Never Be Without Power Again!

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June 20th, 2016

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This week Rich Murphy, a regular writer for Off The Grid News, shares with us some tips on how he uses his new Pocket Power X in his day to day life and also when in an “Off Grid” situation. Over the next few weeks Rich will be sharing with us just a few of the many uses of the Pocket Power X!

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Post Disaster Communication for Newbies

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Post Disaster Communication for Newbies During and after a disaster, information is at a premium. The chaos that disasters bring can make getting any solid information almost impossible. Disaster communication is very different from when you were a kid, playing on walkie talkies or maybe CB radios in your vehicles. The rules are different, the …

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16 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches

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16 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches Let’s face it, fire is important. If for some reason the physical laws of our world quit providing fire, we would be in trouble. That is what it would feel like if you had to create a fire in a survival situation and did’t have the tools or …

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What’s the Best Survival Tool? 16 Preppers Reveal It All!

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What’s the Best Survival Tool? 16 Preppers Reveal It All! One of the biggest questions I get a lot is, “What’s the best survival tool and why?” This is a fair question. After all, people want to buy something that will get them out of serious trouble when the time comes. Let’s think about that …

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Capsized Boat in Russia

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Lake Syamozero

           Having spent time in Far Eastern Russia at an orphanage, I learned many things.  One of them is that orphans in Russian orphanages vacation fairly often, particularly in Summer.  If they are physically able, most of them are taught to swim.  These are often not trips of a couple of days, but a couple of weeks. Often such trips are among the happiest memories these children have. They are also fairly educational trips in that they focus on the flowers and plants of a region, and the children are given opportunities to draw and paint what they see.
             This week, 47 children,  a number of whom are Russian orphans from the Moscow region were vacationing at Lake Syamozero, which is fairly near the border with Finland. This is in the Karelia Region.  This is an absolutely gorgeous place. The children on the trip  ranged from about 9 years old to about 16 and some of them were siblings. While the children were on a large boat in the lake in bad weather, it capsized.  Thirteen children between the ages of about 9-11have died and one remains missing.
             Please pray for the children who lost their lives, the one who has not yet been located, and for the survivors of this accident. We send condolences to their families and their friends.
             This is a good time to review boat and water safety with your own children.

Plantain edible weed

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Plantain (Plantago major) is a weed commonly found in the wild and (much to suburbanites’ dismay) the lawns of almost everyone living in temperate climates. It is traditionally used to treat minor cuts and a wide range of skin disorders, including dandruff, eczema, sunburn, and bug bites.

This herb is also said to be good for soothing inflamed bronchial passages and sore throat. European research supports the use of plantain as a treatment for bronchitis, sore throat, and cold symptoms.

Studies have demonstrated that the juice of the plantain plant is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Plantain contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that kills germs, speeds wound healing, and stimulates the growth of new skin cells (many commercial cosmetic creams and lotions list allantoin as an active ingredient).

The best thing about the herb plantain is that it is easy to find and easy to use (there are over 200 species!). Unless you live in the desert or the tundra, there’s a good chance you have plantain growing right in your own backyard. It is readily identified by the green, nubby spikes, which stick up out of a cluster of round leaves.

To soothe bug bites, eczema, poison ivy, or other minor skin irritations, rub fresh plantain leaves on the affected area. You can also make a soothing poultice of fresh, mashed leaves and a little cool water (this one feels good on sunburns). Plantain is also available as a supplement in liquid extract and capsule form at most health food stores—the usual dosage is 1 teaspoon of liquid extract three times a day, or up to 6,000 milligrams in capsules per day for treatment of bronchial symptoms.

There have been no toxic reactions reported with the use of plantain. Be sure to follow the directions on commercial preparations—consuming extremely large amounts could cause diarrhea, skin rash, or other allergic reaction.

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7 Steps to Seeding a New Lawn

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7 Steps to Seeding a New Lawn Hand up if you have always wanted a lawn like the picture above? (I’ll take the country house, too :)) I know for sure I have… I always get brown spots and if I try and re-seed my lawn it always ends up dying or growing funny and …

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DIY Alcohol Stove-The Super Cat Stove

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DIY Alcohol Stove-The Super Cat Stove From time to time you have seen me mention certain DIY alcohol stoves. They are a good cheap way to have a stove in the bush without having to look at commercially available options. The one in this post, is one of the simplest stoves to both make and …

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55 FREE Survival Downloads and Handbooks

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 55 FREE Survival Downloads and Handbooks You can’t beat FREE. I have all of these articles downloaded on my computer in PDF and hopefully someday printed (need a free printer tho lol) … The downloads and handbooks are top notch by great authors and institutions. They are definitely worth your time downloading them. If you have no time now, bookmark …

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Over 100 Free Dog House Plans

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Over 100 Free Dog House Plans With summer getting off to a great start, this means more time will be spent outside and that also includes mans best friend, your dog/s. If you are like me you may not own a dog house because your dogs are indoor dogs. Well, don’t spend hundreds of dollars …

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Braid with No Leader: Do you Really Need a Leader when Fishing with Braided Line?

