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Saturday, February 7, 2009

FABULOUS Food Storage Burrito Recipe

I found this recipe in this month's Family Circle magazine (March 09) and tried it tonight. I'm definitely not a vegetarian, but will make and eat these again - they were so yummy! Here you go - enjoy! (I did modify it a little, and will note them in parentheses.)

Quinoa & Red Bean Burritos

1 cup Quinoa
2 tsp McCormick Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend
1 can (15 oz) Red Kidney Beans, drained, rinsed and lightly mashed (I used Black Beans because that's what I prefer and have on hand.)
1 1/2 cups jarred Salsa (I actually pureed just one cup to make it go further - plus I didn't want it chunky)
8 Whole Wheat Tortillas (I just used regular flour tortillas)
1 cup shredded Mexican Cheese Blend

  • Place quinoa and pepper blend in a saucepan and cook following package directions. (All you do is boil 1 1/4 cups of water and add the quinoa, lower the heat for about ten minutes and then cool for a few before fluffing with a fork.)
  • Once cooked, stir in beans and 1 cup of the salsa.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees while the quinoa is cooking and coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Heat tortillas in microwave for 45 seconds to soften. Place 1/2 cup of the quinoa mixture in the center of each tortilla and fold like a package. Place seam side down on the baking sheet. (I didn't have the large tortillas, so I just rolled them and placed them seam down.)
  • Lightly coat tortillas with nonstick cooking spray and top with remaining salsa and cheese, dividing equally.
  • Bake burritos at 350 degrees for 12 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
Per burrito: 315 calories, 8 g fat (4 g sat.) 14 g protein, 47 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 734 mg sodium, 13 mg cholesterol


The result? They were fantastic! Ric thought that adding some shredded chicken would be even better - maybe next time! The best part is that it's a flavorful meal right from your food storage! (Yes, I'll be storing quinoa from now on!) Here's some more info about this grain, it's really good and good for you too!

Original: http://getmeready.blogspot.com/2009/02/fabulous-food-storage-burrito-recipe.html


The word is getting out. We are in a DEPRESSION. The fedgov will admit to 7.8% unemployment. That means we really have almost 16% out of work. Got your property all worked out and paid for? Got your partners in survival ready to head for the retreat? Got your Beans, Bullets, and Band-aids all ready to hand out? Has all of your friends stopped listening to government news? This is not going to get any better. It is going to turn to shit. We are a step away from living on a government bubble. I read this morning that 14% of us are working for the government right now! Those fedgov workers are getting by okay right now but the lay-offs could come.

I read that this Summer we will face some very high food prices. Got your survival garden in or at least planning on it once this damn snow quits? The media is calling for Victory Gardens, just like they did back in WWII. I know how Americans look at Victory Gardens. One guy plants and at harvest time nine guys come and reap the Victory and the crop. So stands the American citizen this February of 2009. It is going to be very ugly on the food front. There ain't much even a lazy, no-good sonovabitch won't do to feed his kids, even if it means taking food from YOUR kids. There are some damn fine people out there trying to stay alive through this mess and I don't want to see them get ripped off by some by some motherlovin' system clones. Pearls asked what a Zombie was. A Zombie, Pearl, is one of the living dead. They breath air and drink water and recycle groceries but their humanity leaves off right after that. I have met these creatures and tried to have a conversation with them and it was impossible. They just don't think on our wavelength. You can do whatever you like with them. They won't notice any difference. They are Zombies.

But lets get back to the garden thing, You had better get ready to plant a whopper. I know some of you are tired of me talking about Big John Lipscomb's bulk seed deal but it is a damn good thing, a damn good idea. And the price is right! The main idea of Survival Seeds is to be able to SAVE seed from your crop for next years garden. This is not a popular concept with the commercial seed growers across the land but it sure is popular with me! YOU CANNOT FALL INTO A TRAP OF THINKING IT WILL BE OVER WITH BY NEXT YEAR, BECAUSE IT WILL NOT END FOR A LONG TIME. Obama says that. Peter Schiff says that. George Ure says that. Big John says that. Charles Bell says that. And Michael Boone says that. So get your garden in using non-hybrid seed, and get in a good one. Grow double what you think you will need. Triple if you can pull it off. You will have relatives and friends who will be pulling at the strings of your heart and wanting some food.

