Prepping For Cold-Weather Holiday Trips

If you are traveling to a relative’s house this holiday season, be sure to have a car kit ready and safely tucked away under a seat just in case you end up in bad weather and need extra items to stay safe and warm. Having such a kit will give you peace of mind when you drive long distances, since bad weather, breakdowns, accidents, flat tires, running out of gas and unexpected delays can occur at any time. In addition, your car kit can double as a bug-out bag if you need to evacuate or leave your car for any reason.

Emergency Car Kit

This Emergency Car Kit fits most emergency situations while traveling. All items are packed in a heavy-duty backpack. You can purchase the car kit separately or gather your own supplies and make one in a small bag or backpack. I suggest that if you purchase a pre-made car kit, you evaluate it and add to it according to what you and your family will need. It should be as compact as possible so it can be stowed away under a seat in the vehicle. The larger items will need to be kept in a weatherproof container in the trunk of the car or in the back of a truck.

A car kit should contain:
Emergency Car Survival Kit

  • Two 30-minute high-intensity light sticks and flairs
  • Solar spotlight and solar flashlight
  • Solar blanket
  • Waterproof poncho
  • Swiss army knife
  • Leather gloves
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife
  • Emergency instruction booklet
  • Reflecting triangle
  • Help sign or distress banner
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Drinking water and water bottle
  • Emergency food and snacks
  • Emergency money

In addition to the emergency car kit, keep the following items in your vehicle also:

  • Ice scraper
  • Heavy-duty tow rope and smaller rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher (small)
  • Waterproof matches or butane lighter
  • One gallon of extra gasoline and one can of motor oil
  • Tire pump or aerosol tire inflator
  • Jack and lug wrench
  • Spare tire
  • Extra fan belt, radiator hose and fuses
  • Small shovel and basic tools
  • Warm socks, gloves, extra clothing and a coat
  • Warm blanket and tarp



Take extra water for everyone riding in your vehicle. Realistically, we can survive about 72 hours without water and much longer without food. Staying hydrated is important for proper brain functioning and staying level-headed in a crisis. I always carry ION Stabilized Oxygen (water treatment) in my vehicle to treat contaminated water to make it potable. It kills and destroys harmful bacteria on contact. It takes 8 drops of ION to an 8-ounce glass of water. Stir and drink. A 2-ounce bottle will treat 110 gallons of questionable water on contact. ION is non-toxic and has an indefinite shelf life. You will need a water bottle to use in case you have to get water from a lake or stream.

Solar-Powered SpotlightSolar–powered spotlight or flashlight

I love my solar-powered spotlight and flashlight. I keep them in my car at all times. They charge with sunlight, natural and artificial light. The Solar Flashlight works in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. You never have to purchase batteries. It works for more than 100,000 hours, and it holds a single charge for three years without exposure to any light. It is unmatched in durability due to its one-piece construction. It withstands a strong impact and has a lifetime warranty.

If you are traveling with babies or toddlers add these extra things to a child’s pack:

  • Baby carrier, such as a backpack or front pack
  • Diapers and wet wipes
  • Water and juices
  • Baby food
  • Rice cereal, plastic bowl and spoon
  • Bottles, formula
  • Toys
  • Blanket, extra clothing, warm coat, hat and gloves

Add these things for your pets:

  • Pet carrier and warm blanket (if needed)
  • Pet food, treats and water for three days
  • Collar, leash and toys

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable time with your loved ones during the holiday season.

–Peggy Layton

Give The Gift Of Preparedness This Christmas

Christmastime is approaching once again, and another year is coming to an end. It has been a long-standing tradition to give gifts to friends and loved ones to reflect on the birth of Jesus. The wise men came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. I know that Christmas has been so commercialized that it has lost its true meaning; however, Christmas does give us a reason to reflect on the season and how grateful we are for friends and family. Gift giving is a tradition, so why not give practical gifts that our loved ones can use year-round.

I give practical preparedness items to my friends, family and loved ones every year. As my children get married and have families of their own, they appreciate these types of gifts more than they used to. I have three married children, several who are single and live in apartments and some who are going to college. I worry about them venturing out into the big world. I want to make sure they have some preparations that could make them safer and even could save their lives in times of crises.

One year, I gave my husband and my children sleeping bags that would keep them warm at 20-30 degrees below 0. They were very expensive, and I wondered if it would be practical for everyone. My oldest son volunteers at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, every January. The frigid 20-below weather would surely freeze the faint of heart. My son slept in his sleeping bag in the back of his van for the entire week, and he had no problems. He was very happy that I had given him such a practical gift.

The Following Items Are My Favorites For Gift Giving:

3-Cheese Alfredo Pasta with ChickenEmergency Food Storage (Pre-Packaged Meals)

Last year, all my children got a large assortment of Go Foods™ prepackaged meals that serve four people. I loaded each one of them up with a large box of food. These meals are so easy to fix that even my daughter in college can boil water and cook them. I like Go Foods because the meals have no genetically modified organisms, no MSG, no trans fats, no illegal fertilizers and no chemicals or harmful preservatives. The shelf life is 15-25 years. You can eat these meals tonight, store them for a rainy day or share them with others. Go Foods has a Christmas special this month that is a great deal.

Hybrid FlashlightSolar-Powered Flashlights 

I love my solar-powered flashlight. I keep it in my car at all times. It charges with sunlight, natural and artificial light. This is one of the gifts my children are getting for Christmas.

The Solar Flashlight works in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. You never have to purchase batteries. It works for more than 100,000 hours, and it holds a single charge for three years without exposure to any light.

It is 100 percent waterproof, and it floats. It is made of 50 percent polycarbonate and 50 percent plastic. It is unmatched in durability due to its one-piece construction. It withstands a strong impact and has a lifetime warranty.

American Harvest Food DehydratorFood Dehydrator   

I love my food dehydrator, and I use it all the time. My married daughter wants one of these for Christmas because she has several fruit trees in her yard and she loves to snack on dried apples, peaches and pears.

NESCO®/American Harvest® has been the leader in food dehydrators for more than 30 years. The Converge-a-Flow® airflow assures even drying from top to bottom, without the tray rotation required by other dehydrators.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced “pro” making beef jerky, drying fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers, NESCO®/American Harvest® offers the best units available. These make great gifts for preppers.

Grain MillWondermill Junior Hand Grain Grinder

The Wonder Junior is the highest quality most versatile hand grain mill available. You can create super-fine flour or coarse cracked grains for cereals. By simply swapping the stone heads for the stainless steel burr heads, you can make delicious peanut butter or other nut butters and grind flax or any other oily or wet grains, herbs, spices, soybeans and legumes. You can even grind fresh coffee. In all these applications, you are assured to always have the perfect fresh nutritious ingredients for your family — even if the power is out.

