Seeking small group to go 100% off grid in the northern USA

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I am not so good at talking about this, but I will do my best to be concise as details must come in answer to question, as opposed to a simple post like this.
1.I want to get a small group of people, no more than 12 together to go off the grid.
2. I plan to purchase the land, so everyone should chip into this. We will then preserve it through various means to prevent it from being used for tree felling, water damning, or oil drilling. In Maine, I’ve found land upwards of 100 acres for as low as 25k.
3. I want to be as primal as possible in building. Meaning, I personally will not use electricity in my home, but you are free to. I wish to do this the old fashion way, so to speak. Hands and strength of your own to build everything.
4. I am intending to use a mix of wattle and daub, cob and cordwood for my house. Using Rocket Mass Heaters to keep warm.
5. A mix of a tree bog toilet and a primitive septic system for waste. (this requires details that I’d rather not get into here)
6. Food from mostly greenhouse growth warmed with RMH, solar sinks and/or compost piles. Trapping, hunting and potentially rabbit raising for alternate food sources. Fishing, as available.
7. I am currently in the military. Will be for at least 1 more year. I intend to start this process within 2-3 years, regardless of my being in or not. I will still purchase the land and begin prepping it if I stay in, or potentially sooner if I get out. minds are very important. I want this to be a peaceful living. It will be arduous, but I do not wish to bring in people who could cause trouble.

I would love any information, tips, or people interested to send me a message. You can reach me at my email—

See ya around!

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Looking for some GREAT Leftover Ham Recipes?

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Ham and turkey bring to mind the holidays in a way nothing else quite can. But once the big meal is over, the family’s all gone, the dishes away, the question looms: What on earth will we do with all this leftover ham?!? (Or turkey.) And also, why don’t we eat ham more often?

Since using leftover ham in food fights, as building materials, or putting them somewhere to see what grows on them aren’t appealing if you’re old enough to have finished middle school, here are some leftover ham recipes that might make you a little more enthusiastic about all those leftovers, and a few ideas for adding ham to your long-term storage.

Long Term Storage and Ham

If ham is an important part of your holiday meals, you can add it to your long term storage. Canned ham is easy to find, but that just risks making a salty food even saltier. A better option is freeze dried ham, which is nearly identical to fresh. When food is freeze-dried, it is flash-frozen (frozen super quickly so ice crystals don’t form), then the moisture is removed and it is packaged, allowing it to retain the original size, shape, and color. It is much less temperature-sensitive than most foods, is extremely light-weight, and can be returned to it’s original state just by adding boiling water, even decades later.

You can also make jerky. It’s not just for beef.

Ham Jerky

Breakfast Ham Recipes

Use your leftovers to try something new for breakfast, like a quiche cup or a breakfast skillet. If you’re not a morning person, either muffins or green eggs and ham can be started the day before.

mini quicheThe names are self-explanatory, and the results are delicious!

Breakfast Skillet

Ham Gruyere Quiche

Mini Quiche

Green Eggs and Ham – Making green eggs requires advance prep because they are canned.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Muffins

slowcookercreamofbroccolihamsoupSoup, Salad and Sandwiches

Ah, yes, the Ham Sandwich, a staple of post-holiday leftovers. These recipes elevate it to a yummy treat instead of a slapped-together tolerable way to fill your stomach. I’ve included links to some freeze-dried veggies to make things even easier. If you’ve run out of fresh carrots, for example, just scoop out a few freeze-dried and you’re good to go

Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad – Try using freeze dried broccoli if there aren’t any in the fridge.

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup – Dehydrated potato dices and carrots are great additions to long-term storage.

Beans and Ham Soup

Slow Cooker Cream of Broccoli and Ham Soup

Ham Salad – Dehydrated onions and celery make it easy to whip up this recipe even if the cupboard is nearly bare.

Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Slider – The recipe calls for King’s Hawaiian Bread. Yum!

Dinner and Snacks

We all know beef and venison can be turned into jerky, but have you ever tried ham jerky? Perhaps it’s time you did!

Do you have a holiday party coming up? Some of these make great appetizers – and you can use leftover Christmas ham for New Years Eve party appetizers.

ham rollsThere is one recipe for a pizza with ham, but there are lots of other ways to top a pizza with ham – including Hawaiian pizza!

Ham Balls

Ham Fried Rice – If you like fried rice, you should definitely have freeze dried peas in your long-term food storage.

Ham, Gruyere, and Shallot Pizza

New Years Eve Ham Rolls

How does your family use your leftover ham? What great recipes can you share?

Updated from a December 21, 2014 article. 

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Each year flies by faster than the year before, I believe that is an artifact of getting older. I am still in denial that Thanksgiving is next week, that means Christmas is right around the corner, and soon it will be 2016. I am not one to make resolutions for the new year, but I do like to consider the things I am thankful for. It is one of the methods I use to stay positive, even when negative things happen, there are always positive things to find in the negatives.
This Thanksgiving, we have an invite to go over to a friend’s house to eat, well let’s not lie about this, we will be stuffing ourselves. I found a tasty recipe for corn pudding casserole that I believe I’ll be making, I have all the ingredients and it’s pretty simple.

Corn Casserole

1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can creamed corn
2 eggs beaten
1 stick butter, melted
4 heaping T. all purpose flour
2 T. sugar
1/4 C. diced green pepper (you can use red, I only had green)
1 C. whole milk
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr. 20 min.

I have many things to be thankful for, I have a great relationship with my Lord, I have a great hubby, I have a wonderful family, I am getting to live my dream, I have a job I love, I have great friends and neighbors, I have my health, there is much more, much much more, but there isn’t enough room here or time to write it all out.

Every now and again, I’ll hear someone ask “How can you live that way?”, with an emphasis on the word “live”, they believe I am somehow living with less, living in uncomfortable conditions, they must picture me doing not much more than camping. My answer is, I wouldn’t live any other way. Living off grid, living in a simpler manner, this isn’t a hardship, it’s a pleasure, I am not going without, unless you count living with fewer and smaller bills.

I am more in control of my life than I ever was living in the city. I am LIVING rather than surviving. Sure I don’t have many stores (or malls) around me, but I was never much of a shopper anyhow, I much prefer ordering what I want from Amazon and other online retailers. Speaking of shopping, I am sooooo thankful I am not going to be anywhere near the black Friday insanity that happens right after Thanksgiving. I am not on either side of that, not as a shopper nor as an employee.

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I sincerely hope you get to spend it with your family and friends, don’t forget to consider what you are thankful for.

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Choosing the Best Containers for Your Stockpile

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The following post has been contributed by Dan F. Sullivan, the owner of the popular SurvivalSullivan survival and prepping blog.

survival containersSo you spent time and money putting together a stockpile to last you weeks, maybe even months. You chose the foods with the longest shelf life, you made sure you only got things your family enjoys and you cached them in various places around the house, maybe even at your bug out location.

Only problem is, food and water have 5 ruthless enemies that could compromise your entire stash and, I don’t need to tell you that waking up with spoiled food after it hits is one of the biggest nightmares you could face.
They are moisture, heat, light, air and pests and you need to fight all of them. There’s only one way of doing that and that’s to choose the right containers for them in the first place. Your food, water and medicine, even your clothes and gear should be stored in buckets or bags that provide protection from the elements. Let’s take them one by one and see which ones are best under which circumstances.

Food Containers

The vast majority of preppers who store food for the long term use this proven combination to ensure the shelf life of their foods:

  • Mylar bags
  • oxygen absorbers
  • and 5-gallon food-grade plastic buckets

The foods that can be stored of this manner include dried beans, white rice, pasta and whole grains.

Now, you’d think the above trio is enough but we’re not done yet. We still need to protect it from pests. You probably know that mice can easily chew their way through your buckets. This is why you need to put your food-grade buckets inside metal buckets. That’s it; the only thing you need to worry about now is temperature.

