The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 4 (FRIDAY)

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.

Due to job loss and the slow economy, a family that you are close friends with was just evicted from their home. You offer to let them stay with you overnight. You must feed and provide shelter to a family of 6 on short notice. When they arrive, you also discover that they are vegetarians. Assume that they arrive shortly after breakfast.

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook lunch for your family plus two adults and four kids
  • For a fun friday night twist (and to take their minds off their situation) play restaurant for dinner. Be creative how you want to do this (make some family members waiters, make menus, set the table nicely, have appetizers, whatever you want)
  • Provide sleeping arrangements for two adults and four children in your home
  • The family did not bring any hygiene items, provide them with toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Evaluate your tp, paper towel, laundry detergent, and dish detergent stores … do you have enough to last with this many extra people for a few days?
  • Go over your own budget and/or financial situation (with your spouse if applicable) and think about how you can avoid having a situation like this occur in your own family (budget, financial reserve, minimize debt, etc.)

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • None of the meals can include any meat.
  • You ran out of milk and eggs due to the extra guests. No using them for cooking!

Advanced Tasks:

  • One of the children is a baby, make a batch of homemade baby food.
  • The family needs $100 in gas money to travel to a relatives’ house where they will stay long term, do you have that much cash in your home that you can give them?

(Please note: Either freeze the extra food for later, give it to a family in need, or actually invite a family over for the day.)

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.


  • Jayann22

    What is BOB everyone is talking about?

  • Grahamgang

    I did really good. The only thing I didn’t have was the cash. I need to stock up on my cash. Thanks. It’s thee little things I forget or think of doing later that get you in the end. thanks for keeping me on my toes.

  • Grahamgang

    I did really good. The only thing I didn’t have was the cash. I need to stock up on my cash. Thanks. It’s thee little things I forget or think of doing later that get you in the end. thanks for keeping me on my toes.

  • Lianne

    We had a lovely restaurant quality meal…I had my teenage daughter and her friend design the meal (keeping in mind the restrictions)….
    Appetizer….fruit and nut platter….crackers and bean pate
    Dinner: Pizza (yes pizza…no dairy or eggs required) and homemade spicy wedges….thats what you get when teenages plan the menu.
    Dessert: Fresh fruit salad and the yoghurt I made the a coupke of days before.

    No problem at all accomodating the family scenario except I didnt have toothbrushes for two children but I could make twig brushes if really needed. Clothing is also relatively easy as I happeded to have bags of giveaway clothes ready to drop off to the local charity store. Beds for little ones…simple enough as I have a room with two single beds and two portacots that I use for the toddlers I look after…I also have two more blowup beds and two bedrolls (part of my BOB).
    Baby food…I have premade baby food in my freezer and stewed apples bottled as well….I even have toddler formula in my BOB.
    The extra pizza and wedges were served to a group of teenages my daughter invited over….lol.
    We have extra cash in our BOB and also hidden in another location in the house…and a gas can of fuel…intended for our BOV but we wouldnt turn away friends in need and have had to dip into both cash and fuel to help out frineds and family in the past…we have even been fortunate to have been able to help out a family member whose belongings (including clothing, footwear and all his furniture) were stolen when he was at work one day. The extra funds helped us to be able to drop everything and go when a family member was dying.

    I had also started to prepare care packs to be given to some local homeless families….They contain items such as wool blankets, towels, toiletries, candy, a couple of childrens books, a pack of cards, ration bars and bottled water. The soap I give is a general one that can be used for dish washing, washing clothing and washing ones hair or body (preferably not all at once or with the same bar).

    I’m enjoying these challenges and I am feeling more confident in my preparing…I have discovered a few things I could improve on though so this is great.

  • TK

    Exhausted! Was able to complete all tasks. However hubby is not happy about the vegetarian meals… particularly over an extended period of time. Thankfully we have a garden of fresh veggies! Shared our food with someone who needed help. Supplies would last a while even with the extra bodies. Baby food was fun to process again.

    In agreement with [Gedot, on September 17th, 2010 at 6:10 pm]. Who’s suggestions are very good. Handing money to someone may not be the wisest decision… Our experience also.