Security preformed on your garden is of high priority. I'm tellin' ya'. People will steal your food! They do not give a rat's ass about your belly, it's their belly that rules them. You had better have your garden hidden or you had better have a guard on it at night. And this is not easy to cause to happen! We are not used to living within a group and having to pull security on our property. But when only 10% of the citizens have a garden what else can you do? That means 90% of the people will be out looking for food and you might have some of it growing in your back yard. Rough men will come in the night and take your food, and some rough women might do the same thing. Do not let these people have your food! At least not without paying you something or at least bartering for what they get. Once you get it canned or dried and then put away you are much safer in your possession. And that is what prepping is all about. Some people have made some very big mistakes concerning the economy of this nation and this world and we are being forced by common sense to prepare for hard times. And part of the hard times is knowing that 90% of the people will ignore the warnings and when times get tough they will come rip you off. We live in a Christian nation and thus we must have guns to keep our food in hand. Unless someone is out there helping you keep the weeds down in you garden, they ain't entitled to a damn thing beyond your mercy, if you chose to dispense mercy. I say dispense lead in their direction but you do as you will. Stay alive.



Original: http://wwwstayalive.blogspot.com/2009/02/thieves-zombies-and-food.html

Getting a different result

Read a quote by a Dave Ramsey on another site (sorry, I don't know who this gentleman is) that was probably, considering the nature of said site, given in a political and/or economic context. I find this quote most intriguing, however, when I think of how it applies to our own emergency preparedness efforts:

“Desperate always reaps stupid.”

To which I would reply, "Well, not necessarily."

Let me just say up front, emphatically, and in a if-you-don't-remember-anything-else-about-this-post-remember-this kind of way, that I know that what happened with US Airways Flight 1549, which you may recall made an emergency landing on the Hudson, was a miracle. No way it could have come out the way that it did if it hadn't been a miracle.

And this was a truly desperate situation. They recently released the cockpit audio of the conversations that took place before the emergency landing, which, along with an article, you can find here. Captain Chesly Sullenberger was amazing. He was well-trained, in the first place. And he was aware of what his options could be once he got into the situation. He talks about returning to LaGuardia. He asks about Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. If I'm not mistaken, his last transmission before the landing was the statement, "We're going to be in the Hudson." Calm, cool, and collected the entire time. At least outwardly. If you read the article, you will see this quote from him:

"It was the worst, sickening, pit-of-your-stomach, falling-through-the-floor feeling I've ever felt in my life," he said in an interview airing Sunday. "I knew immediately it was very bad."

It was a desperate situation--both engines not working, and nowhere normal to land. But Captain Sullenberger reaped anything but stupid. Both he and we reaped a miracle.

The ground control people couldn't even reach Captain Sullenberger right after the landing. According to the article,

"There was no response from the former Air Force fighter pilot, who had quickly headed into the crippled plane to assist the passengers."

That's right. He was already busy helping somebody else. Probably several somebody elses.

So what does that have to do with our emergency preparation? I would hazard a guess and say that there is probably a low percentage of people reading this that are professional pilots that would find themselves in this situation. At least I hope not when it comes to the "this situation" part. But we don't necessarily have to make desperate reap stupid. What can we do within our means to make the "reaping stupid" part unnecessary?

Well, to draw a few comparisons:

---Be sure that you receive training or train yourselves for what you will/may need to do in the case of an emergency. Even if the emergency consists solely of living on your food storage, do you know how to use it? Can you provide the meals you need for your family from the supplies that you have? Do you know how to defend yourselves if the need arose? Do you have an evacuation plan in the case of a natural disaster? There is always room for improvement when it comes to being more prepared in the area of knowledge and/or skills, and you never know when you might need them. And at that point you may have only about three minutes to decide what you are going to do...

