Time for a change of scenery

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Im a 22 yr. old male, I grew up on a family farm and i always played outside as a kid. That time has come again When graduated highschool i stayed on the farm. Ive always wanted a simpler life away from from possessions and money. I can move just about anywhere. I am very good with animals and though im not as knowledgable about survival skills as id like, i can learn fast. If anyone would needs a helping hand, im loyal and will work from dawn till dusk if necessary. I can hunt and fish and handle harsh weather. Im very mild mannered easy to get along with. Ready to get out of this oppressive system! My email is g-13@live.com

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Prepper Acronyms: Common Survival Acronyms to Know

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Prepper Acronyms: Common Survival Acronyms to Know SHTF, BOB, TEOTWAWKI… Whether you embrace the shorthand or not, the fact remains that there is a lot of it out there. It has almost evolved into an exclusive language where you can hold a whole conversation without using layman’s terms. I’m pretty used to this myself, there …

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Quick Pressure Cooker Recipe Rosy Meat

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There are days when I love my electric pressure cooker and days when I can’t find a single recipe that works. Despite all of those recipes that I have which, honestly, work perfectly well.

Perhaps you struggle with that, too, wondering how to make something in your electric pressure cooker that makes it worthwhile to lug that heavy contraption out.

Rosy Meat is a recipe that I have been making for years, long before I ever knew what an electric pressure cooker was.

I’ve made it in a slowcooker and on the stovetop, including on the wood cookstove. I’ve made it with commercially canned products and homemade, and everything in between. It’s versatile and delicious.

And it is almost perfectly designed for the electric pressure cooker.

The ingredients really can’t be simpler. You need:

1 pint cranberry sauce – homemade cranberry sauce with whole berries, or cranberry jelly, or the commercial equivalent. Once my mom wanted to make it with whole frozen cranberries. We added 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar – it turned out great.

1 pint tomato sauce – I’ve made this with pretty much every variation of tomato+sauce, including commercially canned tomato soup, chunky primavera pasta sauce, and barbecue sauce. They all turn out differently but they’re all good.

and some meat. Meatballs, chunks of cooked ham, a few raw chicken breasts … a lot of different things work with it. We’re using meatballs today – maybe three pounds?

This recipe is just made for flexibility. Hey, do you notice the lid on that cranberry sauce? Don’t believe people who tell you to toss your home-canned food after a year. March 2017 it is, and that cranberry sauce is every bit as good as when I put it up. How’s that for energy-saving food storage?

Home-canning is basically a time capsule in a jar.

Just wash off the lid really well before you open it.

Here’s a secret ingredient today – I’m adding a drained pint of carrots. We have one little boy who insists he hates carrots.

He doesn’t. But he thinks he does.

So I’m pureeing the tomatoes and carrots before adding them to the electric pressure cooker.

No carrot chunks in there.

This recipe is so simple my nine year old makes it.

Mix the tomato sauce and cranberry sauce. Add meat. Heat through. Obviously raw chicken breasts take longer than fully cooked meatballs, and the sauce will look slightly different in the end.

It doesn’t really look so great before it cooks, but most things don’t.

I’m making it in my electric pressure cooker today. You can use a crockpot. You could put it in a covered casserole and put it in the oven (although that seems like a waste of electricity). And if you want to put it in a covered pot and let it simmer on the stove, that works, too!

Cover the pot, though, because it makes the same splattery mess that tomato products always make.

It’s good stuff.

When it comes to serving this, the sky is the limit again.

It works well with plain white rice.

You could serve it over mashed potatoes.

These meatballs are positively delicious in a meatball sub.

You could probably take them out of the sauce, stick toothpicks in them and call them appetizers.

Don’t toss out any leftover sauce. It keeps just fine in the refrigerator for several days, and you can add a different kind of meat to it. Maybe meatballs tonight and a few chicken breasts a few days from today?

Patriots’ Prayers for 3-13-2017

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A spiritual sickness infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, can cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Please join with me each week, praying for America.

Prayer For America (long version)


Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

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.

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

Confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ 

We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us, as individuals and as a nation, to accept and live according to Your will in all things. Amen. 

Daily Bible Reading 
(It is my hope to encourage folks to read the Bible everyday. 
To that end, I present a suggested daily reading each week.)

Sunday: Romans  15:14 – 16:27
Monday: Exodus 1 
Tuesday: Exodus 2 
Wednesday: Exodus 3 
Thursday: Exodus 4  
Friday: Exodus 5:1 – 6:1 
Saturday: Exodus 6:2 – 7:13  

Working on it!

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Living off grid, you might ask, what I do for a living? Actually I have the best job in the entire world, IMHO… I am a merchandiser for a large nationwide company, I thoroughly enjoy my job and I still have time to do the other things I want to do. We typically slow down during the holidays though and it makes me wish for more hours during the slow time.

Be careful what you wish for… the company I work for (Driveline), we do merchandising, mainly in Dollar General stores, Walmart, and a plethora of other stores, it’s a great company to work for. I have been with them for 4 years now, and did merchandising for 10 years for another company when I lived in the DFW area of Texas. Let’s just say I enjoy merchandising.

During the holidays, from about Thanksgiving until after the first of the year, our business slows down as the retail stores ramp up for their biggest time of the year. The stores do not want us working and blocking the aisles during their peak time. It’s nice to work in retail and have less work during the holidays, but it makes for tiny paychecks. Thus the wishing for more hours.

