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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We’re Going to Experience Apocalyptic Pain, and It’s Going to Be Out of Our Control

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sing the health praises of parsley and sage

Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, "Are You Going to Scarborough Fair". Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion. Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of parsley and sage are worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.


Parsley is an amazing medicinal herb with a world of health benefits. The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Among the many benefits reported for parsley are:

*It is a diuretic which helps the body produce more urine to keep the urinary system operating smoothly and which helps prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections.

*It is wonderful for removing toxins from the body, such as heavy metals.

*It is an effective breath freshener. It is believed that the practice of including parsley on a dinner plate began due to its breath freshening abilities and not merely for its decorative effect.

*The root and leaves are good for the liver and spleen.

*It helps relieve bloating during menstruation.

*It provides relief for edema, often helping when other remedies have failed

*Parsley root and seeds help relax stiff joints, often making stiff and unmanageable fingers work again.

*It helps remove gallstones when used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily.

*It is beneficial for the adrenal glands.

*It is a powerful therapeutic aid for the optic nerves, brain and sympathetic nervous system.

*Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels.

Note: It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.


Like rosemary, its sister herb in the mint (Labiatae) family, sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, including rosmarinic acid. The oils found in sage are both antiseptic and antibiotic, helping it fight infections.

Besides the antioxidant and other properties shared with Rosemary, sage`s other health benefits include:

*It is effective for symptoms of menopause, night sweats and hot flashes because of its estrogenic action and because its tannins help dry up perspiration.

*Sage helps provide better brain function and has been used in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease for over a thousand years. It helps provide better recall and research has suggested that it may be an effective option to help treat Alzheimer`s.

*There`s also compelling evidence that sage may be of value to people with diabetes for whom the hormone insulin does not work as efficiently as it should. Lab studies indicate that sage may boost insulin`s action.

* The ability of sage to protect oils from oxidation has also led some companies to experiment with sage as a natural antioxidant additive for cooking oils that can extend shelf life and help avoid rancidity.

In an upcoming article, we will also sing the praises of the other two herbs mentioned in the popular song - rosemary and thyme.

Sources included:


About the author

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near San Antonio and Austin to give lectures in health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".

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Terrorist may poison the food supply (but the food companies already have)

Always on the terror streak, the mainstream media is now warning Americans that terrorists may strike the food supply by dumping poison into restaurant salad bars and buffets, for example. CBS News broke the story, quoting anonymous "intelligence" sources who insist that terrorists might use ricin or cyanide to poison foods in salad bars.

I have news for CBS, the federal government, and the terrorists: If you really want to poison the U.S. food supply, just use aspartame. It causes neurological disorders and yet remains perfectly legal to dump into foods such as diet sodas and children's medicines. You don't even have to dump it into the food supply in secret, either: You can do it right out in full view of the public. Heck, you can even list this chemical right on the ingredients label!

Or get into the MSG business. MSG, which is often hidden on "natural" foods under an ingredient called yeast extract, is a potent neurotoxin that promotes obesity and even cancer, according to some experts. Feed people enough MSG and they'll probably die of cancer sooner or later, and that counts toward the goal of terrorism too, doesn't it?

If you really want to get nasty and up the body count, start a hot dog company and dump sodium nitrite into your processed meat like all the other hot dog companies do. Sodium nitrite promotes aggressive cancers -- even in children -- and yet the USDA and FDA allow its use in the food supply (http://www.naturalnews.com/007133.html).

Better yet, feed the population genetically modified corn and then wait for the mutations to kick in. GMOs might actually be called a biological weapon because they cause so much harm to humans and the environment. (http://www.naturalnews.com/GMO.html)

Why be a terrorist when you can do so much more damage as a processed food company?

If you're a terrorist looking to poison the U.S. food supply, get in line, buddy! The food companies have beat you to it!

In the U.S. food supply right now, you can find toxic mercury, BPA, acrylamides, petrochemicals, dangerous preservatives, synthetic chemicals like aspartame, pesticide residues and artificial colors that alter brain function. The FDA doesn't seem to care about any of this, of course: All these poisons in the food supply are legal!

So here's a message to Al-Qaeda and all the other terrorists trying to kill Americans: Don't bother with bombs and missiles... just get into the processed food business!

Or, heck, if you really want to kill Americans with poison, get into the cancer industry! The "Al-Qaeda Cancer Clinic" could really rack up some body bags by doing what all the other cancer clinics do: Inject patients with chemotherapy and watch them die (http://www.naturalnews.com/029996_c...).

Seriously, if you want to kill Americans, all you really need to do is keep supporting conventional medicine and the FDA with its do-nothing position on dangerous chemicals that threaten the health of Americans right now. FDA-approved drugs kill well over 100,000 Americans each year -- a statistic that dwarfs the body count of any terrorist group.

Come to think of it, how do we know the FDA isn't already being run by terrorists? Their actions, which blatantly endanger American lives, are entirely consistent with the aims of a terrorist organization. (http://www.naturalnews.com/001894.html)

By the way, this is all depicted in a CounterThink cartoon I created in 2006 called The Food Terrorists: http://www.counterthink.com/The_Foo...

This cartoon anticipated today's terror news alerts by four years. That's because when it comes to the U.S. government's rhetoric on terrorism, it's not that difficult to see where they're taking it.

