Do I REALLY Have To Pray For Politicians I Oppose?

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Do I REALLY Have To Pray For Politicians I Oppose?

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With today’s ever-changing political environment, it is very easy to complain and not pray for our leaders. And, yes, many are deserving, sadly, of the comments they receive. Yet, the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

God calls us to pray for everyone. The verses above reveal that prayer for all people (and especially those in civil authority) is:

  • A priority – “First of all.”
  • Wide-ranging – “Supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings.”
  • Inclusive: “All men.”
  • Specific: “Kings and all who are in high positions.”
  • Focused: “That we may lead a peaceful and quite life, godly and dignified in every way.”

But, what specifically should we pray for those in authority? Here are six ideas from selected Bible verses:

1. Pray for leaders to come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Like everyone else, those in civil authority and politics need the forgiveness only offered by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. In fact, Paul says that praying for our leaders to know Christ personally is a top prayer (1 Tim. 2:1-4). An elected official living a Gospel-centered life is a win-win for everyone.

2. Pray for leaders to have God-given discernment & wisdom.

Those in governmental authority are daily charged with making tough decisions that affect living, breathing people such as you and me—and millions at that! Pray that they have the wisdom that James 3:13-17 mentions:

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

3. Pray for leaders to have boldness & courage to stand on God’s truth.

Those in politics are often pressured to make compromises. Not doing so can cost them their careers. Pray God would give them the conviction and firmness to stand on truth that is eternal and not man-made.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

4. Pray for leaders to have Christ-Like humbleness.

Have you ever really considered the amount of power, people, places and personalities to which government leaders have access? To say that a politician can quickly get a “big head of pride” is the century’s understatement!

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In God’s providence, pray that leaders remember that it is only on their knees before a thrice holy God that they truly stand the tallest.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

5. Pray for leaders to have supernatural strength.

How many leaders in government have been involved in scandals surrounding money, sex, alcohol and drug abuse, and power-grabbing? Pray for them to grow in their knowledge of the triune God so they can thwart temptation and have the necessary, God-ordained strength to avoid traps that destroy not only their careers, but their families and ideals.

And [Jesus] said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:46)

Do I REALLY Have To Pray For Politicians I Oppose?

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6. Pray for leaders to be convicted of sin & seek God’s forgiveness.

Scripture leads to consideration of how we measure up to God’s Word. Do you pray for God to convict you through His Word? Do you pray this for your leaders? Pray that the Lord would uncover sin so that you can confess and turn away.

David’s inclination was not to flee from God, but to go to God.  He fears God because of what the Scriptures say about Him and about man’s sin – then he goes to God in humble trust. He asks for forgiveness and help. Pray this for your leaders.

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:12-14)

Final Thoughts

Paul is enlisting the prayers of Christians for the salvation of the countries and those who lead those nations. Remember, the emperor was Nero. You know, the king who burned Christians on stakes at his garden parties and threw them to the lions.

Friend, it doesn’t matter who our leaders are or in what country we are. We are to pray for them. We are to pray for our nation and every nation, our culture and every other culture, our leaders and every other leader. Famed preacher Charles Spurgeon said:

“We do not know what God may do for us if we would but pray.”

It was part of Daniel’s government job to pray to King Darius (Daniel 6). If we want our prayers to do the most good for the largest number of people, we must include those in our prayers whose decisions create the circumstances in which the purposes of the Gospel prosper. It is important to pray for governmental leaders because the circumstances they create either stop or advance the progress of the Gospel.

Now is the time to pray for those who were elected and for the government they will serve. Will you?

SkyCastle upgrade

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SkyCastle Upgrade

The SkyCastle is getting a facelift, or an upgrade, however you wish to look at it. This all started out from PB needing to repair the roof over the laundry room, it has leaked pretty much from day one, that’s one of the drawbacks of using used/recycled materials, sometimes it works great, other times, not so well.

The big round tower is actually a water tank, PB converted it into a storage closet, put a pointier roof on it and placed it on the 3rd floor deck over the laundry room. He had to break it loose and move it out of the way to replace each roof section. He pushed it over the front about 2 feet and decided he liked it there, it gave us more space on that deck area and he could make it look more castley (I know that’s not a word, but it is now LOL).

PB has worked the last few days to cover the area where we will be able to walk around the tower, I have another edited picture of what the west side will eventually look like.

I would say Photoshopped, but PB uses Paint to do his Photoshopping 🙂  Now we will have to get PB to work on the other side of the SkyCastle, it’s starting to look lopsided…

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Patriots’ Prayers for 6-26-2016

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“Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” — Psalm 141:2 (NKJV)

Please Pray for America

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools, and Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have turned our backs on Your teachings. We no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions.  We have allowed decadence and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past. We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Please also remember these prayer points throughout the week:

  • Pray for the victims of the devastating flooding in West Virginia, with at least 26 dead and hundreds left homeless.
  • Pray for all those still suffering in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando – the injured recovering from their wounds, the survivors dealing with the emotional stress and turmoil, and those grieving for murdered loved ones.  
  • Pray for all those serving as police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other first responders.
  • Pray for all current and former members of our military.
  • Pray especially for your pastor or priest, and for your home church.  

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Speaking the Truth in Love

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Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Have you ever wished God would strip people of their right to publicly identify themselves as Christians if they acted like idiots? I sure have. And never more so than after hearing about Westboro Baptist’s protests at the Orlando Victims’ funerals.

Yes, homosexuality is wrong, as evidenced in today’s Bible verse. But despite the message on the shirts of Westboro’s “evangelists,” God does not hate fags. God hates the sin and loves the sinner as evidenced by Romans 5:8 which says,  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That goes for everyone on the list in today’s verse; fornicators, idolaters, adulterers,  homosexuals, sodomites,  thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers,  and extortioners.

And yes, the Bible is clear that NO ONE on that list will inherit the kingdom of God. The good news is, if we repent, and turn away from those sins we can inherit the kingdom of God! Isn’t that the message we should be sharing instead of the false message of hate? Westboro Baptist is alienating people further away from God, which is exactly the opposite of what Christ’s mission was. Just as the apostate pastors of the modern emergent church keep sinners  from salvation by selling them a false hope of heaven without repentance, Westboro ensures their damnation by telling them that God hates them. Both the emergent church and Westboro Baptist should beware come judgement day. You may be in for quite a surprise.

As for Westboro attendees, remember, today’s verse says, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” There is no sin so dark that the blood of Christ cannot atone when a sinner calls out in repentance.

When we read over that list, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers,  homosexuals, sodomites,  thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers,  and extortioners, it’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this post hasn’t made the cut at least once. If you are a man and you think you’re home free, I might remind you that Jesus said that if you even look at a woman lustfully, you’re guilty of adultery.

So does that mean we should roll over and let the culture tell us that men can use the same bathroom as our daughters and our wives? Are we to acquiesce and quit preaching the truth so not to hurt anyone’s feelings?  Should we demand that florists, bakers, judges, and photographers participate in homosexual weddings and boycott business that don’t offer sensitivity courses and benefits for same sex couples? No! No! No! We stand up! We stand firm! We hold the line to preserve our faith and our freedom, to protect our wives and our daughters, and to protect our children from satanic philosophies. But there is a right way and a wrong way. Westboro’s way is the wrong way and they’ll have to answer for it. Our way is the right way, for our way is to speak the truth in love.

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

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!


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Waterproofing Matches 101 – How to Do It and Save Tons of Money

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Waterproofing Matches 101 – How to Do It and Save Tons of Money One way to start a fire in the wild is to use matches. In fact, when most people think about survival fire starting, matches are one of the first things that come to mind. While there’s nothing wrong with matches, they do …

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DIY Nontoxic Wood Stain

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DIY Nontoxic Wood Stain Sometimes we just need a little color in our life, this easy frugal project is just pure awesomeness. Kids will love to do this with you too. You can buy wood stain from the hardware store and be fine with it until you read whats in it… Nasty chemicals that could …

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How To Build A Long Term Survival Shelter

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How To Build A Long Term Survival Shelter If your home or retreat is compromised in a long term collapse scenario, what are your options for shelter? A poncho shelter is only going to work for so long, and a cheap family tent is probably not going to make it through more than a storm …

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DISASTER! The First 9 Things To Do When SHTF

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DISASTER! The First 9 Things To Do When SHTF What would you actually do if you were sitting where you are right now and all the power went out? Everywhere. Across the whole region. Imagine a situation where an EMP takes out a large part of the national grid as well as most electronics right …

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Sigma 3’s Survival Shelter Lean To

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In this video Sigma 3 demonstrates for us how to create a cold and wet weather survival shelter with a custom bed and fire place. This is more of a permanent camp shelter verses an on the go survival shelter. It would be great for camping with your buddies or just to get away from the world for a while. This video will not show you how to do this with just a knife, even though it is possible. It will just take a lot more work. He does recommend bringing some bigger tools to build this shelter.