What about larger containers? They’ll work but they’re going to be tough to move. Say disaster is upon you and you need to load as much food as you can in your truck. You can carry two 5-gallon buckets at a time on your own but a 30 gallon bucket will require two people.
By the way, you can get free food-grade buckets from deli shops, bakeries, restaurants and fast food places. They’re throwing them out anyway, so why not?

This all sounds good but what about canned food? Whether you buy it from the supermarket or you make it yourself using a pressure cooker, you’re going to need Mason jars. The good news is they are reusable, meaning you can rely on them in a post-apocalyptic world to can the foods from your survival garden.

However, you’re also gonna need calling lids and, unfortunately, these are not reusable. You should stock up on as many as you can, given that they’re dirt-cheap and, before you use them, you need to make sure they don’t’ have any dents or cracks.

The alternative to lids is to use cellophane but that might be hard to find as well in a post-collapse world. They obviously work, people canned food long before lids became popular.

Water Containers

Though water doesn’t really expire, you need to be careful when you store it to avoid the growth of algae and bacteria.

The most basic container is the old plastic bottle that you can get at the supermarket. This would be your emergency water reserve that you’d keep in your survival bag or somewhere in your pantry, ready to load in your bug out vehicle at a moment’s notice.

Of course, the price per gallon would be pretty expensive to grow your stockpile this way. You can move on to bigger containers such as 5 gallon water jugs which you need to keep them in a cool dark place.

You should know that some water jugs have issues, though. Many people report leaks and the ones who prefer to use thicker, milk jugs, risk contaminating their water. You see, no matter how well your rinse milk and juice jugs, you’d still won’t be able to clean them 100%.

The best way to have a serious water stockpile is to keep it in bigger containers such as 55-gallon BPA-free water barrels. These will truly allow you to build a long-term emergency supply of clean, drinkable water.

Most preppers only use plastic water bottles and these 55-gallon barrels but not all of them stop here. You can store water inside larger 300-gallon or 500-gallon tanks or even your pool.

Truth be told, every container in your home can be re-purposed to store water. When you hear the news that something bad is happening and you determine that you need to bug in, one of the first things you should do is turn on every faucet in your house and gather as much water as you can in things like bath tubs, sinks, pots, jars, pans and even glasses.

Containers for Your Medicine

Small disclaimer: I’m not a doctor so please only use my advice for information purposes only. That being said, the first thing I’d like to point out is that you shouldn’t take the pills out of the blister packs they are sealed in. This way, when you’ll need to take one, you’ll leave the others intact.

As far as the container of all these containers, the medicine cabinet, it should definitely not be stored inside your bathroom. Moisture will decrease the shelf life of all your meds. You can just store them in a plastic tote that you should keep in a cool, dark, ventilated room.

As far as containers, go there are other options. For example, if you don’t want your kids finding your medicine, you can get lockable plastic boxes. If kids aren’t a problem, you can simply use those 5-gallon buckets we talked about.

What about the Other Preps?

If you have various other things that need to be waterproofed (such as thermometers, batteries and so on), I strongly recommend using Ziploc bags. One thing, you should put each battery in a separate bag as you don’t want them to be touching. Other than that, you should waterproof most of your bug out bag items.

Final Word

There’re many mistakes to be made when it comes to food storage. After all, if you don’t get it right, you could face serious health issues so you should never compromise when it comes to containers. The other thing you can do is buy more containers that you need. Right now they cost pennies but post-collapse… they might be impossible to find.

Good luck!

Sunday Prepper Bible Study- A Lack of Wisdom

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Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.

Proverbs 8:14-15 NKJV

Since we the people are in charge of selecting rulers who will lead with wisdom and understanding, it is our responsibility to find out what they think and how they intend to take our nation into the future.

Last week, we read yet another horror story about an eight-year-old boy who beat his one-year-old sister to death while the mother was out partying at a club. Through the IRS earned income child tax credit, people who pay absolutely nothing into the IRS retrieve wealth transfer payments via the credit which increases in amount for up to three children. The recipients of the credit who earn no income and pay no taxes are usually completely provided for by the welfare state, so those who receive the maximum $6,269 credit are free to spend that money partying at the club.

Even the idiot Keynesian economist will tell you that if you subsidize something, you’ll get more of it. If the government subsidizes sugar by artificially increasing the market price, farmers will choose to take the economic incentive and grow more sugar. If the government paid farmers an extra dollar per pound for white corn rather than yellow corn, all else being equal, the market would have more white corn. Likewise, when the government subsidizes irresponsible pregnancies, we see more women like the mother of the eight-year-old who beat his sister to death. This woman had no desire, training, nor aptitude to be a mother, but because it has become a government subsidized industry to the tune of $70 Billion dollar, she opted to take the economic incentive to have children. So, when we have a government that encourages people to have children like livestock, why are we surprised when the mothers treat them like animals?

You would have thought that the republican candidates would understand this very simple economic and moral principle, but Marco Rubio stated in last week’s Fox Business debate that he plans to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Like many of the other candidates, he also seeks to increase our exploding $18 trillion dollar debt even faster by growing defense spending. The reason the defense issue plays so well with republicans is that they fail to see that our national security issues are not due to a lack of financing. The problem is with our foreign policy. If you hire a monkey with a hammer for $1 trillion dollar to fix your television, a lack of financing is not the reason you’re not getting good reception. Spending $3 trillion on three monkeys with three hammers is not going to get you a better picture on your television. As Rand Paul mentioned in the CNBC debate, when we fight a war, we need to go in hard, do our business, and come home. The nation-building, foreign-aide defense model that we’ve been practicing since World War II is obviously not working; and along with Marco Rubio’s brand of entitlement spending, it has bankrupted our country.

Pray that God will give you wisdom and understanding as you decide who you will select as the republican nominee to hold back the nightmare that is falling on our once-great nation.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!


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How To Build A Cold Frame Out Of Re-purposed ‘Junk’

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How To Build A Cold Frame Out Of Re-purposed 'Junk'

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When I was a kid, I assumed you had just a few months to plant, tend to, and then harvest plants and vegetables. I was wrong.

When I started out working for a farmer I was introduced to the age-old “cold frame.” I learned it was a way not only to extend my growing season but also to grow some crops during winter. Cold frames also can help you get an early jump come spring, when you are chomping at the bit to get your spring crops planted.

What is a cold frame, you ask?

Simply put, it is a box-like structure with four sides designed to trap warmth and provide a sanctuary for cold weather plants, with a clear lid. You can build these boxes out of common materials you may already have laying around — such as bricks, spare boards, wood from pallets, plywood and hay. For a lid, I have used windows from car doors, an old window from a knocked down house, Plexiglas, plastic drop clothes and plastic clear sheeting.

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The size of the cold frame depends on the size of the plants you will be growing. Be sure the top to your container is large enough and thick enough to trap the heat. I like to build my containers around at least 24 inches by 48 inches, although some people build them several feet wide. Height is determined by the plants you are growing. The back of the box should be higher than the front and it should achieve a gradual sloping shape. This design captures more light and provides more warmth and nourishment from the sun than if it were just a flat box with a bit of glass atop it. Often after I plant a vegetable in the cold frame I surround it with straw for added insulation.

Some people build a permanent cold frame. But because I live in a warmer climate, all of mine are portable and made from plywood with a folding glass lid.

I place the container facing south. The location must not be in the shade, and it should be in a place that gets the most sunlight during daylight hours. You location should have decent drainage and yet be sheltered from a harsh winter wind.

Plant Care in a Cold Frame

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When planting, I remove the first four inches of top soil and lay down a layer of flat rock, and then put the soil back on top. This makes our cold frame into almost an oven. It also allows for drainage after a downpour so as not to flood your plants. You even can place you plants in pots or on trays.