  • Lynne

    WE had a church leader many years ago present us with a similar situation. She asked how many would be willing to take in people who need immediate help for a few days. She taught us that a towel put inside of a pillow case works both as the pillow and the towel for the clean up the following day. She taught us that having a clean dry place to stay was more important than how fancy the accommodations are. This has stayed with me for over thirty years.
    I have a pop up trailer which would give them some privacy. I also have a hide a bed and a blow up mattress. I also have many blankets that would be fine to soften the floor if needed. I have lots of towels and pillow cases. This would take care of sleeping arrangements.
    I have extra feminine care projects, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, condiditoner and razors.
    Dinner would be fun as I used to do this kind of thing for family home evening. Taco soup would be on the menu with tortilla chips and salsa to go along with it. I have music that would make it more authentic. Other meals could include wheat and rice pilaf with frozen vegetables and a jello fruit salad. My garden has not been producing for about six weeks and we just planted it this morning so we will have fresh vegetables before long. I have a friend that is vegetarian and so I have done this several times before.
    We try to have extra cash on hand because if the power was out we may not be able to get any and we may not be able to use our credit cards. We try to keep some spare change on hand as well.
    This gives me a good excuse to inventory my non food items. I don’t do that as often as I do my food items.
    This just pushes me to do a little better and be a little more prepared than when we started.
    I love the great ideas from other people.

  • Lynne

    WE had a church leader many years ago present us with a similar situation. She asked how many would be willing to take in people who need immediate help for a few days. She taught us that a towel put inside of a pillow case works both as the pillow and the towel for the clean up the following day. She taught us that having a clean dry place to stay was more important than how fancy the accommodations are. This has stayed with me for over thirty years.
    I have a pop up trailer which would give them some privacy. I also have a hide a bed and a blow up mattress. I also have many blankets that would be fine to soften the floor if needed. I have lots of towels and pillow cases. This would take care of sleeping arrangements.
    I have extra feminine care projects, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, condiditoner and razors.
    Dinner would be fun as I used to do this kind of thing for family home evening. Taco soup would be on the menu with tortilla chips and salsa to go along with it. I have music that would make it more authentic. Other meals could include wheat and rice pilaf with frozen vegetables and a jello fruit salad. My garden has not been producing for about six weeks and we just planted it this morning so we will have fresh vegetables before long. I have a friend that is vegetarian and so I have done this several times before.
    We try to have extra cash on hand because if the power was out we may not be able to get any and we may not be able to use our credit cards. We try to keep some spare change on hand as well.
    This gives me a good excuse to inventory my non food items. I don’t do that as often as I do my food items.
    This just pushes me to do a little better and be a little more prepared than when we started.
    I love the great ideas from other people.

  • Patti

    Not a problem. I would make Manicotti. Not hard to rearrange sleeping arrangements, with air matteresses and sleeping bags. We have the cash. Always have extra hygenie items. Try to only by these things when cheap. I could even make some good snack items for the family to take with them, to help. Thanks again for the challenges.

  • Patti

    Not a problem. I would make Manicotti. Not hard to rearrange sleeping arrangements, with air matteresses and sleeping bags. We have the cash. Always have extra hygenie items. Try to only by these things when cheap. I could even make some good snack items for the family to take with them, to help. Thanks again for the challenges.

  • Katewinsor21

    Yeah, a challenge that is not necessarily a challenge for me! Except for the fact that I don’t have $100 cash on hand. These challenges have really been eyeopening to me. Thank you!

  • Katewinsor21

    Yeah, a challenge that is not necessarily a challenge for me! Except for the fact that I don’t have $100 cash on hand. These challenges have really been eyeopening to me. Thank you!

  • Vmfisher

    This is easy for me, my sister stays with us for a week every Christmas with her 3 daughters and one of thier friends, and 2 of the girls are vegetarian. Their preferred food is cheese sandwiches, but they like homemade pizza, etc., too. If nothing else, they would live on my homemade rolls, I can’t make enough when they visit. And there are plenty of veggies from the garden. We have airbeds and bedding, it gets a little crowded if the basement family room is not cleaned out, which it isn’t right now, but we could make it work. Plenty of hygiene items, including tp. Lots of games and books, although they live for their computers. Babyfood is easy to make. The $100 cash, we have it, but DH has been out of work for 8 months, so it would really have to be an emergency for us to give it to someone else. Fortunately we will not be needing to move in with anyone else, we have no debt and just have to pay utilities, insurance, etc. for bills, and are getting by very well. Thank goodness for food storage!

