The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (WEDNESDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

You just discovered that you have some kind of allergy to an unknown preservative. Since you aren’t able to isolate what it is exactly, you now need to avoid ALL preservatives and start cooking all of your food from scratch. This includes making a loaf of bread. Remember, no going to the store. **A little rule of thumb: you have to know where the ingredient comes from, and be able to pronounce the ingredients on any canned item you use (meaning a can of tomatoes is ok, but not a can of spaghetti sauce)**


Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook breakfast from scratch
  • Cook lunch from scratch
  • Cook dinner from scratch
  • Bake a loaf of homemade bread
  • Print out some of your favorite recipes to use in case the internet is down during an emergency

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use ANY pre-packaged or convenience-type foods. No mixes, boxed cereals, canned soups or sauces etc. If you can’t pronounce all the ingredients and say where it came from, it’s probalby a NO go.
  • Do not buy or borrow ingredients. Use only what you have stored.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a delicious dessert from scratch.
  • Plan an entire week worth of meals you could make out of your current food supplies.
  • Do some research on the health benefits of eating less preservatives.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.
How long would you have lasted under these conditions?

 


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.

  • Heyyou63plus2

    Had eggs and canned bacon for breakfast that I cooked on my gas grill.    For lunch I had a ceaser salad made from ingred. I previously home canned and veggies I picked from my garden.  Dinner was home canned hamburg and tomatoes and macaroni.  Since there is all kinds of bread such as biscuits dinner roles , tortillias and fry bread  We decided to make fry bread.  It was a good meal.  I have already collected enough recipes to fill four or five note-books so I have that covered!  I always cook from scratch so that is not a problem.   For our desert I placed a jar of home canned peaches in a pan and brought them to a boil then I mixed some dumpling dough and placed it on top of the boiling peaches.  Cooked it for about ten or twelve min. without the lid and then another ten or fifteen minutes with the lid on.   It was sooo,  good !

    • Heyyou63plus2

      The canned bacon I refered to is home canned.   It is pretty good and will do in a pinch but the regular is much better.  I have the regular but decided to use my foos storage for everything so I can be sure it is all good !   I live out in the country so I don’t go into town much anyway so that is not a problem for me.    I did make another check on our water barrels that we use to catch rain water to water our chickens and rabbits just to make sure they were still in good condition and all is well there too, so, so far so good !

  • Edgeofthewoods

    This is the easy one as we do this almost all days. Fast food here consists of left overs out of the fridge or opening previously canned or frozen foods.

  • Edgeofthewoods

    This is the easy one as we do this almost all days. Fast food here consists of left overs out of the fridge or opening previously canned or frozen foods.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1059284734 Tamra Aichele

    Okay, so I’m a week late, but better late than never, eh? This turned out to be very hard. Everything I looked at had some kind of preservative in it… including the chicken bullion cubes I used to make split pea soup. Then ugh, the bacon. I forgot!! Nitrites! It’s all the “little” things like some basic ingredients that have hidden preservatives in them too. Very challenging. Happy to note that the entire box of Kirkland Organic Oatmeals didn’t contain any preservatives (that they mentioned anyway, but what about the ingredients in the chocolate chips they used?) and Jiff peanut butter said it right on the side. Whew…the kids got one thing for lunch anyway! Even the 100% fruit juice packs were loaded with all kinds of unpronouncable things! :) More to work on… :)

    • Heyyou63plus2

      Tamra Aichele,

      Isn’t it something to find out that everything you pick-up today is full of additives ?   I got out of this mess years ago when we were raising our grandson and granddaughter.   They are hyper and we found they were reacting to dyes in their foods.  That is when it started for us, so we cleaned house right then and make everything from scratch and even make our own bacon and sausages, and can a lot of it, so it is always on hand in a jiffy when we need it !   My family looks forward to coming home for home-made meals.  I have five boys all grown and two grandchildren that we raised and I get no complaints from any of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1059284734 Tamra Aichele

    Okay, so I’m a week late, but better late than never, eh? This turned out to be very hard. Everything I looked at had some kind of preservative in it… including the chicken bullion cubes I used to make split pea soup. Then ugh, the bacon. I forgot!! Nitrites! It’s all the “little” things like some basic ingredients that have hidden preservatives in them too. Very challenging. Happy to note that the entire box of Kirkland Organic Oatmeals didn’t contain any preservatives (that they mentioned anyway, but what about the ingredients in the chocolate chips they used?) and Jiff peanut butter said it right on the side. Whew…the kids got one thing for lunch anyway! Even the 100% fruit juice packs were loaded with all kinds of unpronouncable things! :) More to work on… :)

  • Grahamgang

    This one was like a regular day for me. Glad to know I am on the right track. For this one any ways.

  • Grahamgang

    This one was like a regular day for me. Glad to know I am on the right track. For this one any ways.

  • Kingscastle

    This one was no problem for us! Glad we are doing some thngs right!

  • Kingscastle

    This one was no problem for us! Glad we are doing some thngs right!

  • TK

    I was horrified to see how much was not edible yesterday. Did stick to the plan and had oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast. Made a casserole that we ate for lunch and modified with the addition of elbow macaroni for dinner. Zucchini bread made a nice filler for the day.

    Canned pears all day! Made a delicious pear desert drizzled with cinnamon syrup. It would be a boring week of food storage meals, since my canned meat is low and the rest has preservatives. Had no time to research will do that another day. (obviously not today with the EMP)

  • Laura M.

    Although i did not do this challenge yesterday just because I didn’t check my email at all yesterday. I did do most of it. Breakfast was egg burritos with homemade tortias, lunch was homemade lazzagna that mother in law sent over (so there might of been canned stuff I dont know) than dinner was at McDonalds I know bad!!!! Oh well I know I could of done it. I didn’t make bread because I already had a two day old loaf that was made.

  • Laura M.

    Although i did not do this challenge yesterday just because I didn’t check my email at all yesterday. I did do most of it. Breakfast was egg burritos with homemade tortias, lunch was homemade lazzagna that mother in law sent over (so there might of been canned stuff I dont know) than dinner was at McDonalds I know bad!!!! Oh well I know I could of done it. I didn’t make bread because I already had a two day old loaf that was made.

