Self Sufficient

I guess I will be call a fear monger for posting things such as this but so be it. I've never paid much attention to name calling in the first place.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am all about re-educating Americans to their true Founding Documents as they are written and not as they have been interpreted by a government that has only IT'S best interest at heart.

However, along with the duty and responsibility I believe I, and in fact ALL of us, have to do that, we also have the responsibility to take care of ourselves and our families. We have the responsibility to be as prepared as we can be for any disaster or emergency that comes our way. The reality of our future is that we WILL suffer some disaster or emergency in the Country and it possibly will affect a large number of us.

It is NOT the place of government to do that for us. If we choose to think that way, we are doing nothing except making ourselves slaves of that same government because they are NOT going to do it without cost to US. That cost will ALWAYS be to the tune of our monies and our freedoms and liberties.

I personally am not willing to give those things up for something that I can and should do for myself.

In recent years, the term prepper has been sensationalized. Usually in a derogatory way. It has now become non-politically correct to provide for yourself and your family. If you don't depend on government you are shunned and denigrated. That could not be farther from what the Founders intended for us as a Country. In fact, it's an insult to them and the legacy they left us.

In fact, if you are NOT a prepper, you are doing yourself, your family, your community, and your Country a disservice.

There are a tremendous number of sites out there that tell you what to do and they provide you with a load of excellent information. What I'm going to provide here will be the basics but it will keep you from starving to death and initially that will be the biggest challenge that will have to be faced to keep the government out of your life.

I know this information is out on the internet somewhere but I'm not sure who to credit for it. I will just say it's not my original idea. What this is will provide the basic nutritional needs for a family of 4 to eat for one year. It's not gourmet or even a big variety. What it IS, is easy and cheap to get.

The reason I'm publishing this now is because I have a strong sense that our time is growing exponentially shorter by the day. If you are not already prepared, the time to do so might be extremely short. What I'm presenting here is something that most could do in a week or at most a month's time even on a very limited budget. Then from that point, you can build as you have time and money to do so to even more fill out your pantry.

Here are the list of food items you will need. This is the original "recipe" I have but I will make notes on the easiest way to accomplish it.

  • 4 x 22 pounds of white rice rice. I prefer 2 - 50# bags from Costco, Sams or anywhere else you can get it.
  • 2 x 11 pounds of Kidney Beans.  (22 one pound bags)
  • 2 x 11 pounds of barley.  (22 one pound bags)
  • 2 x 11 pounds of yellow lentils.  (22 one pound bags)
  • 1 x 5.5 pounds of split green peas.  (6 one pound bags)
  • 1 x 5.5 chick peas/garbanzo beans.  (6 one pound bags)
  • 30 pounds beef or chicken bouillon.  (or both) It will be added to each batch as you cook it.

Internet sources are the cheapest for the legumes and bouillon. I also prefer an NON-msg bouillon myself but that is your choice. Just search the internet and you will find many sources for all the items. I try to buy all I can from a single source to save shipping but that is not always possible.

Certainly you can buy all these items locally and there is some benefit to that such as paying cash so it cannot be tracked by the government if they choose to do that. You will most likely pay more but not a tremendous amount.

So what does this cost? Are you sitting down?

How about $250 or possibly less. That is ONE YEAR'S worth of food for a family of FOUR!

Now, I didn't say you would get fat on it. Or enjoy it. But you would not starve on it. However, I consider it to be just a "base" for a starting point.

Consider this. This is a soup recipe. This is how you use the these ingredients.

8 oz of rice

2 oz of red kidney beans

2 oz of pearl barley

2 oz of lintels

1 oz of split green peas

1 oz of chick peas/garbanzo’s

Bouillon to taste

Mix all the ingredients with 6-7 cups of water and boil until the ingredients are soft, probably around an hour. I personally would soak the kidney beans overnight before cooking them to speed cooking and make them more digestible.  This should be enough to feed 4 adults for 2 days, especially if you can make bread to go along with it.

Now this is the good part. This is just the base. Add meat, dried or fresh vegetables, garlic, potatoes, or just about anything you can think of and have on hand.

See where this is going? From this point the possibilities are just about endless which means this can apply to many varied tastes by varying the ingredients and any spices you have in stock. Stock some wheat and you can grind flour to make your own bread.

So after you have this stocked you can then begin working on stocking your other ingredients to increase the quantity and quality of the food you will have to eat.

Another source of savings and food storage is canning and drying your own food. You can pressure can all the various meats to use with these ingredients and you can also dry all the vegetables like potatoes, green beans, okra, carrots, onions, and many others.

So see how easily and quickly this can happen. It's not the difficult or outrageously expensive situation that many make it out to be.

Really there is no excuse not to do it. Most people blow that amount of money each month on going out to eat or other entertainment. Don't become a refugee, prepare now while you have the chance.

What is your family's safety and security worth to you? Get started today.

