Super Simple Solar Cooker

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It doesn’t get much easier than this!
 


What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

2 coffee cups

SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com mission statement…

A web-based community focused on a self-reliant, preparedness lifestyle.

Seasoned Citizen Prepper is a site devoted to the older prepper that believes in prudent, practical preparedness. Self-reliance, frugal living, and faith are the cornerstones of this site. Our goal is to facilitate sharing of knowledge among our subscribers in order to build a sense of community.

By Bev,

What did I do to prepare this week? In reality, I have spent most of my week learning Windows 8 – YUCK! [...]

Old Time Logging

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This came through my email and given that I have spent some time in the logging fields of Montana, Idaho and Minnesota, I thought it was very interesting. I’ve also spent most of my life heating with wood which means cutting down the trees, chunking, and splitting – chainsaws, mauls and wedges, tractor mounted circular saws and wood splitters. We are older and know how to work, but would you really want to work this hard???

Before  chainsaws were invented, the logging [...]

Scotch Oven

 

 


Silver for Grandchildren & Children

silver coin am.

Recently I found out that I am going to be a first time Grandma (I’ve just adopted Bob’s grandchildren, but this is my first.), with my son and daughter-in-law, to a little baby girl. They are professionals and the child will want for nothing. For that matter, it is almost impossible to buy something for them, so I have gotten stuck just giving them gift cards which seem so impersonal and just promotes consumerism.

What do you give a child that has [...]

Modern Body Armor Effectiveness Is Important When Protecting Your Family

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When the power goes out in a community for an extended period of time, there are many people who find themselves feeling very vulnerable. Without power, the lights will not work, most security systems only work for a short period of time, and there are numerous breaking and enterings that occur because of the lack of power. This can create a very scary situation for a family that is not properly prepared for such an event.

Preparing your [...]

STORING MY SPICES, HERBS and other stuff!

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By WE2′s

Many of you have read by now my lovely experience with VacuCraft canisters.

I did want to share another little “thing” I do to try and keep my spices, herbs & other foods as fresh as I can whether it’s for dry pantry storage or in my refrigerator since I just finished jarring up about 7 jars.

First:  I determine which size of jar I’ll be needing to hold the food.

2nd:  I grab one of my “used” canning lids (I do [...]

A Forgotten Resource

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By

“The Coach”

Many times we have tunnel vision about the things we are passionate about. I am one of those people. I have problems thinking outside of the box. We get involved in buying items and only look in the stores that everyone else buys the items that we need from.

Like many of you, when I was much younger, I was a Boy Scout. I remember those years fondly. I have a lot of good [...]

The Bicycle to Generate Power

pedal power

By Bev,

The bicycle is not only transportation it can produce power! You can power a small TV, computer, recharge batteries or your cellphone and get exercise too!

A “must go to page” is here: http://www.pedalpowergenerator.com/

Here is an interesting video using a car alternator. I think some handy guy may be interested in giving this a go!

Another good video…


The Versatile Bicycle – An Important Prep

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By Beverly Sandlin

The right bicycle can mean fun and exercise now given all the bike trails that are out there and being built, but can also be one of your most valuable preparedness items. It took a hundred years, but the bicycle finally did replace the horse for the majority of people. It is one of the most popular recreational “vehicles”, takes up very little space, is easy to transport with a bicycle carrier and doesn’t need fuel and doesn’t [...]

What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

2 coffee cups

 

SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com mission statement…

A web-based community focused on a self-reliant, preparedness lifestyle.

Seasoned Citizen Prepper is a site devoted to the older prepper that believes in prudent, practical preparedness. Self-reliance, frugal living, and faith are the cornerstones of this site. Our goal is to facilitate sharing of knowledge among our subscribers in order to build a sense of community.

By Bev,

Wow, supposed to be 60 degrees today – 40 degrees yesterday!!! Had to get that out – I’m in MinnesOta [...]

Links of Ideas!

off grid cabin

Here is a link to an Off Grid 6 Part Series where 4 families went together, bought land, each has total control over their own parcel and for the “common” land there is group decision making.

Yes, there is one couple who are the leaders and making their living off the land with a CSA, wood fired pizza grill and grants for arts in the loft of the barn. One living a sustainable lifestyle but working off the place, and [...]

No Knead Artisan Bread

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WE2 – Wifey

I’m betting on a lot of you on SCP are bread makers… Not the fancy electric thingies that leave a hole the size of a quarter in the bottom of all your breads saying “they didn’t do this” to everybody who gets the slice with a notch in it.. So I thought I’d share my absolutely MOST favorite bread that I make up. I use the basic recipe of the YouTuber called artisanbreadwithsteve… if you’d like to [...]

Oven Cleaning

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From Wyzyrd:

I cleaned my oven this afternoon – going to need to use it a lot next week.   It wasn’t terrible, but had “stuff” on it. (I forgot to support a foil pan back in Dec, had an ‘ooooppppssss’,  forgot about it, and last time I used the oven, I set off the smoke alarm)

I used the nasty spraycan oven cleaner stuff, followed the directions, coughed a lot and had my eyes stinging.  After letting it sit a couple hours, [...]

Ridge Earth Shelter Home

mike oehlers

Shared by Wyzyrd, this is Mike Oehler, the 1970s cheap underground house guy.

HERE is a link to his website.

Do you have any YouTube videos you would like to share?

Please email me at bcfossillady at gmail dot com


Two Book Reviews of Mike Oehler’s Books

book review

By Beverly Sandlin

I bought Mike Oehler’s book The $50 & Up Underground House Book back in 1978 when it was first published. And yes, I lived in the panhandle of Idaho at that time where Mike hails from. My homestead was on the north facing slope and just not suited to an underground home even though I have always yearned for one. Well, my house burned and that book went with it, but Wyzyrd just sent me these two books. I [...]

Prepper Expo – Minnesota!

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GrammaMary Shared This…

April 5 – 6

Link to the Star Tribune newspaper article about it – very positive toward preppers: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/188382621.html?refer=y

Link to site: http://www.survivalpreppersexpo.com/


Cob Building Now and Post Collapse

cob building

Very inexpensive, owner built, easy to heat, almost bullet proof home! Imagine a rocket mass thermal heater, cob stoves and oven, perhaps an earth sheltered greenhouse! Now this is a prepper’s retreat!

A MUST SEE article if this interests you at all…

http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/man-builds-fairy-tale-home-for-his-family-for-only-3000/


A Cob Home Building Primer

cob oven

We’ve been featuring a number of cob ovens and stoves and I thought these videos would be a great primer on how to make and build with cob and maybe even inspire you to create a bullet proof, earthquake resistant, fire resistant, sustainable preparedness retreat!

Cob workshop!

10 Minutes of beautiful cob homes inside and out. Enjoy!

Must go to website if you are at all interested in this concept or even just reducing your bills!

http://www.lowimpact.org/index.htm


A Smile for You!

snow buried car

Spring is just not coming to Minnesota and maybe not to the east coast either.  A big nor’easter is bearing down that may be 4x the size of Sandy! Harriet sent me this link… Bug In time!

But the video was cute and I swear this is happening in Minnesota! They are predicting 50 degrees for the last Sunday before April, just to give us hope that spring will come… 

 

 

 


Campers As A Bug Out Vehicle

AeroLite In The Woods

By the WE2′s

To us, having our travel trailer is a must.  Not only do we love to travel and camp,  it just sort of “feels good” to know we pretty much will always have a roof over our heads and the taxes are cheap since it’s taxed as personal property rather than real estate. 

We also believe it’s important to know the “how to” of off grid traveling/camping before you need to do it. We’ve seen a few travel trailers, [...]

Savings Alert! Dog Pack & More!

dog pack

Bug Out Bag for Your Dog!

$19.99!  SPORTSMANSGUIDE!!! They support us; let’s support them – you can click through on the side bar or these links!

Everything your canine companion needs:

Gypsy Backpack ideal for walking, grocery runs, the beach and more. Fits dogs from 25 to 30 lbs.
14-oz. Flip-Close Water Dispenser with Tray: just squeeze out what you need and save the rest
Collapsible Food Dish: fits anywhere, just open and fill
Stainless Steel Canteen: carry extra water for you or for your dog. [...]

Intentional Communities

earth shelter cob

Below is a 5 part series on intentional communities each about 15 minutes long.

“What?! I’m not a hippy!” you say! Hang on there!

Intentional communities come in all types and forms. Reading SCP – duh… :-D You are part of an online preparedness community that was intentionally created to support the people who come here – a virtual intentional community! These communities outlined in this series of videos are all off-grid and working at a sustainable lifestyle and all [...]

Core Cells Within an Extended Group

strength in numbers

By: Methane Creator, Waco Preppers, 2-21-2014

Strength in numbers during chaos or disaster is key to survival.  We know we cannot protect our family or property 24/7 by ourselves.  We also know that if everyone in our extended Group were to arrive at a location, we would be hard pressed to house, feed, and manage such a large group.  By bonding with other members we form Core Cells within the main group. 

We strive to embody members with as many [...]

What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

2 coffee cups

 

SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com mission statement…

A web-based community focused on a self-reliant, preparedness lifestyle.

Seasoned Citizen Prepper is a site devoted to the older prepper that believes in prudent, practical preparedness. Self-reliance, frugal living, and faith are the cornerstones of this site. Our goal is to facilitate sharing of knowledge among our subscribers in order to build a sense of community.

By Bev,

What did I do to prepare this week? I am so incredibly pleased with [...]