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pantryWhen MrPrepper and I built our home, we were both working professionals with successful career.  I wanted a home where I could entertain.  It was ~ and is ~ a lovely home that I am proud of.  That was 17 years ago.  To drive up to my home today, it presents itself much the same.  But cross the threshold and you will see the extreme change from that point back to the fence that surrounds a once picture-perfect landscaped backyard.  The room which once housed an antique dining room set now has no table.  The china hutch that use to display my beautiful ornate dishes, now is used for more practical purposes.  The antique cabinet beautifully displays a growing supply of my own canned and dehydrated food.  There is a set of industrial-style shelves that hold my canning supplies, bread machine and other food processing equipment.  There are two sets of Martha Stewart cabinets to hold the children’s toys and a computer which I use to teach my pre-schooler.

Walk further down the hall to the kitchen, and you will see an amazing set of even larger industrial shelves FULL of dehydrated and freeze-dried food that I use every day.  Things like powdered milk, eggs and sausage.  I won’t even go into all the things that are there, but it is one of the most impressive home stores you will ever see.  My once elegant kitchen is now filled with canning supplies, dehydrators, shelves and other supplies to support my new role.  You will notice the large antique crock fermenting cabbage or maybe a large batch of pickles I grew in the yard.White Pantry

Turn right and enter the family room where I took a very old TV cabinet and converted it into something cute and functional.  This cabinet has a strong sentimental value because it measures the growth of the children.  Inside, you see the valuable amount of storage it provides.  (Note the inside right door is where I keep inventory of these food supplies written in chalk)

Walk out to the patio to the once well-groomed flower-filled landscape and you realize you have just entered into another world.  My backyard chickens with their lovely coop and raised garden beds emphasize the seriousness and commitment I have to being as self-reliant as humanly possible.  There are containers that grow medicinal and culinary herbs dotting open spots on the large, covered patio.  Once in awhile, my little chaweenie, Gracie will be there romping with the chickens.  Here I stand in rubber boots, coveralls and a pair of leather gloves on.  I’m either working in the garden or cleaning the chicken coop.  I gather fresh, brown eggs and bring into the house.  I may be turning the compost heap I started last year or any number of other chores associated with a suburban home transitioning from a place where career professionals came home to unwind to a sanctuary filled with wonder and life.  My 3 year old girl and 5 year old boy play with toys on the patio or climb and play on the swing set.  Their playful giggles and sometimes spats are a joyous sound to my ears.  The BBQ or smoker will be fired up and cooking dinner that we will serve with fresh food from the garden and eat on the patio.

Go to the side of the house where MrPrepper erected a barn-style shed.  In there, you will find emergency supplies of equipment and food.  Things like fuel, generators and other equipment to

It is work.  More labor intensive than going to meetings and writing reports.  But this work is peaceful and rewarding.  Nothing like any job I have ever had.

This has become my life.  I’m so proud that I left my “career” in order to have this amazingly gratifying and rewarding life.  A life that is sure to keep my children balanced, regardless where life takes them.

Yes, MrPrepper still works.  I feel sorry for him that he misses much of these great days filled with serenity.  But we are a team.  He will retire in a couple of years and will slide right into his roll as my farm-hand.  I count my blessings every day having moved into this much better life.

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 I am thrilled to share this recipe for a gentle soft scrub cleanser with you.  It’s homemade, smells so fresh with the lemon essential oil, although you control the ingredients so you can use any scent you prefer and is inexpensive to make.  Use any type of bottle which has a squirt top, like a dish soap container.  I used a condiment bottle I picked up at Big Lots last summer.

Ingredients

1 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Liquid Castile Soap

Essential Oil (I used appx. 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil)

Water

Directions

Combine the first 3 ingredients in the container you are using.  Start adding water a little at a time.  Shake the ingredients thoroughly until it reaches a smooth paste form as indicated in the photo.  Use this soft cleanser just as you would the commercially produced name brand.  Apply to surface, scrub with a damp cloth or sponge and scrub.  Rinse with clear water until residue is gone.  I love the results as I depict in this photo.  You can get very creative and use scents to match the season.  For example, a pine or peppermint will leave a Christmas holiday scent permeating throughout your home while Lemon or Lavender is wonderful for spring and summer.

