THRIVE LIFE BLACK FRIDAY PRE-ORDERS!

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We are excited to share with you some AMAZING deals coming up next week from Thrive Life and how we can help you take advantage of them to their fullest.

PRE-ORDERS!

Last year we started taking pre-orders for the sale and it worked great for our customers. This year we will be doing it again! We will take orders in advance and process them in the order we received them starting at midnight when the sales go live. This will help make sure you get the items you are wanting and you don’t have to worry about shopping over the weekend to catch the deals. To take advantage of this service simply fill out this secure PRE-ORDER FORM. You can see Black Friday pricing on all the products on our pre-order form.

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EMAIL REMINDERS

If you aren’t able to get your pre-order form in, we will be sending out email reminders when the sale prices go live to the public. To make sure you are on our reminder list, join our Thrive Life customer list by clicking here. You will get discounted pricing, get great tips and recipes sent to you monthly, and three awesome bonuses just for signing up!

SALE HIGHLIGHTS

EVERY SINGLE Thrive food product is on sale, as well as quite a few shelving and emergency products. Here is a flyer for the highest discounted items. For a full price list on all Thrive items, check out our PRE-ORDER FORM.
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OUR FAVORITE DEALS

Harvest 72′ and Harvest 72′ #10 Shelves: Retail $459.99, SALE PRICE $249.99
Cansolidator Pantry Retail $44.99, SALE PRICE $19.99
Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices #10 Can: Retail $28.49, SALE PRICE $17.09
Freeze-Dried Blackberries #10 Can: Retail $37.99, SALE PRICE $18.99
Freeze-Dried Broccoli #10 Can: Retail $25.49, SALE PRICE $15.29
Freeze-Dried Potato Dices #10 Can: Retail $21.89, SALE PRICE $10.99
Freeze-Dried Chopped Chicken #10 Can: Retail $57.99, SALE PRICE $43.49
Freeze-Dried Shredded Mozzarella Cheese #10 Can: Retail $45.99, SALE PRICE $32.19
Italian Seasoning Blend: Retail $8.59, SALE PRICE $6.69
Providence Basic 2-Person Survival Kit: Retail $119.99, SALE PRICE $79.99

Food Storage Friendly Thanksgiving

Today we are sharing some ways you can make your Thanksgiving a little more Food Storage friendly. It’s always a great idea to rotate your food storage. Enjoy!

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Green Bean Casserole


Use freeze-dried beans to save time and rotate your beans, use bean flour cream of chicken soup to make a healthier version with less fat and preservatives.
Click here for Julie’s green bean casserole recipe experiment.

Sweet Potato Casserole


Some people like whole baked sweet potatoes, others love the sugary sweet potato casserole. You can use dehydrated or freeze-dried sweet potatoes to save time in the kitchen, and it’s a great opportunity to rotate some of your basic baking ingredients like powdered milk, eggs, etc.
Check out the freeze-dried sweet potatoes at Honeyville Grain.

Rolls


Making homemade rolls is definitely not a time-saver, but it is a delicious tradition for many of us. You can use your favorite bread dough recipe and make your own homemade Rhodes Rolls a few days before the craziness of Thansgiving begins.
Click here for a tutorial on making frozen rolls using our favorite recipe

Cranberry Sauce


If you love cranberry sauce you will love homemade cranberry sauce even more! You can easily make your own using freeze dried cranberries. So delicious!
Click here for an awesome recipe for homemade cranberry sauce.

Stuffing


If you are in a pinch on Thanksgiving Day and have forgotten to buy onions and celery, no fear. Food storage to the rescue! You can use dehydrated or freeze-dried vegetables to complete your stuffing recipe. It may not be quite the same texture (smaller chunks) but you can save time on chopping and the flavor will still be delicious.
Click here for our favorite food storage veggies.

Turkey


Don’t mess with your turkey! Here is how my mom and I do turkeys and they turn out awesome. Stuff your bird with a really wet stuffing, lots of butter in it. Then cook your bird breast DOWN. All the juice will flow into the breast during cooking and it makes the best most moist turkey you will ever taste. Give it a try!

Mashed Potatoes


My LEAST favorite part of Thanksgiving is peeling hundreds of potatoes. (ok it just FEELS like hundreds, but still …) If you are willing to give it a try, you can actually make really yummy mashed potatoes using food storage. The new Mashed Potatoes from Thrive Life are made of REAL potatoes and have no additives so they are a great alternative if you just can’t face making real potatoes this year.
Click her to see the new Thrive Mashed Potatoes plus a delicious recipe.

