13 Alternative Uses For Your Old Garden Hoses

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13 Alternative Uses For Your Old Garden Hoses Most people have some kind of hose lying around, or their parents do, or you’ll see them at garage sales and the local gardening nursery. Coiled and shoved into a corner somewhere to be used ‘just in case.’  With the overwhelming surge of people who are into reusing …

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How To Tie Over 300 Knots – The Ultimate Knot Reference Site

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How To Tie Over 300 Knots – The Ultimate Knot Reference Site There is a large variety of knots, each with properties that make it suitable for a range of tasks. Some knots are used to attach the rope to other objects such as another rope, cleat, ring, or stake. Some knots are used to …

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Battery Basics – Are You Prepared?

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Battery Basics – Are You Prepared? Batteries are a valued commodity we take for granted. If SHTF and we have no batteries stored we risk having no flashlights, no batteries to play our MP3s, you get what I am trying to say. Batteries are vital for many of us who wish to maintain some sort …

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Patriots’ Prayer for 6-12-2016

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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  is a Prayer of Thanksgiving, inspired by Psalm 100.

Heavenly Father, we come into your presence with joy and singing, offering You all our praise and worship. You are God. You are the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer. You are our Shepherd. Watch over us, protect us, and have mercy on us.

We enter into your gates with thanksgiving, into your courts with praise. We are thankful to You, and bless your Holy Name, for You are good in all your ways, and your Truth lasts throughout all generations.

We thank You for the inalienable rights You have given to us, which no government, no court, no politician, no worldly power, has the authority to take away from us.

Thank You for our Right to Life – the very first right, without which there can be no other rights.

Thank You for our right to worship You and to live our lives according to Your will without interference from worldly authorities. Help us to hold firm against those who would take away our Freedom of Religion.

Thank You for our right to express our thoughts and opinions without fear of government reprisal. Help us to resist calls to limit Freedom of Speech, whether through laws or through political correctness.

Thank You for our right to report and receive news without the control or approval of worldly authorities. Freedom of the Press is essential. Help us to resist attempts by activists and government officials to restrict, control, or monitor the news media.

Thank You for our Freedom of Self-Defense, and the right to possess and use the tools of self-defense. Block the attempts of some to make us defenseless before our enemies, to make us dependent solely on the whims and limitations of government for our protection.

Thank You for these and all our rights and freedoms you have given to us, and that our forefathers had the wisdom to enshrine in our nation’s founding documents. Help us to hold on to those precious freedoms.

We admit our many sins as individuals and as a nation. We repent and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Help us achieve a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as individuals and as a nation.

We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation, and it is in His name we pray. Amen.

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Gifted

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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set [them], and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

Exodus 31:1-5

There’s an old jest that says, heaven is where the cooks are French, the mechanics are German, and the police are English. And hell is where the cooks are English, the mechanics are French, and the police are German.

If it’s true for entire cultures, then it certainly must be so for individuals; there are things we are inherently good at and other things that we’re not so good at.

What’s that talent that God gave you? Do you have a green thumb? Maybe you can play anything on a guitar without even looking at the music, or whip up a dish with no recipe; maybe you’re just good at cheering people up, or caring for the sick. No doubt, you’ve discovered it. It’s that thing that everyone asks, “How do you do that and how do you make it look so easy?”

Whatever it is, God gave you that gift for His glory and for you to bless others with. Ironically, when you are doing it, you feel happier and more alive than at any other time. That’s no coincidence. You were literally made to do that thing.

The funny saying at the beginning of the post is so amusing, because it is so true. In addition to cultural giftings, it points out some things that those same cultures can fall a little short at. The moral of the story is that when people operate outside of their gifts, we all suffer. The enemy will always try to sideline you with things that are so important that you just don’t have time, but you have to make a priority out of doing what you’re good at. Even in church, people are often pushed into a ministry for which they have no aptitude, making a mess out of that ministry, and altogether missing the ministry God has called them to.

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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The 411 on Oxygen Absorbers And Long Term Food Storage

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The 411 on Oxygen Absorbers And Long Term Food Storage Oxygen absorbers have  transformed the way we store our food. Adding these magical packets to your food storage creates an oxygen-free environment that prevents oxidation from occurring in foods as well as inhibits insect infestations. This assists in prolonging your food source, thus contributing to your …

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How to Grow Onions Vertically On The Windowsill

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How to Grow Onions Vertically On The Windowsill I did this about 4 years ago with quite good results! Growing onions inside is very easy, they like the constant temperature and the light from the window. I grew 10 in one bottle one year and loved it. Check out this really easy tutorial from goodshomedesign …

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Keeping on keeping on…programming updates, podcasts, and donations. SurvivalRing is STILL growing after nearly 20 years…

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I’ve spent some time today correcting some old code on SurvivalRing, including many of the news feeds. Some have died, some have changed, and several have been corrected or reformatted for easier reading. See all the feeds here… http://www.survivalring.org/feeds/ I’ll be resorting them and creating a better link tree, or in other words, putting all […]

Summer Checklist for a Safe and Happy Home

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summer checklistSummer comes with a season-specific checklist for household safety. Take advantage of the longer days and a less intense schedule and go through these 6 tips to keep your household organized, safe, and de-cluttered in the summer months.

