Best 14 Posts of 2014 from Mom with a PREP

As 2014 comes to an end, it’s been nice looking back at the Mom with a PREP blog to see everything published. As our family continues on our journey to become more PREPared for whatever comes our way, I’ve been sharing those lessons here on the blog with you. Here are the blog posts that have seemed to resonate the most with readers everywhere.


#14 – Off-Grid Cooking with a Rocket Stove

What's it like to cook a meal in about 3 minutes with only sticks and twigs? Check out my review of the Rocket Stove

You know those DIY projects you always see on Facebook or Pinterst? The ones that you think, “Hey, I can make that myself!!!” Then you pin it. And…you never go back to it again? READ MORE….

#13 – PREParedness Items to get in After-Winter Sales

Mom with a PREP | It is the end of winter, and everything is on clearance. What items should you be looking for to prep for your family?

It’s the end of winter (YAY!!!!!!) and all across America there are all sorts of clearance sales going on to get move out winter stock and prepare for next Christmas (joking, but only a little. Retailers are a wacky bunch!). Like we did for after-Halloween sales, and after Christmas sales, let’s make sure we’re keeping our eyes peeled for those post-winter clearances! READ MORE…

#12 – Build a Better Pantry: The Series

Don't let your pantry get you down! Learn how to Build a Better Pantry for your family's PREParendess with this Menu Planning Challenge @ Mom with a

I’ll lump this entire series into one. Learn how to build a better PREPared pantry for your family with how I build mine! READ MORE…

#11 – 101 Gardening Tips & Ideas

Mom with a PREP | 101+ Gardening Ideas & Tips - from planning to planting to growing to harvesting, ideas and tips for you to grow your own food and be more self-reliant

As with my 101+ Dehydrating & 101+Canning posts, here is a new 101+ Gardening Tips & Ideas package to help you get ready for gardening season! READ MORE…

#10 – How to Make and Use Mushroom Powder

Mom with a PREP | Love mushroom flavor but don't like the texture? Want to find a way to add more umami without adding meat? Try making your own mushroom powder!

(This is my favorite post from 2014!)

Umami – that ubiquitous flavor that no one can really pin down that is best described at a ‘meaty’ flavor. It’s prized in Japanese cooking, it was all the rage in the food world a year or two ago, and STILL has a place in our food storage and everyday cooking. How do you get it without necessarily using beef products? Mushroom powder, that’s how! And I’m going to show you how to do it yourself! READ MORE…

#9 – 10 Reasons to NOT be PREPared

Mom with a PREP | Here are ten reasons why you might not get why it's so important to be prepared

Being prepared is more than the Doomsday Zombie Apocalypse Survival Scenario. You’ve seen me talk about how it’s about the little things. Be prepared for weather things (Polar Vortex, Hurricane Sandy, Moore, OK anyone?). But really, why bother? READ MORE….

#8 – Six Ways to Dehydrate Foods

Mom with a PREP | Think using a dehydrator is the only way to be able to dehydrate your garden bounty?

Dehydrating food is a great way to be able to preserve your garden bounty or great find at the produce stand. You simply remove the moisture from your produce or meat to give it a much longer shelf life. This is not the same thing as freeze-drying which is a more mechanical process. This is simply allowing nature or low heat to dry out food. READ MORE….

#8 – A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Your Body

A Visual Guide of Essential Oils for Your Body /// Mom with a PREP

After reading so much in the Essential Oil movement, and scoffing at it for so long (though I am a HUGE fan of Tea Tree Oil), I’m beginning to start the research on REAL uses of EO’s instead of just all of the promised uses.  READ MORE…

Mom with a PREP | 30 Days of Preparedness: Make Your Own Emergency Toilet

#7 – Make Your Own Emergency Toilet

Consider this: You’ve had a major local disaster where the water has gone out. There is no water available to your house because water mains have been broken, the city water supply has been tainted and shut down, or one of the various other reasons that cause city-wide services to be shut down. What happens when Little Susie says she has to go to the bathroom? Read more…

Mom with a PREP | Overloaded with the yummy goodness of watermelon this summer? Learn to make watermelon candy! (dehydrated watermelon)

#6 – How to Make Watermelon Candy (Dehydrate Watermelon)

Summertime is prime time for watermelon. In fact, I can’t even imagine buying watermelon in the middle of winter that came from across the earth. It’s just wrong. So wrong. We eat as much watermelon as we can get, not only for it’s dietary contributions, but because it just tastes so darned good when it’s perfectly ripe and in season (but a mealy watermelon? ICK!). We invariably end up with watermelon fatigue, though, and need to find a way to store the leftovers in a way that doesn’t end up as a fuzzy science experiment in the back of the fridge.