Now our reset season has started in earnest, and it’s busier than ever for all of us. So I go from working just a few hours each week to working 12+ hours a day, not counting the drive time getting there and back. For me it’s a minimum of 40 miles to my nearest store, and a good 100 miles to my 2 farthest stores. Mind you, I am NOT complaining, I am very happy to have the work, I do wish they could spread it out a little more, but that’s just the way it is.

So what does a merchandiser do you ask? Well let me tell you, I go in to the stores with a printed list of jobs, mostly having to do with moving products around. Sometimes it’s just a few products, such as the store getting in a new product and getting rid of an old product line. When you walk into one of these stores, you will notice (or maybe not) there is a place for everything, so we remove the old-going away items and place the new items. Sometimes it’s a full reset, which means everything comes off of a particular section, shelves may move, cleaning happens, new tags go up and the product is placed back in their new configuration.

It’s a good job and I love doing it. I enjoy getting to set my own hours, it’s almost like being self employed, in that I have to be able to manage my own time, though with all the extra work right now, I am working a lot, but it’s worth it. Even though this is a large company, it has a small company feel because you are often working on your own, not with other people, in fact for me, I rarely get to see another Driveline employee for most of the year. Another nice perk is besides not working a lot during the holidays is they don’t want us working on the weekend either, that is unheard of in retail!

I would suggest that this might be a good job to have, if you live in a rural area (like I do) chances are they need some one to work the Dollar General store and/or Walmart in your area, if you live in a bigger town, they are most likely looking for people to help with the work that is going on right now. You do need to have reliable transportation and you need to be in fairly decent physical shape, you don’t have to be superhuman though 🙂 We have many older gray haired peeps working for us. Personally I consider the physical parts of the job to be a good thing, it helps keep me healthy, that’s what I keep telling myself as I squat for the umpteenth time or climb up and down a ladder to get product from the top shelf…

If you live in the USA and are interested, go here to check out the company.
http://drivelineretail.com/careers.htx

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Daylight Saving Time: 4 Maintenance Tasks for Renters

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s almost time to spring your clocks forward. Besides changing your clocks and testing your smoke detectors, this may also be a great time to tackle some of those maintenance tasks you’ve been putting off in your apartment. Here are four to-dos you may want to consider this time of year.   Read the rest of my article here:  Daylight Saving Time:  4 Maintenance Tasks for Renters, up on the Allstate Blog.   […]

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5 Questions You Better Ask Before Buying Garden Seeds

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5 Questions You Better Ask Before Buying Garden Seeds

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Those of us who raise our own vegetables know it involves more than simply sowing spring seeds and reaping the delicious rewards at harvesttime. One of the many gardening tasks which requires thoughtful research and attention is purchasing seeds. If you are contemplating your garden for this season, following are six questions worth consideration.

1. How long do seeds last?

The reason this question should be asked first is because you need to know if last year’s leftover seeds will suffice. The answer varies greatly, depending upon the particular vegetable. Overall, seed longevity is improved by storage in a cool dry place, out of direct light.

Some seeds can be expected to germinate well after having been stored for up to 10 years, most notably those of wheat, sorghum, rice and other grains.

Other types of long-lasting seeds include those in the brassica family—broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts—which can last about five years. More types of seeds with a longevity of four to five years include cucurbits—cucumbers, pumpkins, squash and some melons—as well as radishes, turnips, celery, Swiss chard, beets and lettuce.

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Depending upon the source of information and the specific cultivar, spinach may be among the longer-lived seeds or among those which last just a year or two, but it has lasted quite well in my personal experience.

The seeds in the nightshade family vary. Eggplant can last up to five years, tomatoes four, and peppers only two.

The midrange seeds—those which last about three years—include beans, peas and carrots.

Some sources say leeks can last up to three years, as well, and other sources place it in the shorter-lived category with its allium relatives such as onions.

In addition to onions and possibly leeks, other short-lived vegetable seeds which can be expected to last only one or two years include corn, okra, parsley, peanuts, salsify and parsnips.

Keep in mind that there are few hard and fast rules about how long each seed might last. The best thing to do is to give them a try, bearing in mind that the older the seeds and the shorter the general viability, the less likely they are to germinate. But there is no harm in trying.

The ideal way to try questionable seeds is to start them indoors well ahead of time and be prepared to replace them with new ones if they do not germinate. If your situation does not allow you that much wiggle room, buy new seeds.

2. How early should they be started indoors?

The type of seeds, your climate, and your growing conditions all play huge roles in figuring out how early to start them.

The absolute best advice here is to follow the directions on the seed packet, in the seed catalog from which you purchased the seeds, or from the greenhouse or retailer who marketed them.

Some seeds allow a great deal of timing latitude. Others do not. One of the most important things to consider is the needs of the plant as it grows and fruits. For example, does it need intense sun to thrive, or will heat cause it to bolt? Does it need long day lengths, or a long-growing season, or warm overnights, or plenty of rain? The timing of what your plant needs should dictate the timing of your seed starting.

5 Questions You Better Ask Before Buying Garden Seeds

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Long-day onions, for example, will form proper bulbs only when there are 15 or more hours of daylight. Since summer day length increases further from the equator, these types of onions are best grown in northern climates. And since the days are longest in late June, onions need to be ready to set bulbs by then. Onions need to be started before most other seeds—as early as March in some regions.

Other vegetables are typically started indoors in order to make sure they fruit before frost. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are sensitive even to a light frost, and are usually started indoors well ahead of time. Many types of squashes, cucumbers and melons need to reach their growing peak during the height of summer sun, as well.

