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Shall We Make Our Own Electricity?

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So it’s nearing the end of tax season.  Hopefully everyone reading this is getting a refund this year.  If so, try to save your money for a rainy day.  If you have the ability to put the money towards preparations for things that life throws your way (beyond savings), you might want to consider investing in a portable generator…

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So it’s nearing the end of tax season.  Hopefully everyone reading this is getting a refund this year.  If so, try to save your money for a rainy day.  If you have the ability to put the money towards preparations for things that life throws your way (beyond savings), you might want to consider investing […]

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Daja’s Pantry After Three Months

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So, it’s been three months since we started this Pantry 31 thing!  Instead of wishful  thinking, we’ve been planning to stock the pantry.  (See the BEFORE pictures.)  And here are the fruits of our labor:

My kitchen pantry, which for the last four years or so we have affectionately called the Provision Room:

Daja's Pantry Inside 2--THREE MONTHS

Opposite side:

Daja's Pantry Inside--THREE MONTHS

The “extra” shelving in the kitchen:

Daja's Pantry--THREE MONTHS

The big freezer in the garage:

Daja's Big Freezer Door--THREE MONTHS

Look at all those stored meals!   Many of which I stored using this method.

Daja's Big Freezer--THREE MONTHS

For details on what we have stored, view our Flickr Photostream!

For tools to help you organize your own Provision Room and Freezer, click here!

I can hardly believe how much better it looks and how much more food and provisions there really are and I haven’t increased my food budget!  What?!  It’s amazing what a little planning can do!

“You might have a vision for your life,

but a vision without a plan is just wishful thinking.”

(Graham Cooke)

So, it’s been three months since we started this Pantry 31 thing!  Instead of wishful  thinking, we’ve been planning to stock the pantry.  (See the BEFORE pictures.)  And here are the fruits of our labor: My kitchen pantry, which for the last four years or so we have affectionately called the Provision Room: Opposite side: […]

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“Where Your Treasure Is…” An interview with Kelly Crawford

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Crawford Family

When Kristina and I started actively and passionately pursuing this idea of being prepared I knew that I wanted to feature my friend Kelly Crawford.  I hesitated to ask her if I could pepper her with questions, knowing that she has so much on her plate.  She, of course, was more than gracious.  If ever someone lived the Scripture “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also” it’s Kelly.  (Matthew 6:21)

The Crawford Family’s home was in the direct path of the tornado that blew through Alabama last April.

Below is the first Provision Room interview.  You might want to have a handkerchief on hand.  Kristina and I both needed one by the time we were through. Read More

Crawford Family

When Kristina and I started actively and passionately pursuing this idea of being prepared I knew that I wanted to feature my friend Kelly Crawford.  I hesitated to ask her if I could pepper her with questions, knowing that she has so much on her plate.  She, of course, was more than gracious.  If ever […]

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Daja’s Inventory of Prepared Meals

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This is now printed and posted in my real life Provision Room. Read More

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This is now printed and posted in my real life Provision Room.

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Canning Beans

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I must confess anytime someone mentions pressure cookers it gives me the heebie geebies!  I grew up with my mom telling me all these horror stories of melting skin after pressure cookers exploded in kitchens.  Yikes!  Who wants to have anything to do with something that can explode in your kitchen?!  It took me well into my adult life to gather up my nerve to purchase one of these beasts and I only did it out of professional necessity for my personal chef business.  The chef association, where I was a member, coordinated a great deal with a German manufacturer and promised me these were the professional tool that would change my service day.  Boy did it!  I was able to cut my service time because I could cook in a fraction of the time.  All this being said, I still had never pressured canned anything and even though I’m a little more comfortable with using my cooker the thought of loading the thing with bean-filled glass sent me right back to cowering in the corner! Read More

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I must confess anytime someone mentions pressure cookers it gives me the heebie geebies!  I grew up with my mom telling me all these horror stories of melting skin after pressure cookers exploded in kitchens.  Yikes!  Who wants to have anything to do with something that can explode in your kitchen?!  It took me well […]

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Review: Azure Standard

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For those of us who stick with our convictions that organic and sustainable are truly best, it can be very difficult to not break the bank with grocery purchases.  About a year ago, I personally started an experiment to feed my family only organic, sustainable and humanely raised food.  I had just watched Food, Inc. and read Michael Pollan’s, In Defense of Food.  I was convicted to raise the standard in our own food.  The thought of our meat or poultry coming from a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) was completely nauseating to me.  That being said, for about 8 months I killed our food budget.  Seriously, killed it!  In fact, in all honesty, I more than doubled our food budget per month and I would still go over the budget because of a lack of planning.  Then a good friend of mine told me to check out Azure Standard.