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Why would you fish Braided Line without a Leader? On 90% of my setups I use Braided Fishing line; very rarely do I use a Fluorocarbon or Mono Leader on my setup… […]

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Bugging Home-The Sargent-Pt 2

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The Sargent from is back on the show today for the second half of our interview. We talk about get-home bags and getting home safely after a disaster.

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The Conservative Tribune Sends

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Back when the Officer Wilson/Michael Brown incident first took place there were a number of “experts” giving their shpeel about what they thought happened, and “Oh, this po po black chile was executed by poooolice.”. Then, there were the riots that took place by people that were just like Michael Brown. “You mean black people […]

Kitchen DIY: Basic Dutch Oven Tips

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If you are a prepper then a Dutch Oven is a must have item. The dutch oven tips in this article make it versatile enough that you can use it cook anything you cook in a regular oven. You can make pies, bread, stew, roasts outdoors using hot charcoal instead of inside using a traditional oven. Dutch Ovens are just metal cooking pot. Most often they are made of heavy cast-iron. They come in all sorts of dimensions and configurations, but if you plan on cooking on a fire, get one that has three short legs on the bottom, and

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Looking for land and others

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Hello I am looking for land or people to help me come together and get land to start eco village or tiny home village. I would like to go off grid as in build my own house and collect my own food even running water. But yet still have wifi to stay connect to the world to see whats going on. I want to form a small family of friends and workers who want to work for what we want and not have to pay anything or trade. Could be 100% debt fee for rest your lifes and not worrie about bills. I am looking for hard workers and people looking to start. Also looking for people with land or money to fund the project we would all have our own little piece of land. I am hoping for 1-5 acres per family. If this sounds like something you would like to try or help out plz email me at

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10 MORE Prepping Mistakes To Avoid

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Several years ago I wrote an article called 10 Common Prepping Mistakes To Avoid. It became one of my most popular articles, and to this day it still gets a lot of traffic. But the article was by no means comprehensive. There are literally hundreds of mistakes one can make when preparing for a disaster, […]

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Sustainable Sundays #5

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Welcome to another Sustainable Sundays link party! I am so excited to have you hear and I know you’ll find some fabulous posts to read.
Join us at Sustainable Sundays Link Party!

A link up party focused on eco friendly, sustainable practices. We’d love to have you link up posts about gardening, upcycling, homesteading, natural foods and recipes (nothing from a box!), reducing, reusing, and recycling.   

It’s Father’s Day! The link party stays open until Tuesday at noon EST, so come back and link up with us after you’ve shown Dad how important he is. Shhhh, don’t tell the mister, but the children and I are getting him a cell phone upgrade for Father’s Day. We’re secretly replacing his old flip phone with Folger’s Crystals ….. (did I just show off how old I am? Anyone remember those commercials?)

On a personal note – my birthday is Tuesday.  Every few years, I share my birthday with Father’s Day, but not this year. We are finally starting to warm up here in Nova Scotia, so I suspect I’ll be celebrating my birthday outside in the garden. It’s not completely unheard of for Nova Scotia to get “a year without summer”, so it’s nice to finally start seeing the sun.

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Most Visited Post: The most visited post was from The Boondocks Blog and her lovely solution for the glass block windows. Doesn’t it look pretty? Head on over and check it out.

Most Social: For the most social feature, we chose Skip the Bag and her awesome post about building her chicken coop. For those of you wondering how to keep chickens comfortable in a hot, humid area, this is a great coop.

Marie’s Choice: Garlic Buttered Shrimp. Oh, my goodness. This is one of my favourite decadent foods, and doesn’t the picture look delicious. This is my pick of the week!

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Between sewing, upcycling, and woodworking projects, Danielle loves to read, play with her dogs, try to keep her garden alive, and investigate new exciting ways to go green. Danielle also wrote the book, “A Complete Guide to Using, Laundering, and Sewing Reusable Cloth.

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Try this hardtack recipe for emergency food that lasts indefinately

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As a long term survival food,  hardtack has a proven track record.

by Leon Pantenburg

Hardtack is a traditional military ration that consists basically of flour, salt and water, baked into a cracker. Recipes abound, and it is possible to buy commercial versions.

Hardtack was a staple of military rations during the Civil War.

But the prepper/survivalist should consider using making hardtack. It is a good way to use up any surplus flour, and done correctly with the right recipe, the hardtack can last a long, long time.

The finished product is usually tastes pretty bland, but I was so hungry on one Idaho elk hunt that it tasted great! Peanut butter and jam helps make hardtack into a tasty snack.

This hardtack recipe was sent in by a Survivalcommonsense Youtube viewer, Thomas Emard. It is worth adding to your preparedness recipes. (I love it when readers/viewers send in recipes and survival tips!)