With other vegetables, the key factor is growing them early to avoid the heat of summer. Lettuce, spinach, peas and broccoli thrive best in cool conditions, which is why they are planted very early—either started indoors or directly sowed in cold soil—ensuring they will have served their purpose before succumbing to heat.

3. Start them at home or buy seedlings?

Many gardeners do some of both. Economy of scale is a primary factor. The cost per seedling is certainly higher from a greenhouse than starting one’s own, but buying them already started can sometimes be a better value. If a gardener is planning just a tiny plot with a few vegetables, it hardly seems worth the trouble and expense of buying potting materials and running heat lamps, or even buying the packets of seeds. (Then again, it is more fun to plant them indoors.)

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On the other hand, the cost of buying flats of seedlings adds up quickly, and paying someone else to start an entire garden full of vegetables can be an expensive proposition.

Another thing to consider is whether you will be able to find the cultivar you want already started. You may not be able to find specialty items at a commercial greenhouse.

It makes sense to start some of the seeds you’ll use the most of and the specialty varieties you want, and plan to purchase a few flats of additional seedlings when planting time comes.

4. How much is enough?

It is way too easy to get carried away when buying seeds! Perusing the pages of seed catalogs during winter makes gardeners want to buy more seeds than can realistically be managed, in the same way that people load up their buffet plates with more food than they can possibly eat.

5 Questions You Better Ask Before Buying Garden Seeds

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One way to control the temptation to buy one of everything is to choose one or two areas in which to splurge. Pick a couple of favorite vegetables and go wild with cultivars—six kinds of eggplants or four varieties of butternut squash, for example—and commit to restraint with everything else.

Another idea is to allow one new cultivar in each category each season in exchange for discontinuing one from last year, thereby keeping the total volume within reason while still enjoying new items and replacing choices that proved less successful.

Good record-keeping is an excellent way to determine how much is enough and rein in overspending. Annotating seed purchases, garden yields, and the preserved food volumes enables a gardener to figure out whether increases or cutbacks are in order. If most of last year’s pumpkins landed on the compost heap and there are still canned green beans from three years ago, consider planting less of those vegetables and delegate the space to something else this year.

5. Open-pollinated versus hybrid?

Open-pollinated seeds are those which can be replicated at home. In other words, the seeds produced by your open-pollinated vegetables can be dried, saved and planted next year, and the result will be the same vegetable as this year.

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Hybrid seeds are genetic mutations. They very often produce a higher quality vegetable out of the seed packet, having been developed for specific purposes such as disease-resistance or drought tolerance or higher sugar content or better productivity. But the seeds from this year’s vegetables will not produce identical offspring next year.

If you are a seed-saver, open-pollinated is a must.  If you are not, then it is OK to choose your seeds based upon other factors.

Lest it seem that the act of buying seeds for the upcoming season is too overwhelming, do not be discouraged. Most gardeners miss the mark on at least one of these questions some of the time, and many gardeners spend a lifetime striving for perfection. The important thing to remember are the reasons for gardening in the first place: the opportunity to be self-sustaining, the reward of choosing your own food—and more than anything, the enjoyment of it all.

What are your most important questions when purchasing seeds? Share your advice in the section below:

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Vault 7, an Unsurprising GMO Conflict of Interest, and Daylight Savings Time Angst

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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.

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Is Christianity Essentially A Jail?

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Is Christianity Essentially A Jail?

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For many, living under the auspice of the Bible is not only seemingly impossible, but, perhaps, a ridiculous idea.

You know the story, don’t you? A young Christian at college gets invited to a party and says, “I just can’t go.” The organizer says, “Why not?” The Christian responds, “It’s not what I believe or follow.” It’s enough to make some believe that Christianity is too restrictive, rules-minded, and life-altering.

They may say, “Why should I follow something that will limit me?” Of course, the catch for our culture is that freedom is defined as having no restrictions — to shed all authority and discover what works best for you.

Ironically, that is exactly what biblical Christianity is all about – allowing you to discover what’s best for you. Following the risen Christ allows you to really thrive in the purpose God created you for (to glorify His name).

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In John 8:31-38, Jesus unpacks two truths that help answer the question, “Is Christianity a jail?”

First, Jesus—God in the flesh—teaches that true, authentic freedom is found only in serving the living God.Serving” seemingly reeks with the chains of non-freedom. But freedom isn’t just throwing off any man-made restraints. It also comes from within:

“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.’” (John 8:34)

In other words, we all work hard for something – success, romance, acceptance, achievement, materialism — that we think will fulfill us. And, instead, of us controlling whatever that is, that thing ends up controlling us.

But notice what Jesus says in John 8:35-36:

“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Is Christianity Essentially A Jail?

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The son has real freedom. But why is that? Because the son knows he is in union with the Father. No matter what we may chase in this life, nothing can replace the fact that we are created for God and His purposes. Moreover, the son also knows that the Father best recognizes the way he should live. The world claims that true freedom is experienced by whatever we want. Yet, Jesus Christ says that His freedom is doing what you were created to do—following Him.

Real freedom is found only in serving the living God. Freedom isn’t just living independently. We all long and cling to something—known or unspoken. That thing becomes our master and lord. The world says freedom isn’t having a boss or master. Jesus says that true freedom comes with acknowledging and having the right Master.

Secondly, the biblical Gospel alone sets you free. Let’s be honest—when you don’t live in the Father’s house mentioned above, then yes, the Father’s house is going to be like and feel like slavery. We become resentful of being in such a home and look for “greener pastures” and a chance to get away.

Notice Jesus’ words in John 8:37-38:

“I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

Jesus wants to give us back the heart of the son in this passage. A son who trusts, loves and follows his Father. One that is like the Father in all respects and loves what his Father loves. You need the Holy Spirit of God to change your heart, not more resolutions or plans to “do better.” You need to be absolutely overcome by Jesus’ love for you and what He did for you in the Gospel.

For many who are reading this, going to church and trying to live the Christian life does feel like drag. They reason many believe that Christianity is restrictive is because they’ve never accepted Jesus’ free offer of forgiveness by repenting and believing the Gospel.

Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Life isn’t a “cake walk” with Jesus. But He will sustain you and satisfy you under any burden.

So, make a choice today: Would you rather have a burden or the right master? I don’t know about you, but the biblical Jesus is my desire, not a burden. Only is Him can true, non-restrictive freedom found.

What is your choice today?

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Baja, Mexico-Off Grid Beach Life

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I am sure everyone says this about their off-grid mansion…”You have to see to appreciate it!”.  I am going to have to insist on using the cliche.  This is a lava rock cottage )approx. 1000 sq. ft., located in a small fishing village called Puertecitos.  This is in Baja, Mexico.  I am not going to go into all the details of having a passport to get across the border because that is a longer conversation if you don’t travel across the border frequently.  So let me give some details about my home.  It has been a labor of love for the past 10 years and the one picture I am posting does not do it justice.  Everything is off-grid so there is no cell phone service (perhaps Mexican…I’ll need to double check).  There is no internet.  The is the option to have satellite.  I mention these things first because the ability to communicate with the outside world is usually peoples’ first concern. The cottage has a small kitchen complete with a working propane stove/oven and refrigerator.  It current has a double sink also.  It sleeps 8 but also has a loft bed that lets out and allows you to sleep under the stars.  It has a gravity-fed water system that needs to be completed. I have a 275 gallon water tote that needs to be plumbed to the inside but could be used as is for now.  Water has to be bought and is sold by a local family.  It usually takes about $15 to fill the 275 gal tote.  A quick note about the design:  half the cottage is glass french doors to the entire cottage looks out to ocean and the sunrise every morning.  Now, on to power.  I currently have propane lamps (I also have kerosene lamps) that I use along with sunlight and occasionally moonlight, if she’s full;-).  I usually use my headlamp if I’m up really late.  I also have candles.  So yes, in short a small solar system for electricity would be nice.  However, I have been living there without it just fine.  This is because the cottage is on a desert beach, which means it is only cold at night for the month of Dec, Jan, Feb.  The temperature will drop around 50 degrees on average at night.  And a few nights during that period it gets down to the 40’s.  Because it is a desert beach then during the day the temperature jumps back up to 70’s and 80’s.  It also only rains a few days (approx. 7-11) a year.  So in this way I don’t typically need heat.  I have a solar-heating shower rigged up with a 5 gallon bucket.  However, I usually bath in ocean since the beach cove by the cottage is fairly isolated and private.  I also wash my dishes in the ocean.  Afterward I rinse the dishes and myself with fresh water.  This is almost/essentially like living on a private beach.  I could go into extensive detail about the little fishing village but I would be writing for hours.  It is better I describe the village another time.  I will tell you the nearest town is 45 min north called San Felipe.  It has all the amenities and luxuries one could ever hope for… including a nice grocery store, pharmacy, dentist, doctor, restuarants, and all the tourist-trappings your heart could ever desire.  Since, my heart doesn’t desire tourist-trappings I live in a small remote village.  I prefer privacy, especially since I’m bathing in the ocean.  Not something you want to do with an audience. Of course, you can tell by my name I am a female and I like to think fairly modest.  So, when I say my cottage is essentially on a private beach, please note it is private enough I feel very, very, very comfortable bathing nude in the ocean.  Puertecitos also has natural volcanic springs within walking distance.  There is fishing of course, kayaking, snorkeling, plently of places to quad if you’re in to that sort of thing.  I’m too chicken and always afraid to go fast for fear of crashing.  There is one consistent neighbor named Prem, from California.  She is 87 years old and has been living there alone for 30 years.  She moved there and lived in a tent first, bathing in the ocean like myself and in time built a beautiful small cottage around her.  I’ll stop because no one can tell Prem’s story better than she can;-).  I could talk about Puertecitos and my cottage for hours so let me stop right there.  I will say there is nice portable potty for the toilet but I typically use two buckets, one for peeing (with a little sand for splash back) and one for deucing (I just made that word up-so now its officially a word)…Works fine for me, but I’m sure you can tell by now.  I like things simple.  I would like to continue to add to the cottage and there are many things that could be improved.  As it stands now the house is totally livable and absolutely one-of-a-kind-paradise.  On a side note a little bit about me.  I’m 39 and found my way to Puertecitos by way of Army Brat.  Meaning, I was born in Texas, moved all over because my dad was in the Army.  Bouncing around to Arkansas, Georgia, Germany, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina.  I did a small stint in the Air Force when I was younger and that took me Monterey, CA.  My last residence in the US was Tucson, AZ.  And that is where I sit and type this now because I am visiting for the holidays and will be returning to Puertecitos after the new year.  I chose to live off grid because I truly believe it is more balanced way of life.  At least for me it has proven to be. I don’t want to overwhelm the reader so any other questions my be better answered after they are asked;-)…One final note, Americans cannot own land in Mexico and can only purchase it in a trust for 50 plus years.  I have not taken steps to purchase the land for a number of reasons the main one being I have invested most of my resources in the cottage.  Having said that I lease the land for $85 a month.  So my current living expense plus food are $100 per month sans food.  This does include the lease, propane and water.  And this ladies and gentlemen is why I live in Mexico.  It is very, very cheap!

