9.27.2017

The Inhumanity of Socialism - Edward Francis Adams (available for free download on Kindle)

The Inhumanity of Socialism


Foreword 

One might write continuously while he lived for or against Socialism and yet at the end of a long and misspent life have said nothing that others had not said before him. Nevertheless, new generations come on and have to learn about Socialism as they learn about other things, for there always have been and always will be Socialists.

It is a habit of mind which becomes fixed in a certain number of each generation; and succeeding generations seem to prefer fresh statements of the theory to the study of the ancient texts. Besides, Socialistic endeavor, while its ultimate object in all ages is the same, assumes different forms at different periods and is best dealt with in terms of the day. I am opposed to Socialism because of its inhumanity;

Adams, Edward Francis
San Francisco, June Nineteen hundred and thirteen




Blurb from the book:

And the fourth count in the indictment of Socialism is that it is contradictory to Nature to such a degree as to make its permanence unthinkable because destructive not only of human comfort and happiness but of human life. Expressed in briefest form the four counts are as follows
3 :
I. Public servants produce less for consumption than private workers. Decrease of consumption means increase of human misery. Therefore, Socialism, making all of us public servants would increase human misery.
II. Brains, not Labor, creates the social dividend. Ability is demonstrated only under strenuous competition inspired by self-interest. Therefore, Socialism, excluding competition inspired by self-interest would obliterate the social dividend.
III. The accumulating man inspired by selfishness is essential to any social saving. Social saving is essential to the support of an increasing population. Therefore, Socialism by eliminating the Capitalist would make life impossible to many who now live.
IV. To fight Nature is to die. Socialism fights Nature. Therefore, Socialism would destroy the race. It is a matter of premises, and I have already said that the premises in these syllogisms can neither be proved or disproved.

People, I suppose, will continue to fight over them but I shall not. No human life is long enough and no human intellect strong enough to demonstrate or disprove any one of them. Experimentally mankind is always somewhere trying out one or the other of these postulates but success or failure only proves that they did or did not prove true in that particular case.

An underlying fallacy of Socialism is the concept that poverty or at least extreme poverty, can be banished from the world. It cannot. It is impossible for the effective to produce and save as fast as the ineffective will waste and destroy if they can get at it. No truth in the Bible is more profound than the saying: "The poor ye have always with you."

The concept is based upon an unfounded belief in the competence of the average man. He is not nearly so competent an animal as he has taught himself to believe. We read our Nordau and with but the very slightest ability to judge what he says we declare him a libeler. We read our Le Bon and declare off-hand that it is absurd and wicked to say that the crowd has no more sense than a flock of sheep. When we hear of an alienist who cites the increase of murder, suicide and insanity as evidence that mankind is losing its mental balance, we declare that the man is crazy himself.


I do not say that such men are or are not right or anywhere near right in the views they express, but I do say that they are writing in cold blood in the light of a great deal of exact knowledge and certainly are much better judges of the truth in those matters than most of us who dispose of them so brusquely.

The fact is that man, like other animals, differs greatly in individual ability but he differs from other animals in that the difference between the most competent and the least competent is enormously greater than such difference in any other species.

The highest type of man is almost Godlike in the scope and keenness of his intellect. The lowest type reaches depths of degradation not touched by any other animal. There is no degradation so utterly degraded as a degraded mind.

If you ask what all this has to do with Socialism, the reply is that it has everything to do with it. The sole object which I have in this address is to impress upon you the concept of man as an animal in the grip of an all-powerful Nature, and differing from other animals solely in his greater ability to dodge and evade, and so prolong the processes through which Nature will surely get him in the end; to conceive of him also as subject to the same law which enthralls other animals, whereby the fittest who demonstrate their fitness in the economic struggle shall survive while the least fit shall perish; to conceive of him as prepared and inspired for the struggle by the love of self which Nature has implanted in his soul in order that the race may endure to the utmost limit possible for it, by the survival of those having the greatest capacity for happiness. And, having fixed this conception in your minds, form your own judgment of the probable outcome of a contest which would begin by eliminating from man the one principle—selfishness—through which he must survive if he survives at all.




