12 Days of a THRIVING Christmas - Day 12

Its the 12th Day of our {THRIVING} Christmas!  Today we'll be talking about some emergency items from THRIVE Life that I love!

My Favs

THRIVE Life offers so many great emergency products that I really love.  I'm just going to mention a few of my favorites.  I always recommend hosting a party and using your Host Benefits to order these so you get some great deals!

Survival Kit in a Can

I love this Survival Kit in a Can.  It fits perfectly in the glove compartment or in a purse so you can have some survival tools anywhere you go.

326 Piece OSHA First Aid Kit

If you are looking for a great first aid kit, this is it. The 326 Piece OSHA First Aid Kit is a great kit for every family.

2 Person Survival Pack
This is my favorite emergency kit.  The 2 Person Survival Pack has everything you need for your 72 hour kit (for 2 people) plus some great tools.  And it is over 50% off!

Red Cross Blackout Buddy
I love these Blackout Buddies.  We have several around the house.  My kids love having night lights and I love that we will actually have an operating flashlight that we can find if the power goes out.

55 Gallon Water Supply Kit
This 55-gallon water barrel kit has everything you need to store water long term. Depending on the size of your household you may want to have several barrels.

I also love the Water Brick system.  These are portable which is great for evacuations, or just for camping.  They are small and can stack so you can store them in a variety of places, like under the bed or in closets.

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System Sawyer Mini 4 Pack Water Filtration System

These are great little water filters. They are perfect for camping, hiking, scouting, emergency kits, or for traveling to areas with lower water quality.

Katadyn Vario 
We also carry a variety of the excellent Katadyn Brand water filtration products.

For cooking, my two favorites are the Portable Camp Butane Stove

Camp Chef Portable Outdoor Stove
and the All-American Sun Oven
All American Sun Oven

With these two cooking tools you can pretty much cook anything.


THRIVE Life has another great free planning tool to help you put together your emergency kit with everything you need for your family.  Check it out here!

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12 Days of a THRIVING Christmas - Day 11

Its the 11th day of our THRIVING Christmas and we are talking about THRIVE's flagship product, their shelving units.

You've probably seen THRIVE's shelving units.  There are large, medium, small sized ones that can fit in your pantry, cupboard, and even under the bed.  Here are a few of my favorites.

The Harvest 72 #10
I love this shelf.  I want about 4 of them.  Maybe more.  Someday when I have a huge pantry, or maybe just a dedicated bedroom, I want to have it full of these shelves.
The Harvest 72" #10
The Harvest Under the Bed Shelf
I love this shelf because it uses that extra space that isn't normally used.  For those of us with limited space these are a fantastic way to store and rotate our THRIVE food without having it out in the open.

Under the Bed Harvest #10

Cansolidator Shelves
These shelves are great for utilizing and organizing the space in the cupboards or pantry.
Cansolidator Pantry Plus


Did you know that THRIVE has a Food Rotation System Planning tool to help you find the right shelf that will fit where you need it?  It is a great tool and makes selecting the right shelf for you so much easier!  Check out the Food Rotation System Planner.

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12 Days of a THRIVING Christmas - Day 10

Its day 10 here and let me tell you one thing I love about THRIVE.  I love how quick, easy, and convenient it is to cook with.  For example, I can make meals in a jar (or bag) ahead of time and have them ready to make whenever I need it.

Like yesterday, since it was pouring rain I decided it was a Veggie Beef Stew kind of day.  So I grabbed my jar mix that I made previously and was able to just dump it in the pot, simmer and stir, and enjoy.  I can use THRIVE ingredients to make all kinds of meal mixes to really simplify my life AND they are healthy meals with natural, whole, unprocessed ingredients that I can control.  I also love that to make these meals in a jar I don't have to cook meat or chop veggies.  I just scoop and pour in the jar.

How about cookie mixes or bread mixes in a jar?  I just love using the cranberries.  They are so pretty and delicious. They also make great gift ideas. (See recipe below!)

THRIVE also has some ready to cook meals in our THRIVE Express line.

My favorites are the Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup and Pasta Carbonara.


I love the THRIVE Express meals for my 72 hour food kits.  They are so easy to make since they are just add water, plus they are light and easy to carry.  And they are tasty.


I found a great recipe this year that is perfect for Christmas gifts and works so well with THRIVE ingredients.  My friends at Food Storage Made Easy helped to "THRIVE-a-lize" it for you.

Christmas Cookies in a Jar


Pack your 1 qt. jar with the following ingredients:
1/3 cup Thrive sugar

1/3 cup packed Thrive brown sugar
1 tablespoon Thrive whole egg powder
3/4 cup Thrive all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Thrive vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon Thrive baking powder
1/8 teaspoon Thrive baking soda
1/8 Thrive teaspoon salt
1 cup Thrive quick-cooking oats
1 cup Thrive freeze-dried cranberries
1 cup vanilla or white chocolate chips

Additional Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons water

Pour cookie mix into a large bowl; stir to combine. Beat in butter, and water. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drop by the tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.  You can download the cute labels here.

Recipe adapted from tasteofhome.com

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12 Days of a THRIVING Christmas - Day 9

By now after looking at all these wonderful recipes you are probably getting a little thirsty.  So on our 9th day of a THRIVNG Christmas we will talk about some of our drink mixes.  THRIVE has 6 drink mixes available year round.  These are Fruit Punch Performance, Mango Passion, Melon Berry Burst, Orange Bliss, and Orchard Apple.  They are great tasting drinks that include no artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Simply PeachOrchard AppleOrange Bliss
Melon Berry BurstMango PassionFruit Punch Performance

We also have some fantastic seasonal drinks only available at certain times of the year.  Our Lemonade is available in the spring/summer.  Our Spiced Apple Cider is available in the fall/winter.  And our Gourmet Hot Cocoa is available in the winter.

