What to prep for WWIII ?

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Mom asked if there were any additional or special  preps she needs to get done in the next couple of weeks with this Syria/N. Korea/Russia/China fiasco happening right now.  I thought it might be a good time for everyone to make sure they are ready or pick up any last minute items they might need or want to have on hand.

First off nukes create a lot of fear factor when they are not quite as scary as Hollywood have us believe.  For example: Pics of Detroit and Hiroshima as you can see the nuke did not make a 1000 year waste land.

Below is a link that you can use for a simulated nuke at any address. Using this simulator will give you an idea of the effects of a nuke exploding on a target.  Most Nuke targets will be High population areas for example NYC/LA,  Ports or major interstate junctions, military bases or Missile silos with nukes.


Now if you are at ground zero or within 10-15 miles of a nuke with no protection you will have a very bad day but outside of those targeted areas, surviving a nuke is very doable and you probably have most of what you need already on hand!

After the initial blast of fire and over pressure wind storm the next bomb danger to humans is radiation. There are 3 types of radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation particles.  Alpha and Beta particles while dangerous to ingest and breathe can be blocked by some thing as thin as a piece of paper. Now the Gamma radiation is the what you need lead or a lot of dirt/sand barrier for protection.  As long as your home is not compromised it will provide adequate protection from both Alpha and Beta radiation. For Gamma radiation you will want to have a basement or a bunker for earth to protect you. But if you don’t have a “bunker” move to the interior of your home and make a mini-bunker. Close off all vents and use plastic sheeting to cover windows. Of course it is not perfect but it should give you adequate protection for the first 2 weeks when you need it the most!

The first 2-3 weeks after a blast has the highest radiation sickness danger. So you will need to have plenty of safe water for drinking and cleaning plus sealed food in cans.  Pets can’t go poo outside and every one will need to stay inside for 14 days at a minimum.  Whatever you have stored in your home is what you will have to use to survive.

The additional affects after the nuke drops will probably be more dangerous and longer lasting than the bomb explosion itself.

EMP or Electro-magnetic Pulse might take out the electric grid and most electronics like smart phones, laptops, TVs and tablets.  Many new vehicles are full of electronics and may not start without replacement parts. Generators and pumps may stop working.  Literally everything from hospitals, grocery stores, railroad yards, ocean ports, nuke reactors and power plants sewer treatment plant will stop working.

Disclaimer:  I built PCs back in the early 90’s and you never touched a PC part with out an ESD (Electric Static Discharge) strap.  Now I change out PC parts without an ESD though I make sure I don’t have a static charge and the PC is completely powered down.  No one really knows how today’s technology will handle a Massive EMP blast.  If you have a bit of warning, UNPLUG all electronics before any incoming Solar storm or nuke blast. If you have a Faraday cage get your electronic inside before the blast.

So now that you are not panicked and ready to prepare for a possible nuke strike you will need Two-three weeks:

  1.  Food, water, and sanitation supplies. That means dealing trash and poo.  Construction grade garbage bags are great for handling heavy use.
  2. Shelter in staying safe from radioactive dust.  Plastic sheeting for sealing windows,  doors and vents.  Duct tape and heavy duty staplers are handy tools for this job.
  3. Energy for cooking, and staying warm or cool. Remember the Electricity is off and you can’t open a window to cool down so you will probably need more water to keep hydrated. Butane cookers are safe to use indoors and the fuel is easy to stock up.  4-6 cans of butane fuel should last a couple of weeks if you are frugal.
  4. An out door decon station. I know I said stay indoors for 2 weeks but that may not be possible.  So if you have a covered porch or patio make a small decon station with tubs for cleaning off any dust.  Have some throw away clothing or Tyvex suits that you strip off before entering your living area. Strip, sponge off and put on a robe after getting clean of any dust.  If you must go out before the 2 weeks are up.
  5. Entertainment such as books or non electronic games as there probably won’t be an internet.  Busy work such as knitting,drawing, weaving, painting or whatever can keep a person occupied mentally.
  6. Snacks such as those little fun size candy bars or crackers, chips, popcorn even soda can be a treat. One thing I noticed on Army Field exercises (FTX) people tend to crave a sugar or fat. So  have snacks of good fat like nuts of even a little chocolate can really keep up morale.
  7. Medical supplies should be very basic 1st aid types but if you have a person with a chronic condition you should try and gather extra supplies.  Insulin or someone cut off from anti- depressants could be bad. I don’t care for what I consider the over prescription of SSRIs but it is something people will have to deal with in this situation.  Heck I’m still trying to quit smoking and if I get cut off my nicotine fix I’m sure I’ll get mildly unpleasant.  Overall  if you have about a 2 week supply on hand I would try and get another 30 day supply on hand this month.

Most of this prepping for a basic disaster though the scope of interrupted power and supply lines makes a bit more long term in planning.  If you have been prepping for awhile this is no big deal except for a few tweaks.  If you live in Manhattan or mid town LA  you are probably screwed.  But most preppers don’t live in NYC or LA.