Car Survival KitDeluxe Emergency Car Kit

This kit fits most all road emergency situations. All items are packed in a heavy-duty backpack. Each kit contains:  one 30-minute high-intensity light stick, a tow rope, an auto spotlight, jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight with batteries, a fire extinguisher, a solar blanket, a waterproof poncho, a Swiss army knife, a flat tire fixer, drinking water, leather gloves, a whistle, duct tape, a utility knife, emergency instructions, a help sign, wet wipes, a reflecting triangle and a distress banner.

Deluxe 72-hour 1-Person PackDeluxe 72-Hour (Grab And Go) Backpack For 1 Person

This pack contains one oversized backpack with the following items: a flashlight that takes D batteries, two D batteries, four eight-hour light sticks, one emergency AM/FM radio, two AAA batteries, a solar reflective blanket, an emergency rain poncho, one tube tent, 3,600-calorie food bars, six 4.2-ounce water pouches, 50 water purification tablets, 30 bandages in two sizes, two sterile sponge dressings, six alcohol pads, two antiseptic towelettes, two butterfly closures, 10 cotton-tip applicators, one iodine pad, four masks, a multi-tool knife, one five-in-one survival whistle, one 50-foot rope, work gloves and an emergency preparedness guide.

Sun Oven BakewareSun Oven With Bakeware Preparedness Package

I own one of these Global Sun Ovens, and I use it all the time. I even bake bread in it. The Global Sun Oven bakes, boils or steams any kind of food with the power of the sun.

The Sun Oven basic package includes: one black, round, covered enamelware cooking pot; a built in thermometer that reaches temperatures of 360 to 400 F; attached one-piece collapsible reflectors; a spill-proof levelator; and a self-contained focusing leg.

The Sun Oven weighs 21 pounds, folds up in seconds and comes with a carrying handle.

The preparedness package includes: one additional round, covered, enamelware cooking pot for stacking; one water pasteurization indicator; one set of two loaf pans; one set of two stackable cookie sheet/brownie pans.

ION Stabilized OxygenION Stabilized Oxygen (Water Treatment)

Discounts apply to multiple orders of ION Stabilized Oxygen (water treatment).

  • A 2-ounce bottle will purify 110 gallons of questionable water on contact.
  • ION is non-toxic.
  • ION has an indefinite shelf life. It will not go bad sitting on a shelf.
  • ION can be used in water storage barrels or containers. It will keep the water safe for up to five years.
  • ION can also be used for medicinal uses. If you are feeling sick, take 20 drops in an 8-ounce glass of water three times a day and you will get better.

Cookbooks By Peggy Layton

Cookin' With Home StorageCookin With Home Storage includes:

  • Charts on what food to store and how much to store.
  • Charts on how to reconstitute dehydrated and freeze-dried food.
  • Fascinating historical information on how the pioneers really lived.
  • Authentic pioneer recipes using basic foods.
  • Emergency food storage and survival tips.
  • Great Grandma’s home remedies and household cleaners.
  • Natural beauty and personal care.
  • Homemade baby food and pet food.

Cookin’ With Home Storage is a fascinating cookbook with more than 550 recipes for using basic food storage to make meals. If you purchase in quantities of six or more, you will receive a 25 percent discount.

Emergency Food Storage & Survival HandbookEmergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook contains a timely and practical six-step plan for storing a three-month reserve of food, water and survival supplies. It’s perfect for the millions of families who, in light of lingering safety threats, are re-examining their preparedness. This book includes plans for the do-it-yourself crowd. How to put together a 72-hour emergency kit, a medical kit, a car kit and a baby kit. This book is a workbook with charts on what foods to store and how much to store. It walks you through getting prepared step by step in an easy-to-follow format. If you purchase in quantities of six or more, you will receive a 25 percent discount. Giving the gift of preparedness will help everyone you love be better prepared.

–Peggy Layton

De-Stress During The Holidays By Being Thankful In All Things

The holiday season is upon us once again. The holidays are a time to be with our families and reflect on how thankful we are for our many blessings. I believe that life is perfect in everything we experience. Whether it seems, looks or feels painful in any way, there is always a silver lining. If we look deeper, we will find the positive and discover what we have learned from the experience.

Every time my family has a holiday dinner, we go around the table and each person tells what he is thankful for. As we recognize the value of every experience in our lives, our thankfulness will increase. Having an attitude of gratitude is the first step to living a fulfilled life. It’s not what happens to us in life that matters; it is how we handle what happens to us.

Write In A Gratitude Journal And Watch Your Life Improve

Developing an attitude of gratitude toward every person, thing and event in your life is an effective way to strengthen your emotional resilience and reduce stress during the holidays. A gratitude journal makes it easy to focus on the positive especially in any given stressful situation. It is also a tool to help us recognize that we are blessed. Here’s what to do:

  1. Get a blank notebook or journal and start writing every day.
  2. Gratitude journal writing is more effective at the end of the day. Simply list at least three things (per day) that you are grateful for in this journal.
  3. Take each of the things you are grateful for and write a sentence or two to expound on them. Do this consistently each day, and your life will improve. When you have written about all the obvious things, then dig deep and write about the subtle small things you have noticed such as young children, nature, flowers, bumblebees, garden vegetables and any other amazing thing you are grateful for.
  4. Extend yourself beyond the journal. Start telling people in your life that you are grateful for them and the little things they do to bless your life. The response may be so great that you will do it on a regular basis.

Emotional Survival Is As Important As Physical Survival

If someone or something outside of your control harms, triggers or upsets you, look at it as a blessing so you can learn something from it. Be grateful and thank God for the experience and what you have learned. Know that you might be playing a role in someone else’s life lesson. Practice the art of not taking it personally and allowing the other person to learn what they need to as well from the experience.

Don’t be a rescuer in someone else’s life lesson. Never jump in and fix it for someone, or he will become weak and dependent on you. Be kind and listen, but let him know that you trust him to make the right decision and that he is very capable of making correct decisions. Then, lovingly support him in that decision. If his choice is something you cannot live with, then you must do what is right for you and allow him to learn from his mistakes.

If you are having trouble with a spouse or child or any in other relationship, make a list of all the things you are grateful for about the person involved. Your relationship with that person will improve. Let go of negative energy, releasing hard feelings and replacing them with love. Go one step further and share the positive list you made with him.

If you have unresolved negative feelings toward anyone in your life, write a letter to that person explaining yourself very clearly. Get it all out of you. Seal the letter and address it to him. Go to a backyard fire pit or fireplace where you can burn the letter with a match. When it goes out, light another one. Keep lighting one match after another until the letter is all burned up. Count how many matches it took to burn the entire letter. That is how many issues associated with this person that you let go of. Let it burn up all the negative feelings. You will feel much better and you never have to mail the letter to the person or talk about it with them.

My husband has a question that he likes to ask people who are having struggles: How do you know that you are in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing? The answer is: Because you are doing it.

As we recognize the value of every experience, negative or positive, in our lives, our thankfulness will increase automatically and we will be wise enough to receive all experiences with thankfulness.

