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Turkey slow roasted

slow roasted turkey

I have used this fashion of roasting turkeys for many years. It consistently produces fall off the bone moist turkey every time AND it is hard to over cook or burn it. ;]

Preplanning the feast. Start a few days ahead of when you plan to have your turkey / meal. How big is your turkey? For this discussion we will say that it weighs 20 pounds and is still in the deep freeze. Do you have a roasting pan that will comfortably hold the turkey? Assemble everything that you need for the meal. Write down everything that you are missing and go buy it.

A day or 2 before the meal bake whatever pies you want. The day before make the bread, I would suggest Ezekiel bread. 21 hours before you plan on sitting down for the meal take the turkey out of the freezer. Dice 2 or 3 large onions and make a bed in the roaster pan for the turkey. Release the turkey from the wrapping while it is still frozen and put it on the bed of onions. Coat the turkey with olive oil apply seasonings which will follow. Add 1 cup of water to the pan. Cover & place into the oven. Set your oven to 200 degrees F [no preheating required] set an alarm for 20 hours from starting the oven. Here is the hard part…. Leave it alone, no peaking!

By taking the bird straight from the freezer and cooking it this way germs do not have time to multiply as the turkey spends very little time in the danger zone of 40 – 140 degrees F.

At the end of the 20 hours [1 hour per pound at 200 degrees F] remove the cover and turn the heat up to 350 degrees to brown your turkey. Carve and serve.

• 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
• 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
• 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried rosemary leaves
• 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
• 1 teaspoon rubbed sage (crumbled between your fingers)
• 2 teaspoons coarse salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
One year the stores had whole turkeys 20 pounds for $5.00— that year we put up [canned] 150 pounds of turkey [after skinning and deboning] .
What are your recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals?

Ebola 20141117

Ebola 20141117

Dr Salia contracted Ebola and was brought to a hospital in Nebraska for treatment. Reportedly he died around 4 am Monday, may he RIP.

Salia first showed Ebola symptoms on Nov. 6 but tested negative for the virus. He eventually tested positive on Nov. 10. This is from yahoo news linked at

Which tells me that practicing universal precautions is still the best option. Basically treat everyone as if they have everything. ;] consider following the advice in the posts starting at

Some points to ponder.

West Nile virus was identified in the late 90s on our east coast. A year later it had made it out here to the Rocky Mountains. That is mighty fast and far for something that is carried by mosquitoes? Many of us suspect that it was out here a lot longer and merely found than as we were at last looking for it.

Back when we worked general medical some of the staff [who were good people] would be in and out of patients’ rooms providing care. Yet when test results came back that they had something contagious, the staff would freak and go overboard with isolation.

Back in the 80s and early 90s I sometimes worked with ‘high risk’ patients for HIV populations. In the 80s AIDS was assumed to be strictly a homosexual or IV drug abuser problem. –now we know this is not so – When AIDS first raised it’s ugly head as a general concern, there was the same disquiet and unease as we have now with this Ebola.

Ebola was discovered in the mid 70s. Since that time people have been traveling back and forth to those areas of the world that have Ebola. Does anyone really think that it has not already been here before?

Every year in the US we lose on average 36,000 dead due to the FLU. It is just the normal garden variety flu, not swine or avian flu flavor of the week in the news. This is with a fully working medical system. Most of them die from de-hydration and electrolyte imbalance.

My point being that while Ebola is not a good thing to contract, it appears as if it can be treated IF identified early. Good hygiene is a must. As is being prepared to shelter in place [be quarantined] so as to be away from the civil unrest more so than protect the public. ;]

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Veteran’s Day 2014

Today [2014-11-11] is Veteran’s Day. This date is currently known as Veteran’s Day, however it started in 1918 as Armistice Day.
11-11-11, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marked the end of WWI, the war to end all war.

Yesterday November 10th – the historical date of 1775 November 10th was the birthday of the US Marine Corps. Happy 239 years!

At the local VA Hospital there is a sign –
The price of freedom is visible here.