  • Vmfisher

    This is easy for me, my sister stays with us for a week every Christmas with her 3 daughters and one of thier friends, and 2 of the girls are vegetarian. Their preferred food is cheese sandwiches, but they like homemade pizza, etc., too. If nothing else, they would live on my homemade rolls, I can’t make enough when they visit. And there are plenty of veggies from the garden. We have airbeds and bedding, it gets a little crowded if the basement family room is not cleaned out, which it isn’t right now, but we could make it work. Plenty of hygiene items, including tp. Lots of games and books, although they live for their computers. Babyfood is easy to make. The $100 cash, we have it, but DH has been out of work for 8 months, so it would really have to be an emergency for us to give it to someone else. Fortunately we will not be needing to move in with anyone else, we have no debt and just have to pay utilities, insurance, etc. for bills, and are getting by very well. Thank goodness for food storage!

  • Gedot

    This is a fun challenge, but not a hard one. Our home is small, so sleeping would be on the blowup mattresses in the living room. We keep plenty extra of the hygiene items around to get through a few weeks. We have lots of beans, rice, soups, wheat etc for vegan cooking.
    The ONE serious comment I want to make is to think carefully before giving cash to family or friends. Drive with them to the gas station, and fill up their gas tank. Give them several days of travel food from your food stores. At least our experience in many years of helping my SIL is to go online and pay bills directly if you choose to help. We pay her utilities, her car insurance, her tuition (she went back to school) directly that way. The one time I deviated from that a couple of months ago, and sent a check for school supplies, it did not get used for that. We had learned that lesson before, but made an exception—not a good idea.
    We always have some cash on hand in change and small bills in our BOBs. That STAYS there, no exceptions.

    • Jayann22

      What is BOB everyone is talking about?

      • JenZ

        Bug-out bags

  • Gedot

    This is a fun challenge, but not a hard one. Our home is small, so sleeping would be on the blowup mattresses in the living room. We keep plenty extra of the hygiene items around to get through a few weeks. We have lots of beans, rice, soups, wheat etc for vegan cooking.
    The ONE serious comment I want to make is to think carefully before giving cash to family or friends. Drive with them to the gas station, and fill up their gas tank. Give them several days of travel food from your food stores. At least our experience in many years of helping my SIL is to go online and pay bills directly if you choose to help. We pay her utilities, her car insurance, her tuition (she went back to school) directly that way. The one time I deviated from that a couple of months ago, and sent a check for school supplies, it did not get used for that. We had learned that lesson before, but made an exception—not a good idea.
    We always have some cash on hand in change and small bills in our BOBs. That STAYS there, no exceptions.

  • Mamo99

    I use coupons and shop for items on sale, I think I have over 100 toothbrushes I got for free. Plus free shampoo,tootpaste,razors,etc. Plenty for a crowd. Plenty of sleeping places,blankets,pillows.
    My son’s best friend is vegetarin so I have lentils in every color,plus other beans and soy milk,soy cheeses, and I grow bean sprouts. Always have 12 weeks stocked up of groceries plus my shelf reliance food storage. Plenty of t.p. paper towels,paper plates,plastic cups.
    I have a food processor and blender so can make baby food.
    I have over 20 board games, badmitten,frizbys hola hoops.
    We have only utilities for bills and have an emergency fund.
    I am calling my friend to come over and all her kids and we will have a blast today! I love this challenge! Thanks!!!
    I only had $97.08 in cash in the house,close but not $100.

