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  1. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family to get through this horrible time.
  2. Yes! I needed a crown on my front tooth and kept putting it off. Finally this summer got it taken care of. I made my husband get his physical. Doc was very impressed with him. He runs 45 minutes on our treadmill most days. (He used to run everyday before kids). Dr. told my husband not to bother coming back for routine physicals unless something comes up. Also he agreed to a vasectomy after our last. Even though we are older, we were blessed not to have any fertility problems. I, on the other hand, have put on entirely too much weight with my last DD and have had a difficult time getting it off. So my physical condition is really the prep I need to work on the most right now!
  3. OK. I know a lot of people use cloth diapers but I think it would be good to also have disposable stash if SHTF. If you order diapers with Amazon's "Subscribe & Save", you will get 30% off the top with free 2 day shipping. I think you can even use the codes on cloth, not sure though. In the Parenting and Parents magazines August and September issues there are orange postcards with codes to save 20% off diapers. The kicker is that you can stack the codes that begin with different letters. So if you are able to find all 4 of the magazines you could pay next to nothing OOP. Today I found the codes I needed and I was able to get: "Pampers Baby Dry Overnight Extra Protection Diapers, Size 5, 23-Count (Case of 4)" Shipping Preference: I want my items faster. Ship them as they become available. Subtotal of Items: $35.54 Shipping & Handling: $18.60 Promotion Applied: -$10.66 Free Shipping: -$18.60 Promotion Applied: -$7.11 Promotion Applied: -$7.11 Promotion Applied: -$7.11 Your Coupon Savings: -$1.50 Your Coupon Savings: -$1.50 ------ Total for this Order: $0.55 Delivery estimate: August 31, 2010 The extra 2 $1.50 coupon savings is coupons on Amazon's site for Pampers. I have 3 codes available (2 different) from the September magazines. If you know someone who has an August issue of either you could potentially get 90% off diapers. PM me or ask here and I will send you the codes. Clear as mud? The August issue numbers will expire the 31st. Just wanted to help someone. I know there are Mom's and Grandparents.
  4. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! Thank you for the kind words and encouragement! My mother always wanted her daughters to have a means to support themselves. She encouraged careers. I did take her advice and I had my career until I heard my clock ticking. I feel we were very blessed to have my first at 37 and 2nd DD at 40. She and my Dad are resigned to us homeschooling now but they are bombarded with uninvited opinions from extended family and both are worriers by nature. My husband supports me 100%. Some friends continue to speak out against but since I didn't enroll DD in school most have been keeping opinions to themselves. I did have the trouble overcoming the doubt in myself that I would "mess" them up! Still worry some. I was told the same thing. That I needed to go back to work for the companionship, adult conversation, career advancement etc. Honestly I enjoy my girls. I don't want someone taking care/teaching my children. Maybe it's because I was 37 when I had my first? But don't think that is it. I know younger mothers who feel the same way. You are welcome to come over for eggplant parmesan I plan on making in a while. Home grown eggplant and fresh tomato sauce!! I am very lucky and blessed. While I consider myself a SAHM, I do have a PRN job where I can pick up shifts when I need extra money. I have an understanding with my boss that I only have to work once in 90 days to stay on the payroll. I try to be available during vacations and such. This summer I worked 4 days in July and 3 in August to help cover vacations. My husband stayed with the girls on those days. This gives me a sense of security. Honestly I give great credit to this site with all the advice that has enabled me in being able to stay with my DD's! You are right about kids growing up so fast. I know mine are still young but it seems like a blink of an eye since the oldest was born. Time is truly flying! Regarding the homeschool negativity, I use avoidance. Don't ask and don't tell. Maybe not the best choice but I'm a chicken.
  5. Hi, I have been a member here since 2008. I have been educated and inspired by those who give to this site and wanted to say thanks and introduce myself. I am married (23 y) with 2 DD (5 & 22mos). Since joining this site, I am much more prepared. I am blessed that my husband is fully on board with me and helps me to prepare. This site has motivated me to learn to can, dehydrate, and make my own bread (although I don't regularly) and to get out of debt except for mortgage. Of late I am trying to get into a homeschool routine. I am spending a lot of time reading the different homeschool forums. Stressing due to opposition of family & friends and trying something new in general. I feel as if I know most of you! Thanks again, Losmom
  6. Hi all. I know I don' t post much but I am an avid reader. I have a DD still in diapers and was wondering if any of you have a subscription to Parents or Parenting the early years magazines? If so, I could use the 20% Amazon diaper code from the August issue. I can combine it with the September code and get cheap diapers. If anyone wants more details about this deal I would be happy to share and grateful for any codes. I have extra September codes if anyone needs one. Thanks, Losmom
