Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts
Herbal Momma, aka, Kristine Farley loves everything herbal, but has an infinity for all domestic and home arts.
This blog is a journal of family and domestic art activities that will be published in her forthcoming book,
Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts.

July 14, 2014

Do You Have a 72 Hour Kit?

I don't consider myself a "Prepper", but more of a Provident Living/Sustainable Homesteader "want to be".  I do know the importance of being prepared for emergency's, though that is not my focus.  Emergency Preparedness is something you just get done because it is the wise thing to do.  It doesn't have to be complicated, costly, and the only thing you have to rotate is the food products only if you don't use MRE's or other long term portable foods.

The following is a very good article written by M.D. Creekmore by permission.
The MRE's that we have stored have food heating device in each packet, so I do not include a stove for mine.  I do have 3 different ways to build a fire and some additional items to harvest wild foods. We try to schedule a bag check and update in October and April each year.  That way we have current information in it and replace any used, out dated, or lost items. ~ Kristine

If You Don’t Put Together Your 72 Hour Survival Kit Now You’ll Hate Yourself Later!

This short modified excerpt is from my book 31 Days to Survival - this would also make a good bug out bag packing list, with a few modifications…
1x1.trans If You Dont Put Together Your 72 Hour Survival Kit Now Youll Hate Yourself Later!As with any “prepping shopping list” you’ll need to tailor the suggestions listed below to meet your specific needs, skills, location and circumstances – no such shopping list can cover the needs of everyone in every situation, everywhere.
The items listed below make up what is commonly referred to as a basic 72 hour kit and is where you should start your preps. In the following days, we’ll build and expand your stockpile to the point where you will be prepared for both short-term and disasters lasting six months or more.
Now let’s head to your local shopping mall or department store.

Here is your 72 hour kit shopping list:

  1. A three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
  2. A three-day supply of non-perishable food - foods ready to eat or requiring minimal water are preferred.
  3. Small portable, battery-powered AM/FM radio extra batteries.
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries (don’t skimp here get a good quality light)
  5. First aid kit and manual.
  6. Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap,
  7. Toothbrush and toothpaste etc.
  8. Matches and waterproof container.
  9. Battery powered lantern and batteries
  10. Whistle
  11. Extra clothing according to climate and season.
  12. Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, styrofoam plates and bowls and a manual can opener.
  13. Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens, and hearing aid batteries etc.
  14. Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  15. Sleeping bag or warm blanket (one per person) rating depending on location and climate.
  16. A multi-tool. A roll of duct tape, crowbar, hammer, staple gun, adjustable wrench and Bungee cords and heavy duty work gloves are also nice to have, but add extra weight.
  17. Small bottle of unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification.
  18. Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows or sheltering in place.
  19. Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation or other suitable solution.
  20. A small multi-fuel backpackers stove (Colman makes a quality product).
  21.  N95 Respirator for each person in your group (2 or more).
  22. 100’ of rope (550lb paracord or similar)
It’s also a good idea to have photocopies of credit and identification cards, health insurance and other important documents in a water proof container and $100 in emergency cash in small denominations. Also don’t forget photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes if you get separated.
You’ll also need to put together a list of emergency and personal contact phone numbers as well as a complete list of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food for each person.
It’s also a good idea to have an extra set of keys to your house and vehicle.

How to pack and store your 72 hour kit

Remember, the 72 hour kit may also serve as an evacuation kit so it all needs to be stored in easy to move containers. You want to be able to “grab and go” should you be forced to evacuate your home.
I prefer to “double pack” – first neatly pack everything in duffel bags or backpacks the store these in plastic totes making it easy to quickly load everything into your car while still having the option of slitting up the gear among your group if you’re forced to evacuate on foot.

Bug Out Bag 101 : How to Determine the Essentials, Contents, and Gear that You Need.

Today’s assignment is to put together your 72 hour survival kit and or bug out bag… This kit will provide what you need to survive 95% of disasters and is a great starting point to building your preps. Now get to it…
What do you think?

July 3, 2014

Homeschooling on the Homestead - Part 1

Homeschooling on the Homestead - Part 1 is published at Heritage Homesteaders.

Look for Homeschooling on the Homestead - Part 2 coming soon, there also.

My Homeschooled Kids all grown up.
All "Life-Longer Learners".