  • Mamo99

    I use coupons and shop for items on sale, I think I have over 100 toothbrushes I got for free. Plus free shampoo,tootpaste,razors,etc. Plenty for a crowd. Plenty of sleeping places,blankets,pillows.
    My son’s best friend is vegetarin so I have lentils in every color,plus other beans and soy milk,soy cheeses, and I grow bean sprouts. Always have 12 weeks stocked up of groceries plus my shelf reliance food storage. Plenty of t.p. paper towels,paper plates,plastic cups.
    I have a food processor and blender so can make baby food.
    I have over 20 board games, badmitten,frizbys hola hoops.
    We have only utilities for bills and have an emergency fund.
    I am calling my friend to come over and all her kids and we will have a blast today! I love this challenge! Thanks!!!
    I only had $97.08 in cash in the house,close but not $100.

  • Dorothy

    This one is not too difficult. Only thing I have found so far that is a problem is toothbrushes. Dont have that many extras. Have plenty of soap, shampoo, laundry soap and dishwashing soap to last a good long time. We would have a nice lentil soup with homemade bread for lunch. add some sliced tomatoes and cukes for a salad and canned fruit for dessert. Baby food is no problem, especially if we still have electricity so I can use the blender. I done that for years for my kids and also the grandkids. Dinner would be a zucchini cassarole, more tomatoes and cukes, and a great (fake) apple pie made with sliced zucchini instead of apples. May have to sleep the kids out in the tent in the back yard if they are old enough. If not I will work over the camptrailer and sleep all 6 of them out there. Got the bedding for either way. No problem with games. Like someone else said I am a horder and don’t throw things away either.

  • Dorothy

    This one is not too difficult. Only thing I have found so far that is a problem is toothbrushes. Dont have that many extras. Have plenty of soap, shampoo, laundry soap and dishwashing soap to last a good long time. We would have a nice lentil soup with homemade bread for lunch. add some sliced tomatoes and cukes for a salad and canned fruit for dessert. Baby food is no problem, especially if we still have electricity so I can use the blender. I done that for years for my kids and also the grandkids. Dinner would be a zucchini cassarole, more tomatoes and cukes, and a great (fake) apple pie made with sliced zucchini instead of apples. May have to sleep the kids out in the tent in the back yard if they are old enough. If not I will work over the camptrailer and sleep all 6 of them out there. Got the bedding for either way. No problem with games. Like someone else said I am a horder and don’t throw things away either.

  • Dorothy

    This one is not too difficult. Only thing I have found so far that is a problem is toothbrushes. Dont have that many extras. Have plenty of soap, shampoo, laundry soap and dishwashing soap to last a good long time. We would have a nice lentil soup with homemade bread for lunch. add some sliced tomatoes and cukes for a salad and canned fruit for dessert. Baby food is no problem, especially if we still have electricity so I can use the blender. I done that for years for my kids and also the grandkids. Dinner would be a zucchini cassarole, more tomatoes and cukes, and a great (fake) apple pie made with sliced zucchini instead of apples. May have to sleep the kids out in the tent in the back yard if they are old enough. If not I will work over the camptrailer and sleep all 6 of them out there. Got the bedding for either way. No problem with games. Like someone else said I am a horder and don’t throw things away either.

  • Gh26

    Fun day! Its just got to 5:45pm here in England. I made a huge load of veggie pasta today, enough for my whole family. Its a good job too they are all coming round to visit tonight when they heard dinner was at mine! LOL I have 8 adults and 5 kids plus me tonight. We have veggie pasta with salad and I bulked it out with some potatoes. I will reheat when they all arrive in 20 mins. I have enough Toilet paper to last about a year as we got it on special offer. I probably would struggle if everyone had to sleep over though – I have enough bedding just not enough beds. I guess people would be happy with the floor. Maybe I should invest in some of those blow up beds!

  • Gh26

    Fun day! Its just got to 5:45pm here in England. I made a huge load of veggie pasta today, enough for my whole family. Its a good job too they are all coming round to visit tonight when they heard dinner was at mine! LOL I have 8 adults and 5 kids plus me tonight. We have veggie pasta with salad and I bulked it out with some potatoes. I will reheat when they all arrive in 20 mins. I have enough Toilet paper to last about a year as we got it on special offer. I probably would struggle if everyone had to sleep over though – I have enough bedding just not enough beds. I guess people would be happy with the floor. Maybe I should invest in some of those blow up beds!

  • M

    my dh, dd and i are the ones living with his family. we’ve been here for 5 years now. now that i have a better job we plan to save money and get our own place.