The fire pit is different than most I have seen. It shows how to run it through the shelter long ways so you have to cut less wood and can save your energy. He also touches on how to add a door to close the shelter up to make it wind proof if you choose or to contain the heat. After all, this is a cold weather shelter.

Sigma 3 Survival school has many more videos on their You Tube as well as their own website and Facebook page. Their school also has an option to learn how to become a survival instructor.

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Do You Have A Good Headlamp in Your Kit?

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One of the biggest benefits of using a headlamp is that you still have both hands free and a light that essentially moves with your eyes. A headlamp is ideal for walking in the dark, so it is a must for hikers and campers. Even if you expect to be back by dark, be prepared for the dark, in the event you get lost or stranded.

There are cheap lights that are just a few bucks at a retail store, or you can step up and pay close to 50 dollars for a quality one with numerous functions to include a red light to help preserve night vision.

Before we go any further, however, let’s clear up some myths about red lights and night vision. The human eye does have a chemical within it that helps us see at night. However, we do not have the same capabilities as some other mammals do, we simply do not have the physical attributes that allow us to see as well in the dark as some mammals.

Nature at some point decided we didn’t need any fancy accessories to see at night, because of our advanced brainpower. We learned to light up the dark, and so, no need to burden us with extra features.

Rhodopsin is the chemical within the rods in our eyes that helps us see in the dark without artificial light. Rhodopsin reacts to bright light by closing off to protect the eyes from the intense light. However, this ruins our night vision for up to 30 minutes in some cases. The chemical bleaches out color, which helps us see in the dark, but again the chemical when exposed to light shuts down the ability to see in the dark, because the eye is protecting itself from intense light.

The eye’s reaction to a red, or even blue or green light at low intensity is less severe, thus, not doing as much damage to your night vision. With that being said, if the red, green, or blue light is intense enough it will ruin your night vision.

Low-intensity red light allows you to read maps, check your watch and do close up work without shutting down your vision for 30 minutes. The low-intensity light will light up a pathway or trail to some extent as well. Having a red light on your headlamp can help prevent your light from being spotted by others if you are in evasion mode, as well.

Anyone that ventures outdoors at night will benefit from a headlamp and those hiking or camping or in a survival situation, in particular, may find that a good headlamp can save your life.

What to Look For

Water resistance is important. You don’t want rain to disable your light because a dark rainy night is not the time to lose your ability to see.

Strobe setting for red and white lighting, because the strobe setting can be used for signaling others in your party so you do not have to break radio silence or used to signal for help, or to alert others to danger if your car breaks down or to warn against trail hazards.

Several white light intensity settings, because you may need a spotlight for some tasks at night.

You need one with an easily adjustable and quality strap. You may need to run with the light on your head, and so, you want one that can be adjusted quickly on the fly to hold it in place for rough conditions.

Choose wisely, and having an extra light in your bag is a good idea, as well as, extra batteries and/or the means to recharge chargeable batteries.

A headlamp will certainly make vehicle or equipment repairs easier at night as well as other tasks around the house or camp to include cooking in the dark, fire starting, walking in the dark, applying first aid and a host of other tasks that require both hands and a good light.

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Blackpowder Flintlock’s For The Survivalist

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While growing up, I was fascinated with the era between the French and Indian War, and the Civil War. I’m a fan of all types of historic blackpowder firearms, but at that time, I was enamored with the breechloading 1859 Sharps Berdan rifle. In comparison to today’s rifles, it was the M14 DMR of it’s […]

Top 3 Choices In Foldable Shovels: A Great Weapon & Tool

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If you’re a someone who’s interested in disaster preparedness like me and my family, then you know how many different tools and types of equipment you need to be ready in case anything happens. One of the most important tools you can have is one of the best foldable shovels available.

There’s actually a lot of different foldable shovels on the market, so in this post I’m going to run down the three best foldable shovel models for preppers.

Quick list of what we’ll be looking at

Why Buy A Foldable Shovel?

By definition, those who are interested in disaster preparedness are ready for anything and everything.

Just look around you: this year has been full of political and social chaos already, both domestically and internationally. It’s not hard to imagine a scenario like a nuclear exchange involving any of the US, Russia, China, and North Korea taking place, violence in the Middle East spilling over into full-scale war, a government crackdown on gun rights, or any other situation.

Any of these could cause a partial or total collapse in our society and economy. That is what we are preparing for, and that preparation requires tools.You need to be ready to re-establish your home and family in a new area.

Especially if you live near or in a city, you will most likely need to relocate to a safehouse that is farther from the population centers.

Uses Of The Shovel After A Disaster Situation

That means you will need to become more self-reliant and mobile. It’s hard to replace shovels, because you will need a way to dig. Digging is a critical part of constructing many different buildings and edifices. For example, you will need trenches for plumbing and fences, holes for building foundations, and channels to redirect water flows.

But carrying a big, heavy shovel around is not practical when you need to pack light and be prepared to run at a moment’s notice. That’s where the foldable shovel comes into play.They are lighter and more compact than a full shovel, but bigger and more functional than a trowel. That means you can carry them with you if you need to move quickly, but they still give you all the results of a full shovel.

Benefits Of A Foldable Shovel

You can fold them up and put them into your bug out bag, for example. Of course, they can also double as a weapon if things get to that point. Ideally, you want to remain nonviolent, but you can never be sure how an encounter with someone will go.

Many of the best foldable shovels also come with extra tools and features. For example, they often have special edges that give them several uses, making them giant Swiss army knives. Some come with extra small tools in the handle. All of these things give you some more value for your money, and they are space-efficient to boot.

Space and dollar efficiency are two of the biggest virtues of pepper-friendly gear. A good foldable shovel must also last for a long time. If things really do turn sour, you can’t be sure that you can get another one easily.

All tools, especially metal ones, will become important commodities. Your survival could depend on the tool lasting as long as it takes for you to get established and stable- and that could take years. The more you use the shovel, the longer it has to last to be worth buying.


Wolfwill 15-in-1 Military Folding Shovel 


Tons of tools: comes with 15 different uses, multiple handles for versatility, a whistle, a fire starter, a knife, an ice axe, and its own bag.Light and small: it weighs only three pounds and measures about 8.6 inches by 6 inches by 1.18 inches when unfolded.

StrongL the blade is manganese steel, which should last you as long as you need without getting chipped or damaged.


At just under $40, it is a little pricier than some other foldable shovels and Wolfwill does not yet have the reputation to back up that price.

A little too small to be your only shovel: it will be hard to dig big trenches, for example. This might need to be a small-scale tool only.It is made in China, which always increases the risk that you might get a defective model out of a bad batch, even though most of them are fine.

Our Thoughts

The Wolfwill foldable shovel is a little new on the market, but it boasts quite a feature set. Some of the features are part of the shovel and its parts and others simple ship with the shovel. It is unlikely that you will need to use all of them, but probable that you can benefit from at least some of them.

Don’t be disappointed if you never use, for example, the whistle. The multiple handles are great for adapting the shovel to different tasks, and there’s just so many features that you will always have something for the shovel to do.

It’s also quite compact and light for its strength level, so you should be able to fit it into a bugout bag or carry it along with you without much trouble. You can also keep it in your car. Overall, the Wolfwill is a good, if unproven, foldable shovel. If possible, try to get it on sale because you might not want to pay full price for a shovel as expensive as this when it is made in China.

You are running the risk that you will have to try to return it, which may or may not be possible.

United Cutlery Kommando Tactical Survival Shovel 


Strong materials: the handle is made of injection-molded nylon and fiberglass and the head is stainless steel, so both of them should last for a long time with their original strength.

