March 2011 Archive of Site Activity
March 31, 2011 - "Sausha’s Washer/Dryer Pedestals" A washer/dryer pedestal made of wood to bring your front load laundry system to a back-friendly height. Special thanks to Sausha for her photos. Click here
March 30, 2011 - "Common Poultry Problems for Backyard Growers" by writecorner. Raising poultry in a small space can create a few problems for resident growers. Neighborhood and suburban “farmers” who enjoy keeping a small flock for fresh eggs will need time and creativity to keep the peace. Click here
March 29, 2011 - "Obama on Non-Criminal Illegal Aliens: We Don’t Want to Deport Them; 'We Want Them To Succeed" By Edwin Mora. President Barack Obama on Monday told a student who has received a deportation notice that he does not want to deport her -- he wants people like her to succeed. The exchange happened during a town hall event sponsored by the Spanish-language television network Univision at a Washington, D.C., school. Click here
NOTICE - There is new dated information in the members area. Those within the group with access should check it out.
March 29, 2011 - "Can you tell a tasty salad from a poisonous plant?" Be careful what you pick, spring wild garlic often grows along side more the mouth blistering lords and ladies. Foraging can be a very rewarding pastime and can add a whole new element to a walk in the country. At this time in the spring the scent of wild garlic fills woodlands and kitchens evoking memories and filling stomachs across the land. Click here.
The state of Delaware Department of Parks has graciously offered to provide instructors for us in the event we wish to have classes setup for this. If you are interested please contact me by e-mail.
March 28, 2011 - "Oxygen Absorbers" Oxygen absorbers come in a plastic bag. Each absorber packet has a special barrier to prevent it's contents from making contact with your food. Within the last ten years the advent of oxygen absorbers has brought a revolution to the food storage industry. Their use has increased the storage life of foods and has made the job of putting away food for long term storage much simpler. Click here
With the approach of Spring and summer and the vast number of open project around the homestead we will no longer be updating our web site on the weekend.
March 26, 2011 - "Pellet Guns and Children" By Joseph Parish. When a child grows up some of their fondest memories stem from the various events and activities they did with their parents. You can readily create one of these heirloom experiences for your child by merely taking them for a day of exciting air rifle hunting. There is plenty of small game available to hunt and at the same time it will provide an evening meal for the entire family. Click here
March 25, 2011 - "Create your own Sports Drinks" By Joseph Parish. If your family members are like mine than your teenage children are likely crazy for the currently popular sports type drinks which appear on the market today. In most cases these drinks are not only expensive but unhealthy for young bodies as well. To those unfamiliar with these types of products, a sport drink is a beverage created specifically towards replacing important body fluids which are usually depleted after any kind of physical activity. I believe that I have devised a way to not only satisfy my teens demand for sport drinks but also to ease the drain on my pocketbook. Click here
March 24, 2011 - "Motivating a young person in Survival" By Joseph Parish. Have you ever wondered what would be the best way to get a younger person such as a teenager involved in your survival efforts? Well I think I may have discovered an excellent way to accomplish that task for you. This year I have been signing up my thirteen year old grandson for various hunter safety courses with the state of Delaware. I am a firm believer that children should be properly instructed in the safe use of firearms at a young age. Click here.
March 24, 2011 - "The Great Powdered Milk Taste Test and Review" By Angela. Ever wanted to find a powdered milk that tastes good? You’re not alone. So just in case you don’t want to go through the expense and hassle of trying out every kind of powdered milk you can find, read on. I did it for you. Click here
March 24, 2011 - "Silent Running by Mike and the Mechanics" How about a little Mike and the Mechanics with a time appropriate tune entitled Silent Running. Want to see the lyrics to this song click here
IMPORTANT: I have placed a date next to the E-Book downloads entry on the left column. This date will help you to know at a glance if the e-books were updated.
March 23, 2011 - "Water Lessons to Learn from Japan" By Joseph Parish. There are many lessons that we can learn from the 9.0 earthquake disaster which recently took place in Japan. As I was reading the news stories today I noticed a clip in them which mentioned that a high position official for the Japanese government has urged the people not to hoard up on bottled water. After radioactive limits had been exceeded in the Tokyo tap water many of the cities residents began accumulating alternate bottled water. click here
IMPORTANT: Please make note of the recent changes on our site home page. We have not deleted anything but rather relocated them to the left side. If you are looking for something be sure to check the list first. Its there you merely have to find it.
