Friday, June 24, 2011

Sixty Uses Of Vinegar

Well here is another of my Uses post. I will try to keep posting these every so often. Give me some feed back on if I should keep posting them or not. 
Sixty Uses Of Vinegar1. Arthritis tonic and treatment; 2 spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water several times daily.
2. Thirst-quenching drink: apple cider vinegar mixed with cold water.
3. Sagging cane chairs: sponge them with a hot solution of half vinegar and half water. Place the chairs out in the hot sun to dry.
4. Skin burns: apply ice cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.
5. Add a spoonful of vinegar to cooking water to make cauliflower white and clean.
6. Storing cheese: keep it fresh longer by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth and keeping it in a sealed container.
7. Remove stains from stainless steel and chrome with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
8. Rinse glasses and dishes in water and vinegar to remove spots and film.
9. Prevent grease build-up in your oven by frequently wiping it with vinegar.
10. Wipe jars of preserves and canned food with vinegar to prevent mold-producing bacteria.
11. To eliminate mildew, dust and odors, wipe down walls with vinegar-soaked cloth.
12. Clean windows with vinegar and water.
13. Hardened paint brushes: simmer in boiling vinegar and wash in hot soapy water.
14. Clean breadbox and food containers with vinegar-dampened cloth to keep fresh-smelling and clean.
15. Pour boiling vinegar down drains to unclog and clean them.
16. Clean fireplace bricks with undiluted vinegar.
17. An excellent all-purpose cleaner: vinegar mixed with salt. Cleans copper, bronze, brass, dishes, pots, pans, skillets, glasses, windows. Rinse well.
18. Make your catsup and other condiments last long by adding vinegar.
19. To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
20. Apple cider vinegar and honey as a cure-all: use to prevent apathy, obesity, hay fever, asthma, rashes, food poisoning, heartburn, sore throat, bad eyesight, dandruff, brittle nails and bad breath.
21. When boiling eggs, add some vinegar to the water to prevent white from leaking out of a cracked egg.
22. When poaching eggs, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water to prevent separation.
23. Weight loss: vinegar helps prevent fat from accumulating in the body.
24. Canned fish and shrimp: to give it a freshly caught taste, soak in a mixture of sherry and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
25. Add a spoonful of vinegar when cooking fruit to improve the flavor.
26. Soak fish in vinegar and water before cooking for a tender, sweeter taste.
27. Add vinegar to boiling ham to improve flavor and cut salty taste.
28. Improve the flavor of desserts by adding a touch of vinegar.
29. Add vinegar to your deep fryer to eliminate a greasy taste.
30. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to fruit gelatin to hold it firm.
31. Steep your favorite herb in vinegar until you have a pleasing taste and aroma.
32. Use vinegar instead of lemon on fried and broiled foods.
33. To remove lime coating on your tea kettle; add vinegar to the water and let stand overnight.
34. To make a good liniment: beat 1 whole egg, add 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup turpentine. Blend.
35. Apply vinegar to chapped, cracked skin for quick healing.
36. Vinegar promotes skin health: rub on tired, sore or swollen areas.
37. Reduce mineral deposits in pipes, radiators, kettles and tanks by adding vinegar into the system.
38. Rub vinegar on the cut end of uncooked ham to prevent mold.
39. Clean jars with vinegar and water to remove odor.
40. Avoid cabbage odor by adding vinegar to the cooking water.
41. Skunk odor: remove from pets by rubbing fur with vinegar.
42. Paint adheres better to galvanized metal that has been wiped with vinegar.
43. Pets' drinking water: add vinegar to eliminate odor and encourage shiny fur.
44. For fluffy meringue: beat 3 egg whites with a teaspoon of vinegar.
45. Pie crust: add 1 tablespoon vinegar to your pastry recipe for an exceptional crust.
46. Half a teaspoon per quart of patching plaster allows you more time to work the plaster before it hardens.
47. Prevent discoloration of peeled potatoes by adding a few drops of vinegar to water. They will keep fresh for days in fridge.
48. Poultry water: add vinegar to increase egg production and to produce tender meat.
49. Preserve peppers: put freshly picked peppers in a sterilized jar and finish filling with boiling vinegar.
50. Olives and pimentos will keep indefinitely if covered with vinegar and refrigerated.
51. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar to cooking water for fluffier rice.
52. Add vinegar to laundry rinse water: removes all soap and prevents yellowing.
53. After shampoo hair rinse: 1 ounce apple cider vinegar in 1 quart of distilled water.
54. For a shiny crust on homemade bread and rolls: just before they have finished baking, take them out, brush crusts with vinegar, return to oven to finish baking.
55. Homemade sour cream: blend together 1 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup skim milk and 1 tsp. vinegar.
56. Boil vinegar and water in pots to remove stains.
57. Remove berry stains from hands with vinegar.
58. Prevent sugaring by mixing a drop of vinegar in the cake icing.
59. Cold vinegar relieves sunburn.
60.When boiling meat, add a spoonful of vinegar to the water to make it more tender.
61. Marinate tough meat in vinegar overnight to tenderize.
62. Douche: 2 to 4 ounces of vinegar in 2 quarts of warm water.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Newest Light

