can make bread perfectly by only using charcoal briquettes and a match. I just the rocks out in my front yard to start the small fire away from trees and of course, my house. Here’s a picture of my first loaf I made:

bake bread and survive

Here is my PRINTABLE Dutch oven chart: Dutch Oven Chart I called Lodge Manufacturing to see if I could make my own printable chart using their numbers and they gave me permission to do so. I love their products.

Here’s the picture of the first three loaves of bread using three different ovens a few years ago:

bake bread and survive

Sun Oven:

The one loaf on the left was baked in a Sun Oven using a non-reflective or non-shiny pan. If you use a stainless steel pan the sun will reflect the heat away from the items you are cooking. All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance

bake bread and survive

Conventional Oven:

The two middle loaves were baked in my home in my own conventional oven.

Camp Chef Stove/Oven Combination:

The loaf of bread on the far right is was baked in my Camp Chef: Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove

bake bread and survive

Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected, May God bless you for your efforts.

 

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How To Cook After Disasters Hit

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Today it’s all about how to cook after disasters hit. And disasters will hit our neighborhood or community at least once in our lifetime. Sometimes they will hit more than once. If we are prepared we will not fear, I promise. Here’s the deal, you do not have to spend a lot of money on emergency cooking devices. I’m going to talk about all the ones I have used and recommend. Keep in mind some of my sponsors have given them to me to do a review. Let’s be real here, I will only write about the ones I love. The others I have refused to try because I saw how flimsy they were at the store. Some I have shipped back to the company and could not do a review for them. I’m here to teach the world what does work. Period. I’m always on the look out for new products, but the old standbys still work the best.

I have tried almost every emergency stove that’s available on the market. I use them often so my skills are current and I’m prepared right now to cook outside. I used to camp, but now that my girls have grown up and started their own families I have given up camping. I used to love to go camping with a trailer, and who doesn’t love the smell of bacon and eggs cooking outside in the fresh crisp air in the morning? I know I love it! So, now I cook outside in my yard and try to share the fruits of my labors, so to speak, with my neighbors. So, let’s get started with the items I use and highly recommend.

Cooking After Disasters:

Butane stoves:

I have used these to teach classes at stores, and I have one in my home that I have used many times. This is also the stove I gave all four of my daughters for Christmas one year. If you have some pans, you can boil water, cook some soup, fry eggs, and many more foods. You can’t do any canning like water bath canning or pressure canning on one of these. It would not be safe. Yes, I have my Master Preserver Canning Certificate from the state of Utah.

They use butane fuel like Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Pros: very inexpensive

Cons: Once you run out of fuel you can no longer cook with it.

Lodge Dutch Oven:

If you have a 6-quart Dutch oven (the larger ones are too heavy for me to carry), you can boil water and cook just about every food you can fit in those babies with the lid on the top. You will need firewood, charcoal, or lump charcoal to cook with one of these. I am going to build a small fire-pit which I hope to show you next week. Please buy the non-starter fluid charcoal product to use because if you store those briquettes in an airtight container they will last indefinitely. Please make sure you buy this style Dutch Oven because you can stack cook with these lids. Plus, the charcoal doesn’t slide off the lid. Lodge L12CO3 Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 6- quart and don’t forget to buy charcoal… I cook with my Dutch ovens on rocks in the front yard. I’m sure my HOA hates it. I’ll probably get a letter.

Pros: inexpensive if you get them on sale, well actually they are a bargain since they last a lifetime if you keep them seasoned and dry.

Cons: You must maintain them by seasoning them, which to me isn’t that big a deal. You need to store enough charcoal to use one of these. Once the charcoal or wood, lump charcoal is gone, you may have to look for alternative wood sources and hope you have enough to keep the temperature where you need them to properly cook the food. Here’s my PRINTABLE Dutch oven chart: Dutch Oven Chart I got permission from Lodge to incorporate a printable for you.

Volcano Stove:

Pros: What I like about the Volcano stove is the fact that you can use three fuels to start with: wood, charcoal, and propane. Just make sure before an unforeseen emergency you have the correct adaptors for the propane. Some Volcano stoves come with small adaptors for the tiny propane tanks and sometimes you have to purchase the large tank adaptors. Be sure and check the Volcano stove you purchased to see what kind of adaptor it has. I gave three of my daughters one of these. They are awesome. Watch for a sale at Costco. When they have them they are sold at a very good price. Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove and a griddle (Volcano sent me one of these): Volcano Grills Reversible Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Griddle/Skillet The griddle works great for pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. You can flip it over and cook meats. It’s awesome! Thanks Volcano for letting me try one! I love it.

Cons: The baking tent makes my bread smell like smoke. That’s the only con I have.

Camp Chef Stove/Oven Combo:

Pros: I like this one because I can make pancakes on the griddle (purchased separately) and bake casserole and bread on the racks inside the oven. I do have to remove one rack. That’s easy to do. I can bake two loaves that use one-pound pans for each one. Please make sure you have two adaptors, one for the small propane tanks and one for the larger propane tanks. Here’s the one I purchased and I love it: Volcano Grills Reversible Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Griddle/Skillet

Cons: They only use propane

Barbeques:

Pros: Most everyone has one. Just keep lots of propane stored. Lots, yes lots.

Cons: They waste fuel, in other words, you will go through too much fuel just to boil water, or to cook a heavy duty pan with a casserole inside. I wouldn’t take my nice pans I use inside and use outside on the barbecue. They may never look the same. Picture BLACK pans, sometimes. Cast iron pans work well outside.

Kelly Kettle:

This is the one I was given by Kelly Kettle: Kelly Kettle Ultimate Stainless Steel Large Base Camp Kit

Here’s the deal on the Kelly Stove, I had been wanting one for about two years. I was so excited when the company contacted me to do a review on one. It was truly a cartwheel moment. I love, love, love it! You can see the post on how to use it here: Kelly Kettle Demonstration by Food Storage Moms

Pros: you can boil water, cook soup and make hot chocolate using only twigs, leaves, or pinecones. AWESOME!

Cons: I have no cons for it as long as you have pinecones stored in airtight containers or leaves and twigs in abundance around your home.

Camp Chef Two-Burner Stove:

Camp Chef was gracious enough to send me this beautiful stove to teach classes for emergency preparedness. It is awesome, and I thank them for it. Explorer 2-Burner Stove

Pros: It has two burners, you can cook two different pans of food and use a griddle on it as well. It requires propane (which lasts indefinitely-my favorite fuel), and you can cook for your entire street if you had to make some meals to sustain life.

Cons: It’s a little more expensive, but not enough to keep me from purchasing another one.

Sun Oven:

I am grateful that Paul Munsen sent me a Sun Oven 5 years ago so I could do a review. I thank him from the bottom of my heart. I promote these like crazy because IF you have sunshine, you will love one. Plus, save on utility bills! All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance

Pros: Uses zero fuel, only the sun. For the price, it’s a bargain. You never need fuel to use it. If your food can fit inside the Sun Oven you can bake it.

Cons: If you have limited sunshine I would not recommend one of these. Here’s the deal, people use these all over the world. They are a blessing to everyone everywhere if they have sunshine.

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. You can sleep at night knowing your family will be safe, well fed and more comfortable.

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How Prepared Are You For An Emergency

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My heart is urging me to ask my readers, how prepared are you for an emergency? I’m sure there a few that will say, “I’m almost there.” Some people will say, “I’m just starting with food storage and emergency preparedness items.” Many will say, “Where do I start, I am overwhelmed with the thought of an emergency?” I am occasionally stopped at the grocery store and asked questions like, “Why are you buying so many cans of beets and green beans?” In Utah, it’s pretty common for people to purchase cases of food once a year when stores have their case lot sales in the fall. There is nothing quite as comforting as a small room packed with canned or bottled food items lined up in a row. I think the people that ask me must be on vacation and traveling through Utah because it’s normal to buy cases of the foods you eat just about every day.

I receive about 300-400 emails per day asking about food storage and emergency preparedness. Some I can answer rather quickly, and others I redirect to my website to get the answer(s) they need. I know that more people are watching the news and maybe are starting to “get it”, that we must have some stored water and food. The government can’t take care of us immediately after an unforeseen disaster or emergency. It may take them weeks to get food or water if our supplies are shut off. It may happen today, tomorrow or next year. We need to be prepared, I can’t emphasize this enough. Here’s the deal, you don’t have to have pallets of food delivered to your home. If you can afford to spend thousands, that’s awesome. I can’t. I grew up with food storage, grinding wheat, making bread and cooking from scratch. I didn’t know anything else. I applaud my mother for teaching me the skills of being self-reliant.

Tips For An Emergency:

Water is critical:

My favorite water preserver: Water Preserver Concentrate I use this one so I only have to rotate my water every five years. If you use bleach you need to rotate your water every six months.

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc. I highly recommend this amount.
  • 5 to12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.

Where do I start with food storage:

I put together a sheet that will help you get started. All you need to do is write down the food you and your family eat each day for seven days. Please only store what you will actually want to eat after an emergency. You can buy cans, purchase the staples to cook from scratch, and also pre-made packages of food storage where you just add boiling water. You can buy #10 cans where some will last 20-25 years if they are freeze-dried and in optimal weather conditions. Please do not store food storage in a hot garage, it will shorten the shelf-life significantly. Here is a PRINTABLE I designed: Where-Do-I-Start

Bread Making:

If you know someone in your neighborhood that can teach the youth how to make bread, do it as soon as possible. I promise it is a skill they will find very useful over the coming years. I mean they will really need to know how to make bread. It takes practice. If you are intimidated about making bread, then learn to make biscuits or crackers. You will need that skill! I’m coming on pretty strong today because I truly believe we have got to bring back our ancestor’s skills. Bread making is one of the most important skills you will want to learn. If you have fresh ingredients and a large bowl anyone can make bread. Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe or White-Bread-For-Two Recipe

Sewing:

If you have a neighbor who knows how to sew, ask her to teach you. I’m thrilled when people email me and ask me what sewing machine to buy. I cherish those emails because I know there are people wanting to learn skills that we all need. I have a Bernina, but there are some really great brands out there. Just giving you the heads-up here, you don’t need the most expensive machine. But I would not buy the cheapest one either. You get what you pay for. My daughter bought a Janome for her daughter to learn to sew and she actually took sewing lessons. Proud grandma, here. I have had two granddaughters take sewing lessons. I even had a grandson learn to sew in high school and he is sewing on my old Baby Lock machine. Yay, this grandma loves this stuff!

Emergency Toilet:

I prefer a six-gallon bucket over the five-gallon bucket unless you are really short. These are the toilet lids I purchased: Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid and this is where you can get the six-gallon buckets: (save the Gamma lid for something else) 6 Gallon Bucket with White Gamma Seal Lid

1. Box of 10-gallon size bags (500-count), I bought these at Costco. You can buy the green ones, but they are so expensive Kirkland Signature 10 Gallon Clear Wastebasket Liner 500 Count

2. Toilet paper – at least 3-4 rolls

3. Hand Sanitizer

4. Baby Wipes

5. A collapsible shovel

6. Kitty litter or sawdust to help reduce the odor

7. Duct tape to attach the bags to the bucket to prevent slippage

Emergency Stoves I Recommend:

Here’s the deal with an emergency stove, you have a lot of options. I would suggest a butane stove, and you may want to start with: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and some fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

This is just one stove I recommend. I will talk tomorrow about other choices of cooking devices I have used. May God bless you for being self-reliant. The government will not be able to take care of everyone. We are responsible for ourselves and our family.

My favorite things:

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

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What Can We Do When Panic Sets In

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I decided I must talk today about what we can do when panic sets in. A few days ago we had another “shooting” in our country. This time it happened in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida airport. I was running errands with my sister, Carol and I saw the news clip on my phone. I have a daughter that works at an airport and I quickly sent her a text to hear if she had heard about the shooting. I knew she didn’t work at the affected airport, but I knew it could impact the clients traveling to and from the airport where she works. I told her 13 people were shot and 5 of those had died. I’m sick for the families of these people and all others involved in this tragedy, the employees of the airport, and the law enforcement personnel who had to bring this terrible situation to an end. When I got home I quickly turned on the television to CNN and FOX News to see what was happening.

The pictures were horrific and I thought to myself, how are these people handling this stress. I could see some families, or groups of people anyway, with children. I can’t imagine the fear and panic those people must have felt as the events unfolded in front of them. In an instant, everything changed. The television reporters were interviewing the police, and a few of the people who were just innocent bystanders with plans for vacations, cruises, business trips or whatever, and their lives are now changed forever.

I remember when I was in high school in Las Vegas, Nevada and the school had the National Guard, Army Reserves and Police rotating to stop the riots that were happening due to poor race relations between the students. I graduated from high school in 1968 and the images are still vivid in my mind. I can remember one race walked on the left down the halls of the school and the other races walked down the right side. Yes, right here in America. We could not use the bathroom without going with a friend and police stood outside the bathroom, and the various races sat in different sections of the cafeteria apart from each other. My best friend was lucky because her parents had money to pull her out of this high school and send her to a private Catholic High School in town. I now lost association with my best friend who I had felt safer with as I walked down the hallways at school.

I wonder how those people at the airport felt hearing gunshots and having to drop to the floor of the luggage area. There is no way I can compare what they went through to what I went through as a 16-year-old student in high school. But, I can tell you, I was afraid every single day for a year. Some students were caught with knives, so then the bathrooms were off limits during school hours. I was in panic-mode every minute of the day. The school was totally segregated.

Panic Mode Tips:

I’m going to suggest some things you may want to consider if you are caught in a situation at school, an airport or movie theater. Now, I don’t want everyone to be afraid of going to the movies or of flying. Here’s the deal, more people are killed on the highways each year than in shootings throughout the country. We must be strong and not let these crazy nuts stop us from living how WE want to live. We still need to play, travel or go to our work environments each day. If we don’t continue to live we only hurt ourselves, our family and friends by giving up on those daily activities that bring happiness, contentment, and financial support by staying home.

  1. If you are in a movie theater, before taking your seat, look for the EXIT signs. If an emergency arises, you should try to find your way to the leave the theater through that door as soon as possible. Carry a small flashlight in your pocket or purse. Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight
  2. When you visit a restaurant, before you take a seat, look for the areas that you can evacuate the eating area, if needed. Here again, have a flashlight in your possession, never leave home without one. A small one with a great light like above is perfect because it is solar and never needs batteries. I have four of these flashlights.
  3. Have you heard of an EDC (every day carry) bag? I wrote a post about one of these bags. I have some things listed below you may want, besides some of your own special needs and desires.
  4. When you are filling your gas tank, look around before you get out of the car, lock the doors with the keys in your hand. I use this stretchy key wrist- band with my keys attached with a silver sturdy ring. 5 Pack – Ultimate Wrist Coil Camper Keychains for Work and Play – Premium Elastic Bungee Badge Holder & Key Chain Ring (One Size Fits All) by Specialist ID (Assorted Colors) Watch who is standing or walking around the area where you are standing. If you feel threatened don’t fill your tank there, look for a more safe facility, or come back the next day if you think it will be safer.
  5. Grocery stores are another place we must be aware of our surroundings. Please put your phones down and look around the aisles where you are shopping. I worry when I see small children at the grocery store running around unattended, and sometimes the mothers are oblivious as to what or where their children are.
  6. Parking lots are not all safe, I don’t care where we live, we must be aware of our surroundings. This could be a church parking lot, school parking lot, shopping malls, etc. Please keep your phones in your purse or pocket and be prepared whenever possible to protect yourself. Consider carrying some mace or pepper spray to use if necessary. Be sure to check out your key to see if there is a “panic” button that can be activated as needed.
  7. If you feel a panic mode coming on, take a deep breath and exhale. Do this again. It will help relieve anxiety if you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable.
  8. I’m not talking about fear today, I’m hoping this is coming across as being prepared before panic hits you. You will relax if you are aware of the area you walking around, etc. It will become a natural thing to do in your life to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Items I carry in my Every Day Carry Bag:

  • Multi-tool knife, you can use these for so many things.
  • Hand sanitizer-keep my hands clean from bacteria.
  • Mirror-if stranded I can flash this to let people find me
  • Compass-if stranded I can at least know the direction I am heading.
  • Whistle-I prefer the ones that are extremely loud to alert people.
  • Small bills and coin for emergency cash if the power goes down.
  • Water bottle (with a filter).
  • Lip gloss.
  • Small first aid kit.
  • Duct tape (small rolls now available).
  • Seatbelt cutter.
  • Flashlight.
  • Pen and small paper tablet.
  • Folding knife for protection or other uses.
  • USB charger for phones and tablets.
  • Aspirin and Benadryl.
  • Pepper spray.
  • Black sharpie.

Other EDC Items To Consider:

  • Names and phone numbers of who to contact in an emergency.
  • Battery/crank powered portable radio/extra batteries.
  • Flashlight/preferably one with solar/crank/LED.
  • Compass and maps; not everyone has GPS in their car and on phones.
  • Can of motor oil.
  • Fire Extinguisher(5 pound ABC type).
  • Flares and/or orange cones.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Rags/paper towels.
  • Shovel/axe.
  • Pocketknife.
  • Tire gauge.
  • Toolbox.
  • Window scraper for ice.

Necessities for survival:

  • Water/Granola bars/Jerky
  • Blankets
  • Jackets/sweaters
  • Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
  • First Aid Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
  • Emergency snack food and/or MRE meals (items may need to be replaced more frequently if stored in extreme heat conditions)
  • Whistles
  • Umbrella
  • Hand warmers
  • Extra blankets

PRINTABLE: Items I carry in my Every Day Carry Bag by Food Storage Moms

This is the bag I carry sometimes instead of a purse, and I don’t panic because I have things in my EDC bag I can use for most emergencies. Take a deep breath and pray before you panic. May God bless you and your family. Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack, Khaki

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2-Ingredient Healthy Breakfast Cookies

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I love these 2-ingredient healthy breakfast cookies! I was running errands with my sister, Carol and she mentioned she saw a recipe using only 2-ingredients to make some simple healthy breakfast cookies. I said, “what?” Well, I went to the store and piled the bananas in my shopping cart. Mark and I are trying to eat healthier foods and if the recipe only calls for bananas and oatmeal, I can do that. This recipe is almost magical, I get the giggles thinking that I can have cookies for breakfast. Of course, they are great snacks as well. Here’s the deal, get some bananas and oatmeal. Now I already had regular oats in the pantry because I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast. The reason I say magical is because the 2-ingredient base recipe is stuff we usually have in the house. Most of us store oatmeal, and bananas are a fruit I buy every week. Do you typically have bananas in your kitchen?

When I go to the grocery store I buy about 20-25 pounds of bananas a week. Now, I freeze some bananas for smoothies and Mark cuts some up for his oatmeal each morning. I am slowly weaning him off his cold cereal to a healthier oatmeal breakfast. My sister said to me, “well there are some healthy cereals, you can buy”. I said, “Mark likes Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes, and Sugar Smacks.” He is so healthy and takes zero medications for anything. Enough said. We are starting a new year with healthier food choices. So far, so good, it’s day six of the new year. Bananas are so cheap and they have some great health benefits. For instance, one medium banana is only 105 calories, give or take, and has over 400 mg. of Potassium.

These cookies are moist like a chewy banana bread or an oatmeal cookie, but not as sweet. I kept thinking how is this dough going to “stay” together without falling apart or crumbling. Well, they do and they are so yummy! They are chewy and moist without sugar or eggs. Now, if you want a sweeter cookie you can add some of the things I have listed below. I am sticking to the bananas and oatmeal only. It’s day six of the New Year, I have to keep up the healthy food choices. This is what I came up with for the recipe. If it’s too runn, add more oatmeal, too thin add more bananas. You will love this recipe, I promise.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups peeled ripe medium or large bananas

2 cups regular oats (oatmeal) uncooked

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I used my KitchenAid mixer to mash the bananas, but a fork would work. Then I started adding the oatmeal. I used the “flat beater” so it would make the banana consistency I wanted. Not runny, not too thick. Then I used my purple 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) cookie scoop to place the dough on the cookie sheets. I used my fingers to mash the cookies down and molded them into a circle. These cookies do not rise or change shape so how you put them on the cookie sheet is the shape they will be when you bring them out of the oven. Now, I used a Silpat mat to avoid using any vegetable spray. You will need to grease the cookie sheet if you don’t have a Silpat mat. I tried making two cookies using parchment paper. If you use it you will need to quickly remove the cookies after baking. I wouldn’t recommend using the paper because they start to attach to the paper very quickly after removing them from the oven. Just giving you the heads-up, here. They freeze very well, so you can put them in lunch boxes or eat them on the run. Bake for 15 minutes if you use the 1/8 cup cookie scoop.

I got a little carried away with the bananas, obviously, there are more than two bananas in here. I never make a small batch of anything. If I have the mixer going I want to make enough for the freezer. This is truly a no-fail recipe.

Extra Ingredients if you choose to add some:

  1. Nuts
  2. Pitted and chopped dates
  3. Craisins/dried cranberries
  4. Raisins
  5. Coconut flakes
  6. Chocolate chips
  7. Pumpkin seeds
  8. Chia seeds
  9. Vanilla extract
  10. Cinnamon

healthy breakfast cookies

The mixture is moist, but not crumbly at all. It’s really like making oatmeal cookie, but without all the other stuff like eggs, oil, etc.

healthy breakfast cookies

Now however you mold your cookies is how they will look when you bring them out of the oven. They do not rise, puff up or flatten. I used the scoop and then did a quick flattening of the dough with my hand and molded the dough into circles.

healthy breakfast cookies

PRINTABLE recipe: 2-Ingredient Healthy Breakfast Cookies by Food Storage Moms

My favorite things:

Norpro 703 Grip-EZ 2-Tablespoon Stainless Scoop

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula

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Best Organic Food Storage I Recommend

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This is the best organic food storage I recommend. I promise. I get asked so many times “Linda, where do buy YOUR food storage?” Here’s the deal, I don’t buy long-term organic food storage. Now, if you buy only organic long-term food storage that’s awesome. I think it’s too expensive because when I have to cook my food storage, I can guarantee you I will be cooking for my neighborhood who may or may not have planned for any emergency or disaster. I do buy high-quality, long-term food storage that’s for sure. The first thing I do is call the different food storage companies. I check where the food was grown or if it was imported from different countries BEFORE I buy it. Sometimes, I have to get a supervisor if the person answering the phone does not know how to answer my questions. Sometimes, I’m lucky and the company posts online where they buy the food. For instance, some foods we don’t grow here in the US so those foods must be purchased from outside the USA.

But I want to know which country the food is actually grown in. It’s my personal preference, but I need to know what I’m storing. Now, I need to tell you up front that the company I’m writing about today pays a monthly fee to have their “banner” on my website. The company is called North Bay Trading Company. Yes, I follow the FTC requirements to let you know when I am getting paid to “advertise” for them. I do not get paid on your orders, just to let you know. I want to be REAL, here, just saying. I am very picky with the companies I will write reviews for regarding their products. I use North Bay Trading Company products almost every day. Now, they have a shelf-life of 12-24 months, so be sure and check the website when you purchase food from them. Please keep in mind that they sell food that is NOT organic as well. The link above is to the USDA Organic food storage page on their website.

I love that it’s a small family owned company located back in Brule, Wisconsin. I must say the next statement you read makes me so proud to be able to recommend North Bay Trading Company’s as the best organic food storage anywhere. All of their products are GMO-free. I love this. Their products are not genetically modified organisms. Yay, this is a cartwheel moment for the world!

I quote “Healthy. We use only 100 percent natural GMO-free ingredients. Our products are generally low in sodium and a great source of vitamins and minerals. There are no artificial additives.” End of quote.

The best organic food storage I use:

Please check out the entire website: North Bay Trading Company

1. carrots, I like the sliced ones

2. garlic

3. onions

4. soups (all of them)

5. air-dried and freeze-dried fruits (all of them)

6. air-dry and freeze-dried vegetables (all of them)

I love having the best organic food storage with a short-term shelf life because I use these products every day. I buy smaller amounts that are affordable and I store them in mason jars. Life is good when I can buy GMO-free food from a source I trust. May Gob bless you for being prepared for the unexpected. Please learn a new skill each month this year……..

My favorite things:

Ball Mason Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

Set of Ball Storage Caps: Regular Mouth Jar & Wide Mouth Jar – 1 Package of Each (2)

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14 Reasons I Store Cheap Oatmeal For My Health

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Oatmeal can literally keep the doctor away. I have a few tidbits today that I updated from a few years ago. Today I’ll be showing you fourteen reasons why I buy and store cheap oatmeal. Here’s the deal with oatmeal…it’s fairly inexpensive. We can make breakfast with it and add just about every spice in the pantry to make a different flavor of oatmeal. It’s a great product for cookies, granola, and many desserts. Today I am talking about the benefits of steel cut oatmeal and regular rolled oats. Instant oatmeal packages are not as healthy because they do not have as much fiber, and typically are full of sugar and sodium. I would read the contents of the packages of instant oatmeal before you buy them.

I like to buy oatmeal in bulk, which is the Costco size for my family. I used to buy it at a store called Sterling Nelson’s in Salt Lake City, Utah in 100-pound bags when my kids were little. Back then I stored it in 5-gallon buckets. Now I store it in quart jars using my FoodSaver to seal the jars. It removes the air and the oatmeal stays fresh longer. I also store oatmeal in #10 cans for long term storage. I can’t put these in my garage since it is usually so hot. That would reduce the shelf life to one year. Keep them in a room under 70 degrees if possible. I buy these a little at a time and put the six #10 cans under beds in the box in which they are shipped to me. I don’t store oatmeal in mylar bags in 5-gallon containers because my house is too small.

Here is how I fill my oatmeal into the quart jars:

cheap oatmeal

Storing the oatmeal like this saves me money and I have very little waste if any. I use my FoodSaver and the accessory tube and lid to remove the air and seal them. Here is how I seal the jars:

cheap oatmeal

14 Reasons Why I Store Cheap Oatmeal:

Updated 1/4/2016

1. It’s an inexpensive food storage product.

2. Oatmeal is very filling and will fill the belly

3. It can help reduce high cholesterol.

4. It helps boost our immune system, it helps our cells fight bacterial infections because it is full of beta-glucan fiber.

5. It’s full of antioxidants-oatmeal contains avenanthramide which may fight off free radicals that attack HDL (known as the good cholesterol).

6. It can help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.

7. it can help prevent the development of breast cancer  because of its high fiber….whole grains attack the carcinogens as well as lower levels of estrogen in the body to protect the body from developing certain forms of cancer

8. It helps prevent the development of Diabetes….besides the fiber, it is a great source of magnesium which helps regulate insulin and glucose levels….studies show a 30% reduction in people developing Diabetes if they have a diet rich in whole grains.

9. It’s Gluten FREE, yay for those people who can’t eat gluten. Just check the box to make sure the box says gluten-free.

10. It’s such a versatile product that can be used in so many recipes.

11. Oatmeal is full of Avenanthramides which are antioxidants that help protect our hearts and keep our arteries from hardening.

12. If you drink a glass of orange juice with your oatmeal you are helping your cardiovascular system even more.

13. Eating 1-1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal every day will give you 6 grams of fiber. Add a banana and you will have another 4 grams of fiber.

14. iI you have gout, kidney stones or some other kidney problems you will want to talk to your doctor before consuming oats/oatmeal (purines in oats can build up uric acid).

Store Oatmeal-Different Kinds:

Steel Cut Oats:

These are the oats that most athletes and “healthy” people like to eat, I have been told. They are usually sold in health food stores or in bulk at emergency preparedness outlets. They are are a little more chunky, I guess that’s how I would describe them. They are not rolled but coarse bits of grain.

Quick Cooking/Instant Oats:

These are “quick” cooking oats. Not instant, like those small individual packages. They are thinner than “regular” oats to cook quickly. If you make cookies or muffins with quick cooking oats they will be smoother in texture compared to the “regular” oats.

Regular Rolled Oats:

These are the typical oats or oatmeal, you can purchase at your local grocery store. They retain more flavor and nutrition. Your cookies will be a little chewy if made with this type of oats.

My Favorites Add-Ons Are:

Maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, walnuts, pecans, cinnamon, freeze-dried apples, freeze-dried cranberries, freeze-dried bananas. Yummy!

What do you like to put on your warm bowl of steaming oatmeal? Maybe we can get our neighbors to store oatmeal and everyone’s bellies will be full after a disaster. As long as we have water!

Here is a link to a post I did showing how to make oatmeal in pint jars: Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes by Food Storage Moms.

Awesome readers:

Diane: I use a lot of steel cut oats. When I make cookies with them, I always refrigerate the dough overnight – it gives the oats time to soak into the ingredients. Also, I make extra oatmeal, refrigerate for the next day. Then I can slice, fry in butter, and eat with an over-easy egg. Awesome stuff.

My favorite things:

Quaker oats, old fashioned, 2 5 lb. bags, 100+ servings 10-lb

FoodSaver FCARWJAH-000 Kit Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer with Regular Sealer and Accessory Hose, White

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How To Quickly Organize Your Bills

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Can you use some tips on how to quickly organize your bills? It has to be quick and easy for me or I won’t get it done. I used to do Private Banking for clients at a bank in Salt Lake City, Utah about 20 years ago. I also did mortgages for those same clients when I opened my own mortgage company for another 15 years. I had some clients who were organized with their “financial stuff” and more that were unorganized. The reason I want to explain why I am doing today’s post is because I have found over the years more people need help organizing their financial stuff than they realize. Of course, some people could care less to organize anything. That’s okay we are all different. I sometimes wonder why I am such an organized freak…….is it because I am left handed? I have to laugh, I really don’t know why I love to organize everything!

I usually update this post every year because I get emails from awesome readers thanking me for this easy to do tip for organizing bills. Here’s the deal, once you set up this system you are good to go for years, literally. On January 1st of each year, Mark changes the smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries and I file or shred last years paperwork. I file the tax stuff in one locked file cabinet and shred a lot of the stuff so the file folders can be used again and be ready for the new year.

How To Quickly Organize Your Bills:

Please picture this….because I was a banker and mortgage broker I would need to ask my clients for tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements and investment statements (for any loans or lines of credit). I soon learned the clients that were organized and those who were not. We are all so different in how we prioritize things. I would always give my clients hard cardboard folders filled with their tax returns and W-2’s, 1098’s and 1099’s before returning the items to them. Most would smile and thank me for “organizing” their stuff.

quickly organize

I think my brain never stops thinking of “projects”…….just saying. So then I started making sets of the following folders for all my clients when I did a loan for them. Then I started giving the sets as a gift to family members and friends. These are some folders I like to use: Smead Fastener File Folder, 2 Fasteners, Reinforced 1/3-Cut Tab, Letter Size, Manila, 50 Per Box (14537) I prefer the multi-colored folders so I can quickly find the one I want. I just use mailing labels like these: 1 X 30 UP Avery 5160 5260 5520 5810 5960 Compatible Sticker Labels – 100 Sheets

Here is the list I use in alphabetical order:

BANKING

CARS

INSURANCE-CARS

INSURANCE-HEALTH & LIFE

INVESTMENTS-IRA’S

MEDICAL RECORDS

MORTGAGE/RENTAL STATEMENTS

PAYCHECKS

PROPERTY TAX INFO

RECEIPTS-DISPOSABLE: These are what I use for receipts: Smead File Pocket, Straight-Cut Tab, 3-1/2″ Expansion, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 5 per Pack (73892)

RECEIPTS-LARGE ITEMS: Here is another option for filing receipts: Smead Hanging Pocket with Full-Height Gusset, 3-1/2″ Expansion, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 4 per Pack (64291)

TAX DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPTS

UTILITIES

TAX RETURNS 2016

TAX RETURNS 2017

TAX RETURNS 2018

TAX RETURNS 2019

Here is my famous two hole punch I use for filing my stuff:

quickly organize

If you order one of these and get some folders and use some mailing labels affixed to your folders you will be ready in one afternoon with all your financial information in one place. Yay! Swingline Comfort Handle 2-Hole Punch, 50% Easier, 1/4″ Hole Size, 28 Sheets (A7074050)

It may seem overwhelming if you have never used a filing system before. Trust me on this one, you will love it when you get this system set in place. You will know where everything is in minutes. Yes, you can organize your bills in one afternoon, I promise.

