February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you have an amazing day with the people you love!
February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you have an amazing day with the people you love!
January 1, 2014
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy ringing in 2014 with fireworks, parties, old friends, and new resolutions! Have fun and stay safe!
December 31, 2013
As the New Year rolls in, start it off right by staying safe during your New Year’s Eve festivities.
Whether you plan to celebrate at home, around town, or in Times Square, make sure you prep for any emergency that might happen while you’re out ringing in the New Year.
Take a cell phone and charger with you to your parties and events. Cell phones (what most already consider to be their lifelines) become even more vital at big events, especially if you are celebrating in an unfamiliar area. The Switch 8 will help you charge it even if you don’t have your regular charger handy. Communication is important so that you can reach your friends, family, or loved ones in case you get lost, injured, or have another emergency.
Have cash on hand if you’re going to be out all night. You never know when a craving for tacos or pie might hit you. More serious than a craving, however, would be to have enough cash to take a taxi home or to use in another emergency.
Watch out for drunk drivers on the road. And remember to also do your part in keeping the celebration fun without making it dangerous for yourself or others.
Be aware of the potential danger that fireworks pose. They are a fantastic way to celebrate 2014, but the fun and games end when someone gets hurt. Double check that fireworks are legal in your area before lighting them. Watch for flying sparks or children standing too close to active fireworks. However, even with all the preparation in the world, accidents can still happen, so keep some BurnFree on hand, just in case. It never hurts to prepare.
These are just a few tips to keep you safe as you celebrate the end of 2013. For more safety tips, check out the links below.
We hope you have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve this year!
December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family, friends, and loved ones this holiday season!
December 23, 2013
My husband’s siblings live in our general area, so on Christmas afternoon our family tradition takes us all to my brother’s home for a pot-luck holiday meal. His family, with a few dollars contributed by each of us, provides a ham and a turkey. The rest of us bring the trimmings—rolls, salads, relish plates, potatoes, vegetables, and desserts. These can vary from year to year, but here are some favorites:
Sour Cream Party Potatoes—(known locally as “Funeral Potatoes” because they’re so often included at after-funeral luncheons!): Shredded cooked potatoes baked with Cream of Chicken Soup, sour cream, green onions (optional) and grated cheese, topped with a crunchy layer of crushed cereal or potato chips. (See recipe below)
Cranberry Orange Relish: chopped fresh cranberries; ground orange with some peel, sugar, and nuts; mixed into a black cherry or raspberry gelatin base. It tastes like Christmas!
Green Bean Casserole—the usual combination of green beans (fresh-cooked, frozen, canned, or reconstituted freeze dried) mixed with French’s Fried Onions and some Cream of Mushroom Soup. Some folks add cheese, others slivered almonds or mushrooms. A delicious variation is fresh-cooked asparagus bites with Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Butter-browned Parsnips—parsnips peeled and cut like carrot sticks, boiled a few minutes until just tender, then lightly browned in a skillet with butter.
Layered Salad—Bite-size lettuce bits layered with ranch dressing, frozen green peas (they’ll thaw), shredded Swiss cheese, crumbled crisp bacon, and chopped green onions. Chill in layered state and toss just before serving.
Christmas Jello—red and green layers of gelatin (with fruits as desired), separated by a layer of cream cheese mixed with whipped topping (and a little pineapple if you like). Top with a dollop of whipped topping on each serving.
Sweet Potatoes and Apples—alternate slices of each in a casserole dish, top with melted butter and brown sugar and bake until tender. Variations: sweet potatoes and pineapple dices, or broiled pineapple and apple slices.
Chocolate Peppermint Dessert—using a recipe for cream-puffs, spread pastry on cookie sheet and bake until lightly browned and puffy. Spread generously with mixed instant chocolate pudding, then a layer of whipped topping, finished with finely-crushed peppermint candy. Cut into squares.
And a few fondly-remembered dishes from my southern childhood:
Macaroni and Cheese Casserole (and I’m not the only one—be sure to see Mac and Cheese: A Holiday Tradition--and by the way, don’t miss Apple Cinnamon French Toast—a Christmas Tradition—I’m trying that one this year!)
Cornbread Stuffing for Turkey—Use the same seasonings as for bread-crumb stuffing: sage, thyme, onion, celery, and chicken or turkey broth--used to moisten crumbled cornbread instead of wheat bread crumbs. (See recipe below)
Pecan Pie—whole pecans topping a rich filling made of dark Karo syrup and eggs
Sweet Potato Pie—similar to pumpkin, but made with cooked, pureed sweet potatoes instead, making a slightly thicker texture.
Recipe: “Sour Cream Party Potatoes” (the mostly-food-storage version)
4 cups reconstituted Provident Pantry Hash Browns, drained
Whisk together in a medium saucepan:
3 ½ cups cold water
1/2 cup Provident Pantry Cream Sauce and Soup Base mix
1 tablespoon Provident Pantry Chicken Broth mix
Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Fold drained potatoes into sauce. Add onions and cheese and stir well. Pour into a buttered casserole dish and top with crushed potato chips or crushed cereal such as crispy rice or corn flakes. Dot with Red Feather Butter. Bake at 350° F for ½ hour or until bubbly.
Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing (the mostly-food-storage version)
1 batch of Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix, prepared the day before if possible, cut in slices and allowed to dry out
½ cup Provident Pantry Chopped Onions, reconstituted
¾ cup Provident Pantry Celery, reconstituted
1 ½ teaspoons sage
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon Provident Pantry Black Pepper
About 2 cups Provident Pantry Chicken Broth, prepared
In butter, sauté the onions and celery for a few minutes, then add seasonings. Add 1 cup of the chicken broth and let simmer for a couple of minutes. Crumble the dry cornbread into fine pieces and add to skillet, stirring to absorb the liquid. Add more chicken broth as needed to get the consistency you like. If you’re planning to stuff a turkey or a chicken, make your stuffing a little on the dry side, as it will absorb juices from the bird. Otherwise, spoon stuffing into a casserole dish and cover. Keep warm until it’s time to serve.
There you have it—some of my favorite traditional holiday foods. Do you have a favorite holiday meal? Leave a comment and let us know!
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.
On the 12th Day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the Grand Prize—a Trekker II Emergency Kit!
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:
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.
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!
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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 enter the giveaway for Day Ten.
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the 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!
December 16, 2013
Whenever I think about Christmas, I think about Mac and Cheese . . .
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
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
(Optional) Hot Sauce (to taste)
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.
December 13, 2013
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.
Stay safe, have fun, and don’t forget to leave us some figgy pudding!
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!).
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!