  1. Update emergency contact info in your preparedness manuals and for babysitters: Because most kids are out of school, summer brings more opportunities for having babysitters in your home. You probably already have a list of emergency contact information on your fridge (if not, this one is very handy) but summer is a great time to update relevant phone numbers and addresses, medical information, heights and weights for kids, any changes in doctors or medications, and anything else that might be helpful in an emergency. It’s easy to forget that this information is useless if it is not up-to-date. Be sure to write the home address on the list in the event that a babysitter might need to call for help.
  2. CPR Certification: Now is a great to get certified in CPR or to renew your certificate (certificates are typically valid for two years from date of issue). If you’re currently CPR certified, it may be good to take an online refresher course, just in case. See if older children in your household are willing and eligible to receive certification (check age requirements in your area). Even pre-teens can become valuable members of your home safety team.
  3. Sunscreen stockpile: Go through your sunscreen and check the expiration dates. Throw out anything that is expired or has cancer-causing chemicals as a main ingredient. Check contents to see if there has been any separation, change in consistency, or if the product has developed an unusual smell. If so, toss and replace. Make sure to inspect the sunscreens you carry around in beach or diaper bags as well.
  4. First Aid: While you’re going through your bathroom cabinet to check out sunscreens, now is a great time to make sure your first-aid kit is fully stocked and that you have all necessary components. In summer months, pay particular attention to skin issues that may arise. Make sure there is ample calamine lotion, and aloe vera in the event of a bug bite or rash from chafing or a poisonous plant. Remember that summer means grilling and fireworks and therefore there is more potential for burns. If you aren’t sure what to include in a first aid kit, this is a great one to get you started.
  5. Insure that the pool area is safe: Now is a crucial time to make sure that the doors, gates, or pool cover you use to keep children safe around your swimming pool or hot tub is in proper working order. Replace any locks or latches that may be old or defective and be sure that all pool chemicals are also stored properly and safely out of reach of young children. Even if you don’t have children or if yours are expert swimmers, always be aware that visiting family and friends need to be protected as well.
  6. Inspect outdoor play areas: If you have any playground or sport equipment (such as a basketball hoop) now is a great time to make sure everything is in working order. Check that all bolts and screws are tightened and make sure that no rust or other safety hazards developed over months of disuse. Check that there are no holes or cracks in the ground where children run. Also check for any insect infestations that may have occurred—my family learned this the hard way after yellow jackets built a nest under our sons’ playground slide!

This is a great time to attempt to see your household through the eyes of any guests you might host over the summer. You want this to be a time for fun and relaxation—it only takes a few steps to get greater peace of mind and to ensure that your family and friends are safe and protected in your home.


Pamela Bofferding is a native Texan who now lives with her husband and sons in New York City. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with her dogs.

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Lessons Learned from Being an Outdoorsy Kid

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One lesson I have learned from my parents and now encourage my children to participate in is being an Outdoorsy Kid. It didn’t matter if it was after school or during the summer time my brothers and I would often hear my mother say “Go play outside.”

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Everything You Possibly Could Want To Know About Growing Peas

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Everything You Possibly Could Want To Know About Growing Peas

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Fresh peas are a thing of beauty. Ready to eat in early summer, peas are some of the season’s first tastes of green. Winters are long up north where I live, and eating fresh from the garden is a welcome treat. Peas are delicious, fast-growing, and conducive to cold climates — the perfect plant for a northern garden.  If you have not tried peas in your own backyard, I encourage you to do so.

I have compiled some information about peas out of my favorite seed catalogs, as well as from Andrea Chesman’s cookbook Serving up the Harvest. Read on for a few interesting facts about the wonderful pea plant and some great tips on how to grow them and enjoy a bountiful harvest.

People have been enjoying fresh peas since as early as the 1600s. These hardy legumes were brought to North America by European settlers and were Thomas Jefferson’s favorite vegetable at his Monticello garden. (His preference: the English pea.) Peas like cool moist conditions and usually do poorly in hot dry weather. They grow best in northern climates, but with a little extra care can be grown as far south as Virginia and possibly beyond.

