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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Solar Panels .......

This week we are going to get out all of the solar panels that my dad had and figure out how to use them. Have a perfect place to put them. South facing and on top of a hill. I cannot wait to get them installed and get off the grid. This homestead has been so nice and calming. I sleep so great here. To get off grid would be perfection.

Food Storage Recipe - Ham with Potato au Gratin (crock pot)


Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups of cubed cooked ham (about 10-ounces)

2 packages (4.9-ounces) dry au gratin potato mix

1/4 cup roasted red sweet pepper, chopped and drained 3 cups water

1 can (10-3/4-ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup

Take the nonstick cooking spray and lightly coat the inside of a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker.

Combine the cubed cooked ham, packages of dry au gratin potato mix and the roasted red sweet pepper in the prepared cooker.

In a medium sized bowl, gradually stir the water into the cheddar cheese soup then pour over the mixture in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Aluminum Pan Grill

Here’s an easy and low cost way to grill while camping even if there is no grill available. Disposable aluminum lasagna pan or roasting pan Self-starting charcoal Directions: Take a large aluminum lasagna pan and line the bottom with charcoal. Light the charcoal then place a metal rack such as a cooling rack or small grilling rack on top of the pan. Once the charcoal is ready, add the meats and vegetables on the rack. Be sure to place the pan on concrete, sand or stones because the pan will get extremely hot.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Start A Campfire Using Chips!

Start a Campfire using Cheetos (or any other chips) Short on kindling? All variety of chips can be readily ignited and used to start a campfire - Fritos, Cheetos, Flavored Doritos and potato chips all work well. 

They work as well as birch bark for starting a fire in a hurry.

Chips work better than actual “firestarters” and are cheaper too.

I used Baked Cheetos last time we went camping and even the baked chips have enough oil and grease in them to easily start a fire.

So in case all the natural kindling happens to be wet, grab a bag of Fritos next time you go camping or hiking to use as a campfire starter.

Clean Water

There may be an occasion when you don’t have access to a ready supply of fresh water. This is when you need to be really creative. The obvious method of getting a supply of fresh drinkable water is to capture rain water to drink. Plastic sheeting is ideal for this job. The bigger the better, lay out the sheeting in such a manner that the rain water runs down into some form of receptacle. Trees are a good source of water if times are hard. By tying a plastic bag tightly around a branch with leaves overnight it should produce you a quantity of water by morning. It won’t be a lot, but it will keep you alive till you find an alternative source.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tips for a Successful Deer Hunting Trip

Tips for a Successful Deer Hunting Trip

 Hunting is enjoyed by men and women across the country. Even though it is no longer necessary for survival as it was many years ago, people still enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Learning to do so safely and responsibly is a valuable lesson that every first-time hunter should learn. Along with learning to hunt responsibly, there are a few things that can make the trip more enjoyable and productive.

 Take the Right Weapons and Clothing

 Choose your rifle or bow depending on the season. Many areas where people go to deer hunt have a bow season first and then gun season. If you are a seasoned hunter, you will already have chosen a favorite weapon. However, if it is your first time, talk to friends that hunt, and get recommendations on the type you will need.

 Hunting season generally starts in northern parts of the country in the late fall and early winter. It is quite likely you will encounter snow, and temperatures could get quite frigid. Ensuring that you have supplies including warm clothing is a must. A hat will help keep your head and body warm. Pants, shirts, and jackets, as well as warm socks, will help you to be more comfortable in the cold. An example of a company that offers hunting socks is Techspun.

 Choosing the Area

 If you want to have a successful hunting trip, it is a necessity to know where to go to find the deer. When it is possible, checking on them a few weeks in advance of the start of the season can help. It is not unusual to see plenty of deer before hunting season and all of a sudden, they disappear. Many people like to say they know when the season starts. Once the season does start, it is likely they move due to the increase in people in their area.

 Tracking the deer is easier when there is fresh snow. If you are not experienced at doing so, you need to remember, the deeper the tracks, the heavier the deer. When the temperatures drop, particularly overnight, it is more difficult to figure out when tracks were made. With more experience, it becomes easier.

