Sunday, August 30, 2009

Preppers Podcast

For those that didn't catch it over at the Kentucky Preppers Network , I participated in the first Prepper Podcast. It truly was a nice experience and Matt is doing a great job over there. Also on the podcast we had Tom from the American Preppers Network and Ernie from the Indiana Preppers Network. If somehow you haven't checked out these sites....your missing out! Great information for each and everyone of us!

We are doing dinner "out" tonite. DH has the pit fired up and is going to put a rack of pork ribs on. I've got a mess of blackeyed peas cooking on the "canner" stove. That would be the one out on the patio as it is still way to hot to cook for too long inside. Once the peas are done I am making some boiled fresh squash with onions and after that.... we have just enough okra to do a couple of servings of fried okra! Along with the very last of the chili bread it ought to be quite a feast! I wonder what the rich people are eating tonight!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chili Bread's Ready!

As usual my days off are for catching up! Housework, laundry, ya know- same stuff different week. I've got onions in the dehydrator that STILL aren't done. I wish they would hurry up because I'm itching to try my hand at dehydrated eggs. I got tired of waiting for Dean from AZ to post his "how-to" and did a little searching. I'll let ya'll know how that turns out.(if the danged onions ever get finished!)

I made another loaf of chili bread yesterday. OMGOSH that stuff is addicting. I'm back on track with my bread making again after having fallen off the wagon last week and buying my first store bought bread in months. I have to say its a bit "lacking" in taste and texture after eating homemade for so long!

I am not sure what is going on out in the gardens. I planted a bunch of stuff about 3 1/2 weeks ago. The squash is coming up just fine. And the tomato plants are looking good. So far there are a few turnips sprouting and ONE lettuce plant. I think I might have planted things a little too deep. That and the heat haven't helped much at all. If the west garden is still looking like this next week I intend to replant. So far none of the cabbage, brussel sprouts or spinach has made an appearance.

Still on my to do list for the day is putting up some pickled okra. Another first for me but I'm sure it will turn out fine. One thing I have learned over the past few months with food preservation is DONT BE SCARED! Just jump out there and try it! Most of the time it all works out like it is supposed to. I am actually looking forward to fall tomato canning! We only got 14 pints from the spring tomato's. That was disappointing but hey.... I'll live!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Fast Food Folk Song

I couldn't resist this one!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

It has been so hot here. The drought continues, with no end in sight. It has been a strange year. Most of the people I have talked to and read blogs from have had one of the strangest summers in recent history. Super wet in the north and super dry in the south.

Lot's of gardens apparently didn't fair well. I know ours really didn't produce.Even the okra, which loves hot weather, has had minimal output this year. We had no luck at all with the corn. A few ears is all we got. The corn bores got to it before it was fully mature. I have heard alot of other people have had corn problems as well.

Our best crop was squash by far. We canned over 40 quarts and froze a few pounds too. I only managed to get 14 pints of tomato's this spring season as opposed to last years 30. I am hoping the fall tomato's will do better.
I planted turnips, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, brussel sprouts and winter squash almost three weeks ago. The only thing that has sprouted up is the squash. I figured it was because it was so hot and dry. We water daily as we are on well water and can afford to do so.

The armadillo's have been rooting in the west garden so I am not sure anything is even going to come up. If not, I will replant next week. We have a really long growing season here so we should have a little leeway. I hope so anyway!

I have had no luck in finding seed potato's this fall even though we can plant them here this time of year. I was thinking about going to Whole Foods and finding some organic potato's to try. Apparently the ones we planted in the spring were GMO. Anyone think this might work? I'm going to give it a shot anyway. It can't hurt to try right? I still haven't given up the idea that the potato's in a sack idea will work! Dang it if Kymbers can grow potato's I want some too!!

I have a confession to make. I broke down last week and bought a loaf of bread last week. The first one I have bought since finding the bread machine several months ago. I almost feel like I have cheated! Go figure. It's ok though.... I only bought one! LOL. I have a loaf in the machine as we speak! I'm going to make another loaf of chili bread when I get home from work tonite. I haven't made one in over a week and that's not flying well with the DH!

Well I have to get ready for work so I will catch up with all of you guys later. Have a great day. My suggestion for the day is..... Call someone you love today. Just pick up the phone. You could make someones day brighter and you will be all the happier for it too. Trust me, you will.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bill and the Bumper Sticker

Our neighbor ( I'll call him Bill) is probably one of the most interesting sheeple I have ever met. He loves to talk politics. The problem is he only garners about half of what he hears. He's one of those "older gentlemen" who like to spout off what he has seen on CNN and the like. There have been more conversations between the DH and Bill than I can count. Most end up with Bill getting mad and leaving. He's a democrat and couldn't stand Bush. (Those were some exciting talks!) Especially with all the facts DH was tosssing at him.
He cannot understand that the government would or could possibly NOT have our best interest at heart. We have talked till blue in the face, printed out documents, shown him video's. You name it ....we have tried it! I thought the man would have a heart attack when we started talking to him about 9/11 being an inside job. I hate to admit it but sometimes the DH or I would bring up facts just to get him riled up! LOL What can I say! Just trying to wake him up, right?

