Recent article in the Washington Post –
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The weather is cooling off as we ease our way into autumn. It always gets me thinking of comfort food and this time of year it’s hot, savory soups, packed with flavor.
When making a purchase for our “home store” I like to go after what’s appropriate for the season and what’s on SALE! Here’s what’s on sale at our on-line shop for you to select from all this month.
|Chopped Onions||Chicken Bouillon|
|Instant Black Beans||Cilantro|
|Salad Seasoning Blend||Chef’s Choice|
And here’s that soup recipe I promised you. Ready to serve in less than 25 minutes.
You can always browse around our Recipe Page and see what strikes your fancy.
For Him – Let’s not forget something for the guys… How about one of our best selling items?
The Fuel Reserve 32 pack provides you with a supply of Quickfire Fuel Pucks™, an ideal fuel source for starting fires or fueling portable wood-burning stoves during camping, hiking, or any emergency situations.
Photos: Hen – wiselywoven/MorgueFile + Eggs – Scarletina/MorgueFile
You may have noticed the price of a dozen eggs has doubled (in some cases tripled) over the last couple of months. There are two major factors causing this (depending upon where you live.)
- Avian Flu
Egg production in the central United States has been hit hard by the avian flu. Poultry in Minnesota and Iowa have been hardest hit.
How big is the problem? 32 million chickens in the Midwest alone, most of them involved in “liquid egg products.” Liquid egg is used in the food service and food manufacturing industries as well as restaurants across the country. As this source becomes scarcer, many reach out to buy whole eggs to fill the shortage. It becomes a very simple case of supply and demand driving up the cost of eggs in your local supermarket.
- Government Regulation
This is one aspect few are talking about. At the beginning of the year California Proposition 2 went into effect.
California libtard Jared Huffman introduced a bill that would require Proposition 2’s provisions apply to ALL eggs SOLD in the state, no matter where the eggs were laid. It’s bad enough that the regulation has dramatically reduced the number of hens a commercial farm can house, and dramatically increased their costs in a year of increased demand; they want to extend their Marxist practices to all farms that ship to their state. If any of you know someone at Foster Farms in California, you might want to suggest to their bosses to contact Tim Corder. The Republican state senator out of Idaho would like to make them a grand offer to move.
I put a lot of information out on Twitter and Facebook regarding Bitcoin (aka Cryptocurrency or virtual currency).
It leads back to why I believe in emergency preparedness. You never know when bad times may strike, but there are indicators that give you a hint of what COULD happen, you just have to be paying attention. So I’m paying particular attention to world economics and what direction the United States is going. It’s not only possible, but probable, that a future crises will not be through a physical war but an economic collapse.
Today the US dollar is the primary world currency. These are also known as “reserve currencies.” The other major reserve currencies are the Euro, Pound Sterling (Great Britain), and the Yen (Japan.)
Rumors are floating around that there is a new reserve currency coming. What will it be? It can’t be Russia because their economy is in a shambles. Putin might be flexing his muscles militarily but the country is on the brink, economically. China is strong but wholly communist. The Chinese yuan or renminbi (RMB) cannot be used as a reserve currency as long as the Chinese government maintains capital controls on the conversion of its currency.
According to Dr. Steve Sjuggerud (founder and editor of one of the largest financial newsletters in the world, True Wealth, a Stansberry Research publication) for the first time in 33 years, a new currency will likely get “reserve currency” status. What could it be? Continue reading
Here is a link to a blog post on seattlepi.com that shows a few cool apps you should at least check out. I used to live in earthquake country and know first hand the importance of early warning tracking and being prepared. You should have a years supply of food on hand. If you don’t we can show you how – here.
It’s that time of year and as all good Prepper’s do we start spring cleaning! Being prepared is about vigilance. Having the right items ready when you need them. Here is a short checklist for you to use as a reminder. The list is short but some items might take a little time to complete, so print this list out and keep it handy.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
- This is typical spring cleanup. But all you preppers tend to hoard stuff. Note I said “you preppers.” We are sizing down and getting ready to live the RV life so I know it can be done. Be ruthless!
- You’re already onto your garden – great! Now is the time to buy your replacement seeds. Learn how to store them properly.
- Change out or clean any water filters around the house. Especially the refrigerator!
- Check all your fire extinguishers. Replace any with a low charge. (also an RV item)
- Test all CO2 and smoke alarms. (also an RV item)
- Check the cords on your portable electronics. Are your USB cords in good repair? Replace any that are torn or frayed.
- Replace your pillows. We wrote a great article on why, here.
- Ensure all flashlights work and are bright. If dim, then replace them. Always have extra on hand of all sizes. Don’t forget the odd size batteries you need for things like a camera or hearing aid. Here is a guide if you are travelling with batteries.
Items specific to your RV
- Check the roof. Keeping your RV leak free will pay dividends in the future.
- Check around windows, doors, and vents for leaks. Seal them as needed.
- Check all the inside and outside lights. Replace any not working and make sure you have spare bulbs on hand.
- Check around shower/toilet area for mold, mildew, and leaks
- Are the tanks full or empty? This is a personal choice and dependent on weather in your specific area.
- They should be full and ready to roll! Don’t forget to check the spare.
Well, I think that’s enough to keep you busy well into June. Start today and keep at it, I better get started myself.
One of the difficulties facing many of us today is getting our kids (and often our spouse) involved in the “what if” scenarios. The kids, like us at their age, think they are immortal and things will be tomorrow just like they are today. World economies, politics, and foreign wars are… well… boring. Of course, you can always discuss the coming zombie apocalypse.
Why prepare for an imaginary disaster when the government will be there to provide assistance? Not everyone in every family is a realist. People didn’t see or grasp the impact of the slow response of the government during hurricane Katrina. And you have to remember, the Government is not a first responder and the larger something is, the slower it moves. People also fail to realize that Government help comes with a price tag. Obamacare is a perfect example.
“If you’re like me, you don’t trust the government to bail you out if a disaster strikes. But convincing your other half that you are right and the government is wrong may be a challenge. Some people just prefer wandering around with blinders on, hoping that they’ll never have to see how scary the world really is.”
So where do you even begin? In the article, she guides you through baby steps on how to “sneak” in some prepping if you are having to go it solo. “… start doing things that could be considered prepping, but could also be considered useful for your life in general. For example, if you’re buying the groceries, then start watching sales and buy extra when you find one. Your spouse won’t think it’s suspicious that you have three month’s worth of spaghetti sauce when you explain that you got it half off.”
But the best advice in the article is about getting your family on board.
- Be Patient
- Be Realistic
- Be Reasonable
- Be Interesting
My wife and I are working on a couple of games that families can play to get the kids interested in the activities of emergency preparedness. We feel that getting the whole family on board is crucial, but you don’t have to start from a somber outlook about the future – you can appeal to their desire to do cool things, to compete, to make stuff, to work out solutions. You don’t have to tell them what you’re teaching them!