Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Visit her at SarahAnneCarter.com

My secret ingredient: Buttermilk!

About two years ago, I decided to stop buying pre-made baking mixes and start making pancakes, muffins, waffles and biscuits from scratch. They tasted great, and I was glad I made the switch from store-bought to homemade. And then I discovered what buttermilk could do. I had some leftover buttermilk in my refrigerator from making Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day and decided to use it to make pancakes. One bite was all it took to convince the whole family that …

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Meal planning in 6 easy steps!

A very long time ago, I used to be able to go grocery shopping without a list. I could think of meals for my husband and I while I was at the store and gather the ingredients. Of course, this meant I didn’t have a set budget, never knew exactly what items I had on hand and lots of last-minute trips to the store for the “Oh, I forgot …” item. Then the time came when we needed to stick …

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5 things I learned from a lice outbreak

Lice – they’re something every parent hopes they never have to deal with. To have bugs crawling around and laying eggs in your hair or your child’s hair can send shivers up anyone’s spine and fill you with dread. But, it can happen to anyone and it might be a little easier to handle if you’re prepared. It happened to our family, and I wasn’t prepared at all! I learned 5 things about lice, and quick! One of my daughters …

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Sex after the apocalypse? When there is no birth control …

So, you think you have everything that you need in your preps? Think about this … After the apocalypse (or whatever scenario happens) and things settle, you might start getting comfortable with your food, water, and security. Then, you might start thinking about cuddling up together in the evenings … but wait – your birth control method is gone and it’s not like you can run to the drugstore. Yes, there is one sure-fire way to avoid a pregnancy, but …

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“No Normal Day” – a Dystopian novel for “normal” people

A retired couple wakes up on a normal day where she cleans the house and he makes the monthly liquor store run 20 miles away. While he’s gone, the power goes out – and stays out. Cars stop working. Cell phones screens go blank. It’s a scenario we all need to prepare for, but many do not. I found this series through an ad on The Survival Mom Web site. J. Richardson is on her ninth self-published book. The Good …

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I Survived … Did you?

It’s time to share our best survival experience tips. I’ve got several I’ll share. At first, I didn’t think I would have that much to share, but as I look back over my military brat and wife life, I’ve sampled almost every kind of disaster. Typhoon When I was little, we lived in Okinawa, and later, in Japan. Instead of snow days in the school calendar, there were typhoon days. A typhoon is a hurricane, except you really can’t evacuate anywhere …

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Food Storage: Where do I begin?

When I was finally convinced that we needed to start a supply of prepper food storage, I kept it simple. I know there are many books, websites, and planners out there to help, and I have used some of those to get some tips and suggestions after I made my initial plan, but all you really need is a pencil, some paper and some time. Start small I started off with a small goal – having a week’s worth of …

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Review: “The New World” Series by G. Michael Hopf

  Once you read this review and get excited about reading all of G. Michael Hopf’s dystopian “The New World Series” – Sanctuary is the newest book – put the books in your Amazon cart or on your wishlist, enter our contest to win the entire series (at the end of this review), then sit back and wait. If you’re the winner, empty out that cart and start reading! If not, well you still have an excellent series waiting for …

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OpSec lessons from a military wife (and brat)

It only takes putting a few pieces of a puzzle together to start seeing a clear picture when it comes to OpSec and keeping quiet about certain bits of information. Lessons learned from Wartime I was 10 and living overseas on a military base when the Gulf War happened. Suddenly, OpSec (Operational Security) became the name of the game and more important than ever. All the building signs that could be seen from outside the fence were covered in black …

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Summertime Survival Skills for Young Girls

The Opportunities “Can we have some nails?” my oldest asked me last weekend. “Why?” “We want to make some benches with the scrap wood.” It was an opportunity to teach them a new skill – hammering a nail. My husband showed them how to do it, found enough hammers and let them loose with their project. The preschooler quickly got frustrated with crooked nails. The oldest hit her finger with the hammer and cried a bit. But another one kept …

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