Archives for January 2014

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Prepared Pantry – Meals in a Jar

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Prepared Pantry – Meals in a Jar

We need balance. Food Prep. Emergency Kits. Crisis Planning. BOBs. I've spent a LOT of time reading about prepared pantries, pantry design, emergency planning, etc. Though I see the value in "prepping," I'm maintaining my determination to remain balanced. So, what is a prepared pantry? How much is too much? I'm thinkin' many folks go overboard and spend money and time on prepping at the expense of other responsibities. Yet, I realize by looking around me, myself included, most have done nothing in the area of preparedness. I want to change that and develop the mind set that I can't rely on the grocery store around the corner to always have what I need. I want to be Continue reading

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Puttin’ Up for the Winter

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Puttin’ Up for the Winter

Today I have a treat for you. I have a guest writer, Heather, from The Welcoming House Blog here today to tell you about how she has prepared her pantry. She is prepared for a food crisis, are you? I'm not, but I plan to be, very soon. Good morning to you! As a blogger who covers Food Storage every single week on Food Storage Saturdays, I can tell you that over and over I hear the same three questions or comments in regards to food storage. When Val asked me to guest post for her, I was thrilled simply because this is a subject I love to write on. I love to show people how common sense it is to start and use a food storage system, and how to do it easily and frugally. Food storage, as it is now called, used to be called Continue reading

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Pantry Design

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Pantry Design

Let's talk kitchen pantry. My laptop is in the shop, so please bear with me as I suffer through this next couple of weeks without my MAC. Oh boy, it sure is a pain to use someone else's computer, especially if it throws you back into Windows. I do appreciate my husband lending me his laptop, but oh my, it's hard to use someone else's computer, so hard to use a different keyboard, a different operating system and to be without my programs! No InDesign. No Photoshop! OK, I'll stop complaining and get down to business. Just don't judge me for my crummy photos - no Photoshop, remember? These days I'm talking about being prepared for a crisis and am focusing on having a Continue reading

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Using Food Dehydrators

Survival in a Crisis: DIY Pantry Preparedness – Using Food Dehydrators

This year I'm focusing on DIY Preparedness for my home and family. How do you think you would do if your family experienced a disaster? Image courtesy of cooldesign / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Earlier this week I addressed the need for an emergency fund as described by Dave Ramsey. Have you considered what you would do if suddenly there was a food shortage in your hometown, state or even across the country? There is a video online that walks you through the need for preparedness - click here to watch it. I will warn you, it's one of those annoying videos that you have to read, can't fast forward or pause. My son-in-law and I bought the booklet they recommended at the end, and I'm glad we did. It opened my eyes and gave us Continue reading

Crisis on the Home Front … Are you Prepared?

Crisis on the Home Front … Are you Prepared?

I write with a heart full of gratitude that God saw fit to save the lives of my two kids while they were driving home to Virginia today. They say the best posts are written with strong emotion. This is that post. I have been planning to do a series of posts on preparing your home and family for emergencies, or crisis situations. Today that resolve was driven home when I received a text this morning from my daughter, Jillian, that she and her husband had just totaled their car on an icy highway in Ohio. This kind of a call is every mom's nightmare. So I start out my series telling you about their accident. I got a text from Jillian and Taylor at 8:30 this morning telling me they had to be dug out of their sister's Continue reading

Printable Goal Worksheet for 2014

Printable Goal Worksheet for 2014

Got Goals?   Start setting goals with this FREE Downloadable Personal Goal Worksheet TODAY.   This has been very popular on Pinterest!   What do you want to stop, change, begin or improve upon this year?   Set your goals, write them down and keep the worksheet where you can see it every day.   HOW? 1. Download the Personal Goal Worksheet 2. Send it to SAMs or Walmart and get it printed as an 8x10.  3. Cut off the bottom 2" to make it a square 8x8. 4. Frame it with a frame that has glass to cover it. 5. Use a wet or dry erase marker to write your goals.   This way you preserve the worksheet and can use it over Continue reading