Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shelf Reliance Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

On November 25th, Shelf Reliance® will be offering our biggest sale of the year—the annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale! This sale is a great opportunity for you to get into the holiday spirit by stocking up on all you need to build your Home Store™.
Click Here to see all the Great Shelf Reliance and Thrive products available at great discounts(or here for PDF
Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
            His love endures forever."
Psalm 136:1

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Save up to 25% & New Products

Summer is coming to an end and it is time for the Back-to-School fun!
Busy Moms love Shelf Reliance for the convenience without sacrificing taste and nutrition!

Now is a great time to stock-up on all your Shelf Reliance favorites!

Welcome to the Shelf Reliance Five-Day Sale!

Save up to 25%!!
Sept 1- Sept 5

Almost every product we carry is now on sale! Hurry Sale ends Sept 5th! Don't miss these great savings!
Contact me today to order at these great prices!
Click here to view the current price list!

New Products!!

Thrive has released some great new products we know you will love! Try them today!

 *Thrive Gluten Free!*
Introducing 5 new products that are naturally gluten free! Make yummy gluten free breads, pastas, soups, and more!

*Thrive Drinks*
Shelf Reliance proudly introduces Thrive Drinks. Each long lasting drink is vitamin fortified, contains natural flavors, and natural sweeteners. This new drink line is sure to quench your thirst! Try great flavors like Melon Berry Burst, mango passion, and orange bliss. Fruit Punch Performance is a great thirst quencher for the kids after school activities and to keep you hydrated during work-outs.

*Thrive Storage*
Short on Space? Try the New 'Under the Bed' Harvester!

To Learn more about any of our new products Click Here.

Happy Shopping!

~Wishing You All A Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!~

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Texas Heat Wave & Your Electricity Bill

Here in Texas we are having an EXTREME summer!  It has been the hottest it has been since 1980!  Wells are drying up, tanks are drying up, yards are dead and foundations are cracking!   It is even too hot to swim.  The water in our above ground pool is too warm to cool off in!  Our electric bill has gone through the roof!!

My friend Tawny has some tips on how to get that electric bill under control!  Visit her blog and check out her post! 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bigger Is Better!

 I am very excited about today's announcement from Shelf Reliance.  They are going big!  Some of your favorite products are going be available in bucket size!  No word yet which ones, but I will let you know as soon as I do!

"Shelf Reliance is proud to offer a variety of THRIVE foods that come in all shapes and sizes. Our mylar bags are just what you need for a small afternoon snack or the midnight munchies. With THRIVE pantry cans you can share the goodness of THRIVE with more of your friends and family. The #10 cans contain plenty of servings of healthy THRIVE food that you can use daily to whip up a variety of tasty homemade meals. Now, if that wasn’t enough, Shelf Reliance is taking it one step further—bigger, that is!"
Stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming launch.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thrive Milk Shakes

One of the many weekly newsletters I receive is from the Hillbilly Housewife.  She gives ideas and recipes for low cost, home cooking from scratch.  I found a recipe the other day that I couldn't wait to try with Thrive!   

Just know that our family is now ADDICTED to these milk shakes!  We will not go back to plain ice cream shakes ever again!

Thrive Milk Shakes
1 to 2 cups cold water
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1t vanilla
2T oil (vegetable, corn or canola) plus a 5 second spray of Pam or other nonstick spray
(I know what you are thinking....DO NOT leave these out!  Trust me!) 
more ice

Add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the water, the other ingredients  and about 2 cups of ice to the blender.  Blend on high.  You may have to scrap down the sides depending on your blender.  Add more ice or water to suit your blender and your preference.  More water makes a thinner shake where as less water with more ice makes a thicker shake.  I'm sure you get the idea! 

Blend for a full 2 minutes.  There was a long, long comment section about the oil on her website.  But without it your shake will just resemble blended ice.  The oil aids in the emulsification process and is what gives it the creamy, fluffy texture!  Trust me, I tried it both ways!  

Tomorrow I am going to try it with Splenda to make it sugar free.  I'm sure all you Thrive addicts and consultants out there can just see the possibilities!  To make it vanilla I omitted the cocoa and used some vanilla syrup I found in the coffee section at the store.  I had a coupon for it and had been wanting to try it for sometime.  It was sooooooo good!!

What a great use for the fruit powder at the bottom of the fruit cans....shoot, why wait for the bottom, just throw some fruit in there!  Post a comment and tell me if you liked it and how you changed it up!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One Minute Brownies

1 Minute Brownie
by Tawny Nicole<
Sometimes at the end of a long day, you just need some quiet & some chocolate! And chocolate doesn’t come in many better forms that brownies!

But, an entire pan of brownies is just too tempting!

