How to Make Yogurt in a Mason Jar

I never thought of making yogurt at home.  The Prairie Homestead has a step by step article about it.  This has given me some ideas! I should probably call the wife and have her get a couple gallons of milk ready!


How to Safely Clear Your Home When You Think There’s an Intruder

     An excellent article from usconcealedcarry.com about checking your home if you fear there is an intruder.  Calling the police is the best first option, but if you have no chioce, this is an excellent primer.


Poor and Prepping : 5 Ways to be Prepared

     This one is from a guest blogger at thesurvivalistblog.net.  It contains five good strategies for getting prepared if you, like most of us don't have a ton of cash to throw at getting prepped.  I think my favorites were the "1+1=stockpile" and "K.I.S.S. & Thrifty" methods.  Of course I think the author intended all of them to be used at the same time, but none-the-less, those were my favorites.

The Best Preparedness Moves You Can Make Right Now for FREE!

     For those of us prepping int the no or low budget mode, edthatmatters.com has produced this excellent article with no-nonsense things you can do now to help you be prepared in case of and emergency or natural disaster.

Ten Smart Ideas

     There are some good suggestions in this article.  Thankfully I already do/have done six of the ten items onthe list.  I think it's time to start tackling the other four.


20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

     A list of twenty staples for you to obtain to begin storing a supply of food in case of an emergency or natural disaster (hurricane, earthquake, tornado).  Now, why the author decided to include a flashlight and batteries on a list of twenty food items I don't know, but the rest of the list is a good place to  start.  Especially if you like all of the foods on this list. 

Seven Reasons You Should Learn to Cut Hair

     This is a good article with seven well though out reasons why you should learn to groom hair, human and pet. 


How to Suspend a Pot Over a Fire

There is an excellent video with two very interesting ways to suspend a cooking pot over a fire.  I'm going to try them both this year when I get out hiking again.


How to Sharpen a Hoe

Good article and an excellent video on how to sharpen a garden hoe.

Making & Using Bow Drills

While I don't advocate using a bow drill to start a fire regularly, it is a good skill to have in case you need it.  Plus, it you teach your kids to do it you can have them start your campfires for you to make them appreciate matches and lighters even more!  Personally, I like using my fire piston.  People are really impressed when you can make fire with no spark.


Five Mistakes to Avoid while Hiking

A good short article with 5 mistakes all hikers should avoid making.  Listening to this could save your life when you are doing any activity that puts you out in the world at large.

Eight Reasons to Live Frugally

A concise article with good advice as to why you should live within your means.

Supreme Court: Your Right To Remain Silent Can Be Used Against You!?

When I first saw the title of the article, Supreme Court: Your Right To Remain Silent Can Be Used Against You : FreedomOutpost.com, in my e-mail, I wanted to jump up and down screaming about the injustice of it all. How could the Obama lackeys on the Supreme Court once again diminish our constitutional rights! Haven't we been beaten down enough! And after reading the article I certainly didn't feel any better but, I decided to take a few days and cool down while I did a bit of homework by reading the full opinion published by the Supreme Court (The full opinion can be found at Salinas v. Texas).

Let me start by stating that I am by no means a constitutional scholar and while I am all for protecting and expanding our constitutional rights, I unfortunately found myself agreeing with the opinion of the majority in this case.


Downloading the Classics

A good article with a couple of places to find literary classics online as .pdf e-books. Personally, I would just go to the Project Gutenberg website where you can download them in many different formats, and all of them DRM free.


13 Pioneer Skills You May Need

While this article calls these skills things you may need to know I happen to disagree.  I think a lot of them would be good to know right now if not just neat to know in general.  I'll let you decide which is which for yourself.

Raising a Better Foraging Chicken

     This was an interesting and thought provoking article. I felt compelled to comment on it myself. 

Seven Reasons Why You Should Get a Goat

Although short, I think this article nicely outlines some good reasons to keep goats.  I think it's time I start reading up on keeping them myself.


Food Waste In America – Would You Eat This?

     I had not thought of doing this before I read the article. I think it's time for me to visit my local grocery store.



26 Five Minute Prepping Projects

     A little article on different things we should all do just in case of emergency, nothing outlandish or conspiracy theory-like involved.  Great article!

26 Five Minute Prepping Projects

Deadfalls and Snares

Good article about on a book about deadfalls and snares - a good trick to have in your bag.

I found a cheaper copy of the book here (affiliate link)!