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Hypothermia usually occurs when the body temperature falls below normal. The causes of it could be being out in the extreme cold that is added with wet clothes and wind chill.

Symptoms of it is drowsiness, a lowered heart rate and breathing, and unconsciousness.

Treat it very carefully , if you have no way to get medical help. In an emergency situation.

The number one priority is to raise the body temperature of the person evenly and gently.

Get the person out of their wet clothing and replace it with dry clothing.

Place them in a sleeping bag in a warm area. Like, close to a campfire, etc. If you have to , get in the bag with the person so your body heat is helping raise theirs.

If you have the way to - get them in a warm bath.

If breathing stops perform CPR.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Posted: January 24, 2015, 1:59 pm
1. Flexible Schedule

Homeschooling enables a flexible schedule. For example, your child does not need to wake up at 7 every morning. With homeschooling, your child can start homeschooling at 9am or later depending on your preferred schedule. You can schedule your child's homeschooling education as you see fit with materials or subjects that may be not available in a traditional school.

2. Individual attention

With homeschooling, your child gets all the individual attention he/she needs. For example, if your child is weak in mathematics, you could devote more time and energy into teaching mathematics.
Your child's homeschooling schedule can be adjusted to crater for that. For example, if your child is better at science than at mathematics, simple devote more homeschooling hours to mathematics and cut back on science. With homeschooling, the choice is yours. Traditional schools can't do that.

3. Family Activity

The schooling of the child can become an extended family activity. Examples are field trips and experiments. Plus, the child also receives more quality time with his/her parents. There is more time for family bonding.

4. No peer pressure

With homeschooling, the child does not need to prove his/her abilities to other children. Parents are able to deeply understand their child better with homeschooling and therefore are able to plan the learning program according to his strengths and weakness.

Posted: January 23, 2015, 11:48 pm
The Preppers Apocalypse Survival Guide To Bug Out Bags was a free kindle book when I wrote this post.

 This comprehensive guide to bug out bags covers everything you need to know about choosing, storing and packing your bug out bag.

Full of fantastic tips, ideas and items you may not have thought of this book make a great read for everyone. From those of you who are just starting out to more experienced survivalists who are looking to refine their kit.

This book suceeds where many in the genre have failed by packing loads of valuable information and ideas into a small package.
Posted: January 23, 2015, 1:17 pm
One of the simplest, most crucial steps in disaster preparedness is to have a well-thought-out and organized bug out bag list to aid in your preparations. This will ensure you have the equipment needed to make your departure from an area of disorder or complete chaos a safe one.

A Bug Out Bag List is Not One Size Fits All

An excellent bug out bag starts with a great bug out bag list.
It doesn't necessarily mean everything you put on the list will end up going into your bag, but at least you've got a pretty good idea of where to start.
The last thing you want to happen is not start because you don't now how. Especially if you're just beginning, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the ton of information out there.
Some of it's really good. Some of it's... not.

Building A Bug Out Bag Does Not Have to Be Difficult

Building your own customized bug out bag doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it should be a fun and enjoyable experience. After all, having a solid bug out plan, and knowing that you're planning well-in-advance should help put your mind at ease about "SHTF" scenarios.
So whether you're new to the idea of bugging out, or you've been in this neck of the woods for a while now, there's most likely something you can take away from the following.

Choosing a Bug Out Bag

The first item on your bug out bag list is the bag itself. There are several schools of thought on this topic, of which the two main ones are:
1) You should choose the best bag for you
2) You should only choose the bag after you have the items
Regardless of how you decide to go about it, make sure your bug out bag is durable, fits you well and is comfortable and has plenty of storage space and compartments to stow your survival gear.
Make sure your bug out bag list includes the following items:

Water and Hydration

Arguably the most important bug out bag essentials are related to water and hydration. The human body can go without water for only 72 hours, whereas it can go without food for about 3 weeks. Water is an absolute must-have in your bug out bag. One liter minimum, per day, per person is highly recommended.
Recommended items critical to adequate hydration are listed below.
  • Drinking Water (3 Liters)
  • Collapsible Water Bottle
  • Hard Water Bottle
  • Metal Water Bottle / Canteen
  • Water Filters / Purification Systems
  • Water Purification Tablets (Qty 3)
Food and Food Preparation

