WalMart and Obits as Harbingers

This new article from the National Inflation Association  http://inflation.us/artificialeconomy.html got me to thinking. It starts out talking about Japan and China and their currencies, and how the Chinese workers are getting to the point of refusing to work 7 long days a week for miniscule slave wages… and they’re striking! 

Then the article goes on to talk about one of China’s biggest retailers here in the U.S., WalMart, which has ceased doing their “rollbacks” on grocery items and has actually been jacking up prices by 51-66%.  Another friend reported that her HEB grocery store out near Austin has been jacking up prices like all get-out.  The upshot of that is, putting it simply, that price inflation is finally hitting. It will be slow at first, but as the old inventory is sold off, it is being replaced by the new inventory at much higher inflated prices.

NOW is the time to be shopping the sales, snatching up the older inventory while you can at the old prices or at sale prices. I picked up some organic canned goods for $0.50 to $1.00 a can and Tom’s of Maine fluoride-free toothpaste for $2.50 a tube at Big Lots. I went to pick up some potting soil at the local garden center, and I also bought a bunch of seeds for 1/2 price.   By all means, hit Costco to stock up on good bulk foods… powdered milk, beans, rice, spices, quinoa, cereals, nuts, canned goods… you name it.  The deals are still out there, so please make use of them.  This may be the last chance to load up  before inflation makes your paycheck worthless. 

In the midst of discussing these things with friends, one friend, as part of her job, has to peruse the obituaries. She reports that the obituary pages have increased, from one page or less to two or three pages on the weekdays and more on the weekends. She cites that the last time she saw this pattern was just before and after 9-11-2001.  She also states that the real number of deaths are perhaps 2 or 3 times that of the obits since the obits cost money for the family to publish. What that boils down to is a lot of people leaving the Earth because they “didn’t sign up for the coming rough times”.  Not everyone that is on the earth is necessarily on the “earth mission”.  This may also explain why I haven’t been able to get through to some friends and family that  they need to be getting their assets under their personal control and stocking up on food/water/silver/gold/survival equipment.  Perhaps they plan on leaving with everyone else that might be dying when the hard times hit?  We know that some 17 million people died (damn near 1/7 of the population) of starvation during the Great Depression, and that was with the currency backed by gold AND 90% of everyone in the U.S. living on farms.  Now, those numbers are inverted with only 10% living on farms and maybe half of them self-sufficient. I’m still worried for these folks, but at some point, I have to let go and allow them to make their own decisions as adults.

Gang… all the signals are out there if you just unplug from the boob-tube and see them. We’ve been given fair notice. We know that the currency will do a melt-down at some point, given that the government has been racking up a couple of trillion dollars of debt each year for several years, and Obummer is planning on more “stimulus spending”. Given that big business owns our government outright and the cabal of private bankers called the Federal Reserve are now buying the T-bills that China refuses to buy any more… that way the Fed is making interest on the worthless paper money they’re printing AND on the T-bills they’re buying with the same worthless paper. We know that the richest people are going to get even richer and Obama’s gonna fiddle while the American empire burns. We know that the cleptocratic corporatocracy that is our government, aided by the mainstream media, is doing their best to convince the American public that they don’t have anything to worry about… and in so doing are setting a lot of people up for starvation.

Historically speaking, when they’ve exhausted their options, they typically take us to war.  The mainstream media has been beating the war drums for a while now. Several predictors are saying that there will probably be another leg of war breaking out, this time with Iran (backed and equipped by the Russians), and a very probable staged terror strike to remove the last of our civil liberties.  When our government gets done, America is going to be rolled back to the police state of the Soviets, with most people working for the goverment to spy on the rest, and a black market the only means to acquire the necessities.  It may take some months before a black market comes together in the aftermath of a hyperinflation melt-down.  Are you equipped to tough it out for that long?

If you go to church, talk to the pastor and make sure he talks to the congregation at length about preparing in advance by storing “every needful thing” to protect themselves.  The time for this prep work is running short.  Price inflation is hitting now. We may not see the BIG inflation hit until first quarter of next year, but things will start getting really interesting this last quarter of 2010. 

Me? Gosh, I’m trying.  I’m not just pulling things together for me and my husband, but also to make sure my little old momma is covered.

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc  

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What’s Going On In The Gulf?

Okay… did you notice that Obama had auctioned off the rights to drill in all of the coastal areas just before the BP Rig blew up?

