20 December 2011

Recipe - Zesty Crackers

Looking for something easy to make to keep the guests out of the kitchen while you are cooking this season. Try this version of Zesty Crackers. My dad brought me some and after I tried them, I definitely wanted his recipe. I am here to tell you, it was WELL worth the bribe.

Although I will take it, there is no need to bribe me for this crispy-treated recipe. Enjoy!

  • 1 Box Saltines
  • 1 1/2 C Canola Oil
  • 1 Package Ranch Dressing or Dip (Hidden Valley works well)
  • 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (add more for extra spice)

  1. Take a large empty (cleaned) pickle jar and add entire box of crackers
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients in a separate dish and then pour the mix into the jar over the crackers.
  3. Replace lid.
  4. Turn jar from upright to upside down and repeat about 5 times
  5. Lay jar on its side and turn 1/4 turn every 1-2 hours for first 10 hours (I turn it every time I pass by the jar)
  6. Turn jar every 3/4 turn every 3-4 hours.

After about 24 hours they are done. Not just crispy but zesty and very tasty.

Keep in mind it is not an exact science or recipe, if you will, but it is relatively easy and my children usually do the turning for me, so all I have to do is combine ingredients.

Until then,

Use your instincts to survive!


10 December 2011


I have been reading a few good books lately but don't want to go into detail about them at this time. However, I would like to list some of the ones I have been reading and am scheduling to read.

"Schedule to read?" you might ask. Yes, sometimes I get so busy with the mundane parts of life that I forget to schedule "me" time. It is in these times that I do schedule time to read. That is not to say that I won't sneak a chapter here or there or even while I am traveling but I do have to make a point to set aside some time to read.

What I am reading at the moment is three separate books. This is a little slower than what my average used to be. There was a period of time where I would be actively reading five books at a time. No, not physically reading them at the same time. I wish I was that smart. I am saying, I would read a chapter or two from one book, then something in the next book and so on and so forth.

Most of them might be along the same subject matter which makes reading more books for me easier to do. There are times when I have to stop reading a specific book because I am intently focused on a main topic or a specific subject matter and it is just not sinking in. Regardless of how many books you are reading at the moment, I do think it is key that we continue to read until we can't read anything anymore. Pick a subject, something you enjoy, and either visit the library or purchase your book of choice. My simple rule is if it is a reference book, purchase it. Otherwise the library is your best bet. I have found some great deals on Amazon for books that I wouldn't mind keeping even though it might not fit the above rule.

Why purchase a reference type book? So I can write in the margins or highlight the actual text. I make the book mine and easier for me to use and refer back to when the occasion arises.

Anyway, this is a very short post in comparison. I want to wish you all a great week. Back to reading for me.

(Oh! The list. Right.)
  • Patriots by James Wesley, Rawles
  • One Second After by William R. Forstchen
  • Lights Out by David Crawford
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It by James Wesley, Rawles
  • Survivors by James Wesley, Rawles
  • EMP Survival by Larry and Cheryl Poole
  • Survive by Les Stroud
  • SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman
  • Will to Live by Les Stroud
  • and various Mother Earth News articles and several good blogs

One last thing before I wrap up this post. I wanted to give you a link to a few other sites that have great book listings.

James Wesley, Rawles -
Atticus Freeman -

Until then,

Use your instincts to survive!