  • Rachelle

    Today was a bit of a challenge because I only make bread a few times a year to brush up on my skills. My recipe uses applesauce of which I had none. I opened a can of pears and blended them up, this worked well. We had taco soup for dinner and printed out some of my favorite on-line recipes.

  • Rachelle

    Today was a bit of a challenge because I only make bread a few times a year to brush up on my skills. My recipe uses applesauce of which I had none. I opened a can of pears and blended them up, this worked well. We had taco soup for dinner and printed out some of my favorite on-line recipes.

  • http://www.gpscardvd.com Car DVD Players

    I love the challenges and reading each response..thank you!!!

  • http://www.gpscardvd.com Car DVD Players

    I love the challenges and reading each response..thank you!!!

  • Lynne

    This was an easy exercise for my home but I work in a nursery setting with 18 month through 3 year olds. Two of them have alergies to wheat. It is a challenge to find snacks that will work for them. I have found that popcorn and rice krispie treats work. Also plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Over the years I have had children that have been alergic to strawberries, soap, pine scented items, chocolate and wheat. It is always a challenge but it is a joy to work with these young children. Dessert was a chocolate chip dip with homemade crackers. These challenges keep important things at the forefront of my thinking. I am grateful for this.

  • Lynne

    This was an easy exercise for my home but I work in a nursery setting with 18 month through 3 year olds. Two of them have alergies to wheat. It is a challenge to find snacks that will work for them. I have found that popcorn and rice krispie treats work. Also plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Over the years I have had children that have been alergic to strawberries, soap, pine scented items, chocolate and wheat. It is always a challenge but it is a joy to work with these young children. Dessert was a chocolate chip dip with homemade crackers. These challenges keep important things at the forefront of my thinking. I am grateful for this.

  • Luv4genealogy

    Wish I had stayed up last night to get a head start. I would have had my breadmaker going. As it was I got up late and couldn’t think. Breakfast was a banana and a glass of milk. Lunch was a cucumber, tomato and a bunch of grapes. My daughter-in-law cooked dinner tonight – chicken alfredo- not sure what ingredients she used. She isn’t terribly excited to be “participating” in these challenges. I was stressed enough that dessert was oreos and milk. OOOPS. I like to cook from scratch but store many things that are fast and easy so my son would be willing to cook, too. Sadly that means sodium and other preservatives. Need to revamp a little.

  • Luv4genealogy

    Wish I had stayed up last night to get a head start. I would have had my breadmaker going. As it was I got up late and couldn’t think. Breakfast was a banana and a glass of milk. Lunch was a cucumber, tomato and a bunch of grapes. My daughter-in-law cooked dinner tonight – chicken alfredo- not sure what ingredients she used. She isn’t terribly excited to be “participating” in these challenges. I was stressed enough that dessert was oreos and milk. OOOPS. I like to cook from scratch but store many things that are fast and easy so my son would be willing to cook, too. Sadly that means sodium and other preservatives. Need to revamp a little.

  • Cereusy

    This was fun, but that’s because this challenge is so close to my normal everyday routine. We didn’t do bread because we no longer eat bread. But it was fun making dessert for the first time in a while (dessert is a treat at our house.) And our storage is based off a 7 day menu with some variations.

  • Cereusy

    This was fun, but that’s because this challenge is so close to my normal everyday routine. We didn’t do bread because we no longer eat bread. But it was fun making dessert for the first time in a while (dessert is a treat at our house.) And our storage is based off a 7 day menu with some variations.

  • Momschool62626

    I don’t know about other folks – but my dd who also works – and I make our own soups – and usually quite a bit of our other luncheson ingredients. Soups and such are usually prepared on the weekend – For me – I freeze in ziplock containers meal size portions of the soup – and take out each day’s meal and pack in my lunch bag. Wendy does something similar. Not hard.

  • Momschool62626

    This one is a bit tricky. I make my own bread as a rule. This morning I made pancakes like I usually do – added vanilla – THEN looked at the label. Ugh! The vanilla had sodium benzoate in it! (preservative!)

    This especially irritates me because most of the generic foods DON’T have preservatives – at least not like th ename brands do! So I got sloppy in my thinking and – well – ingested a preservative!

    Add to that – I packed my lunch – and headed to work – an hour away from home – and we are in a really busy season right now. Got to work – no lunch! It was still sitting there just waiting for me to take it from the dining room table! Ugh!

    So – this one I will have to work on! So Breakfast from scratch, dinner from scratch. And scratch out lunch from scratch! Sigh!

    And no – I don’t use prepackaged stuff. Although I do have a few canned soups in my pantry – I prefer homemade soups!

    Although I didn’t prepare a delicious dessert – mostly because I don’t DO desserts other than fresh fruit – I did – and usually do have menues for the week – mostly from what I have on hand – already prepared!

    • Heyyou63plus2

      Momschool62626

      You mentioned vanilla and I couldn’t remember if I had ever looked to see if it had an additive so I ran to look.  Lucky me the only preservative in my pure vanilla extract is bourbon!  I would have never guessed !

  • Momschool62626

    This one is a bit tricky. I make my own bread as a rule. This morning I made pancakes like I usually do – added vanilla – THEN looked at the label. Ugh! The vanilla had sodium benzoate in it! (preservative!)

    This especially irritates me because most of the generic foods DON’T have preservatives – at least not like th ename brands do! So I got sloppy in my thinking and – well – ingested a preservative!

    Add to that – I packed my lunch – and headed to work – an hour away from home – and we are in a really busy season right now. Got to work – no lunch! It was still sitting there just waiting for me to take it from the dining room table! Ugh!

    So – this one I will have to work on! So Breakfast from scratch, dinner from scratch. And scratch out lunch from scratch! Sigh!

    And no – I don’t use prepackaged stuff. Although I do have a few canned soups in my pantry – I prefer homemade soups!

    Although I didn’t prepare a delicious dessert – mostly because I don’t DO desserts other than fresh fruit – I did – and usually do have menues for the week – mostly from what I have on hand – already prepared!