Okay so I just spent over an hour trying to load photo and none of them would load.  It kept telling me the file was too big.  GOOD NEWS:  I have really nice photos….BAD NEWS:  I’m tired of watcing a computer screen and the spiraling circle of death just to be told it won’t accept the photo because of the size.  So, if you are interested please email me at azerialuv@gmail.com or call at (520) 869-5766.  I can text or email photos.

Take Care and Good Luck on your own Off-Grid Adventure!

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Prep Blog Review: The Good & The Bad Food In Your Pantry

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You probably already have a well-stocked pantry for survival, but have you checked the foods lately? While some foods from are a bless and you can use them for several purposes in a survival situation (e.g. honey), there are other foods that you are stockpiling without knowing how dangerous they are.

Since there are good foods and bad foods in your pantry, for this week’s prep blog review I’ve gathered four articles on this topic to help you check your stockpile and make sure the food you choose for a survival situation is healthy, nutritious and won’t put your life in danger.

  1. 23 Survival Uses for Honey that You Didn’t Know About

“Whether you enjoy the sticky amber manna that is honey or not, there are a ton of potential uses for it in survival situations, or simply to maintain your everyday health. It has been a popular remedy for centuries, and with good reason.

Types of Honey:

While you may be thinking solely of the little grocery store bears, there are literally thousands of different types of honey. We’ll go over some of the varieties noted for their health benefits.”

Read more on Ask A Prepper.

  1. How to Avoid This Dangerous Preservative Found In Dried Fruit

“If you opened up a pantry belonging to any prepper, you’d most likely find a veritable cornucopia of dried foods within.

It’s pretty much a staple for preppers. Unfortunately, dried foods of all kinds often come packaged with preservatives that aren’t so healthy.

It can be a real challenge to find long-lasting foods that you would want to eat during an emergency, that aren’t also filled with toxic preservatives.”

Read more on Ready Nutrition.

  1. What Refrigerated Foods are Safe to Consume after a Power Outage

“Time is not your friend when the power goes out and your refrigerator stops cooling. Typically, if the door is not opened food should stay within a safe temperature for four hours.

What is a safe temperature for fresh meats, and other perishables?

Forty degrees Fahrenheit or below, if raw ground beef, for example, is stored for longer than two hours above 40° F it must be discarded, it is simply not safe to eat because of the growth of possibly harmful bacteria.”

Read more on Preparing For SHTF.

  1. Wise Food Storage for Long-Term Survival

“I’m certainly no stranger to dehydrated and freeze dried field rations. As a United States Marine, I lived on Meals Ready To Eat (MRE) for weeks at a time. So I understand the need for wise food storage.

The value of these MRE meals were that they provided a heavy dose of calories with very little, if any, preparation time required.

When time allotted, we would use heat tabs to warm up our meals in order to make them more comforting.

But regardless of how much tabasco sauce, salt, or pepper that we added to these MRE’s, the outcome was usually the same…the taste was horrible and our digestive system paid one hell of a price!”

Read more on Survival Life.

 

This article has been written by Drew Stratton for Survivopedia. 

Prep Blog Review: The Good & The Bad Food In Your Pantry

You probably already have a well-stocked pantry for survival, but have you checked the foods lately? While some foods from are a bless and you can use them for several purposes in a survival situation (e.g. honey), there are other foods that you are stockpiling without knowing how dangerous they are.

Since there are good foods and bad foods in your pantry, for this week’s prep blog review I’ve gathered four articles on this topic to help you check your stockpile and make sure the food you choose for a survival situation is healthy, nutritious and won’t put your life in danger.

  1. 23 Survival Uses for Honey that You Didn’t Know About

“Whether you enjoy the sticky amber manna that is honey or not, there are a ton of potential uses for it in survival situations, or simply to maintain your everyday health. It has been a popular remedy for centuries, and with good reason.

Types of Honey:

While you may be thinking solely of the little grocery store bears, there are literally thousands of different types of honey. We’ll go over some of the varieties noted for their health benefits.”

Read more on Ask A Prepper.

  1. How to Avoid This Dangerous Preservative Found In Dried Fruit

“If you opened up a pantry belonging to any prepper, you’d most likely find a veritable cornucopia of dried foods within.

It’s pretty much a staple for preppers. Unfortunately, dried foods of all kinds often come packaged with preservatives that aren’t so healthy.

It can be a real challenge to find long-lasting foods that you would want to eat during an emergency, that aren’t also filled with toxic preservatives.”

Read more on Ready Nutrition.

  1. What Refrigerated Foods are Safe to Consume after a Power Outage

“Time is not your friend when the power goes out and your refrigerator stops cooling. Typically, if the door is not opened food should stay within a safe temperature for four hours.

What is a safe temperature for fresh meats, and other perishables?

Forty degrees Fahrenheit or below, if raw ground beef, for example, is stored for longer than two hours above 40° F it must be discarded, it is simply not safe to eat because of the growth of possibly harmful bacteria.”