So, my new best friend, is a Brownies in a Mug, aka: The 1 Minute Brownie!

4 Tbsp Thrive  Fudge Brownie Mix
2 Tbsp Water
Optional: 1 Tbsp Mix-In (chopped nuts, candies, chocolate chips, ect)
Combine Ingredients. Microwave on high for 1 Minute in heavy mug or cup.

This delicious treat can also be used as a perfect gift!

You can easily package Thrive Brownie Mix in a cone-shaped bag or ziploc baggie. Place baggie in a mug. Decorate with cello bag or curly ribbons. Attach tag with recipe instructions.


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Monday, July 11, 2011

Your Health: BPA

You have likely seen 'BPA Free' stickers popping up on hard plastic bottles all over the place! Just what is this BPA? Why is it so dangerous?

What Is BPA?
Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications.
Known to be estrogenic since the mid 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children. In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance.In the European Union and Canada, BPA use is banned in baby bottles.(Wikipedia)

Is BPA Toxic?
This is a subject of much debate. Since the FDA completed its original analysis in August, additional data on the potential health effects of BPA have emerged, linking high levels of BPA exposure to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes and even a decreased sensitivity to chemotherapy in cancer patients. The compound is also linked to developmental and brain effects in infants; BPA is known to mimic the hormone estrogen in the body, which can cause changes in developing fetuses and infants. "There is enough evidence today for the FDA to take the precaution and to certainly get BPA out of infant products," says Urvashi Rangan, senior scientist and policy analyst at Consumers Union. "Even more, consumers should not be ingesting this substance while the science is being figured out."(Time Magazine)

A 2008 draft report by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) concluded that “there is some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures,” and that there is “some concern for bisphenol A exposure in these populations based on effects in the prostate gland, mammary gland, and an earlier age for puberty in females.”

Dr Oz suggest the BPA may be making us fat.

BPA has been linked to many health problems.

BPA is also known to have a negative effect on the environment.
In general, studies have shown that BPA can affect growth, reproduction and development in aquatic organisms. Among freshwater organisms, fish appear to be the most sensitive species. Evidence of endocrine-related effects in fish, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles has been reported at environmentally relevant exposure levels lower than those required for acute toxicity. There is a widespread variation in reported values for endocrine-related effects, but many fall in the range of 1μg/L to 1 mg/L.(Wikipedia)

In Conclusion, The jury may still be officially 'out' on BPA, but it is something we should all be mindful of.

Where do we find BPA?
BPA is hiding everywhere. It is in water bottles, milk jugs, ling of cans of baby formula, lining of many cans and many other places. Heat causes BPA to leach at up to 50% more quickly. This means, do NOT heat or reheat your foods in plastic containers. Do NOT leave water bottles in the sun. When in doubt do not reuse plastics or cans.

One easy way to identify BPA is by the recycle code on the bottom of most plastics. 
In general, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.

Thrive & BPA
You can feel safe feeding your family foods from Thrive and Shelf Reliance. All Thrive cans and pouches are BPA FREE!! Our specially lined cans are durable, safe, and add to Thrive foods long shelf life. Best of all, with Thrive foods, you don't have to worry about dangerous, toxic substances such as BPA leaching into your families food.

Many baby food containers  contain BPA. With Thrive foods you can quickly make healthy baby food in minutes! Just rehydrate your chosen foods and puree! No need to boil or steam! You can then freeze your homemade baby food eliminating your baby's exposure to BPA.

How many toxic and dangerous chemicals is your family being exposed to on a daily basis? Are you or your family suffering from any health problems as a result of these toxic chemicals and compounds? What can you do today or change tomorrow to limit your family's exposure to toxins such as BPA?

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Friday, July 8, 2011

History Of Food: The Root Cellar


Welcome! I love history! Through history, we are better able to understand ourselves, where we have been, and where we are going.

Each week, I am going to share a bit with you about the history of food storage!
Lucky for us, food storage is the easiest and healthiest it has ever been! Start your home store today and you will always have fresh yummy food on hand for you and your family!

The Root Cellar

Root  Cellars are an ancient form of long-term food storage of foods and veggies and fermented beverages.

Early records show Root Cellars in use 40,000 years ago.
Native Australians were among the first to take advantage of the insulated properties of burying food.
Walk in food storage cellars were invented in the 17th century in England. This was the first appearance of the root cellar as we know it.

According to Hobby Farm, “the most notable practitioners of root-cellar arts were the early colonists that arrived in North America from the United Kingdom. The eastern halves of America and Canada contain thousands of old root cellars, and the small Newfoundland town of Elliston actually claims the title of “Root Cellar Capital of the World,” and boasts of over 135 root cellars, some dating back 200 years.”