  • Love4meninuniform

    WOW, this is an easy one……
    Bfast- waffles…with either powdered sugar or jam/curd
    Lunch- salad
    Dinner- left-over cook past fried with eggs, with fresh homemade Cinnamon bread….
    All the recipes, that were tried and liked are printed and in a 3 ring binder …
    dessert was fresh baked apple pie
    Meal Plan will is done…with only what is in the house(wonder can we use can Tuna in Water..?)
    the health benefits have been seen already from not eating out, or using lots of boxed/can items….
    thanks again for this

  • Love4meninuniform

    WOW, this is an easy one……
    Bfast- waffles…with either powdered sugar or jam/curd
    Lunch- salad
    Dinner- left-over cook past fried with eggs, with fresh homemade Cinnamon bread….
    All the recipes, that were tried and liked are printed and in a 3 ring binder …
    dessert was fresh baked apple pie
    Meal Plan will is done…with only what is in the house(wonder can we use can Tuna in Water..?)
    the health benefits have been seen already from not eating out, or using lots of boxed/can items….
    thanks again for this

  • Joanstev

    I thought I was doing great today cooking with natural ingredients, but at dinner when I looked at the grated cheese label and the chocolate chip label, I realized there was more than cheese and chocolate in the foods, but they didn’t seem too bad. However, when I looked at the Cool Whip label, nothing is natural. I should have made dry milk whipped topping.

  • Joanstev

    I thought I was doing great today cooking with natural ingredients, but at dinner when I looked at the grated cheese label and the chocolate chip label, I realized there was more than cheese and chocolate in the foods, but they didn’t seem too bad. However, when I looked at the Cool Whip label, nothing is natural. I should have made dry milk whipped topping.

  • Guest

    I’ll be honest – I have not “done” the challenges the past two days. There is just too much going on with our jobs and the kids’ activities, and we just started school (East coast). So, I have tried to really consider the challenge assignments and what they would mean for us if they happened. I have enough water stored for drinking and a little cooking for several days, but as far as baths, laundry, etc. we are not ready! I think the big storage barrels would be a good purchase.

    For the food challenge – I can cook from scratch, including sourdough bread, but a lot of my home storage is canned food. Those are things like spaghetti sauce, soups, etc. I could have “passed” the assignment today, but I am sure glad that we do not have any sensitivities like that.

  • Guest

    I’ll be honest – I have not “done” the challenges the past two days. There is just too much going on with our jobs and the kids’ activities, and we just started school (East coast). So, I have tried to really consider the challenge assignments and what they would mean for us if they happened. I have enough water stored for drinking and a little cooking for several days, but as far as baths, laundry, etc. we are not ready! I think the big storage barrels would be a good purchase.

    For the food challenge – I can cook from scratch, including sourdough bread, but a lot of my home storage is canned food. Those are things like spaghetti sauce, soups, etc. I could have “passed” the assignment today, but I am sure glad that we do not have any sensitivities like that.

  • lianne

    Ditto, I would love that recipe. Pleeeeease.

  • lianne

    Ditto, I would love that recipe. Pleeeeease.

  • lianne

    I like this….here’s the plan
    Breakfast
    Homemade soda bread served with butter and syrup (I’ve added currants to the bread so a really yummy treat)
    Lunch
    Quiche (crustless made with vegies from my garden)
    Dinner
    Chickpea and vegetable curry served with rice and salad (vegies from the garden including salad)
    Dessert
    Bread and butter pudding using up bread I bought before the challenge began.
    Snacks
    Anzac cookies….yummy
    Please note that I will be drinking water and tea…the tea is also from my garden.
    My family wont even be aware that we are doing todays challenge as this is fairly normal for us….helps keep the budget down!.
    Thank you so much for the challenges ladies as it gives me confidence that so far I can cope without any undue hardship (so no complaints from the family either…lol). This is helping me to ensure that I have covered these bases.

  • lianne

    I like this….here’s the plan
    Breakfast
    Homemade soda bread served with butter and syrup (I’ve added currants to the bread so a really yummy treat)
    Lunch
    Quiche (crustless made with vegies from my garden)
    Dinner
    Chickpea and vegetable curry served with rice and salad (vegies from the garden including salad)
    Dessert
    Bread and butter pudding using up bread I bought before the challenge began.
    Snacks
    Anzac cookies….yummy
    Please note that I will be drinking water and tea…the tea is also from my garden.
    My family wont even be aware that we are doing todays challenge as this is fairly normal for us….helps keep the budget down!.
    Thank you so much for the challenges ladies as it gives me confidence that so far I can cope without any undue hardship (so no complaints from the family either…lol). This is helping me to ensure that I have covered these bases.

  • lianne

    I like this….here’s the plan
    Breakfast
    Homemade soda bread served with butter and syrup (I’ve added currants to the bread so a really yummy treat)
    Lunch
    Quiche (crustless made with vegies from my garden)
    Dinner
    Chickpea and vegetable curry served with rice and salad (vegies from the garden including salad)
    Dessert
    Bread and butter pudding using up bread I bought before the challenge began.
    Snacks
    Anzac cookies….yummy
    Please note that I will be drinking water and tea…the tea is also from my garden.
    My family wont even be aware that we are doing todays challenge as this is fairly normal for us….helps keep the budget down!.
    Thank you so much for the challenges ladies as it gives me confidence that so far I can cope without any undue hardship (so no complaints from the family either…lol). This is helping me to ensure that I have covered these bases.

  • Barbara

    I thought that I would come back and tell you a little about my day. I almost bought something today without thinking, but thankfully, at the last moment remembered the challenge. I did make bread today because I was going to cook Indian, so I made naan on the grill. (Maybe I should have saved this bread for an electricity free day! LOL!) All in all, it was a usual day for me.

  • Raeval

    We had homemade pizza for lunch. And for supper it is homemade turkey soup along with homemade buns. This was an easier day although, I did discover that I need to add more flavorings and spices to my food storage. Thanks for this challenge.

  • Raeval

    We had homemade pizza for lunch. And for supper it is homemade turkey soup along with homemade buns. This was an easier day although, I did discover that I need to add more flavorings and spices to my food storage. Thanks for this challenge.

  • Barbara

    I thought that I would come back and tell you a little about my day. I almost bought something today without thinking, but thankfully, at the last moment remembered the challenge. I did make bread today because I was going to cook Indian, so I made naan on the grill. (Maybe I should have saved this bread for an electricity free day! LOL!) All in all, it was a usual day for me.

