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Two Weeks of Big Giveaways!

16 Oct

This week and next, there are two product giveaways going on with a collaborate of preparedness bloggers that I know just about any of you would love to win!  I’ve never participated in group giveaways like this in the past (mostly because I’ve had other things I’ve been focusing on), but with two products in a row being given away this month which would ideally suit my goals on this blog, I decided to join in.  If you’re a My Food Storage Cookbook Facebook fan (which I hope you are), you’ll already have entries awaiting for you in the drawing.   You’ll need to be sure to *follow each of the links below* to get to the entry pages in order to participate.  Also, to clarify, these are TWO separate giveaways which are going on, each with different links given below; one is for this week and the other is for next week.  Woo Hoo!

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Wonder Oven ONE Day Give Away!

29 Sep

Wrapping up National Preparedness Month, I’d like to give away this super cute wonder oven to help at least one more person get more prepared!  For those who’ve been wanting one for a while, here’s your chance!

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Finale Contest Winners!

3 May

There are a lot of things I wasn’t expecting at the outset of this contest.  Of course I knew it would be a great experience for anyone who decided to join up, but I didn’t know I’d sit reading submissions each week cheering on the participants (for all my family to hear), laughing out loud at their funny weekly experiences, or feeling so touched by their notes of gratitude.

Another thing I didn’t expect to have happen was seeing how fast participants ended up catching on to food storage cooking and how good they got at it!  I already knew if I could do it anyone could, but the motivation of a contest really fueled the fire and got the job done (and then some)!  All recipes added up, it’s very impressive to see what these “once novice” prepper cooks accomplished in the short span of three months!!

Here are the stats:

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Weeks 11 & 12 Winners + Recipes

3 May

What an ending! Welcome to Dawn Dockery, who jumped in Week #11 with 38 points and submitted a huge 170 points for Week #12!  Week #11’s point winner goes to Amanda Shulz!  Here are weeks 11 & 12’s prizes along with their winners respectively:


Week #11 winner

Week #12 winner




We had a total of 79 recipes turned in for weeks 11 & 12!  I decided to combine them according to participants.  Also, just FYI, I only got through about half of the post in adding the links before it was just too late and I had to go to sign off for the night.  I’ll finish up the links here next week.

Everyone listed here was entered in for the four prize finale… the announcement of those winners (along with our overall contest winners) is in the next post (posted today as well).

Be sure to click on the image if you’d like to have a closer look!  In no particular order, here’s all the wonderful food storage recipe testing that was done over the last two weeks!

Amanda Shulz

Amanda 1-2-3

1– Bacon Ranch Pasta Casserole

2– Butter made from shelf stable (Gossner’s) cream

3– Creamy Pineapple Dessert (made with Dream Whip, picture #4)


Amanda 4-5-6

5– Garlic and Chive Hoagie Buns

6–  Homemade Mayonnaise


Amanda 7-8


7– Pepporcini Sandwiches (using canned beef)

8– Ranch Dressing (made with homemade mayo and blended with a manual blender!)


Angalee Blatter

Angalee 1-2-3

1– Granola Bars (recipe found here)

ReviewDry, not great flavor, not a fan.  I will be looking for a better recipe we enjoy more. (*note from Megan:  Angalee, you might like to try this one, it’s our family’s favorite recipe so far!)
2– Harvest Bread (recipe in notes area below)
Review:  This is my favorite home made bread recipe I have ever made/tried!  It took almost all day, to make and rise twice and then bake so it was more time consuming than the others I have tried.  I made a batch and didn’t let the cornmeal mixture cool, and the dough didn’t absorb the flour right and my Bosch was shaking-long story short-  I threw it out and started over and made sure to really let it cool.  Second batch turned our perfect.  The kids inhaled a slice without honey or jam on it.  We love it!  Takes longer, since the dough rises twice but worth it.  And the good news is, half the loaf didn’t stick in the pan like last time.  🙂

3– Meatless Taco Soup (recipe in notes area below)

Review:  We usually add ground turkey to this, but I wanted to make it Food Storage friendly.  I am a meat lover so I didn’t think I would love it, but I liked it just as much! 


