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The 10 Cold, Hard, Ugly Truths About Prepping

Many people have a dim view of prepping. They think preppers are crazy. They think prepping is easy. A lot of people think they just need a little extra food, an emergency kit, and a case of bottled water and they will be fine. 
Then disaster is about to strike. All of a sudden, they are panicking. They wipe out the grocery shelves and empty gas stations when they find out the power may be out for a week. They wish they would have done more prepping before, but it looked like too much work. 
Prepping is work. It can be enjoyable work, a lot of fun sometimes, and a great bonding experience. The hard work pays off when you are feeling secure with your preps and knowing you can easily ride out a week with no power or a month with no job. You don't need to make a last minute panic trip to the grocery store. You don't need to wait in long lines for FEMA supplies. You don't need to apply for government assistance. You and your loved ones will be fine.
Those other people? The ones w…

Preserving The Bounty: How To Freeze Sweet Corn

One of my favorite ways to deal with my garden bounty is to can it. I love canning! However, when I am putting up sweet corn, I like to freeze it. Freezing sweet corn is so easy. Let me walk you through it!

How To Freeze Sweet Corn:



1.Pick and husk your sweet corn. Make sure you have as much of the silks cleaned up as possible.

I tend towards picking and freezing mine in smaller batches because of my time constraints. If you want to do a lot all at once, go for it!

2. Fill your stockpot about 2/3s full with water and set it to boil.


3. In the meantime, fill your sink or a big bowl with really cold water and add a significant amount of ice to it.


4. Once the water is boiling, you will be blanching your sweet corn. I do this with the cob still on the cob because I find it easier to deal with that way. Boil the sweet corn for three minutes and immediately put the sweet corn in the ice water to cool quickly. I leave the corn in the ice water for 1-2 minutes. You will have to do the corn in batc…

Have An Overwhelming Urge To Prep? Here Are 25 Things To Do Now!

Some people are now finding an overwhelming urge to prep and/or prep harder. Whether it is world events or personal crisis driving that urge to prep, they just feel this need to prep or to get their preps in order.

This is not a bad thing! While some preppers will caution you against panic prepping, getting yourself and your family prepared for the next crisis is a good thing. In fact, you should take advantage of this urge to prep!

Some preppers, myself included, are feeling a need to get their preps in order and make certain we have enough water and food to last a while. I certainly don't have a good feeling right now about world events and that has made me look at what I need to do too.

So what can you do to take advantage of this urge to prep?

1. Get your water situation in order.Make sure you have enough drinkable water for at least two weeks, but a month would be better. They say a gallon of drinkable water per person per day. I stock up on the gallon size jugs and 24 pack cases…

Five Prepping Things To Accomplish In August

There is so much you can do in August! Summer is still here, the weather is mostly nice and hot, and the days are still long. People's gardens are producing like crazy and the farmers' markets are overloaded with the garden goodness. Kids are getting ready to go back to school if they haven't gone back already.

We still have plenty to do though with prepping. Prepping shouldn't ever stop. I am half way through Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles. Talk about an eye opener! This is a fictional novel, but that shouldn't stop you from reading it. The scenarios presented in this book so far are very realistic and has made me think about a few things in a new light.

Five Prepping Things To Accomplish In August: 

1. Time to stock up on office supplies. Back to school sales are going on right now. I like to get stocked up on reams of printer paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, printer ink, and flash drives/memory cards/SD cards. This is also a great …

"If You Haven't Got Your Health, You Haven't Got Anything"

Yes, that is a direct quote from "The Princess Bride". It is one of my favorite movies of all time. I could quote most of that movie easily, but it has been that quote that has been on mind lately.

We really do take our health for granted. We live in this bubble for a long time and believe that we are invincible until one day we aren't. It seems like, all of a sudden, we can't walk as much as we used to. We get tired a lot more easily. We can't breath as well as we used to. An extra 30-100 pounds have creeped onto our bodies. We are wiped out after a half day of work.

I decided some time, with some encouragement, to want better for myself. I wasn't the only one. I had one friend get a wake-up call about her health. I have had more than one friend and relative find out they had Type 2 Diabetes and/or have significant thyroid issues. We have all talked about how hard it is to lose the weight now, eat healthier, and get the right treatment.

I finally decided to get…

Clean Out Your Freezers With Me In August!

I declare August as National Clean Out Your Freezer(s) Month.

Why? The reasons are endless...

School is starting soon for us and may have already started for you.Summer bounty is flowing in from the garden.There may still be meals in the freezer from last year's freezer cooking binge.There may be meat from 2014 in the bottom of the freezer.There may be frozen vegetables and fruits from 2012.You may have a storage shortage in the freezer.You may have to get really creative in order to put even more in the freezer!You may have leftovers from two Christmases ago still frozen in your favorite containers...
Most of those, if not all, are a true story in this house! I bet they are true for your house too, but I will not point any fingers. I have a full-size chest freezer as well as the freezer in my refrigerator. I am going to concentrate mainly on the chest freezer, but the other freezer will be looked at too.

No matter if you are a prepper or a homesteader, this needs to be done. You need…