And then Obama declared a 6 month moratorium against all drilling in the Gulf of Mexico? That broke all the contracts for all the rig owners, who then scrambled to find new contracts. When they move a rig, it stays put for a while, barring a large storm. 4 big rigs have already left the Gulf to go work for PetroBras in Brazil. More are going to work for Mexico’s Pemex.  An oil rig lease is for several years. Any rig that leaves our coast won’t be back for a long time.

Obama’s 6 month moratorium is chasing all of the rigs out of our Gulf, and therefore all of the oil and gas production.  My prediction is that this alone stands to make the US that much more dependent on foreign countries. Because of this alone, we could easily be seeing $4+ a gallon for gas, and who knows what the cost for natural gas is going to run our heaters this winter. Tell me that ain’t gonna present some difficulties. If people can’t afford to get to work, it will further hamper economic recovery.  It will certainly make groceries get a lot more expensive simply because of higher shipping costs.

At the same time, Obama is using this to push his carbon tax plan… and no, we ain’t buying it. He’s pushing it through the EPA anyway.  The dispersant that BP is using in the Gulf is highly poisonous and the coasts of LA, MS, AL and FL are all finding airborne Benzene levels along the coast to be incredibly high. If you smell anything, get out. Benzene is one of the top most cancer-causing substances around, and the reason why there is so much environmental testing around refineries.

We are currently seeing a lot of saber-rattling between Israel and Iran. This has been buzzing for some months now, and was still up and up front at the Bilderberg Meeting. If they happen to exchange some missiles, it will effectively close the Straits of Hormuz on the Persian Gulf, through which some 80% of the world’s oil supply flows.  That will be a huge blow to the world economy, which is already reeling from currency meltdowns. That will push oil prices here a lot higher still.  We may see $10 a gallon for gas.

My advice is simple. Pray and send positive energy to all of these situations. Ask your angels, ascended masters and good aliens for assistance in stopping and finding solutions for all of this bad stuff.  The reason those illuminati types are trying to trash everything all at once is because we know what they are up to. They are dinosaurs and they don’t even realize they are dying.

In the meantime, please do a few things to prepare for any and all of these scenarios:  Have enough cash in the house to pay for what you need for a month in the event of either having to “bug out” or in the event of an extended bank holiday.  Have enough food and water in the house to feed your family for at least a month… ideally longer.  You might consider pulling your money out of the stock market and putting what’s left of it into gold and silver while it’s still pretty cheap. 

 All I can say is that we live in interesting times. Gee whiz.

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc   She also offers an e-book, “Fat-Free Spirituality” which is packed with advanced spiritual knowledge.

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Team Up With Other Folks…

Okay… I’ve been ranting on about building up your long-term pantry supplies for a long time now. I got the guidance shortly after Obama got sworn in in 2008, and began executing my guidance slowly.

I have two raised garden beds, and have been sneaking food items in anywhere they will grow. Granted, I’m still in the experimental phase of becoming a farmer. At least I’ve got lettuce, zucchini, some beans and some peppers and herbs working. Still figuring out the collard and mustard greens.

My husband and I have also undertaken a campaign to make sure that all guns in the house actually work. We had to take a vintage target .22 to a gunsmith for professional cleaning, but we got a really good little target pistol out of it. We got out the inherited WWII M1 Carbine and inspected it… just needed to clean out the dust, then get some fresh ammo and a couple more magazines.

Since I’m stocking up for a household of two humans and four cats, I’ve found that sometimes buying bulk is a little too expensive or too big for any one purchase. I’ve got a friend that has another friend, and we three go in together on various items. He’s ordering a carton of the powdered whole eggs from Honeyville Grains, http://www.honeyvillegrain.com , and we’re splitting it three ways. That way, we get the #10 cans of egg powder, for long-time storage,  for about $15 each, thereby saving a couple dollars on each can and saving on shipping.

We’ve also gone in together on a 35 Lb. bag of dried onion flakes. Have you any idea how big a 35 Lb. bag of onion flakes is? It’s a bloody futon!  Between the three of us, we can split that down, suck-wrap it into manageable portions, and have what we desire in the larder.  Most recipes need onions and garlic to taste like much of anything. In fact, most of the recipes I know start with “first you get you a big-ol’ yella onion…”

Talk to your friends and neighbors… get them on the same page and get them into the concept of preparing for some major hiccups in the economy and whatever else, then get them on the bandwagon regarding stocking up. If you’re in the north, you know that you could be snowed in, thereby dependent on your stored food. I’m here in the south, and I’ve been dependent on my stored food for a couple of weeks at a time because of hurricanes. Believe me, being able to whip up a clean casserole out of some rice, canned veggies and a 12 Oz. can of turkey meat is a blessing when the rest of the world is standing in line at an empty grocery store. I’ve found that working from bulk purchases also saves money on groceries in the long term.

