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Old 01-09-2013, 12:18 PM
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The red feather canned butter. I wouldn't risk canning it myself. My kids live on kraft macaroni and cheese and it just isn't the same without butter. It is my "frivolous prep". AND... I just love butter on my bread with soup.

Most everything else is just necessity, since money is tight.
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I opened a holiday care package from my folks last night - shearling lined leather moccasins. They are to die for and I don't want to take them off. Like walking on a warm, fuzzy cloud. I've ordered another pair to stick on the me shelf and I will be figuring out how to fit them into my BOB.

It's the little things, y'know.
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My pick me up prep is canned butter. I know it sounds silly, but I will have my kiddos with me and all the stuff I need to make most other things... but with no cow to give me cream, I won't have butter without stocking it up in canned form.
canned butter? I'd never even heard of it! Am going to look for local suppliers-thanks for the great tip!
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canned butter? I'd never even heard of it! Am going to look for local suppliers-thanks for the great tip!
Me too, and thanks for the tip!
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I have Provident Pantry powdered butter put back...for a rainy day. Not sure if it tastes anything like what I eat now, but it's butter, and I'm definitely going to enjoy it! And the best part is just add a very small amount of water to it and there ya go!
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I had bought this ButterBuds mix ( ) assuming that once the butter melted it would be just the same.

It was okay on corn but it just didn't make the macaroni and cheese any good and it didn't work at all on bread.

The red feather butter on bread or a vat of creamy macaroni and cheese will comfort me SO much during what is assured to be a very stressful time.
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Made some tasty instant mocha in my preps!!! 5-7 year shelf life. I'm sure it'll cycle out sooner than that.
Share recipe?????
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I would jump to say chocolate but I find it too much temptation to store any . I gave it up to manage my waistline .
I know, right? It would not last if I knew where it was. When I buy the stocking stuffers I have to give them to my husband to hide from me.

I am so weak. That is just so pitiful.
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I forgot my tea set. Hubs was English by birth and came to the US as a child. He loved tea so I bought a dainty china tea set with purple pansies on it. It is now a family tradition to have tea with cakes. It is the calm center to the chaos that makes up my day. So picture me post SHTF surrounded by mastiffs having my afternoon tea
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I forgot my tea set. Hubs was English by birth and came to the US as a child. He loved tea so I bought a dainty china tea set with purple pansies on it. It is now a family tradition to have tea with cakes. It is the calm center to the chaos that makes up my day. So picture me post SHTF surrounded by mastiffs having my afternoon tea
Awesome. I'll have mine, too, drinking tea with milk and sugar. I may be in a world of hurt but at least I'll feel civilised...

Pinkies up!
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I forgot my tea set. Hubs was English by birth and came to the US as a child. He loved tea so I bought a dainty china tea set with purple pansies on it. It is now a family tradition to have tea with cakes. It is the calm center to the chaos that makes up my day. So picture me post SHTF surrounded by mastiffs having my afternoon tea
That sounds like sending your brain or at least your nerves to a spa for a few hours. Nice and relaxing.
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Im starting to get a fantastic book collection. People are so used to being entertained these days i think we'll need something to take our minds of the situation in our down times. Also chocolate LOTS of chocolate.
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Awesome. I'll have mine, too, drinking tea with milk and sugar. I may be in a world of hurt but at least I'll feel civilised...

Pinkies up!
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That sounds like sending your brain or at least your nerves to a spa for a few hours. Nice and relaxing.
One thing I have learned in life is we have to treat ourselves right if we are going to take care of others.
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My pick me up preps are books and chocolate. Books to read when there is no electricity and well, chocolate is chocolate.
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well said Mominator!
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I love to read! Anything, I read history books, romance novels, horror... Absolutely anything so I have lots of books both read and waiting to be read. I can also re-read a book so I'm set there. I also need knitting supplies, and sewing materials as I too love to sew. Halloween costumes are my favourite but in a SHTF situation I should be able to whip up whatever we may need. And I too would like to stock up on paper, pens and markers for journaling. Great post idea!
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Chocolate.

How has no one mentioned this?!?! I love it and it loves me.
That's it: I've decided.

I'm storing a 5-gallon bucket with enough chocolate and other ingredients to make ... well, as many pounds as possible of dark-chocolate fudge. I'm thinking a 5-gal should hold at least enough for 30 pounds of fudge...

Anyone tried this yet?

(Man, I would become the village magic-woman if I could come up with fudge after SHTF, dontcha think?)

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Aldi had the Carnation fudge kids on sale after Christmas, for $2. They make 1 1/2 pounds and come with everything you need except for 2 T of butter. I bought 10. Actually I bought 2 and went back for the rest after I tried it. This isn't LTS, because it's got marshmallows in it that I don't think will keep.

I've got it because it will save me money when I need to bring something somewhere. It's cheaper than buying the ingredients and it's a whole lot quicker than measuring things out. That means if I'm in a time crunch I don't go buy a half dozen cupcakes for $8.
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As far as food, my biggest luxuries would be chocolate and cilantro. I don't eat much food like mac and cheese. TBH we don't even have any butter in our house right how.

I choose chocolate because - duh, it's chocolate - and cilantro because you can mix it with tomatoes for easy salsa. I'm also a big fan of dried peppers. A pot of beans and rice sounds more glamorous when you call it "taco soup." (Now you know how I tricked my hubby into eating a bowl of beans and rice).

As as far as nonfood, I would personally opt for toys over books. A ping pong set, scrabble board, etc.
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Lavender oil. Am going to try growing some lavender this year. Our climate is hot and humid so it may not be happy here. If it does well, I hope to set up some means of distillation. My undergrad minor is chemistry, but I'll have to reach back through many!!! years of stored memory to dig those skills back up!
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