Week #3 Winners!

1 Mar

What a week! On the one side we’ve had a group of die hard participants ready to climb a proverbial Mt. Everest cooking with food storage and on the other, because of my own overzealousness (who me?) I think I’ve overwhelmed many of you by the way things have been presented.  More about that, including some minor rule adjustments I’ve made to make things more fun for everyone here in the post.  First though, let’s see what our weekly winner did this this past week!

Nearly doubling her already high score of 47 points from last week, Paula Herron scored an amazing 86 points this week with 12 recipe submissions!
week 3 winner

Thanks to The Prepared Hour, Paula wins a $69.00 trio package of some wonderful essential oils, each 15 mL in volume :  Lime, Ginger and Lemon.

Enjoy, Paula!! Congratulations!

With such an incredible week this week I’ve decided to share all of what she made here with you. Just click on the collage image if you’d like to see it enlarged.

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Homemade Ice cream — recipe from Misty over at Your Own Home Store.com

Hot Ham Rolls (baked in a Pizza Box Oven!! )

3.Herron,Paula_Hamburger helper Cheeseburger_02204.Herron,Paula_Egg Noodles_0223

Homemade Hamburger Helper (Cheeseburger)

Homemade Egg Noodles

5.Herron,Paula_Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes_02236.Herron,Paula_Buttermilk Pancakes_0220

Chicken and Corn Chowder with Sweet Potatoes

Buttermilk Pancakes (adapted to food storage from this recipe)

7.Herron,Paula_Bourbon Chicken with Rice_02258. Herron,Paula_Rice Pudding_0220

Bourbon Chicken with Rice

Rice Pudding (made with coconut milk…yum!)

9.Herron,Paula_Ritz Crackers_022110.Herron,Paula_Tuna Noodle Casserole_0223

Homemade Ritz Crackers

Tuna Noodle Casserole (with homemade noodles)

11.Herron,Paula_BBQ PorkChops with Peas and Carrots and Mashed Potatoes_022012.Herron,Paula_Fast Foolproof Bread from Scratch_0225

(food storage side dish) Mashed potatoes, peas and carrots

Fast Fool Proof Bread (recipe here)

Phew!! Did you catch all of that?!  Seriously, Paula, you did some damage (in a good way) this week!

And the winner of this week’s random drawing…

week 3 water kit winner

(I’ll tell you more about the prize Amanda won in just a minute here, but first I have to tell you what’s been on my mind this week…)

On Swimming and Cooking with Food Storage

One of the things I forgot to consider in planning this contest — which I now feel to apologize for –was remembering what it was like myself to be starting out cooking with food storage.  This week I took a minute in thinking back on my own experience and found the memories were all still very easy to remember.  In fact, it was only 5 years ago that I was completely new at all of this just like everyone else!  This is what I remember…

The shaky unknown territory of it (…what am I doing…am I crazy??), using completely foreign ingredients (…so THAT’s what’s inside this can!), praying extra hard over the food at dinner time that it would honestly be “good”.  I remember the weeks leading up in finding the time (and working up the courage) to actually try a food storage recipe for the first time.  After searching long and hard for recipes that might work, my heart was about as timid as this boy here on the high dive wondering if we’d all survive such a thing.  

High Dive

After a while, I got over it and did it anyway.

The first recipe I chose was Red Chicken Enchiladas with homemade flour tortillas.  I thought it had a good chance of succeeding with my family and I was really interested in seeing what it was like to make my own tortillas.  I remember rolling out the tortillas for the first time, each one individually.  It was a lot more work than I was expecting but in the end the enchiladas actually tasted pretty good and the meal went over well with my group.

Most importantly though, I felt extremely proud of myself.  I’d actually done it!  I had a recipe which I knew I could make from scratch (that my family would eat) and I felt significantly more prepared having triumphed over the unknown…including the previously unknown contents of those daunting #10 cans.

In thinking about the steps it took me to actually get to the point of cooking, I’ve come up with a series of preliminary steps which from now on will be merged for you (to earn points) within the weekly random prize drawing.  These are the “thinking before doing” steps that will bring this “high dive” of a task down to a manageable level for anyone who is feeling entirely overwhelmed at jumping straight into the deep end.