If you want to make the longest lasting, nutritional hardtack, here is the original British thrice-bake method for naval use. Life expectancy is indefinite. Keep it dry and it will last well over 100 years.

Thrice-baked British Hardtack


-10 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (I use Enriched)
-3.5 Cups Water (Filtered is ideal)
-3 Tablespoons Iodized Salt (Starting to see a pattern?)
-2 Tablespoons Salt Set-Aside


hardtack c Hardtack can be baked into whatever shapes are convenient.

Hardtack can be baked into whatever shapes are convenient.

-Preheat Oven to 250.
-Combine Salt and Water; stir until salt is no longer visible.
-Combine Flour and Saltwater into a dry dough. You should have to compress the dough in your hands for it to stick together.
-Place on heavily floured surface; roll out to 3/4 inch. A hardtack cutter is only $10. Invest in one.
-Cut with cutter, or with knife into roughly 3″x3″ squares.
-Create the ‘docks’ (holes). At least 16, but I use 25.
-Sprinkle tops with 1 Tablespoon of set-aside salt. Flip and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tablespoon.
-Bake on ungreased sheet for 3 hours; flip hardtack halfway through.
-Turn off oven and let cool with door closed. Remove hardtack when oven has fully cooled.
-Reheat the oven to 250 degrees. Bake again for 3 hours, flipping halfway through.
-Turn off oven and let cool with door closed. Remove hardtack when oven has fully cooled.
-Reheat the oven to 250 degrees. Bake a third time for 3 hours, flipping halfway through.
-Turn off oven and let cool with door closed.
-Let hardtack cool and harden for 3 days. Ideally, in the oven, but a counter top works just fine.
-Package and store. Salt and Desiccant packs are excellent preservers.

If kept dry, this will provide basic nutrition for an indefinite amount of time. We have hardtack from the Roman Empire that is still edible. Plan ahead, package properly, and this is a very cheap way to bulk up your supplies. I spent $50 on ingredients and I made over 5,000 crackers. So much that I actually gave a few boxes worth away to friends.

Keep in mind, the addition of ANYTHING else (honey, berries, butter, lard) will significantly reduce shelf life; from centuries to months.

By the way, Encamped Bread is a great alternative if you’re not on the march/in a survival situation. Same mixture, but bake at 250 for 15 minutes. Tack comes out soft and chewy, a great bread for collecting soup broth.

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American Survival Radio, June 18th

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PULSE Orlando nightclub

American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as they pertain to preparedness and survival.  If you’re interested in Survival, your own and that of your country, we bet you’ll like both!

In this episode of American Survival Radio, the Altons explore the Orlando shootings and come to a disturbing conclusion: that there are millions of soft targets for a gunman and that a repeat of this event can and will occur again and again in the uncertain future. Indeed, Omar Mateen’s attack on the Orlando PULSE nightclub will become the blueprint for future attacks: crowded venue, no armed patrons, lots of noise, and late enough for most club goers to have had a drink or two (not the best recipe for situational awareness).

Also, President Obama is close to his goal of handing control of the internet from U.S. hands to that of a global organization. The Alton explore whether this is really a good idea, or will authoritarian regimes take advantage and make the internet a less free place? Will Congress block the move?

All this and more on American Survival Radio #13.

Wishing you the best in good times or bad,


Joe and Amy Alton


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Last Chance for Brexit

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The queen supports Brexit


    Angele Merkel’s Europe is delusional.  It seems to think that it has unlimited funds with which to accept hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and anywhere else.  In many places in Europe, the 2008 economic crash has left many unemployed and even more people, particularly the young, underemployed.  Many of them will never be able to marry, have children and support a family, unless they try to do so in their own bedrooms in their parent’s homes.  England operates under a similar delusion. All over England, the elderly survivors of WWII watch their pensions cut under austerity. My own aunt lay on her own kitchen floor in London for twelve hours before an ambulance came to take her to a hospital, despite the fact that her primary physician knew she was extremely ill.  Austerity cut their pensions and the assistance to British people, while Muslim immigrants receive free council housing, free groceries, a clothing allowance, free education,free health care and free medication.  There are reasons families are taking unreasonable risks to get to England. I am not opposed to aid for people who need it, regardless of their religion. I am however, opposed to long term highly unbalanced aid to refugees as is presently the case.

            England has been a limited member of the European Union. It chose to keep its currency of the British pound sterling.  In the last few years, many British people have wondered if perhaps decisions made in the continent of Europe are hurting their nation.  Later this month there will be a vote as to whether Britain leaves the European Union.  As an American, I do not have a vote. However, as a person eligible for British subject status, I have an opinion on the matter which I will share here.  I support Britain’s exit from the European Union.  With so many connections and rules coming from Europe, when hard times and economic collapses come, it will be impossible for corrections to be made on the part of individual nations. All nations will experience economic failures by virtue of their inflexible ties to one another. When one falls they all do, rather than one nation being able to help another in times of economic strife.

