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  • Make Every Day Earth Day

    earth day“We rarely stop to examine the effects on the environment unless we are hit by a natural disaster…The natural balance of the world is shifting dangerously away from us and we should take care of our environment before it is too late.1

    When was the last time you stopped and smelled the roses? How about the last time you took a walk outside to clear your head? Think back to when you were a child—do you remember rolling in the grass and playing in the dirt? Or picking a flower for your mom? Or watching the birds soar freely above the trees? Anymore, there seems to be too much focus on technology and wasting money to buy the “latest trend”, that we seem to be missing the true beauty of nature. It even gets to the point that some people are being lazy and taking advantage of this world.
    When was the last time you chewed on a piece of gum? When you were done, what did you do with it—did you wrap it up and throw it into the garbage? Or did you just spit it out onto the street? If you did the latter of the two, then you littered. A lot of people litter, carelessly leaving garbage wherever they decide to toss it. They disregard it and leave it there to be the next person’s problem. But what they don’t realize is it’s becoming everyone’s problem. Being careless of our garbage is leading to so many problems, such as animals eating it and getting sick—they suffer a slow, painful death and because of the food chain, whatever eats that sick animal will then also get sick. On a much larger scale, think about all the houses and cars and all the garbage that gets washed into the ocean after hurricanes. What happens to all of that floating debris? It doesn’t just disappear. It gets eaten by the fish and the other creatures that eat the fish. Guess who else may be eating that same fish? Yes my friend, you! You and your family and loved ones.
    The waste we put into the atmosphere throughout our daily lives is ruining the earth’s climate. Things are changing, maybe slowly, but it’s still possible to make a positive difference and try to preserve the world for our future generations. There is so much you can do to help take care of this planet! Help the world out by doing your part—make sure your garbage gets put into the garbage cans and not thrown carelessly onto the streets. Recycle as much of your plastics and cardboard materials as you can in your area. Reuse your things to help make this place better. Got old clothes that are still in good condition? Find an organization that will donate them to relief funds for victims of natural disasters.
    Think you have to drive everyday to work? Try carpooling to reduce the exhaust and other chemicals vehicles put into the air. You can also ride a bike or walk to your destination if it’s not too far. This is also great exercise and gets you moving and gives you a chance to enjoy what’s around you.
    Plant a garden! This is a wonderful way to make sure you and your family are eating fresh vegetables and fruits and gives you a chance to create something and appreciate it more. If you don’t have a place to plant a garden, it’s a great idea to have a collection of food storage, such as dehydrated fruits and freeze-dried vegetables. Having a food supply is a great backup for just in case—just in case you can’t make it to the grocery store, just in case there’s a drought or flood that ruins all the produce. We all like to hope that bad things don’t happen, but this isn’t a perfect world, and we need to do our part in being prepared for when the bad thing do happen.
    Plant some trees in your yard to help increase the oxygen supply of the world. This also will create shade, keeping you cool in the summertime. Don’t have an area to plant trees? You can always find an organization like the Arbor Day Foundation to donate money to and they will plant trees all over the planet. In fact, did you know that Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 because of Arbor Day?2
    Each and every one of us affects the future of this earth, so I encourage and challenge each of you to do your part in taking care of our planet and celebrate every day as Earth Day.


    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Celebrate Banana Day with Frosted Banana Cake!

    frosted banana cake

    Happy Banana Day! Happy Banana Day!

    Today is banana day! A terrific fruit that is excellent anytime! Bananas offer so many health benefits for everyone to enjoy! A banana is loaded with potassium, which can help increase alertness1. Bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.1 Eating bananas have a see-to-believe effect on us, too. They can help with cramping and reduce swelling.1

    Who uses a banana peel? Maybe you should! Why you ask?? Besides the creative reasons like polishing silverware and leather shoes, scientists have recently added purification of drinking water contaminated with potentially toxic metals2 to the list of uses. With summer time coming, this little tick is one to keep on hand—if you get bit by a bug or develop hives1, rub the inside of a banana peel on the irritation for relief! Who knew?!
    With all the vitamins and nutrients found in bananas, they are one food you should try and consume daily. But what happens if there comes a day when we get a shortage of bananas? With so many benefits from bananas, freeze-dried sliced bananas and dehydrated banana slices are both must-haves in everyone’s food storage for just in case!

