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By now everyone has probably seen the Farmer's Almanac prediction for this upcoming winter. For us, in Indiana, it is supposed to be like last winter if not worse. So we are getting winter ready sooner. 
Hubby bought a freezer for us to fill up for one thing. Last winter our drive was frozen and I couldn't move our car for about a month. So, hubby wanted that filled up for winter. We have someone coming sometime this week with a load of gravel to redo our driveway. That should help a lot! Pretty sure that is why it was hard to get out of the drive last winter. No gravel for traction and the snow just froze solid on our hill.
We have started sealing the bottom of the house with plastic. We got the back of the house done yesterday and around the back deck. It doesn't look the best , but if it keeps the floor from being so cold that will help a lot. I have extra plastic to do our windows and back door with, but I will wait another month or so to do those. It has been so nice last week that I want to be able to open windows.
 We also re-potted all of our flowers and trees. I found out the painful way that lemon trees have horrible thorns!

Posted: September 15, 2014, 12:50 pm
The Homesteading Guidebook - A Beginners Guide to Self Sufficient Living (Self Sustained Living) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

By going back to our roots as producers, each household member learns the value of commodities like food, water, shelter and clothing. This in turn allows them to appreciate more what they have and conserve the same. The bottom line is, homesteading allows you to appreciate what you have and take care of our surroundings. I hope that this leads to a more responsible and environmentally conscious generation.

Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...

  • Basic Land Requirements
  • Plants and Crops
  • Farm Animals
  • Necessary Equipment and Facilities
  • Practical Tips and Information
  • A Great Intro to Self Sufficient Living
Posted: September 10, 2014, 1:27 pm
101 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Natural Disaster was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

Natural disasters are events that come in different shapes and forms, and usually without warning. They range from catastrophic weather conditions to seismic events. When these events occur, they can injure people, take lives, and cause property damage. Although the susceptibility of each country varies, there is no place on Earth that is considered disaster-free.

Since most of these disasters are inevitable, the best thing we can do is to be prepared. Preparedness is a good thing so that when disaster comes, it will cause less damage to our property and we can avoid needless injury.

101 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Natural Disaster aims to guide you on what you should do before, during, and after a natural disaster by covering the following topics:

- Types of Natural Disasters
- Early Warning Systems
- Food Needs
- Water Needs
- Creating an Emergency Disaster Plan
- Preparing Your Home Against Natural Disasters
- First Aid Skills and Techniques
- Tips on Disaster Communication Plan
- Evacuation During Disasters
- Returning Home After the Disaster
Posted: September 10, 2014, 1:25 pm
Campsite Cooking: Delicious and Easy Recipes Using Foil Packets, Grills and More was a free book for the Kindle when this post was written.

Campsite cooking is not a new fad; it has been around for centuries. Our ancestors were foragers, having to go out and find food they wanted to eat. If it did not grow around them or walk by them, chances are they did not eat it. Today, we can get more creative with the meals we make while camping making the meals healthy and delicious. The recipes in this book will be fun for the family to create together.

This book will walk you through what campfire cooking is, how you can create amazing meals with it, and give tons of delicious recipes to tantalize your taste buds. Not only that, but it will tell you how to cook certain foods you have never cooked and will make you start thinking of more creative dishes you can make back home in the kitchen or on the grill.
Posted: September 9, 2014, 12:16 pm
Indoor gardening - How to grow beautiful tomatoes, bell peppers & avocados at home (Indoor Gardening, Urban Garden Book 1) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

Discover How to Grow Healthy & Delicious Tomatoes, Bell Peppers & Avocados At Home

Your diet sucks.

Well, it doesn’t suck that much, but I know that you want to eat healthier, natural vegetables.

We all know that natural vegetables are the best. They taste better, they look better, and they provide your body with the best vitamins and nutrients that Mother Nature has to offer.


“But I don’t have green fingers, I don’t even have a garden.”

That doesn’t matter.

