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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.

    --Stacey

    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!

     

    --Stacey

    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

  • 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. 

     

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

    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

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holiday gifts, holiday, holidays, recipes, food storage

  • 12 Days of Giveaways--Day Nine

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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 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: 12 days of giveaways, christmas, 12 days of Christmas, giveaways, holiday gifts, holidays, communication

  • Our Christmas Shipping Schedule

    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!

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  • 12 Days of Giveaways--Day Seven

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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 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: christmas, 12 days of Christmas, giveaways, holiday gifts, emergency kit, holidays

  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways--Day Six

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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 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!

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

  • Apple Cinnamon French Toast--A Christmas Tradition

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    When I think of Christmas day, I think of twinkling lights, presents under the tree, and Santa Claus, of course! But when I think back on waking up on snowy Christmas mornings as a child at mom and dad’s house…I remember breakfast.

    My family goes all out for breakfast on Christmas morning, but we keep the cooking to a minimum. (Don’t be so surprised—it is actually possible.) It’s a tradition that has carried on for years in my family and has even slipped into my own little family’s tradition now that I’m married.

    One of our Christmas morning staples is Apple Cinnamon French Toast with Vanilla Syrup. It’s a delicious, gourmet breakfast with practically no hassle, which makes it perfect for Christmas morning. This meal is fantastic! Just put it together the night before, leave it in the fridge, and slip it in the oven while you open Christmas presents and enjoy your other holiday traditions. By the time you’re ready to eat, it will be ready for you to dive in.

    Christmas Cinnamon Apple French Toast from Food Storage

     

    Apple Cinnamon French Toast

    Serves 8-10

    1 loaf French bread, sliced in 1 ½” slices

    6 eggs  or 12 tbsp. Provident Pantry Egg Powder

    ½ C reconstituted instant milk

    ½ C Provident Pantry White Sugar

    1 T reconstituted Vanilla Powder

    6 medium apples, peeled & sliced (or use MyChoice Cinnamon Apple Slices instead of adding cinnamon

    1 ½ tsp MyChoice Cinnamon

    ½ tsp ground nutmeg

    3 T Provident Pantry Brown Sugar

    1. The night before serving, coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Layer bread slices on the bottom of the pan.
    2. Combine eggs, milk, sugar, & vanilla in a large bowl; beat well & pour over bread slices.
    3. Place apple slices on top of bread. Sprinkle apples w/cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar.
    4. Cover w/foil & refrigerate overnight. In the morning, preheat oven to 350. Bake covered about 50 minutes; remove foil & bake 10 more minutes.

     

     

    Vanilla Syrup

    You can’t have “the most amazing French Toast” without a delicious syrup to match. We always make a special batch of Vanilla Syrup specifically for this breakfast. (Honestly, we make two batches because we eat so much of it!)

    2 cups Provident Pantry White Sugar

    1 cup reconstituted MyChoice Butter Powder
    1 cup reconstituted MyChoice Buttermilk Powder

     

    Bring to a boil and add:

    2 T Karo Syrup
    1 tsp MyChoice Baking Soda
    1 tsp Vanilla Powder

     

    Mmm, just talking about these squares of gooey, sweet goodness are making my mouth water . . . maybe I won’t wait ‘til Christmas morning this year. Enjoy!

    Do you have any Christmas meal traditions at your home? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!

    --Kim

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