March 22, 2011 - "Benefits of a Cold Frame" By Joseph Parish. Last week we took my grandson to furnace town on a field trip. He is home schooled and we are currently studying colonial living in his social studies class. While we were strolling around the facilities we gave a closer look at the garden area since we should be moving to the homestead in the near future. In the garden area they had constructed a rather simple cold frame. Click here
March 21, 2011 - "Cooperative Extensions for Each State" Your Cooperative Extension is an excellent resource for information on gardening and growing in your area. Look below to find a link to your local extension service. Click here
March 21, 2011 - "Restaurant Review of Villa Rosa Restaurant in Millsboro Delaware" By Joseph Parish. In view of the bad service that many eating establishment provide I have decided to start reviewing some of the restaurants which I visit and perhaps my conclusions may be of use to others in selecting a place to eat. For my first report I have chosen a restaurant in Millsboro Delaware. Click here
March 21, 2011 - "Properly storing up your Pasta" By Joseph Parish. Here we go folks with another day of useful prepping for potential emergencies. Let’s take a moment and talk about bugs. Have you ever poured pasta into a pot of boiling water and noticed the abundance of tiny bugs floating atop the liquid? Have you ever stored up on pasta for any length of time and suddenly discovered that your product has frequently developed some unwanted guests? When this happens to you are you inquisitive as to where these little creatures come from and how you can effectively deal with them? This unnecessary waste of supplies can be avoided with a little bit of preparations beforehand. Click here
March 20, 2011 - "Our Poor American Values" By Joseph Parish. It appears that our American values have been significantly decreasing. If any other nation on the face of the earth had a dictator such as Obama, there is a grand likelihood that the man would be removed from office, forcibly if necessary. Only in America do we exercise such tremendous patients as citizens who are kicked in the teeth by their Commander and Chief but still manage to sit up for more. Only in the United States are our citizens committed to the proposition of giving every ounce of doubt in favor of a socialist president who care not the least for their problems. Americans should be commended for these generous virtues. Click here
March 20, 2011 - I find the following dated information of interest, how about you?
MARCH 19, 2011 - OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'..
March 19, 2011 - "Drying Ground Beef" By Joseph Parish. As I was wandering around on the internet I chanced upon a website (/www.canadianpreppersnetwork.com) where the writer was explaining how to dehydrate ground beef. My wife and I had previously toyed with the idea in the past but this time we decide d to a ctually try it out. Click here
March 17, 2011 - "Alert! California Road Falling off " On March 17, 2011, Caltrans was reporting that Highway 1 was closed "from 12 mi north of Big Sur State Park at the Bixby Creek Bridge to 10 mi south of the Carmel River Bridge at Palo Colorado ... due to a slip-out" and that "motorists are advised to use an alternate route." Call 800.427.7623 or check the Caltrans Web site for current conditions on Highway 1. Click here
March 17, 2011 - "Hummm" Speaking of iodine I just heard that if you fear radiation poisoning, all you have to do is swap a little iodine on your skin. If it disappears after five minutes, then your skin absorbed it because your body needed it. If it's still there after five or ten minutes, then your body didn't need it and you can wash it off. I don't know if this is true or not. Anyone have an answer?
March 17, 2011 - "Emergency Bartering" When a disaster occurs, either a natural one, or a man made one, supplies can be cut off or extremely limited in the affected area. When Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans in 2005, she not only devastated the city, she took away the supplies that the residents needed to survive. She took out the electrical systems as well—meaning that the residents that remained had to make due with the cash they had on hand to survive. Click here
March 16, 2011 - "No KI on the Pharmacy shelves" By Joseph Parish. With the horrible chain of events which have taken place in Japan and the possibility of the fallout reaching the shores of America, the pharmaceutical firms have rapidly depleted their supplies of Potassium Iodide available to the public. Granted the federal government may have a supply waiting in their storage for dire emergencies but if you are like I am you don’t wish to depend upon the government. Click here
I apology for the missing days. There was a problem getting the computer to work properly.
