Giving it another try…

Sad to say, but I have actually written two posts since my last post here, only to find that said posts were eaten except for the title. Very discouraging, and also the reason that I then just posted on my original site because I didn’t want to possibly write it out a third time… The first time it happened I just figured it was a glitch, but after the second time, I don’t want to write a long post with pictures, etc., only to have it disappear. Sooo, I am just going to share a short thought and link and see what happens…

I  think, and have seen authors of other websites express the same opinion, that attitude is a large part of being prepared. A great ability to have in the midst of an emergency is to stay calm and just do the best you can to meet the challenges presented. I recently viewed this video about a poster that was to be used in a time of war in Britain, but that wasn’t found until much more recently. The sentiment of the poster, however, is one that I like and that I feel would be easier to follow if we have done our best to prepare for whatever emergency might present itself (loss of job, medical emergency, rising food/fuel prices, etc.) by having put aside provisions and learning needed skills.

The more of us who prepare ahead to be able to “keep calm and carry on” (and perhaps help others as well, an aspect which is clear in the pictures associated with WWII in the linked video) the better….

Here’s hoping this will post in its entirety–thanks for reading!

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Just for fun…

Apparently, today is Oreo’s birthday! Saw this link and thought I would share. Don’t forget, when you’re storing food to store some “fun” food if you can–can’t put a price on a smile. And if Oreos aren’t all that much of a “fun” food to you, find something that is and include it in your preparation supplies. Don’t know when I’ll get a chance to try the linked recipes, but the no-bake one looks like it’s easy to make and would be something different to bring as a dessert. Come to think of it, I don’t know how long Oreos last, so hopefully it would at least be a 3-month food storage item…

Ah, well, like the title says, this one’s just for fun, and not really all that food storage related… If you try the linked recipes, have fun! 🙂

Being “extra” prepared=opportunity to help someone else

Ok, so maybe you can’t really be “extra” prepared, but if you have something that you don’t immediately need, but that someone else does, it could be a great thing for the one that needs it.

Recently we packed up the family and headed to–you guessed it–Wyoming. We were headed to the Elk Refuge, in Jackson Hole. As you can tell, there was no shortage of snow. It was cold, etc., as you can imagine. What might be hard to imagine if you have never experienced it, is how much colder it can be when there is the Wyoming wind involved. While we were still in our vehicle, I checked to make sure that all the children had their hoods on their coats. Then we got out and waited in the visitor’s center for the tour bus to take us out to the refuge.

Then we got out to the refuge, where I suddenly (yeah, not my proudest moment) realized that it was me that had no head covering. This did not become an issue until we were on the horse-drawn sleigh with the wild Wyoming wind whipping my hair into my face. This tour was supposed to take about an hour, and oh, about 30 seconds in I realized that my ears were going to be painfully cold very soon. I held my gloved hands and my hair over my ears and wondered how I could have gotten my self into this situation…

And then, I saw my husband reach into his pocket. The pocket of his huge, hooded, parka, where I saw a gray cap that I have seen around but have rarely seen him wear. When he didn’t put said cap on his head, I said, “Are you going to wear that?”, (yelled it, actually, since even though he was just across from me, the wind made communication difficult) , to which he replied, with a grin, “No, it makes me look like a dork…”

And handed it over. To the sounds of laughter from me and the two closest strangers, which gratefully  I could still hear because my ears had not fallen off from the cold. And the cold is no joke–later on in the tour we saw an elk named “Dumbo”, so-named because he has no ears. When the guide was asked, we were told that the elk can hear well, but that he most likely lost the outer flaps of his ears to frostbite when he was very young.

Yeah, kind of embarrassing that I checked everyone else, but didn’t make sure I had everything that I needed in terms of warm clothing for this outing. You can take from that what you will, (make sure that everyone has what they need, etc.) but I for one am grateful for this cap….

 

…whether it made me look “dorky” or not. And for my husband, that brought “more” than he needed on a cold winter outing. If you prepare a little more than you need, it could make a big difference to those who don’t have everything that they need…

Ah, that food always looked that good…

Gotta love the look of the bananas above–wish mine could always look that good. When it comes to food, sometimes it’s timing. One of my children once made a timeline on the life of a banana, which went something like this:

green—yellow—brown—black–rotten black

The thing that gets lost in the typing translation is the fact that the “yellow” section was a really, really, really tiny section of the timeline, because even at that age there was the realization that the “prime” time of the banana passed quickly. Ah, well. That’s why it’s good to have a good banana bread recipe, or a fondness for fruit smoothies, right? 🙂

Well, the recipe I have to share today is not made with bananas, but with potatoes. Having bought a large box of potatoes, I have been trying to find ways to use them before the eyes develop to the point where I stop looking in the box. (As of this writing, there have been a few eyes, but they are great potatoes, so no worries yet…) The other night one of my children helped me to make this recipe for colcannon, which is basically potatoes, cabbage, and bacon. Not too hard to make, and a way to get cabbage into the picture and onto the dinner table. The biggest thing that I changed is that I took the advice in one of the comments on the recipe and used a coleslaw mix instead of chopping cabbage. The majority of the family liked it, and it gives me a reason to try to grow cabbage this year…

Thanks for finding your way to this blog. I realize if I ever change the template on this thing, reference to the banana picture will make no sense. But whatever the picture at the top of the blog, may your food and your food storage always look that appetizing…. 🙂