Reload 209 Shotgun Primers Using Field Expedient Methods

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“Urban Man” My survival buddy sent me another post in a series of reloading shotgun ammo. This video shows how to reload the primer as well when you have no primer replacements.”

Suggested tools used:

1. Antique hand primer crimp tool
2. Wood dowel for powder, wad and shot compressing
3. Primer removal tool with socket base (5/8 inch socket)
4. Rubber hammer
5. Wad cutter tool (for what ever size shell you are loading)
6. Flat punch that fits inside primer cup to flatten out dimple
7. Flat piece of metal stock
8. Flat piece of wood
9. Strike anywhere matches
10. Powder and shot measuring cups
11. Wad material (paper, plastic, wool, etc)
12. Over shot card material (cardboard, playing cards, etc)
13. 5.5 mm socket (used to remove primer cup)
14. Pin or finishing nail used to pound out primer cup.
15. Lighter or similar flame source
16. Glue stick
17. Rifle and shotgun powder with container (I used Pyrodex RS)
18. Bird shot with container (I used #7 1/2 in the video) 

Note: Do not allow the ammo to get wet. Do not jar the ammo around by throwing into an ammo can or something of that nature. Protect the ammo until it is needed. It is best to shoot this ammo from a single shot or double barrel shotgun rather than a pump action. A pump action can be used if you load and fire one round at a time rather than using the pump action.

One drawback from reloading spent primers is the chance that the match head powder or what ever other ignition source was used may not ignite and you get a dude fire.

In the event the primer does not ignite, wait about 60 seconds with the end of the barrel pointed on target in the event there is a cook off. A cook off is when the powder could be smoldering but has not yet ignited. If it ignites and the end of the barrel is pointed toward someone, there may be a chance of an accidental shooting.

Always inspect the shells for damage and cracks. Do not reuse or shoot damaged ammo. Use safety glasses when loading your ammo and keep open flames away from your powder. 

Urban Search and Rescue Markings, and Why You Need to Know Them

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Urban Search and Rescue Markings and Why You Need to Know Them In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, did you notice pictures of the cryptic markings that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) spray-painted on all the homes? These rescue marking convey a large amount of information, and knowing what they mean can help you in a …

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4 Tips To Stop Someone From Bleeding To Death

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4 Tips To Stop Someone From Bleeding To Death Stopping someone from bleeding to death is a pretty basic first aid skill, yet most people don’t know anything more than, “put pressure on it.” Yes, putting pressure on the wound is a good idea, but what should you use to cover the wound? And what …

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How to Build a Coracle – One Person Boat

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How to Build a Coracle – One Person Boat   This would be a handy skill to learn in a SHTF situation. If there were no boats around and you needed to get across a river or use the river as a highway this would be a great solution. Coracles are adaptable and can be …

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How and Why You Need To Make The Uber Match

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How and Why You Need To Make The Uber Match Spend 10 minutes making a few of these Uber badass matches and never worry about starting a fire again! These serve as a source of ignition and a fire starter/kindle all in one. This project is really easy and really cheap. Stop spending 5 or …

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Pemmican – The Original Survival Food

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Pemmican – The Original Survival Food   If you’re living through a disaster where you’re on your feet a lot and don’t have time to cook, one of the best foods you can eat is pemmican. It’s packed full of fat and protein and can give you lots of steady energy throughout the day without …

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Elections have Consequences, What Next for Brexit and Us

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Yesterday’s election for Brexit was a good decision.  Britain will now be able to attempt to regain control of its own destiny.  Being a member of the European Union made it subject to rules and regulations over which it had no real control.  In addition, it eliminated its borders and allowed people from other counties that were members of the European Unit to move to Britain, in other words open borders throughout the European Union.

Now that Britain has moved to regain control, they will be able to secure their own borders and deport many of the immigrates.  Now this will not come without a price.  The elites of the world who wish to control us all will attempt to stop Britain from leaving.

Already you can start to see fallout on both sides.  France, Italy, Netherlands now has large groups that want a referendum on leaving the European Union.  On the negative side, the stock market and the pound have both been affected by the vote.  The stock market is down. Now I think that to a large degree this has been manipulated by outside forces that want Britain to fail.  For the immediate future, everything bad that the elites can cause to happen will be blamed on Brexit.

President Obama stated while in Britain that it would take 5 years to negotiate a new trade treaty with Britain and it would take 10 year to go into effect.  The world’s elites have not suffered a defeat like this in some time and I believe that they will react strongly to it.  As a result, the world’s economies will be damaged.

Now is a time to pay attention, the actions that they take against Brexit will affect us all.  Be prepared for a rough economic ride for the next couple of years.  But don’t give up and feel that you cannot affect events.  Keep up the fight, vote for the best candidates you can, influence others and stay prepared.  When you feel like it is hopeless and you can’t affect the outcome, remember that the insignificant termites can bring down a large building.  Be a termite.


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BREXIT: 4 Things You Better Know

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British voters shocked the world and brought down the government of Prime Minister David Cameron by voting Thursday to leave the European Union in a result that will have a global impact.

Around 52 percent of British voters supported the so-called Brexit in a special referendum, sparking a selloff on Friday morning worldwide that saw markets quickly lose $2 billion. The German stock exchange lost 6 percent of its value, and French stocks fell by 8 percent. Stocks in three major banks — Barclays, Lloyds and RBS or Royal Bank of Scotland — lost 30 percent of their value.

Gold prices rose by 4.57 percent to $1,318.92 a troy ounce, and bitcoin prices shot up to $677 before falling to $644.24 in the hours after the vote. Stock, currency and commodity prices were affected because Britain’s currency, the pound sterling, lost 8.7 percent of its value after Brexit.

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“This is an historic event and will not be swept under the rug very quickly,” Dominick Chirichella, a senior partner at the Energy Management Institute, told Reuters.

The effects of Brexit will be long-lasting. Here is what you should know:

1. Nobody knows how long it will take Britain to leave the EU. Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union outlines a procedure for leaving, but it provides no timeframe. Most experts think it will take Britain around two years to negotiate an exit from the EU, although it might take longer, The Independent reported. The process will take so long because the UK will have to negotiate a series of new treaties with the organization on a wide variety of issues. That means Britain will stay in the EU for at least two years, or longer.

2. Britain will still work with European countries. The United Kingdom will still conduct most of its trade with EU countries. It also will remain part of NATO, the organization responsible for Europe’s defense. A number of European nations, including Switzerland and Norway, are not part of the EU.

3. Brexit might cause the breakup of the United Kingdom. The Telegraph reported that 62 percent of Scottish voters and 55.7 percent of people in Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU, while 53.2 percent of English voters and 51.7 percent of the people in Wales voted to leave. Scotland’s leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is already urging an independence referendum in her country, The Telegraph reported.

