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My Lovely April Giveaway Prize


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April Giveaway! Easy, Free, Daily Entry!

Don’t you LOVE free stuff?  I do!  Here’s a chance for you to get some awesome free food.  You can store it long term (about 25 years unopened in a cool room), or open it and try it out.  Wonder what food storage tastes like?  This is a great way to see if freeze dried foods are for you.

 

This month's FABULOUS prize!

This month’s FABULOUS prize!

 

Let me start by telling you a little bit about our sponsor, Jennette Albee, a Thrive consultant.  She is graciously sponsoring this giveaway.  (I’m not getting paid, nor am I getting anything other than the items I’m giving away).  Jennette is an awesome lady!  I consider her a close, personal friend.  She sells Thrive, because she wants to help others who feel the way she did, unsure how and where to start building food storage.  Here’s a little bit about her and why she sells Thrive, in her own words.

 

Jennette’s Thrive Life Story

 

       I have always appreciated the idea of being self-reliant and having my own food storage supply, but, for some reason, I just wasn’t getting it doneLife was getting in the way. I have children, and there was always something that was distracting me and my budget in another direction. Quite frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed about how to get started.  (Sounds like me when I first started. – Laurie)

       I became aware of some things that were being done to the foods that we eat that were of concern to me.  I don’t like the idea of chemical additives, and I certainly don’t like the idea of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). The topper was when I learned that in 2012 one third of the honey bees died off, and it threatened the food crops that depended on them for pollination. This could be very serious!  The suspects were new chemicals that were being used on the crops and GMO plants that were developed with an internal insecticide.  If the bees are dying, what is it doing to us!

         It was soon after that I was introduced to Thrive Life. I was very interested when I learned that Thrive Life has a very high standard for their products. No chemicals or GMO’s are used, and most of their food products have a shelf life of 25 years!    SIGN ME UP!!!

         After checking out the company and tasting the delicious foods, I decided to get started. I took full advantage of the wonderful Q program, where I set a monthly budget that I could afford, and started building my own home store.  It is so convenient.   I love when my monthly shipment arrives!  It’s so fun to open and try new products.  Without much effort at all, my food storage supply started to build up!  This gives me a great sense of accomplishment and comfort!

         I decided right away that I wanted to share this great product with my friends and anyone who would listen, so I decided to become a consultant for Thrive Life. And here I am!  I’d love to share what I’ve learned Thrive Life with you!  (Here is a link to the April specials.)

 

 

I told you she was great!  I just LOVE her!

 

Here are a few more specifics about this month’s prize.

 

One pantry-size can of freeze dried sausage crumbles.  These are pre-cooked and ready to rehydrate and serve.  Use on pizza, in pasta sauce, or anyway you like to serve sausage.  This pantry-size can contains 7 servings and retails for about $20.

One pantry-size can of freeze dried sausage crumbles. These are pre-cooked and ready to rehydrate and serve. Perfect on pizza, in pasta sauce, or anyway you like to serve sausage. This pantry-size can contains 7 servings and retails for about $20.

 

Mmm... Cheese!  One of my favorite things.  This pantry-size can of freeze dried cheddar cheese is a lovely addition to any pantry or food storage supply.  It contains 14 servings and retails for about $19.00.

Mmm… Cheese! One of my favorite things. This pantry-size can of freeze dried cheddar cheese is a lovely addition to any pantry or food storage supply. It contains 14 servings and retails for about $19.00.

 

Aren’t those fabulous?  Want to know how to win these?  Here are the easy instructions to enter:

1.  Visit Jennette’s website here.  Return to my blog, and post a comment telling me which item you’d like to try from the Thrive line.  You can do this once daily, April 4, 2014 – April 20, 2014!  There are 17 entry opportunities!

 

And that’s it!  Easy, huh?  No following, no signing up, just a comment.  Of course, if you find something you’d like, feel free to place an order (it will be shipped right to your door), but there is no purchase necessary to enter.  If you want to know more about Thrive or food storage, email or call Jennette.  Her contact info is on her website.  She is a great food storage resource and in no way high-pressure.  She just wants to help others have a little food stored for their own peace of mind.
No giveaway would be complete without the “official rules.”  Here they are:

- No Purchase Necessary.  Making a purchase will not increase your chance of winning.