How Does it Work:

Root Cellars were essentially the first refrigerators. The under ground storage provided a dark cool environment to store produce and slow or prevent spoilage. A good root cellar can often be 40F cooler than the outside temperature.

You can store just about anything in your root cellar! Some preparations and precautions are needed for some items and to prevent some produce from causing a bitter taste to others. One cellar may be used for items needing a high humidity, and a lower humidity cellar for other goods requiring a lower humidity such as canned foods, and grains.

According to Wikipedia, “Vegetables stored in the root cellar primarily consist of potatoes, turnips, and carrots. Other food supplies placed in the root cellar over the winter months include beets, onions, preserves/jams, salt meat, salt turbot, salt herring, Winter squash, and cabbage.Separate cellars are occasionally used for storing fruits, such as apples. Water, bread, butter, milk, and cream are sometimes stored in the root cellar also. In addition, items such as salad greens, fresh meat, and jam pies are kept in the root cellar early in the day to keep cool until they are needed for supper.”

Want to learn more or build your own root cellar?

Start your own Chapter in Food Storage History today!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011


There are also some incredible deals in our emergency supplies!
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Duct tape is a must for any survival kit!  
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our FD Pineapple!  When I saw Tiffany's recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken, I knew I had to share it!

If you haven't already tried FD Pineapple, it will rock your world.  THRIVE outdid themselves as they went to 16 different companies before they chose this company for the finger licking, tongue tingling fruit. 
If you'd like a sample of this delectable fruit, email me at thrivingtexasmama@gmail.com for more information.

The following recipe is adapted from the Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook.
Getting Started:
1 1/2 c FD Pineapple
4 c water
8 cups cooked rice
1 1/2 lb boneless pork (or chicken)
Vegetable Oil

1/2 c flour
1/4 c cornstarch
2/3 c cold water
1/2 t salt

Skillet Mix:
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c white vinegar
1/2 t salt
2 t soy sauce
1/2 t minced garlic
2 t cornstarch

1. Combine pineapple and 4 c water in a bowl and allow to soak in the fridge.  Begin cooking your rice.  Click here if you need a rice recipe and just double what it calls for.
2. Remove excess fat from pork or chicken and cut into 3/4 in cubes.  Heat deep fryer or dish to 360 degrees.  Note: I don't fry things very often so I just filled a skillet with about 1 in vegetable oil to cook the pork.
3. Combine all of the batter ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and whisk quickly until mixture becomes smooth.  Add pork pieces to batter and toss around until each piece is well coated.
4. Add pork pieces one at a time to frying oil leaving a little space in between each one so they will not stick together and so they will be easy to turn.  Cook them 5-6 minutes long turning each piece 2-3 times until golden in color.  Drain on paper towels and keep warm.
5.  Get 2 1/2 c water from bowl of pineapple (add water to equal 2 1/2 c if there isn't enough) and put this, brown sugar, vinegar, 1/2 t salt, soy sauce, THRIVE carrots, THRIVE Mixed Bell Peppers, and garlic into pan and bring to a boil.  Let it cook for 6-7 minutes.
6.  In pineapple bowl, add 2 T cornstarch (2 T water if there isn't any water remaining and the pineapple soaked it all up).  Mix well, then add cooked pork.  Mix again.
7. Add contents of the bowl into the pan with the rest of the cooked ingredients and allow to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Makes 6-8 servings.
Serve with one cup of cooked rice.

If you are lucky to end up with pineapple powder at the bottom of your can and aren't quite sure what to do with the powder, you can visit here for more ideas.  To purchase pineapple or see any of your other favorite THRIVE products, you can go to ThrivingTexasMama.com.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Made In America


In today’s age of ‘out sourcing’, almost every product we buy has ‘made in china’ or a similar country attached. When we pick up our phone to make a customer service call, our calls are often transferred over seas. In this day and age ‘made in America’ has become something rather rare.

According to the ABC News, if every American bought $3.33 worth of American made goods every week we could create 10,000 jobs.

In many areas of the country, we know just how bad those jobs are needed. It’s basic economics. Spend money on goods made in your area, this creates jobs in your area, and stimulates the economy and helps it grow in your area.

We love our country! We have the best country in the world! So, lets show out support for our country! If spending just $3.33 on American Goods creates 10,000 jobs imagine what $9.99 would do!
We have strong work ethic standards in this country. When we buy American made goods, we know the workers received fair wages and fair conditions. When we buy American goods we know the goods meet health and other standards and regulations we have in this country to ensure quality.
So, take some time. Turn over the products on the shelf. Look for Made in The USA.
Many companies are opening, building, or reestablishing factories here in the USA. So, you will be seeing more made in the USA!

