Tag Archives: christmas

  • Stacey's Double Apple Crisp

    At our house, Christmas celebrations revolve around traditional treats that different family members have been perfecting for decades. My mom’s pie crust is legendary. My dad’s truffles, fudge, toffee, and peanut brittle are requested annually. In recent years, we’ve added my husband’s mouth-watering peppermint-chocolate-chocolate-chip cookies and a friend’s grandmother’s recipe for old English boiled cranberry pudding We do manage a dinner in there somewhere, but if I’m honest, our holiday is basically a sweet fest.

    My job is baking. The breads, the cookies, the cobblers all fall to me, which suits me just fine (me, who couldn’t find my way around a candy thermometer if my life depended on it!). The only problem is that from mid-November onward, I end up having to make semi-weekly pilgrimages to the grocery store just to stay stocked up on eggs, butter, and brown sugar—not to mention the fresh fruit and cream that I only ever need in miniscule portions and which spoil after five minutes in my fridge. But this year, I found a secret weapon!

    Are you ready?

    I don’t think you’re ready.

    Okay, fine. It’s egg powder. Seriously, I have a pumpkin bread recipe that calls for six eggs. Do you know how fast I go through those huge cartons? But already this month I’ve made pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, and two batches of gingerbread, and I haven’t even made a dent in my can of egg powder. I love it! And it makes me think I should be raiding my food storage for other basics, and maybe even the not-so-basics.

    In that spirit, I want to share with you one of my favorite seasonal treats. I found this fantastic apple crisp recipe years ago and have been tinkering with it every winter until it’s become, quite simply, the best thing ever. And it can be made almost entirely out of food storage items! Good to know you could still have luxuries like apple crisp, even in the midst of a crisis. Bon appétit!

     A Dish Of Apple Crisp made from Food Storage

    Stacey’s Double Apple Crisp

    1 ½ cups Provident Pantry White Flour

    2 cups Provident Pantry Regular Rolled Oats

    2-3 tsp MyChoice Premium Cinnamon

    1 tsp ground nutmeg

    1 tsp ground cloves

    1 ½ cups packed Provident Pantry Brown Sugar 

    1 ½ cups (3 sticks, or 24 tbsp) reconstituted Provident Pantry Butter Powder

    6-8 cups reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Cinnamon Apple Slices

     

    1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

    2.      Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly (this works best with fingers!)

    3.      Put half the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and pat down.

    4.      Cover crumb mixture with reconstituted apple slices, then sprinkle apples with remaining crumb mixture.

    5.      Bake for 45-50 minutes. Serve hot. Top with ice cream.

    Um…I might need to go make this right now.

    --Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, holidays, recipe, family, Dessert, christmas

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!

    Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family, friends, and loved ones this holiday season!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holiday, christmas

  • 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 enter the giveaway for Day Ten.

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day Eleven

    On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the Basics Emergency Kit!

    12 days of Giveaways--Day 11: Basics Emergency Kit

    This kit works as either a basic emergency kit or an add-on kit to the supplies you already own. It’s easy to pick and choose what items you may need from this kit to add to an existing one. Or just toss the items into a backpack and voilà—you have a completely new emergency kit.

    A basic emergency kit is a great gift for you or your loved ones because it can help you prepare for a number of situations. Use it at the office, send it with your kids to school, or keep it stashed in the trunk of your car. No matter your emergency, the basics kit will keep you warm and fed during a school or office lockdown or if a flat tire strands you in the middle of nowhere. The kit includes food, water, light, warmth, communication, and more.

    Check out the links above and take our short quiz below to enter to win!  Remember, you can get an additional entry by sharing this post on your Facebook page. Come back tomorrow for our final 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

    Merry Christmas & Good Luck!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: giveaway, preparedness, emergency kit, Survival, emergency preparedness, holiday, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

  • 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. 

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: giveaway, holidays, holiday gifts, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

  • We elves here at Emergency Essentials have taken it upon ourselves to make sure you have yourself a merry little Christmas. We can’t actually hang your mistletoe for you or attend your office Christmas party in your place, but we do have one or two ideas about how make the season’s festivities even festiver. Ten ideas, to be precise.