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11 Things You Should Do Before You Die

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I decided to write about 11 things you should do before you die, in other words, what we may all want to consider doing. Sometimes we need a little push to gather important documents together and put them in a binder like the one I designed: Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download Please be patient for it to load and the PDF document should show up on your computer on the bottom left-side of your laptop screen or computer monitor. Once the document finishes loading it will be ready to click and print. I prefer printing it on cardstock, and it’s actually in color if you want to print with a color printer. Here’s the deal, no one wants to talk about death in most cases, I get it. I have to tell you a funny story about one of my cute granddaughters, Emmie. One day she came to visit and said to me “Grandma, did you know you’re going to die?”. I said well, “how did this topic come up today?” She was about six or seven at the time and she had recently had a Sunday School lesson where they had talked about death. Well, Emmie looked me in the eye and said, “well you’re gonna die Grandma”! I am known to laugh a lot and I tried to keep a straight face, but I got the giggles so bad only because she was so serious. We then discussed what she had learned in her class. Yes, indeed we will all die.

Over the last few years, we have all had a family member die, a special friend or someone we really admired pass away. Well, this week I went up to Salt Lake City, Utah for the holiday’s and whenever I go up north I love seeing my family and I love going to visit my very special close friends. I visited one family and learned she had had a very close call with death and she has two young children. We talked about the fact that we have both been very healthy over the years and in one afternoon her whole life changed. Drastically changed with some serious health issues. She is not out of the woods yet, and this saddens me deeply.

On Christmas morning, my daughter received a call that her best friend was headed to the hospital in an ambulance. Her daughter had called my daughter to make a few phone calls to help them get in contact with her friends and family ASAP so they would know what was going one with their mother. Well, the friend lives in Park City, Utah and we had the most beautiful snow storm for Christmas day. But this snow storm was treacherous to drive in. My daughter knew she had to drive up the canyon to support her friend, but soon realized she wouldn’t make it up Parley’s Canyon and turned around and came back.

So after much thought I decided I must write a post about my thoughts to help families be prepared after someone in their family dies. I know it is hard because I have had to help friends figure out where their bank accounts are, mortgage company information, insurance companies, and policy numbers, etc. It’s hard when only one member of the family take cares of the bills and the other partner knows very little or nothing about family finances. I mean nothing. Once one of my friend’s husband committed suicide and she had never written a check or had a debit card. She didn’t have a clue about money or debt. Plus, the family had zero life insurance and she had very small children under the age of ten. She had never worked. Now. this could be a young mother, young father or an elderly person who dies. It’s like Emmie said, “well you’re gonna die, Grandma”.

Now keep in mind I am not a lawyer or anyone in the legal system. These are my thoughts and what I have done with my four daughters. You must decide what works for you. My husband and I have both worked in our careers with legal documents and we know how important some of the things I will list below are for any family. Of course, if your worth millions of dollars you probably have already had an estate planner work these deals out with you. I worked with estate planning with my clients on a very small scale during my banking career and directed them to other professionals to finish up their “affairs” before they died. Keep in mind this is the very minimum number of items I am suggesting you do for you and your loved ones before you die.

11 Things To Do Before Your Die:

  1. Talk about death with your family members, not every day, but we need to talk about it. I know I’m going to die and I have had a good life. I’ve been blessed beyond words. When it’s my time, it’s my time to go.
  2. Gather up your important documents and store them in a binder, folder or whatever is convenient and then place them in one secure place. Let your loved ones know where you have these items stored like birth certificates, bank accounts, investments accounts, your will or trust binder, etc. This way they are not frustrated as they try to help the family member(s) that are left behind. I’m assuming you all have a will or trust. If not, get one now or the state where you live may have to determine what happens to your estate/assets when you pass away. As part of that effort, be sure to seriously consider who you want to act as your executor, administrator or personal representative. Money can make people do some strange things.
  3. Label the passwords to accounts, if you feel comfortable sharing them with those who will help take care of those left behind who may need some help with paperwork.
  4. Talk about funerals or cremations and burial plots, whatever you decide you want for your funeral, or in my case a celebration at a park with food catered. Our best friend’s son died and he had the best non-funeral I have ever been to. It was at a park with no casket, no solemn faces. They had music, food catered and bouncy playthings for the kids. Of course, we all cried, but we laughed and giggled about the life he lived. He was the cutest dad ever, and the memories I have will be cherished forever. He was a hockey player and coach and I bet the park was filled with about 400-500 people coming to enjoy his non-funeral. He lived longer than the doctors thought he would, he left behind a beautiful wife and three small children.
  5. This one is silly maybe, but I have been decluttering my house because I don’t want my daughters to have to deal with my “stuff” after I die. I have helped move many people and sometimes I think, wow, why are we moving this stuff. I’m just saying, think about moving, oh it is not fun. Well, just think of the stuff that’s in your home that maybe could be donated, or in some cases put in the trash. I’m not talking about Aunt Mable’s heirloom hankies, although I have trashed many of those types of items. If those hankies or other things are important to you then save them. But sometimes I think our kids will trash them. They may not be treasures to our kids. Just thinking out loud here.
  6. I remember my mom asking me before she died if there was anything she had that I wanted. I think I hurt her feelings because I said I didn’t need or want anything. I know there are a few things my daughters have mentioned they would like. I have given my china to them, I no longer entertain like I used to. Life changes. There are a few other tidbits they may want.
  7. Decide if life insurance is right for you. I have seen many young mothers and fathers die who leave their loved ones behind in a financial disaster. I have also seen where the families planned ahead. Thank you, God, for inspiring them to do be prepared with life insurance to at least pay off their home and have some money to live on until they can get back on their feet to provide for the family.
  8. Talk about budgets before you die. What income will you lose if the breadwinner should die without warning? The income and budget should not be a secret. Have a family meeting and talk about how much money comes in and needs to go out each month. Make it a positive experience. It’s a good thing to talk about budgets with your kids, we have all heard that phrase, “money does not grow on trees”. The more mature children need to understand where the family stands financially.
  9. Think about donating your organs BEFORE you die. What a difference this can make in the lives of others who need the blessing of a replacement organ to survive!
  10. This may seem crazy, but I told Mark if he wants an obituary, he better write one TODAY or there will not be one. Here’s the deal, I can’t remember all the things I want in my Obituary, or for that matter, whether I want my kids to waste the money publishing one. So, there you have it, write your own obituary (minus the dates).
  11. Talk to your family about rest homes, care centers or whatever you want to call them. I don’t want to waste my daughter’s time and energy taking care of me. If in fact I don’t know who I am after a certain age in my life, I am telling you NOW that’s it’s okay to have someone else care for me in a Medicare facility. Also, please remember to have a “right to die or let me go if I am gone mentally” paper signed if you feel comfortable with that. I do, for sure. The hospital will need this legal document if your state allows it.  It is often referred to as a Living Will.

I hope this post helps just one family be better prepared for the death of a family member or friend. May God bless you in your preparedness in every aspect of your life.

My favorite things:

  1. I suggest you get some colored tabs (ten tabs) to go with your binder like these: Avery Extra wide Ready Index Dividers, Laser/Ink Jet, 9.5 x 11 Inches, Assorted, 10 Tabs, 1 Set (11165)
  2. Get some zippered binder pockets like these: Cardinal Expanding Zipper Binder Pocket, Clear, 3/PK (14201)
  3. I used baseball cards pages or photo pages similar to these: Avery Horizontal Photo Pages, Acid-Free, 4 x 6 Inches, Pack of 10 (13406)
  4. I also purchased binder pockets like these: Avery Binder Pockets, Acid-Free, Pack of 5 (75254)
  5. Page protectors like these: Avery Standard Weight Sheet Protectors, Pack of 25 Sheet Protectors (75530)

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How To Keep Track Of Your Emergency Food

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Can you use some help with how to keep track of your emergency food storage? I actually had two readers mention to me that some of my links were broken in my “What Do I Have” drop down on my navigation board at the top of my blog. So today I’m sharing a post with all the links that have now been repaired. I really appreciate it when a reader shoots me an email to let me know some links are not working. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I have had a few issues with my website lately and with WordPress, you never know when something may go haywire. It’s life and bloggers get it. It’s what we have to deal with sometimes. Yes, it’s very frustrating, but if you want to teach the world what you know, we learn to go with it and try to relax, but it’s hard, very hard to see your website not working. So, enough of that, thanks again for letting me know if you see a broken link. I love you for telling me, I really do.

Here’s the deal with food storage and emergency preparedness items. Typically, we will feel more confident and prepared if we have a Dutch oven, a Sun Oven or a butane stove to use in case of an unforeseen emergency. We need fuel for some of our cooking devices and we are aware of that. Now, for me, I got a little frustrated when I started beefing up my food storage a few years ago. I started with water, then dairy products, freeze-dried meats, freeze-dried fruits, freeze-dried vegetables, and freeze-dried cheeses. Well, you start adding to that list the basic cooking ingredients you need like sugar, honey, salt, spices, etc. that are essential and realize it would help to have some type of chart to keep track of all the items we store.

I asked my awesome sister, Carol to help me design some FREE printables for my readers and make them so they can check off the products they have and highlight the ones they still need, and thus keep accurate track of the status their storage is in. I made them separate PDF’s so you can print the ones you want.

Emergency Food Lists:

FSM WhatDoIHave-basicPDF

FSM WhatDoIHave-liquidPDF

FSM WhatDoIHave-dairyPDF

FSM WhatDoIHave-meatPDF

FSM WhatDoIHave-veggiePDF

FSM WhatDoIHave-fruitPDF

FSM WhatDoIHave-grainPDF

Please let me know if you have a system to help keep track of your emergency food supply in your pantry. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.

My favorite things:

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Lodge L12CO3 Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 6 quart

All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Quick And Easy Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

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This quick and easy creamy Italian sausage soup recipe taste’s like the soup I order at the Olive Garden with those yummy breadsticks and all the salad you can eat. I love making any soup and letting it simmer on the stove while the room smells fabulous with soup aroma, I guess you could call it. I make some bread and I’m good to go with this easy to make soup. It’s great for adding some of those leftovers of mushrooms, extra Kale or spinach hiding in the refrigerator. Who doesn’t love a hot steaming bowl of soup with a slice of hot bread with butter slathered on it? I know Mark and I do!

I know the pressure cookers and the new Instant Pot are very popular and I love cooking with those. But, I really love cooking with a Lodge Dutch oven like this one on the top of my stove: Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red. I am going to start doing more giveaways after the first of the year and, depending on availability, this Dutch Oven may be one of the giveaways! Let me know if any of you would use it, I would love to know.

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

1-1/2 pounds cooked Italian mild sausage (you can crumble it or not)

2 large russet white potatoes, peeled and cubed into bite size pieces

1 to 2  chopped onions (I like a lot of onions)

1/2 cup cooked bacon bits or pieces chopped into bite size pieces

2 minced cloves of garlic

2 cups Kale, Spinach or Swiss Chard torn into bite size pieces

2 (8-ounce cartons) chicken broth

1 quart of water

1-2 cups heavy whipping cream (depending on how thick you like your soup)

Instructions:

  1. Chop, crumble or slice the Italian sausage and cook thoroughly
  2. Add the chicken broth and the water into the soup pot
  3. Add the onions, potatoes, and garlic
  4. Cook on medium until the potatoes are cooked
  5. Add the bacon
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes
  8. Turn the heat to low and add the Kale, Spinach or Swiss Chard, and the cream
  9. Heat through, serve and enjoy

PRINTABLE recipe: Quick and Easy Creamy Italian Sausage Soup by Food Storage Moms

The thing I like about this soup is the fact that I can stretch the recipe to serve more people just by adding a few extra leftovers I have in the refrigerator! Do you have a favorite soup you like to make on a cold, chilly night? This is when I wish I had a fireplace or woodburning stove, those were the good old days! May God bless you and your family for being prepared for the unexpected with one #10 can at a time. One gallon of water a week is awesome too!

My favorite things:

Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red

Farberware Professional Ladle (Stainless Steel)

Lodge L12CO3 Camp Dutch Oven, 6-Quart

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

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How To Help Ward Off The Influenza

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It’s that time of year where we can all use some tips how to ward off the Influenza in our homes, right? I just talked to a very close friend who had to rush his cute daughter to the hospital. They are waiting for the test results but she is very dehydrated, I mean extremely dehydrated. Thank goodness, they took her to the hospital to get the process of rehydrating her ASAP! Please keep in mind I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. Some things we all know for sure when it comes to seeing a child or adult that has a fever (sometimes), shiny red or very cracked lips. They are usually dehydrated and they need water or some type of liquid like Pedialyte or Gatorade. If it’s really bad they need an IV at the hospital like my good friend’s little princess, I mentioned above.

Sometimes, I think I am somewhat of a germaphobic because I wash my hands constantly. I believe most people wash their hands but I sure wish some churches had those hand sanitizer contraptions on the walls. I have seen them at the doctor’s offices, the schools and most public places. I guess some churches can’t afford to buy them but good grief with all the hand shaking, come on people, step up your game. Should we all demand that they install them or should we just quit shaking hands? It’s really frustrating when you go to a movie or to a store and people are sneezing and coughing. In Japan, it is common courtesy to wear a face mask similar to the ones I suggest for emergencies like these when they have a communicable sickness: New CM PM2.5 N95 Adult Face Masks Hot Air Cotton Masks Dust Allergy Flu Masks for Breathe Healthy Filters Dust, Pollen, Allergens, Flu Germs 10 Pieces Please stay home if you are sick, let’s not spread the germs or bacteria. If you have more ideas, I will gladly add your tips to my list, let’s get started.

Ward off the Influenza tips:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Drink a lot of water
  3. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably Organic/Non-GMO)
  4. Build up your immune system to stay healthy
  5. Wash your hands, yes this is a repeat
  6. Use Clorox wipes to clean TV remotes, computer parts where applicable
  7. Use Clorox wipes to clean door knobs, phones, and light switches
  8. Keep your bathrooms as clean as possible
  9. Keep your kitchen as clean as possible
  10. Throw out food that is no longer acceptable to eat in your refrigerator or pantry
  11. Make chicken noodle soup with lots of vegetables in the broth
  12. Hot/warm green tea with a little honey and Organic lemon juice or fresh squeezed lemons rocks, this is my favorite one: Yogi Teas Super Antioxidant Green Tea, 16 Count (Pack of 6)
  13. Keep Vicks VapoRub on hand Vicks VapoRub Cough Suppressant Chest and Throat Topical Analgesic Ointment, 1.76 Ounce (Pack of 3)
  14. Print out my first aid kit list if you need one: First Aid Kit Checklist by Food Storage Moms
  15. Replace the expired over the counter cold medicines you have stored BEFORE you need them
  16. Check your stash of fever reducers if you use them
  17. Drink a lot of fluids and have fresh chapstick ready, if needed
  18. Use essential oils to soothe the sick people in your family
  19. In the winter when the furnace is running, you may want to invest in a humidifier or vaporizer: Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected before you need to be, you’ll be glad you are prepared. May God bless your family, please stay well.

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Time To Get Organized In 15 Minutes Or Less

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Would you like time to get organized in 15 minutes or less? Are there some closets, kitchen cupboards, bedroom dressers or other areas that that could use some cleaning out? Here’s the deal, for me I can’t look at the whole house or the garage and think “I need to get this house cleaned today”! Of course, I have a routine schedule for the toilets and bathroom and the kitchen, but there are times I want to just declutter. Do you ever feel like that? In order to accomplish this desire to declutter moment, I have to think it through. It doesn’t take much time, but for me, this is a necessity. I do a few things a week, and a few things a month. Then I also have the yearly check the “stuff” moment when I realize I will never use that stuff and it’s time to let the stuff go. I’m not talking about extremely important documents, keepsakes, or heirlooms. But, I also want to reconnect with friends through notes and phone calls so I want to add these things to my list.

We need to start with a plan to tackle things we keep pushing aside. Start with one room or closet that needs the least amount of work. It may be your closet that may have clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Some of our clothes, shirts, skirts, dresses or shoes could be donated to your local thrift store so people who could really use them have them available for purchase at a greatly reduced price.  Maybe it’s your paper stuff that needs to be organized for your significant other to locate in an emergency. We all need to know where those important documents are if something should happen.

It’s a little frustrating when a wife, husband, partner or parent dies suddenly and no one can locate some the critical documents that are needed to help the family prepare for the future without them. I knew a sweet young mother a few years ago that had no idea where her home mortgage was being serviced after her husband died unexpectedly at a very young age. She didn’t know the passwords for bank accounts, and she knew very little about the house expenses. It was a learning curve for all those family and friends that had to step in and help her sort things out. Here’s my FREE printable document to get you started to prepare your important papers to have in ONE binder stored in a safe place: Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download Please be patient while this document loads because it’s a large file that is printable that will take a few minutes before you can print it. You should see it at the bottom of your computer screen on the left. Next, you click on the bar and you will see the document ready to print. If you have card stock, that would be awesome.

Time to get organized in 15 minutes

I decided to jot down a few things that I personally would like to nudge myself to get these things done in 15 minutes or less! Get a timer and set it for 15 minutes, I promise it works. I have one similar to this one: Sunbeam 61040 Timer, 60 minutes First, you take a piece of paper and write down the worst room in the house, or easiest cupboard to get done in 15 minutes. It may be other things you can get done in this amount of time that you’ve have been putting off doing so. Let’s get started.

  1. Write a quick note to a friend that you’ve been thinking about.
  2. Gather your important documents and put them in one secure place.
  3. Call someone who you haven’t talked to in months, maybe even years.
  4. Go visit a neighbor and let them know you care about them.
  5. Clean that kitchen utensil drawer.
  6. Clean out the toaster.
  7. Clean the refrigerator, this is a good one for me.
  8. Look under the kitchen sink and throw out all the items you will never use and wipe it down.
  9. Clean the outside of a few kitchen cabinets.
  10. Take the dog for a walk, if you have one.
  11. Get two bags, one 33-gallon clear one and another 33-gallon black one (empty your closet and start filling the bags that are past the donate stage and throw them out.  Fill the clear bag with clothes, purses, or shoes you no longer need and donate them.
  12. Bake some cookies and take a batch to the homeless shelter (yes, this will take longer than 15 minutes, but it’s a worth it, I promise).
  13. Make a simple dinner for a single mom or elderly couple in your neighborhood.
  14. Read a book you enjoy or will give you knowledge about something you have been thinking about.
  15. Read my book with your family: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation.
  16. Help a neighbor rake a few leaves.
  17. Organize the over the counter drugs to stay on top of the expiration dates you may have in the cupboard.
  18. Organize the freezer.
  19. Sweep the garage floor.
  20. Wash your car.
  21. Do nothing and enjoy your 15 minutes of silence (no electronics, TV, radio or computer).
  22. Watch some documentaries on Netflix, if you have it (this takes an hour or more, but it’s all about knowledge).
  23. Go to lunch with a friend.
  24. Organize the hall closet.
  25. Organize the junk drawer, seems like we all have one.
  26. Make folders for your bills and keep them organized
  27. When you get your mail, stand by the garbage can, discard the junk, shred the credit card letters you receive (not the bills), and never touch those items again,
  28. Set up automatic payments on recurring bills, simplify your life.
  29. Dust the room that needs it the most, this is my least favorite cleaning job.
  30. Wipe down the floor moldings.
  31. Wipe down the fans, if you have fans with lights in your home.
  32. Wash your home windows, oh how I love clean windows with the sun shining through them.
  33. Make a menu for the week.
  34. Make a shopping list and shop the least amount of time you can and you won’t be tempted to buy stuff you really don’t need.
  35. Make a plan to be prepared for the unexpected, you will need it, I promise.
  36. Make sure you store water.
  37. Store enough food for your family for a minimum of seven days to start with and keep adding to it, you will need it, trust me.
  38. Rotate your food storage.

Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected, may God bless you and your family. Be prepared and you can sleep at night knowing your family is ready for anything that may come your way.

My favorite things:

Kirkland Signature 33 Gallon Clear Trash Bags – 200 Bags with Smart Ties

Black Garbage Bags, 33×39, 33 Gallon, 100/Case, 1.4 Mil

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

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How To Tell Your Family You Don’t Want Christmas Gifts

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How to tell your family you don’t want Christmas gifts is on the docket today. Every year in November I send an email to my four daughters to remind them that Mark and I no longer need or want any Christmas gifts. I also call them, to let them know we are fine with it. I don’t want them to feel guilty that we are not getting a present under the tree. I’m decluttering my very small home and want more space, so I don’t need stuff. I used to think stuff was awesome, but then you get to an age and stage in life that you realize stuff doesn’t make you happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting up on Christmas morning and watching the grandkids take turns opening presents. When I was little I got one present and I was thrilled with that ONE gift. I’m glad that my daughters don’t go overboard with spending money on gifts for their kids at this time of the year. They have never gone into debt to buy Christmas stuff, I’m so proud of them.

I remember when Mark and I were first married and some of the family members on both sides wanted to give gifts to each other. I remember thinking, “oh my gosh, we can hardly afford groceries”. We were putting Mark through college and he was working two or three jobs and I was babysitting kids and ironing clothes for people to bring in extra money. I also made bread to sell to my neighbors so we could survive. In 1972 we didn’t know about or didn’t want to use student loans or grants or low-income housing to make things work out financially for us. I remember there was a waiting list to live on campus in student housing. We scraped every penny and bought our first home for $18,400.00. Now we were only making a few hundred dollars a month back then so we were not rolling in the dough my any means. We both grew up with very little money so we both know how to be frugal. I remember thinking I don’t want Christmas gifts…..it put too much pressure on me and my budget.

I don’t want Christmas gifts

My point today is if you are a young couple, single or an older couple you don’t have to spend money to make other people happy, or even yourself happy. I remember one of the best gifts my parents ever received from my family was a hand written letter, expressing our love for them and thanking them for memories we had shared together. I will never forget the look on my dad’s face when he opened his letter. He literally started crying with joy and pulled his handkerchief out of his pocket to wipe his tears. My mom’s had tears rolling down her face with her lips trembling as she read her special notes of love.

Here’s the deal, if you want to give a lot of presents and have the means to do it, so be it. But some of us don’t, and I would rather have my daughters pay off their houses rather than give us a gift or another relative a gift that will end up in the thrift store in a year or two. Does that make sense? I live in a neighborhood that has a few elderly people and some have mentioned their kids arranged the gift of having someone clean their house once a month. They are in their eighties, what a great gift. It doesn’t clutter a house and who doesn’t love a CLEAN house, right?

It’s hard at first to mention to Aunt Bella that you would rather have a phone call or personal visit from time to time than to exchange checks to each other or gift cards. I would much rather plan an inexpensive day at the park together (complete without any mobile devices) with friends and family. Or in the backyard roasting marshmallows over an open fire pit. We can give handmade letters containing memories we have shared together. I promise those are the best gifts.

The first year you start a NEW tradition of giving less, or nothing, the easier it is on all those involved. It was very hard the first year I decided I could no longer give Christmas gifts to my daughters, son-in-laws, and grandkids. Was it uncomfortable, yes. But, I will not use a credit card just to give a gift I can’t afford to give. The funny thing is my grandchildren didn’t even notice there wasn’t a gift for them under the tree from Mark and I. I realize some people will say, I HAVE to give something to my grandkids. I get it, but I can’t. The funny thing is they didn’t even notice. They know when they come to visit me I will make them Mickey Mouse pancakes and that’s the highlight of their visit. My oldest grandson is 25 and he has to have them because he said I’m the only one that makes them just right.

This year when we attended Mark’s civic club’s Christmas Social we were asked to bring some socks suitable for teenage boys and girls. The local Children’s Justice Center had expressed the need to provide these to families they were working with. Usually, the Exchange Club had a White Elefant gift exchange as part of the social, and although it was fun and generated some laughs, my guess is that many of those gifts are thrown away shortly after the party. It really gave me a good feeling to know that the small gift of socks we and the others provided would be gratefully received and immediately put to use.

Please share the gift of love this year, May God bless you and your family. Thanks so being prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

The Original Danish Dough Whisk – LARGE 13.5″ Stainless Steel Dutch Style bread dough whisk for pastry, pizza. Great alternatives to a blender, mixer or hook

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How To Make The Very Best Chocolate Cake Ever

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If you want to know the secret on how to make the very best chocolate cake ever, I have the recipe today! This is a very moist chocolate cake I make all the time! I used to buy a certain well-known chocolate Bundt cake until I came up with this recipe. I love this recipe because I can make the cake a few days before I need it. The day of the party I pull the cake out of the freezer and place the frozen cake on the platter I want to use. I have done this for years because I have four daughters and I always made their birthday cakes ahead of time. After you place the cake on the platter, cover with plastic wrap and just let the cake thaw until you are ready to frost and decorate it. I remember picking up one of a very popular chocolate Bundt cakes and thinking “yep it’s been frozen”, that is what makes your cakes moist. The chocolate cake below is made with whipping cream on top. ChefLand Quilon Parchment Paper Pan Liner Baking Sheets – 12″ x 16″, 100 Pack. or this size: Regency Parchment Paper Liners for Round Cake Pans 9 inch diameter, 24 pack

This one is very popular at Christmas time or New Year’s Day! The combination of chocolate cake, whipping cream and crushed candy canes is always popular for parties! Now, you can also make my very moist chocolate cake with my cream cheese frosting. Cream Cheese Frosting by Food Storage Moms

Secret To Making Cakes Moist:

I pull the cake out of the oven, wait 5-10 minutes depending what else is going on in the kitchen. I place some parchment paper over the cake (still in the pan) put a plate on top and flip it over onto the large dinner plate. The cake comes right out of the pan and I take it out to the freezer until I want to frost it say in 5 days or so. If you take any one of these cakes to a party….I promise it will disappear. This recipe is the last one you will ever use when you want to make a chocolate cake. My favorite Bundt cake pan: Nordic Ware Pro Form Anniversay Cake Pan, 12 Cup

best chocolate cake

Very Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hine’s brand)
  • 1 package INSTANT Chocolate pudding (they come in either 5 or 5.9 ounces)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I prefer the mini chocolate chips but the regular size will work)
  • Cream cheese frosting or freshly whipped cream sprinkled with crushed peppermint candy canes.
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I place everything but the chocolate chips into the mixer bowl. I blend until completely mixed, about 1-2 minutes. Fold in the chocolate chips. Grease a Bundt pan and scoop the mixture into the Bundt pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I wait for about 5-10 minutes before inverting the baked cake onto a parchment paper lined dinner plate. I freeze the cake overnight or until I need it for a party. The day of the party I remove the frozen cake and place it on the platter I will serve it on. Remove the parchment paper and cover the cake with plastic wrap until partially thawed and ready to frost and serve.
  2. Frost with cream cheese frosting or whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

PRINTABLE recipe: The Very Best Chocolate Cake by Food Storage Moms

One thing I want to mention is this recipe can be made into TWO Bundt cakes so you can keep one and take one to a friend: Nordic Ware 6-Cup Bundt Pan, Multicolor If you decide to make two small 6-cup Bundt cakes then the baking time will be only 43 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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How To Make A Frugal Breakfast With Only 4 Ingredients

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How to make a frugal breakfast with only 4 ingredients when you use this recipe! Oven baked or Popeye baked pancakes on Christmas morning is one of our family favorites. We add butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon/sugar,  jam or syrup and everyone is happy to choose their favorite topping! When my daughters were little we made these all the time in a 9 inch by 13-inch glass cake pan. I wanted to see if the “puffy muscles” would be in all of the servings if I poured the batter into my greased cupcake or muffin pan. Oh my goodness, I can hardly wait to make these for my grandkids. They will LOVE it!

When we make the batter in a cake pan not everyone gets part of “Popeye’s” puffy muscles….well now they will! All the cupcake/muffin cups puff up to double in size! Of course, you have to hurry because they start to sink. I am not sure how or where we got this recipe called Popeye Pancakes, but I know all of my daughters make them for their kids.

My Favorite Frugal Breakfast:

Frugal Breakfast

 

These taste quite a bit like an omelet/french toast sort of breakfast. It is not french toast and it not an omelet…but in between. It is moist and fluffy and kids love them! What is really awesome about this recipe is we usually always have all the ingredients to make these in our food storage, pantry or refrigerator. You can make this recipe with OvaEasy eggs and powdered or instant milk as well. My daughter Camille substitutes the butter with coconut oil. I have made these with half white flour and half freshly ground hard white wheat flour. This is why this recipe is so great because you can use most any flour of choice. Oh, and the kids love watching the oven when the “muscles” puff up!

You can use a muffin tin: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Muffin Pan, 12 Cup

You only need a blender and 4 ingredients to make this cheap and frugal breakfast! Of course, we all need syrup, jam, cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar to sweeten the individual puffy pancakes.

Popeye or Puffy Pancakes

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

1/2 cup melted butter

 Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and whip until fluffy and blended. Quickly place the batter into a greased 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan or fill a greased muffin/cupcake (12 cupcake pan) to the top of each cupcake spot. They will puff up.

Bake the cake pan or cupcake pan approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon/sugar, jam or syrup.

PRINTABLE recipe: Popeye or Puffy Pancakes by Food Storage Moms

Please tell me what your favorite breakfast ideas you like to serve for the holidays, I love to hear!

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Potatoes You Can Cook-Mash-Fry-On The Cheap

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Would you love some potatoes you can cook-mash-fry-on the cheap? Potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the United States (not including sweet potatoes), with about 15% contributing to farm sales. Over 50% of the potatoes grown are processed for french fries, potato chips, dehydrated potatoes and other popular potato products. I purchased this 20-pound bag of #1 potatoes for $5.99. Woo Hoo! Let’s see how many meals or side dishes I can make with it. Start saving money today!

The fall harvest produces approximately  90% of all potatoes grown, although they are grown year round. Potatoes are a tuberous vegetable crop grown from the Solanum tuberosum. I buy certified seed potatoes and plant them in containers/pots and in my raised gardens. You basically cut the “eyes” from the seed potatoes and plant them. I will have a post showing you how to plant seed potatoes when I start my Spring planting. There is nothing better than seeing those plants start to sprout. They are really attractive plants in your garden and add to the landscape appeal.

Potatoes are pretty low calorie, it’s all the stuff we add to them that gives them a bad rap. They really are good for us. They are full of vitamins like Vitamin C & B. They are really high in Potassium, Magnesium, and B-6. They have a little iron and a little calcium. A medium potato is about 165 calories. I wash and scrub all the potatoes with a vegetable scrubber and cut off the bad spots before I make any of these. Let’s get started with my 15 easy ways to make some meals with potatoes.

Potatoes You Can Cook:

1. Mashed Cheap Potatoes

These potatoes are peeled and boiled in water until a fork test shows that they are cooked enough. I drain the water and add whatever I have in the refrigerator to make them creamy and fluffy. I use either milk, sour cream, whip cream, butter, and salt, then mashed with my stainless steel masher. I really like the peeled potato look, but sometimes I just don’t have time to peel the potatoes, but today I did (with a little help from my husband). I must say my husband would love mashed potatoes every night…he really would! My favorite potato masher: Best Manufacturers Waffle Head Potato Masher

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2. Dirty Mashed Cheap Potatoes

Okay, now I will show you my “dirty” mashed potatoes. Of course, you can see some of the peelings because these were not peeled. I just boiled them, drained them and mashed them with the hand masher because I like a few chunks in the dirty mashed ones! I add milk, sour cream, whip cream, butter and some salt. Fabulous to eat!

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3. Nachos

I honestly could eat Mexican food every night, so I thought why not slice some cooked sliced potatoes, add some re-fried beans, grated cheese and top with sliced black olives. Add a little guacamole, sour cream, and some salsa….yummy! These really are good! Great for football games in front of the television!

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4. Homemade Hash Browns

Here you can see I grated some baked potatoes and made my own hash browns. I freeze these in baggies to enjoy later. They are so much cheaper than the frozen ones you buy at the grocery store. I thaw them in the refrigerator and fry in a little butter. No other ingredients. Healthy natural potatoes. My favorite grater: Cuisinart CTG-00-BG Boxed Grater

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5. Steak Fries With Fry Sauce

With this recipe, I sliced the raw potatoes in wedges and placed them in a bag with a little olive oil and water. Shake the bag and spread them on a cookie sheet and bake @375 degrees for about an hour, or until cooked to desired tenderness. I used equal amounts of chili sauce and mayonnaise to make the fry sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is for sure. My grandson ate all of these over the weekend. Love that guy!

