5 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me 5 Years Ago

Julie's Progress
We've been doing this blog for almost 5 years. The other day I was doing a big Food Storage room clean-up and reorganization. It made me somewhat nostalgic. This week I have pondered a lot where I started, where I am, and where I'd like to go. While cleaning the room I realized there were some things I wish I would have known when I started this all. Today I figured I would share them with you. Maybe they might help YOU out a little. 1. Don't buy things you don't eat So when I first started building my food storage, I got really into couponing. It was a great way to buy things for great prices and build up a food storage. I would buy things I didn't necessarily…
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Where in the World WERE WE?

Jodi's Progress, Julie's Progress
In case you've been wondering why the two of us fell off the face of the planet for the last 3 weeks, we will fill you in! Usually when we take on big projects, vacations, and even having babies, we make sure to time it with each other. There's always at least one of us who tries to stay relatively available. Well we mistakenly decided to take on the holidays, while one of us MOVED, and the other FINISHED A BASEMENT. Bad, bad idea folks! It left us merely capable of handling urgent emails and slightly comatose the rest of the time. Well, Jodi is mostly settled into her new basement (although her food storage is still inaccessible), and Julie has running water, gas, and internet at the new house,…
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Julie’s Garden Update

Julie’s Garden Update

Gardening, Gardening, Julie's Progress
So Jodi gave her garden update on Monday, and today it's my turn. For those of you who have followed you know this year was my first year gardening. I still don't have a yard that I can garden in (it's small and shaded - always) so this year I borrowed some of my mom's garden area. There were some advantages to this. She is a master gardener so she could teach me stuff, she tended to it while I was out of town, and she felt bad for me if some of my stuff didn't come up right and gave me some of hers. The drawbacks of doing this was that I couldn't just go to my backyard to pick lettuce for dinner, or see the growth each day.…
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Gardening Updates from Julie and Jodi

Gardening Updates from Julie and Jodi

Gardening, Jodi's Progress, Julie's Progress
Whether you're a Master Gardener, or you just plant a couple small plants on your kitchen counter, learning the skill of gardening is very important in Food Storage. Today we're going to update you on how our gardens are doing this year. For those of you who have followed our blog for the last three years, you'll know that I haven't been into the gardening scene all that actively yet. It hasn't been for a lack of interest, but rather a lack of knowledge, space, sun, and courage! Well this year I decided one way or another, I WOULD have a garden. I spent a lot of time debating between 3 garden options for me this summer. I was trying to decide between: Using my yard that is tiny and…
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Food Storage To The Rescue!

Baking Ingredients, Julie's Progress, Recipes
A few weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon, I was watching an episode of Good Eats on my DVR with my family (random I know!). It's this show where the host Alton Brown dissects the science behind making foods like pizza, fried chicken, cookies and all sorts of other GOOD things. It kind of reminds me of a science show for kids, but the tricks and science behind it all is awesome. On this particular episode, he was sharing how to master fried chicken.... You know the kind where the crust around it is super good - JUST like the crust on Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan - A delicious piece of friend chicken breast covered in marinara sauce, cheese, and placed on top of noodles (are you drooling yet?). I…
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2010 New Years Resolutions Recap

Jodi's Progress, Julie's Progress, Just For Fun
In January of this year, we both posted some of our Food Storage goals and Resolutions for 2010. It's hard to believe a whole year has passed and it's time to report on our goals. Our joint goal this year was to help Grandma Lori get started with her Food Storage in the Extreme Food Storage Makeover. We're pleased to report that we have had many successes in that realm and will continue to share things we learn with her. For a list of all the things we did with Grandma Lori, make sure to visit the Extreme Food Storage Makeover Page. I want to start sprouting regularly and really use it in more in my regular cooking. I must confess, it still totally scares me. I plan to MASTER…
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HOMEMADE WHOLE WHEAT NOODLES (AND LASAGNA)

Julie's Progress, Wheat Recipes
Do you ever find that whole wheat pasta can taste grainy, and let's be honest - a little bit GROSS! This is Julie here, and I'm the one with the high tolerance for healthy food, yet I can barely stomach whole wheat noodles at times. Well when I discovered how DELICIOUS and easy making whole wheat pasta could be, I was hooked. Awhile back, I shared that I was making lasagna on our facebook page. A lot of you asked for the recipe, and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get to this post. Anyhow, whenever I make lasagna now, I make the noodles using whole wheat. I don't use any special pasta maker either! I just use a regular old rolling pin. The great thing about lasagna…
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What’s Coming Up Next?

7 Day Challenge, Jodi's Progress, Julie's Progress
As we read through all of the blog comments, emails, facebook discussions, etc. we came across several main themes over and over again that people are struggling with. And many of them are things that are issues we are working on ourselves. We are going to be spending the next few weeks covering each of these topics more in depth and hopefully they will be a help to you too. 1. Water storage / purification / conservation: Most people are prepared for a water shortage lasting even up to 2 weeks. However, it's a lot different to have drinking water for 2 weeks versus LIVING water for two weeks. It's also a big concern as to what to do if there is an even longer water shortage. There were a…
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The Million Dollar Question?

Freezing, Fruits and Vegetables, Julie's Progress
Want to know what we get asked most often when we talk to groups of people about food storage? Ok, we'll tell you. People always say, "I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, how do I incorporate that into my Food Storage Plan?". Well we have been working on ways to answer that question. On our BabyStep 8 page, we talk about growing, canning, dehydrating, and freezing. Storing fruits and vegetables can be such a road block for so many people in food storage- ourselves included. Today, Julie is going to share with you some things she is doing to get closer to having that part of her food storage under control. It involves GREEN SMOOTHIES, AIRPLANES, AND I TOLD YOU SO'S. So for awhile now I have been…
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Grains, Facebook, and a Guessing GAME!

Healthy Food Storage, Julie's Progress, Just For Fun, Long Term Food Storage
As I've been learning more about healthy food storage I've ventured into learning more about different types of grains. I can't help but laugh at myself sometimes because only 2 years ago I didn't even know what wheat looked like. A few weeks ago, I tried Quinoa for the first time, it's a grain that is high in protein and super yummy! I ate it plain and decided to ask on our Facebook page, how you guys, our readers ate it. The response was awesome... We got 29 responses with ideas, links to recipes, tips on places to buy it cheaper and more. Here is just a little screen shot of some of the responses: Seriously - if you're not on our facebook page you should be. We have great…
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