Preparedness

03 Jun 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Oh, the choices we make… Today we continue in our Self-Employment Equals Independence series by addressing what types of criteria one should consider when electing to add a facet of self-employment to their life. First of all, allow me to reiterate that I understand that it isn’t realistic for someone to just instantly switch from working for someone else to working for themselves.  To such persons I would implore that they at least commit to adding a facet of self-employment to their life. ...
28 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Chocolate Raspberry Mousse and American Lasagna I know. I know. I’ve slacked a bit with the Friday recipes.  So I’m going to give you two of my favorite standards today and hope that you’ll forgive me.  Since the first one is chocolate and the second one is a quick and easy lasagna-like dish, I think I will have earned the forgiveness. Let’s start with the dessert first—naturally.  Like many of you, I get a hankering for chocolate periodically.  This dish satisfies it sufficiently with only...
27 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
I elected today to share this article that was posted in the New York Times today.  It illustrates the presence of several other E-coli strains which are prevalent in our foods today and how the meat industry is resistant in taking any additional responsibility for them.  *sigh* As I read the article, I just kept thinking how grateful I was that I'm not reliant upon the mainstream meat industry for my food. Interesting to note, as the result of viewing an awful animal cruelty video (actually I...
26 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
So, here’s the rub.  You want to be independent and stabilize your costs for vital supplies, but some supplies just don’t line up very well with your plans.  They don’t tolerate storage conditions that you have available, or they don’t retain their taste, color, and nutrition or a myriad of other problems.  I don’t know about you, but I use a lot of oil for cooking, frying, baking, etc.  However, like you, the shelf-life issue has been a challenge for me as well. There’s nothing worse than...
25 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Beware the football lying in wait to attack! Between the fall of 1997 and the spring of 2002, FIFTY-THREE high school students were KILLED playing high school football.  (National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, Feb. 2001) The lives of the spectators and the fellow students of these players will never be the same.  And I want something done to make sure that such needless deaths never happen again. Fifty-three deaths!  Where is the outrage?!  Where’s 20/20 or 60 Minutes when you...
24 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Last night I laid restless the entire night—yup, the entire night.  As I’m not a morning person, it’s rare that I am conscious enough to hear my husband’s alarm go off—both of them. (grin) But this morning I did.  As I heard the unfamiliar static of the talk radio station which usually rouses him into the planned activities of his day, I couldn’t help but wonder what would it require for the people that I care about to finally hear the rational, logical wake-up call for action—to be more...
19 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
by Kellene You know you might be a bit warped when a car load of #10 cans full of things like freeze-dried fruit, sourdough bread mix, and Ultra Maxigel makes you giddy.  But yesterday, giddy I was, indeed. Here's the scoop, folks.  The Blue Chip Foods warehouse store in SLC has dramatically changed all of their labeling in order to reflect their new face, Augason Farms (named after the original founder of Blue Chip Foods).  As a result, Blue Chip Foods aka Augason Farms is now clearing out all...
17 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Well, folks. It was bound to happen. After driving non-stop for nearly a full day to Kansas City, teaching two classes, trying to sleep in a foreign bed at night, helping to take care of two sick kids with strep throat, enveloping myself in lots of stress and then driving back to Utah for a full day, I was bound to try and get a spring cold.  I knew that with my travels, I would be taken out of my normal modus operandi of cold prevention and catch some pesky little bug.  *sigh*  But the good...
14 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
In honor of the $1,500 worth of Preparedness Giveaway this month I thought I’d pass along one of my favorite recipes using this great shelf-stable dairy product combined with some of my favorite freeze-dried fruits.  If you didn’t know, Spiff-E-Whip is one of the 65 different prizes being given away for this special event! Spiff-E-Whip is definitely one of my “must have products”.  It’s got no fat and only 2 grams of carbohydrates per serving.  I can turn it into a pie filling, pudding,...
13 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Tis the season for Preparedness Fairs cropping up in regions all over the U.S.  However, in nearly all instances, organizers express dismay that their event was not as well attended as they had hoped.  The fact of the matter is, unless you do a really great job marketing, the only folks who attend a Preparedness Fair are the folks who are already on board.  It’s easy for them to slough off the event as “just another same old, same old.” So, what’s a fair organizer to do?  I’ll tell you. First...

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