Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

So, we have some wonderful fans who are spending the next few months camping all over the place in Arizona. They’ve graciously agreed to write some reviews for us. Here is the first one… Patriot Pantry Coffee The package is extremely lightweight and easy to pack.  I made 2 cups with hot water boiled in a standard kettle on the propane camp stove.  We didn’t pack any measuring cups or spoons. So using an actual long handled teaspoon, I measured one very rounded and the other a little shallow. Then I eyeballed 6oz of hot water into each of our 20oz travel mugs    (if you are hiking or backpacking I would recommend these carabiner mugs with measure marks inside).  The coffee blended nearly instantly. It certainly is the quickest way to a cup of coffee. I had two cups made in less than half the time it normally takes us to make one cup.  I took the shallower spoonful. It was a little bland. I realized belatedly that I could’ve simply added a bit more of the coffee to the water. And if it was too much I could’ve added a bit more water. Keep in mind, I was making the coffee before I had the coffee 😉 . So, instead I added a bit of the kids’ chocolate powder. It just finished my cup. It was pleasant if not spectacular. Like a cafe mocha I might’ve got at the shop at my high school summer camp. I gave the rounded teaspoonful to my husband. My first sip had an initial bitterness that dissipated quickly. Perfectly drinkable but...
3-Day Infant/Toddler Car Kit – By MamaTactics

3-Day Infant/Toddler Car Kit – By MamaTactics

3-Day Infant/Toddler Car Kit   By, MamaTactics     When considering what you should put into your child’s car kit there will always be individual needs and considerations that are specific to each child: special blankies, toys and medications. However, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind that will apply to everyone. Feel free to add to it as space allows. And as a good rule of thumb,  Go through this kit at the change of every season! Our littles grow like weeds and as weather changes so will the types of clothing.  * Water! Having bottled water (also keeping a small water filtration system like a Sawyer Mini  or a Renovo  is a good idea) in your vehicle will be a must for every Car Kit, but even more essential for your Infant/Toddler Kit. Not only is it hydration for mom, especially if she’s nursing, and other caretakers, it can be used for making formula. Keep in mind that an average baby will eat every few hours, and each bottle will be 4-10 oz. Multiply that by 6-8 bottles per day for 3 days. (Plus extra for rinsing the bottle after each use would be good.) * Formula (packets or dry canned)
 Even if you are nursing, having formula on hand is a good idea. In the event 
that mom is unable nurse, or if her milk supply is diminished due to stress, this will provide the essential nutrients to get through the next few days. When you go through your kit each season, especially during warmer months, check expiration dates and switch out your formula supply....
Review – Olight i3e EOS

Review – Olight i3e EOS

  I was contacted by Olight about taking their new micro EDC light for a run around the block. As it turns out, my new work schedule (and winter) have me leaving the house in the dark and getting home in the dark. Plenty of opportunity to put a light through its paces.     First thoughts – The new packaging is very compact and looks great. This would make it an attractive and affordable gift item. The current Amazon price on the Olight i3e (4 colors) is, $11.99. There is a black model for $9.99 and the silver is $13.99. That makes this light a great value, too. The second thing I noticed was how tiny this thing is. It’s barely a 1/2 inch longer than the battery that powers it. Speaking of batteries, one AAA battery is included in the package.     The light also has a small key ring on the back end. The i3e uses a TIR lens rather than a traditional reflector. For a more in depth description see out review of the Olight S1. The TIR lens works great for giving a nearly artifact free wash of light. Very “floody” with no noticeable “spot” to the light. This lends itself very well to the up close kind of tasks that are most common with an EDC light.       Now, there aren’t a ton of great lights in the single AAA battery category. Most of them have very anemic output and even worse runtimes. There are a few exceptions and Olight makes one of them. I carried their other model, the i3S EOS, for a...
INCH or BOB…

