Bug-In With Romance: 1st Week Summary & More PREPPER Tips

Welcome to the week's summary of BUG-IN WITH ROMANCE (tips & contest). Pop back over to posts you missed and enter to win my contest here today! You'll also find the link to tomorrow's suvive & thrive post! ~Skhye

What a week! We've discussed how to SURVIVE & THRIVE in an emergency situation:
Prizes have been awarded. And I have some extra information to share...

MORE TIPS (to go with this week's information)
  1. Parabolic Solar Oven for $69.99/free shipping (good for boiling containers of water and canning)
  2. Soup mixes for soup bases--stock up on buying soup mixes! The Pioneer Brown Gravy mix thickens bean soups. I made a batch or two (black beans, then butter beans) with my solar oven.
  3. Use canned beans (pureed) for a fat substitute in baking (free info)
  4. Foraging for wild foods: THE FORAGER'S HARVEST
  5. Homemade reusable tampons PREP SCHOOL: PREPPING FOR YOUR PERIOD (Who would have thought???) $1.49 for Kindle lesson
  6. Acorn flour: HOW TO COLLECT, PROCESS, AND EAT ACORNS (free info) Who doesn't have acorns underfoot? Cultures on the move eat things you'd normally pass by. Acorns are there for the taking. Once you read THE FORAGER'S HARVEST (see #4), you'll see that you can't call edibles trash. Besides, you can make some mean acorn-flour pancakes (flatbread)!
  7. LIGHTEN UP: The best lesson on how to strip your backpack down to the barest workable tool and how to make your pack's gear (survival contents) multi-purpose where they work for you instead of weigh you down. Don't haul things you don't need. Buy the e-book and read it tonight. It's a one-time read. Be ready when you've got to go.
  8. Best tip I found while researching for my stories: tape like electrical tape and duct tape is big, bulky, and heavy. Wrap some around a pencil (the tape neatly onto itself) to keep some handy in your pack. This gem of a tip came from THE PREPPER'S POCKET GUIDE (a great fast read you should buy)
  9. Basic cooking with dried foods: SIMPLE FOODS FOR THE PACK. This book is awesome for ideas on what you can use for backpacking (grits?) as well as awesome recipes. I'd purchased many books to try to grasp the basics of what my characters would have available to them in a post-apocalyptic world. BUY THIS BOOK.
  10. Learn how to cook in camp (from camp kitchen, stove types, ghee, how to pack it all into your backpack, and more) LIPSMACKIN' BACKPACKIN': LIGHTWEIGHT TRAIL-TESTED RECIPES FOR BACKCOUNTRY TIPS.
  11. Homemade baby formula: This recipe came from SIMPLE RECIPES USING FOOD STORAGE. This book also contains lots of helpful shortcuts or fixes. There's essentially a method to using this recipe that shifts through 3 phases of the recipe during the babies first 4 months. After that 4 months it says if baby seems to be gaining weight fine, switch to undiluted whole milk or evaporated milk with equal parts waterYou will need EVAPORATED MILK & SUGAR &/or CORN SYRUP. Corn syrup is what I used to combat constipation with my baby (cholic). So, don't lose your mind when the world ends and make Pecan Pie! 
  • Phase 1: 6 oz. evaporated milk, 10 oz boiled water, 1.5 T sugar or corn syrup.
  • Phase 2: 10 oz. evaporated milk, 15 oz. boiled water, 2.5 T sugar or corn syrup
  • Phase 3: 13 oz. evaporated milk, 19 oz. boiled water, 3 T sugar or corn syrup 


(***shipped directly to you from Amazon)

1.) I'm giving away my favorite little bug-out bag book of knowledge to one lucky person. WILD FERMENTATION is small, lightweight, and chuck full of info you can use to feed yourself.

I love this book. It's like cliff notes for making sour dough bread, sauerkraut, and fermented beverages out of thin air! Literally!!! You don't need a huge tome to make a few bouts of magic happen (well, my characters don't--LOL). You only need this book, and it's the perfect size to keep in a bug-out bag. So enter to win a copy today. 

2.) Also with that treasure, I'm adding a paperback copy of THE URBAN HOMESTEAD. You can't go wrong with this classic book's tips. It's been around a long time. The truth lasts! 