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These delectable vegetables can be enjoyed raw, steamed, stir-fried, in salads, and as out-of-hand snacks. Soups, casseroles, pasta and even smoothies are enhanced by the inclusion of peas. My own favorite is a quick risotto concoction of rice and peas called “risi e bisi.”

Peas are high in protein and fiber, and contain vitamins A, B, C and K. They are 25 percent sucrose and lose up to half of their sugar content within six hours of picking at room temperature. Sugar loss can be slowed in the refrigerator, but it is best to enjoy them as soon as possible. Some of the super-sweet varieties retain sweetness longer and can be left out for all-day snacking.

To de-string peas which are to be eaten pod and all, start at the tip and pull the string off around the seams of the pea. To remove the peas from the shell, squeeze the pod at the seams until it pops, and push the peas out with your thumb.

Most peas fall into one of three basic categories, plus a few unique varieties:

  • Shell/shelling peas, or garden peas, are the types that are meant to be removed from the pod—or shell—before eating. The pods of shell peas are usually discarded or fed to livestock. Shell peas are tender and sweet but are labor-intensive to prepare for the table.
  • Snow peas, or edible podded peas, are the ones eaten primarily for the pods. They are meant to be picked before peas develop inside. I sometimes have trouble remembering which type of pea is which, so I remind myself that with snow peas there’s no peas. (Say it out loud to hear what I mean.) They are a favorite of Asian cuisine and in salads.
  • Snap peas, or sugar snap peas, are somewhere between shell peas and snow peas. They are usually super-sweet varieties of small peas which are supposed to be eaten pod and all, often raw as snacks and in salads.
  • Almost all peas are green, but a few purple and golden cultivars are available. There are also “tendril” peas on the market — sugar snap types with edible tendrils — which replace some of the plant’s leaves with tendrils and are said to help protect the pea plants from disease.
Everything You Possibly Could Want To Know About Growing Peas

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Peas do best in well-drained soil with a pH of between 6.0 and 7.5. If soil is more acidic than that — which is often the case in my region — then it can be neutralized with limestone or wood ash. Avoid too much nitrogen, as peas — like most legumes — can fix their own. To encourage formation of high-nitrogen nodules on the plants, some experts recommend using an “inoculant,” which is available at garden stores and applied to the seeds before planting.

Most peas need a trellis — some kind of fence or climbing support. A few varieties are sold as “bush types,” and can support themselves without a fence, but they are generally the exception. It is advisable to install the trellis at the time of planting, so as to not disturb the delicate young seedlings after they have sprouted.  Peas can take a while to sprout from the soil — two weeks or more if it is quite cold — but they grow fast once they emerge and will start looking for something to climb on right away.

Plant peas in spring, as soon as the soil is able to be worked. It is key to get them going in time for harvest before the summer’s heat shuts them down. Some regions allow for a second planting for a fall harvest, but the timing can be tricky. Frost stops production in the blossom and pod stages, so the seeds must go into the ground early enough to beat the frost.  Peas do not like heat, so planting them in the heat of July is potentially risky. Preparing the bed with mulch to cool the soil before planting, or planting the seeds in the shade of taller plants, may be helpful. But if autumn days in your region usually reach 75 degrees, it may not be cool enough for a fall crop.

It is important to harvest regularly, and pick before they get stringy. A pound of fresh peas in the pod will yield a cup or so of shelled peas, and a pound of fresh snap peas equals four to five cups.

What you cannot eat fresh can be preserved easily. To freeze, blanch for 2-4 minutes — less for shelled peas and more for in-the-pod — in boiling water, plunge into ice water to cool, and dry on towels or in a salad spinner.

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Peas can also be dried much the same way as beans, by leaving them on the vine until dry and leathery, or even pulling the entire plant and hanging it indoors upside down. A dehydrator would work just fine, too.

There are a few pea diseases to watch out for. Powdery mildew strikes in hot weather and looks like someone doused the plant with baby powder. The best way to prevent this affliction it to use varieties resistant to it. Once powdery mildew has occurred, pick peas in early mornings when dew is still on the plants to help mitigate spread of the disease.

A more common disease is pea root rot, or fusarium. This can remain in the soil, so rotating out of legumes with brassicas is a good strategy. Other helpful methods to control fusarium include using well-drained soil and choosing resistant varieties.

Pea seeds save well for up to five years. They are self-pollinating, but crosses can occur when pollinators move from one variety to the next. To be sure, give 25-50 feet between types.

If you give peas a try in your own garden, you will be glad you did. Rich, sweet, nutritious peas in early summer are heaven on earth, and the tasty rewards are unsurpassed.

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Obama FBI Shuts Down NICS Background Check Appeals Process For Gun Owners

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Obama’s war on gun owners continues. Apparently the Department of Justice reports that 95% of initial denials under NICS are ‘false positives’. And now there is no longer an appeals process if you are one of the unlucky one’s who failed a NICS check upon purchasing a firearm, when there has been a mistake… NICS […]

How Will You Cope With A lower Standard of Living?

