Thursday, April 12, 2012

MYO Ranch Dressing MIx

I found a great recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing/Dip Mix. It’s similar to the kind that you buy in the packet, but you can pronounce every ingredient. Here’s the recipe:
I also like that you can grow everything, but the paprika and all that is is a filler it really has no taste, so you could omit it if you wanted to. Now that I have the milk cow I can can not wait to try this in the fresh buttermilk and sour cream.
3 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons pepper
1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon dill
Combine all ingredients together and keep in an air tight container.
For salad dressing ~ Add 1 tablespoon of the mix to one cup mayonnaise and one cup buttermilk.
For ranch dip ~ Add 1 tablespoon of mix to 1 cup sour cream.
Just make sure you refrigerate your dressing or dip for at least an hour before you serve so that the flavors have the chance to get mixed together.
What’s great about having the mix on hand like this is that you can just plop a dollop of sour cream into a bowl and add as much mix as you’d like to make an individual serving of ranch dip.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Make your own Sugar Scrub

Up until about a month ago I had no idea what sugar scrub was, I had seen it in stores and had seen recipes for it but had no idea. Well last month at the Ag expo someone was selling some so I asked her what it was. She said it was an exfoliate. You use it in the shower or bath right before you get out all you do is rub this all over and then rinse it off and when you get out just pat dry. So I decided I needed to try this so I came home and made some. The stuff is wonderful and so easy to make and a fraction of the cost of store bought. You can make it any scent that you want, I made orange because I have some orange powder that I made that I need to find uses for. I liked it as did my daughters,They liked the scrub but not the orange smell ( They thought it smelled like furniture polish).

Sugar Scrub
You can use salt or sugar. Sugar can be gentler on the skin. Just make sure to choose a sugar or salt that has small granules that won't tear at skin. A basic table salt or sugar works wonderfully. If you have super sensitive skin, you might opt for a dark brown sugar. I did make some with salt It seemed to burn my skin a little my youngest used it and said the same thing. I haven’t tried the brown sugar since it is getting pricey.

Chose oil, any oil will work, coconut oil, almond oil, safflower, vegetable oil, Olive oil. The choice is yours I used half-olive and half-vegetable just because the vegetable is cheaper.

Essential oils whatever Kind you prefer I have seen some recipes tat use vanilla extract or almond I do plan to try that.

All you do is mix one part oil to two parts sugar and add your EO .Put in a jar to store I used a pint jar. It will separate a little It should keep fine if you use it pretty quick or you can use a natural ingredient such as vitamin E oil or sea salt as a light preservative.

The shower floor may get slick from the oil – use caution

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I was checking out a website that I like : they had a very interesting article about a report put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled "When Trucks Stop, America Stops". I knew we are heavily dependant on trucks but just how much was shocking. And one more reason to be prepared.
There are a few things that could stop nationwide transportation Mass rioting in U.S. cities, EMP, Major earthquake, or even Martial law. One thing that worries me though is all the regulations, rules paperwork and fees that truckers have to pay what happens when they can’t keep up with all the stuff the government throws at them not to mention the rising fuel cost .

So exactly what would that look like?
The following is an excerpt from the report mentioned above put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled "When Trucks Stop, America Stops"....
A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage
The first 24 hours
• Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
• Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become unusable.
• Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
• Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component shortages.
• U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.
Within one day
• Food shortages will begin to develop.
• Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing prices and long lines at the gas pumps.
• Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery,
assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.
Within two to three days
• Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and consumer panic.
• Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk, and
canned meat—at major retailers will disappear.
• ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process
• Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks.
• Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
• Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a standstill.
Within a week
• Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries, or access medical care.
• Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.
Within two weeks
• The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.
Within four weeks
• The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.
This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement, increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely, civil unrest.
Earlier in the report, the reasons why America's water supply would be in such jeopardy are described in greater detail....
According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific. According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.
Can you see why I always recommend that you make sure that you and your family have access to fresh water and a way to purify it?
This report should be very sobering for all of us.
What would you and your family do if you had no food, no clean water and the stores were shut down because their supplies were gone?
An article by Tess Pennington entitled "Emergency Items: What Will Disappear First" contains a list of 100 things that are likely to disappear from store shelves first. The following are the first 10 things on her list....
1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of
thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
You can find the rest of the list right here.
Most Americans just assume that they will always be able to run out to the supermarket or to Wal-Mart and buy anything that they need.
But if the trucks stop running that will change almost overnight.
One nightmarish thing could change everything that we know and do in a single moment.
Our lives will be normal as long as trucks continue to run. But if trucks stop running there will be mass chaos.
Are you prepared?