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6. Potato Chips

I baked 1/8 inch sliced potatoes in the oven @375 degrees on a greased cookie sheet for about 40 minutes. I let them cool on a cookie sheet to make sure they stayed crispy. This makes for an easy healthy snack. Sometimes you just need some chips!

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7. Stuffed Bell Peppers

I had some friends over for dinner last night and they are always willing to try my creations. I had a few different bell peppers, so I made some stuffed bell peppers with some of the mashed potatoes. Yummy! I baked them @350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Our friends loved these! WooHoo!

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8. Potato-Turkey Wraps

Here are some whole wheat wraps spread with mashed potatoes along with some cooked turkey slices. I baked them with a toothpick to help hold them together. I baked them @350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Everything is actually already cooked, so I was really just heating them through to serve. Add some Pico de Gallo and you are set for a great meal!

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9. Mexican Potato Salad

I am sincerely trying to eat more vegetables, so I took some baked potato chunks and added black beans (drained) and corn (drained). I then added a little Pico de Gallo, cilantro, green onions and black olives. You can serve this cold or at room temperature.

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11. Pico de Gallo Bites

Here I used some sliced baked potatoes topped with re-fried beans, guacamole, Pico de Gallo and black olives. Easy to make and serve. Another football game favorite snack!

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12. Potato & Cheese Quesadillas

Okay, these were going to be taquitos but the corn tortillas were too dry so they crumbled when I tried to roll them with mashed potatoes and cheese in them. So, I make quesadillas! I baked them at 350 degrees until I could see the cheese melting. I did spray the tortillas with vegetable oil because they were so dry and brittle. You could bake these on a griddle or fry pan. I think salsa or Pico de Gallo goes with most every meal!

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13. Heidi’s Potato Chunks

These potatoes are my whole family’s favorite ones. My daughter, Heidi makes them like the potato steak fries but cuts them into chunks and sprinkles them with Lawry’s Salt. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, or until desired tenderness. Serve with fry sauce above.

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14. Regular Baked Potatoes

This one is easy because I just baked the washed potatoes. These make for an easy side dish with butter, sour cream, grated cheese and bacon bits, if desired. I have to admit I like way too much sour cream on my baked potatoes. Okay, I like a lot of butter as well. There is something about the combination of these together.

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15. Twice Baked Potatoes

You can bake the potatoes covered with foil (non-shiny outside), plain or oiled and sprinkled with Kosher Salt. I poke the potatoes with a fork. I don’t know if its an old wives tale but I always do this when baking them. After baking, cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the insides as close to the edge of the peel as possible. I mash the insides with my potato masher with butter, sour cream, green onion and salt in a medium size bowl. Heap the filling back into the skins and bake until heated through. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with a little grated cheese. Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

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***Bonus-You Can Freeze Potatoes:

Yes, you can freeze your leftover mashed potatoes or hash browns. The ones you buy at the store that are already mashed are so expensive, plus they add ingredients I cannot pronounce.

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Let me know how you to like to use potatoes, I love adding comments to my posts. Thanks again for being prepared one step at a time.

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How To Clean And Restore Cast Iron Pans

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Have you wondered how to clean and restore cast iron pans? I have you covered today. I was at a friend’s home the other day and she said she was giving an old rusty Dutch oven to the thrift store in town. I said, “you’ll be sorry if you do”! I then explained how awesome having one Dutch oven that’s cleaned and ready to go is one of the best emergency items you can store for cooking or boiling water. I told her to store some charcoal briquettes in air-tight containers and she will be set for almost any disaster. Of course, you will need some matches. Here’s the deal, you can scrub them with warm soapy water like crazy, pat them dry and season them before “baking” them. You may need to use some fine steel wool to get them smooth, or what I like to call getting down to the raw cast iron. They will look like new, I promise. I bought some used units and they were so rusty, but I used some elbow grease and they were ready to restore to like new condition. The ones I purchased looked like they had been left in the sink to soak. That’s not a good thing to do. Yes, they will rust if you do this, and I mean big time rust.

Please be aware you may find some that will need to be sand-blasted. You may want to compare the price of that to buying brand new ones or just some rusty ones from a garage sale or thrift store. I was lucky and found some really bad rusty ones, but they were not flaked. I guess that’s how I would describe it. So, what I’m saying is don’t be afraid of the rust, that’s fixable, in most cases.

I remember when I was a little girl my mom always had a cast iron pan on the stove for scrambled eggs and bacon. Oh yes, we saved that bacon grease in the refrigerator, too! I have been on the lookout for used cast iron pans, Dutch ovens, griddles, etc. for a few years. They are getting harder and harder to find at the thrift stores. I have slowly been buying a few pieces of cast iron here and there. My goal is to build a fire pit when it gets warmer, right here in Southern Utah. I have a Lodge tripod to hold a cooking pot over the fire. Can you just picture that, or is it just me? I can hardly wait to build my fire pit. Oh, I want it for roasted marshmallows, but I really want to be able to cook outside over a fire. Yes, my family will smell like we have been camping…I suppose you could call it wishful thinking on my end.

I love having some cast iron to cook with, especially outside because I don’t want to drag my other pans outside. A few years ago I was out in Hurricane, Utah at one of my favorite antique stores looking at treasures. I call this store’s stuff treasures because at one time all those items were a treasure to someone. I heard one lady came in and bought all the cast iron pots and Dutch ovens in the store a few days before I came to visit them. We are talking about filling the back of her car. I asked the owner if they were Lodge or another American made cast iron. He said he had some made in China, but this lady only wanted American made cast iron pieces. Hmmmm…thats all I want as well in my cast iron pans or pots.

How To Restore Cast Iron Pans:

Lightly sand the cast iron with fine steel wool if needed as explained above.

Wash the cast iron pans in warm soapy water

The second thing you will do with your cast iron is to wash it in warm soapy water. You will need to dry it before we do the next step. The towel I used to dry the cast iron pieces had some residue on it after wiping down the cast iron lid. So I re-washed the lid a little more. It had some black residue that wiped off. I washed it until it no longer left that little black stuff on the towel.

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Foil on the bottom oven rack

Next, take all the racks out of your oven but the two bottom ones. Lay a large piece of aluminum foil on the bottom rack. It will catch the drips, if any, from the vegetable oil if it happens to drip down from the seasoning step. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Spray or wipe the cast iron pans with vegetable oil

Now you can wipe with vegetable oil, or as in my case, I used a vegetable spray. The Lodge book showed using the spray stuff so that’s how I seasoned mine. The next step is to place the cast iron items with the vegetable spray side down. Although I sprayed the inside and outside and on every crevice, still turn them upside down. This is where the foil is needed in the lower shelf of the oven.

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Bake the cast iron pans at 350 degrees

Bake the cast iron for 60 minutes, turn off the oven and let them cool down overnight. After this initial seasoning, you should be able to take these camping or use outside and wipe out the residue from your meal while the pan is hot and it is good to go until the next time you use it.

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Paper Towels

I did learn a few items we need to do to keep our cast iron looking good and keep it from rusting. Place a few sheets of paper towels between the lid and the pan when storing them. Add a few sheets of paper towels in the bottom of the pan as well. I bought covers for all of my Dutch ovens, or at least the ones I use less often. Those Dutch ovens I store in the garage ready to grab and take anywhere to go camping or use at parties.

Easy Peasy Steps

  1. wash with warm soapy water if the food sticks (hopefully, you won’t have to do this if you keep the cast iron seasoned)
  2. pat dry
  3. oil them
  4. bake them
  5. store them

They will last a lifetime if you take proper care of them. I only buy Lodge cast iron, that may sound snotty, but they’re made in the USA! May God bless you for being better prepared.

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How To Make Croissant Rolls Whenever You Want

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Today it’s all about how to make croissant rolls whenever you want!  You can make croissant rolls, dinner rolls, cloverleaf rolls, breadsticks, etc. with this easy recipe. I must tell you that this recipe is made with white bread flour and not freshly ground whole wheat flour. Sometimes I just want my white flour rolls, just saying. I used to teach classes in my home, at churches and even in a store right here in St. George, Utah. In the store, there was a group of people in one of the classes where we called ourselves the “The Dixie Dumpers”. I will tell you the reason it started is because I always say, “I just dump stuff in when baking or cooking because I am a dumper”. I don’t always measure exactly, I am not a chef, just a Mom, and a Grandma.

Well, St. George, Utah has a history of Dixie, Dixie College or Dixie State University. Well, in class someone said the hugeD on the hillside will now remind all of us of the “Dixie Dumper Chics” from our cinnamon roll class at the store! We had a lot of fun in those classes. Please remember, you have to have fresh ingredients or you may be very frustrated with the outcome. White flour has a shelf-life of 6-12 months at the most. It depends on how long the bag was in the store. Yeast and dough enhancer must be fresh as well. So, please date your white flour and store your yeast and dough enhancer in the freezer or refrigerator, depending on how often you make bread or rolls. Okay onto the recipe.

How To Make Croissant Rolls

This recipe makes approximately 24 croissants:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 tsp. Saf instant yeast
  • 2 tsp. dough enhancer (optional-this makes fluffier rolls or bread) NutriMill Dough Enhancer 16oz Bag
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup oil (I use olive oil)
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups white bread flour
Instructions:

I start with a Bosch bread mixer, although you could make these in a large bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and slightly mix it in the Bosch so the eggs do not “cook”. Then I add the warm milk and flour slowly. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double the original size. I punch down the dough and roll out or make whatever shape of rolls I feel like making, today it’s croissants.

Make Croissant Rolls

I divide the dough in half and start rolling each mound of dough into a circle (I spray the counter with vegetable spray to keep the dough from sticking to the counter). You then slather the dough with softened butter and then cut the dough with a pizza cutter into 12 “pizza shapes”.

Make Croissant Rolls

Next, you roll each “pizza slice” from the fat end into the center of the “pizza”. Place the rolls with the flap tucked under on a greased cookie sheet.

Make Croissant Rolls

Cover with greased plastic wrap and let the dough rise one more time. This makes them fluffy. When double in size (1-2 hours maximum) remove the plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. I lightly butter the tops of each croissant after baking.

PRINTABLE recipe: Easy To Make Croissant Rolls by Food Storage Moms

This recipe also makes two one-pound loaves of bread: White-Bread-For-Two Recipe

My favorite things:

Fat Daddio’S 2-Piece Bread Pan Set

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

Bosch MUM6N10UC Universal Plus Stand Mixer, 800 Watt, 6.5-Quarts with Blender, Bowl Scraper, and Cookie Paddles

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Easy To Make No-Fail Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

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This is my easy to make no-fail whole wheat dinner rolls recipe. If you have freshly ground wheat and fresh ingredients these will be fluffy and so soft, I promise. This is my all time favorite whole wheat bread recipe, that also makes the best whole wheat dinner rolls. Here’s the deal, if you start with fresh ingredients anyone can make the most delicious dinner rolls or bread. You can save money on your food budget at the same time. I grew up with my mother making bread. I absolutely love the smell of baking bread coming from the kitchen. There is just something about the feel of bread dough in your hands that is so therapeutic to me. You need to be aware that the ground wheat in your local grocery stores is not the best choice for whole wheat flour. It may have been sitting on those shelves for months. It is not fresh. Check with neighbors to see if they will grind your wheat if you don’t happen to have a wheat grinder available. I’m very fussy where I buy my whole wheat. I only buy it from Lehi Mills in Lehi, Utah. Costco sells it sometimes, at least out West.

When my girls were little they would love to have a chunk of dough to play and mold their own loaf. My grandkids and “adopted” neighbor grandkids have all loved playing with real bread dough. Well, I did a post showing how to make my no-fail white dinner rolls and I received many emails asking for a whole wheat recipe dinner roll. I wrote a similar post a few years ago, but I updated it today.

Here they are ready to bake. Today I used the recipe below and made 5-one pound loaves and one cake pan with 12 dinner rolls. I make them with about 2 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter balls. I tuck the edges underneath and space them about one inch apart in the greased 9 inch by 13-inch cake pan. This is the one pound bread loaves I prefer: Fat Daddio’S 2-Piece Bread Pan Set

no-fail whole wheat dinner rolls
Here is my no-fail whole wheat dinner roll recipe. Please remember if you use fresh ingredients anyone can make bread. You really can, and you will save money at the same time! This is the pan I use: All-Clad 00830 Stainless-Steel Lasagna Pan with 2 Oven Mitts/ Cookware, Silver and the dough cutter: OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper I never “pull” or “stretch” my bread dough.

No-Fail Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Serves: 45-60 rolls (it will depend on how small or large you make your balls of dough) Please note: yes you can cut the recipe in half,  I live in Utah where we all make HUGE batches, that’s how we roll here.
Ingredients:
Instructions:
  1. Start adding the ingredients in the order shown above with one exception into your mixing bowl…start with 7 cups of flour and slowly add more flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. I use a Bosch Mixer. I grew up making bread without a mixer..it can be done by hand. I grew up letting my bread rise twice, so I still do that. I mix it for 10 minutes in my Bosch. Form dough into balls and fill greased cookie sheets or 9 by 13-inch pans. Cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise again. Remove the plastic wrap. Bake in a preheated oven @350 degrees. Bake about 15-20 minutes. I brush them with butter on the tops after baking.

PRINTABLE recipe: No-Fail Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls by Food Storage Moms

Baked No-Fail Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls:

 No-Fail Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Please let me know if you try my no-fail whole wheat dinner rolls recipes, I love to hear! Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and you family.

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How To Make No-Fail Dinner Rolls For Any Occasion

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Today it’s all about how to make no-fail dinner rolls for any occasion. If you want to learn how to make the perfect dinner roll I have the recipe for you! This is the same recipe I use for my white bread, cinnamon rolls, and breadsticks. This is truly the perfect dinner roll recipe. I made a whole bunch of these for our Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends in California last month. They not only “flew” off the cookie sheets, but helped fill people up so the other food items spread further.  I made a separate post for each recipe so you can print each one. This is my family’s recipe we have used for years. It truly is a no-fail, easy to make recipe. One secret…the ingredients must be fresh….old ingredients will not let your bread products rise soft and fluffy! Have fun making these! Thank you to all my readers that send me emails letting me know they love this recipe!!!


Thankfully, all my daughters have a Bosch bread mixer so I can make these when I go visit them. I must say, some of my daughter’s make better bread than me now. Proud mama, here! I love to see our family tradition of making bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and bread sticks carry on in the family. I do use a Bosch bread mixer now, but I learned to make bread by hand and it turned out great! It’s more work by hand, but the reward is the same, FRESH BREAD! Here are some tools I use that I recommend:

I never “pull” or “stretch” the dough, I cut the dough with this tool to make bread loaves or rolls: OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper

My favorite cookie sheets for dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls or bread sticks: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

No-Fail Dinner Rolls:

I use a Bosch bread mixer to make the dough, but I must say I grew up making bread, rolls and cinnamon sticks  in a very large silver bowl. I mix up the dough according to the printable recipe below. Here’s the deal, anyone can make these rolls. I just make balls and tuck the edges underneath and place them on a greased cookie sheet. I like to bake my dinner rolls a little golden brown, not overly brown because I like the light fluffy texture of these. My mouth is watering just talking about these rolls. It’s hard for me to go out to dinner where dinner rolls are served since most just don’t measure up. I am a big fan of homemade rolls. If they taste like yeast it means the restaurant let them rise too long. Nope, I can’t eat yeasty tasting rolls.

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P.S. I use this recipe and flatten them for hamburger buns or make rectangles for hot dog buns! Once you make your own hamburger or hot dog buns the commercial ones just don’t cut it for taste or texture. I still buy them when we are having a crowd for parties, but just so you know, you need to try making your own.

My Favorite Dough Enhancer:

This is the only dough enhancer I use: NutriMill Dough Enhancer 16oz Bag You can buy here from Amazon or at your local Bosch bread store, typically. Most upper scale kitchen stores sell it on site. It is optional, but you will see why I use it. Fluffy rolls rock!

Shelf-life of White/Bread Flour:

The shelf life of white enriched bread flour is 8-12 months. I think I can hear some of you say, but I have had white flour for years and it’s still okay to use. This is what I have learned and I feel I need to pass it onto you about the shelf life of white/bread flour.

I am quoting Honeyville Grain:

Honeyville Grain Products.

Shelf-Life:  Cal Best Bread Flour will store for 1 year in a sealed 50-pound bag under ideal storage conditions (cool, dry place).”

Shelf-Life: All Purpose Bleached Flour will store for 1 year in a sealed 50-pound bag under ideal storage conditions (cool, dry place).”

Shelf-life of #10 Cans of Flour:

The shelf life of #10 cans of flour commercially processed has longer shelf-life than the bags you buy at Honeyville Grain, Costco or your local grocery store.

I am quoting Thrive Life:

“Shelf life of #10 cans: Closed: 5 years, Open: 1 year  (Shelf life based on optimal storage conditions.)”

Cinnamon Rolls and Bread Sticks:

Cinnamon Rolls by Food Storage Moms or Breadsticks by Food Storage Moms

Please let me know if you make some dinner rolls, I would love to hear. If you have fresh flour and yeast you can make fabulous dinner rolls!

No-Fail Dinner Rolls by Food Storage Moms

Ingredients:
  • 4 Teaspoons SAF Instant Yeast Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 Cups Warm Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 4 Teaspoons Dough Enhancer NutriMill Dough Enhancer 16oz Bag
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6-7 Cups White bread flour (Add 1/2 of the flour and then add more until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl)
Instructions:
  1. Place all of the ingredients in order into your mixing bowl. Be careful with the eggs not to add the warm milk too slowly or you will have scrambled eggs. Add half of the flour and keep adding the rest of the flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise the first time, about an hour. Punch the dough down and mold into small balls about 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches in diameter. Cover with greased plastic and let rise one more time, about an hour, or until double the size. Remove the plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Do not overbake. They should be a golden brown. I spread a little butter on the tops after baking so the rolls are soft on top. If you like a crispier top you can skip this step.

PRINTABLE: Easy To Make Dinner Rolls by Food Storage Moms

Have fun this year making my no-fail dinner rolls, they are yummy! May God bless you and your family.

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Quick And Easy Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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I want to share my quick and easy slow cooker sloppy joes recipe with you today. This sloppy joe mixture is freshly made from scratch and has a sweet tangy flavor. You can freeze the cooked meat ahead of time and just add the other pantry or refrigerator items when you want to make this recipe.This slow cooker sloppy joes recipe uses some of your food storage along with whatever meat you want to use. Or substitute the meat for your favorite beans. This recipe is great with ground venison, beef, turkey or elk. We have a lot of game hunters in Utah, so this recipe is a family favorite. I use this slow cooker after I fry the meat with the onions. Then I can add the other ingredients to set and forget my dinner. I fried the hamburger with the fresh onions (I normally only use freeze dried onions), but I had a couple of onions I used today in the pantry. Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

This picture above is the finished product inside a yummy sesame seed hamburger bun. The sloppy joe mixture is ready to serve on your favorite hamburger buns. They are great to serve with potato chips, dip, carrots, celery sticks and fresh fruit. Oh, and don’t forget the root beer! This is a perfect meal to take in a slow cooker to any family reunion or neighborhood get together.

You could make this recipe with your freeze-dried hamburger as well. I would just cover the freeze-dried meat in cool water for a few minutes (I never follow the directions) and then drain it. If you don’t have time to fry the hamburger or other meat of choice, you can use rehydrated freeze-dried meat.

The ONLY time, in my humble opinion, you must follow directions using freeze-dried food would be for using freeze-dried cheese. You must use cold water with freeze-dried cheese OR your cheese will start cooking, just a tidbit of information I learned the hard way, just saying. I call those mini mistakes or learning curves.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:
  • 2-6 ounce cans tomato paste with equal amounts of water added
  • 4 lbs. freshly ground beef, venison, elk, turkey or cooked beans of choice
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup prepared mustard (bottled-not dry)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Instructions:
  1. Saute the meat of choice with the chopped onions until fully cooked. Add the remaining ingredients in the order shown above. Cook on low in a slow cooker for 4-6 hours, depending on your slow cooker temperature.

PRINTABLE recipe: Sloppy Joes by Food Storage Moms

Homemade Hamburger Buns by Food Storage Moms

This recipe makes 12 hamburger buns.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons SAF instant yeast Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

2 tablespoons dough enhancer (optional-this makes them fluffy) NutriMill Dough Enhancer 16oz Bag

1-1/8 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon sea salt

3-1/2 to 4 cups white bread flour

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Now, you can make these in a large bowl, but I used my Bosch bread mixer, and as you know, I dump everything in the mixer (yep, I’m a dumper). I wait until the bread dough pulls away from the mixer. I add just a little until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Now sprinkle some bread flour on the counter and knead the bread dough about 2-3 minutes and divide the dough into 12 pieces. Grease a cookie sheet and set it aside. Now you roll the pieces into balls and flatten with your hands. Place each flattened ball onto the cookie sheet. I flatten them again with my hand on the cookie sheet. Cover the pan with greased plastic wrap and let rest about 10 minutes. Bake at 425 degrees for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown.

PRINTABLE recipe: The Best Hamburger Buns by Linda at FoodStorageMoms

My favorite things:

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

Nesco American Harvest 4818-22 Anniversary Edition Roaster Oven, 18 quart, Red

Great River Organic Milling Bread Blend Variety Pack, 20-Pounds

King Arthur Flour – Unbleached Bread Flour, 5 LB (2 Pack)

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How To Use An Instant Pot And Save Time Cooking

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Today I want to show you how to use an Instant Pot and save time cooking. I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz about an Instant Pot, right? Well, I have been using an electric pressure cooker for years and an Instant Pot is the new name for an electric pressure cooker. They do the same things like saute/browning, steam food, cook meats, and vegetables. It can also be used as a slow cooker, rice cooker, quinoa cooker, cook fruits, casseroles and keep them warm. I must tell you once you start using a pressure cooker there will be no going back. You can cook meals faster and the meat is so tender, wow, you will love it!

I was talking to my friend, Tiffany over at  Imperfectly Happy (.com) and we both started talking about how we love using pressure cookers. We teamed up to do a GIVEAWAY of a fabulous 6-quart Instant Pot! So please enter below and you can also enter every day for extra points. Here’s to quick and easy cooking with an Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Instructions:

So, now let me show you a few tips on how to use an Instant Pot. There are a few different models, I am showing you the Instant Pot Model #IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W today. I have a Fagor pressure cooker that I love using and the book clearly states you MUST use one cup of liquid with any food you cook in the pressure cooker. I looked through the Instant Pot manual and could not find any amount of liquid required in the book. I went to the Instant Pot website and couldn’t find it there either. The box contained a small plastic cup that is less than one cup but more than 3/4 cup. I went with my gut and used two of those containers filled with water to cook my chicken tenderloins. Then I sprinkled some spices over the meat. Put the lid on and then locked it in place with the pressure valve turned to “sealing” and pushed the “manual” button, then the + symbol until it showed 12 minutes. You can adjust the time for a longer time period if needed. I need to explain two things before I go any further. There are two ways to release pressure after cooking:

  1. Quick release means releasing pressure instantly after the food is cooked. When the meal is finished you push “cancel” and turn the valve to “venting” and cover the valve with a washcloth (be careful with the hot steam) so the steam doesn’t burn you after you switch the valve from sealing to venting. I wear hot pads as well.
  2. Natural release means the food continues to cook after you press “cancel” but the residual heat and steam wait for the pressure to come down on its own naturally. This will take about 20 minutes or more depending on how full the pot is filled. Then it’s ready to unlock the lid and serve. There is still steam so please be careful when you turn it to “venting”.

Here’s the deal, you basically put the food you want to cook into the pot and add a minimum amount of water required. If you are making a certain recipe you will follow the directions in the book for that recipe. I cooked some small red potatoes with one cup of water, put the lid on, turned it to lock it and turned the valve on top to “sealing” and clicked “manual” and pushed the + symbol until it said 20 minutes.

Call me Nervous Nellie but I could not find the amount of liquid required so I used two containers. I saw complaints all over the website asking how much liquid. I have taken several pressure cooking classes with Chef Brad so I feel comfortable using this one cup as a minimum amount of liquid for meat, vegetables, fruits or casseroles. You turn the lid clockwise to lock and counter-clockwise to unlock the lid. Remember when you turn this on the pressure is building up and is very hot when released.

Instant Pot

This is the front of the Instant Pot Model #IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker. The giveaway is a 6-in-1 Instant Pot so it will look a little different. They both work great! I have never used more than two features on my Fagor Pressure Cooker or this Instant Pot.

Instant Pot

This is the top of the lid that shows you the sealing and the venting float or pressure valve. It’s easy to use, I promise.

Instant Pot

The little plastic container snaps on the side of the housing as shown below.

Instant Pot

Here you can see how to turn the lid to open and close it. The lid sits firmly on the base with a twist to lock it in place.

Instant Pot

I love that we can make healthier meals (depending on what we put in the pot) faster and spend less time in the kitchen. Let me know if you have one, I will share your comment on the post today! Good luck everyone!

Here is the GIVEAWAY: Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart 1000-Watt (I quote off of Amazon):

  • 6-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Saute/Browning, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer & Warmer
  • Large, easy to use control panel with ten built-in Smart Programs, automatic keep-warm, and 3 temperatures for saute/browning and slow cook
  • Delay cooking time up to 24-Hours; Manual setting up to 120 minutes of cook time, UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient
  • Includes 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, instructions, recipes, and cooking time tables
  • Capacity: 6L/6.33 Qt, Power rating: 1000W, Voltage: 110v/60Hz, Gross weight: 14.57 pounds

Tiffany’s Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pot Roast:

Ingredients:

4 lbs chuck roast
Coconut oil for browning
1 white or yellow onion
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
9 whole cloves of garlic
1.5 cups of beef broth
Salt and pepper to taste
6 whole peeled carrots (optional)

Directions:

  1. Turn your Instant Pot pressure cooker to the Saute setting and allow it to heat up
  2. While it is heating up salt and pepper one side of your chuck roast
  3. Once the Instant Pot display says hot, add your coconut oil to the pot
  4. Immediately put in the chuck roast, seasoned side down
  5. Salt and Pepper the other side of the roast while it is browning
  6. Brown both sides for about 5 minutes each (please don’t skip the browning step – it makes all the difference!)
  7. Now add in your broth over the meat
  8. Top with onion, thyme, rosemary and garlic
  9. Add your whole carrots to the top (they may barely fit but that’s ok, we don’t want them soaking in the broth)
  10. Close and lock your lid
  11. Now set your Instant Pot to Meat/Stew and adjust the time to 65 minutes
  12. Once the cooking is completed allow for a natural release of about 20-25 minutes
  13. Careful removing your chuck roast – it will be falling apart
  14. Serve with some mashed potatoes and a green veggie and you have a complete meal

You’ll notice all the flavors are infused into the meat, carrots and the au jus juice (which I spooned over the tators and the meat).

PRINTABLE recipe by Tiffany: Tiffany’s Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

PLEASE NOTE: if this Instant POT is not available we will have to substitute it for another one of equal or more value.

This Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. Instant Pot and social media channels are not involved in contributing or sponsoring this giveaway. This giveaway starts on Sunday, December 11th, 2016 at 5:00 am (MST) and ends on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 5:00 pm (MST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

My favorite things:

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Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W (Stainless Steel)

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Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

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The Best Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole Ever

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I’m sharing the best Christmas morning breakfast casserole ever today! I don’t know about you, but I love an easy to make Christmas breakfast baking in the oven while we sip hot chocolate in our bathrobes sitting around the Christmas tree and opening a few presents. This particular recipe our family has baked every year for the holidays for a very long time. We like it because we are all salsa lovers and that’s what we serve with it, along with sour cream and grated cheese. You make it the night before and bake it in the morning. Easy peasy. Yes, it has some processed Velveeta cheese, but we only make it once or twice a year. I realize we are all trying to get away from processed food. It’s so funny because I grew up on Velveeta cheese and I still think it makes the very best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world. That’s how we roll around here.

I can’t believe that Christmas is right around the corner, literally. I have the printable recipe below ready to print. This is a wonderful breakfast for New Year’s Day as well.  I love anything you can make the day before that you can pop in the oven the next morning. So let’s get started with one of my favorite traditional Christmas morning breakfast recipes.

Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bread with crusts removed, tear or cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2/3 pound Velveeta cheese, sliced
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups of grated cheese, mild cheddar is our favorite
  • 6-8 slices of cooked bacon broken into bite size pieces
  • 1 package of Jimmy Dean sausage, cooked and drained then cooled

Grease a 9 by 13-inch pan and place the bread pieces in the bottom. Next, place the sliced Velveeta over the bread. Put the grated cheese on top. Blend the eggs, milk, salt and dry mustard until smooth. Pour this over the pan filled with bread, Velveeta and grated cheese. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Combine the cooked bacon and sausage in a bag when cooled and place in the refrigerator overnight. You will use this mixture in the casserole in the morning.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Remove the cover from the 9 by 13-inch pan and sprinkle the bacon and sausage over the casserole. You will need to use your fingers or a spoon to push the bacon and sausage down into the casserole so it’s mostly covered. It’s very moist so it makes it easy to press the meat down into the pan. Bake uncovered for 1-1/2 hours or until the eggs set.

Serve with the following items if desired:

  1. hashbrowns
  2. salsa
  3. grated cheese
  4. grilled chopped onions
  5. sour cream
  6. fresh fruit
  7. orange juice
  8. hot chocolate or cocoa with whipped cream, of course
  9. buttered toast
  10. cinnamon rolls
  11. bagels and a variety of cream cheeses

PRINTABLE recipe: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole by Food Storage Moms

I hope you try  our Christmas breakfast casserole recipe, it’s our favorite! Happy holidays and may God bless your family this wonderful time of the year.

My favorite things:

All-Clad 00830 Stainless-Steel Lasagna Pan with 2 Oven Mitts / Cookware, Silver

All-Clad T195 Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Cook Serve Lasagna Server, Silver

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Lodge L12CO3 Camp Dutch Oven, 6-Quart

Lodge EC4D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 4.5-Quart, Island Spice Red

KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red

Lodge L10SK3ASHH41B Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 12-inch

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How To Use A Lodge Dutch Oven And Love It

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Today, it’s all about how to use a Lodge Dutch Oven and love it! I mean really love using it. My husband received an email in a group message asking about Dutch ovens. The question she asked was “what Dutch oven brand should I buy and can I use it indoors as well as outdoors”? Here’s the deal, I grew up with Lodge cast iron products from the time I was very little. My mom always had the brand called Lodge. I was not paid or given any product from Lodge to write this post, just in case you were wondering. My mom fried eggs, bacon, cheese and so many things in her Lodge cast iron fry pans. You can actually cook with a Dutch oven outside with just charcoal, for instance. You can also bake something in your Dutch oven in your conventional oven inside your home.

I would not recommend cooking with cast iron on a glass top stove. I finally got a gas stove so I don’t have to worry about scratching the glass top anymore. I would love comments if any of you have used cast iron pans on your glass top stoves. I was always afraid it would damage it. I have used them for years until we bought this house and we have always had a gas stove. I love cooking with gas here in Southern Utah because our electric bill is outrageous!!! If you take care of your cast iron it will truly last a lifetime.

Let’s talk about the size of a Dutch oven to buy. I prefer the 6-quart because when the pot is full I can lift it very easily. The 4-quart a good size as well. The larger the capacity, the heavier they become. A really strong guy could prefer a larger 8-quart size. The lid is a 12-inch lid on both the six and eight-quart Lodge Dutch Ovens. The 8-quart is deeper and can cook more food for sure, but would be too heavy for me to handle.

Charcoal Starter Canister

Lodge Dutch Oven

I thought I would show you how I get my “charcoal” going with a little newspaper and this fire-starter canister. It costs under $20.00 and I have had it for years. You place it in a safe location. Next, you take some loosely made newspaper balls or small twigs and place in the bottom of the canister. Next, I place charcoal on top of the newspaper in the canister. Then I use a match or butane fire starter to light the newspaper on fire. I wait until the charcoal looks half black and half whitish….this means its almost ready to use on the top and bottom of the Dutch oven. I have a 12-inch Lodge Dutch oven with a lip on the lid and it’s my favorite for cooking with charcoal on the top and bottom. It’s great for stacking Dutch ovens as well. Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter

Lodge Dutch Oven Stand

I recently showed the Dutch oven stand my brother-in-law, Duane S. made for me. Dutch Oven Stand post.

