Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting


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Rabbit Updates

On Saturday my Magpie Harlequin rabbit gave birth to a new litter of 7 kits. They all look healthy and well! I checked this morning and they all have full little tummy’s so mama is doing her job well. They are two days old today.

Saturday afternoon I also got a new Harlequin doe. She is a Black Japanese Harlie and she is super laid back and mellow. She was destined for the stew pot before I got her so she was not handled much. I am very happy that she is so calm. I cant wait to breed her! On Saturday morning I had three rabbits. By Saturday afternoon, I had 11! I cant wait for the kits to open their eyes so we can play with them more!
Here are pictures of our new kits and my Black Jap doe.

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Rabbits Everywhere!

I sold three of the four rabbits out of Willow’s first litter. She was re-bred on January 24th so we should have a new litter of cute little fuzzy bunnies this weekend! OK…. maybe not so fuzzy. Rabbits are born with no fur. They more closely resemble little rats. LOL But the good thing is they start growing their fur right away and within about 5 days, I will be able to see their color pattern pretty well. This is Willow’s second litter. I kept a Magpie doe from her first litter that I adore. We named her Oreo. When she is old enough to breed. I will find her a mate. As of right now, the only buck I have is her sire Charlie.
Today, I have a new 4.5 month old doe coming to join our rabbit family from Knoxville TN. A new rabbit friend is bringing her from her own Rabbitary. She will be my third doe. I am very excited to play with the new bunny today. I will be able to breed her in a few months. I also have two more does coming to me from Louisiana on March 30th. I’m still working out details with the breeder and the transporter. One is the same age as my Magpie Oreo and the other is a few months older. This will give me a two sets of breeding trios. I will be working on getting a Magpie buck for my two Magpie does sometime this summer.
I have bunnies everywhere!


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How to can Spicy Jalapeño Carrots

Have you ever had great Mexican food? I’m talking about the real authentic stuff. If you have ever been to Mexico, then you know what I’m talking about. The spices and flavors are so different from what you get at the Americanized Mexican restaurants here in the states. Sometimes you can find a Taco stand around town that are pretty amazing. When your lucky enough to find one of these little stands, don’t pass it by!
I first tried spicy Jalapeño Carrots from one of these Taco stands. I don’t usually like extremely spicy foods but I make an exception for these. They have great flavor and, eaten slowly, I can handle the spice too.
I was at Costco a few weeks back and got a very large bag of Organic carrots. I love the my kids love carrots so much but even they can’t eat carrots in this quantity. I decided to put a batch of sliced carrots in my food dehydrator and gave our rabbits the ends and peels. I still had over half a bag left so I went in search of a good Jalapeño carrot recipe.
I found a few good recipes but I decided to make my own.
Directions for Canning Jalapeño Peppers and Carrots:
2/3 lb Jalapeño Peppers.
1 1/2 lb Large carrots peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick, on an angel.
One Large yellow onion thinly sliced.

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• Slice the smooth, unmarked Jalapeño peppers about ¼ inch wide and set aside in a bowl of hot water.
• Look for large, straight carrots that are at least 1 ½ inch in diameter at the top. Peel the carrots, rinse and slice on an angle. Set the carrot slices in the same bowl of hot water with the peppers.
• Thinly slice one large yellow sweet onion and place in the bowl with the peppers and carrots. (I diced mine this time but I think slices would be better.)
• Put jars and rings through the dish washer and run it through on a hot cycle. Put the flat lids in a pot of water to boil.
To make the brine:
8 cups of white vinegar
3 cups of white granulated sugar.
8 teaspoons of Pickling salt. (I used Kosher Salt)
• Bring these three ingredients to a boil and make sure they are dissolved completely.
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• Place your peppers, carrots and onions into the hot jars and pour the hot brine over them leaving about ½ inch of headspace at the top of the jar. Pack them in as tightly as you can. I didn’t and I had lots of unused space at the bottom of my jars when I was done.
• Clean off the rim of your jars with a clean towel.
• Put a sterilized lid on the jar and twist on a band. Adjust the lid as you turn down on the band. Leave the band a little loose, just tight enough to keep the lid in place during processing.

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• Once your water in your water bath canner (or large pot) is at a rapid boil, set your timer and process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Make sure that your water is boiling after all your jars are in the water. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to get the water boiling again. Check processing guidelines for higher elevation processing times. Remove from the canning pot after cooking and let cool for about 12 hours before moving them. Store them in a cool dark place. Store these for 4 weeks before opening so that the flavors have time to absorb.

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• This recipe makes 4 quarts or 8 pints.


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Where did all the guns go?

