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Wheat tips.


Cornmeal Pancakes

1 1/4 cups fresh ground whole wheat flour

1/3 cup cornmeal

1 egg

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. salt


Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Spray skillet with nonstick spray. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl with a mixer set on medium speed. Mix until smooth, but don’t over mix. Pour the batter by 1/4 – 1/3 cup portions into the hot pan and cook for 1 to 3 minutes per side or until brown. Repeat with remaining batter.


Seven Ways to Use Wheat Without a Grinder

1. Thermos Wheat

Bring 1 c. of wheat kernels, 2 c. water, and 1 t. salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour into a heated stainless steel or glass-lined thermos bottle. Secure cap. Place bottle on side. In the morning, pour off any water, add butter and honey, and serve hot.


2. Wheat Berries

Add some of your plain dry wheat kernels to a pot of water. Bring it to a boil and cook for a few minutes. Let simmer for about 45 minutes. Drain the wheat berries and stick them in a Tupperware in the fridge. These are delicious to add to yogurt or to use to replace some meat in recipes. You can also use it in place of brown rice.


3. Popped Wheat

Take 1 cup of your cooked wheat berries (see above) and add to a frying pan or pot with two tablespoons of oil. Cover with a lid and cook over a hot stove shaking the pan while it cooks. After about 4-5 minutes the kernels will be nice and toasted. Put the popped wheat on a paper towel to get the extra oil off, and sprinkle with your choice of seasonings. These are delicious on salads as a topping, mixed with trail mix, or as toppings for a desserts or just as a healthy snack.


4. Wheat Grass

Most people have heard how healthy wheat grass is for you, but most people DON’T know that you can make your own wheat grass at home for free with just a little bit of your food storage wheat. You can snip bits off and add them to some delicious fruit smoothies, or if you have a juicer you can use them in other healthy juice drinks.


5. Cracked Wheat

You can crack wheat in a blender or a coffee grinder. To do it in a blender you simply put in about 1/4-1/3 cups of wheat and pulse it until it looks like little cracked kernels. These kernels will cook much faster than regular wheat, and cook up in the same way that you cook rice on the stove. You can use cracked wheat to make hot cereal, add it into bread, or cook it up and use as a meat filler.


6. Wheat Sprouts

Making wheat sprouts is a different method than making wheat grass. You can sprout wheat just like any other vegetable seeds, legumes, or other grains. Most people like wheat sprouts to be very small, just barely sprouted. These are delicious to throw on salads or to add into your whole wheat bread for a little extra texture and flavor.


7. Blender Wheat Flour

If you are cooking a recipe for something like pancakes or waffles, you can EASILY use your whole wheat kernels, mix the whole recipe in your blender, and pour it straight from there onto a griddle or waffle-maker. Just make sure to add the liquid for your recipe into the blender, then add in your wheat kernels and blend for about 5 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients.


By Jodi and Julie

Bloggers at http://FoodStorageMadeEasy.NET


Assisting Children in Emotionally Overcoming Stress, Trauma, and Fear


By Josh Lemon

“Bad things happen. As much as we might wish otherwise, close friends and relatives die, painful things happen to our bodies, there are natural disasters and war, and sometimes people do senselessly horrible things to other people.” – George Bonanno and Anthony Mancini.

The recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy crossed over 24 different states in the US alone. Damages to homes, businesses, and cities totaled over $65 billion. While natural disasters are fairly common across the country, this single hurricane left hundreds of thousands of families homeless and, in many cases, separated. Stories are still surfacing depicting the feelings of hopelessness and dread that parents felt as they lost contact with their children, the silence lasting for weeks in many instances. As cleanup commenced, parents across the country raised questions regarding the appropriate way to discuss this life altering disaster with their children and those they came in contact with.

The popular children’s television show, Sesame Street, was one of the first to respond. Elmo was sent onto “The Brian Lehrer Show” to provide a sense of comfort and hope. The show also released a series directed at helping children and parents through the emotional aftermath of natural disasters. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provided simple activities and learning activities for parents to do with children as an educational tool to increase understanding and familiarity. FEMA and The Red Cross have also included sections on addressing the emotional impacts of natural disasters and reducing fear and trauma in these times.

While these resources have proven beneficial for many, the question at the forefront of each and every parents’ mind still concerns their own children and loved ones. What should parents do in the little time before a natural disaster strikes to prepare their children emotionally? And how do they properly work through the aftereffects of these disasters which then surface in the nightmares of their children? The following tips will help through this process with your own children before and after stressful and traumatic events.

Explain the Facts and Listen

Using language your child is able to comprehend, explain what is going on. This does not mean to recount every gruesome and horrific detail, but understanding what is happening, why it is happening, and where the next step is provides a base for children to grasp on to. Do not lie to your children. Once this has been established, be prepared for questions, fears, concerns, and for the consistent and constant repetition of these. To overcome traumatic events emotionally, your child must first come to understand and accept what it is. With age comes a quicker ability to comprehend and internalize.

