I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking about how to use quick and easy pressure cookers. I hope my pressure cooker pictures help you today. I’m a visual person, so pictures help me grasp things a little easier. I have canned green beans, tomatoes, salsa, spaghetti sauce, etc. in a Pressure Canner. Today I want to give you instructions on how to use an everyday cooking Pressure Cooker. We have all heard the horror stories that our grandma, aunt, mom, cousin or someone else we know had an explosion, with food everywhere in the kitchen using a pressure cooker. Okay, here’s the deal, pressure cookers need not be feared. Of course, we need to be cautious and make sure we secure the lid with a good gasket. I wouldn’t leave it and go run errands, but it is quite simple and safe to use if you follow directions. Here’s a friendly reminder from a reader below, Debbie: They are NOT for canning.

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I will show you how to bake bread and survive any disaster today. Yes, you can make bread with my no-fail recipe. I promise. A few years ago I wrote a post showing how you can make bread three different ways. Well, since then I have learned to make bread in a Dutch oven so now I can show you how to make bread four ways. Now, not everyone has a wheat grinder so today it’s all about making white bread. After a disaster, white bread will fill the belly and you can serve it with soup. I hope people in your community are teaching each other how to make bread with or without a bread mixing machine. If it’s a freshly ground whole wheat bread class, you rock. I grew up making bread so it’s just a way of life for me and saves me lots of $$$ on my food budget.

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Today it’s all about how to cook after disasters hit. And disasters will hit our neighborhood or community at least once in our lifetime. Sometimes they will hit more than once. If we are prepared we will not fear, I promise. Here’s the deal, you do not have to spend a lot of money on emergency cooking devices. I’m going to talk about all the ones I have used and recommend. Keep in mind some of my sponsors have given them to me to do a review. Let’s be real here, I will only write about the ones I love. The others I have refused to try because I saw how flimsy they were at the store. Some I have shipped back to the company and could not do a review for them. I’m here to teach the world what does work. Period. I’m always on the look out for new products, but the old standbys still work the best.

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My heart is urging me to ask my readers, how prepared are you for an emergency? I’m sure there a few that will say, “I’m almost there.” Some people will say, “I’m just starting with food storage and emergency preparedness items.” Many will say, “Where do I start, I am overwhelmed with the thought of an emergency?” I am occasionally stopped at the grocery store and asked questions like, “Why are you buying so many cans of beets and green beans?” In Utah, it’s pretty common for people to purchase cases of food once a year when stores have their case lot sales in the fall. There is nothing quite as comforting as a small room packed with canned or bottled food items lined up in a row. I think the people that ask me must be on vacation and traveling through Utah because it’s normal to buy cases of the foods you eat just about every day.

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I decided I must talk today about what we can do when panic sets in. A few days ago we had another “shooting” in our country. This time it happened in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida airport. I was running errands with my sister, Carol and I saw the news clip on my phone. I have a daughter that works at an airport and I quickly sent her a text to hear if she had heard about the shooting. I knew she didn’t work at the affected airport, but I knew it could impact the clients traveling to and from the airport where she works. I told her 13 people were shot and 5 of those had died. I’m sick for the families of these people and all others involved in this tragedy, the employees of the airport, and the law enforcement personnel who had to bring this terrible situation to an end. When I got home I quickly turned on the television to CNN and FOX News to see what was happening.

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I love these 2-ingredient healthy breakfast cookies! I was running errands with my sister, Carol and she mentioned she saw a recipe using only 2-ingredients to make some simple healthy breakfast cookies. I said, “what?” Well, I went to the store and piled the bananas in my shopping cart. Mark and I are trying to eat healthier foods and if the recipe only calls for bananas and oatmeal, I can do that. This recipe is almost magical, I get the giggles thinking that I can have cookies for breakfast. Of course, they are great snacks as well. Here’s the deal, get some bananas and oatmeal. Now I already had regular oats in the pantry because I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast. The reason I say magical is because the 2-ingredient base recipe is stuff we usually have in the house. Most of us store oatmeal, and bananas are a fruit I buy every week. Do you typically have bananas in your kitchen?

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