Preparedness Tip Wednesday: BUILD AN EDC YOU CAN BE PROUD OF

EVERY DAY CARRY 

Do you have certain items that you bring with you every day "just in case" you might need them? Most people have an emergency car kit they keep in there car all the time "just in case" but I never thought of the importance of keeping certain items with me at all times when I leave the house.
I found this awesome blog post that shares a list of Every Day Carry items that you should have. Lots of the things I already have in my purse without thinking about it (like chapstick, hand sanitizer  and permanent marker) but there was also some things I hadn't thought of. I like how they said to weave things into your homemade paracord bracelets. I showed that to my husband because he loves making them and each of our boys have there own.



1.  My Pocket Pistol – A small 9mm handgun because a good fight is one that never gets started.
4.  Paracord Wristband – Fish hook, cash, and a silver coin are woven into my homemade wristband.
5.  Lighter – to lite the chapstick! Plus, you just never know when you might need a lite.
9.  Permanent Marker – Notes to loved ones and part of my Emergency Communication Plan.
10.  Hand Sanitizer – Cleanliness is next to godliness & hand sanitizer serves as lighter fluid.
14.  Allergy & Pain Killer Medicine – Makes the day-to-day more enjoyable.

For a complete list and other EDC lists go here

Let us know what you have on your Every Day Carry list and why.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Endless Hot Water without Electricity


This engineer shows you how to build a water heater out of used parts and used a Stovetec Rocket stove (similar to a Kelly Kettle) to start the thermo siphoning process. Remember you need to have enough water stored to have excess water aside from drinking. 
What do you have in your emergency preparedness supplies for heating water?
The Sun Oven is a great source for boiling smaller amounts of water for cooking and cleaning and personal use.

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Foodie Friday: Using Canned Powdered Milk



In this post I wanted to share how to use powdered milk in your recipes.





Can I substitute powdered milk for regular?
In any recipe calling for milk, simply add the powdered milk to the other dry ingredients. Sift to blend, then add water for the milk called for in the recipe.

Whipped Evaporated Milk
1 cup water
2/3 cup Country Cream Milk
2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Thoroughly chill evaporated milk. Add lemon juice and whip until staff. Sweeten and flavor as desired.

Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup Country Cream Milk
1 cup sugar

Blend thoroughly in blender. Can be stored in refrigerator or frozen.

Buttermilk or Sour Milk
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice
1/3 cup Country Cream Milk


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Foodie Friday: So why Country Cream Milk?


My Family Prepared did a post a few years back that I found where she gives a review of Country Cream Milk that I wanted to share with our readers. You can find the whole article here. Don't forget we are doing orders for Country Cream Milk in the month of November!

Country Cream Powdered Milk is my brand of choice

It uses the least amount of powder,
which results in easier mixing (less foam),
and in my opinion tastes better than the other brand.

So how about Nutrition Comparison:
Country Cream Powdered Milk to Skim Milk:

1 c. Country Cream Powdered Milk:               1 c. Skim Milk:
Total Fat: 0g                                                     Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g                                              Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5 mg                                             Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 110 mg                                               Sodium: 130 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 12g                                 Total Carbohydrates: 13g
Dietary Fiber: 0g                                              Dietary Fiber: 0g
 Sugars: 12g                                                      Sugars: 12g
Protein: 8g                                                        Protein: 8g
                                                                          Potassium: 410mg

They are almost identical - excpet that Skim Milk contains potassium, and powdered milk does not.

So... lets go over some of the basics: 
(Following text taken directly from can):
DIRECTIONS: Mixes instantly with a spoon.  Just add the desired amount of water and stir.  2 2/3 c. powder + 1 gallon of water = 1 gallon liquid.  2/3 c. powder + 1 quart water = 1 quart liquid.
For cream like consistency, mix one part powder to two parts water.  Best when chilled over night.
INGREDIENTS: 100% real instant nonfat milk, Vitamins A& D.

How about a Quality Check:
Smell: powder and liquid hardly have any smell at all
Taste: Taste is similar to skim milk, but you can tell a difference (depending on the person).  My nefew thinks it is 'sweeter' than regular milk
Texture: Just like water - no powdery residue
Looks: Just like skim milk
How long does it last once made?: I wouldn't go longer than 5-7 days

What about Shelf Life?
There is nothing written on the actual milk container.
The following information was retrieved from my own personal research regarding nonfat milk (regular or instant) - I belive I found it at the UofU food extension site, but I can't remember.

