Tenkara Rod Giveaway

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As many of you have notice, I have become a big Tenkara fishing fan recently and the are great for prepper who have a bug out bag since they collapse to less than 23 inches and have no reel. If you would like to enter for a chance to win a Tenkara fishing rod, go over to Moonlit Fly Fishing and enter their giveaway that ends this month.

Enter to WIN a GRAIN MILL

I think that everyone should have a grain mill, especially prepper. I understand that some of you cannot afford one and so I thought I would pass along this giveaway information where you can enter to win an electric or hand grain mill at: http://theadventurebite.com/best-whole-grain-pancake-recipe-wondermill-giveaway/

Giveaway ends January 20, 2014.

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I will try to keep this page updated to active grain mill giveaways, so check back for current giveaways available.

Feel free to inform me of any grain mill giveaways that you know of by commenting below.

Corn-Free “Corn” Bread

Whole Grain Corn Bread, corn-free

That’s right, corn bread without the corn! Just use Kamut flour and Millet flour to get the same cornbread texture effect and taste. Bread Beckers posted a recipe for Kamut “Corn” Bread on their Facebook page yesterday and I had to try it.

My WonderMill grain mill can grind both Kamut and Millet into fresh flour and luckily I had both of them on hand today, just pour the millet into the WonderMill slowly like you would any other small grain. The end result of this recipe was superb, my new favorite cornbread, thanks Bread Beckers.

Corn-Free “Corn” Bread (100% Whole Grain)
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Kamut flour
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1½ cup buttermilk (I use powdered buttermilk and water)
  • 2 large eggs
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  3. Add all the wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and whisk for 40 seconds.
  4. Pour batter into greased cake pan and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Best served while still warm (leftovers heat up nice and moist in the microwave).
Notes
Recipe source: Bread Beckers Facebook page.

 

I warmed up some pumpkin turkey chili for lunch to eat with this wonderful “Corn” Bread. Another great thing about this corn bread is that it contains millet which counteracts the gas effect you get from eating beans.

Corn-Free Cornbread and Pumpkin Chili

Both Kamut and Millet whole grains can be purchased from BreadBeckers.com if you can’t find those grains locally.

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Big Fish on Tenkara Fly Rods

I hear people say all the time that “Tenkara fly rods are just for small fish”, I would have to disagree. There are some very super light weight rods that might not strong enough for large trout trout on a regular basis (such as Tenkara-Fishing rods, which I have one of and like on small rivers and have a very high sensitivity) but there are rods out there that can handle large trout on a regular basis. You might even be surprised how well a Tenkara rod handles and controls big trout.

This year I have caught a 20 inch rainbow and a 19 inch rainbow trout and my rod has handled them very easily.

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I am also getting much better at tying Tenkara flies also, here are some of my most recent creations:

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Fishing Tight Spots with Tenkara

One of the things that I think makes Tenkara a great fishing setup for survivalists is how it can easily fish tight spots, even 2 foot wide streams if needed, with a lot of control. That and the fact that it is super light weight, compacts down, and simple. Here is a video, from one of my recent fish outings, of a tight spot I was fishing and easily cast right to where I thought the fish were (caught the fish on only the second cast, and had a bit on the first cast).

Most Tenkara flies are really simple and they work great but with a little added detail the flies can work even better. I am still newer at tying my own flies and I am getting better but my friend at MoonlitFlyFishing.com shares some of his wonderful creations with me from time to time and they are great. Check out some of the flies he gave me the other day, I can’t wait to try them out.

Tenkara Fly Coachman style Kebari

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My New Humidifier

I have owned many humidifiers in the past purchased from the big box stores and they have always been loud or not effective enough. Many of these humidifiers didn’t last long either, always had issues. I decided last winter that we needed to get a nice humidifier with more options. I had to wait a while to buy one because we had other needs for our money.

I was leaning toward the Humio Cool Mist Humidifier but the guys at Kitchen Kneads showed me the new Blue Rose Humidifier, and it was awesome for less. After seeing the Blue Rose in action, we decided to buy it. Kitchen Kneads sells both the Humio and Blue Rose Humidifiers if you are interested in either of them.

Blue Rose Ultrasonic Humidifier with cool mist

The Blue Rose Humidifier is also a cool mist humidifier, like the Humio, that uses ultrasonic technology to create the mist. This method takes very little power when compared to the warm mist humidifier, like the VICKS brand has, and other types of humidifiers.

Wide range of humidity settingsWhat impressed me the most about the Blue Rose is the wide range of humidity settings it has. Some humidifiers have these setting but they usually don’t work that well. The Blue Rose’s setting go from barely running to pumping out so much vapor that it looks like it is smoking big time, plus it does every setting in-between.

In the summer, we run the fan on our central air all the time to rotate the cool air from the basement to our main flour. Having the fan running continually seems to dry out the air so we decided to turn on the humidifier during the hot months also to keep our air from drying out. The Blue Rose is super quiet, even quieter than the Humio, so I don’t mind that it is running most of the time.

I really like that it doesn’t have any filters to change as these cost money and can mold. It is recommended, but not required, that you use distilled water in the Blue Rose Humidifier. I am currently using tap water but I plan on getting some distilled water to use for it instead.

whick-combo-packMy wife has recently gotten involved with essential oils with a near by neighbor and they seem to really help our son who has autism. The Blue Rose has a bottle with a wick, that inserts into the bottom of the humidifier, that you can add scented oils to. The Blue Rose pushes those scents into the air giving you the benefits of breathing them in and feeling better. This seems to work quite well. If you are considering using essential oils I think you will be happy with them.

The Blue Rose also has a mood light, which probably works better in the white model, that I find works well at night and late evening. The mood light is not that noticeable during the day but my kids still sit there and stare at it while it rotates colors.

I am very happy with the Blue Rose humidifier and I find that I use it more than our humidifiers of the past. I am sure that you couldn’t go wrong with the Humio humidifier either if that is the route you decide to go.

** Disclosure: I did receive a discount on the Blue Rose Humidifier for doing some product photos for Kitchen Kneads, such as the photos in this article. **

UPDATE January 13th 2014: We have been using this humidifier constantly this winter as we have had to kick the heater on. We keep it running 24 hours a day for the past 2 1/2 months and it is still running like a champ. We use the essential oil ONGAURD in this humidifier with the oil bottles and wicks, I would have to say that it has helped to keep our kids from being sick as much, and when they get sick they get over it much faster. I recently bought a second humidifier to go in our basement to help us cover the whole house. My in-laws also purchased 2 of these humidifiers for their home. Since we run the humidifier 24 hours a day, the auto shut off feature has been very nice; It has a red light that also signals that it ran out of water to help remind me to refill it. I am still loving this humidifier and highly recommend it to anyone.

Started Taking Coconut Oil Everyday

cold pressed coconut oilLast year, I started to stock up on coconut oil in my food storage because it keeps well for several years in its solid state (below 76 degrees). I started using my coconut oil in my cooking and baking to get a feel for how it works. One of the other reasons I stocked up on coconut oil is that many say it has incredible healing and health boosting abilities. I don’t always believe everything I read but I decided to put it to the test in my own life.

I started by taking 1 tablespoon all by itself right before I ate breakfast for one month. I then increased my dosage to 1 tablespoon before dinner also, that is a total of 2 tablespoons a day. I have been doing the 2 tablespoons a day routine for the past 3 months and it has improved my life.

Here is what I noticed it did for me:

  • Less headaches (and less severe when I actually do get one).
  • Easier to focus and remember things.
  • More energy throughout the day.
  • It seemed to curve my appetite so I don’t feel like pigging out every meal.
  • I lost about 10 pounds, I didn’t really need to loose 10 pounds but I didn’t mind.
  • Significantly less acne break outs, in-fact I hardly had any.

These were just some of the things I was able to notice it did for me. I hardly ever visit the doctor so I can’t tell you “medically speaking” how it has effected me but I feel great. I would highly recommend adding coconut oil to your food storage and your daily intake.

Type of Coconut Oil to Get:
Cold Pressed (check the back label), un-refined, organic, and virgin coconut oil.