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I Counted Out Too Many Charcoal Pieces

Well, I got distracted, which I often do, and put more than 24 charcoal pieces in the fire-starter canister. So of course, we used all of the charcoal anyway. The rule of thumb is to put the same number of charcoal pieces under and on top of the Dutch oven as the size of the lid. So 10 pieces below and on top if using a 10-inch Dutch oven, 12 pieces below and on top if a 12-inch Dutch oven, etc.

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Here the charcoal is ready to put the Dutch oven on top of the hot charcoal.

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Melt Butter In The Hot Dutch Oven

I melted a half cube of butter in the bottom of the oven before placing these potatoes in the hot Dutch Oven. These are dehydrated potatoes that I soaked in tepid water for 45 minutes and drained off the water.

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Here I placed some pre-cooked bacon cut into pieces, some freeze dried onions (not reconstituted) and lots of freshly grated cheese.
Here is where I put the hot charcoal pieces on top of the lid. See the lid lip-I like these for this kind of meal. You can buy some LODGE Dutch ovens without the lip…but this one is my favorite oven. Remember, I lost count on the charcoal so I just threw the remaining charcoal on top. It still works.

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Here is the finished meal…fabulous…I think it took about 20-25 minutes.

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Dutch Ovens Last For Many Years-If Cleaned and Stored Properly

Dutch ovens can provide many years of reliable service if properly cared for.  This includes proper cleaning once the cooking is done. The best approach is to remove any food that may be stuck to the sides of the oven.  It may require putting some water in the oven while still on the heating source and heating the water until it is near the boiling point.  Using a sponge or plastic scrubber you scrape the food from the sides.  Try not to use anything that may scratch the surface. Always stay clear of using any kind of soap product since it can damage the special coating on the oven surface.  Rinse the oven with clean warm water.  Towel dry the oven and allow it to then air dry.  Once the oven is dry reheat it until it is hot to the touch and then remove it from the heat and apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to fill the pores.  Once cool enough, wipe the oil off with a towel.  It is also suggested to leave the lid slightly ajar so the Dutch oven is properly ventilated during storage.

You’ll find with continued use that over time the Dutch oven will need additional care which may include the stripping and re-curing process.  It could be that your Dutch oven actually gets rusty or takes on a rancid odor.  You will treat the oven as if you just purchased it and want to cure it for future use.  Many people find it most convenient to heat the oven over an outdoor propane stove.  Make sure that ALL the surfaces are given the opportunity to get hot.  Turn up the heat on the propane stove and then carefully reheat all the surfaces such that they are “smoked” for approximately five minutes.  Remove the oven from the heat and then rub all the surfaces with some steel wool until clean using hot running water at the same time.  Wipe the oven clean and dry with paper towels and then allow the oven to air dry.  Once totally dry,  you then will re-season the unit like you cured it prior to placing it in service the first time.

If you have access to a self-cleaning oven you could place the Dutch oven in the self-cleaning oven during a cleaning cycle in place of using the propane stove heating source.  The other steps would be the same.

Take good care of this unique cooking tool and enjoy those delicious meals for many years to come. I hope this tutorial on using a Dutch Oven makes you realize how easy these are to take care of. You can also purchase disposable liners for your Dutch Oven, or line them with aluminum foil to make them easier to clean.

PRINTABLE Lodge Dutch Oven time and temperature chart I put together after getting permission from the company: Dutch Oven Chart

I check out the Lodge website sometimes and just dream…… Lodge Manufacturing Company.

My favorite things:

Lodge L8SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 10.25-inch

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Lodge L12CO3 Camp Dutch Oven, 6-Quart

Lodge L10CO3 Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 4-Quart

Lodge P14P3 Pro-Logic Cast Iron Pizza Pan, 14-inch, Black

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Quick And Easy Way To Make Ebelskivers

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This is my quick and easy way to make Ebelskivers for the family. When I was a little girl, my grandmother and mother would make these Whole Wheat Ebelskivers for special occasions like Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I carried on the tradition with my own daughters. My mother used a cast iron Ebelskivers (pronounced: able-skeevers) Pan. I used a cast iron one for years, in fact, I think one of my daughters has the original one. I purchased one that is made by Nordic-Ware. I have a glass top (which I do not like) stove. LOL! The Nordic-Ware works better on my stove than the cast iron style pan. The bottom is a little flatter with a ring that generates the heat evenly on a glass stove top.

I love making memories with my kids and grandkids, and this one is truly a hit for everyone involved! Just picture a heaping platter with these Ebelskivers, freshly whipped cream, butter, powdered sugar, several syrup flavors and bring on the jam and jellies! Life is good when you surprise your family with these, I promise. UPDATED: I now have a gas stove so I can use any Ebelskiver pan!! I use several at a time when I make these, so check out these pans: Nordic Ware Danish Ebleskiver Pan or Norpro Nonstick Cast Aluminum Danish Aebleskiver Filled Pancake Pastry Pan New or Norpro 3114 6.5-Inch Cast Iron Danish Aebleskiver Pan Makes

Linda’s Whole Wheat Ebelskivers

Mix the following ingredients and set them aside:

  • 1-1/2 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour (white bread flour works too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dough enhancer (optional)
  • Scant or dash of salt
  • Freshly ground nutmeg using a Microplane or out of a jar to taste

Ebelskivers With Nutmeg

Whisk the following:

  • 1 cup Buttermilk (I used the dry food storage type and reconstituted it with water as directed)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

Ebelskiver Ingredients

After whisking, add the dry ingredients. Heat the Ebleskiver Pan.  I use Vegetable Spray instead of putting 1 teaspoon of oil in each Ebelskiver hole. Heat the pan until very hot. I use a toothpick to flip mine. I will cook both sides and then cook them on their sides as shown in the picture.

Ebelskiver Pan

You fill the holes almost completely full and they puff up! So fun!

Ebelskiver Pancakes

They look really fancy, but they are so easy to make. My grandkids love these! Although Mickey Mouse Pancakes/Waffles are still their favorite!

Whole Wheat Ebelskivers (this is the printable recipe below)

Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour (white bread flour works well too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dough enhancer (optional)
  • Scant of salt
  • Freshly ground nutmeg using a Microplane or out of a jar to taste
  • Whisk the following:
  • 1 cup Buttermilk (I used the dry food storage type and reconstituted with water as directed)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

Instructions:

After whisking, add the dry ingredients. Heat the Ebelskiver Pan. I use Vegetable Spray instead of putting 1 teaspoon of oil in each Ebelskiver hole. Heat the pan until very hot. I use a toothpick to flip mine. I will cook both sides and then cook them on their sides as shown in the picture.
Please share with me some of your family traditions you enjoy making together, thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you and yours!

My favorite things:

Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch

Norpro 335 Nutmeg Grater

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Blue/Green/Yellow

Measuring Cups 7 Piece with New 1/8 cup (Coffee Scoop) by KitchenMade-Stainless Steel-Nesting set.

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater

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The Best Fresh Broccoli Salad You Will Ever Make

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This is truly the best fresh broccoli salad you will ever make, I really do mean this. You can make a big bowl and take it to a family reunion or neighborhood party, or cut the recipe in half and enjoy it as a family. I LOVE every fresh broccoli salad recipe I can find. This salad has bacon, mozzarella or Swiss cheese and a few other ingredients. You can add different things to it and change it to fit your taste, or just to use other ingredients you have in your pantry that it’s time to put to use. I must tell you a secret about this salad recipe, I paid about $30.00 from a popular store in California once and the salad was 1/3 of the size of this recipe. Live, learn and move on, right? This is a great salad for summer and a bonus to take to a holiday party. People love this salad, if they like broccoli, that is!

If you grow broccoli in your garden this recipe would be great to have for any meal. Of course, any salad that has bacon (or most any other meat) I will for sure love it! Yes, I have a few cans of Yoders bacon in my emergency food stash for a special meal. It is way too expensive to buy for everyday use, but then in an emergency, I will break out one of those cans. For this recipe, I just used precooked bacon from Costco I had stashed in the freezer. I think with the price of bacon these days I might not be buying bacon for a very long time. We had our daughter and family in town from Flagstaff for nearly a week. What a great time! I opened a can of this bacon and laid it side by side to the precooked bacon from Costco and it looked identical in size and tasted the same. Interesting test for me. Yoders Canned Fully Cooked Bacon, 9 Ounce or a 1/2 case: 1/2 Case (6 Cans) Yoder’s Premium Canned Bacon

One of the challenges with teenage girls is trying to plan meals they’d all like, besides pizza, bagels, etc. We decided to try this broccoli salad and it was a hit! Keep in mind that this is one of those salads that seems to get better with age.The kids liked it better the second day, and we’d made a large enough salad that there was plenty available the second time around. I particularly like this salad because it’s a good way to get the younger ones to eat vegetables. I know, it does have dressing and sugar and other ingredients, but since the broccoli is the main food item I feel better about it. Don’t be afraid to be creative and add different kinds of nuts, cheese, more onions. I know other cooks who add fruits like grapes to add a totally different look and taste. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 3-4 whole heads of fresh broccoli (break into small flowerets)
  • 1 cup chopped purple onion
  • 2 cups grated Swiss cheese or mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 cups chopped cooked and crumbled bacon

Dressing:

  • 2 cups mayonnaise or Miracle Whip salad dressing
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Instructions:
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl (not the dressing ingredients). Mix all the dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl and pour over the salad ingredients. Serve cold. Optional add-ons: craisins, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, grated carrots, sliced radishes, grapes, or raisins. It’s even better the next day, I promise.

PRINTABLE recipe: Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe by Food Storage Moms

My favorite things:

PriorityChef Colander, Stainless Steel 3 Qrt Kitchen Strainer With Large Stable Base

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife

Red Feather PURE CANNED BUTTER – 2 cans of 12oz each – great for survival earthquake kit

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How To Have A Cookie Exchange Party This Year

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Today it’s all about how to have a cookie exchange party this year! My daughter, Alli, has a friend named Charla who is amazing in everything she puts her mind too! Well, every year she has a cookie exchange party with friends and family. I know we have virtual cookie exchanges sometimes, but I’m talking about planning a real cookie exchange. You know you grab a piece of paper and start numbering it with all your friends and if they have emails, yay! You can put together an email list to send out the invitation to everyone this year, next year and the year after that. Social media is fabulous, don’t get me wrong, but there is something about that face to face conversation that is so important. Cookie exchange party, here we come!!

Here’s how it works, one person is the host, in this case, Charla is the host and therefore opens up her home to friends and family to exchange cookies. Now, typically the party is around the holidays so you bring cookies for everyone attending to exchange. Let’s say you have invited 15 people and then only ten people can make it. No worries, not everyone can come to the party on the date you have planned. Each guest brings a dozen cookies bases on their recipe with enough to provide to ten people. In other words, you bring enough cookies to taste and trade for cookies at the party.

Cookie Exchange Party Tips:

  1. Send out the invitations about 4 weeks in advance with instructions where the party is, the date and time. You will let them know how many are invited to attend. You will instruct them to bring a dozen cookies for each person attending. I would keep the party at 8-12 people otherwise it may seem overwhelming to make a LOT of cookies. Instruct them to make copies of their cookie or bar recipes to trade with each other. R.S.V.P. is very important for this party to be successful.
  2. The host will have a table decorated to place your cookies on a cake platter, large trays, etc. If you want to bring your own display tray, do it.
  3. It’s fun to bring small boxes with parchment paper to place your cookies in after the cookie exchange.
  4. Bring your own ribbon, twine or tags to decorate your cookie boxes to deliver to neighbors and family for the holidays.
  5. Here’s the deal if you want to bring cookies you bake from a package, go for it. This is a party to meet up with friends and family. If you work two jobs pay someone to make some from scratch for you. You can also purchase them already made that taste yummy from Costco, for instance. Yes, they are pricey but life is busy sometimes. No recipe card, no worries. Just come and enjoy the party.
  6. The host will provide lemon water, milk, coffee or tea to sip on while tasting the extra cookies.
  7. The party can last two to three hours or less depending on the time schedule of those attending. Who loves cookies, I know I do!!!

My Favorite Cookie Recipes:

1. Super Soft Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup softened butter (no substitute)
  • 3/4 cup oil (I use vegetable oil)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 cups freshly ground hard white wheat flour or white bread flour
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream all the ingredients together, except the flour. Slowly add the flour until blended with heavy duty mixer.
  3. Use a cookie scoop (I used the purple-1/8 cup scoop) and place each scoop about two inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Parchment paper or Silpat mat works great too. Next, push the center of the cookies as illustrated below with a small glass bottom or tart pusher, but not all the way through. I bake my cookies for 8-10 minutes. (please note: whole wheat takes longer to bake, 9-10 minutes). Frost with cream cheese frosting! Yummy!

sugar cookies

PRINTABLE recipe: Sugar Cookies by Food Storage Moms

Cream Cheese Frosting

Frosts one bundt cake or 3-4 dozen cookies or 3 dozen cupcakes.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter-softened
  • 1-eight ounce cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions:
  1. Cream the butter with the cream cheese and slowly add the powdered sugar to the thickness you desire. Add the vanilla until blended.

PRINTABLE recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting by Food Storage Moms

2. Softest Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups flour (I use white bread flour)
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups soft butter
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 bag chocolate kisses-unwrapped (this is optional-cookies are yummy plain)
 Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, soda, salt, peanut butter and vanilla. Gradually add the flour until blended well. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of balls you make. After baking, immediately add an unwrapped chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie. (This is optional)

PRINTABLE Recipe: Softest Peanut Butter Cookies by Food Storage Moms

3. Chocolate Mint Brownie Cookies

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Cream all the ingredients, as in dump/cream all the ingredients in your mixer bowl and then add the flour. Blend until thoroughly mixed. I used my 1/8 cup cookie scoop similar to this one: OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of cookie scoop you use. Of course, spoons work just as well. I used spoons growing up! I taught classes at a kitchen store and learned about cookie scoops. Life is good with cookie scoops, just saying.

I use this frosting recipe for cookies, doughnuts, cakes, and brownies.

Mint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cube (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 1-8 ounce softened cream cheese
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or a few drops of peppermint essential oils
  • Food coloring if desired

Combine all of the ingredients and use a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.

I love this frosting because I can make it ahead of time and freeze it. I thaw it in the refrigerator and it will be ready when I need it the next day. With the delicious cookies above, covered with this wonderful frosting you have the best of both worlds.

PRINTABLE recipe: Chocolate Mint Brownie Cookies by Food Storage Moms

4. The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (12-ounce package) semi-sweet or milk chocolate
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. Gradually add the flour until blended. Fold in the chocolate chips. Grease the cookie sheets and spoon onto the cookie sheets. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove cookies from the cookie sheets and cool on wire racks. I use my 1/8 cup cookie scoop when I make these cookies.

PRINTABLE recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies by Food Storage Moms

Please let me know what the name of your favorite cookie recipe is, I love to hear those things! Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Norpro 3253 Tart Tamper, Brown

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red

OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

Silpat AE420295-07 Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8″ x 16-1/2″

KitchenAid KP26M1XNP Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer – Nickel Pearl

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11 Things You Need To Soothe The Flu or Cold

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Today I’m sharing 11 things you need to soothe the flu or cold. It’s that time of year that I am starting to hear the coughs and sniffles everywhere I go. Is it an allergy or is it the flu or a cold? Sometimes it’s really hard to tell which one it is for sure. Last week I had a friend call me who I feel is my “adopted son”, because his mom passed away a few years ago. I love this young man and his sweet family. He asked me what to do because he had been sick with nasal issues and coughing like crazy. I’ve listed below some suggeted approaches to consider. Now, remember I am not a doctor, nurse or in the medical field. We must do our own research and do what is right for our family. I’m sure I have told you before I go to the doctor once a year, I feel I can listen to my body and heal it myself, in most cases.

I’ve had pneumonia a couple of times and was in the hospital with it years ago. Since that time, I have now learned a few techniques to heal my body before it becomes pneumonia. This does not work for everyone, I get that. When in doubt go to the doctor. I often wondered why in this day and age people are dying from pneumonia. My doctor is also a close friend and I asked him once why are both the young and old dying from pneumonia. In some cases, he said their oxygen level gets so low that they go to sleep and they don’t wake up because they don’t have the strength to continue breathing. There are bacteria and viruses that are game changers as well. Here’s the deal, a light bulb turned on in my head when he told me the breathing story. When my girls were toddlers the doctor would ask me “is their breathing shallow and labored”? The doctor would then tell me whether I needed to come into his office right away or wait a few days.

What I use for the flu or cold:

1. Chicken Soup by Food Storage Moms:

Do you love a hot cup of chicken soup as much as I do? You will love my recipe, I promise.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cans of chicken (12.5 ounces each) drained, or substitute 2 cups of cooked diced chicken
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base or substitute 6 cups of chicken broth Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian No Chicken Base, 8 oz
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried onions or 1 fresh onion chopped in bite size pieces
  • 3/4 cup dry dehydrated carrots or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh carrots
  • 3/4 cup dry freeze dried celery or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 package Grandma’s frozen egg noodles (11 ounces) cooked and separated as directed, or boil your pasta of choice
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted (optional)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, BUT add the Grandma’s Noodles the last two hours or they will be mushy. Enjoy!

PRINTABLE recipe: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup by Food Storage Moms

2. Water:

Drink water to keep yourself hydrated. One sign of being dehydrated is shiny and cracked red lips. Keep drinking water or Gatorade.

3. Wash Your Hands:

I can’t state how important this little item is! Please wash your hands and wash your hands. I’m glad to see the schools, clinics and hospitals have those containers on the walls to use with instant hand sanitizer. I REALLY wish the churches would do this as well. During flu and cold season please do not shake hands and pass the germs around. Am I the only one that worries about this? Please share your comments about this one so I can add them to my post.

4. Use A Vaporizer or Humidifier:

I started using a warm vaporizer because for me they work better than the cool mist humidifier. Which one do you prefer to use? Here’s the one I just took to someone: Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light It’s cheap and I use it all winter when the furnace runs.

5. Neti-Pot:

Here’s the deal with a Neti-Pot, you must use clean water that is not contaminated. I see reviews on these sometimes and I think, really people, use clean water not contaminated water. The water is going in your nasal passages to open them up so we can breathe easier. SinuCleanse Nasal Wash System, Plastic Neti Pot With Salt Packets I love mine!

6. Essential Oils:

I use essential oils all the time. I will make a disclaimer here, they will not cure anything. They will soothe and make you feel better, but if you feel like you need to see a doctor, do it. Enough said about that. Now, let me share my favorite ones I use all the time.  I use Lavender, Eucalyptus, Oregano (with a carrier), Frankincense, Helichrysum, Peppermint to name a few. I have a large essential oil book, but this one works great as a small handbook to get you started using essential oils: Essential Oils Pocket Reference

7. Cough Drops:

These are my favorite cough drops I have ever tried. The taste is mild and I believe in using silver: Organic Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health or Even Daily Supplementation and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop – My Doctor Suggests Brand

8. Silver Solution:

I use this product whenever I have taken food into sick people. I use it if I feel like I’m coming down with something. I do not take it every single day. pH Balanced Silver Hydrosol – 30ppm Silver Solution: Safe Silver Solution for Daily Supplementation and Immune Health – Won’t Disrupt the pH Level of the Body. 16oz Bottle Just giving you the heads-up here, this stuff does NOT turn your skin blue. I had a neighbor once that was blue, or at least dark gray. She mentioned to me she had a friend that gave her a recipe to make her own silver solution and that’s why her skin color had changed. Please do not do this. This product was researched and the formula is made by scientists. Here is my favorite book concerning silver to help educate those who may not have heard of THIS kind of silver: A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses and yeast.

9. Green Tea:

I love using this green tea when I am feeling chilled or if I want to have a warm drink: Yogi Tea Green Tea Energy, Herbal Supplement, Tea Bags, 16 ct The Chinese have been using green tea for thousands of years as a natural path to health and vitality of life. It’s a natural antioxidant to ward off free radicals in our bodies.

10. Honey:

Add some raw honey like the kind Cox’s Honey from Shelley, Idaho makes. Add it to your green tea and man does that combination help a cough! Cox’s Honey This is the only place I buy my honey because it is real honey. Love it!

11. Lemon Juice:

I add a little lemon juice to my water jug every day with dry packets like these: True Lemon Bulk Dispenser Pack, 100 Count (2.82oz) or Organic lemon juice: Santa Cruz Juice, Lemon, 100% Organic, 16 oz This one is my favorite for liquid lemon juice. It’s the one I use in my freshly ground whole wheat bread. One of my favorite hot drinks is green tea, honey, and lemon juice when I feel a cold coming on.

Just think of what will happen if the roads are not driveable, and the pharmacies are closed due to a power outage. What can we do until we can get help from a doctor? Here is a book I keep close at hand: The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, no one else can do it for us. We will be on our own my friends. May God bless you and your family.

 

 

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The Best Thanksgiving Recipes By Food Storage Moms

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I’m sharing the best Thanksgiving Recipes by Food Storage Moms today because I think we can always use new recipes. Plus, if my daughters need the recipes, they are on the blog today! LOL! Here’s the deal, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the appetizers. We all make turkey, mashed potatoes, and our favorite side dishes, right? I must admit I buy my pies, yep it makes life so must easier for me. It’s so funny because we have the best pie shop right here in St. George, Utah called Crowshaw’s pies. If you don’t order your Thanksgiving pies by Halloween (October 31st) you are out of luck for picking up your favorites. I learned this a few years ago. Therefore I go to Costco to get my pies.

Well, Costco has a fabulous pumpkin pie and even a yummy pecan pie. I add the real whipped cream and let the sweetness begin. I’m not going to write how to cook a turkey or how to mash potatoes. I love yams or sweet potatoes but my family is not fond of them. BUT I have one of my best friends yam recipes I’m sharing today and a few more, so let’s get started.

The Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Loosli Family Thanksgiving Turkey Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oleo (I use butter) you can tell this is a really old recipe now
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 or 3-14 ounce cans chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons RUBBED ground sage
  • 12 cups dried bread cubes
  • Giblets, chopped (optional), I never use them

Instructions:

Saute the onion, celery, giblets, salt, pepper, and sage in a small skillet. Combine this mixture with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add more liquid if the mixture is too dry. Bake covered in a greased pan at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until heated through. I have cooked this in my slow cooker on low as well.

PRINTABLE recipe: Loosli Family Thanksgiving Turkey Dressing

Lisa’s Apple Yams

Ingredients:

  • 4 large yams, peeled and cooked until tender. Slice the yams’ the thickness you desire
  • 4 cooking apples, peeled and sliced

Yummy Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and layer the yams and apples in the pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine the water, brown sugar, salt, and cornstarch, stirring constantly. Add one cube (1/2 cup) of butter. Continue stirring constantly. Cook until it starts to thicken. Add 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon over the apples and yams.
  3. Pour the sauce over all of it.
  4. Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. No marshmallows on this one. This recipe is fabulous!

PRINTABLE recipe: Lisa’s Apple Yams by Food Storage Moms

My Sister’s Cranberry Pie

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg, beaten for glaze
  • pastry for 2 crust 9-inch pie (one for the bottom of the pie and one for the lattice top)
Instructions:
  1. Combine the cranberries, salt, sugar, flour and refrigerate the mixture one or more hours. Add the butter when you add the cranberry mixture into the pie crust. Make a lattice pie crust for the top of the pie. Brush the top of pie crust lattice top with egg.
    Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Bake the pie 10 minutes. Then lower the oven to 350 degrees and bake another 45 minutes. Serve pie in wedges with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

PRINTABLE recipe: My Sister’s Cranberry Pie by Food Storage Moms

Linda’s No-Fail Dinner Rolls

Ingredients:
  • 4 Teaspoons SAF Instant Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 Cups Warm Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 4 Teaspoons Dough Enhancer
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6-7 Cups White bread flour (Add 1/2 of the flour and then add more until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl)
Instructions:
  1. Place all of the ingredients in order into your mixing bowl. Be careful with the eggs not to add the warm milk too slowly or you will have scrambled eggs. Add half of the flour and keep adding the rest of the flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Cover with greased plastic and let rise the first time about an hour. Punch the dough down and mold into small balls about 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches in diameter. Cover with greased plastic and let rise one more time about an hour or until double the size. Remove the plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Do not overbake. They should be a golden brown. I spread a little butter on the tops after baking so the rolls are soft on top. If you like a crispier top you can skip this step.

PRINTABLE recipe: Linda’s No-Fail Dinner Rolls by Food Storage Moms

Linda’s Homemade Gravy

Ingredients:

  • Turkey Drippings
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sugar

Instructions:

I use the pan the turkey was baked in with the “drippings” and bring the liquid to a boil. If you have very little juice or drippings add some water. Now I can’t give you exact measurements because this depends on the size of turkey you purchased. I take about 1-2 cups of flour and put it in a quart jar with cold water and shake it like crazy. I slowly add this mixture to the hot boiling turkey drippings. Use a whisk and stir constantly. I have a quart pitcher with cold water to add to this pan as the gravy thickens. I add water until it’s the consistency I prefer. Not too runny, but not too thick. I add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Yep, it’s the sugar that brings out the flavor. Of course, it’s optional. Now, if you have some lumps no worry, bring out the hand mixer. The flavor is fabulous and so easy to make.

PRINTABLE recipe: Linda’s Homemade Gravy by Food Storage Moms

8 of My Favorite Appetizers:

Printable of all appetizers is below, enjoy.

1. Water Chestnut Appetizers

This appetizer is probably the first one devoured at any party. You pull the pan out of the oven and people start grabbing the toothpicks to eat them. Yummy!

Ingredients:
  • 3 cans of whole, water chestnuts drained
  • 1-1/2 pounds thin raw bacon
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (this is optional-I like a little kick to mine)
Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9″ by 13″ inch pan. I cut the package/s of uncooked raw bacon into thirds to make the bacon go farther. You wrap a piece of the raw bacon around one water chestnut and secure it with a toothpick. Place the bacon wrapped chestnuts in the greased pan. Continue until all, or at least most of the chestnuts are wrapped. Bake for 20 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan. This is the hardest part of the whole recipe. Be careful!
    Place the ketchup, brown sugar and dry mustard in a medium size bowl and whisk until smooth. Cover the baked chestnuts with this mixture and bake an additional 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com

This is how they look while preparing them:

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com

 2. Sweet Little Smoky Appetizers

Grab a slow cooker, combine all the ingredients and set it on low. When heated through, take it to the party with toothpicks. Everyone loves this one! If you keep some little smokies in your freezer and a couple jars of jelly and chili sauce in your pantry, this is easy peasy to make and take!

  • 12 or 18-ounce jar of grape jelly
  • 12-ounce jar of chili sauce
  • three pounds of Little Smokies

Smokies

3. Pineapple-Cream Cheese Dip

This is an easy one to make because if you typically keep cream cheese in your refrigerator, pecans in the freezer and crushed pineapple in the pantry you can make this one at the last minute. It’s perfect, even if you have to stop and pick up crackers at the grocery store on the way to the party. This appetizer is one of my family’s favorites! We like the crackers called Chicken In A Biscuit and also Wheat Thins served with this one.

Ingredients:
  • 2- 8-ounce packages softened cream cheese
  • 2- 8-ounce cans drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons green onion chopped or 1 tablespoon freeze/air dried green onion (optional)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all season salt, similar to Lawry’s salt
Instructions:
    1. Place all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Use a hand mixer to blend completely. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Serve with your favorite crackers or veggies

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com

4. Baked Sausage-Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

These are really easy to make the day before and cover with plastic wrap until you want to bake them. These are always gone within minutes.

Ingredients:
  • 15 large mushrooms or 24-30 smaller mushrooms washed, pat dry and remove the stems
  • 1-8-ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1-16-ounce package of Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage (or your favorite flavor)
  • Chop the mushroom stems if desired, to add to the sausage when cooking it
  • green onions chopped fine (optional) I never use these
Instructions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Cook and crumble the sausage and drain the grease if any. Stir in the softened cream cheese.
    3. Scoop the mixture into each mushroom. Bake for about 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the mushrooms.
    4. Serve hot.

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com

5. Easy Spicy Meatballs

I love this recipe because I buy the frozen meatballs from Costco and add the rest of the ingredients from my food storage stash! Get the slow cooker out and it’s ready to make another very easy appetizer. They have a little kick, but you can cut down the hot sauce so they aren’t so spicy if that is your preference. Serve out of a small slow cooker with toothpicks or place on a platter. This one is perfect for football season parties!

Ingredients:
  • For the Spicy Buffalo Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Meatballs-precooked (about 40-50-depending on size)
Instructions:
  1. Combine the Franks Hot Sauce, brown sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the brown sugar dissolves. Place the precooked meatballs in a crock pot and cover with the sauce. Cook for about 2-3 hours or until warmed through. Serve with toothpicks and buttermilk ranch dressing and celery sticks, if desired.

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com

6. Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites

This one is perfect around the holidays when the cranberries are on sale!

Ingredients:
  • Cream cheese-softened
  • 1 can of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce (14 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried and crushed jalapeno peppers (more or less depending on personal preference)
  • 1 box of Triscuit crackers
Instructions:
    1. Spread a small spoonful of softened cream cheese on each cracker. Combine the jalapenos and cranberry sauce in a bowl. Place a small spoonful of the cranberry sauce mixture on each cracker. Serve immediately.

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com

7. Hot Chip Beef or Ham-Cream Cheese Dip

Here is another awesome and easy appetizer or dip to take to a party. If it’s homemade people love it, I promise! Our family serves this one with the large Frito dipping chips! This one is always popular!

Ingredients:
  • 8-ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chip beef or ham cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh green onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
Instructions:
    1. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream and milk with a hand mixer until blended. Add the green onion and your meat of choice. Microwave until it starts to bubble. I like to stir it halfway through the heating process. You can also use a small crockpot to keep it warm. Sprinkle a little green onion on top before serving.

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com
8. Cheesy Dill-Cream Cheese Pecan Ball

Our family and friends love this one! It’s always a favorite because it has a little dill and green onions in it. We serve this one with Wheat Thins for sure!

Ingredients:
  • 2-8 ounce packages of cream cheese
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 washed and chopped green onions or equal amounts of freeze dried green onions
  • Pecans or almonds to garnish on top of cheese ball (optional)
Instructions:
    1. Combine all the ingredients and use a hand mixer or stand mixer to blend them together. Roll in pecans or sliced almonds if desired. Serve with crackers of choice.

9 Easy Appetizers For Any Party | by FoodStorageMoms.com

PRINTABLE recipes: 8 Appetizer Recipes by Food Storage Moms

I love “finger foods” for appetizers because I feel like people need more time to talk and laugh together. It seems that social media has taken the closeness of face to face conversation away from some of us. I love social media and use it most every day, but I firmly believe girls need girls, women need women and friends need friends. Have a great time with friends and family soon. I hope you can use some of these family favorite appetizers of mine!  Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you and your family. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome

The Meals in a Jar Handbook: Gourmet Food Storage Made Easy

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

All-Clad 59946 Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan with Lid Specialty Cookware, 14.5 by 11.75 by 2.5-Inch, Silver

Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove

Lodge L12CO3 Camp Dutch Oven, 6-Quart

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

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How To Never Run Out Of Milk Ever Again

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Today, it’s all about how to never run out of milk ever again. This Thrive Instant Milk is easy to mix and drink as is with the amount of water stated on the can. WOW, instant milk has come a long way, baby! I grew up on powdered milk that was mixed with regular milk so it was fine to make the same thing for my kids.  Of course, it was powdered and yucky (sorry if you like it, I can still smell it). It was thick and hard to mix, I had to use a blender. I must put a huge disclaimer here, I do not, will not drink any milk. Okay, so now that I have disclosed this little tidbit, my family still goes through a lot of milk. My husband has it on his cereal every morning with bananas while he reads the two newspapers we have delivered (UPDATE-we canceled our newspapers), just part of his daily ritual. BUT I cannot be without it because I do bake with it or make hot chocolate, etc. Thrive instant milk

I remember getting emails a few years ago and people were upset that they could not leave their home to get milk at the store because of ice storms, etc. It was the number one thing my readers said they needed most. Interesting to me because I grew up on powdered milk. I always have instant milk and water to mix, so I thought I better get the word out about instant milk. Never run out of milk again. That’s my new motto. Yes, you can still buy powdered milk (some say it is good for baking). I use this Thrive Instant milk for everything. I still buy regular bottles of milk at the store for my husband, but I have several cans of this in my food storage stash. I do keep rice milk in my food storage stash as well. An additional positive thing about this product is the taste. My husband and neighbors who have tried it tell me they enjoy the flavor, almost as much as the real thing. If you use it as a replacement in your recipes it will never be noticed like powdered products I’ve used in the past. Give it a try, you’ll grow to love this product and the flexibility it provides.