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By: Tom Chatham The forces are mounting that will eventually overwhelm most Americans and send their standard of living to unknown depths. Americans that have only known the post WWII prosperity are ill equipped and educated to deal with depression level living. Easy credit and instant gratification have created a nation of whining, self absorbed, […]

16 Things You Need to Know When Caught in a Panicky Crowd or Riot

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riotWhat happens if you are stuck in a large riotous crowd?  Now this can be the result of an evacuation or bug out situation or just riots for any one of many reasons.  Now back in the early seventies I was working undercover and got caught in a couple of the anti war riots that occurred during this period.  I even ended up on the wrong side of a police line, not the right place to be.

riotLast night I was watching a movie and they showed the people traveling in a large panicky crowd.  Our heroes made several dumb moves, first they tried to drive through a crowd having the only running vehicle.  This does not work, unless you are willing to kill people and even then, you most likely won’t get out of the crowd alive.

If you are on the road during a bug out and there is a large and desperate crowd in front of you, reverse course.  Find another route, even if it means abandoning your vehicle.  Remember crowds are something to be feared, a panicky crowd will have no conscious.

Our hero then made a second mistake, he pulled a firearm and all this did was result in the loss of the firearm and him almost being killed.  If you have a firearm in a crowd, try to keep it out of sight and don’t pull it out and threaten someone.

The best solution is to avoid being caught in crowds, but sometimes you have no choice.  You may be attending a large public event like a ball game or simply have to work in a bad area.

 So here are some ideas to help you stay safe in a riot or panicky crowd

  1. If you see people start to mass, don’t get curious and wait to see what is happening, leave now.
  2. Be familiar with your area. Even if you’re just visiting a location, you should still get to know your surroundings as much as possible.  Study a map.
  3. Think about your possible escape routes and safe havens before anything actually happens.
  4. If you work in a volatile environment, make sure you know several routes for getting home so that you have a number of methods of escape in the event of a riot.
  5. Carry small amounts of cash with you in case you need to quickly arrange transportation, pay off looters, or address your basic needs.
  6. Remain calm.  Riots bring intense emotions boiling to the surface, but if you want to survive one you’d be better off keeping your own emotions in check. Your adrenaline and survival instincts will kick in, but strive to think rationally and pursue safety methodically.
  7. Avoid confrontation by keeping your head down.
  8. Walk at all times. If you run or move too quickly, you might attract unwanted attention.
  9. Keep your loved ones close.  If you’re not alone, then the first thing you should do is grip the hands or lock elbows with all of the people who are with you. If you’re with a child, hold them in your arms so they aren’t trampled.  Sticking together with your loved ones should be your first priority
  10. Don’t get involved or take sides.
  11. Try to get out of the crowd, don’t try to move against it, but try to work your way to the sides at an angle and find a way out.
  12. When you get to the side, either leave the area or find a safe spot in a building. Just by moving inside a sturdy and controlled building, you may find protection.  The first thing you should do if you enter a building is look for an escape route or back door.  Hopefully this will let you out onto another side or alley that is free of the crowd.  Don’t hide in upper stories.
  13. If you find safety in a building don’t watch the riot from the windows, this may attract attention and will increase your chances of getting hurt.
  14. Look out for fire. If the angry mob turns toward the building, it can be a target.  Ttry to have an escape route.
  15. The best thing to do is to get as far away from the crowd as possible. But as you are leaving watch to make sure no predators are following you.  If you have a firearm this is when it will be most useful.
  16. Depending on the circumstances, the police and authorities may or may not be your friend. Avoid them if necessary.  If they are in limited strength and under attack, stay away from them.

Hopefully you never get caught in this situation.  Planning ahead and living and working in good areas, can help keep you and your family safe.



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It’s For The Children

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  So I guess Kerodin was honest about something. Holly said in court that they had a martial arts school that trained children, and now there is verifiable, photographic proof. We saw in this post what the Jedburger (quasi adult) Academy was up to, now behold “Threeeeeee Spaaaaaartaaaaaaan MMAAAAAAAAAAAAA”. H/T to WD So there you […]

Keeping your cool

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It’s hot here in the desert,  but it’s dry heat (as they like to say),  this is the time of the year when it gets really warm for us,  hitting the high 90s up into the 100s F,  we don’t have or use any sort of air conditioning,  it uses up a lot of power and this hot period only lasts a few weeks,  then the rainy season (monsoon) hits.

