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New Wonder Oven Retailer + Give Away!

24 Oct

Exciting news!  For those who’ve been wanting to buy a wonder oven pre-made, Joyce from Prepared in Every (who’s blogged, authored and been involved with preparedness podcasting for many years) has now begun making and selling Wonder Ovens full time.  I’m so excited that she’s decided to take this project on for all the rest of us!  You can find her at My Wonder (love that name, btw!) and she’s offering them at a very reasonable price:  $47.50 + shipping.

To kick off this new adventure, she’s giving away this very cute October “pumpkin” of a Wonder Oven!  Details are given below.

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I don’t think I have to tell my readers how to use a Wonder Oven, or remind you how much I love them.  Been there, done that many times, in fact ever since the blog got started.  However, for anyone who’s curious and “wonder”-ing what they are, I visited a podcast with Jendi at Mom Prepares this month where we talked at length all about them.  You can listen to me rave all about them (once again) by visiting the podcast HERE.

I would like to share with you more about Joyce’s specific product though.  It’s important that you know the quality she’s dedicated to offering.  So, without further ado, here’s a list of her product expectations (given to me to share directly from My Wonder

My Wonder Oven Top Ten Features:

1. 100% Cotton

Cotton/ natural fabric is preferred to synthetic fabrics due to the high temperatures resting on the fabric.  With 100% cotton the fabric won’t melt!

2. Double Stitched

To be sure the Wonder Oven beads stay right where we put them!

3. Filled with 3 mm polystyrene beads

Smaller beads conduct the heat better because there is less air space around them. Bigger is NOT always better.

4. Virgin beads

My Wonder Oven beads have not not been recycled from someone else’s bean bag.

5. Floppy rather than overstuffed

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This feature makes it easier to store, and allows you to fit it into a container (which is great when you’re cooking on the go) or wrap it around your food. Go freestyle, baby.

6. Washable

If My Wonder Oven gets soiled, simply wash that area with soap and water and allow to air dry. It’s a good idea to wrap your pot with a towel to avoid spills. A solar blanket also works great to catch spills and reduce condensation.

7. Cook on the road!

Think of it as a non-electric slow cooker.

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8. Refrigerate on the road

Great for keeping groceries cool, or even frozen, on the ride home.

9. Made is the USA

Even better, made in TEXAS.

10. Affordable pricing

Because I can purchase the fabric and those 3 mm VIRGIN beads here locally, I can keep the costs down.

Terms & Conditions:

This My Wonder Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Friday, Oct. 24th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

Click the link below to enter!

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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!


Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker Giveaway:  

NOW through Sunday, Oct. 19th (5pm MDT)

All American Sun Oven Giveaway:  

Monday, Oct. 20th (5am MDT) – Sunday, October 26th (5pm, MDT)

Choosing a Winner:

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. Very often, because the winner hasn’t checked their email, these prizes are put off to the second and third drawings as time goes on.  So, if you really want to win these prizes, be sure to check your email.  If  the winner doesn’t reply in the designated time period of 24 hours, another winner is chosen and that person will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Also, please be sure to check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared to COOK in an emergency!


Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker Giveaway


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A group of preparedness bloggers have put together a giveaway which is happening this week (right now, as we speak) and have invited the facebook readers of My Food Storage Cookbook to 5 free entries in this giveaway!

This thermal cooker works very much like a wonder oven however it’s smaller (which would be nice for transporting things) and more contained.  The idea of it’s heat retention is the same as a wonder oven though, so while it’s called a “cooker” it also works to keep cold things cold and frozen things frozen.  It comes with two stainless steel pans as well as a a lid that fits right inside the thermal cooker. For any questions on using this product, I’d recommend getting to know Julene over at Prepare Today Newsletter.  I’ve followed her blog since starting my own and she’s offered a lot of valuable content.  She’s blogged about her Saratoga Jacks, loves it and probably knows more about how to use it of anyone I know.

You can follow this Rafflecopter link to enter the contest:

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All American Sun Oven Giveaway


Sun Oven Giveaway


The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of preparedness bloggers to offer one lucky winner an All American Sun Oven along with a Dehydrator Kit! The retail price of this set is $399.

I don’t think I have to tell you how much I love my Sun Oven.  Through all of my experience with Sun Oven cooking I’ve found just about anything you’d cook in your conventional oven can be cooked in a Sun Oven.  Having one would be a HUGE boost to your ability to be prepared to cook without electricity.  It cuts utility costs today and is an all around great product.

Beyond that, I really appreciate Paul at Sun Ovens International, who’s done a tremendous job of bringing this off grid cooking solution, not only to those of us here in developed countries, but also to those in undeveloped parts of the world.  To those who truly need it, he’s offered it at a fraction of the cost.  The truth is, that Sun Ovens sold here in developed areas have perpetuated this company’s ability to offer affordable Sun Ovens to underprivileged areas throughout the world.  I’ve met Paul personally, and I’m glad to be able to support companies such as his with such a giving mission.

With all the benefits of lower utility bills, being prepared to cook without fuel or electricity, and supporting a wonderful company, who wouldn’t want to own a Sun Oven!

Terms to Enter

(otherwise known as the small print)

The All American Sun Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 20th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Oct. 26th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent.

You can follow this link to arrive at the entry page for the contest:

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Wonder Oven ONE Day Give Away!

29 Sep Comment to win Wonder Oven

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!