Never run out of milk

Let’s talk about some of the ways we can use it or substitute:

1. Use it on cereal

2. Make bread with it White-Bread-For-Two Recipe

3. Make cinnamon rolls with it Cinnamon Rolls by Food Storage Moms

4. I need it to make macaroni and cheese

5. Great to make milkshakes

6. Must have to make creamed chip beef on toast

7. Pancakes

8. Waffles

9. Popeye or Swedish hotcakes Pancake Recipes by Food Storage Moms

10. Pudding

13. Soups

14. Salad dressings

15. Make your own yogurt

16. Hot cocoa or hot chocolate

17. Creamy sauces

18. Smoothies

You know you start thinking about all the ways we use it…we do need to store some! If you think of more reasons why we should store it, I will add them to this list.

Another awesome thing about this canned product is the shelf life: 25 years unopened. Two years if opened. *the shelf life will always depend on the temperature of the room. We cannot store this in a hot garage or the shelf life will be less than stated. Remember start with one can at a time….Let’s be prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

All-Clad 59946 Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan with Lid Specialty Cookware, 14.5 by 11.75 by 2.5-Inch, Silver

Lodge LPGI3 Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch, Black

Augason Farms Country Fresh 100% Real Instant Nonfat Dry Milk 29 oz 10 Can

Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″

Lodge L12CO3 Camp Dutch Oven, 6-Quart

Gamma Seal Lid Variety Pack- 7 Colors

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The Top 12 Items I Recommend For Any Disaster

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Today I am showing you the top 12 items I recommend for any disaster. These items are the most important to me. I didn’t buy these all at once. I’m not rich. I’m very frugal and watch for bargains. I have always had a budget. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, in my opinion, you need a budget. I have always had my monthly bills on automatic payment. They are set up through my bank, and on the 25th of each month I know exactly how much money I have to work with for the following month.

Please remember that we must all bring something to what I call the “party” after a disaster. We need water, food, fuel, skills and so much more. We can’t depend on the government to take care of us. It’s not going to happen. Please start with one can this week, two extra cans next week. Start storing water, etc. Let’s get started. We can do this, I promise. I have had several people tell me I’m going to Linda’s house after a disaster. No, no, no. Let’s talk, we must be prepared for our own family’s protection. That’s it, my friends. I do not have a warehouse stored with water, food, fuel etc. for my neighborhood.

My house is tiny. I have enough for Mark and I. Yep, that’s it, baby! I picture myself making pancakes, bread or biscuits for the neighborhood, but I will need everyone to bring something to the table. Oh man, does that sound mean or selfish? It’s real, it really is. We must all be prepared.

12 Items for any disaster:

My first four:

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1. Water is my number one item I would start with for emergency preparedness. If you have 55-gallon barrels or larger water containers, that is great. Remember, if you have a regular water heater you have that water as well if you keep the bacteria out of the water lines. Be sure and have some containers you can grab and go with like these: WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

2. Food Storage is critical to survive after a disaster, so start with one #10 can at a time. Or add one bag of rice or beans to your grocery store cart each week. One extra can of soup might be the only meal you have after an ice storm, earthquake, hurricane or tornado.

3. Lump charcoal stored in 6-gallon red buckets with Gamma Lids. Royal Oak 195228021 Lump Charcoal, 15.4 lb

4. Volcano Stove II, you can use wood (if I had to I could burn my furniture to cook), charcoal or propane.

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I use solar power:

5. Have a few alternative power sources-I prefer Goal Zero Solar Power-Goal Zero.

6. You can power a CPAP with a Goal Zero YETI 350 or YETI 400 (check your wattage). Food Storage Moms CPAP Post

7. I can grind my hard white whole wheat, this is critical to me-I make bread-please learn to make bread. Grind my wheat by Food Storage Moms

8. You can power a Nebulizer with the same Goal Zero Units above depending on your wattage (please be prepared before you need it).

12 Top Emergency Preparedness Items | via www.foodstoragemoms.comMy last four items:

9. Goal Zero Yeti 1250 can power my Bosch Bread Mixer-this is critical for me. I can make bread by hand, but if I need make large batches for a group this will be a blessing.

10. Portable Washing Machine which is two 6-gallon buckets, one with holes drilled in the bottom placed inside another 6-gallon bucket. The holes will drain the small loads of laundry. Then I can rinse them in the same buckets. The excess water can be used for Portable toilets.

11. First Aid Kit: make a list of all your prescriptions and add them to your emergency grab and go first aid kit. Slowly gather those first aid items you might need on a daily, weekly or monthly scheduled usage.

12. A Sun Oven is a second way to cook my meals. This can be main dishes, bread, brownies, beans. and macaroni, etc. Sun Oven post by Food Storage Moms

I am telling you this so you can see that I live on a very tight budget……most people could or would not live on the amount of income I use each month in my budget. I hope this helps you find a small way to be prepared for the unexpected. Just start with a few items…you do not need to buy a pallet of food to be prepared, in my opinion. One extra can a week to add to your pantry will make all the difference if someone in your family becomes unemployed or if your neighborhood has a natural disaster or unforeseen emergency.

These are the top 12 items I would suggest to have ready to use after any disaster to help you get started. I would save a few dollars a week to save up for the larger items you will need. This is one of the reasons why I say you need to get to know your neighbors. Maybe you can grind your neighbor’s wheat and someone else can share their SunOven to bake your bread. We must be able to take care of ourselves. Please do not think that the government will be able to jump in and help everyone. That will not happen, at least not right away. Even the American Red Cross may not show up for days or weeks after an unforeseen emergency or disaster.

My favorite things:

Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse 250 Portable Battery Charger USB Power Hub and Lantern

All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance

Goal Zero Camping Base Camp Solar Essentials Kit

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How To Use Witch Hazel 21 Different Ways

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Today I’m sharing my thoughts on how to use Witch Hazel 21 different ways. I remember using this product years ago.  I am always looking for natural remedies, so I decided to do a little research on it. I was not aware that you could buy Witch Hazel in so many fragrances. Wow, how things have changed! We had clear and clear years ago. No fragrances. Period. Now I see so many fragrances like unscented, lavender, aloe vera, rose petal, lemon, peach and others as well. This post is an update from a few years ago.

Here’s the deal, I am suggesting these benefits based on my research. I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I believe in natural healing, but I also have one fabulous doctor I see once a year. I rarely go to the doctor, but that’s just me because I rarely if ever get sick. I never get flu shots, oh my gosh did I just say that? Yes, I did. Please do what is right for you and we will all be happy with our own choices. Let’s leave it at that. Okay, let’s get started with some ways we can use Witch Hazel.

How To Use Witch Hazel:

Witch Hazel is an astringent, its made from witch hazel leaf extract, witch hazel bark and witch hazel water. Witch hazel is a plant used to make medicine. People use it for the following health benefits and other applications.

1. Gently cleans all types of skin.

2. Use after exposure to the sun or wind.

3. Rub some on after a shower or bath, the different scents are awesome.

4. Use it topically for pain.

5. I rub it on my itchy arms to help stop the itch.

6. It helps with swollen ankles-soothes the pain.

7. It soothes varicose veins.

8. Use it topically on minor burns.

9. Use it topically for hemorrhoids.

10. Use it topically for skin irritations.

11. Great for babies who are teething-rub on their little-swollen gums.

12. It helps fight infection on cuts or scrapes.

13. Lavender witch hazel is calming.

14. It’s a delicate soothing toner for the skin.

15. It’s an alternative to drying skin-helps tighten pores.

16. It beautifies the skin naturally.

17. Use after shaving to help protect your skin.

18. Soothes bug bites and bee stings.

19. Heals skin a little faster.

20. Soothes diaper rash

21. According to Web, M.D., you can use it for diarrhea Web, M.D.

I’m adding a few bottles to my first aid and natural remedy stash. I want to be able to heal my body,  and the body of those around me, if we did have some sort of unforeseen disaster or emergency. We need to take the time to learn how to heal our bodies naturally. Of course, we would go to the doctor if we felt the need….please do not take this the wrong way. I just feel like sometimes we need to be prepared to take care of ourselves if NO antibiotics are available. I hope that never happens, but my gut tells me it just might. I live on an earthquake fault. I need to be prepared for the unexpected. This means water, food, first aid supplies, temporary cooking devices, solar power devices, an emergency binder that holds our important documents, etc.

Please take a minute and look around your house and in your car and think about what you have in your possession, TODAY, right this minute that will make a difference. Not at some later time. Are you prepared with the necessary tools, first aid items (even fever reducing products), the typical items you need every day?  I guess I am just a nervous Nellie….if I get down to the last bottle of aspirin…..I go to the store and buy 5 or 6. It’s just who I am.

What about your gas tank? How full is it? How much cash do you have RIGHT now? Please let me know if you use Witch Hazel and how you use it. I love comments I can add to my post.

Food Storage Moms: First Aid Kit with Printable List.

My favorite things:

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera Formula, Unscented, 12 Fluid Ounce

Thayer’s: Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, Lavender Toner 12 oz

Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

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30 Items You Need To Survive A Pandemic

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I have 30 items you need to survive a pandemic today. This is just a small list to get you started. I wrote a post about this a few years ago and I’m updating that article. Flu season is right around the corner, and who knows what else may pop up in our community to make us sick this year or next.
Below is a list of 30 pandemic essentials to start with that I feel we need in our emergency buckets, boxes or containers. Here’s the deal…we all keep hearing about the different strains of FLU or MRSE. Let me explain what I call a Pandemic Flu Outbreak. In my opinion, Pandemic Flu is a virulent human flu that will cause a global outbreak or pandemic of a very serious illness. Right now there is currently no pandemic flu...but because our bodies might have very little immunity to a HUGE outbreak…the disease can spread easily from person to person…in other words, a pandemic is a global disease. It’s when influenza emerges and begins to cause serious illness. It passes from person to person and then spreads worldwide.

In the last century, three Influenza Pandemics occurred…1918-19, 1957-58 and 1968-69. Many scientists believe it is a matter of time before another influenza pandemic occurs. This is why I feel so strongly about having a Pandemic Essentials bucket. I know we all have first aid kits. When was the last time we looked to see if we have current items…or are we missing some badly needed Motrin or Tylenol for we as adults and our kids? What are the dates on the medicine containers? How many alternative home remedies are we prepared to make or use? These 30 pandemic essentials are the bare minimum needed. Please note I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I just want to be prepared if the stores close or I don’t want to go out in public if a major outbreak occurs.

Survive A Pandemic:

1. Face Masks (N-95’s) to help stop the dust from an earthquake or infections spreading from sneezing (I store 100’s of these).

2. Diapers (cloth) they can be used for many things. Cleaning, babies, stop the bleeding from cuts, wash or dry dishes…add a scarf for your head as well. These are the diapers I recommend: Gerber 10-Pack Cloth Diaper Prefold Premium 6-ply with absorbent padding.

3. Cough medicine, fever medications, ****prescriptions as required (stock up on 90 day supply if possible) see below by PrepNow, Hydrogen Peroxide and rubbing alcohol, Vicks VapoRub Vicks VapoRub Cough Suppressant Topical Analgesic Ointment 6 Oz (Pack of 2).

4. Portable radio-hopefully you have a crank one or some way to power it to hear what is going on locally if you lose power.

5. Flashlight with extra batteries, or a solar flashlight is even better with a crank as well. My favorite is the Goal Zero flashlight: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel or this one: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight.

6. Manual can opener, this is a must-have for every kit. You might need to open other’s food storage cans as well as your own.

7. Garbage bags and kitchen size bags-these can be used for trash, body bags if need be, potty chairs, etc.

8. Canned juices (bag/cartons)-I put 100% juice in this container-ten pouches…I am sure it has some sugar…I still need it in my bucket.

9. Fluids with Electrolytes-I can also make my own electrolyte solution that is very similar, but I want one large bottle ready to serve.

10. Anti-diarrhea medicine-diarrhea can kill if the person gets too dehydrated…I always look at a child’s lips. If they are dry and shiny red or cracked they need water ASAP Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief – 2 Pack, 60-Count Total.

11. Paper towels-I only put 4 rolls of paper towels in the bucket…of course, we can use more, but this bucket is just an emergency grab and go container.

12. Toilet paper- this is a must have in my 30 Pandemic Essentials list! LOL! You can never have too much toilet paper.

13. Thermometer-I put this in the bucket, but really, if someone is that sick we can usually tell if they have a fever. It’s when the fever gets over 104 degrees in the morning that things become so critical. Typically fevers are always higher in the afternoon. I get worried if the child wakes up with a fever in the morning..its just me. If I can’t break a fever I will worry. If I can break a fever I feel the fever is a good thing and shows the body is fighting the virus naturally. Remember, I’m not a doctor, I’m a mother and grandma, we have a mother’s intuition. If the child is lethargic we know what to do, but if we have zero access to a doctor or antibiotics I want to be able to think through what I must do to help someone until professional help arrives.

14. Canned baby formula with bottles ready to serve if needed-I feel I must put some baby formula in my bucket. I don’t have any babies around me, but if I had to feed a newborn baby I will have something hopefully that is nourishing to a baby.

15. Dog food-yep, I am thinking about my beloved Shih-Tzu, Boston. If you have pets, at least the small pets you can take with you, add some cans of food for them in your bucket.

16. Soap and anti-bacterial soap-I am constantly washing my hands…I know this is one more way we can not only keep hands clean but also slow down the spread of infection..wash hands..wash hands…wash hands.

17. Cups-lots of cups-I decided on some small 4-ounce size cups because I can put 100 in a small area of the bucket-this means I will have 100 cups for whatever or whoever needs them.

18. Disposable rubber gloves- you can never have too many disposable gloves….latex free is even better when you decide to buy some to add to your stash.

19. Bleach-okay I have to say I need bleach. I know some people are against bleach, but I will use it to help clean up the sewage backup overflow or whatever I need to kill bacteria. Pool shock works well too (very concentrated-be careful).

20. Clear plastic sheeting (4mil) 100 feet for setting up an isolation room. One reader mentioned about adding Mosquito netting (folds up very small) to the bucket.

21. Duct Tape-oh my gosh, just start talking about Duct Tape, it has a million ways we can use it. That’s the link where I share 25 ways to use duct tape.

22. Borax-great for toilet provisions-it helps clean the potty chair but also put a little in the bottom of the portable toilet to help control the odor.

23. Clothesline rope and clothes pins- we might have a washing/rinsing bucket, but we might need to hang up some wet clothes to dry.

24. Laundry Soap-ready to use for dirty underwear. At the very least we can wear shirts and short or pants several times, but it would be nice to have clean underwear.

25. Dawn Dish Soap- this is my favorite liquid soap. It might cost a bit more, but the few cents is totally worth the grease this stuff can clean. One of my readers mentioned using Dawn Soap in baggies with a little water to clean underwear, rinse and dry them. Plus she uses Dawn Liquid Soap to wash her hair!

26. Kitty Litter-great for potty chairs (also a reader mentioned you can get “oil dry” much cheaper at automotive stores).

27. Water Filters and purification devices- I use the LifeStraw and the Berkey Sport Water Bottle for filtering water.

28. Water containers-collection, storage and carrying containers-never throw out a bucket. You can never have too many buckets for washing, rinsing or mixing large batches of meals for your neighborhood (food containers only for meal preparation).

29. Water-LOTS of water in WaterBricks with handles to grab and go, cases of bottled water. Store as much water as you can afford the containers to store the water.

30. Minimum 2 weeks of food for everyone in your family. See below how I store the food needed for my family.

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Here’s the deal, I filled this huge blue bucket/container with everything shown above EXCEPT the 2 weeks worth of food, the kitty litter, and the water we will need.  Down below you can see my clear plastic container with my 2 weeks worth of food. Here is the post on the clear plastic bag of food.

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Here is a link to the Utah Flu Pandemic website. I am sure all the states have a website you can view regarding how they are prepared for a Pandemic Outbreak….should one occur. Please remember, I am not a doctor or someone in the medical field. I just want to be prepared for the unexpected. These are just 30 Pandemic Essentials to get you started….it”s one more step to being prepared for an unforeseen emergency or disaster. This is part one of my pandemic preparedness project. I’ll be providing additional information in the days to come.

Nora mentioned she likes Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – Peppermint 32oz I do too!

Kent mentioned this: something to think about adding is a manual BP cuff & stethoscope (got mine as a set from CVS for about $17) & old style thermometer( now they have them without mercury WalMart about $6). I have the battery operated version of both that I use, but if I can’t get batteries I have my backup.

PrepNow mentioned: this is a great reminder and awesome list of needed products. I’d like put an asterisk next to the med list. Folks, think of all the meds you use on a weekly basis and you’ll come to realize the need you’ll have if the stores are closed or you can’t get out. Personally, I make sure I have enough for 3 months.

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Frugal Ways To Benefit From Using Apple Cider Vinegar

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I have 25 frugal ways to benefit from using apple cider vinegar to share with you today. Were you aware there is a difference between some versions of apple cider vinegar?  You need to use raw or organic apple cider vinegar to get the desired benefits. Not all Apple Cider Vinegar varieties are equal. You want the “Mother” of the vinegar because it has raw enzymes that promote healing. Regular/clear cider vinegar might not have all of the healthy benefits you hope for. I suggest avoiding the filtered vinegar…as well. I call Apple Cider Vinegar a natural Elixir….one of my medicinal solutions.

The great thing about apple cider vinegar is that it’s pretty cheap to buy and stores for at least 5 years (the brand Braggs does anyway). Check the expiration dates for other brands. Sometimes the apple cider vinegar can last past the expiration date, just like you experience with other products. I always say “when in doubt, throw it out” if you are questioning the dates.

Using Apple Cider Vinegar:

Health-Body-Teeth/Mouth

1. Apple cider vinegar can lower blood pressure, studies have shown.

2. Diarrhea-try mixing a little in water-the pectin content helps treat diarrhea-sip on it.

3. It helps with hiccups-eases the diaphragm spasms that cause them.

4. Soothes sore throats-mix equal amounts of ACV with water and gargle every hour or so.

5. Helps prompt sinus drainage if you have a sinus headache or infection-1 teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water relieves a stuffy nose.

6. Indigestion-helps settle the stomach since sometimes we eat too much or we eat the wrong types of food…helps with heartburn.

7. Rub the Apple Cider Vinegar on swollen joints, feet, etc. Dilute if your skin is sensitive. I use it on my arthritis…it feels great while cooling my joints.

8. Yeast infections-add 1-1/2 cups ACV in your bathtub of warm water. Do this once a day for at least 30 minutes for at least three days….

9. Natural aftershave-mix equal parts water and ACV before applying to your face.

10. Great for toenail, foot fungus…soak in water/ACV diluted mixture or apply directly to the fungus.

11. Soothe a sunburn with a clean rag dipped in it, it cools the warm hot sunburn and is so refreshing.

12. Dandruff-mix equal parts and let set on your hair for one hour or less.

13. Boosts your energy-relieves that tired feeling…one to two tablespoons in a glass of juice or water.

14. You know those age spots some of us get on our skin….rub a little on them every day..rinse off in the shower if desired…I leave them on all night.

15. Natural hair conditioner that makes your hair shiny, healthy and the price is very reasonable.

16.  Bad breath-mix 1/2 tablespoon in 1 cup water and gargle a little at a time.

17.  Deodorant-rub a little under the arm and ACV smell dissipates.

18. Great for acne issues…dab a little on…make a mixture of one part vinegar with 3-4 parts water..it has some antibacterial properties to help heal acne.

19. Natural tooth whitener—-rub some on a clean rag and rub on those teeth- it kills bacteria in your gums and mouth.

Meals

20.  Make your own salad dressings…so much healthier..you know what is in your salad dressing.

Home

21. Clean your tile with one cup ACV and a bucket of water–makes cleaning a breeze.

22. I make a spray bottle with 2 cups ACV and 1 cup water–cleans windows, counter tops..you name it…

23. Natural room freshener-pour 1/8 cup in your toilet….it freshens the room almost immediately.

Pets

24. I used to use it on my Shih Tzu’s “hot spots”-to clean and heal them.

25. Cats do not like the smell of vinegar. It should help from having “accidents” around the house.

Please remember, I am not a doctor or medical professional. I just know I want to learn more natural ways to heal my body. I want to be prepared for the unexpected. Apple Cider Vinegar is fairly inexpensive. It would go pretty far when mixed with water and be a natural healer when needed. You must decide what is right for you and your family. If regular medications are not available I must learn other types of healing….These are just a few of the Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits I know….if you have some, I would love to add them to this list. I love Epsom Salts as well!

Braggs more information on their products.

My favorite things:

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 128 Ounce – 1 Pack

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 Ounce – 1 Pack

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 Ounce – 1 Pack

Behrens 0, 9-Gallon Round Steel Tub

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Set of 30 Lifetime Guarantee

Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle, 3-Pack

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How To Clean, Bake And Store Pine Cones For Survival

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Did you know how to clean, bake and store pine cones for survival? What is the best emergency fuel to store? People ask me this all the time. I realize we all have different budgets, cooking devices and heating options. Some of us have small homes, others have medium-sized or large homes. Of course, then we have to evaluate the land we live on and how much room we have to use the various types of fuel available. Some of us have apartments or mobile homes with limited space for fuel storage. We also to have to think about the storage life of good fuel to store. There are also safety issues, and how much can we really store where we live. We need to store the best emergency fuel that fits our home and budget. I’m updating this post from a few years ago. Some readers have asked me about preparing and using pine cones.

Well, my husband plays golf and he mentioned that the golf course has tons of FREE pine cones everywhere on the ground. I love the word FREE, and so my husband and I went over to the golf course one day to gather some pine cones. Of course, the weather said it was going to snow that day. If you haven’t been to Southern Utah to see the beautiful red mountains then you probably have not seen the red dirt either. Yes, it is red and it stains everything. It’s also like clay, so it’s sticky sort of, meaning it sticks to everything. I did not want my shoes covered with wet red dirt so we hightailed it over to the golf course before the storm was due to arrive. The wind was blowing like crazy so the weather felt freezing to me!  Below you can see how we gathered them with a 33-gallon black garbage bag.

Free Pine Cones Are One Of The Best Emergency Fuel Sources

I took a collapsible garbage can and put a large black bag inside of it to the golf course. I wasn’t sure how much sap the pine cones would still have on them. Now, you might be wondering, Linda why would you call pine cones one of the best emergency fuels. Well, here’s the deal, I am not a good fire starter. Yes, I have tried so many gadgets to light a fire, but I still need tinder or FREE pine cones. Don’t get me wrong, these pine cones are good for more than just starting the fire, they just burn faster.  I can use these in my Kelly Kettle-It’s a great cooking device. I can use them in my Volcano Stove or fire pit (I am still saving for the fire pit of my dreams for under $200.00). I am hoping to get one at the end of the season. I call this patience….waiting 6 months for it to hopefully still be in the store inventory when they put them on clearance. I can’t store wood because of the termites here in Southern Utah. Plus, after baking them they are insect free and the sap is gone from “baking” them. Cheap emergency fuel. FREE.

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My friend, Lisa mentioned to me to bake the pine cones on some aluminum foil in my stove. If there is a lot of sap you will have no clean up after baking them. It worked. I baked the pine cones at 200 degrees for 2 hours. The first batch I was a bit nervous because I have never baked pine cones. No problems with baking them. I made sure that I had zero pine cones hanging over the cookie sheet because I did not want any drips of sap in my oven.

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I must admit, I am a bit of an organization fanatic. I might even be a little OCD, I don’t know for sure. I ordered these black buckets from my favorite bucket and Gamma distributor. It’s the only place I can get the colored five-gallon buckets with matching lids. Weird to some people, but it’s who I am. I store my wheat with red Gamma lids. My pasta with yellow Gamma lids. I made my emergency washing machines with green lids. I store my Kingsford’s charcoal in blue buckets with blue Gamma Lids. Now I store my fire starter/best emergency fuel pine cones in black buckets with black Gamma lids. I order all my buckets and Gamma Lids from this group: Pleasant Hill Grains. It looks like they only sell wheat grinders, Bosch bread makers, etc., but they do sell buckets and Gamma Lids. They also sell so much more. They just changed their website, so if it looks different to you, it’s because they have a new look.

Black Buckets Are Not BPA FREE or Safe To Store Food

After removing the pinecones from the oven I did let them cool before placing them in the black buckets. I must note here that these black buckets are not safe for food or water storage for human consumption. Pleasant Hill Grains actually called me to let me know something about these black buckets. Only the black buckets are not BPA FREE and therefore not safe to store food. All the other colors of buckets are safe to store food and are BPA FREE. Can you see the BIG gold writing on the side of the buckets below? That’s the warning not to use these for food. I am not storing a lot of these, but I also don’t want to have to go scrounge for pine cones when everyone else wants some too.

Store Pine Cones

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Tips on putting the Gamma Lids on the buckets:

Step#1

The Gamma lids are a two piece lid, the ring or band, I guess you would call it, and the awesome screw on lid. I love Gamma lids!

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Step #2

You need a rubber mallet and a cloth to carefully tap the “ring or band” on the bucket. These are 5-gallon buckets.

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Here are some other fuels you may want to store:

Story Behind The Name Of Kingsford Charcoal

I really have to tell you this story about Kingsford Charcoal. I picked up two bags of this charcoal to complete my blue buckets storage project and finished it with blue Gamma lids. I wanted them all full and ready for when I might need them. Please picture this at my local grocery store. I ran to get my husband’s weekly allotment of bananas for his morning breakfast cereal. While I was there I picked up some Kingsford charcoal that was manufactured without the chemicals. Please note charcoal without the lighter fluid chemicals will store indefinitely if kept in a waterproof/airtight container. I store my oak hardwood lump charcoal in red buckets with red Gamma lids. I want several types of fuel types for different reasons.

When I am ready to pay at the checkout counter the clerk (about 60ish) asked me if I knew why Kingsford charcoal was called Kingsford. I said no I did not. So he proceeded to show me on the bag they tell a little story behind the name. Oh my gosh! I couldn’t stop smiling because I had never heard the story. I certainly had not seen part of the story on the bag. We have a gas barbecue and about the only time I buy charcoal is for a party up in the mountains.

I wonder if the Boy Scouts or their leaders know about this story? Just thinking out loud about the name of the charcoal. This statement is straight from the Kingsford bag and I quote “The History Of The Original Charcoal: Back in 1920, Kingsford Charcoal repurposed wood scraps from the production of Ford Model T’s into charcoal briquets. Made in the USA. Today, Kingsford remains the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the U.S., annually turning 1 million tons of real wood scraps into the authentic charcoal briquets America loves. ” End of quote.

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I really want you to get a feel for the best emergency fuels, like propane. It lasts indefinitely, as long as the containers remain rust free. Remember to turn off  the valves after each use with stoves or barbecues. Here is some more information on propane tanks .Buying Propane Tanks.

Charcoal briquettes compared to Lump charcoal:

What is briquette charcoal?

It’s charcoal that has been pressed into similar sizes with round uniform shapes.

What is lump charcoal?

It’s generally charred wood fuel that is not formed into uniform shapes. It’s natural tree limbs that are charred in a kiln.

Which have more ashes: lump or briquettes?

Briquettes have more ashes because they are pressed into forms and the lump charcoal is naturally charred tree limbs via a kiln.

Which product has more consistent heat?

Briquettes because they are uniform in size…therefore heat more evenly.

How does the price compare between the two?

This can vary widely because some lump charcoal can be made out of  pecan, oak, pine or whatever wood is natural for the area where it is being sold. Some woods are more expensive, depending on the location you purchase them and the availability of the wood. They are typically more expensive than briquettes. Note that the charcoal made from soft woods, tend to burn faster and the harder woods tend to burn slower, so plan ahead based on what you will be cooking and the desired results.

Butane With A Butane Stove:

Butane You Can Cook Inside. I still open my window to let a bit of fresh air in just to be safe. I used to use these stoves in classes where I would teach food storage type classes or emergency cooking classes. I also used this stove for six weeks along with my solar Sun Oven when I was waiting for my gas stove to be installed in the kitchen when replacing my glass top electric stove. It’s been fun cooking with gas again.  Once the harvest season is here later this year we’ll be talking about proper canning techniques and how to make the most of the fruit and vegetable crops in our local areas. The gas stove makes it possible to can and pressure cook, where I couldn’t with the old glass top.

Please store pine cones if you have access to them for FREE, you will be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.

My favorite things:

Kingsford Charcoal Briquettes, 7.7 Pound (Pack of 2)

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Royal Oak 195228021 Lump Charcoal, 15.4 lb

Gamma Seal Lid Variety Pack- 7 Colors

Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit

Awesome Reader Comments:

***Ray mentioned this great reminder: Please be aware charcoal fumes are toxic and can kill in an enclosed area.

Kingsford Charcoal Website: Kingsford Charcoal. Please let  me know your favorite or best emergency fuel you like to store, I would love to hear.

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Quick And Easy 72-Hour Emergency Kit For Survival

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This is a quick and easy 72-hour emergency kit for survival just about anyone can use to get started on their preparedness journey. (PRINTABLE below). I recently taught a very short class on being prepared with food storage and emergency preparedness items. I mentioned in the class that 72-Hour Emergency Kits are great, but we need MORE than just that bag to survive for an extended period of time. Here’s the deal, I bought Mark and I bags with wheels, I can’t throw that bag on my back and go walking or hiking. I wish I could say I’m physically fit for just about anything. No, I’m not. I’m working on making my body healthier and stronger, but it takes time and diligence. I’m doing it one baby step at a time. I started with swimming and walking. My decision to purchase bags with wheels works for Mark and I because we don’t want to put them on our backs because of the weight.

I start hyperventilating just thinking about putting all that weight from my 72-hour kit on my back as a backpack. Nope, I need wheels and a bag that can handle the weight so I can pull it behind me or throw it in the car. I have my food in a separate bag and the other items listed below in a bag ready to grab and go out the door if I need to evacuate. Please start with a bag, box or plastic container and check off the items you have in your bag, box or container. I found that after I zipped up that 72-hour emergency kit bag, I forgot what I put it the darn bag. I have bins in my garage neatly labeled with emergency items, but that bag was zipped closed. After I taught that mini-class last week, I grabbed the two 72-hour kits from the garage and spread all the “stuff” out on my kitchen table. It’s a large table and it was a bit overwhelming organizing it once again. But I knew I had to do it so I could sleep at night, knowing I’m totally prepared for the unexpected.

This is why I decided to type up a list and put it inside the plastic bags that keep those bags free from the dust and dirt in the garage. I can glance quickly and know exactly what I have in it. If I decide I need another item or two to add to my bags later on, I can pencil in the item(s) on the list. Easy peasy. So let’s get started. Remember, you don’t have to buy everything at once. Some of the stuff you can buy at the dollar stores, but a lot of the items I would not purchase there. I like to buy “right” the first time. I hate wasting money on stuff I have to replace later because the quality was so inferior. Please remember to start slowly with purchases and add to your list as your budget allows.

