24 Apr 2009 by
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    To me Easter Sunday requires a great family meal, but for me it has to include some lamb.  However, after fighting a cold for nearly two weeks and knowing that I had a full day of church ahead of me, I just couldn’t see my way to cooking it the “normal way.”  So I pulled out my trusty pressure cooker and commenced my magic.       First rinse off the leg of lamb with cool water.  (It usually comes with a netting from the store.)     With a small paring knife cut deep but small in width...
23 Apr 2009 by
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  Should you save money in this economy in preparation for a disaster?  If so, how much?  What kinds of currency denominations should you have on hand?  Should you buy gold and silver?  These are questions that readers frequently e-mail to me.  And while I will address several of these questions in this article, understand that ultimately the best monetary preparedness you can practice is to first prepare yourself mentally for the consequences of unforeseen events.  Doing so will inevitably...
22 Apr 2009 by
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  If you’re smart, you’ll store 400 pounds of rice per adult person in order to have a year’s supply.  Understand that rice has a life-saving value to it in and of itself as it is the staple food of over a third of our entire world.   I’ve lived in and seen many communities in which it was their ONLY food source.  White rice typically stores for 10 years.  Fortunately it doesn’t require that you store it in a cool, dry place, as the majority of our world which rely on rice live in hot and...
21 Apr 2009 by
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You may think that my top 7 handy dandy preparedness "tools" are an unusual list for emergency preparedness supplies, but I’m quite certain that you will find them invaluable under the right set of circumstances.  I love discovering and using items that serve a dual-purpose, especially when those purposes are compounded substantially.  If I have something in storage, chances are it serves more than one purpose. Whether it be medical supplies, seeds, a heater or wood, virtually everything I...
17 Apr 2009 by
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A new book has been released illustrating with surprisingly reality and extensive details what would happen to America in the event of an EMP attack (Electric Magnetic Pulse).   The book is "One Second After" by New York Times best-selling author William R. Forstchen, who talked about the possible impact of such an attack on the Sean Hannity Radio Show today. I’m also quite partial to a book by Pat Frank, “Alas, Babylon” that was wildly popular in the 1950’s which explores a similar...
15 Apr 2009 by
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Alright.  You keep being told to store wheat right?  But I bet that you’re wondering what the heck to do with it.  I do address different ways you can use wheat in a previous article, and one of those ways is obviously bread.  Let’s face it.  Bread making in our homes is a lost art.  I forced myself to learn for three reasons.   1) I knew that if there was an emergency which required me to live off of my food storage, I darn well better learn how to make bread out of all of this wheat I was...
13 Apr 2009 by
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OK, I admit it. I used to hate powdered milk as a kid.  But I have to admit, it's come a long ways in 30 years, thank goodness.  With the cost of milk nowadays, if you've got more than 2 mouths to feed, it can cost as much for milk as it does to fill up your car with gas.  And if you're a "dairy freak" like I am, you'll wonder what in the world you'll do in the event of an emergency when you may be FORCED to use powdered milk regularly. Other than the fact that I always type the word “...
08 Apr 2009 by
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  Last Friday I elected to nurture an injury with some real, home cooked food.  I was really craving a pot roast, but didn’t want to put the traditional time and energy into it.  So what did I do?  I talked my assistant through the step-by-step process of making a yummy pot roast in under an hour!  And it was so good, my husband finished it off before I had a chance to have seconds (darn it).   So how did I accomplish such a feat?  I used my pressure cooker.  So in the event that you’re...
04 Apr 2009 by
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I thought I’d give you a break today from all of the preparedness “thinking.”  So today I’m simply providing you with two yummy recipes – Spam Friend Rice and Mexi-Cincy Chili – that you can easily make from what’s in your cupboards right now.  Hopefully, knowing that you can make use of what you’ve got on hand (or can at least easily have on hand) will lessen any anxiety you may have in surviving a disruption to your regular way of life. Spam Fried Rice   This recipe is an ideal use of...
03 Apr 2009 by
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    There are many who I share my expertise with who inevitably ask me, “Come on, Kellene.  Your practices are good in the event that there’s a cataclysmic event, but what’s to say that all of your food storage won’t just be destroyed with the catastrophe?   And so, in appreciation of those who require me to work harder and speak clearer, I dedicate today’s article. First of all, it’s a myth for you to believe that your food storage is solely for the purpose of surviving a catastrophic...

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