You can download the book for free from Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle app: The Inhumanity of Socialism







9.24.2017

Coke pairs with Caribou to bring more 'ready to drink' coffee products to the table


Ready-to-drink coffee is a $2 billion industry, with options like Starbucks’ bottled Frappuccinos and Doubleshot espresso drinks stocking shelves. The market is projected to grow to $2.3 billion by 2020.  If Coca-Cola can carve out a share in the market, they could help offset their declining soda sales with ready-to-drink coffee sales. 


"Coke and Caribou’s first offering will be a chilled, slightly sweet dairy-and-coffee blend, said Michael Coles, chairman of Minneapolis-based Caribou. “There are several drinks that will be coming,” 

Beverage titan Coca-Cola Co. plans to push further into the ready-to-drink coffee market this summer, introducing a new iced drink under the banner of the country’s No. 2 coffeehouse chain, Caribou Coffee Co.
Coke also hopes to move another drink, the coffee-and-chocolate flavored Godiva Belgian Blends, into national distribution.
Starbucks, whose Frappuccinos and other packaged drinks dominate the market through a partnership with PepsiCo, is high on the future of its newest iced coffee offering.
The companies also are preparing to roll out a long-sought hot vending machine, which will dispense nine-ounce cans of Starbucks coffee in recyclable steel cans with insulated labels.
The flurry of activity might not exactly recall the cola wars of years gone by. But Coke’s aggressiveness shows how important coffee-laced drinks have become, along with other beverages that deviate from the traditional soda recipes.
“Any of the major beverage companies, and smaller companies as well, are aware of the consumer trends for healthier products, more variety,” said Gary Hemphill, managing director of Beverage Marketing Corp.
While carbonated soft drinks still tower over the beverage market, with a 2005 retail value of $68 billion, sales are declining for the first time in decades, Hemphill said.


Sources:
nbcnews.com/id/16455204/ns/business-us_business/t/coke-hopes-create-buzz-coffee-drinks/#.WcV4KHRrzDc
huffingtonpost.com/entry/coca-cola-ready-to-drink-coffee_us_57cee424e4b02c637c57dea5





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9.22.2017

Simple but informative chart on the caffeine mg's in some pretty typical coffee drinks we enjoy today

This afternoon I was researching a completely unrelated issue when I happened to start thinking about the amount of caffeine in different coffee drinks.  Some quick research turned up a great chart - but I decided to look at more sites and ended up on the famed Mayo Clinic website.  They had a short list - but it looked similar to what I was already finding.  I went to their reference listings and voila! They had gotten their information from my original source too!  Ha.

So without further adieu, here a simple but informative chart on the caffeine mg's in some pretty typical coffee drinks we enjoy today.

Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest. https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/ingredients-of-concern/caffeine-chart

Coffees

Serving Size

Caffeine (mg)

