|One of our yummy meals from last week using what we had.|
We have also been hearing about communities in Alaska this year that are shut off and yesterday in church we discussed how the city of Samaria lasted through a siege for 3 years (2 Kings 17:5).
All of this very much makes me wonder- "If we were in any of those situations how well would we do?" Ken thinks I am a little strange and supposes that I am the only one who reads "The Long Winter" and gets inspired rather than thinking I am glad that doesn't happen to us but I do enjoy imagining how we could make do with what we have if we were faced with the circumstances of not being able to get out and buy anything more for a period of time.
So... I proposed to my family that we try and see if we could make it through the winter better than the Ingalls did and not go shopping until May. They didn't go for it though they did find the idea interesting and would support me in it a bit but not all the way. I don't know if I would have been able to stick out or not either (I may have gotten quite thirsty for milk and hungry for cheese) but I do think it would be fun to try (all while knowing I COULD go shopping if I needed too- that makes a huge difference!).
So I was out voted on the idea of no shopping (an consequently not drinking milk and running out of other things we like) but I still intend to see just how little shopping I can do this winter (Shopping for food and everything else). We have been blessed with so very much we really don't have much need of buying anything. I am going to see if I can keep our meals so yummy and interesting that they won't even notice that we have run low on something that they particularly like. Since cooking is not my favorite thing in the world to do, something like this helps to keep it interesting and henceforth more enjoyable.
I also will try to make sure we have a good balanced diet even with less shopping. I do still think we need plenty of fruits and veggies- we have quite a bit canned and frozen and my parents have been sharing cabbage and garlic with us that they still have from their garden but I also have sprouts growing and I tried planting some bunching onions inside which if that works out we will be able to eat their green tops in a couple of weeks. Mara and I were also discussing the idea of planting lettuce and radishes inside which would be a nice addition to our diet.
I need to do more research concerning calcium needs. I know there are some people who don't think milk is good for you (or who have dairy allergies) that don't drink much milk but I need to check to see what is actually healthy for our family. We won't be cutting out all milk by any means as that was vetoed but I am thinking about taking a break from it myself and also trying to drink less as a family and drink more of our herbal teas instead. Also I have found that we really don't need it in baking and in things like pancakes. The pancakes I made this morning I made with water instead of milk, no oil in the batter and less eggs and they turned out just fine.
Another project that I want to try for this is rendering down beef fat for using for some of our oil/grease cooking and baking needs. I have some from our grass fed natural beef but I have not tried rendering it yet.
By the way- for any of you that actually know us and might get the idea that we are not able to go shopping or something and might think you need to help us out- please don't! That is not at all the case! Ken has a good job and we are extremely blessed. It is only for the fun of it (both in entertainment value, and the fun of saving money and just that curiosity to see how well we can meet the challenge) that makes me want to do it. I will NOT cause my family to go hungry nor feed them an unhealthy diet.
Rise and Shine Cookies these are great for breakfasts, desert and snacks.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 5 ingredients together then mix in the honey, eggs and oil. Next mix in the oatmeal and sunflower seeds. Drop dough by tablespoons about 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with your hand or the bottom of a glass. Bake 10 minutes or until light brown.
Anyway- this last week I had fun eating out of our pantry (though we did buy butter and milk and were blessed to receive eggs, garlic,onions, cabbage and squash from my parents farm) and am game to do it for a lot longer! I imagine we will have to buy milk again this week unless I really figure out how to stretch it but I don't know that we will have to buy anything else.
Here is what we are planning for our menu for this week:
Scrambled Eggs and Toast
Pancakes (2 times- I make extra and then reheat another day)
Eggs and Hash browns
Golden Egg sauce on toast
Muffins and Homemade Beef Sausage Patties
Teriyaki steak chunks with pasta and cauliflower with cheese.
Chimichangas and corn
Tuna turnovers and cabbage salad
Cheese and Ham potato patties and green beans
Spaghetti and broccoli
Chicken Rice Burritos and salad.
Biscuits and chicken gravy and applesauce.
I am linking up to
- Menu Plan Monday
and - Homestead Barn Hop.