Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Showers bring Showers of savings!

Semi Annual Thrive Life SALE 2017

If you are a Q Club member or consultant you can order on the 19th - SO I can order early for YOU!
OR Join the Q Club here is the flyer 
(My first picks are: Intro Pack, Home Cooking Pack or Smart Start)

The Sale items will be posted after April 12th so check back!

April Specials 2017 Thrive Life

April 2017  Specials

 All Prices in US Dollars. FD Freeze-dried, Nutrilock, Gluten-Free Certifed, Non-GMO Party/Q pricing for customers purchasing at Home Parties, on the Q, or through a consultant website. All items are available for sale while supplies last. Monthly Specials Pack Monthly Q-Pon April Specials 25 yr* *Thrive Life’s freeze dried foods are the freshest on the market and long-lasting, meaning you’ll never have to throw away another moldy onion or mushy strawberry! The unopened shelf life for all our fruits, veggies, dairy and meats is 25 years. Our bakery line items last 3 years unopened and our sauces last 10. For specific information, visit our product pages at

Emergency Cube SALE - 1 year for 4 people

Emergency  Cube #25444 Party/Q: $3,749.99    ON SALE $3,139.99
3/23/17 through 4/17/17

THRIVE Emergency

Party/Q: $3,749.99
ON SALE $3,139.99
3/23/17 through 4/17/17
THRIVE Cookbook

PLUS .............

Hard White Wheat
36 White Rice
16 Pearled Barley
16 Quick Oats
14 Cornmeal
12 Elbow Macaroni
12 Egg Noodle Pasta
24 Potato Chunks
8 Sweet Corn (FD)
8 Green Beans (FD)
8 Cauliflower (FD)
8 Carrot Dices
4 Chopped Onions (FD)

4 Banana Slices (FD)
4 Blueberries (FD)
4 Peach Slices (FD)
6 Strawberry Slices (FD)
4 Raspberries (FD)
8 Pinto Beans
8 Chicken TVP
18 Pinto Beans
12 Black Beans
14 Lentils
8 Bacon TVP

4 Iodized Salt
1 Vegetarian Chicken Bouillon
10 Brown Sugar
2 Baking Powder
6 Shortening Powder
8 Butter Powder
1 Vegetarian Beef Bouillon
10 Cane Sugar

24 Nonfat Powdered Milk
6 Cheese Blend
8 Chocolate Drink Mix

*Specialty packages are deeply discounted packages
that may only be purchased through a consultant. 
So contact me to help you with this order.
These packages are not visible on the Thrive Life website; consultants must place these orders through My Office by entering the catalog ID of the product.  Because they have no retail price.  They may not be purchased using host benefits;  however, they do count toward party totals  for host benefit rewards.

Curbside delivery service provides delivery of your item(s) to the curb at the end of your driveway. This  does not include set up or assembly of items or removal of packaging materials.

• Comprehensive food supply for up to 12 months for 4 people
• 31,500 total servings
• 378 #10 Cans (63 cases total)
• Shipment arrives on a pallet
• 1,300 calories per day average  
• All freeze dried foods have a shelf life of up to 25 years
• Excellent selection of Grains, Fruits, Veggies and other essentials

Home Cookin' Pack

The New  Home Cooking Pack
item #25810
$100.00 FREE Shipping  April 1 – April 15   or log in and order or contact me 

Introducing The Home Cookin’ Ground Beef Pack

6 new recipes with 10 Thrive Life ingredients
·        Hearty Calzone
·        Italian Baked Penne
·        Loaded Refried Beans
·        Shepherd’s Pie
·        Weeknight Tacos
·         Vegetable Medley

1 Ground Beef (FD)
1 Tomato Sauce
1 Chopped Onions (FD)
1 Tomato Dices (FD)
1 Green Beans (FD)

1 Sweet Corn (FD)
1 Country White Dough Mix
1 Instant Refried Beans
1 Mashed Potatoes
1 Italian Seasoning Blend
Check out the recipes here:

Details.. details...  details .....
    • Each recipe feeds 4 people
    • Free shipping in the contiguous US and Canada  -  half off shipping in all other regions are
                only available from April 1 – April 15
    • Not additionally discounted for the Semi-Annual Sale
               but will still be available for purchase throughout the sale
    • Can be purchased through the Q or as a one-time order
    • Item #25810 Home Cooking Pack will be available at regular shipping after April 15th.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Cheese Blend by Thrive Life

A customer recently asked me what she can so with her can of Cheese Blend Powder...
First I always recommend you go to Thrive Recipe
Then Search (top right spy glass) for Cheese Blend to see what recipes are there using it.

