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72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Julie's Progress
As you may have noticed, we took a LONG time to get Baby Step 7 out to you but we have a good reason! I got completely distracted with emergency preparedness. Over the past few weeks I had the chance to relax and do a lot of thinking/pondering about my food storage and emergency plan. The relaxation soon ended as I became somewhat frantic with how "unprepared" for an evacuation-type disaster I was. I needed to be more on top of the advice we've been giving on our getting started page! So last week I started on a mission ... to get my emergency plan ironed out, including the disaster kit and 72 hour kit food items. Back in July when Jodi bought all the ingredients to update our 72…
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Why Food Storage Should Be Part of Your Financial Plan

Budgeting
Have you ever been out of work for a week, a month, even longer? Do you wish you could buy foods ONLY when they are on sale and with coupons? Do you wish you had a stockpile of grains now that the prices are getting so high? In light of the current economic situation, we thought we'd share with you some ideas on how having your food storage in place can help you financially in both the short term and long term. Short Term Food Storage Your short term food storage consists of getting a 3 month supply of foods that you eat on a day to day basis. Once you have this in place you can start to grocery shop from your food storage and only replenish those items…
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Using Your Long Term Food Storage

Long Term Food Storage, Videos
We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Crystal from Everyday Food Storage tonight and we learned TONS of great ideas for actually USING your long term food storage items. We are using this information to help develop step 7 (coming soon!). We also filmed Crystal answering some of our questions about getting started on cooking with your food storage which we have added to the Step 4 page. The most surprising answer we got was to the question "What is your favorite food storage ingredient to cook with?" View the video to find out!
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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

General
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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