The tool has several varied edges for chopping, slicing, cutting, and opening bottles. This gives you more features without requiring you to carry about a bunch of extra tools.

The shovel comes with a sheath that can attach to your belt, which keeps the edge covered. This minimizes the risk of cutting yourself on the sharp edge, but keeps the tool close to you for easy use at all times.

Very light: at just over two pounds, this shovel is extremely light for the amount of tool you get without compromising the durability.


It’s still a little pricey at $40, which again puts it at the higher range of the market for shovels. The fact that it comes with nothing but a sheath means you should question the value you are getting for this shovel as well.

It can be a little cumbersome if you want to use, for example, the chopping edge to chop up something small. It works best on medium-sized branches and similar objects.It is made in China, and while the construction is almost always great, a few people have reported problems with it breaking or just not lasting as long as it should.

Our Thoughts

United Cutlery gives us a shovel that is a little more traditional in that it doesn’t come with several extra tools in the box. This shovel is less versatile for that reason, but it still has a few edges that have different surfaces and different roles.

The UC moves a good amount of dirt for its size and weight. Overall, this is just a more focused tool. You can see that in the slightly better quality of the shovel itself: it cuts through dirt better and is easier to push on with one or both feet using the flanges on the sides.

The sheath is also very nice because you can swing it from a belt instead of having to fit it inside your backpack. That leaves you with more room for other things.

Military Folding Shovel and Pick with Carrying Pouch


Both folds up and has a carrying pouch, so it is one of the most compact shovels on the market.It only costs around $25, giving it great value compared to the other two shovels on this list.

Aside from shoveling, the Fodachi can also dig, saw, chop, cut, pick, pry, hammer, and open bottles using its variety of edges.

The blade of the shovel can fold at a 90 degree angle to get you access to some tight spots.


The blade and handle are both on the small side, so you are not able to move dirt that quickly or dig that deeply with this shovel.

The blade is made of steel, which makes it strong but you need to keep an eye out for rust that can build up.

The edge of the digging blade is not very sharp, so you might have problems in hard soil or during the winter, when the cold makes the ground harder.

Fodachi is a Chinese company, so the usual caveats apply.

Our Thoughts

This shovel is a contrast to the other two because it costs notably less. However, its small size means you cannot really make this your only shovel. The other two are large enough that you can get away with them being the only digging tool you use, but this one is harder to justify in that role. It makes up for that small size with great durability and the best portability on this list.

The extra edges and tools work very well and you should have no problems getting them to perform. This shovel works best as a backup or secondary shovel, or as the shovel you bring with your on field expeditions.

That is not to say that it is a bad buy: at only $25 it is very cheap, and it takes up very little room in addition to being very light at under 1.5 pounds. If you treat it as it is meant to be treated- a small multitool that can do some digging, as opposed to a full shovel- then you’ll get amazing value out of this shovel.


My final recommendation is that you buy at least the Wolfwill shovel and consider purchasing the Fodachi small shovel as well.

The Wolfwill is the best foldable shovel I could find not only because of its quality and durability, but also because of all the extra tools you get with it. Those can really help you fill in some holes for your bugout bag.

We found the United Cutlery shovel was good, but just didn’t have enough value to justify the price. L am a big fan of having the small Fodachi shovel around because it’s so versatile that you’ll make use of it somehow. Plus, when you talk about the kind of scenarios disaster preparedness folks like me are ready for, it always pays to have backups of advanced tools.

I think the Wolfwill will last you a long time, and while none of these shovels can move as much earth as a full shovel, it gets the job done. It’s efficient with respect to your dollar and your space- get one.

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AR-15 Armorer’s Essentials Kit – Unboxing (video)

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Many of us would rather build our own AR-15.  It can be much cheaper, depending on the parts, as well as customizing it to our own specifications.  Then there are those of us who want to, but have no idea where to begin.  So we hit YouTube and Google for research.

Wheeler Engineering’s “AR-15 Armorer’s Essentials Kit” contains several of the tools needed for building an AR-15. In this video OIFEagle will unbox the kit and discuss what tools you can expect to see, and why the kit grabbed his attention.  He goes into detail about each tool that you need, and even some you might not know you need, what their function is, as well as the cost.

He purchased his kit for $89.99 at (Item Number: WX2-294372) He also encourages people to shop around for a better price; however that is the cheapest he found.

OIFEagle is a U.S. Army Officer, Gentleman, and Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (OIF) He is a Free-thinking Conservative, Christian, Husband, and Father. He is also currently stationed at Fort Bragg, NC.

The main purpose of his video blog is to discuss politics, firearms, gunsmithing, and preparations for the zombie apocalypse.

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The Simplest Way To Keep Squash (And Zucchini) From Taking Over The Garden

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The Simplest Way To Keep Squash (And Zucchini) From Taking Over The Garden

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One of my biggest concerns each year when I am dedicating space in my garden is where to put the vine plants (such as summer squash and zucchini). I don’t grow anything in super-huge amounts, as I don’t have an enormous space with which to work. My garden inventory is usually something like:

  • a half dozen tomato plants
  • twice as many assorted pepper plants
  • a half dozen beans
  • 3-4 kale plants
  • some lettuce
  • around 4 zucchini and summer squash plants

These last ones are the ones I generally enjoy the most, for their versatility in my summer meal plans. If I could, I would grow these in larger quantities. The trouble I run into is that the vine-based plants seem to become so invasive overnight!

The last thing I want to do is to waste the hard work I put in nurturing my other plants by allowing for my zucchini and summer squash to roam as they will. Here is how I made my garden more vine-friendly without having to limit the space available to each plant.

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One day while attempting to remove some fencing from behind my shed, I had a stroke of genius. Here I was fighting with some random vine that had come out of nowhere and had overwhelmed the fencing I had set against the shed the previous year. Without the fencing, the vine would have a very difficult time securing adequate footing on the bare shed wall. So why couldn’t my vine-based plants use the same method in my garden?

All I needed to do was design something that would be sturdy enough to support the weight of the plants and would have enough surface area to allow the plants to grow and their fruits to fully develop. Here is how I did it.

Materials I used:

  • a wood pallet
  • two pieces of scrap wood
  • metal fencing material
  • wire cutters
  • staple gun
  • cordless drill
  • 2 ½-inch wood screws
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Many times I will repurpose the wooden slats of a pallet and am left with just the square outline of the pallet and maybe one or two slats that I don’t dare remove due to their perceived damaged.  In the past I took these frames and added them to the bonfire pile, but seeing a potential use, I rescued several of them from their potentially fiery demise.

The same fencing that I had to wrestle from the vines behind my shed became the very material I used to help my squash plants climb without fear. All I did was measure the size of the pallet and cut the metal fencing down to size. I found it a little helpful to have the fencing be a little long so it could stretch over the sides of the pallet. The wire cutters made this a quick process.

After that, I took the staple gun and used it to secure the fencing material to the frame of the pallet. Since I cut the fencing a little longer than I needed, it is easier to secure it to the frame since there was very little material on the face of the pallet for me to attach it to.

The next step was to attach two pieces of wood to the underside of the pallet frame in order to help it stand up. I used some scrap 2×2 wood that I happened to have laying around. I cut each piece so that it measured roughly 4 feet in length. I secured each piece as close to the top of the pallet as I could, using a couple of 2 ½-inch wood screws.

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I didn’t tighten the screws all the way at first, because I wasn’t sure exactly what angle I wanted the pallet to set at. This way I could adjust the legs of each pallet before finalizing them. I eventually decided to have the pallets sit at just under a rough 45-degree angle so that the plants had a good platform to grow and it wasn’t too steep for the fruit to mature.

I positioned the pallet as close to the zucchini as I could without crowding the plants. It took a little coaxing, but I was soon able to train the plants to grow up the pallet as opposed to around it. Soon enough, I had free space in my garden that wasn’t being overrun by the vines of these two plants.

One of the unintended results of installing this pallet platform in my garden was that I now also had a unique space where I had access to partial shade during the day. I used this area to plant additional lettuce in the hotter portion of the summer when my other crop was showing signs of damage due to the intense sun and heat.