Another great way to ensure you are getting American Made goods, Shop With Shelf Reliance & Thrive.

Shelf Reliance is an American Based Business. Your personal consultant in someone you know and trust. By shopping with Shelf Reliance, you are stimulating your local economy, buying US goods, and buying delicious high quality foods.

So hop on over to My Online Store and spend your $3.33 toward the cause!
Made In America. Buy with pride in your country & your community.

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Repurposing Your Empty Cans

 Looking for something to do with all those #10 and Pantry Size cans!  Here are a few ideas.

Kaboose.com has a great recipe for
photo from http://affectionfordetail.blogspot.com

From rd.com
from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Separate hamburgers Before you put those hamburger patties in the freezer, stack them with a coffee-can lid between each and put them in a plastic bag. Now, when the patties are frozen you’ll be able to easily peel off as many as you need.

Hold kitchen scraps Line a coffee can with a small plastic bag and keep it near the sink to hold kitchen scraps and peelings. Instead of walking back and forth to the garbage can, you’ll make one trip to dump all the scraps at the same time.

Make a bank To make a bank for the kids or a collection can for a favorite charity, use a utility knife to cut a 1/8-inch (3-millimeter) slit in the center of the plastic lid of a coffee can. Tape decorative paper or adhesive plastic to the sides of the kids’ bank; for a collection can, use the sides of the can to highlight the charity you are helping.

Keep the laundry room neat Have an empty coffee can nearby as you’re going through the kids’ pockets before putting up a load of wash. Use it to deposit gum and candy wrappers, paper scraps, and other assorted items that kids like to stuff into their pockets. Keep another can handy for coins and bills.

Make a dehumidifier If your basement is too damp, try this easy-to-make dehumidifier. Fill an empty coffee can with salt and leave it in a corner where it will be undisturbed. Replace the salt at monthly intervals or as needed.

Keep carpets dry Place plastic coffee-can lids under houseplants as saucers. They will protect carpets or wood floors and catch any excess water.

Keep toilet paper dry when camping Bring a few empty coffee cans with you on your next camping trip. Use them to keep toilet paper dry in rainy weather or when you’re carrying supplies in a canoe or boat.

Gauge rainfall or sprinkler coverage Find out if your garden is getting enough water from the rain. Next time it starts to rain, place empty coffee cans in several places around the garden. When the rain stops, measure the depth of the water in the cans. If they measure at least an inch, there’s no need for additional watering. This is also a good way to test if your sprinkler is getting sufficient water to the areas it is supposed to cover.

Make a spot lawn seeder When it’s time to reseed bare spots on your lawn, don’t use a regular spreader. It wastes seed by throwing it everywhere. For precision seeding, fashion a spot seeder from an empty coffee can and a pair of plastic lids. Drill small holes in the bottom of the can, just big enough to let grass seeds pass through. Put one lid over the bottom of the can, fill the can with seeds, and cap it with the other lid. When you’re ready to spread the seeds, take off the bottom lid. When you’re finished, replace it to seal in any unused seed for safe storage.

Eliminate workshop clutter You want small items like screws, nuts, and nails to be handy, but you don’t want them to take up workbench space. Here’s a way to get the small stuff up out of the way. Drill a hole near the top of empty coffee cans so you can hang them on nails in your workshop wall. Label the cans with masking tape so you will know what’s inside.

Soak a paintbrush An empty coffee can is perfect for briefly soaking a paintbrush in thinner before continuing a job the next day. Cut an X into the lid and insert the brush handles so the bristles clear the bottom of the can by about 1/2 inch (12 millimeters). If the can has no lid, attach a stick to the brush handle with a rubber band to keep the bristles off the bottom of the can.

Catch paint drips Turn the plastic lids from old coffee cans into drip catchers under paint cans and under furniture legs when you’re painting. Protect cupboard shelves by putting them under jars of cooking oil and syrup too.

Gift Wrap
Cover the outside of a coffee can with wrapping paper or a bright coat of spray paint. Then, drop your gift inside; pop the lid on; and you're done. It's a great option for both edible and non-edible gifts.

A Toad House
Tired of finding bugs munching on your plants? Toads are great pest control. Invite one to your yard by creating a toad house out of an old coffee can. 

Collect a bunch of coffee cans, and use them to make lanterns for your backyard. They're great for parties, but sturdy enough to hold up to daily use.

 E-How.com has several great ideas!  These ideas use the plastic coffee cans, but could be done with the #10.

Pencil Holder  Look at this from SpottedCanary.com.  I have a ton of scrapbook stuff I could use for this!  

These are actually paint cans, but could be easily adapted for the #10 cans!  Use different scrapbook papers to make a can for your dog treats, or use some festive paper and use it as a gift can!  The possibilities are endless!