  • M

    my dh, dd and i are the ones living with his family. we’ve been here for 5 years now. now that i have a better job we plan to save money and get our own place.

  • gwenbru

    We actually have our daughter and her family (five people) living in our basement right now. With a few changes we could easily accommodate several more and have in the past. In fact, I think we had about 11 extra people living here at one time. We also have a 3-bedroom trailer on our property and a camper that sleeps 10. So we could take care of several families with no problem.

    We also have plenty of food and supplies and we have some cash stashed away. I’m sure we have enough toothbrushes for at least 6 people, maybe more.

    We lived vegetarian for a while in the past, so that part wouldn’t be hard either. However, we’ve got so many chickens, we never have to worry about running out of eggs and I also store powdered eggs for “just in case.” I haven’t made baby food in a very long time, but I imagine I could figure it out if necessary.

  • gwenbru

    We actually have our daughter and her family (five people) living in our basement right now. With a few changes we could easily accommodate several more and have in the past. In fact, I think we had about 11 extra people living here at one time. We also have a 3-bedroom trailer on our property and a camper that sleeps 10. So we could take care of several families with no problem.

    We also have plenty of food and supplies and we have some cash stashed away. I’m sure we have enough toothbrushes for at least 6 people, maybe more.

    We lived vegetarian for a while in the past, so that part wouldn’t be hard either. However, we’ve got so many chickens, we never have to worry about running out of eggs and I also store powdered eggs for “just in case.” I haven’t made baby food in a very long time, but I imagine I could figure it out if necessary.

  • Diane

    As far as the food goes, I can do it, the sleeping arangements would be hard, but could do it as well, cooking for them will be good, but the money part would be hard, I don’t have that much at home,would have to go to the bank, I know how to make baby food, but my kids are older, so it wasn’t something I planned on,but I could do it. Toilet papper will do for a week or so, plenty of shampoo, soap, and laundry soap.

  • Diane

    As far as the food goes, I can do it, the sleeping arangements would be hard, but could do it as well, cooking for them will be good, but the money part would be hard, I don’t have that much at home,would have to go to the bank, I know how to make baby food, but my kids are older, so it wasn’t something I planned on,but I could do it. Toilet papper will do for a week or so, plenty of shampoo, soap, and laundry soap.

  • Chris Valarie

    wow what a sticker well looks as though soy based milk subs come in handy and I was frugal when I bought large amounts of TVPs and soy based milk subs when they were on sale now im thankful I was thinking ahead to use them as a dollar stretcher and thankful my bother in law just brought me bags of fresh fruits from his work last week to can now im set and thank the lord for the dollar store because every week i usually buy an exrtra tube of toothpast and a 5 pack of toothbrushes and shampoo and deoderant or two wow you have really kicked us into a thinking mode here wow I never would have realized I could be taking care of another family as well as my own family of 9 jeeze thank goodness I have 5 bedrooms Im gonna have my kids move out of two of their rooms for the night and bunk togeather with one another and put up a tent out in the back yard so the kids can have a choice of playing camp out instead over the weekend after just getting my hubby back to work after 7 weeks I know how thankful I am for the Prophet pushing us to live modest and get our homes in order!

  • Chris Valarie

    wow what a sticker well looks as though soy based milk subs come in handy and I was frugal when I bought large amounts of TVPs and soy based milk subs when they were on sale now im thankful I was thinking ahead to use them as a dollar stretcher and thankful my bother in law just brought me bags of fresh fruits from his work last week to can now im set and thank the lord for the dollar store because every week i usually buy an exrtra tube of toothpast and a 5 pack of toothbrushes and shampoo and deoderant or two wow you have really kicked us into a thinking mode here wow I never would have realized I could be taking care of another family as well as my own family of 9 jeeze thank goodness I have 5 bedrooms Im gonna have my kids move out of two of their rooms for the night and bunk togeather with one another and put up a tent out in the back yard so the kids can have a choice of playing camp out instead over the weekend after just getting my hubby back to work after 7 weeks I know how thankful I am for the Prophet pushing us to live modest and get our homes in order!

  • Momschool62626

    Excellent challenge! And very timely too!

