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Corn on the Cob 5 Ways

Grilled corn on the cob is a staple side dish for every summertime barbecue. The classic grilled corn smothered in butter, salt and pepper is always a hit but kick up the flavor a notch with these five ways to dress up your corn on the cob.

Bacon Cheddar: Spread low fat mayonnaise on warm corn. Roll in grated cheddar cheese and chopped cooked bacon.

Mexican Style: Spread low fat mayonnaise on warm corn. Roll in crumbed cotija or feta cheese. Sprinkle with chile powder. Top with fresh lime juice if desired.

Garlic Old Bay Butter: Mix together 4 tablespoons butter, softened, 1 small garlic clove, pressed, and 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning. Spread on corn and sprinkle with additional Old Bay seasoning.

Italian Style: Spread pesto on corn and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan.

Buffalo Grilled Corn: Top corn with butter and Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

Nerds Painting

Did you know that you can create your own watercolor painting with Nerds?! All you need is few basic supplies and you have yourself a fun afternoon full of sweets, pretty pictures and sunshine.

What you’ll need:

  • Nerds (preferably the small individual color boxes)
  • Cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper

Pour each color of Nerds into a separate cup. Pour water in each cup until Nerds are covered. The more water the more diluted the watercolor will be. Mix water and Nerds so the color candy coating is released into water. Grab a piece of paper and paintbrush and start creating your Nerd masterpiece. Have fun!

Camping & Summer Travel with Augason Farms

AS THEY SAY “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO” 

Carefree traveling doesn’t mean caution-free traveling. Emergencies can, and often do, occur while you are on the road and far away from home. Taking a small amount of time to do your homework before you set out may pay off in a big way if you encounter an emergency situation. Below are a handful great tips as well as links to go-to experts in the field of having fun…safely.

Going Camping?

Proper preparation and planning is half the battle when facing an emergency situation in the great outdoors. The US Forest Service lists “traveling with a companion” at the top of their list of outdoor safety tips. And, it’s a critical one. Emergencies can be as simple as spraining an ankle which can render a hiker immobile, especially on rough terrain.  Be sure to visit https://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/safety/safety.shtml to brush up on all of their excellent tips for outdoor adventures.

Heading to the Beach?  

Take time to scan the beach for critical safety information before staking a claim on your beach space. Most public beaches post beach rules, safety and warning signs, and/or color-coded warning flags.  Visit https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/12814-the-complete-list-of-beach-flags-and-warning-signals to become familiar with the color coding warning flags, as they are not accompanied with explanatory text. On this site you will also find examples of safety and warning signs, many of which are universally recognized.

Traveling Overseas?

Here’s a tip that you may not have thought of: always take a business card from the front desk of your hotel. That way, if you ever get lost, you have the name and address of the hotel in the local language.  Great advice. It’s what Travel & Leisure listed at the top of their “12 Tips to Make International Travel Easier” blog. They also suggest checking the State Department’s travel warnings and alerts as well as printing out the address and contact information of the local embassy (don’t rely on having access to the internet). Check out their remaining tips here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/12-tips-to-make-international-travel-easier.  It’s well worth your time if you’re internationally bound.

Whether you travel far and wide, or a few hours away, take into consideration these additional tips:

Medical Services. Review your insurance policy ahead of time so you are familiar with service providers and medical facilities that are covered out of state or out of country. Be sure to find out where they are located, phone numbers, and hours of operation. It’s a good idea to write these down just in case internet service is compromised.

Water. This is arguably the most important commodity in an emergency. No matter where you travel, pack an empty, lightweight water filtration bottle in each of your family member’s travel bag. They’re easy to pack and are a wise alternative to plastic water bottles which, as you know, won’t make it past security checkpoints. Also keep in mind that drinking fountains are highly regulated in most places and can provide safe, clean sources of water. (Mobile apps have even been developed to assist you in finding nearby drinking fountains.)

Food.  This is tricky, especially if you’re traveling a significant distance or internationally. If you’re traveling in a vehicle, don’t leave home without an emergency food supply [link to 72-hour emergency pail]. This will keep you nourished if you have a breakdown or make a wrong turn.  If you are traveling by air, you can easily pack freeze dried fruits [link to freeze dried strawberry slices] and granola in airtight snack bags. You’ll have great tasting nutrition whether you get stuck in the airport, on the tarmac, or circling to land. These snack bags are also good to have once you’re on the ground and waiting for a taxi or trying to get your bearings in an unfamiliar city.

Staying Connected.  Since communication is all-important during emergencies, mobile phones are likely the best life-saving device you can own. Not only can they serve as radios and sources of information, you can load them up with apps from alert-services to shelter maps. Be sure to check with your mobile provider to see if you’ll have service in the country you’re traveling to. Roaming charges can be expensive, but a high phone bill is worth it if it keeps you safe. Don’t forget an extra phone charger.

Radio Access: Take a minute to go online and search for local radio frequencies that will provide critical emergency notifications and updates. Again, it’s wise to make a written note…just in case.

