Saturday, December 29, 2012

Jonathan's First Christmas

Pin It The following was shared by Jim Higgins in our news letter that went out last week. It's a great story and thought you might like it.

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The following story is a purely fanciful rather than factual interpretation of that special day more than 2000 years ago. I hope it brings a smile to your face and a swelling of love within your heart.

 For several weeks little Jonathan had been pestering Michael to put in a good word for him with the choir director.

 "I'm sorry Jonathan, I've told you before, you are just too young to sing with the choir," said Michael. "But there is something you can do to help. Are you interested."

 "Awe, I guess so. But what could be more important than singing with the choir tonight?"

 Michael smiled and whispered in Jonathan's ear. Jumping for joy and starting to yell, Michael had to quickly hush Jonathan before he spoiled the surprise.

 "Now," Michael instructed, "go home and ask your parents if they will give their permission for you to come with me. There is lot's to be done so we need to leave soon. Can you be ready in time?"

 Without the slightest hesitation Jonathan was nodding his head so hard Michael thought it might break off. In an instant Jonathan was gone and Michael was left standing there admiring such youthful exuberance.

 At the appointed time Michael looked for Jonathan and found him standing behind him with a grin as wide as the pearly gates. "How long have you been standing there?"

 "Only about an hour," confessed Jonathan. But Michael knew exactly how Jonathan felt. "Well, what are we waiting for? Let's go"

 "Ewe; it smells in here; and it is so dirty. What are we doing in a stable?" Jonathan protested. "I thought we" and Michael interrupted.

 "This is where Jesus will be born tonight. And, although he must be born into the most humble of circumstances, we are going to help make it clean for Mary, his mother, when she and Joseph are rejected at the inn."

 With a little more explanation Jonathan finally understood and eagerly began following Michael's instructions. It wasn't long before David, the innkeeper's son, arrived and started cleaning the stable. David didn't know why but he had the strangest urge to complete his most hated job. Soon, the stalls were shoveled and swept clean. About that time, Leah, David's sister came out and helped distribute the clean straw and hay.

 "Wow," said Leah. "You've done a really good job this time. What's gotten into you?"

 "I don't know. I can't seem to help myself. I'm sure the same miserable men will be coming to the inn later and they'll probably be grumpier than ever, what with the taxing and all."

 "Uh huh," Leah agreed. "And they'll probably expect you to take care of their animals, too."

 "Well, at least it will be easier with the stable already cleaned and plenty of hay available. I wonder when the first one will arrive."

 "He's already here. But he was walking - no animals for you."

 "So, I've done all this work for nothing; great!" Just then David and Leah both felt strange and warm.

"What was that?" asked David. Leah, a little perplexed herself, didn't know what to say.

"I think we're done," he continued. "Shall we go back to see what else mother or father needs us to do?" asked Leah.

 "You go ahead. I want to double check and make sure everything is in order. I'll be there in a few minutes."

 Michael smiled at Jonathan and told him what a good job he had done prompting David and Leah to clean the stable extra well. It was just about then that Leah came back with another traveler and his cow. The man was obviously impressed with the condition of the stable which made David feel even better.

 As the day became evening, each traveler seemed equally impressed at the quality of boarding for their animals. Finally, just about sunset, Leah was told to escort a couple to the stable and to bring a blanket. The inn was simply too full to make room for any more overnighters but, after some pleading by Leah, her father had finally agreed to allow the couple to stay in the stable with the animals to give them some protection from the cool air of the spring time nights. David had run ahead and made sure there was an especially clean stall with extra straw for this pregnant woman.

 When they were sure this couple had what they needed, David and Leah turned to leave and Joseph thanked them both for helping them. Later that night Mary was delivered of child surrounded by the warmth of the animals near by. Michael and Jonathan watched through the night as the innkeeper and his family came to visit along with some shepherds and others.

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 Finally, with Jonathan protesting, Michael told him it was time to leave. Taking one last look at the babe lying in the manger, Jonathan couldn't help but feel better when he was sure he saw baby Jesus wink at him as if to say, "It's all right. I must now do this alone. Thank you." Jonathan knew he had been a part of the most important day ever. He joined Michael as they returned to heaven and his own parents.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Microwave Peanut Brittle

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     Thanks to a little bit of snow on Sunday, it's starting to feel a bit more Christmasy around here in Rexburg, Idaho.  Most of the students from the college went home last week for Christmas break and things seem much more quiet especially on and around campus.
   