Create a Positive and Open Environment

The way you respond to stress and trauma will show your children how they should respond. Maintain a sense of calm, no matter the circumstances. There will likely come a time when you are not able to portray this. When that time comes, fake it. Make sure they know you love them and that these circumstances are not their fault. Show them your love by being present and approachable. Focus on the blessings in your life. Recognize their fears and do all in your power to calm and comfort them. Children may show signs of trauma for years after an event and what you do or don’t do directly influences the time it takes for them to get through it.

Be Consistent and Adaptable

Children thrive in a scheduled environment. Younger children in particular should have set times throughout the day where specific events should happen; meal time, nap time, art time, play time, quiet time and so on. To the best of your ability, create a schedule that works for you and stick to it. The consistency provides a sense of safety and familiarity. It is likely that unforeseen events will arise that will interfere with this set schedule. Adapt to it, but be honest and open with your children along the way about what is happening to the schedule and why it needs to happen. This will decrease the time it takes for them to adjust to bumps in the road.

Recognize Changes in Behavior

Traumatic and stressful events tend to force children into a state of regression. Their behaviors may become more difficult and less characteristic of where they previously were. These responses are normal and will improve with time. Set firm limits and basic family rules. Spend time to understand and recognize what triggers your children and initiates the inappropriate behaviors. These are excellent moments for reassurance, learning, and improvement. Just as important, recognize what triggers you have as well so you are able to maintain your composure and consistency.

Spend Quality Time Together

You, as the parent, are the greatest sign of peace to your children. Spend time with them. Show them you can be happy through difficult times. Smile. Play age appropriate games together and invite conversation. Find activities that will steer their focus away from the stressful, frightening environment that may be ensuing around them. They will feel a sense of security and time will pass faster. This will also help create positive memories to take place of the negative ones which will help in future times of stress and fear.

It is important to remember that your children will all respond differently to the events at hand. What works for one will likely not work in the exact same manner for the next. It will take diligence on your part to ensure the proper emotional responses from your children by walking them through the darkness step by step. While you cannot remove your children from stressful and traumatic situations, you can provide them with an appropriate response in difficult times to lessen the impact and learn from the trials. Overcoming these hardships may be the end result, but the process of doing so is what children will remember and return to in times of need.

Right in Your Own Neighborhood

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John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is one of the top handgun instructors in the world.  He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, as well as non-police, in the serious use of firearms.  In addition, he has authored four books on the subject — The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning, The Street Smart Gun Book, and Guns & Warriors – DTI Quips Volume 1.

John is a regular contributor to TACDA’s publication, the “Journal of Civil Defense”.  Here are his thoughts about an incident which occurred close by in Draper, where the TACDA offices are located:


“Early Sunday morning, a veteran police sergeant was shot to death

during a  traffic stop in an upscale neighborhood (suburb of SLC).


He stopped his beat-car near a vehicle that was parked on the side of

the road in an awkward manor.  A man and a woman were standing near the car.

Without warning, the male produced a pistol and opened fire on the

officer, still strapped in his seat.


The officer accelerated to get out of the line of fire, and tried to

radio for help.  He lost consciousness and crashed into a tree three

blocks away.  He was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died.

Details on range, ammunition, number of shots fired, and impact

point(s) were not disclosed.


Church services were canceled, and residents were told to stay in

their homes, as hundreds of officers, from multiple jurisdictions,

swarmed the area in  an effort to contain what some calculated could

have been a shooting spree


What was ultimately discovered was the couple, both shot, still near

their car.  The male suspect apparently shot the officer first, then

the woman, and finally himself.  Both the woman and the male suspect

were seriously, but not fatally, injured. They are both currently hospitalized.


Of course, local politicians immediately held a news conference, with

all the usual, hollow promises about those guilty of this crime being

‘brought to  justice,’ ad nauseam.


Both suspects were described as ‘transients,’ with the usual, ‘routine’

extensive criminal histories.”


Comment: These are the kind of unstable, ever-dangerous “habitual

criminals ” who used to be confined to mental hospitals and prisons.

Many  are still in prisons (thank Heaven!), but many others, like

these two, are  currently at-large, and there is no fence between them and you!


The point is that we, police and non-police, need to continue to be

extremely cautious about such “transients,”  “homeless,” and

“emotionally-disturbed.”  They are all unstable and can be exceedingly

dangerous, even homicidal, under the right circumstances, as we see.


Most look “harmless,” and most usually are, but you only need to be

naively  wrong once!


They need to be deliberately avoided.  Approach, when necessary, must

always take place with appropriate caution.  There is much you’re not  seeing!


When you don’t know everything, you really don’t know anything!



John S. Farnam