Friday, November 30, 2012

Guava Cake

 Over the summer my Grandmother turned 90 so she had a luau with Hawaiian food, hula dancers, and fake palm trees.   For dessert she had Guava Cake.  I’ve never been to Hawaii (sigh) so I had never had this delicious cake before.  I searched the internet for an awesome recipe and after finding a promising one tried to make it.  Long story short, it was a horrible disaster.  My mom even told me the cake was terrible. 

I worked on the recipe improving the week points and adapting it to use ingredients I could actually find in the local grocery store.  And the resulting cake is delicious.  I made it earlier this week as a late birthday cake and realized that I had never shared the recipe.  It isn’t really made from food storage but it is delicious. 

Guava Cake

Cake layer
1 box white cake mix
1 (12 oz.) can guava concentrate juice , defrosted.  Buy this by the frozen orange juice.  I buy the Hawaii’s Own Brand.  If all you  can find is the Guava Strawberry frozen juice concentrate, it will work fine.
1 (3 oz.) box strawberry Jell-O mix

Cream layer
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
tsp. vanilla
1 package cool whip thawed

Guava glaze layer
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
Remainder of guava concentrate

For cake: prepare cake according to directions except use 1/4 cup guava concentrate plus enough water to equal the water required on the package directions. Add I package Jell-O and stir to combine. Cook in 9x13 inch pan according to package.
For cream layer: in medium bowl, beat softened cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat. With a spatula, slowly fold in cool whip. Refrigerate until read to use.
For glaze layer: heat remainder of guava concentrate in a saucepan. Add sugar and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Set aside to cool

Assembly: cool cake completely. Spread on cream layer. Drizzle on glaze. Let cake set over night. Serve cold.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake

I really love breakfast, but I don’t really love mornings.  Consequently my family ends up eating breakfast foods a lot for dinner.   This breakfast casserole is one of our favorites.  It can be make 100% from your food storage or you can supplement with some fresh ingredients.  Oh and I’m pretty sure that the spinach cancels out all the calories and fat from the sausage and cheese (don’t I wish).   
Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake
6 biscuits, cooked, cooked and cut into 1" pieces
6 large eggs, beaten (3/4 cup scrambled egg mix plus 1 ½ cup water)
2 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce, or to taste
2 tablespoons Freeze Dried Onion, rehydrated and drained.
1 cup freeze dried sausage, rehydrated and drained
1 cup freeze dried spinach, rehydrated and drained
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1.  Butter a 9 x 11- inch baking dish.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together scrambled egg mix plus water,  half and half, salt, pepper and hot sauce.
3.  Place biscuit pieces into pieces into prepared dish.
4.  Top with spinach, onion, sausage and half of cheddar cheese. Pour egg mixture over all and top with remaining cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
5.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
6.   Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until casserole puffs and center of casserole is set. If top of casserole is browning too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil during baking process. Allow 8 to 10 minutes of resting time before serving.

Tip:  You can rehydrate the sausage, onion and spinach all together.  Place in a large bowl and cover with very hot water.  Let sit about 10 minutes until sausage is fully rehydrated.  Drain well. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Harvest 72 #10 Shelf for $229. The best price ever.

If you have been building your food storage you know that shelving is an important part of any food storage plan.  I had been eyeing the Harvest 72 #10 for years before I bought one. I wish I had bought it sooner.  I put my first one up and bought two more right away.  If you have been eyeing the Harvest 72 too now is the time to get one. Shelf Reliance is currently has them on sale for $229!  $229 (I paid a lot more then that for mine)  if I had more room I'd buy another one.   

What I love about the Harvest 72 #10

  • It keeps my food storage organized.  It is easy to find what I need and inventory what I have.
  • It holds a ton of food storage.  Before I had my harvest #10's  my storage strategy was to leave everything in boxes and stack it up.  It seemed to me that it was the most space efficient way to store my stash.  When I set up my first harvest #10 I was so excited to see that I could fit much more in the shelf then I could stacking boxes.  
  • It is reasonably easy to put together.  I'm not really very good at building and I put mine together with the help of a rubber mallet and the directions in the box.  It took me about an hour to put mine up. 