To add further emphasis, we know that at the time of the Great Depression, some 90% of all U.S. citizens were rural and mostly self-sufficient, yet we lost some 17 million people to starvation out of a total population of 122,775,046 in 1930.  Check my math, but it looks like we lost 1/7th of our population during the Great Depression!  Since they led us to war to pull us out of the Depression, we know that somewhere between 30 and 45 million soldiers died in WWII, and there is no way to know an exact number for sure.  So we really lost perhaps 62 million people as a result?  Holy catz!

NOW we’re down to perhaps 11% rural, and maybe half of those are self-sufficient, meaning that the other 89% are urban.  Does that mean that out of 309 million, we’re going to lose 1/7th of our population to starvation, or more,  when things finally domino? We know that FEMA has camps set up all over the U.S., ready to take in millions of people. What do you think that would be like?  How many people would just plain disappear if they went into FEMA camps?  No… better to plan ahead and be able to feed your family. It is easier to cycle food through your pantry than to buy it for any price at times of peak demand and panic buying with worthless currency.

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc   She also offers an e-book, “Fat-Free Spirituality” which is packed with advanced spiritual knowledge.

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Home Depot Observation

My friend in Santa Fe, New Mexico is dealing with some really strange phenomena. New Mexico is melting down and there isn’t a peep about it in the media. Their governor apparently stole billions of dollars from the state, the attorney general is also a crook, the crimelords are running things, and the police can’t be bothered to deal with any crimes that they can’t take a profit from (traffic enforcement). There is no immigration law enforcement.  The economy there stinks worse than probably anywhere else.  The grocery stores aren’t really stocking much, either, so they line the fronts of the shelves with food and don’t load any stock behind that.   The food banks are tapped out and even Costco isn’t carrying anywhere near the variety that we have here in Houston. 

So my friend is trying to put some resources together so she can handle the upcoming shifts, and the probable crazy stuff that may very well accompany all of that. I’ve walked down the aisles at Costco and my local grocery store with her on the phone… I tell her what I see and the price and she tells me how much of it to buy for her. I’ve shipped several heavy boxes to her this past month.

The latest thing was that she needed to find a way to store her food stash so the bugs wouldn’t get into it. It needed to be light and air tight. I suggested she go down to Home Depot, which has the 5 gallon paint buckets with the good lids that have rubber o-rings in them. They’re tough to get open once you have filled them and clamped the lid down.  Turns out, the Home Depot in Santa Fe is out of them… and has been for some time… and they’re not restocking very much, either. She went all over town trying to find something along those lines, but couldn’t. 

This evening after dinner, I went to my local Home Depot, and got my friend the lids, and got myself some buckets and lids as well, among other things. I asked an associate to please check to see if there were any more of the crank-up flashlights… he came back to report there were none. The fellow then asked about why he was seeing so many people loading up on things like these buckets, and emergency type supplies like the batteries and crank radios and the like. I simply explained things as best I could in a nutshell:  we’re about to experience hyper-inflation, and people are preparing by pulling their investments out of the banks and stock market and buying food, ammo and metals.  I explained that we could see the real poo hit the fan as early as first quarter of next year, but we will likely see obvious price inflation hitting as early as this fall.  The man looked at me with glazed, uncomprehending eyes and said that he was glad I was keeping up on these things, as he didn’t have time to.  The poor schmuck… he seemed too old to be that stupid.

The experience tells me that a lot of my neighbors here in Houston are paying attention and trying to stock their pantries, if nothing else.  I’m glad about that.  I’m concerned about the other folks that can’t wrap their heads around what’s going on, hoping that everything will continue bumping along. I try to educate people, but I can’t do their thinking for them. I’m genuinely worried about family members of mine that opt to complain about where the country is heading, and how their 401-Ks are tanking, but aren’t doing anything to be able to handle what looks to be coming up pretty soon. I plan on taking a load of food over to my mom and ask her to “store it for me for a little while”  just to get her marginally equipped.

