Ok, here we go!!!! This mornin' I had this cool IDEA to create this THREAD! I thought that PROMOTING HEALTHFUL ALTERNATIVES (<--which one can do for themselves) would be an AWESOME thing to do!!! If "those in charge agree" maybe we can keep this going,where everyone can add their personal FAVS. to the list, and we can compile a permanent listing of GREAT ALTERNATIVES for folk to try. That is, instead of continuing to give one's hard earned $$MONEY$$ to "BIG BUSINESS" making them more and more powerful! (<-- Remember those are the J*CKASSES who make sure the small guys/farmers are OVER-REGULATED TO DEATH ya know.... so we can't compete/take away from their profits!!! Bah Humbug! Funny thing is, the smaller guy can put out a BETTER/HEALTHIER/SAFER PRODUCT as "the small guy" isn't out-of-control! Have you noticed all of those FOOD RECALLS ~ Hhhhmm, do you notice whose at fault? THE BIG GUYS, that's WHO!!!! Not something THEY want everyone to hear, but the TRUTH for sure!!!! ) For those who'd like to read something of interest click here: Health Topics - Weston A Price But anyway, where was I? Oh yes, Over here, if it isn't our delicious well water, or high quality RAW MILK from our naturally raised/pastured livestock.... we pretty much won't drink it.That is, unless it's something HOMEMADE. I don't think many realize how much CR*P is in modern processed foods (hormones, synthetics, preservatives & so on...), and that's why everyone is so sick, with a multitude of disorders/diseases, and dying from CANCER!?!?! NO THANKS, over here... as we strive to be more "old fashioned" and do for ourselves. Self Reliance and Survivalism is very important to us and we work very hard towards meeting our goals daily in our real life! Ok, so here's the first one to add (since many have been asking about this one) In our home one of our favorite homemade drinks ( a COFFEE ALTERNATIVE ) is CHICORY COFFEE RECIPE/INFO. Yep, it's made from a plant which many think is just a common weed. A FREE GIFT from Mother Nature! They are found everywhere around here... with those with the pretty blue flowers. Here's a bit of info. on it: Chicory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which should be helpful for "recognition purposes"... Once you've figured out "what it is" and have positively identified it, get a shovel or a potato fork & start digging for those roots. Get as many as you can at a time, so that you can prep a decent amount for later use. After you've harvested a reasonable amount for yourself, wash off in the sink (you can use a hard bristled veggie brush to get the dirt out of the cracks/crevices. Once washed off you can arrange them on a rack or cookie sheet to dry/roast on one's woodstove (which is quite efficient) or you can put the roots on a cookie sheet in the oven, turn it up to 400 degrees F and let 'em roast for about an hour. Pretty soon you will start smelling the most delicious aromatic aroma from the roasting process. Well, there you have it.... free coffee for the taking which you made all by yourself & is more delicious/healthful than storebought!!!!! Here are some PICS to share (below) As you can see, it makes for a very nice/flavourful "black coffee"... We also snapped a pic of the roasted roots as well. Alrighty that's it for today... As I can/find the time, I shall post several more good ones to share. If anyone has any to share, feel free to do so , so that we can build up a "HUGE" Survivalist Collection for the DO-IT-YOURSELFERS out there ! Sincerely, Wildernessgal & OGM P.S.- Make sure not to "OVER-HARVEST" in one area... leaving some for the future, to multiply & make more down the road. We have scattered patches all around which we harvest from, which are very very productive if you maintain them properly. Good luck & ENJOY!!!!