Practice The Golden Rule

Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. The power of unconditional love and acceptance is what will help us get through an emotionally stressful time. One of the biggest problems I see in society is the lack of respect and tolerance for human differences and beliefs.

We all think we have the best religion, the best beliefs and the best ideas. We think that if others would just do it our way, they would be happy. Every person on the face of the Earth walks to the beat of his or her own drum. All drums are not alike, and they play differently. The uniqueness is what makes diversity. We are all on this Earth to gain an experience in a different way. That is why it is so important to let people be who they are.

I am not talking about letting people harm us or violate common laws that we all live by. But honor the uniqueness in everyone. Do not expect them to think like you do or fit into any kind of box that you, religion or society has set up. Do yourself a favor and accept your own uniqueness as well.

I believe we were all put on this Earth to experience the craziness of an upside-down world. Nothing is as it should be in an ideal situation. It gets confusing and we must figure out how to survive. The first step is accepting what is instead of fighting against it; just say, “I accept this situation as it is.” If you think something needs to be changed or someone needs to act or be different, turn it over to God and ask through prayer for that persons heart to be softened and changed. My experience has been that the only person I can change is me,and most the time that is very difficult to do without Gods help.We must be a light and not a judge.

Practice Forgiveness Therapy

We must forgive every person who harms us in any way or does evil to our loved ones or us. It is hard to forgive someone who has truly done us harm. We must reach into the deepest part of our souls to do this. This is where mighty prayer comes in real handy.

So many people are angry with the government, the President, the politicians, their neighbors and their enemies. The only way to fight someone evil is with God and his angels helping us. Forgiveness of ourselves for even thinking mean thoughts is as important as forgiving others. Anger, hatred and an ego-based desire to be right will destroy us. Surrender to “what is.” Instead of fighting against it, pray for the situation to be solved in the best way for all people involved. Prayer is more powerful than any other weapon we can use. We can find solutions to our problems this way.

You might be thinking that I am an idealistic person with fantastical ideas, but I have lived long enough to know that this is the first thing to do in any bad situation. We waste so much time and energy being angry and fighting against something we want to change but have absolutely no control over. If someone offends you, just take a deep breath and know that the mirror is on him. He is seeing in you something he doesn’t like in himself. People who have learned to accept and forgive usually do not see the flaws in others. They love unconditionally and live a much more peaceful life with less drama.

Do not retaliate and try to harm others who have offended you in any way. Send them blessings and prayers. The easiest way to do this is to ask God to take care of the situation for you and trust that he will, stand back and watch Him do it and thank Him for what he has done. Miracles really do happen.

I am a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and I have used these techniques for my own life as well as to help others. Emotional survival is important in everything we do. If we are emotionally stable, we can reach out and light a path for others.

–Peggy Layton

Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy

In an emergency evacuation, there will always be people who stay behind to protect their personal belongings. People who ignored evacuation warnings had to be rescued and some lost their lives in one of the worst storms in the history of natural disasters in the United States.

The biggest challenges were hunger and cold because of electrical outages. More than 8.1 million homes and businesses lost power.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, city leaders across the country are asking how their city would respond to a similar disaster and examining their preparedness and self-reliance needs. Sandy would have resulted in much more damage to property, loss of lives and overall disruption of basic infrastructure and utility services had rapid response, timely evacuation warnings and accurate decision-making not been implemented.

People affected by Sandy reported the following frightening issues:

  • Neighborhoods were completely homeless.
  • People had no place to go.
  • People had no power.
  • Many vehicles were under water.
  • People were waiting in gas lines only to find gas rationing at the stations.
  • Relief help was nonexistent. The Federal Emergency Management Agency promised to get to victims as soon as possible. The Red Cross was delayed in giving help.
  • People were caught without shoes and had very little warm clothing.
  • Older people trapped in high-rise apartments with no power in the dark could not leave because of electrical wires broken and the threat of electrocution.
  • Subways, buses and public transportation were all shut down.
  • People were walking to get food and supplies.
  • Some had no cash and could not use their credit cards.
  • There was no potable drinking water, because it was contaminated.
  • There was a shortage of food in the grocery stores.
  • People with food stamp cards could not use them because the grocery stores were accepting only cash due to the lack of power to run the cash registers.
  • People were afraid of looters, so some stayed behind to protect their property.
  • Some people watched helplessly as their neighbors were killed or drowned.
  • Many people had to be rescued from their homes.
  • There was only spotty cellphone service and nowhere to charge the cellphones.
  • Some people were told that they could not return to their homes because of the extensive damage and contamination.
  • People who did return reported that the water had ruined everything. Some people’s belongings had been looted.
  • Insurance companies were overwhelmed.
  • People’s work schedules were completely disrupted. Even getting to work was a huge problem.

Perhaps the most valuable lesson to be learned from the storm is: Don’t mess with Mother Nature (just get out). But Sandy taught us other lessons, too.

Buy Flood Insurance

Many people did not have flood insurance and, as a result, are financially devastated. That is why it is so important to check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered by storms related to Mother Nature. It is worth the extra money to get a better policy that covers weather-related incidents and flood insurance.

Plan An Evacuation Route

Carefully plan your evacuation in advance. Figure out where you’d go if you had to leave your home in an emergency (the home of a friend or relative, a shelter or an evacuation site). Map out how to get there and share this information with all close family and friends. Appoint an out-of-town relative or friend as a contact person your entire family can reach if you become separated. Make sure every family member has the phone number memorized and understands what to do in an evacuation or any other true emergency.

72-Hour 1-Person PackPack A 72-Hour Bug-Out Bag

Keep an easy-to-carry backpack full of the most important essentials that you would need if you had to evacuate your home in a hurry. Prepare one for every member of the family. Leave room for important items such as your wallet, credit cards, checkbook, laptop and hard drive with all the cords, as well as your cellphone and charger.

The following items should be included in your grab-and-go backpack:

  • Bottled water
  • ION (stabilized oxygen) water treatment to kill bacteria in contaminated water.
  • Non-perishable food such as meals ready to eat, just-add-water and easy-to-fix meals.
  • An alternative lightweight portable cook stove for heating food such as a Jet-Boil.
  • Solar-powered or battery-powered flashlight with backup batteries.
  • Solar-powered or battery-operated radio with extra batteries.
  • Emergency Mylar® blankets as well as lightweight blankets.
  • Personal medications.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Several hundred dollars in small bills and coins.
  • A change of warm clothes and shoes.

A backpack for a baby should include diapers, baby wipes, baby food, shoes, clothing, medicines, small toys and a blanket.

ION Stabilized OxygenION (Stabilized Oxygen Water Treatment)

I would not be without ION in my bug-out bag. It is non-toxic, has a long shelf life, kills all harmful bacteria and will treat 110 gallons of water safely. You can use rainwater or take water from a stream and treat it. If you are getting sick, you can mix 20 drops of ION in an 8-ounce glass of water and drink it. It will knock the flu or diarrhea bug out of your body quickly. I take ION on all my trips to Mexico or other countries where the water is questionable. I put it in all liquids such as soups, juices, drinks and water. It keeps us from getting sick. 