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc  

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Eerily Quiet 4th of July…

The date is 7/7/2011. The price of silver is back to $36.28… it was in the $33 range before the holiday weekend. Gold is at $1533.67. 

Here in Houston, and indeed most of the Southwestern United States, we are experiencing a severe drought.  There is a fireworks ban for the next 3 months.  This is the first 4th of July in my memory when I didn’t have to deal with the idiots living in my subdivision keeping me up all hours and scaring my cats with their fireworks, and then leaving trash all over the streets and lawns.  We are very far behind in rain fall… to the point where people may be praying for a hurricane. When you step out onto the grass it crackles, no matter how often you water it.  Local wildlife is under such stress that I keep several bowls of water filled in the back yard out of compassion… never mind the fact that my yard is on the raccoon and ‘possum superhighway.

Now… if for your own sake you would please go to Pastor Lindsey Williams’ blog and listen to some of the interviews, you will know what to expect.  http://lindseywilliams101.blogspot.com/   
Pastor Williams made friends of several of the elites back when he served as chaplain for the Alaska Pipeline project back in the 1970s.  He’s been updated from time to time and goes on various radio talk shows to tell people about the developments. You really want to listen to what he is relating. Other knowledgeable people such as Bob Chapman, Gerald Celente and Webster Tarpley have all been stating their own viewpoints on things that happen to dovetail with Pastor Williams’ information perfectly. 

In short, what we can expect is what I tune in and dowsed out over a year back (posted somewhere on this blog)… in short, that the effects of inflation will become patently obvious here in the U.S. this fall, so you’ve got this summer to divest yourself of all paper assets, and buy precious metals, storable food and water, and guns and ammo.  If you can afford it, by all means install some solar power as it will come in very handy indeed.  Burglar bars will also likely come in handy.

Pastor Williams says that the elites have planned and are actively creating the various color revolutions and regime changes throughout the Middle East… it is mostly theater (no real change in government) and their main purpose is to shut down the supply of the oil coming from that region.  Any one blockage will raise the price of a barrel of oil $50… shut down the Suez Canal or the Straits of Hormuz and you’re at $200 a barrel. The Egyptian putsch was first, then Libya, now Yemen, and they’re going after Syria (which will probably put us at war with both Hammas and Iran)… the very last one to fall will be Saudi Arabia. That is their plan.  Such expensive oil will be the last straw for the American economy.  Only at that point will they produce in ANWR, the Bakken, Central Texas, and Gull Island. They’re already moving the pieces into place. The elites want oil at $150-$200 a barrel before they produce those fields.

Remember that when the government has tried all their accounting sleight of hand, ceiling limits and “stimulus” and have run out of tricks, they WILL take us to war. We’ve already got troops on the ground in Libya. We have predator drones attacking Pakistan and Yemen. Iran, Pakistan and the Saudis are begging China and Russia for protection. There is one rumor that the elites are already headed to their underground bunkers as of the 7th:  http://truthfrequencynews.com/?p=5498  If so, we need to arrange for arcwelders to show up to make sure the bastards can’t get out.

According to Pastor Williams, in the short term, gasoline will stay below $5 a gallon, and silver and gold will stay in the neighborhood they are in  throughout this summer, then the prices will skyrocket in the fall.  The elites pulled back on the gasoline prices because they didn’t want people waking up too fast.  Gold is expected to hit $3,000 and silver will go to at least $75 by the end of this year, give or take.    The dollar WILL BE DEAD by this time in 2012.  Anything that is written on paper is worth the paper it is written on.

The overall feeling, as noticed by a number of journalists, is a very still, hazy, sleepy dreamlike feeling like just before the outbreak of World War II. Everyone seems to be concentrating on their own private bliss while trying to ignore the coming storm. This is probably your last chance to get your house in order.

The ONE thing the elites are afraid of is the awakening of humanity. Please, take time out and talk to all of your friends and family. Do your best to get them preparing for the worst. Help them snatch themselves away from the jaws of death.  Help them to save their dinner table and preserve their hard-earned assets. Make use of this engineered “dip” in precious metals prices to load up on silver and gold.

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc

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Glad to See Awakenings

I gotta say, every time I get into a conversation about the economy, I look that other person in the eye and say, “Please tell me you’re stocking extra food for long term and buying silver.”  I am increasingly gratified to get comments to the affirmative, and often with a wink.  I tell them they might as well channel any and all of their disposable income in this way to protect their families against the ravages of hig inflation and hyper-inflation, which looks to be looming closer and closer.  I see every person that is making these types of preparations as one less family to wind up dying in a FEMA camp.

