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This is my preparedness blog. Here are some of the topic categories discussed so far.
- Food Preservation
- Food Storage
- Health & Fitness
- Hebrew Roots
- Home School
- Juice Plus
- Money & Finances
- Tools & Equipment
- Wild Edibles
I do not endorse everything these bloggers believe or say, but I include them because they have awesome content. Since you have come this far I know you are able to discern between useful content and false beliefs of all kinds.
- One of Mike's missions is to help us prepare for disaster. This website is devoted to the belief that Yeshua HaMashiach is the Messiah over the whole House of Israel. His return to set up His Kingdom is very near. We seek to help prepare His family for the troublesome days which scripture states will precede His coming, the time of Jacob's Trouble. Deuteronomy 30 tells us that Torah will give us life through every situation and circumstance we may face. We seek to help prepare the family of God spiritually, emotionally and physically.
- This handbook is a guide for your family and other like-minded brethren how to set up the camp tailored to the threats of the Great Tribulation. It offers practical tips addressing survival and endurance issues as well as spiritual counsel and encouragement to maintain trust in the Lord. Addendums in the handbook include: the prophetic pattern of Numbers 33 (the 42 camping locations), packing lists to get ready, and songs and blessings for the Tribulation Saints. This handbook is flexible, waterproof, tear-proof and sized at 6"x9"x½" to fit in your Go-Bag. (108 Pages)
- It looks like a few Stan Deyo websites land here, including DareToPrepare.com, such as...
- ...StanDeyo.com--"news you can use...keeping it real"
- ...Millennium-Ark.net--"practical preparedness"
- Do check out all the tabs; there is lots of interesting stuff! I was just reading the article Athiest Has A Vivid Dream of Heaven that makes preparedness even more important now, today, than ever!
- Better ideas for off the grid living.
- Do check out all the tabs: Survival Gear, Food & Supplies, Seeds & Fertilizer, Solar Power & Energy, Books & Reading, DVDs & Reading, Gift Cards. There is lots of interesting stuff!
- Disclosure: I am an affiliate, so if you purchase something from this website I benefit a tad.
The Survival Mom. Lisa Bedford is a highly respected source of survival information.
- Preparedness (obviously)
- Prepper Myths
- Prepper Resources
- ...and much more than I have discovered so far!
- Kellene tackles all kinds of subjects, like Preparing for the Worst and Making Your Own Vinegar.
- Kellene speaks very directly on things like Ammo 101 and Radio Preparedness. I often wonder how she finds time to research all this stuff so well!
- Food Storage Recipes
- Food Storage Videos
- Organizational Tools
- Preparedness Supplies
- ...and a whole lot more
- Anitra's friend Tony instructs you on How to Pack a Car Emergency Kit. This is one of numerous "Smart Minutes" produced by Anitra and her family.
- Anitra shares her Grab and Go Family Binder. Anitra is an organization freak!
Basic Life Essentials. Because this is in New Brunswick, Canada, it is one of the few preparedness websites that I regularly order from. They offer great personal service!
- Basic Life Essentials is a Canadian based vendor of top quality preparedness supplies, providing peace of mind, self reliance and security. They offer freeze dried, dehydrated and bulk food. Everything from basic staples (wheat, sugar, salt) to tasty pre-made meals to freeze dried fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and more).
- BLE is an authorized dealer for In Case of.
- BLE is a Canadian distributor for Thrive.
Enviroharvest Inc. This vendor is in Port Hope, ON, so it's another one we like to purchase from.
- Enviroharvest provides cost effective off-grid alternative energy solutions utilizing solar, wind and water power as well as fueled generator power generation equipment.
- They design consultatively with clients, ensuring the design addresses their objectives. Solutions reflect their objectives which may range from experimental and educational to dependable and expandable.
- They do their best to dispel industry misinformation with their website by providing current relevant technical information in non-technical format.
- Among many other things, they are Canada's largest Berkey Water Filter dealer.
- They also market food, water, emergency supplies, and first aid kits. They are an exclusive Canadian dealer for Ready Reserve Foods, which is the company Mike Clayton promotes.