So for this short period of time,  we look for ways to keep cool,  especially during midday when it came get dangerous.  The main things we do are:

  • Take frequent breaks
  • Don’t work during the heat of the day
  • Drink lots of water (super important)
  • Eat light meals
  • Don’t cook when it’s hot
  • Stay in the shade
  • Use fans to circulate air
  • Find cool spots,  shady spots
  • Work in the morning and later in the day
  • Nap during the heat
  • Use a spray bottle of water to cool off
  • Take a quick cool shower to rinse off and cool down

Fortunately,  being the desert for us,  it does cool off at night,  so it is bearable,  many who live around us do use air conditioners and evaporative coolers,  we just haven’t seen the need to invest in one of those,  if we lived anywhere else,  it would be required to have, to survive.  How do you get through the heat of summer?

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Prep Blog Review: Meal Ideas + How To Store Them

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Being able to independently feed our families is the main focus of self-sufficiency. Whether you call this prepping, gardening, or animal farming, that’s the goal.

The main issues I encounter when it comes to food is lack of money and storage.

Here are some useful tips I could find this week, on this topic. If you have any other suggestions (you can also check this and this), let me know in the comments section. Remember, we’re in this together!

1. 15 Common Food Storage Mistakes To Avoid

food prep“Coming to terms with a realistic food storage strategy can be tough.  Everyone seems to have an opinion whether it is to focus primarily on store-bought canned goods, commercially packaged freeze-dried products, or food that is preserved at home using a pressure canner.  Each has advantages and disadvantage in terms of space, cost, portability, and convenience. Regardless of your stand on food storage, there is a common thread among all preppers.  We want our food storage to remain viable and nutritious for the longest period possible.”

Read more on Backdoor Survival.

2. 10 Best Survival Foods at Your Grocery Store

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“An emergency can strike without warning and unfortunately, most people find out too late that they are missing the essential supplies. Far too many times you’ve seen on the news how people line up in front of grocery stores hoping to get some last minute survival foods. If you end up doing the same, you should at least know what to buy for your grocery store.”

Read more on Prepper’s Will.

3. How to Make Ezekiel Bread

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“Several years ago Julie posted about an Ezekiel Bread Recipe that one of our readers shared on Facebook and asked someone to try for her since she didn’t have a wheat grinder. I recently started a new eating plan and one of the recommended foods for my carbohydrates is Ezekiel Bread. I knew I needed to finally try this recipe for myself as it makes way more sense to rotate through my grains and legumes as opposed to buying this expensive bread from the store.”

Read more on Food Storage Made Easy.

4. Garlic-Dill Sauerkraut

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“I have converted several self-professed haters of sauerkraut with this garlic-dill blend. It tastes just like dill pickles. And almost everyone likes dill pickles, including kids.

People who tell me they hate sauerkraut often also say they want to like it because of the many health benefits that lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut offer.”

Read more on Zero Waste Chef.

5. Lacto Fermented Garlic Scape Recipe


“It’s garlic scape season! Garlic scapes are the edible flower stalk of hard-neck garlic that shoot up in late May or early June. It is important to remove the scapes so the garlic plant can put its energy into developing beautifully big bulbs. (Check out my Ultimate Guide to Growing Garlic for more information on growing great garlic!) Luckily, garlic scapes are intensely flavored, delicious, and versatile, and taste wonderful in a variety of dishes, including this lacto fermented garlic scape recipe.”

Read more on Homestead Honey.

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III to III for Mike Vanderboegh Posted on 06/11/2016 by Wirecutter You know, sometimes I have the best of intentions but my timing really sucks. I had planned for a few months now to do a III to III thing for Mike after he passes to help his wife Rosie with expenses. Okay, that’s the […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-06-11)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your Fiat Paper into tangible practical assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for […]

Cooking with wax! The Ark Stove

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Cooking with wax! The Ark Stove James Walton “I Am Liberty” Many of you have come to enjoy my hour long commentary once a week. You know its seldom I bring someone on the show as a guest. Frankly, I guard our time together selfishly. Also nothing bothers me more than listening to a carni … Continue reading Cooking with wax! The Ark Stove

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June 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

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June 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

Grey day here in the UK. Spending time cleaning my tech with the Hurricane (amazing tool & a great money saver in the long run). 1. Focal Spirit One S Closed Headphones 2. O2 Hurricane Can-less Compressed Air 3. Kanger Subox Mini + Kanger Genitank Vape 4. Victorinox Swiss Army Pioneer Knife

This is just the start of the post June 2016 EDC Pocket Dump. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

June 2016 EDC Pocket Dump, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

How To Make Chunky Monkey Pancakes

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Do you know how to make Chunky Monkey Pancakes? I make them whenever my grandkids come to visit. I love the combination of mini chocolate chips and bananas in my pancakes with a little caramel sauce on top!  You can use fresh bananas or freeze dried bananas (re-hydrated). You can even make a powder with the freeze dried bananas in your blender using the pulse button if you prefer a smooth pancake with just bananas. If you have a holiday coming up these are always a huge hit with everyone! I have a PRINTABLE recipe for you at the bottom of the post. Please start with a good griddle: Lodge Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-Inch x 10.44-Inch, Black

