Morning Glory Muffins with Food Storage Substitutions

Comfort Foods, Fruits and Vegetables
If you follow us on Facebook you may have seen that I am on a campaign to do better about breakfasts this school year. We have been in a bad habit of sticking with cold cereal so I am making changes to improve that! I'm not an early morning person so I am trying to make good breakfast foods in advance that they can just pull out of the fridge or freezer every morning. I wanted to find a good hearty muffin recipe that would be more filling and breakfast-like instead of just like a cupcake-ish treat. Some of our readers suggested morning glory muffins which I had never heard of before so I googled it and found this recipe which I used and modified quite a bit. Here is…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 12: Comfort Foods

Comfort Foods, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
We are excited to be starting week 12 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about fruits and vegetables you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! In BabyStep 9: Comfort Foods we discuss supplementing your core long term food storage items any comfort foods that…
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4th of July Patriotic Jello

4th of July Patriotic Jello

Comfort Foods, Recipes, Shelf Stable Recipes
This patriotic jello is completely a "shelf stable" recipe if you use freeze-dried fruits in it. It also works perfectly fine with regular fruit and cool-whip. It's fun to know that you can make a creative and delicious treat for your family even if you are living completely off of food storage! Patriotic Jello Ingredients: 2 3-oz packages blue jello 2 3-oz packages strawberry jello 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (Knox brand) 14-oz can Eagle Sweetened Condensed Milk Optional Ingredients: Freeze Dried Strawberries (I used Thrive brand) Freeze Dried Blueberries (I used Thrive brand) Spiff-E-Whip (I found this at Wal-Mart but you can get it online at that link) Directions: Gather all of your ingredients. Make your blue layer of jello. Mix 2 packages of blue jello with 2 cups of…
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Spice Up Your Comfort Foods

Beyond the Babysteps, Comfort Foods
Step 9: Comfort Foods is one of our favorite steps. When we participated in our 7 Day Challenge we came to realize just how important these foods really are in making your life feel somewhat normal in an emergency, and also in adding variety to your long term storage foods. We recommend getting a few spare bottles of spices/herbs that you commonly use. This will ensure you have enough for your long term cooking needs, and also give you the convenience and cost-savings in the short term. Don't go overboard on buying too many bottles though, as spices can lose their flavor over time. Here are a list of common spices/herbs to get you started: Herbs* Basil Bay Leaves Chives Cilantro Dill Mint Oregano Parsley Rosemary Sage Tarragon Thyme Spices*…
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Day 10: Food Storage Christmas (comfort foods)

Christmas Gifts, Comfort Foods
NOW THIS feels like Christmas. We had plenty ideas for this part of the 12 days of Christmas. Feel free to use some of these, or choose your own. Comfort foods are definitely things people need in time of any type of crisis: Options that are Free or Under $1 Candy Bar or Pudding Mix Even just a candy bar or 2 in your storage for just in case scenarios are great. Pick up the person's favorite one and surprise them with a little treat to have in time of need (and tell them they can't eat it right away, they have to store it ;) Tie a cute ribbon around the candy bar and add the Day 10 Tags and you're all set. An Option that is $5-$30 Holiday…
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Condiment Craziness

Comfort Foods
In BabyStep 9: Comfort Foods we list spare condiments as one of the items to store. As we have explored the reasons why people do food storage we found that everyday emergencies were the ones that seem to occur the most. Condiments are definitely something to store to prevent an "emergency". Have you ever run out of ketchup the day of a barbecue and not had time to run to the store? Don't you hate it when you run out of soy sauce and have to buy a bottle for FULL price? With food storage this will never happen again! So here's what to do. Compile a list of the condiments your family uses and then watch for them to go on sale and pick up a few bottles. Keep…
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Beyond the BabySteps: Comfort Foods: Yummy Recipes!

Comfort Food Ideas, Comfort Foods, Recipes
For our Summer Crash Course we have been revamping all of the BabyStep pages and last week we updated the Step 9: Comfort Foods page. On that page we give a great list of ideas for comfort foods but we wanted to give you this bonus handout of fun recipes you can make all with shelf-stable foods and with minimal cooking required (could use a fire pit or barbecue grill in a pinch). Here are the recipes included in the handout. Recipe 1: Best Rice Krispie Squaries (courtesy of Grandma Lori) Recipe 2: Homemade Popcorn Put a few tablespoons of oil (any kind will do) in the bottom of a 4-quart pan. Pour in 1/2 c. of popcorn kernels (we buy ours in bulk #10 cans to use to make…
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BabySteps 8, 9, and 10 (revised)

7 Day Challenge, Comfort Foods, Fruits and Vegetables, Non-Food Items
In order to get your ready for the Seven Day Challenge, we are going through revising and cleaning up all our BabySteps. We created the BabySteps to break down the vast amount of information in the "food storage world" when we first got started last summer. From the BabySteps, we developed the BabySteps Checklists as a way to split up the 10 steps over a one year period. We decided it would be good to revise each BabyStep as part of our Summer Crash Course. So jump in and get started ... it's not too late! This week we are covering the following steps: BabyStep 8: Fruits and Vegetables (click here to view the full step) BabyStep 9: Comfort Foods (click here to view the full step) BabyStep 10: Fruits…
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I was sneaky tonight!

Baking Ingredients, Comfort Food Ideas, Comfort Foods, General, Julie's Progress, Legumes, Long Term Food Storage, Powdered Milk Recipes
One of the things people always recommend when getting your family to start eating food storage is adding new foods to meals and not telling your family since they may not give it a fair chance.  Well my husband works from home and knows how and what I'm cooking so I haven't been able to use that trick. Tonight I hosted a little dinner party at my house and decided I would sneakily use tons of food storage in my dinner and dessert.  I definitely recommend it, it was fun having a little secret... hehe. Anyways,  I made a great tortilla casserole recipe, (added black beans) and even made the tortillas from scratch using all fresh ground whole wheat! I even replaced the cream of chicken soup with BEAN FLOUR…
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Food Storage Recipes: Best Rice Krispie Squares

Comfort Food Ideas, Comfort Foods, Sugar Recipes
What do you do on a Sunday night when you don't want to go to the store but you want a delicious treat? This happened to me last Sunday and guess what I did? I made a food storage dessert! YAY!!! This one has been a staple in my family for years and it is one of my favorite treats. But it only just dawned on me that it was a perfect food storage recipe. It qualifies as a comfort food in my opinion because if I was eating purely food storage and I could eat this treat every now and then I'd be in heaven. So here it is, recipe courtesy of Grandma Lori: Best Rice Krispie Squares Recipe Ingredients: 1/2 c. white sugar 1 c. corn syrup (karo…
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