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How to Bake English Muffin Bread - Backdoor Survival

I have a confession to make.  I am a bread addict.  Give me a chunk of crunchy chewy whole grain bread or a slice of fresh artisan bread and I am in heaven.

The good news is that quality breads are readily available for purchase almost everywhere these days.  The bad news is that they are super expensive.  The answer to this good news bad news situation is easy: bake your own bread!  Okay, I get it but who has the time for that?

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How to Bake Bread: Easy English Muffin Bread by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 27, 2015, 9:00 am
Save a few heirloom seed catalogs with your seed storage - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week was extremely busy as I have tried to tie up lose ends and make progress on the various projects I have going.  Now that I think about it, all weeks are extremely busy and my projects still are not done!

Anyway, gardening has been on my mind because if I plan on starting my own tomatoes, I need to get going. 

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The Survival Buzz # 153 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 24, 2015, 9:00 am
Win a free emergency food supply kit - Backdoor Survival

It has been a little over a year since I confessed that the ongoing joke among my family and friends is that I talk about food all of the time but never eat.  That is not quite true since I really do eat, just not that often and not that much.  Quite honestly, my motto when it comes to eating is “give me simple food, that is prepared well, and is tasty”.  Sounds simple enough, right?

To that end, I am always on the lookout to sample different types of emergency foods so I can determine whether it meets my standards. 

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Free Food Friday: Win an Emergency Food Supply Kit from Survival Based by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 23, 2015, 9:00 am
Backdoor Survival Book Festiva;l: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome

Richard Earl Broome, who you know as the author of a number of thought-provoking articles here on Backdoor Survival, is today’s featured author in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

His newest book, Good Crazy, is a sequel to Leaving The Trees , which I wrote about in the article Leaving the Trees: More Lessons of Survival.  Leaving the Trees is one of those books that you want to read cover to cover without putting it down.  It is that good and Good Crazy is more of the same.

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BDS Book Festival 7: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 22, 2015, 9:00 am
Food Storage Basics Buckets Lids Gamma & Gamma Seals |Backdoor Survival|

Buckets are a fact of life when it comes to food storage. They are strong, light and moisture free, and, when sealed, will keep most, if not all pests at bay.  They are also readily available and the cost is nominal, if not free.

In keeping with the them of survival and food storage basics, in this article I share the ins and outs of food grade buckets, lids and gamma seals to safely store you bulk food items for the long term.

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Survival Basics: Buckets, Lids and Gamma Seals by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 21, 2015, 9:00 am
5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community

One of the key strategies for every prepper is the formation of a prepper community.  Yet, as strategic as this may be, it is conceivably the most difficult of all of the prepper strategies.

There are issues, not the least of which is who do you trust, how much do you trust, and what are the limits that you place upon that trust?  Sadly, there are no easy answers.  That said, as I wrote in 10 Simple Strategies for Becoming A Prepper, this is something that needs to be addressed by each of us and the sooner the better.

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5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 20, 2015, 9:00 am
Stocking up on basics from the LDS Home Storage Center |Backdoor Survival|

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The highlight of this week was a trip off island to the LDS Home Storage Center in Mount Vernon, Washington.  At a Home Storage Center, you will find the lowest prices anywhere on bulk foods for your survival pantry. The best part is that they are open to the public and not just to LDS members.

Nothing bugs me more then when I see other bloggers recommend purchasing wheat, as an example, from Amazon at over $2 a  pound. 

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The Survival Buzz #152 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 17, 2015, 9:00 am
Conflicted: The Survival Card Game |Backdoor Survival|

When you read dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction do you give some consideration to how you would react in a similar situation?  I’ll tell you what. The more I read, the more I assimilate various survival strategies and begin to formulate my own survival game plan.  This is all good and forces me to continue to read serious survival fiction as opposed to the latest John Grisham thriller.

The problem, as I see it, is that reading a book and thinking about strategies is a singular pastime. 

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Conflicted: The Survival Card Game + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 16, 2015, 9:00 am
BDS Book Festival: The PrepSmart Series

Early on, when I was a newbie blogger, I was lucky enough to hook up with a boutique publisher who was interested in compiling a series of articles by a dozen or so bloggers.  The project did not pan out but the publisher, Prepper Press, remained in contact.

