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November 2015

Nov. 16, 2015 - "There shall be Corn when bugging out" By Joseph Parish. Just because you are a survivalist or a prepper and through circumstances are forced to bug out does not mean you have to live a Spartan life without corn. Corn on the cob can be an easy and delicious side dish for the family while in route or at a bug out retreat. You have to experience first hand how tasty bug out food can actually be when using a little imagination. Click here

Nov 14, 2015 - "Hypothermia" When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it. Click here

Nov. 9, 2015 - "Easy Solution to Kill Ant Piles – Club Soda" Sara McFall. Today’s post is short and easy, which is sometimes just what we all need! Did you know you can knock out an entire ant pile with just club soda? Yup, it’s true! Click here

Nov. 9, 2015 - "Dry Bulk Food Storage" by Steve. We are all trying to be as prepared for all eventualities as we can be, and we are all trying to get prepared within our budgets. With that in mind I have developed the following method for putting up dry storage in bulk. Click here

Nov. 9, 2015 - "How to grow tomatoes the easy way" Nothing could be simpler. Merely slice up a tomato and place the slices in a pot, cover with top soil, wait one week or so and watch them sprout. Take several or the largest seedlings and put into another pot and your done.

Nov 6, 2015 - "This Common Driveway Weed is One of Nature’s Most Powerful Survival Plants" by C. Davis. Plantain, not to be confused with the banana type fruit, also called Plantain, is a plant which can be found almost anywhere. In fact, if you’re not living in the city, it’s kind of hard not to bump into it. Click here

Nov. 6, 2015 - "15 Grocery Store Foods You Can Stockpile Virtually Forever" by: Rich M. Preserving and stockpiling food is a cornerstone of homesteaders and off-gridders. Not all foods, though, preserve well, no matter what you do to them. Some are just bound and determined to deteriorate with time. But there are enough foods that will last and last extremely well, if we take the time to select and pack them in the right manner. Click here

Nov. 5, 2015 - "How to Store Water Long Term" It happens to us all. We come indoors from a hot, humid day that seems to leave us thirsty as though our body had sprung a leak. You walk, running almost to the bottle of water you remembered seeing on your desk, Yes the one that has been there forever and a day. You open the top and take a sip with the intent of feeling refreshed and renewed, but instead you notice that the water Click here

Nov. 5, 2015 - "How to Find the North Star in Less Than One Minute" By Claude Nelson. Knowing how to find the North Star is one of the most basic survival skills. This skill is important because the axis of Earth is pointed almost directly at it. During the course of the night, the North Star does not rise or set, but remains in very nearly the same spot above the northern horizon year-round while the other stars circle around it (actually the Earth’s spin gives us this perspective). If you were at the North Pole, the North Star would be directly over your head. The picture above is NOT edited in any way. it just has a long exposure (45 minutes)… so you can see the stars moving and in the middle: The North Star! Click here

Nov. 5, 2015 - "10 Bug out Bag Mistakes That Can Get You Killed" By James Cole. Bugging out is a last ditch option in times of need, yet a situation that one should consider. However, families all over the country are forced from their homes every day due to fires, natural disasters, evacuations and localized issues. In putting together my own experience with my bug out bags over the years and seeing the kits of others, I came up with a list of 10 mistakes I see common in bug out bags. Click here

Nov 5, 2015 - "5 Steps to Follow Immediately After a SHTF Situation" No matter what the situation is, there is no doubt that eventually it will hit the fan and we will be faced with many decisions to make very quickly. Keeping you wits about you will be critical during this time so that whatever decisions you make, they will be the most sensible and correct ones. Do you know what you should be doing immediately following a SHTF situation? Here are 5 steps to take to keep you on the right track, making sure to keep you and your loved ones safe. Click Here

Nov. 4, 2015 - "10 Essential over the Counter Meds to Always Have On Hand" For less than $50.00, you can stock up on a multitude of over-the-counter (OTC) medications that can serve you well in you and your family’s time of need. We’ve isolated the ten most useful medications to keep handy in your medicine cabinet. Click here