When we ordered the Alex Jones DVD THE OBAMA DECEPTION they sent us 2 bumper stickers with the disc. One of them was "9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB" Well, DH being the smarta$$ that he can be, took that sticker and put it on Bill's car. It was on there for a couple of months before he noticed it! To this day, he hasn't figured out who might have slapped that sticker on his car!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Sky is Falling

I found this over at Infowars.Com in the comments and thought it was perfect!

August 16th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Whoever wrote the “henny-penny, the sky is falling” bit was a genius. We never learn and it can be used for any of these “issues” the MSM can come up with:

“The world is warming!” Cried Henny-penny, “What shall we do to save the many?”

“Why! Come this way.” Said Foxyloxy, “I have the answer full of moxie! It’s all to do with cap and trade, complex taxes and eco-aid – and for sure you’ll boil if the bill’s delayed”

This news was met with dreadful fear – across the barnyard far and near, and from lowly troth to the church’s high steeple:

“Fleece us, fleece us!” Brayed the Sheeple.


Have ya ever had one of THESE days!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Keeping The Faith

I want to apologize for the absence of new posts in the last few days. I've been busy with "life".

I have also been distracted mentally by a post from a prepper friend.
I can't shake it no matter how hard I try. Her family has been enduring some messed up stuff for the last few months.
Her husband is a medically released US Soldier. He was medivac'ed out and spent several months in a VA Hospitol. They have been working with the system for months now and have been denied proper care and basic rights to the the system he went to the "Sand Lot" to defend.
I am sickened by the lack of response from the very government he CHOSE to stand for. Now they CHOOSE not to stand behind him. It is disheartening to think that what he did for our country means nothing to the government. That just hurts me to the very center of my being.
They have lied at every turn and in the end pretty much seem to be saying FU deal with it! What kind of government is that?
The man who fought and defended this country cannnot now even buy or own a gun? I mean WTF is up with that? They deny him care over and over and he is legitimatly disabled. They yank him around on the unemployment he should have received. They yank him around on the Social Security he is truly entitled to. They yank him around on the prescriptions he needs. And now they are in such a hole that they can't see much light up there. It sickens, saddens, and pisses me off more than I can express here.

Now heres the part where I get all emotional.
They say don't worry.... we will be fine...we will find a way with God's help. Then she says....
There is a family I met that needs help. They need to get up here to be with us so as to be safe. Her worry is that they won't be able to make it up there without some help. Does she ask for help for her family? NO She just says keep 0n prepping... it's important.
People have offered help to her.... and her response was.... Please don't worry about us, we will be fine. Lets just help out this family that is in need. Nor will she accept "help" to keep her online with us. .
Now if we could all be a bit more like her then the world would be a much better place to live in.
She says its more important to continue to prep for your family! Don't worry bout hers...she will be fine.

And I know she will....

God Bless ,Ernie ! Keep the faith!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Things Around the House

Ernie over at the Indiana Preppers Network was on The Power Hour with Joyce Riley this morning. She did a wonderful job in her discussion of the APN, among other things prepper! Check her out!

I tried my hand at strawberry jelly yesterday and am proud to say it all went well. I've never made jelly before so I am quite pleased with the results.

I found a great deal on fifteen pounds of potato's at the local grocery. I couldn't pass it up but the two of us will never eat fifteen pound's before they go bad. Now what in the world am I going to do with all those taters? LOL You guessed it! Break out the dehydrator and let her rip!

I'm trying out a recipe tonight in the slow cooker. Pork Loin (I'm going to treat it as a roast)with all food storage stuff. Dehydrated carrots and peas, dried celery, basil from the garden, and a few other things tossed in. It will be interesting to find out how all this stuff does. I'm glad I pulled out the carrots from the mason jar as somehow the seal let loose. Of course after finding that, I had to check all the other jars seal. Happy to say it was the only one!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

100th Post

I cant believe that this is my 100th post since beginning this blog. Which makes today all the more special!