Long term I have no idea how things would work out if the USA and Russia had a nuke exchange. I know people will find away to survive and there will be a lot of empty places to be filled in. While I don’t like the thought of using someone else’s property I know I would bury my trash and sewage on an abandon home on my block before I buried trash on my property. I’m sure I’ll have to deal with some one dumping on my property as well.  It’s not right and it’s not fair but it is reality.


Conflicted: – Past Catches Up With You – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted Survival Game:



Conflicted is a Survival Game.  Each card in the deck has a scenario that will stretch how you would respond in an SHTF situation.  What would you do?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!


SCENARIO – Your group has managed to survive a catastrophic event, and in fact you are thriving.  The group has many individuals with essential talents that have helped the group be successful.

However, one day your only gunsmith/blacksmith lets slip that he was once convicted of child molestation.  He has never given the group any hint of his past until now, and has in fact been a core and valued member of the group.

Do you forget his past and hope that his tendencies don’t emerge again, or do you expel him from the group and lose his skill set?


READ: The Prepper Schema: Getting the Knowledge You Need to Prep


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Top 5 Survival Items for Air Travel

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1- Decent footwear. It doesn’t have to be some kind of military or hiking boots but wear something you can run/ jump and walk a few miles in.
2- Cash. A wad of cash can solve a whole lot of travel related problems. Even in a grid down type disaster cash is how you buy the things you need. Depending on the trip, obviously Syria is more dangerous than Saratoga, and your financial situation the right amount varies. Several hundred dollars  buys some options and several thousand buys a lot of them.
3- First Aid gear. You can carry a very complete first aid kit onto a plane. The only items I would otherwise include would be a needle for chest decompression and a pair of scissors.
4- A credit card with a high limit. One could argue this is an extension of number two. I look at it differently because it has different pros and cons. Credit cards are a bit harder it use with say a random guy you want to give you a ride (though 4 square, Venmo, etc are changing that) but the risk of loss via theft is less. Also you don’t have to have the money. For a fairly normal middle class person having a credit card that would buy a used car to drive out of an area is very realistic.
5- Passport. We take this for granted in America but a passport gives you options. Maybe it is difficult to get out of an airport in Seattle or San Diego but if you hop across the border there is an airport you can easily travel out of. Maybe for whatever reason you have to make a change in plans.

I have traveled commercially for work. Often we can travel on orders or with an official passport. It is  not inconceivable that something could happpen where I needed to make alternate arraignments and using my blue civilian passport is a good idea.

Anyway there 5 items will solve the vast majority of your preparedness problems while traveling. 

Mealybugs: Making Pseudococcidae Pests Go Away For Good

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Only a tenth to a quarter of an inch long, tiny mealybugs don’t look particularly dangerous. However, these voracious plant-suckers can literally suck the life out of your plants if you’re not careful. Today, I plan on helping you to stop the mealybug manifestation on your plants forever. Once you’ve read the information below, you … Read more

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Book Review: The Preparatory Manual of Explosives 3rd Edition

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Knowledge is like guns. It is a tool that in itself has no moral values. It is how it is used that makes it good or evil, or similarly (but not quite alternatively) lawful or unlawful. The Preparatory Manual of Explosives 3rd Edition is a valuable reference book, full of great information rarely found elsewhere, however, it is also highly illegal to actually construct, or plan to construct anything in this book without the proper licenses. It is particularly difficult to acquire those licenses, however, if you can legally create the compounds in this manual, then this is a great professional

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Free PDF: Estimate of the Situation

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This Estimate of the Situation PDF fits very well with my What’s Important Now post on staying calm. It is based on military training, and I would not be surprised if this is an excerpt from a military text. All tactics are based upon the ability of leaders on all levels to do an estimate of the situation. The estimate is a logical thought process which helps the leader apply doctrine to a specific situation to make tactical decisions. The estimate is the key to mission type orders, exercising initiate, decentralized operations. The estimate of the situation has five steps: Detailed mission

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Operational Security (OPSEC) – Part 3: Countermeasures

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This is part 3 of my Operational Security (OPSEC) article. Part one defined operational security and described the five-step process used in OPSEC. Part two gave a practical example of how millions are unintentionally revealing critical information. This final part gives practical tips and countermeasures folks can take to protect their information. 

Tips and Countermeasures

1- The first and most important part of protecting your critical information is to make sure that everyone in your family/group understands what information to protect. You cannot do OPSEC without clearly defining to everyone involved what critical information needs to be protected. See Part one for
the five-step process to accomplish this goal.

2- Next, make a thorough and honest assessment of all the possible ways you are leaking critical information, especially to the bad guys who are actively looking for it and start taking countermeasures. 

3- Public, and even private, conversations, can be overheard. Be aware of your surroundings and topics of conversations. Even off-hand remarks can reveal critical information. Make sure your conversations are really private before discussing critical information. 

4- Be aware how certain information may reveal other information. For example, that “First Baptist Church” bumper sticker reveals not only your church membership, but also tells the bad guys you’re probably not at home on Sunday mornings.Think through what the bad guys may able able to deduce from seemingly innocent information you do give out. 

5- Shred/burn (instead of throwing away) all unneeded paper that may reveal critical information, including bills, shopping receipts, insurance papers, bank statements, tax records, pay stubs, ATM receipts  & other financial documents, pre-approved credit card & loan applications, prescription labels & info, expired passports and driver’s licenses, among many others. A good article on what to keep and how long is How Long to Keep Documents & What to Shred by Elizabeth Larkin.  