Many of books featured in Backdoor Survival book festivals have been published by the Prepper Press.  They include books by Glen Tate and the 299 Days Series, R.P. Ruggiero and the Brushfire Plague Series (my favs), and titles from the prolific Joe Nobody and his Holding Their Own

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BDS Book Festival 7: The PrepSmart Series from Prepper Press by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 15, 2015, 9:00 am
Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis Pain - Backdoor Survival

Once you move beyond the basic, everyday essential oils that we all know and love, it becomes time to explore some of the more esoteric oils that solve specific ailments.  In my own exploration of essential oils, a specific ailment high on my list was relief from muscle and joint pain.

The oil of choice?  Birch essential oil for arthritis and other aches and pains of the muscles and joints is perfect!

Not only is Birch effective against common, everyday aches and pains, but it is superior if not outstanding in providing relief from arthritis joint pain and those deep, spasmodic cramps that only seem to visit in the dead of night.

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Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 14, 2015, 9:00 am
Be Prepared for Pet Emergencies - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to our four legged friends, being prepared goes beyond having the proper pet supplies in our bug-out bags and in-home emergency kits.  There is also the component of pet healthcare and the need to recognize and then act quickly and decisively during a pet emergency.

In my opinion, this is a topic that is not addressed often enough in the preparedness community.  The truth is that while it is easy to use a proactive approach with our own healthcare, most of us are at a bit of a loss when it comes to our pets.

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Survival Basics: Be Prepared For Pet Emergencies by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 13, 2015, 9:00 am
The Survival Buzz |Backdoor Survival|

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Most of this week was spent working at my J.O.B. (only part time these days), although I did take a little time out to work on my Preparedness Planner a bit.  It sure feels good to get organized!  Speaking of getting organized, the month of January is a great month to find deals on storage tubs.  I picked up a couple of huge, 18-gallon HOMZ storage tubs for $3.99 each at the local Ace Hardware.

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The Survival Buzz #151 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 10, 2015, 9:00 am
Propane for Preppers - Part Five

This is the fifth and final installment in the series Propane for Preppers.  During the course of these five articles, you have learned the technical aspects of propane as well as how to store and use propane safely.  Of great interest to many of you has been the detailed primer on how to refill small portable cylinders from larger tanks.

Throughout the series, the emphasis has been on common sense, practicality, and above all else, safety.

In this final article, we are going to recap and expand upon the issue of carbon monoxide plus discuss propane fires and the double standard that seemingly appears to exist in the universe of propane safety.

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Propane for Preppers – Part Five by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 9, 2015, 9:00 am
5 Acres and a Dream - Backdoor Survival

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  Leigh Tate, the blogger at the popular homesteading site, 5 Acres and a Dream, has written a book about the challenges she and her husband have faced while pursing their dream.

Her book, 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead, is unlike any homesteading book I have ever read!  In it, Leigh shares her dream of self-sufficiency and her homesteading aspirations along with the disappointments, successes, and failures that happened along the way. 

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BDS Book Festival 7: 5 Acres & A Dream – The Book + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 8, 2015, 9:00 am
Community Survival: Bringing Friends & Family Into the Fold

The challenges of living a self-sufficient, prepper lifestyle can be overwhelming when attempting to do it all yourself.  If you are lucky, you have a spouse or partner on board to share both the work and the joys of self-reliance.  On the other hand, I know from the many comments and emails that I receive that a good percentage of you are on your own.

Some carry the torch alone due to circumstance but others soldier along without assistance because family and friends scoff and consider them loony tunes. 

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Community Survival: Bringing Friends and Family Into the Fold by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 7, 2015, 9:00 am
Survival Basics: Water

During a recent book giveaway, the question asked was “What piece of prepping gear is at the top of your bucket list?”  Needless to say, I was more than a little bit surprised to find that the top response was water storage, water filters, and water purification equipment.

While having the gear is nice, anyone interested in preparedness also needs to have a basic understanding of the concepts behind water and water storage.  Where to find, store, purify, and filter water are all questions that need to be asked, answered, and periodically reviewed.

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Survival Basics: Water and Water Storage by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: January 6, 2015, 9:00 am




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