Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today's challenge is to answer the question - How long could you provide for your family go if you couldn't leave your house for a week?

Do you have a weeks worth of:



Toilet Paper?

Don't PANIC - JUST PREPARE - one step at a time.

What did you prepare today?
What can your family do the night before to help the morning go SMOOTHLY?


  • Outfits layed out (including socks, shoes, belts...)
  • Backpacks Ready and in "launch pad"
  • Lunches Made
  • In Bed Early
You: (with help from the family of course)
  • Dishwasher Started 
  • Laundry Load ready to start in the morning.
  • Main Areas of the house "quick tidied" 
  • List of To-Do's Made
  • In Bed Early

Trading in a bit of my nightly TV time for getting a few things done will be WORTH IT!
Apple Cider Bars
Here is what happens when your first photo attempts are blurry and you make a yummy new snack. All that ends up being left is an itty bitty little bite left for a photo op.

This is a food storage blog and this recipe would be a great addition to your food storage recipe arsenal.

I love that I can pull apple chips out of my pantry to make this recipe even when apples are not in season.

The end result: These bars have a mildly spicy tang reminiscent of a warm cup of cider.

The Recipe
1 1/4 Cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter
4 Cups Cheerios (I used Honey Nut Cheerios)
1 Cup Apple Cider
1/2 cup chopped dried apples or 1 cup diced apple
1 egg
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup raisins
1 TB vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour

Heat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Boil 1 Cup cideer and apples in saucepan until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup.

Mix sugar, butter, peanut butter, cider, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except for Cheerios.

Gently stir in cereal.

Pour into ungreased 9x13 pan and Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into bars.
Remember it is easier than you think to turn your everyday recipes into food storage recipes- Here is a great example!!
Picture on the left is using traditional ingredients, on the right is all shelf stable!

Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

1 12.5 oz can of chicken (or 1 pint of home-canned chicken)
1/4 c. dehydrated celery
2 T. dehydrated onions
2 1/2 c. water
8 c. chicken broth (or water mixed with chicken boullion)
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. salt
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)
12 oz package of Barilla Tortellini (yes they are shelf stable!)
Bring the water and chicken broth to a boil. Add spices. Add chicken (cut it up small if you like smaller chunks). Add dehydrated celery and onions. Add tortellini after it returns to a boil. Cook according to your package directions (probably about 10-12 minutes). Enjoy!