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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Backwoods Home Issue117

Is out. I actually got it last week but I usually wait to comment on it when the site is updated. Other magazines I read are Countryside and Mother Earth News. I mention Backwoods mostly because it is the magazine I go back to time and time again when there is something I need.
This issue has a good article about how to "Survive the crunch through self-reliance" by Jackie Clay. Linda Cabris has a great article on Homemade pre-mixed foods, which is perfect for using your food storage wares to mix up and store.
Ayoob has an article on same caliber rifles and Firearms. Sylvia Gist has "A few tips to stretch your food budges". They also have examples of how to make a living doing what you can do in your community which is helpful now. Dorothy Ainsworth wasn't in this issue and I know I tout Jackie Clay alot but I tell you what, inasmuch as I would not be able to keep up with Jackie Clay, I would be in Dorothy Ainsworth's dust. In the Author's Index at backwoods home you can look her up and see some of her articles. I'm not sure if they have the pictures on there also. She has built all of her structures, and had to rebuild her main house due to fire. She can haul it around and dish it out.
Since I read not too long ago that Jackie finished her canning book, I'm thinking it's still at the printer because not a word has been said in the new issue nor on the website.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'm Prepped, Mostly, Now What??

Flash forward a month or two, or maybe you are all set up now. I am a believer in using your preps. How? Like you use everything else. O.k. maybe you can't use up a whole #10 can of reconstituted butter but it can be frozen afterwards in individual tubs. I'm not sure why there has to be special cookbooks for food supply, I don't have any but maybe I should take a look. In any event any thing that is dehydrated has to be reconstituted. Anything opened should be frozen or refrigerated afterwards. Just cook as usual. It would make me nervous just to store everything up waiting for the shtf and then have to deal with expiration dates and what to do with 10 bottles of vitamins that were about to expire. If you have been rotating and using your preps, and provided you didn't do it all in one big giant purchase at a warehouse club, you should be noticing your food bills going down. Not only food bills coming down but maybe some anxiety in this very uncertain time in our history and government that at least you are secure in the knowledge you will have your family fed and fed well.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mulch and Swine Flu


I've added a layer of mulch/compost to the garden to help retain water. I really need to plant a cover crop this winter to help loosen up the soil. I did this Wednesday and things have sprouted up quite a bit. We got hit with a nasty virus starting on Thursday and 4 of us have gotten it so far, so I haven't done much other than water the garden. DH came across a bag of antique canning jars that were in the garage so I'll have to snap a pic of those later on.
Speaking of virus, it hit just in time to leave us tied to the news about the Swine Flu. Some of my old stomping grounds have been hit with this so I was very interested. American Prepper has posted Swine Flu Pandemic Blog and is a great resource. This blog is also listed on the side bar here under blogs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Garden Pics

So far so good. The tomatoes, beans, squash, potatoes, and Jerusalem artichokes are doing nicely. Pepper plants are almost ready to go in.





On a side note, Nancy Pelosi and Janine Garofalo can both go kiss my astoturf. We aren't going away. We are the people!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How it went

There was over a thousand people there which I thought a great turn out for the area. The speakers were fine, everyone was walking around and checking out each others signs. It was a nice evening all and all. Media coverage from WLOX. From the local paper, The Sun Herald. There was also a talk radio reporter there also.
We Surround You was there in full force, which I did add my name to that list, as well as POOP. They were talking about next election in November as a cause for another meet up but I think in order to keep momentum up they should plan something around July 4th. That is about it, not bad I think for my first protest lol. Here are our signs, my daughter is now thinking about protesting the cancellation of the school talent show lol.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party Tonight

I am glad I read Catman's post about Tea Party precautions. A lot of things I hadn't thought of on there. Not sure how toned down I will be..I'm making a sign. Now what to put on the damn sign...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tax Tea Party



The closest gulfcoast Tax Tea Party to me will be at the Gulfport Sports Complex between 6-8p.m. I won't make it until about 7. Anyone else going to a Tea Party?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Declaration of Independence

This was posted on the main AP blog yesterday.
It corresponds with the website here.

Sometimes you have to ask yourself if you are making a difference and what kind of difference it is. It is frustrating to see the founding principles of our country disappear in a short time. None of us are immune to this frustration. I just keep on keeping on, one day at a time.

I have met some truly wonderful people through the AP network and I hope you all feel the same.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I know I promised pictures but...

With the exception of the front bed, which has actual plants in it, the rest of the beds in the back just look the same as my before pictures except with a bunch of Popsicle sticks sticking out. Looks more like an ant cemetery than a garden so I might wait a bit for pics lol.
I did hop over to Backwoods home and check out Jackie Clay's blog and knew I wasn't going crazy, that she was putting out a growing and canning book. Now it said it was her last photo shoot and all the writing is finished....
Here is her post.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Garden is IN

I wanted to post pics but will do that tomorrow. Tomatoes, snow peas, green beans, carrots, potatoes, jerusalem artichokes, and squash. There are two kinds of potatoes and there are still peppers to go in but the major stuff is done. The boys planted the carrots and potatoes and I did the rest today. DH tilled lastnight and helped the boys with planting. I'm tired right now and I don't care if a damn thing grows at the moment lol, o.k. not entirely true but I don't feel like looking at any more dirt right now.

Monday, April 6, 2009

It's been a little while....leftovers

Leftovers that aren't substantial enough to become lunch the next day, get dumped in the dump can and put in the freezer. I usually have two, one for pork and beef and one for chicken. This is what I use for the dump can:



Just your everyday ice cream tub. We recycle these for a few different food storage items. Here is one started to become soup in about a month when more is added to it:



And a nice neighbor stopped by with this from the reduced rack:




The firm ones were hulled and frozen and the ones starting to soften were pureed and frozen.
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