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  1. I make au gratin and scalloped potatoes using potato slices, which are very easy to dehydrate at home. I pour boiling water over the potatoes and let them soak for about 15 minutes. After draining I add milk, butter, salt & pepper, empty all into a greased casserole and bake at 325 for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the amount. For variety I'll add sauteed onions, herbs, diced bacon or ham, cheese - really anything that sounds good. Always turns out great. Dehydrated strawberries are great on cereal. They rehydrate in the milk - yummy.
  2. Several churches in my area participate in the Angel Food program. I always get the monthly box and will get one of the add-on packs on occasion. In September, one of the add-on packages consists of frozen meals that are suitable for seniors - low sodium, cholesterol, etc. The church that I purchase from has a large and organized volunteer group. Takes me five minutes to pick up my order and I don't even get out of my car. Buying from Angel Food helps others and cuts my food bill at the same time. Regarding the quality - many of the items in the monthly pack are big name brands
  3. Wow - that's why I couldn't find it... You have a great memory, PureCajunSunshine! It just seems like something that was posted on MrsSurvival. Thank you so much. It's been a while since I visited CurEvents. I wasn't aware that it was closing down. Think I'll mosey on over and save what I can before it closes.
  4. I have used every search term I can think of, but can't find the thread. Someone - maybe Westie - posted a Biz & Simple Green mixture that she used for cleaning. I made a batch and it has been GREAT, but I've run out and can't find the thread anymore. Help?
  5. I use the bucket set up with a black berkey filter on a daily basis. It's super easy, takes just a few minutes to manufacture, and the water is excellent. My municipal water is OK, but has just enough odor and taste to make it unpleasant. My family goes through about six gallons of drinking water a week, so it's quite economical to use this water filter set up instead of buying bottled water. I've found that one black berkey filter will filter about four gallons in a day.
  6. The local soda plant doesn't sell drums direct to consumers - they sell them in bulk to a reseller. I buy the drums from him. Usually $5 for 30 gallon and $10 for 55 gallon drums and he delivers to my house. Try calling the bottler and ask for contact info on the person who handles the empties. You may get lucky.
  7. Dee!! Congratulations Just PM me with a mailing address and I will get it to you straight away. I hope you enjoy this wonderful book. Thanks to all for participating.
  8. Years ago when I lived in a single-wide I was fortunate enough to have a wood burning stove. It was a small one, but even a small one was enough to heat the trailer beautifully on even the coldest days. Pros: 1. Stoves produce the most delicious warmth. The heat seeps through everything, even the floors are warm. 2. You have something to cook on when the power goes out. 3. Place a pan with water on the stove and you have a winter humidifier. 4. The mesmerizing flames through the glass door. Cons: 1. Firewood can be expensive if you don't have your own hardwood
  9. My bookshelves are bulging and I MUST thin the herd Since probably half of my books are prep related, it seems appropriate to pass these books along to fellow preppers. "The Gift of Fear" is one of the most useful and empowering books I've read. The only reason I'm willing to part with it is that i've made copious notes. Here's what Amazon has to say: "Each hour, 75 women are raped in the United States, and every few seconds, a woman is beaten. Each day, 400 Americans suffer shooting injuries, and another 1,100 face criminals armed with guns. Author Gavin de Becker says vic
  10. Vic303!! Congratulation!! I hope you enjoy the book. Just PM me with a mailing address and I will get it in the mail tomorrow. Many thanks to all who participated. I plan to do one giveaway per month, so please keep trying. Thanks also to Darlene for letting me do this. -Elaine
  11. The other day I was wandering around Books-A-Million looking for something new to read. I came across a book by Tom Kratman called "Caliphate". Here's the synopsis from the Baen Publishing website: "Europe 2123. Demography is destiny. Dhimmitude—assigning second-class citizenship to non-Muslims—has dug its claws into the continent that gave birth to Enlightenment itself. Now John Hamilton—West Point grad, CIA operative seeking to destroy biologic WMDs—must rescue a young girl sold into sexual slavery after her family could not pay the Christian Tax. But the slightest mistake can be cost
  12. I generally use three of the 500cc packs in each bucket. I purchased my metal lid lifter from Walton Foods (along with the oxy absorbers). Took almost three weeks to arrive. Hope this helps.
  13. I'm a history buff with a special interest in the 9th - 15th centuries. Years ago I ran across my first reference to 'guesting clothes' - clothing kept on hand in case a guest arrived before his/her belongings or lost it to weather/bandits, etc. I now keep 'guesting clothes' in plastic totes in a guest bedroom. Since my house is the designated bug-in location, I expect several additions to the household if/when SHTF. Now I separate discards into three groups: 1. guesting clothes - anything serviceable from nightgowns to jeans. Stains, minor tears, frayed edges OK. Basically
  14. Just received an email from Honeyville Grain. They are giving a 10% discount on online orders. Covers the entire order. The discount code is "Trolley" and is good through 6:00 pm PST on 4/21/08. Honeyville Grain
  15. Originally Posted By: Abigail Originally Posted By: CrabGrassAcres http://www.raglady.com/items.jsp?category=66 I'm thinking about ordering a roll of cheesecloth. If several folks live near each other they might could split a case and really save. Just cut the cheesecloth to size and sterilize it and you should be good to go for quite some time. There are many uses for cheesecloth besides bandages too. Thanks for this link; I'm thinking about this too...the small packs are a BIG ripoff... Most fabric stores carry cheesecloth. Purchase as many yards as you need. Much cheaper.
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