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Please don’t eat my Lawn!!

From an article posted here.

Now, let’s take a moment and go back to how ‘wheat’ grass came to light. A woman by the name of Ann Wigmore founded Hippocrates in Boston approx. 50 years ago. She actually healed her own health issues by chewing on ‘lawn’ grass. That’s right; I said lawn grass, not wheatgrass. She began chewing on it and got sick for many weeks, but stayed with it till she eventually started feeling better and better. She learned that the grass / greens were the most complete foods on the planet, as well as having other healing properties. The wheat seed was chosen because of its sweeter, more palatable taste. (Her cat picked it out.) She also learned that the green / chlorophyll will increase the hemoglobin in the blood which then distributes oxygen to every cell in our body. Take another deep breath! Remember that oxygen is a good thing? Ann started this because of watching the animals do it, as well as a statement that was made to her as a child, “Instinct guided creatures, left to them selves, do not make mistakes.” (I LOVE that one.) Most of us chewed on grass as children, if it was around. Why then and not now? We lost sight of our instinct.

Also read the story of Ann Wigmore HERE.

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A Surprising Super Food: Popcorn

Wow, Check out this info on popcorn – mel

A Surprising Super Food: Popcorn

Source is Posted July 20th, 2011 by Sarah Cherim

In addition to being a nutritious, delicious, whole grain snack, popcorn is also incredibly inexpensive. It is a low-calorie favorite and because it is so airy, it is a filling snack as well. Dr. Oz even named it a super food! It has always been my favorite food and after you read this, you may fall in love with it, too!

Martha Stewart taught me this amazingly easy tip for preparing plain corn kernels. Put 2 tbsp. of corn into a paper lunch bag and fold down the top once or twice (leaving plenty of room for the kernels to pop). Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Melt a tablespoon of butter in the microwave for 10-20 seconds and pour into the bag, along with a teaspoon of sea salt. Shake well and pour into a bowl, or you can eat it right out of the bag! It should make about 4 cups, which is just under one serving.

Land O Lakes butter spread with olive oil is my all-time favorite on popcorn. I am a big fan of simple products with few ingredients. Land O Lakes butter has only three ingredients: sweet cream, olive oil, and salt. As a bonus, olive oil is loaded with heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Land O Lakes also has a delicious cinnamon sugar variety.

The amazing thing about this trick: you know EXACTLY what’s in the bag. No need to worry about trans fat, artificial colors, or partially hydrogenated oil. Also, you can season your popcorn with whatever you’d like: garlic powder and dried basil, or cayenne powder and cumin. If you have a sweet tooth, try using the cinnamon butter or brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

This tip is ideal if you’re trying to eat healthy on a budget. You can get a 2 pound bag of kernels for just a dollar and that dollar will make 36 bags of popcorn! Compare that to store bought popcorn- twice the price, half the popcorn! No need to purchase a pricey and bulky air popper and the paper bags are a dime-a-dozen. This makes me wonder, why do movie theaters charge so much for a small bag of this amazingly inexpensive super food?

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Got Bean Flour? Try this soup reciept

First make a small batch of bean flour. Add only 1/4 c. of dried beans at a time to your
Blender to make sure they all get ground and you’re not overpowering its motor.

Start on low and turn the speed up to 10, then switch to high and process for about 30 seconds until finely ground. Store in an airtight container.

Try this one with baby lima bean flour.
2 cups water
2 TBLSP lima bean flour (heaping)
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1 chicken boullion cube or 1/4 cup beef broth, ham stock, chicken broth etc.
1 teaspn margarin
dash black pepper
pinch sugar.

Stir or wisk bean flour into cool water in a sauce pan. Add onion flakes and broth or boullion cube, black pepper and sugar. Bring to boil for 3 minutes stirring slowly. Add margarine or butter. Remove from heat this will thicken as it sets. For thicker soup boil longer, to thin, add cool water and stir.

Thanks to The Vegster for the orginal post about this information.

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Cool and helpful links from FoodStorageMadeEasy.net

Cool and helpful links from FoodStorageMadeEasy.net

There are many great food storage and emergency preparedness websites out there. We have compiled a few of our favorites here as a resource for you to get even more information. It is by no means an exhaustive list but it’s full of sites we definitely think you should check out.

Where to Buy Food Storage

Alison’s Pantry – Site that has a lot of food storage items you can order online
American Family Safety – Protecting America … one family at a time

Briden Solutions – Canadian source for food storage products
Emergency Essentials – Food storage items from #10 cans to 5-gallon buckets
Emergency Food Storage .co.uk – Food and emergency supplies in the UK
HiStakes-Spelt.com – Purchase long term food storage ingredients and tools

Home Food Storage Order Form – Products from LDS Canneries
Honeyville Food Products – Anything you could want, and cheap shipping
Shelf Reliance – Food storage rotations shelves and food storage foods
Walton Feed – Huge supplier of food storage foods

Saving Money on Food Storage

Deals to Meals – Sales and meal plans for many states in the Southwest
Pinching your Pennies – Nationwide deals, great for 3 month supply foods
The Food Storage Shopper – Tips on buying your food storage for less

The Grocery Game – Save tons of money on your groceries!

