February 2011 Archive of Site Activity
February 28, 2011 - We traveled to Philadelphia yesterday to attend a meet-up seminar on “How to grow your own food in small spaces.” It was a very interesting session. One of the topics that were discussed was sprouting seeds for eating. As the speaker talked about the subject a sprouting tray was passed around the room. This Kitchen Seed Sprouter consisted of three different trays so that you could raise several different flavored sprouts at once. The unit resembled the older plastic canister sets from years past. I was so impressed with it that I intend to order two of them for our use. If anyone else is interested in this unique item they can be purchased at: http://www.victoriokitchenproducts.com/product.php?id=52
February 28, 2011 - "Sprouting Seeds like a Pro" By Joseph Parish. During our recent skill set seminar in Philadelphia they covered the topic of sprouting seeds. The presenter was very knowledgeable on the issue and I thought I would pass on some of the information which I gained for my readers benefit. Sprouting seeds is a fairly straight forward and simple process. It takes very little of your time and the end result can provide a tasty new treat for your evening salad or your favorite bowl of soup. click here
February 27, 2011 - "Cleanup and Disposal of CFL’s New EPA Guidelines" With upcoming changes in laws regarding the sale of incandescent bulbs in both the US and Canada, the safe cleanup and disposal of compact florescent bulbs (CFLs) is even more important. As we know already, CFLs contain mercury, which means that if you have a broken bulb, simply sweeping it up and tossing it into the trash isn't considered safe disposal. Click here
February 27, 2011 - "The Fresh maker" by Kristina Hoglund. You walk into a gas-station convenience store which is never a charming place, even in the best of times and are instantly overcome by the artificial scent blast from the air freshener display. An assault on your nostrils, the smell is anything but natural. Herewith, we offer an alternative, organic version of the hanging odor eater. We made ours in traditional shapes like the ubiquitous conifer and a lemon. No doubt you’ll cook up some more imaginative rearview candy. Click here
February 26, 2011 - "Missing out?" Are your friends missing out on a lot of this valuable information or free e-Books which they could use? If so let them know about our web site. Tell a friend, It could someday save their lives.
February 26, 2011 - "How to Make Vegetable Dye" I found a page from an old book all about creating vegetable dyes! The author and source are unknown, but the dyes are absolutely gorgeous! These are not just beet juice dyes, they are made to last and come from plants you might find in your own backyard or out on a nature walk. Let's start with dyeing wool, since according to this vegetable dye elder that is the easiest material to work with, before graduating to silk, linens, and cottons. Click here
February 26, 2011 - "How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet" By Trent Johnson. On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. Click here
February 25, 2011 - "Why the City Might Be Your Best Bet" By David Morris. For the last 15 years or so, the common thought has been that in a disaster situation where there’s a medium to long term breakdown in infrastructure and civil order, the ONLY way to survive is to flee the city, like a dog with its tail between its legs, and hide out in the woods until things get back to normal. This is really dated thinking that ignores history. Click here
February 25, 2011 - "Rice and Beans a Good Choice for Long Term Food Storage" By Peggy Layton. Did you know that if you combine rice and beans in a meal, it could replace the need for meat or other protein? Rice and beans each contain certain amino acids that, when combined, form a complete protein. This is good news because if you are in a crisis situation and can’t get to the grocery store to get meat, you can use beans and rice. Click here
25, 2011 - "Thousands protest against high food prices in Delhi"
Thousands of people have gathered in the Indian capital, Delhi, to
take part in a rally to protest against rising food prices and
unemployment. can it happen here in America? You bet it can. That's
more reason to be prepared.
February 24, 2011 - "Canned Butter or American Ghee" I recommend canning in a pressure canner 25 minutes or keep in fridge. Click here
February 23, 2011 - " Okay Children Please Give Uncle Google your Social Security Number" By Joseph Parish. Search engine giant Google seems to be extremely concerned with children’s social security information these days. The all time favorite search engine and internet entrepreneur has sponsored a contest for children in order to amass bits of personal information regarding the child. click here
February 23, 2011 - "Save Money, Keep Edibles Fresh with Bulk Food Storage Secrets" By Emily Main. Bulk foods can save you as much as 96 percent! But don't let them go stale before you have a chance to eat them. Use airtight food-storage containers, and know which bulk foods need to stay in the fridge. Click here
February 22, 2011 - "How to Make Homemade Baby Formula" by cheeseslave. Why would you want to make homemade baby formula? Everyone knows breast milk is the best thing for babies. But some of us have not been blessed with an easy time breastfeeding. I loved breastfeeding and had no problems… until I started having issues with my breast milk supply when my baby Kate was only 4 months old. Click here
February 22, 2011 - "Make Your Own Lavender Laundry Detergent for Pennies" By Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Lavender-scented laundry detergent is a breeze to make. According to our grandmothers’ wisdom Monday is Wash Day. After Sunday’s day of rest, homemakers traditionally took on one of the week’s most difficult tasks: the laundry. Click here
February 22, 2011 - "Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipes" *Update: There are several comments from readers reporting both success and problems (namely that the homemade detergents below cause issues including a cloudy residue left on dishes). I don’t know why there’s a discrepancy, but it may have something to do with water temperature (not hot enough) or water quality (too hard, etc.). Click here
February 22, 2011 - "Fencing Class" Although it has already started on the 15th of February it will continue until the 17th of March. I am talking about the Salisbury Fencing Club at the Christian Community Church located at 6400 Culver Rd Salisbury New Classes starting on 14th February 2011 Children's Beginner Classes for ages 9yrs - 13yrs. 4:30pm Adult Beginner Classes 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Experienced Fencer Classes 5:30 pm -6:30 pm For Information or to Register call: Angela Herbert-Hodges @ 410-677-0589 or send email to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 21, 2011 - "Free CPR Training" Just a quick last minute note to let our lower Delaware visitors know that tonight a 7 PM the Dagsboro Fire Department will be offering a free CPR class. For further information or to reserve a position call Donald at (302) 249-0801. Hope to see you there.