Temperature Stored At:
50 degrees F or below = 52 months
70 degrees F = 24-36 months
90 degrees F = 3 months

Is it worth it? 
In my mind, absolutely.  It would be awful to be without milk in an emergency.  
However, it has a shelf life of just over 4 years (at best), so as always, I recommend that you start using it if you are going to store it.
I always have a can opened in my pantry, ready to be used, so I can rotate through my supply.


And by 'ready to be used' I don't mean that we drink it.  Powdered milk can be substituted for regular milk in any recipe, which is a good way to rotate slowly through your powdered milk supply, without having to actually drink powdered milk.  
Which in turn means you aren't wasting anything!
To substitue powdered milk for regular milk in recipes, simply add the powder to the dry ingredients.  When adding the wet ingredients, include the water.




This was a comment left on My Family Prepared Blog:

I bought a lot of this milk in Y2K Dec. 1999 and have it stored in an unheated room in my basement under my front porch. I was wondering if it was still good, so I called Country Cream. They said if you store it in a cool dry place, that it will keep for 20 yrs., so I opened a can of my 13 year old Country Cream dry milk and tried it. Tasted great! Country Cream said that the milk won't make you sick regardless of how old it is, it just won't taste very good and may have lost some of it's nutrients. They recommend keeping it in at least 70 degrees or below temperatures, not in your garage where it gets hot in summers. This milk does have one of those stay fresh packets in it when you open it up. We store Nestle's Quik for those in our family who don't like the dry milk taste. You cannot tell it's dry milk at all with the Nestle's Quik in it. Just thought you'd like to know...

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Winter 2014


Unless you are new to the DFW area or the United States you are sure to remember "Icemageddon 2013" last winter. It was pretty bad a nightmare!! Amazon and other businesses couldn't get their packages shipped on time and the semi-trucks couldn't get into the cities to deliver there supplies to stores. 
Well, guess what?! They are predicting that this winter is going to be WORSE!
"The National Weather Service models are predicting a 99% chance that this coming winter will start sooner and be harsher than any we have seen, possibly in this century. Weather science experts are saying the amount of snow we can expect could be many times what we normally get, in most areas. The northeast and midwest states will probably be hardest hit, but the expected harsh winter weather could affect the entire continental United States."

If you know of a local farm you can buy eggs from them and keep them unwashed and they will stay shelf stable for most of the winter.  When you can afford it, take advantage of bulk buying or buying extra of your favorite items to add to a food storage so you can have the supplies you need if you are unable to get to outside food sources (which by that time they won't have anything available anyways).

We also recommend buying a solar oven. We like the SUN OVENs the best! We will be doing orders next month for freeze dried food in mylar bags which taste great and are a great addition to your food storage. Also stock up on water and fuel!
Here are a few other tips: 

This type of severe weather goes far beyond mere inconvenience, it is life threatening.  A greater amount of snow than normal could shut down major cities and cause lengthy power outages.  The combination of no heat and probable food shortages is a recipe for disaster.  The time to prepare for this is now, as the weather could turn as soon as the beginning of October.
What should you do?  How can you protect your family from the hazards that this winter will present?  Prepare for it now!  Better you should start stocking up for the upcoming emergency now than try to run out and buy what you need when the snow is knee deep and everyone else is also trying to do the same thing.  Prices will be inflated, shelves may be empty, people could panic and you could be hurt or worse if you are caught out in those conditions. 
What should you start stocking up on? Some of these things I am sure you probably know, but others you may not think of.  Start with the basics.
Heat – if you lose power and your heat does not work without it, the first thing you will need is an alternative source of heat.  Mr Heater portable propane powered heater was my choice.  Whichever heater you decide on, make sure that it is approved for indoor use, and even then you may want to slightly crack a window.  Make sure to buy a lot of propane tanks, so you do not run out.  Never NEVER use outdoor BBQ grills, kerosene heaters, or any other type of heater that is for outdoor use only.  You can be overcome by fumes from them. 

