Light The World!

We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and got to enjoy some time with family and friends. We spent the day together and enjoyed great food and felt grateful for so many things. With Thanksgiving over we’re in full swing of the Christmas spirit over here. We usually don’t blog a lot in December because we spend extra time with our family at this time of year but we do have a few things we will be sharing this month.

We’re participating with the #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas challenge on Whether you share our faith or are of another faith we invite you to join in the Christmas spirit and spread love this season.

Think about these two scriptures as you watch this video:
“I am the light of the world” John 8:12
“Ye are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14

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To kickoff this Christmas message, there will be a worldwide day of service on Dec 1st. What can you and your family do on that day to “Light the World”? …. THEN following the worldwide day of service…. You’ve heard of advent calendars right? Well how about a service advent calendar where you #LIGHTtheWORLD

25 DAYS, 25 WAYS:
From During Christmas, we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. This year, we have an amazing opportunity to share that light by resolving to do the things Jesus Christ did. Every day leading up to Christmas, we will focus on a different Christ-like behavior and provide suggestions for ways we can emulate His example. The website with the daily ideas and videos you can share with your family is here:



Along with the daily calendar activities with our families Food Storage Made Easy is participating in 2 of the days that are super relevant to stuff we already do here. The days will be December 12 and 19:



Bread is a basic food that can be made from the most common food storage ingredient, wheat. It also has a lot of symbolism in the bible. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 For this day: “Watch an online tutorial to learn a new skill that can benefit others”. We are here to help with that! This post has a full tutorial on how to make bread complete with a recipe card and a free downloadable Bread FAQ.



Jesus understood that life’s storms can take many shapes. Some storms rain down from the sky; other tempests come from within. The Master can calm all storms. When we follow His example, we can be a light in the lives of those going through turbulent times. Share peace of mind with our free complete emergency prep plan found here.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas! We recognize you may not celebrate the same holidays that we do but we find that most our readers everywhere celebrate LOVE and SERVICE and we invite you to join in and #LIGHTtheWORLD!




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CYBER MONDAY PRICE: $349.99 + FREE Baker’s Pack

Use the Bosch to make bread-making a breeze. You can also make cookies, shred meat, make pasta, and many other things using the power of the Bosch and the correct attachments. Cyber Monday pricing is just $349.99 plus a Baker’s Pack of accessories will also be available at no additional charge.


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The WonderMill is the fastest, quietest, cleanest mill on the market. The WonderMill will not only grind wheat, corn, rice, and other small grains like Quinoa and Amaranth, but it will also grind legumes and beans.
Learn more at: 17 Ways to Use a Wheat Grinder


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buyblackfridayThe Wonder Junior Deluxe is a high quality, extremely powerful manual wheat grinder. Perfect for when you don’t have electricity, but also easy enough to use on a regular basis. The Wonder Junior comes complete with Stones, Stainless Steel Burr Heads, Double Clamp, Flour Guide, and Cleaning Brush. With the free bicycle adapter kit you can get your exercise in while grinding your wheat allowing you to grind at a much quicker pace than grinding by hand.



The Prepare My Life Planner is an organized emergency preparedness plan. Not only does it contain a step-by-step plan to help prepare your home and family for an emergency, it is also designed to store and organize your important documents.
Learn more at: Prepare My Life Planner Introduction Video


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The All-American Sun Oven is the ultimate tool for cooking without electricity. Using only the power of the sun you can bake, dehydrate, pasteurize water, and much more. The Christmas accessories pack includes two stackable pots, a dehydrating kit, a roasting pan with lid, and a water pasteurization indicator.



Fortress is your complete “heat storage” solution. It retains your body’s heat instead of trying to heat the space around you (your home, tent, or cabin) with traditional resources like firewood, coal or propane. FORTRESS allows you to remain comfortable while heating yourself.
Learn more at: Our Fortress review including video post


CYBER MONDAY PRICE: $199.95 + free blender and cookie whisks

The WonderMix is a high quality kitchen mixer that has the capacity to mix very large batches of bread. It currently comes with several attachments making it a versatile tool in your kitchen. The discounted price will be available only on Friday and Monday. With the huge discount plus included accessories this is an amazing deal on a great mixer.
Learn more at: Making bread in the WonderMix post



How to make bread

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Making bread is a skill that you may choose to incorporate into your daily life, or you may just save it for a rainy day. In last month’s newsletter we sent an article all about wheat, wheat grinders, and included a whole bunch of recipes. Wheat is the most popular item in food storage plans because of it’s long shelf-life and nutrient dense properties. One of the recipes we included in the handout was our FAVORITE bread recipe.  Today we wanted to give you three things:

  • A recipe card of our bread recipe you can print
  • A handout that includes an FAQ about making this bread
  • A video where we invite you into our kitchen and show you hands on how to make it

We know making bread can be intimidating for beginners so join us today to learn a skill that could very well help you and your family for years to come. In case you missed the handout from last newsletter: 
Click here to download the “What to do with wheat” free handout.

