Oct 20, 2018

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Who doesn't remember and love grandma's homemade buttermilk biscuits? Being in the kitchen can be a fun experience and passing down common skills like making your own dough and baking delicious biscuits on Saturdays with my daughter is important.

I have tweaked a basic recipe because my husband says I never follow them anyway and we love the results. Oh yeah, thanks to Ree Drummond from her show The Pioneer Woman for teaching me to mix vinegar in milk to make my own buttermilk! Easiest thing ever.

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I make my buttermilk first and set it aside while I mix my self rising flour, two glops of shortening and two thick pats of butter.  I cut that up into the flour and slowly add milk to finish dough. You need a great cutting board to dust with flour and plop the dough on. Mine is bamboo and perfect for biscuits.

Bake at 400° for just a few minutes until they start to turn a little golden on top. Brush with melted butter and back in for two more minutes and perfection!

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Oct 6, 2018

Daily Probiotics

Having special needs children, I learned about probiotics years ago when my first child was fighting a serious infection around his cochlear implant hearing device. After being on antibiotics for a lengthy time, his doctor suggested we add a probiotic to counteract to negative effects of the prescription.

I can't tell you how amazed we were at the difference between taking the probiotics and not taking them. It did wonders for his little tummy and I have been a believer ever since.

I recently received this product to try (at a heavily discounted price) to share my thoughts and opinions. I always feel better when I take a vitamin or a probiotic just because I know it is of benefit for my body and well-being.

Not all probiotics are the same. BioGanix BioPro-20 Advanced Probiotic has 20 billion CFUs. It is resistant to gastric acid so it works better towards maintaining a healthy gut.

I highly recommend these or a similar probiotic product to add to your daily regimen for a healthy body and belly lifestyle. Taken once a day, you will notice a difference.

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Sep 29, 2018

Reusable Silicone Bags

Who even knew these existed? Certainly not me! I recently discovered these baggies with side measurements and had an opportunity to purchase them heavily discounted to share my thoughts with you so I couldn't resist.


I haven't used them for anything liquid yet but so far so good on everything else. It's almost like putting items in a Tupperware bowl or container with a lid. The walls are super thick and the seal is very tight on them so no complaints on that. Let's face it, anything reusable is a plus when you are not throwing something away and it does what it is supposed to!

I do hand was these so I know they have been cleaned and rinsed well. A heated dishwasher would make the sides stick together so I steer clear of that altogether. I see these as an asset to our kitchen but I am not ready to toss out my regular baggies by any means. They are just too convenient for our on the go lifestyles.

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Sep 7, 2018

Ratchet Straps and Tie Downs

We have found many uses for ratchet straps and various tie downs over the years. Reading your instructions carefully on these are important for first use. You need to know what you are doing or they could snap causing injury or even death if not used or locked properly. Also, it is always advised to read and follow the guidelines on weight load as well because different straps and buckles are recommended for various weight capacities.

Ratchet straps actually have a mechanism that will crank to pull the strap tight. This can also be used for moving cargo or items around little by little as you tighten the strap and also for hoisting. A tie down doesn't necessarily have that option so you are using your strength without the ratchet. A regular tie down also relies on knots to secure if buckles aren't provided.

We use tie downs as rope often and use them also for common vehicle pulling and farm use. When we are hauling any type of load in the truck, we prefer ratchet straps. For our everyday use, we probably use the downs the most! These by Roraima, are the perfect addition to our lifestyle!

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Sep 3, 2018


Avid hikers who often find themselves repelling have used carabiners for years as a climbing or descending tool. Their strength and durability can hold the weight of an above average grown man. But what else can you use carabiners for and why are they a must have for all?

You can often find carabiners clipped to the hip of someone who carries a large set of keys.  They work great a key ring and look cool as well since they come in a variety of colors. Carabiners are found in many truck beds or tool boxes in case you need to secure something you may be hauling or transporting. Campers use carabiners to clip and secure items to tree limbs or lines they have hung to keep their personals off the ground.

We use a carabiner as a mock lock on the door to our chicken coop. My son once used one as a belt buckle when his broke unexpectedly. Many people use them as a backpack extension so to speak, clipping anything from water bottles to rope and other essentials to the exterior of their pack. Putting up a hammock is much easier when using carabiners instead of just ropes and knots.

There are many more uses for these prepper must haves and once you own a few, you will find countless ways to put them to good use!

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