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“The vote across England and Wales was a rejection of the EU; and it was a sign of divergence between Scotland and large parts of the rest of the UK, and how we see our place in the rest of the world,” Sturgeon said.

Scottish voters rejected independence by a vote of 55-45 percent in 2014. Sturgeon wants another vote so Scotland can join the EU.

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“Scotland will seek independence now,” Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who lives in Scotland and opposed independence in 2014, tweeted.

4. The effects of the Brexit on the United States are unclear. Although pain is being felt on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones average fell by 500 points Friday morning, it is hard to tell if that is merely a correction or the beginning of a bear market.

Stocks were down because traders did not expect Brexit to pass, and had assumed all week it would fail.

The major immediate economic effect in the US will be on the dollar, which is expected to gain in value because the pound and the Euro will lose value. A strong dollar can hurt average Americans by making US exports more expensive.

That could mean higher prices and lower sales for agricultural products and manufactured goods, which might eliminate some US jobs. It will be good news for Americans planning a European vacation, because their dollars will go farther.

A long-term benefit for America might be that more international banking and financial activity will move to the US from London. That might benefit cities like New York and Chicago.

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Normalcy Bias

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Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days seriesoften talked of people having normalcy bias. Kind of head in the sand, not really looking outside of their normal, day to day lives.

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects Wiki

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I did a super quick Podcast about this topic. How I, myself, have had a case of normalcy bias. Wanting the world to just be normal. I know, define normal. I want to not have to think about the what if’s. Part of my problem, if you want to call it that, is my personality feels it. If I read too much or watch too many YouTube videos and I start to get anxious. I know we are not to worry. I know that I am saved by grace, and honestly, know if anything does happen that I am going to be ok. For my own mental state I need to not read every blog post or watch every YouTube video. I can see fear mongering in some of it and steer clear of those sites.

What do you do when you sense normalcy bias coming on? Power through or unplug?

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Caesar Goodson, Not Guilty

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Here’s the story from the Baltimore Sun With precision, confidence and the no-nonsense style for which he is well known, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams on Thursday destroyed the state’s case against Officer Caesar Goodson, exposing it as a vessel of clay and smashing it to bits. When Williams was finished reading his verdicts, […]

What You’ll Need To Survive If You’re Caught Out In The Wild

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You never know where you’re going to be when disaster strikes. Whether you’re stranded or the inevitable happens and you’re in the middle of nowhere. Survival isn’t just about making sure that you have your bug-out bag. It isn’t just about having your shelter ready. It’s also about being able to make it on your own. Being able to survive in the wild. If you’re not sure how to do that, keep reading.


You’re not always going to have your bug-out bag handy with you when you’re out in the wild. Whether you’re hunting, scouting or simply on the road in less populated areas. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a mini-bag of useful tools with you. Tools that can help you purify water. That can keep you connected to radio stations. The best tactical flashlight you can use to navigate the wilderness. The best clothes to keep you sheltered from the elements. Even when you’re far from home, it’s a good idea to have these kinds of things with you.


You’re going to want to have some kind of food with you to keep you immediately supplied. But besides that, it’s a good idea to also have some notion of how to keep your own food. Especially if you have to stay out there for days on end. Besides recognizing what and how to forage successfully, finding yourself a good supply of protein is valuable. This is where hunting skills come into play. Perhaps more reliably is finding protein sources from water, however. Sources like being able to successfully fish for bass and bluegill.


Physical strength

If you want to be able to make it away from civilization (or if civilization crumbles), then you need to be prepared. Not just in terms of equipment and knowledge. You’re going to need a certain degree of fitness, as well. Traversing rough terrain, particularly if you have the kind of equipment you need, isn’t easy. Similarly, in the event of the breakdown of civilization and any ensuing violence, then you need to be in a position to defend yourself as well. After all, your gun won’t always be immediately handy. If you’re talking about survival, your physical condition plays a key role.


Of course, it’s more than just the skill to procure food and take of yourself physically you need. Being truly independent means developing a whole set of skills that most people today have forgotten about. Skills we once relied on that have gotten a soft as a result of civilized living. Skills like orienteering and being able to navigate all by yourself. Skills like locating the site and resources for a shelter as well as being able to build it yourself. Take constant trips into the wilderness to cultivate these skills. Do it before you’re caught entirely unprepared.

Surviving in the wild is about combining skills, knowledge and conditioning. You’re going to need to learn how to take care of yourself, even when your supplies aren’t immediately handy.

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8 Ways To Homeschool AND Homestead Without Going Absolutely Bonkers

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8 Ways To Homeschool AND Homestead Without Going Absolutely Bonkers

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If you live in a homestead and try to homeschool your kids, then doing so may be one of the most challenging tasks you have to face every day.

On top of gardening, food preservation, animal care, mucking, cooking meals, child care AND a dozen more chores in the home and farm, homeschooling is an added responsibility that doesn’t always fit neatly in your day-to-day schedule.

Depending on the number and ages of your children, homeschooling can be either a complex or tedious job that places constant demands on you – mentally, emotionally and time-wise.  Whether you use structured curricula or opt for more flexible, non-traditional teaching methods, and whether you do it alone or with others’ help, it’s still a ball to include in the juggling act you already do every day, keeping a family and a homestead together.

And, whether you’ve just begun with a single preschool child, or you are a seasoned veteran who’s homeschooled three or four middle and high schoolers, you know how things can go crazy both in the home and in the farm without warning. A nanny goat gives birth to a kid who gets goat chill, needing emergency care; a fence gets broken and needs repair before nightfall; baskets of fresh produce sit in your kitchen, awaiting canning; one of the children gets a fever.

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Life on the farm is a far cry from the routine of an office job. At times, in fact, it can be downright dirty and unpredictable. How on earth can you provide a semblance of order, regularity and sanity in the midst of chaos and complexity?

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Here are a few tips that can help you manage the homesteading-homeschooling lifestyle without practically losing your mind.

1. Follow your own time. Choose a time of day that works for you and your household. If you prefer finishing the morning chores first – watering the garden, taking animals out to pasture, baling hay — do so, while the weather is mild. Then get indoors when the sun is too hot so you can settle down and shift to your role as teacher. That goes for months and seasons as well. There are those who choose to follow an agrarian calendar, since the autumn months are spent harvesting and canning. Others spread the school load throughout the year, stopping to enjoy one- to two-week breaks on different months only as needed.

2. Integrate homesteading into homeschooling. If you desire and foresee your children pursuing the same lifestyle as you and your spouse’s, begin training them in the farming way of life as soon as they’re ready. Children as young as five or six can already be taught simple skills like watering plants, weeding, feeding chickens, harvesting eggs.

