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  • Celebrate with Carrot Cake

    carrot cakeJune already? Wow! Time sure flies by when you’re havin’ fun!
    May was a full month of celebration for our family! Between the special occasions (including our youngest sister receiving some awards in school, our youngest brother getting engaged, and the arrival of our newest nephew!!), the holidays, and the birthdays, we have had lots of opportunities to bring out the cake and celebrate!! Of course we didn’t eat dessert for all of those celebrations, just for our own birthdays. Since my husband’s birthday and my birthday are just days away from each other, we alternate which birthday gets a birthday cake. This year it was for his birthday, so I chose to make carrot cake—you know, so we can eat an extra slice and not feel as guilty because it’s got some fruits and veggies in it! Hahaha!!  Actually, carrot cake is both of our favorite flavors of cake! Although neither of us have a gluten-intolerance, we decided to give the Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting a try. If we didn’t know it was gluten-free, we never would have believed it—it tastes amazing!!

    gf carrot cakeTo make this delicious dessert, start by opening up the Mylar bag to see what’s inside. You should find a packet of brown sugar, a packet of white powder (that’s the frosting), a packet of white chocolate chips, and then the gluten-free cake mix. Once you’ve made sure it’s all there, preheat the oven to 350 Degrees and then generously grease a cake pan to help the cake come out easily.

    mix the cake batter mix the cake batter

    Now it’s time to make the cake mix. Cream together 2 eggs and ½ cup of either vegetable oil (as called for) or I used melted butter—either one is fine. Next blend in the packet of brown sugar, then dump in the cake mix (the loose powder in the Mylar bag). Once that is all blended together, add in 2 cups of shredded carrots*, ½ cup of pineapple chunks*, and then you can add in the optional ½ cup of walnuts and 1 cup of raisons. *Feel free to use the dehydrated carrots and freeze-dried pineapple chunks, just be sure to let them soak in hot water as your very 1st step, but be sure to drain out the excess water before adding to the cake mix.

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    pour cake batter into greased pan pour cake batter into greased pan

    Once everything is well blended, pour into the greased cake and bake for 30-35 minutes (33 minutes worked perfectly for my cake!).

    After the cake was baked, I let it cool almost completely, then flipped it upside down onto a wax paper-lined cutting board to decorate it, then gently tapped on the pan to get the cake out.

    frosted carrot cake frosted carrot cake

    Now it’s time to make the frosting. Melt in a medium sized bowl the packet of white chocolate chips and ½ cup of butter. Once they’re melted, dump in 1-8oz package of cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Whip it all together using an electric mixer (or the amazing Bosch!) until it becomes the fluffy frosting desired. Wait until the cake is completely cooled off before frosting it.

    This gluten-free carrot cake should be stored in the fridge and eaten within 4-5 days for best flavor. Enjoy!

    Delicious gluten-free carrot cake! Delicious gluten-free carrot cake!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Sugar Surprise Cookies

    sugar surprise cookiesI don’t know very many women who don’t love a good surprise! For mother’s day yesterday, it was the perfect opportunity to surprise both of our mothers with this very sweet treat that sure brought a smile to their faces. These Sugar Surprise Cookies are just that—sugar cookies with a hidden brownie inside!! Mouth-watering, ooey-gooey, and very rich, these cookies are amazing!! These cookies are actually pretty easy to make, and because the outer layers are sugar cookies, you can get creative and use cookie cutters to make these desserts even more special!

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    Start by making a batch of delicious brownies. They’re very easy to make! For this particular recipe, it was easier for me to line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil before spraying it—this made it so I could remove the brownies easily from the pan and be able to use a metal cookie cutter if I decided to. To make this cookie-sheet-sized pan full of brownies, I used 3/4 cup of water, and blended it until smooth with 3 3/4 cups of the brownie mix. For a little extra flavor, feel free to add some mini marshmallows, some chopped nuts, or if you’re a chocoholic like me, mix in 3 tablespoons of baking cocoa powder.

    bake the brownies bake the brownies
    cut into round shapes with cookie cutter cut into round shapes with cookie cutter

    Bake the brownies in a thin cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 24 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Leave the oven set to 350 for the final baking of the cookies.

    Making it this way and using my smallest round cookie cutter gave me a total of 15 perfectly round brownie inserts to put inside the sugar cookies. If you want more than that, simply adjust your brownie mix using the ratio 1 part water to 5 parts brownie mix. It all depends on how many cookies you plan to bake.