Read more on Preparing For SHTF.

  1. Wise Food Storage for Long-Term Survival

“I’m certainly no stranger to dehydrated and freeze dried field rations. As a United States Marine, I lived on Meals Ready To Eat (MRE) for weeks at a time. So I understand the need for wise food storage.

The value of these MRE meals were that they provided a heavy dose of calories with very little, if any, preparation time required.

When time allotted, we would use heat tabs to warm up our meals in order to make them more comforting.

But regardless of how much tabasco sauce, salt, or pepper that we added to these MRE’s, the outcome was usually the same…the taste was horrible and our digestive system paid one hell of a price!”

Read more on Survival Life.

 

This article has been written by Drew Stratton for Survivopedia. 

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-3-11)

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Granny With A Gun (Beverly Hillbillies)   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) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, […]

Why Don’t “Moderate” Muslims Speak Out?

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With a steady of flow of jihadi attacks taking place worldwide, it might seem reasonable to ask, “If Islam is a religion of peace, and if only a “radical” minority of Muslims are responsible for terrorist acts done in the name of Islam, then why don’t “moderate” Muslims speak out against this violence if it Is done in the name of their faith?”

Well, the answer to that question isn’t easy.  First of all, it requires some level of speculation to answer what the motives of someone other than yourself has.  Second, if you actually try to search for an answer to this question, you will find more there are many different answers given, and that answer will greatly depend on the ideology of the person you are asking.  Before we speculate on what motivations “moderates” have for their perceived silence on this issue, let’s look at some answers that are given by some of the louder voices when this question is asked.

Living in the age of information, one gets used to searching for answers online, and for good reason.  If you want to know how many feet are in a mile, what temperature water boils at, what time a movie starts in your area, or what the weather forecast is, then typing your query into a search engine like google and hitting enter is likely to provide you with the answer to your question.  But, on issues with social implications, the loudest voices  that are easiest to find on the internet as well as in print and television media lean pretty far ideologically to the left.

So, what is the result if you ask  search engine giant Google why moderate Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism?

Eight out of ten of the results on the first page all say the same exact thing (and the other two may have been targeted to me since they were from WND.com and Steven Crowder).  It seems that all media outlets agree, from The Huffington Post to Time, that moderate Muslims most certainly do speak out against violent terrorism that is done in the name of Islam, and the only reason we don’t know about it is because the media doesn’t cover it.

That’s right: The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Time, and CNN all say that moderate Muslims (which all of these sources claim without reason are the true Muslims) do speak out and condemn violent acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam.  And without exception, all of these sources and more, I would in fact be willing to bet every single leftist media source, also agree that it is the media itself’s fault that we don’t know about it.

Eight of ten Google results for the query “why don’t moderate Muslims speak out”, says that moderate Muslims they do speak out, and that the media just doesn’t tell you about it. CNN actually goes as far as to both claim that moderate Muslims do speak out, and to say that they don’t have any responsibility to do so, and so we shouldn’t expect them to, because terrorism is so un-Islamic that it shouldn’t even require them to denounce it.  CNN even offers up the irrefutable proof that if you type “Muslims condemn” into a search engine that it will yield up results that show Muslims speaking out against terrorism.

So, in case your logic got in the way, the internet is saturated with articles from major media sources in which they say that the reason you don’t know moderate Muslims are speaking out against terrorism is somehow because even though they are telling you that Muslims are speaking out, the media isn’t telling you they are speaking out.  If you ever read George Orwell’s 1984, the term “doublethink” might be coming to mind right about now.

One possible reason then, for “moderate” Muslims not being outspoken against Islamic terrorism, is that the leftist media is beating them to it.

It might seem odd, that if the media is cranking out Muslim apologetic material at the cyclic rate, and if “radical” violent Muslims are a fractional minority, then why is it that we do hear so little, or more importantly see so little from the “moderate” majority to do something to stop these terrorist attacks?

Why is the Muslim world, which should be a virtual utopia if the media’s propaganda is to be believed, so full of violence?  It couldn’t possibly be because “radical” Muslims are the majority, could it?  Well, for now, and I’d love to get to this later in depth in another article, let’s leave the teachings of the psychotic cross-dressing pedophile Mohammad for just a moment and focus on the beliefs of his modern followers.

Are they “moderate”, or are they “radical”?  Let’s see what the numbers tell us.

In order to know if the majority are either “radical” or “moderate,” we need to know how many Muslims we are dealing with. There are roughly about 1.6 billion worldwide, with about 49 countries being Muslim majority countries.  We also have to define terms like “radical” and “moderate”.  It would be ignorant to think that one would have to be a jihadi terrorist in order to be considered “radical”.

For one, not everyone who holds to the view of Islam, the one that is clearly taught through their canonical text, that a good Muslim should violently subjugate non-believers is an able-bodied man of military fighting age.  Terrorist organizations receive assistance and support in more ways than one, people donate money, supplies, or even moral and social support.  A much more accurate method of evaluation of whether or not someone is “radical” in their views of Islam would be as simple as whether or not they have radical views, rather than if they have taken radical actions.

I think that it would be reasonable to say that supporting Sharia law, or terrorist organizations, or that saying “honor” killings of women are “sometimes justified” would make one “radical”.  That being said, how many Muslims out of the 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide would fit this reasonable definition of “radical”?  Surely less than a dozen and they are all in the Middle East somewhere right?  Not exactly.  The number would be more like 680,000,000.  Now that’s a pretty big number, so let’s try to put that in perspective.  That is a little more than twice the population of the United States, it’s also about 43% of the worldwide Muslim population.