Great Day Tenkara Fishing and a New Fly

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The fish were not very aggressive like they have been the past few weeks fishing at the local fishing pond but I still caught 6 trout. I was using a bushy shinny fly that my friend from Moonlit Fly Fishing made for me. I decided tonight to try and mimic that fly and the end result was different but very nice, I think at least. I can’t wait to try it out next week.

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I highly recommend Tenkara fly fishing to any prepper who is looking for a very compact, light, easy, and effective fishing gear to put into a bug out bag. As you can tell, I am highly addicted to Tenkara, and tying flies.

Tied My First Fishable Fishing Fly

My 1st fishable fly I've tied

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After taking my dad Tenkara fly fishing last Saturday (which he out fished me 13 to 11 fish), he said that I could have his old fly tying kit that hasn’t been used in a very long time. I had never tied a fly fishing fly before and thought that I might as well give it a try if I was going to be addicted to Tenkara fishing. The box was covered thick in dust from sitting for so long but it had everything I needed to get started tying some flies.

I turned to YouTube to get some instructions on how to tie a Tenkara fly and found 2 great videos, check them out below.

The first two tries at tying these flies, with no other help or instruction but these videos, were not that good. The third fly I tied (pictured at the top of this post) turned out decent for a beginner, I even added a little tail to the fly. I thought to myself “I could possibly catch a fish with this fly” but I wasn’t to confident.

The next day I went fishing at a local fishing pond. At first I used a fly that I had bought, which I knew worked well, and caught 9 fish in about 1 1/2 hours. I decided I had caught enough fish that if I got skunked using my tied fly I would be OK with it, so I tied it on and started casting. To my surprise, I caught a fish in just a few casts (1st fish pictured below). Now I was excited, so I kept fishing my fly and caught 6 more fish with in an hour. My fly is now destroyed, probably because I didn’t tie the thread off quite right when I made it, but I have to admit that I am a little proud of my fly.

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I am definitely going to start tying more of my own flies now that I have had a good experience with this one, it should save me some money in the long run too.

UPDATE 6/22/2013: I made a few more flies and fished them, they looked quite a bit better and I caught 13 fish on them. I even made yellow bodied fly with a shinny back body, it worked well when the sun started shining. Check out the new flies below…

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I also caught my 100th, for this year, today and its only late June. I still have the whole summer and and fall to fish more, I have never caught so many fish ever in my life. Tenkara is just great!!!

I’m New to Tenkara Fishing, and I Love IT

My friend, Brandon Moon from Moonlitflyfishing.com, traded me a Tenkara fly fishing setup for some work I did for him. I have been out fishing 3 times now and it is so easy to learn and start catching fish. Recently I was at the local gravel pond just practicing with the Tenkara pole and I caught just under 20 fish in a short amount of time, I’m sure the other fisherman there were cussing under their breath every time I pulled one in. I need to take my camera next time.

I have always wanted to fly fish but have not had the money to get the gear or the time to develop the technique. A Tenkara rod costs a fraction of the price of a fly fishing rod plus it doesn’t have a reel to buy. The line ties to the end of the pole and to bring a fish in you just pull the rod behind you and grab the lined and yank it in. I never knew how much fun I was missing not fishing with flies, it is such a blast.

Tenkara fly fishing setup is perfect for a bug out bag because it collapses to 1 1/2 foot thin pole and the line and flies take up very little space. Plus, it seriously works great and is easy to use even in small creeks you might hike into.

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Now that I have had a some fun using Tenkara fishing, I really look forward to taking my daughter to catch some fish. I also want to take my scouts out for a fun day of fishing but I think I need another pole or 2 for them to share before I do.

UPDATE: I went Tenkara fishing at the pond 2 more times before I got a chance to publish this post and thought I would add a bit more here at the end. Saturday morning I went with Brandon Moon, who got me set up to Tenkara fly fish, and I caught 7 trout. I also went this morning, Monday, and caught 22 trout by 10am, I definitely out fished everyone else there combined. This just goes to show that Tenkara works on still water as well as streams, creeks, and rivers. I do look forward to fishing Tenkara on the river again though, I am officially addicted to Tenkara fly fishing now.