Guest Poster: Linda from Food Storage Moms + A Giveaway!

Hey everybody! I am so excited to introduce a very special guest blogger, Linda from Food Storage Moms. Not only is she a fellow blogger, but I have the pleasure of being Linda’s real life friend as well. She is sweet, smart, genuine and has so much knowledge to share. I hope you all love her as much as I do!

Hi! My name is Linda and I’m married with four daughters, three son-in-laws, and 17 grandchildren. My husband and I were pretty poor for the first few years after we were married, though we didn’t realize it at the time. We both grew up in homes where our parents kept a pantry full of food storage. I’m sure those pantries didn’t hold a year’s supply of food and probably held barely even three months’ worth of food. After we got married, I remember being the youngest family in the neighborhood with the biggest garden. I loved it! My girls and I canned everything, including apricots, peaches, pears, green beans, salsa, and spaghetti sauce. We dehydrated everything you can imagine and even made juice from grapes.

I have made homemade bread for over 40 years, but when my girls were little they wanted to have “Wonder Bread” like the other kids because the store-bought white bread could be rolled in their hands after they removed the crust. I have to laugh now because they all make their own bread instead of buying “Wonder Bread” for their families. My goal while raising my children was to have my food storage shelves full of food, not because I was thinking doom and gloom, but because I felt I needed to be able to feed my family if something unplanned happened. I think I felt more driven to be prepared because of something that happened when I was a teenager.

When I was about 16 years old I lived with an aunt and her family in Illinois for six months during the winter. While I was there they had a really bad ice storm and the roads were shut down for two weeks. The grocery stores would only allow one quart of milk and one pound of ground beef per week, per family. We had to walk several blocks in the cold just to get our allotted food. My aunt had a new baby and had run out of formula, plus she didn’t even have two cans of food in her cupboards. I was so scared that we’d all starve! I learned from that experience and swore I would never let that happen to me or my family. I didn’t believe in going into debt to buy food storage and tried to only buy it when it was on sale. I started small by buying one #10 can at a time and soon had a year’s supply of food.

Today I want to share my recipe for whole wheat  bread with you! It’s very soft and moist and if you didn’t see the light tan color you would almost think it was white bread.  Just so you know I am a “dumper”……I start with the following ingredients and “dump” each one slowly into my Bosch.  My Mother used to make bread by hand, but my hands are pretty arthritic so I use the Bosch.  
 Food Storage Moms 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • 6 cups warm water
  • 2/3 cup oil (I like Olive oil)
  • 1 cup or so of honey
  • 2 Tbls. Dough Enhancer
  • 2 Tbls. Wheat Gluten
  • 2 Tbls. Salt
  • 2 Tbls. dry instant or powdered milk
  • 2 Tbls. SAF Instant Yeast
  • 2 Tbls. Lemon juice (I learned this from Kendra-keeps the bread from being crumbly)
  • 7 cups of flour

2 Tablespoons of everything is so nice and easy to remember!! I then Mix it all together and add the rest of the flour.  (about 14 cups or so total). I add the 7 cups of whole wheat flour…..mix gently…continue adding the rest of the flour until it leaves the sides of the bowl.  Do not ADD too much flour. Mix it altogether…..mix for TEN minutes in the Bosch and then put in greased bowl, cover with greased plastic wrap or towel.  Let rise.  Punch down and place in greased bread pans.  I make eight one pound loaves.  I let it rise one more time….Bake at 350 degrees for 27 minutes. That’s it! Enjoy!

Mmm! I cannot wait to try that bread recipe, there is nothing better than freshly baked bread. As if Linda wasn’t amazing enough, she has also agreed to give away an emergency preparedness binder! This is a binder Linda designed to store all the important documents we have so that they would be ready to grab and go if we needed to leave our house asap. Everyone should have one of these binders.

All you have to do to enter is like our pages on Facebook and enter via Rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run until this Saturday, February 23rd at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Winner must respond within 48 hours of posted announcement or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

  • Carol Swift

    The bread looks so yummy and I know (for a fact) that it tastes good, too. I LIKE Food Storage Moms on Facebook already and I’m off to LIKE Pretty Providence (I follow you, too, so I don’t miss anything.)

  • Melissa Gainey

    Liked both!!! Would love a how to make that binder if I don’t win : )

  • Jennifer Lund

    I liked both! Would be great to win a binder like that!

  • overthebigmoon

    I like both on FB! Thanks Linda! Can’t wait to try the bread recipe!

  • Shauna Smart

    Just saw your link over at Somewhat Simple’s link party and
    wanted to come over and check out your bread recipe!
    Looks so yummy!

    I’d love for you to link up a few recipes at my weekend link
    party that is going on right now at

    Hope to see you there!

  • Mary

    I wonder if the recipe could be 1/2? I might have to try it!