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Food Storage Recipe

April 13, 2011
Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake
Category: Food Storage, Food Storage Recipe – Tags: Food Storage, Food Storage Recipe – admin 2:40 pm

This recipe is a great way to use your food storage to make something worth celebrating.

1 C water
2 C raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 C brown sugar
1/3 C shortening
1/4 tsp. salt
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Place water, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, shortening, nutmeg and salt in a saucepan and mix. Place on heat and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Allow to cool, then sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir into cooked mixture. Place in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for one hour.
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March 22, 2010
Emergency Preparedness
Category: Emergency Preparedness – admin 3:45 pm

With all of the natural disasters that have been occuring, I thought it would be a good idea to post this link. The link will take you to FEMA’s website where they provide a free online book helping you get prepared for an emergency. Check it out. . .it wouldn’t hurt right?
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March 1, 2010
Category: Uncategorized – admin 5:22 pm

One thing that I really wanted to emphasize with this site is the idea that having peace of mind doesn’t come simply from having a supply of food storage, a 72 hour kit and an emergency plan, there are A LOT of other things that people tend to worry about. I isn’t until many of those things are actually addressed that we can truly enjoy peace of mind. One thing that I keep coming back to is finances. One of my big stresses as of late has been how to sleep my guests comfortably without the space or money to devote to an entire guest room. I have decided that a futon would be a sensible solution.

Many people, think of unattractive black metal frames, when they hear the word “futon,” but to the surprise of many, there are many different styles of futons, and each part has many options, allowing for several amount of combinations, and in turn ensuring there’s a futon that’s a perfect fit for your lifestyle and decor.

For example, the frame, while many futons do have a metal frame, they’re also available in wood. Wooden frames are sturdy and look good in many different settings. Also, wooden frames use slats to support the mattress which results in a more even and therefore a more comfortable, surface to lie on.

As far as the mattress goes, mattress, they’re no longer limited to cotton and polyfil. You can get them with an exterior made of several fabrics, including leather, and numerous fillings. Some have bed springs like traditional mattress, while others are made of space-age memory foam. They come in all levels of firmness from the most soft to the most firm, which means you can find one that suits you.

The last part of the futon is the futon cover. Most people either don’t know these exist. However they are an essential part, as they keep the futon safe and clean. They come in a wide variety of materials and designs.

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February 9, 2010
Protecting your Property
Category: Uncategorized – admin 4:00 pm

I know it may not be obvious, but for many people knowing that their property is protected can provide them peace of mind. One way to protect your vehicles without spending all the money required by an addition of a garage is a carport.

Carports are everywhere. They easily outnumber garages, and seemt to be the staple of every southern home. However, they got their start further north in Illinois in 1909. Here architect Walter Buckly Griffin used them in his design for the Sloan House in Elmhurst, Illinois. They quickly spread throughout the Midwest. One interesting fact is that they were originally called autospaces, however Frank Lloyd Wright coined the term carport in 1939 when he used it in the design of one of his houses, and the name happened to stick.

Today carports are used in several different ways. Many times they’re attached to permanent structures such as homes. Often they are built with wood to match the structure. They usually come with built in storage, and are used mainly for the purpose of keeping cars out of the elements.

However, carports are now much more flexible. They come in a variety of materials including wood, metal, and PVC. They have multiple types of roofs: shingles, steel, aluminum, tarps, etc. Best of all, they’re not permanent anymore. Now they come in a wide variety of portable options. They have carports that are so easy to setup and take down that they only need one person to assemble them.

Also, because of their portability they can be setup anywhere they’re needed. Which means you can offer your vehicle the same protection on a camping trip as it would get parked safely at home.
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January 19, 2010
In Case of Emergency Blog Feature
Category: Blog Feature, Emergency Preparedness – Tags: emergency info, emergency plans, In Case of Emergency, John Solomon – admin 4:10 pm

I have been in contact with the author of the “In Case of Emergency” blog, John Solomon, and I asked him if he would allow me to feature his blog in a post on this site. You see, I have yet to find another blog on the web with SO much credible and valuable information aimed at helping us become better prepared for any number of emergencies.

He has been working on a book which in his own words will:

“. . . take the point of view of an average citizen trying to ready and educate himself and his family about preparedness for terrorism, natural disasters and other major emergencies. Hopefully, this personal approach will be resonant to other citizens and serve as a guide and encouragement for them as they begin the preparedness process.”

