It's sure to be a great time - try to stop in even for just a second!
Happy New Year to all!
Simply send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your shipping name and address and a phone number that can be used to confirm receipt of your fireplace tools. Your personal information will be kept confidential and be used only to ship you your free fireplace tools.
Congratulations once again to Sue Frelick!
Here is the winning comment chosen at random by Kymber:
Sue Frelick said...
Wow! A Canadian contest is fantastic and "Fireplace tools are great".
There are few things that are better than gathering around a warm fireplace on a chilly night with family and friends. You can make it even better though with the addition of the proper fireplace accessory.
My good friends and neighbors to the North in Canada will be able to choose one of three different fireplace accessories as their prize in this special holiday give-a-way that will help you create your own very special and unique holiday memories that will last for years.
What are your choices to help create these special holiday memories around that warm fireplace?
Your first choice is a great set of fireplace tools. Every great fireplace deserves a great set of fireplace tools! Even if you’ve got an electric fireplace, you can add a little more realism to your electric fireplaces with a great set of fireplace tools.
Your second choice is a beautiful fireplace screen which will add a touch of safety to your holiday celebration with family and friends.
Your third choice is a brush and pan set that will help you do a little clean-up as the holidays are winding down and things start to return to normal after the holidays.
How do you win one of these great fireplace accessories? It’s easier than you might think! Simply leave a comment that will indicate your choice of fireplace accessory that you desire to win. You can leave a comment each day on this post between now and October 30th. On October 31st, a winner will be chosen from the comments posted and they will receive the free fireplace accessory that was indicated by their comment(s). You can enter a new comment each day for an additional chance at being a winner! The winner will need to provide a shipping address and phone number in order to receive their prize. Your personal information will be kept confidential and will only be used to ship your free fireplace accessory to you should you be declared the winner of one of these fireplace accessories. Unfortunately, this give-a-way is limited to Canadian residents only.
If you want a chance to win the set of fireplace tools simply include the comment on this post: “Fireplace tools are great!”
If you want a chance to win the fireplace screen simply include the comment on this post: “Fireplace screens are beautiful!”
If you want a chance to win a brush and pan set to help with your holiday clean-up chores simply include the comment on this post: “I love a clean fireplace!”
So get your holiday celebration started early with a chance to win a great fireplace accessory and create those special holiday memories that will last forever!
Thank you Canada!
Over the past few weeks, several preppers have been interviewed on James Talmage Stevens' Family Preparedness Guide radio show on Blog Talk Radio. All of the preppers that were interviewed have done a great job representing the Preppers Networks and James has done a great job interviewing! James’ radio show is doing a lot to help spread the word about prepping and the Preppers Networks and we thank him for his tireless efforts!!! All of James’ previous shows can be downloaded here.
However, according to James – his interview with the Lady Preppers on August 8 holds the second highest number of downloads on his show!!!
And because having the second highest number of downloads isn’t good enough for the Preppers Networks – James will have a new group of Lady Preppers on his show tomorrow afternoon. Please tune in tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, August 29) at 2:00pm/EST to hear Worn Out (Mississippi Preppers Network), Marica (Ohio Preppers Network) and Herbalpagan (Massachusetts Preppers Network) discuss a variety of prepper-related issues with James. You can listen to the show live, you can call in with questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show later using this link.
Please be there to support them! And remember - they love questions!!!
Food safety is just as important when preparing meals as it is when your food items are being stored. Following a few simple steps on a regular basis will keep you and your family from suffering the effects of eating improperly prepared food items. Make sure your meals are not only satisfying but safe as well!
Simple Food Safety Tips
1. Always cook your food completely. Food that is only partially cooked can cause almost as many problems as raw, uncooked food.
2. Always avoid cross contamination of your food items. Raw meats like beef, chicken and pork should not be prepared where they will come into contact with other meal ingredients such as vegetables or salad ingredients which are also being prepared.
3. Always store your food at the proper temperature. Most food items will spoil quickly and be unfit for consumption if left at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees for extended periods of time.
