Thrive Bakery Line

Thrive Life Bakery White Dough Mix

Six New Bakery Products Thrive Life announced six new products at their annual convention this year and they are all part of a brand new bakery line!  There are 5 new mixes and yeast. These mixes are amazing.  Imagine just adding water and yeast and getting perfect bread and rolls every time! On the most basic level, these mixes make bread and cookies.  But they offer so much more than that!  Customize your cookies by adding fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, macadamias, oatmeal, raisins Continue Reading …

Thrive Sweet Pea Pesto on Crostini

Thrive Sweet Pea Pesto on Crostini

Francesca Today's post is from my friend and team member Francesca. Francesca is a professional chocolatier, and I've often been able to benefit from both her skills and her incredible generosity.  She has talent AND a big heart! But her talents don't stop there. She is simply a fabulous gourmet chef with a talent for turning the most simple ingredients into the most delectable dishes. Francesca has been part of the Your Own Home Store blogging team since April, 2012.  She shares her Continue Reading …

The Thrive User Guide

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I remember opening the first box of Thrive foods I'd ever received. It was 2 1/2 years ago and the box was actually my consultant kit. I remember pulling out a can a raspberries and thinking they looked so bright and deep red and smelled so fresh. But I also remember wondering: "Where are the instructions?"  I felt a little lost and even frustrated. I wonder if some of you may feel the same way.  You read my recipes, see the pictures and think: "That looks really good.  It looks Continue Reading …

Copycat Recipe: Bayou Chicken Pasta

Bayou Pasta Chicken

  Bayou Pasta Have you ever had Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta?  It tastes just like Emeril Lagasse's Bayou Chicken Pasta.  Months ago, I found a food storage version of this recipe from Megan at My Food Storage Cookbook.  I was intrigued, but not thrilled about using canned chicken, chilies and evaporated milk.  I just didn't want all the additives and preservatives.  But I love Cajun Chicken pasta!  So, I put the recipe on my list of those to try, but decided to use freeze dried Continue Reading …

Can Opener: 10 Minute Preparedness Project

10 Min Preparedness Project

Lack of Time I've found that there are lots of reasons that keep people from becoming better prepared or more self reliant.  But as a young mom one of the top reasons is time, or rather a lack of time. But really, I don't think us young moms are alone.... I think that many, if not most, in our fast paced society feel that time slips through their fingers regularly.  And when feeling rushed and anxious, it can be difficult to invest time in becoming more prepared and self reliant. 10 Continue Reading …

The Ultimate Conversion & Substitution Chart

Conversion and Substition Guide

So, my pantry is pretty well stocked.  I have a great "home store" going on!  I guess I should, given the title  of my blog, but that doesn't mean my systems is perfect.  In fact, it is far from perfect and I occasionally run out of items I need for a recipe. In addition, I'm often using freeze dried ingredients in recipes written for fresh ingredients. Plus, I often like to half or double recipes. For all of these reasons, I like to have lots of different conversion charts at my Continue Reading …

April Thrive Life Specials

Thrive Vegetable Variety Pack

My favorite special this month is the vegetable variety pack!  It is GREAT way to get a large variety of Thrive veggies into your home without breaking the bank.  Then, you can figure out which you like best and stock up on those later!  And use my helpful vegetable conversion chart (plus quick tips) to help you use those veggies in your every day meals minus all the washing, peeling, dicing and chopping!  Click here to download the conversion chart! Vegetable Variety Continue Reading …

Sleep Station: 10 Minute Preparedness Project

Sleep Station 10 Min Preparedness Project

Lack of Time I've found that there are lots of reasons that keep people from becoming better prepared or more self reliant.  But as a young mom one of the top reasons is time, or rather a lack of time. But really, I don't think us young moms are alone.... I think that many, if not most, in our fast paced society feel that time slips through their fingers regularly.  And when feeling rushed and anxious, it can be difficult to invest time in becoming more prepared and self reliant. 10 Continue Reading …

Copycat Recipe: Olive Garden Bread Sticks

Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Bread sticks Bread sticks.....especially Olive Garden's garlicky, buttered bread sticks are a favorite in our house.  One of my 6 yr old twins regularly asks to go to Olive Garden just so he can have the bread sticks (and a bowl of olives...ha).  And bread sticks pair so well with so many dishes: Italian foods, chili, soup.  I've been buying some at the grocery store that we've been eating lately, but they just didn't cut it.  I wanted something better....healthier, less processed, and more Continue Reading …

How to Re-Grow Your Lettuce

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Today’s post is from our Backwoods living expert, Brigette.  This fantastic lady has skills and knowledge on so many topics and areas that are essential to serious “prepping.”   As you’ve likely noticed, this blog has never been “doomsday” or “fear” focused. Brigette keeps it that way while being able to take a more serious look at the extremes of prepping.  She likes to give serious information in a way that makes people smile and does not encourage anyone to prep out of Continue Reading …