Starbucks Coffee, Blonde Roast venti, 20 oz. 475
Dunkin' Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot large, 20 oz. 398
Starbucks Coffee, Pike Place Roast grande, 16 oz. 310
Panera Coffee, Light Roast regular, 16 oz. 300
Starbucks Coffee, Pike Place Roast tall, 12 oz. 235
Dunkin' Donuts Cappuccino large, 20 oz. 233
Starbucks Caffè Americano grande, 16 oz. 225
Dunkin' Donuts Coffee medium, 14 oz. 210
Starbucks Iced Coffee grande, 16 oz. 190
Panera Frozen Mocha medium, 16 oz. 188
Starbucks Caffè Mocha grande, 16 oz. 175
Starbucks Iced Black Coffee, bottle 11 oz. 160
Starbucks—Caffè Latte or Cappuccino grande, 16 oz. 150
Starbucks Espresso doppio, 2 oz. 150
Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee, can 15 oz. 145
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino, bottle 14 oz.  130
Nespresso Kazaar capsule 1 capsule, makes 1 oz. 120
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino grande, 16 oz. 110
Maxwell House Light Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 50-100
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino grande, 16 oz. 95
Folgers Ground Coffee, House Blend 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 60-80
Nespresso capsule—except Kazaar  1 capsule, makes 1 oz. 50-80
Green Mountain Keurig K-Cup—Breakfast Blend or Nantucket Blend 1 pod, makes 8 oz. 75
Maxwell House Lite Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 50-70
International Delight—Iced Coffee or Iced Coffee Light  8 oz. 55-65
Califia Farms Café Latte Cold Brew Coffee 8 oz. 50
Dunkin' Donuts, Panera, or Starbucks Decaf Coffee 16 oz. 10-25
Maxwell House Decaf Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 oz. 2-10



Word of the Day? Erstwhile.

📚  Erstwhile. 
What a cool word. 


erst·while
 
ˈərstˌ(h)wīl/
 
adjective
adjective: erstwhile

1.
former.
"his erstwhile rivals"
synonyms:former, old, past, one-time, sometime, ex-, late, then

9.21.2017

So... some random #news stories I was reading today... dang, this country is pissing me off.


I don't know when or how but somewhere along the line, the last 10 years has found us turning into egotistical, arrogant assholes who believe OUR opinion shall be infringed on everyone else.  Who believe protesting means looting, setting fires and committing violence.  That a strong leader who loves America and wants to see this country great again (as it started to fail pathetically under Obama) is a bad thing.  Celebrities and athletes that promote their own political views and use their fan base and popularity to spread it - even when it's flawed or just down right factually incorrect. 

People are starting to spy on each other; judge someone's parenting and turn them into DHS not because they are doing anything wrong but because it simply isn't the same parenting style they hold.  Faux religions are given precedent over legit.  Rape, spousal beatings, honor killings and genital mutilations are being slowly accepted as a cultural difference....

The list goes on and on and on.

Well, this morning, as usual, I had my morning coffee and I was reading random news stories from all over the globe, from all different sources and darnit - I just find it so frustrating.  GONE is common sense, ethics, morals and decency.  What kind of a world are my kids and grandchildren left with?

Well... anyway.  That was my little 'vent' this morning. 

Sadness. Frustration.

It's just the coffee talking.




In the meantime here are just a few random stories that were the last ones I was reading before my (4th) cup of coffee was gone and I had finished reading the morning news....


Customers Outraged After Buffalo Wild Wings Silences National Anthem


Customers at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Eastvale say an employee refused to let them hear the anthem before an NFL game Monday night – which happened to be the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

_________________


Modesto school suspends 5-year-old boy for 'terroristic threats'

Michelle Riley, Jackson's mother, said her son refused to remove his backpack, telling a teacher there was a bomb in it that would explode if he took it off. The backpack was actually empty.


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Texas prof resigns from law firm after tweeting he'd be 'ok' with DeVos sexual assault


A Texas professor and lawyer reportedly has resigned from his firm after tweeting that he’d be “ok” with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being sexually assaulted.


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Florida teacher asks students to use gender-neutral pronouns, angering parents


Chloe Bressack, a math and science teacher recently hired at Canopy Oaks Elementary in Tallahassee, wrote the letter to parents as a way of introducing herself and her classroom methods, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

“One thing that you should know about me is that I use gender-neutral terms. My prefix is Mx. [pronounced Mix],” Bressack wrote in the letter. “My pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.' I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural, but students catch on pretty quickly.”






