How To Store 2 Liter Pop Bottles

How To Store 2 Liter Pop Bottles

Interested in an easy way to store pop bottles? That picture shows how to store 2 liter pop bottles easily, and concisely. Each pop flat can hold eight two liter bottles of pop, so we have room for quite a few 2 liters of pop before we run out of storage room!

I have no idea where we got these pop flats – I do know we did not pay the $2 deposit on them. In my opinion this is a very easy, space-saving way to store pop, so even if you need to pay the deposit on 3-4 of these pop-flats and then keep the flat, it would be worth paying for if you regularly store a decent quantity of pop. After all, store containers of any sort are not really cheap, and you could store 24 bottles for as little as a $6 deposit cost!

Do you have any space-saving or interesting stockpile storage ideas?

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Sun Cups – an Alternative to Peanut Butter Cups

Sun Cups - an Alternative to Peanut Butter Cups

Hubby is always looking for new investments. He belongs to various groups and a lot of little sites that deal with either start up companies, or companies that are looking for R&D or new build money.

A few weeks ago, he ran across the Sun Cups story. A man whose child was highly allergic to peanuts contacted Seth Ellis Chocolates and asked if they could make a peanut butter cup, but with sun flower seeds. The owner of Seth Ellis Chocolates took it as a personal challenge, and developed some cups that went over very, VERY well with the man’s children.

One thing led to another, and they decided that there was a real market for these nut-free, gluten-free, certified Kosher, organic cups, and a new product was born.

When Hubby ran across this investment opportunity, asked me what I thought. I figured we’d give ’em a try to see if they were even semi-palatable. We decided that if these were tasty, we’d invest as I know there is a real market for peanut-allergy chocolate alternatives.

The Sun Cups we had were VERY smooth. Hubby wasn’t thrilled with the chocolate, I thought it was pretty good myself. Smooth, not gritty. We both loved the filling. Yes, it tasted like sunflower seeds, but with a sweet twist. These may have begun as an alternative to a peanut butter cup, but all the two have in common is the shape and layering. The sun cups really are their own product.

This is the information on the Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups:

INGREDIENTS: Milk Chocolate* (cane sugar*, cocoa butter*†, whole milk powder*, cocoa liquor*†), Cream*, Cane Sugar*, White Chocolate* (cane sugar*, cocoa butter*†, whole milk powder*), Butter*, Lemon Juice*.
*Organic ingredient. †Rainforest Alliance Certified™.

ALLERGENS: Dairy. Does not contain soy, gluten, peanuts or tree nuts. Our facilities are nut- and gluten-free.

These retail for close to $2 each. However, if you want to give them a try, Sun Cup has this sampler promotion where they will send you one of each: caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and mint for $2.99. If someone you know has peanut or wheat allergies, I would urge you to give them a try!

Needless to say we decided to go with the investment. I don’t think we are alone either as Sun Cups made their raise. There really are an awful lot of people with food allergies looking for a tasty treat that won’t break the bank. I am a firm believer in Peter Lynch’s “invest in what you know” (you should see my portfolio… nothing weird in there!)

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Natural Disaster Preparedness Tips

Natural Disaster Preparedness Tips

Natural Disaster Preparedness Tips be prepared the next time a natural disaster strikes.

A few years back we were hit with an “October Surprise” snow storm. Through some freak weather condition, snow and freezing rain came down one October night. Rain changed to ice pellets which finally changed to heavy snow. Since the trees had not dropped their leaves – as a matter of fact they were at full peak – it was a complete disaster. Tree limbs broke in loud snaps, dragging down power lines leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.

Hubby was out of town on business, and after listening to me tell him how bad it was, took a red-eye home from California. When he arrived, I was just on my way out to go hunt down a portable generator. Hubby called around a bit and located one in Cleveland. There were none left between here and Rochester, and nothing in Erie PA either.

It took an entire week for us to get power back, and in that time I learned a lot about how wonderful having a stockpile can be!

Things I learned about emergency preparedness:

I will never live in Florida year-round. Yup, this was #1. It took over a week to get back power to most of the homes in my area (we were day 7, and no I was not happy that the street next to me had power back on day 2), and that was with power workers from two countries: The US (13 different states) and Canada (2 different provinces) working around the clock. My aunt (and cousin) live in Ft Lauderdale and during one hurricane not too long ago were without power for three weeks! My area is pretty easy to access, as evidenced by all the power companies helping from different states, and it still took over a week for everyone to get power back, but it is a looooong drive down to the bottom of Florida, even longer when you are awaiting help. I want to live in an area where help can get to me quickly and easily if a natural disaster occurs.

• I am a product of the 20th and 21st centuries. I like creature comforts like electricity, heat, and water that does not have to be boiled.

• When the electric went out, I was very glad to have our Coleman 5 day cooler. However not all the meat we had in the freezers would fit in our two coolers. The first day was fine, it was cold out and there was snow, but all the snow melted the next day when it went back up to nearly 60°! My old house in Buffalo never lost power. Only four houses in that area had power, my old house, one neighbor, and two house across the street – and one of those houses was owned by my ex-SIL. As soon as the travel ban was lifted, Sonny-boy was sent to her house with as much food as her freezer and refrigerator could hold!

• We are fortunate to have a fireplace. Sonny-boy and I got sleeping bags out, built a fire and kept reasonably warm. When hubby came home, Sonny-boy lasted one more night at home, then made that delivery of food to his aunt and never came back until the power turned on. Can’t say I blamed him.

• Natural gas is good. Sure we have an electric start on our gas stove, but a lighter solved that problem quickly enough.

• Whole. House. Generators. That was my mantra after that storm. There are fourteen houses on my street, and five had whole house generators before the storm hit. Now, four houses on my street do not have one. We got ours the following summer.

• Timing is everything. This storm started early evening on a Thursday, so most of the area closed down on Friday. By Monday, businesses were open and people returned to work.

• The trees were decimated and the wood chips from those trees would fill the local football stadium to over 70 stories. In the six years since then, they have come back beautifully.

Emergency Preparedness Kit Items

Fema has an emergency preparedness kit list.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Additional Supplies

• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Cash or traveler’s checks and change
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
• Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
• Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Link to Fema supply list.

Have you ever lived through a natural disaster? What type? And what recommendations do you have for a kit for people in your area?

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