Have pictures of what you have done?  Share them with us on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thrivingtexasmama
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Sale!!

Welcome to one of the BIGGEST sales of the year!! The ‘Let Freedom Thrive’ Shelf Reliance 4th of July Sale! Hurry this sale will only continue until July 5th!!

There are 2 ways to save! You can order online and get great saving like these, OR you can contact me directly and get PARTY PRICING!! (If you are a QClub Member, you will automatically get Party Pricing)
So, go online and order, or contact me today and I will send you the Party Pricing only deals!
Hurry Sale Ends July 5th!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Our Daily Starch?!?!

 Bread. For many generations, bread has been an essential to life for man kind. It was *the* stable of every culture. Bread was healthy. Bread was life sustaining. But now, it seems, bread just makes you fat.

Most likely you can peek at the label of one of your favorite treats and you will see 'enriched wheat flour' as a main ingredient. But what IS enriched wheat flour?

Enriched wheat flour is flour that has been bleached and striped of all nutrients until it forms a nutrition-less starch. Enriching is necessary because the processing used to make white flour destroys most of the nutrients that originally were present in the whole grain

Interestingly, One of the key nutrients added back to white flour is iron, however it is not iron in a usable form, but yet a metallic form our bodies cant process.

White flour is essentially nothing more than a starch, and the body processes it does other starches and sugars. White flour is really nothing more than a refined carbohydrate. It is a great contrast to its Whole Wheat counterpart which is processed by the body in a completely different way. 

Whole Wheat flour is absorbed by the body as a grain. It is used for energy and processed slowly by your body.

Enriched Flour is basically a healthy grain striped down to a starch and 'enriched' with some of the vitamins and minerals removed in the processing. 
 This enriching and bleaching process is esentially why bread is now 'bad'. This bleaching process took a nutrutuous food which sustained life of all kinds and turned it into a literal killer. This 'Daily Starch' sends out bodies through a roller coaster of sugar highs and lows and leads to diabeties, obesidy, heart disease and a whole host of other health problems.

Our daily bread had been turned into our daily starch!!

But, the good news is, flour is NOT bad! Whole Wheat and sprouted flours are an important part of a healthy diet. With Shelf Reliance your can store whole kernels of wheat and grind it to make your own healthy flour!!  

Chose Whole Wheat when ever possible... And think of white flour not as a grain, but as the starch/sugar it is once processed by your body.

Reclaim your daily bread!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

What is TVP?

by Hilary at The Thrive Hive

Many people are curious about what TVP is. TVP stands for texturized vegetable protein. It is an alternative to meat that provides excellent protein, is economical, and is easy to store and use. TVP provides the protein of meat without the fat or the mess that cooking and browning can create. The most popular TVP product is TVP Tacos. In fact many popular fast food chains use this in their recipes as a meat extender. You can make a quick meal, such as tacos, using TVP in 15 minutes for much less than the cost of ground beef and with more nutrition. In our family we also love to use TVP Ham or TVP Bacon on salads and baked potatoes to add flavor and crunch without adding calories. TVP does not last as long as freeze dried meat, but I like to have it in my home store because it costs less and if the needs arises for me to live off of my food storage I will be able to extend the freeze dried meat I do have or use it on it's own and feel confident that my family is getting good nutrition. TVP is also very convenient for camping as it weighs very little and can be quickly rehydrated or added to dishes.
TVP is made from soy flour where the soy oil has been extracted. It is cooked under pressure and then extruded and dried. Not only is TVP high in protein, but its also high in fiber and low in fat. This makes TVP ideal for food storage and also for every day use. Because TVP is not made from meat, it does not have the contamination risk that many meats have with bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella. Because it is soy based, it is perfect for those on a vegetarian diet.
To reconstitute TVP, pour ¾ cup boiling water over 1 cup TVP and let stand for 5-10 minutes. It can also be added dry to dishes with adequate liquid such as soups or spaghetti sauce. The texture of TVP can be adjusted by the amount of liquid added, so you can experiment to find out just how you like it. 1 oz of TVP is equivalent to approximately 3 oz of meat. After rehydration, TVP should be treated like meat and must be refrigerated and eaten within a few days.
(TVP facts taken from shelfreliance.com)

Here is a great TVP Taco recipe from Tawny:

5 Minute Taco Night
You Will Need:
*Thrive Taco TVP *Lettuce *Salsa
*Thrive onions *Tomatoes *Corn chips
*Thrive Peppers *Cheese *Tortillas

1.Reconstitute enough TVP for your family’s needs. Remember the TVP almost doubles when reconstituted. For example, if you need 1 cup of TVP, reconstitute half a cup. I reconstitute my TVP by covering it in HOT water and letting it sit. I drain off any excess water. 2. Reconstitute onions and peppers to meet you family’s needs. Again, cover with water, let sit, and drain excess water.