             I have no doubt that Jo Cox, a graduate of Cambridge University, and a Member of Parliament for the past year, is a decent person and a loving wife and mother. Her murder by a mentally ill man on a British street is both horrific and devastating.  Mrs. Cox opposed Brexit and she also felt that Britain should continue to accept more refugees.  Until her murder, polling suggested that Britons would likely vote to exit. Now that a supporter of remaining in the European Union has died in such an horrific manner, polls indicate the opposite.

          For a moment, let’s decide what is right for England.  Stepping back from the European Union and careful assessment of Britain’s resources is in order. With the economic failure of Greece and other nations, it will benefit the whole to have Britain unencumbered by the economic laws of the European Union.

         Let’s not allow the death of a politician to sway the public into voting in a manner that is not right for England.  Please, consider carefully a vote for Brexit.

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How To Make A Custom DIY PVC Dog Washer

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How To Make A Custom DIY PVC Dog Washer Well, I have seen it all now. I can’t belive I didn’t know about this before today. Not only will this make washing your dog a lot easier it also conserves water too. I like that aspect of this PVC dog washing unit. Easy and cheap to make this will transform the way you wash our dog going forward. If you have kids they can use it to play in he sun too, so its a multi purpose item too. So its a win win. Check out how to make one

Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe

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Dill Pickle Potato Salad Recipe This recipe is sure to be a new family favorite! The tangy flavor of the dill pickles adds a delicious pop of flavor to this salad! We gave this a recipe a whirl last night and this is now our go-to potato salad recipe. It was so easy to make, tastes way better than my family recipe (sorry gran) and left us feeling satisfied. This potato salad is for sure going to be made at every BBQ going forward and possibly every pot luck we have at work. Check out the recipe and give it

Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe

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Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe Can I give this 10 stars?!?!?! Amazing cupcakes, me and my guests loved every bite. I made about a week in advance, froze (with out lemon and topping) and thawed about an hour before go time. Not one person could tell they had been frozen. All in all I would make these for any occasion, they are light, lemony and delicious. They may look a little complicated to make but trust me they are not. They are so simple to make. Check out the recipe and give them a go. You will NOT be disappointed.  Lemon

The Farm In Photos – Gardens, Flowers, And A Home Begins

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June is flying by, and it is hard to believe that July is just a few weeks away! For the last month, the farm has been a whirlwind of activity.  We dubbed this the “year of chaos”, knowing that the

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Hebrews 10:30-31

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 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”  
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

     I write this post with profound sadness.  More than anything else, I love being in the company of dedicated and committed Christians; men and women who truly love God and His Word, and seek to honor and glorify Him in this fallen world.  That is becoming more and more difficult as the established Church turns toward compromise and concession with the world, instead of standing for God’s Truth and being willing to endure persecution for His sake.
     I have shared with you that my husband and myself are not members of any chartered church, but rather worship and study the Bible as a part of a “home church”.  But we also commune with a small number of members of a local church, and we are united with them in our shared faith and commitment to God; often praying together, sharing Bible studies, and engaging in long discussions and examinations of the Word.  We rely on each other and are brothers and sisters in the Faith, even though we are not joined by church membership.
     Now these beloved Christians are faced with a crisis in their church that threatens to tear it asunder.  Without going into all the details, it has been revealed that certain members in the church are involved in an organization that diminishes the exclusivity of salvation through Jesus Christ.  This organization is a secret society that presents itself as a doer of charitable causes, but at the heart of it are secret oaths and worship of a universal, ecumenical deity.  If you call yourself a Christian, this is in direct conflict with your faith.
     And this shows the devious design of the Enemy.  What better way to infiltrate and influence the Church than to deceive self-avowed Christians into believing they are still serving God, while also serving in an organization that allows any god or “supreme being” to be equal to Jesus?  Remember, our Lord told us, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”  The Enemy has now subtly and calculatedly wormed his way into the church through these members, and no one is the wiser.  The question then becomes, “What will true and faithful Christians do once that influence is discovered?”  
     As the writer of Hebrews expresses throughout Chapter 10, it is Jesus Christ, and Him alone, that provides our salvation through His sacrifice.  When Christians, through their own fleshly pride, are willing to compromise on this issue, and with a determined will and selfish resolution, despise and reject Christ as the only Savior — or allow that influence from another member to remain in their Church — then I have a problem with being associated with them.  That is why the established Church is in such decline today, and I am in fervent prayer for my faithful friends.
     Too many times, the Church has turned a blind eye towards apostasy and abandoned God’s principles and commandments in order to find favor in the world.  How have we fallen so far, that to suffer the slings and arrows of a sinful world is too much to bear for our faith?  How is it, that we would rather renounce the gospel’s teachings in order to ingratiate ourselves with Babylon?  Does the horrific sacrifice of our Lord for the sake of our eternal salvation mean so little to us?
     Throughout the Bible, God has shown us what happens to those He has called when they choose to give in to their rebellious nature, or ignore that of others.  The judgment may be swift or drawn out, but it is always deliberate.  He will not be mocked!  He says it plainly in these two verses in Hebrews, Chapter 10:  Vengeance is mine.  I will repay!  The Lord will judge His people”  And that last sentence should grip our hearts … It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God.  God’s anger will be felt by a perverse and unfaithful generation.  It happened to the ancient Israelites over and over.  And it can, and will, happen to us, if we do not repent and turn from our rebellion.
     The Church’s destruction is self-generated, and it is only delayed because God is retraining His hand of judgment.  God’s power to judge should be terrifying to the Christian, yet too many today shrug Him off, relying on His grace and mercy.  But the Bible tells us that His wrath burns hot against the wicked; and that the wicked stand condemned by God’s law which is written on the heart, and they are deserving of hell.  Nothing will save them from eternal punishment except a saving faith in Christ.
     Yet Christians and the Church seem to have forgotten this Truth, and perhaps relegate it to a theological doctrine more attuned to Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God.  It is said that his powerful sermon “left people in the pews trembling and weeping”.  Oh, how I wish Christians today could be moved to work out their salvation with such fear and trembling.
     And that brings me back to my faithful Christian brothers and sisters, who I pray will receive strength and courage and wisdom from the Holy Spirit as they attempt to root out unGodly influence within their church.  They will most likely be a small remnant within the body of that church; those who truly understand that compromise is not acceptable to a true Christian, nor to a Righteous God.  We must never take the wrath of our holy and infinite God lightly.  At the same time, we must simultaneously remember and embrace the knowledge of how excellent His love is and how terrible His wrath is; the God whose hand of wrath will destroy the wicked is the same God whose hand of mercy will save the repentant.  I pray that repentance and mercy and salvation will come to this little local church, and they will stand as an example of true Faith and commitment to the Lord.

