Review: Urban Emergency Survival Plan by Jim Cobb

Review: Urban Emergency Survival Plan by Jim Cobb

Jim CobbI’d like to take the time to introduce you to Jim Cobb.

I’ve had the extreme pleasure to speak with Jim Cobb on several occasions as well as interview him on my Mountain
Woman Radio
show this year.  Jim is a very down to earth guy with a deep desire to educate people and share his knowledge.

Jim is a mutli published author and you can find the list of his books here.  I highly recommend ALL of his books and I also suggest that you check him out on his website at SurvivalWeekly.com.  He really has a lot of very valuable information available.

Jim’s book Urban Emergency Survival Plan was just released and I had the honor of reviewing this for him.  I absolutely love Jim’s writing style and always feel like he is talking directly to me while I am reading.  It is as though you are sitting in the same room and he is just sharing his thoughts.

I really feel that the Urban Emergency Survival Plan is a book that EVERYONE should read…  Even us wilderness dwellers…  Why?  Because he brings up some great points that I feel everyone should think about.  As he mentions too – not everyone is blessed to be living the wilderness dream as we are and some, due to careers and varying other circumstances will remain urban bound so for those of you in the city and urban areas I feel you should have this in your arsenal of books, but honestly so should everyone else…  You just never know when you might be in the city when things fall apart….

I am honestly more fearful of the cities than I am our vast wilderness area and if I were in the city while an emergency took place, I can honestly say I would feel like I was in the jungle with limited resources so I really feel the knowledge Jim shares is priceless!

He shares a lot of simple and useful information, here is an example below of  an excerpt from URBAN EMERGENCY SURVIVAL PLAN, Chapter 8 – Bugging Out:

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Juice Pouch Food Storage
If you have children who love juice pouches such as CapriSun, don’t toss the empties into the
trash. You can reuse them for storing food in your bug out bag! Those pouches are made of mylar,
which is used the world over to package food.
For this project, you start by cutting open the pouch. Cut straight across the top of the pouch, just
below the hole for the straw. Wash and rinse the pouches very well and let them air dry
completely. This is important—the interior of the pouch must be absolutely dry to avoid mold or
food spoilage.
When the pouch is dry, pour in your food. If you are going to use something like white rice, which
is a great idea by the way, use a measuring cup to determine just how much you’ve put in the
pouch. Measuring it first will allow you to know how much water to add when you want to cook it.
Avoid using wild rice varieties though as they contain oils that will go rancid in the long­term.
Stick with white rice, even instant rice will work well. Add a bouillon cube for added flavor, if
you’d like. Dry pasta works well, too.
Make sure you leave about an inch or so of empty space in the pouch. Then, pinch the top closed
and gently squeeze as much air out as you can. Fold the top over two or three times.
Then, seal it closed by running a hot iron over the seam a few times. This melts the mylar slightly,
sealing it airtight. There is no need to cover the pouch with a towel before ironing it closed. It takes
just a few seconds for the mylar to fuse. I’ve never had an issue with mylar sticking to my iron.

Use a marker to write on the outside of the pouch what is inside as well as any preparation
instructions. To continue with our rice example, you’d want to note how much water to use when
cooking.
Note: these pouches are not suitable for cooking in. They are merely a convenient way to store the
food in a small package. You will still need to carry a pot or pan to prepare the food.

Jim has quite a few new things brewing and I look forward to enjoying some good conversation once again on my Mountain Woman Radio so stay tuned and be sure to listen in.

Have you read any of Jim’s books?  Which books have you read and what were your thoughts?

What are your thoughts and fears of being in the city?  What questions would you ask Jim on my radio show?

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Review: Beyond Basics With Natural Yeast by Melissa Richardson

Review: Beyond Basics With Natural Yeast by Melissa Richardson

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I am really quite blessed to be able to review so many wonderful books and I greatly enjoy being able to share the with you.  As you know I love BREAD and this could not have been more perfect for me!

Melissa Richardson refers to herself as The Bread Geek and I think it is safe to say I could join her… 🙂  The great part for me is that my men LOVE bread almost as much as I do.  The thing I make the most of in my house is starchy deliciousness and there is nothing better than or more comforting than the smell of fresh bread baking!