- Some of the tabs on this huge website: do it yourself, renewable energy, green homes, organic gardening, natural health, green transportation, nature & community, modern homesteading, sustainable farming, real food, land for sale.
- Some of the tabs on this huge website: letters to the editor, today's news, archives, radio, reviews, daily videos, way off the grid, ask Joel, education, energy, extreme survival, financial, food, health, hunting, politics, religion, self defense.
- If you subscribe you will get a ton of mail, and a lot of it will be trying to sell you something. But there is so much information here that it might be worth it to you.
Survival News Online. The best source on the web for emergency preparedness (or so the snoman says).
- The snoman puts out some very interesting and useful videos!
- Lots of great tips, here.
- Urban Survival Guide: Learn the Secrets of Surviving Urban Disasters
- Folks, you’ve really got to sign up for David Morris’s “Survive in Place” course! This is the ultimate in preparedness information!
- This is a meaty 12 week course which provides online access to downloadable and printable materials, audio lessons, e-mail newsletters, several bonuses, access to a members forum, and a copy of the book Urban Survival Guide. We bought this; I gave Mike the book and I collected the internet material. Mike really likes the book and I signed up to be an affiliate!
- ...country living
- ...food storage
- ...saving money
- Victoria Gazeley started dreaming about modern homesteading in the late 1990s when she found an original homesteader’s cabin in the woods and decided to restore it...she settled into her small heritage log cabin on 6 acres of west coast rainforest and began the process of learning the skills that would turn it into a tiny haven of style and self-sufficiency.
- In this blog she shares what she has learned and what she is learning.
- For example, she has some great information on chickens.
- This piece on choosing the best seeds for homesteading was helpful, as well.
- Emergency preparedness, homesteading, wild food foraging, medical skills, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, recycling, canning, gardening, and so much more--they even have a gluten-free section!
- For example, this Gluten Free Egg Noodles recipe got my attention. I really miss tuna noodle casserole...and Jon can make me lasagna with this recipe, too!
- Lest you think this is just a food site (oh, there are so many links I want to use--meals-in-a-jar anyone?) let me provide one or two links from a couple of the numerous non-recipe categories.
- Interested in gardening? The Vertical Gardening page has a number of frugal and creative ideas. Wow, must try some of these!
- Need to learn some primitive skills? The Primitive Skills page will help you learn to make slingshots, build better fires, and trap fish. That's just for starters...
- How to select delicious foods--packed with nutrition--optimized for shelf life--and easy to store.
- Search and destroy the toxic foods in your diet so you can improve your health and survive a catastrophe or national emergency.
Basics of Gluten Free Prepping. You knew I had to eventually find this, right? I encourage you to Google "gluten free prepping" and find lots more links!
- This is one article, written by Stephanie Dayle, at the American Preppers Network. If you are American, you should probably join this.
- Don't overlook all the links to additional information on living gluten free. And then I encourage you to check out the entire website.
- Check this out: Going Dutch: The Art and Practice of Dutch Oven Cooking. This is something I've been needing to learn--I've got the Dutch Oven (and the volcano stove); I just need time to practice the skills!
- This is one article at the Survival Blog, a daily web log for prepared individuals living in uncertain times.
- Don't overlook all the links to additional information on living gluten free. And then I encourage you to check out the entire website.
- Honey From Flinty Rocks is the journey of one woman who is a first generation Christian, recovering feminist, the help-meet to “The Patriarch”, home schooling (home-discipleship) mother to one “Arrow” & 4 adult children (Floppsy, Mopsy, Peter & Cottontail); who loves to cook, bake, read, sew, crochet, make soap, take pictures, scrapbook, paint & draw, write, play the piano, listen to classical music (mostly classical & baroque era) and spend time with her family.
- Aunt Mae comments on Gluten & Dairy Free Thoughts on Preparedness. This is something I've been struggling with of late.
- Aunt Mae comments on Black Berkey Water Filter Failures. Hmmm, food for thought...
Wonder Box (or Wonder Oven, or Haystack Cooker, or whatever you want to call it--it goes by many names).
- A wonder box is a heat retention cooker. After you bring your food to a boil, (so it is heated throughout) using any number of cooking methods, you remove it from the heat source and quickly place the pot inside the wonder box.