Gravy


My mom always sneaks in some mashed up carrot chunks into our turkey gravy to add a little bit of texture and some pretty color. If you want to try that but don’t want to add another item to cook, just toss in some dehydrated carrots. You may want to let them hydrate for a while first as they can tend to take a while.
Click here to check out the dehydrated carrot dices we like.

Desserts


Desserts are one of the ways we recommend “sneaking” food storage into your meals if you have family members that are picky or don’t like to try new things. You can use freeze dried fruits in a fruit pie, or sub whole wheat flour or powdered eggs and milk into a cake or other baked good. Here are a few of our favorite holiday yummies that you can try yourself.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cake
Blackberry Pie
Best Sugar Cookies Ever (don’t use food storage on this one!)

8 Tasks to Help You “Prep” For Winter

Fall is the perfect time of year to get your yard, vehicles, house, and preps ready for winter. Here are eight tasks you can do to get ready for the change in seasons.

8 Ways to "Prep" for Winter

 

Clean Up Your Gardens

Harvest all remaining vegetables. Pull up all plants and add to your compost pile. Add compost/mulch to your garden beds. Prune all fruit trees and bushes. Plant garlic if desired. Bring in potted plants for the winter. Plant decorative bulbs.

Rotate/Winterize Your 72 Hour Kits

Rotate food and water as necessary. Check/rotate matches and other fuel supplies. Swap out seasonal clothing and shoes. Update kids’ clothes to correct sizes. Rotate baby supplies (diapers in correct size, formula expiration dates, etc.). Check batteries for flashlights and radios. Check medicine expiration dates and supply levels. Update pictures and medical information for each family member. Update emergency contact information. Click here for more on building 72 Hour Kits. Click here for some pre-made kit options.

Rotate Your Water

Whether you have treated your stored water or not, it’s always a good idea to at least CHECK your water every six months. Fall is a good time to pull out each container and rotate if necessary. Click here for more tips on water rotation. Click here for some storage containers that help reduce the need for frequent rotation.

Add Winter Gear to Your Car Kits

Make sure to add extra clothes, good winter boots, warm blankets, simple heaters, tire chains, etc. to your emergency car kit. Swap out food items that need to be rotated. Click here for more resources on car kits.

Clean Out Your Pantry and Freezer

Go through your pantry and freezer and throw away expired foods. Update your three month supply inventory list and replenish to be fully-stocked with all of your chosen meals.

Give Your Furnace a Tune-Up

Vacuum any dust from around your furnace. Wipe off any dust on the blower fan. Change your furnace filter now and once a month during the winter. Light your pilot light if necessary. Consider getting a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t already have one.

Winterize Your Sprinkler Systems

If you live in an area where the ground freezes below the levels of your sprinklers, you’ll want to make sure to get all of the water out of your system to avoid frozen/cracked pipes. Click here for some helpful tips.

Swap Out Seasonal/Outgrown Clothing

Go through your children’s clothes and remove anything that doesn’t fit any more. If you store seasonal clothes elsewhere, bring in the winter clothes and box up the summer items.

Happy Prepping!

8 Ways to "Prep" for Winter

Vacuum Seal Those Meal-in-a-Jars + a GIVEAWAY

One of the common methods of storing food is to put raw ingredients together into actual meals and re-package them into jason jars or bags. This enables you to make sure you have all the ingredients for your favorite meals, and makes dinner-time really quick because you just add water and cook the meal. Today we are going to cover how you can get recipes to make your meals, and how to best preserve them for longer term storage. We also have an AWESOME giveaway going on so make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for details!

Vacuum Seal Those Meal-in-a-Jars


How to find recipes

There are a lot of recipe books and websites out there that can help you come up with meal ideas. You can also create your own jar recipes. We’ve shared a few that we have created ourselves that you can check out below.


 

How to preserve your meals

FoodSaver® Regular Jar Sealer by FoodsaverJodi has been a big fan of her FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System for over five years now. She is constantly using it to keep her foods fresh for longer which is obviously awesome for food storage. The jar sealer attachment has been critical for making her meal-in-a-jars increase their shelf life. Depending on which model you have there will either be a built in hose that you attach the jar sealer too, or you can get a hose that attaches to an accessory port. Either way works fine!

The method we have found that works best is to place two jar lids on top of the jar (they don’t need to be new but they shouldn’t be warped or visibly damaged). Place the jar sealer attachment over the top and press “seal”. You will hear a release when it is finished. Pull the attachment off, and pull off the top jar lid. The bottom lid should be securely attached to the jar and all of the oxygen has now been removed! I like to then place a canning ring over top and store it in my pantry. Storing in a cool dark location is ideal.

I LOVE having a bunch of these awesome meals on hand for quick dinners or for a powerless emergency where I just have to boil water on a butane stove and have an easy meal ready to go.

PRODUCT REVIEW

We were recently contacted by the awesome people at FoodSaver® about reviewing the FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealer and doing a giveaway to one of our lucky readers. Since Julie didn’t have a Foodsaver yet she gladly accepted the challenge to try out this model. Here is a comparison of how our two models stack up.

FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealer
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FoodSaver® The New FM2000 Vacuum Sealer by Foodsaver
Julie’s Review: This is a perfect little unit for doing meal-in-a-jars. It also has the capability to seal bags so if you want to package large meals it will work just fine. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles like the ability to seal gently or seal moist items, but it can do the basics. It is small and fits easily in your kitchen cupboards. The $79.99 price with free shipping is really quite good for all that it can do and it also includes a few bags and the accessory hose. I’ve enjoyed sealing up my cheese blocks, meats for freezer-storage, and of course doing tons of meal-in-jars!
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
FoodSaver® V3880 Vacuum Sealer
Master Chef Kit $139.99 (40% off)
FoodSaver® Master Chef Kit by Foodsaver
Jodi’s Review: I love love love my FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System. It sits on my kitchen counter and is used almost every day. This unit is quite large so you’d need space in your kitchen for it. It is heavy duty and high quality. I can vacuum seal hamburger buns using the gentle cycle, and meat using the moist cycle and have no problems at all. I love having the built in accessory hose so that I can easily attach my jar sealer or marinading container. I also love that I can store my bags right in the unit so they are at hand whenever I need them. The Master Chef Kit comes with a ton of accessories and bags and is a steal at $139.99
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

FREE GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER PAMELA SCOTTON

We are so excited to be able to offer one of the FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealers to one of our readers. To enter the giveaway it’s VERY SIMPLE!

1. Follow us on Facebook and/or Pinterest
2. Leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST letting us know that you are a follower (either new or that you already follow us)
3. Cross your fingers that you are a big WINNER!

Winner will be announced the evening of Friday, November 7th and contacted via the email left on the post comment.

Homemade Fruit Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups) + a GIVEAWAY

So I had a fun adventure in dehydrating a couple weeks ago I wanted to share with you. While Jodi has dehydrated before and I’ve seen/helped my mom dehydrate before I had never taken on a dehydrating project of my own. And while this wasn’t 100% on my own because I went to my friends house to use her dehydrator… it was my plan and I’m pretty proud of it.

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TIP: A great way to try new things is to get together with friends who have the appliances and know how. You learn things, you find out if it’s something you’d like to invest more time and resources in, and it’s fun.

So I had a bunch of peaches I needed to use from a bushel I had bought. I also had a whole #10 can of misc freeze-dried fruits. I had collected all the powders from my freeze-dried fruits over the past 6 months or so. The can also contained broken pieces of fruits that appeared after my kids had fun shaking the cans a few times. My friend had told me how she had been making fruit leather in her dehydrator so I asked if I could come try an experiment at her house.

So I combined peaches with freeze-dried fruits and water and blended it up to a tomato sauce like texture. We poured the mixture on the dehydrator sheets and it magically turned in to AWESOME fruit leather. We added bananas to some batches but not to all. It was SO impressed with how it turned out. It was a great way to use the fruit and my kids ate the fruit leather right up. Seriously – fruit roll ups with no refined sugars, additives, preservatives? YES PLEASE!

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After experiencing this great success with dehydrating, I’m curious to learn more. This couldn’t come at a better time because recently the writers of the Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook contacted us about giving away a copy of their book to one of our readers as a giveaway. Here’s a little more about their book. I’ve seen it… and I’m excited about it.

The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook

The Gangloffs are the founders of Dehydrate2Store.com, the leading online resource in food dehydration education and Tammy’s instructional YouTube videos on dehydration have had over a million views. In The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, they tell you everything you need to know to get the greatest value from a home dehydrator. It features:

  • Tips on selecting a dehydrator, proper sanitation, strategies for long-term storage, and rehydration techniques
  • Individual entries on how to dehydrate all types of berries, fruits, vegetables, greens, and herbs, including their proper preparation and dehydration temperatures and times
  • Recipes for making teas, herb blends and rubs, flavored oils, baby food, jerky and fruit leather, as well as nearly 400 recipes for creating nutritious meals from your dehydrator pantry