     However, despite the fact that nearly half the population of the city returned to their families throughout the country, things have been very busy and exciting here at Basic Living.  So many have come in to pick up food storage, emergency kits, Bosch Universals and other things for their loved ones this Christmas season.  We are glad to see more people taking an interest in emergency preparedness and are thrilled to be able to help.  We are grateful for all who come by the store or our online store.  And together with our gratitude, we also wish you a very Merry Christmas!

This week we are giving out Peanut Brittles at the store.  It's a very simple recipe (very delicious, too!) and we hope that those who can't make it to the store would try this in their homes.  Enjoy!


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Microwave Peanut Brittle

  • 1 1/2 cup     Dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2    cup     Light corn syrup
  • 1       Tbsp.  Butter
  • 1       Tbsp.  Baking Soda
  • 1       cup     White sugar
  • 1       pinch  Salt (Optional)
  • 1       tsp.     Vanilla
Grease a baking sheet, and set aside.  In a glass bowl, combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt.  Cook in microwave for 6 to 7 minutes on high (700 Watts).  Mixture should be bubbly and peanuts browned.  Stir in butter and vanilla.  Cook 2 to 3 minutes longer.

Quickly stir in baking soda, just until mixture is foamy.  Pour immediately onto greased baking sheet.  Let cool 15 minutes, or until set.  Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.  

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Merry Christmas Cookies Recipe

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One of the funnest Christmas traditions I wish to pass on to my kids is leaving cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve.  Because the kids won't get to see Santa come in and fill their stockings on Christmas eve, it is easy to take him for granted.  What a great way to teach them that Santa appreciates a small gesture of kindness by leaving cookies and milk for him.  It's a simple way to teach the children the joys of giving.  

Santa may not come and fill stockings at Basic Living on Christmas Eve, but that doesn't mean we can't take part in the spirit of giving during Christmas season.  Last weekend, Mechele baked some yummy cookies during slow hours at the store.  They will be given to patrons as long as supplies last.  I tried some, and they were delicious!  We wish to share this recipe, which she's had for years, and hope that you, too, will take part in this wonderful spirit of giving this Christmas season!


Merry Christmas Cookies
1/3 cup       soft shortening
1                 egg
1 tsp           lemon flavoring
1 tsp           soda
1/3 cup       sugar
2/3 cup       honey
2 3/4 cup    flour
1 tsp           salt

Mix ingredients and chill the dough.

Roll out the dough so it's 1/4" thick.  

Cut into desired shapes.

Place 1" apart on lightly greased baking sheet.  

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes (or until touching lightly with finger leaves no imprints).  


by Kento Fukuyasu

Thursday, December 6, 2012

46 Lessons from Superstorm Sandy

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Those of you who are subscribed to our newsletters will recognize this information.  Because there are some of you who are not subscribed to our newsletter that might find this useful, we decided to post this on our blog as well.  This is being shared by a man who experienced the fury and results of Sandy - We are leaving it 100% unedited.  We invite you to pay close attention to the lessons learned and act on the things you felt to improve in your life.  Remember, it is better a year early than a day late.  So, here we go.  46 things we can learn from a Sandy survivor.


Things that I learned from Hurricane Sandy

1. The excitement and coolness wears off around day 3

2. You are never really prepared to go weeks without power, heat, water etc. Never!

3. Yes it can happen to you.

4. Just because your generator runs like a top, does not mean its producing electricity.

5. If you do not have water stored up you are in trouble.
     a. A couple of cases of bottled water is “NOT” water storage

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6. Should have as much fuel as water
     a. Propane
     b. Gas
     c. Kerosene
     d. Firewood
     e. Firestarter, (kindling, paper, etc)

7. Even the smallest little thing that you get from the store should be stocked up.. (spark plug for the generator, BBQ lighter, etc).

