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  • Birthday 05/31/1969

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    British Columbia, Canada
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    Reading, quilting, sewing, gardening, knitting, canning.
  1. I've really been enjoying this thread, makes you think. I'd pick shovel, I could always figure something out for a hoe if I had to but I'd want a good sturdy shovel for turning the garden or digging a latrine. If someone came to your door for food, would you give them a pound of rice or a pound of beans?
  2. It's one of my favourite books, I bought it years ago after I heard her on the radio giving an interview. I've had to tape the cover back on, wish it was a hardcover instead of paperback. Foxglove
  3. Hair elastics combs brushes chap stick hand cream - hands will get more chapped from handwashing dishes & laundry dish brushes nail clippers paper, pencil & pens pencil sharpener broom, dust pan
  4. What a great price, I wish I could find that in my neighbourhood. My prep plans for the new year are to get some meat canned; chicken and ground beef are what we use the most of. I also like the thought of having some pre-cooked meat so that if we are in an emergency situation I'm heating up more than cooking and that I can conserve my cooking fuel. Foxglove
  5. I looked around and it doesn't seem to be sold in Canada yet, I'll keep checking Amazon Canada. It sounds really good. I do like the books that scare us a bit, gets up motivated again with our preps especially since we all know that an EMP is entirely possible. Also there are some things in the books that never occur to me to prepare for, usually things like medication since we don't use any except some Advil or cough medicine and it's not on my mind much. Foxglove
  6. Mrs. Moose I looked around and on the Harvest Essentials website they list the Sedona as $399 and near the end of the video he does say it will be around $400. I wish he would have shown how the door opens up because the Excalibur one just sort of hangs on a top lip. The Sedona does look very nice but the price would hold me back from ordering it. I'm just hoping that my mom will give me her Excalibur. I've got another 10 lbs of apples in it, the kids have already eaten about 20lbs that I've done the last few days, but since I bought the apples at 29 cents a pound I didn't mind them gorgi
  7. I bought a Mr. Coffee dehydrator in the second hand shop for $10 and used that for a long time. I just borrowed an Excalibur dehydrator from my mom and it's so much better. I could get so much more on the trays, it's the 9 tray model and everything dries evenly. The Mr. Coffee dehydrator I had to rotate the trays since the bottom trays would dry faster than the top ones and on each individual tray food didn't dry evenly so I was moving the food around. I cored & sliced about 10lbs of apples and it all fit in the Excalibur, the Mr. Coffee would hold about 4 lbs. However the price on th
  8. Beef jerky gets eaten in a heart beat around here, the kids don't leave anything for me to store, I'm just waiting for a good sale price to buy a couple of roasts. In my area the prices for certain things go up in the month of December, flour went up from just under $6 a 22lb bag to $10, sugar went up $4 a bag, anything to do with Christmas baking, dinners or holiday snacks. Really frustrating to find any deals. I am going to a local drug store today for paper towels, 8 rolls for $2 and dish soap is 99 cents a bottle. I put a hold on stocking up things in December just because of that pri
  9. A local vegetable stand had a sale this week of spartan apples for 29 cents a pound. I picked up 50 lbs and have started dehydrating them, I've gotten about 10 lbs done so far and the second batch is in the dehydrator. My mom bought a Excalibur 9 tray a couple of months ago and I borrowed it, unbelievable how much I can get into it compared to my plain round dehydrator that I bought at the thrift shop. I considered making some apple jelly from the cores and peelings but we don't eat much jam or jellies so I'll give it to the chickens instead. I also tried a new bean dip recipe using s
  10. I use the Lahey recipe and I love it. I had some friends stay for dinner at the last minute and I had made a loaf of this bread without knowing they would be there, I put some out and the loaf of bread was eaten before I could get dinner on the table. I use a five quart Lodge cast iron dutch oven that was about $30 on amazon. I've also heard good things about a book called "Kneadlessly Simple" but haven't seen it myself yet. The hardest part is remembering to mix up the dough the day before you want it. Foxglove
  11. So true, better to spend the money now and do it right than lose my chickens. We did have four racoons in the tree stealing our plums one night in September and the coop is right next to it so they must have smelled our chickens but they haven't been back for a chicken dinner. Our dog alerted us that there was something in the yard, good dog! My husband also designed the coop (used screws instead of nails) so that if we do move the coop can be taken with us. Foxglove
  12. Hi Deerslayer I will buy a whole chicken or two and roast them, the first dinner will be roast chicken and then the second day it's chicken soup. After we eat the roast chicken I pick off any leftover meat and put it the fridge. All the bones, skin, fat from the pan go into my large stock pot. I cover it with water, throw in some rough chopped onion, celery tops & leaves if I have them, whole peppercorns, 3-4 bay leaves, a little pinch of hot pepper flakes and then bring it all up to a rolling boil. Then I turn down the heat and let it boil softly for 2-3 hours. Then I strain out
  13. At least the older generation knows how to make chicken stock if they need to. I'm always amazed at how many younger people in their 20's & 30's have no clue that chicken soup starts with the bones and fat. My kids love homemade chicken soup, they see the boiled bones when I'm straining the broth and it doesn't bother them a bit, of course they've also seen their dad butcher a deer in the garage and they love venison for dinner. They do think guts are gross to look at but that's about it. Foxglove
  14. We are trying to move to the country life but the right place hasn't shown up yet for us. Starting small with the animals is a great idea since building a coop, stall, barn, fences etc can cost a lot of money. We have our six illegal backyard suburban chickens and the wire alone cost close to $100 and it's not that big of a coop. We did go with the more expensive galvanized wire welded mesh because an abundance of racoons, coyotes and hawks in our neighbourhood and my husband looked around for the best price but it's pricey. I think we all have our limits to what we can realistically
  15. Wow, well that's all I can really say! Never occurred to me that people would build something so big and elaborate to hunt ducks. I do have to wonder if their wives are a bit ticked off that chores at home didn't get done while they were building this. Foxglove
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