Whenever any of our goat dams give birth, I immediately stop class; rather, I transfer the class into the barn for an on-the-spot training in animal husbandry. My 11-year-old daughter started serving as “birthing assistant” when she was eight. Holding a tray in her hands containing gloves, scissors, iodine, cotton balls and towels, she’s assisted my husband many times in the birthing process and already knows what to do. In a few years she can probably birth a kid on her own.

Remember that homesteading is a lot of science education in itself. Seed-starting is botany. Composting is soil science. Animal processing teaches anatomy. Fermenting kombucha is chemistry. Where else can you find a diversity of real-life, real-time lessons on the spot and on a continuing basis?

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3. Provide the basics, then take it from there. In terms of courses, provide the “3 Rs” — reading, `riting, `rithmetic — then see where your child’s skills and interests take him. After setting a rudimentary course, add and tweak as you go. As years progress and he matures, decide which path he (and the Lord) wants for him and choose which subjects to give priority to. Will it be the sciences? Math? Language? The arts? How about non-traditional lessons that complement an off-grid lifestyle: Beekeeping? Carpentry? Aquaponics? How to harness renewable energy?

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4. Include lots of fun stuff. Take the class outdoors. Camping, hunting, bouldering, building a fort, making a small waterwheel, designing a hover craft, the list goes on. For every age and stage in a child’s life there’s a hundred things to learn and discover that can’t be taught in the classroom, and aren’t dependent on the grid. On days that are way too busy or when emergencies arise and you can’t follow the day’s assignments, keep books, analytical board games, puzzles and Sudoku on hand to keep a child mentally busy for several hours. Meanwhile…

5. Don’t forget the “university” of the Internet. There are countless sites online that teach lessons, academic or not, for free. Our children have acquired dozens of skills from YouTube — from piano to sewing to bushcraft to baking.

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6. Take periodic breaks. A weary, burned-out, unhappy parent-teacher makes for an unhappy home, homestead and schoolroom. Try to enlist the help of a husband, grandparent, friend or sitter (if your children are young) so you can go to town and take a breather. If you can’t leave your kids, bring them with you and go on a bi-monthly or quarterly field trip where they can learn without your direct supervision. A trip to the museum, zoo, the ballet, a permaculture farm. Even just a half-day visit to the library every couple of weeks can take some load off your back.

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7. Realize you can’t do everything. Homeschooling takes a whole lot of patience, commitment, sacrifice AND the humble admission that you won’t be able to do it all, all of the time. Find a homeschool co-op. Start one if you can’t find any. Look for other homeschooling families in your neighborhood, church or county. Even just joining an online forum can provide the encouragement you need when you’re in distress, overwhelmed and ready to give up.

8. Ultimately, major on the majors. What skills, habits and values do you really want to develop in your children? For my husband and me, it’s their love for reading. Writing. Research. Critical thinking. Finding alternatives. Innovation.

What work ethic would you want them to have? Are diligence, self-motivation and perseverance encouraged? Over the months and years, as you see your student improve in these traits, give him – and yourself — a pat on the back. You’ve both done a great job! These are attributes not usually applauded or emphasized in traditional schools, where rote learning is the norm and the highest praises are reserved primarily for getting good grades.

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Lifestyle of a Prepared Family

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For most parents, summer break has begun in all is fantastic fun and chaos. We often have a love-hate relationship with summer break. We love the freedom and opportunities but hate the lack of schedule and how our kids respond to it. Which is why this topic is incredibly pertinent for all of us right […]

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Good Cop, Bad Cop

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Not matter what type of job you are in, there are good guys and some bad guys. In law enforcement, it is no different. For a given amount of personnel, there are a certain percentage of bad guys. These are guys who abuse authority, like the power trip they believe the badge gives them, or […]

Emergency Preparedness: The Quintessential Must-Haves to Survive Disaster

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Catastrophe can strike at any moment. Are you prepared? Are your kids? You need to evaluate your current survival plan and update your emergency preparedness kit. You don’t want to be caught without some of these must have items to survive disaster.

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Implementing A Secondary Survival Cache

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Is there a compelling reason to justify selecting, creating, and stocking a back up supply hide?  This is a subject I have spent Best Survival Cacheconsiderable time researching over the past several months.  My conclusions are not hard and fast, because I realize first and foremost that every member of the Survival Cache family has different survival prep priorities, goals and objectives.  Creating another survival cache of goods is not for every prepper.  And don’t be confused by my use of the terms secondary or intermediate, because I mean them to be interchangeable.

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Why Create Other Cache Hides?

Here’s the scenario.  You work downtown in a medium or large city.  The commute is several miles from home and it takes up to an Best Way To Make A Survival Cachehour depending on the traffic congestion to get to your office or work site.  Your wife and kids work and go to school in the opposite direction.  By noon there is a report of severe weather coming in.  A glance out your office window reveals dark, ominous clouds rolling in your direction.  It is obvious the winds are picking up and it starts raining.  What do you do?

You call your wife and tell her to gather the kids and head to your predetermined secure Bug Out location, which is a rural farmhouse built to withstand nasty storms.  When you finally negotiate the traffic and arrive at your Bug Out locale, what have you done to prepare at that site for an extended stay?  Did you cache out the site?

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Scenario No.2 is different.  You live downwind only 40 miles from a chemical plant that has experienced a melt down.  You have been ordered to evacuate your home and you have zero time to pack anything.  The whole thing catches you off guard.  You gather your family, jump in the SUV and speed down the driveway praying you can find a motel somewhere down the highway in the safe zone.  The nearest town is another fifty miles down the road.  Perhaps you wish you had stashed a cache of supplies somewhere else away from your home just in case?  Maybe just a hidden plastic sealed vault with some emergency food, water, medicine, and some other supplies to carry you over.

Obviously we could create an endless number of “what if” SHTF scenarios in which the creation of a secondary supply cache would have proven extremely beneficial.  Questions arise about where, what, how much, how long, and such.  It seems as though some of these questions could prove quite problematic to having a secondary cache.  I guess the question will always remain just how practical it would be to build out a secondary supply hide.  For me, the tough issue would be setting aside critical supplies in a potentially vicarious location where expensive goods might deteriorate over time or be discovered by somebody else or even be gone when I needed it.

Some would say to cache out at a distant family or friend location where it would be secured.  Others advocate the extreme of burying it somewhere in the wilds hoping it will endure the natural elements.  All questions worthy of poised thought and planning.  But for the sake of consideration for proper prepper planning, let’s consider the possibilities.

