Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Blogwise, this has been a busy week full of interesting projects. As with last week’s soap re-batching, most are still a work in process. That being said, this week I did the following:
I tried to kick pinto beans up a notch by soaking and cooking them in 2 tablespoons of good-for-you cayenne pepper infused water. Not a good idea, trust me. I had to dump the entire pot because they were inedible. The beans did not bother me but wasting lamb roast and sausage was a heart-breaker.
Researched the best way to store chocolate for the long term. Hint: DIY Cocoa Mix stored in mason jars with an O2 absorber. I made one batch already but am trying a different type of cocoa (cheaper) for batch #2. I also have a call in to the folks at Hershey. Stay tuned.
Made a batch of DIY soft soap using a slightly modified technique. No more snot-like texture which is a good thing but can I duplicate the results?
Did some additional research on the benefits of cayenne pepper for a future article. Pinto beans not-withstanding, this included a trip to the local library for credible research material. To be honest, I am starting to be wary of some of the fluff I am reading these days on the internet.
Completed an inventory of stored essential oils in my Preparedness Planner.
And last, as reported in 10 Simple Strategies for Becoming A Prepper, I mapped out a series of new articles for the first part of 2015.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
The Survival Buzz #149
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
I have an all-hands-on deck request from a reader in Las Vegas:
If the grid goes down during summer months, it would be near impossible to stay here. This means leaving the area and all it entails, especially a bug out vehicle that runs. Is there an instructional packet on “turning your vehicle into a bug out vehicle” after EMP or CME? I know next to nothing about vehicles and it would probably be easier to buy one….but cost is an issue.
Any suggestions you have for bugging in place (through desert conditions) or finding a proper bug out vehicle able to carry all supplies and probably 4 people, would be appreciated.
I couldn’t help with the bug-out-vehicle but I did suggest a small solar system for keeping things cool with fans during the daytime. Since responding, I also brainstormed some other ideas for staying cool: closing all blinds during the day, planting shade trees near the windows, and opening the windows to bring in fresh cool air in the evening.
Now it is your turn. Any ideas?
The following article includes a giveaway for three copies of Scott Hunt’s book, The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness. You might recognize Scott’s name as one of the experts that evaluates preppers on the Nat Geo Doomsday Preppers series. Note that the deadline for giveaway entries is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday.
As a reminder, all winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
This is an important tip so take notice.
If you happen to get even the teeniest amount of a hot essential oil such as Oregano in your eye, it is going to sting and burn like crazy. This happened to Shelly who, after applying the DIY Cold and Flu Bomb to my feet, touched his eye.
He grabbed some eye drops and started flushing his eye with water. That is the wrong thing to do. If this happens, grab some olive oil or coconut oil and apply it to the affected area. Oil dissolves oil, right? That brought immediate relief and all was well within minutes.
My pal George Ure over at UrbanSurvival.com had a great article about time management yesterday. It is noteworthy because this time of year, we all need to take stock of what is important and what is not. He gives me credit for being an expert at time-management. To be honest, some days I feel I have lost my way.
Anyway, it is a good weekend read: Coping: Managing Your Personal Profit & Loss.
Spark Naturals has announced their 2015 Oil of the Month lineup. It is fantastic! Shipping is included.
This year, an exception will be made in January when the Essential 4-Pack in the 5ml size will be sent out.
Note: The monthly cycle starts on the 25th of each month which means the bargain priced Essential 4 Pack is available now as the OOTM.
January – 5ml Essential 4 pack
February – Cedarwood
March – Peppermint
April – LLP
May – Birch
June – Rosemary
July – Lavender
October – Melaleuca
November – Respire
December – Clove
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THE FINAL WORD
It has been a crazy busy week here as I prepare to close out the year and begin 2015 with renewed focus and energy. And with that, what about you? What did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: If you are planning to mix up some Dirt Cheap Soft Soap, check around your home. Chances are you already have everything you need except, perhaps, the glycerin. Plus, a couple of items from todays Survival Buzz.
AT-A-GLANCE Monthly Wall Calendar 2015: This calendar has worked out great. The boxes are large enough that I can populate them with post-it notes then move them around as I make schedule changes. Great price, too.
Preparedness Planner: Both Shelly and I are impressed with how easy this planner is making our inventory and organization process. As with the wall calendar, a tool like this was long overdue.
NOW Solutions Glycerin 16-Fluid Ounces: Compared to what I paid, this is a real bargain. I have been purchasing the NOW brand of essential oils and have been very happy with them, even though they appear to be budget prices.
NOW Foods Lavender Oil: I tend to use cheap essential oils in my soap products since their use is for smell only. (Come on, really. The soap goes right down the drain!) Pick your scent. I happen to like lavender but seems to me that peppermint, orange or rose would work wonderfully as well.
Yardley of London Naturally Moisturizing Bar Soap: The Yardley soap worked well and can be found at the dollar store but the available scents are limited.
Box-style Hand Grater: As easy as it was to use the Cuisinart, it just felt “better” to grate the bard soap by hand.
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Funnel and Strainer Set: This is the set I have in my kitchen. OXO products are known for their quality and usability. And here is a hint. If you purchase an OXO product and don’t like it, send them an email or give them a call and they will refund your money. I bet you did not know that!
Kirk’s Castile: Coco Castile Bar Soap: Kirk’s is a great alternative to Dr. Bronner’s. I use it to make my own liquid castile soap. See DIY Liquid Castile Soap “Wonderful”.
Soft ‘n Style 8 oz. Spray Bottles: I happen to like these smaller bottles and you can not beat the price for a set of 3. Likewise for these Pump Dispensers.
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