    To help celebrate banana day, enjoy making this delicious frosted banana cake!

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    Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees. Blend together 2/3 cup shortening, 1 1/3 cup sugar, 4 eggs, and 3-4 bananas. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 ½ cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.



    Banana cake batter Banana cake batter

    Once the banana mixture is smooth, gently add the flour mix into it and stir well. A wonderful additive to this banana cake is chopped walnuts or chopped almonds, but that is completely optional!




    pour into a pan and bake pour into a pan and bake

    Once the batter has been prepared, grease a cake pan and pour in the batter. Bake for 48-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.




    boil the butter boil the butter

    Right after the banana cake is baked, bring ¼ cup of butter to a boil in a pot on the stovetop.

    Once the butter starts to boil, add 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 cup butterscotch chips, and ½ cup brown sugar. Stir continuously until the brown sugar is completely dissolved. Once it’s dissolved pour immediately onto the banana cake and smooth it out evenly. Best when eaten within 4 days.

    Delicious banana cake! Delicious banana cake!

    Another great article discussing the benefits of bananas can be found at


    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Warm Up From the Inside

    broccoli cheeseWe usually have snow here at home this time of year, but it has decided to warm up enough to turn the snow to rain. Even though it’s a little warmer than usual, the weather still puts a chill on the bones, especially in the evenings. The quickest way to warm up is to start from the inside, and what better way of doing that than to eat a hot bowl of soup! With so many different choices, there’s at least one soup for everyone!

    We have classical soups such as tomato basil soup or chicken noodle soup.

    cream of mushroomcreamy potatoWe have many “cream of” soups, including cream of mushroom soup and creamy potato soup.



    We even have some brand new flavors— broccoli cheese soup and baked potato cheese soup!

    broccoli cheeseCan’t decide which ones to try? They’re all delicious!! But right now we are having a sale on our two newest additions—CHECK IT OUT HERE!!


    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Tomato Soup - A Timeless Classic

    Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    I’m sure one childhood memory we all share is the joy of eating a hot bowl of tomato soup after a fun day playing in the cold. It’s a heart-warming flavorful soup that has been around for many years. Tomato soup made its first documented appearance in America in 1872 by our 1st “celebrity cook”, Maria Parloa. It later gained popularity in 1897 by becoming one of the top three soup flavors produced by Joseph A. Campbell, whom you may recognize as one of the founders of the Campbell Soup Company. Today, there are hundreds of different soup flavors around, but tomato soup still remains a timeless classic.

    We at Rainy Day Foods offer our version of tomato soup for our consumers to be able to enjoy not only on cold days but also for your home storage needs. This tomato basil soup is very versatile. It can be eaten as a flavorful soup or mixed into a delicious pasta sauce. As a thick soup, boil 2 parts of water and then add 1 part of soup. For more of a thinner soup, try using 3 parts of water instead of 2. We enjoy our tomato soup with the ever-so-simple grilled cheese sandwich.

    Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwich Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    We’ve learned the trick to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich is to butter both sides of each piece of bread. Lightly brown one side of each slice of the bread, then flip one of the slices over, quickly topping it with the shredded cheese, then sandwiching it with the other slice of bread, browned side down. Then flip the sandwich as a whole to brown the final side.

    A hot quick lunch favorite! A hot quick lunch favorite!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Soup's On!

    soupWhen the weather is snowing like crazy or has below-freezing temperatures, there’s no better food to warm up with than soup! Here at Rainy Day Foods, we have many delicious choices for you to choose from—including gluten-free! To finish off the winter season, we are going to be highlighting some of our favorite soups and help you warm up ‘til spring. Our first highlight is our newest addition, Broccoli Cheese Soup. This creamy, flavorful soup pairs wonderfully with hot, fresh cornbread drizzled with honey.

