We’re hitting the homestretch! Four weeks left of our challenge and I’ve added a little somethin’ somethin’ to the contest. I think you’re gonna like it.
We’re still going to have our Rafflecopter contest…
We’re still going to have our weekly “points” winner…
But now, as a finale for the last four weeks of the contest, I’ve arranged for a weekly people’s choice contest. That is, that anyone who participates in the main contest (contest rules found here) — no matter the number of recipes you decide to make for the week– is invited to participate. Choose your favorite/best/most “like-probable” recipe from your week’s creations (the recipe you choose has to be one you’ve submitted to me), post a picture of it to the blog’s facebook PAGE and rally for the most number of “LIKES” on it. Continue reading
You’re likely wondering why I’m posting on something other than food storage today. I don’t go off topic very often but I’ve decided what I have to tell you today is just SO important. If this story and it’s lessons learned can prevent even one accident, it’ll be worth it. We recently had a big scare in our family, nearly tragic, and I wanted to tell you about it.
A week ago today we came dangerously close to losing both of my husband’s parents as well as my 4 year old niece to carbon monoxide poisoning in their home. It happened so quickly, in fact I’d just talked to my mother in law the day before, chatting about life and such and everything had been fine. She’d mentioned how they’d been fighting off a flu bug (or so they thought) but outside of that, life was going well. The next morning, however, all had changed.
My mother in law woke up the next morning unable to move her body. After five unsuccessful tries using her fingers to call 911, she was finally successful by using Syri on her iphone to get emergency help to come to the house. Her husband was not awake or alert at the time and my four year old niece – who by another miracle had been awakened throughout the night with troubling dreams– was also quiet.
My sister in law living in Utah has been kind enough to allow me to share her experience as it unfolded with her on the phone that morning. She writes…
“I received a call early in the morning from my sister in Spokane as she was racing over to our parent’s home following a bizarre call from our mom. She said mom was crying and moaning and was difficult to understand and was saying, “I can’t move my body at all. I can’t dial 911. Call 911. Get over here quick, something is wrong…..” Continue reading
Win $20 to use in your Thrive Q!! Today only, tell me (either on the blog or on facebook) ONE meal you could make from what you already have stored in your food storage. It’s that easy. Ready? GO! Continue reading
Every week for the last 3-4 weeks I’ve thought I’d surely seen the height of the contest. This week, once again, I’ve been truly inspired by the work that’s been done. New ideas for recipes have again popped up, solutions to problem recipes (namely yogurt) have been discovered, new online resources for all of us to look to have been shared — all from the work our stellar participants have dedicated to this contest. Beyond helping those participants themselves, all of this great information will help the rest of us become more prepared to feed our families too. I’m so grateful to be a part of this!!
Probably the coolest part of it, to me, is that we are literally watching what CAN be done in a week’s time in feeding a family using only food storage, once someone puts their mind to it. Apply this to a far off (or not so far off) time, when/if food preparations like this could be all a family has to eat, and it really adds a lot of food for thought. In a week’s time– during a time of hardship — wouldn’t you LOVE eating these foods we’re seeing these gals making?? This type of meal line up can be something your own family has in their emergency plan too… so long as the right ingredients and tools have been stored ahead of time. You’ve watched these ladies from 7 weeks ago until now — they’ve gotten it DOWN and you can too!
You can have an awesome plan, but that’s just it…you have to PLAN to make it happen.
Unfortunately I don’t have the time to post everything that everyone did this week, I wish I could. Everyone who submitted made good progress in their skills this week, I’m very happy with all that you’re doing!! I’ll do my best to recap month #2 next week for the overall, sharing with you links to the recipes from all our participant’s work this month as well as pictured highlights where they’re called for.
This week the top race goes to Paula and Amanda. While their scores aren’t tied, thanks to our sponsor this week, The Prepared Hour, it’s been decided that they’ll both be receiving the same $69 weekly prize from this week. Both of their efforts this week were tremendous. Continue reading
Week #7 is on it’s way out (results to come on Saturday), but for our upcoming week I decided to change things up, giving our hard working regular participants a “breather” week and opening up prizes (by way of drawing) to anyone who submits just one 100% food storage recipe that they’ve tried out during the week!
Submission terms from the original contest guidelines are all still the same, but this week anyone who submits a recipe will be entered to win! The points earned (capped at 10 points this week for everyone) will go toward your overall score for the bigger prizes at the end but they will not count this week for any of our weekly goodies. All participants, both past and newbies are invited to go easy on yourselves… and win!!
If you get something tried-out and turned in this week, you’re part of our drawings! It’s that simple!
Our prizes include:
#10 can of Honeyville’s awesome Ova Easy Egg Crystals ($37 retail)
H20 ResQ water treatment kit, courtesy of Water Pure Technologies ($35)
#10 can Rainy Day Egg Powder from Preparedness Plus Products, LLC. ($23)
It’s a picnic in the park this week! Join up and WIN!
Week #8 extends from Wed. March 26th – Wed. April 2nd. Visit the contest guide for details on submitting a recipe and if you have any questions, just ask!
Earlier this week I posted a link on facebook, a first hand account I’d come across of a man’s experience living through the aftermath immediately following Hurricane Katrina. It was extremely informative and gave me a lot to think about. (And here’s the link.) After sharing this, a comment was shared by a woman who had also been through Katrina in another location, which to me (while different) was still equally as shaking as the first story. All of this has been heavy on my mind this week and I’ve been thinking on what my own reactions and psyche might be like if I ever have to go through a large scale disaster such as they did.
One particular remark stood out to me as I read the first account which I felt was important to share and then I’ve got 9 amazing recipes which will make that 72 hour kit taste a whole lot better than you’ve ever been used to it tasting.