Tuesday, January 15, 2008

alibi fires...

when you're on a military range and everyone else is done shooting, but you've still got rounds left, they call you an "alibi fire". a couple months ago i posted about things to send soldiers deployed and have a couple of alibis to add to the list. betty crocker makes these things that they call "warm delights". the only thing you have to add to them is water. they come in their own sealed little mixing/serving bowl. you add some water, stick it in the microwave for a little over a minute and you've got yummy goodness.

the other thing that's pretty good is going to wal-mart or any camping/sporting goods store. they've got dehydrated meals there. add boiling water and you're good to go. and they've got alot more varieties than your normal ramen noodles or cheesy mac. those are usually pretty decent tasting, they're light weight, and there's such a wide variety that you're likely to find someone's favorite comfort food.

if you're going to send something like that to a loved one, consider also sending a nalgene bottle or something similar. they've got handy markings on the side to designate the different water measurements, but serve multiple purposes and seal tight to keep dust out unlike normal measuring cups. camelbak also makes a really nice bottle these days.

speaking of camelbak, both them and blackhawk market an in-line water filter. if your soldier is complaining about the plastic taste of water after a couple months, think about sending them one of these. they have to cut the hose on their camelbak and put the filter in place, but they've got carbon filters in them or whatever and help the water taste better. they're a little expensive though. if you want a cheaper solution, the "elixir" camelbak tabs (r.e.i.) sells them add flavor to your water but contain no sugar to gum up the bag.

okay, hope this helps!

4 Comments:

Blogger TC said...

Thanks for the extra ideas! Do we have an address yet to send you anything?

6:42 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

When can we send you and your gang a care package?

10:24 AM  
Blogger julie said...

You always have great ideas.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Quin said...

wish i'd known this before the jarhead came home.

but, he's already been given orders he's going back before next december...

i'll keep an eye on here, too.

11:22 AM  

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