The Cache Bag

Perhaps this could be considered nitpicking, but what if we created a smaller version of a Bug Out Bag that contained perhaps Best Way to Store Guns Undergroundsome of the same stuff, but in smaller emergency type quantities that we could cache in one or more locations for “on the run” situations.  This would be an intermediate grab and go bag on our way to a more permanent Bug Out location.

It is not to be kept at your fixed home living domicile, though I suppose it could be in the car trunk or in the back of the SUV.  The idea though is for it to be hidden out at an in between location from Home A and Bug Out Location C.  The Cache Bag is posted at Site B.  The location could be a friend’s garage, a known business location such as a warehouse of an associate, or the upstairs closet of an aunt somewhere along the travel route.  There could be multiple Cache Bags hidden at alternate routes all eventually leading to your final Bug Out hold out.

These supplies are meant to sustain you until you reach your final pre-planned destination during the SHTF.  This would differ from larger Bug Out Bags that would be intended for an extended starter supply bag once you traveled direct from your home or office to the Bug Out site.  This Bug Out Bag would be kept at home or in the vehicle if secure.  The Cache Bag idea is also not a substitute for well supplying your final Bug Out locale in advance.  I realize this is taking a fine line, but one principle of prepping is to remain flexible and to consider multiple options.  Frankly, we’ll never really know what options we have until we’re in the middle of it hitting the fan.

Packing a Cloaked Hideout Cache

One has to realize in this day and age that we could be displaced from our homes sometimes on very short notice as a result of any How to bury a survival cachenumber of circumstances such as the examples opening this treatise.  If we are away from our primary residence at that time, then we may realistically not have time to gather supplies or essentials for our evacuation or escape.  We may need gear, supplies and equipment hidden elsewhere either before we can get to our Bug Out site or as an alternative to that Bug Out site.

Such a cache is meant to be hidden long term and retrieved in the event of a SHTF.  As mentioned above there could be many options for hideout places.  You have to pick ones you are secure about and comfortable with.  What sort of goods should we plan to pack into a hideout cache?

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The list should be kept short, concise, and focused on essential needs.  One list might include some clothing items geared toward seasonal weather, everyday use toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, a comb or brush, wet wipes, washcloth, small towel, some cash and coins, perhaps some candy, energy bars, and some water.  Consider a shelter top, tarp or heavy duty plastic leaf sacks.  Other items worthy of consideration to cache based on an assumption that your evacuation might be due to a natural disaster that could have possibly destroyed your home, neighborhood, or town and thus you could suffer the loss of critical items like important documents.

You might want to strongly consider copies of credit cards, essential keys such as duplicates for your vehicles and house, insurance papers, social security cards, banking information and account numbers, and critical personal files you might wish to copy onto a flash drive.  Any other personal important items as well perhaps birth certificates, legal papers, your will, home mortgage information and titles to your house and cars.  Pack a supply of any required medications and perhaps some over the counter items such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, antacids, and any other items you may normally use on a regular basis.

All of these items could be cached securely in a 58-gallon molded survival barrel with a waterproof screw on top.  These containers are available from many sources and could be buried or just well hidden.  There are many other products out there as well to be used for caching supplies, gear, and goods for a long term storage plan.

Maybe What Not to Cache

Personally I am a bit squeamish about packing weaponry and ammo in an intermediate hideout cache.  I want that kind of gear Best Survival Cachewith me the entire time.  A few extra boxes of ammo maybe, but I’m not putting an AR or a pistol in a ground vault.  You may decide otherwise.  Check shelf life on food products you cache.  A number of MRE meal packs would be good and expected to last a while.  Store bought granola or energy bars may not last that long.  A few bags of purpose-driven survival food would work.  Again the idea (hopefully) is for this secondary cache to just tide you over in route.  You decide how many days of rations and supplies you want to hide out.

It is reasonable to consider that any SHTF escape plan could be interrupted, altered, compromised, or become a dead-end effort.  You may have initially worked out a plan to get from Home A to the final Bug Out site C in two days.  What if the roads are blocked, gangs or zombies are controlling or raiding points of exit.  It might take you to alternative routes and a much longer protracted scenario to reach safe haven.

Start setting seconds of gear, goods and supplies aside to build out your Cache Bag.  Keep focused on the idea that this is not your final destination so it is not imperative to put your best stuff in a secondary hideout location.  Save the best stuff for your more permanent Bug Out site.

I hope you guys can think of a cajillion (that’s more than a million!!) other things to put into a secondary cache.  We are counting on your thoughts to supplement ours.  Use our comments section to post your ideas and suggestions.  We are all in this together so please share your lists.

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42 Experts Share Tips on How to Survive if Lost

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42 Experts Share Tips on How to Survive if Lost

Survivors Fortress, Conrad Novak has put together a very well organized article that shares 42 different peoples best 3 tips to know if you are ever lost in the woods and need to survive. He has kindly shared that with us and allowed APN to share it with you.

“Just the thought of being alone in the wilderness gives most people a panic attack. And while it is good to be aware of all the dangers of the wilderness, it is more crucial to think with a clear head so that you can survive any situation, such as getting lost.

Wilderness survival is a lesson that you need to think about and learn before you leave your home. You need to make sure that you think about every scenario that you creep up while you are out in the great wide open.

You need to learn how to get by with just the supplies you have in your survival gear until you reach civilization or a rescue team finds you. It is also paramount to learn about how you can find food and shelter, how to make sure that you drink safe water, how to signal your position for rescuers, and how to ask for help using sound and light.

These are all extremely critical as the human body is not built to live in the wilderness for a long period of time. You will need fire and shelter to keep you warm and protect you from the natural elements and wild animals. The terrific news is that there are wilderness survival tips that you can follow, with or without a survival gear, to make sure that you survive getting lost in the wilderness and come back to civilization safe and sound.

In this article 42 experts give you their best survival tips when you get lost in the outdoors so you can learn what the most important steps are to assess the situation, what you will need to do while waiting being rescued or what course of action to take in case that is not a possibility. Enjoy!”


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Basic Survival Food From Your Garden: Corn

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Corn has a bad reputation today. Besides being genetically modified, corn today has been transformed into high-fructose corn syrup. It’s creeping into all kinds of foods and beverages where it never belonged.

The modern agriculture movement has taken this important crop and turned it into something to be avoided. The soil becomes so depleted it needs tons of fertilizer to continue producing. It’s been eroded, and completely disturbed. But a quick look at history will show that our ancestors depended on this staple crop.

It’s a calorie-dense food that’s fed countless people and animals throughout time. It grows six out of the seven continents, making it an ideal survival food in almost every climate.

Corn is a great addition to a survival garden. It’s fairly easy to grow, and is easier to harvest than other grains. There’s no need to thresh the corn crop after all.