- The insulation of the wonder box will slow your food’s loss of heat keeping it at cooking temperatures for hours. Using a wonder box reduces the amount of fuel needed to cook your meal because the fuel that would normally be used to keep your food at cooking temperatures after it has started boiling is eliminated.
- The link above will take you to the I Will Prepare website, where you can get instructions for making the square wonder box.
- I figured out the dimensions for making this a rectangular (rather than square) wonder oven because I wanted to use it with my big oval crockpots. (The instructions are the same.) I then made some; took pictures and everything! Most of the pictures were too dark (what can I say; photography is not my schtick) but I have posted some of them in the left sidebar for your viewing pleasure!
- I learned from Megan Smith over at My Food Storage Cookbook that you can even bake muffins and bread in it! It really works! In the left sidebar you can see some bread I baked in stainless steel salt/pepper cups that I won from Megan in a give-away. She liked my idea of the rectangular wonder oven so much she gave me 5 of them! Thanks, Megan. You are a wonderful gal!
- Homesteading off-grid, practicing survival & disaster preparedness.
- There are many ways to make a heat retention cooker. This is a post about making one out of materials you ordinarily use for other purposes (a laundry basket, towel, blankets).
- It also details how you can prepare dry beans pretty-much effortlessly.
- Saratoga Jacks is the leader in practical, affordable, energy efficient and portable thermal cookers.
- Here you can purchase a new thermal cooker, download thermal cooking recipes, or follow their blog.
- You can even buy an accessory kit for the Jack, which allows you to bake bread and other things in it! I understand that the inspiration for this is Megan Smith's muffins in a wonder oven idea. The day my Saratoga Jack arrived I baked bread in it using the loaf pan--and it worked great! In fact, the bread was flufflier than the loaves I baked in the regular oven were! Next I want to try making a coffee cake or something similar in the round pan.
- Thermal Cooker FAQs. This is a great preparedness tool!
- Saratoga Jacks Blog. Learn how to use the Jack.
- On these pages, The DO Dude has jotted down all the advice he can think of to help you choose a good Dutch Oven, get it ready, keep it in good shape, and use it to create magnificent meals. His Dutch Oven recipes give you a selection of dishes to prepare for breakfast, dinner, or dessert so find one that sounds good and give it a try when you want to go for something new.
- Here are some Great Recipes for Camping.
- Here is a list of Dutch Oven and Outdoors Sites where you can collect lots more information and recipes.
- Some of the tabs: Easy DO Recipes, DO Turkey Recipes, Healthy DO Recipes, DO Chicken Recipes, DO Bread Recipes, Gourmet DO Recipes, Coals-Heat Table.
- Check out the Dutch Oven Solar Cooking video demo. I love the idea of using the sun to heat my Dutch Oven!
Chuckwagon Recipes. A collection of recipes that come from "the heritage of western living." Enjoy the pictures!
Dutch Oven Care and Use. Introduction, selecting, seasoning, cleaning, restoring, regulating, tools, tips, and recipes.
- The page is really dedicated on how to cook in a Dutch Oven, not what to cook. Whatever recipe you decide to cook, knowing how to cook it properly is probably the most important thing you can learn. Never look for "Dutch Oven" recipes--simply look for "recipes", because whatever you can cook in your house, you can cook in a Dutch Oven, and for some unknown reason it tastes better.
- Helpful Tips, Blog, Resources.
- Videos and recipes.
- Learn how to make Pumpkin Pie, from dehydrated items.
- Check out the Dehydrate2store Store for stuff like mylar bags and food preservation kitchen tools.
- That's one article at Canadian Preppers Network. If you are Canadian, you should probably join this.
- Don't overlook the links to other Canadian prepping sites!
- Check out their group buy tab.
- eFoodsDirect believes in three principles: serve, save, and share--serve great food and one another, save for unforeseen circumstances that lie ahead, and share the message of gaining control of your food supply and be less dependent on others.
- According to the FAQ's page, eFoods Direct has very strict ingredient requirements as follows: dehydrated from premium-grade fresh raw foods, no genetically altered food, no added MSG, no imports from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides, no hydrogenated oil.