The general rule is anything with the following information should be shred: account numbers, birth dates, maiden names, passwords and pins, signatures, and social security numbers.” — Elizabeth Larkin

6- Children, especially young children, tell EVERYTHING to their friends, schoolmates, teachers, neighbors, and other parents (even if you’ve told them not to). Be especially aware of what you reveal to them, and remember that they do have ears and overhear a lot more than you might think. Remind them often that privacy is important and that they shouldn’t share certain information with others. There have been many news stories in recent years of schools quizzing students about their home life, including asking about topics such as the parent’s political views and if there are guns in the home. Tell your kids to answer “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask mommy and daddy about that” and to tell you who was asking those type questions. Review this with them often (they quickly forget).

7- Be careful of what trash & recyclables you leave at the curb. Even empty boxes may reveal to those nosy neighbors what, and how much, you are buying. Options to roadside recycling include taking the boxes to the recycling center yourself, or even burning them or using them in composting or sheet mulching. Remember to shred/burn critical papers.

8- Be cautious in your use of social media, email, text messaging, and the Internet. Realize that if you are emitting electronically, your use is being monitored, logged and stored. NEVER use electronics to commit illegal acts, make threats, stalk or harass others (you shouldn’t be doing these things anyway). When surfing the Internet, avoid the “Red Light Districts” (adult sites, illicit drug sites, or other sites used for illegal/unethical activities), as visiting those sites greatly increases your chances for computer viruses, phishing attacks, ransomware, and attracting the attention of both the bad guys and law enforcement. 

9- Never give away a password to  any account to anyone EVER!!! 

10- Keep all software up-to-date. This is especially true for your anti-virus and firewall software (they stop automatically updating after the free trial period is up), but is also true for your operating system, drivers, etc. Out-of-date software likely have multiple security issues.

11- Rethink your use of social media. Keep only those accounts you really use often or need professionally (I recently deleted my Facebook, Instagram, and Google+ accounts). Avoid oversharing or giving away critical information. Especially avoid giving away your schedule or travel plans (lets the bad guys know when you are not home). Don’t post personal information (real friends already know your workplace, school, home address, phone number, etc.- don’t  broadcast it to strangers).

12- How to Delete a Google+ Account https://www.wikihow.com/Delete-a-Google%2B-Account 

13- How to Download and Delete Your Entire Google Search History http://www.maketecheasier.com/download-delete-goog…

14- How to delete everything Google knows about you https://www.expressvpn.com/internet-privacy/how-to…

16- How to Permanently Delete a Facebook Account https://www.wikihow.com/Permanently-Delete-a-Facebook-Account

17- How to Delete an Instagram Account https://www.wikihow.com/Delete-an-Instagram-Account

18- Want an privacy-sensitive alternative search engine to Google, Yahoo, or Bing? I suggest StartPage https://www.startpage.com/ or Duck-Duck-Go https://duckduckgo.com/

19- Concerned about Microsoft’s recent announcement that they will ban “offense language” and begin monitoring private accounts (Office, Skype, and other Microsoft products)? Looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office? I use Apache Open Office https://www.openoffice.org/ Its free and works great!

20- Want a good alternative web browser to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome?  Try Mozilla Firefox https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/. It can be enhanced with a number of privacy-protecting add-ons, including HTTPS Everywhere and Ghostery, among others (go to the add-ons page after installing Firefox).

21- Delete cookies regularly or disable the use of cookies through your browser. You can “whitelist” cookies from sites you need/trust while still blocking all others. There are also several Firefox add-ons, such as Self-Destructing Cookies, that will do this for you. 

22- Never use the “remember me” function on websites, even from your own laptop or device. 

23- Be mindful of you use of affinity cards, credit/debit/checking cards, and even modern library cards, as they all collect and log data about you and your habits. This information may then be used by the company, shared with its vendors, sold to other companies, or stolen by company employees or outside hackers. It could also be obtained by the government (even without a warrant in many cases). 

Obviously, this list barely scratches the surface of the many countermeasures you can take to keep critical information out of the hands of bad guys and others (corporations, government) who don’t need it. My hope is that it will give you plenty of “food for thought” and even many practical ideas for protecting your critical information.

Court: Gun in glove compartment violated concealed carry law

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says a man who had a loaded handgun in his glove compartment violated Wisconsin’s concealed carry law.

Police in Milwaukee stopped Brian Grandberry in 2014 and found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the glove compartment. Grandberry didn’t have a concealed weapon permit and prosecutors charged him with violating the state’s concealed carry law.

I cannot imagine how having a gun in your glove compartment counts as being concealed, but I guess thats a job for the appeals court to figure out. I suppose the argument might be that although the gun isnt on the person it is ‘readily accessible’.