Types of Corn

You just need to pick the right variety of corn. There are six main categories, but I’m going to focus on only three, sweet corn, field or dent corn, and popcorn. The other main types are flint corn, ornamental corn, and flour corn. Since these types have different uses, you’ll want to be sure and grow the kind or kinds that you need.

Sweet Corn

Harvested when the kernels are in the milky stage, sweet corn is what you find in the grocery store on the cob. It’s sweet, tender, and flavorful. Many gardeners plant varieties of sweet corn in their home garden.

Field (Dent) Corn

Field corn isn’t as sweet as sweet corn, but it has a multitude of uses. It’s used as animal feed, ground and turned into cornmeal, or prepared as grits. It’s perfect crop to grow for survival.

Before harvesting, field corn is allowed to dry a bit while still on the stalk. As the moisture leaves each kernel, a little dent appears.


If you have space to grow an extra variety of corn, consider popcorn. The kernels pop up fluffy and provide a nice snack.

After you’ve harvested your popcorn ears, you’ll have to dry out the kernels even more. Some growers prefer an oven, others let the sun do the job.corn info

How to Grow Corn

No matter which variety of corn you decide to plant, make sure you find seeds that are open pollinated, heirloom varieties. These seeds haven’t been genetically modified, and they have a historical track record of helping nations survive.

If you plant more than one variety of corn, be sure to leave some space between them. At least 500 feet is recommended. Otherwise the different types of corn will cross pollinate and that can affect how each one tastes and grows.

Corn has a reputation of being a fairly needy crop. If you plant heirloom seeds, you won’t need to water it nearly as much as today’s popular varieties. After all, it survived all those years before irrigation was readily available. Mulch will help keep water in your soil.

However, this crop does require a lot of nitrogen. It’s known as a heavy feeder plant. In days past, each seed was planted on top of a dead fish. As the fish decomposed, it supplied the growing corn with the extra nitrogen it needed.

If fish aren’t in abundance where you live, you can also use compost and blood meal. You’ll want to give the soil an initial boost before planting. Once the corn reaches knee high, you’ll want to give it some more.

Corn thrives in soil that drains well. You should pick a location with full sun. You’ll want to know the length of your growing season, and plant a variety that does well.

Where I live, the growing season is on the short end. We often have killing frosts until Memorial Day or even a little past then. The locals recommend starting seed indoors and transplanting it to the soil in June. The saying here is that you want your corn, “knee high by the 4th of July,” but check with others in your area to learn what works best where you are.

3 sistersRotate Your Crops

Because corn pulls many nutrients out of the soil, it’s important to rotate your crops each year.

Many people plant a cover crop after corn, to help improve the soil.

Harvesting Your Corn

Sweet corn is ready to harvest when the tassel begins turning dark brown. You’ll want to open up an ear and check to make sure the kernels are milky. You also want to make sure the kernels are well developed and plump.

If the liquid from the kernels is watery, it’s too early to harvest. Let them continue to develop and test again later.

Field corn and popcorn need to be left on the stalks longer. They’ll begin the drying process before you harvest them.

To pick corn, twist the ear gently towards the ground. It’ll break off. Sweet corn is best picked on the day you’re planning on eating or preserving it. That’ll keep the flavor the best.

Preserving Your Corn

Once you’ve picked your corn, it’s time to eat it or preserve your harvest. You’ll need to shuck your corn, removing the silk and husks. But hang onto at least some of these—we’ll cover their benefits in a later section.

You can stockpile sweet corn in a couple of ways. You can dry it, freeze it, or can it. There are pros and cons to each method, but drying and canning are probably better for survival purposes. You might not always have electricity to run your freezer.

Field corn and popcorn are dried and stored either on the cob or as kernels. When you’re ready to cook field corn into cornbread, you’ll need to grind it into flour first. Be sure your grain mill can handle corn.

If you’ll be feeding corn to your critters, you can store it on the cob in a corn crib. The slats on this structure ensure that air can circulate around the cobs. This will keep them from molding.

Using Corn

Now that you have yourself some corn, what can you do with it? Corn can be used in recipes, to improve your health, and around the homestead. It’s a versatile crop.

As Food

Since corn stores so well, it’s an ideal addition to your food stockpiles. Once you’ve dried some kernels, you can easily roast it and turn it into parched corn. These original corn nuts will be handy to take on the road.

Cornmeal mush is another way to use your corn. Mix 2 cups of corn meal with 2 cups of cold water. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, and carefully add the cornmeal mixture. After it returns to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer while you stir occasionally. It’ll take about ten minutes to thicken up.

Whole kernel corn is a popular ingredient in salsa. You can combine your corn with other produce from your garden to create a delicious dip.

You can pop your popcorn in a pan with a little oil. Put a tablespoon of oil in a cold pan, and add enough popcorn to evenly cover the bottom of the pan. You don’t want to add too many kernels or it’ll burn. Cover your pan, turn on your burner, and slowly heat the pan.

You’ll want to shake fairly frequently. This will prevent any from sticking and burning. When the popping slows, remove the pan from the heat. Let it sit for a minute or two in case any additional kernels pop. Serve with butter, salt, and any of your favorite seasonings.

Corn used in plenty of other recipes as well or you can turn it into flour or use it to feed your chickens. You can even use corn husks to wrap tamales in. Take time now to try some recipes and see what you and your family enjoy eating. That way survival foods won’t come as a shock to their system.

As Medicine

Corn silk tea has historically been used as a diuretic. It’s used to treat bladder and kidney ailments. You’ll want to finely chop your clean corn silk. Then, steep a tablespoon of this in a cup of hot water for ten or fifteen minutes. Strain out the silk before drinking.

In addition to its diuretic benefits, corn silk tea helps the body release extra fluid. It’s a gentle detoxifying agent.

Corn silk can also be used topically. It has some antiseptic effects, which helps promote wound healing.


Around the Homestead

Corn has been used as animal feed throughout history. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to feed chickens or raise hogs, corn can help. Typically, you’d crack the corn through a grain mill once before feeding. The act of cracking the corn helps the animals to break it down better.

Saving Seed for Future Harvests

It’s important to save some of your crop each year to plant the following year. Not having to purchase seeds every year will help you become more self-sufficient. Saving corn seed is fairly simple.

You want to harvest your ears after the husks become dry. Then, you need to ensure the kernels are thoroughly dry. You can hang the ear upside down to help dry it out evenly.

Once dried, shell your corn. These seeds should be stored in a cool, dry location. They will remain viable for several years if properly stored.

Final Thoughts on Corn

Corn that hasn’t been genetically modified is a survival crop utilized throughout history. It’s beneficial as a food, for its medicinal purposes, and for feeding your animals.