72-Hour Emergency Kit:

If you have to grab and go with your 72-Hour Emergency Kit be sure and have this list attached so you remember to grab those items listed in color below that can’t be stored in the garage, if that’s where you store yours like I do. I keep them protected from dust using these plastic zippered bags: Zippered Vinyl Storage Bag, Large, 23x23x12 Inch, Set of 2

72 Hour Kits 2016FoodWaterPrescriptionsEssential/OilsSilver/SolutionBinder/Important/Documents 

Whistle

Compass

Blanket: Emergency Blanket (6-Pack), Military Green 52″ x 82″. Designed for NASA with up to 90% Heat Retention. Waterproof, Mylar Thermal Blankets for Backpacking, First Aid Kit, Bug Out Bag

Work gloves

Personal unit: shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shave gel, bar of soap, liquid soap, sewing kit & lip balm

Basic unit: LED flashlight, batteries or a solar flashlight, poncho, paper, pencil, water purification tablets, garbage bags

First aid kit: safety pins, first aid book, 2 triple antibiotics, burn cream, non-latex gloves, gauze pads, butterfly bandages, aspirin, Ibuprofen, antacids, alcohol prep wipes, non-aspirin products, and any other products YOUR family requires

Can opener

Toilet paper

Metal cups with silverware

N-95 masks: 3M 1860 N95 RESPIRATOR AND SURGICAL MASK Box of 20

Matches

Goal Zero Solo solar flashlights: these are my favorite because they don’t need batteries. Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

Goggles

Surgical kit with scissors

Bandanas

C.E.R.T. notebooks

Stethoscope kit and airway punch

Hand warmers

4-in-1 tool: 4 in 1 Emergency Tool

Duct tape

Berkey sport bottle: I just ordered a few more of these, you can never have too many bottles to purify your water. Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle, 3-Pack
Signal mirror

Headlamp

Multipurpose pocket knife

Cash: small bills like ones and fives

PRINTABLE: 72-Hour Emergency Kit by Food Storage Moms

Please remember, you don’t have to purchase all the items you and your family need ASAP. Please start a 72-hour emergency kit with a box until you have the money to buy backpacks or buckets to store your stuff in. The next step is to add things to my list that you feel strongly that your family will need or want after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. For the kids, be sure and add some games, or a stuffed animal or paper and some colored pencils. If we end up sitting on the floor over at the local elementary school in the auditorium, be ready to calm the little ones with some fun projects. That reminds me, add some diapers and binkies, you can never have too many of those. May God bless you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit

Relefree® Multifunctional Metal Carabiners Clip Hook Mini Compass 3 in 1 Derection Guiding Thermometer Keyring Keychains For Outdoor Sport Hiking Camping Hunting

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

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How To Be Prepared For Any Emergency

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Do you know how to be prepared for any emergency? Could you use some ideas? Today, I’m sharing some tips I use when I’m asked to speak (teach) about food storage and emergency preparedness. By now you probably know, I do not discuss weapons in my book or on my blog. My blog and book are family friendly and I love it that way. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation Here’s the deal, I used to drag a sample of all my preparedness and food storage items to show people. I no longer do that. It’s too hard for me to haul all of it. I have made some pictures and now use these pictures to teach classes. You are welcome to copy these pictures (please give me credit for them, thank you) to help your neighborhood or community be prepared for the unexpected. I feel God asked me to teach the world, and therefore I share everything with my readers and love the comments they share with me. We learn from each other, and I thank you all for your wonderful ideas!

Now, keep in mind this is not everything people need to know to be prepared for the unexpected,  but it’s a darn good start. I had them printed at Costco on 11″ by 14″ photo print (low luster). They cost about $48.00 total, but I use them over and over again. I’m not a professional photographer, but they work for me. I had them laminated at Fed-Ex. We don’t have a lot of options here in Southern Utah, but Costco and Fed-Ex were great to work with and the cost was minimal.

Water is #1 for any emergency:

How much water to store:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5 to12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.

Storing water-boiling water for use:

  • Boil filtered and settled water vigorously for one minute (at altitudes above one mile, boil for three minutes).
  • To improve the flat taste of boiled water, aerate it by pouring it back and forth from one container to another and allow it to stand for a few hours, or add a pinch of salt for each quart or liter of boiled water.

Storing water-bleaching/purifying water:

  • Information from Clorox: “When boiling water for 1 minute is not possible in an emergency situation, you can disinfect your drinking water with Clorox®Regular-Bleach as follows:
  • Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to the bottom.
  • Pour off clear water into a clean container.
  • Add 8 drops of Clorox® Regular-Bleach (not scented or Clorox® Plus® bleaches) to one gallon of water (2 drops to 1 quart). For cloudy water, use 16 drops per gallon of water (4 drops to 1 quart).
  • Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat and wait another 15 minutes. The treated water can then be made palatable by pouring it between clean containers several times”.
  • Clorox: Clorox Website

Water Preserver (rotate every 5 years):

55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety

  • Water Preserver is recommended by Top Emergency Professionals.
  • It is approved by the EPA.

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72-Hour Kits for any emergency:

Here are two printables you can print and hand out or review for your own use. Keep in mind, the lists are extremely long and this doesn’t mean you need to add all of these items to your bags, box or large bucket. Choose the ones you need for your family and add other items you want to your containers.

FSM 72-Hour Kits For Adults

FSM 72-Hour Kits For Children

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Food for my 72-hour kits:

I chose this bag to hold my food inside my house because of the heat here in Southern Utah. I keep my 72-hour bags with water in the garage ready to grab and go when needed. I have tags attached to the 72-hour kits to remind me to grab my prescriptions, my emergency binder with my critical documents with pictures I don’t want to leave behind. These are the bags: Richards Homewares – Set of 4 Md Chests 12 Guage Vinyl 12x16x8 each, Kitchen I purchased the food from ThriveLife  in canisters or pouches. You choose the food you want and the servings. I don’t count calories as I prepare and eat meals since I just make sure I’m eating lots of fruits and vegetables. So, I don’t count them as I pack these bags either.  I chose fruit, vegetables, yogurt, beans, some chicken, soup, and cheeses. Yes, it is expensive, but I only have to rotate a small amount of these every 8 years or 25 years depending on the products. This bag contains enough food for 13 days for Mark and I to survive very well on with the water I have stored. I prefer buying freeze-dried food because, in most cases, I can eat it right out of the can. Please remember a can opener: Swing-A-Way 407RD Portable Can Opener, Red

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72-Hour Kits For Pets:

FSM 72-Hour Kits For Pets

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Food Storage For The Pantry:

These are the usual food items we have in our pantry. Most of us have a few cans of our favorite foods and some soup bases in #10 cans. Augason Farms Creamy Potato Soup Mix 10 Can, 58 oz and Augason Farms Cheesy Broccoli Soup Mix 10 Can, 54 oz

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Food Storage in #10 Cans For The Pantry:

My favorite places to purchase fruits, vegetables and meat in #10 cans would be Honeyville and ThriveLife for long term food storage. If you prefer storing meals I highly recommend Valley Food Storage.

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Cooking Devices I Recommend:

My favorite emergency cooking devices would be a Kelly Kettle: Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit or a Butane stove: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case or a Sun Oven: All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance and a Lodge Dutch Oven with charcoal works awesome: Lodge L12CO3 Camp Dutch Oven, 6-Quart

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Fuels I Feel Are Critical To Store:

Of course, these are just a few fuels to consider. Most of us have a gas barbecue so propane tanks are a given for us. The pictures below are from left to right, Kingsford’s charcoal briquettes without the starter fluid chemicals, lump charcoal, pinecones ( I washed, baked and store), and freshly cut pine pieces of wood with zero varnish, or paint. I buy my 5-gallon colored buckets and Gamma lids that match from Pleasant Hill Grain.

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Emergency Toilets and Tips:

We all have to think about using the bathroom, so here is a tip for several emergency toilet ideas. You can use some 33-gallon bags with kitty litter in a regular toilet. I would tape the handle with duct tape so no one accidently flushes it if the sewer lines are not working. You can use a #10 can with a lid, toilet paper, and 4-gallon bags Glad Small Garbage Bags, 4 Gallon Bags, 2 – 30 Packs (60 Total) with a container of hand sanitizer all in one container. I prefer a six-gallon bucket for the portable toilet so we don’t have to squat down as far, just giving you the heads up here. Tote-Able Toilet 6 gal w/ 2 Enzyme Packets I buy these bags for this toilet: Kirkland Signature 10 Gallon Clear Wastebasket Liner 500 Count

any emergencyEmergency Washing Machine:

I use two 5-gallon buckets for this contraption to wash clothes. I make another identical set for rinsing clothes as well. I drilled holes inside the middle buckets to give some friction for washing and rinsing clothes. I buy green Gamma lids and drill a 2-inch hole in the center for the handle of the mobile washer: Breathing Mobile Washer – Handheld, portable, non-electric, mobile, manual clothes washing machine. Handle Included. and Gamma Seal Lid – Green – For 3.5 to 7 Gallon Buckets or Pails Gamma2 Here’s the link to the post so you can see how I made these: Emergency Washing Machine by Food Storage Moms

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First Aid Kit:

I bought this container from Amazon to hold some of my first aid kit supplies: Stanley 020800R FatMax 4-in1 Mobile Work Station for Tools and Parts Here is my first aid kit list: First Aid Kit Checklist by Food Storage Moms

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Mobile Portable Kitchen:

Here’s my kitchen on wheels: Mobile-Portable-Kitchen-by-Food-Storage-Moms 2016

Portable Kitchen

Please remember I am only showing you a few emergency tips today. These will help teach classes to those that need a little nudge to get started with water, food, etc. The government can’t help everyone after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. We must be self-reliant and at least be able to hydrate our family, feed our family and have an evacuation plan in place. May God bless you and your family for teaching others to be prepared.

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15 Reasons Why I Store Borax For Everyday Use

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Today I’m sharing 15 reasons why I store Borax for everyday use. Borax: We have all heard of 20 Mule Team Borax. I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching my mother wash our bed sheets and towels with it. So it is nothing new, but I thought I would share a few more ways for you to use it. This is a statement right off the 20 Mule Team Borax website and I quote:  “20 Mule Team® Borax is 100% natural, and 99.5% pure (there is about a half of 1% of naturally occurring trace minerals). Twenty Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster & Multi Purpose Cleaner – 65 oz

Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried, and boxed for consumers.” 20 Mule Team Borax

Why I Store Borax

Here are a few of the ways I use 20 Mule Team Borax and why I store it:

1. Laundry Detergent:

I make my own laundry detergent with it. So I store several boxes of 20 Mule Team Borax. See my YouTube on how to make my laundry soap/detergent

2.  Clean Toilets:

I put 1/4 cup of it into the toilet, swish it around and let it sit overnight

3. 20 Mule Team Borax For Stain Remover:

Make a paste and rub it into a bad stain and then wash the item as usual

4. Softens Water:

It softens your water when added to your detergent-great for your laundry

5. Environmental Friendly:

Borax has zero toxic fumes and is safe for the environment. It is a naturally occurring alkaline mineral that was discovered over 4000 years ago. It is found mostly in the Western  United States as well as in the Tibet area of China. Borax can irritate the skin if applied directly, and of course, should not be ingested

6. 20 Mule Team Borax For Laundry:

Makes my clothes cleaner and brighter-I love the smell of fresh clean clothes

7. Disinfect and Deodorize:

Put one cup to a gallon of warm or hot water and clean garbage cans

8. Cockroaches/Ants:

Sprinkle where safe from children and pets, it keeps the roaches (and their bacteria) from going into your garage or shed

9. Floor/Wall Cleaner:

Mix 1/4 cup 20 Mule team Borax in one gallon of water and wash walls and floors (be sure and check your floor type to see if you can use it).

10. Urine On Mattresses

Accidents happen we all know it, its life. Dampen the mattress with a little water, sprinkle borax over the stain and rub it into the stain. Let dry and vacuum.

11.  Liquid Scouring Powder:

I make my own liquid Comet or Ajax, I guess you could call it. Mix 1/4 cup borax, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1-1/2 cups HOT water. Use it to clean and refresh areas in your home

12. Shower Tile:

Mix 1/4 cup borax with one gallon of water and spray on your shower tile to remove that ugly “mold” between the tiles. Rinse and it sparkles

13. Safe For Septic Tanks

14. Safe For HE (High Efficiency) Washers

15. Inexpensive to buy:

You can buy it at your local grocery store, or even online. I must say it sells out where I live. Sometimes I cannot get it for weeks. It is very popular because people use it in so many different ways in their homes. It is usually located down the laundry detergent aisle.

Food Storage Moms PRINTABLE: Homemade-Laundry-Detergent-or-Soap-by-Food-Storage-Moms

I hope this list gives you some good ideas on how to use 20 Mule team Borax and save money at the same time. Please remember to store borax out of the reach of children. Please share your ideas how you use Borax and I will put them in my post. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Twenty Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster & Multi Purpose Cleaner – 65 oz

Laundry Soap Kit – Fels Naptha 4 bars, 20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster, & Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Set of 50

19 x 16 x 27cm Cream Living Nostalgia Laundry Soap Tin

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Why You Need To Keep Your Gas Tank Full

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Why you need to keep your gas tank full or at least 3/4 full is critical these days. I used to say keep it 1/2 full. I had to up my game because if we lose power the only gas you may have to get out of dodge with is in your car right this very minute. Did you grow up hearing to always keep your gas tank half full? I remember my dad telling me to keep the gas tank filled! I am always worried I might run out of gas. I guess you can call me a Nervous Nellie. For me, I worry that I might get stalled in traffic. We drive to California every so often. Sometimes we are lucky and the traffic flows really well. The trip should take about six hours. Once it took nine hours in the heat of the summer. Luckily we had filled the gas tank because we were driving at a snail pace….less than 5 miles per hour for long periods of time.

There were even periods when the freeway was at a standstill. People were looking for a place to “relieve” themselves. Others were hiking to the top of nearby hills in hopes to see how far ahead the stoppage was. Imagine, others were sitting in the middle of the freeway playing cards with other stranded drivers. Hard to believe!! I’m glad we could run the air conditioning during the severe summer conditions that day. We would turn the engine on and off just so we could tolerate the severe heat. Our car is always packed with excess water bottles and we were able to share as many of those bottles as possible to those who had no way to hydrate themselves. We typically have several snacks packed in the car like nuts, granola bars, etc.

Keep Your Gas Tank Full

There were even periods when the freeway was at a standstill. People were looking for a place to “relieve” themselves. Others were hiking to the top of nearby hills in hopes to see how far ahead the stoppage was. Imagine, others were sitting in the middle of the freeway playing cards with other stranded drivers. Hard to believe!! I’m glad we could run the air conditioning during the severe summer conditions that day.

I keep hearing about fires, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes in different locations of the country this summer and pray that the people can evacuate safely, and hopefully that their gas tanks are full enough to get them out of danger. This is where we really need to have a PLAN. I am talking about a plan where you as a family sit down and decide where you might meet if you had a serious situation hit your home, street, school or workplace. We might not all be home at the same time. If you do run out of gas or you are at a dead stop for hours at a time on a major freeway or other road be sure and have some items that would help in your car. Emergency Car Kit This plan needs to be written down and discussed in a family meeting.

Some of the younger ones may not fully understand, but kids can recognize danger and the need to learn proper evacuation techniques. Maybe the plan is to go to “grandma’s house”, the local school or church, the library or your favorite place to eat. Somewhere that ALL family members can remember. The family also needs to practice what steps to take when they leave home, such as grabbing the “Grab and Go” bag that has been safely stored where all are aware, that has been stocked with whatever items YOUR FAMILY feels are critical, like prescriptions, etc. If you have a pet, please make an emergency pet bag to grab and go with.

My friend’s daughter had to evacuate her Myrtle Beach home and was scrambling to buy water at a local grocery store. This was during Hurricane Matthew. Some stores were selling a 24-bottle case of water for $30.00. Yes, $30.00. As soon as the word got out on social media that people were over-charging people some were cited and told to stop this nonsense. She had to drive to five gas stations before she found one that had ANY gas left to fill her car. Luckily she and her husband and their dog were able to evacuate safely to higher ground a few hours away from the storm.

A few years ago, thousands of people were directed to evacuate their homes along the Outer Banks areas of the North and South Carolina due to Hurricane Arthur. In this case, it wasn’t simply a matter of a short drive to the designated location in the neighborhood. This meant leaving the place they called home and driving to a location that was safe. Can you imagine how many families were lined up at the local gas station waiting their turn to fill up? What a scene! We’ve had some similar circumstances due to wildfires here in the west. You just never know when a situation may come up where having a full tank of gas can make the difference in the health and safety of your family. Think about what is happening to others and get your plan in place, that includes keeping the gas tank in your car above half full whenever possible. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected., May God bless you and your family.

Vehicle-Emergency-Kit by Food Storage Moms

U.S. Fire Administration

American Red Cross

My favorite things:

Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

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13 Tips You Need To Get Your Family Ready For Winter

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I have 13 tips you need to get your family ready for winter. It’s freezing outside! This picture was taken from my front door right here in Southern Utah a few years ago. We get ready for winter in different ways than up north, like Salt Lake  City, Utah folks. They get a whole lot more snow than we get here. But we still have similar things we must all do to be ready for winter, no matter where we live. I must admit, I don’t miss the heavy slick snow storms up north.

Whenever the TV weather reports tons of snow…I am so glad I moved away from it. Or at least the real heavy snow. We get a little here, but it melts very quickly. Last winter was not the normal winter where I live. We had so many neighbors with frozen pipes and ice on their north facing driveways. Yikes!

Get Your Family Ready For Winter:

1. Check Your Furnace/Heating System

If you missed the post about changing your Furnace Filters , here it is. We just had our furnace checked out. I am a little embarrassed to say it has been about 4 years since I had it serviced. I rationalized this because we only use it three or four months out of the year. We use our air conditioner a whole lot more than the gas furnace. Pick up few extra furnace filters and store them where you will see them and be prompted to remember to change them as needed. We will all save money and wear and tear on the furnace if it doesn’t have to work as hard to push the clean air through those filters. Just so you know, as I am typing this post today I really wish I had a wood burning stove. I love, love, love the smell of a wood burning stove. Blessings to those who have one…

2. Gather Winter Wear

Place your winter gloves, winter coats, glove liners, ear muffs, hats, boots, scarves, etc. in one location so you don’t have to search for them when you see the snow falling outside or hear the weather report stating winter is here. They will be clean and ready to use to go shovel snow or scrape windows. I don’t even own a winter coat. BUT I have these fancy gloves with fake fur (bought on clearance) that keep my hands so warm! I have never owned one of those bulky coats. It’s just me, I know. I have a heavy wool sweater that works great for me. Even in a blizzard of snow……..

3. Yard-Garden-Hoses

It’s that time of year when we need to cut down our bushes if required and rake out those leaves of fall. It’s also a perfect time to fertilize your trees, lawn, shrubs, and prep your garden for next year. When I got married and lived in a cold climate I quickly learned that all hoses need to be disconnected from the faucets outside. I have helped scoop more water out of basements than I care to admit. I have seen so many flooded homes from frozen pipes. More from the outside faucet than freezing temperatures indoors. Please unscrew your hoses….before the temperatures go below freezing. I still water my trees here in Southern Utah for about an hour a month because we don’t get the moisture like other areas in the country.

4. Get Car Ready For Winter

Check your car battery and clean the cables. Get your car anti-freeze checked, the windshield washer fluid added as needed. Rotate your tires to snow tires if needed where you live. Throw the tire chains in the trunk, with a small shovel and kitty litter or salt to help get the car out of snow/ice if needed. Emergency Car Kit If you have any of those little windshield chips…get them repaired if possible. Heat and cold can often make them spread.

5. Smoke Alarms-Carbon Monoxide Alarms

I love checking the smoke alarm batteries before they need to be replaced. I dust them and replace the batteries twice a year here. The heat seems to age batteries more in hot weather like we have here in Southern Utah. We have had to replace our smoke alarms three times in nine years. One thing to be aware of, replace your carbon monoxide unit every five years. Or at least check out the model you purchased. If you look at the fine print…it says replace in five years, typically. Yes, I change those batteries twice a year as well. Kidde KN-COPP-3 Nighthawk Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup or First Alert SA305CN Smoke Alarm with Long Life Lithium Battery

6. Outside Winter Snow Equipment

This is a great time to get your snow blower serviced if you didn’t at the end of winter last year. Get the gas and oil ready for that first big snow storm. Make sure your snow shovels are acceptable to use and not chipped so badly that they will ruin the concrete on your driveway or walkway. This last winter Southern Utah had a record snowfall. We don’t have snow plows, snow shovels or snow blowers. I live in a desert. Well, the prepper that I am….we found three of us who had snow shovels to use to help out the neighbors. My husband and a couple of other guys went around and shoveled driveway after driveway. We saw people outside with regular shovels or push brooms trying to clear the snow from their driveway…they don’t work as well. I am thinking the local stores will stock some snow shovels this year. It was a crazy winter everywhere last year. Suncast SN1000 18-Inch Snow Shovel, Navy

7. Hot Chocolate

I just have to add hot chocolate. Do you love homemade Hot Chocolate as much as I do? Just picture yourself sipping a warm cup with a little dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top. LOVE it! You can watch the snowflakes from your comfy chair…….please add cocoa to your food storage. Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, 8-Ounce Container (Pack of 2)

8. Build Up Your Immune System

We all know we need to eat well and exercise, but it doesn’t hurt to remind us more often. The more fruits and vegetables the better. If we eat healthy food then we will stay healthy, hopefully. We have all heard if you can’t pronounce the words on a box you might want to pass on it. Except, my husband…he loves cereal each morning with milk and bananas. Have you heard the statement that if your grandma couldn’t buy it at the store we shouldn’t eat it? I have heard that….but I grew up on some food I didn’t feed my kids. You have to laugh and take baby steps to start to eat a little healthier. That’s all we can do. Life is good.

9. Emergency Food and Water

By now you know how important it is to have extra food, instant milk, and water stored if you get homebound because of the weather. The roads last year were crazy with ice storms, flooding, and heavy snow in various places around the country. Some had hurricanes, tornadoes, and roads shut down. Please add a few more cans or boxes to your shopping cart over the next two months. You will be glad you did, I promise.

10. Candles-Flashlights-Emergency Lighting

If possible keep candles with matches ready to use if you lose power. Be sure and have some flashlights and batteries that are fresh and ready to use. If you have some extra pillowcases you can make this to hang from your bed. Emergency Survival Bed Pouch My favorite flashlight is the Goal Zero one. It has a crank, no batteries required, chargeable, and has a solar panel.

11. Pet Clothing

This one step is a little sad for me because I lost my last puppy a few years ago. But I still have the sweaters (heavy soft wool) ready if we decide to get another pet. I can’t part with my emergency pet strollers either. Its the prepper in me, I know. Pets need us to prepare for the warmth and care they need, just like children. Stock enough food for three months if possible. If we have to evacuate be ready to keep your pet warm, hydrated and fed.

12. Humidifier

In the winter months with the furnace running so much,  we need a little more humidity, depending on where you live. I have a portable humidifier / mister going 24/7 through the winter months. I have to use my reverse osmosis water to fill it because our water is so hard here. You may need to use distilled water to help protect your unit. It’s a good idea to have a humidifier if someone is sick with colds, bronchitis or pneumonia. Of course, you must decide if a humidifier is good for your family.

13. Family Communication Plan

Sometime before the end of the year (no pressure on anyone) please put together a plan on how you will communicate with each other in a power outage. I am talking friends, neighbors, and family. Please fill out this form by filling in all the names, phone numbers, and emails so they are available when you need to contact those you care about. If your phone with all the contact information you use can’t be charged you will have a paper with the information on it so you can use other communication options. Food Storage Moms-Emergency-Contact-Info. Winter is just around the corner.  Don’t get caught unprepared this year.  Plan ahead and make sure you are truly READY for the winter months ahead.  You’ll be glad you did!

FEMA.gov Federal Emergency Management Agency

My favorite things:

Filtrete Micro Allergen Defense Filter, MPR 1000, 16 x 25 x 1-Inches, 2-Pack

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

Essential Oils Pocket Reference

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How To Get Started To Store Food For Survival

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If you are wondering how to get started to store food for survival, this post may help you. I often get asked this question: “Food Storage-Where Do I Start?” So I had a printable made to help get you started. First, think of what you eat every day. Your food storage should be filled with food you are used to eating, cooking and baking with every day. Please think in your mind what you and your family eat on a regular basis. You don’t have to order a pallet of food to be delivered to your house as the start to your food storage plan, unless you have lots and lots of money, then go for it. I buy a little food storage every month and rotate all that I have stored. Yes, I have had cans expire and I have been known to throw them in the trash. Some foods I will eat a few months past the expiration date, others I will not. White flour grows mold spores after 9-12 months, depending on the temperature where it is stored. My philosophy is “when it doubt, throw it out”. This is an old post I am updating. Please get started with storing food and water as soon as your budget allows. We are going to need it.

My husband loves to eat cereal and bananas with milk while reading the newspaper each morning to start his day. So, of course, we buy the cheapest, biggest bags of cold cereal a shopping basket will hold. I’m not kidding. Remember, I don’t like to grocery shop. For my breakfast, I like oatmeal, a little honey, no milk, raisins, and pecans or almonds. I do make smoothies with fruit and veggies from time to time as well. I don’t want oatmeal every day. I also like my whole wheat bread toasted. I’m just giving you a few ideas to think about for breakfast. Mickey Mouse waffles are a must for my grandkids.

Store Food-Where Do I Start:

Cereal: easy to store (always on my food storage list).

Bananas: I could use fresh or freeze-dried bananas

Milk: fresh milk or I could buy some long-term milk in a #10 can in case a disaster or unforeseen emergency happened.

Oatmeal: easy to store-I can make oatmeal in 15 minutes, make your own oatmeal in a jar.

Honey: long term storage/sugar is another long term storage sweetener Cox’s Honey from Shelley, Idaho.

Raisins/Nuts: long-term storage, although the nuts must be kept in the freezer or they go rancid.

Spinach, onions, and celery: I freeze my spinach, freeze-dried onions, and freeze-dried celery.

Water: I need the water to make the milk if all I had was instant or dry milk (you can never have too much water).

Whole wheat: I buy 200 pounds at a time. I am very fussy where I get my hard white whole wheat (this is always on my food storage list as well) Yes, you will need a hand crank wheat grinder or an electric one if you have a solar generator.

Yeast: some people make bread without yeast. I prefer my whole bread recipe: Whole-Wheat-Bread Recipe or Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe.

Salt: it’s a basic necessity to make several things to eat.

Baking powder/Baking Soda: basics to stock.

Oil: (be careful, oil does go rancid) but I need it to make my bread (I buy Olive and Coconut).

Okay, so you can see if you have canned your own food you are in great shape. If you have a garden you are in great shape. Now every time you go to the grocery store you will pick up a few extra bags of cereal (in our case). Maybe one #10 can of instant milk. Grab a container of honey or sweetener of choice. Start contacting your friends and work together to buy in bulk, mainly to save money. Buy a few buckets with airtight lids and fill and date them with oats, if you like oatmeal. Buy one extra large bag of flour (9-12 months is the shelf life-you cannot see the mold spores, but they are there). I am very careful what I buy and store so I do not waste a penny. Learn to make biscuits. Learn to make bread.

Food Storage List For Breakfast:

So basically my breakfasts consist of: milk, cereal, fresh bananas, oatmeal, honey, raisins, nuts. The smoothies would have spinach, kale, celery and a variety of fruits. I would need wheat to grind to make my bread, yeast, lemon juice, salt, etc. I would need water to make the smoothies, oatmeal, and the bread. We need 4 gallons of water per person per day.

Food Storage List For Lunch:

Bread: I make my own bread because it is critical to keep my grocery costs down, learn to make tortillas, bread, pizza dough or biscuits.

Water-packed canned tuna and chicken: they have a fairly short shelf life (2-3 years). This keeps me out of the store and is cheaper than buying freshly sliced meat or expensive pre-packed lunch meat.

Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip: (typically 1-year shelf life).

Peanut butter and jam: (typically 1-year shelf life).

Apples: (they last a couple months, depending on the type of apple and stored in the refrigerator).

Carrots: (one month, if stored properly in the refrigerator).

Soups: good to have in your pantry as well (some store longer than others).

Water, water, and more water

Okay now for long-term, pick up several cans of tuna or chicken/turkey. If you can pressure can your meat that is awesome! Grab extra containers of peanut butter and jams or jelly. If you make jam or jelly even better. Grab a few jars of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip. A few extra apples in the refrigerator would taste great if we were unable to travel on the roads because of a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

Food Storage List For Dinner:

Salad or fresh vegetables from the garden but canned work great as well (I make my own dressings).

Dehydrated potatoes are a staple in my home.

Pasta, quinoa or rice with some kind of meat (I buy hamburger in bulk and re-package one-pound baggies).

Chicken or turkey: (I buy frozen in bulk)-if you raise chickens that are awesome, hunters are prepared for the unexpected for sure, learn to smoke or pressure can your meat

Water, water, and more water (never ending item on my food storage list-WATER).

Long term budget food storage: pick up some cans of green beans, corn, beans (dry or canned), quinoa, rice and pasta

Learn to dehydrate what you grow in your garden or on your fruit trees.

Learn to can/bottle the fruits you grow or buy cases of fruits and vegetables as your budget allows.

Food Storage List-Free Printable:

FSM Meal Planning Schedule

Please start to today, not tomorrow to store food and water, one can at a time. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected.

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How To Be Prepared For An Economic Collapse

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Do you know how to be prepared for an economic collapse? If there was ever a time in the history of the world we need to be ready it’s today, not tomorrow. I’m not a doomsday prepper, but I will tell you one thing, we have to put together a plan as part of our strategy to be properly prepared and do so as soon as possible. My gut is telling me to shout from the rooftop to get ready for something this country hasn’t seen in many years. If you are sitting on the fence about getting food storage, water, emergency cooking devices, fuel, paper products, emergency toilet supplies, an emergency wash tub and many more things, (I will make a short list today), JUST DO IT! Remember, I do not list weapons, this is a family friendly blog and so is my book. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation And by the way, I will not skin a squirrel and eat it. Just giving you the heads-up here.

Mark and I went to a neighborhood gathering last night and people brought salads to go with the pulled pork and rolls with chocolate cake for everyone to enjoy. There is something about “breaking bread” with people at the table, right? You know sitting together enjoying a meal, talking and laughing, and of course, I always get the giggles. Well, then I heard my friend, Jeff who started talking about living off the grid. Off the grid means living with solar for instance and not having to depend on the government to supply us with power. I quickly got up and moved closer to him so we could chat. We talked about solar panels, generators, batteries, the whole gamut. We also talked about how our country is not prepared for a cyber attack. They are prepared for natural disasters, somewhat, as we’ve seen them respond to recent floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, fires, etc.

But if our power goes down WE need to be prepared. Now, this could be severed powered lines, power grids that are targeted and sabotaged. Our country is so vulnerable to severe electrical outages. Have you read the book,  “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel? You need too! Ted Koppel quotes so many people he and his team interviewed for the book. These were the folks that were “in charge” of our infrastructure. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the AftermathOur country is so unprepared for attacks on our main power grids, it’s pathetic. Just imagine the power is out, the water lines will not work, the sewage lines are inoperable, no refrigeration or light anywhere. Forget about getting gas for your cars, the gas pumps will not work without electricity. Our country has three main electric power grids that with a well-designed attack things would drastically change as we see our infrastructure become crippled. The equipment is so outdated that it would take years to repair, and that’s IF we could get the parts to replace the damaged equipment. It’s highly unlikely the parts could even be made. What the heck? We live in America, I thought we were more prepared than this!

If this happens, we will go back to living like families in the 1800’s. It’s not a question of if it will happen, it’s a question of when it will happen. Here’s the deal, I watch TV and use the remote to switch from CNN to Fox News and all the other news stations in my area. Of course, I have my favorite TV shows as well that I like to watch. If we lose electricity, the lights go out, the stores will close, and forget the truckers who we take for granted who deliver ALL the goods we need worldwide. When I see truckers driving down the highway, I have so much respect for them, when driving I let them in my lane as a courtesy. They keep our stores stocked, gas pumps full and so much more. I wave to them as if to say “thank you for all you do” for this country so we can eat, drink and survive, so to speak.