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Cold frames are like children and need attention. For example, you will need to follow the weather forecast when planting and tending your cold frames. At times, you need to keep your plants cool, as your cold frame can act as an oven. For summer plants you want you temperature inside a cold frame to be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but at least north of 50. For many spring and fall crops, above 45 and under 60 is ideal, although some plants, such as kale, can handle temperatures far less than that.

On days when it’s around 40 degrees outside, keep your top open a few inches, and when it gets close to 50 or 55 degrees remove the top completely. Otherwise, you risk scorching your plants.

When the thermometer plungers into frigid conditions, insulate your plants with straw, newspapers, even blankets. You will lose most heat through the top of the cold frame, so a quilted cover is a great option. Just remember to uncover it come daytime so your plants can again be warmed by the sun. Lastly, keep the snow clear from your frames as that will block heat.

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Patriots’ Prayers for 11-22-2015

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

This Week’s Patriots’ Prayer

Heavenly Father, save and protect these United States of America and have mercy on us. Grant us Your forgiveness, and treat us not as we deserve, but according to your loving-kindness. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. As a nation, as a people, we no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions. Yet, our wisdom is but folly if it isn’t rooted in You. Worldly wisdom is no more than whim and opinion, ever-changing with the trends and fashions of the times. Forgive us for our folly, and help us to repent and turn back to You and Your Word as our standard of Truth. 

Help us, O Lord, to seek Your wisdom, and to keep Your commandments. Help us to no longer compromise with the world, but to stand firm on Your absolute truths. Help us to truly make the prayer of the psalmist* our prayer:

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes. Oh, do not forsake me utterly! Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

“You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word.”

In the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

*The third paragraph is from Psalm 119: 1-7. The fourth paragraph is from Psalm 119: 98-101. At some point this week, you may want to take some time to read Psalm 119 in its entirety (it is the longest chapter in the Bible!).

NOTE: This week I am initiating a slight change in Patriots’ Prayers. The weekly prayer, which changes each week, will continue to be posted as usual. The other “fixed” prayers, which typically don’t change each week, will be kept on the Prayer Page of my website. Just click the link to go to the Prayer page to pray those prayers. Please feel free to print a copy of those prayers to use each week, if you wish. 

How to Defeat ISIL: Civil-Military Strategy 101

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It comes as no surprise to my readers that not only is ISIL still alive and well as a terrorist state, but arguably has grown in power since the United

Make-Do Cooking for Preppers

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Make-Do CookingIt is a few years in the future and due to world financial collapses and wars over resources, most of us are dependent on our food storage and what we can grow or scrounge.  Make-Do Cooking is the standard; you use what you have and are thankful for it.

Rules for Make-Do Cooking

  • No complaining, you use what you have.
  • Be a bit of a risk taker when it comes to making substitutes in old recipes or inventing new ones.
  • Learn how to cook by feel. Know what a cup of flour feels like.  Don’t be dependent on measuring spoons and cups.
  • Get use to checking your food, you will not have the fancy electronics you once had to measure or time your cooking.
  • If you are buying or trading, be sure of what you are getting. There are no consumer protection laws.  Is that plaster mixed in with the flour that you’re trading for?
  • With Make-Do Cooking keep your recipes simple and write them down for future use.

With Make-Do Cooking, you use whatever is available.  For example, here is an old pioneer recipe for root vegetable pasties.


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 2 turnips, cooked and mashed
  • Whatever herbs, spices, salt and pepper you have on hand.

Mix the vegetables, adding anything else you have, for example meat or cheese.

Make enough pie or pasties dough to make two pies.  Cover ½ of a pie with the vegetable mixture and fold the other ½ over the top.  Now seal the pasties by wetting the edge of the dough and pressing it with the times of a fork.  Poke a couple of holes in the top to let the steam out and cook until golden brown.

You can make smaller pies if you have a large family, so they can take what they can eat and you have no waste. During these times, you will be saving every scrap of food you have, so think smaller portions for a no waste meal.




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Knife Drop: Blue, Orange, & White Handles

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Knife Drop: Blue, Orange, & White Handles

The fact that most of these are Spydercos was pretty coincidental. Guess we just have a lot of coloured handled Spydies on us! No real theme to this one, just liked the way this setup looked. Knife lanyard on the Kershaw Shuffle by Hillbilly Bonez. 1. Spyderco Tenacious EDC Folding Pocket Knife – Review. 2.… Read More

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Plan Now: Getting Home from the Holidays

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Written by Bobcat-Prepper on The Prepper Journal.

5/5 (1) Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Bobcat-Prepper. In just a few days, millions of us will be loading down the family vehicles and hitting the highway or  heading to the airport for one of the busiest travel periods each year. As you are packing your clothes […]

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How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

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Most all of us will face some type of severe winter weather in our lives.  Even if you don’t live where it snows, you may travel somewhere that does.  One of the biggest risks from big winter storms is their ability to knock out your power, heat and communication services.  With a bad storm, this […]

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Survival Saturday – Nov. 21, 2015

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I think we need a new feature, so here we are. Introducing, Survival Saturday, a weekly round-up of news, products, information, and books.

What is Survival Saturday?

I love information. It’s like my drug of choice, and I can’t get enough of it. I spend a huge part of my life learning, with books, articles, and products. Every week, I probably read nearly 100 articles. I pin them on Pinterest, link to them if I’m writing about a similar topic, and share them on Facebook.

Because of my website, I try out a lot of products too, and since I don’t want the site to be review after review, I would like to be able to share with you a paragraph and a recommendation when there are things that I think you might find beneficial. And finally, there are the books. I get so many wonderful books that I could probably do two book reviews per week. Of course, that wouldn’t leave me much time for other types of articles.

So, I’ve decided to collect this information each week and share it in a round-up format. Today is the first Survival Saturday, and if it is well-received, it will be a regular feature.

This Week’s Products

  • I finally broke down and got a smaller canner to use on my smooth top stove (normally I use a Waring burner and pressure can on my counter top.) I am very happy with my 16 quart Presto Pressure Canner.  I’d forgotten how much faster it is to can directly on the stove instead of using a secondary method.
  • At long last, I also picked up an inexpensive sharpener for my kitchen knives. Knives are such an investment that they deserve a tool to keep them at their best. As well, dull knives are dangerous because when they aren’t working as designed, you can become reckless trying to saw through things. (Don’t ask me how I know this.)  Now, my blades are all super sharp again, and I keep looking around for other stuff to sharpen.
  • ***Bargain*** If you’ve been thinking about getting a sewing machine, now is the time. Singer sewing machines are 50% off (or more) as part of their Black Friday Week Sale. Save 50% on Singer Sewing products.

This Week in Preparedness – Articles

In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, American politicians aren’t going to let a good crisis go to waste. Presidential candidates are throwing civil rights to the wind in the name of safety.

Nearly every person who has prepped has run into a can of food that is beyond its expiration date. Don’t be so fast to toss that food past the date, though. A lot of it is perfectly safe to eat. Here’s what you need to know about those ominous dates on packaged food.

Old fashioned kitchens are the best, from my perspective. They’re particularly appealing for those of us who prepare for times when the power might be down. It’s important that they be more than just pretty. Learn all about creating a functional vintage kitchen for your prepper dream home.

Although it seems like something from the horror sci-fi archives, it’s true. The first GMO salmon have been approved for human consumption by the FDA – and there isn’t a label telling you that you’re eating Frankenfish.

With so many horrible events in the news this week, and the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s important to be extremely observant in order to keep your family safe. Learn how to play Kim’s Game with your family to help improve your vigilance skills.

Do you involve your kids in your preparedness endeavors? It’s your obligation as a parent to teach them to survive in an increasingly dangerous world.

