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7:38:00 AM

A Wonderful Thursday to You

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Happy Thursday everyone!

I love winter and never thought I'd get excited to see the temps getting above zero today but I am excited πŸ˜„
The arctic temps have been a bit much here and all across the country I hear. 
How is it where you are?

This week among dehydrating fruits, and working at the Pet Refuge,I've been doing some online training for a substitute teacher.
It's really made me stop and think about how I come across to others by my communication and even facial expressions.
So I chose the image with cups of trust, kindness, honesty and caring. 
I'm more committed than ever to be responsible for how I interact with others around me and even online.
I encourage you to be more self-aware today with our interactions with others. 
Now go have a wonderful Thursday!

 P.S. I have a dear friend, Lauren with Younique that could use some support today to keep active. Let's help her by doing something nice for ourselves. πŸ˜ƒ
Click the image below and see if there isn't something just for you!
January specials with Younique

#Thursday #kindness #trust #honesty #caring #arcticBlast #communication #Coffee #RensReflections #Younique
7:03:00 AM

Preparedness Without the Internet

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-29 Wind Chill and Dropping

Good Morning!
Does the picture look cold? It is here, -29 and dropping.
I wasn't able to share later yesterday due to 
no internet connection. 
I have a sneaking hunch it had to do with such cold temps.
I'm definitely learning to be more mobile savvy πŸ™‚
I am thankful to be up and running this morning though!

Yesterday I was able to work on the dried fruit leathers and wanted to share this morning if you'd like to make some yourself!
Dried fruit leathers or even vegetable ones can be very tasty, healthy and a good item for your Preparedness Pantry.

I've made them in the dehydrator and in the oven. So you can choose which method you want to use.

When the new website is ready I'll definitely be making available downloadable or printable PDF's. In the meantime I'll share the recipe and how-to's here.

Here's what you need:
2-3 pounds of fresh fruit
1/2 Cup of water
Sugar or your alternative sweetner
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
dash of cinnamon, nutmeg,  or other spices (optional)
vegetable or olive oil for brushing on your pan if drying in the oven.

Drying in the oven

1.If your fruit has pits or stems be sure to remove them and chop the fruit.
Taste how sweet the fruit is. If plenty sweet you won't need to add any sugar or alternative sweetner.

2. Put your fruit in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water for every 4 cups of chopped fruit. 
Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over low heat aproximately 15 minutes or until your fruit is soft.

3. Use a blender of food processor and puree the fruit to a smooth consistency.

4. Return to saucepan and add sugar or alternative sweetner until fruit is as sweet as you desire.
Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and sugar is dissolved and puree thickens. 
If not adding sugar or sweetner just simmer until the puree thickens. 

5. You can add lemon juice now to prevent food discoloration and brighten the flavor.
This is also a good time to add your spices and mix in well. 

6. Line a cookie sheet with a sturdy microwave safe wrap and brush with the vegetable or olive oil to keep the fruit from sticking.
I've just brushed well with oil my cookie sheet without the wrap as well. I've not had any issue with sticky but it's your call.
Pour in your puree to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness and spread as evenly as possible.

7. Place your cookie sheet in the oven, making sure if your using plastic wrap is not touching sides of oven or racks. Also be sure the plastic wrap hasn't folded over onto the fruit puree.
Heat your oven to the lowest setting-aprox 170 degrees on many ovens. Let the fruit dry as long as it takes for the fruit to dry and is no longer sticky.
For me it normally takes around 8-12 hours and I do it at night when the oven isn't needed for anything else.

8. When your fruit is dry if you have used the microwave safe wrap just roll it up and cut it in strips to your desired size.
If you have only brushed your pan with oil, just go ahead and roll up the same and cut to your desired size and wrap well in plastic wrap.
You can even use cookie cutters and cut out fun shapes. If you do so then go ahead and wrap your individual shapes. 
I use a vacuum sealer like the one below to store my fruit leathers in a bag and I'm certain they will stay fresh in storage until used. But you can store in fruit jars sealed tightly.

But don't forget to order bags if decide you want one 😁


If you want to use the Food Dehydrator Method

1. Follow steps 1-5 for the oven method 
2. Line the food dehydrator with plastic microwave safe wrap or purchase the fruit roll up racks.
I'm sharing below a fairly inexpensive dehydrator and racks for drying fruits and veggies below if you don't have one or the special racks for making the fruit leathers. This particular dehydrator comes with one rack for drying fruits and veggies.

You want to add the fruit puree 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.

3. Let your fruit dehydrate for 8-12 hours. The fruit is ready when fruit is dry, no longer sticky and easy to peel.

4. Roll up the fruit leathers in the plastic wrap and cut to desired size. If you used the drying rack for the fruit, just roll up and cut, wrap and store. Or again you can cut out shapes with cookie cutters, wrap and store. 