How To Prep When You’re Broke

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For the preparedness minded / prepper, it sure would be easier to prep if you had lots of money wouldn’t it? I know what you’re going to say next — “You can prep by learning practical skills, having the right mindset and attitude, learning to adapt, practice situational awareness and all that…” Yes, that’ true. But seriously, part of prepping is acquiring some ‘stuff’. And like I said, wouldn’t it be so much easier if you had enough money to buy all that ‘stuff’ to apply towards preparedness? Of course it would be easier. But like most Americans, the majority

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Why You Need To Test And Use Your Survival Gear | episode 176

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Why You Need To Test And Use Your Survival Gear | episode 176




This week Mike and I return to talk about Why You Need To Test And Use Your Survival Gear. 

We had a much too long break with me getting married, building things for the house, Honeymoon and more. 

I got the idea for this show the night of the wedding. Serenity and I were camping with a few of our guests. I brought my Hennessee Hammock and some whoopie slings to hang it. 

The whoopie slings weren’t made for a Hennessee so I had to try to adapt it and that’s when the trouble began. 

I brought carabiners to hang it but didn’t bring enough. With help from Matt French and Scav we kept trying different things trying to get it to work. 

It was a blast but would have been better if I had prepared better and got it up right away. I know Why You Need To Test And Use Your Survival Gear and still dropped the ball. 

Now the vacation is over the podcasts will be coming out back on schedule. It’s good to be back. 


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James and Serenity’s Wedding



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Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review

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Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review

Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (wire cutters, specifically) and indifferent to the extra tools provided, which basically guarantees a less than positive […]

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Henbit and Purple Deadnettle—The Mischievous Twins

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This article is the second in a series on weed gardens and identifying and using the plants you’ll often find there. For other articles in the series, please click here.

How long does it take for weeds to invade a garden? Not long. But in a weed garden, that’s a good thing!

Checking back in on the weed garden, we find that it’s mostly still a patch of bare soil.

Weed Garden Henbit Deadnettle

But upon closer inspection, we can see several guests starting to invite themselves in. It’s a bit too early to tell what they are at this stage, though I expect the larger leaves to be pokeweed.

Weed Garden Henbit Deadnettle

Plant Identification

While we’re waiting on the weeds to properly introduce themselves, let’s take a look at two weeds that have probably welcomed themselves into your gardens: purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) and henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). The name deadnettle comes from the fact that the plant resembles a nettle, but does not sting. Thus, it is a dead nettle. The name “henbit” comes from farmers watching hens eat it.

These two jokers love confusing people. Like a pair of mischievous twins, they’re often mistaken for one another. I’ll help you put an end to those shenanigans by showing you what they have in common and how they’re different.

Purple deadnettle and henbit are both members of the mint family, with the characteristic square stems and opposite leaves.

Aromatically, they aren’t very well-behaved mints, having no distinct minty smell. They do have an interesting earthy scent, however, that reminds me of Easter Sundays as a child. Your nostalgia may vary. Both also have small, pink-to-purple, tubular blossoms with two lips on the bottom outside edge.


Being mints, they naturally want to take over the world, but they’re hoping we won’t notice because they’re fairly low to the ground and have such pretty little blossoms. You can find them all throughout the U.S., as far north as Greenland, and through their native home of Eurasia.

They love cool, spring weather and rain. If you have that, there’s a good chance you have henbit and deadnettle.

Both plants love rich, moist soil … and people, too. They’ve long followed humans around with the intent of moving into any soil we happen to disturb.

Purple deadnettle has triangular leaves with petioles (leaf stems). It has a fuzzier texture than henbit, and the entire top of the plant tends to be shaded purple. Henbit has scalloped, heart-shaped leaves with no petiole, and it’s not noticeably hairy.

Weed Garden Henbit Deadnettle

Toxic Look-alikes

They have no toxic look-alikes, though ground ivy (edible in moderation) is fairly similar. Ground ivy differs from our plants by having larger flowers and by rooting at nodes along the stem.

Culinary Uses

All aboveground parts of purple deadnettle and henbit are edible raw or cooked. The best-tasting bits are the blossoms, which are tender and sweet. I’m not a huge fan of either plant raw, but I love them chopped fine on weed pizzas or mixed in with a stir-fry. They’ll also mix well with a salad, and I’ve snuck them into stews a few times.

Henbit has the superior texture and taste, in my opinion. Both henbit and purple deadnettle are good sources of iron, vitamins, and fiber. 1)http://www.eattheweeds.com/henbit-top-of-the-pecking-order/

As a sidenote, stews are great for introducing people to eating weeds, or for hiding a plant that you’re still trying to build an appreciation for. The weeds in question just disappear into the mix and become part of a happy fellowship.

Medicinal Uses

Medicinally, these weedy relatives have a fair bit of overlap, though purple deadnettle is better known and more widely researched. I’ll be focusing on purple deadnettle here, both to avoid any confusion, and because I have more practical experience with it as a medicinal plant.

Lab tests have confirmed that purple deadnettle has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, comparable to Vitamin C.2)https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292812877_Antimicrobial_and_Free_Radical_Scavenging_Activities_of_Some_Lamium_Species_from_Turkey3)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037887410800189X

This helps to validate its traditional use as an arthritis herb.