--Know our options. What are your options in the case of job loss? How do you protect yourself and/or your family in the case of a pandemic? What will you do in the case of the loss of your home due to personal financial issues? Whatever emergency you think you may face, think of how you may deal with it. Plan A, plan B...save the most desperate options for your last.

--Stay calm, even if inside you don't feel calm. Easier said than done, and a lot harder for yours truly than I would care to admit. I can't think of a situation that is improved by panic...

--If/when you can, help others. Pretty self-explanatory, and yet, I had to add something like this sentence anyway, didn't I.... :)

Well, as I stated previously, we need to prepare as much as we can within our means, so it won't all be equal, but it will all be helpful, emergency or not. Desperate doesn't necessarily have to reap stupid. I hope we will all do all that we can so that we don't have to make "stupid" an automatic result in desperate situations.

And then, when we have done everything we can, may we always remember---miracles can, do, and in the case of Flight 1549 did--- happen.

Original: http://adventuresinbloggingtoo.blogspot.com/2009/02/getting-different-result.html

Survival Gardening and Farming in an Unfriendly World–One Man's Views

Organic gardening and farming certainly aren’t new, but they’re growing in popularity and importance as the quality of our food supply diminishes. Nonetheless, all that goes by the name “organic” isn’t always organic, thanks to government intervention and regulations supposedly intended to boost the organic farming business. Too many who aren’t farming organically want in on the action, so loopholes have been created, muddying the waters of what is truly organic. Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm says his meat and vegetables go beyond organic.

If you’re someone who’s thinking of expanding your efforts into a market gardening or organic farming venture, or if you’ve been at it for a while, you must get acquainted with Joel Salatin and Polyface Farm. His farm produces and markets creatively and innovatively. Salatin doesn’t merely spout theory. He has had years of practicing what he preaches.

Salatin has written a book, which you have to appreciate for its title, if nothing else. It’s called Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal. It’s a 352 page paperback available from Amazon.com. Here’s the description of the book and author as it appears there..

“Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat. From child labor regulations to food inspection, bureaucrats provide themselves sole discretion over what food is available in the local marketplace. Their system favors industrial, global corporate food systems and discourages community-based food commerce, resulting in homogenized selection, mediocre quality, and exposure to non-organic farming practices. Salatin’s expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find and will illuminate for the reader a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex.”

“Called ‘the high priest of the pasture’ by The New York Times, Joel Salatin likes to refer to himself as a “Christian-libertarianenvironmentalist-lunatic farmer.” He lives with his family on Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.”

You can hear an interview with Joel Salatin which aired on the Derry Brownfield Show. Click here to go to Derry’s site, then look for a link to the podcasts page. Look for the February 3, 2009 program and right click to download the show.

To get your copy of Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal, click on the picture of the book below, and you’ll be taken to the Amazon.com page where you can place your order today.

Original: http://destinysurvival.com/2009/02/07/survival-gardening-and-farming-in-an-unfriendly-world-one-mans-views/

City or country?

Bits n’ pieces -

Good piece on the Preparing for Tyranny blog about universal health coverage or single payer health care. I am in favor of a single payer system. Insurance companies are leeches standing between providers and consumers of services, sucking off resources that should be going to health care. Anyways, read his thoughtful entry. Here in the northeast we take freedom and liberty seriously.

Also, interesting article on the death/murder of 84 infants due to poisonous teething formula. Imagine losing a baby because the teething formula was poisoned.

Okay then City or Country?

There was a letter on the Rawles’ website the other day from the owner of the the blog Surviving the Day After that basically chastised people for living in urban or suburban areas. In other words if you didn’t live in the middle of nowhere than you were doomed. And if you didn’t head for the hills, leave the cities was the cry, then you’d be swept up in disaster and death.

Now seeing how this blog is Suburban Survival for the Simple I figured that I’d try to engage in some analysis. Maybe we can look at some weaknesses and strengths of both.