Food Storage / Emergency Preparedness Blogs

A Matter of Preparedness – A wealth of great information here
All About Food Storage – Simple and healthy food storage ideas

American Preppers Network – AWESOME organization. Find your state!
Canadian Preppers Network – Because we love our Canadian readers too
Dehydrate 2 Store – TONS of info on dehydrating
Everyday Food Storage – Learn to use food storage in your own recipes

Food Storage and Survival – Adventures in self reliance
Food Storage FAQ – Probably the best compilation of information available
Food Storage Plus – Blog about food storage written by a passionate farmer
Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness – Ongoing 16 week eprep course

Homesteading Journey – Simpler living in a modern world
I Dare You To Eat It – Blog by the author of the book I Dare You to Eat It
I Prepared – Preparedness blog in line with the teachings of the LDS church
Deals to Meals Blog – Food storage updates/recipes from Deals to Meals

M.D. Creekmore’s Survival Blog – This site is chalk full of preppin’ information
My Square Foot Garden – Learn from a fun young mom who’s doing it herself
Peace of Preparedness – The resource library is phenomenal

Prepared LDS Family – Vast amounts of information here
Preparedness Pantry – Blog by Emergency Essentials with info and deals
Preparedness Pro – Wealth of information and tons of classes available in Utah
Provident Living Website – Official LDS Site on provident living and self-reliance

Solar Oven Chef – This site just rocks, solar oven cooking
The Prudent Homemaker – Food storage, gardening, homeschooling, and more
Totally Ready – An in depth look at all things emergency preparedness
Utah Preppers – Excellent group of people providing emergency info for Utahns

You Can Can – Tips and recipes on canning your own foods.

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Ways to Use Wheat WITHOUT a Wheat Grinder!

Ways to Use Wheat WITHOUT a Wheat Grinder!

From FoodStorageMadeEasy.net

Thermos Wheat

Bring 1 c. of wheat kernels, 2 c. water, and 1 t. salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour into a heated stainless steel or glass-lined thermos bottle. Secure cap. Place bottle on side. In the morning, pour off any additional water, add butter and honey, and serve hot.

Cooked Wheat Berries
Add some of your plain dry wheat kernels to a pot of water. Bring it to a boil and cook for a few minutes. Then let simmer for about 45 minutes. Drain the wheat berries and stick them in a tupperware container in the fridge. These are delicious to add to yogurt or to use to replace some meat in recipes. You can also use it in place of brown rice in a lot of recipes.

Popped Wheat
Take 1 cup of your cooked wheat berries (see above) and add to a frying pan of pot with two tablespoons of oil in it. Cover with a lid and cook over a hot stove shaking the pan while it cooks. After about 4-5 minutes the kernels will be nice and toasted. Put the popped wheat on a paper towel to get the extra oil off, and sprinkle with your choice of seasonings. Try it with salt, seasoned salt, garlic, barbecue salt, onion salt, cinnamon and sugar or any combination you desire. These are delicious on salads as a topping, mixed with trail mix, or as toppings for a desserts or just as a healthy snack.

Wheat Grass
Most people have heard how healthy wheat grass is for you, but most people DON’T know that you can make your own wheat grass at home for free with just a little bit of your food storage wheat. Check out this step by step tutorial on Safely Gathered In if you want to try it yourself! It looks so easy. Then you can snip bits off and add them to your fruit smoothies, or if you have a juicer you can use them in other healthy juice drinks.

Cracked Wheat in a Blender
You can crack wheat in a blender or a coffee grinder. To do it in a blender you simply put in about 1/4-1/3 cups of wheat and pulse it until it looks like little cracked kernels. These kernels will cook much faster than regular wheat, and cook up in the same way that you cook rice on the stove or in the microwave. You can use cracked wheat to make hot cereal, add it into bread, or cook it up and use as a meat filler.

Wheat Sprouts
Making wheat sprouts is a different method than making wheat grass. You can sprout wheat just like any other vegetable seeds, legumes, or other grains. Most people like wheat sprouts to be very small, just barely sprouted. These are delicious to throw on salads or to add into your whole wheat bread for a little extra texture and flavor.

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes

Makes 6 to 8 pancakes Ingredients:   A. 1 cup milk (1/3 cup non-fat dry milk and 1 cup water)  B. 1 cup uncooked whole wheat                   C. 2 eggs (¼ cup powdered egg and ½ cup water)  D. 2 tablespoons oil  E. 2 teaspoons baking powder  F. 2 tablespoons honey                       G. ½ teaspoon salt

Put the milk and wheat in the blender. Blend on the highest speed for four or five minutes or until the batter is smooth. Turn the blender down to low and add in: eggs, oil, baking powder, honey, and salt.         Cook on hot griddle.