Giveaway: WINNER!

Well, thank you to everyone who participated in my drawing last week! It was lots of fun.

And the winners are………………………………………….

Can I get a drumroll please?………………………………

file_47_19The winner of the Cookie Dough is Melanie G. from Washington State!


The winner of the Thrive Guide is……………………….


Messy Musings from Utah!


Thanks to everyone! We’ll play again soon 🙂

Thrive Giveaway: New Cookie Dough & Thrive Guide

I attended the Thrive Life Unleash Your Dreams 2014 Convention earlier this month. It was full of inspiration and motivation and I’m so glad I went.

thriveguide-webOne new thing they announced is the new Thrive Guide. SO.COOL. It lists every item and gives great tips and tricks and ideas for using them. It has recipes, conversion charts, re-hydration tips and more. It’s amazing. And it’s on sale through May! 50% off now through the end of May.

Or you can get it free. Yes, I said FREE!

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Another newby is the new Smart Start: Taste of Thrive. From the website: A Taste of THRIVE helps you start using THRIVE in the meals your family already loves. It comes with some of our most convenient, delicious, and time-saving THRIVE products, plus all the tools you need to start using them in your favorite meals right away. You’ll cut down meal prep, waste less, and eat healthier in no time! A Taste of Thrive is a fantastic option for your Thrive Q. It has three different packages that you can receive once a month for $100, a significant savings over the retail price AND entitles you to receive the Q CLUB membership for free. All KINDS of free going on in here! Not only that, but 5% of all Thrive’s profits go to their charity Thriving Nations which teaches better agricultural practices to people in developing countries. Click on the link to find out more about this fantastic charity.

And it comes with a FREE Thrive Guide, along with a super selection of products to start using Thrive in  your everyday cooking.

And MORE new stuff….there’s a new BAKERY LINE! Bread dough mixes, cookie dough mixes, cornbread mix….and YEAST. Thrive is well on it’s way to covering all the bases. And delicious, too. At our convention, I got the chance to taste ALL of the new products and they are fantastic. In fact, they’re so fantastic that I wanted to give away one of the new Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough mixes to one lucky winner. You’ll love this cookie dough…super versatile and easy to use.

And I think I’ll throw in a Thrive Guide, too. Yeah.

So use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win. Giveaway runs from 12:01 AM April 25, 2014 through 11:59 PM May 1, 2014.

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Good luck! I don’t know about you, but I can’t WAIT to see who wins!

Host a Virtual Party during Black Friday and earn free stuff!

THRIVE Life will be having an incredible sale over Black Friday weekend and I would like to invite YOU to become a “virtual” party host.
During the sale, every single Thrive food item will be on sale below the normal ‘lowest price’ (the price you would pay if you went to a THRIVE cooking demo).  In addition, many e-prep items and food rotation systems will be on sale!
Some items will be as much as 50% off!
This yearly sale is the BEST time to purchase and stock up your Home Store and/or Food Storage and other preparedness items!  You will not find a lower price any other time of the year on any item – this sale is that good!

Host a Catalog Party!

In addition to being the best time to SAVE on THRIVE Life products, Black Friday weekend is also the BEST time to share THRIVE Life with your friends and family.  People love the savings during this sale and they want to purchase and stock up!

So, simply tell others about the sale!  They will get the lowest prices of the year on great products and you will earn free and discounted product when they purchase!

FREE and Discounted Products
You will earn 10% back in FREE Thrive product on any orders you and your friends place!
And…if the orders you collect (including your own) total at least $400, you will also earn additional products at 50% off retail (you choose the products) depending on the total sales amount. The more orders you get, the more 50% off product you earn!
*You and at least 2 of your referrals must make a purchase to receive your free and 50% off product.
Here is a scenario of what could happen:

  • You make a $300 purchase during Black Friday and save 25-50% off retail, meaning you get $400-$600 in product for $300!
  • Your friend Jane makes a $200 purchase.
  • Your friend Mary makes a $500 purchase.
  • You earn $100 in additional FREE product. So, now you are getting $500-$700 in product for $300!
  • You also earn up to $150 in additional product at 50% of(you can choose any product(s) you’d like).
  • That brings your total up to $650-$850 in product for $375!
  • That is a pretty sweet deal!!!
    *Free and 50% off product is calculated at retail price, not sale price.