9.19.2017

News: Just a Few of My Recent Tweets from my Twitter Timeline

































9.15.2017

FALL in love with Autumn Coffees! Pumpkin Spice Coffee Time is Here (Including Dunkin Donut Pumpkin Spice)




Fall In Love Flavored 12 Oz Ground Coffee (Pumpkin Spice, 12 oz)

About the product

Pumpkin spice flavored coffee.
Vacuum sealed packages to ensure freshness,
Artificially flavored, gluten free, Kosher Certified
Roasted with 100% Arabica beans from the finest coffee farms




Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup for Keurig Brewers, Pumpkin Spice, 24 Count

About the product

Includes 24 single-cup servings (K-Cups)
Fair trade certified limited edition seasonal flavor
Made from 100% Arabica coffee with natural and artificial flavorings


Also available in a larger 72 count size!

Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice, Keurig K-Cups, 72 Count



Dunkin Donuts Ground Coffee (Pack of 2) (Pumpkin Spice)11 oz (22 oz Total)

About the product
  • Pack of 2
  • 100% Premium Arabica Coffee.
  • 11oz per Bag (22oz Total)
  • Dunkin Donuts Ground Coffee





Stone Street Coffee Freshly Roasted Colombian Arabica Cinnamon/Nutmeg Creamy PUMPKIN SPICEGround Coffee, 1 lb

About the product

NEW PACKAGING: Orders placed in September will receive new blue/brown bags - this is our new bag design!
FRESHLY ROASTED COFFEE: makes all the difference! We start with 100% Colombian Arabica beans and then add high-quality flavor to create a delicious brew!
DELICIOUS & FESTIVE: Pumpkin Spice is an indulgent treat! Enjoy the sweet spiced flavor in the morning, as a fantastic dessert coffee, or for a festive holiday treat or gift
NO SLEEP 'TIL BROOKLYN: We're a 'Micro-Roasterie' roaster located in the heart of Brooklyn, NYC and we've been roasting delicious coffee since 2009.
GOURMET MICRO-ROASTED COFFEE: We are dedicated to the fine art of handcrafted coffees. We only roast in small batches using state-of-the-art equipment so that we are able to expertly develop the flavor profile & unique characteristics of each coffee bean.


9.13.2017

Equifax got caught trying to profit from a massive security breach - NOW says they won't require credit card information


Source


The credit monitoring company that compromised the personal information of nearly half the U.S. population said Monday it won’t ask people for credit card information if they sign up for its “free” service.

Last week, Equifax Inc. announced that it had been hacked by criminals who obtained personal information about 143 million Americans, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers. To make up for its massive cybersecurity failure, the firm said it would give victims a free one-year subscription to its credit monitoring service.

There was a catch: the supposedly free service required credit card information up front and would begin charging the card after the free trial ended unless users proactively canceled, according to terms of use for the product dated Sept. 6.

Equifax quietly deleted the information about fees from its website over the weekend, and on Monday, the firm announced it wouldn’t ask for credit cards when people sign up for the service, which is called TrustedID Premier.

“We are not requesting consumers’ credit card information when they sign up for the free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection we are offering to all U.S. consumers,” the company said in a statement. “Consumers who sign up for TrustedID Premier will not be automatically enrolled or charged after the conclusion of the complimentary year of TrustedID Premier.”

Amanda Werner of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said Equifax changed its policy in the face of public pressure.

“This is what happens when someone’s watching,” Werner said. “Equifax got caught trying to profit from a massive security breach and the outrage from consumers and advocates made them reverse their position.”

Spokespeople for Equifax did not respond to inquiries from HuffPost about why it changed the credit card policy. On its website the company characterized the change as a “clarification.”











9.09.2017

The Equifax Security Breach - How to reach Equifax and the other top credit reporting agencies for a Credit Freeze or Fraud Alert


What is a credit freeze?

Also known as a security freeze, this tool lets you restrict access to your credit report, which in turn makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. That’s because most creditors need to see your credit report before they approve a new account. If they can’t see your file, they may not extend the credit.

Does a credit freeze affect my credit score?

No. A credit freeze does not affect your credit score.

