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  • 12 Days of Giveaways--Day Twelve

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    This post is the last installment 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 Eleven

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 12

    On the 12th Day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the Grand Prize—a Trekker II Emergency Kit!

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 12: Trekker 2 Emergency Kit (two person)

    Have two kids rooming together who need an emergency kit? Do you know a couple soon to be married? Or are you just trying to update your own emergency supplies? The Trekker II-Two Person Emergency Kit will provide food, water, and emergency supplies designed to feed and comfort two people for up to three days.

    This emergency kit comes in two convenient backpacks—one large and one medium—for easy transport. (This kit is intended for use by two people who are together; we don’t recommend dividing it between two people living in different locations.)

    In addition to the basics of two Mainstay 3,600-calorie food bars, 12 Aqua Blox of drinking water, two ponchos, two reflective sleeping bags, a tube tent, and hand and body warmers, this kit contains extras like:

    • 1 Headlamp with batteries
    • Strike-anywhere matches and fuel-fire starter
    • 100-hour candle
    • 72-piece first-aid kit with booklet
    • Sunscreen
    • Hygiene items
    • AM/FM radio with batteries
    • Emergency duct tape
    • 2 types of emergency whistles
    • 2 N95 respiratory masks

    If you don’t already have an emergency kit, this could be yours—and if you do have one, it would make a welcome wedding, anniversary, holiday, or all-occasion gift to give any couple!

    Just take the short quiz below to enter the giveaway. Remember, you can receive an additional entry if you share today’s giveaway post publicly on your Facebook page. You have until Friday, December 20th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time to enter.

    Good luck!

    Thanks for participating in our Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway! We hope you enjoyed it, and learned something new about prepping gear. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    smart phone users: Click here to take the quiz https://emergencyessentials.typeform.com/to/Az77ai

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  • 12 Days of Giveaways--Day Ten

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    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. 

     

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  • 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)

    Directions

    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!

    -Angela

     

     

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