Want to know what the next four years will bring us? I'll soon be publishing a list of predictions for 2011 and beyond. Watch NaturalNews.com for that announcement.

In the mean time, you might want to steer clear of FDA-approved foods and drugs, because you just never know what's really in them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Mexico Preppers Roll Call

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Member

Welcome our new member:


Proud to be a new member of APN - My wife had been telling me for years, in her own sweet way, about prepping. Years ago she read great books like Atlas Shrugged and Lucifer's Hammer, these books gave her the mindset for prepping...she just didn't know it was called Prepping/Prepper's. She has been asking me to read these books and give her my take. I would try and get through the first chapter and get bored with them.
Y2k didn't phase me at all. 9/11 was very upsetting and unsettling, But "W" earned my trust and kicked butt, then I went back to my normal suburban rut. You know, keeping up with the Jones, buying all the new gadgets, getting hooked on computer games as my release after a hard day at the office grind.
Then came 2008 - father had a heart attack, found out my health was in poor shape with overweight, high blood pressure, and panic attack's due to stresses over the last few years. The doctor said my fathers heart attack was the trigger. And then comes a new president.
Needless to say, my whole way of life and thinking has changed for the better. I really wish I had understood what my wife was trying to explain to me some 20 years ago. Where would be now with our prepping mindset if I had "Got it".
Better late than never and you have to start somewhere sometime. I'm just glad you all are here, and we can learn and share together as like minded free Americans in this Great Republic.

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Hello all, Just a note to introduce myself to the board.

I am in Alamogordo, NM and have been a prepper since Y2K. Still learning and look forward to the fellowship of like minded individuals here.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How To Join The New Mexico Preppers Network

Come learn survival, preparedness and sustainable living with us!

The Preppers networks are all about volunteering our knowledge and skills with each other. We share ideas, tips and basically network with each other to survive any type of disaster whether natural, man made, or economic. Information that you learn and share with others will help everyone learn how to find "Freedom Through Teaching Others Self Reliance."

Joining the New Mexico Preppers Network is simple, and most of all, it's Free! To join, just follow these few steps.

1) Register to become a member of the American Preppers Network www.AmericanPreppersNetwork.net The registration page is here: http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/ucp.php?mode=register

2) Once you have your account, go to the index page of the forum and do your first post by introducing yourself in the new members area. http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/index.php

3) Once you know how to do posts, visit the New Mexico forum and introduce yourself. The New Mexico forum can be found by scrolling to the lower section of the index page where you will find a list of states, or you can go directly by following this URL: www.New MexicoPreppersNetwork.net

4) After you've visited the New Mexico forum, follow this link to learn how to join the New Mexico Preppers Network group:

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nervous About the Times?

My 25th high school reunion was this past July. I was unable to attend as it was in Ohio, but I have been thinking much about the parallels of high school and prepping for a while. Before one enters high school there is a bit of nervousness because of unknowing what to expect. As a prepper, that is how I was when I began. I did not know what kind of crises or disaster or economic issue may happen and I was extremely fearful.

Over the past few years I have worked very hard to prepare myself for any type of crises and in this I have come to an incredible conclusion. All is well. I am prepared. I do not know what is coming our way, although it does not require a doctorate degree to see the impending economic crisis racing towards the American public. No worry, as I am prepared.

How on earth can one reach this point of preparation? Do you wonder if my house if filled from floor to ceiling with prep items, so much that I squeeze around the house instead of walking? Do you wonder how I was able to pay for so much?

Let me help you all in how easy this transformation has been for me. Like high school, I was nervous until I went to school, and realized it was the same as junior high or middle school. This is what has happened to me in prepping. I no longer worry about what may happen, as I am ready.

I have learned how to make food from scratch...you know from the very base ingredients. I can look in a pantry and create a menu without looking at a cookbook.

I have learned to grow foods in a desert climate. I have also learned how to utilize the sun and a solar well. In addition, I have mastered how to salvage and actually use gray water. From the foods I have grown, I then learned how to preserve the foods by dehydrating, canning, pickling or smoking.

I have learned to mend clothing, sew clothing, and refashion clothing into other items.

I have learned how to clean my home with minimal cleaning products...
I have learned how to wash my clothing by hand with home made soaps...

I have learned how to utilize the environment I am in- as in harvesting mesquite beans the fruit of cactus, and the likes. Mesquite beans feed the animals, make a great coffee, and can be ground into a flour.

I have studied and grown herbs...and taken this further to understand the human body and the healing process. More importantly I have learned more about living a healthy lifestyle and exercising to maintain health.

I have learned how to raise chickens, collect their eggs, build their pens, feed them, allow them to free range, and then butcher them. I followed the butchering up with canning the chicken.

I have learned how to raise turkeys and can do the same with them as I can with a chicken. Dollar for dollar and pound for pound, turkey's are more economical.

I have learned how to raise ducks and geese...in the desert. The eggs from a duck are the best ever to bake with!

I have learned how to raise goats and can milk them, feed them, help deliver the kids, and of course butcher and preserve the meat.

I have learned how to raise sheep, how to sheer them, how to feed them, and help deliver the lambs, and of course butcher and preserve the meat. In addition, I have learned how to wash the wool, and use it.

I have learned how to raise a cow to butcher and preserve the meat. In addition we have attempted(but not mastered the tanning of the hide...we will soon though as practice does make perfect).