A credit freeze also does not:
  • prevent you from getting your free annual credit report
  • keep you from opening a new account, applying for a job, renting an apartment, or buying insurance. But if you’re doing any of these, you’ll need to lift the freeze temporarily, either for a specific time or for a specific party, say, a potential landlord or employer. The cost and lead times to lift a freeze vary, so it’s best to check with the credit reporting company in advance.
  • prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts. You still need to monitor all bank, credit card and insurance statements for fraudulent transactions.

How do I place a freeze on my credit reports?

Contact each of the nationwide credit reporting companies:
You'll need to supply your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. Fees vary based on where you live, but commonly range from $5 to $10.

After receiving your freeze request, each credit reporting company will send you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. Keep the PIN or password in a safe place. You will need it if you choose to lift the freeze.

How do I lift a freeze?

A freeze remains in place until you ask the credit reporting company to temporarily lift it or remove it altogether. A credit reporting company must lift a freeze no later than three business days after getting your request. The cost to lift a freeze varies by state.

If you opt for a temporary lift because you are applying for credit or a job, and you can find out which credit reporting company the business will contact for your file, you can save some money by lifting the freeze only at that particular company.

What’s the difference between a credit freeze and a fraud alert?

A credit freeze locks down your credit. A fraud alert allows creditors to get a copy of your credit report as long as they take steps to verify your identity. For example, if you provide a telephone number, the business must call you to verify whether you are the person making the credit request. Fraud alerts may be effective at stopping someone from opening new credit accounts in your name, but they may not prevent the misuse of your existing accounts. You still need to monitor all bank, credit card and insurance statements for fraudulent transactions.
Three types of fraud alerts are available:
  • Initial Fraud Alert. If you're concerned about identity theft, but haven't yet become a victim, this fraud alert will protect your credit from unverified access for at least 90 days. You may want to place a fraud alert on your file if your wallet, Social Security card, or other personal, financial or account information are lost or stolen.
  • Extended Fraud Alert. For victims of identity theft, an extended fraud alert will protect your credit for seven years.
  • Active Duty Military Alert. For those in the military who want to protect their credit while deployed, this fraud alert lasts for one year.
To place a fraud alert on your credit reports, contact one of the nationwide credit reporting companies. A fraud alert is free. You must provide proof of your identity. The company you call must tell the other credit reporting companies; they, in turn, will place an alert on their versions of your report.

9.07.2017

Sarcastic or Funny Coffee Mugs - (My search for a new job gift) Includes a link to the "F- You" middle finger mug!


Next week, someone I know is starting a brand new job.  I was brainstorming ideas for a small gift to give.  One of the obvious choices is a coffee cup so I went to Amazon to browse a few.  There some great coffee mugs there, but I found the ones I loved the most were probably not appropriate for a 'new' job!  I loved the one that politely says "Have a nice day" on it but when you lift it to your lips there is a nice "F-U" message on the bottom with a middle finger!  No... not at all appropriate as a 'new job' gift.

But that led to this post on Coffee Talking as I decided to grab a few links to feature in a post.  Once you click on them and start looking though, you'll find so many awesome funny, sarcastic mugs it's hard to choose. 




Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice




Funny Mug - I don't know how to put this but... I'm kind of a big deal





Some days, the best thing about my job is that the chair spins





I'm trying to be awesome today, but I'm exhausted from being so freakin' awesome yesterday





Have A Nice Day Coffee Mug with a "Middle Finger" on the bottom

9.06.2017

How U.S. immigration laws and rules have changed through history

How U.S. immigration laws and rules have changed through history

A 1790 law was the first to specify who could become a citizen, limiting that privilege to free whites of “good moral character” who had lived in the U.S. for at least two years. In 1870, the right of citizenship was extended to those of African origin.

Starting in 1875, a series of restrictions on immigration were enacted. They included bans on criminals, people with contagious diseases, polygamists, anarchists, beggars and importers of prostitutes. Other restrictions targeted the rising number of Asian immigrants, first limiting migration from China and later banning immigration from most Asian countries.