We’re getting packed to head out on a trip next week to visit family. Air travel is the worst for preppers, but here are the TSA-approved items that I take with me to be as prepared as I can given the restrictions.

In an upcoming program, you can learn about the journey of the Mayflower without the cute elementary school play sparkle to it. I’m hoping to find it online after it airs on television. (We don’t have cable.) This screenplay was taken from the diaries of those who made the journey, some of whom did not survive.

The Bookshelf

This week, my daughter had a cold. I tapped into Cat Ellis’s book, Prepper’s Natural Medicine, which had just arrived from the publisher. (A complete review is upcoming.) I quickly found some remedies that used items I have on hand to soothe her symptoms. This book is well-organized, simple to use, and relies on nature as opposed to the pharmacy. It’s a must-have for any prepper’s bookshelf.

I also referred to an oldie but goodie when pulling some freeze-dried food out of my pantry. If you haven’t read The Prepper’s Cookbook, by Tess Pennington, it’s a great addition to your shelf. What good is all of that preparedness food if you don’t know how to use it, right?

In fiction, I finally got a chance to finish Aftermath, by my friend LeAnn Edmondson. That woman sure knows her survival gear! Anyone who preps will feel an instant kinship with the characters that realized bad stuff was going down far in advance of the awakening of their neighbors. I enjoyed her first novel – I’m always in awe of those who can write fiction, since plotting is not my strong point. I love that the ability to self-publish allows authors who write in a genre that may not be so mainstream to reach a wider audience. One cool thing you should know about LeAnn’s book is that the readers helped to write it. The book began as a weekly “serial” on Tin Hat Ranch and became so popular that she self-published it.  Readers were able to provide input throughout the writing process, and the result is a book that is chock-full of survival knowledge.

Is this something you’d like to see on a regular basis?

Let me know what you think in the comments. Do you like this round-up of information? It’s a work in progress, so help me by telling me what you would like to see shared here.

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Pocket carry handguns and knife placement

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So I carry the Ruger LCP a lot. It goes in a Safariland model 25 pocket holster. I do not out other things in this pocket. So where does my knife go? I have been trying the back pocket but it is just not working. Don’t really have an answer. Currently questioning everything in my setup. Anyway before acting on that I my pocket carrying peeps, where does your knife go?

Dynamic Firearm Drills (Video & Transcript)

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Number of speakers: 1 (Ethical Preparedness)
Duration: 9 min 53 sec  

Dynamic Firearm Drills

EP: “Remember, you are ultimately responsible for protecting yourself and for providing for yourself. Live your life with honor and integrity and Always be the wolf hunter; don’t be the sheep. Nor the wolf.”

EP: “Hey folks, welcome to ethical preparedness. I like to, as much as possible, to try and get as much firearms training as I can in. Unfortunately due to work and family and home chores I am not able to get out on the ranch as much as I’d like. But my fire arms training, I like to incorporate movement and use of cover and/or concealment. And transition drills and voice commands and communication and even medical assistance. I like to incorporate movement in my training because I want to train myself to automatically move and not make myself such a stationary and easy to hit target for my suspects.”

EP: “Also, i like to incorporate the use of cover and/or concealment ya know preferably cover so that I will automatically try to move to something that may assist in stopping the bad guys bullets that may be coming my way. Or if the bad guy is coming at me with an edged weapon then a barrier between us may cause them to have to negotiate that barrier which in turn gives me that split second longer that I need to stop that attack. In these videos the drums represent some kind of cover. Whether it be a solid brick wall, a tree or an engine block or whatever. But I also like to incorporate transition drills into my training. In law enforcement, if a suspect is known to be armed then we will respond with our long guns and our handguns become our back up weapon. However, if our long gun malfunctions or we run out of ammunition, then we need to practice transitioning to our handguns so to cover our butts until the situation is over or we can get that rifle re-loaded or the malfunction cleared or whatever the issue was.”

EP: “I also like to incorporate the use of voice commands so that I automatically give them when confronted with the deadly threat.”

Video Scene:

  • Officer: “LET ME SEE YOUR HANDS”
  • Threat: “Hell no, what do you want to see my hands for? I didn’t do anything!”
  • Officer: “LET ME SEE YOUR HANDS”
  • Threat: “You have no right to ask me what..”
  • Officer: “Let me see your hands!! Gun Gun Gun!”

EP: “First, state laws usually demands the use of verbal warnings if possible prior to using force against a suspect. Second, you do want to, again if possible, to warn an opponent what will happen to him if he doesn’t choice a different course of action. Third, if you end up in court over a shooting you want witnesses to testify that they heard you yell at a suspect to drop his weapon or to stop or whatever and then they heard the shots. A testimony like this will back up your version of the events in court and like I always say, or like I usually say in my videos. You want to make sure that any force you take against the bad guy is because you absolutely had to to protect yourself.”

EP: “Fourth, in a deadly force situation you’re going to have that holy crap moment and you probably won’t remember to do something unless you have practiced it so much it has become motor muscle memory. So by practicing voice commands every time you draw your weapon it will assist you in automatically yelling out these command should a true deadly force situation happens. And like I stated earlier I also like to incorporate the use of communication in my fire arms training. As a law enforcement officer, no other responding units are going to know what is happening unless I broadcast it over the radio. I want responding units to have a good idea of what is going on before they arrive to the scene. I also want to request medical help for my downed suspect. We always have to request a supervisor to respond to a situation like that.”

EP: “As a prepper, it wouldn’t hurt to incorporate the use of communication in your training to. For normal life you can train by taking out your cell phone and simulate calling 911. You know simulate telling the dispatcher what your location is and that you were forced to shoot somebody because you were in fear for your life. Give a good description of your clothing so the responding officers know who you are when they arrive. Now folks, please realize that when I say simulate that I don’t actually mean calling 911. I mean to take your phone out and simulate as if you had dialed 911 and simulate talking to the non existent emergency operator. It also wouldn’t hurt to practice communications with your retreat group if you belong to a retreat group.”

EP: “If your group practice patrols around your retreat area, this is great training to incorporate because you can practice radioing to the rest of your retreat group that you just shot an armed intruder and what your location at the retreat area. You have to remember that if this is a true SHTF situation no body else in your retreat group is going to know what happened until you put it over the groups radio. The rest of your retreat group is probably only going to hear gunshots in the distance and may not be able to tell which direction the gun shots came from. If your retreat group does practice with radios like this I would highly suggest that you transmit a short message just prior to the start of the exercise that states that this is a training scenario and not a real event. Even with all the different radios and hundreds of channels out there you never know when somebody can hear your transmission and go into freak out mode over it.”

EP: “And lastly, I also incorporate stating over the radio that I’ll be beginning first aid on the suspect when I am able to. This is done because police radio channels are usually recording and that radio traffic is usually introduced into evidence in court after a police action shooting. So having a recorded transmission from you saying that you are going to start medical assistance to the downed suspect shows you weren’t trying to kill the guy, just to stop the deadly assault. Again, we should never shoot someone just to kill them, just to stop their deadly action and if we can save their life afterwards then we do. Now there is always going to be people out there that say a dead man can’t testify or sue or something similar to that. You have to remember that this scumbag criminal that just tried to kill you will suddenly have relatives. Relatives that didn’t give two snots about this guy before. These relatives will suddenly come crawling out of the woodwork to try to sue you. There will also be plenty of greedy lawyers contacting them to sure you also.”