Documentation. Take written lists of your prescription medications, jot down insurance company contacts, and take copies of important documents such as passports and birth certificates.  Alternatively, upload them to your own secure cloud server as backup. Whether digitally or electronically, always keep these within close reach no matter where in the world you are. Don’t forget that an easy way to digitally store important documents is to simply take a picture.

We think it’s worth repeating the “Know Before You Go” adage as we wrap up this blog because…it just can’t be emphasized enough.

Happy and safe travels this summer!

Summer Planning with Augason Farms

THIS SUMMER ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS…WITH A BACK-UP PLAN

One of the most critical skills our ancestors mastered is one that most of us rarely think about; much less know how to do – building an adequate shelter in an emergency situation. You’ve likely heard in the news, situations that have cropped up when a simple afternoon adventure turned in to a serious emergency. As you plan your summer outings this year, keep in mind some of the situations that can—and do—arise when least expected:

  • Hiking – flash floods, sudden blizzards and becoming lost are just a few surprises that can turn a day hike into a serious overnight adventure.
  • Off-Road Vehicles – if it has an engine, it will eventually breakdown. Your ability to construct a safe shelter could make a prolonged breakdown a bearable—if not survivable—situation.
  • Hunting & Fishing Trips – many a hunter and fisherman or woman have found themselves stranded and lost after the adrenaline of maneuvering through the backcountry to pursue their game leaves them well off the beaten path.
  • Sightseeing – it’s easy to wonder away from your group when taking in the sights of an unfamiliar locale. Knowing how to construct a temporary shelter can buy you valuable time for rescue teams to locate you.

Constructing a survival shelter is an easy-to-learn and invaluable way to help you survive an emergency situation that arises even in the most unexpected situations.

Shelter Location

There are a few crucial points to remember when considering where to build. First, consider a location that will help you conserve energy. For example, if you are going to need natural materials like sticks and leaves for your shelter, make sure you choose a location near those materials. Also, try to position yourself near a water source but not directly on it (so you can avoid any possibly flooding issues). If you choose to set up under a large tree, make sure you avoid setting up under trees with dead branches. They can come down in the slightest of wind. Finally, consider factors like what direction the wind blows in your shelter site so you can avoid having smoke engulf your shelter. Following these few simple tips can improve your emergency survival situation. For more tips on choosing a survival shelter location, check out www.thesurvivalmom.com.

Shelter Materials

The good news is that there are many different types of survival shelters, so you can determine which type will offer the best protection to you based on your surroundings, the weather, and the materials available to you. Here are a few shelters to become familiar with:

  • Lean-To: A lean-to is one of the simplest and most frequently constructed primitive shelters. Meant to protect against wind and rain, it can be set up in less than an hour with a variety of materials. It’s a great option as a temporary shelter while you take the time to build a sturdier shelter.
  • Round Lodge: Part tipi and part wicki-up, a round lodge can block wind, rain, cold, and sun. It can also accommodate a small fire for light and heat, since it typically has a small hole at the top.
  • Ramada: A ramada is made with four posts, some lightweight beams, and some type of canopy to block out the sun. This type of shelter is most suitable for dry, hot climates, since it won’t protect against rain.
  • Wedge Tarp: With its 5 tie down points, the wedge tarp provides an aerodynamic shape that should resist even the most biting wind and driving rain. As an added bonus, this shelter can also serve as a water collector at the same time!
  • Tarp Wing: This unconventional tarp configuration is a great shelter solution that can, depending on the size of the tarp, give you great rain/sun protection over a large area.
  • Tarp Tipi: A tarp tipi only requires a bit of rope, some poles, and a tarp, and is one of the most versatile and mobile shelters. It’s so versatile and easy to put together that you may want to keep all of the supplies in a kit next to all of your other survival emergencies supplies.
  • A-Frame Tarp Shelter: A-frame shelters are a tarp design that go up fast and give great coverage against rain and wind, when built close to the ground.
  • Wickiup: A wickiup is similar to a tipi, but is made from poles, brush and vegetation, and is best used in climates with occasional rain or hot, dry climates.
  • Leaf Hut: A leaf hut is a two-sided, wedge-shaped lean-to with much better weatherproofing and insulating qualities.

Depending on the climate and environment you live in, it might be best to have some shelter materials assembled into a type of shelter kit that is easy to travel with, so you know you always have a way to construct a shelter, if necessary.

Shelter PLUS Food & Water

Knowing how to build a shelter to protect you and your family from the elements is invaluable in the face of an emergency. This summer, don’t take food and water for granted and make sure you are well prepared. Here are two light weight, compact, and easy-to-carry solutions: Augason Farms 72 Hour 1 Person Emergency Food Pail (weighs just 4 pounds, available at select Macey’s) and the Survival Spring Compact Water Filter (only 2 ounces, available through Augason Farms).

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

Win a free grill!

The warm weather is here and it’s time to light up those grills! Summer is not complete without gatherings of friends and family around deliciously grilled meals.

This summer you can win a FREE Char-Broil 4-burner propane grill with every $25 purchase using your Macey’s Perks account. Earn entries June 12th-June 29th, 2017. Winners will be selected and notified via phone or email by July 1st just in time for your Independence Day celebrations.

Happy grilling!