 Spiced Apple Cider (Seasonal)Gourmet Hot Cocoa


The Lemonade and Spiced Apple Cider are both "add your own sweetener" mixes, which means a small amount of mix can makes a LOT of drink and you can choose the type of sweetener that you'd like.  This is great in our household because our diabetic child can still have the same drink as his siblings, but we use liquid stevia as his sweetener.



4 Cups water
1 cinnamon stick
4 cloves
sweetener (about 1/2 cup sugar or to taste)
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup pineapple juice
juice and wedges of fresh orange
1/4 tsp star anise extract or one pod

Simmer for about 15 minutes.
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12 Days of a THRIVING Christmas - Day 8

Today on Day 8 of  our THRIVING Christmas we are talking about THRIVE Sauces & Seasonings

THRIVE has 4 sauces that can be used to make pretty much any sauce you want.  These sauces make cooking so much easier.  They are all also certified gluten free.  Our sauces include Bachemel,  Espagnole, Veloute, and Tomato.
Sauce Variety 4-Pack
Bachemel is a white sauce you can use to make alfredo, gravy, or creamy potato soup.
Espagnole is a beef flavored sauce you can use again for gravy, or beef stew, or in enchiladas.
Veloute is a chicken flavored sauce you can use for gravy, creamy casseroles, or chicken pot pie.
Tomato is pretty self explanatory and can be used for marinara, tomato bisque, or on pizza.

I really like the convenience of all the sauces but I probably use Bachemel the most.  It is so versatile and so simple to use to make all the dishes I like.

THRIVE has 10 seasonings, including freeze dried herbs, seasoning blends, and extracts.

ChivesChef's ChoicePure Vanilla Powder - Spice Can
Herbs include Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Oregano, and Parsley
Seasoning Blends include Chef's Choice, Italian, Peppercorn, and Salad Seasoning.
Extracts include Pure Vanilla Powder.

My favorite that I use all the time is the Chef's Choice.  It is a fabulous all purpose blend and use have used it in/on just about everything, including pastas, potato dishes, sandwiches, sauces, soups, casseroles, meatloaf, chicken, beef, fish, etc.  It is just a great blend.  I love it.


When cooking with freeze dried herbs, you generally add them towards the end of cooking process, as you would fresh herbs. Regularly dried herbs you generally add towards the beginning of the cooking process.


Basil Pesto



  1. In a food processor, bring the pine nuts, cheese, and garlic together and process until paste-like.
  2. Add water and herbs and mix well.
  3. Add salt and pepper, then drizzle in olive oil while stirring until blended.
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12 Days of a THRIVING Christmas - Day 7

Here we are on day 7 and it is time to get your kitchens full of the aroma of freshly baked goodness.  Have you tried our new Bakery line yet?  It is wonderful.  What I love about our Bakery line is how easy it is to use and how versatile the mixes are.  I mean, check this out; from one mix you can make breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

There are 5 Bakery products, 2 cookie mixes and 3 bread mixes:

Classic Cookie Dough Mix                     Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix

From these two cookie dough mixes you can make just about any cookie you want.  You can of course make your classic chocolate chip and rolled sugar cookies but you can add a few more ingredients and make so many more.  Here are just a few ideas

Here are some tips for using our cookie doughs:

Country White Dough Mix                      Honey Whole Wheat Dough Mix                 Golden Cornbread Mix

And here are some Bread Mix Tips:

Sorry for the video overload.  I just found these really helpful.  Don't you just love this?  You can have freshly baked goodness without all the mess and work.  And what's even more fantastic is that they are all on sale this month!  So add them to you Q or order them today and use them for your holiday baking!
Photo: Now that Black Friday is over let's move on to the December specials. Our Bakery line is on sale! Perfect for your holiday baking needs. http://stockupwithshelley.thrivelife.com/december-specials.htmlAnd check out some great holiday recipes: http://stockupwithshelley.thrivelife.com/recipes/kitchen/

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12 Days of a THRIVING Christmas - Day 6

We're on Day 6!  Today we'll cover some THRIVE products in the "Basics" category.  We have your regular basics like salt, yeast, brown and cane sugar, and baking powder and soda, which you should keep in your home store, but I want to show you some of our more interesting items.

THRIVE Bouillon - Did you know, our bouillon is vegetarian and MSG free?  We have chicken and beef flavored bouillon and both are delicious.  I like to buy them in pantry sized cans since I just use a little at a time.  I use them all the time for soups and seasoning/flavoring.

THRIVE Honey Crystals -  This is a newer product in our basics line.  Honey crystals are made from honey and cane sugar and when you add water and heat you get honey!  Or use can use it without water in baking or as a no-mess topping on toast or muffins or in your favorite peanut butter sandwiches.  Honey crystals do not solidify like fresh honey does after a while; they have more calcium, iron, and potassium than regular honey, and are non-gmo.  To make 1 cup of honey you use 1 1/2 cups Honey crystals and 1/2 cup water.

THRIVE Butter and Shortening Powders - I love having the butter and shortening powders as more oil/fat options in my home store.  Regular oils and fats do not store well long term but these items last much longer and are great products.


My friend Heather at CookingWithMyFoodStorage.com has a wonderful resource for using powdered butter.  You should print out this document and keep it with your favorite THRIVE recipes.  I love her flavored butter recipes, like the Raspberry Butter.  You could substitute the raspberry with strawberries, mangos, pears, etc.  Doesn't that sound delicious on some freshly baked bread?


Here is a great recipe from our wonderful Chef Todd.  Check out these Honey Oat Banana Muffins using THRIVE Honey Crystals.

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