    1. Keep your nights merry and bright, and avoid accidents in the dark. Never go caroling without our handy 12 hour Light Stick.


    2. Nothing’s cozier for the holidays than a crackling fire in the fireplace. Make sure you’ve got some fuel and fire starter on hand.


    3. It’s going to snow, and the kids are going to want to be outside. They may or may not remember to put on gloves, but you can stash our Hand, Pocket, and Glove Warmers in their coat pockets.  They’ll thank you for it later.



      10 Ideas to Make Your Christmas Easier



    4. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, and (sniff!) It’s a Wonderful Life. Have you checked your popcorn supply? If you had a Superpail full, you wouldn’t have to.


    5. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble keeping baking supplies on hand during the holidays. And if I have to make one more late-night grocery run, I swear I’m going to mow down a reindeer. Solution: Provident Pantry Whole Egg Powder, Butter Powder, even Imitation Vanilla Powder! Use them for your Christmas baking, and never run low again.


    6. And while we’re on the topic, have you tried the Provident Pantry hot chocolates? My personal recommendation is the Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate with a candy cane stirrer.


    7. In order to make sure Christmas morning isn’t a disappointment, we highly recommend Goal Zero Rechargeable Batteries for all Santa’s toy assembly duties.


    8. Hosting this year? Impress guests with yummy appetizers from your Volcano Dutch Oven. Check out this fun blog for Dutch oven recipes, starting with a Queso Fundido that is making my mouth water as I type this.



      10 Ideas to Make Your Christmas Easier



    9. Gingerbread houses are a must. But save your stirring arm and let the Bosch Universal Mixer with Cookie Paddles and Metal Whip Drive handle the dough and the frosting.


    10. Finally, make your holiday shopping a pleasure with easy-peasy Emergency Essentials gift cards. Perfect for everyone on your list, and guaranteed not to wilt, shrivel, or settle during shipping.

    Stay safe, have fun, and don’t forget to leave us some figgy pudding!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: warmth, Winter, preparedness, holiday, christmas

  • 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.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: communication, holidays, holiday gifts, giveaways, 12 days of Christmas, christmas, 12 days of giveaways

  • Need to get a last-minute order shipped in time for Christmas? We’re here to help! We want you to get your gifts on time, whether they’re shipping to your house or directly to the recipient. Take a look at the charts below to determine the day and time your order needs to be placed to guarantee arrival by Christmas!*

    Christmas Guaranteed Shipping Chart

    Ground Shipping Guarantee

    We guarantee that your products will arrive before Christmas if you place your order on or before the designated last day and time to order for your shipping zone (see the chart above). You can shop with 100% confidence by following the chart above to determine your order deadline.

    • If, for some reason, your product does not arrive in time for Christmas, you can refuse the shipment and get a full refund of your purchase price and shipping fees.
    • If your order does not arrive by Christmas and you would still like to keep the shipment, we will refund your shipping charges. Accept the order from FedEx and give us a call to arrange the refund.

    This shipping guarantee is our way of helping lift the stress of the holidays juuuust a little bit. Keep in mind, though, that all the items on the order need to be in stock in order to guarantee the shipping time frame.

    *Restrictions may apply.

    Expedited Shipping Also Available!

    This year we’ve teamed up with FedEx, a leader in the shipping industry, to offer expedited shipping options. While we can’t offer the guarantee or refunds on expedited shipments that we offer on ground shipments, you can still order with confidence, knowing FedEx will do their utmost to get those items delivered on time.

    • FedEx’s 3-day shipping typically has a 100% on-time delivery rate
    • FedEx’s 2-day shipping is on time around 99% of the time
    • FedEx’s Standard Overnight Shipping boasts around 98% on-time delivery

    Of course, inclement weather, the volume of shipments going out nationally, and your geographic location may influence when your package ultimately arrives (rural and residential shipping percentages are typically not as high as commercial and urban locations). However, FedEx’s reputation and the statistics above illustrate the reliability of their expedited shipping program. And, again, remember that your order items all need to be in stock for your expedited order to leave the warehouse on time.