It gets worse when we look at where these “radical” Muslims are.  It might not come as too much of a surprise to find out that 83% of Iranian Muslims support Sharia, or even that 32% of Turkish Muslims say that “honor” killings of women can be justified, but it might come as a little more of a shock that 35% of Muslims living in France said that suicide bombings can be justified, or that 13% of Muslims in America said that violence against civilians can be justified.

So another more serious answer to why “moderate” Muslims don’t speak out against Islamic terrorism is that they are not the vast majority at all; barely more than half, if we are to believe that every Muslim answered the questions honestly.  And what do you think would happen to a Muslim who spoke out against terrorism in an environment of “radical” Islam?  Well if Quran 9:73 is followed, it wouldn’t look too good for them:

“O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.”

Muslims that actually hold “moderate” views may very well keep quiet about them in order to stay alive.

Of course, there is some truth to the claim that “moderate” Muslims speak out against terrorism done in the name of their religion.  Organizations like CAIR, Center for American-Islamic Relations, which has ties to terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, have issued public statements denouncing Islamic terrorism.  Likewise, it’s not altogether uncommon to find a Muslim raised in the West who has grown up with Western values, who will condemn Islamic terrorism.

So, why are there such seemingly incompatible views of Islam’s commands within the greater Muslim community?  This is where some speculation and generalization is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that we have to so without evidence and reason.

First, why is possible to find Muslims from the West that are willing to condemn Islamic terrorism?  One reason is because some of them find these acts of terrorism done in the name of their religion genuinely offensive.  Now, let me be clear that I’m not taking the same position as HuffPo on this.  I’m not saying that Islam is a religion of peace, I’m just saying that it’s completely possible that there are Muslims who think that is.

Whether they are willing to admit it or not, most Muslims don’t actually know that much about their religion.  Most Muslims, even those that have memorized the entire Quran in Arabic, can’t speak Arabic, the language they say the Quran must be read in to get a full appreciation of the its meaning.  That’s right, there are people who memorize an entire book in a language that they don’t speak.

But certainly the Islamic leaders and Imams that speak out against jihad know how to read Arabic and know what the Quran says, so why would they denounce terrorism if, as I would assert, Islam is a religion of violent suppression?  Isn’t lying against Islamic law?

So it’s a little hard to take seriously the denouncements of Islamic terrorism made by Islamic leaders that support terrorist organizations like CAIR does, when the religion that they practice has a doctrine that endorses lying for the sake of furthering the spread of Islam.

Which would bring us to the last reason why “moderate” Muslims would not speak out against Islamic terrorism. It is because they aren’t “moderate,” and they simply don’t disapprove, when it gets down to it.

The left would quickly right this off as Islamaphobic bigotry, but they would hypocritically use the same reasoning if it came to Republicans and white supremacy.  Remember when Trump wasn’t quick enough to denounce David Duke?  The left jumps all over his lack of speed in his denouncement to say that it meant that he wasn’t genuine, and in fact supported white supremacy.  And they do that without there being a Republican or white version of it.  It might be the least politically correct reason, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less reasonable to say that “moderate” Muslims don’t denounce terrorism because they actually support it.

Why I Am Having an Easter Egg Hunt This Year

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How can Christian families deal with events like Easter Egg hunts?

During the Easter season, there are many events going on from the sublime to the silly. While some are waking early for a sunrise church service, others are running around looking for eggs left by …. a rabbit? It seems rather non-Christian and for good reason. The earliest roots of the Easter Egg hunting are anything but Christian. There are no Easter bunnies in the Bible, and no record of children painting eggs or hunting for baskets of goodies.

In fact, there’s no mention of Easter.

However, early Christians did celebrate the resurrection very early, regardless of what they may have called it. Until the fourth century, Easter and Pentecost were the only holy days celebrated in the church. And … well, the decorated eggs showed up pretty early, too.


The celebration of Easter, despite the name, is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And fair disclosure here – I have never, not once in my entire life, participated in an Easter Egg hunt. Isn’t that strange?

And I have to admit, I needed to have a friend of mine explain Easter Egg hunting to me, and help me understand why it’s fun.

So why am I planning one this year?

This is where I insert a picture of myself surrounded by plastic eggs, captioned “Yes. It’s me, Marie. And you might be wondering how I got here.” Because just as we don’t ‘do Santa’, we most assuredly don’t ‘do the bunny’.

Hey, this post contains affiliate links!

Rabbits do not lay eggsIt’s in large part because of my friend Alicia Michelle and her wonderful Christ-centered holidays series, and specifically the Christ-centered Easter package. For the first time, I am seeing how Easter egg hunting and Jesus can go hand in hand. Her Christ-centered Easter package is overflowing with information and options, and it can be used in different ways depending on the age and makeup of your family.

So, from a fun Easter Egg hunt that introduces our little ones to God’s Easter Gifts … and leading right up to individual and family Bible studies, this package has just about everything you’ll need to celebrate Easter in a Christ-centered way.

My little girls are just three and four, and my boys like to play more than they like to sit still, so we’ll be keeping it simple this year. Next year the boys will be old enough to work through the Bible study on their own. I’ve been selecting decor printables from the Christ-based Easter package and we’ll be doing the Easter Egg hunt as a family. (As a quick note, my husband and I will be working through the We Choose Rebirth marriage devotional!)

