The New-Fangled “Hay Box”

Thermal Cooker Nitty Gritty UPDATE: We had a terrific response to the contest for this Thermal cooker and one lucky person took it home. Now don't be sad if you didn't win because you can still reap the benefits of this Saratoga Jacks 7Liter Thermal Cooker.   You can get this one and a smaller version on Amazon. This Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker works very much like a slow cooker. It … [Read more...]

Giveaways Galore for National Preparedness Month

Unless you've been in a cave for the last little bit you've probably heard that September is National Preparedness Month. The kids are back in school, the routines are getting established and hopefully we have a little time to concentrate on our Preparedness efforts. Things like canning our summer harvest, Getting the vehicles ready for winter, and Rotating supplies in our Emergency kits are all … [Read more...]

Excalibur Giveaway

Back To School Excalibur Dehydrator Giveaway If you read my blog or any of the stuff I write for TheSurvivalMom.com you know that I'm all about storing food for hard times. Canning and Freezing are a great way to do this but there is another way that isn't as widely used, or maybe it's just not talked about as much. Dehydrating is a great option because if you are looking for … [Read more...]

Temporary Emergency Shelter, what a great idea!

This is just a quick post to bring a bit of light to a GREAT IDEA. "Find a need and fill it" is often the mantra of inventors and innovators everywhere.  This great idea came from a disposable coffee cup and it fills a vital need for safe temporary shelter for families after disaster strikes. Take a look at this video for the details. http://vimeo.com/89316055 If you'd like to help … [Read more...]

How to Survive in Extreme Cold and Live to Tell about it.

Two adults and 4 small children are alive today because once they found themselves in a survival situation, they did everything right. This past week, Two adults, two of their own children and a niece and nephew were out for a day of playing in the snow. What they didn't know was that they'd be spending the night in sub-zero temps, down to 20 below, two nights actually. They are alive today … [Read more...]

:) Last Minute Gifts for the Super Hard to Buy for

There are always those super-hard-to-buy-for people on our lists.  What to do ?  What to do ? Well have I got a deal for you.  This is the PERFECT gift for the person who has everything.  A life-boat.  Just think how handy this would have been for those stuck in the recent hurricanes or Tsunamis.  Gosh wish I had one.  Click on the image for more … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Ideas to Help You Get Ready

Disclosure: Many of the links in this article are affiliate links and if you purchase, I receive a small portion of that sale...at no additional cost to you.  Please know that I own and use each of these products and wouldn't highlight them here if I didn't love them. Those of us who want to get ready for anything and become a little more self-reliant can sometimes be hard to buy for.  We tend … [Read more...]

Taking the chill out of winter, How to stay warm without power

Adorable Photo Credit Brrrrrr....No one likes to be cold.  Most of the time we go from a warm house to a warm garage to a warm office, etc.  Warmth is all around us and we expect that.  But what if it wasn't that way?  What if there was no power to warm those places?  Then what? Our bodies are wonderful creations, they are warming factories and usually do a very good job.  We can do our part … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Bottle Meat

If you have never canned, or bottled anything before now is the time to start, and canning meat is a logical place to begin. Here are my 10 reasons why you should bottle your own meat: 1. You choose Ingredients You know what comes out of the bottle because you control what goes into it. Most commercially canned meats have added salt or other ingredients.  I don't add salt to my bottles.  I … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home 101 – Box 11 – The Travelers Workshop

Box 11 - The Travelers Workshop Container suggestion - Toolbox  (If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.) If you've followed the system and been working on your boxes, you might remember that you have quite a few tools already.  There … [Read more...]