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  • A Prepper's Valentine: Give the Gift of Preparedness

    Valentine Flower Power Give your loved one power over emergencies this Valentine's Day

    When I was in college, every Valentine’s Day I wore a button: “Flowers wilt. Candy melts. Send money.”

    Since then, I’ve realized that money goes away even faster than flowers or candy (actually, the rate at which my money vanishes is proof of both black holes and the existence of faster-than-light travel).

    So what’s a Valentine’s Day gift with staying power? How about a gift that shows your concern for your loved one’s well-being: the gift of emergency preparedness.

    Here are some gift ideas from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Many of those ideas can be found here at beprepared.com.

     

    • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Books, coloring books, crayons, and board games, so kids will have something to do.
    • Personal hygiene comfort kit, including shampoo, body wash, wash cloth, hairbrush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.
    • An emergency kit, like a waterproof pouch or backpack, that contains such things as a rain poncho, moist towelettes, work gloves, batteries, duct tape, whistle and food bars, as well as any of the above items.

     

    Also, when you’re having your lovey-dovey conversations, consider what readycolorado.com calls the one of the most important: developing an emergency plan for your family.

    First, develop a family communication plan. Ready.gov has templates for communication plans. They tell ways to communicate during a disaster, including family, physician and school phone numbers and out-of-town emergency contacts. Each family member should carry a copy.

    Second, identify types of disasters your household might experience, and plan emergency meeting places for each type, including by your home, in your neighborhood, outside your neighborhood and outside your area.

    Third, schedule times to practice what you’ve discussed.

    “A gift to help prepare for emergencies could be life-saving for friends and family,” said FEMA Region V acting regional administrator Janet Odeshoo in a release. “These gift ideas provide a great starting point for being prepared for an emergency or disaster.”

    So while flowers are nice and all (until they wither and die), perhaps a better way to say "I love you" is to show them how much their life really does mean to you by helping them prepare for emergencies. After all, flowers wilt, candy melts, but emergency preparedness is a meaningful, practical gift that will last much longer.

    - Melissa

     

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  • 4 Sweet Treats to Make from Food Storage for Valentine's Day

    Getting tired of eating the same chocolate chip cookies all the time? Are you looking for new desserts to try?

    If you're looking for a way to spice up your dessert menu, you’ve come to the right place. You can make tasty bakery-style treats any time of year using food storage supplies.

    Check out these 4 Sweet Treats to make with (or for) your loved just using ingredients you have stored at home.

    Peanut Butter Blossoms

    If you’re headed to a work or school party, these Peanut Butter Blossoms are sure to please a crowd. This recipe makes 48 cookies using our delicious Emergency Essentials Peanut Butter Powder. Click on the picture to get the recipe.

    Peanut Butter Blossoms made from Food Storage

    Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

    Planning a romantic dinner at home? Whip up this Strawberry Banana Peach Cobbler for dessert and your significant other will be so impressed with your baking skills they’ll love you forever. To make it even simpler, but no less elegant, you can use our Fruit Crisp and Cereal Combo to make your crisp topping quickly and easily. Click on the picture below to get the recipe.

    Valentine's Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

    Banana Oat Crumb Cake

    If you're looking for a dessert that's healthy... our Banana Oat Crumb Cake is a pretty good choice to help you meet your goals (I mean, it’s got bananas and oats in it, right?). This delicious crumb cake had our employees asking for more and will have your loved ones doing the same.  Click on the picture below to get the recipe.

    Valentine's Banana Oat Crumb Cake

    Food Storage Muddy Buddies

    Any time of year is perfect for a chocolate gorge fest (well, at least that’s what it is for me . . .) Take a seat on the couch, pop in a movie, and treat yourself to a great night with our food storage Muddy Buddies. Click on the picture to get the recipe.

     Valentine's Muddy Buddies

    Bonus Treat!—Pick up a can of our Provident Pantry Brownie Mix and bake two “cakes”: one in a square pan and the other in a circle shaped pan. After baked, cut the circle cake in half. Turn the square cake to look more like a diamond, and place the two circle halves on the two top edges, and voila! A heart-shaped brownie treat you can frost, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or devour straight from the pan.

     

    Do you have a special treat you make from food storage? We would love to hear about it!

  • Happy Valentine's Day!!

    Happy Valentines Day!!

    Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you have an amazing day with the people you love!

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