Economic Collapse Tips:

  1. Be ready to withdraw any liquid monies you have within a week or less (if we lose electricity you will not have access to any funds via ATM’s, checks or monthly income deposits, for who knows how long). This is scary because we do not want a run on the banks. This means everyone runs to the bank to withdraw their money and the bank can’t stay open if this happens. Of course, if we have a cyber attack you won’t even have time to withdraw any money. Period. I’m talking about an economic collapse here.
  2. Get out of debt as soon as possible.
  3. Be prepared to pay home property taxes because the government can and will take your home if they are not paid (yep they will be the proud owners of thousands if not millions of homes if the property taxes are not paid). It makes you realize how much control our government has with the property taxes we owe on OUR homes.
  4. Keep cash in small bills ready to use in your home in a safe secure place. If the banks are closed for days, weeks or months, the money you have in your home will be your saving grace. Your monthly deposits from income will not be available if the banks have zero electricity. They will be unable to take or disperse any funds. Those ATM’s will not work without power.
  5. Stock up on food you will eat, lots of it, here’s a checklist that I designed that may help: Where do I start
  6. Stock up on basics like honey, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices so you can make meals from scratch.
  7. Go to thrift stores and get old cookbooks with recipes you would like to make. The internet will not work if we lose power. Have a several hard copy cookbooks available as references.
  8. Learn to make bread or crackers. If you know how to make these teach your neighbors, they will need to learn this old-school skill, I promise.
  9. Store more water than you have ever dreamed of storing. By the way, when you fill your containers use a lead-free hose made after 2007 like this one: NeverKink 8612-50 5/8-Inch-by-50-Foot Boat and Camper Hose
  10. Get some soil ready to garden, you will need to produce your own food, please do it NOW. Please get some garden tools, you will need them. Seeds are needed as well. Check your local garden nursery for plants/seeds that you can grow where you live.
  11. Store fuel such as propane (outside), inside your garage or shed you can store charcoal briquettes (without the starter fluid), lump charcoal, clean pine cones, and wood scraps. Please store them in air-tight containers so they will last longer. I use 5-gallon buckets with Gamma lids. Gamma Seal Lid Variety Pack – 6 Colors and 5-gallon buckets 5 Gallon White Bucket & Gamma Seal Lid – Food Grade Plastic Pail & Gamma2 Screw Seal Tight Lid (Red) I also store butane fuel 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  12. Put together a first aid kit like no other one you have put together before. If the stores are closed you need to have the items you use every day or occasionally. Here’s a list: First-Aid-Kit-Checklist-Printable Please add your favorite items to my list and get as many as your budget allows. Check expiration dates.
  13. Prescriptions, this is my biggest fear for those with life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Ask your doctor if you can purchase a 90 day supply, or even a one year supply. Yes, forget about insurance companies, you may need to pay cash for some prescriptions.
  14. Make sure your passport is current.
  15. Do whatever you can to learn the skills you could trade for food or water like sewing, cooking, gardening, etc.
  16. Strengthen your body, get out and bike, walk or swim, just do it. We will need our bodies to be strong and healthy.
  17. Stock up on paper products like plates, cups and napkins because we will want to use our water for drinking and our fuel for heat or cooking and not to the dishes. Get plenty of plastic utensils too.
  18. Get some cooking devices to boil water and cook meals like a Lodge Dutch oven Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt that you can use outside with some charcoal. Get a Sun Oven if you have a lot of sunshine. All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance Camp Chef has a great stove/oven combination Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove you can make pancakes on top and bread in the oven. I purchased one of these for all four of my daughters:Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case
  19. Stock up on shavers, soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach, etc. Don’t forget to get a clothes line, clothes pins, and a wash tub/board or make my emergency washing machine with 2 six-gallon buckets and this awesome tool: Ball Clothes Washer Portable Washing Machine Our fabulous electric washers and dryers may not work for days, weeks, or months without power. I better start lifting weights, just saying.

Please be prepared for the unexpected. The question is not if, the question is when we have an economic collapse. God bless you and your family.

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Quick And Easy To Make Slow Cooker Mexican Soup

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It’s that time of year when I love to grab my slow cooker to prepare my quick and easy to make Slow Cooker Mexican Soup. My sister, Carol  first introduced me to this soup, aka Albondigas Mexican Soup. This is a really quick throw together soup because I buy the frozen meatballs from Costco. They are actually Italian meatballs, probably based on the seasonings, but they still work for this recipe. This is a very hearty soup that you can top with sour cream, cilantro, and croutons of your choice. The ingredients are in my pantry, other than the frozen meatballs.

I wanted to learn a little more about what the term Albondigas means and what makes this soup different from other possible recipes of Mexican Albondigas Soup. Here is what I learned. Basically, Albondigas means small meatballs prepared in a Mexican, Spanish or South American way. It’s a traditional meatball soup made a few different ways with each family handing down their family recipe to the next generation. I love every Mexican soup recipe, just so you know…Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel, SCCPVL610-S

I remember growing up and my mother would always have food to share with everyone at the kitchen table. We didn’t have a lot of money, but that didn’t matter. She could stretch a pot of soup like no other person I know. Of course, I learned that skill from her and my daughters carry on that tradition today as well. There is always extra food for everyone. She was a very generous person with meals and serving others. I learned a lot of things from her about breaking bread with friends and family. There is something about sitting around a large table and eating with those you love and care about. We can talk and laugh and enjoy the company around us. My husband and I had this soup for lunch today and it was delicious. He doesn’t like things too spicy, and this soup seemed to be just what he wanted for the lunch meal.  We made enough to put two containers together for a later meal, one in the refrigerator and one in the freezer. The soup should taste just as good the second and third time it is served. Great way to plan ahead, and also to save money.

I hope your family enjoys this Slow Cooker Mexican Soup Recipe as much as my family does. Do you have a favorite Mexican soup recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation? I would love to know.

Mexican Soup Recipe:

2-14.5-ounce cans of diced tomatoes, do not drain
2-14.5-ounce cans chicken broth
3 cups water
1 peeled and chopped onion
1 carrot, sliced into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
dash of cayenne pepper
30-40 pre-cooked 1-1/2 inch meatballs (I buy frozen cooked meatballs from Costco)
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients, except the meatballs, and cook in a slow cooker for about 4-8 hours on low. You will add the meatballs half way through the cooking time. Cook on low for about 8 hours total. Serve with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy.

Cook Time 8 hours

Serves 8

PRINTABLE recipe: Mexican-Soup-aka-Albondigas-Soup-by-Food-Storage-Moms

Mexican Soup Recipe Add-Ons:

1. grated cheese

2. dollop of sour cream

3. chopped Cilantro

4. taco chips

5. grated or chopped onions

My favorite things:

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How To Store Halloween Candy For Emergencies

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Today, I’m going to show you how to store Halloween candy for emergencies. Are you like me and love chocolate? Now, when I buy Halloween candy for the cute little children for “Trick or Treat” trunk parties, I buy my favorite ones. I stay clear of hard candy, I’m afraid the kids will choke on them, it’s the mom and grandma in me. Yesterday, Mark and I headed to Costco to get a few things and there was this HUGE display of Halloween candy. Well, I nearly choked at the prices, I must admit. I stand there thinking, am I getting cheap in my old age? I do not remember spending $50.00 to hand out candy on Halloween. Well, I asked Mark to choose one bag that I wouldn’t want to eat. You know, so I wouldn’t gorge myself on the chocolate. He finds one bag with 150 little miniature chocolate candy bars for $15.99. SOLD! I’ll go back to store when they are cheaper as in after Halloween.

I swear the bags go up every year and the candy bars get smaller each year, as in tiny. Really tiny, but that’s okay because I will go to the store the day after Halloween and stock up on a few of my favorites that will store well for a year or so if I use my Food Saver. Two years, I am pushing it for quality in the chocolate bars by pulling out a jar from the pantry, if we have a natural disaster or unforeseen emergency. Who wouldn’t love a little chocolate to comfort themselves? I bet you can picture the smiles on people’s faces if I brought a jar of these gems out to share with the neighborhood, right?

Store Halloween Candy

A few years ago, I decided to cut up the some of the chocolate favorites my family likes sprinkled over ice cream or blended in homemade shakes. Our favorites shown below are Snickers, Twix, Reeses Peanut Butter Cops and Heath bars. I have to laugh, I think the candy bars get smaller every year and the price goes up every year. You have to look very closely at the Heath candy bar. I swear that piece of candy is one inch by 1-1/8 inch long. I am talking about a teeny weeny piece of candy. BUT it still tastes yummy no matter how small it is!

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These little jars are made by Ball and are called “The Collection Elite” pint jars. They come in a 4 pack of 16-ounce jars. They are perfect for serving this candy at an ice cream party. You can place the jars on a table and let people spoon the candy they want to sprinkle over their ice cream. Can you picture a few different flavors of ice cream on the table? Add some whipped cream and a jar of red maraschino cherries and you are ready to party! Ball Jars Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint, Case of 4

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Now another thing you might want to do with other types of leftover Halloween candy is to use a FoodSaver to “seal” the lids and screw the ring on and save for a special party or holiday in the future. I always recommend storing some chocolate candy in your food storage stash. Last year I suggested giving the “sealed” candy to friends and neighbor for gifts at Christmas time. I have a FoodSaver with an accessory hose and that wide mouth Food Saver jar sealer that removes the air out of the jars and seals the jars. I then screw the ring on and store the Halloween Candy for a rainy day……LOVE IT! I always have some chocolate in my food storage. This is what I call my chocolate emergency food stash. You can never have too much chocolate to share with neighbors after an unforeseen emergency or disaster.

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Store Halloween Candy For Food Storage:

The Halloween Candy above is strictly chocolate and I cut it up and placed the different flavors in different jars. Well, I still had plenty of candy to store. Now I have Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Hersheys Chocolate, M & M’s, Peanut M & M’s and more Heath Bars. Life is good when you have leftover Halloween Candy in your pantry. If you don’t have any leftover Halloween candy, you can usually pick up several bags at your local store with prices drastically reduced Halloween night or the next day. WooHoo! FoodSaver V3835 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System with SmartSeal Technology and FoodSaver FCARWJAH-000 Kit Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer with Regular Sealer and Accessory Hose, White

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My grandchildren love seeing these jars in the pantry…when I open them they taste great even after a year in the pantry! Yep, the Food Saver saves me money again. Let me know if you store Halloween candy, I want to know your favorites!!!

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How To Feed Your Family Lunch After A Disaster

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It’s day two of my series on how to feed your family lunch after a disaster.  Last year was a brutal winter for many communities worldwide. We had record snowfalls and it looks like we are heading that way again this year. This is a good reason to make sure our pantry is packed with a few extra items in case traveling due to the ice and the snow is impossible. Last year I remember several people sending me emails about running out of milk or bread when the roads were iced over.

Please keep in mind these are only suggestions. We all have favorite foods, and many can’t eat certain food items. I would love to say I will run out to my garden and pick some fresh tomatoes. Everything in the garden is cleaned out waiting to be replanted next year. So the food products in my pantry, freezer or refrigerator will be my only choices when it comes to feeding my family if the roads are iced over or we have a power outage that goes on for days or weeks. I need to be able to open the pantry at least and scrounge for some items. Here is my post about breakfast meals from yesterday. So here we go with lunch.

Lunch #1 Idea:

The two containers below are freeze-dried celery and onions. Here’s the deal, freeze-dried foods do not have to be re-hydrated like dehydrated food. You can add these to any recipe and make a sandwich or a salad with mayonnaise stirred into it. You would need to be able to boil water to cook the bow-tie macaroni, but a $30.00 butane stove works great inside your home. Just crack a window to ventilate the room a little. Use wise judgment when using one. I used to teach classes in stores that provided these stoves for me to cook things during my cooking classes. They work great. If you have a gas stove you can use a match to light a burner to cook on as well, unless of course there is a gas line break in the neighborhood. If you have crackers, take some canned chicken or tuna, add some relish, mayonnaise, and lunch is ready in no time at all. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

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Lunch #Two:

Here again, if you have a butane stove you can make some chili if you have canned beans, tomatoes, and corn. Add some freeze dried vegetables like onion and celery and you have a hearty soup. Grab your favorite spices to spice up the chili, and add some crackers…another lunch is ready in a pinch. If you have some canned fruit serve it as a side dish. Please remember, you need a can opener. I keep several can openers in my emergency buckets. If one wears out or falls apart…no worries, I have more can openers ready to do the job.

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Lunch #3:

Here is lunch number three to add to you emergency meals. This one is good old Snack Ramen with some dehydrated veggies I made from frozen vegetables. Add some canned chicken and some  canned fruit and you have another great lunch. I realize Snack Ramen is probably not the most healthy food item, but I also must be realistic. I’m thinking I might have a few neighbors that only have food for one or two days in their kitchen. I can at least share some quick hot soup with them for a day or two.

Lunch Number Three

Lunch #4:

This is lunch number four, complete with my old standby peanut butter and jelly. Add some crackers if you are out of bread, and your emergency meal is complete by adding some fruit. The fruit above is my grandkid’s favorite, freeze dried pineapple. Oh, another thing that is awesome is freeze dried corn (not in picture) you can eat it right out of the can as well. Yummy! Now if you have some bread in the freezer you can always pull a loaf out and thaw it. I am trying to keep from opening the freezer, if at all possible, so I store a few boxes of crackers in my pantry for emergency meals. No, crackers do no have a long shelf life, but they can be substituted to make sandwiches.

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Thanks again to my friend Julene, at Prepare Today who wrote a similar post back in October 2012. Please look in your pantry or food storage area in your home to see how many days you can feed your family. Please start with one week, then two weeks and then a month. Keep adding food that you can rotate and your family will eat reasonably well. We can’t waste our money on food that our family won’t enjoy. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. If you are wondering if I’m going to bug out in the mountains after a disaster, nope, that’s not happening. If we have an earthquake where I live and my house is destroyed, I will leave my home, but I’m not going to a bug out location. We do need to be prepared with an evacuation plan. My book tells you how to do this: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation Please be prepared in your home. God bless you and your family.
My Favorite things:

OXO SteeL Can Opener

Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Food Storage Supply Pail

Mountain House, Just In Case… Classic Bucket

Kirkland Signature chicken breast, packed in water, premium chunk, 6 12.5-ounce cans

Dixie Paper Plates, 8-1/2 Inch, 48 Count, (Pack of 10)(Product size may vary)

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How To Feed Your Family Breakfast After A Disaster

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Today, it’s all about how to feed your family breakfast after a disaster. Now, it may not be a hurricane, tornado or flood, it may be undrivable icy roads. Let’s assume we will not be able to leave our home, so we will have to prepare whatever we have in our house today, tomorrow or maybe even for weeks. This is not about 72-hour kits or bug out bags. We will not leave our home. Do you have a supply of paper plates, cups, or plastic silverware? Yes, we can wash our regular dishes, but what if we have no power to heat the dish water? I don’t want to use up all my fuel to boil water, so I stash a few plates, cups, bowls, and silverware for any unforeseen disaster.

I saw a post about planning for food after a disaster that my friend, Julene wrote over at Prepare Today about “Post Disaster Meals, No Cooking Required”. She actually wrote it back in October 2012. She has been a good friend of mine and inspires the world with ideas on food storage and preparedness. I decided that not all my readers would have seen her post so I am writing one similar to her post today.

So let’s get started. I want to break this out into three sections, breakfasts, lunches and lunch/dinners. Of course, you will know what foods your family can and cannot eat. These are just examples to help you get started and think about what you might need after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. One thing we must all have is water. In my opinion, we can never have too much water. I am talking about drinkable water first and other water needs for personal hygiene, and cooking. Today I am only planning BREAKFAST Meals.

After A Disaster Breakfast Number One:

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My first breakfast choice is pancakes with syrup and freeze-dried fruit (apples and strawberries). I am thinking more than likely after a disaster we will have some fresh fruit in the refrigerator. Most of us have cans of fruit or jars of fruit we have canned. If I have some eggs in the refrigerator I would use them up if it appears the disaster could be longer than a few days. This is assuming you have a gas barbecue or butane stove. I would highly recommend getting one with some extra cans of butane fuel. I used one for almost six weeks (used only one can of butane). I used my SunOven as well as a Dutch oven to prepare meals when I was stove/ovenless (is that a word?) for almost 6 or 7 weeks. LOL! Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

After A Disaster Breakfast Number Two:

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Most of us have some kind of oatmeal in our food storage, so this is a good one to make for breakfast. It’s really easy to prepare with just some boiling water, add some fruit and you are good to go. This is my favorite Cox’s Honey that you can use to sweeten your oatmeal if desired. If you have milk to use up in the refrigerator you can pour some over the oatmeal. If not, I would recommend a #10 can of instant milk if you do not have animals to provide the milk you want. I don’t drink milk, but my husband will want some cereal so I always have several #10 cans of instant milk or the boxed shelf-stable Gossner’s milk shown below. One great thing about oatmeal is you can add nuts, craisins, raisins and freeze dried fruit of most any kind. Easy peasy…

After A Disaster Breakfast Number Three:

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You probably know me by now, I keep a lot of cold cereal in my pantry. Yes, people look at me at the store when it goes on sale, like really??? You eat that much cereal??? Yes, my husband does. Life is good with cereal, milk, bananas and the newspaper to read every morning. The less I have to go to a grocery store the better….

After A Disaster Breakfast Number Four:

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Here is a picture of cold cereal, my favorite instant milk, and freeze-dried bananas. I want you to be aware of the different milk products you can buy. Most grocery stores sell instant milk. This particular company’s instant milk product has a shelf life of 25 years unopened and 2 years if opened. The storage temperature would have to be cool (not a hot garage). If you use soy or rice milk stock up some extra ones in case you need them. Plus, most are shelf stable, even better no refrigeration necessary. Here again, a friendly reminder to store water, lots of water.

The reason I put this post together is to make us think about what we have in our houses today to feed our family for a week, two weeks or more. Of course, I would love fresh vegetables from the garden, but with temperatures of 30 degrees at night right now and for the rest of the winter months, that is not possible. If I can’t drive to the store because the roads have washed away or an extreme ice storm is coming..I will be calm and relaxed knowing I can prepare several meals for my family. Tomorrow I will share planning LUNCH Meals, the day after that will be planning DINNER Meals. Of course, all meals can be switched around, I just wanted to give you pictures to help you plan meals. Hopefully, you will see that you have most of these items in your pantry right now, ready to go.

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, we never know what unforeseen disaster may hit our neighborhood or community. Let me know what foods items you store for breakfast that I can add to my list today. Lunches and dinner ideas will be tomorrow and the next day.

My favorite things:

Lodge LDP3 Reversible Grill/Griddle, 9.5-inch x 16.75-inch

Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove

Emergency Essentials Water Barrel – 55 Gallon Drum

Augason Farms Breakfast Emergency Food Supply

OvaEasy Powdered Whole Egg 10 Cans (2 x 1.67 lb cans)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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23 Reasons Why You Should Store Zip Ties For Survival

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I have 23 reasons why you should store Zip ties for survival. I recently visited a local hardware store right here in St. George, Utah. The store has just about everything a handy person might want. I was looking for an emergency orange cone and some Zip-ties. While waiting in line to pay for my Zip-ties, I asked the clerk to tell me “what can you do with Zip-ties”? He started telling me a few ways to use Zip-ties, and before I knew it the guy behind me added a few more ideas. Of course, then I started laughing because the guy behind me quickly added, “you need some longer ones to tackle someone to Zip-tie their hands in case of a break-in”. Oh goodness, I was thinking of using some for emergency issues, but quickly realized I really did need some longer ones. Topzone® Assorted Color Nylon Cable Zip Ties Self Locking, 250-Piece

Before you know it, I am now looking for longer ones at the store. Stronger ones, yep I found some. I bought them and then here comes a guy who is a retired Marine. I swear, those handsome Marines never give up their Marine haircut. He proceeded to show me how to put the Zip-ties on someone. THEN he shows me how you get out of them. Yep, I now know how to get out of them if my hands are Zip-tied in front of me or behind me. What a great night at the store. I just love it when people share their knowledge with me. These Zip-ties come in so many colors, lengths, widths, and weights. I felt like I was in a candy store, I wanted every size they sold!!

Store Zip Ties

1. Use one for shoes with broken shoelaces in a pinch until you can purchase regular shoelaces-slip through the eyelet holes-pull through, but not too tight

2. Flower arranging, keeps the flowers upright, tighten the branches ever so lightly

3. Use small ones to hold a button in place until you can sew it on in an emergency

4. Replace a missing zipper pull, look at all the colors you can choose from, WooHoo

5. Jewelry clasp is broken, keep some tiny Zip-ties in your purse to repair your favorite necklace in a pinch

6. Use larger ones to secure milk cartons together to keep them from shifting

7. Secure wire fencing to posts to keep the critters out of your back yard

8. Secure Christmas lights to bushes, easy peasy

9. Secure cables attached to your desktop and carefully tighten them with a Zip-tie to secure them together

10. Tents can be secured with Zip-ties to keep the flaps from flapping

11. The small ones are wonderful to use as a tag holder on gifts

12. Awesome for temporary ponytails for swimming

13. Use them to hang decorations from a small nail

14. Weave some together to make a small basket-great craft for kids who are old enough to make items with them

15. Use a certain color on your keys to hang them on your key holder board to distinguish one key from another

16. Great to secure a Zip-tie with tools to a peg board

17. Use one that will secure your pant leg when riding your bike or to keep bugs or mosquitoes off your legs and pants out of the chain

18. Handcuffs or ankle cuffs (only for use in dangerous situations)

19. Wind up and drain your garden hoses and Zip-tie them to securely store them for the winter

20. These are great to secure rain downspouts as a temporary fix until the heat makes them too brittle, then you have to replace them

21. Use to keep a tent or small sleeping bag rolled up while transporting

22. They can help secure vines and other plants to a trestle

23. In a pinch can substitute for a worn out watch band

Please keep in mind the different Zip-ties that are reusable (I didn’t buy those), and these that come in so many sizes for so many different uses. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected.

US Marine Corps My nephew, Nicholas is a Marine, proud Aunt here! I love that guy!

My favorite things:

Cambridge ZipIts 650 Pcs Assortment -4″, 8″ & 11″ Nylon Cable Ties Kit- UV Black

55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

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What You Need To Keep Your Stored Water Safe

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Today it’s all about what you need to keep your stored water safe to drink or cook with. Water is critical for all of us to survive. With the holidays just around the corner, I’m hoping some people will give water storage containers for gifts. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but today I am sharing how to keep your stored water safe. Safe to drink, safe to brush your teeth and cook with. I actually get asked all the time, “Linda what is that stuff you recommend for keeping our stored water safe”? So today I am posting the product so you know which one I use and why I use this one. Water Preserver Concentrate

Each one of these small bottles will be the exact amount needed for your 55-gallon water storage barrels. If you use the 3.5-gallon WaterBricks you will use 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver in each container. The advantage to using this product is the fact that you will only have to rotate or replace the water in your containers every five years. Yay! If you use a bleach solution you must rotate or replace your water every six months. It’s all about keeping your water safe.

Keep Your Stored Water Safe

This is the only product that I am aware of that the EPA recommends, and the top notch emergency preparedness people use. I love the fact that I can wash my containers and fill them with a hose that is lead-free (not your normal garden hose). Then I can fill them with water and the drops required per gallon of Water Preserver and store them safely for five years. I can use the water from my kitchen faucet and use these drops as well to safely preserve my water in smaller containers. Easy peasy. We have family living in northern Arizona near the area that experienced a minor earthquake this week.  The first thing we asked was if they were ok, which they were, although a little shaken up.  The second question was if they had much water stored in case of damaging aftershocks.  The response was, “probably not enough!”  You never know when an unexpected event may change everything for you and/or your family.  Now is the time to prepare, not when that event suddenly happens!

This is the information printed on the Water Preserver container: “Water Preserver (TM) is the first and only product recognized and proven effective for 5-year water storage, registered and licensed by federal and state EPA.”  It certainly makes you feel more comfortable using this product.

Please store water for your family and for yourself for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Here is my post on the Water Bricks for stored water. This is my Water Barrel post.

Minimum Water Needed Per Person-Per Day:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5 to12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine

How Long You Can Survive:

1. 3 minutes without air

2. 3 hours without shelter in severe heat or cold

3. 3 days without water

4. 3 weeks without food

We need water to be able to prepare the dehydrated or freeze dried food we have stored in our homes. We need a lot of water and I can’t stress this enough. Please store more than you think you may need. You will be glad you did, I promise. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected! May God bless you and your family.

Water Preserver (.com)

My favorite things:

Water Preserver Concentrate

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

American Red Cross

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What You Need To Do Laundry After A Disaster

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Today it’s all about what you need to do laundry after a disaster. I know we have talked about having clean underwear and how hard it would be to wash jeans. A few years ago I found the perfect clothesline from EarthEasy.com listed below. I know we can wash our clothes in wash tubs or my 5-gallon portable washing machine. Well, I looked everywhere for some really good strong clothespins. I bought some at a local hardware store for $22.00 for a package of 96. I also bought a package of 50 for about $15.00. Hmmm. I was not satisfied with the clothespins when I would hang things on my clothesline. They would not be flexible or they would not hold the weight. Then I started scouring the internet. Yep, I found my perfect clothespins.

Here’s the deal, we all love using our electric washing machine and clothes dryer. You may be thinking “I am never going to need clothespins”.  Let’s talk about losing power and having no way to wash and dry our clothes, except by hand. Oh, we all need some water, detergent, clothespins, a clothesline, and a wash bucket or two.

Do Laundry

A few years ago I found the perfect clothesline, for me anyway. I had been looking for one for about three years. First, I was going to rig something with ropes. Then I looked at a retractable one. Nope, they were not what I wanted for my backyard. I like to research and buy right the first time. Where I live it is really windy at times. Once I had a table umbrella get ripped out of the backyard and sent flying about 100 yards away up on the hill behind our house. Luckily it didn’t hit anything or anyone. I knew I had to buy one I could fold up and put away when not in use. I found that clotheslines from EarthEasy.com. We installed the cement base with the post holder so it could be mowed over the top.  We have the clothesline stored in our shed when not in use. Now I had the best clothesline but needed to find some good, strong  and sturdy clothespins…..

The Perfect Clothespins

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Please look at the clothespins above. The one on the left is not flexible and will not hold the clothes on the line if the fabric or item is thin or too thick. The one on the right side is okay, but they are not strong enough to hold jeans on a clothesline. Hmm. Now, to the perfect clothespin. It’s the one in the middle. Please look at the size of it compared to the one on the right. Also, look at the spring. There is a big difference between the two. The middle one is sturdy and has a lifetime guarantee if they malfunction or break due to normal wear. I also wanted to get something made here in America.

Of course, with any wood product, I will have to keep these out of the elements and bring them inside when my laundry is dried. These clothespins are called Kevin’s Quality Clothespins. I found them on Amazon. These perfect clothespins can be handed down to the next generation because they are so well made. I love these. I am not sure my kids would still want them, but I’m so glad I have them! Kevin’s Quality Clothespins (Maple, natural) Sold in Sets of 10 Lifetime Guarantee and a clothespin holder: Clothesline Bundle – 4 items: Clothesline Bag and 3 sets of Kevin’s Quality Clothespins (Mesh)

do laundry

In case of emergency, please look at my homemade detergent and emergency washing machine to use in an unforeseen emergency or disaster. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected. Please plan ahead of time how you will wash your laundry when you have zero power.

My favorite things:

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Set of 30 Lifetime Guarantee

Lady and the Carpenter Mesh Clothesline Bags- Clothespin Bags

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

5 Gallon White Bucket & Gamma Seal Lid – Food Grade Plastic Pail & Gamma2 Screw Seal Tight Lid (Red)

Breathing Mobile Washer – Handheld, portable, non-electric, mobile, manual clothes washing machine. Handle Included.

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Why You Need To Be Prepared For A Disaster

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If you are still wondering why you need to be prepared for a disaster, please turn on your television or read the newspaper. If you don’t have access to either one of those please Google the words, disasters, hurricanes, fires, emergency preparedness or any other keyword that will enlighten you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected. Please do it today, not tomorrow. As you know I am not a doomsday prepper (meaning over the top preparedness person). I am a mom, a grandma, sister, and aunt that will become a mama bear to protect my family. But I can’t take care of everyone, period. We all must be prepared to take care of our ourselves and our loved ones. The government cannot take care of you or your neighbors. We are responsible for ourselves. I have been in a preparedness mode my entire life, it’s a way of life for me. I read, research and make calls and visit companies that will help me teach the world to be prepared. I believe that God, hand picked me to teach the world to be prepared for the unexpected. Of course, I am not the only one he has chosen, but I know he chose me to teach the world to be prepared for emergencies.

Here’s the deal, I am not rich or wealthy, but I do live within my means and save my money to purchase items I will need for my family to survive every disaster, literally. I have been blessed by sponsors that have contacted me to show my readers items that every family needs. Now, you don’t need all of the items I write about but you will choose the ones you feel are right for your family, your neighborhood location and weather conditions. I have always had a budget, a very strict budget my entire life. I can squeeze a nickel out of a penny so to speak. I am self-reliant and I want to teach my readers that they can be self-reliant. I am so grateful for comments from readers that have taught me things about how to be prepared. We can all learn from each other.

We need to be prepared:

I wish every family in the world had a copy of my book, Prepare Your Family For Survival by Linda Loosli! I will have a giveaway as often as my budget allows. Well, today I have a giveaway. Let’s teach the world to be prepared for a disaster, okay? I am so blessed that Page Street Publishing asked me to write this book. I mentioned to them I am not a professional writer, they said to me “we want an expert, and that is you”. Here again, God had his hand in this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who have already purchased my book. It’s a family friendly book, no weapons are discussed in my book. I wanted my book to be able to be a tool to teach classes about food storage and emergency preparedness. I wanted a child to be able to pick it up and learn the concept, “if you’re prepared you will not be fearful”.

This Prepare Your Family For Survival book giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Saturday, October 15th, 2016  at 5:15 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

My favorite things:

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt

Kelly Kettle Ultimate Stainless Steel Large Base Camp Kit

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Cox’s Honey is the only honey I buy!  It’s raw, pure honey from Shelley, Idaho. Cox’s Honey

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15 Ways To Be Prepared For The Unexpected

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Today I am sharing 15 ways to be prepared for the unexpected. These are a few of my bare minimum ideas, but it’s a good start. I want you to picture it’s 7:00 p.m. at night and all of the sudden the lights go out. The TV turns off and it’s dark everywhere. We look across the street to see if Mary has her lights on. Hmmm, we don’t see any lights. Then I can see I am going to miss my favorite TV show. Dang! Oh goodness, NOW it’s really hot because the fans or air conditioning are off, or it’s really cold because the furnace is no longer working. We need to ask ourselves, am I prepared to withstand the temperatures without any power available?

Now it’s the next day and still no power. No internet. No lights. No running water because the local power system can’t pump the water to our homes. Let’s take a moment and see how we really need to be prepared. You know, are we prepared for the unexpected?

Now it’s day three, and the power is still off, no electricity, no running water. We know this happens all over the world occasionally. But with the various fires, flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes going on around us we could be without power for days, weeks or maybe even months.

15 Ways To Be Prepared

1. Keep up on laundry. If we lose power for two weeks or more you will want at least 90% of your laundry done. I know hand washing clothes can be a chore. Are you prepared to hand wash all your laundry? Hopefully, at least our underwear can be rinsed and dried. Do you have enough laundry detergent to last you several weeks or months? Do you have a clothesline to hang your wet clothes to dry? My laundry detergent recipe: Homemade-Laundry-Detergent-or-Soap-by-Food-Storage-Moms I use one teaspoon of my homemade detergent per load in my H.E.front loader washing machine.

2. Budgets, please organize your bills, set them up on automatic payments, if possible. This way none of your bills will be delinquent. I am thinking while I write this post I am picturing only four or five states around us without power. So if your auto payment is in say a state outside your area you will be good to go. No late payments. You might not be able to go online and pay that bill, we might be without power for days or weeks.

3. Gas tank, please keep at least half full or more. UPDATE: I now suggest we keep our gas tanks 3/4 full.  If you need to leave or evacuate your neighborhood your car is ready to take you and your family as far as your gas tank can drive you.

4. Small bills, please keep a few one and five dollar bills so if you absolutely need something you have the cash to purchase it. Remember, in a power outage, the gas stations will be inoperable because they don’t use generators. No gasoline will be available unless someone has an old style gas pump that works without electricity.

5. Flashlights, you can never have enough of them. If you have the battery type, how many batteries do you have stored? If you have a crank flashlight, that’s even better. This is my favorite flashlight from Goal Zero. No batteries needed. Crank, solar and plug in to charge even in the car. Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel and this one: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

6. Water, how much water do you have stored? You need a lot more than you might think. Count the number of people in your home and multiply that by one gallon per day minimum. I mean at the very minimum. See below how much is really needed. If the roads are shut down will the stores even have what you may need? No, they will not, water will be the first to fly off the shelves.