Purple deadnettle can also be used to stop external bleeding and has been shown to have moderate antimicrobial properties.4)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/l/lamium-purpureum=red-dead-nettle.php5)https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292812877_Antimicrobial_and_Free_Radical_Scavenging_Activities_of_Some_Lamium_Species_from_Turkey

Chew up the fresh leaves and make a spit poultice, as you would with yarrow. I assume this would work with dried leaves as well, though I’ve never done it that way. I’ve always had yarrow at hand.

Read More: “Drying Herbs the Easy Way”

A decoction of deadnettle is also said to be effective for any type of bleeding (internal or external)6)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/l/lamium-purpureum=red-dead-nettle.php

I’m more familiar with yarrow in this regard, but for people allergic to plants in the Aster family (which includes yarrow), purple deadnettle could be a good alternative plant to try. (But, as with all edible wild plants that you’re trying for the first time, remember to start slowly, in case you have an unexpected sensitivity to it.)

One of the more interesting properties of purple deadnettle is its ability to ease allergy symptoms. This might be linked to its anti-inflammatory properties, or perhaps to its flavonoid constituents. Whatever the reason, it really seems to work.

I don’t have much trouble with allergies myself, but I’ve given dried deadnettle to other people. I’ve got a “plant buddy” (client) using it right now. She tells me that when she drinks a cup of deadnettle tea (1 heaping teaspoon with 1 cup of water) before bed, she wakes up with clear sinuses and no drainage. But on the days that she forgets, she’s wakes up stuffy and coughing. And if she goes ahead and makes a cup, she’ll dry right up. If you want to try it, I recommend adding a little cream and sweetener.

So go gather up some henbit and purple deadnettle, and put these powerful spring weeds to work for you before the weather gets hot and they disappear again!

Do you use either of these plants for something I didn’t mention? Do you have any good deadnettle or henbit recipes you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below.


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5 Salad Recipes You Need To Make

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I want to share 5 salad recipes you need to make for parties, family reunions, neighborhood get-togethers or for your own meals at home today. I think we are all trying to eat healthier and exercise more. I’m still working on both of those. Here’s the deal, I am going to break it out for many more salads as well. For instance, the greens, the add-ons, and the dressings. I must confess I love salad dressing but I also know that’s where a lot of the calories are, but that’s how I roll.

When I was growing up, sometimes we had just lettuce with a little mayonnaise on it. If our garden was in season we had tomatoes, carrots or radishes to add to our salads. Well, we’ve come a long way baby with salads, I have to laugh, things have changed. It’s a good thing, right? I’m going to share some sections below so we can all use our imagination and maybe eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc.

My cute grandson plays volleyball at a college in California and he explained to me the difference between eating vegetables and fruits. The whole team has a nutritionist teaching them how to eat, what to eat, what not to eat and how to cook it. He said, “grandma you need to eat more vegetables, a few fruits, but remember fruits are like dessert if eaten in excess”.

I’m glad he didn’t talk to me about chocolate, I love chocolate, I thought that was dessert or candy. So, I Have been eating more vegetables and a few fruits. We have to do what is right for our bodies and our health, but I had to share that story. Life is good with grandkids.

Salad Recipes

1. Strawberry Salad

One bag of salad greens, your choice, any size

6 pieces of thick bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

1/4 cup chopped cashews or sliced almonds

1/4 cup craisins

1/4 chopped red onion

8-10 ounces of sliced fresh strawberries

Combine the ingredients above in a salad bowl. Prepare salad dressing below.


1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup milk

1/8 cup of your favorite balsamic vinegar (strawberry is good for this salad)

1/8 cup sugar

1 tablespoon strawberry jam

Use a blender to mix the ingredients for the dressing. Chill the dressing and pour it over the salad just before serving.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

2. Cheryl’s Chinese Coleslaw Salad


4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 large cabbage head, shredded

1 bunch green onions, washed and sliced into 1/4-inch slices

2 packages of oriental noodles with seasoning (like Snack Ramen) ***SAVE the packets of seasoning

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

Place the ingredients above in a large salad bowl. Make dressing below.


**2 Seasoning packets from oriental noodles

1 teaspoon pepper

1 cup oil (I use vegetable)

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons white vinegar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

Blend the ingredients above in a blender and pour over salad above JUST before serving.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

3. Linda’s Spinach Salad

2 packages of spinach (this depends on how large you want your salad)

3 cups shredded swiss cheese

3/4 pounds sliced mushrooms

1-pound bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

2 handfuls of bean sprouts, rinsed

1 bag of croutons or make your own

Place the ingredients above in a large salad bowl. Make dressing below.


1 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/3 cup ketchup

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon onion salt

Combine the ingredients above in a blender and pour over salad JUST before serving.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

4. Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato Salad

1 medium head of lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces

2 large tomatoes, chopped

1-pound bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

2 cups bread croutons

Place the ingredients above in large salad bowl and make the dressing below.


3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Add the dressing ingredients into a jar and whisk or blend until mixed. Pour over the BLT salad above and serve immediately.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

5. Linda’s Chicken Grape Salad


4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

2 chopped apples

3 stalks celery chopped into bite-size pieces

2 cups halved grape grapes

3 green onions minced or chopped into very small pieces

5-6 ounces chopped cashews

Place the ingredients above in a large salad bowl. Make dressing below.


