Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Makes A Wonderful Christmas Gift For The Gardner In Your Family



Heirloom Vegetable Seeds


MyPatriotSupply proudly features only the finest heritage seeds harvested from hearty, delicious cropsAll of our heirloom vegetable seeds are 100% Non-GMO!




Heirloom Vegetabled Seeds
seeds are all packaged in special triple-layered, resealable, reusable mylar packets - designed to significantly increase the shelf-lifeand viability of our heritage seeds. 

So not to worry if you don't get around to planting them all this year! Our heritage seeds are designed for long-term storage, but priced for year-to-year gardening


This would make a fantastic gift for anyone


Monday, November 11, 2013

How to make a Windshield Shade Solar Funnel Oven


How to make a Windshield Shade Solar Funnel Oven


Materials needed:
A reflective accordion-folding car sunshade
A Cake rack (or wire frame or grill)
 (4 ½ in.) of Velcro
Black pot
Bucket or plastic wastebasket
A plastic baking oven bag 
A oven thermometer 
  1. Lay the sunshade out with the notched side toward you, as above.
  2. Cut the Velcro into three pieces, each about 1 ½ inches long.
  3. Hand sew one half of each piece, evenly spaced, onto the edge to the left of the notch; sew the matching half of each piece onto the underneath size to the right of the notch, so that they fit together when the two sides are brought together to form a funnel. (see below)  Note:  I first tried sewing these on a sewing machine, but found it cut through the reflective material.
  4. Press the Velcro pieces together, and set the funnel on top of a bucket or a round or rectangular plastic wastebasket.
  5. Place a black pot on top of a square cake rack, placed inside a plastic baking bag.  A standard size rack (10 in.).  This is placed inside the funnel, so that the rack rests on the top edges of the bucket or wastebasket.  Since the sunshade material is soft and flexible, the rack is necessary to support the pot.  It also allows the suns rays to shine down under the pot and reflect on all sides.  If such a rack is not available, a wire frame could be made to work as well.  Note: the flexible material will squash down around the sides of the rack.


    The funnel can be tilted in the direction of the sun.
    A stick placed across from one side of the funnel to the other helps to stabilize it in windy weather. 
    After cooking, simply fold up your “oven” and slip the elastic bands in place for easy travel or storage.
    I have found this totally simple solar oven extremely practical, as it is so lightweight and easy to carry along anywhere.  But in addition, it has reached a higher temperature in a shorter time than all the other models I have experimented with so far. I was able to buy all of the things needed at the Dollar Tree keeping the cost for this solar funnel oven under six dollars.



Thursday, October 31, 2013

Turkey & Stuffing Jar Meal

I Call This My Holiday Meal In a Jar



Turkey & Stuffing

1 cup of FD Turkey or Chicken
6 Tablespoons chicken Gravy Mix
1 1/2 cup Stove Top Stuffing (In the canister that is seasoned)
1/4 cup Dehydrated Carrots
1/4 cup Dehydrated Celery
1/4 cup Dehydrated Onion
1/4 cup Craisins (Ocean Spray)
Layer ingredients in a 1 quart Mason jar and add Oxygen Absorber
or vacuum seal.

To make
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil add jar meal stir together and let sit for about 10
min...add more water if needed.
Resume cooking on simmer for about 20 -25 mins.

Homemade Chicken Gravy Mix
1 1/3 cups Thrive instant nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup instant flour (I use Wondra)
3 Tablespoons Chicken Bouillon powder (I use Watkins)
2 Tablespoons Dehydrated Butter Powder
1 teaspoon Poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients together and mix well
.
Divide into 4 ziploc baggies and label as Chicken Gravy mix and add directions to
complete.
Makes 4 gravy mixes
To make
1 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of Gravy mix
whisking together over Medium heat until thick.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Gave This Water Filter System A Five Star Rating


 Big Berkey Water Filter & Purifier





I just bought this system and can not begin to tell you that it is one piece of equipment that my family and I could not live without.  I give the Big Berky a five star rating.

The Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.


This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.


