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Cranberry Nut Fudge

Cranberry Nut Fudge

1 can milk chocolate frosting

1 pkg. (11-1/2 oz.) milk chocolate chips

1 pkg. (6 oz) dried cranberries

1/2 C chopped pecans

Line a 7×11 square pan with foil and grease the foil with butter. Set aside.

Turn burner to Low-Medium.

In a heavy saucepan, combine frosting and chips. Cook and stir over low-medium heat until chips are melted.

Stir in cranberries and nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours. (No more, no less).

Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut the fudge into 1″ squares.

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The mountains got snow capped on Jan. 6th. This is my second general photo of the year. Felt great to snap it off too. Enjoy.

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Well Sunday January 6th 2013 was our middle boy’s, Alex, 8th Birthday. We went to a local park here in the city, one of the nicer ones….lol. Anywho, we were trying to beat the rain. We had mountains as a backdrop and you could watch the system come over the mountain. So as we were racing the clock, we sat down to pizza, birthday cake and cupcakes for lunch. We kicked a ball around for a short time and let the kids play, but very soon the rain came. It also turn colder, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We let the kids continue to play under the pavillion roof, which was good sized as there were 8 tables underneath it. So while the kids played, our buddy got out a bag of BBQ briskettes and we decided to like a fire, not to cook, but to stay warm. So one thing led to another and with the help of the kids finding sticks and bark, we had a rocking and rolling fire going. It was going so good that not even the rain could put it out…lol. We sat on two benches just 2-3 feet away from the fire and we were all able to stay warm. We threw in the last of the sticks to burn them off and a short time later when the fire died down, all was left was a huge bed of burning red hot coals. You could still feel the heat about 4-5 over the coals. So when it was time to leave we went ahead and wet down the coals to be on the safe side.

I found this on a group I follow on Facebook “Homestead & Preppers”. It is a great bunch of people who are like minded and hate conspiracy thereorists. Feel free to share and add any thing else in the comment section below.

Water PURIFIER…some mistake a filter for a purifier. There are many great ones on the market depending on your needs. I googled purifiers that are used on mission trips in 3rd world countries…that’s how I chose mine. I wanted a purifier that made the most polluted water into clean drinking water. I also wanted one that purified water for entire villages…that led me to the more reliable ones.

Food: here is my list…though again, you will want to customize to fit your family’s needs. Oatmeal, granola bars, protein bars, noodles, rice, dried beans, honey, powdered milk, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried fruit, the big bags or ready soups (makes a lot), peanut butter, broth cubes, instant mashed potatoes, syrups, nuts, candy (comfort for kiddos). Also, I wanted your feedback on this http://paleofood.com/recipes/p emmican-rayspemmican.htm shelf life forever? I don’t know anything about this so let me know.

Water: I stored some water to tie us over until we get the purifier up and going

Fire: you will need to cook, boil water, stay warm, etc. My husband got a nice survival knife as a gift…the butt of the knife comes off and it’s a fire starter. Tender, waterproof matches (or regular matches just dip the tips in melted candle wax and store in air tight container). Also, this tip is FREE…dryer lint. We keep all dryer lint and store in ziplock bags…it’s highly flammable and can start a fire easily when you’re dealing with moisture on the ground. Learn natural ways to start fires as well.

Salt : lots of it. There are many uses for salt. Cleaning, preserving meat for long periods of time without a fridge, medical. Here’s a link to familiarize yourself with the uses http://howtuz.tripod.com/salt.html

Baking Soda: you’re gonna laugh but I bought the entire shelf one day lol They are typically around 50-65 cents… there was a buy one get one free that day so I have A LOT. Here are the uses of baking soda…and there are MANY : http://www.doomandbloom.net/20 12/06/3599.html

Meds : this can be as extensive as you want to make it. Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Dental Floss, Razors, Baby Wipes, Toilet paper (or newspaper, hey, it’s free), Insect Spray, Sunblock, Lotion/Lip Balm, Manicure Set (Nail Clippers, Nail Brush, File), Band-Aids, dressings, scissors, gloves, snake bite kit, rubbing alcohol, brandy (for bartering and medical uses), vitamin c, hydrogen peroxide, wound care, tweezers, quick clot sponge, dental care, aspirin, MEDICAL BOOK, gauze, butterfly closures, tape, medical tape, antibacterial hand cleaner, iodine swabs, triple antibiotic ointment, hemostat, surgical scissors, suture lip sissors (stitching someone up),….like I said, it can be as basic or as extensive as you need.

Seeds : HEIRLOOM seeds. Heirloom seeds are non-GMO seeds…also IMPORTANT. What happens if you stock up on seeds and you run out? Heirloom seeds provide you with a constant flow of food. You plant, enjoy your harvest, remove seeds from the veggie, dry, store and plant again. Heirloom seeds are a must. They have veggies, fruits, medical, herbs, etc…stock up.

Weapons: Guns, ammo, bows and crossbows, arrows, arrowheads, (and learn how to make them), knives, machete, etc. I included animal traps, fishing gear to this topic as well.