Eggs are a symbol of new life and have been used as such for centuries. Easter recipes from around the world often use eggs – in part because that’s when the hens have started laying again and because people are craving delicious fresh eggs! But the egg, wrapped in its impenetrable white shell, also makes a wonderful reminder of Christ’s resurrection.

The tradition of decorating Easter eggs – Paschal eggs – goes back to the earliest days of the church. Early Christians would dye them red to represent the blood of Christ, but sometimes they’d dye them yellow or green, too. One delightful legend is that Mary of Magdalene went to the Emperor to tell him “Christ has risen.” to which he responded “He is no more risen than that egg is red.” Legend says that the egg instantly turned red.

While there are still many who avoid meat during Lent, you may not know that some also avoid eggs. However, once Easter Sunday arrives, eggs come back on the plate – and in the basket and hiding under the sofa – as a delicious food and a symbol of resurrection and the beginning of new life.

And there’s no need for a bunny rabbit who thinks he’s a hen.

Have a fun-filled Easter Egg hunt while celebrating an Easter that is about Christ

Christ-Centered Easter Resources

There are three different packages that are available, depending on what your family needs. There are different bonuses available for those who purchase it during the launch week.

WOMEN

Access to Private FB Group where Alicia will lead the Bible Study (March 18-April 7). I’m excited about doing this Bible study – it will be like hanging out with my friend Alicia again.

MARRIAGE

3 BONUS days of the Bible study/devotional

FAMILY

5 “Story of Easter” Coloring Pages that tell the story of Jesus’ baptism, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection

HOME DECOR

“He Is Risen” Mini Banner

And anyone who gets the Bundle package will get access to ALL of these bonuses but only during launch week.

But the Easter Egg Hunt!

Obviously, the eggs feature in an Easter egg hunt, which makes it a lot of fun. I just came back from the store and it took me an hour to really look through all of the different eggs that were available. Many kind of eggs have been used – hard boiled eggs, chocolate eggs, decorated eggs, plastic eggs and even incredibly ornate eggs. And sometimes … as we are going to be doing, plastic eggs can be filled with surprises.

These eggs – however they are decorated or filled – are hidden for the children to find. A friend of mine tells me that this is supposed to be done outdoors. That’s not necessarily going to work around here, because Easter is often cold and wet, with soggy wet ground that’s still too wet to plant in or walk on!

So we’ll be doing ours in the house.

We won’t be decorating the eggs since I’m using plastic coloured eggs. In each one, I’m hiding a bit of candy and a little Activity card. These pretty little cards are sized just right for the eggs.

The children start with with their baskets and the hunt is on. We rarely encourage competition at our house, so the goal will be for them all to work together to find all 48 of the eggs. My four year old daughter helped me print them off, so she’s had a sneak peak. There are four children and four colours of eggs, so each child has twelve eggs to find.

Our Easter Schedule

March 18 – Begin women’s Bible Study Restored and Renewed and follow along in the Facebook group with Alicia Michelle

April 5 – Day One of children’s Bible Study God’s Easter Gifts; Put up the Happy Easter banner; Begin We Choose Rebirth Marriage Study

April 8 – Put up the Happy Easter banner from the Home Decor Package

April 9 – Palm Sunday – Print off the colouring pages, a copy for each child

April 10 – Start the Risen Bible Study (Family)

April 13 – Maundy Thursday

April 14 – Good Friday

April 15 – Prepare eggs for Easter Egg Hunt using Activity Cards from God’s Easter Gifts

April 16 – Easter – Church – Easter Egg Hunt – Finish Family and Women’s Bible Study

If your family is like mine, then do yourself a favour and get the full Bundle. The retail value, including bonuses, is $120 and the cost during launch week is only $69.99.

No Cooking Easter Morning!

Between our Easter Egg hunt and church, there will be even less time than normal on Easter Sunday.  You might want to join me for a stress-free Easter morning breakfast.

Before you head to bed, fry up 1 pound bacon or loose sausage. We’ll be using bacon. Allow it to cool a bit and chop it up. Dice 1 small onion while you’re at it. Crack open 12 eggs and whisk them up in a large bowl. Add some salt and pepper to the eggs. Get out your slow cooker and a big 32 oz. bag of shredded hash browns.

Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and layer 1/3 of the hash browns in the bottom of the crock. Top with 1/3 of the bacon or sausage and ½ cup of cheese. Repeat these layers two more times (omitting the cheese on the last layer). Pour the egg mixture over everything and top with the last ½ cup of cheese.

You can either cook this on low in your slowcooker for 10-12 hours OR put it in a covered casserole dish instead of the slowcooker and place it in the fridge. If you do it in a casserole, place it in a COLD oven and then turn the oven to 350F. Never put a cold casserole dish into a hot oven. It should take about an hour to cook through.

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Bushcraft: must have prepper survival skills!

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Bushcraft: must have prepper survival skills! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! Kyle and Forrest discuss bushcraft. What the heck is bushcraft? Isn’t that for survivalist and mountain men? It’s for everybody! Learning bushcraft skills should be one of the fountains stones for your preparedness pyramid. Before we get in to … Continue reading Bushcraft: must have prepper survival skills!

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Be Ready With the FREE Are You Ready Guide

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There are times when nothing but a print book will do. In addition, it has been my experience that retention of the written word is far greater when the printed word is just that, printed on paper and not in a digital format.

With that in mind, learn how to get a print copy of the ARE YOU READY guide for free.

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