The Thrive Life Chef Pack — a Survival Mom review

Looking for an easy way to dip your toes into cooking with shelf-stable, freeze-dried ingredients from your food storage pantry? Your search is over! Introducing the ThriveLife Chef Pack: a family-sized meal-in-a-box using both ThriveLife’s awesome selection of products and simple ingredients you already have at home. I remember the first time we ever had freeze-dried food. It was one of those “just-add-hot-water” meals that came in a bag, the kind that astronauts and hikers carry with them on trips …

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54 Hobbies to Improve Your Survival Skills

It’s interesting that many of the activities we consider hobbies these days were crucial survival skills in days of old. Once upon a time, if you didn’t hunt, trap, raise animals, garden, preserve food, or cook from scratch, you didn’t eat. Fortunately, these are all activities that can become hobbies and add to our survival skill set,  even if our lives don’t depend on them (right now.) How to use this list of hobbies to improve your survival skills As …

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How to Use Instant Black Beans

Beans are a great source of fiber, healthy carbohydrates, and plant-based protein. Let me show you how to use Thrive Life’s Instant Black Beans in your food storage pantry and for everyday eats! My favorite comfort food as a kid was my Grandma’s homemade family recipe, ham and bean soup. Salty chunks of ham, warm, flavorful beans, with plenty of cornbread slathered in honey butter on the side. Simple, cheap, and yet so delicious, this is a recipe passed down …

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Personality and Prepping: How to Boost Survival Savvy

Until the COVID-19 lockdowns, I never thought about how my personality and prepping were related. Although dismayed by the lockdowns, I was ecstatic my overbooked schedule was suddenly wiped clean. Perhaps I could finally recover from my perpetual people hangover. This sounded wonderful to an introvert like myself. Contrast that with my 80-year-old friend who is ecstatic because a recent fall means she now has an excuse to leave her home for physical therapy. The lengthy drought of in-person interaction …

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Beekeeping For Beginners

  For some time, I’ve been wanting to start a beehive. I really enjoy the local honey and use it in many recipes. I also use it medicinally for soothing a sore throat and applying over cuts and scrapes. So, in preparation for this new venture, I joined the local Beekeeping chapter in Northwest Indiana. I began attending meetings to learn more about what I was getting myself into. I was very impressed with how helpful everyone was and they …

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Which Food Storage App is Best?

I ask you, is there a more satisfying feeling for a prepper mom than adding items to your emergency supplies? Every time you check something off your list and squirrel it away, you feel more confident that you’re preparing your family for the unknown. The problem is a stockpile needs organization and maintenance or it becomes more frustrating than helpful. So I decided to test out some of the food storage apps to see if any of them could help …

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Hyperinflation: Cause for Concern or Food for Fiction?

Do you ever feel like “enough is enough” when it comes to bad news in the headlines? That’s how I’m feeling after more than a year of covid-19 news and watching more violent protests than I ever care to see again. Now, with news of more trillion-dollar government spending, it seems inevitable that talk of economic collapse and hyperinflation prepping will once again take center stage in social media and in news sources. What Is Hyperinflation? Hyperinflation is the term …

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How to Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm in Cold Weather

My friend’s husband is recovering from a stroke in a long-term care facility. Because of Covid restrictions, when we go to visit him, we have to trudge around the perimeter of the building and stand outside his window to talk to him. I only do this for an hour or so once a week, but winter here in the Pacific Northwest serves plenty of cold, wet weather with a side of soggy and miserable. I learned pretty quickly I had …

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat

Once you learn how to can, or bottle, fresh meats, you’ll be so glad you started preserving meat this way. I was intimidated by this for so many years in spite of having all the equipment here at home (pressure canner, jars, rings, etc.) and hearing my friends rave about easy dinner prep by opening a jar of meat already cooked and ready to go. The truth is, though, canning meat has so many advantages that it’s worth getting past …

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