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19 Feb 2015

Edible Pine Trees – Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

“Have you ever eaten a pine tree?” -Euell Gibbons Did you know that pine needle tea contains so much Vitamin C that it was once used to help sailors avoid scurvy? The cambium layer of pine bark can be made into flour and has been considered “famine food?” These are

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18 Feb 2015

Video – Canteen Cup Stove For Survival And Bug Out Bags

Have you ever used an issue canteen cup stove? They take up almost no space when carried beneath your canteen cup and can come in handy on the trail.

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18 Feb 2015

How to Cook During a Power Outage

This article on cooking during an outage was originally published by Nola.com in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac but is, of course, applicable during winter or in any “no electricity” scenario.  Hundreds of thousands in the metro New Orleans area were without power after Hurricane Isaac passed this week. The tricky thing about

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18 Feb 2015

The Many Survival Uses of Bleach

Household bleach has a number of survival applications and is reasonably priced. Please note that bleach has a shelf life of about 6 months (depending on manufacture date,) especially if you are using it to purify water. H/t to go-preppers.com. The vast majority of households have a bottle or two of

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17 Feb 2015

Video – Edible Pine Trees

Did you know that the word “Adirondack” is a Mohawk term that means “bark-eater” or “they eat trees?” Watch this video to learn multiple ways that nutrient-rich foods, including those with high quantities of Vitamin C, can be procured from pine trees.

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17 Feb 2015

Winter Survival Kit for Your Car – Printable PDF

The state of Tennessee just declared a State of Emergency due to winter conditions. No time like the present to consider a Winter Survival Kit for your car. How to Make a Winter Survival Kit (This can be printed in PDF at ReadyWisconsin.gov) Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit

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17 Feb 2015

Making a Family Preparedness Household Notebook

Recently we have come across a number of recommendations for the creation of a binder or notebook for family preparedness. H/t to Survivallife for this explanation from James Stevens. Equally important as having water, food, clothing, and some money stored for present and future use is is the need to have a

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17 Feb 2015

Video – Garden Turned to Homestead Farm

This family garden transformed into a homestead farm. Would you like to do this?

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16 Feb 2015

Testing Survival Skills

What is a Crucible Experience? “…both an opportunity and a test. It is a defining moment that unleashes abilities, forces crucial choices, and sharpens focus. It teaches a person who he or she is.” -Walter Bennis From The Survival Template, Chapter 9 Years ago I participated in a training program

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16 Feb 2015

A Winning Survival Formula from The Royal Marines

During mountain and cold warfare training in Norway, these Royal Marines undergo a unique training ritual. Without spoiling the video, I will recommend listening for these words from the Royal Marine Instructor Cadre: “Control, Confidence, Humor, Character.” Training scenarios such as this one develop these traits: Control – Confidence – Humor

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16 Feb 2015

Space-Saving Sub-Irrigated Planters (SIPS)

Last Spring a friend of mine suggested I try out Sub-Irrigated Planters, also known as “SIPS” or sometimes “Self-Irrigating Planters.”  These types of planters can be purchased or improvised, and employ a reservoir of water that allows the plants to wick the proper amount as they grow.  My SIPS are mostly

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15 Feb 2015

Downloadable, Printable Survival Resources

Hard-copy, paper resources are important, as internet access is not always guaranteed. A library of survival books is also valuable and should include a personalized “household readiness binder.” TheSurvivalMom put together this list of “Survival and Prepper Downloads and Printables” to get the process started. Do you have your plans and resources

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15 Feb 2015

Video – Cooking Meat for Survival: The Ground Oven

This primitive oven uses fire, rocks, raw meat, and a few improvised natural tools. I prefer a similar technique, using a cast iron dutch oven. A shovel is helpful in this type of project, as well, for moving coals and hot rocks. The end product looks delicious. Falling off of

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14 Feb 2015

Stone Tools: Using a Mortar and Pestle

Editor’s Note: An old military saying is, “two is one, one is none.” For food preparation, I have a grain grinder that is effective, with no similar backup. This article suggests the use of a mortar and pestle for the same purpose. Fortunately for me, I found the set pictured

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14 Feb 2015

Concealed Carry Tactics: The Class Every CHL Holder Should Attend

Real perspective on the value of training for both new and experienced Concealed Carry License holders. Read on! -SurvivalNation by Tami Jackson As my Southwest Airlines flight taxied to the gate in sunny Phoenix, mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation dueled in my head. By now, more and more in

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14 Feb 2015

Build A Long Lasting Campfire: Log Cabin vs. Self Feeding

I am a fan of the Log Cabin fire. Have you tried either of these?

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13 Feb 2015

25 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU COULD DO WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

H/t to foodmatters.tv When I was first introduced to apple cider vinegar when making the Food Matters movie, I was absolutely blown away by its incredible health benefits, and have continued to be astounded by this little elixir of goodness to this day. A natural, inexpensive, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, metabolism-firing,

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13 Feb 2015

Video – Military Athlete: Ruck Equipment

Learning to carry a heavy ruck can be a confidence-builder and can reveal latent abilities that a person may not have known about. See how these guys train to carry a ruck and a weapon. Also see The Three Day Ruck Rule for more about heavy rucking. Enjoy!

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