Unfortunately, John has been busy fighting a battle with Leukemia and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant. I am sure he would appreciate everybody’s thoughts and prayers. I just want to encourage you to go read through his site, his archives are filled with rich content, all which will help us become more prepared for whatever emergency we may face.
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January 9, 2010
Food Storage
Category: Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage – Tags: emergency info, emergency plans, family plans, Food Storage, freeze dried food – admin 12:38 pm

Experts suggest that it is important that each family work on acquiring a full year food storage supply. The task can seemdaunting! How do you know how much food storage your family will need, where to store it, and what to buy. All of the factors seem so overwhelming at times, that many people ignore food storage altogether.

If building your food storage supply happens to be on your list of things to do this year, I thought I would point you to some useful resources.

There are many ways to build your family’s food storage ranging from buying regular food in bulk to buying the pre-configured units all at once. The web provides several great resources for tackling your food storage needs. To start off, you can use one of the many food storage calculators available on the net. Once you have a general estimate of how much your family will need, you can choose a plan that fits your need. Food Storage Made Easy and Safely Gathered In are both sites that offer great suggestions for how to build your food storage a little at a time, as well as ways to prepare, store, and rotate your food storage.

There are also many commercial sites that offer different food storage plans. You can buy anything from a 1 month supply for one person to an 8 person one year supply. Most of the sites offer traditional food storage packages which feature items like hard wheat, tvp, and powdered dairy products. There are also freeze dried meals available which only require you to add water. Food Storage Depot is one commercial site that offers both. The freeze dried meals are great for the ease. They keep their nutritional value for around 25 years, and you don’t have to worry about knowing how to use a wheat grinder.

My suggestion is that if you don’t have enough money to go buy food storage in bulk, just start small. Make a plan, and just chisel away at it a little at a time!

I would love to hear your input!
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December 31, 2009
Happy New Year!
Category: Uncategorized – admin 2:37 pm

I just wanted to wish everybody a happy new year. I love this time of year because it is such a good opportunity to set goals and re-dedicate ourselves. Perhaps you could consider setting goals to help you and your family become more prepared. More prepared for anything, unemployment, natural disasters, poor health, or whatever you can think of. The more prepared we are, the less we have to fear.
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December 21, 2009
Emergency Prepardenss Part 3
Category: Uncategorized – admin 6:33 pm

The third and final step suggested by is to be informed. It is important to know what the history is in regards to the area in which you live. For instance, find out if your area is prone to tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, or even mudslides. Once you find out what you might expect, check into your community’s emergency plan. As they say on, “Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.”

There is an emergency prepardeness quiz available for you to take on Once you know how much you know, you will be able to see what you need to learn.
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December 12, 2009
Emergency Preparedness Part 2
Category: Emergency Preparedness – Tags: emergency info, emergency plans, family plans – admin 2:58 pm


Last time I posted the government’s recommendation for the first step we should take towards emergency preparedness. Today I am going to feature step 2. I got these stepes from

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Family Emergency Plan

Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
Teach family members how to use text messaging (also knows as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management web site.

Planning to Stay or Go

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is an immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for information or official instruction as it becomes available. For information on staying put or sheltering in place, click here.
Emergency Information

Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call, or emergency workers may go door-to-door.
Emergency Plans

Use the New Online Family Emergency Planning Tool created by the Ready Campaign in conjunction with the Ad Council to prepare a printable Comprehensive Family Emergency Plan:

Use the New Quick Share application to help your family in assembling a quick reference list of contact information for your family, and a meeting place for emergency situations:

You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more: School and Workplace.
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December 2, 2009
Emergency Preparedness
Category: Uncategorized – admin 1:58 pm


Obviously, knowing that your family is prepared as possible in the event of an emergency can give you a great sense of peace. I have been doing some research on how to prepare my family for an emergency, and I thought I would give you some of the suggestions I have found.

On the government’s preparedness page, they suggest getting prepared by taking 3 steps.

1. Get a Kit,

2. Make a Plan,


3. Stay informed.

They also feature this great article to help you accomplish step number one: Get a Kit.


You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

Prescription medications and glasses
Infant formula and diapers
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
Cash or traveler’s checks and change
Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
Fire Extinguisher
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children