My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!


Crazy Storms, Crazy Foods, Crazy Winds, Crazy Wildfires, Crazy Life!

Crazy!  That’s how I would describe the weather in the USA this week.  First – tornadoes across the southern and the plains states.  Next – extreme flooding in the south.  Then – crazy Santa Ana winds and hot temps in southern California which was followed by a 1000 acre wildfire.  It’s been one wild week, and it’s not over yet.


It’s been a crazy week.


While no one can predict every unexpected event, we can all try to do our best to be prepared.  I know.  You’re heard it before.  I promise I won’t guilt you.  But, I do hope my post gets you thinking.  Are you prepared to leave your home at a moment’s notice?  If not, what do you need to do to be prepared.


If I may make one suggestion…  Get an emergency kit.  Make your own (click here to see how) or buy one (click here to find one).  It doesn’t matter.  What do you need for an emergency kit?  If nothing else, please get the basics: food and water for 3 days. 


Some basic emergency kit items.  This is called the "3-day light" emergency kit.

Some basic emergency kit items. This is called the “3-day light” emergency kit from Emergency Essentials (where I bought my family’s emergency kit).  Photo courtesy of Emergency Essentials.



If you can go a bit further, add an emergency blanket, a small first aid kit, and a light source like a flash light or a glow stick.  If you are all in, consider adding a change of clothes and copies of your important documents.  There is always more you can add, so don’t let that overwhelm you.


We have a "family" 72 hour kit, which is a set of four backpacks.

We have a “family” 72 hour kit, which is a set of four backpacks.


Inside one of our 72-hr kit backpacks.

Inside one of our 72-hr kit backpacks.


Please do one thing…  Put some water and food in a backpack and start your emergency kit TODAYNot tomorrow, not this weekend, not next week.  TODAY!  Having an emergency kit on hand will give you peace of mind.  You will be prepared for the unexpected.


(Stepping off my soap box now.)


If you want a more comprehensive check list, check out this one provided by Emergency Essentials.



Do you have an emergency kit (a.k.a. 72-hr kit or BOB, bug out bag)? 

If you have one, when was the last time you updated yours?



Giveaway Updates! Please Check Your SPAM Folder!

My first April Giveaway is in full swing!  You can win two awesome Thrive freeze dried products packaged for long term storage.  Click here for more details and to enter.  And it’s SUPER EASY to enter.  Just visit my sponsor’s website and find a product you’d like to try.  Then, return to the giveaway post and comment telling me which product you’d like to try.  You can enter once a day for FREE!


Just look at this lovely prize: freeze dried sausage and freeze dried cheese.  And remember!  You can enter once each and every day!

Just look at this lovely prize: freeze dried sausage and freeze dried cheese. And remember! You can enter once each and every day!


My March Giveaway seemed to go off without a hitch until I tried to award the prize.  I used to select a winner, I emailed the winner and waited.  After 72 hours, there was no response, so as per the rules, a new winner was selected using  I emailed my new winner and waited.  No response.  I waited a little longer than 72 hours because of the weekend.  So, I again used to select a third winner.  I’ve emailed the winner and am awaiting a response.  Please check your email inbox and spam folder to see if I emailed you.  I emailed the address used when you posted your comment.


Here's the prize from my March Giveaway.

Here’s the prize from my March Giveaway.


I really, REALLY want to giveaway my March prize, and I will continue this process until a selected winner contacts me.  Remember, you must contact me within 72 HOURS or you forfeit your prize.  Sorry, but those are the rules.


Don’t think this is the end of the giveaways.  I have another one lined up to start as soon as my current one ends.  It’s an awesome one, too!


Thanks so much for reading my blog.  I’ll post a “real” post later today.

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The Great Alaska Earthquake – 50th Anniversary

This blogger recounts her childhood experience with a 9.1 quake including the difficulty in getting aid in after this disaster.

I cannot imagine the utter chaos California would be in if our 5.1 yesterday had been a 9.1!

My Provident Journey

Today is the 50th Anniversary of The Great Alaska Earthquake, which occurred in 1964. This was probably the most profound event of my life and has had lifelong effects.  One, of course, is my absolute knowledge that we must be as prepared and self-reliant as possible.

Click this picture to watch a short video for a glimpse of this event.  (By the way, the pieces in this picture used to be one building.)

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I was a child in Alaska when the 1964 Alaska Earthquake hit.  I was mixing up some pancake batter to cook up a quick dinner, after which my brother and I were going to the movies.  The initial 9.1 earthquake lasted for about 4 minutes.

Our house was not badly damaged so we could shelter-in-place afterward.  There were other houses, however, that weren’t just damaged (my piano teacher’s house just a block away was snapped in two)…

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