Conserving Candles

Wick material is pushed to the bottom of the newly-formed candle with a disposable wooden skewer.

Container Candles

Set your old glass candles in simmering water, pour the wax into newly-cleaned candle glasses or ones that have reduced amounts of wax in them. Put in new wick material by pushing it in with a wooden skewer when the wax is almost set.~~M-J


Elegant Survival News

Stock up on Candles

Hobby Lobby is having a sale: 50% off on seasonal candles. The best deal are the pillar candles–ten inch tall ones for 2.00 each. They’re offered in deep red and ivory, and there are 6″ ones in forest green, all are made in the U.S.A.
Keen on Quinoa: a Nutritious Survival Food

Read about Quinoa, a high-protein seed that is cooked and served like a grain.It sounds like one of those vegetarian counter-culture foodstuffs. I remember, before I had cable television about twenty years ago, watching T.V. cook and dietician Marion Fisher prepare it, and she was no hippie. I’ve just discovered a source of it, Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers, and am going to experiment with quinoa (keen-wah, accent on the first syllable). Any source of protein that is dry and has a long shelf-life without refrigeration ought to be of interest to us at Elegant Survival.
Quinoa from Colorado

Posted on Saturday, Sep 27, 2008, 09:52 AM (UTC -4)

Prepare to Defend Yourself

Things in America are about to go into Hell’s basement. Before people start panicking and running amok, it’s wise to set yourself and your family up with the right tools. See our Survival Tools section for The Right Stuff.

Posted on Friday, Sep 26, 2008, 06:38 PM (UTC -4)

Huevos Rancheros Recipes

I’ve been really busy this past week, but I have a very comprehensive pictorial recipe for one of my favourite breakfast dishes, huevos rancheros, or eggs ranch-style. It is a very nutritious dish:

This recipe is less traditional and more complicated. I suggest substituting the green chile stew with two small cans of chopped green chiles. Make a roux, adding water, seasoning salt and green chiles. Mix together with a metal potato masher or whisk. Substitute this green chile gravy for the cup of stew.

Casa de las Chimeneas

Taos, New Mexico

Huevos Rancheros
with Homemade Green Chile Stew

4 blue or yellow corn tortillas
4 eggs, poached
1 cup green chile stew, warmed (below)
3/4 cup grated Monterey Jack or mild cheddar
4 strips well-done bacon, crumbled
1-1/3 cups cooked pinto beans, warmed
Sour cream for garnish
Homemade Green Chile Stew
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 pound ground pork
Four 13-ounce containers frozen mild chopped green chile or 2 pounds freshly roasted, peeled, and chopped mild green chile, or an equivalent quantity of canned chopped green chile
6 Tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons cumin

Lightly cook tortilla in skillet with melted butter to soften. Assemble in equal quantities on 4 warmed plates: tortillas on the bottom, beans spread on tortilla, poached egg, grated cheese, green chile, and crumbled bacon. Top with a dollop of sour cream.

Homemade Green Chile Stew: Brown ground pork. Drain fat into large pot. Saute garlic in fat. Add flour and stir until brown. Add green chile, pork, cumin, and salt to taste. Add water to cover. Cook for at least 30 minutes until hot and bubbling. Makes 6 to 7 cups. Can be frozen and used later.

Serves: 4

Posted on Friday, Sep 26, 2008, 05:13 PM (UTC -4)

Foods with the Right Stuff for Weight-Loss


Eggs don’t cause heart disease, as the medical industry previously believed. A research team at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge determined that women on a weight-loss regimen who ate an egg with toast and jelly each morning lost twice as many pounds as those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories without the accompanying egg.


Quinoa is a better food-choice than rice, couscous or wheat.  It contains both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein. My Recipe for Quinoa Casserole


The protein in steak helps you retain muscle mass during weight loss . Beef is rich in B-vitamins and amino acids.

Goji Berries

These high-protein fruits contain 18 amino acids, and only thirty-five calories per tablespoon.
Goji berries resemble pomegranate seeds in size and color. They contain some health-enhancing compounds:

  • tetraterpenoids
  • zeaxanthine
  • physalein
  • sesquiterpenoids
  • cyperone
  • solavetivone

Those elements provide anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects.

The best feature of the Goji berry seems to be the polysaccharides that are produced by it. They pump up one’s immune system.

Buckwheat Pasta

Buckwheat pasta and cereal is high in fiber, and, unlike most carbohydrate products, they are high in protein.

Pomegranates and Their Juice

High in folate and antioxidants, the pomegranate is low in calories and high in fiber. Its seeds make a good snack, and pomegranate juice is the latest health-promoting tonic.

Almond Butter

Using it on sandwiches lowers bread’s glycemic index (an indicator of a food’s effect on blood sugar). A research team at the University of Toronto found that people who ate almonds with white bread didn’t experience the same blood sugar surges as those who ate bread alone. High blood sugar leads to abdominal fat.

Kale and Spinach

These leafy vegetables are high in fiber and vitamins and, surprisingly, contain protein. Kale can be successfully stir-fried; wilting washed and dried spinach with a hot bacon vinaigrette makes a delicious salad.