    As a rule I try to keep enough for my son and his gf, my dd and her dh as well as my immediate family – plus maybe one or two others as well. Although vegetarian in some ways is harder I have many friends who are vegetarian and I myself do not eat that much meat.

    The cash part however is difficult to handle – especially since I rarely keep that much cash on hand (because I spend it) Seriously though I need to think about some alternatives to the way I handle this part of the challenge as well!

  • Momschool62626

    Excellent challenge! And very timely too!

    As a rule I try to keep enough for my son and his gf, my dd and her dh as well as my immediate family – plus maybe one or two others as well. Although vegetarian in some ways is harder I have many friends who are vegetarian and I myself do not eat that much meat.

    The cash part however is difficult to handle – especially since I rarely keep that much cash on hand (because I spend it) Seriously though I need to think about some alternatives to the way I handle this part of the challenge as well!

  • Fourinohio

    This one is pretty easy for us. I’ve been stocking up just in case one of my siblings ends up losing his home, and his family would have to come stay. We’ve got plenty of room, air mattresses, and all the TP, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. For dinner, I had a BBQ chicken salad planned and because it’s got black beans and corn, you can easily just skip the chicken on it. And we’ve got the cash stashed so I’m ok there too. Great challenge to think about as I think this is becoming more and more a possibility all the time…

  • Fourinohio

    This one is pretty easy for us. I’ve been stocking up just in case one of my siblings ends up losing his home, and his family would have to come stay. We’ve got plenty of room, air mattresses, and all the TP, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. For dinner, I had a BBQ chicken salad planned and because it’s got black beans and corn, you can easily just skip the chicken on it. And we’ve got the cash stashed so I’m ok there too. Great challenge to think about as I think this is becoming more and more a possibility all the time…

  • Egross_jr

    The meals should not be a problem as long as they do not object to the rest of us eating meat.
    Enough room for sleeping.
    Supplies enough for a short stint barring no other surprise guest.
    Not giving them money but will fill up their tank and snacks for the road.

  • Egross_jr

    The meals should not be a problem as long as they do not object to the rest of us eating meat.
    Enough room for sleeping.
    Supplies enough for a short stint barring no other surprise guest.
    Not giving them money but will fill up their tank and snacks for the road.

  • Karen

    Plenty of room, extra bedrooms, linens and beds, the Fall garden and stored food items will take care of the menu. Yep…. can and have done this more than once in the past. T-paper, toothbrushes and hygiene items all stocked and ready! πŸ™‚

  • Karen

    Plenty of room, extra bedrooms, linens and beds, the Fall garden and stored food items will take care of the menu. Yep…. can and have done this more than once in the past. T-paper, toothbrushes and hygiene items all stocked and ready! πŸ™‚

  • Kaytee

    I don’t know any couples with 4 kids… unless you count adult “kids”. And, no, there is not enough room for 6 more adults here (there are already 4 adults). Have a futon and the couch in the living room, a small child/baby sized futon, and a couple of sleeping bags, so overnight “camping” in the living room might be possible for a couple with 2 kids. Have enough “vegan” food/hygiene items and paper goods to share. Also could lend $100 cash from our “emergency envelope”.
    This all “assumes” we now have potable water and electricity available again….

  • Kaytee

    I don’t know any couples with 4 kids… unless you count adult “kids”. And, no, there is not enough room for 6 more adults here (there are already 4 adults). Have a futon and the couch in the living room, a small child/baby sized futon, and a couple of sleeping bags, so overnight “camping” in the living room might be possible for a couple with 2 kids. Have enough “vegan” food/hygiene items and paper goods to share. Also could lend $100 cash from our “emergency envelope”.
    This all “assumes” we now have potable water and electricity available again….

  • Sherrylynn3

    It is so interesting that when you post these challanges how some of them are close to being “real”. We actually have friends coming to spend the week end from out of state who have had a huge economic downturn (loss of home and less income) and although this is a “fun” week end it’s interesting that this is todays challange. I have beds for 3 out of the 6 family members, but have blow up mattresses from the old camping days. Plenty of hygiene items except for extra toothbrushes. Games we could do, the extra cash would be difficult to come up with, and have been buying extra grains and beans, so could go meatless. I actually havae a salad recipe I wanted to try this weekend with quinoa and lentils! My biggest problem this whole week is I am pretty well out of fresh fruits and veggies so not being able to go to the store has been terrible. We do have a few tomatoes still ripening, but miss that fresh fruit. The canned just isn’t the same.