Video Tutorial – How to Use Mr Heater Portable Buddy Heater

Heavy Clothing – the best would be snowsuits such as what you wear for skiing or winter hiking, but you can also use thermal underwear, wool socks and insulated boots and parka.  Don’t forget the hat and gloves.  You may also want to invest in some hand warmers.
Food – when a food shortage hits, and it will when the delivery trucks cannot get to the stores, the first thing to go is the staples.  Milk, bread, eggs and such will be gone almost immediately.   To avoid this situation, buy good quality powdered milk (Country Cream is what we love) and store it in a cool dry place.  Kept moisture free, powdered milk stays good for 2 to 10 years, so don’t be afraid to buy a lot.  Loaves of bread should also be on your list.  Bread can be frozen with no major damage to it, and if you lose power, you can always keep it outside where it will stay frozen.  Eggs can also be frozen, not in their shell, but first crack and beat them and then pour them into ice cube trays.  When they are frozen, pop them out and put them in freezer bags.  Can goods, pasta, rice, beans are all things that you can stock up on that will last a long time.  How much food to store will be determined by how many people in your household.  Don’t forget to also buy the means to cook your food.  A small propane stove is best, but you can use an outdoor grill if you want to cook outside, but beware, the smell of cooking food may bring unwanted guests for dinner!
Radio – a portable radio that runs on batteries is essential to keep up on what is going on outside your home.  Battery operated or solar chargers for your cellphone, tablet or laptop is also a good idea.  Being able to communicate with others during a weather emergency is important
Light – stocking up on candles, flashlights and batteries is a good idea, but if you have a lengthy power outage, oil lamps are a much better and cheaper choice.  They give off more light and burn a very long time on very little oil.  You can buy oil lamps(about $10) a Walmart along with lamp oil ($6) and extra wicks.($2)
It may seem a bit overwhelming, but the better you prepare, the safer and happier you will feel.  But remember, it is much better not to tell anyone about the preparations you have made for the coming winter, or  you may find desperate people showing up on your doorstep when their food runs out and their houses have no heat.


Image Credit: http://tinyurl.com/mz3o3kg

source: http://writedge.com/winter-2014-predicted-catastrophic/

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Reconnect with Family after a disaster


How will you reconnect with each other? Where will you meet? What if your neighborhood is being evacuated? It's important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.
Check out these tools to start your family emergency plan today:www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan 



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Foodie Friday: Using Country Cream Milk in Sauces and Soups



Using Country Cream Milk in Sauces and Soups

The following recipes are just examples of the milk-based sauces and soups that you can make with powdered milk instead of milk, half and half or cream. You can adapt your favorite recipes by blending the powdered milk and other ingredients with some of the liquid (either broth or water) and then adding this mixture to the rest of the liquid in a sauce pan when it is boiling. You can modify the thickness of the sauce by adding more or less flour. For creamier sauces add more milk powder.



Allemande Sauce

This versatile sauce is great in chicken dishes such as chicken a la king, chicken cordon bleu, chicken and broccoli casserole, etc.

1 cup chicken broth or bouillon and water, divided
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup Country Cream Milk
1 egg
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

In a small pot, bring 1/2 cup of the broth or water to a boil. In a separate bowl, blend the remaining broth, flour, salt, milk, and egg. Reduce heat and stir blended ingredients into the boiling broth. Bring to boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in butter and lemon juice.
Variations:
Use a substitute for commercial cream of chicken soup by making a chicken broth slightly more concentrated by adding 1 1/2-2 bouillon cubes per cup of water and adding 1 Tbsp. more flour.



Corn Chowder

1/2 lb. bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 cups water, divided
2 cups diced or shredded potatoes
3/4 cup Country Cream Milk
2 Tbls. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 can cream-style corn or blended whole-kernel corn

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and discard all but 2 Tbsp bacon grease. Sauté onion and celery in reserved bacon grease. Add 3 cups water and potatoes. Simmer until tender. Blend 1 cup water,  Country Cream Milk, flour, salt, and pepper. Add mixture to pan of simmering potatoes. Add corn. Heat and sprinkle with reserved bacon.

This is a great thing to make in your Sun Oven too, a perfect meal for a cool fall night!

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Preparing for Fall

The city of Frisco Fire Department shared this on their Facebook last week:



