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Goal Zero Portable Solar Power

June 3, 2011

Costco was having one of their in-store events featuring the Goal Zero portable solar power system. I especially like that the unit can be left plugged in all the time without any harm to the battery, and it has direct connections for USB devices. You don’t have to buy the solar panels, you could just leave your unit plugged in for short emergencies or power outages. The Scout model, which looks like a large coffee pot, is supposed to only take about an hour to recharge in the sun.

While this is obviously a good preparedness tool, it would also be great just for regular camping. With regular use, it should last 5-7 years.

They claim to have superb customer service, and the gentleman demoing at Costco was certainly very helpful and informative without being at all pushy. You can check your local Costco for their schedule to see if they will be in your area – the cost was nearly a third off.

We provide portable power, solar panels, lights and accessories. Our products are very simple to use and connect – just plug and play. You collect power from the sun, wall, or 12V car/boat adapter. You store this power in any of our GOAL ZERO batteries. You then are ready to use this power anywhere at anytime with only your imagination as the limit. Power for USB, 12V, AC/DC devices.

There really isn’t anyone out there currently offering anything comparable to Goal Zero. We are unique by providing more power at a lower price with units smaller and lighter then our closest competitor. We use mono-crystalline solar cells and lithium ion batteries. Our products are chainable which allows you to daisy chain our batteries and solar panels to instantly boost your storage/collection abilities. Start with one system and add power to it if needed without having anything become obsolete. We offer a 1-year warranty and stand behind our products. Customer service is highly, extremely, seriously, (insert your adjective here) important to us. (Really, it is.)

They also provide a handy chart that shows what each type of device can power here.


4 BIG Food Storage EXCUSES — And how to overcome them!

June 3, 2011

Great article up at Food Storage Made Easy. Find out how to overcome 4 excuses: No Idea, No Space, No Time, No Money.

There are many reasons Why People Build a Food Storage … but there are also many reasons why people DON’T get started with their food storage. We have heard ALL of the excuses (and we used most of them ourselves). Luckily we have figured out some tips and tricks to help you kick start your food storage and leave those excuses behind forever! Click here to read the full article.

My Kingdom for a Pair of Scissors

February 18, 2011

Just a random piece of advice – at least with the eFoods brand packets, you are going to want to keep a pair of scissors or a knife handy. These are bags meant to survive unopened for up to 15 years, they don’t just tear.

I am going to add a pair of small scissors to my bag of emergency food just to make things easier if and when the time comes.

Naming His Gifts: February 16

February 16, 2011

Review: eFoods Global Chicken Veggie Alfredo

February 13, 2011

This tasty dish is the new family favorite. My husband and youngest daughter both asked for seconds and wolfed it down in record time. It tasted like Italian food you would get at a restaurant!

This is the first time the “faux” chicken was really noticeable to me – and I mean that in a good way. It was tasty, textured just like real meat, and had just a hint of sweetness to it that complemented the noodles and sauce perfectly. The other faux meats have just sort of blended in (which was fine), but this was a major, yummy part of the meal.

The website description raves “Featuring a rich creamy alfredo sauce that will have your taste buds jumping for joy. Our Chicken Veggie Alfredo Pasta makes an elegant meal sure to please your hungry family any day of the week!” It sure pleased mine!

Picky Husband Rating System: “This is really great!! Are you going to eat all of yours?”

Review: eFoods Global Corn Chowder

February 10, 2011

Ok, I think I may have screwed this one up by putting ground beef in. The flavor was very good, but that was the wrong pairing. I think some salmon chunks would be ideal. The kids and I really liked it, but I could tell from the way my husband picked at it he wasn’t thrilled.

It was creamy, the corn rehydrated like it was fresh and it had just the right amount of other vegetables and seasonings. A solid addition to the rotation, but I liked both the Tortilla Soup and Cheesy Chicken Rice better. I’ll update this post when I make it next time with salmon.

The website description states “Our amazing Corn Chowder is always a family favorite! Garnish with Monterey Jack cheese and fresh parsley for a savory, memorable meal.”

Picky Husband Rating System: Meh. Would eat if served, but wouldn’t request.

Battling Fear: Naming His Gifts

February 9, 2011

A mother’s heart can often be a ready place for fear to take hold. How do we wisely plan for the future without falling into a trap of worry? How can I prepare to have my family clothed warmly through the storms and yet trust my Father to provide my every need?

James 1:17. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

I’m not going to reject the current blessings of safety, security and plenty He has provided for us at this point in time. I do want to be ready for the future – while remembering that the gifts He gives us will always be found, even if the worst happens and the world as we know it crumbles around us. His goodness does not change, though our circumstances might.

It’s important to develop the vision to see His gifts now, so we can also see them when they aren’t as apparent. So to practice noticing His gifts, I am going to start naming ten of them on a weekly basis. I’m trying to learn to focus not so much on the material, but on the relationships, kindness, compassion and just plain fun of life.