By the early 1900s, the nation’s predominant immigration flow shifted away from northern and western European nations and toward southern and eastern Europe. In response, laws were passed in 1921 and 1924 to try to restore earlier immigration patterns by capping total annual immigration and imposing numerical quotas based on immigrant nationality that favored northern and western European countries.

Long-standing immigration restrictions began to crumble in 1943, when a law allowed a limited number of Chinese to immigrate. In 1952, legislation allowed a limited number of visas for other Asians, and race was formally removed as grounds for exclusion. Although a presidential commission recommended scrapping the national-origins quota system, Congress did not go along.

In 1965, though, a combination of political, social and geopolitical factors led to passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act that created a new system favoring family reunification and skilled immigrants, rather than country quotas. The law also imposed the first limits on immigration from the Western Hemisphere. Before then, Latin Americans had been allowed to enter the U.S. without many restrictions. Since enactment of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, immigration has been dominated by people born in Asia and Latin America, rather than Europe.

Several laws since then have focused on refugees, paving the way for entrance of Indochinese refugees fleeing war violence in the 1970s and later including relief for other nationalities, including Chinese, Nicaraguans and Haitians. A 1990 law created the “temporary protective status” that has shielded immigrants, mainly Central Americans, from deportation to countries facing natural disasters, armed conflicts or other extraordinary conditions.

In 1986, Congress enacted another major law – the Immigration Reform and Control Act – that granted legalization to millions of unauthorized immigrants, mainly from Latin America, who met certain conditions. The law also imposed sanctions on employers who hired unauthorized immigrants. Subsequent laws in 1996, 2002 and 2006 were responses to concerns about terrorism and unauthorized immigration. These measures emphasized border control, prioritized enforcement of laws on hiring immigrants and tightened admissions eligibility.

The most recent changes in immigration policy have been an exception to that pattern. In 2012, President Obama took executive action to allow young adults who had been brought to the country illegally to apply for deportation relief and a work permit. In 2014, he expanded that program (known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA) and set up a new program to offer similar benefits to some unauthorized-immigrant parents of U.S.-born children. The DACA expansion and the new program (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA) are on hold because of a legal challenge by 26 states.



9.04.2017

The Family Vacation of Which We Ate Freeze Dried Meals All Week (And it was the most relaxing vacation ever for Me!)

Remember when I posted about my plans to use freeze dried meals for our family vacation to the beach? You can read the post here if you wish.  But now that we are home - here is my updated post!
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Although it seemed a good idea in theory, I didn't honestly know how a family vacation fueled by freeze dried meals would go over.  In the end, the menu and meal planning got rave reviews from everyone.  Not just polite 'rave reviews' but honest-to-goodness "what a great idea" "so glad you did this" type rave reviews.

We just returned from a family vacation in which we had 6 adults and 2 toddlers staying at a beach house for an entire week.  Every family vacation no matter where we go or what we are doing has been filled with "what's for lunch?"  "When's dinner?"  "What are we having for dinner?"  "I'm hungry" "What do we have to snack on?" Yada yada yada.  I'm not sure my family believed me when I told them this time I was stocking up on freeze dried meals and I would not be cooking.

I know they didn't really believe me because soon after checking into the rental house last Saturday night I was asked by two different people "What's for dinner tonight?"  and my response was, "Whatever you make."

I wish I would have taken a picture of the armoire where the food for the week was kept but I didn't think about it.  The rental had a large wooden armoire in the kitchen area where I had all the boxes opened up and stored with freeze dried pouches of foods.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner were chosen by each individual and made by themselves.  Breakfasts were granola with milk and blueberries, apple cinnamon oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs with bacon, scrambled egg skillet with hash browns and peppers and more.  Lunch and dinner could be grilled chicken breast with mashed potatoes, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, soup, pasta primavera, chicken and rice, beef stew, or any number of other dishes.  AND I DIDN'T COOK, BAKE or CLEAN UP AFTER ANY OF IT.