Football. Kids returning to school. The crunch of leaves underfoot. Fall means shorter days and cooler temperatures, and for many, it is their favorite season for all these reasons and more.
But this colorful season also contains significant weather hazards - ones that you can prepare for. Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in your community.
Follow these five simple steps to be ready for the hazards of fall:
  1. Prepare for Hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs until November 30. As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, significant storms can strike well beyond the summer months. Make sure you’re ready with an Emergency Supplies Kit that includes three days of food and water, batteries, flashlights, vital medications and other items.
  2. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Floods aren’t just a spring phenomenon - they can happen any time after a major rainfall. Never drive into standing water - just two feet of rushing water is enough to carry away most vehicles. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  3. Tornadoes: Know Where to Go. Tornadoes are still a danger in the fall, particularly in the South.  Know where to go in case of a tornado. Find an underground shelter, safe room or windowless interior room or hallway to shelter in. At home and at work, take a few minutes to practice getting to shelter. Walk the route. When it comes to tornadoes, know where to go.
  4. Practice Wildfire Safety. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, prepare your home by cleaning out gutters, inspecting chimneys, clearing brush and other foliage from around your home and by taking other defensive measures. Create a Family Communications Plan so that you’ll be able to get in touch with loved ones in case a wildfire separates you.
  5. Prepare for Winter. Winter storms can knock out power for days at a time. Make sure that your family is ready with the supplies that they’ll need to survive. This means creating an Emergency Supplies Kit that should include a NOAA Weather Radio, shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm.  If you have a generator, be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning – do not use indoors!
Now that you’re weather-ready, spread the word. Tell your friends on Facebook  and Twitterthat you’re prepared for fall weather hazards such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.
Your actions will inspire others to be prepared. Be a Force of Nature  to help make all of us safer.

America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAtho
Want to help your hometown become weather-ready? Be smart, take part and prepare during America’s PrepareAthon! in September.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30.
Visit the America’s PrepareAthon web site to get helpful guides, playbooks for events and free promotional materials including banners, posters, logos, e-invites and more.



http://nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/news/140829_fall_five_ways.html#.VA3aIVawfIx

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: The Best First Aid Kit 2014

It is National Preparedness month again! Today we wanted to share with you where to get the best price for...
The Best First Aid Kit 2014



The best first aid kit of 2014, decided by customer reviews, ratings and popularity, has been #1 for several years in a row – which is adding to it’s credibility.
Whenever anyone says ‘best’ or in this case,’best first aid kit’, it is entirely subjective. This particular kit while not designed for professional EMS, is apparently designed and priced for typical use by the average Joe – while providing more value than other similar kits.
This kit weighs less that lbs.     Has an infinite shelf life



List of Contents:
  • 32 Certi-Strips (1" x 3" )
  • 6 Extra Large Certi-Strips (2" x 3")
  • 9 Heavy Weight Woven Fingertip and Knuckle Certi-Strips
  • 4 Certi-Gauze Pads (3" x 3")
  • 1 Ace Style Bandage (2" x 5 yd.)
  • 1 Triangular Bandage w/ 2 Pins
  • 1 Absorbent Compress (32" Square)
  • 1 Certi-Tape - Medical Tape (1/2" x 2.5 yd. )
  • 5 Cotton Swabs (3")
  • 10 Certi-Sporyn Packets (1 gm.)
  • 10 Antiseptic BZK Towelettes (5” x 7”)
  • 6 Certi-Burn Cream Packets (1 gm.)
  • 2 Insect Sting Wipe-Ups (1” x 2”)
  • 1 Save-A-Tooth (Tooth Preserving System)
  • 1 CPRotector (CPR barrier)
  • 1 Certi-Lancet (Blister And Splinter Relief)
  • 2 Pairs Of Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 Foil Rescue Blanket (52” x 84”)
  • 1 Instant Cold Pack (5” x 7”)
  • 1 Wood Splint (6”)
  • 1 Green Glow Stick (6”)
  • 1 Certi-Cet - Acetametophen (2 ct.)
  • 1 Certi-Profen - Ibuprofen (2 ct.)
  • 1 First Aid Facts Guide
The Complete First Aid Kit
The Complete First Aid Kit is a comprehensive kit containing everything you need to keep your home or office prepared for an emergency including many innovative products like Save-A-Tooth. The products inside are stored in unitized boxes to cut down on mess, and the box has a waterproof seal to prevent humidity or moisture damage. The Complete First Aid Kit is made in the USA in a 510k regulated facility ensuring a safe, ethical, high quality product.

CFAK is manufactured in a 510K regulated factory using genuine American labor.

CFAK contains a 23 different medical products to keep you prepared for anything.

Rubber seal eliminates humidity damage. The kit can be mounted to any wall using the molded eyelets.

CFAK includes innovative products like Save-A-Tooth (a $24.95 Value) and CPRotector (a $8.95 value)

CFAK products are very well made. As An example, we use pressed gauze which will not stick to blood.

Unitized boxes make it easier to find what you need and cut down on mess after use.
The focus of most first aid kit companies is packing as many cheap pieces in as possible. The Complete First Aid Kit is focused on giving the widest variety of products and having quantities for each that will work in harmony. This kit is a great addition to any home, office or car as it contains such a comprehensive set of supplies. Buying this kit also comes with access to a website that gives instructions for using every part of the kit making preparation easy and convenient.