To learn more you will find it under the water treatment and storage tab on the next page,


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Medicinal Herb Garden




A Amazing Addition To Your Prepping Supplies


The Medicinal Herb Garden is a medicinal herb seed collection designed by MyPatriotSupply. This medicinal herb seed bank is a collection of natural herbs and flowers that are well known for their uses in herbal medicine.

The Medicinal Herb Garden
 contains only the highest quality heirloom flower and herb seeds. Heirloom herb seeds are 100% Non-GMO, open-pollinated and placed inspecially sealed packets allowing for longer storage than is typically possible with medicinal herb seeds.

Our "competitors" offer medicinal herb seeds for sale for as much as $79! They claimto give you a wide variety of
 seeds - but then you find out you have tiny amounts of seed that won't even grow in your area. Beware of packages that don't clearly state seed count!



The Medicinal Herb Garden
 comes with the following features:


  • Convenient resealable durable metal storage can
  • E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil seed packets
  • 10 different varieties of easy-to-grow plants!
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for longer seed shelf life
  • Varieties selected are zone-friendly to most all areas!

Your Medicinal Herb Garden
 seed order comes with:

Echinacea – Purple Coneflower - 130+ Seeds/packet
Results of archeological digs indicate that Native Americans may have used echinacea for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds and as a general "cure-all." Throughout history people have used echinacea to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Although this herb was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, its use began to decline in the United States after the introduction of antibiotics. Echinacea preparations became increasingly popular in Germany throughout the 20th century. In fact, most of the scientific research on echinacea has been conducted in Germany.

Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. For this reason, professional herbalists may recommend echinacea to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) infections, ear infections (also known as otitis media), athlete's foot, sinusitis, hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), as well as slow-healing wounds.

Cayenne Long Red Thin Hot Pepper - 90+ Seeds/packet
Cayenne is most widely regarded as a circulatory stimulant said to strengthen the heart and blood vessels while promoting increased vitality.

Borage - 130+ Seeds/packet
Several parts of this plant are useful in the kitchen! Young leaves can be added to salads, and pretty blue flowers can be candied, used as a garnish, or added to drinks-- especially teas!
In modern herbalism, Borage is said to be effective against weak or diminished adrenal function, fevers, inflammation, sore and inflamed eyes, colds, bronchitis, chronic catarrh, congestion, pleurisy and fever.


Pleurisy Root - Asclepias Tuberosa - 50+ Seeds/packet
Some Native American legends tell of the roots being used as a body wash for lifting and running strength. Also used as a drug in chant lotion, and as a ceremonial emetic. Asclepias tuberosa has a long history of use as a valuable alternative medicine and is one of the most important of the indigenous American species. Butterfly Weed is used internally in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, chronic rheumatism, and as an expectorant. It has a specific action on the lungs, making it a valuable medicinal herb in all chest complaints and in the treatment of many lung diseases.

Urtica Dioicia - Nettle - 150+ Seeds/packet
Used in ancient times by the Romans for boosting leg circulation, the fibrous stalks were used to make a fine cloth. Nutritious, Nettle can be used as a substitute for greens when cooking and is nutrient dense with many vitamins and minerals.

Nettle tea has been used to treat asthma as well as for allergy and cold relief by the loosening of congestion. Regarded as a diuretic, Nettle helps maintain kidney health and function. It is also used in homeopathic treatments of anemia, menstrual relief and prostate health. In juiced form, Nettle is used as a natural bug spray!


Scutellaria Lateriflora - Mad-dog Skullcap - 50+ Seeds/packet
Herbalists claim it is an effective headache remedy, great for insomnia and both calms and strengthens the nervous system. Flowering tops of skullcap are used in daily teas as well as formulas for chronic conditions.

Called Mad-dog because the tea was once used as a folk remedy for rabies. Enjoy its numerous small blue flowers from July through September or put the leaves in a pillow to induce restful sleep. 


