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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.

8th Birthday Party Photos

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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.

Logan Bread

This is from the OHG Yahoo group. This really sound great and thought I’d pass it on for everyone to try. Logan Bread 4 lbs (14 1/2 cups) whole wheat flour 1 1/2 c brown sugar 1/2 c instant dry milk 1 t canning salt 2 t baking powder 1 t cinnamon 1 t ground nutmeg 1 c chopped nuts 4 c water 1 1/4 c honey 1 1/2 c blackstrap molasses 1 1/4 c melted shortening 2 c dried fruit Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. To blended dry ingredients, add water, then honey, molasses, shortening and fruit. Pour batter about an inch thick into greased pans and bake for 1 hour. Reduce oven to 200 degrees F, leave door open slightly and continue to dry bread for several hours. The drier it is, the longer it will keep. This makes a huge batch of sixty 2-inch squares, high in protein, vitamins, iron and calcium. Keeps weeks on the trail, longer in the fridge and indefinitely in the freezer.

Burned

The title says it all. This is me 2 days after being home from the lake.

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Now this is my back. Forwhatever reason the middle part did not burn even though my whole back was exposed. Needless to say is as painful to view it as it is in real life. Though the stiffness and soreness has set in so as I write this, I’m in a lot of pain.

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All in all we had a great time at the lake. Though crowded, we still managed to get the kids out and even got them across the lake and back. Did this all day, so its no wonder I am sore….lol

Monday at the Lake

Well its a lil late, but here’s my post about our day at Lost Lake.

This past Monday, the family, our good friend and myself loaded up in the car and took off for the lake. After the kids got out of school first of course…lol. We had plenty of goodies and food to last the rest of the day. Though we forgot the radio. So no music. 😦  Anyways we arrived there at just after 2:30 and found that there were only a few others around. Which is good, cause its not that big of a lake. So we found a picnik table, switched into our pool shoes (to protect out feet from the rocks) put on sun screen and off into the water we went. Let me tell you, the water was quite cold, but after getting used to it, it was not that bad. The air temp was 102, but the water felt good. We splased around, tried to teach the kids how to swim, though they were just happy to be out and playing, so teaching anything fell on deaf ears. After awhile the kids wanted to play by themselves, and there was a shallow area, like a cove, that was no deeper than 14″. But we hung around just in case. But our friend and myself swam across the lake a few times which we could really feel the burn as we had not worked those muscles in a long time.

Well after a while the kids started to get hungry, so out of the water we went, and up to the table. We all ate sandwiches with ham, turkey, tomato, lettus, cucumber and spicy mustard. Chips for all and pudding for the kids. So after we all finished, we just sat around and talked to give our food time to settle. As we sat there, I took out my sketch pad and charcoal sticks and wanted to draw something that I saw out there. Now keep in mind I suck at drawing…lol. And its been forever since I drew anything with charcoal. But I managed to get something on paper which kinda resembles the landscape…lol. But for being visually impaired, and lack of drawing experience, I thought, as did the wife, our friend and our oldest daughter, did damn good on what I had done.

Well before I finished my drawing, everyone had went back down to the lake. I followed just a very short time later. So, as I proceed to get back into the water, I noticed that it was colder than before. Took longer to adjust and get used to it, but we never fully adjusted to it. So it was back to playing with the kids for a bit, splashing around and whatnot. After a while, the kids went off into the cove area to play just as we decided it was time to swim to the other side of the lake. Well this time my wife joined in as she wanted to say she was able to do it. Lets just say it looked like 3 fish outta the water trying to swim across…lol. After we had managed to get across, we talked for a bit on the other side, keeping a eye on the kids, which they were excellt in listening to us, plus they had their big sissy to help watch over them. Well after a few, we headed back over to the kids to play with them some more. Though towards the end, our oldest son got grumpy and sat out until it was time to leave.

Well we stayed until the sun set behind the mountains and figured it was time to leave, so we could get back home, clean the kids up and get them ready for school. All in all, everyone had a great time, and we are planning to go to the lake at least once a week. As its great exercise and it gets the kids out to release their pent up energy. So stay tuned for our next adventure.

Till next time,