Order here:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-First-Ansi-White/product-reviews/B0043X5WK8/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_2?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=2&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

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Foodie Friday: Using Whole Wheat Flour





*Tips*:  Using Whole Wheat Flour


  • Use when in recipes your family already likes, so it is not totally unfamiliar and you know your family will eat it.
  • Try wheat in desserts first--who can durn down a cookie?
  • Don't feel you have to use 100% whole wheat flour. Half white and half wheat gives excellent results.
  • when substituting whole wheat flour for white in your favorite recipes, remember:
  1. Wheat flour is heavier than white flour and needs more leavening.
  2. In yeast breads, use more yeast and let it rise longer.
  3. In recipes that use baking powder for leavening, increase baking powder by 1 tsp. for each 3 cups of whole wheat flour.
  4. Recipes using baking soda do not need to be adjusted.

Here is one of our families favorite breakfast recipes and alterations to use items from your food storage and subsitiute Whole Wheat Flour.


German Pancakes
6 eggs (dry whole egg powder and an equal amount of water)
1 cup milk (try using Country Cream Milk)
1 cup flour (whole wheat or unbleached white flour)
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix well with beaters. Pour onto well-oiled 9x13 pan (try using palm-shortening oil). Bake for 15 minutes. Top with Vanilla Syrup and serve hot.




Vanilla Syrup

1 cube butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter in a heat safe container*. Add sugar and butter and heat until sugar is dissolved (about 45 seconds in a microwave). Add baking soda and heat for 15 more seconds. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

*melt in microwave, stove top, in a Sun Oven, or any other food safe heat source

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 5 Tornado prep tips


5 Tornado Preparedness Tips


  1. Bring back the old school technology: a hand crank radio. It’s so easy to rely on your television reports, your phone, your laptop and now even your tablet to look up the latest information. But, those all need an outlet. If your cell phone is your operating “landline,” purchase solar powered charging mat such as this one or this one
  2. Place items in convenient places and always remember to have good, hiking shoes on hand. When interviewed by the Dodge Globe Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Jeff Hutton, said shoes were one of the most important items to have. Why? “If your house is damaged, you may have to step on glass and other debris. Having some kind of footwear is essential.”
  3. Helmets: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed wearing a helmet, specifically during tornadoes. -Any helmet will work...but here are a few examples; football helmets, bicycle helmets, or motorcycle helmets.
  4. Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. Created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the nonprofit social investment bank and financial literacy advocate Operation HOPE. The kit’s main recommendation is that  you store originals of pertinent records like birth certificates, social security cards, and even your mortgage or real estate deeds in a fireproof and waterproof metal box or safe. As a back up, store them on a portable hard drive or a flash drive. Read more here.
  5. FEMA’s basic emergency supply kit: includes a gallon of water for each person/day; a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a weather radio with alert; flashlight; if you don't get solar powered make sure you get batteries for the radio and flashlight; first aid kit; whistle (to signal for help); dust mask; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench/pliers to turn off utilities; can opener for canned food; and local maps. Click here for more information.

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Foodie Friday: Eating Well with Forged Foods

SHFT Preparedness shared this posts about foraged foods and we wanted to share it with our readers.


When we think of survival food, there are some standard meals that often come to mind: MREs, wild berries and roots, and wild-caught fish. It’s not the kind of spread that would impress your mother-in-law, that’s for sure. Well, I’m writing this to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! You can eat well with the food you’ve got on hand, even if it’s the kind of food you found under a rock in your backyard.
I think, in any survival situation, varied and interesting meals are a lot more important than you’d think. What would sap your desire to live more than having to eat dehydrated apple pie day-in and day-out? If that’s what I’d have to look forward to during the zombie apocalypse, I’m gonna take my chances with the zombies.
The following are some great recipes that are easy to put together with foraged foods, listed in order from easiest to most complicated. Yes, eventually dandelion jelly might feel like a luxury, but trust me – it’s a luxury that’s worth the effort.

Acorn Griddlecakes

Did you know that you can easily process acorns into flour? It takes a bit of work, but by using techniques that have been refined for centuries by First Nations people, you can have a great supply of nutritious, protein-rich flour to use for everything from bread to gravy. For a great primer on cold-leaching your acorns to make flour, check out this informative post.
Acorn griddlecakes are incredibly easy to make, and you can scale this recipe up if you’d like to. Just take 2 cups of acorn flour and add ½ tsp salt and ¾ cup of water. Mix it up into a batter and put it aside for an hour to solidify. Heat up a pan with a pat of butter or lard, then pour about a half cup of batter onto it once it’s hot. Brown the cakes on both sides like you would with pancakes.

