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  1. Ooops, per Ambergris' link, I should have used up those pintos I just cooked 8 years ago!
  2. Bumping this to the top! It's that time of year again. Just made my dreaded trip to Wal-Mart and bought some Mucinex to replace our expired boxes. When you have the flu, the last thing you feel like doing is going out to the drugstore for meds. I also need to make up some more bone broth for the freezer. I'll also be placing an order for antibiotics through Cal/Vet to replace expired meds. Luckily, we haven't needed them other than to treat a feral cat with an abcess, but it's nice to know they are there in the event of an emergency.
  3. I've been going through the pantry and trying to use up things with looming expiration dates. For example, we don't drink milk but I always have a few cans of evaporated milk on hand for the very occasional recipe. So, made some cornbread with one of the cans and am planning a pudding cake (pudding layered with graham crackers) for Sunday dinner. The graham crackers are leftovers from a camping trip dd took with her friend. Trying not to waste anything and also trying to make room for the ads that will start in a few weeks. This way, I can buy 6 more cans of evaporated milk while they are on sale so that I can stress about how to use them next Fall.
  4. (((((Snowmom))))) I'm so very sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for you and your family.
  5. This is late and the peppers have either been eaten or rotted by now, but my favorite pepper relish recipe is the one inside the liquid Certo Pectin box. In fact, I need to make two batches for Christmas gifts. Sigh . . . it's that time already.
  6. Pm me a mailing address and I'll package then up this weekend.
  7. I've been exploring old threads. I forgot about this recipe! This used to be one of our favorites. Posting it here because you can substitute beans for the hominy if you are so inclined! Turkey Posole Chili (this was adapted from a Posole soup recipe from the USDA 5 a day program and I don't really have a set recipe. What I have is what goes in!) 1- 20oz package ground turkey 2 - onions chopped (yellow or white, doesn't matter!) 1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic (I use way more than this) 2 chopped peppers - I usually use a red and a green chopped fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes (OR, ditch the peppers and tomatoes and just use salsa! I have a home-canned chunky salsa that I use!) 1 - #10 can of mexican hominy water or broth (amount varies) salt pepper chili powder cumin Brown the turkey into crumbles in the bottom of a large stock pot. Add the onions and garlic. You may need to add some hot broth or water to keep the turkey from sticking. When onions start to go clear, add peppers, hominy, and tomatoes. Or, add a couple of jars of salsa if you're in a hurry! Then, determine how thick you want your chili and add water or broth accordingly. This makes a great soup as well. Then, stir in your spices and let simmer for 30-45 minutes. I would use spice to taste. For example, whenever a recipe calls for cumin, I usually triple or quadruple the amount because we love the flavor! Same with chili powder. I deliberately under salt or no salt recipes because I flirt with high blood pressure so my family just salts to taste at the table. You could also use fresh cilantro if you'd like or add corn, or black beans, or saute some chopped celery along with the onions & garlic, etc. Use what you've got! I usually freeze this into one serving portions. I use quart size freezer bags that I fill & then lay flat on a cookie sheet. This allows them to stack nicely in the freezer. (tip from OAMC years ago!) Reminder: the mexican hominy has a lower carb count. I have no idea why. I also make a similar dish with bulgar and black beans, but that version is definitely not low carb! You can top this with sour cream and cheese if you'd like. I usually don't to keep the calorie count lower.
  8. Excellent ideas on this thread:
  9. Here in California, gas goes up 12 cents a gallon tomorrow. Thank you elected officials. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-gas-tax-increase-political-battle-20171031-story.html
  10. Bump! I had forgotten about this recipe and I have LOTS and LOTS of butternut squash to use!
  11. I found this link in the Food Storage Section of the Forum. Good stuff! http://nchstd.documents.s3.amazonaws.com/More Month than Money PDF.pdf
  12. If you are truly worried, what about throwing a bike rack on the back of your van and hauling your bikes with you? Bikes are definitely EMP Proof.
