As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight. Our target was a durable inexpensive high lumen flashlight that we could give to children and not worry if it was lost. It needed to be a flashlight bright enough for power outages and lighting the back of the van at night. [Read more…]
My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best battery chargers and rechargeable batteries for emergencies and every day use, so I asked him to help put together this post to share what he found out. There are battery chargers that can recharge nearly every type of battery – even alkaline (if you're careful), specialty rechargeable batteries, and batteries that are mostly dead. We have battery adapters that let us use AA batteries in place of C and D batteries in a pinch. We also have a 21 watt solar panel and emergency radios with built in chargers to charge USB devices. When you stock up on batteries and chargers, well-organized storage is also a must. [Read more…]
If you have musty smells in the house or basement and want to get rid of them, the first thing you need to do is ask some questions. If my house is musty, do I have mold? Does my house get musty in summer? Does my house smell musty only when it rains, or only after I've been on vacation? Once you've narrowed down the symptoms, you can focus on eliminating the problem. The only lasting way to get rid of musty smells in the house is to find the source. In this post, we'll discuss sources of musty smells in the home and how to deal with them. [Read more…]
Finger jello is a favorite treat of my crew, even now that the boys are bigger. It's fun food. We like to use the Knox gelatin finger jello recipe, so we can use the fruit juice of our choice. If you want to make finger jello without gelatin, try substituting agar agar. During apple season, we make apple cider gelatin, which is quite yummy. [Read more…]
This coconut oil fudge recipe has no refined sugar (it's sweetened with honey or maple syrup) and is loaded with healthy coconut oil. (Yes, coconut oil is good for you!) You can mix it up in just a few minutes – without turning on the stove – and it's a great not-too-sweet treat to keep on hand in the fridge.