Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Here’s another one of my favorite cookies. I’ve made them many times and they are far better than store-bought and will make everyone happy.

Yields 35 cookies

1 stick butter
2/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 tbs water
2 1/3 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips or nuts, raisins, etc.


  • Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Cream-in butter, sugars, vanilla and egg in large bowl
  • Add in flour, baking soda and salt. Add in chocolate chips.
  • Drop 2 tablespoonfuls per cookie about 2 inches apart onto greased or parchment papered cookie sheet.
  • Position two oven racks in the middle levels. Bake two sheets at a time. Bake the top sheet for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes remove the top sheet and set aside to cool, then reposition the lower sheet to where the top sheet was and bake the second sheet another 2 minutes.
  • Cool and enjoy.
Recipe Modified from Betty Crocker

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Buying #10 Cans of Prepper Food

Every Prepper Pantry needs a small variety of dehydrated foods in #10 cans. For me, one of them is Tomato Powder. I long-term store a fair amount of pasta in various shapes and a pasta sauce is necessary to create familiar comfort meals. This simple tomato powder makes great tasting sauces, soups, juice, ketchup etc.

One of the issues with #10 cans of food is the cost. Maybe WalMart has changed that with their online selling of the Augason Farms brand of Prepper foods.

There are numerous sellers of #10 cans and over the years one of my favorite sellers was Honeyville Farms because of their variety, fast service, good prices, and low-cost shipping. Regardless of how many items or pounds the order weighed, shipping was $4.99 for the entire order. However, I recently purchased two more cans of Tomato Powder and naturally shopped my normal sellers for the best price and was surprised at the price and shipping increases today.

Here’s what I discovered: (per can price shown)

Honeyville Farms Tomato Powder:
$26.99 plus $8.99 shipping. A $4.00 shipping increase.

WalMart, Augason Farms brand Tomato Powder:
$26.03 and zero $ shipping because I opted for in-store pick-up. (Also because WalMart has stores here in Florida food is not taxed. I save another 7% on the order).

It looks like WalMart will be the first place I shop for Prepper Stuff especially because of the Free In-Store Order Pick-up!

Links to Augason Farms and WalMart Augason Farms:

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Oil & Propane Lanterns, Out of Favor with Prepping?

I’m not saying don’t invest in the old-tech but, if you are going to make an investment in night-time lighting now’s the time to invest in a portable solar system.

Oil-Lanterns, Propane-Lanterns and Candles used to be the go-to lighting source during a disaster and its’ aftermath. The downside to these old-tech devices is they need petroleum-based fuels which can be hard to come by during a disaster aftermath. On top of that, is the huge home fire risk.

The alternative to oil-fueled lanterns?
LED Lights and rechargeable batteries. Today, solar panels, controllers, and batteries are very affordable. You can have all the quality lighting and communications you’ll ever need for free for the next 20-25 years and beyond and then you’ll never have to stand in line or beg for lamp oil or propane fuel.

(I know some are thinking what about cooking? You can’t do that on small solar systems but that’s what campfires are for or what I use, a Rocket Stove!)

A single 100-watt solar panel will provide the power to recharge batteries that will let you power numerous lighting devices, a TV and a radio to capture local broadcast channels. Your TV and portable AM/FM/Shortwave radio may very well be your only outside communications because cell service, internet, satellite or cable TV may be dead for many reasons. It’s one thing to be in the dark at night without light but what would be worse is being in the dark with no communications to know what’s happening around where you live and what caused the disaster. Also you can recharge your two-way handheld radios for neighborhood communications.

A 100 watt solar system is all you need:
A system this size is totally portable. So even if you live in an apartment or need to hunker-down at another location, all you have to do is stand the solar panel in the sun, in front of a window or sliding glass door to capture the sun. However, don’t leave the panel outside unattended as it will probably result in someone stealing it.

The typical system components:
  • 1, 100-watt panel.
  • 1, charge controller.
  • 1, 400-watt inverter.
  • 1, RV/Marine 12 volt battery.
  • 1, NiCad Battery Charger.

Link to Home Depot Solar Kit $170.00 You’ll also need one RV/Marine battery, one Inverter and one NiCad battery charger. Total cost around $250.00 a small price to invest for endless lighting and communications.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

These are true survival cookies. During a disaster aftermath, everyone will want treats, especially if you run out of them, and these oatmeal cookies will make everyone happy. Best of all this is a simplified and tested recipe with all ingredients coming from your long-term food storage. They are Soft and Chewy, Yummy!

Yields 40 cookies, (shown stacked on a dinner plate).

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1½ cups white flour (or whole wheat milled flour)
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbs water more or less as needed
  • 2 eggs (fresh or dehydrated)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  • Blend/cream the eggs, shortening and sugars together.
  • Then add and blend in all the remaining ingredients.
  • Drop 2 tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake @ 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes

Saturday, December 22, 2018