All and all, this was a fun project that cost me absolutely nothing extra out of pocket. I happened to have all the needed materials on hand, and it only took me about an hour of time to figure out what I wanted to do and how I wanted it to look.

If I were to build another one of these (which I will be doing shortly), I would be slightly more careful in the edges I left behind on the fencing I attached to the pallet. Some of the remaining edges were sharper than I had expected, and I had to do some maintenance to remove them and ensure the safety of both myself and my family.

The results of this project were exactly what I wanted them to be. Once I have a few minutes of free time, I am going to build three more of these for this year’s garden so that I can have one dedicated for each of my vine plants. If your goal as a potential homesteader is to use what you have and to make the most out of your space, you should consider something like this to get the most out of what you have!

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Concrete Canvas Shelters: Is The Hype Worth The Cost?

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If you’re looking for the best in new tech that can benefit you in protecting your family or prepare for the worst situations, then you’ve probably heard of concrete canvas and their option of portable inflatable shelters. But is this really worth the cost?

And what in the world is concrete canvas anyway???​

We’re going to take a look at this new fangled invention and find out if it would fit the needs of protecting your family, be a portable post shtf bug out shelter, or just something to play with around the house. And maybe you’ll think of some other uses for it as we go, and if you do then please share those ideas in the comments below, thanks!

What Is Concrete Canvas?

In short, it’s exactly what it sounds like according to the material is a flexible, concrete impregnated fabric that hardens when hydrated to form a thin, durable, water proof and fire resistant concrete layer.

The top layer of the fabric is a woven fibrous surface that absorbs water when saturated (this will be important when we look at how it works later). Under that layer is a 3-dimensional fibre matrix containing a specially formulated dry concrete mix. Finally a PVC backing on the under surface of the material ensures the material is waterproof.

Uses For Concrete Canvas

You can buy this material in rolls to use sheets at a time for tasks such as ditch lining, slope protection, and of course the infamous concrete shelters! The applications of this material are limited only to what you can drape it over and apply a frame to.

The ministry of defense was actually one of the first to jump on this new building material, and used it for use as a covering for sandbag walls in Afghanistan. Next came an order for a Network Rail project. Using a conventional method – preparing the concrete offsite and then transporting it in slabs

How It Works

Simply spreading this material over a window or trying to wear it as is isn’t going to do you any good. And for anyone’s sake please don’t test it’s fire resistant ability without activating it first! It sounds dumb, and feels even worse to type, but I’m sure there’s someone who’s going to think this stuff is magic from the Jetsons and try to test it’s limits without reading the directions.

To activate the concrete canvas ​(Click Here For PDF)

  • Unroll the needed amount of canvas to cover the project, lay it out as the finished product should look. Or if you’re looking at a shelter simply unpack it as the directions state, and inflate it. Easy enough, right?
  • Hydrate the material, it is concrete after all. This is where the magic happens, please don’t set it on fire to test it until you’ve done this and the next few steps.
  • Let the material set for the specified period of time for your material thickness and humidity of the environment it’s being assembled in.
  • Use as desired!

So What About The Concrete Canvas SHELTER??

I don’t think we’re alone in assuming that if the price is right that this material could prove to be very useful to many people. Not just for those needing a bug out shelter or compound, but to make a real difference in the world.

But the company that is the main producer of this fabric isn’t putting a lot of stock in the idea of boosting the concrete shelters, just because the demand for it isn’t as high as the raw material itself.

I’m sure if you bought the rolls alone you could figure out how to make a frame for your shelter anyway. There’s no real need to have a ready made shelter in a bag unless you’re looking to have a place to set up a bug out location when the shtf, and you’re just willing to pay for the convenience.​

Benefits Of The CC Shelter

Rapid Construction A 25sqm CCS can be deployed by 2 people in less than 1 hour and is ready to use in only 24 hours.

Secure The hard shell and lockable doors of a CCS provide a level of security not possible with soft skinned structures, protecting stores, equipment and personnel.

Durable CCS are far more durable than conventional soft skinned tents with a design life of over 10 years. Also are fire and ice resistant, making it a year round shelter option.

Earth Bearing The compressive structure of CCS has been modelled to be covered with sand or earth fill, to provide additional thermal mass and insulation providing excellent level of thermal performance.

Concrete Canvas Shelter Cost

This is the biggest question about this material, and unfortunately this is also what holds most people back from moving forward. These shelters aren’t cheap, and you need to remember that you’re paying extra to have a pre assembled unit be shipped to you ready to use. And that is what drives the cost up the most.

According to the interview by National Geographic a Concrete Canvas shelter would cost 15,000 to 20,000 pounds, in the U.K., for a one-off ($23,000 to $30,000), but the price steps down if you are buying volumes.​

And this is where most people hit the back button or close the browser in a fit of rage. But rest easy friends because we want to make this dream come true for you!

DIY Concrete Cloth Shelter?

Sure, why not?

We haven’t laid any plans that have been tested ourselves, mainly because this material is in the new stages and not being mass produced economically, yet.

But if you look at the structures as they’re being inflated, they’re nothing more than frames with the material heavily sewn in (ok maybe not sewn literally, but you get what we’re trying to say). So with a little time and some will power it’s not outside the realm of possibility to build something similar to this for a fraction of the cost!​

The only real problem we would expect is managing the door…. Other than that it seems like it would be a simple process of buying the roll, making some mistakes, and finding a process that works for what you’re wanting.

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Pioneer Recipes, Our Ancestors used

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When we have to live off our food storage, we will have to adapt to a diet that is similar to what our pioneer ancestor ate.  Since we will not have the prepared food, or the variety we are used too, it will benefit us to know how they cooked.  Here are some examples of pioneer recipes.

Cornmeal Pudding

  • 3 Cups cornmeal mash
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 5 Beaten eggs
  • ½ Cup melted butter
  • 1 Cup molasses
  • ½ Cup milk
  • Juice and rind of 1 lemon

Stir together and cook over an open fire.  This is a good recipe for cooking in a Dutch Oven.
Serve with honey or syrup if you have it.

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Take your leftover cooked rice put in Dutch oven

  • Cover with milk and well-beaten eggs.
  • Add a dash of salt.
  • Sweeten well with sugar.
  • Add raisins or dried fruit and a little nutmeg and vanilla.

Bake slowly until egg mixture is cooked and raisins or fruit are soft.

Making Tough Beef Tender from 1886 Daily Bee, Sacramento, California

  • Lay meat out smoothly and wipe it dry.
  • Take a coffee cup full of fine breadcrumbs, a little salt and pepper, a little powdered thyme or other sweet herb, and just enough milk to moisten to a stiff dressing. Mix well and spread over the meat. Roll it up and tie it up with twine.
  • Brown in salt pork fat, then put in half a pint of water. Cover and cook.
  • The toughest meat is made tender and nutritious when cooked in this way.

Red Bean Pie

  • 1-cup cooked and mashed pinto beans.
  • 1-cup sugar.
  • 3-beaten egg yolks.
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla.
  • 1-teaspoon nutmeg.

Place combined ingredients in an uncooked piecrust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Make a meringue with the leftover egg whites.  Spread over baked pie and return to oven to brown

And easy to make pioneer recipe for bread

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 6 tbsp of butter
  • 4 tbsp of powdered or fresh milk

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, butter and milk.  Add water, a little bit at a time, to obtain a dough that’s not too liquid. Put in a greased pan, cover and cook over campfire over low to moderate heat.  It takes about an hour to cook.

Hopefully these pioneer recipes will give you some ideas of how to cook with your food storage.



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Wisdom from Nick Fury

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“Granddad loved people…but he didn’t trust them very much.”

Funny thing is, people say “Oh, it’s the world we live in today. It wasn’t like this when I was a kid.” or “It wasn’t like this when my grandparents were alive”. You’re right, it wasn’t. It was actually worse. The world has never been a pleasant or safe place. What’s changed is that we’ve gotten so good atinsulating ourselves from it, and keeping it’s ugliness at a distance, that when we really do get a glimpse of what the real world is like, we can’t believe that it’s really been that way all along. It must be a recent thing. Nope, it’s not. It’s the real world…it’s here every day.

There have always been people willing to crack your head open for whats in your pockets, there have always been people starving, there has always been someone who wants to control you, and there have always been people who want what you have and are willing to take it when the opportunity arises. Just because you don’t see it, or even recognize it, doesn’t diminish that this is an objective truth.

