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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—...
01 Oct 2010 by filed in Medical Preparedness
Last night I attended a fascinating medical lecture. The speaker certainly knew his stuff on how to use nutrition and oxygen and plant botanicals to heal the human body. You could tell that he wasn't some newcomer to the scene of health and science. His 15 years of lecturing came through beautifully. I certainly  know that my health will be better for  having attended.  He also did an amazing job in better illustrating for me about the ills of canola oil and other vegetable oils, synthetics in...
18 Aug 2010 by filed in Mental Preparedness
by Kellene I’ve been reading a great book over the last couple of weeks, “Molon Labe" that covers a lot of self-defense preparedness. In it the author reminds the reader several times that all fights are decided before the battle begins. The point being that it’s the level of self-defense preparation which takes place before a battle which determines the victor.  To me that’s certainly what self-defense preparedness is all about—a way to ensure that we win as many of life’s battles as are...
26 Jul 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Many moons ago (I think nearly 11 years) my hubby and I decided to go to Walt Disney World for a delayed honeymoon. As a part of our Land/Cruise package, we were given about $300 in the form of a gift card that we could purchase any of our food with as well as any items that the restaurants sold.  We did such a good job in budgeting the use of this card while we were there that we found ourselves still with about $100 left the night before we were to board on the cruise ship. In essence, our...
17 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Well, folks. It was bound to happen. After driving non-stop for nearly a full day to Kansas City, teaching two classes, trying to sleep in a foreign bed at night, helping to take care of two sick kids with strep throat, enveloping myself in lots of stress and then driving back to Utah for a full day, I was bound to try and get a spring cold.  I knew that with my travels, I would be taken out of my normal modus operandi of cold prevention and catch some pesky little bug.  *sigh*  But the good...
16 Dec 2009 by filed in Food Preparedness
When it comes to making your own cheese from powdered milk, I decided to start off easy today and address cottage cheese making specifically. Perhaps you’re thinking that cottage cheese is simply a luxury that you’ll do without in a survival scenario. Ok. That’s fine if you’d prefer not to indulge in it. But I use it strategically in my home. Cottage Cheese in Recipes Using cottage cheese in dishes makes the dishes taste as if they are full of fat and thus very satisfying—without any of the “...
14 Aug 2009 by filed in Preparedness
Italian "Wheat Meat" Dish by notonlypizza.com Wheat Gluten, commonly called “wheat meat” or Seitan, is a great staple to your food storage. As I addressed some of the whys and wherefores of “wheat meat” yesterday, today I’m going to share with you HOW to create your own wheat gluten. Just to get your imagination going here, you can make countless WONDERFUL dishes with “wheat meat” in place of your traditional fare. “Meatballs,” “ground chicken or beef,” “steak slices,” “ham,” “sausage”, etc...
27 Jun 2009 by filed in Preparedness
I don't usually post on Saturdays, but an important issue came up this morning.  In the name of financial preparedness, I'm sharing it with you as I believe it's vital to those who are trying to make the best financial decisions to be better prepared. Chase Bank has just informed hundreds of thousands of card holders who were beguiled with a "low, low interest rate for the life of the balance of your credit card" deal that their minimum payment is going up. As you know, a bill was recently...
28 May 2009 by filed in Preparedness
I hate having to learn dumb lessons.  Don’t you?  As I’ve looked back and realized all the simple tricks and strategies I’ve learned over the last 10 years, I cringe at the thought of all of the money, time, anxiety, and energy I’ve wasted.  So I decided to share them with you.  You’re sure to learn something in this list!  I hope you’ll learn from my mistakes NOW! Yeast will last indefinitely if stored in your freezer!  Outside the freezer it only lasts a year, but inside that freezing...
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...

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