  • Sherrylynn3

    It is so interesting that when you post these challanges how some of them are close to being “real”. We actually have friends coming to spend the week end from out of state who have had a huge economic downturn (loss of home and less income) and although this is a “fun” week end it’s interesting that this is todays challange. I have beds for 3 out of the 6 family members, but have blow up mattresses from the old camping days. Plenty of hygiene items except for extra toothbrushes. Games we could do, the extra cash would be difficult to come up with, and have been buying extra grains and beans, so could go meatless. I actually havae a salad recipe I wanted to try this weekend with quinoa and lentils! My biggest problem this whole week is I am pretty well out of fresh fruits and veggies so not being able to go to the store has been terrible. We do have a few tomatoes still ripening, but miss that fresh fruit. The canned just isn’t the same.

  • Obrienm240

    I could do this πŸ™‚ More motivation to improve upon my current food and water storage and tell others about Food Storage Made Easy!

  • Obrienm240

    I could do this πŸ™‚ More motivation to improve upon my current food and water storage and tell others about Food Storage Made Easy!

  • Barbara

    I would have a hard time with housing the four children, so that’s definitely something to think about. But right now, we actually have someone staying with us who lost her home, so I am familiar with this scenario. The one thing that struck me was how she is still in shock and can’t really help with anything. She seems quite overwhelmed with any tasks I’ve given her. She can’t cook, is a terrible cleaner and is depressed. She is starting to come out of it, but I think that we should all remember how difficult losing one’s home is and how depression and fear will affect the person.

    Thanks again Jodi and Julie for a thought-provoking assignment.

    • J – newbie

      Barbara, thank you so much for posting. Your observation about your friend’s emotional condition is a very, very valuable & necessary reminder to all of us that, in emergency situations, there is a lot more going on than just meeting “physical” needs be they someone else’s or our own!
      Warm regards
      J – newbie

  • Barbara

    I would have a hard time with housing the four children, so that’s definitely something to think about. But right now, we actually have someone staying with us who lost her home, so I am familiar with this scenario. The one thing that struck me was how she is still in shock and can’t really help with anything. She seems quite overwhelmed with any tasks I’ve given her. She can’t cook, is a terrible cleaner and is depressed. She is starting to come out of it, but I think that we should all remember how difficult losing one’s home is and how depression and fear will affect the person.

    Thanks again Jodi and Julie for a thought-provoking assignment.

  • Momservingchrist

    This one will be super easy. I have all that they would need or want, for a night, or even several nights, on hand!! Thank you for these challenges!!

  • Momservingchrist

    This one will be super easy. I have all that they would need or want, for a night, or even several nights, on hand!! Thank you for these challenges!!

  • Beachy1mom

    This day should be really easy. Crackers & peanut butter for all the kids while we grown ups figure it out: Pop up tent/trailer will sleep 2 adults & 6 kids comfortably. Have enough food to be able to feed everybody long term. I made most of my kids baby food years ago so no problem making it again. Have games galore for all ages (ok I’m a hoarder & never get rid of anything unless it’s broken). Plenty of toothbrushes & other hygiene stuff. Have about 100 rolls of t’paper hiding behind towels in linen closet. Due to case lot sales, I have years supply of shampoo, toothpaste & soaps. I collect ceramic cows & many of them are banks. I stuff change & dollars into them now & then – never thought about counting it all until today. Over $300!! Wow, pennies do add up. I really appreciate you guys & the time you take for this challenge. I believe we would be ready for just about anything, but it is nice to have the chance to ‘try’ it out. Thanks again. Can’t wait for the weekend!!

