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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The importance of comfort food

Your comfort food is whatever food it is for you that makes you feel better. Whether it’s because you’ve come down with the local flu bug that’s currently circulating in your immediate local, or because you just had a rough day, comfort food is, well…comforting. Part of self reliance—relying upon your self—includes taking care of the abstract aspects of every day living, including comforting oneself under duress. Comfort food is probably one of the simplest ways to do that.

Comfort food! Chocolate cake by rore on Flickr

It’s not necessarily food that causes specific chemical reactions, as chocolate is known to do. That’s not to say that chocolate isn’t a comfort food! I mean—doesn’t this look comforting? Laughing

For many peoMac and cheese is a common comfort food. Pic by Jing a Ling on Flickrple, comfort food is something out of their childhood. When I’ve chatted with people about what their comfort food is the answers do tend to be heavy in carbohydrates which may make sense on a chemical level, but may also be a cultural phenomena. Carbohydrates tend to be cheap and therefor more available to all income levels I guess.

When you’re looking to your back stocking, be very sure to include at least a few servings of whatever your personal comfort foods are. For me it’s fairly easy; I have no idea why, but one of my comfort foods is cream of rice with butter, sugar and milk. Cream of rice stores like rocks, so if I have the appropriate accoutrements I’m in like Flynn. A bit of tinned butter and one of those containers of milk that is packaged for extended storage takes care of that nicely. I’ve also discovered that the very best cream of rice can be had by taking jasmine rice and grinding it myself in a clean coffee grinder! If you’re a cream of rice fan, give that a try and see if it’s not the nicest cream of rice you’ve ever put in your mouth.

Check your shelves; do you have your favorite comfort food stashed away? What is your comfort food? Under what circumstances do you wish for it? Does it make a difference if you make it yourself or if someone makes it for you?

Original: http://ourright2selfreliance.today.com/2009/02/17/the-importance-of-comfort-food/

Our current time of crisis makes Bugging out Difficult

By Joseph Parish

Our current financial struggle here in America is on the verge of making an emergency bug out difficult at best. Predictions have been revealed that state our workforce will be at just about a stand still by the end of 2009. In short there simply are not enough jobs for the people. Ninety-five percent of our nation's metropolitan cities will have far fewer job positions available as the year ends than those that they had at the beginning of the year.

This sad and grim prediction came from the firm of Moody's Economy.com which reveals just how bad our country is moving into a recession. This situation is bad enough for most people but for the survivalist is can be deadly. Since many of our like folks will also be losing their jobs it would certainly make it impossible for them to leave a crisis area and venture forth towards a safe retreat somewhere else. This lack of mobility can result in many people having to remain in a potential combat zone when TSHTF.

If you reside in the states of Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Connecticut, Michigan or Hawaii you can be sure that you are headed for some very rough times ahead. These are the states that are pinpointed to be losing the most jobs. With the decline of our automobile industry the unemployment rate will be greatly increased.

These situations are going to get much worse before they start to get better and you must be prepared for it. When you lose your job you really lose your means of getting to your retreat location unless you plan accordingly. Knowing that this situation could possibly be pending it is up to you to take the appropriate precautions necessary to ensure that when the time comes you and your family can move quickly to safer grounds. To start with you will need to save some money. I know this isn’t an easy task these days since you will also need to store some valuable supplies in order to survive.

My personal plan is to develop a retreat that is within one tank full of gasoline. In the cases of my new vehicle that would put me about 400 miles away from my current home. Most people can afford to fill up their car at least one time so this would help drastically to get you from point A to point B safely.

My retreat goal is a small patch of wooded space in the middle of a deep woods. Here I will place a camper of some sort and modify it accordingly. I see a lot of solar activity in my retreat plans in the future. Solar has advantages in that it is quite and does not send a smoke screen alerting people to where I am located.

Regardless of how you plan to handle your particular situation the key point is you need to [plan ahead of time. Don’t wait until it is too late to do something. Act now and you will be prepared.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://www.survival-training.info/articles9/OurcurrenttimeofcrisismakesBuggingoutDifficult.htm

The Essential First Aid Guide For External Bleeding

By Lucy FalleBleeding can occur in all kinds of injuries. Weather it's playing some kind of sport, in the kitchen cooking, a child playing or one of many other scenarios, accidents happen all the time. When one does occur we want to be prepared, we want to ensure that we know all there is to know about caring for the patient and treating the injury in the right manner. There are all kinds of external bleeding for instants a nose bleed a cut from a kitchen knife, a cut or graze to the head as a result from a sport injury, or a more serious kind.