Personally I love seeing a table of contents when I see a book. To me that gives you so much information. Here is what is contained in the book:

1. How Dehydration Works
2. Your Dehydrator Toolbox
3. Dehydration 101
4. Dehydrating Fruits & Nuts, A-Z
5. Dehydrating Vegetables, Greens, & Mushrooms, A-Z
6. Powders & Leathers
7. Dehydrating Herbs & Flowers & Making Tea Blends
8. Making Jerky and Dehydrating Tofu, Eggs & Dairy
9. Backpacking and Camper Food
10. Breads & Crackers
11. Flavor Boosters, Snacks, & Instant Soup Mixes
12. Gifts from the Dehydrator
13. Breakfast & Brunch
14. Soups, Stews & Chili
15. Main Courses
16. Slow Cooker Recipes
17. Sides, Stuffings, Pickles & Salsas
18. Desserts
Terms & Techniques to Know
Metric Equivalents
Index

In the sections where they instruct you on how to dehydrate items they have dehydrating temperature, preparation, dryness test, and storage info. It’s very thorough. It’s like an encyclopedia of everything you could ever want to know. A great resource. It’s also available on Kindle if you are interested.

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ENTER TO WIN A FREE COPY

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER DEB LOVELACE.

Enter to win your own copy of The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by following us on Facebook and on Pinterest. Once you do, leave a comment on this post saying so and you’re entered!

Winner will be announced Friday November 7th and contacted via the email left on the post comment.


SOUP SEASON RECIPE ROUND-UP

Fall… the weather is cooling and it’s the perfect time for SOUPS. Soups are one of my go-to meals in the fall. They are often times nutritious, hearty, and filling. The best is when you can use your food storage items in soups. I use freeze-dried vegetables a LOT in my soups because it takes out the washing, peeling, cutting steps. Here are some of our favorite soup recipes on the blog and from around the web. ENJOY!

Soup Season Recipe Round-Up

Favorites from our blog

Here are some soups we have shared on the blog over the past few years. These all use food storage and are soups our families eat regularly.

Fast and Easy Quinoa Chicken Soup
Greek Lentil Soup
Creamy Potato Soup (with a fat-free version)
Chicken Tortilla Soup (freezes well)
16 Bean Soup
Salsa, Chicken and Black Bean Soup
Chicken Tortellini Soup
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
12 Bean Soup
Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup
Chicken Barley Chili

Favorites from around the web

We asked on facebook for you to share some of your favorite soups and here were some of them. Click here to see the thread of all the ones you shared. There were some of you that shared the recipe right on facebook so we couldn’t link to them all.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Italian Wedding Soup
Paula Dean Chicken Noodle
Goulash Soup
Loaded Vegetable Soup
Our Best Bites: White Chicken Chili
Pioneer Woman: Black Bean Soup

What are some of your favorite soups? Share in the comments your favorite go-to soup recipes.


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Soup Season Recipe Round-Up

BREAD: No Grinding, No Kneading, No Electricity, No Problem!

During our annual 7 Day Challenge last month one of the days we were practicing living without electricity and had to make bread. I knew I had a busy day ahead of me but I still wanted to accomplish the task, so I decided to try an experiment. I researched some no knead bread recipes and found that most of them depended on cooking at a high temperature in order to achieve a thick, crunchy “artisan” crust. I decided to tweak a few of these and make them my own and cook it in the Sun Oven. So here is how it went!

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No Knead Bread Recipe

Ingredients:
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon instant or rapid rise yeast
1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups cool tap water

Directions:

Stir together all ingredients with a fork in large bowl. It will be very sticky.
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Let stand covered in Saran Wrap for 12-18 hours. It will get very large!
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Use a spatula or bread scraper and remove from bowl onto a floured surface. Shape into a large ball with floured hands. Place on wax paper and let stand for 30 minutes.
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Place a 3 quart pot into an All-American Sun Oven while the oven warms up. If you don’t have a sun oven you can make an inexpensive cardboard box oven that will work with charcoal. Light the charcoal and let the pot pre-heat in there as well.

Bring the pot inside and place the wax paper and dough right in the pot, put the lid on and place back outside in the sun oven.
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Cook for about an hour and a half or until done. If cooking in a cardboard box or regular oven bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes with the lid on, and then 15 minutes with the lid off.
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The bread won’t get that dark crusty look like a traditional artisan loaf if baked in the Sun Oven but it is a great consistency with a thin crispy-ish crust. So delicious!
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7 Day Challenge 2014 Recap

We are so glad to be through this year’s 7 Day Challenge. It is such a fantastic learning experience every year but it sure is exhausting! We appreciate everyone who joined in the fun and participated whether it was through actually practicing the scenarios each day, or thinking through them and still discussing on facebook or on the blog comments.