As a matter of fact, most of us found eating the meals right out of the pouches worked great because it meant no dishes to clean!  Just pop the pouch into the trash and get back out on the beach.

So what did I buy?
What fresh foods did I buy to supplement?
Where did I get them?
  

The first item I researched and purchased was the Mountain House Just in Case 14-Day Kit.


Depending on where you purchase this at, you can spend between $239-$400+ on the EXACT same kit.  Because some companies have a higher mark up than others.  I found the best price through Amazon and the links below (to my Amazon affiliate) are the exact items I purchasedI literally went into my "orders" history, went directly to the products I bought and then linked to it.  The smaller cases of 'favorite' foods ran about $39-52. 

I chose this main kit because it has 42 different pouches in all sorts of varieties and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items.  I then bought a case (6 pack) of 3 of our favorite items because I already knew we loved them.  Those are the chicken breasts with mashed potatoes, the biscuits and gravy and the lasagna.  Lastly, I used some items I already had on hand from our previous camping trips; this included freeze dried green peas, corn, mushrooms, a chocolate chip cookie mix, a few soup mixes and some breakfast and dinner items.


Mountain House Just In Case 14-Day Emergency Food Supply Kit

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Mountain House Biscuits and Gravy

Mountain House Chicken Breast with Rib Meat & Mashed Potatoes


Mountain House Just In Case 14-Day Emergency Food Supply

Meet the Mountain House Just In Case 14-Day Emergency Food Supply Kit. Packed with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals backed by a 30 Year Taste Guarantee, this food kit will give you not only a satisfied belly, but also peace of mind should you find yourself in an emergency situation. 

Going on a camping or hiking trip? With Mountain House, you don't need an emergency to be able to enjoy our delicious meals. Just add water and your food is ready to eat in less than 10 minutes. Each pouch is lightweight, too., making the perfect backpacking companion while hiking that epic trail you always wanted to experience.

Mountain House Meals Are Perfect For:

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Hunting
  • Travel
  • Occasional Everyday Use

Thoughts:
From the 15 month old all the way up to the 40-something year olds, everyone had foods they loved at every meal.  Cooking was EASY.
JUST ADD WATER.  Literally.
Most meals take about 1 1/2 - 2 cups water.  Seal the package back up, wait 10 minutes and eat.
We used a glass, microwaved the water and meal prep was a snap.
Clean up usually involved throwing the used pouch away.
The meals for the 3 year old and the toddler were placed in dishes and on plates of course.
The peas and corn came in handy not only as side-dishes but added to other meals like the pasta primavera and the broccoli cheddar soups.  

Supplemental foods:  
Our 'grocery' trip was so SMALL compared to other years.
We were celebrating the birthdays of the 3 year old and a 25 year old that week so our grocery trip included a store bought cake and cupcakes.
Milk, orange juice, salad mix, dressing, condiments, burgers and hot dogs to grill, buns, apples, bananas, some snack crackers, fruit bite snacks, a pan of rice krispie bars and one of cereal bars I had made at home, wrapped in foil and brought with, some bread for toast, butter and a box of cereal. I had some freeze dried coconut milk bites I brought with as well that I already had on hand from camping trips.

We enjoyed freeze dried meals and then a night of grilling - which was a pattern. It was nice to mix it up a bit with the burgers and hot dogs. The very last day there we bought some take-n-bake pizzas from Walmart's deli department. 

Almost all the food was used up and what wasn't (2 small boxes worth of random items) was sent home with one of the couples. 

This was the first family vacation (ever) that I did not cook, bake or waste valuable time scrubbing, cleaning and doing dishes.  I got to actually enjoy the vacation.  Every single item made that week was liked, and tasted good.  There was never any food item that was made and not finished.  Everyone seriously loved every item they tried.






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