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Educators • Re: Prepper Academy

September 27, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Daisy Luther aka Organic Prepper has Prepper University. You might want to look at her stuff too. She has a nice group who has put together educational classes – well known folks.
I like her website and she has written several books. You may also appreciate her woman/mom point of view.

Mrs. FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:40 am


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Virginia Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Prepping Fatigue?

September 22, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I gave myself some time to think about this and talked with hubs about it.
Prepping does have an ebb and flow to it, like life. We know folks who have stopped all together, folks who still putter along and those who have advanced on to a homestead lifestyle. I have noticed other terms such as homesteading, self sufficient and independent living to name a few.
Also agree that some folks just stopped talking about it due to OPSEC, ridicule and peer pressure.

As far as APN, we stopped posting and visiting years ago when the politics got so very nasty. Hubs said it had to do with content as well. This site has always had a problem of not being very welcoming to new folks. Old timers saying, oh we’ve talked that to death already go to the archives. Not to mention high jacking of threads – some people treat this like their own personal Facebook page, talking about their health problems on a thread meant for preparing for North Korea. Not that we don’t care, just don’t high jack threads. I’ve been back because I like to interact with other Preppers, get their opinions, learn new things. And hope that I can bring something of value as well.

We live the lifestyle and we have influenced others around us to start their journey of being prepared. People do notice and pay attention. We can’t convert everyone but we are still growing in number I think.

Mrs FP

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Virginia Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Prepping Fatigue?

September 22, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I gave myself some time to think about this and talked with hubs about it.
Prepping does have an ebb and flow to it, like life. We know folks who have stopped all together, folks who still putter along and those who have advanced on to a homestead lifestyle. I have noticed other terms such as homesteading, self sufficient and independent living to name a few.
Also agree that some folks just stopped talking about it due to OPSEC, ridicule and peer pressure.

As far as APN, we stopped posting and visiting years ago when the politics got so very nasty. Hubs said it had to do with content as well. This site has always had a problem of not being very welcoming to new folks. Old timers saying, oh we’ve talked that to death already go to the archives. Not to mention high jacking of threads – some people treat this like their own personal Facebook page, talking about their health problems on a thread meant for preparing for North Korea. Not that we don’t care, just don’t high jack threads. I’ve been back because I like to interact with other Preppers, get their opinions, learn new things. And hope that I can bring something of value as well.

We live the lifestyle and we have influenced others around us to start their journey of being prepared. People do notice and pay attention. We can’t convert everyone but we are still growing in number I think.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:51 pm


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General Canning Topics • Re: Older Home Canned Food

September 22, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0
anita wrote:
Now, what the pull date really is for home-canned food is a whole other debate, because the USDA just puts a blanket one year expiration on it all, and clearly that isn’t anything definitive. I have tomatoes canned two years ago sitting in my basement that I intend to use, as long as they look/smell fine. But I will use them up or toss them before next year’s canning season. I also have pickles canned in 2015 and 2016 that I will definitely toss, because they darken and get soft after a year.

This is the info I was shooting for.
Note to self – be sure and use up the pickles within a year for best flavor and texture!

Thanks Anita!

Mrs FP

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General Canning Topics • Re: Older Home Canned Food

September 22, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Again, I say, I never intended for this thread to be about the expiration or pull dates for commercial canned goods. I just thought people could share their experiences with home canned food.

I haven’t had much success canning apples, they get mushy. It might be the types of apples I’m using. We polished off that quart of honey vanilla pears, boy were they good. I’m most of all happy with their firmness. I may can some more this year if I can find a good price on pears.

Didn’t someone post here a few years ago about canning grapes? I’d really like to know how they turned out or held up over time.

Mrs FP

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Oklahoma Discussion, News and Weather • Re: OpSec

September 21, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

When we first started on our prepping journey in 2011, we started right here on APN. We set up a meeting at a State Park and 3 folks showed up. We were all very guarded. Two of those folks became great friends for a time. We started meeting at a local restaurant, had a campout or two and that went on for a couple years. People came and went. We only had a couple folks out to our house – one who helped with a radio and another couple we hung out with some.
After a few years we stopped having the meetings so we could focus on our BOL that we eventually moved to and established our homestead.