Azure Standard is a company who believes that food should be grown and raised, organically, sustainably, and humanely and still believes that prices should be kept at a level where the average Joe can afford it!  Woohoo!

I have now been using Azure for my bulk food purchases for about 6 months.  The quality of the products has been great and the system of making purchases relatively easy to navigate. Although, if you get overwhelmed easily it will probably take a little while to get used to the plethora of products Azure offers.  Literally everything from fresh produce, grains, dried beans, skin care products, frozen meals (think Annie’s) to red wiggler worms.  Not to mention, chicken feed and food storage materials like Mason jars and food-grade buckets.  Truly a little bit of everything!

What I like the best is that Azure cuts out the “middle-man” and by doing so keep their costs to a minimum.  For example, for years I have purchased organic sugar from Trader Joe’s.  When I first started buying my sugar there I paid $1.99 per pound.  Somewhere along the way, the price was raised to $3.99 a pound.  I honestly don’t know when that happened!  Azure sells organic sugar in bulk for $1.50!  Of course their prices fluctuate, but when I ordered my sugar last month I paid $1.47 a pound.  That’s a HUGE savings!

As for delivery, Azure ships via semi-truck to designated drop points or via UPS.  (My drop point is approximately five miles from my house.)  The Azure deliveries are almost nation-wide as they go as far east as Kentucky, up into Canada and as far south as Texas, including all the western states.

I would highly recommend this company!  They are truly setting a standard of nutritious, and sustainable food in our nation where you have to be extremely savvy to avoid genetically modified food.  Give Azure Standard a try as you prepare your Provision Room and let them know we sent you!  Or even better join in the PARTY and win a $50 gift card towards your purchase!

Dislaimer:  I was not compensated for this review and my opinions are entirely my own.

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For those of us who stick with our convictions that organic and sustainable are truly best, it can be very difficult to not break the bank with grocery purchases.  About a year ago, I personally started an experiment to feed my family only organic, sustainable and humanely raised food.  I had just watched Food, Inc. […]

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Prayer for week of February 27 – Small Beginnings

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Preparedness can seem very overwhelming at times.  If you look at any task list for disaster preparedness, it’s daunting.  It takes a lot of time, a lot of thought, and let’s face it, a lot of money.  It can be paralyzing.

That is why we are starting this with baby steps.  That is why we are saying, “Just do these few small things.”  Breaking it down into bite-sized pieces.  However, even that can seem insignificant.  Honestly, when I look at my freezer and cupboards I dearly want to seem them overflowing and bountiful.  After all, I know how much work I have already put into it.  And yet, my provisions still look so…..small. Read More

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Preparedness can seem very overwhelming at times.  If you look at any task list for disaster preparedness, it’s daunting.  It takes a lot of time, a lot of thought, and let’s face it, a lot of money.  It can be paralyzing. That is why we are starting this with baby steps.  That is why we […]

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February’s Goals, a.k.a. “Ya Gotta Start Somewhere”

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We all know we need to be prepared for “The Big One.”  In California that means an earthquake.  If you live in Florida that means a hurricane.  If you life in Maine that may mean an ice storm.  If you’re in Florin in the Fire Swamp “The Big One” means a rodent of unusual size (R.O.U.S.es for you locals).

In actuality “The Big One” may come in very different shapes and sizes.  The Big One in your life might be a crashing financial market that puts your husband out of work.  The Big One might be needing to put life on hold to care for an aging parent or grandparent.  The Big One might be a medical diagnosis you didn’t expect.  There are a thousand different possibilities.  Are we ready?  Fairy tales with large rats aside, how many of us are actually prepared for “The Big One”?  Being ready means stocking our pantries and freezers, readying the gardens, having our documents up-to-date and in a safe place and so much more.

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Slow and Steady Wins The Race

We all know we need to be prepared for “The Big One.”  In California that means an earthquake.  If you live in Florida that means a hurricane.  If you life in Maine that may mean an ice storm.  If you’re in Florin in the Fire Swamp “The Big One” means a rodent of unusual size […]

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Monthly Goals… Our Baby Steps Toward Being Prepared

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I’m your crazy friend who is always getting a bee in her bonnet about something new and exciting.  I’m the one who jumps in with both feet not thinking through all the details.  I confess my “see it through” attitude up and left before it ever got started.  I am not a closer.  But my dear friend Daja told me, every book needs an ending not just a beginning.  Yes!

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I’m your crazy friend who is always getting a bee in her bonnet about something new and exciting.  I’m the one who jumps in with both feet not thinking through all the details.  I confess my “see it through” attitude up and left before it ever got started.  I am not a closer.  But my […]