Are you currently growing this essential crop? What varieties grow best in your neck of the woods? Please share your corn tips and tricks in the comment section, and click on the banner below to find out more survival secrets from our ancestors!


This article has been written by Lisa Tanner for Survivopedia.

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13 Amazing Uses For Cucumbers Other Than Eating

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13 Amazing Uses For Cucumbers Other Than Eating Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. So with that being said, make room in your garden this year and grow as many cucumbers as you can. If you have a small garden, do not worry, you can grow a lot of cucumbers in grow bags and containers. Natural Multivitamin Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin

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The EU referendum

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We won. It’s been a hard slog but worth it. Thanks to all that supported Brexit.

It’s now over to our useless politicians to sort out the exit strategy. First of all though we need to get rid of Cameron and Osbourne. We want to move on lead by people who believe in the UK […]

How Do We Love Our Enemies?

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     Today I need to get a little personal … in the sense that I need to discuss an issue that I know is troubling many of my fellow Christians.  I know this because I have received a heartfelt email from a reader whom I know is sincere in her faith.  And I know that I need to try to write about this because it is something each of us needs to come to terms with in our own spirits and hearts — and that includes me!

     I believe I can write about this without betraying her confidence because it was an email that millions of Christians across America could have written.  In short, this reader wrote to ask me for suggestions on how she can walk out her faith and learn to love the unsaved Muslims in our country.  Now, I want each of you to be honest … haven’t you at one time or another struggled with what you know are unChrist-like emotions?  We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t battle feelings of anger towards the radical Muslims who are filled with so much hate for our nation and way of life that their goal is to take innocent lives in some perverted sense of obedience to what we know is a false god and evil ideology.
     And I believe we would be unwise if we didn’t acknowledge the Islamic doctrine of Taqiyya (taqiya, taqiyah, taqiyyah), which is a form of Islamic deception. The Quran (16:106 and 3:28) allows Muslims to lie in order to protect themselves or to protect the Muslim community.   And I think we would be foolish to not feel disappointment in our government’s lackluster efforts to defend us, and their denial that there is anything to worry about.  Furthermore, I suspect that many of us are confused over how — as law-abiding citizens concerned about our rights — we have become a threat (in our own country) to the liberty of refugees and foreigners!  Finally, if you are like me, you are perhaps worried over how easily our youth are tempted to adopt the false religions of the world.  My husband and I encountered a young employee at Home Depot, and as he often does, my husband asked the young man about his tattoos (he is always interested to know why they have chosen the symbols they have).  This young man had a tattoo which he said “symbolizes the moon god because that culture interests me”.  All I could think was, “Father, forgive him for he knows not what he does”.
     So all that addresses our human emotions and thoughts.  But what about our spiritual struggle with these issues?  If we are to be honest and faithful Christians, then we know that we are to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us”.  Jesus made that very clear in Matthew 5:44.  I will be the first one to admit that this seems like an impossible commandment … and one that our ultimate Enemy, satan, will use against us in order to convict us of a powerless and faithless life.  Loving an enemy that hates my faith and wants to kill and destroy me and my family is a difficult thing to do, but anything less does not follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  Remember that He willingly laid down his life and asked His Father to forgive those who killed Him.  And He did not hate them.
     I can hear the disagreements now … Jesus would not want us to bow to political correctness, or not defend our families or faith.  The Bible tells us that we “must hold firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that we may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”  But loving our enemies?  What does that look like in the wake of events like Orlando?
     Perhaps we can start by determining what it does not look like.  Yes, Jesus tells us to love them unconditionally — no matter what they do to us — but it doesn’t mean that we agree with what they do, or make excuses for it.  My reader commented on how difficult it was becoming to see Muslims begin to dominate in our culture, and to see unvetted refugees streaming into the country in the wake of atrocities that have been committed in their home nations.  She knows it is God’s desire that none should perish, but in the face of what appears to be unreconcilable differences, and blatant and obvious hatred towards us, she is finding it difficult to imitate Christ.
     I’m afraid that I have no quick fix or easy solution.  For myself, I have decided to try to discern what God has told us throughout the Bible when it comes to living among people who are enemies.  God never changes, and what He commanded His people to do in the Old and New Testaments, remains the standard by which we should live our lives.
     First of all, as I told the reader, God did not ask His people to accommodate new religions or politically correct viewpoints.  In fact, He commanded them to resist compromising with corrupt nations; to never adopt false religions or gods; and to keep His statues forever.  Of course, one of those statues is to pray for, and to love our enemies.  As evidenced by the growing number of jihadist murders in our country, the enemy is no longer at the gate, but firmly embedded within our culture, with more likely inserted among the thousands of refugees admitted to our shores.  So how do we live our faith and be imitators of Jesus?
     I can tell you that I can’t do it through my human will.  I have to pray in my spirit, bowing down before the throne of God in heaven, and asking Him to protect our nation from this enemy — that the scales be removed from their eyes, and that they meet Jesus.  That is what I do in the spiritual realm.  In this physical realm, we do everything we can to stop the invasion against our laws and our culture. And when given the opportunity, you meet their hate with the love of Jesus.  Like Jesus, we do not return their hate with malice.  Jesus held no grudges; He never added insult or injury to those who injured Him; He was kind in the face of vitriol, criticism and anger; He was forgiving of those who hated Him; and He never counseled revenge.

