Welcome to my blog. I would like to share the lessons I have learned building my food storage, producing and preserving as much of the food that I can for my family.
My Children are all grown and are raising families of thier own families now. I love spending my free time persuing hobbies such as raising bees and chickens which I never had the time to do while they were young.
I operate a homebased business
and love the freedom to work when I want!
For years I taught classes in my home teaching how to mill grain and make your own wholesome bread without all the unpronoucable additives. I am now a distributor for The Grain Pantry
I am a distributor for Thrive . I love thier foods which comprise a major part of my long term food storage.
I was unable to find spices stored for long term storage other than in cans which were terribly overpriced, so I started my own company. This company is Prepper Spice. I package the spices in resealable mylar bags with an oxygen absorber. The spices stay fresh for years and I price them very low so it is easy to add to your long term food storage program. The spices are actually lower priced then you can buy in the grocery store.
I ran a small store where I carried grain mills, dehydrators and Bosch kitchen machine as well as grains and cans of long term storage foods.
A serious car accident caused me to close the store. I had found that many of my customers had no idea how to use the freeze dried foods and had never opened thier wheat. I started hosting bread making classes in my home. This was very popular and the waiting list to attend these classes had grown to a six month waiting list.
The company that I sold the grain mills for started a home based business and I decided that was a perfect fit for me! I am starting this now and love it. I a looking for a few distrubutors so if you are looking for a new venture, drop me an email!
June 1, 2013
Today was a bitter sweet day for me.
For the last few years I have been raising meat chickens. I buy birds that have not been given any shots and feed them organic feed. I rarely talk to them or spend any time with them, just feed and water keep thier coop clean.
Usually when they are 8 weeks old, I pack them up and take them to a lady for processing.
Because we only raise 15 to 20 birds at a time, We decided to process ourselves this year. We assembled all the tools and went over the steps in our heads for a few days. Then that failthful day came. I think the worst part was having to make the first cut to bleed them out. I felt that making the first cut would somehow change me. as I have never done anything past cleaning fish.
Once I made the first cut, the whole process went smoothly. I had put it off for a few weeks with every excuse I could until I was mentally able to do it. I guess I am somewhat of a novice now and will not have any prolem with the fall birds.
Tips I learned:
Use a killing cone-bought or fabricated
The feathers on a chickens neck are like armor-make sue you move the feathers out of the was gently so you have a clear view.
Don't use boiling water-the best temperature to remove the feathers is 150 to 160 degrees.
I used a disposable scalpal to bleed them and to make the cut to remove the inernds. (take off the neck before you gut them, it makes the process easier.)
Please send your suggestions, I will share them with other readers
June 5, 2013
Tomorrow I expect a six am frantic call from my post office. I am expecting a delivery of a package of bees! I know it is a little late in the seasong for installing bees, but while I was on vacation my bees decided to swarm. I have no idea why, they have plenty of food and water and have lived happily in the same spot for years.
Inspecting thier former home, nothing seems out of order, I took all the known precautions, swappng the hive bodys etc but to no avail. They went looking for greener pastures! They have been such a joy to keep so decided to give it a try again.
In the years that I have kept bees, I have only been stung one time. That was when one of my little friends decided to hitch a ride on my hip and I never noticed until I sat down in the house.
I will publish a few pictures of the process of installing the package.
If you have suggestions or comments, please use the contact form and I will share them with the other readers!!
Do you have grains, beans, rice etc. stored? Do you feel in a long term emergency you would be able to make meals for your family that they could enjoy?
Having the esentials stored is half the battle. Knowing how to prepare meals for your family when you truly need to is an important skill to learn. I would love to set up a time to give a demo so you will feel more at ease if the situation ever arrises.
Not all emergencies are wide spread, it can be a personal crisis such as an illness, job loss or a cut in hours or skyrocketing gas prices. I would love to have the opportunity to teach you now before it becomes neccearry to learn in a pinch.
Please consider allowing me to give a demonstration for you, and when the time comes you will be much more ready to provide healthy wholesome meals for you family and better handle the adversities.
Madelynn amonstrator. This is a wonderful program where I come to your home and show you how to mill your own grains and make br
The company I am doing home demos for sells products such as Nutrimill grain mill, Bosch Kitchen Machine, A blender so powerful you can make pancakes from whole wheat berries without milling them first, and many more exciting products. The June flyer follows.
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One of our product is a natural Dough Enhancer which makes your bread as light and fluffy as store bought and it keeps is freshness for much longer-no more brick hard whole wheat bread!!
We carry the Nutrimill grain mill which is the cadilac of mills.
The star of our line is the Bosch kitchen machine. It is a Kitchenaid on steroids. It is 800 watts of pure power. What I like about this mixer is it can handle making 8 loafs of bread at a time. I rarely make more then four, but when making my holiday meals the extra capacity comes in handy. There are wonderful attachments including meat grinder, food processor, icecream maker, berry press and so many more. I wish I had this when my children lived at home. My neighbors appreciate my extras though.
Our blender is so powerful, you can make whole wheat waffles pouring the ingredients directly in including whole wheat berries without milling them first!
If you are on a quest to prepare wholesome foods without all the additives in store bought foods, I look forward to giving a presentation to you and your likeminded friends!
For years I have given bread classes in my home teaching how to mill wheat and make your own fresh bread for our families without the unpronouceable addities.
Using the products that were so popular in my store. Please contact me through this site and I will be happy to give a demonstration for your friends and you will earn wonderful free products from our product line! You can call me at (219) 374 5312
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