March 15, 2011 - "Deciding what food to store up on" By Joseph Parish. With being so close to taking possession of our new mini-farm the one thing that is foremost on our minds is completing our emergency food storage requirements. Our goal for the remainder of this year is to increase our supply once again to a year’s level. Over the years I have stressed to all the people that I meet of the importance of properly accumulating a sufficient supply of food for emergency purposes. Usually when I suggest this to a friend I am questioned on what to store up on. click here
One good thing about setting your clocks forward is that it presents a great opportunity to check the batteries in our smoke detectors, emergency radios, flashlights, etc., update our disaster plans at our home and at our work site and refresh our disaster supplies kits!
March 13, 2011 - "Can you live without these bills?" By Joseph Parish. We all are trying to trim the fat from our budget and get along with what we earn as wage workers but just where can we begin to cut costs in order to save money? With the cost of living rising and the price of gas soaring out of control, we need to seriously consider a few cuts in unnecessary items. Here is a short list to get you started. Click here
March 10, 2011 - "Dollar Tree Store Survival Supplies for March" Here are a few items that might be worth adding to the families survival kit. These are readily available from the "Dollar Tree" store. Click here
March 10, 2011 - "Solar Conversion of our Homestead" By Joseph Parish. As the time begins to draw closer for our move to the homestead, I find myself thinking about the various projects which lie ahead for me. We have the fruit trees to plant, a garden to start along with a host of addition important functions to get accomplished. One of my initial goals will be to get a 12 volt lighting system installed which will operate from rechargeable batteries. Click here
March 9, 2011 - "Squash Vine Borers Signs of Squash Vine Borer Damage and How to Control It" By Marie Iannotti. Question: Squash Vine Borers - Signs of Squash Vine Borer Damage and How to Control It. My squash plants looked fine yesterday. Today they’re wilting and watering hasn’t helped. What happened? Click here
March 9, 2011 - "Home Made Berkey Water Filter" By Daire. I have a large family and our current home does not afford us much space for water storage. While we are able to store some, our contingency water plan centers around the two storm water holding ponds near our home. However, this water is standing water that mainly is supplied by runoff from the parking lots of our townhouse complex. So, thorough filtering is required to remove the variety of contaminants that are likely present in the water. Click here
March 8, 2011 - "N. Korea asking poor Africa nations for food" North Korea is pleading for food aid even from some of the world's poorest nations such as Zimbabwe, a report has said, amid suspicion the aid may be used to boost the regime's political standing. Click here
March 7, 2011 - "Unilever Announces Recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread" Due to Possible Health Risk. Unilever United States, Inc. today announced a limited recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Click here
March 6, 2011 - "Make Your Own Vinegar" Vinegar is easy to make, from a variety of products. And you can make your own mother of vinegar too, although you don't actually need it. All you have to do is add already-made vinegar to apple cider, in a proportion of 1:4. However, to make mother of vinegar, expose a mixture of one-half vinegar and one-half cider to a temperature of 80 degrees for a few days. The thin scum that forms on the surface is mother of vinegar. Click here
March 6, 2011 - "5 Herbs You Must Have, Holistic Mama" By Annie Mueller. Being healthy and raising healthy kids is as admirable a goal as any. And going about it as naturally as possible will make you a shoo-in for sure. Sometimes the information on holistic health, herbal remedies and natural treatments can be overwhelming, though. Here's a quick list of the herbs you must have on hand in your efforts to keep that gorgeous family of yours naturally healthy. All of these herbs are easily purchased in a grocery store, and several of them are easy to grow yourself - on a windowsill, in a pot on the porch, or in your garden this summer. Click here
March 6, 2011 - "Golf is Back Obama's 60th Outing as President" By Keith Koffler. Well, the mercury has crept back up above 60 degrees here in Washington, and so it’s time once again for President Obama to head out to the golf course. This is the president’s 60th time golfing as president, meaning Obama has spent two months of his presidency on the golf course. Click here
March 6, 2011 - "Preparing for Medical Needs" By Joseph Parish. Are you prepared for any medical emergencies which might occur if our infrastructure drops to a critical point? Do you have an extensive amount of medical related supplies stored up? I didn’t think so, well it isn’t too late for you to get your medical kit in order and you can do so by following these simple instructions. Click here
