Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Food-Storage Friendly Jelly Fruit Snacks!

Inspired by This Recipe at Six Sister's Stuff.

Kids LOVE fruit snacks! But they are so full of preservatives and yuck! They are also not very shelf stable. Don't worry! A Healthy version of these delicious snacks are very easy to make at home with shelf stable ingredients!

You Will Need:
3 Envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/3 Cup Juice, Thrive Drink Mix (Or 1/3 C Water + other flavoring)
Honey, Stevia, or other sweetener (Optional)
Cornstarch (Optional)

Combine juice, sweetener, and gelatin in sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until well dissolved. Spoon warm gelatin mixture into molds. Allow to sit (does NOT need refrigeration) at least 20 minutes. Turn jelly snacks out of molds. Dust with cornstarch to prevent snacks from sticking together.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Food Storage friendly Homemade 'Speghetti Os'

Who doesn't love comfort foods like Spaghetti O's? I want my food storage full of delicious comfort foods. In hard times, when our bodies may already be under stress, the last thing I want to feed my family is less than yummy foods. Food can be very healing and comforting. But, unfortunately many 'comfort foods' are full of preservatives and junk! The solution? Easy homemade alternatives! You and your kiddos will love this delicious and much more nutritious and cost effective alternative to store bought pasta and sauce!

This recipe is truly so easy its nearly criminal!

You will need

 1 cup small pasta (You could also use homemade a sprouted or sourdoughs pasta)
2 tbs Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Pinch crushed red pepper
1 1/2 + 2C water 
(Plus water for cooking pasta)
2/3 + 1 tbs C Thrive Tomato Powder
1/2 C Magic Mix
1 tbs Stevia or Raw Brown Sugar or Sugar
Seasoning to Taste
1 C shredded cheese (optional)

Cook your pasta according to package instructions. While your past is cooking, In another pan, Add Olive oil, Bell Peppers, Crushed Pepper and garlic. Cook over medium heat about 30 second or until fragrant. In a bowl, Mix 2/3C tomato powder with 2c water. (To make tomato sauce) Add this to your pan. Add 1 heaping tbs tomato powder. Add magic Mix, remaining water, stevia and seasonings. You may need a whisk to fully incorporate magic mix. Stir over medium heat. For thinner soup, use less magic mix, for thicker, use more. When all ingredients are mixed well, simmer on low for about 10 min. You may also add 1 C of shredded Cheese stir until melted. Drain pasta. Stir Pasta into sauce and serve. (If some in your family like their's more soupy than others, you can place pasta into bowls and ladle desired amount of sauce onto noodles.)

 This recipe freezes great! You can double the recipe and freeze into portion sizes to be reheated on the stove!

I'm thinking of trying to make this into an all-in-one mix! I'll let you know how it turn out!

~Happy Eating~

Monday, January 14, 2013

Refrigeration without Electricity

I received the most wonderful book! An anthology of 1935 Progressive Farmer Magazines! In looking through these little treasures of history, I found some really interesting advertisements. The rural wife could have all the convenience of the city without electricity. Most farm families where without electricity. (President Johnson actually ran for office in the late 30's on the premise of State-Wide electricity in Texas) How was this refrigeration possible without electricity? Kerosene or gas! In the city, many families had gas refrigerators. But, that was not an option for most farm families. So, how was a farm home to keep dairy fresh? Kerosene! Yes, this ever so useful fuel could also be used to refrigerate!

How does a Gas or Kerosene refrigerator work? Coolants such as ammonia work by heating the coolant. The ammonia and water heat to a boiling point, the gas moves to a condenser and becomes a liquid again. At this point it moves to an evaporator, and mixes with hydrogen gas and evaporates, this causes the cooling. The Cycle then repeats.

You can read more about the process here.

The neat thing is, basically any regulated heat source can be converted for Refrigeration! How cool is that??

I am now on the hunt for one of these antique awesome gems! But, a small gas unit can be bought for camping, RVing, or in a situation in which you don't have electricity. Some even have the ability to be powered from multiple power sources. 

~Have you found any antique goodies to add to your emergency supplies?~

Friday, January 11, 2013

Best Of Pinterest...Week 2 Health Edition

Can you believe we are in Week 2 of 2013?!?!  Every Friday I will be featuring a few of my favorite Pinterest finds for the week! Be sure and follow me! This week I am featuring a few Healthy and Good For You ideas!