#Preparedness #PreparednessPantry #FruitLeathers #Dehydrator #VacuumSealing #Recipe #Directions #ColdWeatherHits #Wednesday #Morning
7:51:00 AM

Morning Prepping Plan

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Good Morning. I hope you have an awesome Tuesday!

I'm going to start sharing more on building your 'Preparedness Pantry' and am planning some things I'll be working on later today. I'll be sharing later on making fruit leathers either in your dehydrator or in your oven. 

Look forward to sharing more later!

#Preparedness #FruitLeathers #Drying #PreparednessPantry 

7:10:00 AM

πŸ’— Wishing You a Lovely Sunday πŸ’—

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πŸ’—Have a lovely Sunday everyone πŸ’—
I hope you get some relaxing time and enjoy your day!

7:28:00 AM

❤️ Wishing You a Beautiful Day ❤️

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❤️ Wishing you a beautiful Thursday ❤️
It's been cold here with lots of snow.
As much as I love snow this image with warmer weather and the brightness makes me smile

It's getting closer to the end of the week. Anything your trying to get finished up or working on?πŸ˜ƒ I'm working on some aloe bath bombs as well as some with surprises in them for kids. I am excited to get them done πŸ˜ƒ

#Thursday #Bathbombs #snowy

6:57:00 AM

A Message to Live By

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Today I remember Martin Luther King Jr and his dream.
His message is as prevalent today as it was when he was alive.
He fought and stood for equality for all and the value of everyone no matter their color! 
He stood for doing what is right and overcoming hate with love. 
Sometimes doing what is right and overcoming hate with love isn't necessarily mush and gush. Rather caring about each person we encounter, work with, see at the grocery store, etc.
 Overcoming inequality, racism, and the like isn't resolved with hatred, meanness, violence and disregarding others to be recognized as an important human being!
We are all important and I encourage everyone, especially those with color and different beliefs to hold your head up proudly and live life to the fullest.
Let others see the awesomeness your made of!

#MartinLutherKing #OvercomewithLove #LiveHisDream
6:30:00 AM

Mondays Terrific or Mundane

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Mondays can be unusual days.
We can be sleepy, not quite ready to face a new week or maybe just really love 
the beginning of a new week.

Whatever Monday's are for you, find just one 
simple thing today that is a terrific part of your day and relish it.  

6:50:00 PM

A Good Night to Do Latte Art

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Good evening. It's a good night to stay in and do some latte art. Anyone do art on their drinks?
We are well on our way with the winter storm and snow will be coming down for awhile :)
What are you up to tonight? I hope your enjoying your Friday!

#LatteArt #SnowStorm #Snowing #FridayEvening
8:02:00 AM

πŸ›€ Bomb the Bath πŸ›€

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πŸ›€ Bath time doesn't have to be boring! 
Pop in some of these bath bombs I'm creating. 
Add one or add a couple. Experiment with a couple different kinds or two of the same! Relax and have fun!
We adults (yes men too) need that time to kick back and relax or enjoy that time!
The kids are crazy about baths usually and if their not a bath bomb or two may just be the clincher! 
Watch the video below, get those bath bombs ordered and let the bombing begin.
All orders placed this weekend will go out no later than next Friday.
If you order after that I'll notify you when I'll ship πŸ˜„

 I'm making more all the time now but right now I have the following I'm making now:
Sweet Pea
Cherry Almond
Crazy Love
Kiss Me
Pear Raspberry
Root Beer
Strong Coffee
Moonlight Roses
Moraccan Vanilla
Pink Sugar
Very Valentine

Bath Bombs

For some reason Pink Sugar didn't get on the drop down list so here ya go. Click the image to order it. Sorry about that.
Pink Sugar Bath Bomb

7:31:00 AM

Have a Magical Friday

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Good Morning and a very Magical Friday to you!
Some celebrate because the weekend is upon us or just because πŸ˜ƒ
I am celebrating another wonderful day to be me. How about you? What else does Friday mean to you?


9:14:00 AM

😊 Have a Wonderful Thursday 😊

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Have a wonderful Thursday, Everyone!
Make it beyond just a good day 😊

7:11:00 PM

Tonight or Any Night is Right for Sweet Peas

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 I've started creating wonderful bath bombs again. How many of us don't take time out to run the bath water, light some candles, drop in a bath bomb, soak and relax. Most us are on the run constantly. So how about you make a commitment to slow down and relax and take good care of you. 