To make a point, you have to be guarded but not so much as you don’t learn anything or are off putting to others. We met know it all jerks, we met really nice people, we learned a lot, and most of all, we grew in our prepper journey. You may not stick with the group forever or you may make some forever friends. It’s all in what you make it.

Mrs FP

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General Canning Topics • Re: Older Home Canned Food

September 21, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Actually, the question here isn’t about store bought canned goods, it’s about home canned foods.

Yes, food starts to degrade immediately. I just wanted folks to share their experiences with home canned foods.

I thought of another experience to share. We canned some sausage links from Zaycon. Browned them a little then canned with broth. A year later we tested some and found that the consistency didn’t hold up well. They were very mushy, so we just break them up and make a scramble with eggs, onions and cheese.

Mrs FP

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General Canning Topics • Re: Older Home Canned Food

September 20, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I believe it’s the USDA that makes the 1 year recommendation.

Had to laugh about the blackberry jam….it would never make it that long at our house!

Have heard of store bought tomato products going bad at their expiration date. Have encountered 1 can of store bought diced tomatoes being off. I wonder why home canned ones would last 20 years?

Anyone with experience with home canned meats? We know Preppers who have canned lots of meat and haven’t eaten any of it. Some of it is probably 5 years old.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:30 pm


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General Canning Topics • Older Home Canned Food

September 20, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

In moving to the homestead, canned food that we had at the BOL is now moved into our house. This morning hubs shared some pear jam canned in 2012 with his old fart breakfast crew and they said it was delicious. The only thing I noticed was it was a little darker towards the top.

Tonite we opened a quart jar of honey vanilla pears canned in 2014. It had plenty of syrup so no dry top, the fruit still appeared firm and it wasn’t cloudy. The seal made a nice release sound when opened as well. The pears were lightly sweet and not mushy. There was no longer a scent or taste of vanilla though but I think we used extract and not a vanilla bean. We enjoyed them for dessert with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

I know it is recommended that home canned food be consumed in a years time but as Preppers we tend to push that limit. Please share your experiences with home canned foods, good and bad. What’s the oldest food you’ve come upon, eaten or thrown out. What did or didn’t do well over time. Inquiring prepper minds want to know! :)

Mrs FP

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General Canning Topics • Older Home Canned Food

September 20, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

In moving to the homestead, canned food that we had at the BOL is now moved into our house. This morning hubs shared some pear jam canned in 2012 with his old fart breakfast crew and they said it was delicious. The only thing I noticed was it was a little darker towards the top.

Tonite we opened a quart jar of honey vanilla pears canned in 2014. It had plenty of syrup so no dry top, the fruit still appeared firm and it wasn’t cloudy. The seal made a nice release sound when opened as well. The pears were lightly sweet and not mushy. There was no longer a scent or taste of vanilla though but I think we used extract and not a vanilla bean. We enjoyed them for dessert with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

I know it is recommended that home canned food be consumed in a years time but as Preppers we tend to push that limit. Please share your experiences with home canned foods, good and bad. What’s the oldest food you’ve come upon, eaten or thrown out. What did or didn’t do well over time. Inquiring prepper minds want to know! :)

Mrs FP

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 19, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Our shelving in the utility room was completed in time for us to move stuff back in from outside before the hurricane came our way. This enabled us to move some stuff around create more space in the pantry and move some LTS foods from the barn into the house for better temperature control.

Finally had the solar installed. Still in the learning stages but this was a major prep for us. We still have to take down some trees for better panel exposure.

Fall garden plants are in the ground – lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and collards. Will seed some turnips and kale this evening. Planning the garden expansion. Want to make a strawberry bed, plant the garlic and try growing some Seminole squash. We will fence in all of it over the winter with metal fencing. We have temporary mesh fence up right now.

I wrote about our hurricane experience on another thread. We learned a few things with that experience. We see those opportunities as a way to test our preps and ourselves.

Mrs FP

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 19, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Our shelving in the utility room was completed in time for us to move stuff back in from outside before the hurricane came our way. This enabled us to move some stuff around create more space in the pantry and move some LTS foods from the barn into the house for better temperature control.

Finally had the solar installed. Still in the learning stages but this was a major prep for us. We still have to take down some trees for better panel exposure.