February 21, 2011 - "One week Left" There is only one week left for us to receive the discounted prices and the free shipping on our group dehydrated food order. If you are planning to order now would be the time. I just became aware that they are now out of the number 10 canned strawberries. If you are ordering send me email to let me know what you are ordering and you can pay for it at paypal.com. Send money to email@example.com. Click here
February 20, 2011 - "Mock Maple Syrup for the People" By Joseph Parish. I was recently frolicking around the World Wide Web researching background material on Maple Syrup Taping in anticipation for an activity I will be attending next week. As I traveled to site after site I discovered several artificial means of creating Maple syrup during periods of emergencies when you have none at your disposal. Click here
February 20,2011 - "Emergency power backup on the cheap" With the recent outbreak of good weather it is time I catch up on some things on my list to get done. With Hurricane season a few months away I decided to put together my poor mans battery backup. It’s nothing fancy but will suit the purpose of keeping my chest freezer running as well as a few lights, TV and laptop. I started with an old plastic container with a hinged lid, mounted a piece of plywood inside for strength & a place to mount the inverter. Click here
February 19, 2011 - "Maple Madness" Delaware's Killens Pond State Park will be hosting a Maple taping class on Saturday, February 26,between 2 PM and 4 PM. Click here
February 19, 2011 - "Bulk Purchase" I would like to invite my visitors to take advantage of Emergency Essentials bulk purchase plan. There are minimum requirements on our purchase but often the savings are great. By combining our order we receive reduced rates and free shipping. This offer is limited to those viewers in Delaware and Salisbury Maryland area. Click here
February 19, 2011 - "Water Storage Quiz" How much do you know about water storage? We've got a fun quiz to test your knowledge on various aspects of water storage, filtration and purification. See how well you do by clicking the button on the bottom of the page. Click here
February 18, 2011 - "Vegetable Gardening" A class will be held on Thursday March 10, 2011 at 11 AM in the Carvel Meeting Room 3 in the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947, the Presenter for this class will be Linda Peters, Master Gardner. there is no cost for this class. The class will discuss the basics of starting the garden from scratch and will cover topics such as: location, soil, fertilizing, watering, etc. This workshop is a good basic discussion for new gardeners and a good review for experienced gardeners. Register here.
February 18, 2011 - "The Big Mistake" By Joseph Parish. As life may have it, my wife and I attended the Thursday afternoon, “Planning/Journaling in the Garden” presentation provided by the folks at our friendly Sussex County Master Gardeners. Click here
February 17, 2011 - "Tips to Improve Your Strawberry Banana Smoothie" By Joseph Parish. Having survived the youthful desires of three young boys and now raising another thirteen year old, I have come to believe that I should have invested in the smoothie ingredient companies many years ago. I remember clearly our weekly visits to the fast food locations to grab one of these favorite drinks. Click here
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February 16, 2011 - "Modern Acorn Soup" By Joseph Parish. Most people who know me understand that I have a great deal of respect for the Native American and their ability to survive under adverse conditions. They have managed to make use of what they have readily available at hand while wasting nothing in the process. If there were ever one group of natural survivors it would have to be the native tribes of North America. Click here
February 15, 2011 - "Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies" By Joseph Parish. The other evening my wife and I were out and about and we stopped briefly to grab some refreshments. Apparently the owner of the shop were we stopped had a daughter who was a girl scout for we could readily see box after box of the Girl Scout Cookies stacked and awaiting purchase. Naturally after my wife caught the Girl Scout logo on them she quickly made her way to the counter. Click here
February 15, 2011 - "Bicycles and Prepping" By Haystacks Theobald, Townsend Prepper. I guess this particular AHA moment was inevitable. Having been an avid bicyclist for many years and an active prepper for two years or so now, it was natural for me to eventually connect these two dots. I won’t get into the role bicycles play in physical fitness or the lessened environmental impacts they make, no, those are related but are side benefits outside our primary focus here. From a pure prep / survival perspective, the bicycle will be invaluable. Click here
February 14, 2011 - "Raising a Portion of your Food" By Joseph Parish. Have you taken notice of the increased emphasis being expressed upon raising your home food lately? We now see weekly articles in the home section of our Sunday newspaper, we view television shows which stress the value in growing our own agricultural products and we often hear our neighbors talking amongst themselves as to their springtime plans for small garden plots. All over we see and hear new revelations about home food production. Click here
February 14, 2011 - "Quick Hippy Bread" By Joseph Parish. Growing up in the 60’s was really a rather beneficial experience for me. Not only did it afford me an opportunity to become a bit self reliant but it also gave me the background needed to feel secure in any endeavor which I undertook. In those days money was not a very plentiful asset and I often found it necessary to skimp on living expenses. Here is the result of one of my best means of saving money. click here
