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March 28, 2011

Can you make your own yeast?

Filed under: Sourdough — Connie Lacelle @ 10:46

Just read a very interesting article at Off the Grid News, and thought you would find it compelling as well. The article is called “Prepper Baking 101: Making Your Own Yeast.” Did you know you can make sourdough starter using crushed grapes or other fruit, like tomatoes? And use potato water to start and feed your starter? Or that you can dehydrate your starter so that you have some ready-to-use when you arrive at your bugout place?

One of the people who commented on the article also provided a link to a source of sourdough recipes made in a bread machine.

Do check it out!

January 25, 2011

Hard Core Prepping

Filed under: Prepping — Connie Lacelle @ 12:16

How into preparedness are you?

If you are really into preparing for the worst case scenario, you will want to check out a new Yahoo group that I just found. It’s new to me, of course, but it’s also new to Yahoo. These people have obviously been around and prepping for awhile. You can tell by all the great info they have amassed and made available to group members.

This is a very busy group with lots of posts, so I highly recommend you subscribe to individual e-mails so that you can quickly scan subject lines and discover those you want to read and save, and simply delete the others. I made the mistake of subscribing to daily digests when I joined. Phew, that’s a lot of stuff to read and make decisions about! Individual e-mails will be easier to sort and forward. (Or, of course, you can just visit the site and collect the information without getting e-mails…)

Either way, please do check out Hard Core Preppers!

January 13, 2011

Wild Edibles Radio Show Links

Filed under: Wild Edibles — Connie Lacelle @ 16:31

Whooohoooo, I just found a goldmine!

I finally made time to check out Linda Runyon’s new website and it is awesome! You can peruse the website and get a lot out of it, but if you register (free) you can get a whole lot more! So I did.

One of the things I found is a page of links to radio shows where Runyon is interviewed on a number of wild edible topics–things like: being prepared for emergencies, wild food recipes, lambsquarters and meadowsweet, essential wild foods, survival lessons for children, poisonous look-alikes, nettles, wild food to flour, how to organize becoming a wild food expert, how to eat your pine tree, rules & tools for collecting. I’m going to busy for awhile….

Here’s how you can find your way to this goldmine. Go to: 

  1. Of The Field and register for the forum
  2. Forager’s Forum
  3. Other Resources
  4. Radio shows
  5. Links to Linda’s Radio Shows
  6. Whatever show you want to listen to. The very first one was September 5, 2007 and as I write this the most current is January 3, 2011.

If you decide to register we can be buddies in the Of The Field Forager’s Forum. I am known there as “Connies Nic”.

Happy foraging…

December 16, 2010

Can You Survive in Place?

Filed under: Prepping,Survival — Connie Lacelle @ 22:46

Folks, you’ve really got to sign up for David Morris’s “Survive in Place” course! This is the ultimate in preparedness information!

We signed up in September for the 12 week course which provides online access to downloadable and printable materials, audio lessons, e-mail newsletters, several bonuses, access to a members forum, and a copy of the book “Urban Survival Guide.” I gave my husband the book and I collected the internet material. Mike has been reading the book and really likes it. Once he’s finished reading it, he plans to read it again and start doing all the exercises and apply the advice one step at a time. It’s that good.

Today I saved all the files and printed off all the documents (double-sided) and filled a 2″ binder. Can’t wait to really get into and read everything. I’m sure we’ll listen to all the audio lessons together. There is so much meat in this course!

Check it out at Survive in Place. Now. Before any more time passes. And any more disasters come your way.

December 9, 2010

Wild Foods and Herbs for Healing

Filed under: Herbs,Wild Edibles — Connie Lacelle @ 00:05

 Did you know that what the Bible refers to as “hyssop” is oregano? And that oregano is exceptionally good for your health?

This week I watched a short YouTube series put online by Kevin Gianni who attended a retreat where Dr. Cass Ingram was the speaker. The retreat was held at God’s Lake in northern Manitoba. Go Canada!!  Yesterday’s video was about How to Find and Harvest Chaga Mushrooms and today’s was on Wild Foods and Herbs for Healing. Kevin filmed their jaunts through the woods as they hunted down these things. I thought you might find them interesting and useful, especially if you live in Canada.

Disclaimer: I do not agree 100% with anyone or any website even if I do recommend something on it. Preparedness requires gleaning useful information wherever it is available.

Oregano can be purchased through Paul Nison’s Raw Life online store. Check it out!

November 18, 2010

Grow Your Own Superfood

Filed under: Herbs,Superfood — Connie Lacelle @ 14:30

I just watched a short video at Blackbird Naturals that I thought you might find helpful, because it contains photos of some of the superfood plants we hear a lot about these days. Having some of these growing on your property really ought to be a good way to be prepared for hard times, I’m thinking. Last year I wanted to designate a portion of our yard for useful wildflowers but Mike thought I would be taking on too much. He was right; I was kept very busy with all the raised beds we added this year and all the extra vegetables we grew–and dehydrating most of the produce. Perhaps we can try the wildflower idea next year –well, at least a few new superfood plants…

I was especially interested in this video because I just received three packages of seeds that had been grown at Blackbird which I purchased through Paul Nison’s Raw Life online store. How many seed vendors sell superfood seeds? Not many, I’d wager, so finding these on Paul’s site was awesome! There are many more types of seeds available, but for now I thought I’d try out this 3-seed package: astragalus, maca, and calendula.  