>>>Make sure you scroll to the end of the post for an important reminder.<<<

Recipe card:

Click here or on the image below to get your recipe card pdf. This is a 4 x 6 standard size card. You can print it directly on card stock and cut it out or print it on regular paper and glue it onto a sturdier paper if you want.

Bread FAQ handout: 

Click here or on the image below to download the Bread-Making FAQ. These questions have been asked to us over the years and this handout has all the answers. 



Come into our kitchen and see how it’s done:

When you’re learning a new skill it’s fun to learn it with a friend. Since we can’t formally invite you over to teach you how to make bread this video is the next best thing. This is how we teach friends to make bread all the time. Hope you enjoy!


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Spaghetti Squash – 2 ways to cook it and a recipe

I think it’s safe to say gardening season is over here but I am still enjoying the spaghetti squash I grew this year. I consider myself a beginner gardener but I’m proud of what I’ve grown so far. My kids join in and I love teaching them some good self-reliance skills.

So I completely over planted the spaghetti squash this year (LIKE REALLY).So today’s post features a couple ways to cook it and a recipe!

Back to my dozens of spaghetti squash…They grew well so that was cool but it had left me with so much squash. I don’t mind because I love it but I’ll admit I don’t love how long it takes to cook in the oven. I know you can cook it in the microwave but I mine is broken and I don’t love using it a lot. I use it as a side, as spaghetti noodles (half and half) for chicken Parmesan and so much more.

Sun Oven Method

During the 7 Day Challenge this year I experimented cooking it in the Sun Oven and that was AWE-SOME, but for days I don’t have time to do it that way (which is often) I’ve been needing a better way.

Here’s how to cook it >>> Cut the squash in half and place on pans in the oven. I left mine in a few hours and it was perfect. I don’t know if it would have been done sooner but I didn’t check it cause it was a cloudy cold day. I was impressed it was even cooked!


Instant Pot Method

I’ve had this Instant Pot for almost a year now and use it a lot but I had never thought to try squash in there. Well I DID and it was amazing. It seriously only took 3 mins to cook. I even tried 5 mins (the bottom right picture) and it was too long!

Here’s how to cook it >>> Cut the squash in half, put 1/4 cup of water in there on high pressure for 3 mins and you’re done. Let me give you a little tip though- as soon as it is done do the quick pressure release and get it out of there. If it stays too long it starts absorbing moisture.


Spaghetti Squash Salad

This recipe came from a neighbor at a potluck. I LOVED it. It’s healthy, filling, and yummy. I’ve been eating it for lunch a LOT.


Cooked and cooled spaghetti squash
Cut up cucumbers, onions, peppers
Italian dressing
Salt and Pepper
Optional toppings: slivered almonds, feta cheese, cranberries

Basically you just throw it all in a bowl and sit it in the fridge. I think it even gets better over time in the fridge.



Do you have wheat in your food storage? Do you know how to use it?

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7 Day Challenge 2016 RECAP

We hope you all had a great experience participating in this year’s 7 Day Challenge, whether you actively did each day’s tasks or just read and followed along with the group. Here is a summary of the links to each part of the challenge following the Preparedness Cycle we introduced this year.

These two days were spent preparing for an upcoming “emergency”. Last minute preparations included filling water containers, updating 72 hour kits, and other similar tasks.

DAY 3: PRACTICE – Natural Disaster
Earthquake strikes! An intense earthquake struck your area and knocked out the power lines, gas lines, and city water pipes.

DAY 4: PRACTICE – Family Emergency
Times are tough! Due to some unexpected and rather large medical bills your family has run into financial troubles and you have worked through the majority of your savings.

DAY 5: PRACTICE – Long Term Emergency
Economic meltdown! The country is in turmoil, the trucking industry has shut down, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available, your neighbors need help.

Use the provided checklists to brainstorm and create a priority list for what you want to do to go forward with your preparations.

