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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.

Double Nickel Farm
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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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