  • Jjdahlke

    I made bread today. I used one loaf for scones. My family loves bread making day! I love making bread because I know how to pronounce all the ingredients that go into my bread. I think this is a great challenge because I don’t like eating things that I can’t pronounce. So spaghetti sauce from my garden it is for dinner! I love this time of year when the garden is giving of it’s bounty!

  • Jjdahlke

    I made bread today. I used one loaf for scones. My family loves bread making day! I love making bread because I know how to pronounce all the ingredients that go into my bread. I think this is a great challenge because I don’t like eating things that I can’t pronounce. So spaghetti sauce from my garden it is for dinner! I love this time of year when the garden is giving of it’s bounty!

  • gendot

    I forgot to add in my post that I do use Crystal’s wheat bread recipe from ICBIFS book. I have baked it the oven, the bread machine, and in the GSO solar cooker. It really is one that everyone in your family will like.

  • gendot

    I forgot to add in my post that I do use Crystal’s wheat bread recipe from ICBIFS book. I have baked it the oven, the bread machine, and in the GSO solar cooker. It really is one that everyone in your family will like.

  • Suzanne

    I agree, please share this recipe.

  • Suzanne

    I’ll have to rethink my dinner plans to make this day happen. I was out of town over the weekend and got back about midnight last night, so I ddn’t even check my email until lunch time today… We would be in trouble on the water for long term water usage, but I do have a couple of cases of water bottles and several one gallon and 2 liter bottles filled with water that would work well for cleaning if they don’t taste good enough to drink.

  • Suzanne

    I’ll have to rethink my dinner plans to make this day happen. I was out of town over the weekend and got back about midnight last night, so I ddn’t even check my email until lunch time today… We would be in trouble on the water for long term water usage, but I do have a couple of cases of water bottles and several one gallon and 2 liter bottles filled with water that would work well for cleaning if they don’t taste good enough to drink.

  • Gendot

    I have some Mediterranean veggie and chicken chili cooking in the crockpot outside. I am using some vegetables from the garden in it. We don’t have food allergies, but do have lactose intolerance in our family. I have some soy milk powder stored for this problem. For whatever reason, I did not get the email about Day 1 yesterday, so I am just starting today. We do have portable, personal water purifiers and the solar showers for camping purposes. I would hate to depend indefinitely on either system. It is a goodly walk from the Jordan River to our house, but the wagon and some containers would be our current option.

  • Gendot

    I have some Mediterranean veggie and chicken chili cooking in the crockpot outside. I am using some vegetables from the garden in it. We don’t have food allergies, but do have lactose intolerance in our family. I have some soy milk powder stored for this problem. For whatever reason, I did not get the email about Day 1 yesterday, so I am just starting today. We do have portable, personal water purifiers and the solar showers for camping purposes. I would hate to depend indefinitely on either system. It is a goodly walk from the Jordan River to our house, but the wagon and some containers would be our current option.

  • Joanstev

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Gh26

    I only found out about the challenge at lunchtime when I checked in from work to see what the challenge was. Luckily I made my own lunch from scratch again this morning so was off to a good start. I made fish in batter with fries and peas for dinner and then for desert I made a pancake stack with apple and ginger and a toffee sauce! Yummy. I made bread tonight too for tomorrows sandwiches. I forgot to post yesterday but the water thing went well too.

  • Gh26

    I only found out about the challenge at lunchtime when I checked in from work to see what the challenge was. Luckily I made my own lunch from scratch again this morning so was off to a good start. I made fish in batter with fries and peas for dinner and then for desert I made a pancake stack with apple and ginger and a toffee sauce! Yummy. I made bread tonight too for tomorrows sandwiches. I forgot to post yesterday but the water thing went well too.

  • Jmckenna2

    Jodi and Julie! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this challenge!

    My 3.5 year old son has life threatening food allergies, and it’s always been a challenge for me to store food for him in our long term supply. He’s allergic to eggs, gluten (not intolerance, but true allergy), wheat, all milk protein (which of course includes butter, yogurt, and cheese, etc), peanuts, all tree nuts, etc, etc, etc. The ingredients used to make his bread, such as tapioca flour, tend to have relatively short shelf life. I’ve stored corn and quinoa for him (also shorter shelf life, then say, wheat berries), and also rice, beans, and dehydrated frutis and veggies.

    I’ve been making things from scratch for him since he was a baby–at every single meal. It was out of necessity, really. But…the rest of the family nearly always eats something different! The biggest challenge for me here has been having the others in the family willing to eat what my son eats!

    If there is anyone out there that is in a similar situation, I’d love to hear your experiences with food storage!

    • Heyyou63plus2

      Jmckenna2,

      I have had similar experiences as my grandson and granddaughter have severe allergies to food dyes and preservatives.   I have learned to look at everything and read lables on everything even things you would never think there woud be a dye hidding in !  For instance red or blue dye in vanilla pudding!  Also marshmallows.  I looked up every recipe I could find and make everything from scratch now.  When it comes to tapioca flour, not having any experience with it I was wondering if you could store the tapioca and then grind it into flour when you need it !  Maybe it would keep longer that way.

  • Jmckenna2

    Jodi and Julie! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this challenge!

    My 3.5 year old son has life threatening food allergies, and it’s always been a challenge for me to store food for him in our long term supply. He’s allergic to eggs, gluten (not intolerance, but true allergy), wheat, all milk protein (which of course includes butter, yogurt, and cheese, etc), peanuts, all tree nuts, etc, etc, etc. The ingredients used to make his bread, such as tapioca flour, tend to have relatively short shelf life. I’ve stored corn and quinoa for him (also shorter shelf life, then say, wheat berries), and also rice, beans, and dehydrated frutis and veggies.

    I’ve been making things from scratch for him since he was a baby–at every single meal. It was out of necessity, really. But…the rest of the family nearly always eats something different! The biggest challenge for me here has been having the others in the family willing to eat what my son eats!

    If there is anyone out there that is in a similar situation, I’d love to hear your experiences with food storage!

  • Allison

    Wow! You are all super-people!! I lost count of how many times I read “We cook like this all the time anyway, so no challenge here!” But then you would list what you were eating for the day anyway and it gave me so many great ideas. You are inspirational!

    I’m a working mom of five, just recently discovered the site. We have lived off our food storage too many times to count and then re-supplied with a passion. We’re in the re-supplying stage again and I want to build that storage again quickly without breaking the bank. I KNOW cooking from scratch can happen – even if you work outside the home.