We swear by this at my house! Honey and Cinnamon cold Remedy - Did you know that a honey & cinnamon mix will usually knock out a cold within a day or two? Both honey and cinnamon are antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Also knocks bladder/kidney infections, reduces sugar levels, blood pressure, acts as a pain reliever for arthritis. And much more!
Again.. Something we adhere to here is our home! Help your body heal!

I absolutely love Wellness Mama's Blog! We will be doing the challenge. Will You?
You will not believe all the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar! So Healthy! We use Bragg Organic Apple Cider vinegar. It is unpasteurized and contains 'the mother' which contains lots of healthy goodies! Each day I enjoy a glass of ACV, honey, and water. This has significantly helped my allergies, headaches, and congestion!
This is a must read! Did you know you CAN remineralize and heal your teeth naturally? Did you know conventional toothpaste can inhibit this process? Check this out! Super easy and relatively inexpensive tooth powder

~What are your favorite home and natural remedies? Did you find anything awesome on Pinterst this week?~

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shelf Reliance Black Friday Sale!!

Get the best deals of the year during our Black Friday sale! ALL THRIVE products are discounted, so you can save big on convenient, delicious THRIVE foods and get fantastic prices on Food Rotation Systems and emergency supplies too! Take a look at our great Black Friday deals below; the shown sale pricing will become active at 12:01 am MST Nov. 23rd and will be available until 11:59 pm MST Nov. 26th. Products are available while supplies last only, so order now to stock your Home Store at the best prices all year!

Great deals available on the most popular products! A few of my favorite deals....

Expedition Basic 4 Person Kit $184.99 $142.09 Save Over $40!

Grain Mill Wheat Grinder $79.99 $47.39 Save Over $30!

Cansolidator Cupboard  $34.99 $17.89 Save almost Half!

1-Year Basic FD & DH Pack$2,083.99 $1,667.19 Save Over $400!

My Favorite Product! Instant Milk $21.69 $16.29

~~And So Much More! Over 150 products on Sale! Don't miss these savings!~~

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Now is the Time To Prep

Prepping and Food Storage is becoming more and more appealing to many Americans. The Devastation of Hurricane Sandy left millions with out electricity, heat, or food for extended periods of time. 2 Weeks Later, Many are still with out power. There are long lines at the gas stations. Empty Super Market shelves. Many families are resorting to dumpster diving to feed themselves. Recovery from such devastation will take time. All those struggling through this are in our hearts and prayers.

Many others are worrying about the economy as it continues to decline. Just days after the elections, we saw stocks yet again plummeted 300+ points and mass layoffs announced. 
The National Debt continues to rise.

Economic uncertainty is on many peoples mind.

The situation in the Middle East continues to be unstable.

 But, There is Good News! There is hope! We do not have to fear these troubling times! We can face them with certainty the we will be just fine. *We can Prepare* You Home Store and food storage is not just for saving time and convenience. It is Shelf Stable, Portable, Easy to prepare food that can feed your family no matter what uncertainty you may face!! It is your Security that you will always be able to feed your family, in a healthy way, no matter what tomorrow brings. 

Now, is the perfect time to start or continue your food storage.You can build it up on your budget. Whatever that may be.  I pray it is never necessary for you to live on it. But, With a 25 year shelf-life. It will always be there for you and your family if you do need. it!

In An Unfortunate Situation, Would you rather have this...

Or Face Some of the Countless Examples from History?

Be Prepared! Not Scared!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cabinets for Your Food Storage!

Shelf Reliance is launching new FRS and emergency products! The Harvest Cabinet will transform the look and utility of your Home Store. Order today to get your hands on the latest Shelf Reliance emergency and FRS innovations!

The Harvest Cabinet
Turn your shelving unit into an attractive furnishingit keeps your Home Store at your fingertips and is available in multiple colors and materials to match any d├ęcor.
*FRS not included in the price of the Harvest Cabinet

Available in 4 Colors

Click here to Learn More! 