February 13, 2011 - "The Turkey Class" By Joseph Parish. Once again I openly encourage people to take advantage of the free educational opportunities which our various state governments so readily supply. In this case it was a course provided by the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife. The particular class which I attended was the “Turkey Hunting Class”. This is a state mandated course for anyone wishing to hunt for turkey in the state of Delaware. Click here
February 12, 2011 - "Raising Garlic" By Joseph Parish. My wife and I recently attended a seminar on Growing Garlic sponsored by our state agriculture services. Needless to say we had placed some cloves of garlic in pots just a week earlier only to discover that every step of the way we were wrong in what we had done. It’s amazing what you can learn from a get together session. In this short article I would like to pass on some of the information which we gain from the class. Click here
February 10, 2011 - "Saudis Warned Obama Not to 'Humiliate' Mubarak" By Fox News. Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak if the Obama administration tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt, The Times of London reported Thursday. Click here
February 9, 2011 - "Inexcusable delay on TSA body-scanner safety reports" By Alison Young. The Transportation Security Administration has told members of Congress that more than 15 million passengers received full-body scans at airports without any malfunctions that put travelers at risk of an excessive radiation dose. Despite the reassurance, however, the TSA has yet to release radiation inspection reports for its X-ray equipment — two months after lawmakers called for them to be made public following USA TODAY's requests to review the reports. Click here
February 7, 2011 - "The fine art of Caching" By Joseph Parish. America is feeling the full affects of winter at this time of year and the wind is bitterly cold while the ground is frozen solid. In some portions of the country we find an abundance of snow piled up with weather forecasts continually predicting addition inches in the near future. Suppose that we encounter a severe emergency and find that we must escape our present location and head somewhere else. Are we confident that we can get from one caching location to another with very little difficulty? Click here
February 7, 2011 - "Nothing fancy about these preps" By Joseph Parish. My oldest son is an easy going individual who is a firm believer that nothing is going to happen which would require preparations. He appears to lack the insight to see exactly what the future will hold concerning our personal liberties as well as our survival. He never has been able to get intricately involved in any sort of survival details and his level of preparedness is exceptionally low. Does that mean he is doomed when the balloon goes up and we need to rely upon our resources? Not necessarily, I would like to present the simplest preparedness program in existence. Click here
February 6, 2011 - "The key to urban survival" By Joseph Parish. While talking to a newly found homeless friend nicknamed Samuel on the dangerous streets of New Jersey recently I was informed that his utmost asset for surviving lied in his ability to maintain a low profile and operate in a “stealth” mode. Not everyone is compassionate for those who are unemployed or lacking any means of livelihood. These people are frequently look upon as non-human and must continually be vigilant in the event that the wrong person would discover that they were residing in their BOV. It doesn’t matter to some that these conditions were imposed upon the person by our current economic conditions and their only thought is to do something malicious towards the homeless individual. Click here
February 6, 2010 - "Proof that Urban Survival is Possible" By Joseph Parish. In view of the developments which are currently taking place in Cairo one has to wonder if urban survival is possible during such turbulent times. Rioting and looting seem to have no restraints as a crisis situation looms overhead. Not only are these dangers present during a possible infrastructure breakdown but they are clearly visible during earthquakes, floods and hurricanes. With our economy reaching an all time low there are greater chances of people becoming homeless and having no recourse but to live on the street. They will have no recourse except to live in various parking lots or on lonely side streets since shelter space is rapidly becoming a rare commodity. Click here
February 4, 2011 - "Introduction to Fly Fishing" Put this one on your list of things to do for this month. Introduction to Fly Fishing will be a free class offered by the White Clay Creek State Park in Newark Delaware on February 28th. The program will kick off at 7 PM. Join Ed O’Donnell and Sam Palermo of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park to learn about the equipment and the basics of fly fishing. Bring any equipment you have. This program meets at the Judge Morris Estate. See you there.
February 1, 2011 - "Can Egyptian unrest spread to America?" By Joseph Parish. As American survivalists it would do us good to monitor and survey the Aljazeera television broadcasts as the drama unfolds in the current Egyptian unrest. Keep a careful eye tuned as the country falls apart during its turbulent days of a new revolution. So far in this grime chapter of mid-east history there have been over 100 people who have lost their lives while several thousand are seriously injured. I imagine the question being posed in many American circles is, “Can this happen here in America?” Click here