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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  R.P. Ruggiero, the author of Brushfire Plague: Reckoning,  is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his book.

I first got to know R.P. a couple of years back when he released his first book, Brushfire Plague.  That was the very first book I had read in the survival genre and I became hooked.  Back then, I did not have Book Festivals to share the latest and the greatest, but I did occasionally write up full blown reviews or, in the case of Brushfire Plague, an article about the lessons I learned while reading the book.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Reckoning + Interview with R.P. Ruggiero is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 19, 2014, 8:00 am

Every once in awhile, I wear personal angst on my sleeve for the world to see.  It is not that I like to complain or that I am a whiner, but rather that some things send my anger-meter to the top of the scale.  I hope you will indulge me a bit today as I reveal my personal bias against websites that rip-off and steal content from legitimate authors who work hard to deliver credible content and information to the masses.

Internet plagiarism and theft occurs in every niche and given the perception that there is a pile of gold out there in website-land, keeping the thieves at bay is impossible. 

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Special Report: Picking the Right Prepper Website is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 18, 2014, 8:00 am

When someone mentions the word “Lemon”, I immediately think “fresh, clean and pure”.  There is simply something about lemons that evokes an overall feeling of wellness and goodness.  This might come from my memories of being given a lemon to hold and to smell when I suffered the occasional childhood illness.

Using lemons for health and home is nothing new, since back in ancient times, lemons were used to help heal a variety of ailments.  It has been suggested that the Romans used lemons and lemon rinds to fight off disease as well as to ward off insects, uplift moods and even freshen clothes.

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33 Awesome Uses of Lemon Essential Oil is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 am

Waste is not in my vocabulary.  Even before it was considered environmentally responsible to recycle, I would snatch paper out of the trash and re-use the back side before sending it off to the trash bin.  The same thing applied to food.  I simply hated to waste those bits and scraps of leftovers and eventually found a use for them in what I call “garbage soup”.  To this day, the dibs and dabs of leftovers are combined to make the most delicious soups you can imagine.

For many of us, an aversion to being wasteful is the a result of having too little money in our younger days. 

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14 Common Food Storage Mistakes and Goofs is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 14, 2014, 8:00 am

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

Something I learned a long time ago is that when it comes to plans, things do not always work out the way your want them to.  Yesterday I was looking forward to going to a local, hands-on class on canning.  Long story short, stuff happened and I could not go.  Such it is with prepping and perhaps even so much more so this time of year when there are taxes and garden chores to attend to.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 112 is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 13, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Sharon Peterson, the author of Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning, is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of her book.

Now here is the thing.  It was my pleasure to meet Sharon a year ago at a Ready Set Prep Summit in Dallas.  She is a smart, delightful and talented lady and I am so happy to feature her book today.  Not only that, the timing is perfect since I am attending my first canning class today! 

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Simply Canning + Interview with Sharon Peterson is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 12, 2014, 8:00 am

When it comes to my own preps, food ranks right up there at the top of the list. Those that know me find this hilarious because they think I never eat.  The truth is that yes, of course, I eat, and eat well.  In my home, you will find foods that are healthy – meaning lots of fruits and veggies – as well as foods that are both easy to prepare and tasty.

I hope you caught the tasty part of the food equation because survival or not, if something does not taste good, I will typically pass it up. In the interest of not going hungry following a disaster, I have stocked away a significant supply of tasty food products including a variety of condiments to kick them up a notch. 

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Free Food Friday: Meat and Pasta from the Survival Pantry + Giveaway is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 11, 2014, 8:00 am

Regardless of the time of year, the task of successfully preparing our home and families for an unexpected emergency is ongoing and does not end just because the calendar says it’s springtime, a holiday, or some other special day or event.

Over and over, we learn of natural disasters that strike out of the blue, putting many unsuspecting and ill-prepared citizens in harm’s way.  And as much as it is human nature to have an “it can not happen to me” attitude, in our heart of hearts, we know that is not true.  In addition, we all know that health woes or unexpected unemployment that can instantly put us into survival-mode.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Three is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 9, 2014, 8:00 am

Tax day is right around the corner and after agonizing over the tax preparation process, I have filed my return and don’t have to worry about it for another year.  The bad news is that I had to make a donation to our government to cover the taxes due.  The good news is that the government did not get a tax free loan from me this year.