Fall garden plants are in the ground – lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and collards. Will seed some turnips and kale this evening. Planning the garden expansion. Want to make a strawberry bed, plant the garlic and try growing some Seminole squash. We will fence in all of it over the winter with metal fencing. We have temporary mesh fence up right now.

I wrote about our hurricane experience on another thread. We learned a few things with that experience. We see those opportunities as a way to test our preps and ourselves.

Mrs FP

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Harvey – Irma Survivers/ Preppers

September 15, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Gunns – what is your best estimate on how long you could go on your LP should the SHTF?
Our friends down the way we’re going to get a dedicated tank just for their generator.

In regards to the question about putting out buckets to catch storm rain – concern that they would blow away maybe. We left one bucket out because I always do to water my plants on my front porch.

On a funny note, as I stated, it doesn’t take long to form a routine and I was still going into the bathroom and pantry yesterday with no lights! :p

Mrs FP

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Harvey – Irma Survivers/ Preppers

September 15, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I grew up on the MS gulf coast most of my childhood so hurricanes are a familiar visitor. The heat, humidity and bugs are the follow up to the storm itself. OMG
We were blessed to have cool weather prior to, during and just after this storm.
However, the fire ants are mounded up all over. We’ve been stung every single day.

Another observation to share, we used about 10 gallons of gas. Hubs said he learned after Katrina that the more you have running on the generator, the more fuel you use. That’s why we didn’t hook up everything- plus it would be too many cords running all over. We chose to live with a few items instead.

One of our prepper neighbors purchased a propane generator (3,000 watt) & had an electrician wire it into the house. This was strong enough to run his house but not his well pump, so he didn’t have water either but they ran everything, unlike us. His generator took his grill propane line so they couldn’t use it to cook on. For them, they were satisfied with this set up. They came to our rain barrel for water to flush and wash dishes. They drank bottled water. Afterward they admitted to having forgotten about their Aqua-tainer and leaving buckets out to capture rain water off their roof that could’ve been used for flushing.

Also overheard 2 ladies at Walmart yesterday saying they lost everything in their fridge and freezer – too me, having saved all that investment was our main priority with the generator.

As an ironic side note, the solar team started our install today :D

Mrs FP

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Harvey – Irma Survivers/ Preppers

September 14, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

You set this up before I got the chance to! We just got our power back on yesterday evening at 5pm (Wednesday 9/13).

We are located in what is deemed “middle Georgia” on the eastern side of the state for reference. We are on our homestead as well.
Last week was spent getting ready for the hurricane a bit at a time so by Sunday we were ready to hunker down.
We awoke at 7am Monday morning to wind and rain. I took the dogs out to do their business with a heavy duty golf umbrella. They weren’t too freaked out and neither was I. We still had power and were thinking, hmm, this might not be too bad after all.

We were able to watch some news and weather, have breakfast and keep things washed up. The wind continued to pick up and rain got heavier. By 1020am, the electricity cried “uncle” and gave out. We would later learn our circuit was heavily damaged and not seen from any of the main roads the crews were monitoring during the storm. We actually gave it an hour just to see if it was out for good. At the one hour point we got our butts in gear and cranked up the generator. We had not fueled it because we just weren’t sure we would lose power – so fueling the the thing in the blowing wind and rain on the back porch. We hooked up the freezer, the fridge and a fan. Having some air circulation in the house was nice. The temps had been cool all week so it wasn’t hot but we only had one window cracked open a bit because we were getting rain and wind from all sides. We could hear on our two way radios another couple down the street struggling with their generator as the husband was calling the wife to see what was working in the house – they never got their generator up to speed for their whole house so they will be investigating why that was a problem with a 10,000 Watt generator. Point here – even proven preps sometimes fail, even if not completely.

We had (2) 7 gallon Aqua-tainers pre-filled to use at the sink. These worked perfectly. Highly recommend – purchased from Walmart I think. They’re blue square containers with a spigot. The first day, I went through one container to which hubs said “find a better way to conserve the water”. OK, do dishes only once a day instead of twice I say to myself. Point here is – water goes faster than you think. We take for granted how many times a day we just wash off our hands real quick or wash up as we go -which I do often. A canister of wet-ones was placed at the bathroom sink as well as a pump of hand sanitizer at the kitchen sink. We found the wet-ones wipes to be especially useful as they helped if you splashed any gas on you when filling the generator. We didn’t use the faucets from the point the electricity went off to save whatever was in the well bladder for flushing. It lasted 4 flushes before we needed to fill the tank manually and that wasn’t until the next day. Point here – if its yellow, let it mellow…and you know the rest.

