I have worked in a lot of different ministries over the years but have never started one. Initially, I did not know where to begin, which is odd since I have worked as a organizational coach in the not too distant past. Since I have helped many clients get “unstuck”, I just started to use the process on myself. First thing I needed to do was put a team together. Bill and Mary (hows that for generic names!) from our small group were willing volunteers and we became the Emergency Preparedness Team. We were to add more volunteers as time went on. Since IRead More →

  I am constantly amazed by the master engineering of God. How the gazillion puzzle pieces of life just seem to come together, forming just the right circumstances to allow good things to happen. A case in point…. After several weeks of reading about and discussing with my small church group, about emergency preparedness, I developed a strong desire to start a ministry. I asked my friends if they thought our pastor would be receptive to the idea. They thought he would be and encouraged me to ask. I did the very next Sunday.   Unbeknownst to me, some time in the previous year, myRead More →

  As I was cruising through some YouTube videos on dehydrated food one day, I came across some videos on making meals in a jar using freeze dried foods. I thought the concept would be great for storing extra food. I ordered the book, Meals In a Jar from Amazon to get started. The author happened to be the chef for Honeyville Farms, a freeze dried food company so just stuck with that brand. At least at first. I pooled over every recipe in the book. If I thought the recipe sounded like something I might want to make, it received one check mark. RecipesRead More →

Strawberries        As I mentioned in a previous post, my strawberries came from a local farm. They were super ripe and soft so had to dehydrate immediately. Because of their moisture content, I sliced them 1/8 inch thick. They took about 16 hours at 140. degrees. The end result were slices that were ever so rubbery but crisped up as they cooled on my parchment paper. When they were reconstituted, they retained their bright red color. I sprinkle them on my cereal in the morning. Raspberries    Did not work out well at all. Turned out very strange. 24 hrs. at 140 degrees produced light-as-a-feather fruit thatRead More →

Garlic     Ahhhhh……garlic! Everything I read about dehydrating garlic recommended moving your dehydrator to your porch, or better yet, your garage. I could see Warning! Warning! signs flashing all over those posts. I just rolled my eyes. You see, my family LOVES garlic. We practically sleep with it under our pillows. We put it in nearly everything and double the amount in recipes that call for it. Having the savory smell of garlic waffling through the house only brought about mouth watering anticipation. I was to soon discover the evil side of garlic. On one of my many trips to Costco, I picked upRead More →

When I received my food dehydrator, it did not sit idle for more than 10 min. for the first two weeks. I ran that thing non stop, morning and night, dehydrating everything I could get my hands on. I wanted to get a baseline of times and temperatures of as many fruits and vegetables as I could, charting the results as I went along. My end results may be different than yours as western Washington has quite a bit of humidity which definitely makes a difference. These next 3 posts are what worked and what didn’t. Broccoli      I bought the 2 lb. bag of broccoliRead More →

Before I get into the coffee snob part, I need to preempt with a short back story. When I first received my Ivation food dehydrator, it was spring so strawberries were the first fruit I dehydrated from a local road side stand. I couldn’t believe how red the inside of the berries were compared to the the ones I bought from the grocery store that were white inside and near tasteless. My Philosophy was your end product would only be as good as the quality ingredients you start out with. This philosophy transcended all food and drink including Coffee. I was doing a lot ofRead More →

I am not new to food dehydrators, just a little behind the times. In the mid 70’s, dehydrators were the new hot (more on hot a little latter) kitchen appliance every self respecting Mother Earth News reader wanted in their home. I don’t remember the brand I bought, but do recall it was round and had multiple stacking trays that revolved around…..are you ready?…..a light bulb, which was the heat source. Most things I attempted to dehydrate were less than impressive. My banana chips always failed by comparison to the crisp snappy ones I bought in the store. The one thing I did excel atRead More →

In Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out, a very grim scenario will unfold if our electrical grid goes down.According to a congressional commission tasked in 2008 to identify the impact of an EMP attack, (available on line), it is estimated that only one in ten of us would survive a year into a nation wide blackout. The rest would perish from starvation, disease and social breakdown. How could this happen? Terrorists groups for one. Another is from rouge nations like North Korea.Their missiles don’t even have to reach our shores from theirs. A Scud missile launched from a freighter near our shores would do the evilRead More →

It’s rarely just “one thing” that contributes to a problem. In Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out he hits on multiple reasons for our power grid to be vulnerable for failures. The following are just a few. Regulation Gridlock  Energy is produced by one company, transported by another and and then handed off to local power companies. Prior to 2003, the electrical power industry standards were voluntary. When it was deemed regulations was needed, the Critical Infrastructure Act never made it out of committee. For what ever reason, the 2 Billion needed to protect the electrical grid was too much money. Energy transported across the countryRead More →