3. While your other ingredients are reconstituting, warm your tortillas in the over.
I warm mine at 300F for 5 min.
4. Again while other ingredients are reconstituting, chop lettuce and tomatoes.
5. I keep grated cheese in my fridge, but if you don’t, now is a great time to grate that cheese. You could also reconstitute some yummy Thrive freeze dried cheese.
6. Open your chips and salsa.
7. Serve
I serve this ‘buffet style’ and let everyone make his or her own plate. Some make Taco Salad with a salsa dressing, some have tacos, some have nachos, and some have a combination of them all! It is a real crowd pleaser!
This is also GREAT served with Beans! Yummy!!
Who doesn’t love a crowd pleaser that is healthy and can be prepared in less time than it takes to order at a fast food restaurant?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Granola Bars

I LOVE Granola made with THRIVE!!  A consultant friend posted this recipe for Granola Bars that I just love.  It is sooo easy to just substitue THRIVE in any recipe, like this one.  Give it a try!

Granola Bars 

By Jamie Templar

A few days ago my sister who has helped me with the design of my blog sent me a txt asking when I changed my blog.  I had no idea what she was talking about as I had not changed anything on it.  After a minute she realized she was at the wrong blog.  She went to self reliance by Jamie. I can see how she would get that confused with mine.  We have the same name and I sell Shelf reliance products.  Anyways I asked her to send me the link to the blog so I could take a look.  I was very impressed with what I was seeing.  I looked through her blog and found some yummy sounding recipes and great info.  I love a good food storage/emergency preparedness blog and another I have found. I am all about making homemade when I can.  I have been trying for about a year now to find a good granola bar recipe.  I have tried several different recipes and they have all tasted good. BUT when I go to cut them into bars they either crumble or fall apart when I pick them up.  My other problem is I compare them to store bought granola bars.  With these I need to remember that the homemade bars are not going to be like the store bought bars.  Anyways Jamie at self reliance by Jamie  about a year ago posted a recipe for granola bars.  They looked and sounded good so I tried her recipe yesterday.  Oh my goodness....I found my granola bar recipe.  Thanks Jamie!  These not only taste good but I was able to cut them into bars and they held up!!! Granola Bars
4 1/2 c rolled oats (regular, not quick)
1 c flour ( I like to use whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 c butter, melted
1/2 c honey
1/3 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c mini chocolate chips (raisins, craisins, other dried fruit, whatever you like!)
Combine all ingredients but the chocolate chips (or whatever you are putting in). Mix and then add the chocolate chips in and mix again. Press into a greased pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes. Enjoy!!
**this is a basic recipe. . . if you like other things, try putting them in and make it your own recipe! Nuts, seeds, coconut, peanut butter. . . the options are endless!**
These are NOT my pics, they are Jamie`s.  To see her blog for this recipe click here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Recipe: Homemade 'Helper' Recipe

We love easy around here. And we have all been brain washed into believing those boxed ‘helper’ recipes are as easy as it gets.
With a whopping 110 Calories in the mix alone and a lengthy list of unhealthy ingredients and preservative, there must be a better way!
Making homemade hamburger helper could not be easier!! You make up a basic ‘mix’ and add noodles and meat as you see fit. You could easily layer noodles, mix and spice into mason jars to give as gifts or as a quick meal. With options such as freeze dried meats or TVP, quick ‘helper’ style meals have never been easier!!
Homemade ‘Helper’ Mix
  • 1 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs. dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup Thrive Freeze Dried Onion
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 1 2/3 cup Thrive Powdered milk
  • 3 1/2 Tbs. Thrive beef bouillon
Mix this all up and store in a glass jar or other sealed container.
Use 1/2 cup for each pound of ground meat.
The Nutrition Info for this basic mix comes to about the following: 41 Calories, less than 1g of fat
Basic Preparation:
  • 1 pound meat (Thrive Freeze Dried Beef, Thrive Beef TVP, or seasoned browned ground beef)
  • 1/2 cup of  ‘helper’ mix (above)
  • 1 to 2 cups noodles (elbow macaroni for example)
  • 1 1/2 to 3 cups water
Stir in meat, dry mix, then add 2 cups hot water and 2 cups noodles. You can add more or less water and noodles, proportionately, depending on much you need to stretch that pound of beef. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer, cover, and cook until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes.
This Recipe is easily adaptable to what you have on hand and what you are hungry for. Looking for a cheese burger? Add Thrive Cheese Blend or Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Throw in some Bacon TVP for a bacon Cheese burger! With Thrive Freeze Dried vegetables, its easy to add corn, green beans, or other yummy veggies to your helper meal. Just dd them when you add the noodles. Looking for a comfort food: Instead of macaroni, add 2-3 cups very thinly sliced potatoes. Simmer 20-30 minutes until potatoes are tender. Uncover and simmer until liquid has evaporated.
This recipe is easily adapted to your families dietary needs. Use whole grain pasta. Or gluten Free Pasta. Season and adjust the recipe to your needs and taste.
When you do the math this recipe is an incredible money saver!! You could easily take the $2 or so it takes to buy one preboxed ‘helper’ meal and buy enough pasta to make this recipe 2-3 times! The ‘Helper’ Mix cost about $2 to make & makes about 6 servings, so this mix is going to cost you about $.30 per serving!
With this mix you are going to save time. You can easily customize it to what you have. You are going to save shelf space, all those ‘helper’ boxes take quite a bit of room. You are going to save money, preboxed foods are expensive, and you are going to save your family’s health.
Ready to start making your mix? Go to ThrivingTexasMama.com to get the very best in freeze dried and shelf stable foods. Contact me about making the most of your ‘home store’, or book a ‘make a mix’ party and share this and other great mixes with your friends while earning free products!