The worst of the storm was from around 1pm to 330pm. It wailed on us pretty good and I was nervous watching the pine trees. Luckily we didn’t lose any trees, just a whole bunch of debris. Funny observation, chickens didn’t seem to be bothered by the high winds and neither were the hummingbirds. All of them looking for their food! I attempted to take the dogs out again around 230pm, this time wearing a rain coat as the wind was too strong for the umbrella – the big one wouldn’t come off the porch but the little one made a bee line for the tree line to pee. I was ankle deep in water and looking out for trees. I could not see them but fire ants were floating and several found me! We would experience their wrath every day as they were everywhere and you couldn’t always see them until they stung you. Damn ants.

The winds were still with us through the night, dying down then gusting some, and a few light showers as well. Some folks got their power that very night. We grilled a pork chop and heated a can of green beans on our propane grill and stove for supper. We washed our hair in the kitchen sink using warmed water. I set up a simple sponge bath system in our walk in shower. We opted to have a shower curtain instead of a door and this helps a lot. Water for flushing was stored in the shower too, out of the way. As the day began winding down, the lights blinked back to life at 910pm for a whole 4 minutes. Oh the celebrating and quick shuffle to unplug items and call our friends with the whole house generator and just like that…it went off and stayed off. We gave it an hour or so and plugged the freezer back into the generator and went to bed.

We used battery operated Coleman lanterns for light. Hear me tell you, it is DARK at night with no power and heavy clouds. Like wake in the night, can’t see nothing, need a flashlight to go to the bathroom! DARK. :ninja: We had brought the fan into the bedroom for air circulation and white noise.

Thought for sure we would get power back on Tuesday. Had to provide a neighbor some water from our rain barrel so he could flush their toilet. Drove into nearest town to assess damage in the area and allow hubs to check email and VM for his work. We get zero cell service at our home without a booster – we also found out later that all service went down that afternoon around 1pm in town. The couple of fast-food places were slammed as our town had 3 full motels of FL and GA evacuees (we didn’t partake, just observed). We drove back home observing lots of trees down, debris, metal roof damage on old buildings, trees on power lines, downed power lines and no power crews in site. When we returned home we hooked up the TV and cable box (Direct TV) – this was nice to keep an eye on weather and news, not to mention watching a movie to pass the time in the dark. Found out from a friend that it could be a couple more days before our power came back on. We were offered a shower at a friends but we decided we could handle this – we thought it was a great exercise for us. Sandwiches for lunch and grilled sausages and macaroni & cheese for dinner. Thank goodness for propane grill and stove! Just miss that running water! Another sponge bath before bed. Point here – in a SHTF, people will stink, no doubt about it.

Wednesday we went back into town, CVS hubs had meds to pick up and we needed more wet-ones wipes but they didn’t have any. Stopped at Harvery’s Supermarket – they hadn’t had any deliveries since before the storm except for a meat truck that had arrived that morning. Shelves were light but not awful. Onto Wal-mart – Their shelves were a little more lightly stocked than Harvey’s. Very little bread, the snack cake aisle looked like wolves had gone through it, PB & J stock was very low. But I did find Wet-ones wipes and picked up a few things – hubs wanted a couple of cords/plugs for the generator as we were anticipating higher temps and needed/wanted the AC. Got some lunch in town and delivered some food to our neighbors – gas station fried chicken…please don’t judge me, lol, it is so good!

At this point you find yourself in a routine. It really doesn’t take long. Yes, we still flipped a light switch here and there! If you flushed, you went out to the rain barrel to refill. You made sure you cleaned your shoes/feet as to not drag in too much dirt or sand. I had already planned our dinner, invited friends over and was settled into our routine and accepted the fact that we may have to continue for a few more days and…it came back on. Just like that. And it stayed on!