4. Use cutting boards to prepare your food. It helps to prevent damage to your countertops and keeps food items from being exposed to contaminants that may be present on your countertops. Keep your cutting boards clean before and after food preparation and if possible use separate cutting boards for different types of food.
5. There is no substitute for cleanliness when preparing food. Always wash your hands thoroughly and completely when handling or preparing any food items.
6. Keep your countertops and surfaces where your food is being prepared clean. Your countertops and food preparation surfaces can be kept clean with a dilute bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). This will kill bacteria and germs that aren’t killed by plain soap and water.
7. Always store raw or uncooked meats, poultry, and fish properly in separate storage containers at proper temperatures. This will also help to prevent juices from raw meats from dripping onto other food items while stored in your refrigerator. Uncovered food items will also impart smells and tastes to other food items you may not want.
8. Use dish towels for drying dishes. Wiping your hands on the same dish towel when preparing raw foods will simply transfer possible contamination to your other food items.
Use papers towels and dispose of them properly when you’re done.
9. Always keep a thermometer in your refrigerator and your deep freeze. You need to make sure that they are working properly to maintain temperatures that are necessary to keep your food items safe from contamination.
10. Never take a chance on eating any food item; cooked or uncooked, that may be contaminated. A bad case of food poisoning can really ruin your day or quite possibly have even worse consequences. If it looks or smells bad, chances are good that it is spoiled or worse and not safe for you to eat. Throw it away and prepare something else that you know is safe to eat.
Sometimes it is the everyday things that are done on a regular basis that can pose the greatest risk to our survival. Enjoying a good meal that is properly and safely prepared is a good thing!
Staying above the water line!
Here is an excellent post from Another Prepper about getting the whole family involved in preparedness.
Being Prepared: Getting the Kids Involved
When it comes to being prepared, it is a natural thing that adults do a lot of the heavy-lifting--after all, it is our responsibility to make sure that our loved ones are taken care of in terms of food, shelter and security issues. However, getting the children involved in emergency preparation as early as possible might not be just a smart thing to do, it may make a vital difference when a crisis actually occurs.
There are many different ways that we may find ourselves in need of emergency supplies, but the basic necessities remain the same. For example, we all need to have food to eat. One way that we can help children learn basic skills that can help provide such food is to teach them how and allow them to work in the garden. They may not be able to prepare the soil for planting, but there are many ways that they can help out, and some benefits and ideas for making their gardening experience successful are outlined in this article (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/01/DDD718DQFN.DTL). We may even be able to avoid an emergency altogether if we have a source of food that we know is uncontaminated, and even if we don’t end up needing the produce from our garden for an actual emergency, there will still be the lessons learned from the gardening experience, some of which are outlined in the linked article.
Including the children in emergency planning goes beyond the food issue. One such case would be avoiding catching the H1N1 virus. As mentioned in this article, (http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/jun3009personprep-pp.html) the number of cases of this flu are going up, and it has already been declared a pandemic. I recommend reading the entire article, but some basics are covered as to preventative and planning measures that should be taken that can involve the entire family. What seems basic to us (washing hands, avoiding those who are sick) may not be so clear to our children, but if we teach them, we better our chances of avoiding the illness altogether.
Preparing our children mentally by explaining likely scenarios and involving them in the emergency planning could make a big difference in how an actual emergency plays out. Having a family plan about how to deal with an emergency that requires gathering the family from different locations will help now because children don’t have to worry as much about the "what ifs" of a situation. It will help when there is an actual emergency because everyone will know what to do. A great example of such planning can be found in this post (http://mymoderncountryhome.blogspot.com/2008/12/bok-bug-out-for-kids.html) at My Modern Country Home (http://mymoderncountryhome.blogspot.com/). The children in that family know what to do in the case of an emergency, and such a plan, obviously with different details, can be made in each family so that there is less stress and crisis in an emergency. If children know what to do, the effects of an emergency can be decreased, as evidenced by what happened in this post (http://newmexicopreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/06/remembering-why-we-prepflooding-on-farm.html) over at New Mexico Preppers Network (http://newmexicopreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/). I was particularly impressed by the preparation that had taken place, and that the result was: "Our teens know what to do and listen the first time." Getting the kids involved can make a big difference.