Smilax – A Backyard Wild Edible

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I was talking to my neighbor across the fence Sunday morning, and noticed the young green shoot of a what I grew up calling a green briar growing along the fence. I realized that this was the time of year when smilax, another name for green briar, […]

Pressure Canning

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A few weeks ago, I  received an email from Jeff, The Berky Guy over at Directive21, in regards to an impending price increase in canned beef. It appears that due to a shortage from a variety of reasons, we are about to get squeezed again as consumers.
Over the last couple of […]

My First 30 Days as a HAM

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Those of you who have been reading for a while (or those that know me personally) understand how compulsive I can be when I am interested in a subject. When I was about 12 years old, it allowed my brother and I to drive ourselves to […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Banana Bacon

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Seriously, when I first read about this, I would have sworn it was a joke. But since I grew up in West Virginia (we eat everything!), and I was so poor at one point that I was lucky to get a meal a day (hunger is a […]

Book Reviews: The End and The Long Road (and a Giveaway!)

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I’ve been lucky enough to be included on several book reviews as part of online book tours. The tour managers know what kind of books I like..and what I don’t like…now. (I did get my wife involved doing reviews, but only with […]

Revistiting Gear Review: Hotsnapz Reusable Heat Pads

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Do to the unseasonably (unreasonably?) COLD weather, I thought it timely to repost an article I wrote over a year ago about the Hotsnapz reusable hand warmers. I’ve touched the old review up a bit, and gave it some spit and polish. Hotsnapz are a product that […]

A Favor vs. Money

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A month or so ago, I took my wife to see the second installment of “The Hunger Games“, a movie called, “Catching Fire“. It shows a (far-fetched) possible future of class warfare, poverty, and government oppression. The wife & I have both read all three of the books in […]

Winter Gardening Results in Florida

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The day was January 2, 2014. I stopped by a friends house after work to visit, and pick up some goodies he had for me. The temperature was 84 degrees. (if it makes you feel any better, as I write this, less than 24 hours later, it is […]

Conflicted

A Preppper Game / Tool Review: Conflicted: The Survival Game

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I have mentioned before how Prepper Fiction gets me all amped up, and usually makes me have knee-jerk reactions to the story. It was that way when I read the three books by A. American involving a guy stranded 200 miles away from […]

Last Week of the Year – Time to Take Stock

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Christmas is right around the corner, and of course New Year’s is right after that. Good old 20013 has almost come to a close. With the holiday season, most of us have a little down time. So instead of sitting around thinking about […]