Next up are food stuffs. In the preparedness community there are a lot of people eager to recommend various products, mostly off-the-shelf, dehydrated, store-bought items. A goog bug out bag list contains a variety of non-perishable food items, some that might require water and some that don't. In a real bug out situation, you don't know how scarce your water source might be. To be safe, plan for more scarce than you think.
Most of these items are self-explanatory, but the important thing to know now is, you'll want enough food to last three days at least. Multiply your food requirements by the number of people that would be traveliing with you. For heat-resistance and durability, make sure you have metal cooking utensils and cookware.
  • Protein / Energy Bars (Qty 6)
  • MREs / Dehydrated Meals (Qty 3)
  • Spork
  • P-38 Can Opener
  • Metal Cooking Pot
  • Metal Cup
  • Pot Scrubber
  • Portable Stove
  • Stove Fuel (Qty 8 Tablets)

Choosing clothing for your bug out bag is a very personalized selection as everyone has different body types, tolerances and levels of fitness. The items listed below are to be strategically layered to maintain a healthy, comfortable body temperature at all times.
Your clothes selection will obviously depend on your location, climate and the other factors listed above. You should evaluate your bug out bag every six months. At these times you'll want to have a seasonal selection of clothes that you can swap out when necessary.
At least two changes of clothes ensure you can always have a dry set to wear. The last thing you want while bugging out, and in the elements, is wet clothes. Not only are they uncomfortable, but hypothermia is a real concern not to be taken lightly.
  • Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Convertible (Zip-Off) Pants
  • Underwear
  • Wool Hiking Socks (Qty 3 pair)
  • Medium Weight Fleece
  • Hat w/ Flex Brim
  • Working Gloves
  • Rain Poncho
  • Shemagh
Shelter and Bedding

At first glance, to the experienced survivalist, some of the items listed for this category might seem excessive or even impractical. But the items on this list are specifically made compact and lightweight with the backpacker in mind.
Yes, you can make a shelter out of a tarp or use a trash bag filled with leaves as a makeshift ground pad, but these items are a wise choice to include for numerous reasons. Being well-rested, both mentally and physically, is extremely important when times are rough. Do what you can to make sure you're at your mental and physical peak at all times.
  • Tarp
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ground Pad
  • Wool Blanket
Heat Source

Having several means for starting a fire is also essential when bugging out. The following basics should be included in every bug out bag. The reason being, there is a saying in the survivalist and firearms communities:
"Where there are two, there's one. Where there's one, there's none."
Essentially that means, if you don't have a back up, and your primary fails you... you're toast.
For that very reason, have at least three different means of starting a fire on your bug out bag list of items to pack.
  • Ignition Source (Qty 3)
  • Tinder (Qty 3)
  • Waterproof Storage
First Aid

First aid is one of those areas where there are a lot of "done for you" type products out there that just aren't well-suited for a survival kit. Look for first aid kits that are specifically made for "survival" and have high ratings from reputable sources. Of course, you can always build your own if you know the right items to include.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Insect Repellant
  • Mylar Survival Blanket

Various aspects of personal hygiene are often overlooked when compiling a bug out bag list of essentials. But the implications of forgoing any of these for an extended period of time might lead to infections and a rapid deterioration in health. When bugging out, you need to be at the top of your game, so be sure to pack these items.
  • Wet Napkins
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • All-Purpose Camp Soap
  • Hygiene/Signal Mirror
  • Small Pack Towel
  • Travel Toilet Paper (Qty 2)

Next to weapons, this is the one category that everyone loves to go crazy over. And it's easy to see why; gadgets are cool, and some of these are especially sweet. But remember this: "every ounce counts." Determine the must-haves and forget the rest. That said, consider including the following three tools in your bug out bag.
  • Survival Knife
  • Multi-Tool
  • Machete

Illumination, like fire sources, is something you'll need multiple instances of as well. If one fails or you lose it somehow, you have another to take its place. Each item listed below has multiple uses, but they all serve the same purpose - helping you see what you're doing or find where you're going. Don't forget the extra batteries!
  • LED Headlamp
  • Mini LED Keychain
  • Light Glowstick
  • Mini LED Light
  • Candles
  • Batteries

Communications is another highly contested category in the preparedness community. Not all potential scenarios will allow for use of these items, but if your situation does, you'll be glad to have these items with you.
  • Cell Phone
  • Crank Power Charger
  • Emergency Radio with Hand Crank
Travel Aids

Depending on the situation you find yourself in, these items might prove quite useful. Don't leave home without carefully thinking these through first.
  • Documentation (Passport, Identification etc.)
  • $500 Minimum in Small Bills
  • Quarters (Qty 8)
  • Gold / Silver Bullion Coins
  • Local Area Map
  • Compass
  • Small Note Pad / Pencil
  • Emergency Whistle
Self Defense