- Open to those who have reached the age of majority within their state who are US residents with a mailing in the USA only.  (Sorry, my non-USA readers!)  If a winner with a mailing address outside the USA is selected, they will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected.  This giveaway will be conducted in accordance with California and USA laws.

- Number of Prizes: 1 (one).  Prize contains 1 can pantry size can of Thrive freeze dried sausage crumbles and 1 pantry size can of Thrive freeze dried cheddar cheese (approximate retail value $38). Prize will be shipped at no cost to the winner to the USA address provided by the winner.

- Odds of Winner: Depends on number of entries received.

- One Winner will be selected at random.

- How to Enter: Visit Jennette’s Thrive Life Website and post a comment on Foray Into Food Storage (http://forayintofoodstorage.com) indicating which product you would like to try from the Thrive line.  You may enter once daily during the entry period (4/4/2014 – 4/20/2014).  Each comment counts as one entry with a maximum of one entry per day.  Not responsible for misdirected entries or for equipment or internet failure.

- Winner will be notified via the email provided within 2 business days after the giveaway ends.  If the winner fails to respond within 72 hours or if a valid email address was not provided, the winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected.  You will receive the winner notification from forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.  Check your spam folder to make sure you don’t miss the notification.

- The winner will be listed on my blog (first name only) once eligibility has been confirmed, and the prize has been accepted.

- This giveaway is solely sponsored by My Foray Into Food Storage and Jennette Albee, Thrive Life consultant.  This giveaway is not affiliated with WordPress or any other sponsor.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with WordPress.

 

Remember!  You can enter once each day!

Remember! You can enter once each day!

 

Now’s your chance. 

Visit Jennette’s website, find a product you’d like to try, return here, and comment!

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Yup, It’s True. I’ll Own It. I’m A Procrastinator.

There’s only a few days left to enter my April giveaway.  Please visit Jennette’s Thrive website and find a product you would like to try (no purchase necessary), then visit this blog post, and post a comment telling me what product that it.  It’s that easy to enter, and you can do it once a day until April 20th!

 

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Procrastination…  We’ve all done it before.  Some of us (a.k.a. me) do it more often than others.  I was a big time procrastinator yesterday.

 

I started out just fine.  I bought a few plants in the morning, and I wanted to get them in the ground.  Great, right?  It was tax day, but my taxes were done (the night before, but that counts!), so I could do what I wanted with my time.  I spent a few hours gardening, planting, weeding, etc.  It was wonderful.

 

I planted lavender, marigolds, and some seeds (green beans and carrots).

I planted lavender, marigolds, and some seeds (green beans and carrots).

 

My tomato plants are coming along, and I've added some marigolds to keep the bees happy.  Well, that and to keep the rabbits away.

My tomato plants are coming along, and I’ve added some marigolds to keep the bees happy.

 

Why am I showing you a patch of dirt?  I decided to plant spaghetti squash from seed as one reader suggested.  We'll see if 4th time's a charm.  I planted some marigolds to attract bees, so, hopefully, if the seeds grow, and I get flowers, the bees will pollinate them.  Here's hoping!

Why am I showing you a patch of dirt? I decided to plant spaghetti squash from seed as one reader suggested. We’ll see if 4th time’s a charm. I planted some marigolds to attract bees, so, hopefully, if the seeds grow, and I get flowers, the bees will pollinate them. Here’s hoping!

 

I had a fleeting thought that I should make sure that the bunnies didn’t eat my new strawberry plants.  But I ignored that thought.  That was a BAD idea.  I was going to take pictures yesterday, but I decided to wait (a.k.a. procrastinate) until today.  Also a BAD idea.  When I stepped out my front door this morning, I found this:

 

No leaves!  The bunnies ate them all!  You can see their little bit marks at the base of (what used to be) the leaves.

No leaves! The bunnies ate them all! You can see their little bit marks at the base of (what used to be) the leaves.

 

And this…

 

They must love strawberry leaves, because they left the one unripe strawberry on this plant.