8. If you are not working, chances are nobody else is either.

9. I was surprised how quickly normal social behavior goes out the window. I am not talking about someone cutting in line at the grocery store.

     a. 3 people were killed at gas stations within 50    miles of my home.
     b. I did not say 3 fights broke out, 3 people were killed.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Highlights from our Holiday Weekend Sale

Pin It Thanksgiving came and went like a blink of an eye and it is time to get back to our normal lives again.  We hope your Thanksgiving was a wonderful one filled with family time and lots of delicious food.  Some of you were brave enough to go out shopping on Black Friday and we hope it was a safe shopping experience for you.


We, too,  had a very exciting Black Friday/Saturday Sale here at Basic Living.  Many waited in line before store opening to get the best deals on Black Friday.  The Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machines were one of the most popular items and they were literally gone within minutes after the doors opened. Seychelle water bottles and Emergency Zone's food storage kits were also among our best selling products.  It was a great weekend.  Here are some highlights for those of you who missed out as well as for those who want to re-live the excitement of our holiday weekend sale.


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Getting Ready!!!
Products began to fill up at Basic Living in preparation
for Black Friday/Saturday Sale.  


















Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude at Thanksgiving Time

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Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time for us to stop and ponder on all the blessings in life.  Whether you believe in God or not, whether you are a Christian or a Jew, or Buddhist or Muslim, we all have something we can be grateful for.  Here are a few quotes to help us get in the Thanksgiving mindset.  

"God gave you a gift of 86400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say thank you?"       -William Arthur Ward
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"And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more."     -D&C 78:19

"Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead."       -C.S. Lewis
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it  is like wrapping a present and not giving it."       -William Arthur Ward
"For each new morning with its light,  For rest and shelter of the night,  For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends."      -Ralph Waldo Emerson 
"We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count."       -Neal A. Maxwell 
"When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,  When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,  Count your many blessings name them one by one,  And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. 
  Are you ever burdened with a load of care?  Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?  Count your many blessings; every doubt will fly,  And you will be singing as the days go by.
  When you look at others with their lands and gold,   Think that Christ promised you his wealth untold.   Count your many blessings; money cannot buy  Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.
  So amid the conflict, whether great or small,   Do not be discouraged; God is over all.  Count your many blessings; angels will attend,   Help and comfort give you to your journey's end."     -Johnson Oatman, Jr.
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At Thanksgiving time, along with turkey, stuffing, baked goods, and holiday sales; we hope that we would all take the time to express our gratitude for all the wonderful blessings we enjoy in our lives.  What are you grateful for ?  What are your Thanksgiving traditions in your family to count your blessings?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wholewheat Cinnamon Bread Recipe: The Bosch Way

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It's Thanksgiving time!  That means it's time for turkey, stuffing, and some yummy baked goods.  Whether you are spending the holiday season at home or abroad, we hope it will be a wonderful one for all of you.

Just like many other Saturdays, we had another great day at Basic Living.  One of the many things that made today great at Basic Living was Mechele's delicious Wholewheat Cinnamon Bread.  Drizzled with a little frosting, this bread filled the store with warm fall scent of cinnamon.  For those of you who missed out, here is the recipe so you can enjoy it too.


Cinnamon Bread Recipe
This recipe is from one of the books we sell at the store, "Healthy Recipes from the Heart of Our Homes."


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put the following ingredients in the Bosch Mixer Bowl with the dough hook attached.



  • 5 cups of warm water
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 3 Table spoons of dough enhancer
  • 1 Table spoon of salt
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 3 Table spoons of SAF Yeast
  • 1/2 Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 2  Eggs



Add enough flour until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl  (12 to 14 cups).  

Knead for 3 minutes.

Add 2 cups of raisons.  

Add 3 Table spoons of cinnamon.

Knead for 2 more minutes.  

Divide the dough into 5 loaves and place them in 5 well-oiled pans.