I figure there’s maybe a handful of things that can happen that will cause total breakdown of society. You got ya nuclear, biologic and chemical attacks. I figure this would be over a limited area. One, two, three cities? Then you got ya plagues and flu epidemics, maybe throw in the Black Plague because those naughty boys have been playing with it. Maybe fly in 5, 10 or 15 infected terrorists on different planes. I guess that could spread and cause widespread panic, maybe martial law too. Than you got your EMP attacks.

All in all though I don’t see a complete breakdown. Stores will be open, maybe with less selection, and definitely fewer stores. I think mail will still be delivered. Banks will still process payments. The police, courts and jails will all be functioning. Gas stations will be pumping gas. What we do to put food on the table may change, but life will go on. The medium of exchange we use may change, but the result will be the same. Lawyers will definitely still be billing. Carpenters building and teachers teaching. World Keep On Turning.

Work > Earn > Build/Make > Buy/Barter

Most likely outcome is a continued slow economic slide lasting for years. Maybe a decade before everything shakes out into our New Grand Economy. More people living together. More people working in agriculture and food production. More local manufacturing. Less driving and deliveries. That’s all a different post though.

Like I said though if the mushroom cloud goes up, who knows. Or if some pandemic spreads you wouldn’t want to be in population centers. You can’t live your life in fear though. Be prudent at all times, but we can’t make decisions based on fear. Otherwise, if you jump in over your head too soon you could end up like those two in Montana. They ran out of food. She froze to death. He was rescued by the sheriff. He had lots of guns, but no food!!

Rule: if a nuclear bomb goes off in your city, town or village you don’t want to be there.

Rule: if there is a pandemic you want to avoid other people.

If you already live in the city or the burbs you already have a circle of friends and maybe family. Having a support system is critical. No way would you want to leave your friends and family during a time of crisis unless that location was dangerous. In the city/burbs you have many more neighbors than you would in the country. So you know your neighbors. Hopefully they’re friends of yours. Maybe you borrow tools from each other or can look out for each others stuff. I think you’re better off staying where you know folks than running to a place full of untrusting strangers that probably won’t be too happy to see another refugee arrive to town. No matter where you are knowing your neighbors is critical. I know when I see strangers on my street I pay attention and am watching out for my neighbors’ houses, kids, cars and stuff. I saw a neighbor’s car get hit and then the driver drove away. I got the license plate and gave it to my neighbor who then called the cops.

Rule: It’s good to be where you know people.

Ditto for the neighborhood. I’ve lived in this town for the better part of 45 years. I know the streets, roads, sidewalks and deadends. I know the hills and hollows. I know the rivers and streams. I could bug out of town and know how to avoid roads. I know what rivers to float down and where the falls are.

Rule: It’s good to know the terrain and geography.

I know the parks, libraries, hospitals, schools, stores and mechanics. Better yet I know what merchants/doctors/restaurants/mechanics/stores/gas stations are good to go to and who to avoid. You wanna run somewhere strange and not know where to get stitches, the best burger and beer, find town hall and police or get ripped off by some strange mechanic/dentist/lawyer/tradesperson that you don’t know? Called the mechanic today, ‘you’ve been here before right?’ ‘yup, like 20 years.’

Rule: It’s good to know the people that you do business with.

Rule: It’s good to know where critical services are located.

Now let’s figure that you live in the middle of nowhere. I’m not sure that the libraries will stay open. How about that fire department, cops and schools. Sure in the cities and burbs we’ll see a reduction in municipal services, but we won’t see the total disappearance of services. The trash will still get picked up, maybe not as often, but it will get picked up. How about snow plowing city v. country. Then you got your medical services. In the burbs and cities there is a large choice of providers. Chances are they all aren’t going to fold up and close. Out in the hinterlands if you only have one MD for 40 square miles then you ain’t too well diversified. You don’t want your healthcare to get Madoff’ed. The hospital here is close by and will stay open.

If the power lines go down, the telephone lines fall, the gas main break, the water pipes break which area will be fixed first? I think you know the answer.

