I realize not everyone likes to make bread, and maybe even have no desire to make bread. I get it. I grew up watching my mother make bread and I taught my daughters to make bread too. Well, if we have an emergency I thought to myself I need to show people how to make crackers. They will fill the belly after any disaster or emergency. They are very easy to make, even an eight year could make these. The ingredients are typically what we have in our pantry. You can choose just about any spice in your cupboard to flavor these crackers. Today I used garlic powder, dill weed, and sesame seeds.
In order to know how to make chocolate mint cookies or crackers, you only need four ingredients. You will want to get some Ritz crackers, chocolate chips, peppermint essential oils and crushed peppermint candy canes. Of course, peppermint flavoring would work as well. The first time I tried one of these gems I couldn’t believe they were crackers made into cookies. They taste very similar to “Thin Mint” cookies made by the Girl Scouts. If you need a chocolate fix in the middle of the afternoon this is the recipe for you. Your kids and grandkids will love making these. I prefer dark semi-sweet chocolate, but if you like milk chocolate chips that would work too!
Today is Monday so I thought I would share some ideas on how to make Thanksgiving dishes from scratch. I bet you have different side dishes that you make every year. I would love to have you share some of your Thanksgiving traditional food items. You may make some of the ones I’ve listed plus some I have never tried. It would be too cumbersome to share recipes, but I would love to hear the name of the favorites you fix every year. Of course, we typically all have a turkey or a ham, but it’s the side dishes and the desserts I want to hear about. Let the holiday begin.
I have 31 reasons why I store baby wipes for survival. They are inexpensive and may dry out, but you can fill the small container with water and still use them. I really want to have as many rags, towels, paper towels or whatever to have available if the store shelves are empty after an unforeseen emergency. If you have experienced a disaster, storm, hurricane or whatever, you understand this statement. The stores will be empty within three days, some officials say. I doubt anything will be left after 24 hours, especially the critical things we need, but I’m also a prepper. I’m prepared for the unexpected.
There are 21 food storage items you need for survival and I’m going to share these with you today. There are more, but if you have these you can survive. Keep in mind you need water, lots of water. I prefer four gallons per person per day. I know the Red Cross and other emergency centers say one gallon per person per day. I’m a realist. I need more water. But I am talking about food today. I want you to picture what you could make with these items. I remember in the olden days we would store wheat (hard red wheat), sugar, powdered milk and beans. Lots of beans. Years later we would give the wheat to farmers or take it to the dump. We’ve come a long way, baby. I know we’ve all canned fruits, vegetables, salsa, spaghetti sauce, beets and whatever we could raise or pick from trees and bushes. I am talking about food storage basics today. Let’s get started.
Today’s post is about how to save money on your paper products. Do you use way more paper towels than your mom did? How many in a day do you use? I don’t remember my mom even using paper towels at all. I asked my husband when did we start using paper towels? He said, “I don’t think we used them we first got married”. He was going to school and working two jobs so I doubt very much paper towels were in our budget. In fact, they would have been a luxury back then. Now that I am semi-retired paper towels are again a luxury to me. We are all looking at our budgets to see where we can cut costs, right? When I was writing my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation I had to calculate how many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels we would need for so many days, weeks and months. I want people to think about what to store for those unexpected situations that may arise after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.