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18 Oct 2012 by filed in Food Preparedness
I never tried anchovies before until a co-worked convinced me to try making this dish for myself. When I saw the list of sparse ingredients I couldn’t believe that a memorable dish could result from so little effort and ingredients. I was wrong though—really wrong. I’ve NEVER made this for company and not have them rant and rave about my “authentic Italian cooking.” *snicker—if they only knew* Oh, and by the way, I never give them the recipe because they will automatically assume that it will...
23 Jul 2012 by filed in Preparedness
Note from Preparedness Pro: The article below is provided to us by Dennis Chalkus of  DCSurvivalKits.com He addresses the wide use of social media amidst a disaster. I personally believe that social media can easily be a reliable protocol that you can set up with your family members to use and it's one of the only ways I know to make sure that teenage family members are kept abreast of a disaster and the necessary action plans that need to be executed. How Emergency Services Across the World...
10 May 2012 by filed in Mental Preparedness
I frequently address the Ten Principles of Preparedness as being a great road map to pursuing a self-reliant lifestyle. I assert that the 10 Principles are put in order of prioritization and that one will find the truth of these priorities in their day to day living as well as preparing for the more vulnerable  of circumstances. I’m satisfied a hundred times over and over with the completeness and the order of the prioritization as it’s applied to one scenario after another successfully....
25 Aug 2011 by filed in Financial Preparedness
“If the dollar is really plummeting and the mortgage holders and credit card companies could go belly-up any day, why is it so important to pay off our debts? Wouldn’t a collapse wipe the debts out?” This is a question I hear frequently, but I’ve been getting it posed to me in one way or another much more lately as a result of the Prelude to a Financial Collapse articles I’ve written. Even yesterday a similar question was posed to me by a reporter for a local newspaper.  You may not be aware...
29 Mar 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
As I’ve been venturing out a bit more each year in the area of gardening, I find I am surrounded by well-meaning, encouraging friends. I’ve heard more unusual remedies for a great garden over the last several years than I ever thought possible. Who knew that so many people had such diverse opinions about gardening?  But when I began mulling over some of this well-meaning advice, I decided the best thing to do is what I always do...research. As a result, I discovered that when it comes to all...
24 Jan 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
Creating a menu based on what you have and then only purchasing what is dramatically on sale is the mental shift I learned to accept over a decade ago.  But I believe that it’s a necessary way for me to live as it required me to be diligent and focused on what I do have, rather than what I may want.  That fits right in with my criteria of being more self-reliant.  Sure there are times when nothing will do except for the perfect hot fudge sundae at Baskin-Robbins, but that’s the rare exception—...
24 Mar 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Desperation Reigns Supreme hard money lending photo c/o peachstonecapital.com Many years ago I frequently rubbed elbows with the hard-money world of commercial lending.  As an expert educator in the world of commercial finance, I simply could not have a functioning knowledge of the industry without being exposed to what was known as “hard-money lending.”  Hard-money loans typically come with some steep prices.  The first fee one would usually have to pay is an “application fee.” This...
28 Dec 2009 by filed in Fuel Preparedness
By Guest Author, Ted Blanchard I confess. A generator is not one of my chosen tools for preparedness. But then again, I tend to prepare more for a serious survival scenario i.e.: a widespread national crisis, in which case I feel that a generator is useless and simply paints you as a target of the morally deficit and desperate individuals. However, in the event of  a more temporary power outage scenario due to a hurricane, snow storm or such, a generator would certainly be a worthwhile tool to...
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