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  • 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.


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

  • Tips for Preventing Holiday Fires in Your Home

    Prevent holiday fires in your home

    Inevitably at this time of year, we see headlines about holiday fires as this season of celebration involves heavy traffic, excessive electricity use, and extreme weather. The latest disaster comes from my corner of the country, where a dog alerted a family to a Christmas tree fire that claimed $85,000 worth of damage to their home.

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that Christmas tree fires are relatively rare (right around 210 per year), but that fatalities associated with those fires are disproportionately high. In other words, the chance of a tree fire in your home may be low, but if it happens, you have a greater chance of dying. Yikes. And if you really want to give yourself a scare, watch the video on their site showing a dry Christmas tree catching fire and consuming a whole room in less than a minute.


    Live trees aren’t the only culprits. Pre-lit artificial trees, candles, and home baking all increase the chance of a home fire during the holidays, so be particularly careful this year.

    Both FEMA and the National Fire Prevention Association provide helpful tip lists for avoiding holiday fires in your home. You can also check out our blog post to Make a Fire Escape Plan and download this pdf on home fire safety.


    The only thing we want burning this season is the Yule log!



    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: fire, Fire Safety, tips, preparedness, holidays

  • 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

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

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