Have you ever asked yourself that question? What is worth dying for?

If you haven't I say it is past time you did and get a definitive answer.

With the things that are happening in the world these days, I think it is a question worth giving some thought to.

If you have not bothered to think about that, then what really is important to you? God? Family? Country? Your stuff?

What REALLY is important enough to you that you would do whatever it took to protect it, up to and including giving your own life?

That is a major problem in America these days. We have no "grounding", no foundation to build that type of commitment on. When this Country was founded, that foundation was Judeo-Christian principles, morals, and ethics. You didn't have to be a "christian" to uphold those principles, you just had to accept them as the standard and generally live by them. THAT is what is so missing in our society today, a standard.

I am so sick and tired of hearing religion, meaning Christianity, torn down. What honestly is so bad about teaching people to be good, loving, and caring to their fellow human beings? REALLY? That's a bad thing?

History shows that if humans don't have something like Christianity to hold on to they will naturally move toward evil practices. It's in our nature. Surprisingly, Christianity teaches about human nature and it's evil side too.

So am I preaching that everyone needs to be Christian? That would be nice and humanity would be much better off but that cannot and will not ever happen. However, I say again, what is so wrong with teaching people to be nicer, kinder, and more loving to each other?

We NEED a standard of behaviour. Without a standard we each "do our own thing" and we see where that is getting us.

So again, I ask, what would you give your life for?

Many will say "my family". Really? Prove it? The proof is in your actions, not words.

Well this is why a "standard" is so important. It give us the foundation and then "intestinal fortitude" to make decisions when we need to make them and then to take action on those decisions.

What are you DOING today that shows you have a standard and are willing to sacrifice yourself for your family?

I'm not saying you should go out and give your life right now needlessly just to prove a point but if you are not doing the things needed to protect your family NOW to the best of your ability, can you honestly say you would when the situation gets really critical?

Everything I have written and will write here has one main underlying theme, take care of yourself and your family to the best of your ability. To hell with the rest until family is taken care of.

If you want to fix the Country, fix your family first.

I believe with all my heart our time is running short for preparing ourselves for the coming hardships. We must do everything in our power to prepare our families to survive. Once the time of survival begins there will be no more time to prepare, it will be day to day survival. Anything you can do now to make that easier is exactly what you must do. It's your job, your responsibility, no one elses, most especially not the government.

We must all do everything we can to become as self sufficient as possible. Anything we have to depend on others to provide us is a weak link in our preparations. No, we will never be able to cover all bases but that should not stop us from trying the closer we get to that goal the better off our families will be.

Look at your individual situation, analyze it, write down the areas that require outside resources. Start with the basics, food, water, shelter, clothing, etc. Then pick somewhere and start. I would suggest the easiest first so you can get it off your list quicker and move on to something else.

Let's take water as an example. Let's say you currently have city water provided by a water line into your house. A relatively easy solution would be to get some barrels and set them up to collect rain water. There are many ways to do this and it's a relatively easy task to accomplish. If you were forced to use the water in them you could boil the water for drinking and use it straight to flush toilets and such. That's a very simplistic explanation and yes, there is a little more to it than that, but you get the idea. It CAN be done with minimal expense and effort but it DOES REQUIRE SOME EFFORT AND ACTION on your part.

That is the point, take ACTION, NOW. Don't wait. Don't put it off. DO IT NOW!

Do the things now that you can so you don't have to possibly sacrifice yourself later by being forced into a situation out of your control. Do it now while you at least have some control over the situation and therefore the outcome too.

So let me rephrase the initial question, is YOUR FAMILY worth giving your life for? If your answer is yes, then start today putting yourself and your family in the best position possible to avoid that being a necessity. To try to avoid having to go out in search of food and water in an area where you may be likely to lose your life doing so if things turn bad.

It's just a decision, YOUR decision. Do you make that decision now, under control, or do you make it when control is taken from you and you are forced to make it under duress because your family is starving or dying of thirst?

My posts over the past few days and weeks have shown a definite change in my mindset I believe.

For quite some time now I have definitely felt there is no turning back what we have done to our Country. I say WE, because it is the fault of us all. The ones that have taken actions to destroy this Country and the ones that have taken no action to save it from them. We have listened to their lies and fallen for all their deceit. I recently read an article by a woman who runs a really nice blog named Rural Revolution. She also writes for World Net Daily. Her article is here.

Her name is Patrice Lewis and she hits the nail on the head. The article is a big picture of what we have been force fed for years now and expected to believe without question. Anyone with half a brain now knows the government lies more than they tell the truth. Common sense tells us that what they say cannot possibly be true. Math doesn't lie and the math of their figures and reality just doesn't add up.

So, as we enter the new year of 2015, I believe that is the thing that is more important to us all, to truly be preparing for the new year and beyond.