  • Beachy1mom

    This day should be really easy. Crackers & peanut butter for all the kids while we grown ups figure it out: Pop up tent/trailer will sleep 2 adults & 6 kids comfortably. Have enough food to be able to feed everybody long term. I made most of my kids baby food years ago so no problem making it again. Have games galore for all ages (ok I’m a hoarder & never get rid of anything unless it’s broken). Plenty of toothbrushes & other hygiene stuff. Have about 100 rolls of t’paper hiding behind towels in linen closet. Due to case lot sales, I have years supply of shampoo, toothpaste & soaps. I collect ceramic cows & many of them are banks. I stuff change & dollars into them now & then – never thought about counting it all until today. Over $300!! Wow, pennies do add up. I really appreciate you guys & the time you take for this challenge. I believe we would be ready for just about anything, but it is nice to have the chance to ‘try’ it out. Thanks again. Can’t wait for the weekend!!

  • Nicole R

    Okay, sleeping arrangements: extra full mattress and boxspring, extra single bed, full couch, large loveseat, sheet sets for all, blankets for all. That leaves one to use a sleepingbag on the floor. (I need another sleeping bag.) Hygiene items okay on: bodywash, soap, washcloths, towels they may have to share – I’ll count in a minute, shampoo conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes I’ve only got the six spares, Toilet paper (Hubby and I use 2 rolls a week – with six more: I think we’d have enough for 14 weeks.) Paper towels – 60 rolls on hand. Laundry detergent (I buy a year’s supply for us at BJ’s) I think it’d last about three or four months with added laundry.
    For lunch: black bean burgers (I have 6-#10 cans of dry, whole eggs), homemade buns, plenty of barbeque sauce, and ketchup for that matter, fresh corn on cob, For ‘dessert’ my smoothies: yogurt plus one frozen banana per person and a handfull of frozen strawberries, with dash of honey.
    I guess I’ll have to let bygones be bygones and drink chocolate flavored powdered milk – I just hope it’s better than when I was young. (I cook with it now, just don’t drink it. -the memories make me shudder.)
    I doubt dinner will be a big deal, I regularly make huge amounts and freeze half (easier dinners later). It will be nice to eat at table, though, have been watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie every evening at dinner for about a month now (9 seasons on DVD). πŸ™‚
    Our real problem will be budgeting 6 additional people into our household, with no additional income (let’s say). Food – we’d be okay for a good 3 months with no need to go shopping. Cash on hand – out of luck, there, too. I’ve got under $10 in cash, Husband has under $40.
    I’ve really had fun so far participating and figuring out how long things would last if and when I need to share, as I’m sure Sister and family will be here, as well as both sets of Mom and Dad. Thank you ladies!

  • Nicole R

    Okay, sleeping arrangements: extra full mattress and boxspring, extra single bed, full couch, large loveseat, sheet sets for all, blankets for all. That leaves one to use a sleepingbag on the floor. (I need another sleeping bag.) Hygiene items okay on: bodywash, soap, washcloths, towels they may have to share – I’ll count in a minute, shampoo conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes I’ve only got the six spares, Toilet paper (Hubby and I use 2 rolls a week – with six more: I think we’d have enough for 14 weeks.) Paper towels – 60 rolls on hand. Laundry detergent (I buy a year’s supply for us at BJ’s) I think it’d last about three or four months with added laundry.
    For lunch: black bean burgers (I have 6-#10 cans of dry, whole eggs), homemade buns, plenty of barbeque sauce, and ketchup for that matter, fresh corn on cob, For ‘dessert’ my smoothies: yogurt plus one frozen banana per person and a handfull of frozen strawberries, with dash of honey.
    I guess I’ll have to let bygones be bygones and drink chocolate flavored powdered milk – I just hope it’s better than when I was young. (I cook with it now, just don’t drink it. -the memories make me shudder.)
    I doubt dinner will be a big deal, I regularly make huge amounts and freeze half (easier dinners later). It will be nice to eat at table, though, have been watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie every evening at dinner for about a month now (9 seasons on DVD). πŸ™‚
    Our real problem will be budgeting 6 additional people into our household, with no additional income (let’s say). Food – we’d be okay for a good 3 months with no need to go shopping. Cash on hand – out of luck, there, too. I’ve got under $10 in cash, Husband has under $40.
    I’ve really had fun so far participating and figuring out how long things would last if and when I need to share, as I’m sure Sister and family will be here, as well as both sets of Mom and Dad. Thank you ladies!