But here are a couple quick basic's that I have printed and taped to my can in the pantry.

THRIVE Mac and Cheese Sauce
 (creamy "Velveeta" style)
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. THRIVE White Flour
1 cup warm water + 1 tsp. THRIVE Chicken Bouillon
1 cup warm water + 3 Tbsp THRIVE Instant Milk
1/4 c. THRIVE Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 c. THRIVE Cheese Blend
salt and pepper to taste
 In a bowl combine shredded cheddar and chicken broth.    Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook about one minute, until foamy. Slowly whisk in milk then broth/cheese mixture. Add cheese blend and continue to whisk until thickened and cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes.  Adjust seasonings to taste.
Serve over 6 ounces of cooked Elbow Macaroni.

make it-  Nacho Cheese Sauce
In bowl with  cheddar & broth add in
2 Tbsp. THRIVE Green Chiles  (and Red Peppers)  
Adjust seasonings to taste.
Serve over nachos or with tortilla chips as a dip.

THRIVE "Cheese Whiz"
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. THRIVE White Flour
1 cup warm water + 1 tsp. THRIVE Chicken Bouillon
1 cup warm water + 3 Tbsp THRIVE Instant Milk
1/4 c. THRIVE Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 c. THRIVE Cheese Blend
salt and pepper to taste 
 In a bowl combine shredded cheddar and chicken broth.    Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook about one minute, until foamy. Slowly whisk in milk then broth/cheese mixture. Add cheese blend and continue to whisk until thickened and cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve over sautéed steak and onions in a hoagie bun f
or Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches.

THRIVE Mac and Cheese
(like "Kraft Mac and Cheese")
4 Tbsp. butter
1/4 c. THRIVE Powdered milk, reconstituted
1/2 c. THRIVE Cheese Blend
6 oz. THRIVE Elbow Macaroni
 Cook Elbow Macaroni in a saucepan according
to directions. Drain noodles then return to saucepan.
Add above ingredients and stir until combined. Serve.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Meal in a Jar: what size ?

#10 Cans and Pantry Cans
A #10 can usually holds 11-11.5 cups of product.
A Pantry Can (PC) usually holds 3.5 cups of product. 
Thrive packages their products according the weight, not volume, so it can be a little tricky to have this be exact.
When you see FD in front of a product name, it means Freeze Dried. 

How to Order
You can go to my Thrive Website to place an order online.
Click on -> SHOP, then you can put the item name you are looking for in the search bar, or look through the different categories.) 

Free and Half Off Food
If you are wanting to place a large order, or you want to gather a group order, I can set you up as a “catalog party” and you will receive Host Benefits from those orders. You will earn 10% of the order in free product, plus some half off product. Just send me an email, and I will do that for you.

Smaller and Larger Jars
Different jar sizes for different needs, not everyone eats the same size meal so you will need to adjust for what you need. It’s easy to customize these!
Rule of thumb is:
Quart for 4-6 people
Pint for 1-2 people
Half Gallon jar for 8-12 people

Friday, January 15, 2016

Meal in a Jar: Shelf Life & Sealing the Jars

Shelf Life & Sealing the Jars

What is the shelf life of the jar meal?
There is not a simple answer, but it depends on several factors. But let's break it down to some info we need to consider. Most companies say that their freeze dried foods last 25-30 years unopened, but once opened, you have about 1 year to use the product in the can. This will vary according to the exact product. You will need to know the approximate shelf life of the products you put into the jar.

Thrive Life has a great reference document that shows optimum shelf life while sealed, approximate shelf life once opened, allergens, if the product is non GMO, country of origin, etc. Thrive Product Detail List

With this in mind, you would need to consider the shelf life of each product in the jar, AND YOU NEED TO SEAL THE JAR using Oxgen Absorbers or  Food Saver with a jar attachment for vacuum sealing! I also prefer wide mouth jars, they fill and seal easier for me.