I can also see the delivery of food and other products breaking down the farther you move away from population centers. I’m not sure if the tractor trailers are going to keep rolling quite as often anywhere. So how often is that little country store that only 10 miles up from you going to get restocked, or the tanker trucks coming. You can be certain the the majority of goods will be delivered to the more populated places more consistently. It makes good economic sense doesn’t it? That’s what I would do if I was in charge of logistics.

Rule: centers of population will get restocked more frequently, more resources will be allocated to them and municipal services may be more dependable than in rural areas

Boy if the price of gas ever goes up again… and I’d say the chance of that is a near perfect 100%, the further away that you live from where you need to go whether it’s the grocer, banker, USPS or your jay-oh-bee then the more the price of gas hurts. When the cost of transportation is high then it’s good to live in close proximity to what you need. Think where you’d rather live when gas hits $4, $5, $8 a gallon. And it will.

I can walk to a hardware store, big grocery, church, a few small convenient stores, drug store, liquor store, sporting good store, USPS and so on. I can ride my bike to just about anything you can imagine.

Rule: oil still has a world of upward potential as oil becomes more scarce driving may become a luxury for only the very rich. Driving 30, 40 or 50 miles to the store, the job or the movies will be a rare event indeed. I agree with Kunstler that the days of happy motoring are approaching an end.

If you don’t read Kunstler he is a must read.

My little town has its own bus that runs around. Many urban/sub-urban places have buses, trains and subways that you can get around on. Maybe even a cab service. In the Hinterlands? Not so much.

Then I imagine for the few jobs that do remain most of them will still be where most of the people are. Lose you job out in the wild blue yonder and it make take a while longer to find a new one than in a more populated area.

Rule: the availability of public transportation is a large consideration.

Rule: the majority of jobs will continue to be where the majority of people are

Rule: if you want to develop your own business showing folks how to tie flies, plant gardens, repair bikes, watch/teach their kids or handy man business you will have a greater chance of success with a larger available market.

If you’re familiar with Ferfal’s blog then you know he writes with a first hand experience of what the decade long economic collapse of Argentina has been like. A point he always makes is that there are home invasions in the city and in the country. The difference is that in the country no one hears your yells so the criminals have more time to do the worst things imaginable to your family and you. The city and country both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Rule: learn from the experiences of those who went before you and follow in their footsteps. Learn from their mistakes.

Rule: the actual collapse of an advanced economy like Iceland or Argentina haven’t yet digressed in a Rabid Biker Zombie shoot em up. Who knows about the future though.

Rule: due to concealability handguns seem much more useful during an economic collapse than rifles

It takes quite a few people to set up 24/7 guards and/or patrols. The more you have and the more it’s spread out the tougher it is to protect. If you own a large ranch or farm with equipment spread out over a wide area you may have a tough time protecting your crops, livestock, equipment and even metal pipes and fences from looters and thieves.

Rule: the more spread out you are the more difficult to defend

Rule: to defend a large homestead you would need a large number of people.

Rule: one or two families in a cabin in the woods can be waited out or burned out

Now ideally I think you’d have a number of places that you could bug out to if need be. I live in the suburbs, but maybe it would be good to have some land, friends or family in a more rural area. Ideally a few locations to run to in different parts of the country. Be even better if you know some people in a foreign country that you could run to if need be. That’s why I tell folks to Get Your Passport even if you don’t plan on going anywhere. Better to have it and not use it then not being able to leave as quick as possible if the gates start slamming down. You know how slow the folks at the USPS can move so get that paperwork moving along. The regulations are changing in four months so get your passport now.

Rule: wherever you live be prepared to run to a few other locations

I don’t mean to rag on country places. Having some land in the country and building a cabin is the dream of just about everyone isn’t it? Although I have access to a trailer and some land in the North Country. It’s not just to bug out too. It’s a vacation place too. I would like to buy some acreage and build my own low impact woodland home on it. Check out the link there are plans.

Here is a pic of the front and the inside of what I’d like to eventually build.


I just want to point out that one setting may not be right for everyone.

Rule: And it doesn’t matter where you live as long as you Get Outside Everyday.

Original: http://hotdogjam.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/city-or-country/