 Of course, you will need to take a backpack with the essentials. Being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure that you have a good trip. Even experienced hunters can learn new things that help to make their hunting experience better.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Food Storage Recipe - Quick and Easy Ham & Bean Soup

This recipe uses canned beans for a quick, last-minute recipe. If time is not an issue, however, you can save a little more money by using dried beans. They will need to be soaked and prepared first, so just be sure to follow the instructions for preparation on the package.


3 carrots, diced

 1 onion, diced

 3 celery ribs, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

 4 (14.5-ounce) cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

 5 cups chicken broth

 2 cups cubed, fully-cooked ham (you can make this vegetarian by skipping the ham - it will still be tasty!)

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper

1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, sauté the onions, carrots, and celery in the oil over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté, stirring constantly, for one additional minute.

2. Add the tomatoes, beans, broth, ham, and bay leaf to the kettle. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 40 minutes. Use water to thin the soup to your liking.

3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Food Storage Recipe - Banana Bread Cookies (No-Bake)

Banana Bread Cookies

 If you love banana bread than there is no doubt that you will absolutely enjoy these cookies. Banana pudding and walnuts and oats are the main ingredients in this amazingly delicious recipe. Great on a hot day because there is no baking involved.


 2/ 3 cup Milk

1 cup Light Brown Sugar

 1 cup granulated Sugar

1 cup chopped Walnuts

 ¾ cup Butter

 3 ½ cups quick cook Oats

1 small box Banana Cream Instant Pudding Mix

1/ 3 tsp Cinnamon

 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

 Combine the milk, butter, sugar and cinnamon in a pot. Bring to a boil. Let it boil for about 2 minutes; make sure to stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in the banana pudding mix. Add vanilla, oats and walnuts. Let sit for about5 minutes. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto waxed paper. Press lightly on top.

Let cookies set.

Mistakes Preppers Make When Prepping

 #1: You Only Prepare For One Kind of Disaster

  #2: You Store All Of Your Eggs In One Basket

 #3: You Don’t have A Bug Out Bag or A Get Home Bag

  #4: You Don’t Prepare Your Family

  #5: You Procrastinate

  #6: You Focus On Gear and Supplies More Than Skills

  #7: You Tell Everyone About Your Preparations (Loose Lips Sink Ships)

  #8: You Don’t Inspect and Rotate Your Food and Water

  #9: You Don’t Take Personal Hygiene and Sanitation Into Account

 #10: You Don’t Have a Backup Plan (and a Backup Plan to Your Backup Plan)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

FREE Kindle Book - Meals In A Pot Box Set

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Homestead

I will be moving onto 4 acres that has a big pole barn converted to a house soon. There is going to be a lot of writing and sharing of things after I move in. My dad had all of the solar panels to do the house with, so I plan on doing that. Plus he had a Chevy Express that he was going to convert to a camper. I will be busy all summer and will share it all on this blog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Food Storage Recipe ~ Jungle Hash

Easy one skillet meal.


3 slices of bacon

1 pound of ground beef

1/2 cupof celery, chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup of green pepper, chopped

1 teaspoon of salt

1 can of of kidney beans, drained

1/3 cup of uncooked rice

1 1/2 cup of water

Cook up the bacon until it is crisp , crumble and set it aside.

In same skillet cook the ground beef , celery, onion, and green pepper until the ground beef is browned and veggies are tender.

Season it with th salt and a dash of pepper.

Drain off excess fat and stir in the bean,s , rice, and water.

Cover and reduce heat.

Simmer until the rice is done.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Food Storage Recipe ~ Hobo Dinner

I love this recipe. My mom used to make this a lot when I was growing up.


1 pound of ground beef

2 medium potatoes, quartered

2 medium onions, quartered

2 carrots , sliced

2 tablespoons of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Shape the beef into 4 patties and place on sheets of foil.

Top with some of the potatoes, onions, and carrots.

Wrap tightly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Season with the salt and pepper and serve.

Food Storage Recipe ~ Hamburger Macaroni Casserole

Easy enough to make and the whole family loves it.
1 8 ounce package of macaroni
1 pound of ground beef
1/4 of a green pepper , chopped
1 medium onion , chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of  catsup
1 can of mushroom soup
Shredded cheese
Cook the macaroni and then drain.
Brown the ground beef ,  green pepper, and onion until beef is cooked thru. Drain the fat off of it.
Add tomatoes, macaroni, and catsup. Simmer for a 30 minutes.
Pour into a large baking dish, add the mushroom soup, stir to mix well.
Sprinkle the cheese over top and bake for 30 minutes and 350 degrees.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Geeky Camping Gadgets

We all know that geek that also loves to camp, here are some great gadgets for them:

This gadget charges items with USB by using water!!!  Great for all of your other gadgets that you happen to have with you while you camp. The myFC PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger is lightweight, silent, and can charge a cell phone at virtually the same rate as your 110 at home.