Nov. 1, 2015 - "Build A Guaranteed Fire Kit" By Creek Stewart. Spring’s a comin’ and many of you are reorganizing your gear and kits for warm weather on the horizon. I’ve written posts before about Survival Fire Kits but I’ve never listed suggested contents in detail. In this post I’d like to share with you what I call a Guaranteed Fire Survival Kit. When it comes to fire, I don’t screw around. I want guaranteed fire and I want multiple options to get it – no matter what The Mutha’ might throw at me. This is my current fire kit and one that I believe is fairly thorough. I’ve also listed the exact contents just in case you want to build your own or modify your existing fire kit. The fully assembled kits are also available for those who may be looking for a turn-key solution: Creek’s Guaranteed Fire Kit. Click here

Oct. 31, 2015 - "How to Fillet a Fish: An Illustrated Guide" Few summer pastimes are as satisfying as fishing — it’s a great activity to do with your kids, makes for an excellent microadventure, and harkens to our manly imperative to be providers. What makes it even more satisfying is being able to fillet and cook your catch for a real water-to-table experience. Click here

Oct. 31, 2015 - "How to Wax Your Own Clothing and Gear" Before the development of synthetic fabrics with their built-in water-resistant properties, men had to waterproof their clothing and gear from without, using a variety of natural substances like grease, tannins, beeswax, soap, and tar. For obvious reasons, early mariners had the keenest interest in developing effective waterproofing methods. Sailors of the 16th century would apply grease and fish oils to their sailcloths, which would make them more efficient because they caught and “reflected” the wind versus just absorbing it. The mariners would then cut wind and waterproof capes for themselves from the remnants of the sails, creating garments that kept them from being soaked through as waves splashed over the deck. Click here

Oct. 24, 2015 -"Cleaning Cast Iron". Ready to clean a piece of cast iron cookware that has been rusting away for a number of years? There are several hints for completing this task. You can start with putting it in a self cleaning oven on the cleaning cycle and it will turn out good as new. All you will than need to do is season it. Another simple solution is to soak it in vinegar water. The rust will come off and float to the top. Next wash it and season it again.

Oct. 23, 2015 - "How to Make Homemade Apple Cider" Making and canning your own apple cider is easy. In fact, if you are making applesauce, you will probably have extra juice from cooking the apples! Here's how to make your own home canned apple cider (some call it apple cider, but it isn't fermented, so I don't think that really applies), complete instructions in easy steps and completely illustrated. The apple cider will taste MUCH better than anything you've ever had from a store, and by selecting the right apples, it will be so naturally-sweet that you won't need to add any sugar at all. Click here

Oct 18, 2015 - "Canning Apple Pie Filling" By canning apple pie filling you will have a dessert already half prepared. Do you love pie but never take the time to prepare it? I'll bet if you start canning it, and have it all ready and waiting on your pantry shelf, you'll have it more than just at Thanksgiving. Click here

Oct 18, 2015 - "How to Cut Up a Squirrel for Cooking" By Hank Shaw. Squirrel season is upon us here in California, so I reckon it’s time to offer up to you how I cut up a squirrel for eating. As with any sort of butchery, different people do it different ways. Some people simmer them whole. The Hmong hunters I know actually scald their squirrels and scrape off the hair — or just toss them into the fire to burn off the hair. I need to try that scalding sometime to see if squirrel skin is any good. Click here

Oct 16, 2015 - "Mock Tuna Salad (Chickpea Salad)" Made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), this is a wonderful sandwich filling, especially for vegetarians who miss tuna salad. I liked it more oniony so I added a little extra minced onion, but it's still wonderful without it. I enjoyed this the most stuffed in pita bread with slices of ripe plum tomatoes, and also would serve it often on crackers as a snack or appetizer. Click here

Oct. 15, 2015 - "How to Lose a Tail When Being Followed" Jason Hanson. Many of us will experience being followed at some point in our lives. You don’t have to be a government operative to need to know how to lose a tail. The truth is, law enforcement tail people on a daily basis. Or perhaps you’ve got a jealous spouse who’s hired a private investigator to follow you (it happens a lot more than you think.) Click here

Oct. 15, 2015 - "Outdoor Toilet Paper Alternatives - Alden Morris. All too often toilet paper is truly needed in an emergency situation. While out camping, hiking, or exploring the outdoors, the instant feeling of regret is felt once it has been realized that the toilet paper has been forgotten. Even the experienced camper and outdoorsman will forget this crucial item from time to time. Fortunately though, there are several solutions that can be used as an alternative to toilet paper if it has been accidentally left behind. Click here