I remember growing up with peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I love to make Chunky Monkey pancakes for breakfast when people stop by at the last minute because they look so yummy on a plate! I can add a glass of milk, juice, and the meal is ready to serve. One thing that is awesome about this recipe is the fact that you can use whole wheat or white enriched bread flour to make these. You can add as little or as many sliced bananas and chocolate chips that you desire. You can also use this Chunky Monkey pancake recipe for waffles too! Sometimes it’s nice to have a little different twist to our morning breakfast routine!  If bananas aren’t your favorite consider another fruit to give these pancakes the taste you want.  Our grandchildren love strawberries.  My husband really enjoys raspberries and blueberries. Try different fruits during their harvest season and make these pancakes special.  I haven’t tried peaches, but I’m sure they would be yummy too. Be creative, and enjoy using you favorite fruits for a unique flavor experience! I think you’ll find most any fruit will work, and some add more flavor to the mix than others. Next to the Mickey Mouse Pancakes I’ve written about before, my kids and grandkids love these pancakes the most. Breakfast is always a special meal around our house when family is in town. All our guests know we’ll be up early getting things ready so the feast can start once folks start waking up.Try these at your house the next time you have guests, or for everyday fun, you’ll be glad you did.

Make Chunky Monkey Pancakes


2 cups freshly ground hard white whole wheat flour or white bread flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

4 teaspoons honey

4 eggs

2-1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup oil

Sliced bananas

Mini chocolate chips, use amount as desired (I sprinkle just a few on each pancake)


I place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk it until blended. It will be a medium thick batter, or add more milk until you reach your preferred thickness. I use approximately 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake and cook each side until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup or caramel sauce. This is one of my favorite whisks: Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ or 14″

PRINTABLE Recipe: Make Chunky Monkey Pancakes by Food Storage Moms

My favorite things:

Lodge griddle: Lodge Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-Inch x 10.44-Inch, Black

Pancake turner: Calphalon Nylon Pancake Turner

Mixing bowls: OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Blue/Green/Yellow

Water storage: Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

Blue Cans: Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water

My book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

National Preparedness: Fema.gov

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‘Help! Rabbits Are Eating My Garden’ (Here’s What To Do)

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'Help! Rabbits Are Eating My Garden' (Here's What To Do)

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Have you had the unpleasant experience of visiting your garden in the morning only to find that your tender young shoots have been cut off overnight, as if with a pair of shears?

If so, you may have had a nighttime visit from a rabbit or two. Rabbits are cute to look at, but they can be a real nuisance to gardeners. Known to be voracious eaters, they can wipe out an entire area of new growth overnight.

Because they have both upper and lower incisors, rabbits tend to make a clean cut on a stalk when they eat. Other telltale signs of rabbits in your garden are pea-sized droppings in and around the garden, and chewed tree bark close to ground level. Tufts of fur on branches and areas that reveal digging activity or even bedding down also can be signs of rabbits.

Rabbits are timid animals and do not like to stray far from cover. One way to discourage them from getting into your garden is to eliminate hiding places such as areas with tall grass and piles of stone or brush.

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Another idea is to plant alfalfa or clover outside your garden area. Rabbits are particularly fond of these two plants and may remain there for their meal– especially if it feels safer — instead of bothering your other plants.

One more plan of action to deter rabbits is to add some plants to your garden that rabbits dislike. Rabbits tend to go for tender shoots and tender woody plants that have a thin bark, so your young plants are at the highest risk of being eaten. However, if you place some less attractive plants among the ones that the long-eared guys like, they may stay away from your garden.

Generally, rabbits dislike plants that have a strong fragrance or have fuzzy leaves. A determined rabbit may simply graze around the plants he does not like, but here are seven garden plants that repel rabbits.

'Help! Rabbits Are Eating My Garden' (Here's What To Do)

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1. Veronica – With its pretty flowering spikes of blue, pink or white, veronica adds some height (one to two feet) and texture to your garden. Veronica prefers full or part sun and well-drained soil. And the bunnies don’t like it.

2. Lavender – You may love the fragrance of lavender, but rabbits do not. This tough beauty can withstand both heat and drought. You can plant it as single plants or form a hedge with many plants to deter pesky bunnies. Lavender prefers full sun and well-drained, slightly alkaline soil.

3. Siberian Iris – This elegant iris variety has gorgeous purple, rose, blue or white blooms and big grassy foliage. It adds beauty to your garden while potentially deterring rabbits. The Siberian iris grows from one to three feet tall and prefers full or part sun and well-drained soil.