This helpful eBook will teach you everything you need to know about indoor gardening basics

Along with teaching you how to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, and avocados, this comprehensive guide will teach you:

  • How to start indoor gardening for beginners

  • Step-by-step guides on how to grow each

  • Harvesting your crop

  • Meal ideas for each vegetable & more...

  • Download your kindle copy of Indoor gardening – How to grow beautiful tomatoes, bell peppers & avocados at home and when you grow your indoor vegetables, not only will your body thank you for natural food intake, your sense of accomplishment will also leave both you and your tummy with something to smile about.

    Posted: September 9, 2014, 12:07 pm
    Sent my hubby to the Dollar Tree and he came home with some great things and even the batteries I had sent him there for. LOL . But, they have a lot of Halloween decorations now and he looked thru it. He saw these things that made him think of what he thought was a great idea. The more I think about it , he might be right. These 30 foot long "CAUTION' AND "INFECTION ZONE" banners. Looks like the caution tape that road crews use etc. He has always thought that a SHTF situation would be brought on by a disease. And the items that have been on the news lately. The Ebola and this new disease that kids are getting is just reinforcing this thinking. He thought that if we are fine and everything else is going to hell in a handbasket that we could use these put in front of the doors and windows and maybe people out looking to loot would think that we were infected. I don't know. Seems like a good idea.
    Posted: September 8, 2014, 7:05 pm
    The Prepper's Urban Guide: Things You Need to Prepare for Disaster in An Urban Environment and More Life Saving Survival Strategies (preppers blueprint, preppers handbook, preppers pocket guide...) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

    The world has never been a, shall we say, safe place? No matter the era, each generation has faced a series of terrors and nightmare scenarios most foul: disease, pestilence, natural catastrophes so powerful that even the most advanced technological efforts of that generation’s time were rendered utterly moot. And that last scenario? It is still totally applicable to today.
    And here we are, in the 21st century, with all the luxuries of modernity for good or ill, but that pesky, nagging yet wonderful old biddy, Mother Nature -- she still holds the upper hand. She’s all powerful and at times it seems, all too willing to show us just how insignificant we really are. Even with our powerful smart phones and spaceships and self-driving cars and super-human robot-esque Google glasses. Yes, even with those nifty little gadgets, it boils down to a simple reality.
    We live in her world. And it is her world. In the grand scheme of things, we’re all just pesky house guests that refuse to leave no matter how many hints she drops. And to live in her world requires many a compromise. Evolutionary speaking, we have made compromises down to our very cells in order to retain our residence here. We have spent millennium adapting and changing to suit little else than the selfish perpetuation of our species. And yet, despite all of the natural difficulties we face and as a whole, ultimately survive; we’re still, by and large, an idiotic group of nomadic morons.
    Well, it’s your lucky day because despite the odds being ever out of your favor, especially if you live in an urban environment, reading this book will give you the tips and tricks you’ll need to keep yourself alive.

    Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Find In This Book:

    * The Basics
    * Leaving Danger
    * Staying in Place
    * Know your Variables
    * Knowledge is Power
    And Much Much More!
    Posted: September 6, 2014, 4:00 pm
    Take these along with you to the park, throw them on the grill and than eat them right out of the foil packs.


    2 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

    2 large tomatoes , chopped

    1 large onion, chopped

    1 package of frozen mixed vegetables

    1 can of mushrooms, drained

    1 pound of ground beef

    1/2 cup of tomato juice

    1/2 cup of rolled oats

    1 beaten egg

    1 tablespoon minced onion

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon pepper

    6 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil

    In a mixing bowl combine the potatoes, tomatoes, onion, mixed vegetables, and mushrooms. Set that aside.

    In another bowl mix the beef, tomato juice, egg, oats, onion, salt, and pepper. Mix it up well.

    Divide it into 6 equal portions. Crumble it up into the 6 foil packets. Spoon the vegetable mixture over the beef mixture.