Important Photos And Documents

Have another container with easy-to-grip handles that hold family photos, CDs with photos, scrapbooks, important documents and anything else that is irreplaceable.

Buy A Portable Generator

A portable generator is nice to have on hand in case you have to keep your refrigerator, freezer or any other appliance going. You can charge your cellphones and laptops if you have power from a generator. Don’t use gasoline motors in enclosed spaces because of carbon monoxide gas.

Prepare For Your Pets

In the aftermath of Sandy (as is the case in all major storms), many pets were lost, displaced or killed. Most people consider their animals as members of the family. They cannot bear to leave them behind. Many residents would rather stay behind with their pets than to leave them behind. Plan ahead for their safety by assembling a bug-out bag for your pets. Include the most important things you would need for them in an evacuation — things such as pet food, water, a leash, a collar, a blanket and a portable cage. Research all pet-evacuation centers in your area just in case your pet has to go to a designated pet shelter. Make sure your pet is properly tagged so it can be returned to you in case it is found stranded somewhere.

Prepare To Take Care Of Yourself And Your Family

Help may not arrive for at least three days. That is about how long it takes to get help in an emergency situation. Having a two-week supply of essentials will make life a whole lot easier. Think through the entire situation and plan your strategy. Find out if any of your neighbors are senior citizens, disabled people or families with young children. If so, get to know them. The lives you save might be theirs. With extra emergency supplies on hand, you can help others instead of waiting for help.

–Peggy Layton

Food Scarcity: A Ticking Time Bomb

According to the United Nations, world grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year.

Check the labels on the food you buy the next time you’re in the supermarket; you’ll see that it has traveled a long way to get to you. The sad truth is that the majority of food products we buy are not produced locally. They came from countries such as China, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Italy. This has significant consequences for us because it makes us dependent on these foreign countries.

If we don’t purchase our food locally, then we must rely on the world’s economic stability and the food transport chain sustaining us. As the price of fuel goes up, the price of food goes up along with it. Wages don’t go up at the same rate as inflation, so people must sacrifice in other areas just to buy food.

An alarming 17.2 million households are on food stamps right now. What good are food stamps if there is no food to purchase? These food shortages will be so extreme that the government won’t be able to bail out anyone. The food simply will not be available.

We Have Hunger in America

Fourteen million children in the United States already go to bed hungry every night. Families can’t pay their bills, and they have stopped spending money. This causes a domino effect in which businesses will be forced to lay off workers. Without enough jobs, food will be the greatest currency we have. If we have bulk food stored away, we can barter with it if necessary. In a time of crisis, food will be more important than money.

When the shortages hit our hometown grocery stores and we are paying double or triple for food, we will wish we had listened and squirreled away some extra food for hard times. This is why it is so extremely important to obtain a stockpile of bulk food. We can rely only on our own stockpiles.

Prepare For The Coming Food Shortage By Stockpiling Food

Grow your own food: You can do this in a very small space. I have heard of people growing enough food to feed their families on their balcony in an apartment. You need to get non-GMO seeds (those that are not genetically modified) so you can grow your own food and save the seeds each year. Learn how to bottle, dehydrate and preserve the food that you grow.

Buy locally grown food: We all need to know where we can get locally grown food. If you support local farmers, then they will not be forced to export their food to other countries in order to survive. Having good relationships with food suppliers is an asset in hard times. You can add to your own garden food by purchasing extra items from the farmers.

Stock up on food: You absolutely must start to stockpile reserves of food for your family. Fall is a great time to stock up on extra food because there are case lot sales going on in the supermarkets. Fresh apples, potatoes, onions, carrots and winter squash are available and can be purchased to stock up for the winter. Store these fresh foods in a cool place so they keep well.

The most important foods you should stockpile are things that have a long shelf life.

Foods That Store Well

  • Canned foods such as vegetables, fruits, meats, soups, juices.
  • Whole grains and rice (non-GMO).
  • Dried beans and legumes.
  • Pastas and cereals.
  • Dried foods such as powdered milk, dried eggs and dried cheese.
  • Dried fruits and vegetables.
  • Herbs, spices and seasonings.
  • Honey and other sweeteners.
  • Baking items like baking powder, soda, yeast and salt.
  • Olive oil stores the longest.
  • Water (1-gallon per person per day).

Non-Food Items To Store

3 Cheese Alfredo Pasta with Chicken
Tenness Cornbread Muffins

Ready-To-Eat Meals (Just Add Water)

An emergency could last from three days to three months. I believe we need to have quick, easy meals that don’t require much effort to make. There are several companies selling premade meals. Meals that have all the ingredients in them and you just add water and cook them for 15 minutes. I especially like the ones called Go Foods. The name stands for On The Go Foods for families. The things I like the most about these meals are that they are healthy, quick to fix (15 minutes), and the shelf life is 15 to 25 years. There are no chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, GMO foods or MSG in their meals or food items.

–Peggy Layton

Emergency Survival Supplies To Buy Used

There are all kinds of places to get survival items such as Goodwill Industries, Deseret Industries, thrift shops, estate sales, yard sales, garage sales, fundraisers, pawn shops, flea markets, moving sales and Internet sites such as Craigslist,, eBay and Amazon.

Every Saturday during the good-weather months, I sneak off in the mornings to see what I can find at the local yard sales. I am always on the lookout for things like camping equipment, sleeping bags, wool blankets, backpacks and medical supplies.

I am also stockpiling emergency supplies, canning supplies, medical supplies, lighting, garden tools, hand tools, fishing equipment, warm winter clothing, bedding, fuel, guns and ammo. Whenever I find a bargain, I add it to my stockpile.

You can find myriad useful survival items at garage sales and thrift stores. I love garage sales, and I always find good stuff — like the time I found a Vitamix for $25 and a Champion Juicer for $50. My last great find was 10 oil lamps still in the package for $3 each; I bought them all.

The following categories include a list of items that can be found secondhand and will save you money.

Emergency food storage and survival books. People sell books cheap. Look for cookbooks that have recipes for using dehydrated foods, canning, cooking with a Dutch oven, and making simple pioneer and outdoor-cooked meals. The recipes should include simple ingredients that almost everyone would have in their pantry., eBay and Amazon all have many books to choose from that would be a great resource for emergency and survival. I have written several books on the subject, check them out at

Camping, hiking and fishing equipment. Be on the lookout for camping items such as backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, heavy-duty cord, tuck tape, a propane camp stove, charcoal grills with charcoal, foam bed rolls, cots to sleep on, coolers and kitchen equipment such as Dutch ovens, cast-iron pots and pans, military mess kits, good knives, utensils, and a hand-operated can opener. I look for 5-gallon buckets because they come in handy for all kinds of situations. Portable toilets are nice to have, too. Duct tape serves many purposes and should be in every stockpile of emergency supplies. Look for fishing equipment such as: tackle boxes, fishing poles, reels, lures, flies, nets, an ice cutting auger, ice fishing tent, chairs and equipment. And a good sharp knife is also a great find.