Let rise until doubled.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and hope to see you at our store for our Black Friday sale!  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How to Make Bread with the Bosch Universal Plus Mixer

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     Here at Basic Living, we carry a wide variety of products to help our customers in your kitchen along with other self reliance needs.  As we interact with our customers, we pay close attention to what people are looking for.  As a result, we add to our line of products each year anything that might be of value to our customers.  It has been a joy for us to try to meet our customers' needs by introducing them to new and amazing products that will empower them in their homes.
     It's probably not right for us to have favorites when it comes to products we sell at the store.  Perhaps it's almost as bad as having a favorite among your own kids.  However, if we were to point something out as an all-time favorite, it would be the Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine (you didn't hear this from me, don't tell my boss).  Boasting a 6 1/2 quart bowl, which can hold up to 15 lbs of bowl, the Bosch has no problem kneading all that dough thanks to its powerful 800 watt motor under the hood.  As the years went on, Bosch has made small improvements here and there which drastically improved the user experience.  One of the newer features is the bowl scraper, which scrapes the dough off of the sides of the bowl to provide a more complete kneading action.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  See for your self.


The Bosch also enjoys the patented dough-hooks that kneads bread dough very effectively.  The new models also have small rubber suction cup-like pieces on the bottom to keep the machine from walking off the kitchen counter.  The list goes on.  There are hundreds of reasons why the Bosch has been one of the most popular items sold in our store.  The biggest reason is that the Bosch was designed and built for you and me.  They have done such a great job in making improvements to tailer fit the Bosch to meet our needs.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Note from Sandy - "I dare you to be better"

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As relief efforts continue on the east coast, many find themselves still in shelters with so many kept from returning to their homes.  Though in such uncomfortable settings, many victims are showing signs of strength as they express their desire to rebuild.  One of the victims responded in the video, "in life, I learned to be thankful."  Life seems to have a unique way of teaching us important lessons, and hurricane/super-storm Sandy was certainly no exception.
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Thankful to be alive...



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Stars combine to bring relief to Sandy victims

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Lessons Learned
Disasters and emergencies are not new to mankind.  The human race has faced countless types and variations of adversities throughout its history over thousands of years.  Whether it is natural or manmade, whether the effects are nationwide or individual, each seems to teach us or remind us about things that matter most.  As hard as these adversities are, we find in the eyes of those who overcome them, the strength and resiliency of mankind.  We are inspired to learn (or remember) through examples of others that humans are tough, creative, loving, caring and kind.  Perhaps disasters come to remind us of how good we can be.  It gives us a chance to stop and be a little more thankful, a little more concerned for others, and a little more loving.  When viewed in this light, hurricane/super-storm Sandy goes from being a natural disaster to a challenge to mankind.  She is daring us to be better.  The ball is in our court now.  Do we take it or leave it?
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.  The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.  We must start in our homes to remedy this kind of poverty."    Mother Teresa http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mother_teresa.html#FfEbKeX4dRt5YquX.99 
"Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."  Mother Teresa     http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mother_teresa.html#FfEbKeX4dRt5YquX.99 

Update
Since this post, I found a video that goes with the spirit of this post.  The spirit of love is clearly evident in those who are there to help, and the spirit of gratitude is also clearly visible in those who received help.  It is a very touching footage.



Hurricane Sandy Helping Hands from Joshua Brown on Vimeo.

May we all be a little bit better in showing our love for others as well as expressing our gratitude for those who do during the holiday season.  

by Kento Fukuyasu 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Survival Tips

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With Hurricane Sandy on its way with impressive strength towards over 60 million people according to CNN, our thoughts and prayers turn all who are in its path.  Red Cross reports that over 3,200 people evacuated their homes and spent the night at Red Cross shelters last night.

We thought we could provide a comprehensive list of information from different sources with  hopes that it might help even a few in the east coast.  Our thoughts are prayers are with you!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

HOW TO DEHYDRATE WATER

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Breaking News!  Dehydrating water to solve water storage challenges.

As human beings there are very few things that we just can't live without.  And sadly, college football does not fit that description even though some might argue otherwise.  Along with air and food, water is perhaps one of the most important substance we need in order to sustain life.  More than half of our body is made of water.  It is what holds us together in a sense.  So, it is natural for anyone who is preparedness-minded to rank water at the top (or close to it) of his/her storage list.  Unfortunately, however, even the brightest and most experienced prepper is faced with a challenge when trying to store large amounts of water for a long period of time.