I threw in a load of wash, washed the dishes in the sink, quickly vacuumed the floor and made dinner. We celebrated with our prepper friends that we now had running water! Indoor plumbing, what an amazing blessing.

Mrs. FP

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Irma

September 6, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

SC had declared a State of Emergency already. I’m surprised GA hasn’t as well. We are concerned about high winds even inland causing power outages here in the rural areas.

My mom, on the MS Gulf Coast says people are really concerned since it hit Cat 5 and could turn their way. Supplies of water running low already at WM on HWY 49. She has her 72 hour kit and plenty of food, they just wanted to get some water.

Mrs FP

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

September 6, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

With more NK talk, missile tests and now an H-bomb – goodness gracious. We are concerned about an EMP so doing a little more research.

We are looking at keeping certain quantities of certain pantry goods all the time now. We have been in our little house almost a year so we have a better idea of our eating patterns now that we aren’t near our kids any more.
Filled in some gaps over the last 2 weeks, stocked up on drinking water, paper towels, soap, OTC meds and canning jars.

And of course keeping all cars filled – all our gas cans are currently full as are the extra propane tanks.

Mrs FP

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 6, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We’ve been worried with this NK thing as well.

We purchased 3 cases of water at Costco on Saturday as we are looking at a major hurricane in the SE as well. Picked up jugs of water too which I like for cooking. We will use our rain barrel water for toilet flushing.

Sadly, due to weather, our solar has not been installed. Clear weather is needed and it wasn’t clear last week, so they are looking at next week….after the hurricane :|

We had wood shelving built in our utility room, the poly is drying as I type. In a couple days, we will be able to move stuff into there. We live in a small house so we needed more storage space as my walk in pantry is full to the gills.

The muscadines did very well this year. For August I was able to can 24 half pints of jelly/jam and 6 quarts of juice blend. The Scuppernongs are late so I was able to make 7 half pints of jam on Monday. This is it for the grapes. Still a few on the vine for fresh eating but not enough to do any more preserving.

I have taken inventory in the pantry and resupplied a few things. We will go out tomorrow and that will be the last time we go until after the storm. We figure IF it heads our way, people will be going nuts by Friday. Hubs started the generator up yesterday, started on the first crank. It’s a Honda we bought when Katrina hit MS and it is still going strong. We will bring everything we might need to the house in case it floods. Our main worry is power outage due to wind and minor flooding.

We will get in the 50s tonight so I am expecting the peppers to be done. I have been picking gypsy and green peppers and freezing them cleaned and cut. They will make great stuffed peppers over the winter. The last of my container tomatoes are almost ready to pick, no new blossoms.

Oh, also got my Rx filled yesterday, got some Aleve, anti itch cream and bar soap (on clearance) at WM.

MrsFP

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 21, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Way to go Ajax! That’s a lot accomplished! And congrats on the scratch off – I never have any luck with those. The powerball has rolled to $650M which is amazing.

Made (6) half pints of muscadine jam yesterday afternoon. The most important thing about that was not so much the jam itself but helping a young woman (23) learn to can. She’s not so much a prepper but wanting to become self sufficient as far as food is concerned – which is a great goal to have at that age. Should we have a SHTF event, her family will be part of our community and I know that she’s canned and froze garden bounty.

Mrs FP

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 21, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Way to go Ajax! That’s a lot accomplished! And congrats on the scratch off – I never have any luck with those. The powerball has rolled to $650M which is amazing.

Made (6) half pints of muscadine jam yesterday afternoon. The most important thing about that was not so much the jam itself but helping a young woman (23) learn to can. She’s not so much a prepper but wanting to become self sufficient as far as food is concerned – which is a great goal to have at that age. Should we have a SHTF event, her family will be part of our community and I know that she’s canned and froze garden bounty.

