We are all survivors

My river walk fishing adventure Today, for some reason, I was thinking back on a time when my survival instinct had to kick in. Oh yes, now I remember...I was thinking about the fact that preppers are really survivalists. That's what made me think of this one time, about 20 years ago when the "survival me" had to come to surface. I was in a situation where I had no choice. It was literally a "do or die" situation. My husband (at the time) and I were actively into primitive camping and fishing. He wanted me to experience walking a river and fishing it. So he, myself, and my oldest son set out to a place he had gone years before to do just that. We set up in a campground that was by a river. W

When your spouse doesn't support your prepping

Could you shut the door on your family? I was just watching a video on YouTube about Can you REALLY bug out? Some lessons and then clicked on a link the YouTuber provided to a book he had written. While reading the book description, there was a sentence that more or less stated that you need to have your spouse on board with your prepping. That lead to the thought that I do have a family member whose spouse is not on board concerning prepping. Which lead to me writing this blog. See how my mind works? LOL. As I was thinking about having your spouse, significant other, family member or loved one on board with prepping and the possibility of bugging out, I remembered something I had said to th

The two most important things a prepper needs

Are you really as prepared as you thought? I'm a Christian. I'm a prepper. I'm a gal. And that's how I came up with my blog name. Pretty simple, eh? That depends. Coming up with the name was simple, but representing what it means is a bit more complex. And yet, at the same time, pretty simple. Have I confused you yet? Well, I hope to ease some of that confusion. Being a prepper, or even thinking about becoming one, means that we realize, or at the least acknowledge, the fact that this world, as we know, it may be coming to an end in our lifetime. So, we make an effort to do what we can to prepare ourselves for what we see may be coming down the pike. We store our food, water, and whatever we

Bugging Out: The reality of it

How do you know when you should bug out? I woke up this morning with plans of filming a video for my YouTube channel. Then the thought of this blog article came to me. Needless to say, the video will be put off until tomorrow. I'm not one to ignore blog thoughts, and if I don't write them right away, the thought or inspiration goes away quickly, lol. That's just how I work. So, here goes... I've already talked about what it means to "bug out" in my article What does it mean to bug out? What I want to talk about today is the reality of what you can expect if you bug out; and deciding when to bug out. What do you see in your mind when you think about bugging out? Do you see yourself and your f

Reflections: Taking some time to absorb what I've learned

And a bit of rambling about conspiracy theories Today is a day for reflections for me. A day to think about all that I have read and watched concerning prepping/survival in the past few months. Sometimes our brains can become overloaded with knowledge and other peoples' ideas. When that happens, it's a good idea to stop, take a moment, reflect, and absorb. What is good for (or works for) one person may not apply to me and my situation. I'm speaking specifically regarding the prepping/survival world here. There is so much to absorb and take in. But, we should only retain those things which will be useful for us in our own environment. It's a bit different for me though. Because of my desire t

How I made refried beans using my dehydrated pinto beans

It was a wonderful surprise! Guys! I'm so excited!! I just made refried beans using my dehydrated pinto beans! I know, awesome, right?!? I hadn't planned on doing it ahead of time; in fact, I hadn't even thought about doing it at all. Those pinto beans were for my chilli meal-in-a-bag recipe. So this is what happened... I had some ground beef I needed to cook up, so decided I would make beef and bean burritos for supper. it sounded so good, I could almost taste them! Then, it dawned on me...I didn't buy any refried beans when I went grocery shopping yesterday! So, I searched through my cupboards hoping I had a can in there that I had forgotten about. No such luck! I was really bumming. Almos

How to make meals-in-a-bag without a dehydrator

They can be used as microwave meals too! I realize there are many of you out there who do not have a dehydrator. Others who do not feel like you have the time (or the energy) that it might take to dehydrate lots of food. And yet, you would like to be able to make meals-in-a-bag for your long term food storage or your Bug Out Bags (BOBs). Well, there is a solution to your problem! The reasons I started dehydrating were because number one, I couldn't afford the pre-packaged emergency meals or the MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) that a lot of preppers have on hand. Number two, even if I could afford them I didn't like that I didn't have a choice in the pre-packaged meals or MREs to buy exactly what I

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