Without a doubt, this is a controversial topic.
Self defense is something everyone should give serious consideration. Bugging out, in its severest of circumstances, is a survive or die proposition. Whether you choose a handgun, a rifle, both, or just a can of pepper spray, it's completely up to you. But you can be sure in a bug out scenario, being equipped to defend yourself and hunt wild game will be a welcomed option for most.
If you choose not to carry a weapon, or are not allowed to do so, then at least consider some degree of self defense training - especially if you have a family - as they'll be depending on you for their safety.
  • Pepper Spray
  • Handgun
  • Takedown rifle
  • Ammunition (Qty 25 rnds minimum)

These are items that didn't necessarily fit into any of the other categories, but they're just as important for inclusion in your bug out bag. Chances are some of the items will have you scratching your head, but you'll want these items in your bug out bag too.
  • 550 Parachute Cord (50')
  • Cotton Bandana
  • Duct Tape (25')
  • 55 Gal. Contractor Garbage Bag (Qty 2)
  • Resealable Bags (Qty 5, Various Sizes)
  • Sunglasses
  • N95 Face Mask
  • Sewing Kit
  • Latex Tubing (3')
  • Fishing Kit
  • Condoms (Non-lubricated)
  • Binoculars (Optional)
  • Face Paint
  • Military Surplus Survival / Snare Wire
The Bug Out Bag List above isn't intended as Gospel truth. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do your own due diligence and come to your own conclusions. Your bug out bag will not "automagically" keep you alive. It is, however, intended to help you survive a bug out scenario.
If you don't learn how to use these items effectively and practice using them on a regular basis, all the bug out bags in the world probably won't be able to help you.
Emergency preparedness is not a fad, nor a hobby. It's a way of life. If you believe that, you'll be all that much better off as a result.
If you enjoyed this article and would like a free, detailed version of the list for your own personal use, be sure to visit for this and other great bug out bag related resources.
Posted: January 22, 2015, 10:54 am
A solar oven is a great to cook off the grid and are easy to make on your own. Not difficult to make and your family will enjoy the fresh and hot meal. It takes about 30 minutes for a solar oven to preheat.


 · two cardboard boxes (one large and one smaller)

· black construction paper

· scissors

· aluminum foil

· glue and tape

· staplers

· old newspapers

· a pencil (or a marker)

·  plastic wrap.

- First, line the bottom of the large box with well crumbled newspaper. Then, insert the smaller box into the larger one, and fill in the empty side spaces between the boxes with newspaper crumbles.

- Make sure to cover the inside walls of the small box with aluminum foil. You can use invisible tape to glue the edges of the aluminum foil to the edges of the cardboard box.

- Glue the black construction paper onto the bottom of the small box. This will help absorb the heat much better, and your homemade solar oven will be more efficient.

- Next, on top of the large box, you need to lay a large piece of cardboard. Now trace the shape of the box on the board nicely, using a marker. Allow around 2-3 inches on each side around the trace line, and cut the cardboard.

- Now use aluminum foil in order to cover the cardboard. The aluminum foil that is placed over the cardboard must be extremely smooth and without any wrinkles so that it will reflect the light properly. Use invisible tape or glue in order to secure the aluminum foil onto the cardboard. The reflector that you obtained this way should be stapled or glued to the back of the large box.

Now your homemade solar oven is ready, and you need to make sure to place it so that the reflective part is facing the sun directly, for maximum efficiency. You can place just about any type of pot with a glass top that fits into your oven, and start making food using solar energy. You need to be patient however, because it might take even up to 3 or 4 hours until your meal is ready, so make sure to start cooking earlier than usual. If you want to make your cooker even more efficient, place a plastic wrap on top of your oven. Keeps the heat in a lot better with the plastic wrap over it.

Posted: January 22, 2015, 8:00 am
Do your own dehydrated bananas, they are a lot cheaper and healthier to make them yourself.

Simple steps to a healthy treat.

1. Soak your bananas for 5 minutes in a bowl of fresh lemon juice. If you don't have lemon juice, you can use unsweetened juice.

2. Slice up the bananas into equally-sized thin pieces. Place the slices on a mesh sheet to let some of the liquid drip off.

3. Dehydrate them slowly and do it for 18 hours at 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not heat them until they are crunchy. Turn off the heat when the pieces are pliable.

4. Let them cool down...and start eating.

Posted: January 21, 2015, 2:37 pm
The SHTF Stockpile Preppers Guide. Here's What You Need on Hand to Save Your Life.: (The SHTF Stockpile, The SHTF Preparedness, shtf survival, shtf plan) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

The SHTF Stockpile Preppers Guide.

Here's What You Need on Hand to Save Your Life.

When the stuff hits the fan it is not going to be a pleasant experience. But no matter how unpleasant you can always be prepared.