Angalee 4-5


4– Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks (found in week #10’s recipe submissions from Paula)

Review:  Husband loved these.  I made one batch and then decided I should have doubled it, so I hurried and made another batch.  I have a picky eater who doesn’t like garlic flavored bread so decided to do one batch plain or with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on it, and the other was garlic.  Huge hit.  Love this recipe.

5– Whole Wheat Pita Bread (also in week #10’s submissions, from Brittney.  Recipe included again in notes here below.)

Review:  I think these were supposed to be easy, and for some reason they weren’t super easy for me.  I started one on fire and started a hot mitt on fire in the process as well.  It was in intense night in the kitchen.  But they taste good!  I just put some honey on one to try it out and was excited!  I will be making these again, with a fire extinguisher close too.  🙂

Brittney Barney

Brittney 1-2-3

1– Alfredo Pizza (pizza made with jarred alfredo sauce as the sauce base as well as to sautee the chicken in.)

“This was okay—much better when we used the rest of the sauce for dipping.” 

2– Atole (a Guatamalan hot oatmeal drink)

“We put it in a bowl for our girls, and they call it “Oatmeal Soup.” My daughters went a little overboard on the cinnamon and sugar in the pictures!”

3– Rice Pudding



Brittney 4-5-6

4– Cornbread

This recipe was okay. It was pretty dense, but the flavor was good. I’ll keep the recipe until I find a better one.”

5– Deluxe Chocolate Cake

“This was the birthday cake for our little girl who turned ONE! She loved it, as we all did. It was perfect!”

6– Baker’s Cheese

“This recipe used a rennet tablet for the cheese. I wondered how it would turn out. Maybe it turns out okay with regular milk, but with powdered milk, the flavor wasn’t too pleasant. Plus I couldn’t get enough whey out to knead it. It was too jiggly.”



Brittney 7-8-9

7– Honey Sesame Chicken (recipe in notes)

This was incredibly delicious. I might make a double batch just for myself!”

8– Hot Ham Rolls

9– Korean Beef (recipe in notes)

“YUM! I had sesame oil and sesameseeds, so I threw them in as well. This was delicious!”


Brittney 10-11-12

10– Shredded Beef Chimichangas

 I used the shredded beef taquitos recipe from My Food Storage Cookbook to make chimichangas along with some homemade flour tortillas. THIS WAS THE BEST FOOD STORAGE RECIPE YET!!! Wow. Delicious is an understatement! (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the meat. When I texted my husband this morning to send me a picture of his that I sent for his lunch, he said sorry, he’d already eaten it on his way to work! It was so yummy he couldn’t wait. Haha)

11–  Spanish Rice

“This was yummy. It was a perfect side for our homemade chimichangas!”

12– Oven Baked Oatmeal

“This is my third oven baked oatmealrecipe. I like it more than the last, but the powdered milk had a very strong flavor that I couldn’t get past. I’m going to have to keep looking.”



Brittney 13-14-15

13– Survival Bread

This was an interesting recipe. The flavor was . . . interesting. A little addicting, but not in a delicious-I-need-more way. It was just a hmmm-that’s-interesting way. So we munched and snacked on it. It was very sweet, and once it cooled, it was very hard. I didn’t have orange or lemon jello, so we used strawberry.”

14– Flour Tortillas

15– White Chicken Chili

This recipe was a little bland. Probably because I left out the can of green chiles, but I didn’t want it to hot for the kids. It definitely needs something to add more flavor though.”