 

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Ever since I began and launched my blog, I have been trying – emphasis on the word, TRYING – to put together articles about what are the best and most complete supply caches you should maintain in your home and vehicles. I did an article on Bug Out Bags (BOBs), but there is just so much more.

I’m constantly learning and posting things I learn to share with you. To truly become self-reliant and prepared for economic collapse, natural disasters, or other emergencies, the amount of preparedness is so varied and vast that I cannot possibly address and post all elements at once. But I just came across an excellent article which will serve me well and I feel will do the same for you, too. I wish I could credit the original author, but it is unknown.

As you may or may not know, I am a consultant for Shelf Reliance/Thrive Food.  We are a preparedness company and I can help you make your plan to get your family protected. Just let me know how I can help. Of course, you can visit my store at by clicking [here] or click any of the links I provide throughout the article.

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We’ve had such cold and wet weather until recently. It’s not looking really good for as large a harvest as I had hoped for. But with each failure, I gain expereiential knowledge. But we will see just how much produce I wind up with. If it’s not enough, I will stock up at my local farmers market so I will still be able to can, dry and store for that “rainy” day.

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This is an excellent article using peroxide for so many things. As a prepper, I have this stored. But having read how many practical uses it has and the cost effectiveness over other products, I guarantee you that I will be storing even more!

Dr Akilah - Celestial Healing Wellness Center

by Andrea Harper and Dr Akilah El

Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation! Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water. Review

Whiten Clothes – An Alternative to Beach
Add a cup of Peroxide to white clothes in your laundry to whiten them. Peroxide is great to get rid of blood stains on clothes and carpets. If there is blood on clothing, just pour directly on the spot, let it sit for about a minute, then rub and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

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Your body makes hydrogen peroxide to fight infection which must be present for our immune system to…

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Thrive TVP Options

TVP, textured vegetable protein didn’t sound very appealing to me.  At least not if there were butcher shops still serving up freshly killed protein like God intended.  But I posted a piece on having it as a back-up option if SHTF,TVP, Is It An Option.”  So I ordered some ham and Taco TVP from Thrive.  I will tell you about the Taco TVP for purposes of space.  But I will tell you about the yummy ham fried rice I made with the ham TVP and share that recipe in my next posting.

With the Taco TVP, I made small taco cups from those little taco-salad looking chips. The presentation was very pretty, especially the mini taco’s.  But the truth was in its flavor.  I gathered the grandbabies, neighbors and MrPrepperPenny.  To our delight, it was all very good.  Really.  Very good.  If we hadn’t known it was TVP, we would not have known. (more…)

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It has gotten harder to find quiet time to write here on my sweet little blog.  Between the garden, this blog, growing and learning my Thrive business while creating websites and social networking for it has all been keeping me busy enough for three of me.  But don’t mistake a lag in postings for having neglected, or even slowing down on my preparations.  Oh, contraire!  I stay true to prepping each and every day!  For me, prepping is as natural as breathing.  The problems that I fear so much have not gotten any better.

English: Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin

Our Symbol Of American’s Taking Back Control

The economy is still a disaster.  We still have unacceptably high unemployment even with fuzzy counting by this administration.  The housing market is no better.  America’s debt continues to rise and I watched our POTUS mention more stimulus! This country’s leading law official, U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder is playing political games before Congress while a brave border agent lies in his grave and a family continues to grieve.  We have a government attack against the very basic principles of the catholic church’s position on human life, jeopardizing freedom of religion.  And the cherry on the top?  Planned Parenthood now has a facility in a school!  We can talk about these things until we are blue in the face, but I realize the “Hope & Change” which will work best for my family is in my pantry.  But I can not contain my joy for Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s victory over the heavy-handed tactics of the big unions! I’ll admit, it does give me hope for November.  But let’s get back on message here. (more…)

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