April 19, 2010
Now is the time to invest your wheat storage and other long term dry food storage such as dry beans and rice. These dry foods are the basics for emergency food storage.
The prices were sky high about a year ago, but the cost of dry foods are relatively low at this time.
A five gallon bucket of wheat (45 lbs.) is running $12.00 to $14.00 a bucket in comparison to $22.00 to $25.00 last year. A 50 lb. bag of wheat costs around $12.98 rather than last year’s price tag of $25.00 to $30.00.
Pinto beans have dropped in price also. A year ago I paid $25.00 for a 20 lb. bag and recently I paid $13.00 for a 25 lb. bag on sale.
Rice is was up last year to $18.00 for a 20 lb. bag. Today, I paid $7.98 for a 20 lb. bag that is on sale.
Why stock up on dried long term foodstuffs?
Long Term Food Storage Shelf Life
Wheat: The shelf life for properly storing wheat is…. well forever. They found wheat in Egyptian pyramids that was around 2000 years old and it was still good. It’s best stored in a temperature of under 72 degrees in a dry place. It should be protected from freezing.
Pinto Beans: Along with pintos, storing red beans and navy beans have a shelf life of 20 to 30 years. As with storing wheat… it should be placed in a tight container and stored in temperatures not above 72 degrees and not below freezing.
Rice: White rice, if stored properly and under 72 degrees will keep from 8 to 10 years.
Wheat and beans can be sprouted. It gives these foods additional nutritional value on top of what you get when they are prepared in traditional ways.
If times really get tough… and I’m certainly not predicting anything here…. you can use these dry foods to trade and barter for other items that you may need.
So… stock up your basic food storage and be prepared… long term. It’s my understanding that prices will increase this year because of a number of factors… weather, and shortages.
P.S. I just opened a can of wheat kernels that I’ve had for over 35 years. Just perfect.
P.P.S. We’ll be talking in detail about how to prepare these dry foods for long term food storage. Just wanted to give you a heads up on prices.
April 17, 2010
Spring is on it’s way and warm weather days are tucked in between cold days. When the sun is out and it’s warm…it’s a good time to get out and do a bit of cleaning up. A little spring gardening information is in order.
1. It’s a perfect time to for a general, over all clean up. Rake up the general debris of branches, leaves and other litter that may have blown into your yard during the winter months. Don’t worry about turning the soil just now… just focus on the larger picture.
2. The task of pruning shrubs and sheering hedges can be attended to now. This will leave way for the new green foliage to appear in a few weeks.
A bit of gardening advice here. Don’t prune flowering shrubs now…. or they will not bloom. Allow them to bloom this season and then trim them back after the flowers have subsided. The flower buds are formed during the winter so cutting them back now is not wise.
3. Now is the time to add Preen weed control to your flower beds. The fact that you may have snow, or rain during the week after your application… will give the Preen a chance to dissolve into the soil. Putting Preen on your beds now prevent weeds from sprouting early and bearing seeds before you have a chance to get out and turn the soil.
4. If you have been burning wood in a fire place or stove, perhaps it’s time to clean up and re-stack the wood pile. You won’t be using much wood from now on. (It’s also a good time to clean out your fireplace or wood burning stove if your don’t plan to use it again until next fall.)
5. After your general spring garden clean up, it’s a good time too apply your first application of lawn fertilizer. You may want to discuss the type of fertilizer you need for your particular lawn with your nurseryman. They generally have folks who can give you responsible gardening advice.
Take advantage of the few spring storms that will still be coming your way to help your lawn fertilizer dissolve into the soil and give your lawn roots the nutrients they need.
There you go… that will keep you busy for a few weeks. I love getting out and getting a bit of fresh air after being cooped up in my house all winter.
P.S. If you happen to live in an area that is blessed with mild weather all winter long…ignore the above message… and spend your time counting your blessings.
March 6, 2010
Your St. Patrick Coloring pages are ready for you to download for your kids. I remember how important holidays were to me as a child. St. Patrick’s Day was one of my favorites because it was fun to catch the unsuspecting friend who forgot to wear green. Pinches all around.
I’ve often wondered why St. Patrick’s Day was such a big deal here in the United States. After learning there are 4.1 million people who live in Ireland and 35 million people in the U.S., who have Irish ancestry, it makes sense. Going back several generations, there’s a bit of Irish blood in my veins also.
Kids look forward to the “wearing of the green” and celebrating one of the oldest observed holidays.
Here are your St. Patrick day choices.
I remember a neighbor, who made shamrock sugar cookies with green icing sprinkled with shiny sugar crystals. I couldn’t wait to get mine. They seemed extra special since my mom didn’t do the sugar cookie routine. I never fell into the sugar cookie routine either… that’s why I look for mine at the local grocery store. I love sugar cookies.
Print off the St. Patrick coloring sheets for your kids to enjoy. Keep them busy with a few crayons and markers.
P.S. I keep a stack of St. Patrick Coloring pages printed since my grands visit at different times. They are so use to having seasonal coloring pages around, they always look for them when they come by.