What You Need To Know About Pet Food For Survival

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Survivopedia Pet food

Cats and dogs are often counted as one of the family. That means you need to prepare for your pets as well as everyone else. They’ll need to eat, even after the SHTF and you can’t run to the store and simply buy another 50-pound sack.

Since the fats in dry kibble quickly turn rancid, it’s not ideal for long-term storage. Canned food lasts longer, but it sure takes up a lot of space. And it’s more expensive.

What’s a loving pet owner to do? After all, vets would have you believe that you’re limited to commercial food if you want to keep your pet in good health. But if you can’t store up enough food to last for years on end.

Don’t get discouraged. With a little planning and work, you can store or raise what you need to keep your pet healthy and happy even after a crisis.  Before we get to the details, let’s take a look at the very profitable pet food industry, and the actual nutritional needs for most cats and dogs.

A Quick History of Feeding Pets

Contrary to what many vets proclaim, your pet does not need pet food to thrive. Before the pet food industry exploded in popularity, people kept their animals alive just fine.

Back then, dogs were typically given bones, scraps that the family could afford to spare, and occasionally bread that had been soaked in milk.  They also ate whatever else they scrounged. Their meals rarely consisted of exactly the same thing, and this variety helped them achieve a balanced diet that worked.

Cats hunted for birds and mice. They chased and ate butterflies and other insects. They were given extra milk from the milk pail, and perhaps some other scraps as they became available.

If pets truly needed commercially prepared food to survive, there wouldn’t be any pets around today. They simply wouldn’t have survived all of those years before it was invented.

But, the pet food industry doesn’t want you to know this. They are very profitable, and make lots of money by people believing the lies they’ve spread. Examining the brief history of the industry will help pet owners feel more confident in their ability to use common sense to feed their animals.

The first commercially available pet food was inspired by hardtack crackers. It was a meat, grain, and vegetable based cracker for dogs. It was easily portable, and contained nutrients that dogs needed.

A couple of decades later, canned dog food made an appearance. Horse meat was the main ingredient. In the 1930s, cat food also appeared on the shelves.

Dry kibble came after the canned variety. The tin rationing in the United States during World War II played a role in its invention. Another factor was the perfecting of the extruding process that was being used for cereal at the time.

Once dry pet food was available, the manufacturers dove into marketing. They created jingles, told everyone that table scraps would hurt their animals, and got veterinarians onboard. The public responded favorably, and started turning to commercial food as the main diet of their pets.

Nutritional Needs of Dogs

Since dogs don’t need commercial food, what do they need? As scavengers, dogs eat a variety of foods. They are opportunistic carnivores, preferring meat when it’s available. But, they’ll also eat grains and vegetables. Actually, there’s not much a dog won’t eat.

But, just because a dog can eat something doesn’t mean that it should. Many table foods are bad for pets. Chocolate is a common example. Onions and garlic (in excess) are others.