Nothing like a Sweet Pea Bath Bomb with Hyacinth, lily, violets and wild jasmine with a background of light herbal and musky notes.
You can order yours right here

#bathbombs #SweetPea #IndulgeYourself #Relax
7:04:00 AM

Your Offgrid Mentality

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#LivingFreeinTennessee #LivingOffgrid #Pantry #Preserving #homesteading
10:12:00 PM

A Nude for Every Mood

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🌜Good Evening 🌜

I want to share for my friend, Lauren who is a hard working wife, mom and entrepreneur.
If your looking to take better care of you and accent your awesomeness, Lauren is available to help.
Be sure to visit her on facebook at Ren's Reflections and show your support!

#RensReflection #SupportAnEntrepreneur
2:01:00 PM

Afternoons For Chilling Out

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Good afternoon

I've been working real hard to get some things ready to share with you.
There is nothing more enjoyable to me than sharing my passion and what I love doing.
What do you do that your really passionate about?
Are you a stay at home mom, have your own business, live offgrid or work a job you love?
Feel free to share. I'd enjoy knowing more about you!
Since I've had a busy day I'm taking some time to grab a cup of java, feed the dogs and then get back to you in awhile.
Talk soon.

#Afternoon #ChillingOut #Passions
10:21:00 AM

A Food Supply Good Enough for My Family

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I don't know about you but in an emergency, disaster or when the SHTF, I want to know what I'm eating and want it to be quality food to sustain me and my family. And if one of my family is gluten or dairy intolerant I need all my bases covered.
So without further ado, I'd like to share more about Valley Food.

"We couldn’t find a food storage product that was good enough for our families, so we created our own.
Valley Food Storage was established in 2005- on the simple fact that there wasn’t a single food supply store that emphasized quality ingredients. We have a deep desire to bring the best quality food to you and your family as if your family was our own. Help us to bring the best-valued food to every home’s table."

Watch the video below and scroll down,click the image and learn more.

Valley Food Storage

#ValleyFoodStorage #FoodStorage #longTermStorage  #Prepper #Survival #Emergency 
#emergencySupplies #campingSupplies #Camping #Watersupplies #Foodkit #Foodkits #ValleyFood
7:42:00 AM

Have a Terrific Tuesday

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Good Morning!
Wishing you a Terrific Tuesday!

8:00:00 AM

πŸ˜ƒDents and Dings Can Be a Good ThingπŸ˜ƒ

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Don't let the sun set on this exciting opportunity!
If you'd like more information and more about the Sun Oven, click the image below to watch a replay of the Sun Oven Class I did with Paul Munson President of Sun Ovens International or click this link:

Sun Oven Class Replay

If your ready to take advantage of this Blow Out Sale before these are gone click below to get your link to purchase!
If not ready, watch the class by clicking above or read below a bit more I have to share πŸ˜ƒ
Click to get your sun oven link

Do you have enough fuel stored that you will be able to cook in the advent of a long-term power outage?

Are you comfortable you have a way to preserve what you harvest from your garden with no power to can or dehydrate it?

Are you happy with your electric bills? 

-Why not take advantage of what nature offers-the Sun
-Would you like to bake a perfect loaf of bread using the sun
-What if you could use the Sun as a solar dryer or dehydrator
-What if you could use the Sun to pasteurize your water
-How about hard boiling eggs easier to peel using the Sun
-Have you thought of the economical, health and enviromental benefits of cooking with the Sun
-What if using the Sun Oven would reduce your utility bills
-Could you savor delicious, melt in your mouth roast and fresh baked bread cooked in the Sun Oven while reducing your utilities bills
-What if you could kill bug infestations in your grains and dried foods
-How about sterilizing medical equipment in an emergency
-Would you like to be better prepared in emergency or disaster situations

Do any of these points strike a chord with you?
Well get your Sun Oven at a really reduced price while supplies last at the link below and happy cooking with your Sun Oven πŸ˜ƒ
Order Your Sun Oven

 #SunOven #BlowOutSale #DentsandDings #emergency preparedness #DisasterPreparedness #dehydrate #bake #homemadeBread #Boil #ReduceYourUtilities #economic #healthful #preserve #
pasteurize #killBugInfestations
7:21:00 AM

πŸ’— Have a Totally Rockin Monday πŸ’—

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πŸ’— Good Morning and I hope you have a fantastic Monday πŸ’—
Don't dread your Monday rather find exciting things in your day to be glad about πŸ˜ƒ 
-Your alive
-You have coffee or tea to drink 🍢
-You have family and friends πŸ™‹
-You have a house to live in 🏑
 You see there is a lot to be grateful for!

What else can you add to the list πŸ˜ƒ

#Monday #coffee #gratitude
7:40:00 AM

☕️☕️ Have a Wonderful Thursday ☕️☕️

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