Life without firearms

The current upheaval over threat of new restrictive firearms laws has resulted in a massive buy up of guns across the country. This got me thinking about other way to protect oneself and family. If you waited to buy a gun, then chances are, you wont find one anytime soon. Its near impossible to find a gun in stock at any retailer. Bullets are on back order…. some say for 12 months or longer.
Guns, while extremely useful, are not the only forms of protection available to you. If a person is serious about learning other forms, as we have, then there are an abundant amount of choices to choose from.

Bow and Arrows

Crossbows

Slingshot

Knives

Throwing knives

Swords

Blunt Objects

Fire or Flame Throwers

Self Protection Classes

Karate, taekwondo etc.

This is just a few that I could think of. Feel free to list any others that you think of in the comment section below

The nice thing about all of these is that it is not regulated by the government. You don’t have to fill out a background check and you don’t end up on some government list. I don’t hold to all the conspiracy theories but there is something to be said about having self protection that the government doesn’t know about. After all…. if the government doesn’t know about it, then they can’t take away!

Using a bow and arrow is, for some, an art form. It takes lots of dedication, focus and practice to get the accuracy needed to use a bow and arrow. I would love to learn to use a bow and arrow at some point.

If you use a crossbow and use a scope with it, then your accuracy will improve but it will still take quite a bit of practice to get the scope sited in.

I got my husband a set of throwing knives for Christmas. It has been fun trying to hit the target. I can tell you from personal experience that using throwing knives is extremely hard and takes an obscene amount of practice! But its fun and we practice when we have time. More often then not, we miss the target or the knife bounces off instead of sticking in by the tip of the blade. We need more practice.

Blunt objects and flame throwers are a matter of preference. I don’t know the first thing about making a flame thrower or buying one for that matter. There must be information available on the Internet if one chooses to look.

Hand to hand combat and self protection classes are a good idea regardless of circumstances. There are bad people in this world that wont give a second thought about hurting you just for the few bucks in your pocket. Being able to defend yourself will help you in any situation you find yourself in.

Finding the right form of protection is a personal preference. It doesn’t matter what form you choose. The important part is that you have a way to protect those you love.


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Are you a prepper?

I remember the first time I was called a prepper. I didn’t know there was a name for what I was. I never thought about it before. I had a big garden in my yard and I was learning to can or dehydrate what we couldn’t use right away. We built a chicken coop so we could have eggs but also for the manure the chickens provide for my organic garden. I liked to coupon shop and stocked up when items were on sale. With my coupons I got quite a bit for free! Free is a very good price. I cant pass up free so, of course I would get as many as I could. To me, this was all perfectly normal things to do. Lots of people have gardens and lots of people use coupons when shopping. I am in no way extreme in any of these areas. To me, these are hobbies or a way to save my family money.

My brother came to visit me from Tacoma, Washington with his girlfriend. I proudly showed him my garden and my small shelf of items I got while couponing. As I gave him a tour of my humble little home, I showed off the laundry detergent and bars of hand soap I made myself.
We talked about current economic issues and the instability of our country. I had no idea that he was worried about economic times or that my father, who also lives in Washington was equally as worried. I didn’t know that people all over the country were starting to stock up on food, goods, and guns. I didn’t know there was a name for this.

My brother returned home to Washington and not long after my dad called me. He told me that he was talking to my brother and learned something he didn’t know about me. I think to myself…uh oh… what could that possible be?
I asked what did he learn? I was very curious! He said I was a prepper. Hmm.. a prepper? What is a prepper I asked? He proceeded to talk about stocking up and getting back to basics and learning self sufficiency. He talked about canning and making soap and raising animals.
If this is what a prepper is, then Yes, I am wholeheartedly a prepper!
Now that I knew there was a name for what I am, I went in search for others who also feel the need to get back to basics. I was amazed at what I found. There is a massive community of other preppers that is growing by the day.

Are you a prepper?

Here is an article that helps anyone new to building a stock pile and getting back to basics or becoming more prepared. I am adding the link below. This article talks about prepping for any type of emergency and links all the best websites that you can go to learn more. I have been on a lot of these during my own web search but there are many on this list that I have not been to yet.

http://www.shtfplan.com/emergency-preparedness/rise-of-the-preppers-50-of-the-best-prepper-websites-and-blogs-on-the-internet_02012013

If long term storage is something that interests you, Id like to add a few more companies to look into:

Shelf Reliance offers 30 year shelf life freeze dried food called Thrive
The LDS Cannery’s offer dehydrated foods you can prepare yourself and store in #10 sized cans. Contact your local LDS to find your closest cannery
Mountain House foods.
There are many more. These are just a few that I am familiar with.

Happy Prepping!