- Wild food is everywhere! Get familiar with it! Start using it!
- The purpose of this site is to help you begin to seek your own free life, should you wish to do so. Bear in mind, however, that the process of living and eating free (and deliciously!) does not happen overnight. Linda found this out after years of existence in the Adirondack wilderness.
- The Forager’s Forum is a way for foragers to discuss wild food topics with each other, to share your knowledge, and Linda may chime in from time to time. She frequently posts on the Forum.
- Visit the OTF store and buy Linda's book The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide and some of her other products, and start learning.
Wilderness Survival. The contents of this website are taken from actual U.S. Army training manuals. You will not find a more complete resource on Wilderness Survival.
- Don't make the mistake of thinking that being in a survival situation would be fun. Wilderness Survival is not a game and there is no immunity.
- Take action and educate yourself on survival techniques. Nature is unforgiving and you must be prepared to fight to stay alive.
- Check out this section on Cold Weather Survival. One of the most difficult survival situations is a cold weather scenario. With a little knowledge of the environment, proper plans, and appropriate equipment, you can overcome the elements. Remember, winter weather is highly variable. Cold is a far greater threat to survival than it appears. It decreases your ability to think and weakens your will to do anything except to get warm. Cold is an insidious enemy; as it numbs the mind and body, it subdues the will to survive. Cold makes it very easy to forget your ultimate goal--to survive.
- Here's a tip from the sub-section on Shelters. Note: In extreme cold, do not use metal, such as an aircraft fuselage, for shelter. The metal will conduct away from the shelter what little heat you can generate.
- Camp goods like tent stoves, cookware, buck saws, hammocks, sleeping bags, skills training, etc.
- Four Dog tent stoves and camp gear has been trail-tested and approved by novice and professional guides, trappers, hunters, bushcrafters, long distance hikers and canoeists surviving in the harshest, coldest outdoor conditions in the Northern United States, Canada, and all over the world.
- Do check out the videos; they're very educational.
- This is the tent stove we bought, because it is collapsible. It's just one of many stoves this company markets.
- Canvas Tent Shop will custom-make a tent for you.
- Canadian source for such things as wall tents, tent stoves, cots, tarps, bedrolls, game bags, bear fences.
- Bear fences--sounds like something we should get!
- These things are awesome! In one package you get two cots that you can use separately or combine into a bunk--and even configure into a bench!
- We bought ours at the Costco warehouse at a cheaper price, and with free shipping!
- For inspiration, watch this Disc-O-Bed assembly video demo.
P-Style, a feminine urination device (FUD).
- What a novel idea! If you've been worrying about what you will do when the need strikes when you are out in the bush, worry no more. Try the P-style!
- This post explains one woman's journey regarding her decision to use the P-style.
- Don't overlook the recommended video; that video is what finally persuaded me to buy P-Styles for my daughter and myself. Plus cases that we can attach to our belts.
- Google "family cloths" and you'll find a whole bunch of blog posts from people who have tried them and loved them. This is just one.
- When we run out of our supply of toilet paper and/or need to conserve space, we're going to be using some sort of "family cloths," like it or not, so we might as well get used to them now!
Peepods. Washable cloth menstrual and incontinence pads.
- "At Peepods, we want to help make a difference in the lives of women, and we are thrilled to offer a product that is extremely absorbent, beautiful and comfortable all in one! Every purchase of Peepods, helps provide Peepods to women all over the world who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to dress with dignity."
Lehman's. At Lehman's, being old-fashioned is always in fashion. That's why their massive, 32,000-square-foot retail store contains four pre-Civil War era buildings, including a Buggy Barn cinema, where you can relax on Amish-made hickory church pews while learning about organic gardening, oil lamp restoration or wood stove maintenance.
- Providing authentic products that work for life...since 1955. Founded by Jay Lehman in 1955 to serve the local Amish in northeast Ohio, today Lehman's sells old-fashioned but brand new merchandise all over the world.
- I've purchased some things from the Laundry section, and got great service.
- Frugal living strategies have helped Clair Schwan become debt-free, retire early, stretch his dollars, be more self-reliant, and enjoy financial freedom and peace of mind. If this sounds appealing, then this site is a good place for you to be. Here you'll find over 560 pages of quality material for your review and use.