Melissa’s book Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast is a fantastic book to have on hand and so is her precursor The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast.  For those of you that are new to bread baking you may wish to start with The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast so that you have a full understanding of working with natural yeast before you dive into Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast.  You will be very ahead of the game having them both on hand.

Melissa breaks it down and really shares the nuts and bolts on bread baking and explains exactly what natural yeast is.  I LOVE working with natural yeast and being as self reliant as we are it is a wonderful feeling knowing that I can still bake my wonderful breads and get the same results if store bought yeast were to become unavailable.

Working with and using natural yeast also provides amazing health benefits to which are extremely important in my son’s and my diet.

The traditions of the past have always been alluring to me and this is certainly quite a traditional skill to have under your belt.  In addition to all the knowledge and education you get from Melissa’s books, you also get fabulous recipes like her Pumpernickle Bread on page 30 of Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast and her Soft Pretzel Rolls on page 34.  Oh and her Jalapeno Cheddar Sourdough on page 40….  I could go on and on and on….

I feel that learning how to successfully work with natural yeast is an important skill and I highly recommend both of Melissa’s books.  I feel it was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to review such books and I am thankful to have them in my kitchen.  My only struggle is not wanting to make every recipe every time I open her book!  ♥   So many yummy choices….

What are some of your favorite natural yeast recipes?

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Book Review – 52 Strategies For Life, Love and Work – (Giveaway)

Book Review – 52 Strategies For Life, Love and Work – (Giveaway)

52 strategies for love life work anne gradyOk…  I am TOTALLY addicted to this book!!  This book is not only addicting, but has SO much useful information and inspiration!

I LOVE Anne Grady’s writing style – she incorporates her humor as well as her amazing story along with incredible analogies and tips to help you enjoy life even more.

This book was designed to read a chapter a week, but I just couldn’t do it!  🙂  I have found her book to be so useful, inspiring and encouraging that I just needed more!

Not only has the book enlightened my world, I had the opportunity to interview Anne which you will find access to below.  She is a joy to talk to and so amazingly inspiring!

I feel that her book is a definite must and I feel that you will never regret investing in it.  In this busy world, as we all try to muddle through this fast paced life, we need balance and definitely inspiration.  You will find guidance for both.  Be sure to get your copy – 52 Strategies for Life, L0ve & Work by Anne Grady.

Be sure to check out my interview & podcast 52 Strategies For Life, Love and Work with Anne Grady on my Mountain Woman Radio Show Episode #69.

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Book Review – Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning

Book Review – Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning

Simply CanningFor those of you that have read my other canning posts or watched my canning videos on our YouTube channel you are familiar with SimplyCanning.com and my dear friend Sharon Peterson.

I not only have the wonderful opportunity to communicate with her online, but I had the privilege to meet up with her here in Idaho when her husband came our way on a business trip.

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We spent the day in a park here in Idaho with our boys and enjoyed good conversation and we really got a wonderful chance to get to know each other.  Since then we keep in touch regularly and help each other out.  She is a sweetheart and I am blessed to know her as a person and I have also been blessed with her books.

Each of her books are utilized in my kitchen and in my home.  She is a wonderful author with a great writing style and is a fantastic educator on what she loves best!

For those of you that may be intimidated by canning or are looking for a good resource before you get started, Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning is what you are looking for as well as Sharon.  She is such a wealth of information and reading her book is like having her hold your hand in your own kitchen.  You CAN do this too! (Pun intended) 🙂

Sharon and I are very much alike in that our passion for canning is to feed our families of big eaters, healthy and nutritious food all winter long, most of which comes from our own gardens.

I can not rave enough about this book and recommend the book as well as Sharon and her website to everyone I talk to about canning and preserving.  She is the go to for everything canning and there is a reason there are 256,000 people on Facebook alone following her.

So be sure to pick up your copy and stay tuned for my reviews on her other books! ♥

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E-book/Book Review:  Miller’s Grain House – Whole Wheat Bread Making by Donna Miller

E-book/Book Review: Miller’s Grain House – Whole Wheat Bread Making by Donna Miller

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Did I ever tell you that bread is one of my biggest weaknesses?  Yes it is true!!