There are three types of external bleeding arterial, Venous, Capillary. Below is a guide that will help you to identify between them

Arterial - This is a rapid bright red flow that may spurt, the cause of this is a very deep cut, laceration or puncture to the artery.

Venous - This is a rapid dark blood flow the cause is a deep incision, avulsion or puncture of a vein.

Capillary - This is a slow, oozing blood flow this is a light skin injury such as an abrasion or laceration.

How to treat an external bleed can be vital to the patience's survival if the injury is a very serious one. Below is a step by step guide on what to look for, and how to treat an external bleed.

In the case of a severe bleed the correct procedure to follow is:

1. Apply pressure to the bleed preferably over a pad and squeeze the edges of the wound together, pressure should be firm and may cause slight discomfort to the patient. This will help to stem the flow and will help the blood to clot.

2. Raise and support the injured limb, again this will help to slow the flow of blood.

3. Lay the injured person down, this will help reduce the blood flow to the site and will also help to minimize shock.

4. Place a sterile dressing over the pad and bandage securely, to tight however can cause a problem with normal circulation.

5. If the bleed continues apply another bandage to the existing one.

6. Treat the injured person for shock.

7. In the case of a serious bleed get the injured person to a hospital


- Never attempt to pull out an object that has become embedded

- Never remove blood soaked bandages from a wound doing this may cause the bleeding to start up again

- Never give aspirin to someone with a severe bleed as this can cause increased bleeding

- Never apply a tourniquet this can make bleeding worse and may even lead to tissue damage

No household, car, school, work place, sports club, gym or anywhere else for that matter, should be without a sports bag containing first aid kit equipment, as this is vital to help keep not only your patient safe but also yourself. All basic first aid kits should contain as a bare minimum:

• Sterile swabs
• Plasters
• Nitrile or latex gloves
• Instant cold pack
• Crepe bandage
• Sterile dressing
• Triangular bandage
• Foil heat blanket
• Wound cleansing wipes.

So be prepared and make sure you are covered for every eventuality.

Lucy Falle is Marketing Manager of First Aid 4 Sport, an online supplier of first aid, rehabilitation products and physiotherapy products. Lucy has previous experience as a sports instructor. For more information about sports injuries and first aid in particular bandages and you can also find more information about Dressings.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lucy_Falle

Additional Reading:

Surviving the Cold

Storing Bulk Foods in a 5 Gallon Bucket

Surviving the Unexpected-Mentally

Zero Tolerance on Toy Guns

Most Terror Threats Turn Out to be False

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SurviveTheWorst/~3/wJIpIqF7Z9A/essential-first-aid-guide-for-external.html


What reeeeaaallllyyy pissed me off last time I went to the store was the price of catsup.


  • #10 can of tomato sauce from Costco
  • 12 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 4 cups chopped onions,
  • 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • 2 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 4 tablespoons salt

Puree peppers and onions, combine with tomato sauce and paste, and pour into a large stainless steel or enameled kettle. Cook and stir occasionally over low heat

Meanwhile put garlic, pepper, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and cayenne into the vinegar in a small pot and simmer covered for 1/2 hour to steep spices in the vinegar. Pour the spiced vinegar into the stuff.


Also add molasses, sugar, mustard, and salt at this point.

Bring it up to a boil real slow, I keep my electric stove on 2.

Pour into jars fresh outta the dishwasher with an inch of head space. Process in a pressure cooker by bringing the pressure cooker up to 10 lbs pressure and then turning the heat off and leaving on the burner. This will allow you a good twenty minutes of boiling time, which for something this acidic is plenty

Tastes damn good on taters too!

Original: http://mightaswellliebackandenjoyit.blogspot.com/2009/02/catsup.html

Outdoor Tips - Waterproof Matches

You can easily waterproof your matches by dipping the heads in Candle wax before storage. You can buy blocks of paraffin wax for a couple bucks at Walmart.

Make sure to coat the head of the match with enough wax to make it waterproof. When your ready to use them pick off the wax and light.

photo by AMagill@Flickr

Check out our Skills Page to learn about ways to start Camp Fires

Original: http://offgridsurvival.com/outdoor-tips-waterproof-matches/