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    mix dough thoroughly mix dough thoroughly

    While that bakes, make the sugar cookie dough. The trick to making amazing sugar cookies is to use the same amount of butter as you do sugar and powdered sugar (the powdered sugar gets added in with the flour and baking powder later in the recipe). Then whatever measurement you used for the butter and sugars, use twice as much flour. Then be sure to add some vanilla extract for a little extra flavor. To make them rise, add some baking powder.
    For this recipe I creamed together 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar along with 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of milk.

    Next, I combined in a separate bowl 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of powdered sugar, and 3 teaspoons of baking powder. Dump the flour mix into the butter mix, making sure to only add 1 cup at a time to make sure it all gets blended smoothly.

    cut out cookie dough into round shapes cut out cookie dough into round shapes

    Once the dough is completely mixed together, lay out some wax paper and get out the rolling pin and a fairly good sized cookie cutter. For me, I taped the wax paper onto a cutting board so the paper would quit moving (seemed to work great!!), then sprinkle with powdered sugar (NOT flour) and roll out the cookie dough. Cut the sugar cookie dough however you want!! Just make sure they’re slightly bigger than the brownies so they’ll fit nicely between two sugar cookies.


    sandwich a brownie between 2 cookie dough shapes sandwich a brownie between 2 cookie dough shapes


    Sandwich a brownie in between two sugar cookie dough cutouts, then pinch the two sugar cookies together. Smooth out the edges on the cookies so you cannot see any of the brownie.




    bake the cookies bake the cookies
    baked cookies baked cookies

    Bake the cookies on a greased cookie sheet on 350 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden brown. *Note that these cookies will expand a little bit, so don’t place them too closely together.

    To keep these fresh and soft, stick them into a sealed container or onto a paper plate and into a plastic bag. Enjoy as is or with some cream cheese frosting, or warmed up on top of some vanilla ice cream!

    Sugar Surprise Cookies!! Sugar Surprise Cookies!!

    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


  • Cream Filled Cookie Sandwiches

    cream filled cookies“Spring Ahead, Fall Behind”—that’s the old saying to help us remember what to do with our clocks on Daylight Savings. Although Daylight Savings gave us an extra hour yesterday, it had its negative side, too, such as it now gets dark sooner and the cold winter air starts to settle in. If you’re not quite ready to build a fire in your fireplace or crank up the thermostats to your heaters or furnace, a good way of adding some extra heat in your home is to cook or bake in the oven. It puts off some heat to help take the chill off while also preparing your meal or snack. Here’s a special treat you can make with the help of Rainy Day Foods. Just add some fall colored sprinkles like brown and orange, and these cream-filled cookie sandwiches become a perfect snack for the fall season.

    Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees. Then in a small bowl, gently stir together 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon salt.
    In another bowl, blend together 1 ¾ cups of sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 cup of softened butter, 1 large egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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    Once blended into a smooth mixture, slowly add in the flour mix a little bit at a time. Fold in desired amount of fall sprinkles.

    add fall colored sprinkles add fall colored sprinkles

    On a clean countertop, lay out a sheet of wax paper, taping down the edges. Then ball up your cookie dough and put it on the wax paper. Lay out a second sheet of wax paper on top of the cookie dough. Roll out dough with a rolling pin.

    Use a cookie cutter to get the cookies the same size. On a greased cookie sheet, drop cookie dough into place. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Set aside to cool.

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    cut out round cookie shapes cut out round cookie shapes

    While the cookies cool, make the cream filling.

    Blend together 6 tablespoons of softened butter, 2 ounces of cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar , and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can also add just a hint of dutch baking cocoa if you have a chocolate craving to satisfy.

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    Once the filling is smooth and fluffy, lightly frost one side of one cookie, then top with another cookie that’s about the same size.

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    add cream filling and top with another cookie add cream filling and top with another cookie

    If you don’t plan on eating them all at once, I would recommend refrigerating the frosting and putting the cookies into an airtight container to keep them soft.




    Delicious Cream filled Sandwich Cookies Delicious Cream filled Sandwich Cookies

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Frankenstein Brownies!

    Fun and easy Halloween treats!              Fun and easy Halloween treats!

    When it comes to Halloween, there are many different monsters that come to mind—ghosts, witches, vampires, zombies…but the one that seems to stick out the most in my mind is Frankenstein. So for this special treat, we’ll use Rainy Day Foods Brownie Mix to make brownies and dress them up with frosting to make them look like Frankenstein’s head.

    • Easy to mix! Easy to mix!


      Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees. Then take 4 ½ cups brownie mix in a medium-sized bowl and gently stir in 3/4 cups HOT water until well mixed.




    • Easy to bake! Easy to bake!

      Grease an 8” x 8” glass pan and pour in the brownie batter.