Culver's Root - 200+ Seeds/packet
Historically Culver's Root has also been used as a tonic to treat liver and gallbladder disorders and to promote healthy bile flow.
Culver's root is a native North American plant that is well established in Native American herbal medicine. In the Southern U.S., it is still used extensively as a tonic for the stomach and a blood purifier and is known as Black Root. Culver's extract has also been used effectively  for diarrhea, chronic constipation, indigestion,  sallow complexion and dull frontal headaches


Hyssopus officinalis - Hyssop - 150+ Seeds/packetThe bright blue flowers of this member of the mint family add lovely color to your herb garden! Leaves may be brewed into a tea with soothing and medicinal properties for colds, flu, sore throat, bruises, and burns. 

It is also said to be effective as an expectorant and to promote improved circulation and digestion.


Lemon Balm - 400+ Seeds/packet
Lemon Balm is anti-viral, so the tea is great to drink if you’re feeling under the weather.  The hot tea brings on a sweat that is good for relieving colds, flus and fevers and an anti-viral agent has been found that combats mumps, cold sores and other viruses.  Lemon Balm might also help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Shingles, due to the anti-viral action.

One of Lemon Balm’s key medicinal qualities is as a tranquilizer.  It calms a nervous stomach, colic, or heart spasms.  The leaves are reputed to also lower blood pressure.  It is very gentle, although effective, so is often suggested for children and babies.


Lemon Balm tea has been shown to inhibit the division of tumor cells.  It may also be beneficial to those with Grave’s disease-studies indicate that the herb slightly inhibits the thyroid-stimulating hormone and restricts Grave’s disease, a hyperthyroid condition.


Lemon Balm’s anti-histamine action is useful to treat eczema and headaches and accounts for the centuries old tradition of placing the fresh leaf on insect bites and wounds.  A fomentation of Lemon Balm may also help reduce the swelling associated with gout.


Through research, Lemon Balm has clearly demonstrated the ability to impact the limbic system of the brain and “protect” the brain from the powerful stimuli of the body and should be part of any ADHD formula.  It smells a lot better than Ritalin, too.


Catnip - 250+ Seeds/packet
Catnip is a vigorous growing mint loved by cats. It is brewed into a tea to treat colds, headaches, flu, and fever. Tea also has a relaxing effect on children. Plants grow up to 36” tall. Grayish green leaves have a strong mint-like flavor and may be harvested 75 to 85 days after sowing.Dried, it is used as a stimulant for cats as well as an excellent tea to help you sleep.

Learn More by Clicking Here


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Homemade Febreze

Homemade Febreze


What you'll need:
1/8 Cup of fabric softener (I used Downy April Fresh)
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
Hot tap water
Spray bottle (I used my empty 27 oz. Febreze bottle)

Preparation:
Using a funnel, pour fabric softener and baking soda into your spray bottle. Fill spray bottle with hot tap water and shake well. Don't forget to twist the nozzle over to the LOCK position if you're using a Febreze bottle.

Now go spray every fabric surface in your house and take a nap on your very comfortable and now un-stinky couch. :)
  

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hamburger Helping Mixes


Hamburger Helping Mix (In a Jar)




"Replace those boxes with a homemade version. I have only tried the stroganoff so far, but the kids absolutely loved this (even more than the boxed stuff!)."

Ingredients

  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup beef bouillon powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

    CHILI MAC

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup macaroni noodles, raw
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup hamburger, helping mix

    STROGANOFF

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup hamburger, helping mix
  • 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

    POTATO BEEF CASSEROLE

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
    1/2 cup hamburger, helping mix
      • QUICK LASAGNA

      • 1 lb ground beef
      • 1/2 cup hamburger, helping mix
      • 1 onion, chopped
      • 2 cups water
      • 1 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce
      • 3 cups lasagna noodles, uncooked, broken in bits
      • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
      • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded



  1. Directions




    Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.

  2. Attach the recipes to the jar:
    .
  3. CHILI MAC:.
  4. Brown ground beef and drain.
  5. Add remaining ingredients.
  6. Combine well and simmer 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked.

  7. STROGANOFF:.
  8. Brown ground beef and drain.
  9. Add water, mix, and uncooked egg noodles.
  10. Simmer 20 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  11. Stir in sour cream and serve.

  12. POTATO BEEF CASSEROLE:.
  13. Brown ground beef and drain.
  14. Add rest of ingredients.
  15. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  16. Remove cover and cook until excess water has evaporated.