Video first seen on Veterinary Secrets.

Three Simple Recipes for Dogs

Cooking for your pup isn’t complicated. Here are three different recipes you can whip up for your dog. You can mix and match ingredients, using what you have on hand and in your food storage.

The Piles of Three

You’ll need:

  • Cooked or Raw Meat (rabbit, chicken, ground beef, lamb, tuna, etc.)
  • Cooked Carbs (white rice, oats, quinoa, potatoes)
  • Cooked or Raw Veggies (green beans, peas, carrots)

The recipe is simple. You mix one part of meat, one part of carbs, and one part of vegetable.  Then feed your dog in appropriate sized portions for the breed and size.

Doggy Stew

This stew has to cook for quite a while to get the nutrients out of the bones and make them safe for your dog. It may not be appropriate for all SHTF scenarios, but if you’re cooking on a woodstove, or have another solid supply of heat, then it’s a great way to feed your dog from scraps! You’ll need:

  • Meat scraps
  • A couple of potatoes or sweet potatoes cut into chunks
  • Green beans
  • Water

Throw your meat scraps and bones into a large pot. Cover with water and simmer for several hours, until you can crush the bones easily between your fingers. Now, add the potatoes and green beans and let cook until those are soft. Mash the stew into appropriate sized pieces for your dog, and let cool before feeding.

Leave It Raw

Many dog owners are embracing the raw food diet. This actually would work quite well in a SHTF scenario, as long as you are raising meat for your family. You’ll need a combination of:

  • Raw, meaty bones (rabbit, chicken backs and feet, meaty bones from cows, etc.)
  • Whole prey
  • Organ meat

Your dog will figure out how to eat it Just make sure that organ meat doesn’t make up a large portion of this diet.

Nutritional Needs of Cats

Cats and dogs are different in many ways, including their nutritional needs. While dogs are natural scavengers, cats in the wild typically hunt for their meals. They are obligate carnivores, which means they need animal-based protein.

Organ meat is an important piece of a cat’s diet. They need the taurine these parts provide.

But, you don’t want to feed your cat exclusively organ meat, or any other one type of food. As you’re preparing food for your cat, strive for approximately 80% meat, 10% organs, and 10% edible bones to mimic the food they’d hunt on their own.

Video first seen on Real Pet Tips.

Three Simple Recipes for Cats

If your cat is used to being outdoors and mousing, that’s a great way to provide a large chunk of its diet. Eating the organs, bones, and meat of the prey will help meet your cat’s nutritional needs. If that’s not possible during a crisis situation, you’ll need to prepare food.

A good quality meat grinder that can handle bones will make preparing this food easier for you and your cat. This is especially important if your cat isn’t used to chewing on large chunks of meat or small, raw bones. As they adjust to the diet, you can slowly transition to larger chunks.

It’s important to note that as a hunter species instead of a scavenger one, cats prefer warm or room temperature food. Many cats won’t touch cold food. To warm your homemade food, place it in a resalable container and submerge it in warm water for thirty minutes before feeding.

You’ll notice that meat is the star of all these recipes. Cats need meat. If you give your cat other foodstuff, that’s fine for a treat. Cats even eat grass occasionally! But the bulk of what they eat should be meat.

Canned Fish & Liver Meal

Canned fish makes a simple base for your cat’s diet. Look for a variety that includes the bones and skin, which will provide the calcium and fat your feline needs. Canned salmon, sardines, and mackerel often meet this requirement. The liver is added for the taurine, and is an important addition. You’ll need:

  • A can of fish (undrained)
  • A tablespoon of ground chicken liver

Mix the ingredients together and mash the large chunks before feeding.

Raw Chicken, Liver, & Heart

This recipe can make use of the liver and heart of any animals you are butchering, and some cooked chicken. You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of bone-in raw chicken thigh
  • 3 ounces raw chicken liver
  • 6 ounces raw chicken heart

Grind all the ingredients in a heavy duty meat grinder and feed.

Rabbit Feed

Rabbit is an ideal meat for your cats. It’s a great proportion of muscle meat, organs, and edible bone. You’ll need:

  • One rabbit (organs and bone included)
  • Grind the rabbit. Feed in appropriate sized portions.

Transitioning Feed

If your animals are currently on a commercially prepared diet, you’re going to want to stockpile a bit. That way you can slowly transition to this new way of eating over the course of a month. Your animal’s system will adapt better when you go this route as opposed to a cold turkey switch.

Cats are especially prone to turning their nose up at unfamiliar food. You might consider feeding your cat one of the above recipes for one meal a week now. That way when a crisis arises, the new food won’t be completely new.

Long-Term Feeding Tips

When you’re preparing for your pet, you’re going to want to make some long-term plans. Most pets will be a part of your family for many years, so think beyond a year or two.

