19 May 2009 by
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Photo c/o hubpages.com I’m not afraid of an earthquake.  I’m not afraid of a famine or a pandemic.  I’m not afraid of a nuclear attack.  And in some sadistic moments I hope that some idiot will actually try and harm me or my family so that I can put my firearm self-defense training to good use.  :)  Obviously, the absence of fear is one of the fruits of being prepared.  But what about a fire?   Having my house catch on fire is my number one fear.  To me that seems so arbitrary.  A fire is no...
18 May 2009 by
Filed in Food Preparedness
  As I’ve been writing and researching recipes for my Emergency Preparedness cookbook, I’ve had an aversion to using any of my recipes which include eggs except for baking recipes.  While you can use the old egg-substitute concoction of gelatin*, or dry packed eggs, these alternatives are really only good for baking.  Dog gone it.  I KNOW that I’m going to crave real eggs in the midst of a crisis.  So I wanted to figure out a way to preserve fresh eggs for me and my family. (*Note: Egg...
15 May 2009 by
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  OK. It’s no secret.  I could very easily be called “zealous” in my preparedness efforts.  Some lovingly or ignorantly (I don’t mind which) may even call me “paranoid.”  That’s OK.  The bottom line is I’m ready for the majority of crises that may occur.   And as such I have a great deal of peace of mind and fortitude.  Clearly it’s hard to be so prepared and stay completely under the radar of the notice of friends and family, and even more difficult when you regularly write a public blog...
14 May 2009 by
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Photo c/o jewishjournal.com You bet.  Even in an emergency you can feed your kids healthy, but scrumptious desserts!  Beans are incredibly versatile.  As you know they are also an excellent source of protein and Vitamin B, folic acid, niacin, and thiamine.  The human body even thrives when this particular food is relied upon.  It’s great for aiding digestive problems (ergo the creation of “Beano”), circulation, diabetes, and weight control. But if the thought of having beans and rice for a...
13 May 2009 by
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Photo c/o blog.ecolect.net Today we’re going to explore the uses of items from the toilet to the tropics.  (I’m sure I would have received a D- if I had started out a term paper this way.  But I just couldn’t resist.)  Toilet paper rolls and banana peels.  How about that combination?   Let’s start with the toilet paper roll.  Who knew something so simple can be so darn useful to us?  Shhh… don’t tell Charmin, they’ll raise the price!  In addition to toilet paper rolls, you can also make...
12 May 2009 by
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    While preparing main dishes for your family is necessary, it’s important to consider food for the non-nursing babies as well.  Due to the lack of preservatives in most baby foods, it’s not feasible to have enough baby-friendly foods stored in the event of survival living.  It also takes up a lot of valuable storage space.  If you’ve read my articles previously, then you know that I’m always trying to save space and find items that serve multiple purposes.  I take the exact same approach...
12 May 2009 by
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Photo by Julia Kalloz Hundreds, if not thousands of dollars are regularly spent by Americans on gadgets and gizmos to make their cooking experiences taste better.  Smokers, cedar planks, fancy grills, kitchen appliances, turkey fryers and more are all acquired with the intent to produce that ideal mouth-watering meal.  Given my love of cooking, it’s no wonder my friends constantly accuse me of having every kitchen gadget known to man—er… woman.  So it’s no surprise that I recently acquired yet...
Womem Of Caliber; Firearms; Preparedness
09 May 2009 by
Filed in Preparedness
 (Fair Warning: I'm speaking my mind a bit here with very little censoring...ahem...) In my opinion, any person who claims to be knowledgeable on the topic of  "emergency preparedness" but does NOT address the issue of firearms as a necessary component to  that kind of preparedness, is either a coward for not wanting to discuss such a “delicate” yet vital issue, or still has a long way to go in their quest for knowledge on the topic.  I have read and studied literally hundreds of books and “...
07 May 2009 by
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   Stores of food staples are meaningless without the proper add-in ingredients.  Remember, you need to be prepared to provide meals for your family that are as “normal” as possible in order to help alleviate the stress of change and chaos and to literally provide comfort.  This is why I’m sharing with you my “never be without” spice list.  This list is actually in addition to what I hope would be standard in everyone’s kitchen such as salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, Tabasco sauce, soy sauce,...
06 May 2009 by
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I’m sure you’re family is accustomed to cooking regularly with fresh produce.  However, in a time of emergency, regardless of the season, fresh produce will not be readily available.  So what can you do now to ensure some semblance of normalcy even in the event of an emergency?  Learn alternative recipe methods. There are countless types of freeze dried vegetables that will add some spice back into your dishes such as onions, green peppers, celery, carrots, peas, and corn.  Simply do a...

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