Canning equipment and jars. My latest find was two water bath canners for $10 each. One was a smaller canner for pints and the larger one for quarts. Other canning items include jar lifters, funnels, tomato juice extractors, juice cookers and big pots.

I usually pick up canning jars at garage sales for 25 cents each or less. Canning jars come in half-pint, pint, quart and half-gallon sizes. Look for jar rings to go on the canning jars to hold the lids on tight.

Emergency radios.Wind-up emergency radios, battery-operated radios with batteries, ham radios and scanners will help tremendously in an emergency. A radio or scanner is your link to the outside world. What is happening in any emergency can be heard on these types of radios. Look at pawn shops for this type of equipment.

Garden and hand tools. I have a hand cultivator for my garden. I got it secondhand. It is at least 50 years old and is still in good working condition. Look for garden tools like rakes, shovels, manual lawn mowers, loppers, hoes, pitchforks, crowbars and wood-splitting tools like sledge hammers, axes, hatchets, wedges, etc.

Hand tools you can look for include hammers, manual screwdrivers and any other tool that would be nice to have in a survival situation. If you can find a chain saw, get it along with the oil and fuel to run it. Also, look for a gas-driven generator along with gasoline storage containers.

Guns and ammo. Most pawn shops carry guns and ammo at a reasonable price. People get down and out and need quick cash, so they pawn their guns. You can get hunting rifles as well as handguns this way. Look for gun cases, gun-cleaning kits, clay targets and decoys. Other hunting items to look for include crossbows, arrows and insulated camouflage clothing.

 Kitchen equipment

I look for food dehydrators, bread makers and wheat grinders because sometimes people are getting rid of things they haven’t used for a while. These items are very valuable and can be found at bargain prices. There are solar food dehydrators as well as hand wheat grinders. My bread maker has an attachment for a hand crank so if the power goes out I can still make bread. Many other kitchen items can be found secondhand.

Lighting and fire-making equipment. Look for battery-powered flashlights, solar-powered flashlights, lanterns, spotlights, oil lanterns and candles. Don’t forget the batteries, matches, butane igniters and lighters. Be sure to get the fuel for the lanterns, wicks and mantles. Flint and steel can be found in my purse at all times.

Medical kits. I am always on the lookout for medical supplies. I found a complete suture kit at a yard sale once. This summer I picked up medical-kit bags that were empty but brand new. I will fill them myself and keep one in my car, home and business. Items to look for are new boxes of bandages, butterfly strips, sterile gauze, first-aid tape, surgical scissors, unopened boxes of Depends, waterproof sterile bed pads, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and medical scooters. I have even seen unopened first-aid medical kits for sale. If it is an estate sale and the person was being attended by an in home nursing program, there will most likely be medical supplies at the sale. Just ask for what you want, and they might have it.

I keep ION (stabilized oxygen) in my medical kit at all times and in my purse. It kills bacteria on contact and treats 110 gallons of water per bottle.

Warm clothing, winter boots and warm blankets. I look for warm winter gloves, socks, scarves, jackets and coats of all sizes. I get larger-sized items so if the grandkids grow, they can still wear the items. I store winter boots for everyone in the family as well as good shoes to walk or hike in. Just in case we had to walk a long way, I make sure they are comfortable and heavy duty.

I look for wool blankets because they are so warm. You can use them inside a sleeping blanket or on top. They are getting hard to find, so you might have to ask whether any are for sale.

These ideas came from the book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton. Check it out at

–Peggy Layton

The 12 Most Important Food Items To Stockpile

Building a comprehensive food stockpile is a daunting task, to say the least. For that reason, I recommend you begin stocking your home grocery store with basic foods that will enable you to survive during a relatively short-term (two weeks to three months) emergency and then gradually expand your inventory to enable you to survive a long-term emergency (one year or longer) that includes a full array of food and non-food items necessary and tailored to your family’s needs and likes.

When considering what to store, keep in mind young children, babies, elderly family members and your pets. Keep special needs items on hand also such as baby food, formula and pet food. Don’t forget the toilet paper.

The following 12 categories of food items (stored somewhere in your home) could very well save your life and the lives of many others in an emergency situation.

1) Garden Seeds

I suggest you purchase non-hybrid garden seeds. The seed can be harvested from your own garden and saved from year to year. If we have a situation where garden seeds are not available, you will have your own. Garden seeds are a great barter Item. Garden seeds have a shelf life, so check the package for the expiration date.

Basic garden seeds to have on hand that will grow in most climates are: asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, green onions, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, melons, mustard greens, okra, pole or bush beans, parsley, parsnips, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, spinach, squash, sweet corn, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, and watermelon.

Alfalfa Sprouting2) Sprouting Seeds

Many different whole grains, beans and legumes, as well as seeds, will sprout when soaked overnight. When you sprout these foods, they provide an excellent source of enzymes and nutrients that you would normally eat if you had fresh vegetables. After sprouting these seeds, grains and legumes, their vitamins and minerals increase by 75 percent. Sprouts can be used in place of salads and in stir-frying.

The most common seeds and legumes for sprouting are alfalfa; broccoli; lentils; radish; red clover; salad blends; sprouting peas; sunflower; wheat; and legumes such as adzuki, garbanzo, kidney, mung, pinto, red, beans and soybeans.

3) Grains

Wheat is the most common grain and the main constituent of bread. In many cultures, whole grain bread is considered the staff of life.

If you are allergic to wheat, there are other grains that you can use such as barley, buckwheat, amaranth, Kamut®, millet, quinoa, rye, spelt, triticale corn, farina, germade, oats and rice.

White rice stores much longer, but brown rice is much more nutritious. Brown rice can be stored in the freezer to extend the shelf life.

4) Beans And Legumes

A wide variety of beans are available, such as black beans, great northern beans, lentils, navy beans, pinto beans, or dried split or whole peas. Beans are a great source of protein. When combined with rice, they become a complete protein. They can be cooked whole in soups, stews or by themselves. They can also be sprouted. Beans can be ground into flour and used to make refried beans or thicken soups. Dried beans and legumes last at least 15 years if kept sealed and in a cool storage area.

5) Spices And Bouillons

With grains, rice, beans, pasta and other staples, you will need spices to make the bland food more palatable. Dried or granulated bouillons, gravy mixes and dried soup bases are very important and can be mixed with canned meat to flavor any rice or pasta dish.

6) Canned And Dried Soups

Canned soups that your family enjoys should be part of your emergency food. These soups are easy to fix and ready to eat. Canned soups can be great starters for a larger pot of soup or stew. Cream-based soups can be used as a gravy or sauce. Purchase soups you normally eat and rotate them.