Refried Hopniss

Hopniss is a plant that seems like it’s half-potato, half-legume. Fittingly, its nickname is “potato bean.” Both its beans and tubers are edible, though personally I think the tuber is the best part. When young, the tubers are oval-shaped and light yellow in color, with thin skins that are easy to peel.

Dandelion Jelly

Once your dandelions blossom in the late spring, harvest about 4 cups of the flowers. (You might have to ask your neighbors if you can steal their blossoms, too!) Separate the petals from their green bases with some sharp scissors, then pour boiling hot water over the petals and steep them for a few hours. Then, strain the liquid through a fine mesh colander or coffee filter. Boil the liquid with lemon juice and sugar to taste, then add a box of pectin. Let it boil for about two more minutes. It tends to become a murky yellow-green, which I prefer because it feels more au naturale. Distribute the mixture into sterilized jars, then seal and share with your loved ones.
Soleil Ho works for Knife Depot, and writes on a wide range of topics related to practical survival skills: using wild edibles, shopping for survival knives, foraging, field preparation of game, and more.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Every Needful Thing



Sun Oven has a monthly newsletter that has some awesome tips. recipes and recourses that we have found very useful and a great recourse for survival. Check out their archive of newsletters to find helpful tips.

July 2014 issue has great tips on Wildfire season and what to do during a wild fire, Alternative Grains,
June 2014 issue has information on rotating stored water, recovering from a flood and a recipe for Sun Over Adobo chicken
May 2014 issue teaches how to be water smart, make your own cheese, grow a sustainable garden, raising rabbits for protein recourse and more

There are 39 past issues to go through and you can subscribe to get a new newsletter each month! Check them all out at
http://www.sunoven.com/everyneedfulthing

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INTRODUCING....Foodie Friday, Recipes using Food Storage

We decided to start sharing recipes of food you can make with Food Storage items. We have shared a few recipes in the past and we have had some requests for more so we decided we would try to make it a weekly thing, so we are introducing...



We are gonna kick off the recipes with a food storage casserole from My Foodstorage Cookbook called Kids Love It Casserole.

serves 8-10
Prep time:  20 minutes
Ingredients
2 cups ground beef
3/4 cup freeze dried onion flakes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
2 1/2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups freeze dried spinach (*see note)
3/4 cup freeze dried cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the full recipe and tips for making this casserole go to My Food Storage Cookbook's page.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday- Bugging-In





The Art of Manliness shared a post a couple years ago about how to Bug-In. They shared what you need to know to survive in a grid-down disaster. There are some great tips on their, we will highlight a few here but be sure to check out their post for the full list!
 The term "Bugging Out" means to abandon your home in search of a safer destination in the event of a large-scale disaster. Sometime, Bugging Out is not necessary nor is it the best decision. A disaster may, in fact, make it impossible to Bug Out. The alternative is called "Bugging In. Bugging In or hunkering down during a large-scale disaster can present many challenges to a survivor. Oftentimes, the utilities we depend on are ripped off-line know as "Grid-Down."
Disasters can devastate our most critical services including water supplies, dedicate facilities and first responders, waste and trash processing and removal, transportation options, fuel and grocery supplies, natural gas lines, electricity, phone service, and even public safety. A Grid-Down scenario can last for several days or even weeks. During this time, you must be able to provide basic survival needs for you and your family. These Bug In preps and plans need to be made in advance. They cannot be made in the heat of a disaster!

How Long Should I Prepare to Bug In?
That's the question of the century! The government says 3 days. I have preps to get me through 1 year. My answer is a minimum of 2 weeks and then keep prepping for longer as time and money allow. Start with 3 days then work up from there. Don't let this question prevent you from making progress.

What Are the Categories I Should Consider When Prepping?

Our basic human survival needs remain the exact same no matter where we are in the world or what circumstances we face. They will always be: shelter, water, fire, food, first-aid, and self-defense. The order of priority may change, but the basic categories will not. 

For a brief breakdown or each category including several solutions to consider for a short-term Bug In scenario check out ART OF MANLINESS 

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 50 Tips to keep cool when the Power is OUT


We shared a post not that long ago on how to do a DIY air conditioner for under $30.  I wanted to share some other things that would be helpful to keep cool when you power is out.  Here is a list we found over at Food Storage Made Easy. If you have any other ideas we would love to hear them!



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