If you have the space and ability, raising your own rabbits or chickens will help feed your pets along with the rest of your family. You can also let your animals hunt, keeping the rodent population down around your homestead.

By canning your own meat now, you’ll be able to build a stock-pile of meat. This can be used as a supplement to your pet’s diet when necessary.

If you have a dog, as you build your food storage, throw in extra rice and vegetables. Stored properly, dry rice and canned or dehydrated vegetables will last a long time.

Don’t Forget the Water!

Just like you need plenty of water for survival, your pets do too. It’s essential that you have a water supply on hand that’ll meet the needs of everyone in the household and all your animals.

Do you have a backup water plan? Do you have a way to filter water? Start making plans now before it’s too late.

homemade dog food

Do You Make Your Own Pet Food?

By thinking outside of kibble, you can make a viable long-term feeding plan for all the pets in your life.

Do you make your own pet food? What are your solutions for long-term feeding? I’d love for you to share additional tips and tricks in the comments section below.


This article has been written by Lisa Tanner for Survivopedia.

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How To Use A Nebulizer When The Power Is Out

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This is a topic that really concerns me, how to use a nebulizer when the power is out. If you or someone you know has mentioned nebulizers and what will they do when they lose power, this is a very frightening thought or feeling. I was up in Salt Lake City, Utah recently, and when I’m up there I like to stop by the Goal Zero facility in Bluffdale, Utah and to visit with the staff. I like to see all the new things available, and I love their customer service employees.

They go above and beyond helping me with my questions. I really like to know the ins and outs of how things work.  I wanted to try out my Goal Zero YETI 400 solar power source with some young girls who use a nebulizer, Jenna and Avery who are sisters. I did a YouTube for you as well so you can see how the solar power source works. Jenna is 11 years old and has had asthma since she was a baby. Avery is 5 years old and has asthma as well. Elaine, their mother mentioned to me how concerned she is if the power goes out, so I asked her if I could show her how to use some solar power from a Goal Zero YETI 400 with her nebulizers.

How To Use A Nebulizer:

This is Jenna above with her mouth-piece attached to the nebulizer which is being powered using zero electricity, just solar power from the Goal Zero YETI 400.

I asked their mother, Elaine to explain how a nebulizer works:

“My girls use a nebulizer whenever their asthma flares up, or when they have any respiratory problems restricting their breathing. This could be something as simple as a mild cold, but for someone with asthma, it can quickly turn into pneumonia because their lungs just aren’t as strong and can’t clear out the obstructions. The nebulizer works by delivering liquid medication (Albuterol is what we use) in vapor form directly into their lungs and it helps open up the airways so they can cough easier and breath more naturally. When we need it, it takes about 10 minutes to disperse the medicine and is repeated every 4 hours. We typically are doing this every 4 hours for a few days when we are doing it.”
This is Avery using her mouth-piece with the nebulizer. All solar power from the Goal Zero YETI 400! Here is the nebulizer using only solar power in action:
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You need to keep these power sources charged all the time because then they are ready to be used when needed in a power outage. You use a nebulizer when you need it, right? So please keep them charged and buy the solar panels to recharge them when we lose power for extended periods of time. Please check your wattage because every nebulizer uses different power amounts.
Here is the one we used for my sweet friends above:

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Berkey BK4X2-BB Big Berkey Drinking Water Filtration System with 4 Filters – 2 Black Filters and 2 Fluoride Filters 2.25 Gallon

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Nordic Bees In The Top Bar Hive

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Now it’s been two weeks since my Nordic bees moved into the top bar hive. They seem to like it there, and the hive is growing stronger every day.

We’ve had a couple of rainy days but as soon as it gets warmer outside and the wind settles, there’s shuttle traffic from the hive to the nearest flowers or trees.

A peek into the top bar hive

A peek into the top bar hive

To move the bees from the frame hive to the top bar hive I followed this guide by Patrick Sellman. It went very smooth.

The nordic bee

The nordic bee

The Nordic bee is our ancient native breed of bees and is adapted to our Nordic climate over thousands of years.

This bee race has longer hair, better winter hardiness, and flies at lower temperatures compared to the southern races.

The last 150 years there has been a massive import of foreign bee races, such as Italian yellow bees, which has supplanted the Nordic bee. The Nordic bee is threatened today – of Sweden’s 125,000 to 150,000 bee colonies only around 1000 to 1200 communities are Nordic bees.

Work is under way to save and preserve the Nordic bee. This important work is carried out by the Nordbi association that I recently became a member of. To me it is a no brainer that native animal breeds that have adapted to the harsh Nordic climate over the millennia should be preserved for future generations.

Honeycomb construction underway

Honeycomb construction underway

The construction of the honeycombs are in full swing on the new top bars. It’s important to keep track and add new bars as the bees expand, so they don’t feel it gets too crowded. Then they might get the idea that it’s time to swarm and find a new home.