March 5, 2011 - "The Fuel Dilemma" By Joseph Parish. When preparing for any sort of emergency the question of fuel concern usually surfaces and often comes into pay. Whether to store up on these vital products or not is generally a matter of necessity and not frequently presented as a choice. Keep in mind that storing up on various fuels takes care of several important aspects of your active preparedness program. On the one hand you have the different fuels which may be needed for heating or for cooking purposes. The types of fuels which are suitable for this task include wood and other similar consumables. These products can often be stored for a long amount of time if you so desire. Click here
March 5, 2011 - "Cutting your expenses back" By Joseph Parish. As we follow the cost of living we see it traveling on a straight upward incline. Unfortunately not only do the wages earned fail to keep pace with it but many families are now experiencing a decline in their weekly or monthly income. One or both of the breadwinners may be unemployed or about to lose their means of livelihood. For our senior members of society who are on a fixed income the situation is even worse. People often shrug their shoulders and wave their hands asking, “So what? What can we do?” click here
March 5, 2011 - "Hard Times are approaching" By Joseph Parish. Let’s be real for a moment and look at the state of the world around us at this time. We have revolutions taking place worldwide along with wars raging from one side of the globe to another. Economic chaos is threatening every major economy. More and more people are losing their jobs in America as the workload is transferred to foreign nations. We see on a daily basis the possibility of a market crash that could top that experienced in 1929. Click here
March 5, 2011 - "Prices Are Going Up! Make a Plan Now!" by Carolyn. This is just a quick summary of the information I presented on Ready Or Not this past Tuesday. There are more statistics on the show than in this post. Please take time to listen to the show to kick start your food production and storage efforts. click here
March 4, 2011 - "The Islamic Demolition of the Statue of Liberty" One of the founding principles of the Islamic constitution is to ensure that all sovereignty and supremacy belongs solely to God; the Shari’ah is a practical manifestation of this sovereignty and supremacy because it seeks to establish His command in society. Now they are planning a renovation of one of our countries foremost landmarks. Time we fought back against these foreign invaders. Click here
BIRTHDAY WISHES TO MY SON MARC
March 3, 2011 - "Eating Crow" By Joseph Parish. Have you ever sat and carefully watched the size that a crow can frequently obtain? They are certainly not a small size bird in the least. Most locations in America have an over abundance of these fat creatures which often mature to the size of a Cornish game hen. To me that’s large enough to feed two adults with a meal and for them to leave the table full. In an emergency merely add some cooked rice or potatoes along with a few vegetables to the meal and your all set. Click here
March 3, 2011 - "Revenge on the pigeons" By Joseph Parish. The next time you spend any time in a large city take note of the number of pigeons which flood the skyline. You can see them at just about anywhere where a bird can possibly fly or roost. During our last trip to the Philadelphia area I was afforded the opportunity to witness these birds in action. As I watched the large number walking around trying to beg for food I thought to myself what if the food situation was to get really bad how would the pigeon population hold up? I justified the thought with the idea that they are often considered somewhat of a delicacy usually known as squab. Click here
March 3, 2011 - "Canning Beans and Franks for those emergency times" By Joseph Parish. When an emergency situation strikes we are almost certain to lose our capability to keep foods frozen and cold. When it gets to that point we stand to not only waste a lot of food but possibly go hungry in the process. In the event of power failure we would start our food consumption off by using up what meats and products are in our freezer first. Ice may be available for a very short period of time after the onset of a disaster but after that we are essentially on our own. Click here
March 3, 2011 - "Nonpareil Home-style Hash Browns Case of 12" I found this item as I was wandering around the net. It appears to be a good deal. You might wish to check it out. Click here
March 2, 2011 - "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
March 1, 2011 - "People Eating Insects and Bugs - Wild Food School / FORAGING Times" Bugs and insects are eaten as part of the regular diet by around 2.5 billion people across the world. Many, many, more eat insects on an occasional basis. Although reviled in the west - mostly because of their appearance - and connections (some) with disease, plus destruction of crops, many insects are highly nutritious and SOME even taste really good when prepared properly. Here is a video on bed eating. Click here
March 1, 2011 - "Eating and Growing Cherry Trees" By Joseph Parish. A week again I did some shopping at a Farmer’s Market in Newark, Delaware. Considering that it is the winter season their prices were extremely reasonable. Along with the usual fruits and vegetables that I gathered from their shelves I also purchased some beautiful cherries. I don’t frequently buy cherries due to their excessive prices but I made an exception this time. Click here