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  • 12 Days of Giveaways--Day Ten

    This post is part of our 2013 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways series. This series will run from December 3rd to December 18th, 2013. Each giveaway is open for three calendar days. Special offers are open as long as supplies last. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on the 3rd day. This giveaway is CLOSED. Click here to see the giveaway items  for Day nine

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 10


    On the tenth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . .

    A #10 can of FiredUp! and a Sparkie™ Fire Starter

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 10: Fired Up! and Sparkie Fire starters

    Fired Up!:  This fire starter is the perfect addition to your emergency supplies, camping gear, and even BBQ-ing equipment. . . Made of volcanic rock material mixed with wood pellets, Fired Up! is water-repellent and has a 30+ year shelf-life. Two cups of Fired Up! mixed with your tinder (or even by itself) can burn for roughly 5 minutes, enough time to pile on your kindling and fuel. This safe and reliable fuel source is great for lighting campfires or preparing charcoal briquettes. Fired Up! works well with the Volcano Collapsible Stove and the Kelly Kettle.

    Sparkie: We are really excited about this brand new fire starter because it’s really unique! For starters, it’s a one-handed fire starter with a retractable flint-based bar and built in carbide striker that can light over 100 fires! Simply press the flint bar down on a flat surface (preferably, next to your tinder) and you’ll generate instant sparks. Secondly, the Sparkie is known for its precision: you can directionally target the sparks to hit your tinder every time. Lastly, it can start a fire in inclement weather. Wind, rain, snow, the Sparkie can light a fire and get you warm fast.


    Enter to win these products by taking the quiz below. Get a second entry by sharing today’s giveaway post on Facebook. You have until Wednesday, December 18th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time to enter this giveaway. 


  • Mac and Cheese: A Holiday Tradition

    Whenever I think about Christmas, I think about Mac and Cheese . . .

     Oven Baked Mac and Cheese from Food Storage


    For my family, every holiday with a feast requires Mac and Cheese as a side (this sometimes includes birthdays and graduations as well). To me, the best thing about Christmas is not the presents or the lights; it’s going home to Virginia and eating my aunt’s homemade Mac and Cheese!

    When I asked my aunt for the recipe, she said she doesn’t have one! She makes it all from memory. But according to her, the secret to making the best Mac and Cheese you’ll EVER eat in your life is Hot Sauce and Cheese Soup. Luckily, the dairy products offset the spiciness—I know it sounds “different,” but once you eat it you’ll be a believer (trust me, I don’t eat spicy foods).

    I found a recipe similar to hers from food.com that will (literally) spice up your Christmas dinner using food storage.


    Oven Baked Mac and Cheese

    1 lb. Provident Pantry Elbow Macaroni Pasta

    2-3 Cups Provident Pantry Cheese Blend (Follow directions on can to make into a cheese soup)

    2 (12 ounce) cans Evaporated Milk

    5/8 cup Provident Pantry Butter Powder (reconstituted) or 1 ¼ sticks of butter

    1 teaspoon Provident Pantry Iodized Salt

    1 teaspoon Provident Pantry Black Pepper

    6 cups Provident Pantry Shredded Cheddar Cheese (you can also blend in other cheeses as well like Provident Pantry Shredded Colby or Provident Pantry Shredded Monterey Jack)

    (Optional) Hot Sauce (to taste)


    1. Preheat oven to 350◦
    2. Cook pasta according to directions on the can.
    3. Mix together cheese soup, evaporated milk, butter, salt, and pepper in a large microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and cut a small slit to vent. Heat for 6-7 minutes or until milk, cheese soup, butter, and hot sauce are melted into a cheese sauce. (My aunt usually heats all these ingredients on the stove, stirring occasionally until ingredients are blended and so that they don’t stick to the pan or boil over).
    4. Pour 1/3 of the pasta and 1/3 of the cheese sauce mixture into a large 9” x 13” pan. Cover with 1/3 of your shredded cheeses.
    5. Repeat step four until all the pasta, cheese sauce, and cheese is in your baking pan.
    6. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
    7. Pull out of oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Then eat up!


    So there you have it folks, Mac and Cheese for the holidays! Consider making Mac and Cheese a traditional part of your holiday meals as well if you love this recipe.

    Happy Holidays!




  • 12 Days of Giveaways--Day Nine

    This post is part of our 2013 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways series. This series will run from December 3rd to December 18th, 2013. Each giveaway is open for three calendar days. Special offers are open as long as supplies last.   Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on the 3rd day. This giveaway is closed. Click here to see the Special Offer for Day Eight.

     12 Days of Giveaways--Day Nine

    On the ninth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the gift of communication.

    Today’s giveaway item is the Kaito Voyager V1 Dynamo and Solar Shortwave Radio/Flashlight.

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day Nine: A Voyager VI Shortwave Radio


    The word “dynamo” is a good description for this small but powerful multi-featured radio and flashlight. It accesses both regular AM/FM and shortwave bands to give you a constant stream of weather updates, warnings, and forecasts.

    The flashlight has a super-bright LED light with a USB port to power small electronic devices, including most smartphones (it does not power Apple products). The Kaito Voyager has a built-in HD speaker and headphone jack so you can listen to your music or forecasts alone or with your family, friends, and neighbors.

    Keep your radio charged using one of four options for powering this radio’s internal battery. These four charging options include:

    • 3 standard AAA batteries
    • Solar power, via a built-in solar panel
    • Through the USB port
    • By hand cranking: one minute of cranking provides fifteen minutes of listening or one hour of light

    The value of this 9th Day of Christmas gift is $21.99—unless you’re in a situation where you’ll depend upon it—then it’s priceless! This gift is great for camping, outdoor adventures, or to use in an emergency.

    Just take the short quiz below to enter. Remember, you can receive an additional entry if you share today’s giveaway post on your Facebook page. You have until Sunday, December 15 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time to enter this giveaway.

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