October 23, 2019

Just Finished “Lights Out”

I almost did not read Lights Out.  I had read One Second After and that worried me enough to push me along the preparedness path (See How it All Started.)  My husband recently bought the book and started telling me that while it deals with an EMP just like One Second After, Lights Out takes a completely different approach.  I was intrigued so I started reading immediately after he finished it. I am a pretty fast reader normally but this […]

Revisiting the Balcony Garden

I posted a while back my balcony garden did not fare so well in the intense heat we had the last several months. Now that the fall weather is finally upon is, I have another chance.  Experienced gardeners tell me Texas actually has two growing seasons, one in the spring, and one in the fall.  We’re down to 80 degrees in the daytime, and mid-50s at night. So I decided to give the garden another shot.  This time I am […]

Fats and Oils in Food Storage

(Author’s note:  Whoops, I accidentally published this article earlier before it was ready.  I have edited it and now restoring the correct version.) When first getting into food storage, the main things that come to mind are canned goods, staples such as flour, sugar and salt, meats etc.  Most of the time, fats and oils are left out of the initial food storage effort.  However, fat is an essential part of our diet, and a great source of calories at […]

Out of Shape!

I few months back, I had gotten myself into shape enough to go backpacking (See Fitness Reality Check, Testing Out Our Gear).   As far as I can tell, I succeeded in the goal, and was able to haul a backpack weighing over 35 pounds up a mountain.  (See Backpacking Weekend article series). Wanting to stay in shape, I kept up the exercise routine for a few weeks after the backpacking trip. Then the long miserable summer hit and slowly the […]

Can You Rely on Your Neighbors?

I am currently in the middle of reading Lights Out about how some families and their neighborhood cope with the aftermath of an EMP attack.  I’ll save the main discussion of the book for after I finish it, but the book has got me thinking about the neighbors around me, and what would they be like in the event of a large scale disaster. I had previously posted about my “Un-Neighborly Neighbors” in a previous article.  I will give you […]

Dependence Created on Too Much Stuff

I went to the eye doctor a few days ago for a check up.  They checked my prescription, looked for eye diseases and such, and found no changes.  The doctor did asked if I used eye drops, or artificial tears.  I told him, occasionally, as my eyes dry out looking at the computer screen at my job all day, in a dry, air-conditioned room.   He said I should consider medication for that, because dry eyes are not curable.   He recommended […]

Not Good News – Price for Peanut Butter is Going Up

I just heard over the radio today that peanut prices are about to jump up this year, and with that, the price of a staple at our house, peanut butter.  Of course, this does not apply to you if you or someone in your family has a peanut allergy, but for thousands of households, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are some of the cheapest, fairly nutritious food that kids love to eat. The reasons for the price hike are two […]

More Fun with Freeze Dried Food

Yesterday I posted about pan frying the Thrive Dehydrated Roast Beef.  This was the “if I am out in the wilderness and have no other ingredients” part of the test. In today’s post I wanted to see if this is a product that I would stock on a normal basis, as a possible ingredient for a quick dinner, or as an emergency meal when the power is out. I started out the same way:  rehydrate the beef in some hot […]

Taste Test: THRIVE Freeze Dried Roast Beef

Today I got to test out something I have been curious about for quite some time:  freeze dried roast beef.  Misty McBride who runs Your Own Home Store blog sent me a sample of Thrive Freeze Dried Roast Beef and I am pleased to offer an objective taste test. For anyone like me who as never seen freeze dried roast beef, I took lots of pictures so you know what it looks like before and after cooking. Here is what […]

Can Helping Out be Hazardous?

I was reading Arsenius post over at Living Out There blog (update:  blog is no longer published), in which he describes passing by stranded motorists on the freeway, and feeling bad about not being able to help out because of safety concerns.  This is such a valid concern these days, I felt compelled to write a post about it. Last week in the local news there was a story about three female criminals who were using their kids to get […]

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