Whatever the case, this is the time of year that I am reminded that having blank checks and credit cards is not the same as having extra cash.  Do you know the feeling?

With that in mind, today I share some preparedness supplies that can be purchased for just a dollar.  

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60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 7, 2014, 8:00 am

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

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I continued planting seeds for my summer garden; this time some bush cucumbers.  Using my new heat mat, they germinated in just 3 days.  My pea pods are starting to poke their little noses up as well.  I did want to give tomatoes another chance but as embarrassing as this is to admit, I cannot locate my tomato seed packets.  

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 111 is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 6, 2014, 8:00 am

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Kyle Pratt, the author of Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains, is joining us for an interview and is also providing ten lucky readers with a free copy of his book.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Kyle Pratt

1. Tell me about your book, Through Many Fires. What is it about?

Through Many Fires, is a post-apocalyptic survival novel. The book was released in August of this year in both paperback and on Kindle and currently has 102 Amazon reviews with 90 being either four or five star.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Through Many Fires + Interview with Kyle Pratt is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 5, 2014, 8:00 am

When I first started writing about essential oils, I thought I knew it all.  Well not really, but I did believe I was well versed in how to use essential oils as an alternative to over-the-counter remedies.  I say this because I had been using tea tree (Melaleuca) and lavender for years along with my favorite peppermint and rosemary oils.  There had been others, too, especially synergistic blends I had used for aromatherapy purposes.

As with many who embark upon a journey of self-reliance, each day is a learning experience.  This applies to learning about essential oils as well.  I readily admit that much of this learning is self-taught or what we used to call “the school of hard knocks”. 

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Safety Considerations When Using Essential Oils is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 4, 2014, 8:00 am

Blending in has a lot going for it, for as nice as it is to be known for your uniqueness, when it comes to prepping, less is more and being ordinary rocks.  Said another way, looking and acting the same as everyone else allows you to go unnoticed as you gather supplies and spend time honing your homesteading skills.

I like to call this “the pursuit of ordinary”.

OPSEC – Yes or No?

Maintaining OPSEC is an issue with many different “expert” opinions regarding how much OPSEC secrecy is really needed.  Do you keep your prepping activities close to the belt, telling no one? 

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11 Steps Toward Being Ordinary is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 2, 2014, 8:00 am

One of the most insidious end-of-the-world-as-we-know it scenarios is an an invisible attack on our power grid and the communication and information networks that drive our daily lives.  I am not referring to a short term outage, as annoying and as disruptive that can be. What I refer to and even fear, it a true SHTF where we are without power and communications for months or even years.

Many authors have explored this topic along with the corresponding breakdown of society that will occur when factories cease to operate, medical services are unavailable, and banks and stores are permanently closed.  As much as I try to envision this happening, I know that the real thing will be far worse than my imagination and certainly far more disruptive than a weekend test of off-grid skills.

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Are We Headed Toward a Cyber War? is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 31, 2014, 7:05 am

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

This week has been somewhat a blur so let’s see if I can remember everything.  How about a list this week?

1.  I re-read Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening so that I could come up to speed again on maximizing my limited garden space.

2.  Planted sugar snap pea seeds after soaking them overnight in tepid water.  Some were sown directly in a pot while others were started indoors.

3. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 110 is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 30, 2014, 7:00 am

Early in 2009, I became enamored with making my own artisan breads. At the time, I would frequently walk to the local store and pick up a nice loaf of Pugliese.  The cost was $5.00.  That’s right.  A bit of flour, water, salt and yeast with a few olives thrown in for five bucks.  There had to be a better way.

As it turned out, I happened upon a YouTube video demonstrating how to make artisan bread using a no knead method for as little as fifty cents a loaf.  Fifty cents!  I was hooked.  And so began my love affair with Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois and their book, Artisan Bread in Five

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Baking Bread with The New Artisan Bread in Five + Giveaway is the latest article from Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 29, 2014, 7:05 am




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