The SteriPEN Adventurer Opti UV Water Purifier is a Compact handheld ultraviolet light (UV) water purifier designed specifically for outdoor/expedition use. -Reusable for up to 8,000 liters. It destroys up to 99.99% of harmful bacteria, viruses, and protozoa.

You have to take a shower even when you are camping, and this Solar Shower Bag, RISEPRO 10 gallons/40L Solar Heating Camping Shower Bag with Temperature Hot Water 45°C Hiking Climbing XH07 is the one to get. It is durable and can heat up water in about 3 hours.

This BioLite CampStove Bundle with CampStove, Portable Grill and KettlePot Attachments and USB FlexLight  is something for everyone to get , even if you are not a geek! You can cook on it and it generates enough electricity to charge lights, phones, and other personal devices. It has a lot of other amazing attachments to get for it for lighting and more. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fun Activities for Survival Preparation

Fun Activities for Survival Preparation

Survival preparation is about more than just collecting a few cans of vegetables and putting them in a storage area. If you're someone who is genuinely interested in learning how to be self-sufficient and prepared for survival in the wilderness, then there are actually a few interesting activities that you can partake in. In fact, these activities are a great way for the whole family to have some fun, even if they're not actually concerned with survival preparation at all. Without further ado, here are some activities to inspire you and your family and to get you thinking about the practical applications of survival preparation.

Lake Fishing

At its core, fishing is about more than just relaxing and enjoying the landscape. For a survivalist, fish is an excellent source of protein, and an effective means of getting food when other options are limited. If you've never gone fishing before, or simply don't know where to start, then a guided lake adventure can be a great stepping stone. Fishing for monster lake trout at places like Lac La Marte can help prepare you for fishing on your own, and can also get you prepared for the ways in which different fish respond to being baited and caught.


Paintball is another great way of enjoying the outdoors, while at the same time building up the skills that are necessary for survival in extreme situations. Paintball can be an exhilarating experience, but it is also one that understandably scares some people off. After all, who wants to get hit by a paintball? In reality, adrenaline helps to take the edge off of any potential pain, but even then it's minimal at best. If that still doesn't sway you, it can at least be fun to witness. Bring your family along to spectate if they don't want to take part, and then maybe they'll change their minds once they see how much fun everyone else is having. Regardless of whether your bring your whole family or just go to a paintball game by yourself, it's sure to be a fun and educational experience.

Backyard Games

For those that don't want to make the trip somewhere else, there are plenty of games that can be played right in your own backyard that promote the same skills necessary for outdoor survival. One of the most popular games is a variation of hide and seek, in which all of the hiders must covertly access a number of different places without being caught by the seeker. It's certainly much more difficult than traditional hide and seek, but it's the perfect opportunity to help kids understand how important stealth is for personal protection.

If you're eager to help your family build up their survival skills, then it's important to have an honest discussion ahead of time about safety. Survival preparation is about taking care of the people you love, but that doesn't mean you can't undercut that seriousness with a little fun every now and then.

Cook's Companion Wonder Pot GIVEAWAY!!

Being sent one of the Cook's Companions Wonder Pot was the best thing that could have happened to me. This is one of the most amazing kitchen appliances that I have in my house right now. I can do anything in it and it is so easy to use. I actually made the best rice that I have ever made in my life in this Wonder Pot. I also baked a blueberry "muffin" in it. Just trying it out , I whipped up a package of blueberry muffin mix and poured it into this and pressed the bake button. It was that easy. Even though they weren't in muffin forms , it was great and only lasted a few seconds after I had took a picture of it.

                                                     You can win one of them for yourself!

 It is so easy to use! Some of the features of it are :

             At 3.2 Qt it is the perfect size for a small meal.

             Programmable digital controls that are very easy to use. Just press the button for the type of cooking that you are doing and it does the rest itself. Perfectly.

