How to cook without power – need to know info!

How to cook without power – need to know info!

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It's a question we get all the time. "How would you cook without power?"  With the recent natural disasters, we have been getting asked that question more and more frequently.   In today's post we wanted to summarize a lot of important powerless cooking info so you can make your powerless cooking plan come together.  Make sure you read the whole thing because through out the text there are links handouts, tutorials, videos and more! FIRST: The short answer... We would use our Sun Oven as much as we possibly could and then rely on our other options that require fuel when we can't use our Sun Oven. Why is that? With a Sun Oven you have free, renewable energy. You can even use it in the winter. As long as there…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 1-2: PREPARE

7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 1-2: PREPARE

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Tuesday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 20 Alright folks! YOU HAVE 2 DAYS TO PREPARE For the next two days you have time to get your preps in order. If you want a true test of whether or not you would be ready for an emergency of some kind, ignore this portion of the challenge and start on day 3. We have found however, the best motivator for "GETTING THINGS DONE" is knowing that something is probably coming. So here we go! Here are some things we have for you to do over the next 2 days. These are things you may have been putting off so we're giving you 2 days to "prepare". Feel free to buy some of these things or locate them if you have them already.…
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2017 7 DAY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

2017 7 DAY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

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The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month in September. Over the years we have done things a little differently each time. However the main concept has always been the same. The challenge is made up of practicing and analyzing your preparedness skills and storage for 7 days. Concepts covered in the PREPAREDNESS CYCLE are covered and we always have a great time! JOIN US THIS YEAR Make sure you're signed up for our checklists email list so we can notify you of the daily challenges: We will email you during the week to tell you what you will be doing that day, updating the blog daily, and discussing on our facebook group. Facebook Group for the 2017 Challenge Having friends join you will make…
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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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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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