You see prepping is about obtaining knowledge and skills to hold you over if in fact you cannot rush down to the local grocery store. Prepping is not about the hording mentality as supplies have a shelf life and of course cost $$$.

I am not afraid for what may happen in my life or my nation's. I can only say that I am grieved for the times as they are reflecting a change in the way America will be forevermore. I am prepared to help when times get tough, and prepared to help our nation come to stand once again. As a prepper I can only pray that you understand how important it is to study and learn how to live as much as it is to acquire items.


Friday, July 9, 2010

What Are You Truly Preparing For?

I have been at times known to write about how one should prepare for any crises. In fact I say that often in post after post. My question today is more direct, more serious.

I am asking for comments.

This question posed is serious and I ask you to share a few paragraphs to explain what you are truly prepping for.

No more molly-coddling.

I am done with a government that is so completely inept. Oops, I meant not to share what I felt until the next post. Oh well, please share your thoughts. I am compiling a major post and need help.

ps...I am continuing my prepping like no other.
The time is at hand.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Link Fixed

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Why the title?
Sci Fi linked a story that has made me sick.
Here's the You Tube video:

Time to get serious about raising your own animals or paying local farmers...it is worth the extra money to buy organic beef from someone you know.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

We Are in a Depression

Yep, check out these links...
Lots of charts and interesting data here

Recovery, Where?
We are in a Depression now and have been since 2008. A Depression is defined as a 10% contraction in GDP. But for the government borrowing 11% of GDP and spending it, GDP would have contract by at least the same amount borrowed and spent.

Home Sales Plunge...

Please take very seriously the need to prepare for what is coming. Now is the time to learn skills and abilities that will help you and your family. Soon it will be too late.

Truth be told I am confounded as to how the economy has held together so long with such tactics that have been going on, and sometimes wonder- am I just off? No folks- this economy is not sustainable and NOW IS THE TIME.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Something to Consider in Whether You Should Prep or Not

I have read things similar but Michael Snyder put together a pretty good post with all the reasons in one place.

So just how big is the U.S. national debt in 2010? Well, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, on June 1st the U.S. National Debt was $13,050,826,460,886.97. For those not used to seeing such big numbers, that is over 13 trillion dollars. To give you an idea of just how much a trillion dollars is, if you had started spending one million dollars every single day when Christ was born, you still would not have spent one trillion dollars by now. And yet somehow the U.S. government has accumulated a debt of over 13 trillion dollars. This is a debt that we have callously placed on the backs of future generations of Americans. Somehow we have the gall to expect our progeny to pay off the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world. What we have done to future generations is beyond sickening.

It is really getting close to crunch time. Perhaps you feel that nothing has happened, therefore why prep? Folks please re-read the link I have added, and take in the fact that we- are reportedly the wealthiest nation on earth. If this is true, then we as a nation have the farthest to fall when things go bad. The farther you fall, the harder it will be~right? Prepping will not exempt one from those around you crashing hard. The time is now to learn the skills as well as prep, as we can share our skills.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Food Storage Tip

Ok this is very simple...so simple you may be shocked!

To add one meal more a week to your food storage try this tip:
Skip a meal- but buy everything that you would have in that meal, label, date it and place it in your food storage. This will increase your food storage by 52 meals a year!
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Crisis Crisis Wherefore Art Thou??

Well it has been over a month since I last posted.
I have posted a bit more on my farm blog, but not like I used to as it has been a bit hard for me to blog lately. I was not aware of how heavy my emotions would be with my son in Afghanistan and especially since he has told us about situations called "outside the wire."

I apologize about not sharing tips, skills, ideas, and knowledge on how to prep, why to prep and where to begin prepping. I am hoping that I can get back into it now, today.

You see when your freezer is left open all night with the ice cream gallon blocking its door, you have a crisis that is neither a weather disaster nor an economic disaster, but it still requires thinking on ones feet.

I am so glad that we were near the end of the cow, and had not butchered the heifer yet...

So what should one do?

First and foremost clear your day...no plans!
Second get the food into the refrigerator...do not refreeze the meat.
Third- prioritize- for example I had two bags of the pre cooked BBQ/buffalo wings- so guess what I am serving for breakfast!

I am browning the pound of ground beef and pound of ground sausage to put in Ziploc baggies to freeze cooked. I will label each with today's date and the contents. When I brown ground beef to use in anything I add three spices- onion powder, garlic salt and cumin.

I am slightly overcooking the bacon to crumble for baked potatoes- I will freeze this too. The bacon grease will be strained and put in a jar to store in refrigerator to use making tortillas as we love the flavor that the grease adds to the torts(btw I always save the grease)!

My sons will be starting up the grill with gathered mesquite branches to cook up the 9 steaks that we have left...that is dinner, as well as the meat for fajitas for tomorrow.

We also will be drinking orange juice:) gotta love frozen OJ!!!

I then plan on later today making beef stew with vegetables and canning it, I think I should make about 7-10 quarts.

As my day proceeds, I am going to cube the chicken breasts and pack them raw into the canning jars...I think I will only have two to three pints as we have walking chicken so I rarely store much!

I will also be canning two roasts, soup bones broth, pork sausage...and other misc items.

You see prepping is not only for the major disasters that are anticipated but the day to day hum drum mini crises that occur in each of our lives. We need to realize that just because a major crises has not happened that our prepping isn't wasted. We are prepping to live too folks.