  13. I would probably focus on having enough resources to get to the nearest Emergency Shelter. I can't imagine walking 1,500+ miles in the snow without serious winter gear. But then, I'm a California girl. I don't do snow!
  14. DH often flies out of state/country for work. And, since he refuses to pay luggage fees, often only takes a carry-on. He is also cheap umm, I mean frugal so he always takes an empty water bottle to fill once he gets past security. He has a lifestraw bottle, and no, I didn't tell him how much it cost! I also have a couple of water purification tablets clearly labeled in a small plastic bag that he keeps with basic medications, along with individually wrapped sanitary wipes, and a mask. In his quart size bag for liquids, he also has a small bottle of hand sanitizer. One small pouch of his backpack is reserved for the "snacks" I pack for him, you know, to save money on airport food. LOL - nuts, dried fruit, dried cereal, granola bars, pretzel sticks, cookies and/or small chocolate bars, and jerky. I also throw in peanut butter pouches but those go into his quart size bag for security. He dresses in lots of layers so he can get his bag classified as carryon, and then once through, he takes off a few layers and crams them in the bag! I told you he was frugal! Other than that, he has his basic notebook computer & electronics. That's about it other than emergency cash and an international debit card. Obviously, no self-defense tools are allowed on an airplane. For your situation, your goal I'm guessing is to keep your children safe and comfortable. Why not pack a small backpack for each of them? This way if you have to walk, they can carry whatever weight they are able to in their bags. I would include at least one emergency blanket, flashlight, and personal hygiene products (individual wipes, travel toothbrush, comb, etc) as well as giving each their very own age appropriate first aid kit - cutesy band-aids are a must! And then special snacks, extra socks, sweat suit, special little toys/activities, light stick, hand warmers, etc. Maybe even a compass to keep them engaged if you do end up walking a ways. Think as light as possible. But if you've got the basics covered, I would think you'll be fine. I always carry a couple of cans of fix-a-flat in our cars, especially when travelling as well as a bottle of engine oil and water for the radiator. I would also, if there's room, bring a backpacking pack complete with tent, tarp, & fire starters. Freeze dried food, nuts, jerky, chocolate, cheerios, etc to keep you all going. Depending on the age of your brood, a backpack child carrier and/or small push stroller? At the very least, you could load the backpack up with additional supplies. I would also recommend having cash in small denominations spread throughout your families bags. Weapons/self-defence I will leave up to your discretion and comfort level. But, I would recommend having a knife or small foldable saw as well as scissors and I would make your first aid kit significantly more substantial than the ones for your children. In other words, throw some camping/backpacking supplies in! I'm sure you already have if only to cook a picnic dinner at a local park! I wouldn't lose too much sleep over this. I have a feeling you've thought everything through several times over! And, once you get home, it might be fun to go hiking with the kids and their packs and practice using some of the supplies. Enjoy your travels. Not sure what part of Oregon you are in but it's a beautiful state! Oh, yeah, you might want to add dollar store ponchos to their bags! LOL
  15. I also came across this list. It's got some titles I haven't read! https://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/41-doomsday-fictions-books-that-you-should-be-reading/ 41 Doomsday Fiction Books That You Should Be Reading! Last updated on May 4, 2016 By Contributor By Wolverine – books are listed in random order. Looks like you have a lot of reading to catch up on. If you have suggestions for other great doomsday fiction books that are not listed here then please let us know in the comments below. Patriots, by James W. Rawles, Economic collapse scenario. Lots of useful information on tactics, food storage, fuel storage, retreat security, survival medicine, etc. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about survivalism for the first time, as well as for long-term survivors. It’s full of great information, and is an eye-opener. I may not say that the survivors made the best choices possible in the story, but I learned from it. Footfall by Jerry Pournelle. Alien’s similar to elephants invade the earth. A good deal of how to survive in urban areas without the infrastructure we would normally have. Lucifer’s Hammer , by Pournelle. A comet strikes the earth, many survival skills and scenes. Also deals with cannibalism. Tunnel in the Sky , by Heinlein. Survival in an unexpected, long term situation. Sixth Column , by Heinlein. Survival after enemy invasion of the US. Farnham’s Freehold , by Heinlein. One mans preparation and success in surviving nuclear war. Pulling Through, by Dean Ing. Post nuclear war scenario, Mr. Ing manages to discuss a wide variety of pertinent survival skills. The Stand, by Stephen King. All reports suggest the book is better than the miniseries on TV was, I didn’t watch the series. Starts out with a plague killing most people on earth, gets very supernatural. Unintended Consequences by John Ross. The first two-thirds of “Unintended Consequences” comprise a fictionalized chronology of various characters on three continents experiencing the effects of being armed – and being disarmed – from 1906 to the present. In the final third of the novel, set after Waco and Ruby Ridge, America’s gun-grabbers finally go too far. Gun owners find themselves pushed to the point where they realize it’s either give up all their weapons or fight back. Individually, without getting together to form any giant conspiracy, they start killing their oppressors. A few at first… then by the hundreds. Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank. The first (?) survivalist book. Nuclear war survival in rural Florida. No Blade of Grass, by John Christopher? A plague wipes out all food grains over most of the earth. People fleeing London for Wales, also forming local alliances and groups. The Sheep Look Up, by John Brunner. Survival in an ecologically damaged America. Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner. Life in an oppressive police state, within an ecologically damaged world. Malevil, by Robert Merle. Post nuclear war survival in rural France. Interesting social dramas, not too good for survival skills. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. Useful for understanding the people responsible for the problems. Wolf And Iron, by Gordon R. Dickson. Post economic collapse. Lone wanderer scavenges and learns his way across several states. Finally sets up as blacksmith and farmer rancher. A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller. A fascinating book about long-term post apocalypse story, about the value of books and knowledge. The Postman, by David Brin. A great book about a traveler in the medium – long post nuclear war environment, the establishment of local and regional governments, and the value of a traveling postman to carry news from one region to another. Earth Abides by George R Steward. Pandemic survivors find each other and build communities initially based on scavenging. Inertia causes little of pre-disaster technology and culture to be passed on, causing great anguish to main character. Survivors by Terry Nation. Pneumonic plague strain spread by air travel kills off most of the population. Set in Great Britain, a survivor group failing under pressure from bad weather and hostile neighbors migrates to the south of France. Strangely enough Brits will use guns if they can get them. All Fools’ Day by Edmund Cooper. A new type of radiation (yuk yuk) causes most of mankind to commit suicide. The immune are ‘creative artists of all kinds, lunatics, political and religious fanatics, prostitutes and pathological animal lovers.’ Set in Great Britain. Harvest of Stars, by Paul Anderson: America where political correctness has become a religion and taken over. One must think ahead and be on ones toes at all times in dealing with a police state; acting experience is a plus! Vandenberg, by Oliver Lange. Life in a United States occupied by Soviet(or whatever) troops. Frightening. Warday and Nature’s End, by Whitley Straub The Ends of the Circle, by Paul O. Williams – sorry I could not find this one on Amazon.com Some Will Not Die, by Algis Budrys. Post pandemic in New York City Son of initial main char forms the “Reunification Army” to create the “Second Republic.” Guns, guns, and more guns and living on 20 year old canned goods. Still not a bad story. Only Lovers Left Alive by Dave Wallis. Set in Britain, virtually everyone over 19 commits suicide over a 2 year period. A street gang rises to the conquest of London metro area but finds it tough going in the country when the canned good run out. – sorry I could not find this one on Amazon.com Out of the Ashes series by William Johnstone. The first is excellent on establishing attitude and the others each have a few tidbits in them. His Tri-states concept is developing almost a cult-like following in some areas. Most of the later volumes are just pay copy (Is there any other reason to write?) so you have to wade through a lot of story line to pick out the good parts. He writes interesting copy so it isn’t a chore. The Guardians – series by Richard