    Tightly fold the foil up to make a pouch.

    Cook in the oven or on the grill for about an hour.
    Posted: September 4, 2014, 6:01 pm


    1 1/2 cup of water

    2 chicken bouillon cubes

    1 package of frozen broccoli

    1/4 cup of finely chopped onion

    2 tablespoon butter

    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    1/4 teaspoon salt - try and get some Pink Himalayan Salt . That is  so good for you. Google it and you will see the amazing uses and how great it is for your body. It is all that we use now.

    1/8 teaspoon pepper

    2 cups of milk

    1 cup of cubed velveeta cheese

    1 pound ground beef, browned and drained well

    Boil the water in a big pot and add the bouillon cube. Stir until the cube dissolves.

    Add the broccoli and cook as package said. Do not drain. Remove from the heat and set it aside.

    In a large pot cook the onion in the butter until it is clear.

    Add the flour , salt , and pepper to the onion and stir until well blended.

    Remove from the heat and add just enough of the milk to make a smooth paste , than add the remaining milk.

    Return to the heat and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about 1 minute. Stirring constantly.

    Add the cheese, ground beef, and broccoli (with its cooking liquid)

    Cook until heated thru and the cheese is entirely melted.

    Stir occasionally and serve hot.
    Posted: September 4, 2014, 9:00 am
    The Decay Omnibus: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Survival was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

    A nearby nuclear attack rocks a small town in Pennsylvania, sending one man, Paul, and his step-daughter, Julie, on a perilous journey of survival. What started out as a normal Friday afternoon soon shatters into a race for survival against the odds upon the loss of communications—cell phones, Internet and electricity—as a result of the nation’s downed power grids. Paul attempts to get in contact with his wife, Samantha, who is away on business in Colorado, but soon discovers that his only option is to travel cross country amidst the chaos of strategically timed nuclear attacks along the East Coast.

    During their travels, Paul and Julie discover a quaint rural community, safely tucked away and sealed off from the dangers of the outside world. The town, led by a former county sheriff, offers hope and normalcy for visitors lost in a sea of confusion. Trouble soon comes in the form of a doomsday cult, and their fanatical leader, who reside nearby, awaiting a reckoning of apocalyptic proportions. Meanwhile, in a protective bunker underground, Paul's wife, Samantha, finds herself under the watchful eye of the influential and powerful Senator Bryant and a group of elites who may or may not have engineered the nuclear attacks as part of massive worldwide conspiracy meant to change the world forever.

    Events are further tied together in New York City as Sacha, a Polish immigrant taken into custody as a terror suspect, begins a journey that leads him to a group of escaped prisoners who could very well be involved in the terror attacks plaguing the country. After being accepted into their group, he hopes to prevent their goals of mass destruction. Full of action and suspense at every corner, “The Decay” will keep you on the edge of your seat where noting is safe and humanity has reached its breaking point. Don't miss this three-episode omnibus collection of the hit dystopian science fiction thriller destined to bring you into a strange new world of apocalyptic visions.
    Posted: September 3, 2014, 6:44 pm
    Quick and easy! Plus uses items from a food storage.

    You can also substitute Ground beef flavored TVP for the ground beef! Which, when I do that I don't use a whole pound of it. I make about 1/2.


    1 pound ground beef

    1 medium green pepper, chopped

    1 medium onion, chopped

    1 can of tomato soup, undiluted

    1 can bean with bacon soup, undiluted

    1 can of corn , drained

    1 cup of water

    Cook up the ground beef with the pepper and onion. Drain it well.

    Stir in the soups, corn, and water.

    Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
    Posted: September 3, 2014, 4:06 pm
    This is an easy and quick soup to make.

    Yummy, also.


    1 pound of ground beef or you can use the ground beef flavored tvp.

    1 package of taco seasoning

    1 can of Mexican stewed tomatoes

    1 can kidney beans , undrained

    1 cup of water

    Brown the ground beef and drain the fat.