#5 – How to Make Toothpaste Dots for Your Emergency Kits

Mom with a PREP | Toothpaste dots were an idea someone came up with awhile back to have toothpaste on hand for camping and hiking. You have seen them all over Pinterest, right? They take up little space, are almost weightless, are better than packing a tube of toothpaste that will inevitably burst and put toothpaste over the entire contents of your bag, no matter how many layers of plastic you have encased it in (Murphy's Law). But do they really work?

Here’s one more of those “We tried it for you” posts. Toothpaste dots. You’ve seen them all over Pinterest, especially related to camping. But do they really work? READ MORE…

#4 – How to Create Pill Bottle Firestarters

Mom with a PREP | Get Your Kids Involved! Make Pill Bottle Firestarters this weekend! Simple and quick way to teach your kids about PREParedness!

One of the best things that you can do for your kids is to teach them to be more self-reliant and knowledgeable about their own survival at an early age. Make it a part of everything that you do and it won’t seem like such a weird concept. Each week, we tackle one skill, one activity, one refresher to do during our home school time (hey, might as well take advantage of the credits, huh?) that helps us learn more. In doing that, I am very Pro-Kid-Led activity, so I tasked my kids to come up with a way to use some old leftover pill bottles we had and create something for our bug out bags.  They each did a little research and this is what they decided to share.

#3 – Off-grid Alternatives to Everyday Kitchen Tools

Mom with a PREP | When the power goes out, can you still cook supper? Off-Grid Alternatives for Every Day Kitchen Tools

It’s 4:30, you’re just getting ready to begin supper for the evening, and the power goes out. Without calling for pizza delivery, how are you supposed to cook dinner without your favorite mixer, your microwave, your electric stove, and all of the other modern conveniences you’re so used to? READ MORE…

10 Ways to Keep from Freezing in the Winter ... or how not to die at 40 below! Guest post by Rhonda Van Zandt @ {Mom with a Prep}

#2 – 10 Ways to Keep from Freezing in the Winter

This post is a guest post by my amazing friend, Rhonda Van Zandt. She lives in Alaska with her husband out in the wilderness. They shop in town once a year, they provide their own food and meat through gardening, foraging and hunting. She amazes me with all of her knowledge of things preparedness, survival, off-grid and more! Here are her tips to staying warm in this frigid weather!

#1 –  10 First Aid Skills Every Parent Should Know!

Besides being able to kiss a boo-boo away, and put a bandaid on an ouchie, and stop the rush of a nosebleed with our shirt sleeve, what first aid skills do we really have? If an emergency arose, would we be able to stand in the gap and help out, or wait silently by hoping that an ambulance gets there in time? Make these a priority for you to learn!!

Besides being able to kiss a boo-boo away, and put a bandaid on an ouchie, and stop the rush of a nosebleed with our shirt sleeve, what first aid skills do we really have? If an emergency arose, would we be able to stand in the gap and help out, or wait silently by hoping that an ambulance gets there in time? Not all of preparedness is about collecting stuff, but learning skills to take care of our families and community when we can! Make these a priority for you to learn!!

What’s been your favorite post of the year?

Want to know my top 10 posts of all time? Here’s the list ranked in order from starting from the top!

  1. 101+ Dehydrating Recipes for Food Storage, Hiking and Paleo Diets
  2. 10 First Aid Skills Every Parent Should Know
  3. How to Freeze Fresh, Raw Kale
  4. 10 Survival Skills Every 12 Year Old Should Know
  5. 10 Ways to Keep from Freezing in the Winter (or How Not to Die at 40 Below!)
  6. How to Make Kale Powder and Use It!
  7. 500+ FREE Camping & Dutch Oven Recipes
  8. 46 Ideas for Building Your Chicken Coop
  9. How to Dehydrate Kale for Kale Chips
  10. Off-Grid Alternatives to Everyday Kitchen Tools

Here’s to wishing a safe, happy and well-PREPared 2015 for all of us!

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Becky is a wildlife enthusiast and pet and livestock care expert with a diploma in canine nutrition. With over a decade of experience in animal welfare, Becky lends her expertise to Simple Family Preparedness through insightful info about pets, livestock, bee keeping, and the practicalities of homesteading.

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