1/3 cup Miracle Whip

2/3 cups mayonnaise

Add a little milk if needed to thin

1 teaspoon dill weed crushed

Combine the dressing ingredients above and serve over the salad above JUST before serving.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

Your Salad Recipes


Butterhead Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce

Looseleaf Lettuce


Arugula salad mix

Baby beet greens



Green onions

Pickled beets/beets







Apples (every flavor you love)

Mandarin oranges

Tomatoes (any kind you prefer)






Cooked chicken

Cooked turkey

Cooked Pork

Cooked steak

Cooked bacon

Boiled eggs

Cheese (so many choices)

Cooked Quinoa

Cooked Kamut (TM)





Pine nuts

Here’s how I make my sugared almonds or any nut for that matter:

Grab a frying pan, sprinkle the nuts of choice in the pan and sprinkle with sugar. I typically use the ratio of one cup of nuts to two tablespoons of white granulated sugar. I stir them over a low to medium heat on the stove and cook until they are slightly brown. Watch them carefully, they will burn. Have a cookie sheet covered with foil sprayed with vegetable oil ready to evenly spread the very hot nuts onto the greased foil. As they cool, you break up the chunks.


Bottled dressing you can buy

Homemade salad dressings



Olive Oil

Balsamic vinegar (plain and there are so many yummy flavors)

I hope you enjoy my salad recipes today, I love digging out old family and friends recipes to share with people. May God bless you and your family. Please be prepared for the unexpected.

No-Fail Dinner Rolls by Linda

Salad Spinner

Salad Tongs

Copyright pictures:

Salad: AdobeStock_60001499 by Daniel Vincek

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An Honest Evaluation Of Your Health Is Critical To Your Prepping Plans

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My husband Salty and I were riding our bikes along a trail one fine day when we came across a worried huddle at the side of the trail.  At the center of the huddle was a middle-aged man,  sitting hunched  and breathing in short gasps.  He was sweating far more profusely than the day called for and was red in the face.  The bike he’d rented lay discarded in the weeds (or to be more precise, the poison ivy) beside the trail.  Someone was already on the phone to 911. He figured it would be no big thing.  He used

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The Unexpected and Unawares

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Editors Note: A contribution to the Prepper Journal Writing Contest from Charles McKelroy.

The wind picked up in the afternoon on a cloudless day. Nothing unusual for the area, we have windy days all during Spring and into early Summer. The dead tree in the backyard had been an eye sore since last winter, but it wasn’t hurting anything and the cost of removal was not in the budget. When it fell, it took out the main power supply line to the house, yanking it from the pole and in turn, yanking the service drop off the side of the house. The electricity was now off and luckily there was no fire or injuries. The tree falling while taking out the power line was definitely an oversight.

After three days of repairs, with no electrical service, and city inspections to bring the old house up to code, the cost came to 4 times the cost of removal of the tree. Looking on the bright side, the old house is now up to code with new breakers and wiring. The tree was cut up and hauled off by a friend in a barter deal. Having been through a few hurricanes, we were prepared for the power outage and having a safety net for emergencies, were able to cover the expenses.

The lesson learned was that anything can happen, anytime, unexpectedly, as we all know. Being prepared; we had batteries and lanterns for lighting, food that could be prepared without electricity, and a safety net for funding the unexpected, in our case, a credit card with a sufficient amount of credit available to cover the cost. We were able to barter for the tree removal. Luckily, our freezer and refrigerator were not very full, so the amount of loss there was minimal. We keep two 48 quart ice chest in storage for power loss during storm season, that took care of needs for a few days.

This is just one example of what prepping is all about. It is not what the skeptics think about us like we are some doomsday advocates or end of times promoters. We are realistic people who do not want to be caught in a predicament without a way out. Being prepared, the scouting motto, is what it is all about. Have enough common sense to know that things happen and having enough forethought to render a solution when they do. Emergencies and accidents are going to happen, and it is next to impossible to be ready for every one of them. If that were the case, then we could avoid ever having any in the first place.
Little things like keeping a basic first aid kit in the car as well as a small fire extinguisher and a small first aid kit in the glove box for minor injuries. Even the smallest cut can become infected. So it is always important to give attention to any and all accidents that cause any physical discomfort no matter how small. Just because the little cut or bump on the foot or hand might not seem important at the time, in a few days, without treatment, it could become serious. Just use some common sense and pay close attention. You do not want to get an infection or find out that sprain is actually a cracked bone when you are in a SHTF situation.

There are hundreds of list of essentials on the internet. The Red Cross has some expert advice and sells many of the items needed to make a bug out or bug in bag. Also, FIMA has some real good study materials worth checking out. Having taken a number of the FIMA courses and spending a lot of time on their web site looking over the disaster preparedness information they offer for free is advisable. Besides those two, there many others that offer free e-books and pamphlets for downloading. Amazon occasionally have their FIRE readers on sale for a very reasonable price that can store a lot of folders and flies in PDF or Word format. That is a way to have all the free materials handy, and the good part, is you won’t need internet access if you have them downloaded and saved in the tablet’s memory.

