Patriotic Jello with Freeze-Dried Fruits

Desserts, Thrive Fruits
We originally posted this on our Food Storage Made Easy blog but thought it would be fun to share it here too since it uses Thrive freeze-dried fruits. This patriotic jello is completely a "shelf stable" recipe if you use freeze-dried fruits in it. It also works perfectly fine with regular fruit and cool-whip. It's fun to know that you can make a creative and delicious treat for your family even if you are living completely off of food storage! Patriotic Jello Ingredients: 2 3-oz packages blue jello 2 3-oz packages strawberry jello 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (Knox brand) 14-oz can Eagle Sweetened Condensed Milk Optional Ingredients: Thrive Freeze Dried Strawberries Thrive Freeze Dried Blueberries Spiff-E-Whip (I found this at Wal-Mart or Amazon) Directions: Gather all of your ingredients. Make…
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Cauliflower and Mac and Cheese

Recipes
My 3rd son has broken me. Up until him I could get my kids to eat vegetables. My first ate them easily. My second ate them with some negotiating. But my 3rd just HATES them. As he has gotten older we've been able to work with him to eat more and more but he still rarely eats them without a fuss. I won't give up on him but in the mean time I've needed to do a little "sneaking" around here. My latest sneak is something I'm pretty excited about. He has no idea what's going on and I''m taking pride in this victory. So this idea was born from a book I got a few years ago and haven't done a lot with. It's by Jerry Seinfield's wife called…
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Make-Ahead Muffin Mixes

Breakfast, Recipes
My kids LOVE when I make them "hot" breakfasts. I do not love making hot breakfasts. I'm more of a "sleep until the last possible moment" kind of gal. Well I've been trying to better about it this year and have come up with some tricks that help. We often have breakfast for dinner and I make a triple batch of pancakes or waffles so they can reheat them for future breakfasts. I also have tried making overnight oatmeal mixes which they don't love. So this week I decided to try working on a muffin mix so in the morning I can just add water and bake and they can have hot fresh muffins in just a few minutes. Or I can even cook them the night before but having…
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White Bean Chicken Chili

Recipes
The other day I was in the mood for something new and easy. I got this recipe from Thrive's recipe website and tweaked it a little. It turned out great and will be a family staple, especially on nights we are in a hurry and I don't have time to thaw and cook chicken. I seriously love the "fast food" I get to feed my family when cooking with Thrive. By the way... I think my new favorite product from Thrive is the Freeze Dried Green Chili Peppers . I'm throwing them into everything. Ingredients: 1 c. THRIVE Pinto Beans (cooked) I used white beans from a can because I was in a hurry 1 c. THRIVE Chopped Onions - Freeze Dried (rehydrated) 2 c. THRIVE Seasoned Chicken Slices -…
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6 Sneaky Ways to Use Powdered Milk

6 Sneaky Ways to Use Powdered Milk

Powdered Milk
We have tried a lot of powdered milks and the one we've found to be the best tasting and the easiest to mix for drinking is Thrive Instant Milk. If you are just doing a simple baking substitution then any regular powdered milk will work just fine. But for drinking and for making buttermilk, sweetened condensed milk, etc. we would definitely recommend using an instant milk. 1. Hide it in a milk jug If you run out of milk and don't want to make a midnight shopping run, you can always rinse out the milk jug and then fill it with powdered milk. If you are worried about your family noticing, you can try this when the jug is only half empty. It works like a charm. To make the…
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Super Easy Green Smoothie Mixes

Recipes, Thrive Fruits
Everyone wants to try to eat healthier these days, but it's not always very convenient. I've been trying to eat more green smoothies lately to get in some extra nutrition when I don't want to take the time to cook a healthy lunch for myself. My problem is that I'm not consistent enough to keep all my spinach and fruits from going bad before I can get through them all. Well since I discovered the secret of using Thrive fruits and veggies in my smoothies my world has completely changed! You can mix and match your ingredients but here is a basic formula you can use to create your own smoothie mixes! It's the perfect amount to fit in a quart size canning jar so you can even make big…
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Freezer Taquitos

Dinners, Uncategorized
It's soccer season, overlapped with hockey camps, topped with rugby season in our house. It was a scheduling accident that we completely overbooked ourselves this season. Rugby used to be a summer sport, but the league moved the season to spring. This was after my husband agreed to coach my son's soccer team so we couldn't get out of that. Since rugby is the favorite sport (outside of hockey) we had to sign up for that even though it came 6 weeks earlier than in the past. In the midst of all that my husband asked if it was okay if he could volunteer to help run a hockey camp for 6 weeks that the kids could attend as well. I agreed to the hockey thing because I wasn't thinking…
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Lime Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Desserts, Dinners, Meals-in-a-Jar, Recipes
My kids always like to have a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I was out of town last weekend and didn't have time to get anything super fun organized. So I did what all good moms do and resorted to searching Pinterest for ideas. I found this cute idea for shamrock sugar cookies that includes a little lesson idea to teach kids about how the Godhead is individual people but one in purpose. We do a little spiritual family lesson and/or activity every Monday night so this was perfect for us! I of course like to make things EASIER so I decided to use a leftover Christmas Sugar Cookie Mix I had and added a package of Lime Jello out of my food storage. I also squirted in…
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Meals in a Jar eCookbook

Meals-in-a-Jar
Looking for quick easy dinners? Want to store complete meals for emergencies? Would you like to save money by eating out less?Our Meals in a Jar eCookbook will help you revolutionize your dinner time. Fill your pantry with these delicious kid-friendly foods and you will no longer have to fear the "What's for dinner?" question! Buy now at our special introductory price of just $2.99! All meals will serve 5-6 people and can by made by just adding water and either simmering or baking. These meals can be made using simple freeze-dried and dehydrated foods along with powders, spices, and sauce mixes. We use Thrive Life foods to create these meals but other brands may be substituted as desired.  Jar Meals Include:Tortilla Soup Chicken Bake Veggie Beef Stew Sausage Lasagna…
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MEAL IN A JAR: SAUSAGE LASAGNA

Dinners, Recipes
Meals in a jar are something a lot of you have been very interested in lately. These are great because you can make a lot of them ahead for storage or quick and easy meals. They beat freezer meals because you don't have to come up with the freezer space and you won't get freezer burn on these. In November, as a thank you to our customers, we sent you a copy of our mini meal-in-a-jar cookbook that contained this recipe for a sausage lasagna. We wanted to share this recipe with you today because a number of ingredients in it are in the February Specials! If you're not on our list, make sure you sign up here to get cool things like this. Sausage Lasagna Pack the following in…
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