Clothes: like I said this will vary. But remember if you have kids, they will grow. I went to goodwill and got outfits in every size my kids are in from now-until. I also picked up (cheap) extra clothes for boys… I didn’t want to be without should there be a family who wanders up in need.

Tools: Goodness, this can be like medical…as long or as short as you need. But remember, think of never being able to run to your local hardware store…so don’t forget a good stockpile of nails, screws, DUCK TAPE, fishing line, snare wire, ziplocks, rope, paracord, etc.

Dwelling: If you’re planning on bugging out, what type of shelter will you need? Some will be fine grabbing a sleeping bag and roughin’ it on the ground underneath a tree… there are tents, campers, tarp-tents, etc…it depends on your plan and your family’s needs. If you grab a tent (you can find them cheaper on craigs list, garage sales but don’t purchase unless you see it put up.) be sure to grab any repair kits (that repair zippers, seams, holes) to repair accidents along the way. Duck tape stays inside my tent bag.

Cooking: I love cast iron…it’s heavy but it’ll get you through the long haul. You’ll run out of propane fast…learn how to build a solar oven, it’s cheap to do. Here’s a link : http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Hnynux2eGbY Cooking over direct camp fire is of course tried and true…however, in some situations, you don’t want your ax echoing to the ends of the earth, giving away your location. In those situations, here’s a link to a great channel on youtube…I’ve learned much from him when I first started this journey. He shows you how to make your own compact survival stove along with many other things https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=nHtA-d9hNPk

Sleeping bags: I actually picked up 3, heavy duty sleeping bags from goodwill…$3 each!!! Of course check zippers and liner.

Light: Hand crank flashlights…I ordered many of them online. Also, it’s funny, but Crisco. If you get a can of Crisco, shove a wick down the bottom, light it… it burns for up to 45 days, depending on how long you use it. Google it…It works! And it’s cheap! Of course you can search for cheap candles at many local garage sales, etc.

No Inspiration

Sorry that I have not posted any photos that I have took myself here recently. Ever since before Christmas I have not really had any inspiration or drive to get out and do any photography. The Holidays were enough stress by itself, but I have come to find living where we are, well for lack of a better word is, depressing. Being that I suffer from depression myself, living here and trying to do what I can to protect my family and see that my kids had a good Christmas really took its toll on me. The area we live is has progressively gotten worse since we moved in in May of 2010. The violence has gotten worse and there are times I fear for my life just going outside to walk the dogs. Everyday I find it tough to start a project let alone finish one.

My hobbies have taken a back seat to everything. I have not picked up my camera and captured a photograph. I started drawing last year. One drawing was done and it was do big thing as I am a very new novice at drawing. I recieved a very nice art set for Christmas and I have yet to use it. And my long time favorite hobby, model railroading, has not even gotten past a piece of paper. I talk to different people who are into each one of my hobbies and I start up conversations and I do try to learn what I can. However I find it difficult to get past my depression and find the drive and motivation to do anything. I mean, I do things around the house, well what I can with reguards to my disability, but thats about it. I go out daily to walk the dogs within our apartment complex, and I have gone out and about a couple of times within the past couple of weeks, which does me some good. But its like what I get back inside, the darkness falls over me again and I loose what happiness and drive I did have.

I have come to find that the City of San Bernardino and the state of California is depressing. No one will ever be able to get me to change my mind. We are curretly looking for a place in Arizona where its slightly better when it comes to a few things, but at least its not here. Maybe after we move I will have more drive to do things. But until then I guess I am going to fight my way to find any motivation.

Yet another recipie from the OHG Yahoo group. This one I really must try to bake. It sounds yummy.

Cranberry Nut Bread

4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional 3/4 cup sour cream or yogurt, full-fat or low fat-preferred 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1 cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup walnuts coarse white sparkling sugar or Demerara sugar, optional, for topping

Preheat the oven to 425°F for muffins, or 350°F for a loaf.

Lightly grease a standard muffin tin. Or line with 12 paper muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely. If you’re baking a loaf, lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs, beating to combine. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, the vanilla and almond extracts, and the yogurt or sour cream. Place the flours in a food processor with the dried cranberries. Process until the berries are coarsely chopped. Add the nuts (if they’re not chopped), and process briefly, just until the nuts are chopped up a bit. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, mixing just until everything is thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter among the wells of the muffin tin, filling each one about 3/4 full.

Or scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle muffins or loaf with coarse white sparkling sugar or Demerara sugar, if desired.

Bake the muffins for 14 to 15 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into one of the center muffins comes out clean.

Bake the loaf for 45 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Remove the muffins or bread from the oven. Tilt the muffins in the pan to cool a bit, then transfer them to a rack to finish cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to cool completely. For best results, don’t slice until completely cool. Store muffins or bread well wrapped, at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days; freeze for longer storage.

Store muffins or bread well wrapped, at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days; freeze for longer storage.

Yield: 12 muffins or 1 loaf.