Kim on February 22nd, 2012

The amazing attention that National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers show is garnering is proof that preparedness is for everyone.  You may not have the resources or the knowledge (right now) to prep like the families featured on Doomsday Preppers, but we can all make steps toward greater self-reliance and preparedness for the unexpected.

I gained some insight this week on how we can help each other by sharing our preparedness knowledge.  I received a call from Brian Grobman, a staff member for the Anderson show (as in Anderson Cooper, *gasp*), who interviewed me about food storage and preparedness. Shortly into the call, I realized that a) a family with 5 kids is shocking to our friends in the East and b) there is much that we can share with each other to become more prepared for the unexpected. Brian explained that Anderson would be doing a segment with the Doomsday Preppers cast, and was looking for  a person who could share preparedness information that everyday people could relate to. Basic, practical food storage and emergency preparedness tips.

In our community of food storage bloggers, sometimes we forget that much of our country is just starting out in this process. As fun as it is to share tips on vacuum sealing and how to store large amounts of food in smaller spaces, sometimes we need the reminder that many people just need to hear how to prep a 72-hour kit and store some water. I thoroughly enjoyed my call with Brian, and later with his colleague Katya, chatting about food storage.  I didn’t end up flying to New York to participate in the show with the Doomsday Prepper cast. Alas, they chose Betsy of, who did a wonderful job sharing preparedness tips.  (I’m honored to see that she has included All About Food Storage in her blogroll. Thanks, Betsy!)

Anderson Doomsday Preppers Segment

I love that Doomsday Preppers is drawing attention to the benefits of food storage and preparedness, and that these skills of self-reliance are becoming mainstream. My husband quips that the new pick up line may become, “I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be in a bomb shelter with than you!” Awww…

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Kim on July 18th, 2011

I didn’t think it could happen…but it has.  There is now another favorite zucchini bread recipe in my house.  I have been a loyal champion of my favorite recipe, a moist zucchini bread that stands out with a little lemon zest. But change can be good. So I tried the recipe that the ladies at Our Best Bites convincingly hyped as unbeatable…and it was pretty darn good.  Their Chocolate Zucchini Bread gains moistness from a little sour cream, and doesn’t just call for “accent” chocolate from chocolate chips.  It gives this bread a rich chocolate base from cocoa, and then sprinkles in the chocolate chips for a recipe with true chocolate chops! Our Best Bites has a great recipe index with lots of delicious creations. If you haven’t visited their site, be sure to stop by.

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With all the zucchini from this year’s harvest, there’s plenty to enjoy both recipes!

Kim on June 10th, 2011
I get a lot of my food storage products through Alison’s Pantry, a foods company based in Pleasant Grove, UT that delivers products through local Reps in 10 states.  They sell bulk grains, fresh spices in 1 lb. bags, and a delicious line of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables (Achieve), plus buckets and other food storage containers to organize everything.  (I’m not only the AP Marketing Director, I’m also a client…” ;)) If you live in one of the states below, this month you can earn a chance to win a $100 Alison’s Pantry gift certificate just by signing up to receive e-mail updates on AP sales and special product offers.
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • New Mexico
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota

Just click HERE to join the mailing list. The winner will be drawn on July 11th, and posted to the Alison’s Pantry Facebook page.


Kim on May 31st, 2011

If this site and many others online haven’t inspired you to put some effort into building a well-rounded food storage supply and learning to use it, I think this article on the global food demand will add some encouragement.

I found it scary initially, but then thought, “Isn’t this why we’re trying to be diligent about preparedness?”  I still feel faith instead of fear will keep us fed.  Be consistent and organized with planning your food storage, and continue to improve your supply week by week.

Kim on April 28th, 2011

It’s Pay It Forward Day, a day that encourages us to do something kind for someone else and, rather than expecting payment or a good deed in return, we challenge the recipient to pass it on. I love this idea!  I think paying kindness forward is a great way to live life…and I’ve experienced its boomerang effect of returning kindness back to my own life.  So, I’ve been trying to find a way to apply this to food storage today and this is what I came up with.  Here are a few ideas to help others embrace preparedness:

  1. Offer to present a free mini-class in your area on preparing food storage recipes, or planning your year-supply.  You can even do this in your home with a few friends.  You may be surprised how many people would love to learn what you know!
  2. Take a few jars of your prized peaches and leave them on the doorsteps of friends with a note that encourages them to share their bounty with someone else in the area.
  3. Help a friend build a few shelves in her storage room to hold more food storage.
  4. Teach your kids frugality by inviting them to help you cut coupons and shop for toothpaste, shampoo, and soap to replenish your supply. (The blessing of teaching your children the value of a dollar will always come back around.)
  5. Bake something using food storage ingredients and take it to a neighbor who could use a pick-me-up (include the recipe).

I’d love to hear your creative ideas too!

Click HERE for a link to the Pay It Forward Day website, where you can download free printable tags to introduce others to the idea of paying it forward. Enjoy your day!

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