Well I am truely a flashlight whore. I love lights. I have been carrying a ASP flashlight that has approximately 100 lumens of power and it is really nice as it is a small light, but there is one big drawback. It uses the expensive CR123 batteries. This is a common battery but still expensive comapared to the "AA" or "AAA" style.

Well the other day my supervisor showed me his new flashlight. After we all stood around and grunted our best Tim the Toolman Taylor GRUNTS I got the chance to check it out. It is a NEBO tools model #5557 Redline.

This is a super light. It has 3 different setting for power level 220 lumens, 110 lummens, and 22 lumens. It also has a S.O.S. mode and a defensive strobe. But my favorite part is the adjustable focus beam. It will through a peircing narrow spot a very long distance or will spread out to a very wide area. My second favorite part is it use common "AAA" batteries to operate it making it easy and cheap to keep lots of extra batteries handy with you.
I had to have one. I went to the Russel-Do-It Center in our local area and picked one of these up. It is a lot cheaper there the I can even order it from the internet. It was $19.99 plus tax. Now here is what I found with one of my own in hand. For starters, the Redline specs out at 4-1/2L x 1-1/2D and 6.85 ounces. The body is well-machined from anodized aircraft-grade aluminum that Nebo says is weather-proof. The main body features smooth knurling and a machined pattern for secure gripping. The body fits well in my extra large hands. There is also a chart on the side of the light that gives you the power levels and approximate run times. The push button end cap is made from glow it the dark rubber but I do not see much purpose in it as you have to charge it with another light. Kind of useless in my opinion.
It also has a tactical front end that can cause serious damage to someone if struck with it in a jabbing strike. Well last night I got a call while at work from my fiance Kelly saying that she had to call the Fire Department due to the next door neighbor's houses main power feed from the street was shooting sparks and flames from the side of their house and she was scared it was going to start a fire. I am a Paramedic with a local ambulance company and my station is only 2 miles from the house. My partner and I came over to the house and the fire department was already there. I know most of these guys as we see them on a very regular basis.  As soon as I stepped out I reached back and got the light out. As I walked down the neighbor's driveway I turned it on and focused the beam a bit and made my way to where the firemen were standing. I was surprised by the fact that the fireman standing there was using a very dim light that barely put any light on the spot less then 15 feet away. They were standing there and when they saw that they knew me they told me all was ok and were waiting on the power company to come out and disconnect the power. The guys also stated that the light was unbelievable in how bright it was and when I told them it was only $20.00 they were impressed.

Now before anyone comments that this light is not NFPA approved, I already know this. I would not in anyway recommend this for a fireman that fights fires, but a lot of our fire personal are also EMT's and Paramedics. This is a perfect light for this reason.


I give this light a 5 star rating.

The Nebo Redline is well-made and projects a tremendous amount of light. Would I recommend this light to others? Most certainly. This is the cheapest in price of the over 200 lumen light on the market that I know of. I will be buying several more for my bags and vehicles.