Dried soup mixes will last much longer than canned soup. They are very important to store. And let’s face it: In a stressful situation, anything that’s easy to fix will be great.

Butter Powder7) Dried Eggs And Dairy Products

Dehydrated eggs are considered a protein food. Dried eggs are great for long-term storage because you can add a small amount of water to the powder and it reconstitutes into the equivalent of fresh eggs. They can be used in scrambled eggs and omelets or in any recipe calling for fresh eggs.

Dried dairy products are also great to store because they last a minimum of five years and can be reconstituted to the equivalent of fresh milk, chocolate milk, butter, buttermilk, sour cream and cheese similar to mac and cheese sauce. Dried dairy products last a minimum of five to 15 years if kept cool.

Tomato Powder8) Canned Or Dehydrated Fruits And Vegetables

I suggest you store dehydrated, freeze-dried and commercially canned fruits and vegetables.

Dehydrated food weighs less and is much easier to store than wet-pack food. It requires far less space than wet-pack canned food. Dehydrated food will yield at least double and triple its dry weight and is less expensive. Add water to restore it to its natural state. The taste is still great, and the food value is excellent. Dehydrated foods store from five to 20 years, depending on the product. Dried fruits and vegetables are great for snacks. These dehydrated or dried foods are available here.

9) Protein Foods And Canned Meats

Protein foods are one of the most important foods to stockpile. Canned meats are an excellent food to store. I suggest you store tuna, salmon, Spam, beef dices, beef stew, chicken dices, beef, ham and sausage. Canned meats with a canned cream soup for the sauce are great over any rice or pasta dish. I stockpile canned ham so I can add it to my beans along with some dehydrated vegetables. It makes a great ham and bean dish.

Freeze-dried meats are available on the market and come in gallon-sized cans as well. They can be rehydrated and used in any dish calling for meat.

10) Baking Ingredients

Basic ingredients for baking include things like wheat for grinding into flour, powdered milk, whole dried eggs, baking powder, soda, salt and yeast. Sweeteners include sugar, honey, maple syrup and stevia. Fats and oils include butter powder, shortening, olive and vegetable oil.

11) Fun Foods

Fun Foods are foods such as canned juices, drink mixes, jams, jellies, condiments, olives, pickles, popcorn, pudding, salad dressings and anything else that would be considered extras. You might not consider putting these items in your storage, but they are a nice supplement to the food you already have. It makes a meal more interesting if you have some fun foods on hand. I keep several gallons of popcorn in my food storage.

3-Chees Alfredo with Chicken12) Pre-Made Meals (Just Add Water)

I’ve been testing a line of nutritious fast-and-easy gourmet meals by GoFoods Global that will store for a minimum of 15 years. You just add water, cook for 15 minutes and eat. It reminds me of the pre-packaged food from the grocery store like soup mixes, Hamburger Helper® and Rice-A-Roni®.

Some of the features of GoFoods pre-packaged meals are:

  • The food is dehydrated from premium-grade, fresh raw fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, beans and legumes.
  • All meals are complete with everything in them. All you do is add water.
  • These meals can be used every day for fast, convenient and healthy food.
  • There are no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in GoFoods.
  • There is no added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • No ingredients are imported from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.
  • They contain no hydrogenated oils.
  • They are packaged for long-term storage in Mylar® pouches.

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This information came from the book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. To purchase any of my seven books or other products including dehydrated food, water storage, water purification and preparedness products, go to

–Peggy Layton

Dehydrating Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

Food dehydrating is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. Drying fresh fruits and vegetables is quite simple. You will need a food dehydrator, or you can use your oven.

Fruit and yogurt leathers, dried fruit, beef jerky, herb seasonings, tomato powder and many other great dried foods can be made at home and stored for use at a later time.

The advantages of drying your own foods are:

  • None of your excess garden produce goes to waste.
  • Dried foods take up much less space.
  • Dried foods can be eaten as a healthy snack.
  • You will know that the food is organic without chemicals, pesticides or additives.

Garden Master Pro Food DehydratorUsing a Food Dehydrator

I use the Nesco American Harvest Garden Master.

If you are planning on drying your harvested produce, you will need one or two of these machines. I keep two dehydrators going at all times in the fall. The food dehydrator takes the guesswork out of drying foods. If the food is cut uniformly, the food should dry in about 12 to 24 hours. The Nesco American Harvest Garden Master dehydrator has good circulation.

The trays have plastic screens that come with them to keep the dried food from falling through the trays. The plastic mesh screens pull up easily which aids in getting the dried food out much easier. The American Harvest Garden Master comes with stacking trays so you can dry several different foods at one time.


ION Stabilized OxygenI soak my vegetables in a solution of 20 drops of ION (stabilized oxygen) per gallon of water. ION (stabilized oxygen) will kill any bacteria on the vegetable. This is especially helpful if the produce is from Mexico or other countries. Using ION (stabilized oxygen) ensures that the vegetables will be free of harmful bacteria, and it helps the produce stay fresher longer as well as helps it retain its beautiful color.

Fruit Roll-UpsDrying Fruits And Vegetables

To prepare fruits and vegetables for drying, wash and remove all dirt. Peel, trim and cut them evenly, making sure to cut away any bruises or decaying parts. A food processor can be used for more evenly cut pieces.

Blanching is necessary for most vegetables, but not fruit. Blanching is a process of heating the vegetables to a temperature high enough to kill all bacteria. It also stops the enzymes from breaking down the food, which can cause color and flavor loss in the drying process.

Vegetables are more alkaline and, therefore, must be dried until brittle. Fruits are more acidic and do not need to be blanched because of high sugar and acid content. Tomatoes are also very acidic, so they do not need to be blanched either. They will go mushy if put in boiling water.

  1. To blanch vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, corn, peas and potatoes, use a wire basket to hold them and dip them into a pot of boiling water for about three minutes depending on the thickness of the vegetable. Take the basket out of the water and place the vegetables on the drying trays. The heat from the boiling water helps them dry faster.
  2. Optional: Add salt, sugar or spices to flavor the cut up produce.
  3. Load your fruit and vegetable slices single file onto the dehydrator trays, being careful not to overlap them, as this will slow the drying time. Keep fruits and vegetables on separate trays as to not mix flavors. Turn your dehydrator on immediately after loading to start the dehydration process. Most foods can be dried at about 140 to 200 degrees F. Consult the owner’s manual for recommended drying times, but expect the process to take between eight to 12 hours on average.
  4. As you reach the end of the drying time, check your produce frequently for dryness. To do so, simply remove a slice of food from the dehydrator, allow it to cool and then feel it with your fingers. If the slice feels dry to the touch, it should be adequately dried to the brittle stage. Allow your vegetable slices to cool to the touch before packing them in jars or plastic bags.
  5. To further evaluate the dryness of fruit, cut several fruit slices in half and check the cut edges for moisture. If any wet or sticky spots are present, the fruit is not yet dry enough and needs to be returned to the dehydrator until it passes inspection.
  6. Dried fruits need to go through an additional conditioning period before they are ready for storage. Place them in loosely packed jars and shake once a day for one week to ensure the remaining moisture is evenly distributed between the dried. Then store them away for a rainy day. You don’t want any moisture in the food, because it will mold.

