Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy …




A Cowgirl’s Night Out, by Avalanche Lily

On a moonless night, a few nights ago, I was concerned about the safety of our newborn calf, so I decided to camp out with our cows and horses.  In doing so, I learned a few things about both livestock behavior and my night vision. To begin, this past Friday morning, I went out to feed the animals and saw that my Matriarch cow had not shown up.  I called and called and called her.  I heard her mooing at a low volume.  I went looking for her and found her on the edge of the woods next to the …




Our Winter Indoor Greenhouse Room, by Avalanche Lily

I was recently asked for any advice that I could give concerning growing foods indoors. Growing anything indoors or outdoors is always an experiment, because there are so many variables to contend with.  In essence: Indoors: humidity, light, and nutrition. Outside: sunspots (or lack thereof), temperature, cloud cover, rain, drought, storms, bugs, soil nutrition, et cetera. Let me preface that I have no claim at all in thinking that I’m an expert. I’m not. I am no expert at all, nor am I an expert in any subject. I am a “by the seat of your pants” kinda girl.  I …




Editors’ Prepping Progress November 16, 2019

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy …




Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready! …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Scratch Chocolate Cake

Avalanche Lily’s Scratch Chocolate Cake This is a standard, time-proven American recipe. It is a favorite in our family. Ingredients 2 Cups white flour (sifting the flour is optional) 1 Cup Cocoa Powder 2 tsp Baking Soda 2 Cups Granulated Sugar 2 Eggs 2 Cups Hot Water 2 Rounded TBSPs of Butter   Directions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly mix all ingredients into a batter Oil (or lard) coat the interior of a 8″x16″ glass baking dish. Pour batter evenly into the baking dish Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Decorating and serving Suggestions Allow cake to cool 20 minutes …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Dairy-Free Biscuits

Avalanche Lily’s Dairy-Free Biscuits Here is a favorite that we bake nearly every week here at the Rawles Ranch, especially in winter months. Ingredients 2 Cups Flour 1 TBS Baking powder 2 tsp Sugar 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar 1/4 tsp Salt 1/2 cup of the thick portion of a can of coconut milk. (Or use butter or shortening, for a traditional recipe) 2/3 cup the watery portion of a can of coconut milk. (Or use cow milk, for a traditional recipe)  




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and …




Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes

Avalanche Lily’s Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients: 8 medium sized potatoes peeled and thinly sliced 2 large onions peeled and thinly sliced 1 Organic Prairie Summer Beef Sausage (12 ounce), thinly sliced 1 can 13 ounce Organic Coconut Cream and milk–first stirred up. (We use Native Tree brand) 1 Tablespoon minced Garlic Himalayan salt, to taste Directions: In a nine by thirteen inch rectangular Pyrex/glass dish, pour a little of the mixed milk and cream on the bottom of the pan. Alternate layers of sliced potatoes, onions and sausage.  After laying down the first set of potatoes, onions and sausage, …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“[[A Psalm of David.]] The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” – Psalm 110:1- 4 (KJV)




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people. And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: …