I pray you are all well and that you keep your focus on learning the skills to hold you over!

Double Nickel Farm

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

And the Winner is...

Kelly in PA!!!!!!!!!!!
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Using Your Food Storage: Pinto Beans

Storing food that you do not know how to use is a waste of time. Storing foods that have only one use can sometimes become frustrating. For awhile now I have been playing around with recipes to create unique foods or different foods from the same old ingredients. Pinto beans are a staple in the southwest and have been in my family since I married Bill. I love refried beans, cooked pinto beans, bean burritos, bean enchiladas, bean tacos, but wondered what else can I make that may not be specifically Mexican flavored?

Here is one recipe:

Pinto Bean Bread

2 packets yeast(1 packet yeast =2 1/4 tsp.)
1/2 lukewarm water
1/2 cup evap.milk(I often use goat milk or powdered milk)
1 tbsp. salt
6- 7 cups flour
1 1/4 cup water(bean juice:) from making pinto beans
1 cup mashed beans
2 tbsp. shortening
2 tbsp. sugar

Soften yeast in lukewarm water. Warm bean juice on low heat take off heat- add milk, oil, salt, sugar, mashed beans and 2-3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add yeast and more flour until dough is easily handled. Knead until smooth(5-10 minutes). Place in greased bowls and let rise until double in bulk. Punch down and let rise again. Shape and place in 2 greased bread pans. Let rise again.

Bake 40-45 min. at 375 F.

Pinto Bean Bread
I must confess using even the water that the beans were cooked in plays into my conservation as I love using everything and having little waste.

From the website WH Foods I found a wonderful amount of information about pinto beans and if you want to check out how great pinto beans are click here.

Another bread I make from a leftover item is rootbeer bread, as I make homemade rootbeer and always seem to have a few cups leftover. So I make rootbeer bread!

By the way, I love the way cooking affords a person to be unique. One can use round pans and create round loaves of bread, square pans or even the traditional bread pans. Living a simple life is not about less but about you and slowing down. As a prepper this will help you adapt if you do not have all the items you are comfortable with in a crises, as you are already used to baking with non traditional measures!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Food Storage Giveaway! Enter today~

Augason Farms is a family owned business that began in 1972. This company offers dehydrated and freeze dried foods for your storage convenience. Double Nickel Farm is hosting not one but two separate giveaways! One is for the Breakfast Pack~ the other is for the Dinner Pack.

For this giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment. You may comment once a day on Double Nickel Farm and once a day on New Mexico Preppers for seven days...the winner of the Dinner Pack will be announced next Thursday April 29!

I have written often about preparing for times ahead. Augason Farms offers products that will enable you to do so, with products that are delicious, nutritious and prepared for a long shelf life. Properly stored these products can last from 20- 30 years!
Vegetable Stew Blend

Sweet Corn

Creamy Potato Soup

Vegetarian Beef

Honey White Bread and Roll Mix

Potato Gems

Don't forget the contest ends Wednesday April 28 at 11:59 pm.

Please remember that poor financial management by a government can and will impact its citizens. Now is the time to prepare for the worst and expect the best.

ps...the winner will need to forward me their email address and home address!

Have a Great Week!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Using Your Food Storage: Lentils

Lentils are an amazing food, and because of two important reasons are a superb item to be stored. The first reason they are so wonderful is the time it takes from dry lentil to tasty meal is less than 30 minutes-so speed of cooking(whereas most beans need to be pre-soaked). The second reason for lentils being a great food storage item is the nutritional value they offer.

In times of crises nutrition should not be overlooked as maintaining ones health is much more critical during crises. One cup of lentils provides about 2/3 of your daily fiber needs, about 40% of your daily iron needs, and over 100% of your A, C, and K vitamins needed.

For women menstruating, pregnant, or lactating lentils provide the boost of iron needed, as they do for children and teens need additional iron too.

Oh and lentils are very inexpensive! You need to do a few things in prep to cooking them. First lay them out on a white or light table or counter top so you can remove any rocks or debris from them. Then you need to rinse the lentils in a colander in cold water. Cooking lentils for me then is filling about 3 cups of water over the one cup of lentils. Bring to a boil, then reduce temp for about 30 minutes. That's it!

Simply pour the lentils out to make sure they are free of debris

I love lentils as is with a bit of salt on them and this makes the storage, the prep, the cooking, and the eating as simple as pie!!

Even a simple serving of lentils can be elegant

1 Cup lentils uncooked

Equals this much cooked lentils!

Here are some lentil recipes for you to look over if you have not used lentils before:
Lentil Burgers
Different recipe Lentil Burgers
Curried Lentils
Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Barbeque Lentils
Pomagranate Lentil Soup
Dry Bean ABC Soup mix
and heres a link to many more

Monday, April 19, 2010

Winner Announced

The winner of the Breakfast Pack food combo held on Double Nickel Farm was Peggy. Click over to Double Nickel to see what to do next!

Thank you all for participating and stayed tuned later this week for the Dinner Pack combo giveaway!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Prepper's Rewards

Prepping to prepare for any situation does not mean that life is frantic and without relaxation and peaceful pleasures.

In fact, on my journey I discovered something enjoyed by many that have lived before me- the County Fair. Seems like nearly everywhere in the nation sometime from May to October a county fair is held.