I like to keep my dried foods in glass jars with lids and store them on my pantry shelves where I can see and use them.

Dried vegetables will last about six months and fruits will last one year. To extend the life of your dried foods, place in airtight plastic freezer bags and store them in the freezer until ready to use.

Dried foods can be eaten dried as a snack or reconstituted in water to use in recipes calling for fruit. Even dried bananas can be reconstituted and used in banana bread.

Tomato powder, dried onions, herbs and all other dried vegetables can be added to soups and stews without reconstituting to add extra flavor. They will soak up the water in the soup as they cook.

Fruit LeatherFruit Leathers

Dehydrated Plastic Food TrayFor fruit leathers you can purchase plastic liners that fit over the trays in the Garden Master Food Dehydrator. These trays hold fruit leather and dry it evenly so it can be peeled off the plastic and rolled up. The liners are pliable so the fruit leather rolls up easily without having to use plastic wrap.

How To Dry Zucchini

The end of the season means lots of zucchini. Instead of giving them all away, why not dehydrate them to use later in zucchini breads, cakes, muffins and soups.

Zucchini cut up to dry

  1. Slice up the zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. If they are too large, cut the rounds into halves or quarters.
  2. Blanch the pieces as explained above.
  3. Place the rounds onto the dehydrator trays and dry at 140 to 160 degrees F for 12 hours or until brittle. I call these zucchini chips, and I eat them like potato chips. Before drying them, I like to add seasoning salt.
  4. If you are grating the zucchini, blanch it the same way you do for rounds. The drying time will be about six hours instead of 12.
  5. If you are reconstituting the zucchini for bread, you must rehydrate it by adding 2 cups of water to every 1 cup of dried zucchini. Let it set and soak up the water before using in a recipe. Drain any excess water that is on it. Use it in any recipe calling for zucchini.
Tomatoes to dry


Tomatoes And Onions

  1. Tomatoes and onion tops do not need to be blanched.
  2. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and larger tomatoes into slices. I put a little salt and pepper on them for flavor and dry them at 140 degrees F.
  3. Tomatoes can be used in any recipe calling for sun-dried tomatoes, as well as soups and stews.
  4. I like to blend my vegetables into a powder and use it as a seasoning salt. Tomatoes can be pureed and dried like fruit leather, then used in soups and stews to add extra flavor.
  5. I also dry the tops of all my onions then blend them into onion powder. It is delicious and adds onion flavor to meats, soups and stews.

This information came from the books Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook and Cookin’ With Home Storage written by Peggy Layton.

–Peggy Layton

Emotional Survival And Stress Relief In A Disaster

We live in a very unpredictable world. There are so many wars. And there is so much hatred (especially among religions), so much violence, so much rage, so much fear of the government, so much fear of the future, so much fear of losing our money and materialistic possessions, and so much fear of losing our loved ones. How do we make it through tough times? What is it going to take to make mankind realize that we are destroying our planet and the very societies that live on it?

How do we find peace within ourselves and stop animosity between races, religions, cultures and relationships? How do we live in a troubled world and make it a better place? If we revert to living like our forefathers, who lived off the land and promoted peace, we could do our little part in reversing the negative energy and make this world a more peaceful place. If this thought went viral and billions of people read it and caught the vision there would be a new harmony that could save mankind and the planet.

It sounds too good to be true; but if we start now to do our part, then future generations can live in peace.

Personal Responsibility

Taking back our power means taking total responsibility for our own lives. We must never allow ourselves to become victims and blame someone else because something happened to us. We must all be self-reliant, self-sufficient and responsible for ourselves first. We cannot control what others do — only what we do.

Do not make the mistake of thinking the government, the church, your neighbors or family will save you in a crisis. I like to live by the motto “if it is to be, it is up to me.”

How is this done? It starts within every human being. We have no control over anyone other than ourselves. We must be balanced emotionally so we can handle life’s challenges and disasters. If we are balanced within our own selves, we can help others who are in need.

Disasters Happen To Good People

Fear of the future based on the past is what holds us back from moving forward.

Emotional trauma can be caused by any number of events in our lives. It’s not the event that gets the best of us, but how we handle it after it happens that matters.

  • What would you do if a tornado ripped your house apart, and all that was left was a pile of rubble?
  • What if you lose a family member to death?
  • How would you face divorce or a breakup of a relationship?
  • How would you face an economic crash, not knowing where your next meal is coming from or how you will pay your bills?
  • What if the government went bankrupt and no one got their Medicaid, Social Security checks or welfare?
  • What if you had an emergency medical condition that leaves you thousands of dollars in debt and unable to work?
  • What if you or your spouse loses your job or one of your children loses his job and moves home with his spouse and children?
  • What if a fire burns up all our worldly possessions?
  • What if someone harms one of our family members?
  • What if your bank closes its doors and you can’t get out your money?
  • What if your retirement money gets lost in a stock market crash?
  • What if? What if?
  • Can we find it within ourselves to start over?

There are so many unforeseen disasters. Many people I talk to every day are in fear. At least one or more of these things probably will happen to each of us at some point in our lives. I know the government is doing many things that are harming the people. I know there are evil people conspiring to do harm at all costs. We may fall victims to these evil designs, but we will not remain victims.

We can face the future better because of the emotional trauma we have already been through in our lives. We need to know how to handle situations like this. So what do we do when faced with these overwhelming emotions we have inside of us? I am going to give you some simple techniques or processes that will help balance your emotional state in a crisis situation.

Techniques To De-Stress

I am a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and I have learned many different processes that can calm someone down if they are in stress. Fear is the No. 1 cause of stress in any situation. I believe that if we practice skills of peace and calming that we can face any situation that may occur in our lives.

Take A Deep Breath

Take a deep breath into the lungs and release it. Continue it again and again until you feel the pressure-relief valve letting off steam and releasing the stress. I like to do it lying down in a comfortable position. With every breath I take in, I visualize the pressure of the negative feeling; and as I release the breath, I visualize the stress releasing. Doing this for five minutes straight will bring a peaceful, calming feeling to our souls that will help in a time of crises. It also helps children to calm down when something unpleasant has happened to them. It is a simple form of self-hypnosis. This skill is invaluable in a crises situation because remaining calm is very important. If we can keep our wits about us when others are suffering, we can help others instead of looking for someone to help us.

Tapping PointsTapping To Relieve Stress

There is a tapping technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Try this stress-relief technique for any issue that comes up. Use the breathing technique while tapping and repeating the affirmations three times on each part of the body stated.