According to the seed packages (nifty little metal cans that remind me of sardines), the astragalus is an adaptogen that helps your immune system, the maca is an adaptogen what contains B1 and B12 fatty acids, and the calendula contains flavonoids that assists with wound healing.

Disclaimer: I do not agree 100% with anyone or any website even if I do recommend something on it. Preparedness requires gleaning useful information wherever it is available. So visit the website, use the seeds, and spit out the rhetoric.

If you have tried growing astragalus, maca and/or calendula, please share! I can use all the help I can get.

October 15, 2010

Natural Hair Treatments

Filed under: Herbs — Connie Lacelle @ 13:01

I don’t know how this fits with “preparedness” but I thought you might enjoy this short video from the Bulk Herb Store about doing a natural hair treatment down by the creek. These ladies are having a lot of fun! I guess you always need to be prepared to change your appearance if you are on the run?

Actually I was checking out the new website which has a lot of information that could easily fit with preparedness when I found this page with several video downloads that you can purchase. The one given above is a freebie; it is chapter 5 of a video called “Making Herbs Simple.” 

September 28, 2010

Sourdough on the Go

Filed under: Sourdough — Connie Lacelle @ 13:11

Just a short note today, to post a link to a website that could possibly be very helpful as we make preparations for the future. I haven’t checked it out yet but the e-course looks very promising if the introductory video on the home page is any indication. Do check out what’s available for learning how to make and use sourdough.

When the children of Israel left Egypt they were in such a hurry they couldn’t let their bread rise, so they ate unleavened bread for awhile. This got me thinking. I bet in those days people didn’t have yeast like we keep in our refrigerators with which to make delectable breads and buns. If they had, they could have just brought it along and used it whenever they had a chance to rest a bit (assuming they also brought along some grains). I bet they used sourdough! We may have to depend on sourdough recipes if we want raised goods to eat at some point in the future, so this is an opportunity to get experience with sourdough and to collect recipes.

Speaking of unleavened bread, there are three collections of unleavened recipes on my website that you may wish to check out. I have not tried most of them, but really like the few I have–especially the Cheese Straws! If you try any of these recipes and would like to comment on them (particularly if they can be improved) please do so. I will be happy to edit those documents to make the recipes better. Also, if you have different unleavened recipes that you would like to add to the website, I will be glad to make a fourth collection and have it online before Passover.

I had no idea you could make sourdough chocolate cake…must check that out…


September 22, 2010

Urban Survival Guide — Can You Survive In Place?

Filed under: Prepping,Survival — Connie Lacelle @ 13:12

As a subscriber to the Off The Grid News e-letter, I received a link last night to an awesome resource that I know you will want to check out. Part of it is free and part of it is for purchase, of course; but the price is very low right now.

I don’t want to take the time to go into all the details because there are a lot to be had, so I will just let you know that I have just read and printed off the first of 12 lessons as well as one of the several bonus e-books that came with this special offer. Awesome stuff! And I am looking forward to receiving a lot more as time passes. I also registered for their forum and blog so I can learn from other preparedness-minded people and potentially hook up with some.

Here is what David Morris, the owner of Survive in Place, has to say about the offer: 

“The limited time offer is for the online course, audio course + the book.  The offer of the online and audio version of the course without the physical book is available at Survive in Place.  I can’t guarantee how long it will be available at this price, but it will remain available.”

 Please check this out. You won’t be sorry if you do and you might be sorry if you don’t!


September 17, 2010

Relieving Stress with a Spoonk Rider Portable Acupressure Mat

Filed under: Stress — Connie Lacelle @ 12:20

When there are too many things to be prepared for, the stress can really build up. Here's a stress relieving idea that I just learned about.

I recently subscribed to a very informative blog called  Keeper of the Home: Naturally Inspired Living for the Christian Homemaker. This lady has a variety of interests, so I never know what's going to arrive in my in-box. Today it was an offer to win a Spoonk Rider Portable Acupressure Mat. I checked out the website and, you know, I think I want one of these things (or 2 or 3 or 4). So...I'm passing the offer on to you. This is what she says: 

I have one Spoonk Rider to give away, at a value of $69! 

Here's how to enter to win (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

1) Visit the Spoonk website and then leave a comment telling me why you'd like to win one, and which color you would choose.

2) Subscribe to Keeper of the Home, either by RSS or by email (or let me know if you already do).

3) Share about this giveaway on your blog, or through your favorite social media (you can find Keeper of the Home on both Facebook and Twitter). One extra entry per social media share.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 21 at 4:00 PM, PST.

If and when I get one of these Spoonk Mats I will let you know how it's working for me...or hubby...or daughter...or son. We may have mat wars around here for awhile. If you get one, please share!

 Connie Lacelle

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