This book is about preparing for a day that hopefully never happens. That day is the total breakdown of society. We hope that day never comes; we hope that our civilization can go on for ever, but history has never had a society that lasted longer than 300 or so years, so we must be prepared for collapse.

If we are hit up with another dark age, we must know how to counteract this lack of preparedness with the knowledge that we can have a guide, we can have a plan, and we can have a compass in uncharted waters. All of these things are available to those that seek them out. This is the plan that we are forging for you to follow in the case of calamity.

Some topics covered:

• Prepping for effects of Climate Change

• Proper First Aid

• Water supply

• Proper Food Storage

• Low Tech Tools

• The Go-bag.

• The Scenarios

• The List.
Posted: January 20, 2015, 2:14 pm
Reflector Oven
The open fire of your fireplace is a very versatile way to cook. There are many ways to cook with your fireplace and can be a great way to have a heated home and a hot meal when power is out. That one fire can not only give you heat, but you can bake, boil, roast, simmer a stew, and more. Pretty much like a campfire, but this is in your home.

One way to cook is by using a Cast-Iron Trivet. Remove some of the coals from the fire and place over to one side in your fireplace, place the trivet on top of that, and place your pot on top of that. Let it cook! You can boil water and make soups and stews this way. It is also a easy way to use your Cast-Iron Dutch Oven .

An easy way to roast some meat over the fire is by using a spit. Just impale the meat with the spit and place the meat over the fire to seal in the juices. Then move it further away from the fire and let it slow cook . Make sure that you have a big roasting pan under the meat to catch the dripping juices. Makes it safer and plus you can baste the meat with its juices while it is cooking.

A Reflector Oven is an awesome way to be able to bake and cook with a fireplace. Pretty simple way to cook. Place in front of fire and the heat reflects to the food. Kind of like the solar oven.

Some other tools to have for fireplace cooking are a hanging griddle, Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker, and a Heavy Duty Grill.

With all or any of these tools for cooking, you will be able to make great family meals for your family. No worries if a winter storm comes through and wipes out your power. 
Posted: January 20, 2015, 12:35 pm
Dutch Oven Cookbook Easy Recipes For Camping Or At Home; 35 Delicious Recipes: Includes American, Italian, Mexican, Russian/ Meals, Desserts, Main Courses, ... Quick, And Easy (Cooking With Griz 1)was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Dutch Oven Cookbook Easy Recipes For Camping Or At Home; 35 Delicious Recipes!
Includes American, Italian, Mexican, Russian/ Meals, Desserts, Main Courses, And Side Dishes/ Delicious, Quick, And Easy

From rookies to experts, who doesn't love a great new Dutch oven recipe?

Here is a book loaded with 35 easy, delicious, and fun recipes that are sure to leave your family and friends wanting more.

Includes recipes for breads, soups, main courses and desserts.

Cinnamon Rolls Wrapped In Bacon
Biscuits With Gravy
Sausage And Hashbrown Breakfast Bars
Bacon Quiche
Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls
The Mountain Man Breakfast
Easy Breakfast Burritos
Sourdough French Toast
Gooey Carmel Cinnamon Rolls
Pigs In A Blanket Bake
Deep Dish Breakfast Pizza
Lemon Blueberry Biscuits
Bacon Cheese Pull Apart
Cheesy Potatoes
Pork Chops and Potatoes
Stuffed Sausage and Potato Boats
Easy Dutch Oven Sloppy Joes
Salmon Bake
Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup
Dutch Oven Ravioli
Enchilada Casserole
Dutch Oven Jambalaya
Chicken Pasta With Herbs
Southwestern Chicken
Chicken Enchilada Pie
Dutch Oven Chicken And Cashews
Dutch Oven Pizza
Dutch Oven Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Chili Mac
Hamburger Stroganoff
Dutch Oven Peach and Berry Cobbler Recipe
Dutch Oven Cheesecake Recipe
Peanut Butter Bacon Chocolate Bars
Dutch Oven Monkey Bread
Dutch Oven Seven Layer Brownie

Posted: January 19, 2015, 3:01 pm
Making use of a slow cooker is the best kitchen item to have for cooking. You simply put all the ingredients in, season and top it off with the lid. It's as easy as cake.. Several hours later you can spoon out your recipe in a bowl and then what's left over is frozen for later eating pleasure.

Crockpot potato soup.