4. Salvia – With a wide variety of bold colors to choose from, salvia is a colorful addition to your garden. Try it as a border plant to keep rabbits from entering your vegetable garden. Salvia likes full sun and well-drained soil, and it can grow from one to even five feet tall, depending on the variety you choose.

5. Peony – They take a while to establish themselves from new roots, but when they do, peonies are a joy to behold. With large late springtime flowers and a beautiful variety of colors, peonies are an attractive addition to your garden. What’s even better is that rabbits do not like their tough foliage. Peonies like full sun and well-drained soil and can grow up to seven feet, depending on the variety of plant.

6. Verbena – Lovely verbena can grow from a mere six inches to three feet in height, and it produces delicate pink, red, white or blue flowers, depending on the variety you select. Rabbits do not like the way verbena smells and usually will steer clear of the plant. Verbena prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

7. Daylily — Easy to grow and maintain, daylilies come in a rainbow variety of shades. They like full sun and well-drained soil and can grow up to six feet tall. Rabbits do not like their thick stalks.

Keep in mind that if your long-eared nighttime visitors are hungry enough, they will eat almost anything green in your garden. However, your plants are particularly attractive to rabbits when they are young and tender. Once your plants are established, they are less tempting, and, as a result, other plants may more easily discourage rabbits.


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Family of 3 with great plans to go off grid

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We are a young couple, we are welcoming a third person in our family this summer. Our son should be here June 2016. We are very driven and hardworking. We do not work 9-5 jobs, my partner is in the entertainment industry (stunt double, parkour athlete, coach, actor) and we also paint, give seminars on a lot of different subjects. We are spiritual rather than religious but w respect and love anyone that follows their heart and is authentic to themselves and those around.

We have amazing visions and goals that we want to achieve but we do not want to do it by ourselves as we see the beauty in community and gathering with like minded people. My partner has a variety of tiny home/ Earthbag home designs mocked up and excel sheets with budgets and estimates. We are ready to start this dream, first thing is first.. Land! 

If you would want to talk, ask any questions or meet, don’t hesitate in contacting us!

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Survival Buzz: Preparedness Is A Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way

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Preparedness Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way | Backdoor Survival

Call it a feeling but I sense the fear mongers are coming out of their closets and getting ready to scare the unsuspecting would-be preppers this summer.  Perhaps it is due to the upcoming conventions where our presidential candidates will be selected, or perhaps it is simply that time of year.

Whatever the reason, I am dismayed by the number of pitches reaching my inbox from less than credible sources.  Some of these sources are video marketing companies with no personal prepping experience, and others are so-called prepper-bloggers who are frauds.

That is a harsh statement but if the shoe fits?

Preparedness Lifestyle That Needs To Be Done Your Way | Backdoor Survival

I have said this before but it bears repeating.  I am not an expert.  I am a person who one day back in 2010 decided I needed to prepare for disruptive events, be they acts of Mother Nature or acts of man.  I share what I have learned through extensive research coupled with personal experience. I do not believe everything I read and sometimes, with more experience under my belt, I change my mind.

Publicly, I do not do religion and I do not do politics, even though I have very strong leanings on both.  I believe that preparedness is a lifestyle and one that you adapt to according to needs, budget, and circumstance.  Prepping needs to be done your way, and in a manner not burdened with fear and trepidation.

If this is not what you are looking for when visiting a preparedness blog, then this site is not a good fit for you.

You have my word that I am sincere.  If there is something you do not see on my site, it is because I don’t know enough about it, or don’t believe in it.  I value my integrity and would feel horrible if I steered you in the wrong direction.  Regardless of my personal feelings, I will not slander other bloggers or other websites unless they are crooks.  Even then, sometimes it is best for me personally to move on.  Life is too short to dwell on the negative.

This is a lifestyle blog.  It is about preparedness first, followed by a heavy dose of self-reliance, do-it-yourself, and natural remedies.  It is also about living life.  I do hope you like what you see and will keep coming back but if not, no hard feelings.

Thank you for letting me get this off my chest.  If you have a specific question, contact me via email and I will do my best to respond privately.

Using a Diffuser and Essential Oils to Relax and Be Calm

A reader recently asked about diffuser blends and specifically about the recipe I use when I am anxious and want to calm down a bit.  Some of you might recognized the formula as being similar to my blood pressure blend, and indeed, it is similar.

Calming Diffuser Blend
30 drops Ylang Ylang
15 drops Cypress
15 drops Marjoram
15 drops Rosemary

Add this mix of essential oils to a re-purposed essential oil bottle. When stressed, anxious, or simply in need of some relaxation, add 6  to 8 drops to the diffuser along with the requisite amount of water.  This recipe will provide enough oils for a dozen diffuser session.

I find this blend to be calming and sometimes use it at bedtime or during my nightly session of adult coloring.

Note:  Re-purposed essential oil bottles are perfect for storing your custom diffuser blends.

I choose to purchase my essential oils from Spark Naturals.  They are reasonably priced, especially with the 10% discount you get using my code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

Additional Reading:  A Complete List of All Backdoor Survival Articles About Essential Oils

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaway

This week I roll out the first book in Prepper Book Festival #12.  Enjoy the interview with author James Hubbard and enter to win one of the two copies that are up for grabs in the giveaway.

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook + 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 Friday following the end of the giveaway. 

Last Day for a Replay of the Sun Oven Class

Hundreds of you either attended the online class or watched the replay.  Today is the last day the replay will be available so if you missed it, you still have time to learn about the 13 ways you can harness the sun for solar cooking and preparedness purposes.

Although the class was heavily skewed toward the Sun Oven, there were some good tips that could be applied to any solar cooker, including your build yourself.  Just be aware that food being cooked in a DIY solar cooker will likely take longer.

Watch the Sun Oven Replay Until Midnight June 11

At the end, there is a special offer where you can purchase a Sun Oven plus accessories for 33% off with free shipping. And just so you know,  Sun Ovens International has been a sponsor of Backdoor Survival from almost the beginning. They are good people and a good company and have earned my endorsement.

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The Final Word

Lest you think otherwise, I encourage you to soak up as much knowledge as you can about being prepared.  Be mindful of potential calamities that could occur in your surrounding area and prepare for those.

If you are ready for a week on your own, begin planning for a month.  Have that covered?  Decide whether you need to plan for three months or a year.  Personally, I have prepped enough to be on my own without power and supplies for over a year.  I have learned to wash clothes the old fashioned way, and how to get rid of waste when the toilets or sewer no longer work.  I can cook outside using a variety of methods and likewise, can start a fire and forage for food.

Have I done enough?  I don’t know.  Maybe I never will.

Only you can decide if you are where you need and want to be.  There is no right or wrong; there is simply being prepared.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below are links to products mentioned today as well as a few other essentials.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals exclusively.  They are high quality yet reasonably priced.  In addition, there are no membership fees and a distributor relationship is not necessary to get best pricing. Interested in checking them out?  Backdoor Survival readers get a 10% discount by using coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout!

ZAQ Noor Diffuser:  Of my three diffusers, this is my favorite and is therefore the one I recommend.  It puts out a strong, fragrant mist that is both soothing and healing.  My second most favorite is the ZAQ Dew (pictured below).  It is very quiet.

With both diffusers, the really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self.  Very soothing and I love it!

NOW Foods Essential Oils:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price plus they can be purchased at Amazon.com.  Here are a few to get you started:  NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, and Now Foods Lavender Oil.

Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness:  One of the more frequent questions I get has to do with books for newbie preppers.  There are a number of big fat books out there that are great but for most of us, it is much easier to bite things off in manageable chunks.  For that reason, I like to suggest books by Jim Cobb.  Jim is the real deal and a prepper himself.  This is just one of his books and highly recommended.

The Secret Garden:  I am addicted to coloring and this is my latest purchase.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

LolliZ 50 Colored Pencils Set: If you splurge on coloring books, consider going cheap on pencils.  These bargain pencils are great.  I paid $9.99 for the set of 50 but a few days later they were only $6.99.  Still, $9.99 was a great price in and of itself.  Note that this set is heavy into the greens and blues.

Alaska May 2013 312 Lifestraw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective.  There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.

Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: FAVORITE! This is a great knife that is currently priced at under $9.00 with free shipping.  Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller at Amazon in both the camping and hunting knives categories.  The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it.  See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

Note:  the price can vary by color so if you are not particular, scroll through the colors and safe a couple of bucks.


   Shop the Emergency Essentials June Summer Sales Event

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.  And now, for a limited time, they are bringing back their warehouse sale with savings up to 85%!

Emergency Essentials Summer Sales EventEmergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
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Which are the best oils for your survival kit?  This article describes my top picks.

9 Best Essential Oils for Your Survival Kit | Backdoor Survival


Are You Interested in Essential Oils?

OOTM is a great value and shipping is free!Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club | Backdoor Survival

The Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price.

But there is more!  Introducing the Premium Oil of the Month Club. The Premium OOTM Club features both products and higher priced oils.  The cost is $24.99 per month and shipping is free.

Additional Reading on Backdoor Survival:  Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club

If you would like to learn more about the Oil of the Month Club, visit the page I created for you (shown below) or head on over to Spark Naturals web site.

Visit the Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club page for additional information.


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