So, yes, love your neighbors, be nice to people, help when you can, and try not to be a dick, But…don’t forget that you can only trust your fellow man so far.

EDC Update

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A while ago, I discussed my every day carry (EDC) items and some of the guiding principles behind my choices. Having helpful items on your person is a great way to become better equipped to handle daily life as well as the unexpected. Since it has been over two years, let’s revisit this subject and […]

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The Brexit, the Death of Due Process, and the Enumerated Evils of Hillary Clinton

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Survival Saturday is  a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

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Upgrade the Food in Your Bug Out Bag

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Upgrade the Food in Your Bug Out Bag Guest Post by Dave Asprey First off, thank you to the good people here at SHTFPreparedness for featuring me on their blog. I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m the founder and CEO of the Bulletproof Executive and the bestselling author of The Bulletproof Diet. I’m also a …

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How to Make The Strongest Giant Homemade Bubbles

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How to Make The Strongest Giant Homemade Bubbles My husband whipped up a batch of this bubble juice today and we had the most fun we have ever had in our yard. We had the sprinklers on, the music on and happy kids. Bubbles make all kids (including big adult kids, happy) I have no idea why but they are magical and mesmerizing. If you want to make strong giant bubbles that just sit and float a long time, this is for you. What you need: Dawn Liquid Dish Soap 8ozGuar Gum 1Tbsp Baking Powder 1Tbsp Water 16 cups Cotton

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June 2016 EDC Purse Dump

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June 2016 EDC Purse Dump

1. Club Monaco Red Tavel/Passport Purse 2. Douk-Douk UK Legal Pocket Knife 3. L’Occitane Shea Butter Delightful Rose Lip Balm 4. Miscellaneous Keys 5. Wilko Ultra Soft Pocket Tissues 6. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen – Blue. 7. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen – Purple. 8. Wilko Folding Shopping Bag 9. Wilko Folding Shopping Bag

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-06-25)

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(Mrs.J captured these photos: Northern Flicker Woodpecker)   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your Fiat Paper into tangible practical assets 😉 The more who […]

Prep Blog Review: UK Left The EU. Now What?

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This week’s surprising (for some) news was the Brits’ decision to leave the European Union.

Whether you followed the Brexit results or not here’s a question for you: How does this affect Americans and what’s next?

This remains to be seen, however below you can find facts and TO DOs that can help you better understand what’s going on, predicate what’s to come and prepare.

1. Three big ways Brexit could affect Americans personally


“In Britain, the debate over whether to remain in the European Union was an impassioned one, an existential crisis of national identity that inspired protests along the famed River Thames and divided families from Sheffield to Southampton.

But here across the pond, the idea of a Brexit has often seemed like an abstraction, one of those vague global uncertainties that seems to perpetually threaten, but never quite derail, the U.S. economy. The financial ripple effects could complex.

Now, with Britain voting Thursday to leave the European Union, many Americans will wonder what Brexit will mean to them. Here’s a look at the three perhaps unexpected ways what happens in Britain could affect your budget.”

Read more on Washington Post.

2. How to Survive a Personal Economic Collapse

Brexit “With all that is being written about the economic collapses of nations around the globe, people in America seem to be waiting for some huge event.

But what if it isn’t a huge event like a stock market crash or a currency collapse that you actually need to be concerned about? What if our disaster starts out looking nothing like the economic crises in Argentina, Venezuela or Greece? What if the real financial disaster in the future is more personal?  What, if that financial disaster has already happened?”

Read more on The Organic Prepper.

3. Panic! Brits Feverishly Buy Foreign Currency on Eve of Brexit Vote: “Pound Would Decline Precipitously”


“Fear and mass panic are known to among the most dangerous threats we face… And absolute chaos could ensue for currency markets, if the warnings hold true.

Tomorrow is the much feared Brexit vote, and on the eve of such a momentous referendum that could lead to the dissolution of the European Union, there is a great deal of worry as investors feverishly exchanged ‘safe’ currency in case of a destabilization of the British pound or the Euro.”

Read more on SHTF plan.

4. Awesome Collapse in Pound as Leave is Ahead by Almost 300,000


“This is what happens in a panic. Dealers step back and spreads widen. Sell and buy orders at the market are simply filled as they come in. It appears the bookies got it wrong and the government believed its own fake polls and were not prepared to rig the vote properly. The “LEAVE” is now running almost 54%. Of course this is not over until the fat lady sings, or in this case, Cameron.”

Read more on Armstrong Economics.

5. The Stock Market Crash Of 2016: Stocks Have Already Crashed In 6 Of The World’s 8 Largest Economies


“Over the past 12 months, stock market investors around the planet have lost trillions of dollars.  Since this time last June, stocks have crashed in 6 of the world’s 8 largest economies, and stocks in the other two are down as well.  The charts that you are about to see are absolutely stunning, and they are clear evidence that a new global financial crisis has already begun.  Of course it is true that we are still in the early chapters of this new crisis and that there is much, much more damage to be done, but let us not minimize the carnage that we have already witnessed.”

Read more on The Economic Collapse Blog.


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Anti Inflammatory Pain Reliving Tea Recipe

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Anti Inflammatory Pain Reliving Tea Recipe Before you even read the recipe, please consult with a professional medical practitioner about the risks of turmeric if you are on ANY medication. Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation). Because of this, turmeric might be beneficial for treating conditions that involve inflammation. Ginger does not have an immediate impact, but may be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain. These effects are believed to be mediated by the anti-inflammatory properties. What You Need: 5 cups of pure drinking water or even better, spring water

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The Best Granola Recipes In The World

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Here are some of the best granola recipes in the world, I promise. I love making granola from scratch over buying the ready made. It’s fresh and I know what the ingredients are. I must confess, if I have some candy like, M & M’s in the house I may or may not throw a handful into some of these granola recipes below, just saying. I love grabbing a handful and eating a few morsels of all of these granola recipes. Here’s the deal, you can add Craisins, raisins, different nuts, chocolate chips or extra shredded coconut. Man, this is making me so hungry, I need to grab a bowl and make some in the morning. Sure, having lots of sweets added may not make these the healthiest for you, but the base ingredients are really good for you. You might even consider leaving the sweet stuff out, that’s ok, the granola will still taste great and make for a pleasant treat. Try some granola in place of buttered popcorn, chips and salsa, cookies and other between meals food. Give these recipes a try, you’ll be glad you did!

Let me know what you put in your granola and I will start a list of add-ons to our granola recipes below. PRINTABLE recipes: The Best Granola Recipes In The World by Food Storage Moms  Please note iI store my granola in airtight containers like OXO containers or quart jars. OXO Good Grips POP Big Square 2.4-Quart Storage Container You can also use a FoodSaver with bags and freeze the bags until needed.

Granola Recipes:

Linda’s Granola Recipe


Combine the ingredients below in a large bowl while you make the coating.

  • 5 cups rolled oats (I prefer old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Combine the following ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over a medium heat stirring constantly. Do not boil. After the coating or syrup is dissolved pour over the ingredients above in the large bowl and stir until completely covered. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spread the mixture onto cookie sheets and bake for 20-30 minutes. if you like it crunchier bake 10-15 minutes longer. Add the optional items below if desired.

  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Optional items:

Craisins, raisins, chocolate chips, candy like M & M’s, etc.

Lyn’s-Paleo-Gluten-Free Granola

This recipe is my friend, Lyn Christian’s recipe and I’m here to tell you once you make this you will be hooked on it forever!

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup mixed nuts ( Cashews, Brazil, Almonds, and Pecans)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded organic coconut
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup melted virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  1. Blend all dry ingredients. Blend all the wet ingredients then mix them together. Spread the mixture on parchment paper onto cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t allow to get too brown. Store, serve, enjoy!

No Bake Healthy Granola Bars By Food Storage Moms

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 cups almond butter
  • 1 cup coconut shredded
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups regular oats
  • 3 cups puffed brown rice
  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl including the melted coconut oil (except the butter, brown sugar, and honey).
    Blend the mixture. Place the butter, brown sugar and honey in a medium pan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly. Boil for about 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Next, immediately pour the mixture over the ingredients and stir until completely moistened. Place the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and cool in the refrigerator for about 30-40 minutes. Cut and wrap in desired bar sizes. These can be frozen as well.