Buy Your Harvest Shelf Here.

The Details: 

Harvest 72” #10  Sale Price: $229.00
The sale will end on December 16th at Midnight or while supplies last.
*The Harvest 72” #10 is not available in Canada or Puerto Rico. To get the promo price, orders for this item needs to be placed through the Back Office with the Catalog ID number 11949.
Catalog ID: 11949
Retail: $459.99
HP Price: $264.99

The Harvest 72" #10 is a revolutionary food rotation system offered by Shelf Reliance. Designed to hold 112 gallon size cans, this system offers versatility and convenience by taking the hassle out of can storage. The Harvest 72" #10 features patented front-loading technology that automatically rotates cans on a first in first out basis. This unique food rotation system guarantees a more organized pantry or storage room in minutes. 

Tech Specs
Dimensions Capacity Up to 112 gallon-sized cans
Height 72"Depth 24.5"Width 36.5"

  • 58 food label magnets included
  • Large tracks hold up to 7 gallon size cans

Buy Your Harvest Shelf Here.

Some Food Storage Shelf Photos to drool over

What others are saying about the Harvest 72  #10

  1. Never going back

    I just finished putting my #10 cans in my new shelves and I love it. I previously had my #10 cans in boxes, which held 6 cans each. This shelving system got rid of 18 1/2 of my boxes!! Talk about freeing up space on my shelves. My husband was a bit skeptical (only because of the price). He knew they'd be great but wondered if it was worth the money. Now, he's telling me to order a regular harvest one that will hold all sizes of cans. I can't wait to get my other one in so that my pantry and cupboards will be organized. I'll never go back to storing cans the old way again.
    C.Miller  3/21/12
  2. Great for organization!

    This shelf had been sitting in our basement for several months because we are planning to move. We finally broke down and put it together last night and now I'm sorry we waited so long. The assembly went very quickly. It's so nice to have the cans out and visible instead of in boxes. Initially I was concerned about the plastic components, but it seems to be very sturdy.
    JessO.  3/12/12
    1. Fantastic Product!

      I can't believe how many gallon cans this system will hold! We now have our storage out of the boxes that were cluttering our garage and rotating like they should be. Thank you for the great customer service. We will be back to buy these for our married kids this Christmas.
      c. johnson  10/29/09

Buy Your Harvest Shelf Here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Shelf Reliance Black Friday Sale Preview

I love to look through Black Friday Ads.  I especially love to look through the preview ads.  This fall many of us are looking to build up our food storage and emergency preparedness.  This Black Friday sale comes at the perfect time.  With the best prices of the year you know you’ll be getting a great deal on whatever preparedness items are on your list.

Take a preview look at the Shelf Reliance Black Friday deals flyer,.

The sale pricing will become active at 12:01 am MST  Friday Nov. 23rd and will be available until 1159 pm MST Monday Nov. 26th. Products are available while supplies last only.  To order visit:  the sale home page.

My Top 5 Sale Picks-- deals you don’t want to miss.

1.  Pie 6 Pack
Sale price $163.89  You save $ 54.70
Includes one #10 can of freeze dried Bananas, Sliced Strawberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Cherries, and Blackberries.

2.  Providence Basic 2 Person Kit
Sale price $69.99 You save: $40.00
This 72 hour kit is one of my favorite products.  

3.  Tomato Powder
Sale Price $24.69 for a number 10 can, you save $10.50.
Use to replace tomato paste, sauce, or juice.  

4.  10 grain pancake mix
Sale Price $7.19  for a number 10 can. You save $4.20.
Family favorite.  Fast, easy and delicious  

5.  Butane Stove
Sale price $19.99  You save: $13.00
Light, compact and efficient  

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup butter softened
1 ½ c sugar
2 eggs
 1 tsp. vanilla
2 ¼ c flour
 1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
2 c oatmeal
1 c coarsely chopped cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 package (12 oz.) vanilla chips
1 cup chopped nuts

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla. 

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture.  Stir in oats, cranberries, orange peel and nuts.  

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on to greased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.  Cook.