Oct 12, 2015 - "Dehydrating Meat Sources for Your Food Pantry" by Tess Pennington. Protein sources in an emergency situation are essential in maintaining a balanced diet. Because meat sources are perishable, many preparedness minded folks are taking the time to preserve their meats to use during a time when the grid is down. Click here

Oct. 12, 2015 - "Storage Life of Dry Foods" Determining the storage life of foods is at best an inexact science as there are so many variables. These range from the condition your food was in when you first purchased it and includes many other factors. Click here

Oct 11, 2015 - "How to make a garden seed tape" Here is another project that you can work on during the fall and winter season. Get your seeds ready before Spring arrives. Click here

Oct. 11. 2015 - "How to make Newspaper Seed Pots" Here is an inexpensive means for making newspaper seed pots. This is good information to have and practice before spring of 2016 arrives. Click here

Oct. 11, 2015 - "Saving seeds from Peppers" Here is a chart outlining the simplest method of saving seeds from your peppers. Click here

Oct. 8, 2015 - "Old Names For Herbs A to Z" In the old days, herbalists and midwives didn't use textbook botanical names for herbs. Medicinal and magical plants had colorful descriptive names. Often, old books about magic and herbal healing use the folk names instead of the names commonly used today, and it can be confusing. So, here is an alphabetical listing of those names, along with the common and botanical names in current use. You'll notice that some plants have a variety of names, and some names refer to a variety of plants. Click here

Oct. 1, 2015 - "Canning Green Beans" Canning green beans is an easy way to get started if you are just learning how to can with a pressure canner. You will need to know how to use a pressure canner. Many have asked me for processing times using a hot water bath. Unfortunately botulism is a risk and pressure canning is the only safe option. Click here

Oct. 1, 2015 - "Preparing for Pandemic or Biological Warfare" By Jordan Rodriguez. Pandemic is defined as an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region. A biological warfare is the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food. So what happens if or when a pandemic or biological warfare hits your town or community? Do you have the resources or the know-how to defend you and your house-hold from such a thing? Most people don’t and that is why I am writing this article, so that you know what to get and what to do just in case you find yourself in one of these situations. Click here

Oct. 1, 2015 - "Growing Giant Zucchini" Want to grow zucchini's or whatever as big as watermelon. Just take a zucchini seed and cut it almost halfway, take another seed and place it into the one that is cut, like an x, put in the ground and watch it grow. I also have tried it with a squash, the big green and white ones. This can be done with lots of seeds.

Oct. 1, 2015 - "How to Grow Apple Seeds" So many children and adults alike have been intrigued by the stories of Johnny Appleseed and his way of planting apple (Malus spp.) seeds every where he went! Unfortunately, this will only work in areas that get freezing temperatures in the winter. With a little knowledge and some patience, apple seeds can be planted to grow into trees. Don't expect to end up with the same sweet fruit as the apple you retrieved the seeds from, as apples propagated through seeding don't come true to seed. You will more than likely end up with sour fruits. This is a great winter project to start with children, and they can grow together. Click here

Oct. 1, 2015 - "Issa’s Italian Spice Mix" By Issa. Last week I made sun-dried tomatoes to go in my custom spice mix. I love this mix and use it on all kinds of things. My favorite is to use it liberally on fried potatoes, but I’ve been known to sprinkle it over all kinds of things. I used to just by random Italian seasoning mixes at the grocery store, but it’s even more fun to make my own. Just a mortar and pestle and a bunch of stuff thrown in, and I think it comes out super yummy. Here’s the recipe in case you want to try\yourself. Click here

Sept 29, 2015 - "Easy homemade soap" By:Ruben Anderson. Use this simple recipe and you'll be lathering up with your own soap in no time. As the last generations of Depression-era children or back-to-the-landers take their leave of this world, their DIY skills go with them. When we try to learn from scratch, we soon discover that recipes in books don't tell half the story. Click here

Sept 29, 2015 - "Building Emergency Food Supply in Five Simple Steps" If an emergency or disaster occurs, don’t expect any help over the next 72 hours, which means you need to be totally independent and self-supportive for three entire days. It’s also likely you’ll be missing electricity and/or gas, which means no refrigeration or cooking is available. Therefore, it’s crucial that you’re adequately prepared by storing non-perishable, high-energy, no-prep food in such cases until you can receive help and get back on your feet. Click here