- Schwan claims to be a "thrivalist" rather than a "survivalist" but his site appeals to me because these are all skills a prepper needs. Check out the tabs: Frugal Living, Frugal Mindset, Money Talk, Self-Reliance.
- Frugal living in tough times.
- Frugal living "how to's".
- Subscribe to newsletters (several options).
- Home of the Prepper Medical Corps.
- As medical preparedness experts, they work towards formulating strategies to stay healthy that include traditional medicine, alternative remedies, and medicinal/survival gardening. They look forward to providing you the best resources possible!
This will probably be a gardening blog, but for the moment I will direct you to the Preparedness Blog where there are a few gardening posts.
- Green Flour
- Red Clover
This is not really a blog, but it has awesome garden photos and information. This is an idea whose time has come!
- Tower Garden® simplifies traditional gardening, using a unique vertical garden system that makes it easy to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables at home.
- Healthier: Grow your own nutritious, great-tasting vegetables, fruits, and herbs at home.
- Easier: Simplify growing with a vertical garden placed on your patio, rooftop, or balcony.
- Smarter: Invest in your health with an eco-friendly aeroponic garden that pays for itself.
I do not endorse everything these bloggers believe or say, but I include them because they have awesome content.
- In this presentation, Eliot Coleman, four-season Maine farmer and author of Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Garden All Year Long, explains how it is possible to keep productive vegetable gardens all year long--even in the middle of a northeast winter.
- There is plenty of light, Coleman explains. It’s the cold that needs to be overcome--which he’s able to do with his custom unheated greenhouse design.
- High-intensity gardening and other tricks and tips using containers and square foot systems.
- Join his Yahoo Group. Lots of information.
- This method of gardening works very well from the Arctic Circle to the heat of the Caribbean. If you can find bales of straw, or similar bales of organic material, you can garden this way.
- Straw bale gardening is simply a different type of container gardening. The main difference is that the container is the straw bale itself and is held together with two or three strings.
- Don't believe it? Check out these pictures. I'm so inspired!
- An organic gardening blog with a common sense approach.
- Theresa has been organic gardening in Virginia for more than 35 years.
- Stop by often to be entertained, encouraged, and learn things about organic gardening the easy way--here a little, there a little--from her stories, tips, anecdotes, experiences, and explanations.
- Or subscribe to her newsletter.
- Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, the Mittleider Gardening Method is a time-proven, effective, no-gimmick answer to vegetable gardening...all over the world!
- Check out the Blog.
- Join the Yahoo Group. If you've got questions, you'll get lots of answers here.
- Natural organic gardening and living.
- Garrett's Weekend Organic Radio Program offers you the best information and advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pets, home care, pests, and a natural way to live. Howard will help you understand organics and the importance to your health and lifestyle.
- Watch some Videos. Very educational.
Learn2Grow, Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener.
- Gardening guides, problem solvers, projects, inspirations, plant search.
- Regional gardening tips.
- There is tons of information and ginormous amounts of colour on this site!
- Dave's Garden is the hands-down favorite website of gardeners around the world. Their articles and videos show you how to start seeds and learn how to have your best garden ever. Members can chat with other gardeners in their 230 forums, and identify your plants, pests, birds and butterflies.
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Here are some photos showing my square wonder oven when I cooked muffins and bread in them. It worked! (Please excuse the obvious discrepancies in the photos. I am pretty-much camera illiterate...)
Here are some photos showing the bread baked in my square wonder oven. Of course, the shape suggests these are destined for canapes or open faced sandwiches--perfect for tomato and avocado sandwiches, or cucumber sandwiches...perfect size for the little ones!
Here are some photos showing my square wonder oven under creation--note the loops. I bought this lovely fabric at the store, on sale, for about $10.
Here are some photos showing my rectangular wonder oven, made from an old rose printed flannel sheet set I bought at the thrift shop for $5.
Here are some photos showing the loops on rectangular wonder oven.
And of course the gallery would not be complete without pictures of dinner being prepared in the big oval purple crockpot.
Here is a scan of my pattern for the Rectangular Wonder Oven Print it off and try this for yourself!