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No More Starving College Kids

By Tawny's Thriving Home

The Freshman 15! My theory is it comes from all the junk food poor college kids are living on: Ramen noodles, Mac & Cheese, Frozen Pizza! Yuck!!
Eating healthy can seem expensive. Fresh Produce goes bad very quickly. processed food  is cheap because its full of ‘junk’.
Do you know a college student you care about? Would you like an easy, affordable way to provide this ‘starving’ college student real, healthy, easy to use, convenient, shelf stable food?
The perfect gift: The Q!
You choose the amount. Each month Real healthy food is sent to your ‘starving’ college student! You can even choose what foods to send! Does you student love milk but is short on space? Send him a #10 can of instant milk each month! Is she a cheese lover? Send her yummy real freeze dried cheeses each month? You can choose entrees, desserts, fruits, veggies, dairy, basics, meats & beans, anything you would like!
What college student wouldn’t love a monthly gift of food! How comforting would milk & brownies be each month? You will feel great knowing you are providing real food free of preservatives, with no added sugars or salts! What a great way to ensure he gets his fruits and veggies even when away from home!
College kids are short on space! Pantry cans are perfect! They can be stored just about anywhere! You can also provide your student with a consolidator or FRS shelving to help store his monthly gifts of goodies! Thrive foods require no refrigeration and have a long shelf life!
Many college kids don’t have access to a full kitchen, many shelf reliance foods can be eaten right out of the can, reconstituted, or warmed in the microwave!
When you give the Q as a gift, you get the satisfaction of providing a great gift, earn Q club reward points, and are always guaranteed the lowest price on Shelf Reliance Products!
The Q really is the gift that keeps on giving!
The Q makes the perfect gift for graduates, college students, newly weds, or anyone who eats!
Contact me today to set up a gift Q for your loved one!
What Is The Q? Learn More here.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Instant Powdered Milk vs. Non-Fat Powdered Milk

By Shelf Reliance Mom

For the taste, you just can't beat it.  Each can comes with approximately 5 gallons of milk making the price about $3.76 per gallon. If buying it in a case, don't forget that you get it an additional 5% cheaper bringing it to $3.57.  I know that we have cheaper milk here, but for places like CA and NY... that is tons cheaper.  But wait... what if you were to host a party and earn half off credit?  That would bring the cost of one #10 can to $1.88 per gallon or a case to $1.79.  And finally, you can't forget free credit.  Whoever said you can't get milk for free?

The freedom to never having to go to the store just to buy milk and ending up with a cart full of regrets...priceless! Email me at thrivingtexasmama@gmail.com if you'd like to learn more about hosting an online or home party.
Powdered Milk

Powdered Milk is sort of the unsung hero of all of the food storage we need.  Most people know that it is a priority in food storage, and yet it is usually the last thing people buy.  There are several reasons for this.  One being that powdered milk is much pricier than all of the other basics we need, another being that most people remember a time when they had to drink it when they were little and immediately get a sour taste in their mouth.   Thirdly, some people don’t feel like they could rotate through it fast enough, so they feel it is a waste of money.  Let me tell you that powdered milk has come a LONG way and there are so many varieties that most people can find something that they can tolerate.  Even if you are not ready for dry milk to become a part of your everyday drink of choice, there are still plenty of ways you can use this great ingredient to beef up some of your old recipes or to fabricate other canned foods you used to buy at the store for a much cheaper and healthier alternative.  Also, if you are using a little dry milk in everyday cooking, you should be able to rotate through it fast enough.  Powdered milk is still good even past the expiration, it just tends to develop an off taste.  If this is the case, save it just for cooking and it will continue to add great texture and flavor to your cooking without being noticeable.
First, let’s talk about the different varieties on the market.