  1.  Define YOUR purpose.  Why do YOU feel doing this is important?  Disregarding anything that anyone else (or I) have told you, why do you *for yourself * believe that learning to cook with your food storage is high on your self-reliance priority list?  Clarify WHY you have a desire to learn these skills in the first place before moving on to anything else.
  2. Envision your GOAL for a successful outcome.  At the end of any given week (or at the conclusion of the contest), what would you look back on and see has having equaled “success” in this project?  What would it be like/ look like/ feel like if it were totally successful in your mind?  How many recipes would you ideally like to have “checked off” for your own personal preparedness?
  3. Thinking it Through — How it’ll get done.  This step involves choosing recipes, evaluating what ingredients and tools you have to work with, buying any missing ingredients and planning ahead.  Allow yourself to feel gratitude for all the wonderful resources, tools and ingredients available to us.  We truly have the world at our fingertips, and what better way to utilize these things than to prepare for a “less than sunny day” in the future.

In my experience, once you have the recipe(s) decided, the ingredients ready and a time set to cook, everything runs much more easily.  I believe it’s actually all the thinking that wears you out more than anything.  Once you’ve made a plan and everything is gathered, honestly half the game is already won and you’re sure to follow through to get the cooking done because you’ve set yourself up ahead of time!

Hopefully these ideas will help you “test out the water” more easily.  If you’re not ready to cook the very same week you’ve gotten your “pre-work” done, you’ll still earn points for the week toward that week’s random drawing and then maybe you can do the cooking the following week.  And if you’re not to the point of even getting near the water, I have some point options for you in the Rafflecopter just for sharing the posts with your friends and spreading the word!


(PS– I totally love Norman Rockwell art, don’t you?)

So, just to review, the **Weekly Prizes** still have all the same rules as in the original post, but now our weekly **Random Prize **(the water purification kit compliments of Water Pure Technologies) is going to be randomly drawn based on points earned for preliminary work via Rafflecopter.   Overall points will still be earned and accumulated by submitting completed recipes, but now you’ll be in the running for a great prize week to week just for getting the ball rolling (or for simply supporting the contest by way of comments or on social media).  This water treatment kit is something I know everyone will appreciate, since we all need clean water to drink! Remember, not only does this Copper-Silver ion solution treat water, making it safe for drinking, it’s especially effective requiring only a small amount to treat and inhibit future bacterial growth in your water container.

  • 1 drop – treats 1 quart/liter of water
  • 4 drops – treats 1 gallon of water
  • 1/3 oz 10 mL – treats 55 gallons
  • 1 bottle of H2O ResQ (60 mL) – treats 330 gallons of water.

Click here to join the contest for it this coming week:

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Rafflecopter is simple to use and will monitor and track everything, all you have to do is enter and decide what you’ll do!  Here’s a list of the available points you’ll find upon following the link above.

  • 2 pts Leave a Blog Post Comment about the past week’s winner/submissions.

Answer either (or both) of the following questions:  If you could choose one recipe from the winner’s recipes this week, which could you see yourself making?  What impressed you the most about our weekly winner’s submission?

  • 10 pts Leave a Blog Post Comment

Think through your purpose and goals, spend time planning it out and tell me which FOUR recipes you’re getting ready to make!

  • 10 pts.  (This is on your honor- check it off once you’ve completed it.)

I have collected all the ingredients and tools I’ll need to make the four recipes I previously posted about.

  • 1 pts Tweet about the Giveaway

Tweet “Biggest Prepper GO!” This option may be repeated once a day if desired.

  • 3 pts Like My-food-storage-cookbook on Facebook

  • 3 pts Pin an Image on Pinterest (image is given to you)


Coming up this week…

Last but not least, here’s our coming week’s weekly prize!!  Thank you to Thrive Rep Martine Anthony for this great collection of products!  Oh, and the best part, even if you’re living in Canada (as our prize donor does) or Alaska, this is the ONE prize in the contest which has been offered to those beyond the US lower 48.  Anyone can jump in this week and go for it!

It includes three pantry sized cans of some GREAT Thrive products.  First, my favorite (and the only) butter powder I use, YOUR CHOICE of freeze dried cheese (either cheddar or mozzarella) and a can of freeze dried Ground Beef!!

thrive prize 2 (1)

Remember, coming up next week we’ll be catching up with our overall points, who’s got what on our scoreboard and what’s up for grabs for finalist prizes!

