60+ Hand-Picked Self Reliance/Preparedness Resources

Book Reviews
Do you LOVE when a deal is so good that there is just no way you can pass it up? We have something like that that we wanted to share with you today! We joined together with 60 other bloggers/authors to provide an INCREDIBLE eBook bundle that sells for 95% off of the cost of buying each book individually. Even if you are only interested in a few of the titles this is something that is worth grabbing now. PLEASE NOTE: This package will be gone forever after January 24th. Introducing the Back to the Basics Bundle The Back To Basics Living Bundle is a huge collection of eBooks, eCourses, and memberships to help you live a simple and more self-reliant life, even if you live in a high rise…
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Group Book Read: “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel

Book Reviews
In our Why Food Storage series we discuss the different reasons you may need food storage. Most people think of being prepared for a natural disaster or maybe for something more personal like a job loss. More and more it is becoming apparent that there are many other potential threats that we may face. Terrorism or acts of war are likely to affect large cities and coastal areas, but some things such as an EMP or cyberattack would drastically impact the entire country. Ted Koppel, former host of Nightline and author of the new book Lights Out has done extensive research on the possibility of a cyberattack and how prepared (or unprepared) we are as a nation and even within the government. We had an amazing opportunity to spend a…
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Book Review: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival

Book Reviews
Blogging can be a little bit of a lonely world, even though we have tons of food storage friends online. It's always nice to meet one of our readers or a fellow blogger face to face. We have connected with Angela from Food Storage and Survival and have enjoyed it every time. So when we were given the chance to review her new book Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival of course we jumped on it! She has very similar ideas about food storage as us and we knew it would be a great read. The Basics In Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival Angela does a great job at taking hard topics and making them feel approachable. Food storage and preparedness are such in depth concepts that it's easy…
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Book Review: Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites

Book Reviews
 Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites More than 100 Year Round Recipes by Sara Wells & Kate Jones Background: A little over a year ago, I discovered the website Our Best Bites. One of my friends had posted a link on facebook to their recipe for Cadbury Mini Egg cookies. Cadbury Mini Eggs and I are kind of soul mates, so this recipe caught my attention. After browsing their site, I fell in love immediately. The site is by 2 young moms who love to cook and share great recipes that are DELICIOUS. Their first cook book is amazing, and now that their new cookbook is out, we're thrilled to be reviewing it. Alright- at this point you may be asking yourself "What does this have to do with…
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Book Review: Survival Mom

Book Reviews
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here.  Survival Mom How to Prepare Your Family by Lisa Bedford Background: We first met Lisa a couple of years ago when she was on Glenn Beck talking about food storage. Ok, we didn't MEET her, but we saw her on TV. Politics aside, the topic that week was food storage...so we were tuned in. We emailed her telling her great job on the interview and stayed in touch since then. Lisa is a mom who knows her stuff when it comes to preparedness. We have learned a lot from her and have appreciated her expertise in many areas of preparedness. When we heard…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 3: Books We Love

Book Reviews, food storage books, Pinterest
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting our Books We Love board. This board is full of books we love and like to keep on hand in case of emergency. While the internet is great, you can't always count on it being there in case of emergency! To see the whole board, click here. PIN 1: We've pinned our ebook to our Books We Love board, since it's been such a great resource for helping people plan, buy, and use their food storage. PIN 2: The…
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Book Review: Yes, You Can!

Book Reviews, Self Reliance
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here.   Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too by Daniel Gasteiger  Background: The "Yes, You Can!" book is like a Ball Canning Guide meets "The Pioneer Woman" meets "Our Best Bites". Thus it equals total heaven for me. Up to date recommendations on modern processing times and proper procedures like the Ball guides include, beautiful picture tutorials like I love from The Pioneer Woman, and helpful tips along the way like Our Best Bites provides with so many of their recipes. Whether you are an expert at canning and other home preservation techniques, or a beginner who is a little intimidated to…
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Book Review: Country Beans

Book Review: Country Beans

Bean Recipes, Book Reviews, Legumes
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here.  Country Beans New ideas for "User Friendly Beans" in a hurry by Rita Bingham Background: Learning how to use and cook dry beans was a major journey of mine last year. I was always skeptical you could do anything with dry beans before embarking on my "learn how to use beans" journey. If you've followed us for awhile, you probably were there when I made the "Magical Fruit" discovery on how to use dry beans to make cream of chicken replacements, and when I finally learned how to actually COOK dry beans. Most of my bean discoveries and learnings have come from the…
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Food Storage Book Review: Jan’s Fabulous Food Storage Recipes

Book Reviews, Recipes
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here. Jan's Fabulous Food Storage Recipes Converting Stored Foods Into Useable Meals by Jan LeBaron Background: This book is written by Jan LeBaron, a woman who has life experience I personally can learn from. She was raised in a family of 9, and had 4 kids of her own. She's always loved learning from her mom how to cook, and she knows so much about the basics and beyond. You can tell just by flipping through her book, she loves cooking REAL food for REAL people. Sometimes recipe books can get a little too fancy for my real life situation - but this one…
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Food Storage Book Review: Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy

Book Reviews
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here. Cooking with Food Storage - Made Easy Hundreds of tasty, money-saving recipes your family will love by Debbie G. Harman Background: Obviously the name of this book is what initially caught my attention when I stumbled upon it at Wal-Mart (yes they really do have food storage books at Wal-Mart in Utah). Since our whole philosophy is to try to make food storage "EASY" I was hoping that this book would be right up my ally. When I flipped it open I fell in love. There is only ONE other cookbook that I have ever sat and just READ through the entire thing…
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