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More thought on future

Published July 12, 2013 by z24racerchic

The other day it was announced that two coal fired power plants are closing in my area. I live within a 10 mile radius of four plants. One of them is closing and the other is about an hour away. This is almost 400 area jobs. The power plant closing near me just spent $265 million on a scrubber for new epa regulation.  Now they cant afford the new upgrades.

This may not sound like much in job loss but when you live in a rural area that most jobs are either in coalmines or gas wells it is.

Besides what this will do to our local economy, I am very worried about the news that gas prices are supposed to skyrocket.  I am happy the obamacare mandate has been extended so I have a little more time to prepare.  I have insurance, but the effect this will have on our economy will be horrible.

I did get one thing off my list of a freezer to store more frozen food including garden goodness.  I have green onions in there now for winter soup.

What are you doing to prepare?

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Working hard

Published May 31, 2013 by z24racerchic

eggciting times

It has been a month since my last post. Now my hubby has upgraded our Wireless contract and I am waiting for him outside his work using the WordPress app. Super excited about this

In the past month we have started and finished the garden.  It has taken hours upon hours of work to get this done. Joe decided it would be great to expand. That would be more like double the size of our existing garden. I bought a tiller at an estate sale for $35. We took it to get it repaired and they said it would be $300. We took it home to take it in for scrap. He got determined and poured gasoline in the carburetor.  It started and he tilled the addition. We also spent $30 on a new gas tank for our old mini tiller. On top of this we had to get a…

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Spring has sprung and breadcrumbs

Published April 24, 2013 by z24racerchic

Spring has sprung here in the sticks of PA. Flowers are out. My seedlings I started are up. We have gotten four truckloads of wood getting ready for next year!

In other news I had seen a easy way to make homemade breadcrumbs with a dehydrator. While I passed at buying one at an auction for $5.00, I decided to go the easy route and ask my dad to borrow his that has been taking up space in the barn.

I got a loaf of clearance bread at Wal-Mart (not a store bought loaf, a bakery load of Italian). I cut it up into about one fourth inch thin slices and put them into all five of the dehydrator trays. After four hours I checked them and started pulling out the crumbly ones and left the ones that were still moist. I put them into my mini food processor and grinded them fine, threw in some garlic powder and voila…homemade bread crumbs. Out of this I got a salasa jar and a relish jar full of bread crumbs. I am not sure how long they will keep but it should be for a while in their air tight containers.

Light bulbs and garden planning part II

Published March 23, 2013 by z24racerchic

So for the past couple of years I have been hoarding, er I mean stockpiling regular incadescent light bulbs. Why you may ask? Because I don’t want to wear a hasmat suit in case one of the CFL bulbs breaks. Okay, so that isn’t my only reason. I simply don’t like flourescent bulbs. I work under them 8.5 hours a day and I will be dang if I want to see them at home. The flickering they do gives me a headache. The fact that they have mercury in them and if they break you need special clean up instructions makes me sick. How is this any better for the environment? Since I heard that legislation was going to do away with the old incadescent bulbs I have been buying them and storing them. Yes, I have a good supply and will continue to grab as many as I can until they are done away with completely. A great example would be today I went to CVS with my extrabucks, CVS red machine coupons and 20% off coupon and got two boxes. It said on the front of the package that the cost of the lightbulb per year was $7 and some odd cents. Really?!?!?!?

Second part of my title garden planning. I had placed a order with Gurneys because of a coupon. I have 2lbs potatoes coming to plant, one garlic bulb and strawberry plants and oh yeah red onions. After I relooked up my order and realized that garlic would hardly due for the canning I am planning on I got another package at Lowe’s and today three more packages at Wal-Mart. I also got 160 bulbs of green onions that I plan to put in a raised bed. I am assuming without opening my garlic that I have about 50 cloves to plant. I am wanting at least 50 more. I want to can it minced. My mom also told me that my dad used to plant garlic around his apple trees not to eat or harvest, but to keep the animals away. So, besides our fence I am going to outline the garden in garlic and onions.