Kendra’s Yummy Granola Recipe

This recipe is really yummy and easy to make. I made it with Kendra one day at her house and i was hooked on this recipe.

Place the following in a large bowl and set aside:

  • 32-ounces oatmeal uncooked
  • 6-ounces puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced or slivered almonds
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut

Put the following ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat and stir all together:

  • 1-3/4 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 cups olive oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 T. cinnamon

After cooking over low heat, stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients above. Place in a greased 9-inch by 13-inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn the oats halfway through the 30 minutes to maintain even browning so the edges do not burn. Enjoy!

My favorite things to make granola recipes:

Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ or 14″

All-Clad 00830 Stainless-Steel Lasagna Pan with 2 Oven Mitts/ Cookware, Silver

Adcraft SBL-30 30 qt Capacity, 22-5/8″ OD x 7-1/2″ Depth, Stainless Steel Extra Large Mixing Bowl with Mirror Finish

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

2dayShip Premium Quilon Parchment Paper Baking Sheets, Pan liner, White, 12 X 16, 100 Count

My favorite honey: Cox’s Honey

My favorite oats: Quaker Oats

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A Monkey Just Single-Handedly Shut Down Power For An ENTIRE COUNTRY (Yes, Seriously)

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In one of the craziest-but-true stories so far this year, a monkey is to blame for shutting down the entire electrical grid in the African nation of Kenya.

All the monkey had to do to shut off service to 44 million people was to fall off a roof and onto a transformer and trip it, sparking a chain reaction, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company acknowledged.

“This caused other machines at the power station to trip on overload, resulting in a loss of more than 180 MW (megawatts) from this plant which triggered a national power blackout,” a statement posted on the company’s Facebook page stated.

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What’s truly extraordinary is that the monkey was not even hurt, NPR reported. The monkey was able to easily penetrate the Gitaru Power Station’s defenses, which include electric fences designed to keep wild animals away.

Power outages caused by animals are actually very common, although it’s rare for one to black out a nation.

The Cybersquirrel1 website reported that squirrels alone were responsible for 743 power outages around the world as of June 6. Birds were responsible for 321 outages, raccoons and snakes for 61 outages each and rats for 32 outages.

The most recent animal-caused outage in the US was in Pulaski County, Virginia, on June 3. Appalachian Power reported that a snake knocked out power to 2,700 customers around Christiansburg by coming into contact with electrical equipment.

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26 Depression Era Recipes You Can Use for Survival

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by Megan

Most people who are preparing for a future economic collapse or SHTF event realize that life as it is today could be radically altered. One of the main things that will change radically if the world experiences another severe economic collapse due to an EMP event or another extended grid-down situation will be diet and cooking methods.

Many preppers are looking to the tried and true recipes of the Great Depression period which began in August 1929 and lingered through approximately 1941 in the United States and Europe. It was the worst recession of the Western industrialized world. It truly altered the way of life for many families. Vegetable gardens were nurtured, clothing was patched and repaired for longer wear, and several generations of families often lived together out of necessity.

Feeding a family following another severe economic collapse, extended grid-down situation, or other SHTF event will be similar to feeding a family during the Great Depression. Some of the lessons surrounding food that were learned back then include:

  • Growing your own food
  • Sharing and bartering food with neighbors
  • Making the best you can from what you do have
  • Being thrifty, re-using, and recycling as much as possible
  • Foraging, hunting, and preserving food will once again become central to meal planning

Shopping in the Depression Era

Shopping in the Depression Era was much different than it is today, especially for lower income and middle class families. Following an EMP or other SHTF event, shipping, trucking, and commercial food manufacturing will again be at a standstill. We may once again have to shop like our ancestors did during the Depression Era.

Preppers will need to buy now and properly store large quantities of things such as beans, rice, flour, sugar, cornmeal, potatoes, and sea salt. Growing your own herbs for seasoning and vegetables to eat will be crucial. Eggs will soon be at a premium, or only available through bartering, if at all. The same will be true for raw milk, cream, butter as well as bacon or pork, and beef. You will need to raise your own chickens, dairy cow, pigs, and beef cows or trade something valuable that you have plenty of to get what you want from someone who does have it.

For those who raise or grow their own food, it will be important to learn how to build a root cellar to extend the life of your harvest for leaner times that may come. Without electricity, storing of dairy and other perishable items will need to be done in something like a  zeer pot “fridge” in hot weather.

Bread & Breakfasts

Breakfasts during the Great Depression Era varied widely according to socio-economic status of the household and what was available at the time. It usually included some kind of dried or baked fruit if fruit was plentiful for the family, a creamy grits cereal or farina cereal, some type of bread and tea or coffee. Milk and eggs were expensive so unless the family raised their own cow or chickens, many meals didn’t include them during the Great Depression.

  1. Milk Toast

  • 1 pint of scalded milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps. Butter
  • 4 tbsps. Cold water
  • 2 ½ tbsps. Bread flour
  • 6 slices dry toast

Put flour into skillet, add water and stir on low heat until creamy. Add paste to milk stir continually until thick. Cover and cook additional twenty minutes. Sprinkle salt into mixture. Add butter in small pieces. Dip slice of toast in sauce, remove when soft. Pour leftover sauce onto toast to serve.

  1. Cornbread in milk

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cornmeal (yellow)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Mix cornmeal, flour, salt, and sugar into a large bowl. Add 4 cups boiling water. Mix thoroughly. Batter should be the consistency of pancake batter. Heat canola or other cooking oil in pan. Add batter to your pan and fry, flip occasionally, until both sides are golden in color. Tear or cut into pieces in bowl, add milk to suit your taste.

  1. Hot milk and rice

  • ¼ to ½ bowl of cooked rice
  • Milk
  • Dab of butter
  • Sugar or honey to sweeten

Mix ingredients and enjoy.

  1. Cornmeal mush with milk

  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup water or bone broth
  • Leftover bacon grease

Mix cornmeal with bone broth or water and allow to sit overnight. Form into loaf pan. Keep in refrigerator. Slice and fry in bacon grease. You could also mix ½ cornmeal and ½ boiling water, let cool and form into a patty and then fry in grease (no overnight soak required). Pour milk over cornmeal.

  1. Sugar bread

  • 1-2 tbsps. Sugar
  • Butter
  • Homemade bread

Spread butter on bread and sprinkle with sugar. This was definitely a treat only if things were going well and sugar was plentiful.

  1. Sugar Cookies and Coffee

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups flour (for texture)
  • Pinch of salt

Beat eggs and sugar and then mix in the flour well. Roll cookies and score with a knife. Bake in oven at about 300 degrees until golden.

  1. Oatmeal Pancakes

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp. melted fat
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg beat in 1 cup of milk

Mix above ingredients and add 1 cup sifted flour and 1 tsp baking powder. Beat well. Cook on hot griddle.

  1. Spider Corn Bread

  • 2 cups sour milk
  • 1-1/2 cups corn meal
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Combine all dry ingredients first, then pour in milk and well beaten eggs. Add butter to cast iron pan to grease pan. Once pan is hot, pour in the mixture. Cook in hot oven for twenty minutes. Serves six.

  1. Potato Pancakes

  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups chopped potato
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 tsp. of baking powder

Clean potatoes with the skins on and parboil (pre-cook) them for 8-12 minutes. Skin potatoes and then grate or chop in food processor. In the Depression Era it was also common to use leftover mashed potatoes instead. Mix milk, potatoes, salt, and eggs, together. Sift baking powder with flour into wet mixture.  Continue blending until smooth. Use hot water to thin batter if needed. Drop onto greased hot griddle, flip as needed.

  1. Fifty-Fifty Biscuits

  • 2 cups corn meal (can use rice flour, fine ground peanuts, or ground soy beans)
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 to ½ cups liquid

Sift flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking powder, twice. Use cold shortening and use a knife to integrate it into the mixture, finish by rubbing it in with your hands. Quickly mix using cold liquid (milk or water) and form into a soft dough. Lightly flour a wooden board and roll dough into a ½ inch thick sheet. Use a tin can to cut dough into round pieces. Sprinkle a shallow pan with flour and place rounds slightly apart from each other. Bake 10-15 minutes until golden.