    • Resist until cooled! Resist until cooled!




    Cook for 25-30 minutes—you’ll know when it’s done by sticking a toothpick in the brownies and the toothpick will come out clean.




    • Don't eat til frosted! Don't eat til frosted!

      Let the brownies cool COMPLETELY before trying to cut them. Once cooled, cut them up and set them out on a platter, giving yourself room to decorate them.



    • No need to be careful!  They are supposed to be scary! No need to be careful! They are supposed to be scary!Take some white frosting and add green food coloring.




    Take some white frosting and add green food coloring.


    • Have fun with faces and smiles! Have fun with faces and smiles




    Use chocolate frosting in a Ziplock bag to give them Frankenstein face!




    Contributed by Angelia Kunz.

  • Halloween Dirt Cups

    dirt cupsHAPPY OCTOBER!!

    October is one of my favorite months! It’s filled with all the beauty that fall has to bring! It’s when all the leaves on the trees change color, almost as if they’re giving an encore before they leave for the winter. It’s harvest time—the final pat on the back for all the farmers’ hard work. It’s the month that hunting season starts in my household, so we look forward to that and the delicious meat it brings to our freezer. It’s also the first month of the final three holidays that all kids get most excited about—starting with Halloween! They always look forward to letting their imaginations run wild and dressing up as one of their favorite characters…and all the candy they get from trick or treating!! As parents, we enjoy our candy here and there, too, but it’s also nice to have a dessert that’s not just a candy bar. So, with the help of Rainy Day Foods, I’ll show you how to make some fun Halloween desserts.

    This first one is called “Halloween Dirt Cups,” using Rainy Day Foods Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix. It’s a pretty simple dessert to make, but you can dress it up and get pretty wild with it! You can make a couple for your family, or make several dozen for a fun Halloween party treat! This time around, I’m only making two, so keep that in mind as you read on.
    Start by putting 4 Oreo cookies (minus their frosting) into a plastic Ziplock bag, making sure to get all the air out.

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    crush the Oreos in a plastic sandwich bag crush the Oreos in a plastic sandwich bag

    Then using a coffee cup, crush the Oreos into a dirt-like powder.

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    Pour the “dirt” powder into two clear cups. Set the coffee cup and Ziplock bag aside for later.

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    Next step is to whip up some chocolate pudding in a separate bowl.

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    Take 2 cups of cold water and gradually stir in 1 cup of pudding mix. Whip it by hand for about 5 minutes or until there are no clumps and the pudding starts to thicken up.

    Pour the pudding into the clear cups on top of the crushed Oreos. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.

    add the pudding to the cups add the pudding to the cups

    Once the pudding has set up, put 5 more Oreos without their frosting in your Ziplock back and crush them up into small chunks. Pour the chunks on top of the pudding, and now you’ve got “Halloween Dirt Cups”.

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    You can put a couple Sour Patch Kids on top to make “Zombie Kid Cups”
    You can add gummy worms on top to make “Worm Dirt Cups”.

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    You can take one half of an Oreo with the frosting still on, write on the frosting with a chocolate frosting or sprinkles and make it into a headstone for “Graveyard Plot Cups”.

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    Graveyard Plot Cups Graveyard Plot Cups

    You can even make a zombie hand reaching up out of the dirt!

    Zombie Hand Cups Zombie Hand Cups

    The possibilities are endless!! Lots of neat tricks you can do with this simple treat.

    final productContributed by Angelia Kunz



  • Hot Meals for Hunters - Meal Idea #5

    nachosI think we all have those very hectic days when all you’ve done is run run run and the next thing you know it is way past dinner time and you realize that you and your family haven’t eaten yet. That’s when you and the kids end up eating a bowl of cereal for dinner just so you can try and catch up from the day. But what about your hunter who’s been out in the cold all day—is he really going to want a cold bowl of cereal for dinner, too? Lucky for him, though, you’ve got some Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Ground Beef stashed away, so he can make himself whatever snack he wants! I know my husband would use the freeze dried ground beef and the Rainy Day Foods Nacho Cheese Sauce Mix to whip up a batch of Nachos!!

    Start by whip up some nacho cheese sauce. Put 1 part of nacho cheese sauce and 2 parts HOT water into a bowl and mix. For a single serving, I used 1/8th of a cup of nacho cheese sauce and ¼ cup HOT water, but it’s all a matter of preference. Microwave on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until thickened, then whip with a fork.
    In a separate bowl, put desired amount of freeze dried ground beef and some HOT water. Sprinkle just a little bit of taco seasoning for flavor, then stir the meat, water, and taco seasoning. For a single serving, I used ½ cup freeze dried ground beef and 1/8th cup HOT water, but again, it’s all a matter of preference. Warm up in the microwave for about a minute, stir, then drain the excess water.

    nacho cheese sauce mix and freeze dried ground beef nacho cheese sauce mix and freeze dried ground beef

    Dump out some chips on a plate, add the meat and cheese sauce and whatever else sounds good on nachos, and eat up!!