Bumper sticker of the year:
‘If you can read this, thank a teacher –
and, since it’s in English, thank a soldier’

—– Forwarded Message —–

Subject: the crisis

Gen George Washington read this to the troops on 23 Dec which inspired them to take Trenton on 26 Dec a Hessian strong hold during heavy snow and sub-zero temps….These patriots did this while hungry, and half clothed (some were even shoeless). The next day Major Wilkinson coming from behind could follow their 9 mile route by the bloodstains in the snow…..
The path for freedom is not an easy one, and these guys had it extremely hard. What a shame that today’s citizens are pissing it away

December 23, 1776
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
Whether the independence of the continent was declared too soon, or delayed too long, I will not now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion is, that had it been eight months earlier, it would have been much better. We did not make a proper use of last winter, neither could we, while we were in a dependent state. However, the fault, if it were one, was all our own [NOTE]; we have none to blame but ourselves. But no great deal is lost yet. All that Howe has been doing for this month past, is rather a ravage than a conquest, which the spirit of the Jerseys, a year ago, would have quickly repulsed, and which time and a little resolution will soon recover.
I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent. Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.
‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them. Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc. Would that heaven might inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment! Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors, which an imaginary apparition would have upon a private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world.

As I was with the troops at Fort Lee, and marched with them to the edge of Pennsylvania, I am well acquainted with many circumstances, which those who live at a distance know but little or nothing of. Our situation there was exceedingly cramped, the place being a narrow neck of land between the North River and the Hackensack. Our force was inconsiderable, being not one-fourth so great as Howe could bring against us. We had no army at hand to have relieved the garrison, had we shut ourselves up and stood on our defense. Our ammunition, light artillery, and the best part of our stores, had been removed, on the apprehension that Howe would endeavor to penetrate the Jerseys, in which case Fort Lee could be of no use to us; for it must occur to every thinking man, whether in the army or not, that these kind of field forts are only for temporary purposes, and last in use no longer than the enemy directs his force against the particular object which such forts are raised to defend. Such was our situation and condition at Fort Lee on the morning of the 20th of November, when an officer arrived with information that the enemy with 200 boats had landed about seven miles above; Major General [Nathaniel] Green, who commanded the garrison, immediately ordered them under arms, and sent express to General Washington at the town of Hackensack, distant by the way of the ferry = six miles. Our first object was to secure the bridge over the Hackensack, which laid up the river between the enemy and us, about six miles from us, and three from them. General Washington arrived in about three-quarters of an hour, and marched at the head of the troops towards the bridge, which place I expected we should have a brush for; however, they did not choose to dispute it with us, and the greatest part of our troops went over the bridge, the rest over the ferry, except some which passed at a mill on a small creek, between the bridge and the ferry, and made their way through some marshy grounds up to the town of Hackensack, and there passed the river. We brought off as much baggage as the wagons could contain, the rest was lost. The simple object was to bring off the garrison, and march them on till they could be strengthened by the Jersey or Pennsylvania militia, so as to be enabled to make a stand. We staid four days at Newark, collected our out-posts with some of the Jersey militia, and marched out twice to meet the enemy, on being informed that they were advancing, though our numbers were greatly inferior to theirs. Howe, in my little opinion, committed a great error in generalship in not throwing a body of forces off from Staten Island through Amboy, by which means he might have seized all our stores at Brunswick, and intercepted our march into Pennsylvania; but if we believe the power of hell to be limited, we must likewise believe that their agents are under some providential control.
I shall not now attempt to give all the particulars of our retreat to the Delaware; suffice it for the present to say, that both officers and men, though greatly harassed and fatigued, frequently without rest, covering, or provision, the inevitable consequences of a long retreat, bore it with a manly and martial spirit. All their wishes centred in one, which was, that the country would turn out and help them to drive the enemy back. Voltaire has remarked that King William never appeared to full advantage but in difficulties and in action; the same remark may be made on General Washington, for the character fits him. There is a natural firmness in some minds which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude; and I reckon it among those kind of public blessings, which we do not immediately see, that God hath blessed him with uninterrupted health, and given him a mind that can even flourish upon care.
I shall conclude this paper with some miscellaneous remarks on the state of our affairs; and shall begin with asking the following question, Why is it that the enemy have left the New England provinces, and made these middle ones the seat of war? The answer is easy: New England is not infested with Tories, and we are. I have been tender in raising the cry against these men, and used numberless arguments to show them their danger, but it will not do to sacrifice a world either to their folly or their baseness. The period is now arrived, in which either they or we must change our sentiments, or one or both must fall. And what is a Tory? Good God! What is he? I should not be afraid to go with a hundred Whigs against a thousand Tories, were they to attempt to get into arms. Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave.
