Pita Bread Adventure

I love pita bread.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe its because its a little pocket that you can stuff with yummy veggies or sauteed meat or whatever goodness you want.  Or it might be because it goes great with humus.  Either way, I like it.  A lot.  Unfortunately, it is not one of the items I can stock up on and I don't always have it.  So today I decided to try making it.  Here we go:

Whole Wheat Pita Bread 
From the THRIVE Cookbook
Makes 10

 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
1 Tablespoon THRIVE White Sugar (or honey)
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 cup THRIVE Whole Wheat Flour (or fresh flour from ground THRIVE White Wheat)
2 cups THRIVE White Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons THRIVE Iodized Salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

*Make sure to knead and let the dough rise and sit for the recommended times for best results.
**This recipe works great with 100% Whole Wheat Flour as well. Just replace the 2 cups of white flour for 2 cups of wheat flour.

1.  In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.  Let sit 5 minutes to activate.  Mix in flour, salt, and olive oil and mix well to form a soft dough.
 2. Knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic.  Place dough in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil and cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel.  Set aside to double in size; approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
3.  When it has doubled in size, punch the dough down to release some of the trapped gases and divide it into 10 pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball, cover the balls with a damp kitchen towel, and let them rest for 10 minutes.  This step allows the dough to relax so that it will be easier to shape.
4. Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a 5-6 inch circles, about 1/4 inch thick.  Dust with flour on both sides to prevent sticking.  Transfer to a grease baking sheet (or parchment paper) and allow to rise 10 minutes, or until slightly raised.

 5. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 4-6 minutes until they are puffed up and golden brown.

***My Notes***
500 degrees is hot.  The oil on the greased pan burned and smoked a little the first time I made these.  The pitas were fine and did not burn.  When I tried parchment paper the paper browned but I didn't have the smoke like I did with the grease.
4 minutes was a good cook time in my oven.
My pitas were not a consistent size.  The smaller ones seemed to puff up better.
Store leftovers, if any, in air tight container.
Be careful when steam is released from the pocket.  It can be hot!
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How can you save money by being a Thrive Life consultant?

Hint: You don’t have to sell anything!

People often ask me how they can save money while building their food storage.  The absolute best way: become a consultant. The number one reason people become a consultant is because they want to get a discount on Thrive Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) products.  It is why I became a consultant, and I am so happy with how I have been able to build up my food storage and emergency preparedness items at a great discount.  So how can YOU save money by being a THRIVE Life Consultant?

1.       For anything you buy outside of your “Q” (our monthly auto ship program, more below), you get:
          a.      10% in commission and
          b.      10% in free product. (Based on retail pricing, just pay shipping).
2.       For anything someone else buys from you, (again, not a requirement to sell to anyone, but just in case someone you know wants to order something) you get:
          a.      10% in commission and
          b.      10% in free product. (Based on retail pricing, just pay shipping).
          c.       The customer can also earn 10% in free product, when they decide to host a party.
3.       For anything purchased from an event hosted by someone else, (again, not a requirement…) you get:
          a.      10% in commission and
          b.      The host of the event earns 10% in free product and
          c.       The customer can also earn 10% in free product, when they host a party.

Being a consultant will SAVE YOU MONEY!!!  There are other perks too, but that’s the basics.

Example savings: If you were to buy the Freeze Dried Ground Beef Pack (12 cans) = $418.99 ($34.92/can… a phenomenal price to begin with) you get:
          a.       $41.90 in commission and
          b.      $41.90 in free product and
          c.       $100.00 in ½ off product

How do you become a consultant?
As a consultant, you don’t have to sell anything! There are only 2 requirements:
1.       Buy a kit.  They start at $199.  I recommend the one that is $289 (with shipping it is $329)
2.       Have a monthly shipment to your house (a “Q”) of at least $50.  We recommend $80 because the shipping cost for $1-$80 is $7.99.  We figure you might as well get the most bang for your shipping buck.

Ready to get started?
1.       Go to http://stockupwithshelley.thrivelife.com and click on “Join My Team”.  (On the right).
2.       Click “Start Here” (blue button)
3.       Login or Create Account  (when signing up you may need my consultant # which is 3916)
4.       Contact me if you need help!  I am excited to help you save money while getting prepared!

Shelley Jordan         

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Screamin' Good Deals on Staples

Each year about this time I start thinking about stocking up on food storage staples.  This year THRIVE Life has six of their food storage staples on an amazing sale.  These items each come in a 6 gallon bucket; the food item is sealed in a Mylar bag inside the bucket.  The bucket comes with a gamma lid already affixed to the bucket.   I have personally purchased several of these items and I love how they are packaged ready for long term storage with the easy to use gamma lid.

Screaming Good Deal on Food Storage Staples

Compare to the retail price of $99.99.  You save $35.00 per bucket.

Compare to the retail price of $43.79.  You save $18.80 per bucket. 

Compare to the retail price of $50.49.   You save $10.50 per bucket. 

Compare to the retail price of $61.49.  You save $14.92 per bucket. 

Compare to the retail price of $144.99.  You save $59.70 per bucket.

Compare to the retail price of $136.09.  You save $48.10 per bucket.

To purchase these items you can contact me directly at smjordan2@gmail.com.  If you are a Q customer you may add them directly to this months Q shipment and receive the sale price, or place a separate one time online order at http://www.stockupwithshelley.thrivelife.com/.  Remember that in order to see the see the sale price you must be an active Q customer and be logged in.
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April Specials

This month is all about Potatoes!  Chef Todd will feature lots of potato recipes on this month's THRIVE It Up broadcast (April 9th 7pm MST).  So this is a great time to stock up on  anything potato: Potato Beads, Potato Chunks (dehydrated), and Potato Dices (Freeze Dried).  And don't forget Baked Potato Cheese Soup from THRIVE Express.

If you are a Q-Club Member your Q-pon for the month is Freeze Dried Pinaeapple Chunks - one of my all time favorites!

Other great THRIVE items on sale this month include:

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