7  potatoes

3 small baby onions

4 stalk celery

1 lb package turkey sausage

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups milk

2 cups regular heavy cream

1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning

Salt and white pepper to taste

Peel the potatoes, wash and put in a bowl of water. Cut up the onions and celery. For this recipe, I used 3 small baby onions, but 1 large one will be okay. I used turkey polish sausage for this recipe since I wanted to go a lighter version of the soup. Cut the sausage and potatoes into 1 inch pieces and add to Crockpot. Add in the cut vegetables. I had some reserved chicken stock and poured it over the meat and vegetables in the Crockpot. Add in 2 cups milk and 2 cups regular heavy cream. Season with garlic and herb seasoning, salt and white pepper; cover and slow cook on low for about 6 hours or until the vegetables are fork tender. Serve hot with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side.

Posted: January 19, 2015, 2:20 pm
There is an easy way to prepare for being able to keep warm in the winter during a power outage ~ Just have the thought in your head of how you would prepare for your family IF you had to sleep outside during the winter. You are not going to be sleeping outside, but if the power is out during a winter storm and it gets below zero, than it is going to feel like you are outside.

Stock up on winter grade sleeping bags, down comforters, and heavy wool blankets. Also keep a few extra blankets in your car. You can all huddle under blankets in a worst case scenario. But, if you do not want to just sit all huddled up , you can close off one room and heat it up. You are lucky if you have a fire-place or wood burning stove. But, if you do not have one than you need to get some other form of heat for an emergency. Invest in a kerosene heater, a propane heater, or pellet stove. Stock up on the fuel for them too.

You can easily prepare for a worst case scenario winter storm. Just use common sense. Winterize your home, stock up on food, winter clothing, and heat supplies.
Posted: January 18, 2015, 8:17 pm
Off the Grid Eating: More Recipes for Survival and Enjoyment without Electricity (Prepper's Kitchen Book 2) was a free kindle book when this post was written. But be warned…

This book is not for everyone.

It’s for YOU.

This book is only for you brave, wild souls who choose a different path.

Do you hunt, camp, or wander? Do you simply want to know more about getting out there and living well?

Most of the people you see and know wouldn’t be able to get a
decent fire started with a flamethrower much less cook anything worth eating over it.

As in book 1, we’re taking wood stoves, rocket stoves, Dutch ovens, and
good ole open fire cooking to the next level.

I don’t have to tell you how liberating it is to be free of our society’s madness for even a few days,
but our nation’s electrical grid is more fragile than most people realize.

Whether by choice or necessity, you are out living in the wild….
You’ll be glad to have tried what you find here.

If you are new to this or even if you aren’t, for purchasing this book
(or even if you’re just previewing this)

I have a FREE Going off the Grid Quick Start Guide for you at:

Take a look at this table of contents.....

You will learn how to prepare the following like a pro

Taste the Bacon Pancakes
Hungry Morning Breakfast Skillet
Cinnamon and Sour Cream Breakfast Cake
Chinese-Style Vegetable Fried Rice
Ground Beef and Kidney Bean Chili
Potato-Leek Soup
Cuban-Style Ground Beef
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Meatloaf
Chicken and Dumplings
Roasted Rabbit
Veracruz Red Snapper
Gardener's Chicken
Coq Au Vin
Turtle Soup
Ham Hocked Pintos
Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
Fruit Salad with Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing
Hush Puppies
Everything Nice Oatmeal Cake
Two Tone Cheesecake
Favorite Fruit Cobbler
Navajo Fry Bread
Golden Apricot-Walnut Bread
Amish-Style White Bread
Posted: January 18, 2015, 3:45 pm

One of the most common plumbing problems in cold weather is freezing pipes. Pipes freeze in a high percentage of homes in areas where the temperature dips below freezing. Because this causes serious damage to pipes and home plumbing systems, it's something that you've got to be proactive about dealing with.

What happens is that when the temperature gets below freezing, stagnant water that's just sitting in the pipes freezes. When it becomes ice, it expands, putting thousands of pounds of pressure on the pipes. This cracks the metal can causes everything to go out of whack. When the ice thaws, you've got cracked pipes and the water can't get where it needs to go. When you turn on the faucet, nothing comes out at all. This means that things have already gotten bad.

What You Can Do About It

First of all, make sure that you've got insulation on all of your piping. If you have pipes that are exposed to the outside temperatures, take special care to make sure that they are fully insulated. You can buy foam insulation from any hardware store and install it yourself. It's an easy job that can be done in just a few hours with simple tools.

For plumbing that is located in kitchen cabinets or other places that might get colder than the rest of the house, open them up so that some warmth gets in there. Especially watch pipes that are located in attics and basements where there will be cold temperatures. Open up these areas to keep them warm when the weather gets its coldest.

Since standing water is the cause of freezing pipes, you should also run some water through the plumbing system occasionally. Turn on the taps to let a little bit of water trickle out when it gets especially cold outside. If you keep the water moving through all of your faucets, it will keep the pipes from icing.