Huge list of resources you can use as you start to do, learn, and buy the items on your priority lists created on Day 6.

Our Findings

Cooking with no power

JULIE: Using the sun oven for the spaghetti squash was awesome. It was a mostly cloudy day but it still cooked. It took a couple hours but I put it in early enough that it didn’t matter. The squash was actually really good because there was no water used so it wasn’t mushy.

Cooking with Thrive meats and veggies was really convenient (like it normally is) but knowing that I had to clean all those dishes by hand made it that much more convenient. It was great to not worry about the dishes I would have used with raw meat being cleaned well enough. It was nice to be able to just throw everything in for the chili and not create more dishes and waste.

Cooking rice in the Saratoga Jacks thermal cooker worked so well. I actually had an activity at church I had to bring the rice to and was really nervous trying it out the first time like this but it turned out perfectly. It really was nice to be able to conserve fuel by only bringing the rice to a quick boil and then letting it sit in the pot for awhile. And it made for really easy transport.

I just absolutely loved my butane stove. I was able to cook right on the counter in my kitchen and was barely disrupted. I do know that you can only store so much butane and would probably be more conservative with it in a long term crisis but it was sure helpful and useful. I had made a pancake mix with powdered eggs and it was pretty easy and yummy breakfasts on the stove. Felt totally normal.


JODI: I usually plan to use my Sun Oven for the bulk of my powerless cooking but the weather was way overcast during the no power days this time. I pulled out my HERC tea light candle oven and was able to make muffins in it just fine. It’s the only tool I’ve found that will allow me to make baked-goods inside without electricity.

I also kept my meals fairly simple which I think is similar to what I would do in a shorter-term emergency. If things extended for a longer period of time I’d have to get more creative and also probably use a lot more dishes to make more complete meals.



JODI: Since my kids were gone a lot during the days, I spent some time going through my meal plans and working on my inventory lists. Every time I do this I find I tweak my system even more. I’ve changed a lot of my eating habits recently moving towards a more vegetarian diet and that has shifted some of the meals I want to include in my three month list. Instead of storing a lot of meat/dairy freeze-dried items for recipes I’m looking for more recipes that just don’t call for those items. I’m updating my recipe binders to include these new recipes and then incorporating them into my three month excel planner.



JULIE: I calculated how much water we used in one of the days and for a family of 5 it was about 10 gallons. I was REALLY careful with the use and we did shower in buckets and wash dishes. The shower is a good thing to practice because you learn a good order to do things. Use cleaner water first on you then as it gets dirty you can save it for toilet flushing etc.

The laundry was a fun experiment. My son loved plunging through the clothes. The water actually got dirty from the clothes so I know dirt did come out. My concern with laundry without water and power is more in how would the clothes DRY if it were cold and winter time. Also I know we would do laundry a lot less frequently should there be a long term scenario.

JODI: I loved having waterbricks on hand with a spigot so that I could easily use it for cooking, drinking, cleaning, etc. I have large barrels in the garage but whenever I have to actually practice using stored water I much prefer to use the smaller containers. I keep them in my hall closet for easy access and also keep a few more in the basement.


JULIE: Oh man -we literally have a problem practicing this one. Our bags that we were supposed to put the waste in that are biodegradable all broke. Just touching them made them break. We posted a video about it. So we’re back to the drawing board with this one.

JODI: In a previous year we used the bucket with biodegradable bags and when we want to empty it out it exploded all over. This year we decided to just follow the “no flush” rule. Unless it’s a #2 you just leave it in the toilet. Then we used stored water to flush when someone had to poop. In a real emergency situation we may not do this, but there is definitely some “gray water” that we could use for this purpose so it may not be a complete waste.

72 hour kits

JULIE: I changed a few things up with my kits this year that I think I will like. I put each kids clothes in a bag and labeled what was in it and the size. I also put on the outside of the bags what kids clothes were in each backpack with the size. I have found that I always underestimate how long it’s been since I’ve changed those out. I also get a whole new rolling big to add extra foods to that I can rotate every 6 months. I have good long term calorie bars in my kits but I like to have extras like granola bars etc. I put some beef jerky, peanuts, and granola bars in there that I’ll replace completely with new ones and we will eat. So it’s not all these little pieces of foods, just 3 Costco size boxes of each one.