After mailing off an order to one lady, I approached her via e-mail, after informing her to look for her shipment, that she might want to look at this list of links and please consider stocking up on at least 3 months’ supply of food for her family and buying silver.  She was a tad slow on the uptake… she asked me which ETF (silver stock) she should  buy, and I told her to go to the local bullion dealer and load up on physical silver!  Truth is, silver stocks are paper silver and most are heavily leveraged.  I told her that this is the case in which you really want to have the commodity in your hand.  I was very gratified when she indicated that she “got it” and will be taking action.  The smaller your household income, the more action you need to take in this regard to protect your family.

I am also glad that the Twitter feeds for my posts are picking up larger and larger numbers of followers. I get new notices just about every day, in spite of not having any kind of advertising or affiliate program.  I hope that means that many more people are pulling their preparations together to safeguard their families.

Silver is still a real deal at under $30 spot. I take advantage of the dips to accumulate more of it, and I recommend you do so as well, while the bullion banks are still suppressing the price for us!  It is like holding a helium balloon under water… at some point, you won’t be able to hold it down any more and the thing will take off.  Silver is actually being consumed by many industrial applications, and the supply is being replaced at a rate below consumption.  The various mints around the world are scrambling to keep up with demand.

While surfing Max Keiser’s site I found this link to the top 25 countries whose countries could easily get crushed by food price inflation. http://www.businessinsider.com/governments-food-price-inflation-2011-1#      The list includes some countries that the U.S. considers unfriendly like Venezuela with a GDP per capita of $11,236 and a food as a percentage of total household consumption of 32.6%.   That’s pretty high, but there are a lot of countries where the percentage is close to or over 50%… Vietnam, Ukraine (at 61%), Bulgaria, Romania, Azerbaijan (at 60.2%), Sudan (52.9%), Egypt (at 48.1% of their per capita GDP of $1,991, and they’re rioting), Nigeria (73.0%), Algeria (53.0%), Morocco (63.0%), and Bangladesh (53.8%).  That’s really marginal living… they still have to put a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs.  In most of these places, a bag of rice or wheat is the majority of the weekly grocery purchase. In most of these places, the government has to subsidize many households. They began rioting in Egypt and other places when the IMF got their governments to quit the subsidies in the name of “austerity”.  Remember that. The IMF wants people rioting and starving… the Rothschields always said to buy real estate when there’s blood in the streets.  The IMF also has absolutely zero capital of its own… it moves in after the bankers tank the local economy with derivatives, then offers some high interest loan for which each country gives up its soverignity and has to take orders from these vampires.

The average in the U.S., for the time being,  is supposed to be somewhere around 12.4%.  I know a lot of people whose food budgets are primarily beans and rice, and it is taking up a much higher percentage of their take home pay. It isn’t funny. 

Shipping prices are going up, which is adding to the weather as reasons for food prices going up, but number one on the hit parade is the Federal Reserve debasing our currency.  Our monetary inflation is causing people in other countries to starve and riot, and it’ll only be a relatively short amount of time before that comes home to roost here in the U.S.  Most agricultural commodities are up 50% in just the past 6 months. 

I just read the latest web bot report from Clif High, and it is frightening. It mentions specifically food and fuel price inflation, and civil unrest. It specifically mentions how TPTW  (the powers that were, meaning the elites) will be pulling out all the stops to squash galloping global rebellions against their so-called authority.   The web-bots point to March being a major tipping point, and the big inflation hitting in the fall.  The Fed would have to jack up interest to over 20% and start drawing a lot of money from the supply in order to prevent hyper-inflation… and we know they either don’t have that kind of will… or they really do want everything to go nuts.  Gang, you might as well hedge your bets and plan for the worst. You’ll likely be eating all of that stored food within 2 years anyway. 

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc 

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Bulk High Protein Dry Foods

I have a few resources for you:

http://www.sunorganic.com  has great deals on quinoa, amaranth, millet, great northern beans (not so gassy), nuts and dried fruits. They are in California.

http://www.hidalgofoods.com  is in  Texas, and has the best prices on chia and maca, but if you are closer, the proximity can save you some serious bucks on shipping, even if the prices on quinoa are a little higher.

http://www.glaserorganicfarms.com is near Miami, Florida, so those of you on the east coast will probably save on shipping bulk items by ordering from them. Good prices on most items, and they also have a line of pesto sauces, nuts, raw snack foods, and other things for healthy cravings.