NEBO tools website link for the Redline light

Here are the specs direct from the NEBO TOOLS site.


Settings – 220 lumens / 110 lumens / 22 lumens / S.O.S. / Defensive Strobe
Runtime – 100% - 4 hours of continuous illumination
                  50% - 8 hours of continuous illumination
                  10% - 15 hours of continuous illumination
                  S.O.S. - 72 hours of continuous illumination
                  Strobe - 72 hours of continuous illumination
Length – 4.5”
Diameter – 1.5”
Weight – 0.428 lbs.
Batteries – 3 AAA batteries (included)


The ability to bring high-end technology to a compact, fully-redesigned, extremely powerful light source is finally here. The REDLINE™ is our brightest flashlight to date, 220 lumens of pure white light to be exact. In automobiles, redlining is reaching the peak of its performance; whereas we, with NEBO REDLINE™ are harnessing the maximum power of this flashlight with 220 lumens of blinding bright light. (NOTE: Anything above 50 lumens within a 10 yard distance may cause temporary blindness when viewed directly.) The REDLINE™ has 5 lighting modes, 100% white light (220 lumens), 50% white light (110 lumens), 10% white light (22 lumens), S.O.S. mode (220 lumens), or emergency strobe mode (220 lumens). This flashlight has a 4x adjustable beam that works with any light setting to change the REDLINE™ from a flood light to illuminate everything within a 20 yard distance, or to a spot light to focus up to 150 yards. The bezel of the REDLINE™ controls the adjustable beam. The red ring of the NEBO REDLINE™ enhances all of the features of this flashlight.

One high power LED bulb outputs 220 lumens of light (bulb rated for 110,000+ hours     of life)
Anodized aircraft grade aluminum weather-proof compact body design
Magnetic base for hands-free lighting
Aggressive self-defense face
Rear glow-in-the-dark button uses hard/soft touch technology
Hard Touch: Simply click through the functions. (Light will turn off in between settings.) NOTE: Light will     reset to first setting (100% ON after being off for 20 seconds.)
Soft Touch: Press button halfway with no click. This allows the user to cycle     through the settings quickly without the light turning off between settings.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We really are in trouble! There is no gold at all

Fed Lawyer Alvarez: “The Federal Reserve Does NOT Own Any Gold at All”

Here is a quote from the actual article: "For those of you who did not watch yesterday’s monetary policy hearing in the house of representatives, you most likely missed this bombshell exchange between Federal Reserve lawyer Scott Alvarez and committee chairman Dr. Ron Paul. My jaw literally dropped when I heard the Fed’s general counsel declare that the Federal Reserve owns no gold. After 1934, Alvarez explains that the Fed handed its gold over to the Treasury in exchange for gold certificates. When pressed further, Alvarez noted that the gold certificates do not represent any interest whatsoever in the gold itself. He explained the gold certificate listings on the Fed balance sheet, not as a claim to gold, but at most a claim to dollars from the Treasury."

 So what does this mean to us? Out money is just paper and is only backed by debt. 

Here is the full article.

Uses for Sugar

    *Wasp Trap
    Boil 2 ounces of sugar and a little water in a pan to make a sticky liquid. Pour this into empty jars, or a dish and leave in the open where wasps will be attracted to sweetness. They go into the liquid to feed and cant get out.

    *Start a Fire
    If you have trouble getting a coal, or wood fire to burn throw a handful of sugar onto it. The sugar will ignite and help get the fire going

    *Kill Cockroaches
    Mix equal parts of sugar and baking powder. Sugar attracts these horrible creatures and baking powder kills them

    *WOUND FIRST AID: Cuts and scraped skin benefit from sugar. Sugar is an antibiotic that naturally kills germs. Not only will that it speed the healing of the skin tissue. Clean wound and sprinkle a little over the cut or scrape.

    *PAIN: Studies show that sugar water intake can help INFANTS recovery from the pain of the needle during doctor visits. Simply give 1-4 servings of sugar water instead of plain water before the immunization appointment.