There is nothing better than a hot piece of bread, fresh out of the oven with a crunchy outer crust and a super moist inside.  Oh and heavily slathered with butter will finish it off just nicely!!

I LOVE BREAD!   And so does my family.

We make wheat breads and also gluten free breads weekly.

I have been blessed to know Donna Miller for several years and she is such a wonderful Christian woman with a lot of knowledge and a big heart.  I was fascinated with how she freshly milled her wheat berries for her loaves of bread and this ended up being quite the saving grace for me.

Because we now make EVERYTHING from scratch I have found that I have some interesting food sensitivities or should I say preservative sensitivities.   Now that my body has been away from preservatives and fillers, even the slightest bit in my system now creates a horrible affect.

I found that I was having troubles with even gluten free flours, but what Donna taught me is that if I were to mill my own flour there was a good chance I would not have that sensitivity any longer and she was right.  When flours are processed there are preservatives added and that was the culprit, not so much the gluten.  So fresh milled wheat berries was the ticket.

So now, my family gets fresh milled flour with our WonderMill Grain Mill and hot piping breads that are just to our liking.  I am a bread connoisseur so I was thrilled when I received a copy of Donna’s book to review.

Miller’s Grain House Whole Wheat Bread Making is a great tool for the new bread maker.  Donna walks you through the ingredients you need and why, as well as the tools and techniques necessary to make beautiful breads.  I feel her book is a must have for the 1st time bread makers because so many people try to make breads and when their 1st attempt fails they resign from the task altogether.  In my eyes, this is truly a crime because being able to make fresh, tasty, wholesome breads for your family at a fraction of the cost of store bought breads is a great skill and useful knowledge.  When you are able to make things from scratch for your family you will be creating a healthier environment for your family and also teaching your family age old skills that will in turn be handed down to your children.  Donna’s book will provide you with all you need to be skillful and proud in your kitchen.

I highly recommend not only Miller’s Grain House Whole Wheat Bread Making, but I feel that her website www.MillersGrainHouse.com is a great resource for knowledge and tools for your kitchen.  Her book is available in a kindle version and also in a print version.   Be sure to check this out and also consider this for anyone you know that is new to bread making.  This makes a great addition to a bridal shower basket, a house warming present and I feel would be a great gift for any child that shows an interest in the kitchen.

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E-book Review:  HOPE Thriving While Unemployed by Angi and Carl Schneider

E-book Review: HOPE Thriving While Unemployed by Angi and Carl Schneider

For those of you that are unemployed, struggling with your finances or you know someone in this position, I have found a perfect resource and one that I would HIGHLY recommend.

I not only had the privilege to read HOPE ~ Thriving While Unemployed, I also had the extreme pleasure to also interview the co-author Angi Schneider.  To listen to the interview, click here.

HOPE ~ Thriving While Unemployed is a clearly a labor of love written by Angi and Carl Schneider of SchneiderPeeps.com.  They shared their personal experience of how they coped with several years of unemployment.  Their writing style provides an enjoyable read and their desire to help other people is clearly expressed.

I feel this book is an incredible resource for every family, not just those that are struggling financially because their tips, suggestions and experience offer something for everyone.  I would also suggest this book for teenagers and young adults to help them see not just what could happen, but how to be prepared and to use the tips offered in the book to keep them ahead and aware of simple things they could do to help them save money and to form good habits from an early age.

Angi and Carl are very faithful people, allowing God to lead their family and because they have such a strong FAITH and are feeling driven to share their HOPE with others they are offering a FREE digital copy to those that are currently unemployed.   If you are currently unemployed or know someone that is, feel free to email Angi and Carl at schneiderpeeps@juno.com to receive your FREE copy.

For those of you interested in purchasing a copy for yourself or a loved one, you can do so by following this link: HOPE ~ Thriving While Unemployed.

Angi has also written two other books that you may be interested in and to which I also highly recommend:
The Gardening Notebook (scrappy)Taming the Laundry Monster

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