Challenges of Storing Water Long-Term
Because water is a solvent (liquid substance that's capable of dissolving other substances) there is always the risk of containers releasing chemicals into the water over time.  If you are reusing a container that held something else, there is the challenge of cleaning the container completely, so nothing is growing inside while the water is in storage.  Another challenge to water storage is the sheer volume needed for storage.   It is generally accepted in emergency preparedness that a person needs about 2 gallons a day.  For a person to survive for 72 hours, he/she needs to store 6 gallons of water.  If that person is married the amount doubles.  If there are children in the picture, the amount becomes staggering.  The final challenge to storing water is its massive weight.  A gallon of water weighs close to 8 lbs.  This means if a person wants all the water in his/her 72 hour kit, just the water alone will weigh a whopping 48 lbs!

The Solution
And now, we are pleased to inform you that after years of research and many failed attempts, mankind has made an astronomical step in water storage.  We now have a way to dehydrate water to solve all of its storage problems!  Watch the video to learn the step-by-step to dehydrating and rehydrating water!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our final class for the year!

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It was our first day of snow here in Rexburg, Idaho today!  There were many scooping side walks and scraping snow off the windshields this the morning; but the cold, snowy morning didn't stop us from having our weekly class today. And it certainly did not stop Lisa Dobie from coming prepared with great information on alternative non-food storage items.  The discussion was focused on homemade solutions for some of our everyday needs like laundry, dishwashing, cosmetics, personal hygiene, and fun things for kids.  For those of you who are interested in living a frugal lifestyle, this video is definitely a must watch!  Can your laundry detergent do a load for a penny?  Watch to learn more!





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Product Review: Mountain Meal Mess Kit with Folding Stove by Emergency Zone

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Not too long ago we had an opportunity to go outdoors and roast marshmallows with some friends.  As one of the many Basic Living enthusiasts, I took the opportunity to take some of our products out to see how effective they are (or how effective they are not).  Here are the products I decided to take with me and tested in real outdoor situation and my thoughts on them.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Sheriff Roy Klingler Takes Time to Teach Firearm Safety at Basic Living Store

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We had a wonderful class yesterday here at Basic Living.  Madison County Sheriff Roy Klingler took some time to teach us about firearms safety as well as personal protection.  It was one of the best turnouts we've had in our store this year.

Sheriff Klingler's experience and background could be found on the site below.  http://klingler4sheriff.com/index.php/experience.

Time seemed to pass by fast as we listened to the Sheriff discuss not only gun safety but also a lot of common sense safety tips that most of us might have forgotten about.  One of the things he stressed heavily was the importance for us as citizens to pay attention to our surroundings.  It helps the law enforcement personell a great deal when a civilian witness at a crime scene is able to provide description of the suspect or the license place number or description of the car because he/she was paying attention.  He also reminded us that parents need to teach children about the danger of strangers.

Rather than attempting to describe the class in written text, we will embed the video right on this blog so that those of you who missed out, can have the chance to watch the class.  We hope you will take the time to watch it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Webinar: Fire Prevention and Preparedness: Activities and Events to Engage Your Communities

Pin It Here is a notice from FEMA.  It appears that you can sign up simply by creating a login account (name, password, and e-mail address).  For those of us here in the Idaho area it would be Wednesday, October 17th at 1 p.m.


Webinar: Fire Prevention and Preparedness: Activities and Events to Engage Your Communities

Fire Prevention and Preparedness: Activities and Events to Engage Your Communities 
Wednesday, October 17th

3:00 p.m. EDT
National Preparedness Month has ended!  However, we want to maintain the momentum and enthusiasm we’ve built over the past several weeks by providing you with ideas for activities and events you can plan to keep local communities engaged in disaster preparedness efforts, whether it’s at home or in the wider community.

As a reminder that Fire Prevention and Safety is a year-round activity,  FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and 
Ready.gov will present a FREE Webinar on Wednesday, October 17 about fire prevention events and activities you and your stakeholders can implement in your communities to engage the public. Fires are the most common hazard, and it’s smart to know your risks and appropriate protective actions, especially with the holiday season approaching.
Speakers from the United States Fire Administration and Hope World Wide will discuss their efforts to prepare communities for fires, sharing their resources, ideas and projects before taking questions from participants.
  • ·         The USFA will discuss their Have Two Ways Out Campaign during National Fire Prevention Week, which falls this week (October 7-13). 
  • ·         Hope World Wide will discuss their Protecting Our Neighbors Campaign, which encourages fire prevention education projects in neighborhoods at risk for homes fires, and .
Register/Log in 
Register if this is your first time joining the Community Preparedness Webinar Series.
Log in if you have already registered for this webinar, have registered for a previous webinar or if you're aHSIN.gov user.
If you have questions regarding this event, please contact citizencorps@dhs.gov.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dark Rye Breat Recipe