    *PAIN: If you are suffering from neck pain, studies show that injections of sugar water can help. If nothing else is helping ask your doctor about Prolotherapy. It helps many patients reduce their pain medications

    *SKIN REPAIR: - Healing skin and smoothing its appearance. Make a facial & neck scrub of ½ cup sugar and 1/3 C canola oil. You can add oil essences if you like. Use as a gentle face scrub, using gentle circular motions with fingers. Leave on for a few minutes to maximize effects. Rinse off in shower.

Uses for Cinnamon

    *Room spray. Combine a few drops of essential oil of cinnamon with water or vodka and spritz the mixture in any room to dispel germs and odors

    *Moth Repellent Sachets. Break 4 cinnamon sticks and combine with 1/2 cup of whole cloves and 1/2 cup whole black peppercorns. Fill small squares of fabric with a tablespoon of this mixture, tie shut, and hang in your closets.

    *Bay Rum and Cinnamon Aftershave. Not only does this have a delightful spicy scent, it also has antibacterial properties, and the cinnamon helps stop bleeding from little nicks and cuts.

    Fill a screw-top jar with dried bay leaves. Add 2 broken cinnamon sticks and 1 tablespoon of cloves. Pour in enough dark rum to cover the herbs, and let this mixture steep for 14 days or longer, shaking it daily. Stain through a sieve and coffee filter, bottle the liquid, and use a splash of it after shaving

    * Instead of your morning coffee or tea, a drink consisting of a teaspoon of fresh ground cinnamon and raw honey to taste and one before bed on a daily basis was found to restore hearing loss.

    * Increasing the cinnamon to two teaspoons and following the same regimen as above, patients claimed they were cured of common arthritis.

    Increasing the cinnamon to two tablespoons and mixing it in lukewarm water with one teaspoon of raw honey is said to relieve bladder infections in that this mixture will effectively destroy germs in the bladder.

    * A honey and cinnamon paste spread on your favorite breakfast bread, eaten regularly, reduces cholesterol. Your chances for a heart attack are diminished by clearing your arteries and increasing the blood flow in your veins.

    * With such a pleasant combination how could anyone complain of bad breath? Instead of your favorite mouthwash, try a combination of a teaspoon of honey mixed with cinnamon for fresh breath all day.

    * There are medical properties attributed to the sugar content in the honey that cause an increase in energy levels in senior citizens. An equal mix of raw honey and cinnamon, taken each afternoon increased their levels of energy and mental acuity.

    * A paste made of three parts honey, one part cinnamon, and applied to skin affected by pimples, or a paste, applied in equal parts, for skin infections such as ringworm, 8. eczema, and other types of infections were cured. Users claimed their skin was left completely clear and baby soft.

    * An unusual side effect of the users of the cinnamon and honey was weight loss. For those participating in the study, and consuming one cup of this mixture twice a day on an empty stomach before meals, weight loss was the end result.

    * The natural properties in raw honey that do not allow it to spoil arrest age and soften the skin; one teaspoon of cinnamon and four teaspoons of honey.

    * Raw honey may also be used to wash the face. A light amount should be distributed gently and rinsed thoroughly.

    *This remarkable drink has been used to aid in indigestion, relieve upset stomachs, relieve excess gas, clear sinuses, cure the common cold, and cure the flu. Honey contains large amounts of vitamins and iron. These properties also help strengthen the immune system

    *Tincture: Take 1/4 to 1 teaspoon at a time, usually combined with other herbs. Use the higher doses for a menstrual period that is much heavier than usual.

    *Essential oil: The volatile oil from cinnamon is distilled and used as a flavoring and aromatic agent. Use a single drop of cinnamon essential oil diluted in a sip of water as a mouth rinse to freshen your breath and for mouth and gum infections. Use eight to ten drops of cinnamon essential oil in a 2-ounce tincture bottle for flavor or medicinal effects. Keep essential oils out of your eyes.

    *Spiced Cider: You will need the following items.

    • 5 cinnamon sticks
    • 3 star anise
    • 5 whole allspice kernels
    • 5 whole cloves
    • 1 tsp nutmeg
    • 1 gallon apple cider
    • 1 or 2 oranges

Uses for Salt

    * Test for rotten eggs. Put an egg in a cup of water to which you've added two teaspoons of salt. A fresh egg will sink, but one that's iffy will float.