One other item that can be a real lifesaver that have come down in price over the past couple of years are solar chargers. A compact solar charger can be rolled up into small pouch and carried in your bug out bag. They come in many different capacities, so check which one will fit your needs. Add a USB battery charger and keep your rechargeable AA & AAA batteries charged up as well. It is also nice to have a Power Bank that will deliver enough power for emergency equipment or for when the cell phone needs a charge. Solar lanterns are an inexpensive asset these days as well. A couple of them were very handy while the power was out during the last thunder storm power outage. Leave them setting a window when not in use to charge.

Being prepared is a commonsense thing to do. It is about thinking of all the things that might happen around you at any time. Watch the local news to see what is regularly reported for your area during the different seasons and during the everyday course of events. Things as simple as tossing a small blanket in the truck of the car along with the first aid kit just in case someone is in shock at the scene of an accident. Small things like placing some band aids, little packets of ointment and whatever else you feel necessary in an empty plastic cream cheese carton and toss it in the glove box. Include a small pocketknife or safety razor blade. These small kits are sold on Amazon and other stores for a few dollars if you don’t want to make your own.

Hopefully this will help you to get the thought processes working. Being prepared for the unexpected by taking it seriously may just save your life or that of someone else one day. If you are ready, but never use what have prepared for, you are much wiser than those not prepared at all. Search around and get all the free stuff out there that is available is easy and even fun. Shop around to find the best deals on what you feel you might need. Play around putting it all together in your bug out bag. Make it fun, while keeping it serious.

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Can Armed Teachers Save Students’ Lives?

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by Derrick Krane

There have been numerous mass shootings, carried out by deranged individuals who enter a school, workplace, or church, and open fire, killing as many people as they can before law enforcement or an armed civilian puts them down, or they are cornered and they kill themselves. The measures that are in place now, such as locking down a school, are not effective as evidenced by the number of casualties that have occurred.  Effective measures need to be enacted to make schools a safer place. Assumptions need to be examined, challenged, and critically considered.

Keeping perspective

In the US, there are about:

  • 98,200 public schools
  • 34, 600 private schools
  • 50, 700,000 students and 3,200,000 million teachers are employed at public schools.
  • 400, 000 more teachers working at private schools, teaching 5,200,000 million students.

This does not include support and administrative staff at public and private schools, nor students faculty and staff of colleges, universities, and technical and trade schools.

One psychopath going into a school and killing a single kid is too many. But when you look at the number of schools in the US, compared with the number of school shootings, schools are still a safe place for teachers and students.  The availability heuristic is a concept which states that we tend to accept the information we are most frequently presented with as the norm. Media bombardment can lead to the impression that schools are unsafe places.  The public becomes not just scared, but terrified for their children and teens. People become outraged and demand immediate action. But when emotions are running so high, reason can have trouble catching up. It is senseless to put useless, emotionally driven measures into place.

  • For the millionth time, gun control will not stop violent criminals from using guns in the commission of violent crimes. By definition, criminals do not obey the law.
  • No member of the NRA has every committed a mass shooting. The NRA condemns criminal use of firearms. Blaming the NRA for gun crime is the epitome of an emotional and baseless argument.
  • At Blue mountain school district in Pennsylvania, buckets of rocks have been made available to throw at a gunman.  Yes, I read the whole article, and this is intended as a last resort, after all other measures have failed. I got that, but I think a better plan is in order.
  • The worst option: Psychopaths intent on a mass shooting are going to be stopped by a Gun Free Zone sign?

The Effectiveness of Gun Free Zones

I invite you to try the following experiments. [Sarcasm Alert].

  • When travelling down a road at 30 to 45 mph, when you come to an intersection, do not See if the Stop sign will stop your car.
  • Do not lock the doors to your home. Put up No Trespassing or Do Not Enter signs to keep criminals out.
  • Put up No Shoplifting signs in your store, and take down the cameras and fire Loss Prevention staff.

 [Warning: More Sarcasm ahead]:

Can No Guns Allowed signs protect you from a mass shooter? Possibly. Stack a lot metal signs together, or a lot more made of paper, and duct tape them together, and you could use it as a shield. That might work. Maybe the answer is to make the signs out of very thick  titanium, and put lots of them up all over the school, with handles of the back, so everyone would have a shield. That probably won’t work, going medieval with shields and rocks. An alternative is to just call the police and let them deal with it.

Wait a minute. There are a few difficulties here too. People are trusting the police to get there within minutes to stop the shooter with their guns. A lot of people can get shot in minutes. These are some of the same people who don’t trust the police.

In fact, many of them actually hate the police,  protest against the police, and won’t allow them in their stores. They don’t want people to have guns, except for the police, though some advocate disarming police officers.  However, they will call for the people they hate and protest against  and bar from their places of business to arrive with their guns and rescue them. I am very confused.

The Absurdity of a Uniform Lockdown policy

The only more useless idea than No Guns Allowed signs to lives in the event of an Active shooter is a Lockdown. Everyone turn off the lights pull the shades, and lock the door to the classroom. Huddle behind an inch or so of drywall, in one corner of the room where you will all make for easy targets, and that will keep you safe. Barricade the door with desks and tables.