Whatever that means to you is what you should do. Whatever that meaning is though, it must mean taking action. The time for sitting idle and waiting is past. If no action is taken now, you have no one but yourself to blame. You have been warned repeatedly. The facts have been presented plainly. This is not fear mongering. This is pure history at work and history DOES repeat.

I personally have resigned myself to the fact there is no recovering from where we are. We've gone too far down the rabbit hole to turn around.

What that means though is a positive actually. It means we now can devote all our energies to getting ready for what is coming, whatever that is and however severe it is. We can prepare and face it head on. That's the way Americans REALLY handle situations like this.

I will continue to cuss and discuss current events as they occur, however, my main focus will be on helping you think and use common sense to prepare you and your families for what lies ahead of us. We can't completely know what to expect but we can make some common sense assumptions based on history. If we prepare using common sense tactics, we will not be wasting our precious time and resources.

As an example, I have said that reading and gaining knowledge is one way to prepare. How can that be a bad thing even if nothing bad ever happens to you? It has a positive affect with little to no negative affects.

That is the way I will be approaching this with you. It's the way I'm doing things and I certainly don't have time, funds, or energy to waste so I will not suggest you do any different. My way is certainly not the only way to do things. It's just my way.

My hope is that I give you some guidance, some things to make you think, some things I do that I know work for me and my family. Take what you can use and leave the rest. However you do things and whatever you do, just use good old common sense and you'll be much further ahead of most other people in the Country.

From today forward I will move this discussion to the Self Sufficient Living Section of the blog so please check over there for more and expanded information. I will try to do at least one daily post there, sometimes more. I will separate them into different sections to make reference easier.

I sincerely believe that God will bless those that try to do the right things for their families. Those blessings might not be initially evident when you are in the midst of hard times but they will be there. I urge you to pray for guidance and wisdom. I do so myself everyday.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.

We all need those special family times. As we move into the period of history I see us moving in to those times will become even more special and needed.

On a personal note, I have been blessed with two wonderful and wise Christian parents. They are both what I would call traditional godly parents. They have tried through the years to teach us right and wrong, not just by their words but mainly by their actions.

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed many very deep and enlightening conversations with them. My father has been a minister since the mid 1970's. Not only does he have biblical knowledge, he has what I will call worldly knowledge and common sense logic. I claim whatever of those skills I have came from him and his teachings.

The day after Christmas this year I went over to their house to help clean up after the family gathering Christmas night. As usual mom already had most of it done. That's just her way. The house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy she says. It certainly never stays messy for very long though.

Anyways, as is often the case, dad and I began a rather deep discussion. I generally begin the discussion with some question about something I have been pondering. This time it was a question about how humans have or have not changed since the old testament times.

I consider myself somewhat of a student of human nature. So my point was that I did not believe we were any different overall as individuals. He made some points that were extremely thought provoking to me. I'll paraphrase and share some of his common sense logic with you.

1. There has always been and always will be a struggle of good and evil.

2. If you follow bloodlines through the bible and history, many times you see the lines mainly adhering to either good or evil. In the bible, Abraham's direct lineage stayed mostly on the side of good and followed God. Ishmael's lineage, Abraham's son by a concubine, tended to evil. Sin begets sin and evil begets evil he said. As certain lineages grew more powerful they were able to influence either a turn to good or a turn to evil. Yes, humans DO make a choice to be evil just like they make a choice to be good. It's called free will. We aren't God's robots. Although, history does show that certainly lineages have the tendency to either good or evil.

3. Periods of history show one side or the other having dominance at different times.

4. We are moving into a period of evil being dominate for several reasons. The biggest one is that western civilization is shrinking. We are not having enough children to stay ahead of the death curve. So in essence our "good" culture is literally dying.

The end point of our conversation and the point I want to make here is that humans are still humans. Nothing throughout our entire history on this planer has ever truly changed, it just goes in a circle. It's just human nature.

Knowing that helps us to know the future with almost total certainty. No we can't know the time line for sure but we definitely can know what's coming based on what has happened in the past.

In the old testament, Israel constantly had cycles of good and evil. They would turn to God and prosper, then turn away from God and suffer, many times horribly.

Whether you believe in God or not. Whether you believe what we discussed about lineages and "God's people" or not.

In this situation that doesn't matter and it doesn't change the facts of history and human nature. When humans turn TO good, they prosper, when they turn away from good, they suffer. THAT IS THE POINT!

We are in one of those periods of turning AWAY from good/God right now. So, at some point, history tells us it will catch up to us and we will suffer the consequences for our actions.

No one on this earth knows how long we have before we "hit the wall" but it's coming faster and faster  with every passing day.

What better reason do we have to take whatever actions we can to protect and prepare our families first and then our Country is possible.

Today is the time to make your decision to take action. Take at least one step toward being more self sufficient today.

We MUST be continuing the withdrawal of our consent to be governed on a daily basis. It's the only semi-peaceful option we have left. Meaning we will do it peacefully if the government will allow us. That's doubtful of course.