16– Flour Tortillas

 Brittney 16


(…all links from here on out will be added soon…)

Dawn Dockery

Dawn 1-2-3

1–  Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

2– Balsamic Tortellini

3– BBQ French Bread Pizza


Dawn 4-5-6

4–   Biscuits

5–   Homemade Bread Crumbs

6–  Bread


Dawn 7-8-9

7– Butter

8– Butter

9– Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Pancakes


Dawn 10-11-12

10–  Cherry Yogurt Bread

11–  Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

12–  Cinnamon Raisin Bread


Dawn 13-14-15

13–Dream Whip

14–  Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

15–  Franks & Beans



Dawn 16-17-18



16–  Gravy

17–  Green Beans

18–  French Bread Pizza




Dawn 19-20-21


19–   Hot Breakfast Rolls

20–  Hot Ham Rolls

21–  Mac and Cheese

Dawn 22-23-24

22–  Mashed Potatoes

23–  Meat Pie

24–  Mexican Tortilla Lasagna


Dawn 25-26-27

25–  PB &J sandwiches

26–  Pineapple Baked Ham

27–  Pineapple “Fluff” Dessert


Dawn 28-29-30

28–  Powdered Milk Butter

29–  Rice

30–  Rice Crisp Oatmeal Cookies


Dawn 31-32-33

31– Rice Pudding

32–  Samoa Brownies

33– Homemade Tortillas

34–  Yogurt #1

35– Yogurt #2

Dawn 34-35

Loretta Mullen 1-2


1– Homemade Butter (made with a hand crank butter churn)

2– Triple Berry Crisp


Paula Herron

Paula 1-2-3

1–  Beef Burritos


2–  Butter (made with shelf stable cream)


3–  Homemade Caramel

Paula 4-5-6

4– Chicken Noodle Casserole

5–  Homemade Hamburger Buns

6–  Lemon Mousse



Paula 7-8-9


7–  Mexican Tortilla Lasagna

8–  Homemade Tortillas

9–  Tuna Salad Sandwiches


Vicki Davis

Vicki formatted the four pictured recipes she made (along with a great commentary) in a document.  Here are her documents for week #11 & 12:

Week 11 – April 22-23-2014 Biggest Prepper Challenge

Week 12 – April 30-2014 Biggest Prepper Challenge


Whole Wheat Pita Bread

2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

1 teaspoon honey

1 1/4 cups warm water

2 cups flour, plus additional for kneading

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon salt

Cornmeal for sprinkling baking sheets

Combine yeast, honey and 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl. Stir together then set aside for five minutes. In a separate bowl, mix white flour and wheat flour together with a whisk, set aside. After the five minutes, make sure the yeast mixture is foamy. Add 1/2 cup of the flour mixture to the yeast mixture. Combine. Cover with saran wrap and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.

After yeast mixture has doubled, add oil, salt, remaining 3/4 cup warm water, and the rest of the flour mixture. Stir well into a dough. Dump dough onto a floured surface and knead dough for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add a little bit of flour when it is needed. Shape into a ball and put in an oiled bowl. Cover with saran wrap and let rise for one hour.

When dough has doubled, punch down and separate into eight pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, flatten with hand, then roll out with rolling pin to make a circle with a 6-7 inch diameter. Place dough round on a cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Roll out all the sections. Cover cookie sheets with clean cloths and let rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500 degree F. Place an oven rack on the lower part of the oven and remove the other rack. Lay the pitas, four at a time, directly on the oven rack. Cook for 2 minutes or until just puffed and golden, turn over and cook an additional minute. Let rest on a cooling rack for two minutes then wrap in foil to keep warm until serving.

Atole (Guatemalan Hot Oatmeal Drink)

1 heaping cup oats (instant or regular, both work well!)

2 1/2 cups water

dash salt

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups milk

(made from powdered milk)


Heat water, salt and sugar in pan until boiling.  Add oats, cook for 2-3 minutes. 
Meanwhile, heat up milk in microwave for 2 minutes or bring to an *almost* boil in another pan.
Pour milk in blender and add hot cooked oatmeal mixture.
Start blender on low and hold onto the lid with a towel- this is a full load for a blender so start slow.
Increase blender to high and blend until smooth.
Serve in mugs.  Add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like!

Bulgolgi (Korean Beef)

1 can of beef

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 tsp powdered ginger

¼-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

sprinkle of salt


dried chives for topping



Heat skillet on medium heat. Toss in meat. Then the honey and soy sauce. Add everything else except the chives. Simmer for a few minutes. Spread on rice and top with the chives.

Honey Sesame Chicken

1 can chicken

salt and pepper

2 TBSP sesame oil

2 TBSP onion rehydrated

½ C honey

¼ C ketchup

½ C soy sauce

½ tsp garlic powder

small pinch of red pepper flakes

4 tsp cornstarch

1/3 C water

sesame seeds and dried chives for sprinkling on top


Sprinkle shredded chicken with salt and pepper.  Saute onions in oil, then add the honey, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Stir. Then toss in the chicken. Bring to a boil, then simmer and start rice. Let the meat simmer while rice cooks.  When rice is done, dissolve 4 tsp of cornstarch in 1/3 c water in a small bowl.  Mix cornstarch/water into chicken sauce stirring constantly. Warm it so the sauce is slightly thickened.  Top rice with chicken and sauce, then sprinkle on sesame seeds and chives.




Week #10 Winners! (including all recipes!)

19 Apr

One more week completed!  Here’s the current standing on points:

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Cook it to WIN it!! {Weeks #11 & #12 Blow Out Drawing}

18 Apr

Part of running a week by week contest like this, especially since it’s something which hasn’t been done before, is keeping a pulse (coming from you, the audience) on what’s working and what’s not.  Of course, my goal in all of this is to utilize this contest to serve the greatest number of people I can.  This said, judging by the response on the facebook contest this current week, my take is it’s not exactly what participants are looking for (which is fine).  So with that, along with the fact that I’d like to give everyone who wants it a final chance to win something fun from the contest prize bag, I’ve decided to pool the remaining weekly prizes from both weeks #11 and #12 into a drawing open to anyone who decides to submit a 100% recipe between now and the end of the contest.

This does not effect the overall participant’s placements at all.  

All who cook over the next two weeks will be eligible.

This is going to be fun!!  I’m excited for all those who end up winning these great prizes.  If you haven’t gotten involved yet, this is going to be a great opportunity to put yourself in the running for a great prize while also trying out cooking with food storage! Here’s the way I’m running the last two weeks.  Ultimately simple (or atleast it seems simple to me), but if you have questions, go ahead and ask away!

  • This final weekly drawing is open to anyone who makes a 100% food storage recipe between now and April 30th and submits it to me by email.  Submissions are due April 30th by 8pm CT.  
  • Points, as we’ve done in the past, don’t need to be counted in order to be entered for this final two week drawing, however I do need to see the recipe(s) you made either by providing a link in your email or including the recipe itself.  Additionally, three photos of the recipe need to be attached to your email:  1)  your ingredients, 2)  some kind of mid-process shot and 3)  a picture of the finished product.
  • If you’re a past participant wishing to count points on your recipes toward your overall score, continue following the main contest point rules submitting as you have in the past.  To anyone with an overall finishing “points” goal in mind, go for it!   This drawing only involves the weekly prizes I would have given out for weekly points pooled with the previous facebook contest prizes.  If you’re submitting for points you’ll still be entered to win these prizes.
  • You’re welcome to submit your email to me in the next two weeks anytime.  If you’re also counting points, you can continue to send it once a week if you prefer.  Email submissions should be sent to  Please help me out (as before) by addressing the subject line with your name: “Name:  Weeks 11 & 12” (or if you’re submitting weekly, as week #11/week #12).
  • Following our weekly post tomorrow (for week #10), I won’t post a weekly update again for two weeks, until Saturday May 2nd.  That post will award the four winners for the prizes you see here as well as our overall contest prize winners.


Weeks #11 & #12 Prize Drawing

wrap up prizes


A prize package of three pantry sized cans of three great Thrive products, sponsored by our very own  Amanda Schulz (visit her shopping site here!!) Her package for you includes a pantry sized can of each of the following:

Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles

Instant Black Beans and

Freeze Dried Sweet Potatoes

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From Foxhill Corporation, it’s a $90 camp oven!!  Camp ovens fit over one burner of a gas or wood stove and allow you to bake as you usually would.  Simply light whatever heating source you’re using, center the oven over it and adjust the flame to reach baking temperature.  Because these units are compact, they don’t require a lot of heat.  In using one, to prevent burning, start out with low heat and increase it gradually until your temperature is right.  They’re made from rust resistant heavy aluminum, which further allows them to bake evenly.

In the collage above I pictured the smaller single unit, to demonstrate how it’s used.  However, the unit being featured for our prize is the actually the double unit, measuring 10 x 10 x 9 1/2″ and weighing 4 lbs. Additionally, the package includes:

  • Two Non-Stick Baking Pans
  • Baking Rack with Removeable Middle Shelf
  • Favorite Camping Recipes
  • Easy to Use Instructions
  • Side Handles
  • Temperature Gauge



From for emergency lighting, heating and cooking, our next prize, a Tri Outlet Safety Post, turns a propane tank into a multi-use tool!!  You just screw the pole onto a bulk propane cylinder and it allows up to three propane accessories to run at once.  The post is 30″ tall and retails for $35.99.

wrap up prizes

To go along with this prize, is a compatible lantern, the Coleman Northstar Propane Lantern, retailing for $59.99.  By placing the lantern on top of the pole, you’ll have light at the optimum height for any kind of area lighting.


A distributor of Goal Zero’s easy-to-use portable solar power products, the website  is donating Goal Zero’s newest lantern, the $79.00 Lighthouse 250!! Product Description: Lantern and USB power hub in one.  This bright lantern has 250 Lumens and three brightness levels and hand crank.  Recharge through USB or solar.  Also gives you the ability to recharge all your small USB devices right from the lantern.  Integrated USB cord to recharge your phone twice, camera, gps, Guide 10, or to give a boost to a larger device like an iPad.

Lighthouse 250 Lantern

If you’re looking to go solar, whether it be panels, power packs or tools for lighting, the guys over at Power in a Pinch offer a wide variety of products to choose from.  Get an idea of what they can offer you by checking out a video (a product walk through) HERE.  

Week #10 Prize line-up

14 Apr

I’m excited to finally get to share week #10’s prizes with you!  Here’s what’s coming up this week:

the prepared hour prize 2

Brought to us by The Prepared Hour, our weekly points winner this week will receive our second collection of Do Terra Essential Oils.  It includes three 15 ml bottles, including Wild Orange, Clove and Peppermint oil and retails for $60.  If you remember, Clove Oil landed on the First Aid Supply list I posted last week  for it’s usefulness for toothaches.  In addition, each of these essential oils have many uses (including using them in your cooking if you like).  Here are some ideas of what each can be used for (as suggested HERE).  Thanks going out to The Prepared Hour for this great prize!

Wild Orange 

Diffuse Wild Orange for its effectiveness killing pathogens, and enjoy its incredible aroma while it disinfects and kills bacteria.  It is an excellent oil to diffuse in a car during long trips.  Wild Orange is certified by the FDA to be GRAS and 1-2 drops in ¼ cup of water can be taken internally for acid reflux or heartburn. Use topically for a calming, yet invigorating,  massage.  Use in a spritz to spray bed sheets or as an fragrant pathogen killing spray in bathrooms and kitchens. Use with a carrier to sooth an infant’s tummy.  Use topically in a massage during the early stages of a cold.