Regular non-fat dry milk is the type most people are familiar with.  This milk must be added to warm water in order to dissolve well and for best flavor should be refrigerated overnight.  Most would agree that it taste’s more like milk when doctored with a couple teaspoons of sugar and a couple drops of vanilla.

Instant milk is the regular dry milk that tastes closer to the milk we buy from the grocery store.  It usually looks more like clumps and is able to dissolve in hot or cold water.  It is generally more expensive than the non-fat varieties, but is better suited for times when you would need to bring milk with you on the go.  Due to its texture, it generally takes about double the amount of powder to equal the equivalent amount of milk.

Moo’s Milk is not actually milk, but is a whey-based protein with other ingredients used to taste like milk.  It is a great option for people who are lactose intolerant who still need a milk replacement for food storage.  I have heard it referred to as the “Tang” of milks because although it has calcium and some vitamins, it is less complete nutritionally then other powdered milks.

The great thing about powdered milk is that it provides a large variety of things we have in our regular diets which we would have a difficult time doing with out including buttermilk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, whipped cream… you get the picture.  So, if you like one or more of the proceeding items, you might want to consider getting some milk in your “Home Store”.

Powdered milk will become more than just a comfort food if we ever had to solely rely on food storage as you think about all of the calcium it provides for strong healthy bones in growing children and adults as well as a much more flavorful option than water in recipes.

Basic powdered milk conversions:
To Make:   You need
Instant Milk
¼ cup
¼ cup
1-½ T
¾ T
½ cup
½ cup
3 T
1 ½ T
1 cup
1 cup
1/3 c
1 quart
1 quart
1-1/3 c
1/3 c
1 pint
1 pint
2-2/3 c
1-1/3 c
1 gallon
1 gallon
5-1/3 c
2-2/3 c

To Make:   You need
THRIVE Instant Milk
¼ cup
¼ cup
1/2 T
½ cup
½ cup
1 T
1 cup
1 cup
2 T
1 quart
1 quart
1/2 C- 3/4C
1 pint
1 pint
1 C - 1.5 C
1 gallon
1 gallon
2 C - 2.5 C

In most cases (like for baking bread) double the amount of powder for instant milk. NOTE: If using THRIVE milk, go by the directions on the can. What does this mean?  THRIVE gives you more in a #10 can of instant milk than most would!!!  I left variance in it because I know that some people like it stronger, but it is great with the lower amount.

When I taught a powdered milk class, hands down the THRIVE won 1st place.  I get people who drink it at my house all of the time who didn't realize it was "fake milk" or whatever haters like to call it ;)  We also sell a milk alternative we call powdered milk as well as a chocolate drink mix!

Now for the recipes!

Buttermilk aka Sour Milk

In recipes that call for buttermilk you simply need to put a teaspoon of either lemon juice or vinegar in the bowl, then add water and powdered milk.  Let it stand for 5 minutes as the acid creates the chemical reaction, then use as needed.

Evaporated Milk

1-1/2  C Water
1/2  C + 1 T non fat dry powdered milk

Blend very well in a blender. 

Evaporated Milk was created back in the 1920s and 30's as a way to replace expensive cream and whole milk in recipes. It is whole milk with more than half the water removed before it is homogenized. Alot of women in this early time period fed this to thier babies instead of breast milk.  (Do not do this, just giving you a little tid bit if history;) ) DO NOT USE IT AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK. However, you can use it to substitute for half and half. Isn’t that great?! I know I don’t keep half and half stocked in my fridge. Use Evaporated Milk, made from your food storage, in any recipe by doubling the amount of the dry powdered milk and leaving the water the same. As a good rule of thumb to go by, for normal milk made from your powdered milk it is 3 T. dry powdered milk per 1 C. water and don’t forget there are 16 T. in a cup.

Sweetened Condensed Milk

½ c hot water              2T melted margarine or butter
1 c sugar                       1 c non fat dry powdered milk

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor. If lacking electricity you can boil the water beforehand and mix quickly with a whisk but it will not be as smooth.  Mix on high for one full minute. The mixture will be kind of thin, but will thicken up after standing for about an hour. This recipe makes about 1 ½ cups, or the equivalent of one can of condensed milk. This mixture stores in the fridge for a week, or for longer storage, freeze it for a few months, and then just thaw before using. The cans of SCM cost about $1.50 in the store so this is a great deal with very little effort involved in the process! Sweetened condensed milk was actually started back in Civil War times as a way for soldiers to have milk that wouldn’t go bad.

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