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One of the great things about visiting the Basic Living store is that more often than not, there are samples.  If you walk into the store and smell something delicious, that's usually because something is in the oven.  Here is one of those samples that we gave out to customers as they came by (not the whole thing, obviously :D) a few weeks ago.  In our new location, we have a very nice kitchen in the back that allows us to use some of the items we sell to make delicious things.  This also gives us experience and knowledge concerning the products we sell.  This Dark Rye Bread was made using our favorite product, the Bosch Universal Kitchen Machine.  

And those of you who didn't get to come by the store and try this yummy bread, we have the recipe for you!!!  

Friday, September 21, 2012

Managing Our Fear In Disasters

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 What do you fear most?  Is it being home alone at night?  Is it a big hairy bug?  Or is it the footsteps behind you while you're walking home at night?  Big or small, we all have dealt with fear in our lives.  For me, ever since I woke up one morning with a big centipede crawling on my face, the thought of those things lurking around in my bedroom has caused many sleepless nights.  During the last two years, my wife and I lived in Japan with my family and we had our fair share of centipede encounters (I'll merely say without exaggerating we killed nearly one hundred centipedes in the last two years and most of them were in our house!).  Thanks to these encounters, I learned a little bit about fear, how it works, and what we can do to manage them.

Before going into fear, you should know a few things about centipedes.  Centipedes are very aggressive meat eating bugs that come out at night to hunt for their food.  The ones we saw ranged from 2 to 6 inches long (I hope you can understand how difficult it is for me to write about this).  They love dark and damp areas with access to other bugs for food.  They usually have about 30 to 46 legs and have a pair of very sharp and venomous fangs.  Its poison is known to attack the lymph nodes and cause extreme pain and sometimes shock.   I will not post a picture here but you can certainly look it up if you're curious.  Now that you know, we can proceed to our main topic, fear.

Fear is a part of life
If you ponder your life's experiences most of us will quickly realize that fear has always been a large part of our lives.  Sometimes, it serves as a way to protect us from harm's way. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Simple Home Remedies Class by Kathy Crocker

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We had another successful and a very educational class today.   The topic was "Simple Home Remedies" taught by Kathy Crocker.  Kathy is a mother of seven, stepmother of four, and grandmother of sixteen.  Her youngest son is the reason for learning Alternative Medicines, Herbs, Essential Oils, Vitamins, and Minerals.  When her youngest son came down with C-dif, a contagious and sometimes deadly infection, which is caused by the destruction of the good bacteria in the intestines, she was told by the pediatrician she was not to give him any medicine.  Her son being very young at the time, thoughts of childhood illnesses ran through her mind.  She began to

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tour Our Store!!!

Pin It Not everyone lives in or close to this blessed little city of Rexburg, ID, but that doesn't mean you can't get a taste of how fun it is to come to our store!  This is for those of you who haven't had the chance to visit our store and for those who haven't been back to see us in a while.  We went around the store and took some pictures.  We hope you'll enjoy our little sample tour of the store!


Our new store locations is right next door to Family Dollar on 2nd East.  It is much bigger than our previous locations and we are very excited to be here!

We are a certified retailer of Bosch kitchen products.  The Universal Kitchen Machines are one of the most popular items in our store!  Bosch's patented dow hook design allows it to knead bread very well.  Check our older posts for more information on the Bosch Universal Kitchen Machines!    


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

We are Back!!!!!

Pin It OK, so I admit that we have been slacking on the blog lately.  Much has happened since you last heard from us. The biggest change you will notice if you are in Rexburg is our new store location!  It is located on 2nd East.  If you remember our old place, you would be excited too because it is much bigger!  And for those of you who cannot visit our store, don't you worry, you will see some improvements in our blog and websites as well.  We hope you will find our changes to be fun and exciting.  We also hope to see you back at our store or website soon.  Here is a tour to our new store.  Enjoy!