Author Archives: NC Preppers

About NC Preppers

NC Preppers live on top of a hill in Western North Carolina. They lived and worked most of their adult lives in and around large cities.  They are now happily settled in the country with no other houses in sight waking to the crowing of their rooster and going to sleep listening to a whippoorwill.

They grow much of their own food and have become more self-sufficient.  Their prepping has evolved over 30 years from primarily food storage to a more sustainable lifestyle including grinding grain to bake all their own bread and other grain products.  They enjoy cooking and baking, experimenting with a variety of techniques. They make favorite, traditional recipes healthier, tastier, and more frugal by using a wide variety of fresh-ground whole grains. They share much of what they have learned on their blog, NCPreppers ( and Facebook page (

I was honored to be accepted as a contributor to the Grain Mill Wagon challenge and join the ranks of some friends who I admire for their whole grain cooking skills. I learned a lot as I researched recipes and experimented using my WonderMill Grain Mill. I continue to learn and enjoy browsing through all the wonderful recipes other people have posted on the Grain Mill Wagon. The recipes I posted are all meant to be used as a starting point for your own exploration based on the ingredients you have on hand and your family's preferences. I tried to suggest options and encourage creativity. Cooking from scratch is fun and shouldn't be intimidating. The WonderMill has become my favorite mill for grinding popcorn, wheat, and spelt. It is easy to operate, maintain, and clean. If you are lucky enough to have a WonderMill Grain Mill, store it someplace convenient so it becomes an important tool in providing economical, healthy food for your family.

Down-Home Hush Puppies

I have eaten so many bad restaurant hush puppies, I decided to make them at home from fresh ground popcorn and wheat.  I remember the first time I ate them when I was a child.  My aunt made them, and … Continue reading

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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

My mother used to make buckwheat pancakes for us when I was a child. They are a comfort food for me.  Grinding my own grain and adding fresh blueberries make them a fresh, healthy  treat for breakfast. The blueberries are … Continue reading

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“The Devil Made Me Do It” Brownies

We should not feel guilty for eating brownies.  It is not our fault–moist, chocolatey, nutty, and those chewy edges! You can only fight temptation so far. I grew up baking and eating brownies from a box.  My problem was I … Continue reading

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Southwestern Cornbread Casserole

This recipe will provide your family with a hardy fall meal with plenty for left-overs.  Spice it up or tone it down.  Use shredded beef, chicken, pork, hamburger, or left over turkey.  It is a great way to use whatever … Continue reading

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Carolina Rye Bread

Black strap molasses and baking it in cast iron gives this bread a southern touch.  It is a crusty loaf that is flavorful, rich, and not too dense.  I wasn’t particularly fond of rye bread until we made it at … Continue reading

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