EP: “Like I said in my past videos, deadly forced events are fast and rapidly evolving situations where a person has to make split second decisions on what to do. Doing drills like this repeatedly will help put into motor muscle memory of actions you should automatically do in deadly forced situations. Now folks, I’m not trying to portray this as the best firearm training out there, I just believe that training like this beats the heck out of standard point and shoot fire arms training that you see a lot of people do. This is just some simple dynamic shooting drills that we did with the little equipment we had. Like I said in some of my past videos, please remember, the preservation of life is of the utmost importance. Shoot only to save a life, never just to take a life. Deadly force should always be a last resort. Never just a convenient option.”

EP: “Real quick I would also like to give a shout out to American Preppers Network. They have a ton of good information on their website along with weekly emails if you sign up for them. They also regularly give a heads-up on free e-book downloads that deal with prepping and the section that particularly helped me when I first got into preparedness was their section that helps you to find other preppers in your area. This ultimately allowed me to find other preppers in my area where I ended up getting invited into an existing retreat group that was already made up of good, upright and experienced preppers. So, check them out folks and I’ll put the link to their website in the description box below.”

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3 Considerations to Build an In-House Safe Room

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3 Considerations to Build an In-House Safe Room

Old basement laundry room with old appliances.

Old basement laundry room with old appliances.

Oklahoma is considered one of the most notorious states for tornado activity, yet basements are rare in the Sooner State.

NPR reported in 2013 that less than one percent of homes in the southern part of the state have basements. Freeze lines, water tables and higher construction costs impede builders from including basements regardless of obvious need. Most Arizona, Florida and Louisiana homes also lack basements, as do newer constructions in California.

Whether it’s a violent act of nature, government manipulation or nuclear disaster, a safe room is essential to protect your family. You neither need to dig a deep hole on your property nor add a room to your existing home to make this happen. There’s already an area in your home that you can use for this purpose.


  • The primary advantage of retrofitting your current home with a safe room is that it gives all occupants immediate access to it when disaster strikes. It’s also less expensive than building an external, above-ground room.
  • Pre-fab shelters (typically 5×10 for three people) run upward of $8,000 installed. But if you’re willing to spend that much, it’s best to just fortify an existing room in your home. A safe room cannot have windows. Once windows break out of a house during tornadoes or hurricanes, it’s a matter of minutes before the air pressure destroys everything inside and out. It’s also preferable to build a safe room somewhere that does not touch outside walls.
  • Large walk-in closets and bathrooms on ground levels are the best places to build when basements aren’t available. The door to enter the room should be graded for exteriors and have a deadbolt.

Construction Requirements

  • There is no such thing as a 100 percent “safe” room, unless it’s a fortress-type dwelling that can withstand missiles. But FEMA publishes step-by-step, detailed, up-to-date instructions on how to build International Code Council (ICC) 500-compliant safe rooms that anyone can download for free.
  • Building a safe room in your home comes down to feasibility and need. Those living in areas prone to tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes and the like are good safe room candidates. There’s also the potential of martial law, wartime regulations or some other SHTF scenario that makes safe rooms a necessity. But these latter types of safe rooms are more like in-house bunkers.
  • Survivalists and so-called preppers stock safe rooms with non-perishable foods, water, weapons and everything else needed to survive societal breakdown. Some even install multi-camera surveillance systems to see exactly what’s going on outside the room and around the perimeter. Construction of your safe room comes down to personal needs and preferences.


  • Costs will ultimately dictate whether a safe room is realistic for most families. There are several federal grant options you may qualify for depending on locale and risk assessments. Alabama and Minnesota have their own hazard mitigation grant programs for both individual families and communities. Check with your state’s hazard mitigation officer for details on local programs and to determine eligibility.

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Glorifying Satan

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     If you read my post yesterday, you know that I questioned if God is going to give us one last chance to turn from our sinful ways, repent, and embrace Him.  I found myself wondering if the brief glimpses of some of our political leaders’  honesty and forthrightness regarding the evilness of humanity that is found in ISIS, could be the starting point of hope for this nation.  Oh, how I want to believe that we honor and revere Him enough to see through the lies and deception that permeates our culture!    

     And then the Enemy throws his intentional and false depravity square in our faces!  And it’s all right there for the entire nation to see; couched in the emotional and fictional lives of a popular TV show — yet cleverly portrayed using a storyline right out of our national headlines.  It happened two nights ago, on an episode of the ABC show, Scandal.  The character was the mistress of the U.S. Republican President, and she was depicted undergoing an abortion as the religious hymn “Silent Night” washes over the scene.

     The outright blasphemy that was on display made me sick to my stomach.  But just in case you didn’t get the message, the woman on the table recalls the words of her father telling her that a family is merely “a pressure point, soft tissue, an illness, an antidote to greatness…. it makes you weak, pliable… family doesn’t complete you; it destroys you.”  Then the choir swells to its apex, and sings “Heavenly hosts sing, ‘Alleluia’ “, as the character exhales, the abortion complete, and she stares serenely at the ceiling, with a hint of a smile on her face.  She is later shown sipping a glass of red wine as “Ave Maria” plays in the background.
     Oh, and let’s not forget what preceded the depiction of the abortion.  In true TV fashion, just prior to entering the operating room, the producer has the character watching television coverage of First Lady and U.S. Senator Mellie Grant, who launched “the longest filibuster in modern history” to kill a bill reducing Planned Parenthood funding. The impassioned speech, on the eve of the Christmas recess, made Grant – a Republican senator from Virginia – a feminist hero and inspired the hashtag “I Stand with Mellie.”  The sad thing is that there are millions of people across this country who will pay more attention to the actions of these TV characters than they do legitimate legislators!
     I am so disgusted with the arrogance and irreverence of Hollywood, and the fact that they think they speak for the rest of us!  But I guess it should come as no surprise, since the creator, producer, and head writer of the show, Shonda Rhimes, serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, according to Time magazine.  Therefore, I guess PP felt emboldened to make this statement immediately following the airing of the episode:  “Tonight, the millions of people who tune into Scandal every Thursday night learned that our rights to reproductive health care are under attack. Never one to shy away from critical issues, Shonda Rhimes used her platform to tell the world that if Planned Parenthood lost funding for contraception counseling, STI testing, cancer screenings, and safe, legal abortion — millions of people would suffer. And this episode wasn’t the first time one of Rhimes’ characters had an abortion, yet tonight we saw one of our favorite characters make the deeply personal decision that one in three women have made in their lifetime. We applaud Shonda Rhimes tonight — and every Thursday night – for proving that when women are telling our stories, the world will pause and watch. We just hope those in Congress — and throughout the nation — who are steadfast on rolling the clock back on reproductive health care access are taking note.”

     Maybe it IS a woman telling that story, but producer and creator Shonda Rhimes does not represent me, nor is she telling my story or the millions of stories of women like me.  We do not see fetuses as “soft tissue”, nor do we think “family destroys you.”  But sadly, her ability to pluck at the heartstrings of women who choose to base their moral principles upon prime-time soap opera fantasies will persuade more of my fellow females than I would like to admit.  