Also make sure that you don't have any clogged drains. This is another opportunity for water to stagnate and turn into ice. Keep all of your pipes clear and avoid putting anything in them that is hard to dissolve like fat, grease and oil.

If you're going to go away for a vacation, make sure you've got everything well insulated. Drain all of your pipes so that there is no water left to freeze.

What To Do When Your Pipes Have Frozen

Once your pipes are frozen, all is not lost. You can warm up the plumbing and get the water flowing again in most cases. Try running lukewarm water through the pipes or heating them up with a hair dryer. A little bit of heating will do; just enough to get it melting. If you get the water too hot, this will cause further problems in the pipes.

If the pipes are already cracked, there is nothing left to do but call the plumbing experts and have them reinstall piping. This is an expensive and involved job, so make sure that you prevent freezing first. Keeping an eye on your piping and making sure it doesn't freeze is a good way to save money.
Choose a Dallas Plumbing company that can give you solid customer service and a fast solution. For more information, visit

Posted: January 17, 2015, 5:28 pm
Simple recipe that is great with anything.


2 cups of white rice

1/2 cup of chopped, fresh broccoli

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

a bit of finely diced onion, not too much

4 cups of water

Steam the broccoli and onion in a bit of water for about 8 minutes.

In another pot start the rice in the 4 cups of water. Add the butter and salt to it while it is cooking.

Bring the rice to a boil and cook, uncovered , for 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli to the rice and stir. 
Posted: January 16, 2015, 12:56 pm

Shop for Fruit Bearing Plants at NatureHills.comDepending on where you live you may need to find ways to extend the growing season. In the higher elevations winter may come early and stay late. the freezing temperatures make getting a garden in the ground early a futile effort. There are some techniques you can use to get more growing season. What I'm talking about is creating a micro climate for your plants, commonly called a hot house or green house. However you don't need a big expensive structure to sprout plants and give them a head start. Using inexpensive plastic sheeting and some stakes you can control the climate of some small areas where your sprouting beds are located.

Though it can be a bit of a challenge but the pay off is a larger more successful and productive garden. In early spring when the weather is starting to get nice but still less than optimal you can make a cold frame. A cold frame is a box frame of a box with a lid, everywhere there would be a solid surface you install 6 mil clear poly sheeting. When the sun hits the plastic the heat gets trapped in the cold frame making a hot house environment where you can place potted plants.

Use a saucer in the kitchen and place a folded paper towel on it. Make it wet, open the fold and pour in your seeds, radish, carrot, corn, whatever you want to grow could be flowers. Set the saucer on the window sill after pouring off the excess water. You will need to watch and make sure the paper stays damp to near wetness and in a few days the seeds will germinate and start to grow.

Plant your sprouts in used egg cartons, the old gray paper type, because they absorb moisture whereas the Styrofoam egg cartons will not. fill the egg carton with potting soil add some water and place in the cold frame. You may need to transplant them into small two and three inch containers as they grow. By the time you can till the soil and plant you should have some 3 to 5 inch plants or larger to go in the ground and you've pulled a fast one on mother nature.

Your cold frame/ hot house could get hot enough you need to place a shade over it in the hottest time of the day so as not to cook you plants or you can open the lid a crack to let hot air escape, you just need to tend it, like anything else.

If you've already got some plants in the ground and you don't want them to freeze you can drive in a stake next to the plant and cut a large circle of plastic poke a small hole in the center of the plastic and slide it onto the stick then take the outer edge and secure it to the ground with a little soil or some stones use a stapler to attach the top to the stake. It looks like a t-pee when your done and it will trap heat, moisture and sunlight inside where the plant is. Again watch it doesn't get too hot.

With some creative use of plastic you can make micro climates that help you get ahead start on the growing season. Hope you have a remarkable garden experience today.

You'll find great information and lots of gardening resources at also

Posted: January 15, 2015, 9:32 pm
Chips: Most Delicious Homemade Chips Recipes: Deliciously Seasoned Potato, Sweet Potato, Vegetable, Fruit, Flour and Legume Chips (Delicious Recipes Book 4) was a free book for the kindle at the time of this posting.

Love potato chips? We all do of course. But this love comes with a heavy price tag. Not only to our wallats but also our health. Today's store bought potato chips are loaded with saturated fat and GMO ingredients.

Making your own chips at home is easy convenient and healthy. This recipe book is filled with mouth watering recipes you and your whole family is going to love.