I’ve ordered from all of these companies and they are all good.  I will buy 25 lb. bags of the  grains and then use my FoodSaver system to suck-wrap them down into 4-cups per bag for long-haul storage.

Now… regarding the grains I’ve been ordering. Quinoa  is gluten-free, has about 15% protein content, a high amino acid score, a relatively low glycemic load and is loaded with bone-building minerals. Quinoa doesn’t have that much flavor on its own, so I fix that in the rice cooker with either chicken broth or bullion, chopped onions, garlic, parsley, tarragon and maybe even throw in a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Great stuff… works great with meat and gravy.

Amaranth is gluten-free, contains 13% protein dry, but has a high amino acid score and a load of minerals. Amaranth can’t take the place of rice as a side dish… too fine and too mushy. What I discovered on my own, is that you can either make a pudding out of it for dessert, or make it up with a little molasses or organic cane sugar, and serve it either as breakfast (like oatmeal or cream of wheat), or serve it along side your morning eggs as a substitute for grits. I’ll keep experimenting with it. I think it has promise for cookies and the like.

Millet is very interesting. It contains something like 11% protein, and also has middle score in amino acids and a higher glycemic index, and is heavy on bone-building minerals. It does substitute for rice very nicely. Cook it up just like you do rice, with a little salt and a pat of butter, and it tastes a lot like some kind of flavored grits. It substitutes for rice very nicely. My husband’s blood sugar will spike with millet, mainly because he goes back for second and third helpings, if he controls himself, it won’t spike.  There are a lot of artisan bread recipes that include millet. This has no gluten.

Compare that to whole grain brown rice, which has a very high glycemic index (higher than millet), about 7% protein, and is a lot more inflammation causing than the other three, by about double the numbers. Rice still contains gluten, even if it is refined out.

I did try kamut, which is a middle-eastern relative of the wheat family and does have gluten in it. It is about 16% protein and has a fairly low glycemic load, but then again, it’s tough to cook and eat the stuff. Granted I just put it in a rice cooker with water and a chicken bullion cube. It took darn-near forever to cook, and it still wasn’t cooked. Maybe the trick is to grind it up first. I’ll give it a “fail” for now.

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc  

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Made My Own Tortillas

Okay… I’ve been storing all sorts of pantry essentials “just in case”. I found two 10-Lb. bags of organic unbleached all-purpose flour at Costco. The idea is that if I’m stuck at home and can’t get to a grocery store, or if the stores are depleted like they tend to be around a hurricane, I’d still be able to at least make tortillas, pancakes, cornbread and the like. I have an automatic breadmaker, but haven’t explored it as yet… the instruction booklet is pretty thick. I’m building my confidence so I can get to the point where purchasing bags of red wheat and a grain grinder won’t seem like an experiment likely to go to waste. I’ve heard from people who have been grinding their own flour and baking with it, and they say their health  and vitality have increased greatly.

I got on the web and looked up recipes for making flour tortillas. They vary quite a bit. This may take a little experimentation.

I conferred with Virginia Garcia, who said to get a rolling pin… the considered tortilla presses a waste of time. Try finding an old-fashioned rolling pin in this day and time!  After drawing blanks at Family Dollar, my normal grocery stores and Big Lots, I finally combed the area resale shops. I finally found one at Bear Creek Assistance Ministries. It had been used in a nursery school… it had Play-Doh on it. I took it home and bleached it, and worked it over with steel wool, then rubbed some coconut oil into it. It works like a champ!

My first attempt at making tortillas… well, the recipe didn’t have enough oil in it. I basically wound up with chapati bread. Using the good organic flour, grapeseed oil, Himalayan sea salt and aluminum-free baking powder, it really tasted good, though. Nice and clean, and not at all like the crappy bagged ones I’ve been getting at the grocery store… that stuff won’t even go moldy!  I slapped a little butter on one of mine and it was perfectly yummy. The tough part was rolling the dough out thin enough. I can see the point in getting a proper griddle for the purpose, so that will be next on the shopping list.

My point in getting organic, unbleached flour is a good one. Most flour on the market is processed with alloxan, which effectively rots your pancreas from the inside-out.  That includes most commercial breads, pastries, crackers, pasta and tortillas.  If you’re going to be eating this stuff, you might as well get the cleanest stuff you can find. 

