Saturday, September 29, 2012

Woman Arrested For Letting Her Children Play Outside & Gardening tips.

This is just insane!  Can't even let your kids play outside (supervised mind you) without busy body neighbors calling the police and lying to those police by saying that you're not watching them.  Can't even trust your neighbors anymore... very sad.

And on a more of a DIY note...

12 Facts Every Gardener Should Know about their Vegetable Garden


Friday, September 28, 2012

New global taxes .... & gardening ideas for next year!

This isn't good people.....

then there's this headline....

Kind of a "form your own opinion" kind of thing. 

On a more positive note....

I kind of like this idea since I have very limited space in which to garden.  :-)

And then there's this one...

Seeds from the dollar store?  Go figure!  :-)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Minuteman: Defend, Protect, Provide

Some really good points.  Survival isn't just food storage & first aid kits (though those things are hugely important as well), You need to be able to defend your family and those you love as well.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Alternatives to "Survival Communities" & Water Rotation

And....Some points about water storage.....

Also... time is running out on National Preparedness month, so please check out my on-line Shelf Reliance store for some AWESOME deals while they last!  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Go out and get busy.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie -

Another great giveaway over at!

It’s no use worrying about something unless you are taking some sort of action to solve the problem, and that is so very true of being prepared. There’s always something to worry about and storm clouds abound, literally and figuratively, so what have you done to prepare?

List three of the most important things you’ve done to prepare and be automatically entered in a giveaway with some terrific prizes. A couple of years ago we did this here on the blog, and the lists were inspiring. I know they helped other moms decide what to do next in order to keep their own families safe and sound.

Visit: The Survival Mom's  my-3-things-giveaway/ post for giveaway details!  I'm super excited because Lisa always has such awesome giveaways!  :-)

And check out the latest YUMMY Thrive Live!

This one totally is making me crave a BLT!  :-)

And for the gardeners.....

Container gardening & other goodies! :-)

Their garden still did better than mine.  Stupid drought.

She's using Thrive Freeze-dried chicken!  Yay!

YUMMY!  :-)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

QE3 & more!

Some very interesting videos to really make you think and  hopefully take action. 
You have GOT to check out this lady's site!
And then there's this....  Couldn't resist sharing this one.
$9.89 for a #10 can of this rice is pretty awesome!
And here's a recipe to try with it too....
Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice
by Chef Todd Leonard, CEC
Prep time: 25 min
Serves 6
Chef Todd Recipe Video
Chicken & Rice Video
1tbsp. garlic
2tbsp. butter
11/2c. THRIVEMushroom Pieces (FD)
1/2c. THRIVE™ Chopped Onions (FD)
2c. THRIVE Instant Brown Rice
4c. water
2tbsp. THRIVE Chicken Bouillon
11/2c. THRIVESeasoned Chicken Slices (FD)
11/2c. cream
1/2c. THRIVECelery (FD)
1tsp. Italian seasoning
1bay leaf
1tsp.  season salt
1tsp. lemon juice
1c. THRIVEShredded Monterey
Jack Cheese (FD), reconstituted
In a medium saucepan, sweat garlic and butter together. Add mushrooms, onions, and rice and stir well. Add water, bouillon, and chicken. Add remaining ingredients except cheese and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. Reduce liquid until thick and creamy. Fold in cheese and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Products shown here (and much more) are available here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Survival Gardening at Home with Texas Ready Seed Bank

I so need to try some of this!  :-)

News from The Health Ranger & Getting Started With Saving Seeds.

Some great information I found from The Health Ranger & The Survival Mom!

Children born to parents who eat GM wheat may DIE before age five, warn scientists

Learn more: 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Get your emergency plan in place ASAP!

Get your emergency plan in place ASAP!

Preparing yourself and your family with an emergency kit and plan will reduce anxiety and panic should you find yourself in a disaster situation.
Many emergencies don't allow time for people to assemble even the most basic items, which makes it all the more necessary to own the supplies your family requires. Shelf Reliance offers first aid kits and outdoor gear that you can add to your own emergency kit with our Emergency Planner. Simply enter your family's information and select a few personal settings, and the planner will provide you with a list of all the materials you need.

This will walk you through each step and build a plan for you based on the information you input.  Pretty helpful tool I'd say.  :-)

And I found this on youtube... thought I might as well share it so everyone can be aware of what exactly we are eating every day and worse, what we are feeding our children.

Non GMO foods available from Shelf Reliance's Thrive foods!

ALL THRIVE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES (not our TVP which contains soy) are NOT GENETICALLY MODIFIED, including our corn. I'll find out about the grains and get back to you as soon as I can.

Thanks to Becky Powell for this great personal story about GMO foods and how she's managed to eliminate most of them from her cooking thanks to Thrive foods from Shelf Reliance!

Personal Story: At around the age of 16, I became deathly allergic to carrots and celery

In 2010 I became a consultant with Shelf Reliance and one of my first recipes was our FD Chicken salad which calls for freeze dried celery. I HAD to try it if I was going to sell it. I took a bite and guess what? I WAS NOT ALLERGIC! For the first time in over 10 years I ATE celery! Slowly we have learned to incorporate ONLY Thrive FD Vegetables in my daily cooking. We are just about to 100% Thrive. Consider this for your health too!

Question you might be asking yourself: Is it cost -effective to purchase FD Vegetables? 

Compare the cost per serving and you'll find that our veggies are a great, inexpensive, and easy trade-out for your GMO foods at the grocery store and a great way to start using Thrive at home!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Some YUMMY canned items!

This looks sooo yummy!

5 perfectly ripe bananas, no bruises
1 20 ounce can, crushed pineapple in natural juice (do not drain)
3 cups sugar
1/4 cup coconut, (I used sweetened shredded), finely chopped
3 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
pinch of salt

Put pineapple in pot. Slice bananas directly into the pineapple. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Cook over low heat until mixture thickens, takes about 30 minutes. Fill sterilized jars, and process in for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Remove from bath and let cool for 24 hours before removing bands and labeling. Enjoy!

The music is a bit loud, but still a cool instructional video.  :-)

This one looks yummy too!  I love the canned meal in a jar idea!  :-)

List Contest Grand Prize Winner from The Survival Mom

Knowing how to use herbal alternatives to traditional antibiotics and pharmaceutical treatments can be lifesaving in a survival situation.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Half way through National Preparedness Month!

Half way through September already!  Hard to believe, but that means we're almost through National preparedness month.  Time is running out to cash in on some great discounts and deals.

So subscribing to this youtube channel!  YUMMY!!!

This one really makes you think.  What will you do when the grocery store shelves are empty?  Because it's already happening folks.  Like in this video (by Katzcradul) as much as you can to prepare while you still can!

And I'm a HUGE corned beef & cabbage fan, so I loved this one!

Canning corned beef & cabbage!  Double YUMMY!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Canning & Container Gardening!

I think I tend to look up the kinds of preps that apply to me in my particular living situation, but they can really be applied to anyone. Even if you have tons of garden space available, Who wouldn't want to maximize the amount of food your family has available?

This was definitely made with me in mind... though I felt good because I actually already knew this.  :-)  Made me think of 2 of my good friends who I consider "Canning Divas"... Yes, I mean you Crystal & Karin!  :-)

Wish I'd seen this video before planting my summer garden!  LOL!  Maybe I can still use the info for a fall container garden though.  Might have to see if I can enlist my husband to help me out.
I'm definitely going to have him help me out with this....
Container Gardening - Potatoes!  :-)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Preppers: Some VERY important videos you NEED to watch!

I would also recommend, when getting your family as prepared as possible, books.  There won't always be the Internet or TV to entertain us so You're going to want to have at least a little family library and maybe have some board games too.

Also ... found a container garden update from LDS Prepper...

And from Alex Jones...

You don't need to get your food & emergency preps from me, but PLEASE, get them somehow and get them now! Even if you can only afford to get a couple of extra cans of food when you go grocery shopping, do something and do it now.  I would encourage you to also check out the "favorite links" section at the bottom of this blog and check out what those fine people have to offer as well.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thrive foods help you prepare!

Heck yeah!  A prepper video with THRIVE food products!  YES!!  ;-)

For some awesome deals on these AMAZING products, check out  my Shelf Reliance consultant site.  Got some great food on there, but also great emergency preps too that don't get near enough press in my opinion.

Food Storage from the LDS Cannery.

I  have so got to go to the nearest LDS Cannery... in Omaha I believe.   Tons of great items for dirt cheap or at least comparable prices.  :-)  Army surplus stores might be good to check out too.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Food: The Ultimate Secret Exposed - PT 1/2

This is totally true.  I know for a fact that they are told to put this into our tap water or risk loosing their federal funding.  You totally need to watch this!

How to Build a BUG OUT BAG

I might have posted this one a while back, but it bears repeating.  A lot of these items can be purchased at tour local dollar store too, so please... start planning now.

Get ready for the cold & flu season with these all-natural recipes - from The Survival Mom!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

5 Diseases that will Explode WSHTF & Wild Edibles

 Interesting information.....

