10 Apr 2014 by
Filed in Recipes
Most of us have enjoyed a good dump cake at one time or another. For those of you who might not recall eating such a concoction, let me remind you. A dump cake typically consists of  pie filling being thrown into a baking dish, topped  with the contents of a cake mix, and then further topped by butter.  For several years when I would teach my UNDERwhelmed in Food Storage class, the dump cake would be featured as one of the no-brainer, yet delightful dishes, because, in spite of its simplicity,...
01 Apr 2014 by
Filed in Food Preparedness
As I was doing some research today on something I was writing, a headline caught my eye and I decided to take a look at a do-it-yourself website.  I confess, I did get lost in its pages for bit, but as I ran head on into another one of those gossipy, homespun silliness theories, I was quickly brought back into reality.   Today’s ninny of a notion goes as follows, as stated by the author, while discussing how to properly render lard. She says: "bits of meat can contaminate your lard."  When I...
20 Mar 2014 by
Filed in Preparedness
It’s My Birthday! (at least it WAS when I was writing this) *grin*  To celebrate, I’ve got LOTS of fabulous surprises in store for all of our readers that we’ve been working on for more than a year. But now I finally get to share SIX of them with you!!! 6 years ago, today, I officially founded Preparedness Pro. It just so happened to coincide with my own birthday. At the time, I was working hard in the world of finance and didn’t need something else on my plate, but I had a voice that I felt I...
cocoa
14 Mar 2014 by
Filed in Recipes
I'm an Ohio gal through and through and one of the places I've loved always visiting when I get home is Skyline Chili where they serve Cincinnatti Style Chili. Just writing this article is suddenly weakening my resolve to try a gluten-free and sugar-free regimen for a while in an effort to see how that plays into one's preparedness efforts. *sigh* Imagine my delight though when I realized I can easily make my own pasta even while observing gluten-free criteria. Yay! Now, this recipe will...
13 Mar 2014 by
Filed in Clothing & Shelter Preparedness
My Dirty Little Secret for Cleaning Guns   No one can OVERestimate the importance of cleaning their firearms. However, I discovered the importance of properly maintaining my Glock firearms the hard way—and it was nearly as painful of a lesson as it was when I discovered at the age of 19 that I was actually supposed to be changing the oil in my car. (I can assure you that driving all alone, cross country, in the middle of snow storm near Vail, Colorado in a little Volkswagon Rabbit is NOT the...
security, window, broken glass
26 Feb 2014 by
Filed in Preparedness
Alternatives to Home Security: When Convenient Becomes Customary Making do with what you have has always been a motto of rural America. Growing up on a farm teaches you this first-hand. As a kid you figure out that only some Popsiclesticks and barbed wire can make for a fun-filled afternoon. It is a learned skill, and the older you get the more creative and resourceful you become. It is a skill that will become infinitely more fruitful once the banks break down, an epidemic disease breaks out,...
brownies
25 Feb 2014 by
Filed in Recipes
I should have posted this recipe years ago when I first had a taste of it as made by my dear friend, Chris.  So you have her to thank for being willing to share this recipe. *grin* Enjoy- and yes, I do mean ENJOY!  Not only are these delicious, but because of the REAL food that's used in them, you won't find yourself wolfing down the entire batch because the fiber and other REAL nutrients will satiate your appetite.  Thanks, Chris, from me for being willing to share this recipe!  Luv ya bunches...
freeway, smoke
24 Feb 2014 by
Filed in Mental Preparedness
Recently, there was a fire in an industrial area of Phoenix.  It was a huge fire, and it required over 100  Fire Fighters to respond.  There were explosions and thick black smoke that was seen from all over the valley.  This fire was near two very heavily traveled freeway overpasses.  Traffic was flowing normally  when the fire broke out.  That quickly changed as the smoke became so thick that they had to limit the lanes of traffic that could proceed. I had a dear friend who was stuck in this...
Raw sewage backed into the shower
17 Feb 2014 by
Filed in Clothing & Shelter Preparedness
Today I'm sharing a story that was shared with us by one of our readers--specifically in dealing with raw sewage that can back up into our homes. For the record, I strongly advise that people become familiar with how their sewage system works for their home. If it's city sewage, it runs the risk of filling back into your house in the event of an electrical outage, flooding or other malfunction--especially given what a disaster our nation's infrastructure is in presently. If you have your own...
vitamin E pills, synthetic
12 Feb 2014 by
Filed in Medical Preparedness
Stocking up is about more than just having something good in the (likely) event when our money becomes worthless. It’s quickly becoming obvious that there are many aspects of our lives today that will be faced with a crisis of existence, not costs. My little brother has always been a particularly enterprising person. Somehow he learned the value in having something that other’s wanted but which was in short supply.  I particularly recall his savvy business skills on display every Halloween....
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