  1. Split Pea Pancakes

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups split peas
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsps. pork drippings
  • 1 tsp salt

Soak peas overnight, cook till tender. Chop using food processor and mix all ingredients in. Bake on greased hot griddle.

  1. Fresh Bread

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsps. yeast

Using large bowl, pour in flour and create a well in the center. Add yeast and dissolve with warm water. Mix together and form a ball. Use towel to cover. Let rise to double its size (30 minutes). Punch dough down and cut into two pieces and roll each piece into a loaf. Let rise a second time until it reaches top of pan. Uncover bread, slit tops, bake in oven on 300 degrees. Rub hot bread with water and wrap in a lightweight towel to make crust softer.

  1. Hard Tack

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 4 tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. cold butter or shortening (optional)

Pour water into a large bowl and gradually add the flour. Stir continually. Stop adding flour when it becomes too thick to continue stirring. Knead and fold dough. Roll to a ½ thick sheet. Use a knife to slice the dough in squares approximately 3 inches by 3 inches. Lay on ungreased baking sheet. Use a toothpick or skewer to poke 4 holes in 4 rows for each square. Bake for 1 hour in oven at 375 degrees but flip the crackers over after 30 minutes.

Soups & Stews

  1. Cream Soup/White Sauce

  • 2 tbsps. Butter or lard
  • 3 tbsps. Flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tsp salt

Melt butter over low heat. Add salt and flour. Stir continually until frothy and smooth. Cook 3 minutes, prevent browning by stirring often. Add milk slowly. Boost heat slightly and stir until mixture thickens and is smooth and boiling.  Eat like soup or pour over toast, eggs, noodles, or whatever is on hand.

  1. Bean Soup

  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup beans
  • 1 tbsps. onion juice
  • 2 tsps. salt
  • 1-2 large onions sliced or chunked
  • ¼ tsp mustard
  • 2 tbsps. flour mixed with 2 tbsps. cold water

Soak beans in water overnight to soften. Pour ingredients into large pot and cook slowly with onion and pork. Add water as needed.

  1. Vegetable Soup

  • ½ cup cabbage
  • ½ cup carrots
  • 1 cup potatoes
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp. minced onion
  • 4 tbsp. fat
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps. chopped parsley
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cup of tomato juice/pulp
  • 1 quart of water

Heat onion, peppercorns, pepper, salt, and bay leaf in tomato juice for twenty minutes. Strain. Add additional ingredients to tomato mixture and cook 1 hour. Garnish with parsley before serving.

  1. Potato and Cheese Soup

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsps. onion juice
  • 1 ½ tsps. salt
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 cups of water that potatoes were cooked in
  • 2 tbsps. fine chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsps. flour
  • ¼ cup grated cheese
  • 2 tbsps. fat

Cook diced potatoes in 2 cups of water until tender. Push potatoes and 2 cups water through strainer. Add dry ingredients to melted fat, gradually add onion juice and milk. Sprinkle on grated cheese and garnish with parsley just before serving.

Dinners & Desserts

  1. Beef Stew

  • ¾ to 1-pound meat from shin, knuckles, neck, or cross ribs
  • ¾ cup carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup potatoes
  • ½ cup turnips
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-quart water
  • ½ cup flour

Dice meat in small sections. Soak half of it in water for 60 minutes. Heat water and meat to boiling gradually. Salt and pepper remaining meat to season. Dip in flour and brown with onion in about 3 tablespoons of fat. Combine mixture with meat. Continue to cook, about 60 minutes, until tender. Add vegetables and ½ cup cold water. Cook until veggies are tender.

  1. Pepper and Eggs

  • 3 large peppers
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil or lard
  • 4 Eggs

Clean the peppers, remove the seeds, and slice them. Put vegetable oil or lard in pan and heat. Place sliced peppers in pan and sprinkle with salt. Crack eggs into bowl and whisk with fork. Once the peppers soften, pour egg mixture into pan and blend everything together.

  1. Bean Sausage

  • 1 cup soaked lentils, dried peas, lima beans, or beans
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ¼ cup fat

Cook beans until soft. Thoroughly mix ingredients together and then form like a sausage. Cover in flour and fry using fat.

  1. Poor man’s Meal

  • 3 Potatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Hot Dogs
  • 4 tbsps. Tomato sauce

Peel and cube the potatoes. Put potatoes into a skillet and slice onions into pan. Add about 1-3 tbsps. vegetable oil or lard. Let potato and onion cook and slice hot dogs. Add sauce to potatoes followed by hot dogs. Add ½ cup water, continue cooking until potatoes are soft.

  1. Dumplings

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. fat drippings
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk, meat stock or water

Sift salt together with flour and baking powder. Then cut with fat. Slowly add milk or water to create a soft dough. Roll out and put on the pre-greased pan. Drop directly into stew or soup, cover, and cook 30 minutes.

  1. Beans & Ham Hocks

  • 4 or 5 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • Bay leaf
  • 2 ½ tsp. Black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Rinse beans and add to large pot with onion, pepper, bay leaf and ham hocks. Add water to cover everything and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for 2-3 hours. Stir frequently, add water if needed to cover. Continue cooking until beans are tender and sauce thickens. Serve warm with cornbread

  1. Hobo Tin Foil Dinners

It was not uncommon in the Depression Era for families to make a meal out of whatever types of vegetables were in season or available that day.

  • Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Butter

Cut vegetables into large pieces, add butter and salt and pepper to taste. Wrap in tin foil, and cook in the oven or even in the coals of an open fire.

  1. Eggless chocolate cake

  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil

Mix cocoa, baking soda, and flour in 8” square greased baking pan. Create a large depression in the dry ingredients and pour vegetable oil into it. Create two smaller wells, pour vanilla into one and vinegar in the other. Add water to the entire pan. Stir until blended and smooth. Bake 35 minutes in 350-degree oven.

  1. Baked Apples Without Sugar

  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. corn syrup
  • Chopped dates
  • Raisins
  • Marmalade
  • popcorn

Fill pan with ¼ inch of water to prevent burning. Core apples and fill with syrup and chopped date/marmalade mixture or popcorn/corn syrup mixture. Bake ½ hour until tender. Serve with additional syrup as a sauce.

Today we are lucky enough to have some modern conveniences available to us that make securing food and cooking meals much easier than they were in the Depression Era. Most preppers have come to the realization however that following an EMP or SHTF event that would create an extended grid down situation, we may very well have to revert to some of the methods used by our ancestors to feed their families.

If you have already started storing bulk dry goods, growing your own vegetables, and raising your own livestock when such an event occurs, you will be miles ahead of many people. Tuck these recipes away or even try some of them this week so that you can be confident in your ability to cook in a way that will sustain your family and boost morale during tough times.

What’s your favorite Depression Era recipe? Share with us in the comments below.

Social Security and the Cash-Crunch

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This article is dedicated to C. Kane, who fielded the topic-question


ReadyNutrition Readers, I received an excellent question last week that was important enough to do an article on it.  The information pertains to all of us, especially those who are getting ready to draw on Social Security benefits in the short-term future.  The question, specifically, was what could be done about Social Security (withdrawing it), and how would this be affected when they eliminate cash.  This is a huge question, but I’m going to answer it and attempt brevity as best as possible.  Then we’re going to “game” it a bit with some suggestions.  Let’s do it!

Some of this information comes from an article entitled, “How to Get Social Security in a Lump Sum” by Phil Moeller written June 17, 2014 and posted on  The article is important because it gives information on how to pull out your Social Security in a lump sum payment.  According to the article, the maximum lump-sum payment is six month’s-worth of Social Security, and then with a cap of four months.  Confusing?  There’s more.  This comes with several “caveats,” however, because your withdrawal will affect the way any survivors or family members may collect your benefits.

The term we must focus upon here is Full Retirement Age (FRA).  This term is not a completely set concept.  FRA is 66 for people born between 1943 and 1954.  The change has it “rising” in two-month increments to 67 for people with birthdates of 1960 and after.  A section you need to see from the article includes the caveats, as such:

“…there are three downsides to keep in mind.