    Thanks for the encouragement to enjoy the journey!!

  • Allison

    Wow! You are all super-people!! I lost count of how many times I read “We cook like this all the time anyway, so no challenge here!” But then you would list what you were eating for the day anyway and it gave me so many great ideas. You are inspirational!

    I’m a working mom of five, just recently discovered the site. We have lived off our food storage too many times to count and then re-supplied with a passion. We’re in the re-supplying stage again and I want to build that storage again quickly without breaking the bank. I KNOW cooking from scratch can happen – even if you work outside the home.

    Thanks for the encouragement to enjoy the journey!!

  • Allison

    Have ya looked at the ingredient list on your lunchmeat?? If you are talking about pre-packaged Oscar Mayer something… chock-full of preservatives, right? I learned that about a month ago and we have sworn off the lunchmeat stuff. Last night’s chicken or roast is FAB for sandwiches the next day. I cook a chicken or roast JUST for our sandwiches for the brown baggers in our family.

  • Krazyship

    Try doing a crock pot dish next time. Maybe that would be more do-able.

  • Nina

    I would LOVE to get a bread recipe with only 3 ingredients. Do you share?

  • AnnMarie

    I work outside the home, too. Many of the challenges I just do theoretically. I can’t bake bread, for instance, without advance notice and even though I use Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day, it still takes two hours to rise and bake so I usually only make bread on the weekends. But since I know how to make bread and have all the ingredients, I consider this accomplished!

  • ldsmom56

    Try using a crock pot for dinner, can load the night before keep in the fridge and then start it in the morning. Canning chicken to use for sandwiches for lunches and then eating fresh or canned fruit. Homemade granola makes a fast breakfast also.

  • Diane62797

    This one will be easy,I already make my own bread, and my own scratch meals,I made breakfast buritoes yeasterday and put them in the freezer, maybe today I will make a breakfast cassarole.

  • Diane62797

    This one will be easy,I already make my own bread, and my own scratch meals,I made breakfast buritoes yeasterday and put them in the freezer, maybe today I will make a breakfast cassarole.

  • Anonymous

    I grind popcorn for all my own corn meal and corn flour. My liver is
    almost gone and I can’t use any simple sugars or starches and no
    preservatives at all. So today was very easy for me and I suspect it is
    for you too! Hope this helps you!

    Cherlynn

    Homemade Fritos

    1/2 cup organic, non-GMO yellow cornmeal
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup boiling water
    1 teaspoon olive oil

    1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees.

    2. Combine cornmeal and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour in boiling water and
    stir, add olive oil, and stir until well blended.

    3. Drop mixture by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a well-greased baking sheet
    and press each one with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes
    or until golden brown.

    Makes approximately 3 dozen chips.

    I hand grind popcorn for my cornmeal. Popcorn has less starch than
    regular corn and makes the best cornmeal ever!

    Potato Chips

    6 or more medium potatoes

    Oil or fat for deep frying

    Salt or other seasonings

    * *

    Wash and peel the potatoes. Slice very thin.

    An old fashioned cabbage slicer can be used (careful of the fingers) –
    or use a sharp knife or food processor with a thin slicing blade.

    Put the slices at once into a bowl of cold water and let stand for at
    least one hour. Ice water is best, but you can set the whole bowl in the
    refrigerator if you wish. Dry well by shaking them in a towel.

    Fry in hot oil at 390 degrees F. until a light golden brown. Don’t try
    frying too many at once, better to put one layer on the frying basket.
    Drain on paper towels or any kind of plain crumpled absorbent paper. If
    you haven’t any paper, use a worn dish towel. Salt lightly. These can be
    kept for some time if they are sealed into plastic bags or containers
    after they have cooled.

    Corn Tortilla Dough

    First mix together for about 3 minutes, or until it becomes a dough ball:

    2 Cups Maseca Corn Masa mix

    1/2 teaspoon Salt

    1 1/8 Cup Water

    (If it is a little crumbly just mix in a Tablespoon of water)

    Separate dough into 16 equally sized pieces. Now you will want to form
    these globes into slightly flat little balls.

    Place a floured (use Maseca Corn Masa Flour) plastic bag down on a bread
    board, put a ball of dough on top, then top this with another floured
    plastic bag and roll the tortilla out. Now slowly remove the top plastic
    bag, flip it over in your hand and remove the second plastic bag*. *

    Mess Up?

    Now, I don’t know who you are, or where you are, but I know you are out
    there, and you did not listen when I told you to use the bag! Yes, you
    have a hopeless mess. Now go back and do it right. You must put a bag
    (or wax paper) on the press, or the dough will stick to it.

    Now, it is time to cook your tortillas. Put the Skillet on a burner that
    is set at medium heat. Then, quickly flop your tortilla on the skillet.
    Once you begin to see some bubbles appear, take your spatula and flip it
    over and let it cook on the other side. Once the other side is a little
    brown just remove it from the burner, and place it to the side.

    HOMEMADE TORTILLA CHIPS

    1 pkg. flour/corn tortillas (12 package)
    Nonstick cooking spray
    1/8 tsp. paprika

    1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
    1/8 tsp. chili powder

    Spray each tortilla with cooking spray. Sprinkle lightly with spices.
    Stack tortillas and cut in half, in quarters, in eighths. Single layer
    on cookie sheet. Bake or broil 5 minutes at 350 degrees. A tasty, low
    fat, low salt alternative.

  • Nancy Hill

    Woke up early this morning, so I could get started early. Have a great bread recipe with only 3 ingredients. So the bread is in the oven. Working on planning the rest of the meals for today. Love the details you put into this for us every day. Thank you. “If we prepare, we shall not fear”

    • Nina

      I would LOVE to get a bread recipe with only 3 ingredients. Do you share?

      • Suzanne

        I agree, please share this recipe.

    • lianne

      Ditto, I would love that recipe. Pleeeeease.

  • Nancy Hill

    Woke up early this morning, so I could get started early. Have a great bread recipe with only 3 ingredients. So the bread is in the oven. Working on planning the rest of the meals for today. Love the details you put into this for us every day. Thank you. “If we prepare, we shall not fear”

  • Celicphxbird

    I am interested in your recipe for making your own chips. I am gluten free so understand about using totally different flours and using recipes that are so good the rest of the family can not fault them when served.