     I know that this attitude and these reactions seem contrary to everything our minds and emotions tell us.  But remember, we are not to act according to our flesh, but in agreement with our spirit, which is seated in the heavenly realm with Christ.  Hence, through our gift of salvation, we are to show the unsaved what it is like to be in relationship with Jesus Christ … as difficult as that might be in the face of murderous hatred.  And each time we show love to our enemies, it is one more strike of the Sword of the Spirit in the spiritual realm.
     I am in no way intending for this to sound as if it is simple and everyone should be able to do it easily.  We are no longer viewing a long-distance enemy, but one who is literally in our backyard.  But we need to see this as the spiritual battle it is.  Fighting the enemy with human effort will never completely banish him.  The physical battle we see today is an extension of centuries of the same physical war.  In order to defeat the enemy, we must do it spiritually, and with Divine help.
     Jesus never asks us to do something He did not do as a man, Himself.  As simple as it appears, He gave us a good example of how to follow Him.  It is expressed in Luke 6:27:  Do good to those who hate you.  Doing good to those who hate us displays [to them] the love of God. And maybe, maybe, if we show them the love of God, they will experience something they have never experienced before, and will want more of it. That is what I am hearing from a young friend who is part of a missionary team of college-aged Americans who are on a summer trip to the heart of Europe and the refugee camps to share the good news of Jesus Christ and His love.
     She has shared such amazing testimonies among the people she has met; people from Germany, Romania, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, India, UK, France, Algeria, Bulgaria, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cameroon, Rwanda, New Zealand, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Indonesia, Tunisia, Afghanistan, and the Congo.  She believes that God is touching the lives of Muslim refugees, the rest of Europe, and in turn the rest of the world.
     Keep in mind that Europe has suffered horrific jihadist attacks in the last year.  Yet she tells of one of her teammates who was sharing the gospel with a Muslim refugee, and the man kept saying “don’t stop, please keep going, I need to hear this.”  And there are many more stories like this one among the Muslim populations of the world.  And to quote a sermon I read on the website, Redeeming God, “[In order to stop] the cycle of hate and the cycle of revenge, the cycle of retaliation [must] stop with us. You can be angry at a person for what they do, and yet still love them. Jesus was upset at the people of Jerusalem for how they abused and murdered the prophets, and yet He still shed loving tears over the city. Jesus, as always, is our best example for how to live out such principles.”
     If you still find yourself unable to do this, and the devil has gripped your heart in a vise of bitterness, hostile thoughts, and hateful emotions, then speak into the spiritual realm and declare the Word of God.  Find all the verses in Scripture where Jesus tells us that love conquers hate and proclaim to spirits [who actually hear you] that you belong to Him and you will not give in to satan’s temptation to hate.
     There will be those who will be unable to go beyond their human capabilities.  And working in the spiritual realm with the Holy Spirit is a learned skill.  But you have to try in order to be able to do it; and you have to do it to become confident in your power and authority [in Jesus and the Holy Spirit] in order to conquer the spirit of hate that comes from the Evil One.  As I’ve said repeatedly … it’s not easy.  That is evident by the history of war through the ages.  But it should also be evident that humans cannot replace hate with love by their own volition.  We must appeal to Jesus and fight this battle in the spiritual realm as well as the physical.  After all, that is exactly how Jesus did it!

Luke 6:27-28       “But I say to you who hear [Me and pay attention to My words]: Love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, [make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you, bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Knowing which trees are good for treating different ailments could just save your life!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Trees are good for more than just providing shade or producing fruit.  Many of them can treat and even cure different ailments, but do you know which ones…

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Knowing which trees are good for curing different ailments cold just save your life!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Trees are good for more than just providing shade or producing fruit.  Many of them can cure different ailments, but do you know which ones they are?  In…

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How to Prevent and Treat a Snake Bite

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In North America each year, there are a recorded 7000-8000 venomous snake bites. Furthermore, you can find a venomous snake in almost every state, although some you are unlikely to come across them. Thanks to treatment and awareness of what to do, there are very few deaths as a result of snake bites. However, in … Read more…

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How To Organize Your Pantry On The Cheap

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I’m going to show you how to organize your pantry on the cheap. I’m often asked, “How can I store my food storage when my pantry is so small?” This is my small pantry in the kitchen area, and it’s really small. I have a small home so that’s what I got. I knew I had to do something because I could not store all the main staples I use on a weekly basis to prepare meals. I was fortunate to know a company right here in Southern Utah who would cut shelves for me. I must say they cut several shelves for areas throughout my house. They cost about $2.00 for each shelf. They have white laminate on particle board, and that works for me!

I bought the 2-gallon buckets with Gamma lids from Pleasant Hill Grain. The 2-gallon buckets and matching Gamma lids are harder to find so I always order them from this company. Here are the matching 2-gallon Gamma lids from Pleasant Hill Grain-Gamma Lids. They sell the five-gallon buckets and Gamma lids you can see at the bottom of my pantry below. You can also get the five-gallon buckets and lids locally sometimes. It’s the 2-gallon buckets that are harder to find. I also use the OXO containers for my Dutch unsweetened cocoa: OXO Good Grips POP Big Square 4-Quart Storage Container

Organize Your Pantry

Well, I showed you a couple years ago how to add a few shelves to your regular kitchen cupboards. By just adding a few extra shelves to your small pantry, you gain almost 50% more cupboard space, depending on how your cabinets are built. I have the pantry shown below that used to have only five shelves. I added two more shelves to give me more space that was not useable because of the height. I only have a few tall items to store in the pantry. Plus you can only safely stack two cans high, depending on the size and weight. I have ten-foot ceilings, so therefore, the pantry is taller than a house with 8-foot walls. The door alone is 8 feet tall. I want you to know those dimensions so you realize how I was able to add more shelving.

Plan Out The Shelves Of Your Pantry

Make a list of the various items you eat every day or every week. Then start measuring approximately how many shelves you can add. I measured and measured so many times then I went to a local cabinet place and had them cut the shelves. I picked up the exact size brackets that were already installed in the side walls. The holes were there so all I had to do was consider the depth of the shelves when measuring for the shelving.

There is something about having a pantry full of canned goods, honey, cocoa, canned soups, etc. I have large and small buckets with flour and sugar for everyday baking and I refill them when needed. I am lucky to have a daughter who does vinyl lettering for me to label my buckets, etc. I swear, I’m over the top in organizing but I own it. Enough said.

organize your pantry

My favorites I have to have in my small pantry:

Every fall it’s like a clock goes off in my head to watch for the sales on cases for food storage. All you need are a few extra cans of the food you will eat. Remember my motto, one can at a time.

1. baking stuff-flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, cocoa, oils, honey, salt

2. peanut butter, jelly, and jam, it’s crazy I find myself buying smaller and smaller jars every year because we only have two people eating it.

3. canned soups, by now, you know my favorite one is Campbell’s cream of chicken.

4. canned beans, kidney beans, white beans, refried beans, etc.

5. canned enchilada sauce, I used to make it and can it. Nope, I can buy the cans cheaper for just two people.

6, ketchup, mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, mustard. I have also started buying smaller jars of this stuff, although I buy a few regular size jars as well.

7. canned meat like tuna, chicken, and roast beef

8. canned fruits, I used to preserve jars of fruit, but I no longer have the trees and so the cost is not justifiable for me.

9. canned vegetables, I love it when my gardening starts producing so many veggies, it saves on my grocery bill.

10. Fire extinguisher: Kidde FA110 Multi Purpose Fire Extinguisher Kitchen 1A10BC,Emergency Safety Kit With BONUS: Kidde Mounting Bracket, Window Breaker Escape Model TSWB

Let me know if my post today gives you some ideas to help you organize your pantry. I always learn from my readers. May God bless you for your efforts to be prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:
Kidde FA110 Multi Purpose Fire Extinguisher Kitchen 1A10BC,Emergency Safety Kit With BONUS: Kidde Mounting

Bracket, Window Breaker Escape Model TSWB

Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener, Black

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Supreme Court Justice Warns: Police Now Can Stop You For ‘Whatever Reason’ They Want

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Supreme Court Justice Warns: Police Now Can Stop You For ‘Whatever Reason’ They Want

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A new US Supreme Court decision will allow police to stop, detain and search citizens without a warrant anytime they want, according to at least one justice.

