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Making Our 72 Hour Kit Video

72 Hour Kits, Jodi's Progress, Videos
Hopefully you have already watched the "How to Make a 72 Hour Kit" video on our Disaster Kits page. While I was creating that video my children ended up waking up from their naps and started causing me some trouble. I looked through the outtakes as I was trying to piece together the final video and realized some of them were pretty stinking funny. So I put together this outtakes video to highlight some of the funniest parts. Hope you enjoy this little peek into my life (and enjoy watching the pain I went through to bring you the final video).
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Food Storage Recipes: Cookie Clay Dough

Comfort Food Ideas, Comfort Foods, Recipes, Wheat Recipes
Cookie Clay Dough Serving Size: About 40 small cookies Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Recipe from Crystal at Everyday Food Storage Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 cup butter (1 cube) 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg (can use powdered eggs) 2 cup whole wheat flour 2 T dry egg powder (do not add water at this time) or 1 extra large egg 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon Directions: Cream together first 5 ingredients with a mixer. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Slowly add to the creamy mixture until it reaches the consistency of Play-Doh. Give the Cookie Clay Dough to your kids and let them make shapes, letters, etc. out of it. They can…
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3 Helpful Hints for Using Our Food Storage Blog

Hint #1: Subscribe to our RSS feed Would you like to be notified whenever we publish a new post? Don't forget to add our blog to your RSS reader. An RSS reader compiles all of your blog feeds into one location so you can easily see which sites have been updated. Our recommended viewer is Google Reader. Once you get the hang of it it is a really nice way to keep track of your favorite blogs. Just click on the "Entries RSS" link at the bottom right-hand side of the page and it will help you subscribe to your RSS reader of choice. If you are intimidated by RSS feeds, we have a few other ways you can stay updated. If you become a fan of our Facebook Page…
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Case Lot Sale and Julie’s Update

General, Julie's Progress
So if you remember from my beginnings post, THIS is what my food storage looked like 2 months ago. If you are new to the site, you may not have been around when Jodi and I declared to the world we were going to figure out this food storage stuff and share our research. Well since this humble beginning, my food storage has come a long way. I have a LONG WAY to go still, but I'm not going to be intimidated and I'm going to keep adding bit by bit. Here is what my food storage looks like after stocking up on a couple things each time I went grocery shopping, and after taking advantage of the case lot sales that are going on in local grocery stores around…
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Food Storage 101 Author at Utah State Fair

Book Reviews, General
I was at the Utah State Fair this week and happened to come across a booth that had a wheat grinder displayed. Of course I got excited and headed over to check it out. Turns out it was the author of Food Storage 101 which is a book we have been recommending since we started our food storage adventures. I got to have a nice chat with Peggy and learned a bit about wheat grinders, food dehydrators, and about several of her other books. Peggy's book gave us the inspiration for establishing our BabySteps. She was the first one we found who just laid out a food storage plan in a series of steps that you can follow. Our intention was to complete her steps but we soon realized that…
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Everyday Food Storage Blogger at Utah State Fair

Thanks to everyone who helped to support Crystal from the Everyday Food Storage blog by voting on her recipe for the Utah’s Own Down Home Cook Off competition. She was one of the top two finalists and was part of a cook-off at the Utah State Fair today. We weren't able to hit the state fair today to view the contest in person but we watched her on KUTV during the 12:00 news. Crystal was fantastic on t.v. and it was really fun to get to see her share her talent with a large audience. Even though she ended up not winning 1st place we just wanted to congratulate her on making it so far and helping to spread the word about the importance of food storage and learning how…
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Recipe: Chicken Barley Chili

Barley Recipes, Bean Recipes, Recipes
Chicken Barley Chili Serving Size: 10 (1 cup) servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes (I used home canned) 1 (16 oz) jar/can Salsa or tomato sauce (use salsa for spicier version) 1 (14.5 oz) chicken broth 1 cup Quaker Quick Barley 3 cups water 1 T. chili powder 1 tsp. cumin 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces and boiled (can use canned chicken) cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips (optional) Directions: In a large pot, combine the first 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile boil the chicken in…
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Emergency Preparedness – What are you waiting for?

72 Hour Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Getting Started
With hurricane Gustav hitting the coast, emergency preparedness is a hot topic today. Even if not directly affected by the hurricane, we are all reminded of how important it is to have an emergency plan in place. You never know when your area will be the one that is hit with a disaster. If you haven't already completed your "emergency plan", be sure to go through the first component of our Getting Started page where we have outlined the basics of what you need to do. We include this under getting started because we feel it is important to have this done even before you get your food storage plan underway. For convenience sake, we have copied the information for you here. Have a Basic Emergency Plan in Place: Before…
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Food Storage Recipes: Multi-Grain Pancakes

Barley Recipes, Grains, Recipes, Wheat Recipes
Thanks to our cousin Emily for submitting this recipe to us. Multi-Grain Flour--grind the following: 1 part barley 1 part corn (popcorn is great!) 1 part rice (I used brown) 3 parts wheat (I used hard white) Multi-Grain Pancakes In a medium bowl, combine: 1/2 C multi-grain flour mixture 1/2 C white flour 1 T sugar 2 t baking powder 1/4 t salt In a small bowl, combine: 1 egg, beaten (can use powdered eggs) 1 C milk (can use powdered milk) 2 T oil Grind all flour ingredients using a wheat grinder. Combine wet and dry ingredients together and stir, but don't over-mix. Pour onto a 350 degree griddle. Makes about 8-12 pancakes depending on the size you make them. Emily's Comments: I tried this alternate recipe this morning,…
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