I just added a new author, Kristen Middleton, to the Other Stories menu. I stumbled upon her work, a zombie story, on Amazon/Kindle and really enjoyed it. The book is part one of a five part series and you can read the first one for free.
I’ve discovered a series of books themed on “Gifts in a Jar”. The concept is to put an entire meal in a jar. In most cases you just add water and maybe a few other ingredients and instant meal. Well I have been saving jars for reuse and decided to try my hand at making my own stuff in a jar.
The first recipe I wanted to try was a small batch of cookies and most recipes call for an egg. Instead of needing to add an egg I thought I’d try dehydrating eggs first.
I started with 5 dozen eggs. One dozen at a time I scrambled them.
Then cooked them.
Next I put them on a tray to cool a bit while I worked on the next dozen.
I loaded them in my dehydrator and ran at 145 for 12 hours.
When finished the chunks were hard like rocks. I ran them through a food processor until they were ground into mostly powder.
At this point I had powdered eggs which measure out to about 2 teaspoons per original egg. Next up, pick a recipe. I researched a few options an finally settled on one which I then adjusted and tweaked until I was satisfied with it. I made a large bowl full which I then would be able to put into the jars.
- 6 cups of oats
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 3 teaspoons of salt
- 12 teaspoons of egg powder
- 9 teaspoons of baking powder
Thoroughly mix all ingredients and put about 2/3rds of a cup into a 1 cup capacity jar. Top off the jar with sugar.
Obviously you can adjust the batch size and jar sizes accordingly. Based on the 1 cup jar, when ready to make the cookies you add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2-3 tablespoons of water. Mix and press into cookie shapes. Yields about 6 large or a dozen small. Cook them in a 325 oven for about 10-12 minutes.
My batch made 10 jars plus enough left over in the bowl for one immediate batch.
If you haven’t read the 299 Days books, they are well worth it. The series is 10 books long and currently books 1-8 have been released. The author, under the pen name of Glen Tate, starts the series as nearly an autobiographical telling of his path down the prepping road and then moves into the realm of fiction for the economic crash and aftermath that the country goes through. Find out more about the books at his web site, 299days.com.
He just recently has decided to pursue making the first few books into a movie. Many non preppers who have read his books have finally been able to understand the concept of prepping and have taken control of their lives. Consider how many more people can become prepared if instead of many hours of reading they can enjoy a movie that gives them the same message?
At this point the author is seeking KickStarter funding to make the first of a planned trilogy. If you want to find out more or perhaps even contribute (with numerous levels and rewards) please check out their page at: 299days KickStarter.
Note, I have no connection to the author or financial interest. I just like to see people take personal responsibility for themselves and their family and any medium which promotes this in a positive light is, in my opinion, good.
Earl, an about to be released product I stumbled across looks like it has a lot of potential for anyone looking to have a useful multi purpose device in their emergency or bugout bag. It also looks to be useful for good times too for anyone involved in outdoor activities.
Taken from their web site http://www.meetearl.com :
Meet Earl, a revolutionary tablet engineered for the most extreme of outdoor situations. Built for survival, Earl works where today’s smart phones and tablets cannot. Style meets efficiency with Earl’s intuitive design, fusing Android 4.1 together with an energy sipping E-Ink screen and the latest in GPS, weather sensor, and radio communication technology. With Earl at your side, stay in control of your journey no matter where it takes you.
Specifications: Android 4.1 • Flexible 6″ E-ink screen (1024×768) • Sunlight viewable with lunar lantern mode • Glove friendly IR touchscreen • Waterproof shell • Kickstand • Solar charging • i.MX 6 DualLite 1GHz Cortex A9 • 1GB ram • 16GB memory + microSD • Wifi b/g/n • BT 4.0 • ANT+ • NFC • FRS/GMRS/MURS • GPS + GLONASS • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer • Temperature • Barometer • Humidity • Anemometer • AM/FM/SW/LW • IR blaster • 20+ hour battery • 3.5mm TRRS headphone/microphone jack • 20″ usb lanyard • 303 grams (10.8 oz) • 183mm x 121mm x 15mm (7.2″ x 4.75″ x 0.6″)
To put it in less “marketing” terms, you have a GPS with hiking (topo) maps, a weather radio, a walkie-talkie type radio, a mini weather station, a PDF viewer (load your own survival docs) and a lot more all in a small tablet sized device with a built in solar charger. It’s designed for outdoors meaning mud and even immersion in shallow water won’t stop it.
Since it hasn’t actually shipped yet (as far as I can tell) and I don’t have one I’m not suggesting anyone get one but I will say I’ll be closely watching the initial reviews.
Over at New Survival Skills they put together a nice compact wilderness survival kit. It’s designed to actually attach to your belt/leg.
The benefits of a body attached system means that it won’t take up space in your pack, but more importantly, it means if you somehow lose your pack this survival kit, being attached to you, is still with you.
Looking at the picture it’s pretty self explanatory although if you put together something like this be sure you actually know how to use each item within the kit. Trying to learn when in an emergency situation is not being prepared.
A new page in the Library section, covering DIY medical kits, has been added.
Find out about the three levels of medical kits I’ve put together and the uses and capabilities of each. Detailed information on the products used is included along with links to the product pages on Amazon.
You’ll also find a couple of links to additional discussions of trauma care products and a link to a video on Combat Medicine and the life saving techniques being utilized in the field.
Jerry D Young has written well over 100 survival fiction stories and offers them on his site along with the stories from Tired Old Man (TOM) and from Fleataxi. Visit his page under Other Authors listed above to find out more.
Adrian’s Undead Diary, a diary based story and We’re Alive, a zombie podcast have both been added to the Other Stories menu.
We’re Alive, now in it’s fourth and final season is a fantastic audio drama based around a zombie uprising and a group of people trying to remain alive. The production quality is outstanding and if you like audio books you’ll probably enjoy it as much as I have.
Adrian’s Undead Diary started as a blog based posting of diary entries and has morphed into an epic tale with a large handful of other tales and side stories interwoven into the plot. The author has explored a lot more than just zombies. He delves into survial tactics and pitfalls along with the psycological impact of dealing with life and death situations on a daily basis. If you’ve got a Kindle he is releasing the story via a series of Kindle books over the next year or so with the first two already available.
Look for more info and links to both of these authors on the Other Stories menu.
Susan Gregersen and Thomas Sherry have just had the content of their author pages added. Susan has written a variety of survival and preppering stories and even a few how to books. Thomas has a trilogy set in the pacific northwest based around a natural disaster that triggers the collapse of America.
I’ve read all three of Thomas’ books and just about everything Susan has written and enjoyed them all.
For those who are homesteading or even just someone with a backyard garden, saving seeds can be an important part of prepping. It’s a way of insuring your ability to grow food in the future. After years of experimenting with my seed storage I’ve come to the conclusion that paper packets that allow the seeds to “breathe” seem to be the best option. Wanting something other than a generic envelope, I created a template which I fill in with the details and then print and cut out. A few dabs of glue and the packet is ready to be filled.
In the library menu look for the Seed Packet page or just click here.