“This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned in a dissent this week in Utah vs. Edward Joseph Strieff Jr.

“The Court today holds that the discovery of a warrant for an unpaid parking ticket will forgive a police officer’s violation of your Fourth Amendment rights,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

Court Upholds Warrantless Search

The case involved Strieff, who was stopped and questioned by a detective after walking out of a suspected drug house in South Salt Lake City. The detective had no warrant and no evidence Strieff had done anything wrong, but he still took the man’s ID and ran it through a police database.

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The database revealed that there was a warrant for Strieff for illegal drug possession, and he was arrested and charged. His attorneys appealed to the Utah Supreme Court, which ruled his Fourth Amendment tights had been violated.

The Supreme Court reversed that decision this week along a 5-3 vote. Sotomayor and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented. Chief Justice John Roberts, and justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy supported the ruling.

Thomas said the detective’s “discovery of the arrest warrant attenuated the connection between the unlawful stop and the evidence seized incident to arrest.”

Sotomayor disagreed.

“This Court has allowed an officer to stop you for whatever reason he wants—so long as he can point to a pretextual justification after the fact,” Sotomayor wrote. “When we condone officers’ use of these devices without adequate cause, we give them reason to target pedestrians in an arbitrary manner. We also risk treating members of our communities as second-class citizens.”

“The officer’s control over you does not end with the stop,” Sotomayor added. “If the officer chooses, he may handcuff you and take you to jail for doing nothing more than speeding, jaywalking, or ‘driving [your] pickup truck . . . with [your] 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter . . . without [your] seatbelt fastened.’

“It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged,” Sotomayor wrote.

Which side do you support in this case? Share your views in the section below:

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Gardening for Your Mental Health

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You already know that gardening provides several benefits, right? Have you ever thought about all of them? If you think that the only reason to garden is for food, you’re missing out!

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It’s a way to grow and harvest your own food. I suspect that many of my readers have started with vegetable gardens. For the longest time I mistakenly thought that anything else was impractical and a waste of time. I was wrong, of course!

Gardening can create a nice landscape for your yard. And if that’s something that interests you, or if a pretty garden is required by your Home Owner’s Association, you want my friend Angela’s book Ninja Gardening. (Yes, it’s an awesome title, but it’s also a great book about “hiding” a garden in your nice landscaping!) Unfortunately I’m not the one to ask about pretty landscaping.

It’s also a pleasant and low stress way to spend some time outside. Unfortunately, many of us spend far too little time outside.

You might be surprised to know that gardening can also improve your emotional health, too. And for many of us, that’s one of the most important – and most overlooked – reasons to garden.


Gardening Requires Focus

Gardening is a task, like many creative tasks, that requires focus. Digging, planting, and caring for the flowers, fruits and vegetables in your garden help you turn off an overactive mind. You’re able to instead focus on one thing – gardening. It helps you tune out the rest of the world for a while.
Gardening can actually help you find a meditative state. When you’re in this state your body and mind both relax. You’re able to find calm and awareness. It quiets the mind so those thoughts that have been plaguing you are sent away for a while.
It’s so effective at calming the mind and body that gardening programs are often used as therapy. People who are in mental health facilities and even prisons have been shown to receive tremendous benefit from gardening.
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Gardening Stimulates the Mind

Gardening also provides you with a creative outlet. It stimulates your mind and requires you to solve problems too. It’s not as simple as just tossing some seeds into the ground! Oh, no, gardening takes planning and organizing.
You want to make sure your garden has all the nutrients it needs. Pest control, insect control, disease management and nutrition are all required for healthy plants. And all of these are going to rely on your particular location. I might be great at keeping the free-range chickens out of my lettuce, but my advice won’t help you keep the deer out of your green beans.

Additionally, you probably want to grow an aesthetically pleasing garden. That means spending time planning not only the location of various plants but how plants work together and fit to create a visually appealing garden.

Gardening also appeals to your senses – which stimulates your mind. Your hands are digging in the dirt. You’re surrounded by life and you’re playing an active role in creating it. You can smell the flowers, touch the soft leaves of your plant and see the vibrant colors.
When your mind is stimulated creatively and is involved in problem solving, it can help you learn to manage other things. If you’re dealing with fears, depression, anxiety and stress, gardening can help you learn to manage those emotions.


Gardening provides a purpose

There are many reasons to have a garden.

The most basic is for beauty. A Zen garden for example can provide a tranquil escape.

A wildflower garden can provide unfettered beauty.

A vegetable garden can provide sustenance. And yes, you might have noticed that I’m listing that last. A vegetable (or fruit) garden is useful and important, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that flower gardens, herb gardens and even relaxation gardens are unimportant.

When you have a purpose and can follow through on that purpose, it helps build self esteem and confidence. It gives you a reason to get up in the morning. You can watch your efforts pay off by creating the garden you desire.

Good for the Body is Good for the Mind

Finally, of course, gardening is good for you physically.

You’re moving your muscles and spending time outside. Time in the sun produces vitamin D which has been shown to be essential for mental health.

Fresh air and sunshine is always good to help you relax and alleviate stress. And when your body is moving and active it produces endorphins. They are the feel good hormones produced by exercise and they help provide emotional well being. Gardening can be a very strenuous work out or, if you plan it and have help, gardening can be the gentle exercise needed for those who are less physically able. With my last child, I was in the garden, digging in the dirt and enjoying the sunshine, the day before she was born.
Gardening provides an abundance of benefits for emotional well being. If you need to relax, ease depression or find a little joy consider gardening.

Take great care of yourself, both body and mind.

How to Harvest Clean Drinking Water From a Tree

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water-300x225You’ve probably seen it countless movies and TV shows. Some poor guy is stranded out in the desert, and is in desperate need of water. So he cuts into a cactus, and harvests an abundance of lifesaving H2O. In the real world however, most cacti don’t really provide much water. The fluid they do provide is far from potable. In all likelihood it will induce vomiting and delirium rather than quench your thirst.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t gather water from other plants. In fact, there are several tree species you can tap for fresh drinking water, in much the same way you would tap a cactus (if you had a death wish). While everyone knows that you can tap maple trees for their syrup, birch and walnut trees can also be tapped. They will produce a fluid that has a much lower sugar content than maple, though all three are good sources of hydration in case you’re ever stranded in the wilderness. Here’s how it’s done:

Or if you’d rather make a less intrusive mark in the tree, you can use this slightly different technique.

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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CLAIRE C. RILEY USA Today Best Selling Author!

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