I was headed to the tobacco store after work today. Maybe it was because I was tired, but somehow I managed to miss the turn. Of course I was in the wrong lane and traffic was bad. I needed to turn around and head back the right way. By the time I managed to get in the right lane to make the turn I found myself on the street that our local thrift store is on.
Now, I don't have any money to spend at the thrift store... I don't really know why I decided to go ahead and stop there.
It was just a feeling that maybe I should.
I walked up to the door and sitting outside the entrance was a cart with several cases of canning jars on it. There was a sign on them that said FREE CANNING JARS. Can you believe that? I looked at that cart and was way!

Well I jumped on this one quick! I pushed the cart out to the truck and loaded those beautiful jars in the back. When I got home I did a quick inventory of my newfound treasures. I am happy to tell you that I walked away from there with 5 cases of quart jars, 4 cases of pint jars and 2 cases of jelly jars!

I never even made it into the store as I somehow knew this was what I was supposed to end up there for.

Divine Providence? I am somehow inclined to believe that it was.

Hey..... I'm Just Sayin.....

The Joker

Saturday, August 8, 2009

APN On the Radio... Chicks ROCK

Have you ever just got to the point where you realize you are just plain old tired? No real reason for it. Just an overwhelming sense of needing to rest and refresh?
I'm there! I am mentally drained. I think it might be the heat getting to me. We have been over 100 degrees for almost 7 weeks now. Funny how the heat can get to ya even if you do work in the AC. It's like all I can do to focus on the basics these last few days. Feeding the animals, watering the garden and the mundane BS that everyday life encompasses. I am behind on the dishes, behind on the laundry, behind on most everything.
It has been with some effort this week that I got some more of the garden seeded and kept watered. DH helps with that thank goodness.

The one bright spot this week happened today. After much shuffeling of schedules and several emails... I was invited to sit on the panel of the American Preppers Network on BlogTalkRadio today. Kymbers, Paulette, Phelan, and Ernie were all there! You girls rock btw! I think the chatroom kindof freaked out the host (James Stevens) Download it here. I am sure he was not aware of the fact that most of the people he was seeing in the chatroom were APN memebers. Said he had never had such an audience for one of his shows! LOL I wasn't about to tell him any different! Thanks to all of you who were listening and commenting and calling. It was great to actually put a voice to you guys! I wish he had let us talk more but I will not complain. You guys rocked! It seems he is very interested in having more shows with members of APN/Cpn which can only be a good thing. The guys will be on next Saturday at 1PM central time. Tune in if ya can as I am sure it will be good. I think the network is getting ready to take off like gangbusters. Tom and all the guys (and gals) have been working so hard and I think we may see paydirt soon.

Hey .... I'm just sayin.....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Because I Can

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Just Because

I stumbled across this on YouTube and thought some of ya might enjoy it. Sure made me smile!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fall Garden Start

We sat out on the patio last night listening to the radio and planning the garden's blueprint. We also decided that pointing one way or the other to which plot we were talking about was getting a little confusing. (Well for me anyway!) So now there is the East garden and the West garden.

The East garden still has okra going nuts and the pepper plants seem to be taking a breather from the heat. I hope they will come back on to flowering again after the heat subsides some. We shall see!
DH put in six more tomato plants a few days ago. They are looking pretty good. The only things I have planted down there so far are the Acorn squash and a couple of Spagetti squash. They are all coming up and are about 3 inches tall already!

This morning I went out to the West garden and planted cabbage, lettuce, turnips and spinach. The blackeyed peas are still coming in up there. I shucked a bucket of them Sunday and they netted us about 5 pounds of shelled peas that went into the freezer. Well, except for the pot I made for dinner to go with the pecan smoked brisket. Yummy, I tell ya! There is no comparison to fresh peas versus dried peas. Oh, and I made another batch of Chili Bread to go with it as well.

There is still some major planting to do in both gardens. We are going to be putting in broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, more lettuce,and swiss chard. None of these either of us have grown before so we shall see what comes of it. You can't learn if you don't at least make an attempt right?

I dehydrated a load of frozen corn sunday. Yesterday I did a load of frozen peas. And today I am drying Sage and Basil. I have really been giving the dehydrator a work out lately. I have done carrots and celery as well. I've done one load of potato's but I really didn't like the way they looked. I want to try them again though. This time I want to try dicing them rather than slicing.

And for those of you who know about Dean's post over at the APN, I thought I would post a cute Kitty picture..... because I CAN! LOL

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Best Bread EVER

I'm sure we have all run across a recipe that really stands out. I am always looking for one to take to get -togethers, BBQ's and such. This is one of those recipes! This will have people asking for more and taking the recipe home .

This has to be some of the best bread I have ever eaten. We blow through two 2 pound loaves a week. It is great all by itself or with almost anything. It does make for a weird sandwich though!

Just toss it in the breadmaker , couldn't be easier.


1-3/4 cups beer
2 teaspoons beef bouillon
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot chile oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
4-1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
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