     And even sadder is the idea that the website Life Site puts forward:  This abortion-themed episode airs as the real Republican-controlled Congress seeks to deny Planned Parenthood most of its taxpayer funding for one year after undercover videos showed abortion industry officials discussing the harvesting and sale of aborted babies’ organs and tissue. The reconciliation bill must pass the U.S. Senate, currently bogged down in debate over the Syrian refugee crisis.  
     I find it incredibly tragic that this carefully crafted TV piece of propaganda will likely have more influence in the coming days than the sickening real-life videos of gleeful procurers of dead baby body parts.  I’m sorry to be so crass, but I can no longer stomach the lies from those who will stop at nothing, nor stoop so low, to justify their wicked ways.  
     I guess the final blow for me was what happened in the abortion facility’s waiting room as the character contemplated her upcoming abortion.  You could hear the TV announcer breaking away from the coverage of the Congressional filibuster of Planned Parenthood funding, and saying, “We now return to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ already in progress.”   It was as if to say, let’s get this abortion over with, so your wonderful life that is in progress can continue.  When the truth of the matter is this: in It’s A Wonderful Life, the main character, George Bailey, is allowed to see just how worse off the world would have been had he not been born.  The movie shows us that each life is precious and touches so many others.  Yet, again, the truth is distorted and twisted into a lie that benefits Satan’s agenda.  
     Shonda Rhimes might be a talented TV writer, creator, and a successful producer, but one day she is going to have to stand before the Divine Creator and explain why she used her talents to glorify death over life… why she chose to write a scene having a choir sing a song that glorifies heavenly angels announcing the birth of the long-awaited Savior of the world, while a precious life He created is ceremoniously destroyed.  
     So let the media and the feminists applaud this TV show and it’s writer/creator.  Let them call this blasphemous display “awesome” and “no-big-deal” and “revolutionary” and “honest”.  I see it through the eyes and heart and spirit of someone who loves the Lord and abhors their callousness and desecration of His Holiness.  My heart breaks for the pain we cause Him.
Job 33:4    “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Prep Blog Review: Winter Is Coming

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Prep Blog ReviewThere’s no surprise in that, but winter is almost here and we know what that means: cold and spiking heating bills.

There might be no more gardening for us, but there’s still a lot to do around the house to make sure we’re safe and warm when the blizzards arrive. So on that note, here are 4  tips to keep in mind.

1. Reduce Heating Cost – Stay Warm Without Turning Up The Heat

Prep 1“One of my favorite things about fall and spring is that there are a few weeks in both those seasons that we don’t have to run either the heat or the air conditioning.

I try to stretch that time as far as possible. Today I thought I’d share a few tips with you on staying warm without having to turn on the heat.”

Read more on Hillbilly Housewife.

2. Winter Homestead Preparations ~ A Few Tricks of The Trade

Prep 2“As winter fast approaches, the wise homesteader prepares. Having lived all my life in the frigid north, I have learned a thing or two about the realities of winter and the brutal war she can wage against man and beast.

After 40 some odd years, I have found few things that make life more bearable and may just give you the upper hand in the battle against old man winter.”

Read more on North Country Farmer.

3. How To Make A Wood Rocket Stove – Easy & Multi-Use!

“How to make a wood rocket stove using just a single log. This simple DIY stove is very easy to make and has multiple uses. Whether as a highly effective & portable camping stove, a long burning & self-sustaining one log fire, or even for use at home as a makeshift campfire to toast up a few marshmallows for a little backyard family fun.”

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4. Choosing A Good Sleeping Bag for After TEOTWAWKI

Prep 4“These last few days I have being giving some thoughts to sleeping bags.  Now whether you bug in or bug out, a sleeping bag can be your best friend in winter.  If you are stuck in a cold home with little heat or have to bug out in the winter, you will want to sleep as warm and comfortable as possible.

Now there are a few things that you need to take into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag.”

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The Most Earthquake-Prone Region In America Isn’t Where You Think

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The Most Earthquake-Prone Region In America Isn’t Where You Think

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The most earthquake-prone place on Earth is not California or any nation in the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” but instead Oklahoma.

The Sooner State now has more earthquakes than places surrounding the San Andreas Fault and even Japan, state officials say.

“Oklahoma is absolutely unique in terms of the number of earthquakes we’ve had,” Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), told members of the Rotary Club in Enid, Oklahoma.

The Commission is the body that regulates oil and gas drilling in the state.

“We have had 15 (earthquakes) in Medford since 5 o’clock Saturday morning,” Skinner said during a speech on Wednesday, November 11. “We’ve got an earthquake issue.”

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) blames the fracking for oil and gas for the quakes. One week after Skinner’s remarks, Oklahoma and Kansas were struck by a 4.7 magnitude earthquake, which was felt as far away as Tucson, Arizona, The Christian Science Monitor reported. No major damage was reported, although a 5.0 quake could cause significant damage, Skinner said.

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Jim Palmer, the OCC’s director of public information, told the The Enid News that the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has been on the rise in recent years.

“In North America, Oklahoma is very unique and unique in the world, in the sense that it’s concentrated so much in just one area,” Palmer said.

Said Skinner, “This is an Oklahoma issue that is an earthquake issue. It is nothing more and it’s nothing less. For us, it’s an oil and gas issue as well, because that’s what we have jurisdiction over that the seismologists say pertains to earthquakes.”

A USGS press release from March said the disposal of “wastewater by deep injection” – fracking – “occasionally results in earthquakes that are large enough to be felt, and sometimes damaging.”

“Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in detected earthquakes and the corresponding increase in seismic hazard in the central U.S,” it concluded.

The USGS revealed that Oklahoma had 567 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher in 2014. Just two years earlier in 2012 the state suffered only around 40 quakes a year.

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(Listen to Off The Grid Radio’s in-depth report on fracking and earthquakes here.)

4.7 Magnitude Quake

A TV station reported that the 4.7 quake was centered near Cherokee, 20 miles south of the Kansas state line. The region affected by the quake includes the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant.

There were at least four earthquakes in Oklahoma on the same day, News 9 reported. The quakes were reported around Norman, Enid and Oklahoma City.

Subsequently, the OCC said it would require the ending of operations of two oil and gas wastewater disposal wells in the Cherokee area.

Earthquakes have now become so common in Oklahoma that TV meteorologists now give reports on them with the nightly news, The New Yorker reported. Despite the numbers, seismologists know little about earthquakes and fracking.

“All we have is data,” Skinner admitted. “In terms of this phenomenon, very little is really known.”

Incredibly, the earthquake scared large flocks of birds so much that their flight patterns could be seen on radar.

Do you believe fracking eventually will cause a major earthquake that does significant damage? Or do you think fracking doesn’t pose a problem? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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This Restorative Properties of Ginseng

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ginsengReadyNutrition Readers, this installment is going to focus on the wonders of Ginseng as a natural food supplement that can serve you in a plethora of extraordinary capacities.  To make it a part of your diet is to give yourself an arsenal of weapons usable against a variety of ailments.  We’re going to give you the basics on its physical properties and manifold uses.  As with all things, prior to using Ginseng consult with your family physician.  He or she will determine if its use is contraindicated for you according to any prescription medications or any condition he or she has diagnosed you with previously.

Ginseng has several species that hold these incredible benefits.  Panax ginseng is the species that most are familiar with.  This species is found in Europe and Asia, especially in Russia and Korea.  The supplements are labeled as either Siberian Panax ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or Korean Panax Ginseng respectively.  There are minor differences as per the offshoots mentioned: strength of concentrations, chemical compositions, and growing season parameters.

Panax quinquefolium is the ginseng species that is native to North America and the United States.  It grows throughout the woodlands of America, yet because of harvesting all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries, it is harder to come by than one might think.  Seven states of the U.S., along with Canada enacted legislation in 1890 limiting the times of harvest for it according to the growing season.  The legislation focused on prohibition of gathering during the spring and summer months when the plant produced its seeds.

Even in these early years, comprehensive works were compiled that chronicled the abilities of ginseng to heal various ailments.  One such work entitled “The American Indian Doctor: Dr. John Williams’ Last Legacy, A Useful Family Herbal,” emerged in 1827 that detailed the various cures by the Indian tribes and those brought from Europe and/or those learned by the settlers during the period of Western expansionalism.  In 1720 a Canadian company had formed for the express purpose of trading ginseng (the quinquefolium species), and its importance even took priority over fur trading.

To give you an idea of the scope of the trade and the amount of decimation that was visited upon the species, in the year 1862, a total of 622,761 pounds of dried roots was shipped to Canton and Hong Kong for the Chinese markets.  That amount is staggering when you realize this was the pre-industrial era.  Now we will shift our focus on some of ginseng’s properties and characteristics that made (and make) the herb such a valuable asset in your prepping herbal-medicinal stores.