But, before the line of irrecoverable separation be drawn between us, let us reason the matter together: Your conduct is an invitation to the enemy, yet not one in a thousand of you has heart enough to join him. Howe is as much deceived by you as the American cause is injured by you. He expects you will all take up arms, and flock to his standard, with muskets on your shoulders. Your opinions are of no use to him, unless you support him personally, for ’tis soldiers, and not Tories, that he wants.
I once felt all that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel, against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, “Well! give me peace in my day.” Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;” and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty. Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them. A man can distinguish himself between temper and principle, and I am as confident, as I am that God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.
America did not, nor does not want force; but she wanted a proper application of that force. Wisdom is not the purchase of a day, and it is no wonder that we should err at the first setting off. From an excess of tenderness, we were unwilling to raise an army, and trusted our cause to the temporary defense of a well-meaning militia. A summer’s experience has now taught us better; yet with those troops, while they were collected, we were able to set bounds to the progress of the enemy, and, thank God! they are again assembling. I always considered militia as the best troops in the world for a sudden exertion, but they will not do for a long campaign. Howe, it is probable, will make an attempt on this city [Philadelphia]; should he fail on this side the Delaware, he is ruined. If he succeeds, our cause is not ruined. He stakes all on his side against a part on ours; admitting he succeeds, the consequence will be, that armies from both ends of the continent will march to assist their suffering friends in the middle states; for he cannot go everywhere, it is impossible. I consider Howe as the greatest enemy the Tories have; he is bringing a war into their country, which, had it not been for him and partly for themselves, they had been clear of. Should he now be expelled, I wish with all the devotion of a Christian, that the names of Whig and Tory may never more be mentioned; but should the Tories give him encouragement to come, or assistance if he come, I as sincerely wish that our next year’s arms may expel them from the continent, and the Congress appropriate their possessions to the relief of those who have suffered in well-doing. A single successful battle next year will settle the whole. America could carry on a two years’ war by the confiscation of the property of disaffected persons, and be made happy by their expulsion. Say not that this is revenge, call it rather the soft resentment of a suffering people, who, having no object in view but the good of all, have staked their own all upon a seemingly doubtful event. Yet it is folly to argue against determined hardness; eloquence may strike the ear, and the language of sorrow draw forth the tear of compassion, but nothing can reach the heart that is steeled with prejudice.
Quitting this class of men, I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out: I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it. Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but “show your faith by your works,” that God may bless you. It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light. Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to “bind me in all cases whatsoever” to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them? If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other. Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.
There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both. Howe’s first object is, partly by threats and partly by promises, to terrify or seduce the people to deliver up their arms and receive mercy. The ministry recommended the same plan to Gage, and this is what the tories call making their peace, “a peace which passeth all understanding” indeed! A peace which would be the immediate forerunner of a worse ruin than any we have yet thought of. Ye men of Pennsylvania, do reason upon these things! Were the back counties to give up their arms, they would fall an easy prey to the Indians, who are all armed: this perhaps is what some Tories would not be sorry for. Were the home counties to deliver up their arms, they would be exposed to the resentment of the back counties who would then have it in their power to chastise their defection at pleasure. And were any one state to give up its arms, that state must be garrisoned by all Howe’s army of Britons and Hessians to preserve it from the anger of the rest. Mutual fear is the principal link in the chain of mutual love, and woe be to that state that breaks the compact. Howe is mercifully inviting you to barbarous destruction, and men must be either rogues or fools that will not see it. I dwell not upon the vapors of imagination; I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as A, B, C, hold up truth to your eyes.
I thank God, that I fear not. I see no real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and can see the way out of it. While our army was collected, Howe dared not risk a battle; and it is no credit to him that he decamped from the White Plains, and waited a mean opportunity to ravage the defenseless Jerseys; but it is great credit to us, that, with a handful of men, we sustained an orderly retreat for near an hundred miles, brought off our ammunition, all our field pieces, the greatest part of our stores, and had four rivers to pass. None can say that our retreat was precipitate, for we were near three weeks in performing it, that the country might have time to come in. Twice we marched back to meet the enemy, and remained out till dark. The sign of fear was not seen in our camp, and had not some of the cowardly and disaffected inhabitants spread false alarms through the country, the Jerseys had never been ravaged. Once more we are again collected and collecting; our new army at both ends of the continent is recruiting fast, and we shall be able to open the next campaign with sixty thousand men, well armed and clothed. This is our situation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils — a ravaged country — a depopulated city — habitations without safety, and slavery without hope — our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented.
December 23, 1776

Christmas preps

A few years ago we posted this on another site we have. Still it is wise to avoid trouble spots. What are some of the things that you have given or recieved as a gift which could be considered preper items?