They must love strawberry leaves, because they left the one unripe strawberry on this plant.

 

And this…

 

Look, there's a leaf growing in the center of the plant, which the bunnies didn't eat (yet).  Maybe I can still save these plants.

Look, there’s a leaf growing in the center of the plant, which the bunnies didn’t eat (yet). Maybe I can still save these plants.

 

Hopefully, these are not too far gone, as the bunnies only munched on the leaves.  I’ll find some way to protect them, and, hopefully, they’ll survive and thrive.  Grr…  I’m not loving the bunnies this morning.

 

Of course, that’s not all I procrastinated doing yesterday.  I am a professional procrastinator!  I was a bit tired after all that gardening, so I decided to wait to make bread.  We ran out of bread at lunch, and I knew I needed to make more.  We don’t usually go through bread that quickly (2 loaves in 3 days), but my sons thought it was my best attempt so far at homemade sandwich bread (see my recipe here).

 

Arrogance proceeds the fall, right?  I thought, “I’ve got this!  I’ve mastered bread making.”  Have I never watched an episode of Survivor or Amazing Race?  What happens right before people are kicked off of the show?  They become overly confident.  While I don’t base my philosophies on reality TV, I have found a correlation between my own over confidence and my rate of failure.

 

Overconfidence + Carelessness = FAIL!  See?

 

This bread is usually ready to go in the oven 30 minutes after I put it in the pan.  When it's about an inch over the top of the pan, I pop it in the oven.  These aren't lookin' too hot.  It had been 90 minutes, and they were not rising as I'd like them to be.

This bread is usually ready to go in the oven 30 minutes after I put it in the pan. When it’s about an inch over the top of the pan, I pop it in the oven. These weren’t lookin’ too hot. It had been 90 minutes, and they were not rising as I’d like them to be.

 

So what happened with my bread?  I heat up my milk to hurry the process along when making bread.  I usually check the temperature.  I didn’t.  I think that coupled with the warm water and melted butter killed some of my yeast.  It wasn’t all dead, but my bread was rising very, Very, VERY slowly.  Not good.  Not good at all!  It should look more like this.

 

Look at those beautiful, puffy loaves!  And that's after only 20 minutes!

Look at those beautiful, puffy loaves! And that’s after only 20 minutes!

 

Usually that wouldn’t be a big deal, but remember how I said I’m a procrastinator?  I didn’t start my bread until after 8 pm.  Usually the bread is done in 1 1/2 hours from start to finish.  So, it’s 9:30 at night, and I’m tired (remember, I gardened for several hours that day), and my bread just isn’t rising.  Do I put it in the oven and hope it’s not a rock?  Or do I make new bread.  I was so tempted to just put it in the oven and hope it turned out.

 

BUT, my kids still miss the store-bought bread.  If the bread is rock hard, that’s not going over well.  Trust me.  So, I bit the bullet and made another batch of bread.  It rose exactly as it should.  Look at this picture with both sets of loaves.  The first batch is on the right.  The second batch is on the left.

 

This picture really shows the difference.  By this time, the loaves on the right had been rising for almost 2 hours.  The ones on the left?  30 minutes.

This picture really shows the difference. By this time, the loaves on the right had been rising for almost 2 hours. The ones on the left? 30 minutes.

 

I cooked both batches, just to see what would happen.  Here they are.

 

The two loaves on the left is my first batch.  It improved a little, but it didn't rise anywhere near as much as my second batch (on the right).

The two loaves on the left are my first batch. It improved a little, but it didn’t rise anywhere near as much as my second batch (on the right).

 

Here they are out of the pans.  You can really see the difference.

Here they are out of the pans. You can really see the difference.

 

You can see how dense the first batch is when you compare slices.  These are slices from the middle of the loaves.  The one on the left is my first batch.  The one on the right is my second batch.

You can see how dense the first batch is when you compare slices. These are slices from the middle of the loaves. The one on the left is my first batch. The one on the right is my second batch.

 

My first batch isn’t bad, but it’s not as light and fluffy as my kids like, so I’m making it into croutons. I’m cutting the bread into thick slices to make some nice croutons for Caesar Salad.