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Free Pancakes with De Wafelbakkers

As Summer is starting, we are always looking for ways to get a delicious breakfast quickly so we can enjoy the warm weather. De Wafelbakkers helps us do just that! Their pancakes are ready to go so you can heat them up and enjoy! They are packed with whole ingredients to provide a quality experience every time. From now through June 30, come in and buy two De Wafelbakkers products using your rewards phone number and be entered to win free pancakes for a year! Breakfast could be a breeze for a whole year so come in today!

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Clean Your Grill Like a Pro

Spring and early summer are a great time to grill. Make sure your succulent steaks or killer kabobs come from a well-maintained grill by following these easy tips:

  1. Remove the grates and clean both sides with hot, soapy water.
  2. Remove and clean the metal barriers over the burners and below the grates to remove drippings, grease, and other debris.
  3. Brush the inside of the grill. Loosen and dispose of any debris. Remove stubborn stains with a steel wool pad.
  4. Turn on the burners and check the flame with the grates and barriers removed. If needed, turn off the burners and clean them with a pipe cleaner to remove any blockages that may prevent even flame distribution.
  5. Clean out or replace the drip pan.
  6. Wipe down the exterior of the grill.
  7. Replace each part and let smoke burn off any residue on high heat for 10 minutes (or until the smoke clears) before using the grill again.

Now that your grill is clean its ready to cook some delicious food. Check out these great grilling recipes.

Steak Fajita Kabobs

Grill Balsamic Peaches

Cajun Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Build A Better S’more

Everybody loves a classic s’more, especially when roasting it with family and friends around a fire. S’mores are perfect for camping, the beach, the backyard and can even be made over the stove or in the microwave in a pinch. Graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow is the perfect combo, but have you ever tried mixing it up? Here are five gourmet s’more combos that will have your mouth watering. So grab your roasting stick, your goodies, and your pals and get roasting!

Cookies & Cream: Oreo cookies, marshmallow, cookies & cream candy bar.

PB Delight: Graham cracker, marshmallow, peanut butter cup

Hawaiian Delight: Graham cracker, marshmallow, almond joy

Double Chocolate: Chocolate chip cookie, marshmallow, chocolate syrup, chocolate bar

Hazelnut treat: Chocolate Graham cracker, marshmallow, Nutella, caramel sauce

Summer Price Lock

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We want you to have the best summer ever which is why we’ve locked down prices on the items you use the most for our summer low price lock. Available now until September 6, check out all of the items listed below.

Low Price Lock is our seasonal price program that locks down prices on the items you use the most. The prices are changed out every 8 weeks and follow the seasons winter, spring, summer and fall and holiday.

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Summer Food Storage

This is the month of celebrations, fireworks, picnics and parades as we recall the wisdom and patriotism of our founding fathers, as well as the fortitude and determination of the pioneers who pushed westward to forge this great nation, from East to West. It was their vision and hard labor that helped make America the great nation it is today.

With their own hands, those hearty people produced all that they ate. But more importantly, they knew the value of storing some of that food for winter and for emergencies. So in addition to those things they needed on a daily basis, those hearty souls stockpiled enough to see themselves through the “hard times,” a practice we have almost completely abandoned in our day and age.

Thanks to modern food production, most of us don’t grow and store our own food. We have great Macey’s supermarkets that provide us all we could ever want or need in the way of food. For that reason, we have ample for our needs at all times.

Over time, the great abundance we enjoy has allowed us to forget the wise practice that served our forefathers so well. We’ve forgotten how important it is to store food against hard times, shortages and disasters. This is a reality with which our forefathers lived, one we have mostly abandoned. Yet, it’s still a reality today, as anyone who has been trapped in a crisis will tell you. Natural and manmade disasters happen all the time.

But Macey’s hasn’t forgotten this vital lesson. Not by a long shot. Along with everything else we offer you, we include important food storage items on our shelves for your convenience. Like all our other fine offerings, we stock only the best in emergency food products from Augason Farms and National Geographic Live Prepared.

We know how important a supply of emergency food and gear is, even in our modern world. So we include them in our stores in hopes that our customers will take advantage of the lessons our forefathers learned in everyday life: Have enough food on hand, in your home, to see you through hard times, temporary shortages and disasters—natural or manmade.

At Macey’s, we take our job seriously. We have your welfare at heart. We feel it’s our obligation to see that we offer only the finest products for you and your family.

For that reason, we not only stock the best of practically everything you need in the way of food, but we also stock the best in food storage. That’s why we offer the fine products from Augason Farms and National Geographic Live Prepared.

Life turns on a dime. We at Macey’s know that emergencies can and do happen, though we hope it won’t happen to you. We know you might have to depend upon what you can find on your cupboard shelves at home. That’s why we urge you to include emergency food storage in your family budget.

What if the time came when you couldn’t get to a Macey’s? The solution to such a dire situation is food storage in your home. And the best food storage comes from Augason Farms and Live Prepared.

So this month, let’s pledge our allegiance to the memory of our forefathers and the legacy they left us. For your well-being and peace of mind, Macey’s, Augason Farms and National Geographic Live Prepared suggest you keep a supply of food storage on hand at home to see you and your loved ones through in any crisis.