Lockdown if you are in a heavily fortified room, with thick concrete walls, and a steel door.  If not, and you can get out, evacuate. Keep anyone else you can from entering the scene. If you can’t get out, then hiding in place is the second best plan. If your hiding place is discovered by the shooter, fight back, because you have nothing to lose.

I would suggest something more effective than going full on caveman and throwing rocks. There is a reason rock throwing is not used in modern combat. Guns are far more effective.  There will be a time to shelter, a time to run, and a time to fight:

Knowing the difference is critical. ALICE training offers options other than the traditional lockdown only policy.

The Trend toward Armed Teachers

As of 2018, 18 states allow teachers to carry weapons in school. Within these states, school districts have trained teachers to carry firearms.  President Trump has called for arming teachers to defend students.  There is opposition to this plan.

In an Atlantic article, A “marine turned teacher” makes a powerful argument against arming teachers.  Armed and trained teachers can be an important part of a comprehensive security system to keep schools safe. Armed teachers are a part of this plan. Designated teachers can carry firearms or have access to firearms in lockboxes to engage a shooter.

Some of the concerns in the Atlantic article could be addressed by teachers acting in a more defensive role; staying in place to protect kids who are hiding, rather than having them search the school for the shooter.

School Security

Think layers when considering security. An onion, not an eggshell is the frequently used metaphor. Armed teachers will be one layer. Other layers include:

  • Cameras in hallways, entrances/exits, and common areas. In the event of an active shooter in the building a PA system can be used with the cameras to track the shooters movements and warn people. If the shooter is on the opposite side of the building, evacuate while you can. If headed your way, this is where armed teachers will come in.
  • Solid, securely locked doors set into a solid frame need to be put in place and kept secured from the outside.
  • Safe rooms. There should be locations around the school designated as safe rooms, known to all students, faculty and staff. These are fortified places where you can take shelter and wait for the police.
  • Police patrols through school property regularly. A car should be driving through the school grounds several times a day, at random, and be on hand when students are coming in for the day, and leaving. This can be part of their regular patrol pattern and does not have to create an undue burden on local police. A school resource officer, armed, well trained, and willing to engage a shooter should always be on the premises.
  • Training in First Aid and Basic Life Support. You put on a seatbelt, but have no intention of crashing. You wear a life jacket and have no intention of your boat capsizing. Hope and pray a shooter does not choose your school. Be prepared for the aftermath of a school shooting with trauma kits, or what are sometimes referred to use “blowout kits” and have people trained to use the contents.
  • Screening of disturbed students. Thus far, everything I have discussed is damage control. Prevention is a far better option. Mental health screens could become a standard part of attending school. Detect kids that are disturbed and provide proper treatment or removal from the school if indicated.
  • Crackdown on bullying. The majority of school shooters have been kids who are bullied mercilessly. The schools do nothing then in an act of complete idiocy, they suspend of otherwise punish the victim when they strike back. Bullying is not a rite of passage, it is not kids fooling around, it is not horseplay and roughhousing, it is smaller weaker more sensitive kids being tormented, abused, hurt and humiliated. They become afraid to go to school feign illness to avoid school, their work suffers, and they develop long term problems such as PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Some commit suicide. Others commit homicide.
  • Have school counselors who are knowledgeable about adolescent psychology, bullying, child abuse, substance abuse, suicide, sexuality, and other topics of importance to adolescents. A major problem today in the mental health field is that too many clinicians are no longer experts in mental health care. They are much too busy filling out paperwork or electronic forms, attending trainings on corporate compliance, inclusion, cultural sensitivity, multiculturalism, and everything but learning how to be a clinician. Schools need to hire real counselors, not social justice warriors or paper shuffling, keyboard tappers who focus on paperwork to the exclusion of patient care.
  • Minimize media coverage of these monsters, as it only encourages copycats by making them famous. This is not the first time I have written about school or workplace shooters. I refuse to even call them by name. They do not deserve any recognition.


If you are a parent, teacher, or student, educate yourself about school shooters and school security so you can make informed decisions and render informed, rather than emotional opinions. Then talk to your lawmakers, school boards, local police, and city council members about making effective changes in school security. And never forget to talk to your kids and hear them.

Where are the Dads and role models for young men, who teach them right from wrong and hold them accountable? If you have a child who is bullied, or your child is the bully, don’t wrap yourself in comfortable denial. Do something about it. Don’t wait for it to get better. If your child tells you they have concerns about another student’s behavior, pay attention. If you have concerns about your child get them professional help.


This article is part satire. Use your best judgement when putting into practice any of the advice given in this article.

How to Reinforce a Shipping Container to Bury It (EMP Proof)

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Other than a full-blown nuclear war, a widespread EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is probably the scariest thing that could happen. The whole world would be plunged into darkness, followed by months–if not years–of anarchy. Your best chance of surviving such an event is to hole in a shelter or bug out retreat that you can defend. […]

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Gardening on the vertical

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Gardening on the vertical!
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Will old man winter never loosen his grasp? That’s the question up here in the wilds of Northern Idaho. Easter has come and gone the first day of spring was weeks ago and poof it snowed April 7th! Talk about a bit depressing, we just saw grass, ok it was still brown but still! Time to hit the seed catalogs and gardening books, somethings gotta give!

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