  17. QUICK LASAGNA:.
  18. Brown ground beef and drain.
  19. Add mix, onion, water, tomato sauce, lasagna noodles and parmesan cheese in large skillet.
  20. Bring to a boil.
  21. Reduce heat to simmer.
  1. Simmer for 15 minutes or until noodles are cooked.
  2. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  3. Turn off heat and let cheese melt.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Italian Parmesan Herb Mix

Italian Parmesan Herb Mix



"This came from my Southern Living magazine in an article about homemade food gifts for the holidays. I think nothing says love better than something homemade. It means you took time and thought into making someone a gift. Their suggestions for use are to toss with pasta, veggies, or popcorn, sprinkle over salads, mix with butter and baste hot baked bread with it, or use it in flour for breading chicken."

Ingredients


1 (8 ounce) containers grated parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning

3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper


Directions

  1. Stir together all the ingredients. Package mixture in airtight containers and store in in a cool place or in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Instant Chai Tea Mix


Instant Chai Tea Mix



Ingredients

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer

1 cup french vanilla-flavored non-dairy powdered coffee creamer

2 1/2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
  2. To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.
  3. Store dry mixture in an airtight container.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rice Seasoning Mix


Rice Seasoning Mix


Ingredients

3/4 cup chicken bouillon granule

1/2 cup dried parsley

1 tablespoon basil

1 tablespoon dill weed

2 tablespoons dried onion flakes

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped,optional

Directions

  1. Mix all together well.
  2. Store in airtight container (I use a pint canning jar).
  3. When ready to make rice, combine 1 cup rice, 2 cups water, and 3 T seasoning.
  4. Bring water to a boil.
  5. Add rice and seasoning.
  6. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 18 minutes.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Homemade Corn Bread Mix


Homemade Corn Bread Mix



5 c flour
5 c cornmeal
3-1/3 c white or brown sugar
1-1/3 c Powdered butter 
1/4 c Powdered milk or buttermilk 
1/2 c. egg white or whole egg powder
2-1/2 t baking soda
T baking powder 
2- 1/2 t salt

Store in plastic container or ziplock bag in fridge or freezer until ready to use. Makes 14 cups of mix.
For a 9” x 9” pan of cornbread (we prefer in pan rather than as muffins — for some reason, tastes more moist), mix 3 cups of above mix with 1 cup of water. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes. Great with honey butter! 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Recipe For Insect Bites

Insect Bite Cream


Ingredients
4 tbsp fresh plantain leaves
2/3 cup boiling water
2 tbsp olive oil or sunflower oil
2 tbsp almond oil
1 tsp beeswax
2 tsp emulsifying wax
2 tsp glycerin
1 tsp vitamin C powder
Directions
1. Wash and chop the plantain leaves. Divide into two—put one half in a bowl and the other half in a pan. Cover the plantain in the bowl with the water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
2. In the pan, add the olive (or sunflower) and almond oils to the plantain and heat gently to simmer. Remove from heat and leave for 10 minutes to cool.
NOTE: Do not boil—if mixture starts to boil, remove from heat immediately.
3. Drain the infusion, and remove the plantain leaves. Set the liquid aside.
4. Drain the infused oil into another pan, extracting the plantain leaves. Heat the oil again. Add the beeswax and emulsifying wax and melt, stirring. Aim for a foamy consistency.
5. Add 1 cup infused water to the pan and whisk to achieve a consistency like salad dressing. Add the glycerin and vitamin C powder.
6. Pour into sterilized glass jars and seal.
USE Apply to affected area as often as needed.
STORAGE Keeps for 3 months in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP



How to Make A Homemade Mosquito Trap








HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:

Items needed:


1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon Yeast

2-liter plastic bottle


HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.

2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.

3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.

4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.