In 2007 after raising our simple in town garden my daughter entered one item. She won Reserve Grand Champion, and I saw potential recognition for my efforts to live a more simple, humble life(which coincides with prepping).

Last year I entered many items in many categories. I entered canned food items, dried foods, baked goods...

Some received blue ribbons, some red ribbons, some white ribbons, and a few received no ribbons

My kids have entered for two years now, some baked goods, some hand crafted items.

Simple items

Items unique to our region grown in our tire garden

Roma tomatoes

Squash of many varieties

You see prepping in my opinion, and in my experience does not need to go with fear. I live my life each day prepping for many scenarios-weather related, health related, finance related and what ever, all the while staying focused on the path my family is on.

If one preps without living, what life has been traded for preparedness?
If one preps without the skills to utilize the items one has accumulated, how will one fair in a real crises?

The county fair has been where I have found that all the skills I am learning are recognized as important things. Every month I make things or learn new things to enhance my life on the farm. By late July I have a box of items that I save to enter in the fair. My work and my simple life has value of old. No trophy for everyone, no perfect crafting items that one picks up from a craft store. Nope, just items hand made by residents of the county. The neat thing is that your simple item with crooked lines may be displayed next to a seasoned seamstress, yet when you meet the seamstress she delights in your skill! Your canning skills most likely are new found if you are a prepper, so why not enter the food in the fair. You will be reassured that you on track and doing just fine. If you dried items/dehydrated items enter them in that category.

Oh and for those with animals, you can enter them in the fair. Depending on your county population depends on if you have adult divisions. No matter, find a local neighborhood kid and allow him or her to share in your entry. Many people come to the fair to see the animals, the crafts, the vegetables, and never make it to the rides or snack booths. Don't disappoint your fellow county residents, enter some of your prep items this summer in the fair. You'd be amazed at how that ribbon will bring out the kid in you once again!
Jennifer(30 plus years from kidville but loving life and the simplicity that a county fair blue ribbon offers)!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Making Flavored Coffee

Pecans- crack open, grind into fine powder.

Store crushed pecans in container...(an old coffee container works fine)
(don't you love my Art Deco period coffee canister?)

then when it it time to make the coffee, add a teaspoon or two to the coffee and enjoy!

*to store the ground pecans, I keep them in the freezer as it keeps them fresh for a long time.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cooking With Food Storage: Powdered Milk

When storing food products one must understand how to use them. One product I had never used until about ten years ago was powdered milk. I never understood why one would use it, let alone need it. In baking milk is a necessity yet in a crises obtaining fresh milk may not be a possibility.

I store my powdered milk in food grade plastic bins and since they had directions on the original packing, I leave the directions inside. I also mark the contents on the outside of the bucket with a permanent marker(and also the expiration date).

To make I use a fruit juice container, and add a bit of water to the bottom before I add the powdered milk~ this makes mixing so much easier!

Finished powdered milk to milk. It does not taste exactly the same and must be chilled to kind of taste good...but to bake with it is perfect! Now to flavor the milk for wee ones(or not so wee ones) have powdered chocolate milk, powdered pink milk or even the liquid flavorings-although they do not have a long shelf life.

I made Chicken Pot Pie off the Bisquick box the other day. I used from my food storage powdered milk, canned peas, canned carrots, cream of chicken soup, and also thanks to living on the farm had farm fresh eggs, and fresh chicken.

I love that even a simple recipe from Bisquick can utilize your food storage.

Lunch on the farm: Chicken Pot Pie!

As I use powdered milk almost daily here are a few things that I have made this past week or so.

Braided Easter Bread(click for recipe)

Instant pudding

Do not be intimidated because you have not used the product...take the time this week to increase your knowledge on using powdered milk! I cannot stress enough that knowledge and skills are as important or more important as having food storage. One needs to know how to prepare food, store food, grow food long before a crises occurs!!

As a side note, once you are comfortable cooking from scratch, utilizing items from storage etc, then it is as easy to make pudding from the box, as it is to make Braided Easter bread. Now is the time to prep for any situation and one way is to master using items that can be stored for a long time.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Contest Begins~Good Luck

Go to Double Nickel Farm to enter to win the Breakfast Pack!

Stay tuned to recipe ideas and storage suggestions.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Major Food Storage Contest

Double Nickel Farm will be hosting 2 food storage giveaways in the next few weeks. Check in the next few days to see the rules and enter.

Prize 1 Breakfast Pack - 6 number ten cans of freeze dried strawberries, creamy wheat cereal, buttermilk pancakes, imitation bacon bits, and scrambled egg mix.

Prize 2 Dinner Pack- 6 number ten cans of Creamy potato soup, Imitation beef bits, potato gems, honey white bread and roll mix, freeze dried corn, and vegetable stew blend.

Check over the next few days...for the breakfast pack it is a $78.28 value and for the dinner pack it is $80.20 value!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Need More Proof Why You Need to Prep?

6.4 Billion dollars allocated to 440 Phantom Congressional Districts: Thanks Moe Lane for the video and work put in showing the citizens of the US what is going on in DC.

By the way this time in the video, the idiocy of our elected official is shown when the monies wasted , jobs lost and taxpayer dollars skimmed are all simply explained away because of clerical errors.

Don't you think that once the clerical error was noted, that the funds would be given back to say, you know, the taxpayer?

