From Storage to Stovetop:  BLACK BEANS

From Storage to Stovetop: BLACK BEANS

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Today Jodi goes over a few different options you may have for black beans in your food storage. If you store canned beans you probably don't have a hard time with rotating them or knowing how to use them in your everyday cooking. However, for long term storage canned beans are not an ideal solution. They have a short shelf life so are more appropriate for keeping in your 3 month supply as opposed to being your entire supply of beans for a year. Even though we are specifically covering black beans here most of this would apply to pinto beans and navy beans as well. Bean Conversions 1 can of beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans 1/2 cup of dried beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked…
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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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Cold winter? Feels like it's never ending? Homemade broth made in minutes? Creamy chicken noodle soup? YES PLEASE! The other day we posted a meme on facebook about how sometimes after a big grocery shopping trip you end up ordering pizza because you are too tired to cook. Sound familiar? Well I discovered a way to avoid that when I do my Costco trips. I pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way out and a yummy pre-made salad. It ends up being a whole lot healthier and I get 2-3 meals out of that chicken. We usually eat half the chicken the first night it comes home and then I make a soup out of the rest of the chicken with the yummiest broth thanks to the INSTANT POT!…
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How to make bread

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…
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Light The World!

Light The World!

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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 Mormon.org. 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…
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Spaghetti Squash – 2 ways to cook it and a recipe

Spaghetti Squash – 2 ways to cook it and a recipe

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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…
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FREE.. WHAT TO DO WITH WHEAT HANDOUT

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Do you have wheat in your food storage? Do you know how to use it? If aren't signed up for our free email checklists you MISSED OUT. We sent this handout today to all subscribers. If you missed it and you are signed up make sure you check your spam and add us to your safe list. Since we don't want anyone to miss out though, we are publishing it on the blog too. Make sure you're signed up in the future though, cause we might have some COOL stuff coming soon! DOWNLOAD THE HANDOUT HERE
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 5: PRACTICE

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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…
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Food Storage Helps for Groups (and families)

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Often times in communities or churches there are people tasked with the responsibility to help those around them become more prepared. In communities it's called CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). In some churches its called the Emergency Preparedness specialists. I was recently asked by a friend of mine who is the E-prep specialist at our church for some help planning the year. After working with her on a calendar for the year this idea was born. It's a Monthly Preparedness Projects calendar. It's not exactly what I did with my friend but it's something that I thought you all might like. We shared this handout with our newsletter list last month. Are you on the newsletter list? If not you can sign up here. Today we are publishing it on…
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Cold Weather Clothing Bins

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Babysteps. We started this journey with Babysteps. There were several topics we didn't tackle straight away. We worked on 72 hour kits, water, basic food and necessities first. We tabled the concept of powerless cooking for a couple years because it was "scary" at first. Well then we tackled powerless cooking, we tackled sourdough, and now we're tackling cold weather clothing. Make sure you read until the end because there's a video where I show you how I've started this project. Back in November we introduced Fortress Clothing to you . Finding them was a dream. These clothes are amazing and we recommend you check them out. Right now their clothing doesn't come in kids sizing and we know that it's not necessarily in everyone's budget to get them so…
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Do you know what CERT is – is it for you?

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For years I have heard of CERT certification and have been curious about it. I have wanted to become certified but between pregnancies, nursing babies, and my schedule I haven't been able to make it work. This month however my church was sponsoring a CERT class that would run 2 Saturdays ALL day. I knew it would be a sacrifice to attend but I also knew a typical CERT certification course ran for weeks one night a week. A weekly schedule for many weeks just doesn't work for me right now so I jumped on this opportunity. I am only finished the first Saturday but I'm really excited about what I am learning and wanted to encourage you all to check it out, learn more, and eventually become CERT certified…
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