 

These slices will be croutons by day's end.

This bread will be croutons by day’s end.

 

I’ll post about that a little later today.  I am making garlic infused olive oil right now, and it needs to sit for at least 4 hours, and the longer it sits, the better it is.  That’s good for a procrastinator like me.

 

Procrastination + Garlic + Olive Oil = Wonderful Garlic Infused Olive Oil!

 

So, now you know a little more about me.  Maybe more than you wanted to know, but such is life.

 

Tell me a little about you.  Are you a procrastinator? 

Prom.


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Brag Alert: My Hubby – Animator Extraordinaire

What does my hubby have to do with food storage?  Other than the fact that he bankrolls all of it?  He is a great support to me, and he works so very hard.  One important part of food storage and self reliance is hard work.  That is not to say that if you work hard you will be successful, or if you are not successful you are not a hard worker.  My husband has had his successes and failures, but he never quits.  He inspires me to work hard and to grow and improve each and every day.   It’s very important to have people to inspire us to continue to improve.  Not to make us feel inadequate by comparing ourselves with them, but by looking at their positive qualities and feeling inspired to develop new skills and talents through hard work and dedication.

 

Do you want to know a little bit about him?  My husband was born in Vietnam and came to the US near the end of the Vietnam war.  His father worked for the US government and was able to get his family out early provided he stayed until he was given the order to leave.  My father-in-law was on one of the last helicopters out of Vietnam when Saigon fell.  Their family was reunited and moved to the Washington D.C. area.  His parents worked very hard and were able to enjoy the American dream: they bought and paid off a modest home, raised their children, and saw their children marry and have children of their own, living happy and productive lives.

 

Nguyen Family in USA, featured in a Washington Post article.

Nguyen Family in USA, featured in a Washington Post article.  My husband is the youngest child.

 

My husband and I met in high school and fell in love.

 

Prom.

Prom.

 

We dated on and off for a few years and married young.

 

Our wedding reception.

Our wedding reception.

 

He finished his education and was able to find work in the film industry as a computer modeler, working on films such as George of the Jungle, Batman and Robin, and Bicentennial Man.  John really wanted to work as an animator and realized his dream.  He has worked as an animator on dozens of films and enjoyed the privilege of working as the CG Supervisor for Curious George.  He’s even on the DVD in the extras section (where they talk about the truck in the film).   See his filmography on imdb here or his website with his demo reel here.

 

Currently, he works for Disney Interactive as an animator.  In his spare time, he teaches for Animation Mentor and develops his own iPhone and iPad apps.  Our kids, family, and friends love them.  Here are a few I particularly like (these are free):

 

First up  is Santa Climbers.  This free climbing game has cute graphics and is a bit addictive.  See it here.

First up is Santa Climbers. This free climbing game has cute graphics and is a bit addictive. See it here.

 

Here's another screen shot of Santa Climbers.

Here’s another screen shot of Santa Climbers.

 

Next is Ultimate Flapping Bird.  He added a speed control to the traditional "flappy bird" type game to make this more fun and exciting.  Once you try the fastest speed, all "flappy bird" type games will seem easy.  See it here.

Next, this is Ultimate Flapping Bird. He added a speed control to the traditional “flappy bird” type game to make this more fun and exciting. Once you try the fastest speed, all “flappy bird” type games will seem easy. See it here.

 

Finally, my favorite time waster, 2048 + More.  This game seems simple, and it is.  It's a great way to pass the time when I'm sitting in a waiting room or waiting for my pictures to upload to my blog.  Click here to see it.

Finally, my favorite time waster, 2048 + More. This game seems simple, and it is. It’s a great way to pass the time when I’m sitting in a waiting room or waiting for my pictures to upload to my blog. Click here to see it.

 

He also volunteers his time at church in a leadership position supporting the Bishop in our congregation.  He is going, going, going all the time!  Yet, I never feel he doesn’t have time for me.  He still gives me and our boys love, time, and attention.  We have a date night every Friday night.  Life is good.  Busy, but very good.