If the unopened can shelf life of sausage is 25 years, but you also have Pasta in the jar which only has a shelf life of 8 years, then your jar meal technically has a shelf life of 8 years.  But you also need to consider that a jar is clear and lets in light. Light can also reduce the shelf life of your food.
I store my jar meals in a closet or pantry cupboard so that reduces the light but I date when I made it and when I should use it by. So far I have not had any more than 2 years, because we ate them sooner than that.  Rule of thumb... Whatever the lowest opened shelf life is for all of the products in your jar, so label it with the date you should use it by.

Can I store them in Zip Lock Freezer bags?
Maybe.. from what I have experienced, items in one do go soft quick. I olny use them for things I will eat within a week or two max.  For longer term I use Food Saver bags and seal them. It's a great option for temporary when traveling, camping, or backpacking.

SHORT ANSWER: Everyone seems to have their own opinion.
I have read a lot about this online, in cookbooks and from others that make and use jar meals. I have found that not everyone has had the same opinions. Be smart, make sure your jars are completely dry before you fill them, use quality fresh products, store in a dark cabinet or pantry, seal them if you can for added protection, and use within a reasonable amount of time. Just eat them! They are delicious!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Meals in Jars: The "Just Add Water" Option

"Meals in Jar" is a method of making up your meals in advance, and storing them in sealed jars, so that all you have to do is add water and you've got yourself a meal!

You use dehydrated and freeze-dried products.
These are incredibly convenient!  Especially for nights where you need a quick meal, or you just aren't in the mood to fix something from scratch but you don't want fast food again.

Many Thrive Life Consultants are converting standard recipes to use Freeze Dried & dehydrated ingredients. The first look at these was at a cooking class in in Utah with Stephanie Petersen, aka "Chef Tess".  She has a cookbook called "52 Method Meals-in-a-Jar".  She also has a blog you an check out. To get the basics of how to do the jars, and sealing, and the basic rules to follow, please check out her FAQ post: 52 Method Jar Info. 

On of our favorites is  Lasagna Soup
You can use other noodles in this, we have found we like mini bow ties noodles!
We also now cut the recipe in half for a pint (perfect for just the 2 of us) so cut the below in half. I try to make up 2-4 at at time.
Put in quart jar in this order:
¼ cup Tomato Powder
¼ cup Tomato Sauce Powder
1 TBSP Chicken Bouillon
¼ cup Bechamel Sauce
½ - 1 tsp Freeze Dried Garlic (or garlic powder)
1 tsp Chef's Choice Seasoning
½ tsp Freeze Dried Italian Seasoning Blend
½ tsp Freeze Dried Basil
2 TBSP Mixed Bell Peppers
¼ cup Freeze Dried Onions
¾ cups Freeze Dried Sausage
2 cups Rainbow Farfalle (Bowtie) Noodles

Bring 8 cups of water to boil. Add contents of jar and stir well. Simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until the noodles are done. Top with Parmesan or Mozzarella Cheese.

Original Recipe comes from Thrive Life consultant Shelli Rasmussen

Monday, November 30, 2015

Strawberry Macaroons

 I was inspired on the Thrive Crew group  by Francesca's pretty jar!  Here is her recipe. 
Check out all the cookie recipes on Thrive Cook Recipes

My Quart looks better in person, or farther back :), the black is supposed to be a belt buckle,
Yea it's a little too big but for today it worked.

The snowflake jar is a new one from Walmart I found I used an Oxygen Absorber so it appears to have sealed well. It was a test to see if it worked. I will leave it for 1 week and then open it to test the seal and make the mix into cookies to eat.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Meal in the Jar workshop November

Save the Date!