  • http://www.purifyyourbody.com Rhauptman

    This is totally not do-able for me, unfortunately! I leave the house at 6:45am, and already packed for lunch some homemade split pea and bacon soup (I guess that is all natural ingredients from scratch, maybe that counts even though I made it 3 days ago?) I am having surgery tomorrow so I am going out to a huge dinner tonight (planned with some friends).

    I don’t see how someone who works during the day can do this… unfortunately it takes time to cook from scratch.

    I could do this one on a Saturday… just not during the week.

    • ldsmom56

      Try using a crock pot for dinner, can load the night before keep in the fridge and then start it in the morning. Canning chicken to use for sandwiches for lunches and then eating fresh or canned fruit. Homemade granola makes a fast breakfast also.

    • AnnMarie

      I work outside the home, too. Many of the challenges I just do theoretically. I can’t bake bread, for instance, without advance notice and even though I use Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day, it still takes two hours to rise and bake so I usually only make bread on the weekends. But since I know how to make bread and have all the ingredients, I consider this accomplished!

    • Krazyship

      Try doing a crock pot dish next time. Maybe that would be more do-able.

    • Momschool62626

      I don’t know about other folks – but my dd who also works – and I make our own soups – and usually quite a bit of our other luncheson ingredients. Soups and such are usually prepared on the weekend – For me – I freeze in ziplock containers meal size portions of the soup – and take out each day’s meal and pack in my lunch bag. Wendy does something similar. Not hard.

  • http://www.purifyyourbody.com Rhauptman

    This is totally not do-able for me, unfortunately! I leave the house at 6:45am, and already packed for lunch some homemade split pea and bacon soup (I guess that is all natural ingredients from scratch, maybe that counts even though I made it 3 days ago?) I am having surgery tomorrow so I am going out to a huge dinner tonight (planned with some friends).

    I don’t see how someone who works during the day can do this… unfortunately it takes time to cook from scratch.

    I could do this one on a Saturday… just not during the week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732220638 Dianne Dance Pabst

    Well, this makes me happy!! I made Chocolate Banana Bread, which can count as both the dessert and the breakfast! :) I had to use some banana’s, so, I made cupcakes for breakfast, and then bread for snacking and dessert a little later tonight. :) For lunch, I am not sure what I will make as I have a very limited amount of time, but I will figure something out, and I will get the loaf of bread in after I get my daughter to preschool this afternoon. I will let you know how the day goes. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732220638 Dianne Dance Pabst

    Well, this makes me happy!! I made Chocolate Banana Bread, which can count as both the dessert and the breakfast! :) I had to use some banana’s, so, I made cupcakes for breakfast, and then bread for snacking and dessert a little later tonight. :) For lunch, I am not sure what I will make as I have a very limited amount of time, but I will figure something out, and I will get the loaf of bread in after I get my daughter to preschool this afternoon. I will let you know how the day goes. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1321880923 Laura And-family

    this one is easy and I am glad we already eat this way..off to make bread! I love the challenges and reading each response..thank you!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1321880923 Laura And-family

    this one is easy and I am glad we already eat this way..off to make bread!

  • Anonymous

    I have health problems and have a long list of can’t haves. I make everything from scratch. I even blend my own white flour as that is on my no list. I grind oat groats, brown rice and barley together in equal amounts and no one ever knows it’s not white flour. I grind pop corn for corn flour or corn meal. We make even our own chips like Frito’s or tortilla chips, potato chips from scratch. We don’t eat dessert very often. I can’t do sugar, molasses, honey or artificial sweeteners but eating real food has taken our sweet tooth right away. Guess we’ll do chocolate chip cookies. I make them with Apple juice and grain sweetened chocolate chips.

    • Celicphxbird

      I am interested in your recipe for making your own chips. I am gluten free so understand about using totally different flours and using recipes that are so good the rest of the family can not fault them when served.

      • Anonymous

        I grind popcorn for all my own corn meal and corn flour. My liver is
        almost gone and I can’t use any simple sugars or starches and no
        preservatives at all. So today was very easy for me and I suspect it is
        for you too! Hope this helps you!

        Cherlynn

        Homemade Fritos

        1/2 cup organic, non-GMO yellow cornmeal
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        3/4 cup boiling water
        1 teaspoon olive oil

        1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees.

        2. Combine cornmeal and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour in boiling water and
        stir, add olive oil, and stir until well blended.

        3. Drop mixture by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a well-greased baking sheet
        and press each one with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes
        or until golden brown.

        Makes approximately 3 dozen chips.

        I hand grind popcorn for my cornmeal. Popcorn has less starch than
        regular corn and makes the best cornmeal ever!

        Potato Chips

        6 or more medium potatoes

        Oil or fat for deep frying

        Salt or other seasonings

        * *

        Wash and peel the potatoes. Slice very thin.

        An old fashioned cabbage slicer can be used (careful of the fingers) –
        or use a sharp knife or food processor with a thin slicing blade.

        Put the slices at once into a bowl of cold water and let stand for at
        least one hour. Ice water is best, but you can set the whole bowl in the
        refrigerator if you wish. Dry well by shaking them in a towel.

        Fry in hot oil at 390 degrees F. until a light golden brown. Don’t try
        frying too many at once, better to put one layer on the frying basket.
        Drain on paper towels or any kind of plain crumpled absorbent paper. If
        you haven’t any paper, use a worn dish towel. Salt lightly. These can be
        kept for some time if they are sealed into plastic bags or containers
        after they have cooled.

        Corn Tortilla Dough

        First mix together for about 3 minutes, or until it becomes a dough ball:

        2 Cups Maseca Corn Masa mix

        1/2 teaspoon Salt

        1 1/8 Cup Water

        (If it is a little crumbly just mix in a Tablespoon of water)

        Separate dough into 16 equally sized pieces. Now you will want to form
        these globes into slightly flat little balls.

        Place a floured (use Maseca Corn Masa Flour) plastic bag down on a bread
        board, put a ball of dough on top, then top this with another floured
        plastic bag and roll the tortilla out. Now slowly remove the top plastic
        bag, flip it over in your hand and remove the second plastic bag*. *

        Mess Up?