             Very easy to clean and quick release of food in the Whitford fusion ceramic non-stick inner cooking pot. I baked a blueberry "muffin" in mine and turned it over onto a plate and the "muffin" came out instantly. I then used a dish rag with hot water to wipe it out.

              This little Wonder Pot has 6 cooking modes ~ Steam tray, rice, stew, bake, soup, and stir-fry.   It came with a steam tray , a rice measuring cup, and a serving spoon for the rice. Super idea to have home goods that do more than one thing. Great way to cut down on items taking up too much space. This doesn't take up a lot of space and can do all of the things of 6 different tools in one item.

              It automatically goes into the warm setting when the cooking time is done so your food stays warm and fresh. I cooked some saffron rice in ours right when I got it and it was the best rice that I have ever cooked in my life. I will admit that. My rice is not good when I just cook it in a pot. Hard pieces etc. Everyone in the house was amazed at how good the rice was and how fluffy. They really did not think that I had cooked it.

                                        All of the details about this GIVEAWAY ARE HERE.

Share this giveaway with everyone you know so that everyone has a chance to win one of these awesome Wonder Pots!

                                                                 GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Earthquake in New York City?

This is what I am reading as of last night. Wish I hadn't started reading so late. I had to get to bed and actually go to sleep. This is a pretty good book. Keeping me hooked and anyone who has followed my blog for nany length of time knows that I love disaster books. In this book there has been an earthquake in New York City and this is the aftermath, Aftershock, by Chuck Scarborough. Trying to survive after a massive earthquake with mass destruction. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great Day

Just having a great day! The weather is ok. Perfect temperature, but it is kind of gloomy out. Windy. My Little man got up real early and did a bunch of "home"school work. I have gotten a ton of things done around the house and now getting ready to work on some stuff online.

Working on some of the goals that I set for this year. Already have one of them done and working on #2.

Doing some more prepping. Oldest son moving out gave me a whole room to redo and turn into a stockpile room. So far all that I have done with it though is getting everything sorted and into rubber made totes. Not sure if want to keep it like that are invest into shelving. Right now, might just be best to keep it like it is. Try not spending any money!!

Just as long as we are all still prepping and being frugal in the new year, we will be doing great.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Food Storage Recipe ~ Cheese & Bean Quesadillas

Ever since my oldest son has moved out , it has just been my Little man and me. Been having to just cook for us 2 is easy and we love the same foods. This is one that we have had 2 times in the last week.


1 can of pinto beans, rinse and drain them

1/2 cup of salsa

1 teaspoon of chili powder

4 , 10 inch, flour tortillas

Shredded monterey - jack cheese

Sour cream

Put the beans into a bowl and mash them up with a potato masher if you have one.  You can also use a fork.

Stir in the salsa and the chili powder.

Cook over medium heat until hot.

Spray some oil onto a pan and heat a tortilla on it until it is lightly browned. Trun it over and spread some of the bean mixture onto the tortilla and some of the cheese.

Top with another one of the tortillas and carefully turn over , brown that tortilla a bit.

Put on your plate and cut into 4ths.

Serve with sour cream.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Food Storage Recipe ~ Taco Burgers

Great sandwich to make! Kids love this.


1 , 12 ounce, package of corn chips

1 1/2 pound of ground beef

1 package of taco seasoning

1 package of cream cheese , cut into 12 strips about 1/4 inch thick

Crush enough of the corn chips to measure 1/2 cup.

Mix the crushed chips, ground beef, and the seasoning mix.

Make 6 patties.

Put under the broiler in the oven and broil the patties about 5 minutes on each side.

Criss cross the chees strips onto each patty and broil until the cheese is slightly golden.

Serve with the remaining chips.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This is just a test

My computer died a while ago and I have been having trouble using my tablet for writing on my blog and then being able to use my son's computer. It seemed like any time I would have liked to have used it , he was on it! So I did some research and found out that my tablet, a Samsung Tab 3, does very good with a bluetooth keyboard. I found a bluetooth keyboard on ebay for 16.00 and got it. What a difference this is making. I just got it paired to my tablet and I am already loving it. It makes it like a actual computer. Which it basically was , but with my old eyes I had trouble using the keyboard that popped up on the tablet. Now I am typing away!!

 LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Gun Guide: Safety Tips for First Time Buyers

The Gun Guide: Safety Tips for First Time Buyers

Buying a gun is one of your rights as an American, and if you’re getting into the market now, you probably already know that. While not everyone wants to buy a gun, your right to own one shouldn’t be taken away.

The fact is that you do need to be smart about owning a gun though. While it might be your right to own a gun, it is definitely your responsibility to make sure that it doesn’t harm someone or end up in the wrong hands.

Keep reading to learn more about gun safety in your home and out in the world. As a first time gun owner, you may not know everything there is to know about firearm safety, but a little information and vigilance on your part can get you there.

Get Training

Before you buy a gun, a very smart thing to do is to go through a gun safety course. While some areas recommend this to people buying guns, it is rare that is required. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth doing.

If you’ve never owned a gun before, getting some information from professionals who understand firearm safety can make gun ownership much safer. Knowing property safety procedures can also help you get the most enjoyment out of your gun if you’re buying for target practice, hunting or even home safety.

Lock Your Gun

At home, your gun should be locked away from your ammunition. Proper gun safes and storage for ammunition is essential.

Buy safes with combination locks that are only accessible to you.

Carry Properly

If you have a permit to carry your gun in your state, you may have the ability to move around the city with it. Obviously that doesn’t mean that you can walk around with your gun in your hand or on the passenger seat of your car.

Individuals that choose to carry a weapon should take great pride in their safety and ability to handle a gun in the open. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in a hip holster or shoulder holster that is made specifically for your gun.

Having the proper fit will ensure that there are no accidents when you’re carrying your weapon. It’s your responsibility to make sure your gun is safe, even when that gun is in your possession out in public.

3 Boating Safety Tips

3 Boating Safety Tips

Boating is an enjoyable activity that can be shared with family and friends. If you are the skipper of the boat, though, you will be responsible not only for the enjoyment of your guests, but their safety, too. It is important that onboard your vessel you have the necessary boat safety equipment. You should ensure that none of it is expired, it is completely filled and still operating as intended.

Most boating trips go out on the water and return with no problems, but just in case, here are three safety tips.

Pre-Departure Checklist

A pre-departure checklist helps ensure that your equipment is up to par. You will want to double-check that you have enough life vests on the boat, your distress signals are in good shape and the fire extinguishers are not expired. This is the time to also ensure your vessel if full of fuel and the oil levels are good. Even though you may not use them if you venture out during the daylight hours, you will still want to make sure all lights are operating.


Even on days when the weather is cooperating, it is still recommended that you re-check the anticipated weather conditions. Things can be different out at sea, so you should be aware of any weather patters that may form during your voyage. Clouds can suddenly darken and the wind can become a little more aggressive without a lot of warning. If you start to see these and other harsher weather signs while you are out on the water, it is better to turn around and head back toward land.

Use Good Judgment

Ultimately, boating should be fun. Amidst that fun, it is a great idea to exercise good judgment at all times. As the skipper, you should follow sea safety rules like driving at reasonable speeds, not consuming alcohol and being respectful of others who may be sharing the waters with you. Setting up a float plan before you head out is a good idea in case of an emergency, and designating an assistant skipper may ease some of your responsibilities.

Heading out on the water can provide a sense of freedom, relaxation and fun. With being the skipper of a boat comes a lot of responsibility. To have an enjoyable time, ensure you have completed a pre-departure checklist, checked the weather conditions and exercise good judgment.

Food Storage Recipe - Corn Flake Biscuits

Yummy biscuits!


1/4 cup of melted butter or margarine

1 cup crushed corn flake cereal

2 cups biscuit baking mix

1/2 cup cold water

Spread half of the butter in your baking pan.

Sprinkle half of the crushed cereal in the bottom of the pan.

Mix the water and baking mix until it forms the dough.

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto that cereal.

Drizzle with the remaining butter.

Press the remaining cereal into the biscuits.

Place in the 425 degree, preheated, oven.

Bake about 10 to 15 minutes.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Food Storage Recipe - Baked Beans Ole'

Quick dish to make.


1/2 pound of ground beef

1 small chopped onion

Minced garlic clove

2 (16 oz) cans of pork n beans

1 cup picante sauce

In a skillet cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until done and drain.

Stir in  the remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and then simmer for about 10 minutes.

Stir occasionally.


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