3.) And to make things equally wonderful with my prize, I'm also throwing in one Bean Sprouter Lid. Be certain to have a canning jar of the right size handy to use this gizmo! So...

How to Enter:
You have until midnight CST (Texas time) Saturday Dec. 8th to tell me the type of food you'd miss if you could no longer get it. Me, well, I miss SMOKED SAUSAGE over here in Australia...Sausages have rosemary here. That so does not mesh well with BBQ sauce! So, what food would you miss when you can no longer acquire it?

One person will be randomly selected to receive my prize package of which will be mailed directly to the winner from Amazon. ~Skhye



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  • 12/1/2012 8:50 PM Mel Bourn wrote:
    Great resources! My husband is even wanting to try some of the acorn flour. I would miss Ski pop. A local favorite.
    bournmelissa at hotmail.com

    ***Thanks. Glad something sounded interesting enough to try! I haven't seen Ski Pops in ages! ;P With Twinkies going antique, you better run out and grab a box. LOL You never know when you'll have seen the last one...~Skhye

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  • 12/1/2012 9:54 PM Susan W wrote:
    I had to change to a gluten free diet about 2 years ago so I know about missing favorite foods. It's not necessarily a favorite food I miss but the ease of getting said food! I have to read EVERY food label.

    ***Gluten-free is one of the reasons I know so much about food preservation. I was asked to try the switch about 3 years ago for pain, etc. I've learned to use milled flaxseed and other flours to ditch the wheat flour altogether. It's really fascinating chemistry when you think about it. I feel for those people who have to live/breathe food labels though. For me, it's a choice. And I find avoiding yeast breads is the best thing for me.

    My husband went nuts about avian flu too. He wanted lots of food stashed away because we have a daughter. So, I suddenly realized with my new diet that I'd have nothing to eat. I bought powdered eggs. That's all--for my special diet. But it was enough to make me think "hmmm" when writing my post-apocalyptic series. All this prepper stuff is just timely for my never-ending research! But I do think my husband's worries about hurricanes and flu are enough to warrant keeping plenty of food, medicine, charcoal, etc. on hand. T-paper!!! You can never store enough t-paper!!! ;P 

    Thanks for stopping by. ~Skhye

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  • 12/2/2012 8:02 AM Tracey D wrote:
    For me, it would be sourdough bread and chocolate. LOL

    The posts have been really interesting and informative.

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    ***Oh, that's only 50% of a problem because sourdough bread is easy to make without yeast!!! And yeast, well, it just falls out of thin air. Or so my little backpack cheat guide to quickie fixes in fermented foods claims. I will have to post some links to recipes for people like me (lazy & suffering from carpal tunnel). Breadmaking doesn't have to be torture! Thanks for stopping by! ~Skhye

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    1. 12/3/2012 12:09 PM Tracey D wrote:
      Oh, I would love to check out those recipes.


      ***I hope you managed to test one recipe. I've played with flour substitution so much that trying the bean puree for fat seems like icing on the cake! ~Skhye

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  • 12/2/2012 9:30 AM Masha wrote:
    Now that's an interesting question, Skhye, because I keep running into "I wish I could find..." situations even after 25 years in a new land (not just another state or country -- like you, I crossed an ocean!).
    In no particular order: baked goods that are beyond my skills (or unfeasible in a given situation); dairy products that are just not quite the same; wild edibles that just don't grow around here.
    Comfort must be an important consideration in a bug-out situation, especially if you're taking along kids or pampered people. But remember, chocolate melts way too easily and makes messes! (speaking of which, chocolate isn't the same as in Europe, either)

    ***I know exactly what you mean. Biscuits are easy given you have enough of the basic ingredients. Then there's hoe cakes. Ever had a hoe cake? *giggle* Even the chocolate chips are different here. *sigh* But that's good. I'm less likely to eat the things I crave. There's a perk, Masha! ~Skhye

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  • 12/3/2012 11:28 PM kimberly holgate wrote:
    i would miss spaghetti i love spaghetti just make it all pastas
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

    ***You can make pasta out of most flours. Just add a little fat and water...I can't vouch for the flavor. But I love gnocchi! ~Skhye

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