    Put sauce, meat and other toppings over chips. Yummy! Put sauce, meat and other toppings over chips. Yummy!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Get Prepared - Cooking Aids and Spices

    Some basic cooking ingredients Some basic cooking ingredients

    National Preparedness Month is almost over and we have made a great start in getting more prepared by storing the basics: grains, beans & legumes, pasta, rice and vegetables. Now that we have some basic foods, we need to add items that enhance the flavor and make these basic foods a delicious meal. Cooking aids (such as baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch), spices, and seasonings and gravy mixes will add flavor and variety to basic foods to make delicious meals from food storage supplies.
    Most cooking aids and seasonings will store at least ten years – many will store up to twenty years. Gravy and sauce mixes add great flavor to pastas and rice dishes. Spices such as cinnamon, garlic, and other seasoning mixes add that extra boost of flavor to main entrée recipes and even some desserts. Don’t forget to include the basic seasonings: salt and black pepper. Even when there are no other spices or seasonings on the shelf, salt and pepper will add flavor and enhance the flavor of your food. Check out our special this week on cooking aids and spices – this is a great time to add these important items to your food storage supply.

    Try this delicious recipe using some of your food storage ingredients:

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (recipe & photo retrieved from
    • 3 eggs, beaten (or you can substitute whole egg powder - see directions on can label)
    • 1 cup raisins
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup butter (or substitute butter powder according to directions on label)
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 2 cups rolled oats
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    1. Combine eggs, vanilla and raisins in a small bowl; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; stir into the creamed mixture. Then stir in the raisin mixture, rolled oats, and nuts.
    4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.


  • Congo Bongo Bars

    Congo Bongo Bars Congo Bongo Bars

    It’s that time of year when you are going to reunions and family get-togethers. Of course they always involve a lot of food. If you are like me, you want something delicious to take but easy to make. Here is a yummy bar cookie that fits the bill. I don’t know why they are called Congo Bongo Bars; that is what I’ve called them since I was little. Here is the recipe:

    Congo Bongo Bars
    Melt 2/3 cup butter. * You could also use 2/3 cup Butter Powder mixed with 2/3 cup water.* Add 2 c. Brown Sugar and let sit for 10 minutes.

    mix the butter and brown sugar mix the butter and brown sugar

    Add: 3 eggs or 6 Tablespoons Whole Eggs mixed with 12 Tablespoons water and 1 tsp. vanilla.

    Stir in: ½ tsp. Baking Soda 1 tsp. Salt 2 2/3 cups Flour

    add the dry ingredients add the dry ingredients

    Mix well and add 1 cup chocolate chips.

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    The mixture will be thick. Spread it in a 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. May serve warm or cool. They are delicious either way!

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    Contributed by Pam Higley


  • Huckleberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

    Huckleberry Muffins with Streusel Topping Huckleberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

    One thing my family absolutely loves is muffins! Whether it’s for a special breakfast, a snack or camping, they are always excited when they see muffins coming out of the oven. This recipe is one of our favorites. I put frozen huckleberries in it but you could switch it up with nuts, chocolate chips, or any flavor of berry. Here is the recipe:
    Huckleberry Muffins with Streusel Topping
    3 cups Flour
    1 ½ cups Sugar
    1 tsp. Salt
    4 tsp. Baking Powder
    Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

    2/3 cup vegetable oil
    2 eggs or 5 Tbsp. Whole Egg mixed with 5 Tbsp. water
    2/3 cup milk or 4 ½ Tbsp. Powdered Milk mixed with 2/3 c. water
    Mix all together.

    mixing the wet and dry ingredients mixing the wet and dry ingredients

    Then fold in 2 cups of prepared berries. You could use Rainy Day Foods Imitation Blueberry, Apple Cinnamon, Raspberry or Orange Nuggets or Rainy Day Foods Freeze Dried Fruits.

    fold in berries fold in berries

    Fill muffin cups. Prepare streusel topping and sprinkle on muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 24 muffins.

    Streusel Topping
    ¼ c. Sugar or Brown Sugar
    2 ½ Tbsp. Flour
    1 ½ Tbsp. Butter
    ½ tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
    Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle over muffins.

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    I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

    Contributed by Pam Higley


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