Mrs FP

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 19, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

The heat has been brutal this week – triple digit heat index :'(
Despite that I’ve been sweating my butt off picking and processing muscadine grapes!
(5) half pints of jelly, (5) half pints of jam & (4) quarts of juice blend
I think there’s enough to probably do 2 more batches of jam. The scuppernong variety we have isn’t ripe yet.
Today was errand day. We filled (6) containers with gas. Discovered some small leaks in the seams so we ordered metal cans to replace these plastic ones. This will complete the conversion to all metal gas cans for us. All the plastic ones leaked, eventually.
At Tractor Supply they’re changing brands of meal worms so all the bags were clearance- not much but it ranged from .50-$2 depending on the size. The manager heard me tell hubs the large bags were $2 off making them $22.99. He said if you buy them all I’ll give you 50% off – hubs said “SOLD!”. So 6 of the large bags for $68. We ordered online once and it was over $100, so we thought that was good. I’ll put all the bags in a storage bin with a gasket up in the top of my walk in pantry – great LTS for chicken treats.
I’m sure most people don’t call this a prep BUT I bought a lottery ticket- that darn power ball is up to $400+Million….so if I disappear, you know what happened! :clap:

Mrs FP

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 17, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

One big thing he gave up was “leaded” Mountain Dew. He drinks a diet Dew a few times a week now. Otherwise he drinks water or I make some cold brewed tea with a little honey.
People don’t realize how many calories they’re drinking from sugar.
We have cut out rice, pasta and potatoes.
Even though he only lost 16 pounds, it seemed to really make a difference.

Mrs FP

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 16, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Hubs did some research on the cinnamon and thinks he might give it a try.

Blood work results after eating low(er) carb, losing 16 pounds and taking ACV each night for 3 months:

A1C – from 7.8 to 6.4
Glucose -from 180’s to 111

He did notice more tummy trouble when he forgot to pack his vinegar last week in combination with eating out off his normal diet at home.
We will continue on our plan and see if it goes down again in 3 months.

Mrs FP

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 16, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Hubs did some research on the cinnamon and thinks he might give it a try.

Blood work results after eating low(er) carb, losing 16 pounds and taking ACV each night for 3 months:

A1C – from 7.8 to 6.4
Glucose -from 180’s to 111

He did notice more tummy trouble when he forgot to pack his vinegar last week in combination with eating out off his normal diet at home.
We will continue on our plan and see if it goes down again in 3 months.

Mrs FP

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 16, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We checked our propane tank and we are still at 80% – haven’t used much since topping off a few months back (plus it’s been so hot, causing expansion).
Also going to refill some gas cans we rotate – were waiting for a pack of replacement caps. As we rotate our stash we refill when we get about 5 emptied so it’s time.

Our KI pills haven’t arrived yet, I wonder if they’re experiencing a high volume of orders right now. I read the articles linked by swamp, what I didn’t see is any reference to the pills being a scam. Any reference articles on that claim? What I did get from them is that any form of protection for your thyroid is better than nothing. Here’s to praying I never have to use the darn things!

Mrs FP

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 16, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We checked our propane tank and we are still at 80% – haven’t used much since topping off a few months back (plus it’s been so hot, causing expansion).
Also going to refill some gas cans we rotate – were waiting for a pack of replacement caps. As we rotate our stash we refill when we get about 5 emptied so it’s time.

Our KI pills haven’t arrived yet, I wonder if they’re experiencing a high volume of orders right now. I read the articles linked by swamp, what I didn’t see is any reference to the pills being a scam. Any reference articles on that claim? What I did get from them is that any form of protection for your thyroid is better than nothing. Here’s to praying I never have to use the darn things!