I have written much about what to prep, how to make homemade items such as deodorant, shampoo, breads, shared gardening, cooking from scratch, and animal tips. Now it is time to really get serious as to the why's one should prep.

We should prep because those who are running the show have banked on Americans remaining ignorant to their blatant theft of our money. No longer are there any shadows in Washington. Everything is out in the open and no one cares one iota what we the citizens think. With that I believe that they have tipped the scales so far that it will take years(if ever) to reset the weights. I also believe that the elected officials smell the sinking(perhaps are willingly complacent in bringing the destruction) and are stuffing their pockets with every grimy bit of coin that they can- American Citizen be damned.

For the record, I claim no political party anymore. I believe EVERY sitting member of Congress should be voted out when they come up for re-election. I also believe that term limits should be applied, as well as the removal of life time benefits(life insurance for one) be removed. This is the same as the job bank the Big Three Unions have...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Most Important Video Proof for the Need to Prep

This is one of the 535 that make all the decisions over you, me and the rest of the Americans-Rep. Hank Johnson is seen below questioning Adm. Robert Willard about the relocation of 8,000 troops and their families to Guam.

We are in more than a world of hurt as Rep. Hank Johnson D-4th district of Georgia shows us...through his incredible understanding of an island.

This man is not fit to be an elected official, and if I attended the university that he graduated from(with a degree in geology) I would burn my diploma.

Preparing takes on a whole new meaning when you factor in that some are not progressives trying to swoop in communism. No, some are so stupid that we are at risk of harm because of their stupidity.

Take serious this video, as you need to prep in earnest. Now is almost too late to prepare.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Why We Have to Prep

We need to prep because for a few generations we have had life pretty darn good, and forgot the how to's of real living. All of the dirty work or any hard work has been removed from our presence and we are soft.

For most of us, it was our great grandparents generation that understood how to live. They worked very hard to make life better for their children. This is where the problem began. Now there is nothing wrong with working from dawn to dusk to make a dollar, as there is nothing wrong with wishing to make life better for our children.

What is wrong is that this goal of removing the hardships actually has a downside, as when times get tough only despair, grief and emotional stress happen. We have no clue how to live without. Now you know that this is the truth. When the power goes out what happens in your home? When someone loses a job what happens?(unemployment) When you have only flour, sugar, Crisco and a few spices what can you make(you should be able to make a sweet treat, a bread, with water a white gravy to name a few).

Do you understand what I am saying?

We have to prep because we have lost skills.

Once again, we have to prep because we lost skills.

I remember thinking I was amazing because I made "homemade bread" from frozen bread dough. Don't take this wrong, there is nothing wrong with frozen bread dough(well not in the big picture). What is wrong is that we have no idea how items are made, what they are made of, and most importantly how we can live without it or make it ourselves. That is the problem.

Do you rush to the doctor when someone in your home gets the sniffles? Do you take your car to have the oil changed because you don't even know how to? Then it is time to prep in earnest. Basic doctoring has been lost thanks to the big drug companies. They count on us acting like the doctors are GENIUSES and therefore we are too dangable ignorant to treat simple ailments. For colds and flu- newsflash stay home, rest, and drink lots of fluids.

Prepare to live like our great grandparents did, as they survived the multiple depressions of the late 1800's and the Great Depression of the early twentieth century. I know that if our nation continues on this slope to economic ruin that many Americans will be at a loss. Remember this, the Great Depression was made worse by a government not the people. This time the people and the government will stretch things out for much longer as ignorance takes time to overcome, and while people learn the skills they need, there will be much failure.
(c) Double Nickel Farm

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Prepping 101

If you are new to prepping, sometimes it is overwhelming to know where to start. The first thing to remember is this: prepping is a mindset, it prepares you to handle a crises. Once you mentally start preparing for what if's and what could happen, you then begin accumulating "prep items."

The three main prep items to cover are food, clothing, shelter. Then you have medications, toiletries, and safety items such as weapons. Why consider items such as weapons? Well in times of natural disaster-sadly looting happens, and you cannot expect the government or local police to help initially as they will be busy with critical issues such as infrastructure and life saving measures. There are other important reasons to maintain weapons but I will not address that issue in this post.

I recommend a three month food and water supply(to start). To create a list of what you need, I suggest you make a three month menu(of foods that you eat) and stock up on those items first. Do not forget foods that require no cooking- such as canned or dried fruit, crackers, peanut butter-in case you have no electricity. Make sure you have a hand can opener instead of an electric can opener. The food you buy comes with a date on the item, and I recommend then adding a second date in permanent marker of when you purchased the food.

By the way, do you have charcoal and matches for your grill(even if it is a propane grill as you can disconnect the propane when it runs out and use charcoal(or wood-as we use mesquite exclusively in our former propane grill).

Another item to consider is lighting-such as flashlights, candles and oil lamps. I was surprised to discover the solar lamps one puts outside will be perfect in the house at night.

This is an introductory to prepping. Here are some items I have in my prep for long term storage:
1. 250 lbs rice
2. 250 lbs beans(pinto, lentils, navy, kidney, red beans, lima beans)
3. 25 lbs of salt
4. 250 lbs of flour
5. 75 lbs of pasta
6. tomato sauce-great for base of many things-200 cans
7. oats-75 lbs
8. honey 30lbs
9. white sugar 200 lbs
10. cane sugar 50 lbs
11. molasses 5 jars
12. powdered milk-3- 5 gallon buckets(in addition to milking goats)

This is not complete but it gives you an idea of what I have. I began with the LDS food storage calculator(here) and catered the list to my family's needs. For example, we do not really like flavored gelatin(jello) so I do not really have much jello in storage. I do have some, as I mix it with cake mixes to make swirl cake sometimes, but not five pounds worth.