**This Contest is now CLOSED**

This is going to be the simplest old-fashioned drawing ever.  Leave me a comment — either here or on facebook (or both for two chances to win) – telling me something you’d like to learn how to make with it.  I’m not caring about what you write so much as I’m caring about weeding out the comments from people who don’t know what one is.  (I want to be sure it goes to someone who really will put it to use!)  I’ll print all the comments out and have one of my kids draw the winner!

Comments close tomorrow at NOON (CT) and I’ll contact the winner tomorrow night.  If it’s a comment here on the blog I’ll send an email, on Facebook I’ll post it there to get the person to respond (so keep a look out!) .  The winner will have 24 hours to claim the prize and send me his/her address; otherwise, I’ll draw another name.  Good luck to all! Continue reading

A Prepared Cook’s Guide To Creating An Ideal Kitchen Space

22 Sep Keep Calm1

There are patterns and principles, long since tested, that can make anyone more effective in whatever kitchen space they find themselves in.  This post is a collection of rules you should know as well as the best shortcuts and re-purposed items I’ve found that have made a difference in the way I’m able to effectively work in my kitchen.

These ideas, while they’ll do tremendous things for the way you feel about your kitchen today, are also something I’ve come to appreciate as an added layer to my food preparedness too.  Not only does an organized kitchen make you want to cook more, (encouraging you to get better at the skills themselves) but in an extreme circumstance, it’s benefits could even include a much faster and smoother transition if relocation to a new space was necessary.  There are lots of reasons to put thought into both your kitchen space as well as the tools/ ingredients  you use most to find the path of “least work” for the “greatest return”. Continue reading

Even Easier Homemade Spaetzle

1 Jul spaetzle

Wow, it’s been a while!  I didn’t intend to break from blogging so much in June but it just flew away!  For those who have followed over the past couple summers, you know summer time for me is pretty much “off season” for the blog.  While I’d love to keep playing and keep connected to all you folks all year long I’m (for sanity reasons) a seasonal blogger/ facebooker, etc.  Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out how to balance more while the kids are home all day, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet.  So now, with the entrance of summer, my time has officially been handed over to my little people…and my medium sized people, as my teens are becoming not so little anymore.  (Btw, for those who are new here, my kids are 15, almost 13, 11, almost 7 and almost 2.  And to add one more little tidbit to our summer’s craziness, three of these kids’s birthdays — plus their dad’s birthday — land in the month of July, if you can imagine the odds.  We celebrate some of the birthdays in June –so it’s been party central here lately– this because each July we take off on a massive road trip lasting 4-6 weeks to visit family in ID, WA and UT.  Every year I begin this road trip asking myself “why drive three days with kids like this??” and every year I come back home with a satisfied answer for myself.)

For those who asked about classes:  our travel calendar this year didn’t end up allowing enough spare time for the classes to happen {sadly}.  Sorry about that, maybe next year (?)  Or, perhaps one of these days I’ll get moving on some other way to bring classes instead to your computer screen, that’d work too!  Ideas or suggestions on that?  Feel free to pass them along!

All this said, there’s a bright spot.  I couldn’t leave you hanging all summer without posting this wonderful tutorial my friend Eva offered us.  Eva is another friend of mine who moved here from outside the US having gained wonderful real life training growing up on how to cook with basics ingredients — this time in the Baltic region of the world.  I’ll tell you more about her in just a minute, but first a little about the recipe…

If you’ve tried making homemade spaetzle — or homemade noodles at all — in the past this recipe is probably the fastest one there is.  You’re going to love it!!  For anyone who’s never made spaetzle before, you now have the easiest way to do it at your finger tips!  For our purposes, this post is going up to emphasize the *method* of making the spaetzle, the recipe is included here as well, but it’s Eva’s everyday recipe including fresh eggs.  Definitely use it if you have fresh eggs on hand, but if you’re looking for a storeable recipe, check out my post for Hungarian Goulash with Spaetzle from a few years ago.  Again, it’s a great 100% pantry ingredient recipe from Shari Haag’s “The Everyday Gourmet” cookbook and we’ve loved it!  The great thing is, from now on I won’t be taking forever cutting noodles into a pot! Continue reading

Cooking Meat in a Wonder Oven: a Better Container

2 Jun IMG_8658

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by a couple of you whether there was another way to cook meat in a wonder oven other than the plastic bag method I originally posted here.

I’m SO glad for the question because it caused me to look at things in a different way which now has gotten me thinking about other directions this style of cooking can be taken!  Plus, going forward it’s going to save me supplies and money since the improved container (at least the one I’m going to be using from now on) negates the need for me to buy bags anymore.  (Yay!!)  More on that in a minute. Continue reading

What’s Your Threat: Food Storage…Without a Plan

23 May Threat cover

I’m excited to have been invited to join up with many other great preparedness bloggers today, adding a post about the biggest threat I see in our aim for preparing for the future.  Here’s my contribution, you’ll want to “hop” over to see others which have been posted by following the links below.


The “biggest threat” to successful preparations, that I see, is the act of storing food away (relaxing and thinking you’re prepared) but neglecting to have a plan for it.

Through this post, I’ll detail 9 areas of planning which need to be addressed — in addition to the storing of food — in order for your food storage to become a “parachute” in your preparedness plan, effectively serving (and possibly saving) your family the way you want it to.

Without taking a close look at these details and double checking your preparations it’s easy to find a false sense of security lulling you to sit back and relax.  All the while- as you’re thinking you’re taken care of in the food storage department–  an oncoming train could be barreling it’s way around the corner and you’re in fact not ready for it. Continue reading


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