Preparing for Anything…

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If this year has taught us anything, it is to be prepared. Being prepared is not just for the big things, but the smaller, everyday things too. When we first started our prepping journey I had no clue where to even begin. I would do research and would become instantly overwhelmed. That is when I decided to take what I already knew and start small.

Prepping means something different to everyone. Prepping for us means to make sure we have enough for when emergencies happen. It could mean anything from a storm (we get a lot of hurricanes where we live), to a loss of a job. It is knowing we will be okay when something does happen.

So, where should you start? I am going to start with the food pantry. It is an important place to begin. It will give you the peace of mind that if something does happen, you will be able to feed yourself and your family. Here I will list the most common and essential foods you will need. It is a good list to build off of!

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GRAINS:

Rice

Popcorn

Rolled oats

Cornmeal

All purpose flour

Cake flour

Pasta

Quinoa

Instant grits

Instant mashed potatoes

BEANS:

Pinto beans

Baked beans

Black beans

Navy beans

Kidney beans

Chickpeas

Lima beans

Black-eyed peas

Lentils

FATS:

Peanut butter

Shortening

Vegetable oil

Olive oil

Coconut oil

MEATS/PROTEINS:

Canned salmon

Sardines

Canned tuna

Spam

Canned chicken

Vienna sausages

Imitation bacon bits

SPICES:

Salt

Honey

White vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Rice wine vinegar

Cinnamon sticks

Chicken bouillon

Garlic powder

Italian seasoning

Chili powder

Paprika

Cumin

Cayenne pepper

Ginger

Black pepper

BAKING:

Syrup

Powdered milk

Baking soda

Baking powder

Cocoa

Corn starch

Yeast

Pure vanilla extract

Powdered sugar

Jell-O mix

Flour

Sugar

CANNED FRUITS/VEGETABLES:

Corn

Peas

Potatoes

Green beans

Beets

Spinach

Mixed fruit

Pears

Peaches

Tangerines

Pineapples

DRINKS:

Kool-aid

Gatorade

Juice Boxes

V8 (Regular and Splash)

Protein shakes

Water, water, water, and more water

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This is just an example of what you can start your prepper pantry with. Start with the essentials and keep building from there! I am excited to start learning how to can, so I can do my own jams, salsa, soups, etc. Go with what you know and make that small step!

A Journey to a Dream…

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Everyone has a dream, but does everyone take steps to fulfill that dream? If so, what made you take that leap? If not, what is holding you back?

I always had dreams, but I have always given up on them due to fear. I was afraid of starting something and then something going wrong, or then again maybe it goes right. I always stopped short of starting and fulfilling my dreams. It has taken most of my adult years to stop being afraid and do what makes me happy. The saying is true: life is too short. It truly is. Whether your dreams are big or small, you need to start somewhere. That one small step may be one of many, but it is a step into your dreams. I am finally not afraid to step into mine. My happiness is beginning with that one small step, and I would love for you to follow me on my journey…

My journey is one that I have always yearned for, and I am blessed that I have a husband and children that want to go along for the ride! I have always wanted a farm. A farm with cows, chickens, sheep, fruit trees, gardens, and flowers. We also want to be self-sufficient. Grow our own food, learn how to can, chop wood, raise our own animals, and so much more. This is where we combined the two and decided to start a homestead. The fear has been replaced with excitement. The best part is, we are doing this as a family.

orange fruit tree
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I also have learned that I need patience. I have to learn that this will take time and to try not to rush it all. I need to step back and enjoy the process and enjoy what we are learning. This blog will keep you updated with it all! The trials, triumphs, tears, laughter (lots and lots of laughter), and joys! Welcome to our journey!

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