    * Repel fleas. Wash the doghouse with it.

    * Soothe a bee sting. Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.

    * Keep radishes safe in the garden. Salt worms (cutworms) will be repelled if you sprinkle seeds with table salt, then cover with dirt.

    * Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.

    *Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces room temperature water. Draw mixture into a nose dropper, and inhale liquid through your nostrils. Repeat several times for each nostril, using 2 or 3 drops of the solution each time. When you are through, blow your nose until no discharge remains


    * Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water

    *Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle

    * Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn

    * Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added

    * Use equal parts of salt and baking soda for brushing your teeth.

    *A saltwater soak can do wonders for that special mosquito-bite itch -- a poultice of salt mixed with olive oil can help too.

    *Deter ants. Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills, and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don't like to walk on salt.

    *Kill poison ivy. Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water (use a gentle dish soap) and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer, avoiding any plant life that you want to keep.

    * Keep chicken or turkey moist. Rub salt in the cavity of the bird before cooking.

    *To remove bloodstains from material, sprinkle with salt and rinse with cold water!

    *Apply salt to a cut to draw out infection and promote healing (better still – take medical advice)!

    *Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces room temperature water. Draw mixture into a nose dropper, and inhale liquid through your nostrils. Repeat several times for each nostril, using 2 or 3 drops of the solution each time. When you are through, blow your nose until no discharge remains

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Our seed stocks

I have been reading a lot of articles about what you should stock up on and have decided that seeds is one thing that will be something you can always count on due to the fact that it will provide you food and even a barter item. There have even been seeds found that were over 1,000 years old that were grown.

Here is what we have stocked up on as far as seeds. This may seem like a lot but it really is not much. It all fits into a box about the size of a shoebox.

heirloom tomoto
abe lincoln

big rainbow

mortage lifter

boxcar willie

prudens purple

big red

brandy wine

heirloom watermelon
black diamond

hybrid watermelon
sugar baby


micky lee "bush"
heirloom okra
long pod green

heirloom beans
top crop "bush"

hybrid tomato
roma VF


cherry supersweet 100

hybrid beans garden
derby bush

top crop

kentucky wonder "pole / snap bean"

brittle wax / bush wax

stringless green pod / bush snap

ford hook standard / bush snap

royal burgundy

cow peas / bean pink eye purple hull

roma II romano bush

hybrid spinach
giant noble

hybrid spinach mustard
tender green

hybrid squash
table queen

early yellow straightneck

zucchini elite hybrid

grey zucchini

dark green zucchini

waltham butternut

hybrid pumpkin
small sugar


hybrid peppers
serrano chili

sweet banana

rainbow sweet "hybrid mix bell type"

california wonder "bell"

hybrid lettuce
parris island cos


grand rapids


italian mixture


black seede simspon

green salad bowl


hybrid onions
evergreen bunching

sweet spanish yellow utah jumbo

walla walla

white lisbon bunching

hybrid peas
green arrow

hybrid beat
detroit dark red

hybrid broccoli

hybrid cabbage
early golden acre

hybrid cantaloupe
hale's best

hybrid carrot

danvers # I 26


hybrid cauliflower
snowball X

hybrid leek
american flag

hybrid gourd

hybrid kohlrabi
early white vienna

hybrid corn
early golden bantam

golden cross bantam hybrid

hybrid celery
tall utah # 5270R

hybrid cucumbers

cross country

spacemaster  "bush"

tendergreen "burpless"

hybrid herbs

lemmon balm

dill bouquet

dill long island mammoth

lavander "true"

lavander munstead

parsley itailian


sweet marjoram

sage brood leaf


tyme "common"

chamomile "german"

basil "genovese"



chives garlic

Now as you can see we only have a few heirloom seeds. We want to buy more of them, but they are hard to find locally. We will be having to order some. If you do not have any type of seeds stored up I would advise you to go to your local stores and look around and at least get a few as a start. We have even bought some of the ones that Wally world sells for .80 cents. Remember something is better then nothing.