Also, check this out!  I'm thinking I need to start looking this up...Wild Edibles.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Managing Your Q (For Shelf Reliance Customers)

Might have posted this before, but I thought in case anyone who might be interested in managing your own Q, this might come in handy.  Gives you more control I think.  :-)

Who Should Be In Your SHTF Group?

Need to think about this too.  There's no way one person can know it all, so it's important to have some sort of a survival group that has people with a widely varied range of skill sets.

Moon Garden Results, Seeds & Announcement

Another great update to a pretty great idea.  :-)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happy National Preparedness Month!

Another great e-mail from Lisa Bedford that I had to share....

Many people believe that most Americans will be on starvation rations, at best, following a massive crisis, but you might be surprised to learn that your food storage pantry may actually ​improve ​your diet and health in 7 significant ways.

If you haven't started storing food, it may be the most important step you take toward preparing for a future that will certainly include, "everyday disasters," such as freak weather events or a long-term job loss as well as worst-case scenarios. The price of food continues to increase and every year there are reports of devastating events that affect our food supply, such as this year's drought.
With a solid 3 months (minimum) of stored food, here's how your diet may be healthier even after the S hits the fan:
  1. You and your family will be eating homemade meals 100% of the time. Food shortages and rising prices impact the restaurant business and any worst case scenario will cause the closure of virtually every restaurant. Homemade is almost always a healthier route than restaurants.
  2. If you've been following my advice to store mostly ingredients rather than prepared foods, you're already a step ahead in the healthy-eating game since most freeze-dried and dehydrated foods contain no additives. A #10 can of dehydrated carrots contains...carrots! Your meals will be healthier because you have healthy ingredients in your pantry.
  3. Fast food meals will be a thing of the past, the distant past. No more 700 calorie Whoppers with 37 grams of fat or fries soaked in oil. You may drop a quick 5 pounds in the very first week post-SHTF!
  4. You'll likely be eating far more homegrown produce, either direct from your garden or preserved by canning or dehydration. Additionally, your produce won't be genetically modified and it won't contain unwanted additives.
  5. Your body will be healthier because you'll be consuming far fewerprocessed foods and the various additives they contain. Say goodbye to high fructose corn syrup, massive amounts of sodium, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, artificial colors, MSG, pyrophosphates, and the list goes on. 
  6. In order to avoid food fatigue, many Survival Moms (and dads) get creative with their food storage choices by including out-of-the-ordinary grains, such as quinoa and millet, many varieties of beans, etc. These types of choices can greatly increase the nutritional value of your meals.
  7. Your serving sizes will be in the normal range rather than the massive servings many restaurants offer. Today I shared a salad with my daughter at a favorite Italian restaurant. The salad was served on a platter that could hold a small turkey! After the SHTF, we'll be watching our food supply carefully and sticking with serving sizes that are friendlier to our waistlines.
I am NOT suggesting that an epic crisis is something to look forward to, but if you focus on growing your food storage pantry around healthy ingredients, store them correctly, and know how to make dozens of different recipes, your family's nutrition will be one less thing to worry about.


Some very good points Lisa!  Thanks so much!  :-)

6 Essential Attributes of Successful Survivalists - From The Survival Mom

Another great post from Lisa Bedford at:  The Survival Mom.

also from The Survival Mom....

Also check out sites like Survival Enterprises 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cost of chemtrail program put at 5 billion a year.

Check this out...

New study looks at specially adapted aircraft to disperse particles into upper atmosphere
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Also.... check this out!  :-)

I have said over and over that now is the time to buy food.  Actually so have a lot of people, most of whom are far smarter than I am.  And I know that you don't have to buy it from me (along with the emergency supplies actually), but of course I'd love it if you did!  :-)  With all of the junk going on now, can you really afford not to have as much supplies prepared in advance as possible?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FBI tracking your smart phones ... and Skill of the month!

Steve Watson
Sept 4, 2012

 My Skill of the month... Learning to crochet.  I got started on this so late in August, that I might just count it as the Skill of the month (thinks to Lisa @ for the idea) for September.  Maybe quilting next?  Just in time for winter.  :-)

Besides my Mom, who is a very patient teacher and even gives me free supplies (thanks Mom!) ... this link from has really been helpful in learning this hobby that I think would be very useful from a family preparedness standpoint.  :-)

72 hour kits for kids... a great idea!

I found this on and thought that it was great enough to share here...

Are you ready?  Are your kids?  
spreadsheet available at this link.  :-)