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DIY Spice Mixes

I felt intimidated at the thought of making my own DIY spice mixes at first. The little packets you can buy at the store made it so easy, and they made my dinners taste good. Then, there was the night I was making fajitas and realized I did not have a fajita seasoning packet in my pantry. I didn’t even have a taco seasoning packet (it must have been at the end of the month before my major trip to the …

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Food storage, which foods to not store, food storage tips

The Top 10 Foods to NOT Store!

Based on my own personal experiences and mistakes, I do not recommend storing these foods in large quantities, long-term. Let me know what you think of my list and what other foods you would add. Foods to not store, long-term 1.  Any canned vegetable or fruit that you do not like This may seem obvious, but I assure you, there are thousands of preppers across the country who have shelves and shelves of canned who-knows-what and #10 cans of why-did-I-buy-that! …

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stock up on tomatoes

Tomatoes: The Overlooked Survival Food

On my list of the Top 10 Foods for Stocking Up, I impulsively added tomatoes as #6.  During the past few days I’ve been keeping an eye on the foods we most often eat, and sure enough, tomatoes are a big part of our diet.  Sunday we dined on tacos and tostadas, both topped with salsa.  The next night we gorged on take-out pizza with a delicious tomato sauce flavored with red wine.  Ketchup is the life blood of my …

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Cherry Shrub: A Different Kind of Summer Drink

One of the best things about summertime is sitting on your front porch with a nice, cool, fruity drink in your hand: lemonade, watermelon smoothies, or even some old fashioned soda pop. Lately, a different kind of drink has become quite popular in some circles: the shrub. I must clarify that I am not referring to a short bushy plant used in landscaping and the subject of Monty Python jokes (oddly enough most articles on shrubs always seem to mention …

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Homemade vs. Store Bought: Make Your Own Sauces, Dips and Dressings

Let’s face it, life is busy and we all love convenience. Especially me. Instant anything works. Most of us have many bottles of something in the back pantry that we can pour over the chicken before we toss it in the oven or a can of sauce that we dump over warm pasta. Oh how I love dinners that I can just assemble instead of prepare! Sometimes I have made real homemade dinners, but most were semi homemade. That is …

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Survival Mom DIY: Making Apple Cider Vinegar At Home

I really love having fresh, raw, organic apple cider vinegar at home for all of its health benefits. If it can help me stay away from doctors offices or hospitals, I”ll take it. I want to avoid the Superbugs that live in those places. (I won’t even pick up those magazines they have sitting around, because sick people have been touching them). It’s important to get the unpasteurized, raw, organic form. Pasteurizing apple cider vinegar kills the probiotics and beneficial …

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Switch from store-bought to homemade products

If you are a hard-core prepper or survivalist, you may be wondering why our first 2 Skills of the Month aren’t all about ways to stock up on food, reload ammo, or tan hides. Why did I choose Getting Organized and now, Switch from Store-Bought to Homemade? Sometimes preppers and survivalists wear blinders that hold their focus to a very narrow view of what it really means to be prepared to survive. In an early episode of Doomsday Preppers, one …

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homemade enchilada sauce

Stock Your Pantry from Scratch: Enchilada Sauce

I love to make up my own convenience foods! I know what is in them so they are much healthier. They are simple to just grab off my shelf (instead of going to a store for a specialty can of ‘whatever’) and to have on hand when there is no ‘run to the store’ option. And they are super easy to make up! Enchilada Sauce is one of those insanely SIMPLE ones I can whip up and have canned up …

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