13 Responses to “Week #3 Winners!”

  1. Amanda March 1, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Thank You So Much for the great prizes! My friend Paula is surely getting it done, and I am so proud of her! She didn’t even want to dip her toes into this challenge, but after I wont the first week I really encouraged her to get involved and try it!! Once she realized that it didn’t all have to be freeze dried ingredients, and she could do alot of her shopping at the grocery store with a little planning, she has taken off with this challenge, and it’s amazing what she has been able to accomplish!! I really really want to encourage anyone on the fence about this challenge to bite the bullet and cook something this week! This sight is full of great recipes just waiting to be tried!! Get after it! 🙂 This weeks 10 point week could be next weeks 45 point week for you!

    • Megan March 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      I’m so glad you talked her into it!! And I can’t believe she made a Pizza Box cooker this week and it even worked — I’ve never tried making one myself but now I’m excited to try it since I’ve seen her do it. (Plus it’s a lot cheaper than a second sun oven.) Thanks Amanda!

      • Paula March 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

        I’ve got burning ears! Thank you ladies for the wonderful comments and yes Amanda did talk me into entering. She is my “Rock”, I go to her for ideas when my brain just don’t work and she was kind enough to give me some starters like Thrive Whole Egg powder to start my pantry until my own order came in. Megan the sun oven shocked me too! I am so glad I found it in my Homeschool Manual as a science lesson. It works for simple foods I did find that the casserole that I have cooked for this upcoming week was really not to my liking as a baked item but it was hot throughout and the taste was good. I look forward to the things I will continue to learn and hope that I also can encourage someone else to jump in and get their feet wet! When you decide to eat just say to yourself “How can I turn this into a food storage meal?” And now I’ve went and told you my secret.

      • Megan March 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

        🙂 Well, I’m going to have to corner you for the instructions on making one of those boxes. You have a great attitude, and you’re right, it’s not hard once you just decide to experiment and try it out. It’s much better to figure it out now rather than wait until circumstances changed and you were forced to do it.

      • Karen March 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

        Thank you for your quick reply to me last week about whether or not one could use electricity! I started prep work on my recipes, took pictures, finished some in time but didn’t get my email finished before 8 pm CST on wed! 😦
        Will you put in bulletin point how to obtain the points available for the weekly water purification prize? Hopefully I will get done before the deadline this week! But your new ideas will help everyone!!
        Thank you!

  2. Megan March 1, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    Darn, Karen. Next time just send me off a note to let me know what’s going on. The 8pm cut off is just so I can get started putting everything together that night but as long as I get it by 12pm Wed night (the end of the week Wed.- Wed.) it’s not the end of the world. And sure, I’ll add the bullets here (well, above) — the way rafflecopter works is after you enter your email or facebook (following the link I shared) you’ll see all of the points for the different options but that’s a good idea just so everyone can see what they are.

  3. Paula March 2, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    I am planning on making some Steak Marsala followed up with pineapple upside down cakes for Sunday dinner. Monday morning ,weather permitting, a dutch oven breakfast casserole, and for recipe #4 I want to get bold and make Shrimp Etouffe! I found a recipe online that I can convert to shelf stable and want to give it a try.

    • Megan March 2, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      I’m excited to see it! Sounds great!

  4. Barbara Cortopassi March 4, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    My plans for this week, which are almost completed are Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Hamburger Helper, Indian Fry Bread and Chicken Enchiladas. This is the first week that I have actually planned it out. I find that when I get home from work, it is much easier. And less stressful!

    • Megan March 4, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      Awesome! Chicken Hamburger Helper — I want to hear how that turns out. I’m assuming you’re substituting chicken for the ground beef.

  5. Barbara Cortopassi March 4, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    So,I will write this out again since it didn’t seem to post. I have been so impressed with the first two winners. I have searched Amanda’s website and found several things I want to try. And I really want to try Paula’s Chicken Corn Chowder! I love soups! I am pretty new to cooking this way and I feel a little like Paula, once I realized it didn’t all have to be freeze dried, I wasn’t as intimidated! The variety of items posted by both of these ladies is impressive and given me lots of ideas! Thanks so much.

  6. Karen Olsen Hall March 5, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I plan on making the ice cream in a bag. I was most impressed with how many items Paula made! Wow! I did a lot of research on the wonder oven/wonder box since I don’t actually have one. I planned the 4 recipes I am going to make: eggs benedict casserole with the asparagus cooked in the wonder oven, navy beans and ham in the wonder oven, fried potatoes with the potatoes cooked in the wonder oven and then fried on the stove, and deviled eggs made from boiled eggs in the wonder oven.

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