Sept 29, 2015 - "Hippie Healer’s Salve How to Make a Universal Antiseptic Herbal Ointment" By Andrea 19. I want to share with you my new recipe for an antiseptic herbal ointment packed full of germ-killing properties that is sure to help all of us hippie-folk treat everyday minor cuts, scraps, burns, bumps, and abrasions. Click here

Sept 28, 2015 - "Goodbye World" It has been many months since we had a movie on the website so to fill that gap I have included one called "Goodbye World". Here is a synopsis of the movie. A computer virus has crippled the US government. Marshal Law is now in full effect. Panic is spreading like wildfire. But if you’re a friend of Entourage’s Adrian Grenier, there’s no need to worry ’cause he has the perfect place to hang out while the world goes kaput. “Goodbye World” stars Grenier as a former tech guru who sold all his wealth to build a large off-the-grid castle, just in the slim chance that the country is hit with a catastrophic event. So, when it actually happens he becomes the I-told-you-so host to all of his big-city friends (Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Kerry Bishe, Kid Cudi and Mark Webber). However, when a couple of suspicious-looking military grunts suddenly appear at the front door his little yuppie dinner party turns into a paranoid pack of extremists. To view this movie in our theater Click here

Sept 28, 2015 - "What has happened to this country?" By Panhandle Rancher. Here is an article which I chanced upon in one of the emails I received. I think it would behoove everyone to read this and think about what it is saying. Click here

Sept 28, 2015 - "How to Survive an Armed Robbery" Learn how to survive an armed robbery — including strong armed robbery, muggings, and even car jacking. Learn defensive and psychological tactics to deter crime as well as advanced tactics for self defense when crime strikes. How do your crime deterrent skills measure up? Click here

Sept 28, 2015 - "Hunting Animals in the City Post SHTF" The most important thing to know is which animals are poisonous; since there are only a small number in that group, it is easier to commit that list to memory than to try and memorize all the edible animals. Animal size is a consideration and in general, smaller animals are a much better bet than large wild game, not only because the smaller ones are easy to prepare, but also because there are more of them in the city. It is important to know the characteristics and typical behaviors of various kinds of animals. Some questions you’ll want to ask yourself when hunting are: Click here

Sept 28, 2015 - "Finding Water in the City When the SHTF" By Dale. We all know how important water is so I’ll spare you the rule of threes speech. But I will say that we might find ourselves working harder in a grid down event or post collapse situation causing us to drink more water than normal because we won’t have access to all these convinces we have today. Click here

Sept 28, 2015 - "Survival Fishing Various Techniques" All fresh water fish found in the United States is considered edible, which means there are no known species with poisonous flesh. With that being said however, certain toxins in the water such as mercury can be present in the flesh, which of course, can pose a health risk. Click here

Sept 28, 2015 - "How to Make Your Own Sugar" It started like this. In my quest for self-sufficiency, I wanted to have the ability to produce my own sugar if need be. I planned on adding bees to the farmstead this last spring – but ‘we’ spent money on a new chainsaw instead. My next thought was maple trees? Not unless I could pay to put in a bunch of 10 year-old sugar maple tress, hope they all lived, then maybe in another 10-15 years I would have some young smallish trees I might be able to tap. Stevia plants? I found out, not only do they not grow in my zone, but I have noticed through watching my friend’s attempts that they are rather finicky to grow indoors and don’t like big shifts in temperature. That wouldn’t work in our house with wood heat. Then I found my answer through my grandma. Click here

Sept 27, 2015 - "Homemade Moccasins" By Tara Prindle. Here are easy instructions to create your own handmade moccasins when the SHTF. It all starts with a simple paper pattern. Click here

Sept 27, 2015 - "NASA’s Favorite House Plants for Space Stations and You" Space... the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, its five year mission… With those now famous words, every episode of Star Trek began its weekly story. The show envisioned an incredible future with humans traveling to the limits of the universe. They had fancy communicators, which some 40-odd years later actually resembled our flip phones. They also had computers in which you placed pre-programmed discs to get things done, much like we do with CDs and DVDs. Yes, Star Trek hit an awful lot of things pretty close to the mark – but in one respect they missed it completely. If you watch the reruns of classic and Next Generation episodes you will notice that you almost never see any house plants. In a science fiction TV show that small subtlety may not seem very odd, but in reality it sure would be strange. At least according to NASA, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Georgia, and other respected institutions it would be quite strange indeed. Click here

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