What is Your Favorite Way to Organize your Food Storage?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Best Of Pinterest: Weeks of 8/19

Happy August!! School is starting and things seem to be falling back into schedule (Including me writing on the Blog! LOL) I want to start begin each week with my best finds on Pinterest for the Week. (And, You can follow my on Pinterest by Clicking Here.) 1. Herbal Cough and Cold Syrup Recipe
2. Top 10 OTC medications to Stockpile and Coupon
3. DIY 'Hilbilly' washing 'machine'
4. DIY Bug Spray
5. Dr Mom to the rescue
~~Happy Pinning!~~ **Don't forget to go to to get the August Q Special and other great deals on all your Thrive && Shelf Reliance goodies!!**

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Being Prepared Makes Sense


1. Get A kit. You can easily create a basic kit. You can also purchase a preassembled kit from Shelf Reliance. Shelf Reliance also has a great emergency kit planning tool to easily customize a kit to fit the needs of your family

2. Have a Plan. Educate yourself on what to do in the event of various types of emergencies including natural disasters and terrosit attacks. Have a plan on what to do. If you Shelter-In (Also Known as Bugging-In), What steps will you take? If you Need to evacuate, where will you and what route will you use? What will you take with you? Be prepared with various ways to contact family. You need to have a local contact and an out-of-state or long distance contact incase you can not make a local call.

3. Be Informed. Educate youself on various emergencies and situations and the best ways to handle them. Learn all you can to be prepared.

4. Get involved. Share with community and friend the importance of being prepared.

To learn More visit or browse the many resources availiable at

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Welcome Back && A Few of My favorite NEW things

Hello Friends,

Woo! I have been away from my blog for waaaaay to long! Boy am I ever happy to be back!! So many new and Exciting things to talk about!

Are you watching Dooms Day Peppers on National Geographic? I love this show!! One of my favorite benefits of my Home Store, we have created using Thrive foods and The Q, is that it serves as 'food insurance' in the event of loss of income, natural disaster, strikes, tragedy, or any of Life's other What-ifs that may come up! In watching Dooms Day Peppers, I came across a GREAT blog, Preparedness Pro, belonging to one of the peppers on the show! She has some really wonderful tips and tricks for food storage, survival, and more!

In the last Few Months, Shelf Reliance has continued to grow in leaps and bounds! It is really exciting!! With that growth has come lots of really amazing new products!! In the next few post, I am going to share some of the New products that I am really excited about! These are but a few of my favorite new things!

Wow! Can you say awesome and super useful?? My husband and I were both super excited to see this one!! You can bet it is on our 'Must-Have Wish List'!!

Silent Generators!! What couldn't you do with these awesome power devices?! If you have ever used a gas-powered generator, you know they are incredibly noisy and can be a bit pricey to run depending on fuel cost. And you can not run them in your home or tent. These generators are totally silent! You can run it indoors, in your tent while camping, or anywhere you need it! How Cool is that!! You can keep this power source charged and ready to go! And recharge it as needed using whatever power source you have available!

The Shelf Reliance Power Station 1000 can be charged from a regular AC wall outlet, or it can capture and store energy from solar panels, a hand crank, windmill or almost any other 12VDC power source. The Shelf Reliance Power Station 1000 stores the captured power in a state of the art Lithium Battery pack to be taken with you and used whenever or where ever you might need it. The Shelf Reliance Power Station 1000 has two 110VAC outlets, two 12VDC outlet and four USB outlets to allow you to easily power whatever appliances you need without the need for any inverters or adapters. Whether you need to power a fridge, laptop computer, lights during an emergency or power outage, or whether you want to watch TV in the woods, the Power Station will give you the power when you need it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gift Alert! A goodie for your baskets

I LOVE to put together 'family gift baskets' at the holidays! They may include homemade treats, meals in a jar, meal mixes, soaps, bath towels, toothbrushes, hot coco, ANYTHING that might be enjoyed be a family! This a great solution for our 'large families' around at Christmas! Rather than exchanging several cheap gifts among the 'Grown Ups' we exchange 'family baskets'! I love it! 

This year I started 'couponing' again. Wow! I have found some goodies for those baskets! (And goodies for my family, goodies to give to those in need, lots of goodies!) But, this deal is by far one of my favorite and also makes a GREAT stocking stuffer!

Oral B Cross Action Rechargeable Toothbrush!
This toothbrush retails for $12.82! But with a great coupon you can get it for just $2.82! Now that is a great deal and a great stocking stuff/Family Basket Item!
This coupon expires 11/30 so you need to hurry! The coupon is for $10 off 1 Oral-B Vitality or other Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, It expires 11/30/11 and is from the10/16/11 P&G insert.

Have you found any great deals on items you will be using for Christmas gifts this year?