Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hurricane coming next week Tuesday

Looks like this coming Tuesday I’m going to have a Cat 1 or 2 hurricane at my front door. If they’re correct it’s going to roll up the entire east coast of Florida. I don’t expect much damage other than some flooding of low areas along with branches blown out of the trees and the rich people who have ocean front property getting more of their beach washed away.

At least I’m not going to be standing in line at the stores getting supplies as I am always stocked for these events. I do get to test run my new Honda generator tomorrow just to be sure everything is good to go then just sit back and watch the show!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How we went from $42,000 to $6,500 and lived to tell about it!

I thought some of you would enjoy a nice story from about a couple who decided to drop out of the Rat Race life style and went after the simple life.

How we went from $42,000 to $6,500 and lived to tell about it!
As a middle class American, it’s been difficult for me to understand how we are supposed to make a living when there are so many things working against us. How can we go on day after day with the rising cost of food, fuel, utilities, car insurance, taxes and health care, while dealing with the insecurity of unemployment? In the past, whenever I considered these things, I felt a hopeless sense of impending doom in the pit of my stomach. There is so much talk about how to solve these issues, but nothing ever seems to stop the downward spiral of struggle and stress that millions of folks are experiencing…………….. Link to the story:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bass Pro Shops 5-Piece Cook Set

A couple years ago I sold my RV, a 26 foot Class ‘C’ Tioga Motor Home due to some major repairs that were needed and it just wasn’t worth repairing it. At this time I’m not planning to replace the RV so I need to downsize my Bug-Out Stuff and as I make changes I’ll share what I’m doing so you can see you don’t need much Bug-Out Stuff to be safe and comfortable.

Lately I’m doing much more economical mini-van camping and with that I’m back to cooking everything on a camp stove or campfire, it’s not a bad thing but a full size RV spoils you with being able to use full size kitchen gear.
So, I needed to buy some pots and pans to fit the camp stove. I found this set below from Bass Pro Shops that perfect for me. It’s made strong, nests together and I especially like the large pot @ 4.7 quarts because if I needed to boil drinking water or melt snow for water I could do a reasonable amount at a time.

The set:

Bottom view of the set:

The 4.7 quart large pot, note second handle for better control of a full pot:

The storage bag for the set:

Bass Pro Description: $49.99
The Bass Pro Shops® 5-Piece Cook Set is light and compact, yet comes with lots of options for cooking up a gourmet outdoor dinner. Made of sturdy aluminum, this Bass Pro Shops camping cookware set comes with 2 pots with lids, a frying pan, and a handy nylon carry bag. All the cookware features silicone-coated, folding handles and abrasion- and stick-resistant Quantum 2® coating for easier cleanup. When it's time to pack up, the nesting design keeps everything compact. The 42 oz. Bass Pro Shops 5-Piece Cook Set includes a 4.7 quart pot, a 3.2 quart pot, 1.6 quart fry pan, and 2 lids.

Lightweight aluminum is ideal for campfire cooking
4.7 quart pot and 3.2 quart pot
1.6 quart frying pan
Silicone-coated, folding handles
Quantum 2 nonstick coating makes cleanup easy
Compact nesting design
Includes nylon carry bag

Weight: 42 oz.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies from Long Term Food Storage

Yes Kymber this photo is for you! :-)

Here at Living Prepared my focus is to be able to live comfortably along with eating well in a long term ‘Grid Down’ disaster scenario which I believe would be the worst kind of disaster we could face.

Today I made a batch of Oatmeal Cookies, a simple and quick recipe all from my long term stored foods.

Makes about 50 cookies.

3 cups rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat milled flour
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1¼ cups water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients together.
Then add and combine in all the liquids.
Drop a rounded heaping tablespoonful onto an lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake @ 350f degrees for 18 minutes.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Solar 12 volt power can burn your house down!

Over at Backwoods Home I found this story written by their writer Electrical Engineer, Jeff Yago. It’s worth a look and a reminder that 12 volt solar systems are not idiot proof. They can be a fire hazard if installed improperly.

The story here: