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 Spiritual Preparedness is the Ultimate Preparedness!

 

 

Then he went and settled in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets, that He will be called a Nazarene.

  Matthew 2:23 (HCSB)

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Changes Around EtM

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Just wanted to share a few changes concerning Ed that Matters.

In the past, EtM was a catch-all for my rantings on preparedness or education.  It was also a place where I posted guest posts from people interested in contributing to Prepper Website.  However, this last Summer, I decided to make EtM my personal blog on preparedness.  So, I will only post articles that I have written.  If someone is interested in guest posting, I will point them to Your Preparedness Story.

I also moved the newsletter from Feedburner to Mailchimp.  For some odd reason, I could never control how the articles looked on Feedburner.  Sometimes the articles were spaced accordingly, other times the sentences ran altogether.  Mailchimp offers me a lot more formatting options.  Along with moving to Mailchimp, I created a gift for anyone signing up for the EtM newsletter.

Anyone who signs up will receive access to download the Family Emergency Contact PDF.  This PDF allows you to input all of your immediate family phone numbers, along with local fire, police (other than 911), hospital, family Dr., schools, etc…  The cool thing about this document is that you can save it and edit it later as needed.  You can print off multiple copies to give to your family to keep in purses, backpacks, vehicles, BOB’s, etc…  You can even email it to everyone so they can access it on their phone.  The PDF also has an area where you can include who to contact to leave messages if you can’t contact your immediate family locally (think family member in a different state), a place where you can document meet up information and a place for other misc. info.  This is a pretty cool PDF that you get for just signing up below!

 

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I also created a page of my Top 10 articles.  If you are interested in checking them out, you can view them here.

And lastly, I created an Amazon Affiliate Store.  When someone purchases from my Amazon Store, Ed that Matters and Prepper Website gets a little percentage.  This percentage helps to support EtM and Prepper Website.  The cool thing is that even if you don’t purchase any of the items in the store, but still purchase SOMETHING from Amazon, it goes towards our support.  The items that I’m placing in the store are items that I have purchased and use myself.

Again, thanks for your support and I hope to interact with more of you in the comments section.

 

Peace,
Todd

 

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The Preppers Pepper Hot Sauce

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At this time of the year, your garden should be busting at the seems with hot peppers.  I only planted two this year.  I usually give most away and make salsa with the rest.  But this year I tried to make my own hot sauce.  I really don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen, so I looked for a quick and easy recipe.  I found one over at The Amateur Gourmet.

I only read the article once and then I just kind of went from memory.  I left the salt out, but pretty much stayed close to it.  If you visit his site, you will notice that he had a whole bunch of peppers in a big pot.  I didn’t attempt that at all.  However, for my first effort, I am pretty pleased.  I’ve provided some pics of the process below.  But first, the ingredients:

  • 30 Peppers – I don’t know what kind and they were all different sizes
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Round of Red Onion (about 1/2 inch thick) – Yeah, I know…not very Martha Stewart of me – see the Pic.
  • 3/4 cup of White Vinegar
  • 3/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
About 30 Peppers

About 30 Peppers

Yes, I did take the time to wash them. Mom would be so proud! ;-)

Red Onion & Garlic

Red Onion & Garlic

The red onion added a sweetness to the hot sauce. Or at least I believe it was the red onion. Maybe some of you pros can enlighten me.

Everything in the pot!

Everything in the pot!

I put everything in the pot, including both vinegars. I brought the peppers up to a slow boil for about 30 minutes.

After the blender, draining in cheese cloth.

After the blender, draining in cheese cloth.

After 30 minutes, I puree’d the peppers and then poured some out onto some cheese cloth. I expected it to drain quickly, but it didn’t. The mash was a little too thick. I used a spoon to press it against the cheese cloth a little and that helped. As it drained, I poured more mash in. Soon I had it all on the cheese cloth.

I did take up all the corners of the cheese cloth and squeezed it into my plastic container. Because I didn’t know what to expect, I decided to use some plastic gloves on my hands. I was able to squeeze a lot more liquid out.

Final product(s)???

Final product(s)???

This is a pic of the final product. Yes, I did wash the dishes! ;-)

Making this hot sauce was pretty easy. I was surprised how little it made though. I guess I’m used to making salsa which uses tomatoes and creates a lot more juice. I guess I could have used a little water in the recipe to have more juice.

The sauce was really hot, but like I said, it had a little sweetness to it too. I decided to keep the pressed mash. I need some help form you pros, but I was thinking that I could either, save it and add it to some tomatoes to make a salsa or I could mix it in a bottle of ketchup and make some spicy ketchup. I would appreciate any advice from anyone who has tried this before.

Peace,
Todd

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The SAD Way of Preparedness Websites - Possibly An Analogy of the Preparedness Life!

SAD400I try to provide links to quality articles every day on Prepper Website. I would say that is my main focus. But I also want the website to be a resource beyond just providing links. So, I have linked to preparedness and related websites (to my detriment in the search engine rankings) below all the articles I link to. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few websites! And every time I find a new one or one that I haven’t heard about, I add it.

But I also do something that is very sad to me. I mean, I understand it, but it is still sad. Every summer, since it is my off-time, I go through all the listings and remove sites that have either: been deleted, suspended for some reason, have a virus or hasn’t been updated in over 2 months. In my experience, a site that hasn’t been updated in over 2 months will more than likely not come back. Some have sputtered back to life again for a few more posts, only to finally die off. If a website does “come to life” again, a simple email request to me will place it back on the site.

This summer, I removed 79 websites in the Preparedness category and 44 from the other categories combined. Most of these sites were moved to the Inactive category. However, if a site was deleted, suspended or had a virus, I completely removed it from Prepper Website.

Like I said before, this is a sad time for me. I visited many of these sites on a regular basis. I learned a lot from them and I know others did too.

As I was working on moving websites to the inactive category, I couldn’t help but think how the life of a preparedness website sometimes resembles our lives as we prepare.

Running a “good” website takes a lot of effort!

Anyone can get a free WordPress or Blogspot website and throw something together in less than an hour. Even a hosted site, with your own domain site isn’t hard to get up and now, very affordable. But wanting to make your site a place where others will want to come to and visit is another story. There are colors to think of, graphics to consider, themes and layouts to toy with. Then you need to optimize for search engines, setup a mailing list, write guest articles and work on your social media following. And on top of all of this, you need to write GREAT content to inspire your readers and want them to come back! Many bloggers spend HOURS working on their sites with little or no reward. It becomes their “baby” or a part time job.

Living a preparedness lifestyle takes a lot of effort too! We often sacrifice the “fun stuff” so that we will have the funds to buy extra food and supplies. As preppers, many of us understand the importance of keeping our skills sharp, so we read, study and practice. Many spouses out there might refer to the other’s prepping as their “hobby,” or nag that you are spending too much time and money on this Doomsday Prepper stuff! Preparedness becomes your baby, a full time job.

Every website EVENTUALLY struggles to come up with good content.

Yes, every website struggles with this. Many websites start off strong out of the gate. But eventually, ideas and topics for content starts to hinder the amount of times a websites posts articles. I speak from experience! When I started in preparedness, I had all these ideas and wanted to share them with the world! Because I know enough about computers and the internet (to hurt myself), I started a blog. I started strong. I had read somewhere that Mondays and Thursdays were good days to post. I created a schedule and kept it up. I salivated over every visitor to the site! But then I ran out of ideas. I mean, how many times can you write about making fire, food storage, etc… Soon, I wasn’t making my schedule. I made excuses like I was very busy at work and that should come first. But in reality, I went dry.

As preppers, we go dry too. I have also experienced this myself. We start strong with beans, bullets and band aids, but eventually poop out. Sometimes it is just “fear fatigue,” meaning that we are always in a state of waiting for the hammer to drop. That can be stressful and can easily wear you down. Others might get busy with life and just allow other things to take over. And there are those who just give up after feeling they are not getting anywhere. They look around and see friends and family going on wild vacations, spending money on “extras” and just living it up on the weekends. They might feel like they are missing out. The beans, bullets and band aids go up in a closet somewhere. The fad is over and life goes on.

Many websites are a drain.

Like I said, there are free websites that anyone can use to start up a preparedness website. Or, if you choose to go with your own hosted domain, it is now very affordable. But eventually, money is going to leave your pocket. There are products to buy to review, plugins to purchase, software that is needed and upgrades that will make the site look and operate better. Yes, website owners try to earn some money with affiliates and ad sales to off-set these costs. But I will tell you that no one is getting rich off of their website. There are a few that are using a certain “model” that are bringing in significant money, but the bad thing is that they don’t even write their own content and are run by big corporations! And then you have to take into consideration the mental and physical drain. In updating Prepper Website, there have been many nights when I have fallen asleep at my laptop after a day at work.

Prepping can be a drain. Many think that you have to buy a lot of stuff to be prepared. On top of that, many of us always preach that you have to improve your skills and add new ones. When life is happening and you believe that you need to do this to be prepared, it can be draining. There are still times when I go into a store and I’m thinking, “how can this be used in preparedness” or “what do I need for my prep supplies.” I have to break myself of that habit. Always thinking about SHTF or TEOTWAWKI can be exhausting. We all need to be prepared, but you will be no good to anyone if you are a “drained” prepper!

Conclusion

This feels like a very somber article, so let’s end it with some positive points to help in our struggle of preparedness so we don’t go the way of SOME preparedness websites.

Stay Balanced – If you are an extreme prepper, but sometimes miss the “fun” stuff that others seem to be doing, just go do it. Spend the money, bite the bullet and do it. You might have a ton of fun and you might regret taking the time and money to do it. But you might not ever know unless you do it!

Also, you should never sacrifice your marriage, family or job for preparedness. If you are hurting people around you because you HAVE TO PREP, then you are doing something wrong. Find more info. on maintaing “balance” at Prepper Website.

Plan and Make Goals – You might be able to make big goals or you might have to make small goals. It always helps when you know where you want to go. Find more info. about “making goals” at Prepper Website.

Prep without Money – Purpose to find ways to prep without money. This means that you don’t need all the fancy gear! Many have done it. You can too! Find more info. about being “frugal” at Prepper Website.

Stay Consistent – This is bigger than you might think! Just a little, over time, makes a big difference!

Refresh Yourself – You know what you need to stay fresh. Pray, get outside, unwind, take your spouse on a date or whatever. Take some time and don’t be afraid to live your life. Find more about supporting your “relationships” and managing prepper “stress” at Prepper Website.

 

 

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Fat Guys in the Woods

Fat Guys in the Woods - Weather Channel - Airs August 10, 2014

Fat Guys in the Woods – Weather Channel – Airs August 10, 2014

The Prepper, Survival, Homesteading, Bushcraft, Whatever You Want to Call Us Community, does not need another reality show to make us look like kooks. And although a mature person can look at a TV show and get “something out of it,” many in the community feel it does more harm than good in spreading the need to be prepared. We’ll keep to Youtube and websites thank you very much!

But what if one of our own pulled it off? What if one of our own starred in a TV show and shared survival techniques with others in a way that wasn’t sensational? Would you watch it? I did! And I hope many others do too!

The Weather Channel will start airing the TV show, Fat Guys in the Woods, starring well known survivalist, Creek Stewart. The idea behind this show is that Creek takes guys who are not your typical survivalist into the woods for a week. He teaches them the basics of survival and after a few days, lets them go out on their own to survive for a night. The guys are doing it to get motivated and improve their health, all in the context of learning survival skills.

This first episode takes place in the Smokey Mountains during Winter. During the video, it snows and the temps fall to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. We are introduced to 3 overweight friends who are going out to meet Creek in the woods. After introductions, Creek gives them a pack with a Mora Knife and a metal canteen (something like this). As they trek into the woods, you can tell that the guys are breathing hard as they try to walk and talk.

On the way to find an appropriate place to setup camp, one of the guys makes a comment about eating. Creek shares the Rule of 3 and asks him what he thinks their priority might be. Creek finally settles on a campsite and explains the reasons why: a lot of natural resources, open space and close enough to the water. Creek explains that they are going to build a traditional wikiup that will allow them to all sleep inside with a fire. He states that they should first build their bed so that the cold ground doesn’t “suck the heat out of your body.” To help with the shelter, Creek provides each of the guys with a saw blade and shows them how to make a bow saw.

The second priority that Creek works with the guys on is how to build a fire. Creek shows the guys how to use a flint and steel with char-cloth. After he explains how to use it, he throws the flint into the woods. Yes, this move is unnecessary, but the purpose is to take the guys down to the creek bed and help them to find their own flint. After a little searching, they do. They go back to the campsite and with Creek’s advice of staying patient and “not to rush it,” they are successful in building a fire together.

The next day, Creek shows the guys how to make a snare. On the third day, they catch a rabbit and Creek shows them how to field dress it, along with cooking the meaty parts and making a stew out of the edible organs and skull. At one point, one of the friends remarks how the last time they were out they had a whole table full of food and shoved it in their mouth without even thinking about it. They all eat and drink the stew, remarking how good it tastes. On day five, each friend takes off on their own tasked with building a shelter and fire completely on their own. Creek makes visits to each and encourages them as they go through their day.

A one hour show is not going to be perfect! Of course, there were things that I would have liked to be explained in greater detail for anyone seeing these skills for the first time. For instance, I would have liked to see step by step details on how to make the bow saw. I would have liked more of a step by step on the wikiup. I would have liked to see more specifics on making the snares, char-cloth and finding flint. To do all of this would take a 5 hour show. And in reality, all of the specifics can be found in great detail online. (follow the links)

I really like how positive this show is. Creek is always encouraging and affirming. The premise is one that many in the preparedness community talk about, getting healthy before the SHTF. It also shows how easy some of these skills are with practice, but you have to do it. You need to get out there before you actually need it! One of the guys mentions that they would have never been able to do this if it wasn’t for Creek showing them. We all need someone helping us out along the way. The show ends with the guys around the fire and Creek sharing some final words of encouragement and affirmation. I love that! And from what I know about Creek, this falls right in line with his character! This show is so different than the others on TV!

Lastly, I want to point out that there is a difference in the reactions of the friends in the show. The show didn’t try to catch them making weird faces, you know the ones I mean, with big bug eyes before they cut to a commercial. You can SEE the excitement in their face when they accomplish a task. When one of the friends mentions that he has never had to kill something for sustenance, you can tell that he is not just saying it for dramatic effect. You can SEE the pride they feel when they have realized that they were very capable of surviving for a week in the woods.

Fat Guys in the Woods airs on August 10, 2014 @ 10:00 p.m. E.T. on the Weather Channel. Make sure you watch it and show your support for one of the “good survival shows.”

Creek Stewart is owner of Willow Haven Outdoors Survival School. He is the author of the very popular books, Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag, The Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Manual and Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle (which is shown at the beginning of the show). He also blogs at WillowHavenOutdoor.com.

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