Ginseng contains adaptogens, a scientific term used to describe substances that increase the body’s resistance to disease that are not accompanied by deleterious side effects.  Comprehensive studies (especially in the former Soviet Union) have proved conclusively that adaptogen-containing natural food supplements are far better for a person’s long-term health that synthetically-created substances that mimic natural plant-produced compounds.  The scientific data was compiled in the city of Vladivostok, with the Institute of Biologically Active Substances of the Siberian Department of the Academy of Sciences (former USSR) that chronicled more than 200 different species of medicinal plants.  It may interest you to know that more than 1,000 plants with curative and healing qualities grow just in Siberia.  Among those indications that ginseng has proven results are the following, and keep in mind this list is not exhaustive:

  1. Functional Nervous Disorders:  neuroses, hypochondria, nervous instability, depression.  Ginseng functions by acting as a sedative and relieving stress and anxiety associated with these (and other) nervous disorders.
  2. Cardiovascular and Blood Disorders:  hypotension, atherosclerosis, mild hypertension, and reduction in serum cholesterol levels.  Ginseng helps with these ailments by its actions in protein and fat metabolism.  In the stomach, ginseng reduces the amount of cholesterol that is retained and absorbed; this indirectly contributes to keeping the arteries and vessels clear, especially the coronary arteries.  Ginseng also contributes to the manufacture of red blood cells and their component parts, such as hemoglobin and iron uptake.
  3. Diabetes:  Especially Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus) reduces the amount of blood sugar in patients with mild to moderate diabetes.  One patient chronicled by the USSR’s studies (in the aforementioned institution) was given ginseng for four weeks, resulting in a reduction of blood sugar by approximately 40%.
  4. Cancer: It is a proven fact that cancer develops in individuals with either compromised or non-functioning resistance.  Ginseng inhibits the formation of tumors and helps as a cancer preventative (initial formation and progression) in its adaptogen and normalizing effects.  These effects help to reduce stress and imbalances in homeostasis that lead to the formation of malignant cancer cells.  Ginseng also inhibits relapses after long-term and successful chemotherapy.
  5. Radiation poisoning: the effects of X-rays and radiation produced by radiation therapy as well as negative effects caused by free radicals are minimized and reduced by the adaptogens in ginseng.  Such radiation includes background radiation, examples of which are high voltage power stations, microwave ovens, televisions, radar stations, and nuclear power facilities.

Ginseng promotes cellular metabolism by increasing DNA and RNA synthesis in cell tissue.  It also enhances ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) formation, which is an energy source used in cellular metabolism and reproduction.  As mentioned earlier, ginseng stimulates the production of red blood cells and their components.  It also aids in the body’s internal nutrient manufacturing (the way in which the body breaks down and repackages certain substances for uptake).  Ginseng increases the digestive tract’s tone, and enables more efficient protein, fat, and carbohydrate synthesis.

Regarding the category of radiation poisoning mentioned earlier, free radicals’ effects are diminished.  Radicals are groups of atoms that are involved in a chemical reaction that enter the reaction and depart it without being changed.  They are a basic component of many cell structures at the molecular level.  Free radicals are radicals that (when affected by an outside stimulus, such as radiation) are radicals that are released from a molecule.  The free radicals, in a nutshell, “wander about” and then attach themselves to other molecules; their “joining up” with the molecule then impairs that molecule’s regular function.  Many scientists believe that aging is the gradual buildup over time of free radicals.

Ginseng takes 6-7 years to cultivate.  Glycosides are the adaptogens, and Panax ginseng contains six of these (A, B, C, D, E, and F) called panaxosides.  Each of these has different actions and levels of stimulation for the body.  The daily dosage for ginseng is 1000 to 2000 mg of root per day.  It can be obtained in your larger stores, such as Wal-Mart, and also in your local health food concerns.  Follow the directions on the outside of the package (as mentioned earlier) as it comes in different concentrations and strengths.

Take an herb walk with a Master Herbalist in your local area and learn to identify it in the wild.  Seed-gathering and seed-saving can lead to your own personal cultivation of it…you just have to wait 6-7 years before you can have plants that are ready to be used medicinally.  As with all things, consult with your local laws to find what the requirements and restrictions are for wild crafting in your area.  A good supply of ginseng will go a long way in helping with many ailments and can be nothing but a golden addition to your preparatory and survival supplies.  Have a great day!



Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

10 Uses For Coca Cola You Weren’t Aware Of

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This family-friendly soft drink has been around for over a century. It originated in US Georgia as a medicine drink at the end of the 19th century (invented by John Pemberton), but a few years later (at the beginning of the 20th century) it was bought and rebranded by a business man (Asa Griggs Candler) to become the longest-standing and most common brand in the world. Its popularity is undisputable. We might not all like it, but we all know it and we all tried it at least once. Believe it or not, Coke can be used for many other reasons, apart from human consumption. Due to its interesting properties, the fizzy drink in question can be very handy around the house. You can use it to clean stuff, defrost surfaces and even as pesticide. It’s still up for debate whether the drink is harmful for humans or not, but this is a discussion for another time. Don’t drink it if you don’t trust it, but take a look at this 10 uses for coca cola, the wonders it can do in everyday life situations.


  1. Rust remover

Coke is a fizzy drink, and it’s filled of phosphoric acid, which can loosen rust from every surface as long as that object is exposed for a long enough period of time. If we’re talking about rusty tools or other pieces of metal that you’re trying to clean up, you can simply fill a recipient that’s big enough with Coke and place the object you wish to clean inside. Let it stir for a while; after you’ll take it out the rust will be easy to clean if you scrub it with some tin foil and wipe off with a cloth (works especially well on chromed surfaces). It also does wonders on rusty bolts: just spill some cola over the bolt, let it sit, wipe it and give it another go. You’ll be amazed of how well it works.

  1. Oil stain remover

Oil stains are a pain in the neck. It takes only a moment of carelessness for your pavement or garage floor to get stained forever. If you’ve dropped that pesky motor oil (or any type of oily substance for that matter) and made a mess, don’t worry. Just go out and buy a Coca Cola bottle. Spill it over the oil stain and give it a couple of hours to work its magic. When you’re done waiting, simply whose off the stain from the pavement. Because it works so great, some people even use Coke to clean their car engine’s; and with great results too.

  1. Pots and pans cleaner

If you have old and burned pots and pans that have been worn out with time but you still can’t let them go, you’ll be happy to know that a Coke treatment can make them (almost) brand new. To remove those pesky burn stains, simply pour the wonder-soda into the damaged pot or pan and simmer for a while. After you’re done, empty the pot or pan and rinse with water. Wipe it clean and there you have it! Coca Cola works not only for burned spots, but also for cleaning all sorts of build ups and scales.

  1. Coin cleaner

If you’re a hardcore coin collector and want to make your new additions shine like there’s no tomorrow, just fill a glass or jar with Coca Cola and dump the coins in. In about 10 -20 minutes the excess muck will have been dissolved, so dump the soda and take the coins out one by one and wipe them clean. They’ll be shiny and clean.

  1. Defroster

The soda does wonders for defrosting any type of surface, as the acidic compounds melt ice in no time. So defrosting you car windows (or any type of window for that matter) will be no problem at all. Just pour the drink all over the windshield / windows etc. and watch the ice melt in under a minute. After the ice is turned to mush, you can just wipe it off with a cloth or just let it come off on its own in a matter of minutes.

  1. Window cleaner

It can clean windows just as well as it can defrost them. It’s good for any shinny surface for that matter, thanks to the high
amount of citric acid it holds. Normal window cleaners are citric acid-based as well, so there’s not much difference. You can pour Coke over a piece of cloth and wipe the windows with it or put Coke inside a spray bottle, spray it all over and then wipe the surface clean. The choice is up to you, but the outcome will be the same: cleanliness.