Austin (pretty darned good until you get to around # 20 or #23, then they were done by ghost writers and the characters just got too weird). Deathlands – series by James Axler (survival value very little, but I think they’re darned good reading, especially the first 10 – 15 books) Death Wind by William C. Heine. The plot is that a pandemic suddenly sweeps North America, killing within minutes anyone exposed to an infected person, even being downwind is sufficient. The story follows a Canadian family who retreat to the far North to avoid the plague. There are several elements that bear directly on survival. First, there is a sudden onset of the emergency with no prior warning. The immediate response reaction is instructive. Second there are the North country survival techniques. Third there are psychological factors of being a survivor in a situation where most others die. And there is more, dealing with post-disaster situations, though I won’t go into that because it would spoil the book for you. It’s a page turner, though of course not a survival handbook. Path to Savagery by Robert Edmund Alter. The world after a minor nuclear war. The polar ice caps have melted, flooding the coast lines. North America is suffering from a drought and millions of people are dead. The hero is a “loner” who avoids interacting with the tribes that most of the survivors have joined. He has a Thompson sub-machine gun and the right attitude. The Castle Keeps by Andrew J Offutt. American life has gradually gone to hell in a hand basket, especially in the cities. Story of a family that moved to a farm determined to do what it takes to survive and live well. My only complaint with this book is that the protagonist uses a Colt .45 SAA instead of a M1911. Other than this, the scenes involving firearms are very well done. Sorry, I could not find this one on Amazon.com. The Long Loud Silence by Wilson Tucker. Bio war wipes out USA east of Mississippi. The story of an “immune” (all such are careers). Cannibalism is adopted by some survivors. The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham. A meteor shower blinds most of the inhabitants on earth. A group of people who still have sight fight against flesh eating plants while the try to survive. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien fictional account of a young woman surviving the aftermath of a nuclear war on her parents farm. Very weak on science. She lives in a protected valley, and everything outside the valley is dead. Then one day a man shows up who invented a radiation proof suit with a pushcart (since cars are radioactive). She hides in the woods, unsure of what to do. Finally she shows herself, but not before he drinks from a radioactive pond. He gets sick, she helps him, he eventually tries to rape her, and she hides again. It had some good points, such as hiding her garden, getting fuel from pumps w/o electricity, and what to do with her dog, since it could be used by the man to find her. (reviewer) read it in Jr. High School in the school library, so its at least 13 old, and intended for younger readers. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson. The basis for the Omega Man movie, a plague kills almost everyone. Earth Blood (3 book series) and The Death lands books by James Axler. The Earth Blood books are about an earth where some sort of biological agent has destroyed most of the plant life throwing the world into chaos. The Death Land books take place 100 or so years after a nuclear holocaust. Fire and Ice – by Ray Kytle c 1975 D McKay & Co. It is the story of the effects of a Middle East War/Oil Crisis on a (liberal, although not for long) University professor and his family and friends. The oil fields are sabotaged/destroyed and Western Civilization gradually, then with increasing speed, grinds to a halt. Then, it becomes a story of survival, as the characters must contend not only with food shortages but looters, gangs and even the military. Then, the weather begins to change, affected by the burning oil fields. Future Eden by J.M. Morgan- people in the biosphere project survive a plague like the one in the stand and 20 years later have found a way to go back out side. Sorry, I could not find this one on Amazon.com. Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny. A man has to make a cross country run in a post apocalyptic America Long Voyage Back by Luke Rehinhart- the story of a family who survive a nuclear holocaust by sailing along the cost of North and South America Dark Advent by Brian Hodge- another story about a illness that wipes out much of the world population. Swan Song by Robert McCammeron- A post nuclear war story. Well that’s it for my recommended survivalist fiction – please list your favorites in the comments below…
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