  1. If you ask for a lump-sum payment, you lose all the delayed retirement credits you’ve accrued. That’s because Social Security calculates your benefits from age 66 and will give you a lump sum based on that monthly rate (plus any cost-of-living increases). Your monthly benefit thereafter will be based on a start date of age 66. If your FRA benefit was, say, $1,000 a month, it would have risen to $1,320 in real terms by age 70. You will have forfeited that extra $320 each month.
  2. If you ask Social Security to file and suspend your benefit, it will prohibit you from ever being able to collect spousal benefits while deferring your own retirement benefit. To enable such spousal benefits, you must file what’s called a “restricted application.” Unfortunately, you can’t do both.
  3. If you wave good-bye to that maximum $1,320 monthly benefit, so will your survivors. Their benefits are tied to yours, so when you do anything to reduce your benefit, it can have a life-long impact on your family.

For this reason, filing and suspending benefits is only a guaranteed slam-dunk for single people with no spouses or children—they don’t need to care about benefits for surviving family members. For married persons and single persons with former spouses and children, a file-and-suspend strategy to preserve access to a lump-sum payment is a tricky decision. Consider talking to a financial adviser before making this move.”

Now all of this is discussing removal of Social Security benefits when able, but does not address the second part of the question: what do we do when they clamp down on the cash and the cash itself is unavailable?

I have pondered this point for many days, although the subject is one that has been on the front burner for some time.  There are all kinds of measures, such as “bitcoins,” and barter, and other things that people are gearing up with.  For the meantime, we still have to deal in cash.  The problem overlaps into other areas besides Social Security, such as IRA’s and mutual funds; these areas will be in great danger, along with our standard “savings” accounts and pension funds.

My advice is to take out as much as possible as soon as you’re able, and after you have figured what is to be allocated (in the form of cash) for bills and other necessities, then split the remainder into thirds.  One third stays in the form of cash.  When cash is worthless, your cash will be worthless: it is inevitable that you’re going to lose some of the fiat currency when cash and the federal reserve note become defunct.  One third you should place into hard, physical assets that are portable: gold, silver, platinum, diamonds and gems, and such.

The last third toward supplies that are both durable and nondurable that can both be bartered.  Durable would include oil, tools, ammunition, medical supplies (bandages, splints, instruments), and so forth.  Nondurable would be foodstuffs (canned, perishable, freeze-dried, etc.) medicines, water supplies, and water purification equipment/related items (some of these items have shelf/functioning life).

Your 1/3 cash is to take care of things requiring cash.  Your 1/3 in valuable portable assets gives you a supply of things that can be used in the manner of money without being a fiat Federal Reserve Note…that always hold intrinsic value and don’t physically deteriorate.  Your 1/3 in nondurables will either sustain you or (with a surplus) enable you to barter for other things you need.

The tricky part is to leave yourself with enough to pay for your expenses before the remainder is broken into thirds.  Remember, we have to live in the “real” world for now, and this means to take care of obligations with cash, check, or the forms of exchange that are currently in use.

We are all going to lose a large portion of our wealth/savings when the SHTF.

I also highly recommend talking to a financial planner that you can trust to find out all of the legal jargon and potential pitfalls that may surface depending on your current financial situation and the state where you reside.  Some states “nab” you for a death tax and grab up a large portion of what your family member leaves to you, while others do not.  It varies from state to state.  JJ’s advice: with the Social Security, take out as much as you can, sequester the lion’s share to cover your expenses, and the remainder bust into thirds and allocate those thirds in the aforementioned manner.

Joe Biden once said the Social Security was going to be “locked in a strongbox.”  Well and good, but if only the government has the key and they are already spending it?  Then all that will be in there is an IOU, and maybe not even that.  Maybe just a puddle of water, as they “wrote it on ice” instead of paper.  Much of this will be out of our control, but take any of these steps outlined, and you should be able to salvage some of it before the SHTF.  You keep fighting that good fight!  JJ out!

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

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

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

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Survival Buzz: 4 Ways to Control Slugs Naturally + Seed for Security Giveaway

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Even though my garden is tiny, slugs and snails are having a heyday.  They are getting into my flowers and hostas which is especially hurtful.  I hate slugs so although I am certain they have some purpose in the big picture of our ecosystem, I want to get rid of them.

Lucky for us, the newest Backdoor Survival sponsor, Seed for Security, has some great tips for getting rid of slugs naturally.  Not only that, in order to give me my monthly Buzz break, Nan is providing one lucky reader with a complete Seed for Security Super Survival Kit.  I challenge you to find another survival seed kit like this on the Internet.  But let me give you fair warning. When you visit the Seed for Security website you are going to absolutely drool over the cabbage plants.

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So what about those slugs?  Here are the 4 tips in the short video below.

  1. Hand pick when it is raining or damp
  2. Put down a wet newspaper trap
  3. During dry weather, surround plants with wood ash
  4. Drown them in DIY beer traps

Something not mentioned but what we did as kids was sprinkle the slugs with salt.  Does anyone do that any more?

The Seed for Security Giveaway

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

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

Spark Naturals FREE SHIPPING on All Orders + FREE Birch Essential Oil

Spark Naturals has been having daily “Christmas in June” sales and my bad for not mentioning it sooner.  Anyway, today, June 25th is worth noting.  They are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders plus, with an order of $45 or more, you will get a 5 ml bottle of Birch essential oil (value $14.50)

Of course you still get 10% off using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

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What do you use Birch for?  Among other things, “The Birch” formula for aches and pains which I wrote about in the article Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain.

Other Announcements

If you are interested in learning more about herbs and essential oils, you might want to take a peek at this new offering from the folks at Ultimate Bundles.

There are a lot of great eBooks in this bundle but for me, the jewel is the  eCourse “Herbs & Oils: Beyond the Basics” by Jessie Hawkins.  This course is normally $197.00 and is included as part of the bundle.  The combined value of everything is over $400 but you get it all for an amazing $29.97.

Here is a link to learn more:  2016 Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle


The Final Word

Yes, you may have noticed that there have been a lot of giveaways lately.  As I tend to do, I got into a backlog situation and over committed both my time and the website calendar.  I am doing my best to catch up and clear a path for a more sane review and giveaway calendar in the Fall.

Since this is my break day, I am going to keep this short.  I have enjoyed reading about your 2016 prepping goals in the Nokero Solar Light giveaway and find some recurring themes.  Clearly, our work is never done.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  I carry my portable survival kit whenever I leave the house.  The nice thing about it is that it fits neatly in a pocket, day pack, glove box, or handbag.  If you are interested in more details or need assistance building your own kit, see 8 Essential Items: The Perfect Portable Survival Kit.

In the meantime, here are some items you should consider carrying with you as you travel near and afar.

BIC Classic Lighters (12): A dozen full size BIC lighters at a bargain price with free shipping. Don’t forget to test them to ensure they work!

Paracord Lanyard:  I prefer a paracord lanyard over a bracelet because I can use it’s clip to attach my whistle as well as other items that I may want to add from time to time such as a second flashlight, a Swiss army knife, pepper spray, or a flash drive (thumb drive).

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V 6 LED Flashlight: I own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.

Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.  I love my cheapie whistles but this is the one I would depend on for wilderness survival.

Lavender Essential Oil:  This is the Swiss army knife of essential oils. My favorite lavender oil is from Spark Naturals.  Enjoy a 10% discount with code BACKDOORSURVIVAL.

Rectangular Tin with Window: I found this tin that is very similar to mine on  Chances are you have something similar already that can be repurposed for free.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  Too large for a pocket kit but important to have with you is the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter.  At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag.  It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a  minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. .

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter:  The Lifestraw Go integrates the fantastic LifeStraw Personal Water Filter with a sippy-type bottle.  It is like getting two for the price of one.  The included carabiner hook makes it easy to attach the LifeStraw Go to your pack.


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Lemongrass is an amazing essential oil with so many uses for health and wellness.
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News, Reviews, and the survival axe!

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News, Reviews, and the survival axe! James Walton “I Am Liberty” With the closing election, people falling dead at the hands of radical Muslims all over the world and our governments unwillingness to approach a single problem with any real sense it can be a bit overwhelming. There are mornings I wake up and feel like … Continue reading News, Reviews, and the survival axe!

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