It is vital to have water storage to sustain life. Many times in natural disasters the electricity goes down and we are unable to access water via our hoses, taps, etc. Sometimes the water is contaminated from flooding and cross-contamination from sewage. You will need water for a minimum of three days. If we don’t have water, we will not be able to use many of the freeze dried or dehydrated food we need to eat every day. Some garden hoses have lead in them; use a lead-free hose to fill containers. There are numerous containers available in which to store water; use a container that works for you and your family.

Minimum water needed per day per person:

1 gallon per day, per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you may need more.
4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
5 to12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet
1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine

My favorite water containers: Water Storage Containers – Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue and this is my favorite water preserver: 55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety

7. Food, check out your pantry or food storage area and think about how much food you have, and then you can estimate how long you can feed your family. Let’s assume the grocery stores are 10 miles away and the roads are broken from a slight earthquake, or maybe a tornado or an ice storm. Next, picture walking there and finding out the store shelves are empty. I have heard some church organizations are no longer telling/reminding their members to stock up on food. They have told them for many many years to do so. If they don’t have it now they probably never will.

8. One temporary cooking device is critical. I realize we can eat peanut butter and jam sandwiches, or even tuna if you have bread or crackers. Okay, we can eat them out of the jars with a spoon if we have to. After a few days, we just might want some hot soup. We may need to boil our water to kill the bacteria. I have seen inexpensive little butane stoves for about $25.00 to more expensive items. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and be sure and get some fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

9. Medical supplies, first aid kit. If your children have a fever, cough or very deep cut….are you prepared to handle the situation? I love essential oils, but sometimes I need more than that. I might need antibiotics or my prescriptions. Oh, the pharmacy is closed because their computers don’t work without power. Yes, they might have a generator until the gasoline runs out that powers it. My first aid list: First-Aid-Kit-Checklist-Printable

10. Do you have extra blankets, jackets, or sweaters to protect you and your family from the cold?

11. Do you have fuel to power your cooking device(s) to prepare meals, if this becomes a two-month situation? We can’t depend or expect the government to take care of everything. It’s not going to happen, at least not right away. The government agencies have so many issues and people to deal with. You may be on your own for a very long time.

12. How well do you know your neighbors? If a tree falls on your house is there someone in your neighborhood that could help you cut it down? I’m thinking a chainsaw would come in handy right now. Where I live we don’t have large trees, but if you live somewhere with large trees you need fuel to power the chainsaws.

13. If you have babies in your home, do you have cloth diapers in case you run out of disposable ones? Do you have young girls that need monthly supplies for that time of the month? What about toilet paper for any extended period? What about some extra toothpaste, toothbrushes, or deodorant?

14. Do you have a generator or solar power source to power your computers if you have a home based company? Can they power your computers, printers, cell phones, etc.? Emails or texting might be our only way to communicate, let alone run a small business.

15. Communication, we need walkie-talkies or ham radios. This is a good reason to get to know your neighbors. You can set your walkie-talkies to the same channels. This way you can check on those neighbors, family members nearby to make sure they are okay.

So now you know my 15 ways to be prepared for the unexpected that are just the beginning of all the things we need. You just start somewhere. You don’t have to do the whole list all at once. Please start with the basics, you will be glad you did. May God bless you, your family, and our country.

FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Quick And Easy Healthy Spicy Nuts Recipe

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Today it’s all about how to make a quick and easy healthy spicy nuts recipe!  This recipe was given to me by my friend, Niki. She is NOW Chef Niki, I love it! She teaches people how to eat whole foods and other healthy living ideas. I am still taking baby steps in that direction after years of not knowing what the different foods do to your body. Eating healthy has to be a way of life, and I think we all know that. Well, I am a muncher or grazer. I’m at my computer about 10-12 hours a day researching and writing. Now I am learning to choose healthier snacks and I think you might like this recipe today. This spicy nuts recipe hit the spot for snacks!

For one thing, this recipe is quick and easy to make. Easy is my kind of cooking. Niki stopped by last night and I had her taste this spicy nuts treat. She has only made this recipe with pecans. So we started thinking about all the other nuts we could add to this same recipe. Here are a few more nuts to consider, macadamia, brazil, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, peanuts and mixed nuts. Yummy spicy nuts!

Today I want to talk about why I chose these nuts that I used for this recipe. First of all, they are the ones I had in the freezer. They are also fairly inexpensive to buy at the store. I’m hooked on Cayenne Pepper so I’m sharing some tidbits about Cayenne Pepper today. My mouth is watering just typing this recipe!!! I have got to make a batch a week or at least every other week.

Cayenne Pepper Health Benefits:

1. Anti-cold and Flu agent:

Cayenne Pepper aids in breaking up the mucous, and once the mucous leaves our body we feel some relief.

2. Migraine Headache Prevention:

It seems that the Cayenne Pepper moves the pain to another area in our body and thus lessening the pain from our headache. So why not try making these spicy nuts for your afternoon snacks.

3. Anti-Allergen

Cayenne is an agent that relieves some allergies

4. Produces Saliva

Cayenne stimulates saliva that helps with oral health and food digestion

5. Anti-Inflammatory

Cayenne is extremely high in a substance called capsaicin which helps with joint pain

6. Anti-Bacterial

Cayenne is an excellent food preservative and helps ward off food contamination from bacteria

7. Promotes A Healthy Heart

It helps with high blood pressure and lowers the LDL cholesterol and our triglycerides

8. Helps with Toothaches

Cayenne helps with tooth decay and gum disease. This is one thing I was happy to read about should we have a long term disaster or unforeseen emergency. I’ll be storing more Cayenne Pepper!!

I hope you enjoy making this spicy nuts recipe! Please let me know which nuts you would choose to make this recipe….I love hearing from you.  Remember to store your nuts in the freezer to extend their shelf life. Blessings to your health.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Spicy Nuts Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups pecans (shelled)
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 cups walnuts (shelled)
  • 1/2 cup Agave
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • dash of Real Salt
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the nuts in a medium sized bowl. Combine the Agave, Cayenne Pepper and Real Salt in a small bowl. Stir the liquid until blended and pour over the nuts. Stir the nuts with the liquid until covered. Place the mixture on a foil covered greased cookie sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. Stir the nuts halfway through the cooking period. Let cool and enjoy! These are great for salads or snacks.

PRINTABLE recipe: Spicy-Nuts-Recipe-by-Food-Storage-Moms

Let me know when you make this recipe and tell me your favorite nuts you use, I will add your comment to this post, thank you! Please remember to keep your opened container of nuts in the refrigerator or the freezer to keep them fresh longer.

My favorite things:

Kirkland Signature Pecan Halves, 2 Pounds

Kirkland Signature Walnuts, 3 Pounds

Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper Certified Organic Containers – 2.89 Oz

Kirkland Signature Extra Fancy Unsalted Mixed Nuts 2.5 (LB)

Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave Nectar, 36 Ounce

Real Salt Shaker Realsalt 10 oz Salt

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Be Prepared With Over The Counter Drugs For Survival

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You need to be prepared with over the counter drugs for survival just in case we lose power and the stores close. The pharmacies could be closed because their registers and Internet may not work They may close because they can’t collect cash, debit cards, or look up prescriptions, etc. Therefore, your insurance cards will not work because there may have been extensive power outages in many cities, counties and many states. I decided to run to a local grocery store today and I picked up a few over the counter products that you may or may not use. We all have our favorite over the counter drugs. Here’s the deal, I needed to rotate what I have at home because some of the dates on the boxes are expiring very soon. Call me Nervous Nellie, but I have to be prepared for the unexpected, it’s a way of life for me.

If you use essentials oils, please know that I use them all the time too. I go to the doctor once a year, and that’s only for my high cholesterol prescription to be refilled. I rarely get sick, if ever. I eat a plant based diet and I’m trying to exercise more to keep myself healthy. Here’s the deal, sometimes my grandchildren come to visit and I need some children’s Motrin or Children’s Triaminic Fever & Cold suspension. I love to keep my Neosporin ointment fresh, so I replace open tubes frequently. I never want to run out of it. I have boxes of band-aids and butterfly strips and so many other first aid supplies. But today it’s a friendly reminder to stock up on some over the counter drugs like anti-diarrheal medicine. My favorite is Imodium A-D. If we have a pandemic break out I may need that Imodium in addition to my arsenal of essential oils. Of course, I stock up on My Doctor Suggests Silver Solution as well. I grabbed a few boxes of the good old pink boxes of Pepto-Bismol too.

Remember I am not a doctor, registered nurse or anyone in the medical field. But other than my cholesterol medicine I rarely need to go visit my doctor, who by the way is my best friend forever. I just stopped by his office a couple days ago because he’s moved to a new office and he had to take a double-take because he rarely sees me at the office. We talk all the time on the phone because we are both “preppers” if you want to call us that. I know some of his kids and he knows two of my daughters. We laugh together and talk about preparedness stuff every time we see each other.

Over The Counter Drugs:

        1. Imodium A-D (anti-diarrheal) Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief – 2 Pack, 60-Count Total
        2. Aspirin Genuine Bayer Aspirin 325mg Tablets 200 Coated Tablets
        3. Neosporin ointment
        4. Children’s Motrin (ages 2-11) oral suspension
        5. Children’s Triaminic oral suspension (6-11 years old) fever & cold
        6. Pepto Bismol (digestive relief)
        7. My Doctor Suggests Silver Solution pH Balanced Silver Hydrosol – 30ppm Silver Solution: Safe Silver Solution for Daily Supplementation and Immune Health – Won’t Disrupt the pH Level of the Body. Therapeutic Grade Silver Solution. 16oz Bottle Satisfaction Guarantee from Manufacturer
        8. My Doctor Suggests cough-drops Organic Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health or Even Daily Supplementation and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop – My Doctor Suggests Brand

Let me know some of your favorite over the counter drugs you like to buy and rotate in your first aid kit or emergency preparedness kits. I will add them to my list.

This is a must have book for me: A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses and yeast.

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Is Your Neighborhood Prepared For Survival

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Is your neighborhood prepared for survival? Do you know what paper supplies if any, your family can use at the local school(s) nearby your home after a disaster? Or what paper products are available at the local church(s) located near your neighborhood or at least a distance you could walk to. I decided to make several phone calls to get opinions from a school luncheon person and several members from a number of different churches representing different faiths (I promised I would not disclose any names). Here’s the deal, we have all been glued to the television to stay updated about Hurricane Matthew. I have heard some have stayed in their homes to ride out the storm and millions have left to drive or fly to safer locations. I heard from a close friend that her daughter bought a home about a year ago in South Carolina and in their garage they store the boards used to cover the windows during storms, so they really are ready to use for any hurricane. They are ready to cover all the windows and doors on the house. Okay, this is new to me.

I have thought about what can I do here in Southern Utah if we have an earthquake, fires, or flooding. The last flood we had, Home Depot provided sandbags and sand to protect our homes from the raging rains. I realize if the roads crumble we will have to survive with what we have in our own homes. If our homes are still standing, that is. I realize some people are very prepared for survival and a lot of people believe the government will swoop in and save them. Or maybe the American Red Cross will save them. Well, listen up friends, that’s not going to happen. At least not right away. We must be prepared to take care of ourselves if the stores become empty, which they will after an unforeseen emergency. Let me share my findings with you after the many phone calls and visits I made here in the state of Utah only. Here’s the deal, most everyone has water and food to share with the neighborhood if the need comes up. But we need to be able to serve that food to share with each other. Oh, I realize some will not share anything they have stored. I get it, that’s their right.

Is Your Neighborhood Prepared:

Schools (that serve lunch):

  1. Lunch trays: the schools typically order cases of 500 styrofoam meal trays at a time. They like to keep 8-19 cases of these on the premises at all times. Minimum 1 case=500 trays, Eight cases=4,000 trays, 19 cases=9,500 trays.
  2. Cups: they store very little because they serve milk, chocolate milk, etc. in drinkable cartons
  3. Silverware: they store ample silverware for the schools
  4. They do have ample chairs and tables because they feed the children on school days

I must admit I was very impressed with the supplies they keep on hand for our children in the schools. Please note, as the school year comes to an end the excess products are shipped back to the local school district warehouse. In other words, in the summer we would have very little paper products for the neighborhood if the school was opened for survivors after a disaster.

Church (close to my home):

  1. They kitchen is prepared with a few paper plates (less than 100). They have ample silverware for 200-300 people. The church members are not allowed to cook in the kitchen but can warm dishes in the oven those food items cooked and brought from home. This rule would change, I’m assuming, after a disaster may strike. No cooking pans are located in the kitchen, zero hand towels, or washrags. They do have tables and chairs to feed a few hundred people. In other words, WE better be prepared with paper products folks!
  2. Jimi has a church in St. George, Utah and they get food from the from bank and local churches to feed the homeless every Sunday. Jimi mentioned once that the thing they need most is paper products. You heard me right, paper products. We need to step up our game, if we haven’t already, with paper plates, bowls, cups (cold and hot) and paper towels. Please make sure you have a can opener. OXO SoftWorks Can Opener

Please take a few minutes and assess how many paper products you may have stored. I’m betting very few people on my street have more than 25 or 30 plates if that. That’s good, for their own family if they can reuse them for a week. That’s not enough for 2 weeks, a month or more. I will not waste any water on washing plates, cups, and utensils.

American Red Cross

Federal Emergency Management Agency 

My favorite things:

SOLO Cup Company Symphony Design Poly-Coated 8 1/2″ Paper Plates – 500 poly-coated paper plates.

SOLO OF8BI-0041 Single-Sided Poly Paper Hot Cup, 8 oz. Capacity, Bistro (Case of 500)

8 oz.Symphony Paper Soup Container – 500 per case H4085MD Solo Cup Company

Kirkland Signature Crystal Clear Cutlery – 360 ct

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The Best Chocolate Chip Bars In The World

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These are the best chocolate chip bars in the world! I recently went to a computer training class and this young mother brought two large cookie sheets filled with these yummy chocolate chip bars. They were cut into 2-inch squares and placed on a plate to pass around with some napkins. Can you picture how a plate is being passed around the room to share a treat for the night? As the plate went around the room all of a sudden people started asking for seconds and thirds. First of all, anything that is homemade is obviously awesome! Well, this recipe is a moist chewy cookie bar. Okay, I had to have this recipe!! One of the instructors asked if he could take some cookies home to his wife. He picked up six of these and put them in his pocket (no napkin). You have to know this sweet gentleman. I am sure he and his wife don’t make homemade goodies at their home. I think he is in his late 70’s. It was a precious moment to see…I know he and his wife will love those cookies for a few days.

Here is the batter that is basically cookie dough. The thing I like about this recipe is the fact that the ingredients are in my pantry. I don’t usually store instant pudding, except for the chocolate cake I make. I will for sure start buying a few small boxes of instant pudding in the future. I love having a recipe I can make from scratch and not have to go to the store if I need to make a dessert at the last minute. Mental note, buy some small boxes of instant pudding for the pantry.

Best Chocolate Chip Bars

Thick Chocolate Chip Bars

This is a little tricky because the dough is really thick. You can use your hands to spread it out, or a spatula. I used my hands because it is a very stiff dough. I just pushed the dough into corners and smoothed it out flat. Easy peasy.

 Best Chocolate Chip Bars

The Best Chocolate Chip Bars

This recipe is like making cookies, but you spread the dough onto a cookie sheet. I don’t have to stand, scoop and bake several batches. They bake for about 20-25 minutes, but it will depend on your oven. They should just barely brown around the edges. I cut them into 2-inch squares and froze several of them. Do you love the smell of cookies, or cookie bars, in this case, baking in your oven? I know I do! These are soft, chewy, moist and so easy to make chocolate chip bars.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding
  • 4-1/2 cups flour
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Add the dry vanilla pudding and flour. Mix thoroughly. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread the dough onto the greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and cut into 2-inch squares.

PRINTABLE recipe: The-Best-Chocolate-Chip-Bars-by-Food-Storage-Moms

Let me know if you make a batch of my “The Best Chocolate Chip Bars”, I would love to hear. I bet you can smell them baking from my house, enjoy! May God bless you and your family. It’s never to late to be prepared for the unexpected if you start today. I promise.

My favorite things:

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula

KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red

Bosch MUM6N10UC Universal Plus Stand Mixer, 800 watt, 6.5-Quarts

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set, 6 Piece

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What It Takes To Be Prepared For Survival

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If you have had the television on lately, you can probably see what it takes to be prepared for survival. Today, I’m calling this post “my come to Jesus article”. Whatever religion you may or not believe in, here’s the deal today. I sure hope the world is praying for the chaos that’s going on in Haiti and the east coast due to Hurricane Matthew. May God bless those who decided to stay in their homes and those that lined up in cars to fill their gas tanks to get out of dodge, so to speak. I used to say please keep your gas tanks at least 1/2 full. Now I am pleading with you to keep your gas tanks at least 3/4 full. Cars were lined up for miles to get gas, and most gas station tanks became empty very quickly. Florida must be really organized because they quickly geared up to have them refilled by tankers and hopefully have enough gas now to last five days. I realize there are a lot of variables in that five day period, but I tip my hat to the Florida authorities.

Now on to my water speech. I have been receiving phone calls and emails about gouging prices in areas where the water is scarce. First of all, I’m appalled that someone would raise the prices to sell the normally 24-pack of water that is usually under $5.00 a case for $30.00 a case. Really, are you kidding me? No, this is what is going on, right now, it’s called greed. I guess I better apologize for standing on a soap box today. Now, you and I might not live in say Myrtle Beach or Fort Lauderdale, but we are human and we should be kind to one another, right? Well, this is what may happen in your neighborhood if you have a disaster. It’s my understanding based on the news that they have people patrolling for this price gouging, thank goodness. I hope they put those people in jail with huge fines for doing this.

Are you prepared to share some water with your neighbors? I want you to really think about this. That nice young man at church last week may be knocking on your door for water or food because he didn’t prepare to survive a day, week, let alone a month or two at his home without water or food. I want you to think right now how much water you have in your home to help your family members survive a disaster, assuming you didn’t have to evacuate. At the very least you must have one gallon per person per day. I prefer four gallons per person per day.

Be Prepared For Survival:

Four people=16 gallons of water per day=112 gallons of water per week=480 gallons of water per month

That’s a lot of water, yes it is, but I get thirsty just thinking of one gallon of water per person per day. Okay now, this is for YOUR family, not the neighbors. You heard me, we must take care of ourselves and share when possible. Man, that sounds kind of mean, doesn’t it? How can we get our neighbors to get on board to be prepared for survival? Sometimes I feel like I’m preaching to thin air. Other times, I can tell that people get it. I have one friend that really gets it. Her name is Lisa and we talk about being prepared and survival topics all the time. Well, I shouldn’t say all the time, but we get it. We realize the need to be prepared for survival. We are both teaching our kids to be prepared. it’s a way of life for us.

Food is another thing. Here is my chart to help you purchase food items you eat weekly. Where do I start  It’s easy, fill in the blank lines/boxes and buy a few cans or boxes of food for at least seven days for your family. Thirty days would be even better. Buy food that you can open with a can opener, or boxes that you only need to add water to prepare. You can buy some #10 cans of fruits and vegetables and beans or meat for protein. Add some dairy, if you prefer, and you are set.This is why you need so much water. You can’t survive without water.

Paper/plastic products are another important issue. We can eat on paper plates without wasting water to wash plates, cups, and utensils. Dixie Paper Plates, 8-1/2 Inch, 48 Count, (Pack of 10)(Product size may vary) and Kirkland Signature Crystal Clear Cutlery – 360 ct and SOLO OF12BI-0041 Single-Sided Poly Paper Hot Cup, 12 oz. Capacity, Bistro (Case of 300)

Hand sanitizer, portable potty and toilet paper complete with bags to replace are also important items. Add some kitty litter, you are good to go, literally.

Flashlights are very important. Get some that work with batteries to replace or get solar ones. Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel or Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

First aid items are also critical in an emergency. Here’s my list. First-Aid-Kit-Checklist-Printable Remember if the power goes out the stores may close and you will not be able to get Ibuprophen, children’s Motrin,Tylenol or whatever product you prefer to use for the kids. I have to have aspirin. My Doctor Suggests Silver Solution and my essential oils, that’s how I roll. I have a complete first aid kit in which I rotate the products as needed. If you can get your doctor to fill your prescriptions for 90 days, then do it. If you have to pay cash, sell something if you have to buy the 90 day supply. Cash goes further than you may think.

Cooking could prove to be a challenge. I prefer a butane stove because it uses very little fuel. You can boil water with it. Our gas barbecues are fine, but they use too much fuel to boil water. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Cell phones, keep your phones charged and purchase a solar or similar charger to keep your phone charged for communication purposes.

Radios, get one that is reliable with a hand crank or batteries to keep you informed about what is going on in the world if you lose wifi or power.

These are just a few ideas to get you going.  We never know when the world around us can change unexpectedly. Do what you can with the resources you have to be prepared. You truly will be glad you did!

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Your Car Needs Emergency Items For Survival

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Your car needs emergency items for survival because, as you know, we are hearing about Hurricane Matthew right now, and that’s a huge concern for millions of people in the path of this horrific storm. I have been posting on Facebook and Instagram to keep your gas tanks above 3/4 full instead of my usual above 1/2 full. I have been watching the news and I can see miles of cars lined up outside gas stations and hearing the gas stations are empty all over the area. In has been said on the news that water was the first thing that became scarce in the grocery stores. In addition to the Hurricane Matthew disaster that should hit the states tomorrow or sooner, this can happen where you live. It may not be a hurricane, but today up north in Salt Lake City, Utah, the main freeway had an accident involving a semi tanker full of dangerous chemicals. The accident that triggered the tanker to roll resulted in the freeway being shut down for seven hours. Yes, the TV channel I was watching showed people parked and walking around their cars. No way to get water, food, snacks or use the bathroom or change a diaper if you didn’t have a few extra ones in the car.

Car, truck accidents, snowstorms, ice storms, etc. and traffic is at a standstill, literally. I put this list together quite some time ago, but I think we all need a nudge to remind us to put a few things in a car should an unexpected emergency happen. I am putting together a “food-water” container as well. This one is just a Car Emergency Kit. Please tell me any ideas/items you would add to this list. We are here to help each other to be prepared for the unexpected. Food Storage Moms Car Emergency Kit list. (printable). Please remember your important documents and pet vaccinations, you will need them, I promise.

Emergencies or disasters/events can strike at any time, so having certain items in your vehicle can be lifesaving. Place items in a backpack, gym bag, or some type of container. Be careful about storing items that may be damaged or compromised in extreme heat situations. This is what I have in the back of my Honda CRV. It’s totally secured and ready to use.

Car Needs Emergency Items

Your Car Needs Emergency Items:

Necessities for survival:

  • Water – snacks
  • Blankets
  • Jackets /sweaters
  • Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
  • First Aid Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
  • Emergency toilet (#10 can, toilet paper, disposable bags and tissues

Car Needs Emergency Items

Please pray for the world right now and the situations going on everywhere. Please pray for our country and the people all over the world. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

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How To Register Cell Phones For Survival

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This is a friendly reminder to show you how to register cell phones or survival. Reverse 911 Emergency Notification is available in most cities and counties. Please check on your local community Reverse 911 notification system to see if it is available, and if so, how to get registered. You just need to sign up and they will send you a text or call to notify you of an emergency or disaster in your area. Here’s the deal, most cities and counties have a Reverse 911 with your landlines. We signed up with a local Internet company to save $60.00 a month on our landlines and it does NOT have that available as of today. If the Internet is down we actually have no phone connection. You may have heard about Arizona in 2015 when CenturyLink,  Arizona-Internet-Phone Lines-CenturyLink-Vandalism by CBS News.com. had some real communication and Internet access challenges when vandals cut their fiber optic / cable lines and completely cut them off from the world. Wow, our country is so vulnerable, just throwing it out there. They had zero back up, really? Yikes!

More and more people are dropping their landlines because of the cost and we pay a chunk of money for that cell phone and landline service. This is an old post I did back in June 2012, but the information is critical to remind us if we have moved to a different location we must re-submit our cell phone number to our new provider and/or government agency if they have a reverse 911 notification system in place. Please remember, the system does not know we moved from say California to New York. Just giving you the heads-up. If you used to live in California you will continue to get the calls or text messages from California even though you moved to New York.

Register Cell Phones:

I do not travel a lot, but I must admit to you, I enter my cell phone number in the location I’m visiting. Yep, call me Nervous Nellie. But I want to know what’s going on around me. LOL! I’m actually a very laid back person, so please don’t take that as if I have anxiety when I travel. Nope, not at all. It’s actually the same alert system linked to the Amber Alert (missing or abducted children). So, please sign up ASAP. You will be glad you did. I promise.

I have been seeing all these fires in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico. etc. Today, a friend called me about her daughter in South Carolina where Hurricane Matthew (2016) is expected to hit this weekend. Governor Haley has declared a State of Emergency to prepare 1.1 million people to be prepared to leave the different cities and county areas. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people involved.  Hurricane Matthew via WLTX (.com)  I feel a real need to remind everyone to register their cell phones with your local Reverse 911 Emergency Notification system. Let me explain why I’m telling you this. If you have a “landline” you will probably already be on a reverse 911 notification system in your area

If you only have cell phones these are not automatically on a Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System. If you are at work, at the park, the gym, driving somewhere and you have your cell phone AND we have a disaster or emergency your CELL phone will alert you if you have registered your cell phone. You must register your cell phone with your local Reverse 911 Notification System if you want to be notified. You can “Google” Reverse 911 Emergency Notification in your city or county and you should be able to find it. Please do it today! Steve, a reader sent me the link I have below for registering our cell phones.

Tips On Using 911 For Emergencies:

Reasons to call 911:

1. Medical emergency (be sure and have your name, address and phone number ready-stress can bring on” emergency memory loss” I call it)

2. Teach family members how, why and when to use this number (practice on play phones only)

3. If you see a robbery in progress, even if it is just glass broken on a commercial building’s front door

4. If you see a fight break out in a crowd and excess anger is involved (beating someone)

5. If you see smoke or a fire (a fire can escalate very quickly), even grass fires on the highway

6. If you witness an accident call 911 if you can see someone is hurt badly or traffic is disrupted

7. Call 911 if your normally locked front door is ajar and you know it should not be open (I am not talking about when kids didn’t shut the door)

8. Do not call 911 as a joke. I was at a local church Christmas party once and a child called 911 unbeknownst to anyone. I was standing by the front door with people jammed in the entryway with Santa Claus.The next thing I know the paramedics are racing into the building asking where the emergency was located. I go screaming through the crowd asking where the emergency might be. No one knew anything about it but this one kid about eight or nine years old. Urghh! People started laughing. I was not laughing. Neither were the paramedics.They may have been needed somewhere else where a real emergency was taking place. Sometimes kids should not have a cell phone, just saying.

9. If it’s a natural disaster in your area, please do not make multiple calls. If you called once they know about the emergency because I am betting every neighbor on your street has called as well. Please keep the lines open. Check on your neighbors as soon as possible.

Please register cell phones with your local Reverse 911 Notification System as soon as possible. It may save your life. I promise. Blessings, Linda

Thank you, Steve, for this link: Reverse 911

FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency

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4 Quick And Easy Pumpkin Recipes You Will Love

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I’m sharing 4 quick and easy pumpkin recipes you will love to make! Grab your apron because these are my family’s favorite pumpkin recipes! Here’s the deal, when it starts getting cold outside I start thinking what I can bake that sounds yummy. I bake my homemade whole wheat bread all the time, but some pumpkin cookies sound fabulous right now. The pumpkin chocolate chip recipe makes a ton of cookies (like 8 dozen), a great amount for a party or to freeze some for later. Of course, what neighbor wouldn’t love a plate of homemade cookies, right? I bet you can smell the pumpkin cookies baking very soon all over the world!

I also have some canning tips below on canning pumpkin and squash. I have taken classes from the USU Extension service to make sure I know the most up to date safe canning tips. If the person you are taking classes from, or if you’re reading a post from someone who has NOT received their “Master Preserver Canning Certificate”, take a step back and rethink what they are teaching. I take these classes for a reason, to be certified and to teach the world safe canning tips.

4 Pumpkin Recipes:

1. Pumpkin Bread or Muffins

Ingredients:

4 eggs

2/3 cup butter-softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1-1/2 cups sugar

3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (*not the pumpkin pie mix) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin – 29 Oz (2 – Pack)

3 bananas-overripe and mashed

12 ounces chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. This recipe can make 2 large loaves or three dozen muffins. Cream all the wet ingredients and then slowly add the dry ingredients. Please do not over-mix or the bread or muffins will be tough. Stir in the chocolate chips. Grease the muffin tins or bread pans. Bake the bread for about 50-60 minutes. Bake the muffins for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick cames out clean.

2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar

3 eggs

1-1/4 cups butter (softened)

29-ounce can of 100% pure pumpkin (*not pumpkin pie mix)

6 cups white flour or freshly ground hard white wheat

3 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1-12-Ounce package chocolate chips (I like the dark mini chips)

Instructions:

Cream the sugar, eggs, butter and the canned pumpkin until blended. Start adding the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips, to the creamed mixture above. When totally blended slowly add the chocolate chips. Drop teaspoonful size scoops onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake @ 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

3. Pumpkin-Zucchini-Carrot Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar

3 eggs

1-1/4 Cups butter (softened)

29-Ounce can of 100% pure pumpkin (*not pumpkin pie mix)

1 cup raw grated carrots

1 cup raw grated zucchini

6 cups white flour or freshly ground hard white wheat

3 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions:

Cream the sugar, eggs, and butter and then add the canned pumpkin, carrots and zucchini until blended. Start adding the remaining ingredients and thoroughly mix. Then drop teaspoonful size scoops onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake @ 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

4. Easy To Make Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons freeze dried onion, not reconstituted, or 1 whole onion peeled and chopped

1-inch chunk of ginger, peeled and chopped

3 cloves of garlic chopped or equal amount of garlic powder (I used garlic powder, one tablespoon)

2-15-ounce cans of pumpkin puree  (*not pumpkin pie mix)

4 cups chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

1-1/2 cups whole milk, cream or half and half

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup sugar-optional

Instructions:

In a medium size saucepan sauté the onion, ginger, and garlic in the olive oil until tender. Add the pumpkin puree, chicken broth, cinnamon, sugar and freshly grated nutmeg. You can use regular nutmeg to substitute the freshly grated nutmeg. Simmer all the ingredients for about 15-20 minutes. Gradually add the milk the last 5 minutes of cooking. Add salt and pepper to taste.

PRINTABLE recipes: Pumpkin-Recipes-by-Food-Storage-Moms

Pressure Canning Pumpkin and Winter Squash-Cubed Only:

This is information is from the USDA Complete Guide To Home Canning Bulletin #539 and I quote:

Quantity: An average of 16 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 10 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints; an average of 2-1/4 pounds per quart.

Quality: Pumpkins and squash should have a hard rind and stringless, mature pulp of ideal quality for cooking fresh. Small size pumpkins (sugar or pie varieties) make better products.

Procedure: Wash, remove seeds, cut into 1-inch wide slices, and peel. Cut flesh into 1-inch cubes. Boil 2 minutes in water. Caution: Do Not mash or puree. Fill hot jars with cubes and cooking liquid, leaving 1-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process.

For making pies, drain jars, strain or sieve the cubes at preparation time. Please check with your local State/County Extension Service for pressure canning times and pressure per your local elevation.

You cannot safely pressure can pumpkin puree or squash puree:

Please be careful when canning pumpkin or squash. I purchase canned pumpkin for my family. I trust the safety, and there you have it. I can a lot of stuff, but not pumpkin. Watch your local stores because my favorite one, Libby’s 100% Pumpkin, starts going on sale a few times a year. That’s when I stock up. May God bless you as you prepare for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Le Creuset Stoneware 3-Quart Soup Toureen, White

All-Clad T109 Stainless Steel Large Soup Ladle Kitchen Tool, 14.5-Inch, Silver

Fat Daddio’s Anodized Aluminum Bread Pan, 7.75 Inch x 3.75 Inch x 2.75 Inch

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Muffin Pan, 12 Cup

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt

Lodge A5DLL Deluxe Lid Lifter

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