September 13, 2019

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 […]

Prep for Now and Not Just for Later

Last night I had a jolting reminder about preparedness.   On the previous day, we restocked our water and toilet paper storage, so I felt comfortable we were keeping up with replenishing supplies as they run low.   For dinner, we went out to eat at one of those “hole in the wall” neighborhood restaurants, a place we’ve eaten at a hundred times before.  It is usually pretty good.  This time, the dining experience didn’t turn out so well.  Before going to […]

Worse than No TV!

The past week has been tougher on me than last week, our TV free week.   Because this week we had no internet.  The broadband install did not occur as planned, leaving us with no way to connect from home.  I was able to briefly check on the blog and email by going to the apartment office that has free wi-fi but I don’t really feel comfortable using public wi-fi. I now realize I am quite dependent on the internet for a number […]

My Week of No TV

We made a change in our cable TV provider, as we switched to a lower priced deal.  This caused an interruption of service, so we had no TV in the house for a week. I figured, good practice for when there is no TV.  A few years ago, I watched a lot of shows.  But these days, I am not a huge TV watcher, with a full time job, family, kids, maintaining this blog, and preparedness activities that occupy most […]

Tips to Avoid Fraudulent Home Security Deals

With uncertain times upon us, homeowners and apartment dwellers alike are becoming more concerned about their home security.  Many big city and suburban communities are targeted by burglary rings.  Some residents opt for home security systems.  The following article contains helpful tips when shopping for a home security security system. Tips to Avoid Fraudulent Home Security Deals Consumers who are shopping for a home security system should definitely steer clear of the overpriced contract deals. When shopping for a home […]

The Bird Flu is Back

I’ve been hearing news about the bird flu having a resurgence in Asia.  (See U.N. Warns of Bird Flu Resurgence, New Asian Strain ) As you will recall, the bird flu was big news when it peaked in 2006.  Since then many countries have eliminated the strain, and have become virus free.  However, there is now a mutant strain, H5N1 that is not covered by existing vaccines.  They’ve had 800 reported cases so far, in China and Vietnam.  It is […]

How our Drought will Affect your Food Budget

It has been a long and miserable summer, as the Texas drought drags on.  We thought we might get some relief this past weekend, but it did not materialize, as the rainfall from the expected tropical storm went east to Louisiana.  Instead, we got high winds.  Driving down the freeway I spotted a sign that said “EXTREME WILDFIRE DANGER.”   A couple of exits later, I actually witnessed a ranging wildfire a few miles away.  Black smoke was billowing, and the […]

Please Welcome our New Sponsor – The Berkey Guy!

One of my early blog posts back in June 2010 was “Insuring Against 3 Days Without Water” when I described how we decided to purchase The Big Berkey, one of the highest rated water purifying water systems.  It can remove bacteria, pathogens harmful chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, organic solvents, VOCs, detergents, cloudiness, silt, sediment, foul tastes and odors, along with reducing the presence of heavy metals in the water.  I still love my Berkey purifier and that’s why I am delighted […]

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