Please remember that if you have women or babies that you need to have items to take care of menstrual cycles and diapering. This is so important that in a time of crises that you have the needed items so no undue stress is added to an already stressful situation.

If you have any questions and wish to take it to an email level please email me at penofjen(at) yahoo(dot) com...and put in the subject New Mexico prep question.

Have a wonderful weekend.
(c)Double Nickel Farm

Friday, March 26, 2010

Challenge Update

In my previous post I offered a challenge to preppers to see if their preps were enough. The challenge was in a way to see if you could survive on less and live off what you have. So far on the challenge all is going well for my family and I. The kids have had two activities(yesterday, and this afternoon) that they have had to go to, but aside from that all is great.

We have been using up any perishables from the fridge and are enjoying simple activities to keep us content. We are readers and we do not have cable or satellite TV so we have no loss on that...

When a crises occurs what will you do? Will you be able to handle the children without the television? Will they be able to function without the television? Will you be able to use the food storage you have on hand or will you be scrambling to find a cookbook to assist you in making bread from wheat(that you must grind first).

This challenge may not have given any feedback, but I promise you this is one of the things as a prepper you need to do BEFORE a crises arises.

Do you know where the flashlights are? The matches? The batteries? The meds? The needs of a baby? Can you grab items quickly if you need to leave the house? Do you have a prep kit in the car? Do you have emergency cash in the house, the car, and the wallet/or purse? Do you have a planned destination for all family members if something happens- earthquake, tornado, hurricane, wildfire? Have you prepped enough on making several things from scratch that you could do so in a crises? Can you make water potable?

Now back to the challenge! Do you see why it is important to not only prepare, but to experience the prepping skills before the crises? We are the most advanced nation technologically on the planet and because we are, we are without some skills that many worldwide have. We need to get real, get back to basics and learn to apply the prepping we have.

(c) Double Nickel Farm

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trial Run: Challenge

Today is the day for a trial run of your prepping. This challenge is serious and you should take this serious as it will be a precursor for what is coming.

From the moment you read this post for seven days do not go to the store. Do not buy anything. Aside from work and business(or school for your kids) do not go anywhere.

What first? Well bring out the ration chart...or for this, you will be using only foods on hands right now. So what meals will you eat? By the way, use up as much of the foods in your fridge as you can...as this is something in a crisis that really happens- loss of foods that are in the fridge and freezer. For this drill you can check the internet for 10 minutes a day, what sites will you check? Do you see how this challenge will work?

Now the biggie, ration your utilities for the week. Eliminate most of the items that are plugged into the walls. Use only 50 % of your lights. By 7 pm no lights. Can you do this? Are you ready? Can you and your family deal with this *fake* scenario?

Here is what is happening at my house and the meals we have eaten so far, as I am on day two(although I did get on chat last night).

~Breakfast: arroz con leche {using milk in fridge, rice from pantry, and spices} home made bread into toast.
~Lunch: Bean enchiladas, dried apricots
~Snack Ice cream...use up perishables during this week.
~Dinner: Rice and chicken casserole{ rice, cream of chicken soup, canned peas, 1/2 pound of shredded chicken} canned peaches

~Breakfast: arroz con leche leftovers.
~Lunch: Ramen noodles and pb and honey sandwiches(homemade bread)
~Dinner: Spaghetti and crushed meatballs{4 cans of tomato sauce, 1 can of tomato paste, spices, 1/2 pound of ground beef, 4 slices dried bread, 2 eggs, spices} frozen corn, cucumber slices with lemon juice.
~Snack/dessert Pineapple upside down cake{1 can pineapple slices, flour, butter, brown sugar, spices}

For us, as we have a well, we are drinking water. The moment a crises occurs plan water at the top of the list. Fill every container if you have none stored or have no well...

~things to pass the time- play a board game, read or create skits(my kids love to do this)
IF YOU REMOVE THE TELEVISION NOW- when a crises occurs you will not feel like life is over. TV is an unwelcome guest in all of our homes. TURN IT OFF. Cherish the time with your family now.

Go to bed earlier and let your body really rest.

The time to see if you can handle a crisis of any sort is not during the crisis. Prepare now. Remember grade school and the fire drills? This week I challenge you to have a prepper drill with your family. The way things seems to be heading sooner, rather than later these drills may be extremely valuable.
(c)Double Nickel Farm

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Now What?

Now what? Well we sit and wait as the circus begins in the Senate.

While you wait, I recommend investing some of your money into food products.

I am buying a hand powered grain mill for my first prep in reality(as I am well prepared foodwise)
Next I am spending all my surplus money on more prep items.
Not just foods, in case you are wondering.

Enough is enough, and now that we understand that the government is not of the people, for the people,


Friday, March 19, 2010

We're Headed for a World of Inflation

Click here to read the article.

My advice is and will always be the same, Now is the time to prepare. Now is the time to have a food supply on hand to hold you over when you are paid the same wage and groceries cost 50% more than they do now.