We've harvested the first honey comb. Delicious!

We’ve harvested the first honey comb. Delicious!

When we moved the bees to the top bar hive we also harvested the very first honeycomb. The bees had good amounts of honey in the other cakes so we felt it was okay to harvest one. I actually think it tastes better just knowing that it is produced on the farm and in the neighboring village where the bees were bought.

Cover wax

Cover wax

When the honey is ready the bees cover it with wax. The first thing you do when you harvest the honey is to scrape off the wax covering. This wax is extra fine and clean and you usually save it to use in balms and ointments.

Now all I have to do is make sure the bees have enough bars to build on, and let them carry on collecting pollen and nectar. Towards the end of July we’ll likely be able to harvest another honeycomb, but we will leave as much honey as possible for the bees over winter to avoid having to feed them as much supplements.

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This New Car Engine is a Prepper’s Dream Come True

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stirling engineMuch like what kind of firearm you should own, or what should go into a proper bug out bag, most preppers could endlessly debate the qualities needed in a bug out vehicle. And like any debate among preppers, there is no definitive answer. The perfect vehicle for you will vary depending on your preferences, circumstances, abilities, and experiences. There isn’t a single type of vehicle that is perfect for anyone.

In the future however, there may be a new type of engine that just about every prepper will want in their vehicle. I say “in the future” because this setup was only recently invented by a man in San Antonio named Josh “Mac” MacDowell, albeit for very non-prepper reasons (though he’s not the first person to come up with this idea). Rather than an internal combustion engine, he wants to place a stirling engine in his vehicle.

I’ve written about the stirling engine and its potential uses for preppers before. It was invented in the early 1800’s as a safer alternative to the steam engine, but it never caught on. Thought it’s rugged, simple, easy to maintain, and has stellar fuel efficiency, the engine doesn’t work very well on a larger scale. Its motion is reliant on its ability to exchange heat between the engine and the air, so if the engine is too big, it will struggle to shed heat.

It also can’t shift into different speeds very quickly, which is why it never caught on in the car industry. Not that they wouldn’t be interested. The stirling engine has a fuel efficiency that’s about three times better than a gasoline combustion engine. Unfortunately the stirling takes a really long time to heat up or cool down, both of which determine how fast the engine is running. Those technical hurdles were too much for car companies to overcome.

However, those hurdles are no longer a problem with the technology that’s available to us today. Here’s what stirling engine is capable of, once it’s combined with a hybrid vehicle:

Though mechanically sound, the Stirling engine never caught on in the 1800s, with most businesses choosing to use steam engines for their industrial applications. NASA even experimented with the engine in the early 1980’s, and was able to achieve 54 miles per gallon, but the Space Agency never went any further with the technology. MacDowell borrowed one of these Stirling engines from NASA and began experimenting with it to see if he could use the regenerative engine with 21st-century automotive know-how.

MacDowell coupled the engine with existing hybrid technology, creating a system that will deliver 58 miles per gallon to a Ford F-150 and at least 100 miles per gallon in a smaller SUV. In his model, the Stirling engine runs at a fixed RPM generating electricity that is used to charge the batteries, which drive motors that propel the vehicle.

Using this thermopile technology, a Stirling-powered vehicle can drive at highway speeds without having to recharge. MacDowell also redesigned the Stirling engine to have the dimensions and appearance of a standard four-cylinder engine, making it compatible with existing automobiles. His idea was so brilliant that Texas A&M University became involved in the project, providing MacDowell with technical expertise and a testing environment to aid in the development of the engine.

By using the stirling engine as a generator to power the batteries, as opposed to directly powering the car, this bypasses pretty much all of the problems with the engine. Nothing but the benefits, such as the insanely good fuel efficiency, remain. MacDowell believes that if his experiments are successful, then his setup could replace the internal combustion for most applications in the near future.

So what else could this vehicle provide to preppers, other than giving a vehicle the ability to drive across the continental US on a single tank of gas (which MacDowell intends to demonstrate in a few months)?

For starters, it would be a stealthy car. You could turn the engine off and just run on the batteries if you found yourself in a hairy situation. Second, you would have a power generator everywhere you go, and a massive battery bank to charge whatever electronic devices that you brought with you. If you tried doing that with an ordinary non-hybrid vehicle, you would run the risk of burning out the lead acid battery.

The greatest advantage however, would be the versatility of the stirling engine itself. Since that engine runs on an external heat source, as opposed to an internal combustion engine, you could use pretty much any fuel source you can imagine. You could pour gasoline, diesel, bio-diesel, kerosene, or alcohol in the tank. With a few modifications, you could run natural gas or propane as well.

Though this certainly wasn’t MacDowel’s intention, he’s basically created the perfect prepper car. If there ever comes a time when our society collapses for a prolonged period, and fuel is both scarce and varied, a hybrid car with a stirling engine would be the last car on the road to “run out of gas”, so to speak.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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