5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)


Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Homemade Mosquito Spray

How To Make Your Own Homemade Mosquito Spray


INGREDIENTS

12 oz bottle witch hazel
15 drops citronella essential oil (I use a bit more)
15 drops lemon grass oil (I use a bit more)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops tee tree oil (optional)
A funnel
An empty spray container
An empty mixing jar to mix the contents in

DIRECTIONS:

Pour witch hazel in the mixing jar and add the essential oils. Shake well and place in your spray bottles using a funnel, is the best way.
Before each use just shake up a bit. Make sure you don't get any in your eyes and when using for your kids just place a little bit over a small area to make sure they are not allergic to any of the essential oils.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tornado App

There is a app for that



I was on my way home yesterday from work when I heard about this Tornado app for the smart phone,

People who have smart phones can carry a complete severe weather alert system wherever they go. The American Red Cross has released its Tornado App for smartphones. Besides warning people in the path of a tornado, it can also turn a phone into a survival tool. The app can use the camera flash and a siren to guide rescue workers to trapped storm victims. It can also let friends and family know the cell phone owner is safe. By linking the user with an "I’m safe" button, a person can sending it out to social media, text messages, and email. The free app is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android phones. You can also add other apps including first aid, hurricane, and wildfire alerts.

Click Here to learn more or download the app from American Red Cross

Monday, February 25, 2013

Dry Cream Soup Mix



Create Your Own Creamed Soups 



Create your own creamed soup recipes using this powder soup base very simply and economical. By using this creamed soup recipe you can simply change it up by adding cheese,cheese powder or tomato power and add your veggies, pastas, and meats. 

Dry Creamed Soup Mix

1 cup Non-Fat Powder Milk
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
2 Tablespoons of Chicken or Beef Bouillon powder
1 teaspoon of dehydrated onions
1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

Combine and mix ingredients. To Make Soup add 2 cups of water.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.





Sunday, February 24, 2013

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mint Survival Tin

I came across this little gem and it was to good not to share with all of you.  How ingenues a pocket sized survival kit that would not take up much space in your Bug Out Bag.  



Everything you need to know to make your own Swiss Mint Survival Kit.

Downloadable pdf  CLICK HERE



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Sweet Treat In A Jar


Valentine's Sweet Treat In A Jar



Brownie Mix In A Jar

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 ¼ cups white sugar
½ cup chopped pecans

Directions

Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt in a quart jar. Layer Remaining ingredients
In the order listed. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer

Note: Be sure to wipe out the inside of the jar with a dry paper towel after adding the cocoa powder,
so the other layers will show through the glass.

Attach a tag with the following instructions: Brownie Mix In A Jar
Preheat the over to 350 degrees F Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Empty jar of brownie mix into a large mixing bowl, and stir to blend.
Mix in ¾ cup melted butter and 4 eggs. Mix thoroughly.
Spread batter evenly into prepared baking dish.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in a preheated oven.
Cool completely in pan before cutting into 2 inch squares.

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Sales and Promotions

Lets take a look at what promotions and deals we can look for in the month of February to stock up on and to add to our prepping supplies.

February is National canned food month,American Heart Month, Chinese New Years, Valentines Day, and the Westminster Dog Show, National Children's Dental Health Month. With all of these events we are bound to find some good deals.

National Canned Food Month offers good sales on

Canned Fruits 
Canned Vegetables 
Canned Beans 
Canned Tuna 
Cherry Pie Filling

National Heart Month you will find sales on Supplements, Aspirin and low cholesterol cooking oils to add to your prepping supplies. Also look for sales on Kellogg s,General Mills,Post,and Quaker products.


Chinese New Years offers us sales on Canned Water Chest Nuts,
Bamboo Shoots, Raman Noodles, Teriyaki Sauces and Soy Sauce. 

Valentines Day is all about finding good deals on sweet treats that can be vacuumed sealed and stored.

With the Westminster Dog Show you will be sure to find good sales on pet supplies from Purina, Pedigree, Iams and Eukanuba this would be a good month to start prepping for the pets in your life.

National Children's Dental Health Month I would look for good sales on all dental product that you could stock up on and store.

I also though I would list what produce is in season. It could be worth your while to take advantage of the sales and do a little canning.

Artichoke
Asparagus
Broccoli
Carrots
Celery
Kiwi
Leeks
Lemon
Raspberries
Red Potatoes
Russet Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries