My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!


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6 Reasons Why I Can’t Be A Doomsday Prepper & 6 Reasons Why I Should Be

6 Reasons Why I Can’t Be A Doomsday Prepper

 

1.  Boys Smell!  I have four sons.  If I have to live in a bunker with them, I will need like 50 years of air freshener!  Plus, I am sure that the most effective “boy smell” cancelling air fresheners must be toxic, so I won’t live long anyway.

 

As much as I love them, boys smell!

 

 

2.  I doubt the apocalypse will occur anytime soon.  As my son says, “Always doubt the apocalypse, no one will laugh at you if you’re wrong.”  Since I’m not sure the world is going to end in my lifetime, can I justify investing that much money and time when I could be going to Disneyland and having fun?

 

3.  If it started raining vampire-werewolf-zombies, I’m not sure I could defend myself.  Seriously, would guns even work?  They’re already dead!  I have a cat, but she’s super timid and only likes to torture bugs, not kill them.  Plus I don’t want to store 5+ years of food for her.  I’m good with a few months, but not 5 years.

 

4.  If the Doomsday Apocalypse actually happened, I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to, because my family always talks about “boy” stuff.  Would I want to be stuck in a smelly boy bunker, hearing my boys lament the loss of their video games for the rest of my life?  (My youngest just said, “We can have generators.”)

 

5.  There’s no where I could easily build a secret, EMP-shielded, underground bunker.  Too many earthquakes, land slides, etc, in my area.  I guess I could build one further out, but then the question remains, how would I get there?  No off-road vehicle in our household.  Hmm…  I guess I could use my basement.  Oh, that’s right!  No basements in southern California.

 

Super Delicious Lemon Bars!

Super Delicious Lemon Bars!  Find the recipe here.

 

6.  Brownies. I love them.  Can you actually make a good brownie in a solar oven or on a camp stove?  Is life worth living without brownies?  Or lemon bars?  Is it possible to have that golden brown crust without a real oven?  And will life be worth living without delicious desserts to mask the horror of life after the “end of the world”?  That is the million dollar question.

 

 

6 Reasons Why I Should Be A Doomsday Prepper

 

1.  I like being prepared.  Or, according to my hilarious youngest son, I’m paranoid.  He says I’m paranoid about lots of stuff.  Becoming a full-fledged “doomsday prepper” would fit right in with the “paranoid” person I apparently already am.

 

2.  I’m big on canning.  A little more couldn’t hurt.  Or a LOT more.  My sons are growing up and are bottomless pits for food.  So, we need more food anyway.

 

18 jars of marmalade in one day!

18 jars of marmalade in one day!

 

3.  It will be the ultimate “I told you so.”  If a doomsday apocalypse actually happened, some people would live long enough for me to say “I told you so.”  Of course, that would attract undo attention which is a big “no-no” in the prepping world.  Plus, I’m not real big on rubbing it in when someone else was wrong.  So scratch this one.

 

4.  Because I don’t want my cat to needlessly die.  Or my family.  Okay, maybe I should have mentioned my family first, because as much as I like my cat, I like my family more.  (Sorry, Mia!)  If a little prepping on my part can protect them, it’s totally worth it.  Right?

 

Mia, my cat.

 

5.  Bad things can and do happen every day.  While I don’t believe the world is going “end” in my lifetime, there are so many other events I can prepare for: unemployment, an earthquake, a storm, wildfire, etc.  Even if the doomsday apocalypse doesn’t happen, I will be prepared for just about anything.

 

6.  I can learn the skills I need now to make life after the apocalypse enjoyable.  Life is worth living, with or without brownies.  *BUT* if I become a serious prepper, I’m sure I can learn to make a really good brownie BEFORE the apocalypse!  Plus there are all sorts of other skills which can be useful in my life right now: gardening, baking, building things, etc.  I can learn to make brownies like this with non-traditional cooking methods now, so I can cover the boy smell in our bunker!  Plus chocolate makes everything better!

 

Best Brownies Ever!

Best Brownies Ever!  Maybe I could learn to make these with non-traditional cooking methods and have them after the apocalypse?  Learn how to make them here.

 

Could you be a doomsday prepper?

How about simply becoming more prepared?

 

 

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Need A Hint About What I’m Working On?

My previous post showed you a picture of what I’m working on this week, and I thought that might not be enough for you to guess what I’m working on this week, so here’s another hint:

 

Food Grade Buckets and 5-gallon Mylar Bags.

Food Grade Buckets and 5-gallon Mylar Bags.

 

Does that help?


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A Surprise Harvest And Spaghetti Squash Success!

Do 14 small peaches count as a harvest?  I don’t know, but I’m pretty happy right now.  My friend, Jennette, (Remember her from my Thrive giveaway?) came over the other day and said, “I think your peaches are ready!”  Sure enough, she was right!  I took a look today, and they were ready!  See?

 

Aren't they beautiful?  They're a little small, only about 1 - 1 1/2 inches, but they taste good: juicy and sweet!

Aren’t they beautiful? They’re a little small, only about 1 – 1 1/2 inches, but they taste good: juicy and sweet!

 

Peaches are usually harvested in late June – early July, but I guess our warm winter hastened the harvest.  It was a lovely surprise to have these gorgeous peaches so early in the year!  Now all that remains is to decide what I’m going to do with them.  Decisions, decisions…

 

Peaches are not all that’s growing in my garden right now.  Take a look!

 

My spaghetti squash seeds have sprouted!  I have 4 spaghetti squash plants poking out of the ground in different places throughout my yard.  I thought trying a few different spots might increase my chances of success.  We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

My spaghetti squash seeds have sprouted! I have 4 spaghetti squash plants poking out of the ground in different places throughout my yard. I thought trying a few different spots might increase my chances of success. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

 

Two of my three pepper plants from last year have little peppers growing on them.  The third looks like it's getting ready to blossom, so I may have three plants with peppers very soon.

Two of my three pepper plants from last year have little peppers growing on them. The third looks like it’s getting ready to blossom, so I may have three plants with peppers very soon.

 

Two of my three tomato plants have tomatoes!  Here's one.

Two of my three tomato plants have tomatoes! Here’s one.

 

And here's the other.  This is a cherry tomato plant, and I was a bit worried it was going to just produce flowers and no fruit.  I was quite pleased to see that my worries were unfounded.

And here’s the other. This is a cherry tomato plant, and I was a bit worried it was going to just produce flowers and no fruit. I was quite pleased to see that my worries were unfounded.

 

My eggplant is safe from the bunnies and is growing very well.  It has one flower open with a few others getting ready to bloom.

My”cage is keeping my eggplant safe from the bunnies!  It has one flower open with a few others getting ready to bloom.

 

And finally, my strawberries...  I did not end up putting cages around them.  I found an all natural spray (made of garlic and water) which bunnies do not like.  They've munched on a couple of leaves over the past week, but they take one bit and stop eating.  I may have strawberries yet!

And finally, my strawberries… I did not end up putting cages around them. I found an all natural spray (made of garlic and water) which bunnies do not like. They’ve munched on a couple of leaves over the past week, but they take one bite and stop eating. I may have strawberries yet!

 

So, for the moment, my garden is growing and producing.  Hopefully I will have a lovely harvest for my family.

Is the weather warm enough in your neck of the woods to start your garden? 

What are you planning to grow this year?