Chip recipes have never been easier. ANYONE can make them. Tried true ad tested you are going to fall in love with the recipes contained in this book

Here Is A Preview Of Some of The Recipes Contained in This Book...

  • Cheesy Herb Potato Chips
  • Chili Cheese Corn Chips
  • Cheezy Bacon Baked Chips
  • Zest Carrot Chips
  • Spiced Apple Chips
  • Crumbled Avocado Chips and Lemon Dipping Sauce
  • Crunchy Cinnamon Banana Chips
  • Orange Thyme Sweet Potato Chips
  • Much, much more!
Posted: January 14, 2015, 2:34 pm
Dutch Oven Cookbook for Meals and Desserts: A Dutch Oven Camping Cookbook Full with Delicious Dutch Oven Recipes was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.Dutch Oven Cookbook for Meals and Desserts is comprised of 25 easy-to-cook recipes of both savory and sweet dishes.

The book has proven that the Dutch oven “can be used in multiple ways.”

The thing that is most inviting is that in most Dutch oven recipes, all you have to do is dump all or most of the ingredients and let the Dutch Oven do the trick.

So, if you have been handed down one of these wonderful kitchen equipment then grab this Dutch oven camping cookbook at once so that you can make the most of it.
Posted: January 14, 2015, 2:25 pm
Basic Survival and Communications Skills in the Aftermath was a free kindle book wt the time of this posting.

 Nuclear war looms, an errant asteroid is headed for Earth, Yellowstone is showing signs of an impending explosion. There will be survivors. Are you going to be one of them? If so, how are you going to survive and contact your friends and loved ones?

Even though the world has no set time of destruction and that day might never come, or perhaps next Thursday while you're on your way home from work could be the very day the killing blow comes. Will you be prepared?

Join the author in an imaginative exploration of several scenarios of "What Might Happen" and practical ideas on mitigation of the "Aftermath". Survival isn't always about stocking food and water in a mountain hideaway, collecting the best knives, guns and most ammo. Discover the important information you've been missing! This book was written specifically for the Kindle devices in mind.
Posted: January 14, 2015, 2:04 pm
Montana Homestead: How I Built My Bugout Homestead Off Grid In The Wilderness was a free book for the kindle when this was posted.
The author takes the reader on a journey from his first awareness of the need to prep and survive to his eventual decision to move off grid into the wilderness of Montana and start a bugout homestead.
Not a “How To” manual, but more of a journal outlining the events and the readying of the new homestead. With dozens of photographs and detailed explanations of methods, he narrates how he built an 800 square foot cabin with the help of only his wife and kids and a few simple tools.
Featuring sections on grey water discharge systems, installing a well pump, how to supply water off-grid, and calculations on how much land is needed and what kinds of food to grow on it.
Posted: January 14, 2015, 1:53 pm
Firestarter #1

Use cotton balls. Completely cover a lot of cotton balls with petroleum jelly. Store them in a ziplock bag. Put the bag in your survival kit. When you need to start a fire , take a few strands of the fiber out of one of the cotton balls. Place it in a pile of tinder and wood. Light the cotton ball. Instant fire starter!

Firestarter #2

Melt some broken, extra crayons in a tin can set in a put of water. Wrap a pinecone loosely with string and then roll it in the melted crayon. Pull out a tail of string to serve as a wick. Let the crayon wax soak into the pinecone, then let it cool and harden on some wax paper. To use it , arrange twigs and tinder over the pinecone, add some logs, and light the string(wick).
Posted: January 13, 2015, 11:09 pm
1. Cutting Tool. The most important external tool you can carry in a survival situation is a knife. Even a small pocket style knife is handy to have. It is an essential tool.  I always make a point of carrying a knife. My hubby thinks it is funny that I carry a knife in my purse, but there have been many times that we have been away from home and had to pull it out. 

2. Combustion Device. The means to start fire is the next most essential item to carry, even above shelter. A shelter can be fashioned with outdoor materials, even in the most crude fashion, and still be a life-saver. When faced with a survival situation, when you need to start a fire, then you must have a dependable means to start a fire. Learn the many ways there are to make a fire. Have a small mirror in your kit. Waterproof matches.

3. Cover/Shelter. Your first line of defense against the elements; cold, heat, rain and snow; is the clothes you are wearing. An inexpensive poncho can be carried in your mini kit and used as a make-shift shelter or sleeping bag.

4. Container. In order to collect water for drinking, as well as for boiling and cooking, you need a dependable container. In order to boil water in it, your container needs to be metal. A small camping cooking pot works perfect.