I’ve been buying this flour on sale whenever possible. I picked up 5 Lb. bags of King Arthur brand organic unbleached flour for $3.24 each, put them in the freezer for about a week to kill any possible bugs, then suck-wrapped the bags with a spoonful of Diatomaceous earth in the bottom of the bag. I always date what I put into storage.

Now, tortillas are the darling of home-economics teachers everywhere… you can do a lot with them. They can be breakfast, lunch or dessert. They can be a side dish like a piece of bread, or a component of the main dish, like enchiladas. 

I plan on finding a source for organic masa harina to make corn tortillas with. I guess I could try with the organic cornmeal I’ve got, though.

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc   She also offers an e-book, “Fat-Free Spirituality” which is packed with advanced spiritual knowledge.

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Fun with the Dehydrator

For years now, I’ve used my big 12-tray Excalubur Dehydrator to make everything from raw corn chips, flax seed crackers and, of course, taking those apples that were a little too long in the tooth to eat directly and turning them into incredibly sweet apple chips.  Frozen blueberries work fine, too. Fresh pineapple takes on a very sinewy, chewy texture, but tastes pretty good. By all means, experiment.

Dehydrated apples are quite delectable and satisfy the appetite for sweet and snacky. You can take a $4 bag of apples from the local wholesale club and turn it into a lot of apple chips. They’re great with peanut butter. You can, of course, take your favorite nut-butter and spread it on a Teflex sheet and dehydrate that for some chewy nut leather.

Looking at the prices for dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, I decided to experiment a little more. The last time I went to Costco, picked up a 5 lb. bag of organic frozen mixed vegetables for $6 (you can’t beat that price), so I took that bag and placed the entire contents into my dehydrator, taking up 6 trays. I let it stay in there for several days at 105 degrees so the veggies would be thoroughly dehydrated but still have all the enzymes. The peas, corn and carrots dehydrated really fast, but the green beans lagged behind. It did permeat the house with a really weird smell for more than a day. When at last the green beans were shriveled and crispy, I put them in a FoodSaver system bag, and suck-wrapped them. That huge bag of frozen veggies came down to about a quart sized bag.

Not bad!

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc  

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Eating Right Isn’t That Time-Consuming

Okay… I’ve been looking at ingredient labels and wondering why we’re eating the packaged crap at the grocery stores. Having been “prepping” by stocking up on basic materials, I’ve had to re-explore home cooking, which better prepares me for self-sufficiency in the aftermath of whatever might throw a monkey-wrench into the normal commerce around these parts. Seeing my neighbors standing in line for hours to enter a grocery store that had been completely denuded a couple of days in front of Hurricane Ike, was a good indicator that the more I can do for myself, the better.

Now… talking to a friend on the phone, who admittedly says that she doesn’t have time to cook… and here the poor dear is carrying enough weight to make an extra person… just doesn’t wash with me.  That very evening I had created a perfectly wonderful and healthy dish with some of my pantry basics. I took a cup of quinoa, about 3 cups of water, a MSG-free chicken buillion cube, half a chopped onion, a tablespoon of the garlic in olive oil, and one of the 12-ounce cans of turkey meat, drained (I buy the 4-packs of the turkey meat at the wholesale clubs)… and dumped the entire lot into my rice cooker and pretty much walked away.  Once things got about half done, I dumped in a couple of fist-fulls of the dehydrated carrot bits and half a bag of frozen peas.  It became a wonderful dish. You can easily use Veg-All mixed vegetables in a can for the veggie. I made up a quick gravy using a can of Cream of Mushroom soup to top it off.  My husband said it was like turkey and dressing all together, and he certainly made a lunch of it to take to work the next day. 

Okay… I had the veggies, the meat, plenty of flavor, and a HEALTHY carb… quinoa  is gluten-free, has about 15% protein content, a high amino acid score, a relatively low glycemic load, plenty of fiber and is loaded with bone-building minerals.

I mean, really… dumping some ingredients into a rice cooker and walking away?  That didn’t take much of any time.  Okay… it took a little time to chop up an onion.

What did it actually cost? $2 for the can of turkey, maybe $1 for the quinoa, half an onion I already had in the fridge and half a bag of veggies I already had in the freezer (closed with a clothes-pin)… maybe another dollar?  And a can of cream of mushroom soup to top it off? Not much there. I  created a total of 5 healthy meals for maybe $5.50. 

Time to get real, America!

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Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website, http://www.turtleisland.cc  

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