November 22 Sunday @ 2pm is the next Make N Take  Meal in a Jar workshop in Potter NE at the Fire Hall. more details on the FB event -->

Recipes we are going to do are: Creamy Asparagus Soup and Lasagna Soup.
interested in joining us? contact me

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shepherds Pie Baro Cook style

Tonight while working in Phoenix at the CKC Scrapbook show I tried made Shepherds Pie. 
I re-hydrated the potato beads (1/2 cup water - 1/4 cup beads) in the kindle first. After the beads hydrated to consistency I tilted the cooker so the potatoes were on one side then added the pack (approx 1-1/2 cup total) of meat, veggies etc. on the other side and added the water to necessary.

Let sit for a few min.
Add water to the heat pack and cook

YUM a keeper - Will do it again.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Breakfast at the airport

This last weekend I was off to work for Best Scrapbook Organizers
at the Scrapbook Expo in  Pleasanton, CA

Now I am traveling with my Meal in a Jar  Meal in a Packet!
Meals made at home meals is so much better for me, less temptation is all around!
I make up my meals and save them in a food saver pouch. Easy to pack and tote.
To cook them I use a flame-less cooker so I can have a hot meal anywhere.

This Starbucks breakfast would be $9.61

Whats for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs with bacon, peppers & cheese.
Recipe: Thrive Life unless noted *other
Scrambled egg mix with Red Peppers FD, Green Peppers FD, Chopped Onion FD, Cheddar Cheese FD and Real Bacon bits *Hormel

$2.20 food & foodsaver bag
$1.00 for heat pack
(I used my Host 1/2 price to get the FD food and dozen heat packs)

Remember to pack:
- water measure my favorite is from the Container Store. It is a iSi Basics 2oz measure.
    It is small flexible and easy to stow in the cooker when not in use.
-Spork or good quality spoon/fork. I only had a cheap disposable spoon once and to flexed and got soft when I ate my hot lunch! I made it but decided to invest in a good travel spork.
- Water bottle empty to fill from a water fountain after you go past security.
- Napkins, several places in airport have these if you forget.
- I also take a silicone hot pad to put under cooker as it cooks.

- add less water than you think, its easy to add more if needed.
- Do Not put hot used heat pack in trash can is it is hot!
    Let it completely cool before to dispose of it.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Consultant Kits from Thrive

New Consultant Kits from Thrive!
Start for $129!

Great new consultant kits starting at $129! It's worth it to be a consultant, even if you just want to benefit from your own orders!

Packed Full of Value!
Now is Your Chance to Start!
New consultant kits available February 1st,  are an AMAZING deal!
Being a consultant with Thrive is great, save on your own grocery's and share with others the great value and nutrition of Thrive products. Buying a kit is a great way to get a lot of product to sample at a really low price!
Here is the link to see what's in the new kits!
Get healthy "groceries" delivered right to your door!
There are no sales quotas to meet and no pressure to sell.
You can do it just for yourself!


Here is how you can earn commission and free product as a consultant:

You get 10% of the total orders in FREE product, and some product at half off!
It’s a great way to get lots extra food to fill your pantry!
Here is the 
chart of Host Benefits from doing a catalog party.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Feb 2015 Meal in a Jar Make N Take

Sign up on the Facebook Event or contact Lou Ann

This month - Skillet & Casserole dinners

  1. Spaghetti  Skillet
  2. Unstuffed Pepper Casserole
  3. Cheesy Sausage Frittata  Casserole
  4. Beef Stroganoff  Skillet

Meal in a Jar Recipes

Thrive Life Recipe Site

Monday, January 12, 2015

January Meal in a Jar ~ Make-N-Take workshop

Zuppa Toscana Meal in a Jar
Pint Jar
Quart Jar


Chicken Noodle Meal in a Jar
Quart Jar


Lasagna Soup Meal in a Jar
Pint Jar
Quart Jar

Sunday, January 11, 2015

What I like and Use....

Here are the Apps I use with Thrive Life products I have.

I use the Recipe Box on my iPad especially for the Meal in a Jar recipes that our local monthly Make-N-Take group  does. As well as the Kindle Cook flame-less cooker I use when traveling or working.
See the page tab above for recipes.


I use Prep & Pantry for keeping track of my stuff.  I can create a lists and then edit or print them. I tried several apps and like this one the best so far.


Making Jar meals?
Here is a  Meal in a Jar Calculator that helps you calculate the cost.