    Add the taco seasoning, tomatoes, beans, and water.

    Bring the soup to a boil and then simmer for a few minutes.

    Serve. You can top this with shredded cheese and sour cream.
    Posted: September 3, 2014, 11:25 am
    September is National Preparedness Month!

    You should be prepping every single month, but if you are just finding out about this than this is as good as time as any to get your family prepared for any type of an emergency.

    Even if all you do right now is get prepared for some kind of natural disaster, it is better than nothing.

    Share this with all of your friends and family.
    Posted: September 3, 2014, 9:14 am
    DIY Homemade Solar Furnace


    A great looking solar furnace that I imagine a lot of us could make. Something to try. It  is going to be winter soon enough.

    Posted: September 2, 2014, 10:52 pm
    I haven't been online much the past week. We have been working on getting rid of a ton of stuff. Getting prepped for winter and for hopefully down sizing next spring. I am wore out. I had to take the 10 trips to the local thrift store to donate stuff by myself. Luckily they have someone there to help unload the car. But, I am not moving too good now. Resting up the rest of the week preparing for when hubby will be home the 7th and we will finish up the shed clean out!

    It is so amazing how much stuff we had accumulated in the past 8 years and how much of it was really unneeded. So much useless stuff in the house. Hubby said this house has tripled in size since we got rid of so much!! Still have more to purge!!

    The shed will be the hard part. A lot of junk in there. A lot of furniture. I will most likely give it all to my brother for his furniture repurposing and redoing business. Plus he has a truck.
    Posted: September 2, 2014, 9:15 pm

    Store bought salsa can never compete with the taste of homemade salsa, and because salsa is so easy to make you can always make a whole lot and store it for later use (or give it to family and friends as gifts).
    For the sake of this article to we are going to make enough salsa for 8 pints.

    You Will Need:

    * Tomatoes (the amount will depend on how much salsa you want to make but 15 pounds will make 8 pints of salsa)
    * 500ml Vinegar or lemon juice (you will use vinegar if you are using salsa seasoning mix and lemon juice if you are making your own seasoning)
    * Ball salsa mix or your own seasoning
    * A big pot to sterilize the jars in
    * Canning jars (pint size jars work best for salsa)
    * Metal lids with gum binder
    * Metal bands or rings to secure the lids
    * 2 or 3 large spoons
    * A pot for the tomatoes

    Step 1
    You will need to remove the tomato skins first. A quick and easy way of doing this is to put your tomatoes in a pot and cover them with boiling water for about 1 minute. The skins will slide right off!

    Step 2
    Cut your peeled tomatoes in half and remove the excess water and seeds by squeezing each halve and scooping out the seeds with your finger.

    Step 3
    Put the tomatoes in a drainer after you have taken out the seeds allowing them to drain a bit more. Chop the halves into pieces. The pieces should not be too big but you can cut them to the size you prefer your salsa pieces to be.

    Step 4
    Before boiling your salsa you will need to prepare the glass jars by washing and rinsing them thoroughly.

    Step 5
    When it comes to the question of using a seasoning mix or your own seasoning it all boils down to personal choice. The salsa mixes work just as well as making your own seasoning. For this recipe we are going to rely on our Ball salsa mix to do the trick. Put the chopped tomatoes into a pot and add the salsa mix and vinegar.

    Step 6
    Bring all the ingredients to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat and stirring the mixture occasionally, simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Tip: If you prefer salsa with a bit of a bite add 1 teaspoon of chili powder or chili flakes to the salsa.

    Step 7
    Using your spoons fill the jars with the salsa to about 3/4 full. Put the lid on and tighten the rings around them.

    Step 8
    Bring water to a boil in the big pot

    Step 9
    Put the filled and sealed jars in the pot and keep them covered with water. The water should keep on boiling.

    Step 10
    After about 5 minutes of boiling carefully lift the jars out of the water and allow them to cool overnight. This entire process will seal your jars and once cooled you will see that the lid has been sucked down. If you are able to pop it up and down it is not sealed.

