Thursday, January 7, 2016

Intentional Prepping

Let's be honest here, some days I don't even want to get of my pajamas, let alone go out the door and do anything.
Often times we start out with massive, unattainable New Years resolutions. We give it a try and after the third day at the gym or trying to run two miles it becomes pretty overwhelming. Usually at that point you throw our hands up in the air and just give up.

But if you are able to set small, bite sized steps towards prepping that are attainable you will be more successful. 
Let's try just one example here. 
Newbie Prepper
What do you think a good newbie goal would be? 

Maybe it's just to start utilizing the principle of "use one, buy two". That is a very simple plan to start. 
How about getting your 72 hours emergency kit (food and water) reserve together?
Start with water. Simple. The minimum is a gallon a day for each person.
2 people, 3 days equals 6 gallons of water. Wait don't forget fur babies.
i bought those Deer Park 1 gallon bottles (they last a lot longer than the ones that come in the plastic milk carton style).

Food & Snacks
You could easily go with a pre-packaged 72 hours kit (some of these even include a backpack for portability) or you can assemble your own. Three meals a day, plus snacks for each person. Basically keep in mind stuff you can use without power, just in case. Canned food, power bars, hard candies. Don't forget to add a can opener or P-38 to your box.
Put it all together in one spot.

Pretty easy. Start with one step (water), then the next step (food). Each of these are really bite sized goals. Order online and have it delivered or specifically go to the store and knock out step one and two. 
Then progress to adding other essential items you may need.
Even the government encourages people to Basic Disaster Supply Kit, yet initially the whole list may be overwhelming. Just take the first, correct small step to get you started on your journey.
This year, let's be intentional about being prepared. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Perky Gramma's Biscuits Recipe

Butter biscuits is one of the first things I ever baked. This is my recipe from a children's cookbook I got when I was about 4 or 5. At that point I lived in the great state of New Mexico. I got my beloved cookbook for free by sending in the Pure Sugar label on a postcard, as you can see in the video commercial I've posted below.
The best thing is as a prepper, I have 100% of the ingredients stored. I was noticing though I only have one pastry blender. Living on the farm, away from a quick trip to the grocery store, I am saving lots of money cooking again
We didn't have the Food Network when I was a child, my little treasured cookbook is still with me and is over 50 years old. Pretty amazing to me.

Flaky Butter Biscuits
 2 C. sifted flour
4 t. baking powder

1 t. salt
1/4 C. soft butter
2/3 C. milk
1. Turn on the oven and set at 425 degrees.
2. Sift the flour, add baking powder and salt and sift again into a mixing bowl.
3. Add the butter to the flour mixture. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender of 2 knives. Continue blending until mixture looks like course crumbs.
4. When well-mixed, add the milk all at once. Stir with a fork just til the dough follows the fork around the bowl. Don't stir too much as it will make the biscuits tough.
5. Sprinkle a little flour on a board and rolling pin. Dust hands with flour and knead the dough about 10 times.

6. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter, or a glass or I actually used a ring from my canning jars.
7. Place biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet.
8. Bake at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Here is that commercial.

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