If you are new to the prepping, I would suggest buys that get you the most for you dollar, such as dried legumes, and rice. Canned goods next, and dried foods thereafter. Do not minimize comfort foods, but be wise and first put up three months* worth of foods first.

Do not forget that our own president has told us that bad times are coming? Did he say this exactly? No, but he told us that in order to get out of debt we need to spend more money. That is all one needs to know- as this has placed us on the fast path to an economic meltdown.

*I should add that I do not believe that you should stop your food storage once you reach three months worth of storage. I just think that before you buy snacks etc, one should have three months of real food first. Then buy comfort foods, candles and icing etc. I recommend having at least 1 years worth of food storage and seeds to enable you to grow your own foods if necessary.

Buy foods you eat and use your storage in your food rotation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Some Thoughts

If today life changed as you know it what could you do?
Could you live for any amount of time off of what is in your home/property?
Do you have the means such as seeds and the know how to grow your own foods?
Do you have the skills to treat medical conditions of a various assortment?
Do you have the skills to create your clothing
Can you heat your home without electricity?
Can you protect your loved ones and your home?

These are just thoughts that have been swirling around in my head.

With my woodstove I create ash which is a key ingredient in making soap. I also use the ash to put in my compost pile(when it is cool) which adds nutrients to the soil.

I recommend at least six months of food storage which will get you through to the next growing season, but to be honest, shoot for at least one years worth of food, that you use and rotate out. From these foods you will have labels from canned goods that can be saved as fire starters, and the cans can be used for many things. One thing is to make a votive holder for a candle, as lighting will be important but it will be as important to maintain safety and not burn your home. Tin cans can have the top and bottom cut off and can be laid flat to be used as shingles for a coop, doghouse, or other animal structure. These will add up. You can also make tin can stilts from the cans, as well as teach children telephone. Prepping is all about preparing and using all that you have in every measure.

Items that make it into your trash can should be assessed before it gets tossed. You see the phrase waste not want not, really comes into play.

I am wondering if a bad growing season happens, are you prepared? Do you have any other means of food?

For me, living on the farm provides a surplus of foods from meats, to eggs, to even milk and making cheese. We also have native plants here that can provide foods. Unlike areas that are green, living in the desert requires more planning and acquiring of skills. I studied the local Indian tribes and what they ate to help me make plans for edible foods from the wild.

This post may seem to be a bit rambling but you get the idea, we must prepare for all scenarios, by preparing ourselves. Playing what if's now will prepare you if and when a crises arises.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Money Saving Prepper Tip

For those who are preppers and have chickens I have a simple low cost tip that we use on the farm. We use paper shred for the nests.

Simple yet serves its purpose quite well. The shred is free from a local business and it composts quite well.

Another extremely important thing to note about the shred is that it has no mites on it. If you use straw or hay bedding you may have to purchase dusting powder for your flock. Since we switched to shred we have noted almost no mites! Amazingly simple, but prepping should not be a chore but a lifestyle towards a goal of living on less but with far more skills.


Monday, March 8, 2010


I disagree with this poster.
I suggest that a prepper may have lived life like this before prepping.
But once you begin prepping, life and attitude changes.

As a prepper this poster should say:
When you are in deep trouble
Say nothing, and pull deep from within your prepping
As you are prepared for EVERYTHING
and a little bit of nothing.

Friday, March 5, 2010

How I Beat Spam on my Farm Blog

I had terrible problems with Spam on my farm blog, until I did a few things.
I removed all anonymous comments.
I required typing in the word verification code.

I have not had any more spam in the past three weeks.

Life is grand again!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday Stockpile Item

Be sure to stock up on Dehydrated Water...

Have a wonderful weekend, and remember use common sense when you are prepping!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Living the Simple Life Tips Part 2

This is a continuation of the previous post. Please understand that prepping or living a prepper's lifestyle is not all about hurry up and rush around like a chicken with its head cut off. Prepper's must be able to assess each situation that is cast our way, and if we are too busy we may miss specific signs or cues that we need. So here are a few more tips on living the simple life.

Change your menu for the next month. Make 14 recipes (or seven if you can) and repeat it twice. Stick to the menu, and use fresh or homemade as much as possible. Do not make more than you will eat, and if everyone has a smaller portion that is okay. Make notes on your measurements so you can finagle them to make more or less as you eat the meals. Perhaps it was not Julia Childs, but someone earlier, no matter- somewhere along the way, we decided that we showed our wealth and how Cosmopolitan we were by serving so many diverse, complicated recipes. Take a break...If you still desire to dabble in diverse cuisine, then take one day a month and do what we do on the farm. I call this day: Where in the World, and I create a menu and background about the food we will be eating. Be creative! Oh and you do not need small children to do this as it is fun for all.

Go computer free one day a week. Actually, when trying to slow down, this is a good way, as it is very easy to get caught up in the momentum of surfing the Internet and losing track of the time. I bet you have projects all around your house that need tending to. In fact, I bet you have friends, neighbors, and family that would be surprised if you sent them a letter(snail mail) as none of us has done this one very much since e-mail!!

The whole idea of Living the Simple Life has nothing to do with living a less than American lifestyle. It means that one Living the Simple Life is prepared for the worst, but lives each day expecting the best.

p.s. This is how I live every day!

photo credit: taken by me! It is almost the direct backside of the mountain I look at each morning! Pretty amazing isn't it?

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