        Now, I don’t know who you are, or where you are, but I know you are out
        there, and you did not listen when I told you to use the bag! Yes, you
        have a hopeless mess. Now go back and do it right. You must put a bag
        (or wax paper) on the press, or the dough will stick to it.

        Now, it is time to cook your tortillas. Put the Skillet on a burner that
        is set at medium heat. Then, quickly flop your tortilla on the skillet.
        Once you begin to see some bubbles appear, take your spatula and flip it
        over and let it cook on the other side. Once the other side is a little
        brown just remove it from the burner, and place it to the side.

        HOMEMADE TORTILLA CHIPS

        1 pkg. flour/corn tortillas (12 package)
        Nonstick cooking spray
        1/8 tsp. paprika

        1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
        1/8 tsp. chili powder

        Spray each tortilla with cooking spray. Sprinkle lightly with spices.
        Stack tortillas and cut in half, in quarters, in eighths. Single layer
        on cookie sheet. Bake or broil 5 minutes at 350 degrees. A tasty, low
        fat, low salt alternative.

        • Joanstev

          Thanks for sharing.

      • Anonymous

        Please change my address to: brchbell@yahoo.com

        thank you!
        Cherlynn

  • Anonymous

    I have health problems and have a long list of can’t haves. I make everything from scratch. I even blend my own white flour as that is on my no list. I grind oat groats, brown rice and barley together in equal amounts and no one ever knows it’s not white flour. I grind pop corn for corn flour or corn meal. We make even our own chips like Frito’s or tortilla chips, potato chips from scratch. We don’t eat dessert very often. I can’t do sugar, molasses, honey or artificial sweeteners but eating real food has taken our sweet tooth right away. Guess we’ll do chocolate chip cookies. I make them with Apple juice and grain sweetened chocolate chips.

  • Krazyship

    Thanks for the easy day. We were not as prepared yesterday as we thought. The score cards really help us to keep track of where we need to improve. I do most of my cooking by scratch anyway. Today is muffin making day. The kids love fresh muffins in their lunch boxes. I will make a loaf of bread to go with dinner. Someone said chili. That sounds good for dinner.

  • Krazyship

    Thanks for the easy day. We were not as prepared yesterday as we thought. The score cards really help us to keep track of where we need to improve. I do most of my cooking by scratch anyway. Today is muffin making day. The kids love fresh muffins in their lunch boxes. I will make a loaf of bread to go with dinner. Someone said chili. That sounds good for dinner.

  • Jessica

    Well, I cheated – my breakfast was cereal from a box, but the ingredients on my shredded wheat says: wheat. Maybe that’s an ok cheat? ;P

  • Jessica

    Well, I cheated – my breakfast was cereal from a box, but the ingredients on my shredded wheat says: wheat. Maybe that’s an ok cheat? ;P

  • Obrienm240

    Love the Report Cards – may not be totally prepared for the tasks at hand, however filling them out helps immensely!

  • Obrienm240

    Love the Report Cards – may not be totally prepared for the tasks at hand, however filling them out helps immensely!

  • Oakl2003

    I to, make a lot of my food from scratch. Not due to allergies I just found it cheaper. Since I work at home I have a little more time to make these things so that is not a factor for me. Just because it is scratch doesn’t mean it can’t be fast. We had panckaes for breakfast, I make a huge dry mix about once a month that has dry milk and other ingredients that I store and just add water when I am ready. I also make extra pancakes/waffles and freeze them for those rushed mornings (to get the kids to school). That way I just pop them in the toaster for a quick meal. I also make my own syrup and put it in an old syrup bottle that I just wash and refill with my syrup when needed.

    Bread I make 2 loaves a week that I slice and bag. Putting one bag in the freezer and 1 in the cupboard. If it is easy it gets used.

    Thanks for these exercises I love seeing where I still need to figure things out. Like lunch meat is it cheating or not. Hmmmm..

    • Allison

      Have ya looked at the ingredient list on your lunchmeat?? If you are talking about pre-packaged Oscar Mayer something… chock-full of preservatives, right? I learned that about a month ago and we have sworn off the lunchmeat stuff. Last night’s chicken or roast is FAB for sandwiches the next day. I cook a chicken or roast JUST for our sandwiches for the brown baggers in our family.

  • Oakl2003

    I to, make a lot of my food from scratch. Not due to allergies I just found it cheaper. Since I work at home I have a little more time to make these things so that is not a factor for me. Just because it is scratch doesn’t mean it can’t be fast. We had panckaes for breakfast, I make a huge dry mix about once a month that has dry milk and other ingredients that I store and just add water when I am ready. I also make extra pancakes/waffles and freeze them for those rushed mornings (to get the kids to school). That way I just pop them in the toaster for a quick meal. I also make my own syrup and put it in an old syrup bottle that I just wash and refill with my syrup when needed.

    Bread I make 2 loaves a week that I slice and bag. Putting one bag in the freezer and 1 in the cupboard. If it is easy it gets used.

    Thanks for these exercises I love seeing where I still need to figure things out. Like lunch meat is it cheating or not. Hmmmm..

  • Karen

    This should be an easy day as I cook most everything from scratch and make our own bread anyway. Perhaps a nice big batch of chili and homemade bread for supper tonight…….. I’m already getting hungry!

  • Karen

    This should be an easy day as I cook most everything from scratch and make our own bread anyway. Perhaps a nice big batch of chili and homemade bread for supper tonight…….. I’m already getting hungry!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1053170912 Barb King

    This one is not too hard. We do all of our cooking for scratch. Will try something new today just for fun! Love the report cards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1053170912 Barb King

    This one is not too hard. We do all of our cooking for scratch. Will try something new today just for fun! Love the report cards.

  • Organicmum

    Breakfast: eggs and toast from last week’s bread, jam from 08. Today is bread-baking day, but I hope I can squeeze in a batch of muffins, too. DS1 is still hungry, so some homemade granola cereal with yogurt. Is it cheating to use these “convenience” items I’ve made before?
    Would like to try a few cracker and pasta recipes, as those are the last of the boxes in our cupboard. No time for that today, though!

    It’s not easy to make time to cook something and pack lunch on a busy weekday morning when you’re not in the routine of it. Good luck to all our friends!

