We are big proponents of family tradition. We love tradition in all it’s forms, but we especially like designating days of the week to certain “treats”. Friday night is Pizza Night! Mom makes pizza, dad picks a movie. We lay a big plastic table cloth out in the living room and we devour a saucy pie while we watch a family-friendly flick. Our oldest son looks intensely forward to our evening traditions, but especially so to pizza night. So without further ado, here is one of our favorite Friday night pies…
When I was three years old, my mother and I were attacked by a disrupted nest of mud daubers — a type of wasp that lives in the west. I was stung multiple times on my body; several times on my tongue and the inside of my mouth, in particular. I can still recall details of the event vividly. Ever since that time, I have been *ahem* not-so-keen on the idea of being near a population of stinging “things” in general. In 2006, all that changed.
The scene is always the same. A tired, overly tan, slightly muscular figure stands in a garden, holding — ever so gently — what remains of a green bean bush. The culprit is the elusive odocoileus virginianus, or more specifically, the deer. Little can be as enraging as battling an aggressive herd of hungry deer. Their stealth and grit go unmatched. They can wipe out a hard-earned crop in a matter of minutes, in the middle of the night, while you slumber pleasantly in your bed. However, with a few tricks, you can most definitely encourage these furry critters to dine elsewhere.
I love food, and I especially love to cook outdoors. My favorite time of day for such an activity is early morning. Sunrise. Tending a hot fire and a warm meal while the cool air kisses your cheeks is one thing that everyone on Earth ought to experience in their lifetime. Cooking outdoors, or cooking without power, can be extremely simple and enjoyable. However, it takes practice to feel truly confident doing so. Begin now, and if the necessity for cooking without power arises, rest assured knowing you are prepared to feed your family!
Imagine this: You are literally picking up the pieces after an earthquake. By a miracle, your home is still standing, but you’re without power. Things in your area are well enough that relocation is unnecessary, but your children are crying all the same. The sun is going down. Darkness is creeping in, and they feel it. You head to your closet, your pantry, the garage, or the box under your bed… Thanks to your homemade candles, you have the ability to bring warmth and hope to the family members huddled together in your living room. Light is one of the most important aspects of preparedness. No matter the type of disaster, you want to be able to provide light.