  1. First state the negative feeling or belief. Write it on a piece of paper, then turn the negative feeling into a positive thought and write it down also. For example: “I am stressed out” turns into “I am calm and peaceful.
  2. Repeat the words “I am calm and peaceful” three times, tapping with your middle three fingers above each eyebrow. Use your right hand above the right eyebrow and your left hand above the left eyebrow. Continue tapping as you repeat the phrase “I am calm and peaceful.” Move to the side of the eye and repeat the process.
  3. Move to the bone just under your eye socket and tap again repeating the same message three times.
  4. Move to the bone under the nose and above the upper lip. Then to the chin bone, tapping under the lower lip. Use both hands as you tap.
  5. Move to just below the collarbones on the chest and tap on both sides. Continuing to repeat “I am calm and peaceful.”
  6. Tap under both armpits and repeat again.
  7. Tap on the inside of each hand, on the side of the palm and below the little finger. By the time you are finished with tapping each position, the message you are repeating will be imprinted in your subconscious mind. You will be amazed at how the stress releases out of the body.

This diagram of the tapping points is courtesy of and

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–Peggy Layton

Intensive Vegetable Gardening In Small Spaces

Are you interested in gardening, but you have limited space? Don’t despair; get creative. With imagination and determination, you can find ways to grow vegetables even in the smallest of spaces.

How To Grow Lettuce In A Rain Gutter

Plant salad greens in rain gutters. Rain gutters provide an ideal space for growing salad greens since lettuce, spinach and other greens have shallow root systems. Fall is the perfect time to plant because lettuce, spinach and salad greens love the cooler weather.

You can mount rain gutters the same way you would along the eves, on the side of your house, shed or any other building, on the side of a fence, along a deck railing or under a windowsill as a small planter. All you have to do is cut the rain gutter to size, cap the ends and drill holes for drainage. You can purchase the supplies to hang them at the same place you buy the rain gutters.

Supplies needed

  • Rain gutter, any length you desire
  • Rain gutter caps (2 per length)
  • Rain gutter hangers (3-5 per length) mount every 3 feet
  • Drill and 1/8 inch drill bit


  1. Place the length of rain gutter that you desire on a work surface. Clip one rain gutter cap on each end and lock them into place.
  2. Turn the rain gutter upside down on a workbench. Drill 1/8-inch-diameter holes through the rain gutter every 6 inches along the entire length. The holes will allow the rain gutters to drain.
  3. Position the rain gutter hangers along the surface where you want to hang the gutter every 3 to 4 feet. Drive the included screws through the mounting holes in the hangers into the surface with a screw gun to fasten them in place. Slide the gutter into the hangers to lock it into place.
  4. Add potting soil to the gutter and fill it up so that it is level with the top edges of the rain gutter.
  5. Water the soil with a watering can filled with water. With your finger make a furrow in the center of the soil down the length of the gutter. Plant the lettuce seeds into the furrow, planting approximately 20 seeds per foot. Cover over the seeds with potting soil and gently pack it down with your fingertips.
  6. Water the lettuce often as it grows, keeping the soil moist at all times.

Cinderblock GardeningCinderblock Herb Garden

If you live in a place that has limited space for a garden and you want to try your green thumb, this cinderblock herb garden might be the answer for you. It doesn’t take up much space and can be a creative project along the side of a building or home.

Design the cinderblocks in a way that you will get the maximum amount of growing space. Fill each hole with potting soil and plant your favorite herbs in each open block of soil.

Cinderblocks come in many decorative styles can be purchased at places such as Lowe’s, Home Depot or any outdoor garden store where they sell brick and block. You can get started now and have a fall crop.

Pallet Grow BoxPallet Gardening

Pallets can be recycled and used in a whole new way. Simply find a place to put a pallet and fill it with potting soil. Use the wood openings to plant in. You can grow your salad greens in a small amount of space, and it is a good way to recycle old pallets.

Window Herb Garden

A fresh herb garden can be grown outside a window in any home or apartment. Anytime you want fresh herbs, just open the window and cut them. This type of herb garden can be easily watered and maintained. Each year, it can be taken down and replanted, or it can be moved to the inside of the house in the colder months. It is very nice to have fresh herbs year-round.

Starting Seedlings In 2-Liter Soda Bottles

Save your 2-liter bottles and cut them so the top half fits down into the bottom half. Drill a hole through the center of the lid of the bottle. Put string or wick through the hole and tie it so it will absorb the water from the bottom of the soda bottle. Fill the bottom of the bottle with water. Invert the top of the bottle and fill it with potting soil. Plant your seeds in the bottles and watch them grow. Keep enough water in the bottom of the soda bottle so it will water itself.

2-Liter Bottles Gardening

Old Windows HothouseOld-Window Hot Houses

These easy-to-make old-window hot houses can be made from recycled materials. Collect old windows, place hinges at the top so when you are finished with the windows you can fold them up, and save them for the next spring. Secure them inside a raised bed in the shape of a tepee. These windows warm the soil and keep the plants from freezing on cold mornings. It gives vegetables a head start in the springtime.

Milk Jug Scoop For The GardenMake Your Own Handy Potting Soil Scoop

A handy potting soil scoop can be made from a half-gallon milk jug. Just trace the design you want and cut it out with scissors or a utility knife.

Use Tires And Culverts As Composting Bins

The tires can be used as a compost bin by simply cutting the sidewall completely out of the tire.  This is done with a very sharp utility knife or a chainsaw.

Turn the soil under the first tire before you place it on the ground. Once placed, fill it with kitchen waste and other organic compost materials. When the first tire is full, add another tire on top of it and proceed to fill it up. And keep doing this until you have four or five tires full of composting material stacked on top of each other.

Culvert For CompostTo rotate the composting material, simply take the first tire off and place it on the ground. Dig out the organic compost material and put it back in the tire. One by one, turn over the composting material and fill the tires back up, stacking them on top of each other until the bottom tire is now on the top of the pile. When you want to use the compost, take the tires apart and use the organic material to mix with other soil. When the compost is all used up, start the process over again.

This same process can be used with the culvert plastic water pipe. Each piece must be cut with a heavy-duty saw or a chain saw to make them the right height (about 2.5 to 3 feet tall).

ION Stabilized OxygenION (Stabilized Oxygen) Can Be Used For Soaking Vegetables

ION is such a versatile product. I like to use 20 drops of ION mixed with 1 gallon of water for soaking my vegetables. ION will kill any harmful bacteria that might be on the vegetables. Just mix it up in a large bowl and soak the vegetables for about 20 minutes, then rinse them well.

I also use ION to water my plants. I mix 20 drops of ION with 1 gallon of water. It kills anaerobic bacteria, fungus and some viruses that might be causing the plants to deteriorate and not be as healthy as they should be. ION will help build the friendly flora, and it oxygenates the plants. Vegetables will grow so much better with stabilized oxygen in the water.

There are several chapters on alternative gardening methods in my book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. Check it out here.

–Peggy Layton