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Wartime Recipes can Help You to Survive TEOTWAWKI

wartime recipesI was born in England during WW2.  As such, I do not remember the war although I have heard many stories about it from my parents and grandparents.  Some of the events after the war still stick in my mind, like the fact my mother cried when she first arrived in Canada and saw a full butcher shop.  In England, food choices were very limited and many foods were rationed until the early 1950’s.  This made for some interesting wartime recipes.

The interesting thing is that even with food in short supply, people were healthier than before or after the war particularly the children. …

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We Need Some Ideas for Our Blog

blogI just realized that last month was the 5th anniversary of this blog.  My wife and I have posted over 1865 articles with probably about 1600 of them written by us.  We have a large number of dedicated readers and rank well on Google.

Up to this point, we have loved writing this blog.  But it is gradually getting harder and we are getting older.  Ideas for new subjects are becoming hard to find and sometimes we have to repeat subjects.  Although this is not always bad, there are many new readers, we learn more and sometimes our opinions change.…

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Merry Christmas



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Solar Powered Flashlights, How Good are They?

solar powered flashlights

Here is the original model.

I like flashlights; we have a ridiculous number of them.  If there is a good buy on a flashlight I have to have it.  They are kind of an obsession with me.  In my collection, I have several different types of solar powered flashlights and I have spent time testing them all.  Like everything, they have advantages and disadvantages.  But over all I think the advantages of solar powered flashlights outweigh the disadvantages.

The first solar powered flashlights that I encountered were the Hybrid Solar Flashlight that I published a review on in 2011, Hybrid solar flashlight review.

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What Information Do You, Our Readers Need?

informationI have been preparing since I was in my twenties and now that I am in my seventies, I will continue to do it as long as possible.  During my life I have seen many changes, as a child I can remember when we had no TV, a party line phone and an outdoor toilet.  Many of the tools that we used prior to the advent of power tools are now collectors items or considered junk.

I look at the electronics and power tools that are available today and how dependent everyone has become on them.  What will happen when the electricity fails? …

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Old Age and How It Affects Prepping

Old ageOld age is the one thing that none of us can escape.  Along with old age come the physical problems that to some degree are in all of our futures.  We lose our hearing, our joints don’t work the same and our memories get shorter.  But at the same time, we have accumulated a large amount of knowledge and hopefully financial resources.  Regardless of how hard we struggle eventually old age effects prepping.

So how do we deal with it?  Because of my age, this is an immediate concern to me.  While I am in good condition for my age, I would find it much harder to bug out on foot, so would my wife. …

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Gigapixel Images can ID You in Large Crowds of 100,000 Plus

Gigapixel images

By scrolling the original of this picture you can identify faces in the back bleachers.

You are standing in a crowd of approximately 700,000 people; you are way in the back. You don’t see anyone with a camera.  So you are hidden in the crowd right.  Well think again.  The new Gigapixel images that are available from various commercial companies lets you identify individuals in huge crowds.  The one shown in the following link Gigapixel images  lets you identify faces in a crowd of 700,000 people.  Put your cursor on the picture and click your mouse.  You will be amazed at what you see.…

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A Prepper Market Update


The expo

My wife and I travel on occasion and we have a habit of not telling too many people when we are gone.  This and the fact that our family watches our house gives us a bit of security.  When we are traveling, we post our blog just as if we are home.  For the last 10 days or so we have been in Utah visiting with family.  While we are there, it is a great time to check with many of the various businesses that provide services to preppers.  It helps us to be aware of what is going on in the market place.…

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Emergency Preparedness Fair

Here is a flyer for the annual fair put on by the LDS Church in Auburn California.  If you live close this is a good chance to learn some new skills.  The event is free and open to the public.


Emergency Preparedness Fair
Saturday, Sept. 19
12pm – 5pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
287 Poet Smith Dr, Auburn Ca.
Free Admission
New Home Buying
Estate Planning

Information and Displays
Fire Prevention / Earthquake Preparation
Disaster Sanitation
Drought Tolerant Gardening
Ham Radios and Communication
Food Storage, Canning, Dehydrating, Pickling, Freeze Drying, and Cooking
Generators, Alternate Power, Wood Stoves
First Aid and Emergency Medicine
Water Purification, Filtration and Storage
Solar Ovens and Alternate Cooking
72 Hour or Bug Out Kits
Alternate Heating and Lighting

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A Few simple Tricks to Enhance Your Personal and Home Security

home security

A well lit home deters break ins

Because of something that recently happened to a friend of mine, the subject of personal and home security has been on my mind quite a bit lately.  Over the years, I have posted several articles on various ways of securing your home against break-ins.  Here are a couple of links that will give you some suggestions on how to secure your home, How to avoid being the victim of burglarsDogs for Security and Why You Should Have One, Pick the Neighborhood in Which You Live Carefully.

In addition to the above information on home security, I recently came across a couple of new ideas. …

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