DAILY SUMMARIES

Day 1: Natural Disaster – “Ice Storm”

Day 2: Economic Crisis – “Utilities Disrupted”

Day 3: Terrorist Attack- “Time to Bug-Out”

Day 4: Pending Crisis – “Prep Day”

Day 5: Pandemic Strikes – “Ebola Virus”

Day 6: Dietary Limitations – “Eating Grains And Legumes”

Day 7: Everyday Emergency – “Recipe Organization”

National Preparedness Month Sales and Events

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September is National Preparedness Month and many great food storage and preparedness companies put on some great deals to celebrate. We’ve done a round-up of all of the sales going on this month and wanted to share them with you!

Food Storage Made Easy eBook: ON SALE

Our 3-part eBook series is a comprehensive guide to building your food storage using simple checklists to guide you along the way. Included in the series is a recipe eBook and a food storage encyclopedia full of useful information. On sale for just $17 (regularly $24) through September 30th! Click here for details.

Prepare My Life Planners: ON SALE

The Prepare My Life Planner is one of the top-selling products in our online store. It is a family preparedness plan and emergency binder all in one. With custom pouches for documents and instructions to walk you through how to put it all together, this is an invaluable tool. On sale for just $109 (regularly $119) through September 30th. Click here for details.

NutriMill Grain Mill: PRICE DISCOUNTED

One of the top-selling electric wheat grinders, NutriMill has dropped their price down to $219.99 while supplies last. This is the lowest price you can get one of our favorite preparedness tools, so don’t miss out. Click here for details.

All-American Sun Oven: FREE ACCESSORIES

Being able to cook using the sun as your fuel is so valuable in emergency situations. The All-American Sun Oven is a great tool for everyday energy savings as well as emergency usage when the power is out. Through October 31st you can get two free stackable pots with the purchase of a Sun Oven. Click here for details.

Emergency Essentials: LOWEST MONTHLY SPECIALS

This month Emergency Essentials is holding their largest monthly sale ever. You can save up to 66% on some of their best-selling items. No coupon code required, just shop and save. Click here to shop at Emergency Essentials.

Thrive Life: SHELVES, EPREP PRODUCTS, FOOD ON SALE

To celebrate National Preparedness Month, Thrive Life has put some of their emergency preparedness and SHELVING products on sale. We love when shelves are discounted! There are also some great breakfast items featured in the regular monthly specials.

Utah Prepare Conference and Expo

If you are in the Salt Lake area we highly recommend attending the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo this Saturday, September 27 at the South Towne Expo Center. We will be teaching a powerless cooking class there and would love to say hi to any of our readers who attend. There should be a lot of great classes as well is a big exhibit hall full of awesome preparedness companies. Don’t miss out! Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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One of your family members or dear friends has asked for some help with collecting recipes that utilize food storage. You have lots of recipes pinned or bookmarked, lots of cookbooks, recipe cards, etc. but it’s all a little scattered and hard to “pass off” to someone. Today you will get ORGANIZED and come up with (or update) a system to have all your recipes converted to food storage, printed (in case of a power outage), and duplicatable for family and friends.
Goal: Organize your food storage recipes!

Today’s Tasks:

  • Analyze your food storage recipe system, decide if you want to update it or come up with a new system (online systems are great but you ALSO need a paper/printed version) — see resources below for ideas
  • Look at your family favorite recipes, make notes on your recipe cards or printed sheets on how you would convert each recipe to be food storage friendly (or all shelf stable) — see resources below for help
  • Go to all your pinned and bookmarked recipes online and get them typed up or written down using your new (or updated) recipe system
  • Go through your favorite cookbooks (food storage or regular) and copy out your favorite recipes (converting them to food storage friendly if necessary). Add them to your recipe system.
  • Make a copy of your completely updated/added/improved recipe system (either print it if you input your recipes online, or photocopy if you have hand-written cards) and give it to someone who will love and use it to be more prepared

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a description of the recipe system you are using and what you did today to update it.

Today’s Limitations:

  • Once you have completed the above tasks, your limitations are REMOVED. ENJOY!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a gluten-free version of your recipe system for a loved-one with allergies
  • Make a 30 day meal plan using your recipes and calculate if you have enough of your stored foods to be able to repeat that 12 times (for a year’s supply)

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CONGRATULATIONS! YOU SURVIVED THE 7 DAY CHALLENGE 2014!

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.