    Check out our Holiday Gift Guides

    Looking for some great emergency preparedness gift ideas? Take a look at our Gift Guides:

    Holiday Gift Guide, $50 and Under

    Holiday Gift Guide, $10-$25

    Holiday Gift Guide, $10 and Under

    Crazy for Christmas! Holiday Gift Combos

    And don’t forget goodies like Freeze Dried Ice Cream and small MyChoice cans of Yogurt Bites or Cinnamon Apple Slices!

    Help Santa (and yourself) by ordering early to avoid those last minute delivery disappointments. The Christmas rush goes faster and faster as the holiday approaches, and we greatly appreciate all our customers who get their orders in on time.

    We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holidays, holiday gifts, christmas, shipping

  • 12 Days of Giveaways!

    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. Click here to see the giveaway items for Day Seven.

     On the eighth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me a special offer on Mountain House Flame Broiled Ground Beef Patties.

    These flavorful beef patties are a part of a special Christmas flash sale—there are limited quantities of this product (and on sale) and they won’t last long, so act fast! Regularly, the Mountain House Flame Broiled Ground Beef Patties are $69.95, but the special offer puts them on sale for 42% off (that’s only $39.99!).

    12 Days of Christmas Special Offer Day 8

    For this remarkable price, you can experience summer all over again, even in the dead of winter. These patties will make your taste buds go wild with their hot-off-the-grill flavor. All you have to do is add water.

    These Mountain House ground beef patties are a great “addition” to top off your condiment-covered buns, chopped up into stroganoff or soup, or to add a flame-broiled flavor to your favorite entrees.

    Bring back the feel of summertime with the flame-broiled flavor of these ground beef patties. They are easy to make and easy to use, creating unforgettable meals. Don't miss this special offer!

    Check back tomorrow on the ninth day of Christmas for another great giveaway!

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, giveaway, mountain house, group specials, sale, #10 cans, holiday, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

  • 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 Six.

    12 Days of Giveaways!--Day Seven

    On the seventh day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me:

    An SOL Origin Survival Kit

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 7: An SOL Origin Survival Kit

    This compact survival pack gives you several tools to survive outdoors. Unlike other survival packs, the SOL Origin’s ABS-plastic waterproof case not only protects the items inside, but includes items built into the case itself. On the inside of the SOL Origin’s lid you’ll find a flip-up rescue flash signal mirror, a Fire Lite Fire Starter, a compass, a folding-blade knife, and much more on the lid.

    Inside the case are several items to help you build shelters, start fires, and obtain food—such as the stainless steel wire, Tinder Quik firestarting tinder, and a small fishing kit. This amazing survival pack gives you 12 tools in total. But the crazy thing is it can fit in the palm of your hand. It’s compact and light, making it easy to carry in a bug-out-bag, backpack, or as part of your every day carry.

    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 Friday, December 13th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time to enter this giveaway. 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holidays, emergency kit, holiday gifts, giveaways, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

  • 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 five

    12 Days of Giveaways!-Day Six

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

    Freeze Dried Neapolitan Ice Cream and MyChoice Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Chocolate

    12 Days of Giveaways-Day6-Hot Cocoa and Freeze Dried Ice Cream

    If you’ve never tasted Freeze Dried Ice Cream, you’re in for a treat! What’s cool about this ice cream is that it looks like it should be cold and creamy, but instead it’s light and crunchy. Once you place it in your mouth, it will melt into the familiar creamy taste of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream. It’s a fun and novel dessert to serve anytime, but would be a great mood-lifter during an emergency—especially for children. Each can contains 16 individual slices. Our Freeze Dried Ice comes in four varieties: Neapolitan, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Ice Cream Sandwiches.

    MyChoice Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa is a rich, comforting drink to curl up with on a cold winter night. The best part is that because it’s packaged in a double-enameled can, it will last for up to 25+ years (unopened, of course). Check out this article on shelf life for more tips on preserving your food. Even though it can last up to 25+ years, it’s up to you how long you can hold out against your cravings!

    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 Thursday, December 12th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time to enter this giveaway.

     

    Good luck!

    Mobile Users: Click this link to take a mobile-friendly version of today's quiz https://emergencyessentials.typeform.com/to/kfTwok

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, giveaway, holidays, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

  1. 1-10 of 14 items