Here’s How to Host a Catalog Party:

Step 1:  Get on My Mailing List!
You will get early notification of the sale and be able to pre-order. This means you won’t have to deal with ordering on Black Friday and will have a much better chance of getting everything you want before it sells out because I will place your order for you the minute the sale starts (November 29th at Midnight MST). Click HERE to sign up for our email list.
Step 2:  Let Me Know You’d Like to Host a Catalog Party
Email me at and let me know you want to participate in a catalog party and I will get everything set up so I can properly credit your friend’s and family’s orders to you!
Step 3:  Get the Word Out BEFORE the Sale!
Let your friends and family know why you feel it is important to be prepared and have a Home Store and tell them about this great sale and the opportunity to earn FREE product! Make sure you give them some notice and let them know as soon as possible. Here are a few ideas:
  • Tell them in person. Click HEREto download a flyer you can hand out at work, school, the bank or soccer practice.
  • Let your facebook friends know.
  • Email your contacts! Click HERE for an example of an email you can use.
    ***BONUS: Exclusive Pre-Order Extras Just For My Customers!! Pre-orders over $500 will be entered into a drawing for an additional $100 in free product and ALL Black Friday orders will be entered into a drawing for a free Cansolidator Pantry! Winners will be selected on December 3rd.
Step 4:  Make Sure Your Friends/Family Do Three Things: When your friends let you know they are interested in the sale, make sure they:
  • Sign up for my mailing list so they get early notification of the sale and can pre-order. Give them my name and email address (Jenn Camargo,
  • Pre-Order using my special Pre-Order form and make sure they include YOUR NAME in the ‘host’ field of their order form (available Monday the 25th).
  • Email me right after they order (if they don’t pre-order) with their order # and your name so you get credit for the sale.
Step 5:  Place and Order For Your FREE Product
After the Black Friday sale is over, I will email you a total of all the free product you earned. Decide what you want, email me and I will place your free product order* for you!
*You will pay any applicable tax and shipping charges.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes

You might recall that I promised you a recipe to try out the
Cream of Anything Soup mix that I posted on Monday.
Here it is….my mom has been making this for as long as I can remember, and as kids we loved it. And as a mom, when I need something that I frequently have all the ingredients on hand for, I love it. And as a woman, when I want something that screams “comfort food” ….again, I love it.

It’s not too hard, really. Grab a bunch of stuff……


like the Cream of Anything Soup Mix, dehydrated onions (or fresh chopped onions), potatoes, ham, cheese, mushrooms, salt and pepper…yeah, it really is that easy.

Grease your slow cooker. I can hear it now…”excuse me…is this really necessary?”
Only if you don’t want to spend an hour scrubbing that baby down after dinner when all you wanna do is put your feet up and relax. After all, that’s what slow cooker meals are for, right?



Layer your ingredients, starting with the ham,



then potatoes……



onion and mushrooms……



some cheese and pepper to taste.



Spread the Cream of Anything Soup that you have made over the top. Be sure to spread all the way to the edges. This seals out the air and prevents the potatoes from turning a peculiar shade of….grey.


Cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).


Call your hungry kids, and meat and potatoes man for dinner and sit back and revel in the sounds of snarfing polite enjoyment all around the family table.
What more can a momma ask for?



Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes

Recipe by The Essential Homemaker
A quick and easy do-ahead meal, sure to have your family singing your praises.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hrs 10 min, mostly unattended

Yield: 9 servings


  • 9 slices ham
  • potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • onion, chopped OR 1/3 cup dehydrated onion, rehydrated in hot water
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup Cream of Anything Soup mix, cooked with 1 1/4 cup water till thick and bubbly
  • 1 can mushrooms, chopped
  • pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Make several layers in slow cooker beginning with ham, then potatoes, onion, mushrooms, and cheese, seasoning each layer with pepper.
  2. Cover with soup so air doesn’t reach potatoes.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high 4 hours.

This recipe is easily adapted for different sized families. My basic rule of thumb is that you use one potato, and one slice of ham for each serving you plan on; adjust your cheese and onion according to taste.

Please enjoy, and now we interrupt this fabulous yum-fest to announce the winner of our Shelf Reliance Gift Certificate giveaway!!!

Please give us a nice round of applause for:

Karen Hanshaw Dinsmore
who entered by liking
The Essential Homemaker on Facebook.

I’ll be sending you an email with the info you need to collect your prize, and BIG HUG SMOOSHY thanks to Julie Buckner for her generous prize, and to all of you wonderful readers who took the time to enter!

Stay tuned for Friday! I’ve got a fun project to share!

GIVEAWAY: Shelf Reliance Gift Certificate


I’m so excited! Julie Buckner from Shelf Reliance has generously offered a
$25 Shelf Reliance gift certificate to one of our awesome readers!!!

Visit her website HERE or facebook page HERE to read more about her and the special program that helps you build your food storage as you go, called Thrive Q.

The winner could be YOU!!

All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!
Entries can be made starting today, February 4, 2013 through February 11, 2013. The winner will be announced on February 13, 2013 in a special post on the site!
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Also, Julie is also hosting a cookbook giveaway! All those who purchase $50 in Thrive/Shelf Reliance products through her during February will be entered to win a fabulous Shelf Reliance Thrive cookbook!

So go do the Rafflecopter thing NOW! Good luck to everyone!!
Oh, and if you win, what would YOU spend your gift certificate on???