The catastrophic flash flooding that has affected much of the Carolinas (and my home) was like nothing I’ve ever seen. I consider myself to be a prepper of sorts, always prepared, always planning ahead, stocked pantry, medicine cabinet, survival skills and ready for any situation, but I wasn’t ready for this. By the looks of things, neither was anyone else. [Read more…]
It’s winter, you always *planned* to get supplies if the power went out. Now it’s below zero and the power just failed. What do you do when a winter storm leaves you without power? This post contains ideas for winter storm survival while sheltering in your home, but many of the ideas could be adapted for elsewhere, especially the section on cold weather clothing. Plan NOW instead of trying to remember all this when you are freezing and the power is out. [Read more…]
When I was a little girl up in northwest Wisconsin, we had a lot of Big Snow winters. The snow started early and lasted all winter long. (Sound familiar?) The country roads cut through massive snow banks that my friends and I would build tunnels through. (We always used the buddy system so someone was on the outside to watch for the plow or dig you out if needed.) One year I made several snow carvings of different animals, each about 5 feet tall – a duck, a horse, a swan – it seems there were others, but I can’t remember now. Cars would slow down as they passed mom’s place, trying to figure out what those odd shapes were back off the road.
One of the other fixtures I remember from years ago was grandma’s snow fence. Grandma had a fairly long, thin driveway, and without the snow fence, I’m sure it would have been blown shut more often than not. When my brother bought grandma’s place, he planted a treeline where the snowfence had been, which now protects the driveway like the fence protected it for grandma – probably even better.
One of the first things we did when we moved here was to plant windbreak trees, but they’ll take a while to grow. Like grandma, we have a long, narrow driveway – except it’s even longer than grandma’s was. Unlike my brother, Rich, we can’t plant trees parallel to it along the whole length, because part of the land upwind from it belongs to our neighbor.
After spending many days last winter literally stuck at home because the driveway drifted shut almost as soon as it was plowed (see the driveway in the post, ‘The Long Winter“), we decided that this year we were going to put up a snow fence in an attempt to keep the driveway passable. Since my husband will be home again this winter instead of working out of town (yeah!), he needs to be able to get out reliably to get to work. Our neighbor used a short section of snow fence for one of his worst drifting spots last winter and it worked well, so he was cool with us running fencing through his field just for the winter. (He does our plowing, too, so I know he’d appreciate it if the driveway stayed plowed for a while.) In this post I’ll discuss why and how snow fence is used, so you can decide if you’d like to use it for your home. [Read more…]
The Prepared Bloggers are wrapping up Preparedness Month with a super mega jumbo preparedness giveaway! Seven winners, over $1450 in prizes – a pretty nice way to kick off fall. These prizes are the perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.
We are proud to partner with 6 great companies for seven great prizes. Each winner will win one of the following prizes listed below. The giveaway starts September 22nd, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends September 29th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a US resident of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. [Read more…]
If you can cook in a dutch oven you can cook anywhere and anyplace–literally and figuratively. Yes, you can cook indoors and outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven, which is all pretty amazing. But there is something about that knowledge that spills into other parts of your culinary life. Maybe, it’s the nostalgic images of our ancestors cooking over an open flame in a dutch oven that gives you confidence that the way has been paved, perhaps it’s simply the knowledge that if you can’t get it to work the way you want with one method you can find another, or maybe it’s just the attitude of if they’re hungry they’ll eat it as people have done for centuries because what is cooking in the dutch oven is what’s for dinner.
Getting Started with Dutch Oven Cooking
Dutch ovens can be made of ceramic, clay, or cast iron. I will be focusing on cast iron dutch ovens in this post as they are the most common and most versatile dutch ovens. [Read more…]