I have no idea the effect or if this will be good or bad. Trial and error is what I say. So I will keep you posted. In the meantime since it feels like winter here in rural PA I am hiding my garlic and onions in the dark cool closet to keep them kind of in hiding until it warms a bit. Not to mention we just bought a new monster tiller at an estate sale for $35 that needs some maintenence.

I am excited to can and learn the tricks of the trade. Of course, now I need to get a pressure canner…. I have seeds for green beans, wax beans, corn, popcorn, sunflowers (to use as bird feed), zucchini, pickle cucumbers, regular cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and some herbs, watermelon, a midget melon for planting in pots and of course the garlic, onions, potatoes and strawberries. If the weather breaks we also need to plan our raised beds for the green onions and strawberries.

Storing/Stockpiling

Published January 20, 2013 by z24racerchic

I started stockpiling items years ago before this “doomsday prepper” thing was in. I started storing extras and multiples that I got cheap in case of a emergency, in case we were low on money, in case of unemployment. That was a good thing because when I was unemployed I could go without going to the grocery store except for the occasional necessities bread, milk, eggs, meat, etc.

I currently have been stockpiling a bit more in closets, etc whenever I can not because I am worried about the next nuclear blast, solar flare, economic collapse, etc…. More for the prices of stuff going up due to inflation.

I get things at stores on sales/clearance with coupons and I store them in closets that I have modified to hold extra stuff and also cabinets that are against the walls of the garage where I park my car. THis helps so much. Here is a list of necessities that I dont have to buy for a long time and how long of a stockpile I have. I will not pay out of pocket for a lot of these now, but free I will take.

-Shampoo and conditioner…probably a years worth for me and my husband. No joke.
-Razors…the same.
-Shave gel/lotion/cram same over a year.
-Makeup for me a good probably 6+ months
– First aid supplies…way over a year.
-Candles…for emergency a ton!
– Lightbulbs since I hate CFL and flourescent that have mercury. Probably a couple years worth.
-Oil lamps and oil a big supply for emergency use.
– Pasta- over six months I am sure.
-Pickles probably a few months worth.
-FLoor clearner- a year.
-Toilet paper..not much…working on it..
-Paper towels probably 4-5 months.
-Hand soap…over a year..
-Dishwashing liquid…over a year.
-Canned veggies 1-2 months.
– Tissues…6 months
– Tylenol, Advil…probably a year
-Body lotion…over a year…
-Body wash.. over a year for me and hubby
-Deoderant…Over a year for me and hubby.

I always try to keep multiples of everything. Storage can get a little hairy and crowded, but am working on making things more organized. It is hard, but it is a good idea to have a small stockpile of stuff in case of hard times with money because you never know when the unexpected can happen.

Homemade spice mixes

Published January 12, 2013 by z24racerchic

I have been looking to go back to using more spice mixes without the weird things that companies that can put in them to not make them stick together, etc. The funny thing is if I haven’t used a spice mix that I got in the store for a while it does get all stuck together. However, a taco seasoning recipe I got off of a website I made a couple months ago, put in a jelly jar labeled it and it is still not sticking together and has an awesome flavor.

I did some research online today looking up different recipes I want to try. I will make up batches of these when I get the jars and label them and add to my collection. Here are the recipes I found.

Creole seasoning

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
5 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons salt

Montreal steak

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons coarse-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon dill seed
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

Hamburger

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Popcorn

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons brewers’ yeast
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons celery salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Blackened seasoning mix

Ingredients:
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon ground dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Ranch mix

Ingredients:
1/4 cup dry buttermilk powder
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried celery flakes
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

Directions:1.Mix the buttermilk powder, dried onion, parsley, chives, salt, garlic powder, dried celery flakes, white pepper, paprika, and dill together, and store in a cool, dry place. For a finer texture, place ingredients in a blender and pulse several times.

To prepare the mix as salad dressing, whisk together in a mixing bowl with 2 cups of mayonnaise and 2 cups of milk until smooth.

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