A Target commercial promoting the specials on Black Friday showed a blond woman discovering a deal. She screeched in the most neurotic way imaginable. It was creepy. But, the ad was prophetic because news reports from Black Friday showed shoppers practically rioting over $2 waffle irons. A man apparently dropped dead and feverish shoppers simply stepped over him in another headline. And then there was the woman who maced other shoppers when pushing and shoving resulted from ‘deals’. Not to be left out, Occupy Wall Street attempted to block shoppers but were over powered by the mayhem and rampant consumerism. This is CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! If you thought perhaps Americans are beyond tearing each other apart, think again. If a $2 waffle iron results in riots, wait till these folks are fighting for the last can of tuna on the grocery store shelf! Which is why I urge you to get prepared now and skip the madness in the fear and confusion of a real crisis… ### While you are out and about looking for other gifts I strongly urge you to consider camping or preparedness items for your loved ones. There are many things that can double as ‘stocking stuffers’ such as match cases, pocket knives, fire strikers and compasses. Food storage packs such as one month kits are great too! It IS about peace of mind. If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear BTW, this works great for birthdays also!

some Guy

as the story goes, the expression ‘some Guy’ comes from Guy Fawkes. You may have heard

‘Remember, remember the 5th of November the gun powder plot ‘

England 1605 November 5th.

Loook it up please and thank you.

Homemade Household Cleaners

Homemade Household Cleaners

Have you bought household cleaners lately? How did you like paying the prices? Did you look at how many and what types of chemicals are included in them?

How would you like to decrease the amount you are spending on cleaning supplies and use fewer chemicals around your home? After research and testing below are some recipes for different cleaners.

Purchase 4 new spray bottles, a container of bleach, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, ammonia, baking soda, a microfiber towel and a permanent marker if you don’t already have any of these. The spray bottles, bleach, vinegar, ammonia, baking soda and microfiber towel can be purchased at Dollar Tree for $1 each. (Keep bleach separate from ammonia-this can cause a chemical reaction that can cause toxic gas – often fatal.) (Keep bleach separate from vinegar-this can cause a reaction but not as bad as ammonia.)(Always use kitchen gloves when using bleach, ammonia or vinegar.)

1. In 1 of the spray bottles just pour in water and mark it “Water” with the permanent marker.
2. In the second bottle put 1 teaspoon of bleach and fill the rest of the bottle up with water. Mark it “Bleach Water” with the permanent marker.
3. In the third bottle pour in 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water. Mark this one “Vinegar Water” with the permanent marker.
4. In the fourth bottle put ½ cup lemon juice and 1 cup of olive oil and shake up. Mark this bottle “Furniture Polish” with a permanent marker.

For your mirrors and glass use your microfiber towel and the “Water” spray bottle to clean the mirrors. Just spray the mirror and wipe with the microfiber towel. That is it, no chemicals and no trash!

Use “Bleach Water” or “Vinegar Water” on all other hard surfaces. Vinegar disinfects and bleach sanitizes. If the bathtub needs more work turn on shower until it gets hot and get walls and bottom of tub wet then turn off the water. Sprinkle baking soda on the sides and bottom of the tub, you can also do walls if they are really dirty. Let stand for 30 minutes. Go back and scrub (should not have to scrub long) then rinse. The bathtub will be clean and bright. When you mop the bathroom, get the mop wet and spray either “Bleach Water” or “Vinegar Water” onto the floor and mop as usual. Also for the kitchen and bathroom sink you can treat just like the bathtub if they are really dirty or have black marks from pans.

For hardwood floors, I like to use the “Vinegar Water” the best and just mop as usual. And the “Furniture Polish” works great and will cut any sticky residue on furniture and smells nice with the lemon juice.

I found a few different recipes for how to clean the oven and below are the best 2:
1. Spray water on the sides and bottom of the oven and sprinkle baking soda on it. Let sit overnight. The next day wet a sponge with warm water and drizzle dish soap on it. Wash out the oven and rinse.
2. Heat the oven to 200 degrees and turn off. Fill a baking pan with 2 cups of ammonia. Place onto central rack. Fill a second pan with 2 cups of boiling water and place on the rack below the first. Let this sit overnight. The next day remove the pans, use a warm wet sponge covered with baking soda and wash down.

Using these things will help you save a bit of money and keep you from having to store all kinds of different household cleaners. Also it keeps you from having more and more chemicals in your home.