5. Cordage. In many instances where you need to build a natural shelter, cordage is a necessity. The ability to make a structure stable is something that cordage can provide. Rope, paracord or some type of twine can be used for countless chores and is a valuable item to have in your kit. Always wear a paracord bracelet.
Posted: January 13, 2015, 2:44 pm
If your family includes a baby , meeting the needs of them during a crisis is a top priority. They can pick up on the stress of their parents during a hard time. It will be much easier to be able to reassure your child if you are already prepared for any situation and have items on hand that will make them more comfortable and things that they are used to you having. Have everything ready and on hand for your child , like their favorite blanket, toys, and foods.

Here is a sample list of some other things to have in your 72 hour kit for your baby:

Disposable diapers or cloth diapers.

Wet wipes.

Baby lotion and diaper rash ointment.

Garbage bags for any used disposable diapers.

Way to clean any cloth diapers. I used a EasyGo Washer when I cloth diapered my son. It worked great.

Blankets and extra clothing.

Baby formula.

Evaporated whole milk.

Powdered milk.

Karo syrup.

Bottles and some extra nipples.

Baby food and juice.

Baby spoons.

Any medications that you think they might need.





coloring books and crayons.

Their favorite stuffed animal or doll.

This is just a sample list. Every child is different and should be prepared for individually.

Posted: January 13, 2015, 12:14 am
I seen this on Pinterest and about jumped out of my chair. I have to try this out soon. Looks like such a great idea and it doesn't cost a lot. I bought my toaster oven at the dollar store , but I see them all of the time at thrift stores. Need to stock up on Tealight Candles !!

Posted: January 12, 2015, 6:28 pm
Activities For Kids with Homemade Toys: Easy Projects Using only Household Items was a free book for the kindle when this post was written. Great book for this time with a lot of kids cooped up inside. Get rid of cabin fever.

 Save a lot of money on buying toys by making them yourself with your kids. For the price of 1 cup of coffee you can have 25 tutorials and ideas of homemade toys and even more activity ideas.

All the toys in the book are made from the items you already have at home: plastic bottles and caps, plastic yogurt containers and lids, chopsticks, cardboard, show boxes, pool noodles, ice cream containers, skewers, old socks, broken umbrella, rocks, marbles, coat hanger, styrofoam packaging, broken toy pieces, cloth pins.

Book is full of beautiful pictures and free 4 template printables.

Create valuable and super fun memories with your children while making the toys.
Posted: January 12, 2015, 11:49 am
Natural disasters do not have to be widespread to threaten your safety. A localized snow storm can put you at risk if you are caught up in it.
Here are some before, during and after tips that can improve your chances of survival.

  • It is especially important to maintain your car during winter months. It is easy to neglect fluid levels, brakes, tire conditions, wipers and minor exhaust and ignition problems when it is too cold to check them. This can be a dangerous mistake to make.
  • Always keep your fuel level above half during winter months in case you are stranded and must idle your engine to stay warm.
  • Even a very basic automobile survival kit is better than nothing. A blanket, or sleeping bag, a flashlight, or 12 hour emergency light sticks, 2 gallons of water and a few energy bars can literally save your life. Light sticks can be placed on top of your car to act as emergency beacons at night. A red bandana can be tied to your antenna, or hung out the driver side window to signal for help.
  • If you will be traveling on the highway in winter, always let someone know your route, when you expect to arrive and then call them when you reach your destination.
If you are stranded during a winter emergency take the following measures to increase your chances of survival.
  • Do not pull off on the shoulder of the highway, or on an exit ramp. Each year, many cars are struck from behind by other traffic, or snowplows. If you cannot get to a rest area, or populated exit, pull off the exit ramp and then park on the entrance ramp. Vehicles entering the highway are going much slower than those exiting.
  • Major truck stops are excellent places to shelter from a storm. They provide restaurants, groceries, even private showers, as well as telephones and up-to-date weather bulletins. For the most part, truckers are friendly, courteous and helpful.
  • If you are stranded, stay with your car. It is your best shelter. Do not attempt to walk to safety unless your destination is in sight.
  • As soon as you have pulled off in a safe place, get whatever survival gear you have out of the trunk and into the passenger compartment. If possible, keep water from freezing by placing it near a heater vent, or covering it with a blanket.
  • Run the engine and heater 10 minutes per hour for warmth. Open a window, at least an inch, on the downwind side of the car to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Periodically check your tailpipe to be sure it is not covered with snow. Once the snow has stopped, brush the snow off of the top and rear deck of your car to make it easier to see. Work slowly to avoid perspiring. It is much harder to stay warm when you are wet.
  • Stay with your car until help arrives.
  • If you must leave your car put a note inside the front window telling rescuers where you have gone.
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Posted: January 11, 2015, 12:24 am

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