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    Posted: August 29, 2014, 5:07 pm
    Another simple recipe that utilizes what should already be in your food storage. Some a little different when you are bored of the same ol thing. Great for a dutch oven.


    1 can of tuna

    1 can of chicken

    2 cans of cream of mushroom soup

    1 can of baby  peas, drained

    1 medium bag of crushed potato chips

    1 can of french fried onions

    Combine all of the ingredients , except the onions, in a casserole.

    Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

    Place the french fried onions around edge of casserole and serve.

    Posted: August 27, 2014, 12:55 pm
    You will never fail with this bread recipe. Great for cast iron bread pans in a grill.


    3 packages of yeast

    1/3 cup of lukewarm water

    3/4 cup sugar

    2 1/2 tablespoon of salt

    1 quart of scalded milk

    1 quart of boiling water

    1/2 cup of shortening

    about 25 cups of sifted flour

    Put the yeast in the warm water and let it "soften".

    In another huge mixing bowl combine the sugar, salt, milk, water, and shortening. Let it cool to lukewarm.

    Add the yeast and half of the flour. Beat until smooth and then work in enough of the remaining flour to make an easily handled dough.

    Knead the dough until smooth.

    Cover the dough and let rise until doubled in size.

    Punch the dough down and shape into 8 loaves.

    Place in the greased pans and let rise until doubled.

    Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.
    Posted: August 26, 2014, 11:10 am
    Here is a fun recipe to cook up with the kids! Great to take on a summer picnic.

    Lemonade Cookies.


    1 frozen 6 ounce can of lemonade

    1 cup butter

    1 1/4 cup sugar

    2 eggs

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    3 cups sifted flour

    Thaw out the lemonade. Cream the butter and 1 cup of sugar. Beat in the eggs. Sift the baking soda and flour together. Add it to the creamed items and add about 1/2 cup of the lemonade. Mix well. Drop the batter about 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. Brush the cookies with the remaining lemonade. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Cool them on a cooling rack.
    Posted: August 25, 2014, 9:59 pm
    Finding All Your Guns And Accessories

    Keeping a collection of guns at the house is a complicated endeavor. Every gun owner needs to have the right weapons for their needs, the right ammunition, cleaning equipment, tactical gear and storage space. When people are creating a place to store their guns, they need to think about what they need to keep their guns in the best condition possible.

    The Ammunition

    Everyone who hunts, carries a sidearm or shoots target practice knows they need more ammunition than they think. Purchasing the ammunition from an outlet that deals only in discounted accessories will help to increase the stockpile of ammunition significantly.

    Most people can find several boxes of ammunition for a low price, and they can keep that ammunition stored in their home along with their guns. Also, gun owners can purchase ammunition boxes that will be used for nothing other than storing the ammunition for their weapons.


    When people are carrying a weapon, they need to have a holster. Holsters can be purchased in a number of styles from a place like, and those holsters can fit a variety of weapons. There are still other people who need to have a saddle holster for their rifle or a case to carry their weapon while traveling. The best storage gear for a gun fits the gun perfectly, is comfortable and prevents the gun from firing accidentally.

    Tactical Gear

    Hunting vests, protective glasses and ear plugs are all standard when people are using weapons. This gear must be stored with the weapons, and it must be used every time the gun is in hand. People who do not use these items could be injured while firing their guns. The ear plugs and glasses can be stored alongside the weapons in the house, and the gear can be packed into a bag for the gun owner leaves the house.

    Most gun owners know they need to store their guns properly, but they also need to make sure they have invested time and money in ammunition and protective gear. Finding all these items in one place helps to cut down on costs, and people will find it much easier to get what they are looking for.
    Posted: August 22, 2014, 5:19 pm
    Ultimate Prepper Stockpile: A Complete Guide To A Prepper Stockpile That Will Elevate Your Prepping Efforts And Help You Survive When SHTF (Prepper Essentials)was a free book for kindle when this post was written.