    Start by making the cornbread. Whether you’re making a single serving or several loaves for a big family get together, this mouth-watering cornbread is very easy to make! It requires 1 part water and 2 parts of our corn muffin mix .

    Mix up a batch of corn muffin mix. Mix up a batch of corn muffin mix.
    Pour into pan and bake Pour into pan and bake

    Here, we made a 4 serving batch in an 8 inch square glass pan, so we whipped together 2 cups of cornbread powder and 1 cup of water. Once all the clumps are broken up and the mixture is now smooth, pour into a greased pan.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Fresh baked cornbread! Fresh baked cornbread!
    Broccoli Cheese Soup Broccoli Cheese Soup

    While that bakes, make your soup. This broccoli cheese soup is also easy to adjust to make however many servings you need. All you need to do is bring 3 parts of water to a boil, then add 1 part of the soup powder into the boiling water and whisk ‘til smooth. Once all the soup has been blended together, remove the soup from the heat.

    Slice up the fresh cornbread and spread some creamy honey on it and serve with the soup.

    Broccoli Cheese Soup and cornbread Broccoli Cheese Soup and cornbread

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • It's Strawberry Day!

    Strawberry Gelatin Strawberry Gelatin

    This strawberry dessert is very simple to make and makes for a sweet treat for anyone. For the gelatin, I followed the written instructions on the product, which equaled 2-3 servings, but it’s easy to adjust for however many servings you want to make. This strawberry gelatin is a 1-to-3-to-3 ratio, calling for 1 part gelatin mix, 3 parts hot water, and 3 parts cold water. The whip topping is a 1-to-1 ratio, calling for 1 part whip topping mix and 1 part ice cold water.

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    For this dessert, make the gelatin according to however many people you intend on serving it to. Here, I used 1/3 cup of gelatin mix, 1 cup of hot water, and 1 cup of cold water. Start by boiling the hot water. I just cooked the water in the microwave for about 10 minutes. Next, add your gelatin mix. Whisk by hand until all the mix is dissolved.



    add freeze dried strawberries add freeze dried strawberries

    If you want, you can add some freeze-dried sliced strawberries into your dessert for some added fun! If you choose to, this is the time to add them in.

    The next step is to add the cold water. Whisk again for about a minute, then refrigerate until it sets up. A fun trick to do for a single serving is to fill a clear glass half full of the gelatin before refrigerating, but store the half-full glass at an angle, so the gelatin sets up as shown here. That way, there’s more room to evenly add some whip topping.

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    refrigerate and chill until set refrigerate and chill until set






    make the whipped topping make the whipped topping

    While the gelatin sets up, make the whip topping equivalent to the same amount of servings as the gelatin. For me, I filled the ½ cup measuring cup up with crushed ice, then filled it with cold water—enough to add some liquid to the ice chunks, but not enough to overflow the measuring cup. My madness behind this is that the ice will melt as you whip it together with the water and powder, giving you about one cup of water required, but minimizing the chill time. Pour the ice-water into a mixing bowl, and add about 1 cup of the whip topping powder. Whisk by hand gently until all the powder is dissolved, then whisk continuously for 5 minutes, or until a nice “whipped” texture.

    Place the whip topping into the fridge until chilled. If you do the ice, it seems to take anywhere from half an hour to an hour off the chill time; depending on how much you make.

    Once everything is set up and chilled, take your gelatin out of the fridge, and top with the whip topping. For a fun decoration, you can top it all off with a sliced strawberry that resembles a heart. The freeze-dried strawberries are nice and soft, so you can use your fingers or a butter knife to enhance the shape of the strawberry to be a heart.

    A delicious and pretty dessert!! A delicious and pretty dessert!!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Almonds

    Delicious almonds! Delicious almonds!

    TODAY IS ALMOND DAY!! Have you had your helping of almonds today?? If not, here’s why you should have a good helping of almonds every day! All the vitamins and minerals found in almonds are very beneficial to one’s body, mind, and weight. Eating just 23 raw almonds each day can make a significant improvement in one’s life. Studies have shown that an almond-rich diet can help with memory improvement, which can also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Almonds can strengthen one’s heart, teeth, and bones. Using the oil from almonds is also very useful in nourishing one’s skin and hair. For example, using almond oil will help reduce acne and scaring of the skin. The antioxidants found in almonds can help reduce dandruff when rubbed onto the scalp. With so many positive things about almonds, it’s definitely worth including them in one’s food storage.

    For those days when you need a sweet treat, try this recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Almonds cooked in the crock pot. Start by spraying the inside of your crock pot generously with cooking spray. Stir together 1 ¼ cup of white sugar, 1 ¼ cup of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whip together one egg yolk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Whisk by hand until it becomes frothy. Dump 3 cups of almonds—1 cup at a time—into the egg/vanilla liquid.

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    Scoop the almonds into the cinnamon/sugar powder. Stir thoroughly until all the almonds are nicely coated. Pour that bowl into the crock pot and let it cook on low heat. Stir every half hour for 2 hours or until the almonds are soft. Pour ¼ cup of water into the crock pot and stir well. Cook for another hour, then dump the almonds onto some wax paper to dry. For a little extra zing, mix together ¼ cup white sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, and ½ a tablespoon of cinnamon, then sprinkle on top of the almonds after they are first placed onto the wax paper.
    This delicious, but rich treat will satisfy all your taste buds while providing some of the benefits that almonds have to offer.

    A delicious treat!! A delicious treat!!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Breakfast Mash

    breakfast mashEating hashbrowns with your breakfast is pretty common. Eating mashed potatoes with your breakfast, though, just seems odd. But why? A potato is a potato, so what harm could it do? That’s why for breakfast this morning I made my family a little something I like to call Breakfast Mash.

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    Simply put, Breakfast Mash is a layered breakfast:

    Bottom Layer of precooked scrambled eggs with ham chunks

    Middle Layer of prepared butter mashed potatoes



    add a layer of mashed potatoes add a layer of mashed potatoes
    top with bacon and cheese top with bacon and cheese

    And a top layer of imitation bakon crumbles and shredded cheese.

    Bake at 350’ for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.



    A delicious breakfast! A delicious breakfast!

    Now you have something new and delicious to try for breakfast!
    It pairs great with some fresh biscuits!
    Go ahead and give something new a try!

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    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Potato Cakes

    potato cakesPotatoes are a definite must-have when it comes to your food storage. They are a terrific addition to any breakfast in the form of hashbrowns, or in the form of potato dices they can be mixed in with other breakfast meals. You can eat potatoes for lunch and dinner as a side dish such as mashed potatoes or French fries, or you can serve up a baked potato or a potato cake as your main dish.

    A potato cake is pretty simple to make and very filling! They taste pretty good, and if you use our butter mashed potatoes it adds a delicious buttery taste to the potato cakes! To make these potato cakes, mix together in a bowl 1 cup of butter mashed potato flakes, ½ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of sour cream*, one egg*, and some pepper.

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    Roll a handful of the potato mix into a ball and gently flatten into an even patty. Grease a frying pan—either with a little butter or just some Pam Cooking Spray, and cook the patties on a medium-low heat until they start to brown. Then flip the patties and brown the other side.


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    *If you would like to use our whole eggs powder and our sour cream powder , add 2 ½ tablespoons of the whole egg powder, use only 1 tablespoon of the sour cream powder, and pour in a whole cup of water instead of just ½ a cup.

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Butter Mashed Potatoes

    Butter mashed potatoes make a delicious side dish! Butter mashed potatoes make a delicious side dish!

    Here at Rainy Day Foods, we package all of our products with our customers in mind. We strive to distribute delicious and nutritious meals that will come in handy not only in emergency situations, but also for everyday use. We like to pride ourselves on giving our costumers’ their money’s worth when it comes to buying our products. We fill our cans with as much product as possible*. A perfect example is our butter mashed potatoes.

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    These are a great addition to any meal and take but a few minutes to make. Simply heat 3 parts water and 1 part of the butter mashed potato flakes and just like that you’ve got a scrumptious side dish! They pair great with any meal, especially meat! Easy to make and delicious to taste!



    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


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