June 27, 2014

Rhubarb Lemon Custard Pie

  This wonderful pie recipe is from my great grandma, Emily Louise Gumb Thomas.  She immigrated to the United States in 1888 from England at age 4.  Her family moved to Holt County Nebraska. 
Grandma Thomas was a great influence in my life.  She was an independent women who grew a little garden and even canned jam in jelly jars the summer before she died at the age of 88.  I grew up living in the same town as Grandma and I was able to visit her often.  She taught me to do patchwork quilts, sew on a treadle sewing machine and how to play scrabble.

Rhubarb Lemon Custard Pie
3 cups rhubarb, cut small
1 ½ cups sugar
1 lemon, zested peel & squeezed juice
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
3 eggs, beaten
Mix well.  Pour into unbaked pie shell.  Bake about 45 minutes at 375’.

I just picked the rhubarb and gathered the eggs.  Nothing beats fresh food.  Enjoy the pie!

June 9, 2014

Vitamins on Plates, not Pills ... and Recipe

I was out in the garden today, pulling some weeds and giving them to the rabbits, and planting more Lettuce, Red Chard and Carrots.  While I was there enjoying the warmth of the soil and the air I was pondering my blessings.  I was glad to smell the exotic scents of Valerian flowering and sad to see the Mock Orange flowers fading that were such a delight for the past couple of weeks.

Being out doing my "farm" chores and along with spending a few moments petting the rabbits and chickens I feel close to nature and grounded.  Even though our youngest son had his wisdom teeth out this morning and I am helping him, life is truly beautiful.  Even though our wonderful Grandma is in hospice, life is good and God is so gracious to my family and I.

So, while doing and pondering, the thought came to me...."Vitamins on Plates, not Pills".  I am not saying don't take your vitamins, because I still do.  But there is wonderful food available to us to delight our palates and nourish our bodies and soul.  I am a proponent of "Nature Therapy" and feel it can assist us in processing the stresses of daily life and having a emotionally healthy life.  The exercise and strength from working in the garden along with the fresh bounties can fill our plates with vitamins.
We are having fresh pickings for dinner tonight:
Varaity of Salad Greens
Sauteed Garlic Scapes and Snow Peas
German Hot Potato Salad
Grass Fed Beef Patty

We are blessed with a great garden!  Thank you family for all your help!!!  And if you don't already have your garden going, it is NOT too late.  I still haven't planted all of my corn and I will continue planting till the end of August.

If you don't have a garden, find a local CSA or visit a Farmers Market for your vitamins.  They have delicious seasonal selcetions too!
Hot German Potato Salad

4 large Potatoes, boiled in their jackets (I like Reds)
5 slices of Bacon, chopped
1 cup Onion, chopped

1/4 cup Herb or Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Sugar or equivalent natural sweetener (Stevia)
1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds 
Salt and Pepper

1 Tablespoon Lovage leaves, chopped

Fry bacon in large skillet over medium heat until almost crisp.  Stir often and do not remove grease.
Add chopped onion and cook until onion is lightly brown, stirring often. 

Place dressing ingredients into sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Slice warm potatoes into large bowl.  Pour hot dressing and cook bacon & onion mixture.  Stir well.  Let sit for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to evenly distribute dressing and so it can be absorbed.

Top with lovage and serve.

Lovage is a perennial herb.  I started this one from seed a few years ago.  It can get up to 8 feet tall.  It is one of the main herbal ingredients  in my seasoning salt. Lovage has a strong "celery" flavor and scent. It is used in German and European foods.  I mostly use the the leaves, but the stems are hollow and can be used for straws, if you don't mind the wonderful "celery" flavor.  Medicinally it has been used to support healthy urinary tract, digestion, respitory system.

For further information on the properties and uses of Lovage:

May 31, 2014

Herbal Flavored Waters

I recently purchased this glass spigot jar.  It holds 3 quarts.  We have been using so often that I am keeping it out on the counter.  Our family is drinking more water when I prepare these simple Herbal Flavored Waters.

General  Directions:
Pick fresh herbs or herb roots.  Rinse and shake out excess water.  Bruise the herbs by twisting or slice.  Place herbs into jar.  Add optional sliced fruit or vegetables.  Fill jar with water and some ice.  Refill jar with water as needed for that day.  At the end of the day, drain excess water and place spent herbal mixture into compost or chicken bucket.

Favorite Flavors
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Balm and Strawberries
- Spearmint and Lemon
- Peppermint and Grapefruit
- Ginger and Lemon
- Ginger, Cucumber and any Berry

As you can see the flavors endless.  Enjoy and drink more water.

~Water is the key element of our bodies.  We should aim to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds we weigh.  If this is not possible, aim for 1 ounce per every 4 pounds and work up from there.