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  1. My Dad often spoke of eating by the seasons. In winter they ate a lot of meat and bread with just a little vegetables and even less fruit and very few eggs. In the spring they ate the first dandelions, eggs picked up, and onions...working their way into the new potatoes and peas...strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries were often the entire meal. Like a couple of weeks ago I made my Mom a cherry "pudding", it's sort of weird thing. You make a sweet biscuit batter, mix in the fruit of choice in this case cherries, place in a baking pan, sprinkle the top with sugar and bake at abou
  2. Hi Everyone and thanks so much for the prayers...it has been a rough couple of days and my Mom has lost another 5#s, but today, PTL, she asked for something to eat...we could hardly believe our ears. She never wants to eat, but today she did and she ate an entire sandwich, some crackers, a couple of cookies and her supper. The doctor started her on something to increase her appetite and told us it would take about a week, today's a week.
  3. I know one other prepper in real life, but he is not prepping to the extent that I do, but it's nice to know he's around and he has some carpentry and electrical skills that I lack (He's dating my daughter, so there's still hope for him yet.) He didn't realize how much I stock until he offered to bring some shelves for the basement when I said that I needed them...they're already full and I'm looking for room to put some more up. His church (not LDS)is a prepping church, so that's how he got into it. In a way, I'm not worried about having or letting others around me know that I prep, I
  4. We don't: go to movies, sporting events, shows that cost money..only the freebees we don't eat out except on special occasions and usually go for breakfast because that's the cheapest meal to eat out. we keep it warm in summer and cold in winter (don't get sick as often either) we bulk buy everything that we use at income tax time; TP, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, foods, etc. no fake nails, hair colors, eyelashes, etc. for fun we visit our friends, play games outside, go swimming (we have a pool...use it cool off in and recreation and a water supply too), play c
  5. Tommorrow they are moving my Mom to a nursing home...and I am so depressed because I promised her that she wouldn't have to go there. They want her to go there do get therapy 5 times a week...and if she gets any better then she can come back home. She isn't eating anything and isn't drinking, so she's dehydrated and they can't find a vein for the IV. I know she's ready to go to heaven, but I'm not sure I'm ready to see her go. She missed her husband and feels so alone, it's like she's starving herself to death and there is nothing that I can do about it. Please pray for us to have strengt
  6. Pass this on to anyone who likes sitting out in the evening or when they're having a cook out. So you don't like those pesky mosquitoes, especially now that they have the potential to carry the West Nile Virus? Here's a tip that was given at a recent gardening forum. Put some water in a white dinner plate and add a couple drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dish detergent. Set the dish on your porch, patio, or other outdoor area. Not sure what attracts them, the lemon smell, the white plate color, or what, but mosquitoes flock to it, and drop dead shortly after drinking the Lemon Fresh Joy/water mix
  7. First off, my homeschool is quite a bit different than others here may be. My son is enrolled in a state (PA) santioned cyber school district. Once enrolled, they sent him all the books, materials and a computer to use. I had to purchase things that you normally purchase for kids going to school: pencils, pens, paper, notebooks. He attends discussions on line and works from a computer driven system called K12 (You can check and see if your state has a similar program.) He is assigned so much work per day and tests, special assignments, etc. must be sent (over the internet or snail mail) t
  8. The only way that I currently use a rubber ring, is if I place something in a jar with a blemish on the top (where the seal usually sets) then I will use a rubber ring which sits down on the lip where the rim sits and seal it that way...I then use it first when I get to that years crops. It may be a good idea if you plan on using them post SHTF to try them now, while you can still find replacements. We used to can using them and zinc lids on regular jars, but too much hassle if you ask me.
  9. I've been canning for years and use wide mouths for anything that I want to be able to get out whole. I usually can meats in pint jars since that equals a pound and that's what I use for a meal. If I want a lot of broth on something like chicken in order to make soup, then I can a pounds worth with broth in a quart jar. People want to know how I can get supper on the table in 30 minutes...I'm using canned meats. You will love it once you start doing it. Just a note, pork keeps best canned as opposed to frozen. Pork just doesn't freeze well, but it sure does can nicely. I quess I
  10. So with all the people up there in NY you guys couldn't use all that water up before it ran down here to PA and flooded out the lower half of the river valley??? Not me, but it was pretty bad up until today. If I got it right the river reached over 20 feet at Harrisburg. Lots of people had to bug out!!!
  11. Now that your chickens are free ranging and you have all those scraps, get yourself a small pig and a sturdy fence and they will eat all the scraps that you used to feed to the chickens. Including anything left over from Y2K!!!
  12. Grate all the cabbage that's ready and pack it in a five gallon bucket with salt between layers. Pound it for a while until it makes it's own liquid. Top it off with a couple of grape leaves (for the alum). Cover with a plate as big as the bucket an weigh it down to keep it under the liquid. Leave it go for a couple of weeks...scraping the yucky stuff off the top as necessary. Reach under and taste...when as tart as you like it, clean up the top and throw away any that looks weird (don't dump the whole thing because under a couple of inches at most is the best sauerkraut ever. Place in j
  13. Copper Penny Salad - the one made with tomato soup Carrot Salad A couple of grated carrots 1 small can of crushed pineapple - drained, but reserve 2 small boxes of raisins, Mix the pineapple juice with a teaspoon of sweetner and a small amount of ginger or cinnamon. You can add just a small amount of mustard and olive oil to make the dressing. Toss and allow to sit in the fridge overnight. To increase the flavor cook the carrots in chicken or beef broth and season as usual.
  14. I haven't bought any yet, but I have heard that it doesn't taste sweet to some people, don't know why, probably genetic, so I need to get some and try it before I stock it. Just saw it the other day at Wallyworld.
  15. Bought another kerosene lamp and some fuel. Packing up single use items for the BOBs and sorting through them and clothing for the kids. Just received a whole bunch of clothing from my neice, her boy is about 2 sizes bigger than our oldest, so I wash them up and place them in bins in the attic and keep them until he grows into them. I haven't had to buy him jeans in about 3 years...I buy him one or two pair of "current jeans" for going away and the hand-me-downs he wears to play and work in.
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