  7. I add it to oatmeal with some walnuts and spices! Very good!
  8. http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/wilde...ss/foo_dehy.htm has the following recipes (there are some for jerky as well): Basic Spaghetti Sauce (Makes 4 servings) 2 yellow onions, chopped 1/2 cup grated carrot 1/4 cup finely chopped celery Optional: 1 tsp jalapeq pepper, seeded, deveined and minced 3 tbsp chopped garlic 1/2 tsp leaf oregano 1/2 tsp sugar 1 6-oz can tomato paste 3 28-oz cans canned tomatoes, drained 20 fresh basil leaves, minced or 1 tbsp dried basil 4 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley 1/2 cup red wine salt and pepper This basic tomato sauce can be used in your backpacking menus for all kinds of dishes: pizza toppings, minestrone or other soups, eggplant parmesan, and, of course, it's a pasta sauce. Make a big batch of it if you like. If you don't have time to dry it all now, freeze and dehydrate later. At Home: 1. Sauti onions till translucent. Add carrot, celery, jalapeqo pepper, garlic and sauti for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add oregano and sugar and stir for a minute before adding the tomatoes (don't add their liquid). 2. Cook at simmer for at least 2 hours. Don't let it boil; it should simmer for 2 or 3 hours. When the sauce is thick and rich, add basil, parsley, salt and pepper, and red wine. Simmer for 30 more minutes. 3. To dehydrate, spread sauce on trays. Put in dehydrator or oven at 145 degrees until dry. The dehydrated sauce will be pliable, like fruit leather; remove from plastic tray while still warm. Store in refrigerator. In Camp: Rehydrate and use as directed in recipes. French Onion Soup Base (Makes 6 soup servings, 2 to 3 pasta sauce servings) 5 cups thinly sliced yellow onions 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp sugar (helps the onions to brown) 3 tbsp flour 2 cups beef bouillon, boiling 1/2 cup dry white wine salt and pepper Optional: beef bouillon cube This French Onion Soup is the real thing, and it's an outrageously delicious pasta sauce with Parmesan cheese. You could even rehydrate it to a thick spread and eat on bread. I adapted this recipe from Julia Child's"Soupe ` l'Oignon" in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. As she tells us, the onions need long, slow cooking in butter to develop a deep rich flavor. At Home: 1. Cook the onions slowly with butter and oil in a covered, heavy-bottomed saucepan for 15 minutes. 2. Uncover, raise heat to moderate, and stir in salt and sugar. Cook 30 to 40 minutes stirring frequently until the onions are golden brown. They will shrink quite a bit during this time. 3. Sprinkle in the flour and stir for three minutes, then slowly blend in boiling bouillon. This will make a thick sauce. Add wine and season to taste. 4. To dry, spread mixture on drying trays. Dry at 145 degrees until dry. Package and store in refrigerator. In Camp: Rehydrate with boiling water. Add optional beef bouillon cube if desired and make into soup (4-6 cups of water), or pasta sauce (1-2 cups). Note: Because of the high oil content, for best flavor, this dish should be dehydrated not more than a week before your camping trip. Curried Lentil Soup Base (Makes 8 servings) 3-4 cups water 2 14 1/2-oz cans chicken broth 2 cups lentils 1 fresh onion 3 cloves garlic 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger 4 tsp Indian curry powder 2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tbsp olive oil The Indian name for this soup is Dahl Shorba. It can be made from scratch in camp or dried at home into an instant soup. For a hearty meal, add sliced sausage or fresh vegetables (potatoes, carrots, cauliflower). At Home: 1. Combine water, chicken broth cubes, and lentils. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer on low heat for 20 to 45 minutes or until lentils are cooked through; it won't take long if you use orange or yellow lentils. Keep watching it_if it thickens too much you may have to add more water, but add as little as possible. 2. Dice onion, mince garlic and cook and stir them in oil together with curry, coriander seeds (crush with back of cooking spoon) and red peppers over medium heat for 7 minutes. Stir spice mixture into lentils. Cover. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Cook down to a thick paste, taking care not to burn while it's cooking down. 3. Spread on plastic sheets in dryer. Dry at 145 degrees until dry, about 6 hours. Repackage and store in refrigerator until ready to use. In Camp: Rehydrate with boiling water, heat, add water until desired thickness and serve. I've not tried any yet but I think I will the spaghetti sauce soon. I just got finished drying 10# ground beef. Thought this might help someone else! Edit after reading over I noticed these aren't for LTS. Sorry!
  9. Hi all. Still kind of new but have really been getting some prepping done! I canned 5 pints of chicken breast ($0.99/lb). 4 pints of pork loin. Got my new dehydrator broke in by drying everything I can get my hands on. Summer squash, spinach, green peppers, and peas. Some were frozen (peas and spinach) and the rest from garden. Bought 10 small jars of Skippy PB for $0.52/jar, which I plan to share w/DM. Visiting MIL next week and picking up 18 1/2 gal canning jars and a wood cooking stove--ye haw! Oh and she found me a wash board at a flea market for $10. AND I just got an email that my CL mill should be here by the 14th. Thank all of you for all of the good ideas and for getting me off my butt and doing things as well. I really appreciate this site. While DH and I are frugal and prepped to some degree in the past, nothing like we needed and really didn't know how to get started in some areas. You all are the BEST!!!
  10. I did it! I ordered the CLM last night. It won't be here for approx. a month but it is just a relief to get it ordered. I also ordered 150# of wheat to add to my preps. Getting there little by little. Thanks for all of your input.
  11. Thank you all for your replies. I am leaning towards the Country Living. Just wanted other opinions before I spent that much money!
  12. Hi, I'm new and have just been soaking up all the info available here. I really appreciate the time people put into this site! I have been prepping like mad and have really come a long way. I am ready to purchase a grain mill and was wondering what is the best for the cost. If the Country Living mill is the best I can justify the cost but being somewhat frugal I would like the opinions of more experienced preppers. TIA
  13. Hi! I've been reading your public pages for a while and decided to join up. This site is what I have been looking for! I respect the knowledge and time your members have put into this site. My DH and I have "sorta" prepared for a while now, but are VERY serious now. Before I just worried about food/water etc. Thanks to this site I will be much more prepared (hardcore). Going next week to get a wood burning cookstove and other essentials along those lines. Again Thanks for the wonderful site!
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