INCH or BOB…

INCH Bag…. Or I’m Never Coming Home.It’s more like: I’ll Need to Carry a House    Unless you’ve got the bushcraft skills to fall out of a plane in the jungle and survive for months, a TRUE INCH bag is beyond the capabilities of 99% of people. Probably 99.9999%… -Anyone with true bushcraft skills will tell you, there is huge difference between surviving 7 days in the woods versus surviving 7 weeks. Forget about your weekend warrior going out and surviving 7 years! Compound the problem with the sheer number of people trying to find/hunt for food after a massive catastrophe and you’ve got a good recipe for disaster. You’ll have a few thousand people traipsing around your beloved wilderness. They are going to be shooting at anything that moves. That might (probably) be you. You’d need to be in an incredibly remote area to avoid this risk.  -If you could find an urban area with enough scavengable supplies, it might work but is that really an INCH bag or are you just making a new home? Again, you’re going to have the same problems as the, “Go it alone in the woods” group…tons of starving people competing for the same resources. Your invisibility cloak better be pretty awesome.  -If you don’t plan on staying in the same place for long, you know, the nomadic traveler… You’re going to have the same problems but in unfamiliar territory and with much more exposure to danger. Every time you move, you’ll be setting yourself up for increased chances of being ambushed or mugged for your big Pack-O’-Gear! It’ll be a giant...
Review – Mountain House Rice & Chicken

Review – Mountain House Rice & Chicken

Mountain House – Rice & Chicken •BUY ON AMAZON This has clear instructions and a shelf life of 12 years. Just add water, stir. Stir again after 4 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes.  About 9 minutes total cooking time.     Pre-conceptions- MamaTactics: This one was my pick. I don’t see any reason why this WOULDN’T be good, delicious maybe. I mean, how can you go wrong with the chicken and rice?!?    DefectiveTactics: Having had, “freeze dried” many times before, long ago, I expect this to be a little better than my past bland experiences. Hoping it doesn’t have the dusty aftertaste I remember.    Verdict- MamaTactics: The chicken and rice was, in fact, delicious. It was my favorite by far. Tasted very similar to chicken and rice casserole that you’d find at any church potluck made by loving hands from a recipe tried and true.     DefectiveTactics: Great taste. A little sticky but not unlike I’ve had from freshly prepared food. I was pleasantly surprised and very few grains of rice were uncooked. I’d do this any day. Good food.     TeenTactics and TinyTactics really liked this one. Both agreed that we could just have this with dinner at home,...
Review -Backpacker’s Pantry – Fettuccini Alfredo w/Chicken

Review -Backpacker’s Pantry – Fettuccini Alfredo w/Chicken

Backpacker’s Pantry – Fettuccini Alfredo w/Chicken.   BUY ON AMAZON    This was a just add water and stir recipe. Allow to sit for 13 minutes. It does give an altitude adjustment so I let this sit for 17 minutes. This menu item does take a storage hit, for some reason, it only keeps for 7 years.      Pre-conceptions- -MamaTactics:  To be honest, I’m glad ET picked this one. I wasn’t quite sure about the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Again, I’m not entirely sure how they can screw this one up.  . -DefectiveTactics:  I am expecting a little of that dusty/dry taste to the sauce. The pasta? Hoping it’s not too chewy or pasty.     Verdict- -MamaTactics: The fettuccine was good. Not anywhere near the “delish” category, but nothing to turn my nose up at. It was creamy, but the flavor didn’t quite hit the mark. That, and the few still crunchy noodles mixed in.  -Edit- after a while, I’ve decided that this may require Tums as an after dinner mint.  -DefectiveTactics: Well, as we dished this out I realized I had a small unmixed pocket in the corner of the bag. So, I’m going to extend a little grace to the meal. It was a little salty. It did have that chalky taste but not as much as I expected. The noodles were fine, for the most part. They were a little chewy and there were still a few crunchy ones, as well. I attribute those to my poor mixing skills. Taste was like a mediocre Hamburger Helper meal. Still pretty good food.  . -TinyTactics said it was “Just,...
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