    The Prepper Survival Stockpile

    Nobody knows when a disaster will hit, but there is something you can do to prepare yourself. Start prepping and building a stockpile!

    The least you can do to prep is to have a complete stockpile at your disposal. All it takes is one good snowstorm or other scenarios where you can’t get to a store for you to be trapped in your home. You will need supplies. The first chapter will focus on where to go to stock up as maintaining a stockpile can get expensive and you want to be able to get the best savings on bulk items.

    In this book you will get an idea of where to shop for your Prepper Stockpile in order to stay within your budget

    Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club are the obvious choices, but a good rule of thumb is to follow the deals wherever they may lead to. Once you have your supplies, you need to have a good place to store them. Before you go out, choose a spot in your pantry and/or garage that is big enough to store water, lots of canned goods, and other similar items.

    What prepping supplies do you really need in your stockpile?

    So what kind of products does one buy for a stockpile? Think survival food: water, canned beans, canned meat, and rice. These are the basics, but you will also need items like canned veggies and fruit, vitamins, nuts, and so on. Variety is key with food since you do not know how long an emergency scenario may last and you don’t want to be stuck eating beans and rice for months on end. Having a complete stockpile is not just about food. You will also need to have medical and hygiene supplies on hand. Chapter 3 continues the stockpile list with security items; power equipment like flashlights and batteries; and tools.

    Make your move today and start prepping with your personal prepper stockpile that may just save your life when SHTF! Buy today and be prepared!

    Posted: August 22, 2014, 1:51 pm

    I do this everyday on Facebook , Not sure why, but just something I do. LOL My Little Man plays the games on facebook and probably drives all of my friends crazy, but this is the one thing I do. Today it was a fortune that actually made sense.

    We should all be prepared for the unexpected. It shouldn't take a fortune cookie on Facebook for anyone to know this. Be Smart!!!! Prepare for anything and everything. Pay attention to what kind of natural disasters happen in your area and prepare for them. Then prepare for everything else.

    BE SMART AND ALWAYS HAVE THE THOUGHT IN YOUR HEAD THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN TAKE CARE OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Something might happen that makes it impossible for any help to get to you and your family. Prepare for the worst case scenario.
    Posted: August 22, 2014, 11:40 am
    The Ultimate Disaster Supplies Guide: Disaster Kits For Disaster Preparation (Disaster Preparation, Disaster Supplies Book 1) was free book for Kindle when this post was written.

    If a disaster struck today, would you have everything you need to survive the first 72 hours? This is a MUST in today’s world. The weather is unpredictable, wars are imminent and you and your family are left vulnerable. Learn what you need to have and do to survive!

    Protecting your family during times of crisis and chaos is critical! Download this book NOW and:
    • Learn How To Protect Your Family During A Natural Disaster.
    • Find Out What Supplies You Need To Have On Hand So There Is Adequate Food And Shelter.
    • Learn How To Create Clean Drinkable Water When It Seems Hopeless.
    • Keep Your Family Healthy And Thriving Through Any Disaster!

    This book will take you step-by -step through the process of determining what is important to have and how to get it. Don’t leave anything to chance. Be PREPARED! If it happens today, tomorrow or a week from now you’ll finally be ready. Download this book TODAY and:
    • Discover Ways To Protect Both Your Rations And Your Family From Those That Would Threaten Your Security And Ability To Survive.
    • Learn How To Stay Clean When Water Is A Precious Commodity.
    • Learn What It Takes To Create Shelter From Your Natural Surroundings.
    • Discover How To Stay Alive And Thriving Until Help Can Arrive.
    • Do NOT Spend Another Moment Worrying Without Taking Action!

    Natural disasters happen, but you do NOT have to feel powerless and helpless. Download this book NOW and be ready!
    Posted: August 21, 2014, 2:58 pm

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