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Turkey in the Hole

I was privileged to write a guest post for The Shady Porch about baking a turkey off the grid.  It’s fun to do even if you are not off the grid.  I promise I will return soon for that post about our visit to Full Circle Farm, where they milk grass-fed Jersey/Devon cows and dairy goats.  [...]

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Healing Wounds Without a Doctor

The other Saturday when we had help building the new deck roof for our tiny house I hurt my ankle.  I brought the little portable generator up on the deck to run the oven because our little off-grid system was maxed out with the power tools. I know how to start generators by now.  I [...]

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Prepared to Bug Out

In the process of moving to this temporary place in town a few months ago, our Bug Out Bags (B.O.B.s) became rather discombobulated.  These 72-hour packs for each family member contain the essentials each person needs for three days if we would have to suddenly leave our home because of a disaster or emergency. It [...]

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Helping our Children Prepare for Crises

Did you know that death by drowning is a big killer of children?  I recently heard that one of the most important ways to protect our children and prepare them for a crisis it to make sure they know how to swim.  This week we did swimming lessons for our younger children. With the exception [...]

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Dressing A Chicken

One of our poor hens met her demise recently.  She was caught in the act of smashing and eating eggs, which explained why we were finding empty egg shells in the coop.  They say once a cannibal, always a cannibal.  The sentence for this crime is being eaten for dinner. Silver Oak gathered all our children and some [...]

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Preparing For the Future as We Move

How could I think of preparing for the future this week while packing, sorting and selling stuff for our upcoming move?  Well, I made sure our hand operated appliances were packed together, as well as a box of oil lamps, extra oil, extra batteries, matches and lanterns for use in case of a power outage.  [...]

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We’re Finalists in a Contest to Win $10,000!

Last month we entered a business competition sponsored by Educating For Success, Inc.  First place gets $10,000, and last night we learned that we are one of seven finalists!  We had to work our tails off for this competition, writing out a detailed business plan and vision essay, and creating a video explaining our vision [...]

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Teaching Our Children Basic Life Skills, Part Two

If our children were caught in a disaster or difficult situation without us, would they have the knowledge and basic life skills necessary to survive or help others?  The following excerpts, used by permission from an article by SNOMAN on Survival News Online, express much of our concern on the subject. “Child labor laws and [...]

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Teaching Our Children Basic Life Skills

Last week as I was recovering from a nasty flu, our children were outside playing and noticed a patch of Florida Betony growing across the lane.  They did the “natural” thing: got buckets and spades, and started digging.  Finding many ripe tubers, they brought them in and washed them thoroughly to use in salads.  The [...]

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Survival With No Doctor

I want to be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for those who are sick if no doctor is available.  This past week our family was hit harder with the flu than we have ever experienced before.    First our little guy got it, and next it was my turn, leaving me [...]

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Survival: What is in My Hand? Part Two

We were recently given a big box of over-ripe bananas from a fruit stand (Thanks, Abigail!).  They were perfect for making banana bread, but what do you do with a WHOLE BIG BOX full?  I don’t enjoy eating over-ripe bananas, and I didn’t have enough flour ground or time on hand to make many batches [...]

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Survival: What is in My Hand?

When I was 23 (before we were married) I spent a summer in the Haitian village of Puit Sales (Pwee Sahlee) with an older American missionary lady.  Their church/school compound was established and supported by my home church, and I helped organize the next school year, making lifelong friends and sharing Jesus in the meantime. My [...]

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Sow Thistle Soup

Yum, yum! We did a rerun of sow thistle Saturday night, only we made soup with it instead of a pasta dish.  We added some wood-sorrel and violet leaves and flowers for extra flavor, as well as onions, cabbage, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and left-over brown rice.  We also used the broth [...]

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Thistles for Dinner!

For dinner last night we ate wild sow thistle!  My hubby grew up in the south, eating collard greens.  Sow thistle is similar, but even more nutritious!  In fact, it has higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and some minerals than any domesticated green (domesticated plants are bred for looks, season, easy growing, etc, NOT [...]

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Building Our Wilderness Shelter

The woodsman at work with his super-duper machete On our last wilderness adventure we had a doozy of a shelter to sleep in!  Of course if we ever find ourselves in a serious survival situation there may not be time or resources for a mansion such as this, but the more we practice the better [...]

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Children and Survival Skills

When my brothers and I were growing up we made “forts” in the nearby vacant woods.  We used old discarded pieces of things for “furniture.”  Interesting plants (potatoes from potato vines, etc) were our “food.”  What fun!  I’m sure you have similar stories. In our quest to learn survival skills (basic life skills which were [...]

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Cozy Wilderness Slumber

I used to always think sleeping outside in the wilderness would be unfriendly and difficult.  Granted, there are many people who have found themselves stranded and their overnight experience was anything but pleasant.  But think how much less unfriendly it would be to find ourselves out unexpectedly if we had already practiced how to get [...]

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Survival Cooking

As the head cook at our house I should teach my children to cook without a stove in case of an emergency.  Everyone should at least know how to boil water without modern technology, in case there is no other way to purify it.  I used to be clueless about starting fires, let alone cooking [...]

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Our Outdoor Latrine

In Little House on the Prairie books you never read what they did about important matters like going to the bathroom.  Don’t tell anyone, but I’m going to show you how we made a bathroom on our recent family wilderness adventure. We like privacy, so first we made a small shelter.  This time we used a [...]

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Cleanliness for Survival

Without clean running water like we are accustomed to, cleanliness in the wilderness can be challenging.  One might think that in such a setting cleanliness is a lost cause.  But the contrary is true.  Without doctor or medical supplies, sanitation is even more important.  Preventing sickness and infection is vital.  Chances of surviving are greatly [...]

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