The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

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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.

Today you felt a prompting to do an act of service for someone in need. A dear friend is really struggling and it would be very helpful if you brought him/her a meal or a special treat. You have a super busy day with no time to run to the store, but you still want to make something NICE.
Goal: Have a go-to meal or treat on hand for “emergency” acts of service

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook either a full dinner or a special treat for someone in need (be prayerful/thoughtful about this and really try to find someone you can do this for)
  • Use only ingredients from your food storage
  • Make a list of 2 meals and 2 treats that you can always create from your storage that would be nice enough to give to another family. Make sure you keep the ingredients on hand for them (add to your report card if necessary)
  • Once you have performed your “act of service” you are DONE with the challenge!
  • Compile all your report cards from the week into a master list of things to do, learn, and buy (use our master plan outline to help guide you)
  • SHARING TIME: Post a picture of the meal or treat you made on our Facebook page and/or share the story of the act of service you performed in either blog comments or on Facebook

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants
  • AFTER you have completed your act of service you can go and get a donut or a big gulp or whatever other indulgence you have been missing out on all week!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Cook your meal or treat without power
  • Make a double batch and freeze one for an act of service on another day


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.

  • Dusty

    Missed this one for several days – had a power outage that lasted 4 days, 17 hours *sigh*

    When I make something for giveaway, I get my 5 qt Lodge Double Dutch Oven, the lid has side handles and flat top, so it makes a great pan or skillet, and a good showy ‘ring’. I oil and cornmeal the bottom, sides and top. A 6-7 cup (of fine ground white wheat) recipe of Basque Sheepherder’s Bread will fill the DO and lifts the lid about an inch, making a nice ring around the top part. For just the two of us at home, I use my 2 or 3 qt DO.

    My other two giveaways are my ‘look out it’s melting the pot’ chili, and Cajun style red beans & rice.

    Around here most everyone has, or has access to a good grain grinder, so a nice giveaway is also 10# grain.

  • I can make some yummy treats. But my neighbors are going to have to have pancakes for dinner. What a great reminder about being prepared. Thanks

  • NeomaDenise

    I also wanted to add . . . we keep dry soup mixes (just add water – potato soup, lentil, pasta ) in 20 oz. soda bottles . Labeled with cooking directions. We keep them to hand out in a disaster to people, and have found them to be great gift items as well.

  • NeomaDenise

    We do this often for church/community members that have been ill, lost a loved one, job loss, etc. My usual meal is smothered pork chops, sweet potato souffle, garlic green beans and apple pie. If I had to use only pantry items and no power to cook it would be beef/noodles (home canned beef tips in broth) – boil noodles in water over over open fire, green beans (again home canned, maybe add garlic if I still have some), and apple crisp cooked in the solar cooker. I can also make chicken/dumplings or chicken stew

  • Agrien

    Not sure that we’ve ever had much… but my kids are getting pretty good at putting together care packages and quick meals out of the pantry. Saves time going to the store. Unless that’s what’s necessary to do. And they’ll go that extra to go help out with what’s needed. It’s really good to be able to watch them, though now that they’re grown. it seems that they may or may not tell me that they’re on their way to doing these things. And MAYBE ask for assistance. lol Mostly, I might hear about it later.

  • I was just planning on making some sticky rolls for a neighbor who is kindly letting us use his camper for my in-laws who are coming to stay! I was also making a batch for his dad because he says my recipe tastes exactly like his mom’s recipe. He was willing to pay for the extra batch, but we declined. I can use everything from my food storage and I feel it really is an act of service in return for service done to us! 🙂

    Thanks, gals, for a great week of helping my family be better prepared!

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