  • Organicmum

    Breakfast: eggs and toast from last week’s bread, jam from 08. Today is bread-baking day, but I hope I can squeeze in a batch of muffins, too. DS1 is still hungry, so some homemade granola cereal with yogurt. Is it cheating to use these “convenience” items I’ve made before?
    Would like to try a few cracker and pasta recipes, as those are the last of the boxes in our cupboard. No time for that today, though!

    It’s not easy to make time to cook something and pack lunch on a busy weekday morning when you’re not in the routine of it. Good luck to all our friends!

  • Kdonat

    No email received regarding today’s challenge. Good thing using the internet wasn’t part of it.

  • Kdonat

    No email received regarding today’s challenge. Good thing using the internet wasn’t part of it.

  • Janene

    THank you!!! May sound goofy but I like the report cards and add’l sites you have gave yesterday. Since most all is cooked from scratch this one is no problem. I was just looking at ingredients in freeze dried foods to see if I could use some. thanks

  • Janene

    THank you!!! May sound goofy but I like the report cards and add’l sites you have gave yesterday. Since most all is cooked from scratch this one is no problem. I was just looking at ingredients in freeze dried foods to see if I could use some. thanks

  • Beachy1mom

    Today will be easy for us. I started cooking from scratch for most of what we eat after last year’s challenge. After I actually started reading the ingredient list on packaged foods. About the only thing I don’t make myself is pasta. Although this might be a good time to try that too. I love this challenge & your site. So much to learn & actually makes cooking fun again!!

  • Beachy1mom

    Today will be easy for us. I started cooking from scratch for most of what we eat after last year’s challenge. After I actually started reading the ingredient list on packaged foods. About the only thing I don’t make myself is pasta. Although this might be a good time to try that too. I love this challenge & your site. So much to learn & actually makes cooking fun again!!

  • Barbara

    Thank you for doing this again, Jodi and Julie! I forgot how eye-opening and helpful this week is!!! I made a lot of changes after last year, but started getting complacent again. Today’s challenge is a nice little breather, I’ll use it to relax until tomorrow’s assignment which I’m sure will be tough! LOL!

  • Barbara

    Thank you for doing this again, Jodi and Julie! I forgot how eye-opening and helpful this week is!!! I made a lot of changes after last year, but started getting complacent again. Today’s challenge is a nice little breather, I’ll use it to relax until tomorrow’s assignment which I’m sure will be tough! LOL!

  • Momservingchrist

    This day will be a breeze. This is how I cook, every day!! Thank you so much for these challenges!

  • Momservingchrist

    This day will be a breeze. This is how I cook, every day!! Thank you so much for these challenges!

  • Lemon83

    Now this is a challenge I don’t have a problem with. I suffer with food alleriges, wheat /gluten and dairy. So everything I make/eat has to be scrutinized. I tend even to suffer with fears of what is on my plate. Sounds crazy but I did not have this problem until 2007 and can really be painful for me if I eat the wrong things. So my hubby is up already making eggs and potatoes for us. For lunch maybe some tuna fish with lettus and dinner, I’m not sure yet. I’ll post later how things go. But I think WE will do ok here.

  • Lemon83

    Now this is a challenge I don’t have a problem with. I suffer with food alleriges, wheat /gluten and dairy. So everything I make/eat has to be scrutinized. I tend even to suffer with fears of what is on my plate. Sounds crazy but I did not have this problem until 2007 and can really be painful for me if I eat the wrong things. So my hubby is up already making eggs and potatoes for us. For lunch maybe some tuna fish with lettus and dinner, I’m not sure yet. I’ll post later how things go. But I think WE will do ok here.

  • Nicole R

    Same here, cook this way most of the time. Breakfast: oatmeal with brown sugar and walnuts, with tea and honey. Lunch: roast beef sammy, with my handful of nuts, and a yogurt. Dinner: stuffed shells (noodles I did not make), my tomato sauce, our chickens’ eggs – gotta cheat a bit to buy a green salad, though. Can’t bake bread today, but have plenty left from Sunday – my favorite recipe is Crystal’s ez whole wheat bread. Our internet is never great, so I have to print out recipes and keep hard copies.

  • Nicole R

    Same here, cook this way most of the time. Breakfast: oatmeal with brown sugar and walnuts, with tea and honey. Lunch: roast beef sammy, with my handful of nuts, and a yogurt. Dinner: stuffed shells (noodles I did not make), my tomato sauce, our chickens’ eggs – gotta cheat a bit to buy a green salad, though. Can’t bake bread today, but have plenty left from Sunday – my favorite recipe is Crystal’s ez whole wheat bread. Our internet is never great, so I have to print out recipes and keep hard copies.

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  • Chris Valarie

    Breakfast Homemade granola w dried apples and powdered milk,Lunch fresh wheat bread with fresh ground almond butter and honey, dinner would probably be some home canned meat with fresh tomatoes from my garden and some steamed rice with freeze dried broccoli mixed in. Dessert would probably be home canned fruit of some kind topped with some of the granola from the morning

  • Chris Valarie

    Breakfast Homemade granola w dried apples and powdered milk,Lunch fresh wheat bread with fresh ground almond butter and honey, dinner would probably be some home canned meat with fresh tomatoes from my garden and some steamed rice with freeze dried broccoli mixed in. Dessert would probably be home canned fruit of some kind topped with some of the granola from the morning

  • Dorothy

    This is really No challenge for us because we cook this way all the time. Most of what we eat comes from our our garden, berry patch and rabbits. I buy wheat of course and bake all our own bread and my dessert for this time of year would be an upsidedown cake made with ruhbarb from the garden and raisins from my pantry with brown sugar enough to make it nice and gooy. :-) Cake made from scratch of course.

    Dorothy

  • Dorothy

    This is really No challenge for us because we cook this way all the time. Most of what we eat comes from our our garden, berry patch and rabbits. I buy wheat of course and bake all our own bread and my dessert for this time of year would be an upsidedown cake made with ruhbarb from the garden and raisins from my pantry with brown sugar enough to make it nice and gooy. :-) Cake made from scratch of course.

    Dorothy

  • Allison K

    I do this anyway … but if it were an emergency, I would be pooling resources with my neighbors because I live in a Coop. We share resources as it is :D

  • Allison K

    I do this anyway … but if it were an emergency, I would be pooling resources with my neighbors because I live in a Coop. We share resources as it is :D