Mrs FP

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 16, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We have picked grapes twice – about 4 pounds. Processed juice yesterday and didn’t get quite enough to make a batch of jelly. Will pick more this evening.
Bought more half pint jars for jelly and jam making as we want to keep our extra jar stockpile untouched in the barn. Also a double pack of low sugar sure jell to replace the 2 I will use for jelly and jam. Muscadine flavor is better with low sugar recipes.
Ordered 2 replacement gas caps that we needed, they arrived and we will refill 5 gas containers and keep the rotation going.
Our little chicks are now almost grown. We anticipate getting eggs in another month or so.
Garden almost cleared out. Pulled, cleaned and fastened all the tomato cages for storage. We have so many that it gets a little crazy to put into storage. We will work the soil a bit and plant a few fall/winter crops.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:00 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 16, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We have picked grapes twice – about 4 pounds. Processed juice yesterday and didn’t get quite enough to make a batch of jelly. Will pick more this evening.
Bought more half pint jars for jelly and jam making as we want to keep our extra jar stockpile untouched in the barn. Also a double pack of low sugar sure jell to replace the 2 I will use for jelly and jam. Muscadine flavor is better with low sugar recipes.
Ordered 2 replacement gas caps that we needed, they arrived and we will refill 5 gas containers and keep the rotation going.
Our little chicks are now almost grown. We anticipate getting eggs in another month or so.
Garden almost cleared out. Pulled, cleaned and fastened all the tomato cages for storage. We have so many that it gets a little crazy to put into storage. We will work the soil a bit and plant a few fall/winter crops.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:00 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We bought our KI pills from Amazon. They typically have a 6-7 year shelf life. If you receive older pills their expiry will be shorter – just like any other med. hubs said some drug stores may carry them.
Daisy Luther at Organic Prepper has a good article today about potassium iodide- she has some printable instructions. Very good info.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:59 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 13, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We bought our KI pills from Amazon. They typically have a 6-7 year shelf life. If you receive older pills their expiry will be shorter – just like any other med. hubs said some drug stores may carry them.
Daisy Luther at Organic Prepper has a good article today about potassium iodide- she has some printable instructions. Very good info.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:59 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 12, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

August is usually a slower prep month as we concentrate on canning or the fall garden.
The wild grapes are coming in so I canned some juice using a quick method I found on the Internet. Just uses a cup of grapes, 1/4 c sugar and boiling water per quart jar. Processed in WBC for 20 minutes. They need to set for at least a month or longer. I did 3 quarts yesterday because that’s all I was able to pick that was ripe. Our cultivated grapes aren’t ready yet but boy we have a bumper crop this year!
We welcomed our first grandchildren Monday – twin girls! While in the big city, grabbed a few deals to add children’s toothpaste and brushes to our stockpile. Gotta start thinking about those items now. We haven’t prepped any baby/kid items.
Costco trip today to add and replenish- honey, maple syrup, PB, canned chicken/tuna, jarred peaches, dried blueberries and jerky.
With all the NoKo stuff we had to plan our pantry with a week or two indoors without access to our barn. Trying to figure out how best to deal with the dogs should this become needed.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:39 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 12, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

August is usually a slower prep month as we concentrate on canning or the fall garden.
The wild grapes are coming in so I canned some juice using a quick method I found on the Internet. Just uses a cup of grapes, 1/4 c sugar and boiling water per quart jar. Processed in WBC for 20 minutes. They need to set for at least a month or longer. I did 3 quarts yesterday because that’s all I was able to pick that was ripe. Our cultivated grapes aren’t ready yet but boy we have a bumper crop this year!
We welcomed our first grandchildren Monday – twin girls! While in the big city, grabbed a few deals to add children’s toothpaste and brushes to our stockpile. Gotta start thinking about those items now. We haven’t prepped any baby/kid items.
Costco trip today to add and replenish- honey, maple syrup, PB, canned chicken/tuna, jarred peaches, dried blueberries and jerky.
With all the NoKo stuff we had to plan our pantry with a week or two indoors without access to our barn. Trying to figure out how best to deal with the dogs should this become needed.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:39 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 12, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I did make a small trip to WM to restock a couple normal pantry items. Today hubs said he could see my concern and offered to drive me to Costco and Aldi just over an hour away. We restocked some canned items we had rotated out of our normal storage like fruit, chicken and tuna. Other than that we aren’t doing any other major stocking up. Hubs feels like we are pretty set. Oh, we did order potassium iodide tablets – something that we’ve never prepped before. Just a precaution.
Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:25 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

August 12, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I did make a small trip to WM to restock a couple normal pantry items. Today hubs said he could see my concern and offered to drive me to Costco and Aldi just over an hour away. We restocked some canned items we had rotated out of our normal storage like fruit, chicken and tuna. Other than that we aren’t doing any other major stocking up. Hubs feels like we are pretty set. Oh, we did order potassium iodide tablets – something that we’ve never prepped before. Just a precaution.
Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:25 pm


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Introduce Yourself • Re: New guy in SC

August 12, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Welcome! We just moved from the midlands to our homestead in rural Georgia. We go back often as we have 3 kids who live there.
Were you able to attend the Prepper event a few weeks back? My son has attended for a few years.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:44 pm