It's been a while it seems since I have posted - sorry, been focused on the podcasts and thank you to all who are listening and hopefully sharing! I hope to soon start doing interviews to make them more interesting than just all about me:)
While thinking about how to do my little garden I thought I would try using tires for potatoes - there's just no way the ground will break well enough here to grow them. In researching this I learned that tires warm the soil an additional 12-13 degrees. So I stuck my hand in one of them with the sun out and huh, the air was warmer!
Tires are free and plentiful in the rural areas - you can find plenty just driving around....
And with the wind a solar oven in a box would not be a good choice! So, in what I later learned was not an original thought I wondered if I could build a solar oven with tires? Yes, you can!
Here is what happened on my first try:
It's been a while since I've made this kind of video so sorry for the "gonzo" feel to it! They will get better but not being much of a perfectionist, I just went with what I got this time.
What I left out was I used a styrofoam square - one of my roof tiles actually that I've been driving around with me - to make the circle out of. It sealed pretty well from the indentation on the actual tire I used. Not all tires have it though.
I also used a deeper tire to try and capture more heat. Some people stack two tires to get that same effect. I didn't do any type of insulation, but will next time to see if I can raise the heat factor.
My purpose is to hopefully bake bread this summer because the trailer gets HOT and no way I want to add more heat to it - but the bread locally is "bleck" and it's also way cheaper, plus better, to make my own.
Next on the menu is to talk about solar showers and don't fear - I won't be showing you me taking a shower! But I will tell you why the people who design the shower systems are not women with long hair...
See you next time here from the center of New Mexico!
Spring is finally beginning to spring around here! This week is promising temps in the 70's - awesome!!!
In honor of that I am yet again attempting to have a garden. Last year it got too late in the season to start and I used a few containers to see if my seeds would even grow... they've been exposed to a wild range of temps in our journey so far! But, amazingly, they did - though there wasn't enough dirt to give enough nutrients to get real veggies... so...
This year we are going in the ground directly. I had some help from a very nice set of new friends as you will see below!
HUGE Thank You to Barbara and Dave for their contributions and efforts!
If you are into "survival" you just can't do it alone. I didn't ask for their help or their poop - they offered. When I went to prep the area I had no idea how poorly it would drain. These are the kind of blessings you can't plan for but are proof that survival is something we have to do together.
On another note... the pinto bean drama has finally been resolved! I bought fresh beans and they cooked up nicely! I also made some tortillas by hand - but that is another story...
If you missed the whole story the beans went bad. You can tell how fresh they are by how dark they boil up. The last batch wasn't really edible and so now I have about 25 lbs of beans I can't eat. I have no idea if I plant them they will grow - but I've got plenty to find out with...
Just because you "plan and prepare" doesn't mean it will work out they way you want!
The same is true for the garden. I have no idea if the veggies will grow. This area is tough, but it has been done. The land I am on used to be a pinto bean farm. Now it is pasture for cows - the cows you see all over this blog!
I am going old school - in the ground with sun, water, dirt, and a whole lotta prayer. The poop thing was a bonus I hadn't planned on, though there is PLENTY of cow poop here!
Just an update on what is happening around here lately. On a more businesses like note, I am SO close to finishing the ebook "The Survival Solution" which I will be offering here soon for free!
Have a great day and we will say hi again soon from here on the high prairie in the heart of New Mexico!
I am sure there is a metaphor somewhere in that title and in my bread baking adventures - but it's been three years almost since I left my house and in that time I've never been able to bake bread in which the dough actually would rise.
Two days ago it finally did! I can't say the bread was any good because I didn't really care what I made, I just wanted to see if I tried to control more of the yeast issues it would work. It did. I am so happy because now I can make my own bread again!
As you can see, it's not very big! That is before I baked it. It was 100% wheat, so that is part of why it won't be very tall when it is done.
There are several reasons why I wanted to accomplish this goal - taste, cost, and mostly because something I am hoping to fully embrace soon is an attempt to no longer eat GMO.
Yikes, it is in EVERYTHING! But my own gut hasn't been feeling too well and all those pesticides and alien elements aren't making it any happier.
The other big issue on this is money and proximity. Food is limited where I am staying and the cost of driving to bigger stores keeps me here more often than not.
The cost of baking your own bread is usually less than a dollar a loaf vs. several dollars for really crummy bread if you buy it or a lot of dollars if you buy bakery bread.
But the biggest bonus is the taste - SO much better when you do it your self!
There it is - though it looked better than it tasted - but it is a start!!!
Understanding baking and what each ingredient does is part of this idea of understanding principles behind things you do. Most of us know how to buy, eat, and make sandwiches with bread. But, do you know why it rises and what each ingredient does?
Survival and freedom are both really dependent on this idea of understanding the principles behind things and not just how to use them.
It is something that has made all the difference for me in this journey of mine! It also makes me VERY annoying when anyone tries to fix my stuff as I hang over their shoulders and ask way too many questions...
Hopefully I'll be able to show you real bread soon, one of my goals is to figure out how to bake it in a sun oven this summer as heating up the inside of the trailer then is not a good idea...
Just a quick look at a tiny goal -but it is a happy one. Nothing is better than fresh baked bread!!!
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