Clove’s traditional use for dental pain is still helpful and is used and recommended by dentists.  A few drops on a cotton ball and placed on the painful tooth, dry socket or gum area will provide relief for an hour or two.  This application makes it a perfect addition for home dental emergency.  Its analgesic properties also make it suitable, when diluted properly with a carrier oil, for help with muscle and joint pain.  Further when mixed with water Clove can be used as an antiseptic spray to clean and disinfect surfaces and countertops. Adding one or two drops of Clove with carrier oil creates a stimulating disinfecting rinse. When diffused in to the air in small amounts, Clove is a powerful eliminator of airborne microbes.

Since this oil has strong properties it should be used with care for topical applications.  Avoid sensitive areas or those that have sensitive skin.  Usually for oils that can cause skin irritation it is best to dilute in a carrier oil at a 1% dilution or less.  Use with care during pregnancy.


Many studies have noted the power of Peppermint, even in smaller amounts for stomach problems.  Aromatherapists have long suggested using Peppermint either internally, aromatically, or topically for indigestion, nausea, or other digestive ailments.  Topically a 1 or 2% dilution with a carrier can be massaged over the abdomen.

Peppermint is often used to improve mental alertness and acuity. Apply Peppermint to the back of the neck to help relieve stress and tension. It can be applied to the temples to relieve headache. When applied to the bottom of the feet, Peppermint creates a cooling sensation and may help to reduce fever.  Its aroma is uplifting and invigorating and when used topically can be soothing to tired, sore muscles.  Its cooling sensation is perfect for fresh breath and opening the sinuses and airways.  The FDA certifies Peppermint as GRAS.  Mixing a drop of Peppermint with a blend of other oils will help the body absorb the constituents faster.  Caution:  Has a strong cooling sensation.  Do not use with infants.  Use with care during pregnancy.

Facebook People’s Choice Prize:

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This week’s facebook contest prize is a collection

of a few of my favorite books!


The Everyday Gourmet by Shari Haag

I’ve used this book over and over again on my journey cooking with food storage as well as here on the blog.  Unfortunately this book is no longer available for purchase (unless you count the single used copy I found on Amazon for $125).  It’s a great book in learning to add a bit of style to cooking with long term food storage!  I feel like I’ve gained all the use from it I can personally, so this book is being given away straight from my own book shelf.  The type of person who is working hard on their family’s food storage recipes is exactly the type I want to pass it on to! 🙂

In addition to searching for it’s title here on my blog, here are two other reviews on the book for you to check out:

Eating Food Storage’s “My Favorite Food Storage Books”

And Prepare Today’s review on one of it’s recipes found here.

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“So Easy to Preserve”

from The University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension

With canning season right around the corner this extension book, “So Easy to Preserve”, details everything you’d want to know about canning and preserving.  It came highly recommended to me by a canning expert who I personally trust (and who’s guest posted on canning here), Cheryl Driggs.  Because it seems to go in and out of being found “in stock” on the extension’s site, I ordered an extra to be able to give one away.  Authored by two Ph.D’s in food science, you’ll be able to trust the direction it gives you as you use it for a reference in canning and food preservation.


Bread in a Bag by Pam Emick

Compliments of the author, another favorite book of mine is in the mix this week:  “Bread in a Bag”.  I reviewed this book a while ago and I love the concept and recipes it offers.  It’s all about “pantry-meal” type convenience for breads!  Thanks Pam, for offering this book to this week’s winner!

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 Water Treatment Kit Prize

For whatever reason, the Rafflecopter widget is having problems for me this week, so the water treatment kit from Water Pure Technologies will instead be given away to the contestant who has the most points in this week’s submissions who hasn’t yet had a chance to win it!  Easy enough! 🙂


Alright then, I’ve taken enough of your time gabbing on this.  Go on and get cooking!

Weekly recipe/points submissions are due to me Wednesday night (for anyone who’s new, you can check out the details on submissions here) and {important} our facebook contest (detailed here) will end instead at 7 am CT on *Saturday morning* this week, so I don’t have to wait up late to call it at midnight, lol!  I’m getting old and I need my sleep!

Happy cooking everyone!