Okay, maybe a black trash bag isn’t the BEST possible emergency shelter, but a few bags kept in the trunk of your car or in a bug out bag could save your life, and here’s why. These trash bags are:
- Takes up little space
- Do not need special skills or tools to utilize as a shelter
- Takes a minute to “set up”
- No skill required
- Can by used by any age, level of fitness, etc.
- Versatile: Use a bright color of bag to be found or camouflage with black or brown
I’m not sure how the early settlers along the Oregon Trail or the western frontier got along without duct tape, WD-40, or trash bags, but life surely would have been easier with them!… Read More...
What would it be like to eat bland food every day? Besides not being much fun, it could lead to slow starvation due to food fatigue. For those who are ill-prepared for a disaster, that could be their reality, especially if supplies were difficult to procure. If you think about what kind of spices and oils are important to have on hand for survival cooking, there are a few that would be on my ‘must have’ list.
Spices & seasonings to store
- Kosher salt (we also store Celtic sea salt)
- Herbes de Provence
- Ground Pepper
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Ground Cinnamon
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Ground Ginger
- Baking Soda
- Italian seasoning
- Chili powder
- Paprika (different varieties if you really like paprika)
- Onion Powder
- Dried Parsley
- Ground Turmeric
- Dried Onion Flakes
- Dried Cilantro
- Celery Seed
- Celery Salt
- Beef bouillon
- Chicken bouillon
- Dried Basil
- Poppy Seed
- Sesame Seed
- Black pepper
- Curry powder
I also recommend storing these supplementary ingredients to add even more variety to your use of these spices:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Canola oil
- Corn Starch
- Brown sugar
- Hoisin Sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- White and apple cider vinegars
- Soy sauce
This is a wide variety of seasonings, spices, and herbs that lend themselves to mixing sauces, marinades, rubs, dressings, and so much more.… Read More...
My mom was an American Sign Language teacher while I was growing up, and learning how to sign and fingerspell was just a part of my childhood. Even today, it’s not unusual for Mom to start finger spelling and signing to me in public places. My wife and kids also know some sign language and we can all fingerspell.
It occurred to me that every family or close-knit group of friends should have at least one way to convey information and messages to each other secretly.
American Sign Language/Fingerspelling
American Sign Language has become very commonplace over the years. High schools and colleges accept it as a foreign language credit.… Read More...
If you’ve ever gone long term camping, you’ll be nodding your head in agreement, and then will have plenty more observations to add to this list. The more camping and outdoor skills you have, the better. Just a few days ago, I was contacted by a man who is now homeless and plans on living in his car as well as a tent, when the weather is conducive.
- Snails can CEMENT themselves to nearly anything, and often they will do it in the least expected places.
- You MUST make peace with the giant spiders. They eat mosquitoes.
- Raccoons have no respect for personal property.
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The first edible flower I ever ate was a nasturtium. We had giant nasturtium plants growing in our herb garden, nearly taking over, in fact, and decided we would start consuming the orange and yellow blossoms and leaves. They have a peppery flavor with a little bit of a kick. It’s always fun to discover plants in your own backyard you can eat.
Nasturtiums aren’t the only edible flower that is commonly found in backyards and growing wild. Here is a list of some of the most common. This list is by no means complete, but is meant to be a starting point for further study of the flowers you have in your yard.… Read More...
If you’re one of those folks without power, heat, or warmth because of the recent snow storms, you probably know that you need a cooking tool that can bake, boil, fry and saute. It should also be able to function with a variety of heat sources, since you don’t know when the electricity might come back on.
My nomination for this wonder implement has been around for hundreds of years. It’s easy to find, cheap and effective. Go get a cast iron Dutch oven. This cooking tool has a proven track record, and it can use virtually any heat source.… Read More...
All too often, the world is shaken by a new flu bug or the resurgence of an old one. This article caught my eye, as it’s about a mutated version of avian flu H7N2 that was transmitted from a cat to a human, quite a rare occurrence. I also have a long enough memory to recall the Ebola panic just a couple of years ago and shaking my head at the incompetence and poor decision making by those in authority, including the CDC.
The history of Ebola, as detailed in this book, is helpful to know and understand how a deadly virus originates, mutates, and spreads.… Read More...
We have been practicing solar cooking for a while now and have a few tips to share with you. I’ve used four different types of solar ovens, and each one has its own characteristics. The four different types are the All American Sun Oven, the Gosun Solar Cooker, the Solavore, and a homemade parabolic reflector. I’d like to give the pros and cons of each oven and then share tips I’ve learned from using this method of cooking over the years.
The All American Sun Oven
The first one I will talk about is the All American Sun Oven, this is the more traditional box oven and it works very similar to the oven in your kitchen range.… Read More...
This morning I have been thinking about situational awareness and how my perspective has changed over the years. Twenty plus years ago before I retired, I was very aware of what went on around me. Situational awareness was something that was foremost in my mind.
Today I have come to the conclusion that without the constant reminders that we used to receive, I have dropped my guard to a large degree. This is a mistake, and I need to step up my game and pay much more awareness to situational awareness. In the town in which I live, homelessness is becoming a problem and street crimes are up.… Read More...