Family Fun

JULIE: In years past my kids have been younger and at school for the challenge. This year they were off school for the whole thing and it really was so much fun to do this challenge as a family. My 9 year old got totally into it. In fact he had a cub scout field trip Friday afternoon and told me not to try doing the laundry by hand until he got home because he wanted to learn how too. I asked him why he liked the challenge so much and he said “because it’s so advanced”… I replied it’s actually primitive … but I’ll take it.

JODI: I had the opposite situation of Julie this year. All of my kids are now in school and busy with activities on weeknights so we didn’t get a lot of time to do fun things with it as a family. They are old enough to understand what’s going on and keep me on my toes if I accidentally turned on the tap or a light, but we didn’t get to have the full experience of living through the entire day in a challenge scenario. We want to try it again when there is a break from school and we have more time to devote to it. We did have some fun nighttime activities without the lights on 🙂




Monday, September 26

Welcome to the LAST day of the 7 Day Challenge! We hope you have enjoyed the new format this year and really learned a lot by following the steps of the Preparedness Cycle. We have prepared, practiced, and prioritized … and now we are ready to PROCEED. We’ve come up with resources you can use as you start to do, learn, and buy the items on your priority lists you worked on yesterday. Feel free to share your experiences in the Facebook event or follow us on Instagram to view our personal journeys.



Fill out or update emergency preparedness plan
Make or rotate 72 hour kits
Fill or refill water containers
Make or update emergency binder
Update/Inventory your three month supply plan

Update/Inventory your long term food supply plan
Create a sanitation kit
Build a powerless stove, grill, oven, or pizza box solar oven


How to Make Bread: Bread Recipe, Bread-Making FAQ, No Electricity Bread
How To Deal With Long Term Water Loss (Water Saving Tips)
Water Filtration versus Water Purification
How to Shut Off Your Main Water Supply
How to Shut Off Gas Supply
Powerless Cooking Class
“So you want to buy a year supply?” post


National Preparedness Month Sales
All-American Sun Oven
Bosch Universal Mixer
Prepare My Life Planner
Berkey Water Filters
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven
InstaFire Fire Starter
Small Stoves/Fuel
Laundry Hand Washer
Fortress Clothing
Thrive Life Special Packages



Sunday September 25

Well aren’t you glad THAT’S over with? It really is amazing how much you can learn when you “practice” preparedness. Now is a good time to reflect with your family, answer some questions, and prioritize what your plan of attack will be to go forward and improve on your preparedness plans.

To help you with prioritizing we have some checklists for you. Print 2 copies of these lists off.

  • COPY 1: BRAINSTORM– The first time through list ANYTHING you can think of from the last few days that your family needed to learn, to do, and to buy. Don’t worry about the order.
  • COPY 2: PRIORITY LIST– After you have listed all the things you needed to learn, to do, and to buy, re-write them on the second copy in order of importance. This will give you a prioritized actionable game plan moving forward.

Put these lists in a place you will see and be reminded of your goals. Consider asking for some of these items for Christmas or birthdays. Plan family nights around learning new skills. Use family time to do projects you have been putting off.



Saturday, September 24

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” 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 next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


Economic meltdown! The country is in turmoil, the trucking industry has shut down, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available, your neighbors need help. Today we must use our long term food storage and really focus on how to live in an extended emergency situation.

Goal: PRACTICE a long term emergency situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Make a loaf of bread from start to finish without electricity (this video shows how we did it in a previous year).
  • Prepare all your meals without using electricity today.
  • SOS. A friend that lives a mile away got stranded and needs some supplies. Have your family carry your 72 hour kits to them since you are well enough stocked at home and can donate them. (Remember gasoline is not available so you must go on foot. We know this is far fetched— but we usually have 7 days of scenarios and do an evacuation day so we had to slot it in somewhere- don’t take it too literally. The point is… Are your 72 hour kits complete and can you transport them?)
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels.
  • You must eat foods ONLY found on your long term food storage calculator today (all your regular fridge, freezer, and pantry foods have run out). Freeze-dried items as found on our Thrive food storage calculator are ok.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of your bread-making adventures. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use your car today.
  • Do not eat any foods that are not on your long term food storage calculator (you CAN use the long shelf life freeze-dried foods we recommend on our Thrive food storage calculator if you wish)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a one week meal plan based off of your long term food storage foods.
  • Cook your meals only indoors as there is some serious weather problems outside.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
  • Discuss with your family what you would need to do and what you would bring should the time come when you would need to evacuate your home for good.