  1. Stain remover

It works perfectly well as any other expensive stain remover available on the market. You can pour the soda in the wash, alongside detergent and it will work just fine in removing the stains from your clothes. Also wine stains or blood stains from carpets or similar surfaces won’t be a problem if you pour coke on them as soon as possible. This procedure is not recommended for light fabrics, because Coca Cola is brown. It might remove the red, but it will leave a brown spot in its place.

  1. Toilette cleaner

If you’re out of toilette cleaner but you happen to have some Coca Cola lying around the house, perfect! Just pour the soda inside the toilette bowl and let it sit for a few minutes, just like you would with you regular product. After the time is up, scrub and flush like always. Your bowl will be so sparkly, that no one will be able to tell that you used a fizzy drink instead of a professional product.

  1. Gum remover

If by some reason or another you end up with gum in your hair, the only reasonable thing to do is to cut it off. Well, not really. Just pour some Coke over the “warzone” and wait about 5 minutes. The fizzy drink will break down the stretching properties of the gum and it will make it much easier to pick up and wash off.

  1. Pain reliever

IF you get stung by some nasty creatures (bees, wasp, jellyfish etc.) you’ll be a world of pain. You probably know the main approach to jelly fish stings is urine treatment. Fortunately, making a fool of yourself in public won’t be necessary if you happen to have some Coca Cola on you. Just open the bottle or can and pour it over the affected area. Thanks to the chemical structure of the drink, the pain inducing substances will be neutralized a couple of minutes.

Whether you like Coke as a drink or not, is not up for debate. But having some around the house will undoubtedly come in handy at some point or another. I always keep a couple of bottles, just in case. You never know when you’ll run out of cleaning props or pain relief ointments.


By Alec Deacon




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The Survival Buzz #196: Organizing Prep Purchases – Again!

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

For the past few weeks, I have been purchasing this and that and stashing the items in a closed off room.  Who has not done that from time to time?  This week I decided it was time to start putting things in their proper place so that is what I did.  It probably took more time to organize after the fact than if I had done it from the get go but heck, at least it is done.

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Here are some the preps that arrived by Mr. UPS recently:

Mobile Washer:  I use the mobile washer at my Washington home weekly for one thing or another.  It is especially useful for pre-washing messy grimy rags.  Alas, I left it there so I need another one for my desert home.

50 feet of paracord: I have paracord in all of my emergency kits but wanted some to use around the house.  This stuff is so useful for so many things. See 44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival.

Another Ultra Fire Mini Cree:  These are cheap, sturdy flashlights (usually less than $4) and you can never have enough.

2 cans of instant milk and a “milk mixing pitcher”:  The pitcher was a bonus so I basically got it for free.  I needed the milk to add to my DIY Biscuit Mix and also as an addition to my food storage pantry.

Large bottle of red food coloring:  This is used to periodically test that the black filters in my Royal Berkey are working properly.  This huge bottle was only slightly more than the cost of a tiny bottle at the supermarket.  When is the last time you performed a red food dye test on your Berkey>

Mini LED flashlights:  I am adding these mini LED flashlights to all of my key rings  Note that I am replacing the included rings with my own that are fashioned from tie wrap (also called zip ties).  I was lucky enough to find these red mini-LED flashlights for the same price as the black ones(about $4 for all 10).

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In addition to these items, I picked up another 25 pounds of pintos and 25 pounds of white rice at Costco.  And finally, I found large box of matches for $1 at, where else? The Dollar Store.

Still left to do are packaging of the beans and rice, and also filling those 2 large, 160 gallon water tanks I purchased last month.

That about covers it for me this week, prep-wise.  Now for a few  announcements.

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

Before I list this week’s giveaways, I want to remind you to check your email (and your spam folder) to see if you have won last week’s giveaway.  I am seeing some familiar names show up as winners and yet not getting confirmation within the allotted 48 hour period.

Another way to check is to go to the giveaway article and check the Rafflecopter.  Once selected (and it is a random process), the winners are displayed.

Okay then.  In case you missed them, here is what is up for grabs this week.

What Is In That Can of Freeze Dried Food? + Mountain House 3-Day Kit Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival 10: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life + Giveaway

With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Thursday or Friday following the end of the giveaway.

Other Announcements

If you are a subscriber (meaning you get email updates), be sure to check your email after 3PM Pacific on Sunday. You will be receiving a fresh copy of my recently revised “Emergency Food Buyers Guide”.

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The Final Word

With Thanksgiving coming up, we are all very busy so I am going to keep things short this week.  On Thursday, Shelly and I are going to spend a quiet day alone, cooking, eating, and enjoying a glass or two of the sparkly.

What about you?  How will you be spending Thanksgiving?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here are the items mentioned in today’s Survival Buzz.

10 Pack Mini LED FlashlightsThe Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127 Backdoor Survival:  10 mini flashlights on a key ring including button batteries.  I happen to like a more sturdy ring so I remove the one that comes with and use a small bit of tie-wrap instead.   The included battery seemingly lasts forever and at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over for other uses.

As of this writing, all 10 are under $4.00 in red and even less in black.  Shipping is free.

McCormick Food Coloring, Red, 16-Ounce: The price for this huge bottle of red food coloring was just a dollar more than a one ounce bottle at the local grocery store.  If you have a Berkey Black filter system, be sure to include red food coloring in your survival pantry.

Mobile Washer:  I love my mobile washer which serves as a hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.

UltraFire Mini Cree LED FlashlightFAVORITE!  At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.09 with free shipping.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

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Paracord Planet Type III Nylon Paracord:  An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States.  Note that some colors may be more expensive than others.


Shop Buy Emergency Foods for the Best Quality and Value in Food Storage

For my personal food storage, I have recently purchased a large supply Legacy freeze-dried food from Buy Emergency Foods. I did so for these reasons:

    • I have confidence that their food products are sourced from the USA
    • They are 100% GMO free plus there are 100% Gluten-Free options
    • Pound per pound, and calorie per calorie, BEF delivers the best value out there
    • Every single order, regardless of size, is shipped free

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Over the next couple of months, I will be sharing some taste tests so that you can see for yourself how Buy Emergency Foods stands out as one of the best values out there in food storage.

Sound interesting?  Check out their Sample Kits and Meal Buckets.  You will not be disappointed.

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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

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Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!


Essential Oils: Deal of the Week

Each week I update a special page with the Spark Naturals item of the week?  You can find it here:  Essential Oils from Spark Naturals – Weekly Deals. Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount.

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And remember, you can always use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire SN order.  When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps.

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Communication with others!

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Communication with others!
James Walton “I Am Liberty

Communication with others!I was talking with a woman the other day who i assumed was very left wing. I am always shocked at how similar we all are. The problems become evident when we dont understand how to communicate. This is half the problem in America today. If you have an Obama sticker on your car or watch Fox news you are autocatagorized. We need to brush up on our communication skills. Honest thoughtful communication daily and post apocalypse.

7-20-15 4182240-419036I don’t know about you but when i think about the world after any great happening i imagine great leaders emerging from the wreckage. There will be orators that dust themselves and take the reigns. I want to talk about becoming a leader and being a voice that people want to hear. Remember you want to have a say in your daily life. Speaking well and being informed and measured in your comments allows you to talk to anyone in any situation.

If there is anything i have learned its that people do enjoy direction. They enjoy being led by someone who knows what the hell they are doing. Be that person. I want to talk about being heard tonight. Communication with anyone at anytime. We are coming up on nation changing events in the very near future. Not just elections but the ricochete of 8 yars of pretty ugly policy home and abroad. Its time to gather and speak.
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