 

So, why am I telling you all this?  Life is multi-faceted and rich, and working hard is an important part of being happy and being prepared.  If I or my husband or my children or anyone don’t know how to work hard, we’re going to have serious problems in an emergency.  And it doesn’t matter what kind of emergency that is.  Hard work is required to thrive.  It is an important principle which brings happiness no matter what our situation in life.

 

(Stepping off her soap box.)

Now it’s your turn.  Tell me about someone you admire. 

What qualities do they have that you would like to develop or magnify within yourself? 

How do they inspire you to be the best YOU you can be?

Look at this delicious pizza made with Food Storage!  No one will be suffering eating this!


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Everything You Always Wanted To Know, But Were Afraid To Ask…

Food storage is an interesting thing.  Most people think it’s a good idea to have a little extra food on hand, and most people don’t worry that they’re not planning well enough or that they won’t rotate (use) the food.  But once people start talking about longer term food storage (3 months, 6 months, 1 year, etc.), people get intimidated.

 

As a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve been taught my entire life to be prepared by having a year supply of food on hand.  When I was a kid, it was no biggie.  My parents had food on hand, and I felt safe and secure.  I knew we ate out of our food storage, because my mom made delicious whole wheat bread regularly, even grinding her own wheat with an attachment for her Bosch mixer (see one here).  To this day, one of my favorite things to eat is a slice of whole wheat bread, made with red winter wheat, sliced hot out of the oven with a little butter spread on it.  YUM!  So good!

 

Homemade whole grain bread

Homemade whole grain bread made with white winter wheat

 

So, what’s the problem?  I grew up and realized what a huge undertaking it is to buy a year supply of food while you’re trying to cover all of your other expenses.  Not to mention figuring out where to store it.  Then there’s the idea that my food storage has to have wheat and beans.  What if I don’t eat wheat and beans?  What if I don’t know how to use them, and I don’t want to know?

 

See my quandry?  So, what did I do?  I decided not to think about it.  I had some extra food in my pantry, so it was almost never bare bones, but I didn’t have any sort of plan to have any more than a few weeks’ worth of food.  If I didn’t think about it, nothing bad would happen, right?  No job loss, no illness, no crazy storms or earthquakes.  Right?  Well those things kept on happening, some in my family, some in other parts of the world. Not thinking about it wasn’t helping.  Thankfully, a friend of mine, Sarah, took me by the hand and helped me get started.  Something is better than nothing.” became my new mantra.  (You can read more about it here.)

 

I think the thing that helped me the most was being able to ask a real person questions about food storage.  How do I use it?  What do you store?  How do I store it?  Does anything made from food storage actually taste good?  And a myriad of other questions.

 

Look at this delicious pizza made with Food Storage!  No one will be suffering eating this!  Want to win some ingredients to make your own pizza?  Enter my April giveaway here.

Look at this delicious pizza made with Food Storage! No one will be suffering eating this! Want to win some ingredients to make your own pizza? Enter my April giveaway here.  Want to learn more about these products without any obligation to buy?  Click here to explore Jennette’s personal Thrive website.

 

I want to you to be able to ask all of your questions, so that you can be empowered and find a food storage plan that works for you.  Maybe you are comfortable with 2 weeks of food in your home.  Maybe you feel you need more than 2 weeks, but nowhere near a year supply.  Maybe you want to have a year supply or more so that you can wait for a sale on items and spend less on your food overall.

 

This is where my April giveaway sponsor, Jennette, comes in.  (You can enter my giveaway here.)  She is a real gal who has struggled with some of these same questions and worries.  She loves helping other people with their food storage and gains a great feeling of satisfaction from helping others whether or not they buy their food storage from her.  Of course, she would never object to someone buying from her, but her motivation is to help people do something (remember my mantra, “Something is better than nothing”) rather than to do nothing.

 

So, here’s your chance.  Ask Jennette anything about food storage.  She is also an amazing gardener, so if you want to ask her a question about that, feel free.  She is NOT a high pressure sales person.  She’s a regular person who happens to sell food storage.  Jennette is happy to share her knowledge and experience without any obligation to buy anything ever!

 

The floor is open!  Ask away!

 

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