I just wanted to bop on here today and ask if anyone is up for a challenge starting the first week in August? I wanted to give you some time to plan ahead before just springing it on you.
As many of you know, for years I have taught about keeping and using food storage, otherwise known as a food pantry, for keeping your grocery costs down, and your family well fed. Obviously we incorporate a lot of strategies into it, most of which are covered in an amazingly popular (STILL!) series I did 3 years ago called Making Do Without Missing a Thing…
But I feel, again, strongly led to encourage you to see where your gaps are. I really can not impress upon you enough that NOW may be the last time you can freely enjoy the wealth of food we have available to us and put it away for times that we are surely facing. Times where things are far more expensive and far less available. The Lord laid that on my heart five years ago to start doing the things that we teach about on here…and when I look back at the amazing journey it has been, the lives that have been impacted and changed from that decision…well I am just thankful to still have this amazing opportunity to speak into your lives.
Now. Are you ready for my challenge?
I would like you to join me from August 1st to the 15th as we AVOID the grocery store. I mean, avoid as in “do not enter a grocery store, period”. I am going to feed my family strictly out of our pantry, providing what we need for a two week period, without buying a single thing from the grocery store. Â This will take meal planning, anticipating food needs, figuring out how to use dried items instead of fresh, and making many things from scratch that are easily available at the local grocery store. I know for many of you that may seem like a walk in the park. For others, it will not. I will be doing a short series during that time that shows you exactly what we eat, and the recipes I use to make them, or instructions to make the different items that we use.
If you are interested in participating with me, would you comment or send me a little message over on FB at the Welcoming House page? I would love to make this a community thing where we all share our recipes or adaptations. I would love to encourage others who are not as far along in the process as many of us are…who are just getting started.
For those new to food storage fun and learning to make do, would you do me a favor? On the Welcoming House are TONS of meal plans, recipes, food storage ideas, etc, and all it takes is for you to search for them or look under the tabs. Take a look, do some brainstorming, and get yourself ready. I will have a special giveaway at the end of the challenge for a couple folks who participate, with three winners.
Its all about being prepared, right?
So lets see if we are!
Blessings to you and yours,Â
I plan to join you in this challenge! It will be interesting to see how prepared I am! Love your Blog…
Heather! Before I left for the Dominican Republic 5 years I used to spend my time homeschooling and couponing, it was my full-time job and I lvoed it. Not even only that I saved most of our money eating, but that we tried a LOT of “free” things I never would have tried had I not gotten it free, etc. We lived off our Pantry for 5 full months just before leaving for the Dominican Republic, and then I donated a LOT. I’ve been home 7 months and I cannot get back on the band wagon of couponing. The thought of it burns me out.. lol I know once I start again, I will get just as addicted as I was because let’s admit… it’s REALLY cool when we can save money and get free stuff.. So I want to THANK you for this post.. totally reminds me what I need to do and start working on.. 🙂 Back to couponing.. God Bless you and your most beautiful family!!! <3
Great idea, Heather. I would love to join you in the challenge. I have been wanting to do this for some time now. This will be perfect for my daughter and me to see if we can pull this off for our small family of four. Thanks.
I am in! I think it’s a great idea for many reasons. One it’s perfect to hone your skills for using what you have when you can’t get more. Two it’s a great way to use those odd and ends in your pantry that have been sitting there neglected for ages.
For my family I’m going to up it by not going out to eat at all during that time. We tend to eat our a lot with Mike working from home but we can survive without it for 15 days. We really need to break that habit anyways.
Oh, this is exciting!
I’ll join you! We are gluten free now and I’m sure my food storage isn’t where it needs to be and this will help! I’ll blog about it, too @ http://bullfrogsandjellybeans.blogspot.com (forgive my blog, I haven’t messed with it much since setting it up lol but this will also give me an opportunity to get back into blogging)
I’m in. It will be an interesting experiment to be sure. I’m looking forward to it.
So joining this adventure! I have found this area lagging due to high demands in my life right now and need to key in on it desperately! Sounds like the best and easiest way!!! Accountability too?!?!?
I would love to “attempt” this challenge…I’m a terrible food planner but my desire is to be more..I’m going to try and find some of your earlier posts and read up before we start…I just happened upon your blog on pintrest and it seems like a great blog.
I am definitely in!!
I would love to do this challenge. I think my only downfall to not stepping into a grocery store will be the milk issue. I will hopefully have plenty of my fresh veggies from the garden. Fruits might be “iffy” as well.
Love the new challenge. I won’t be joining in at this time since we took a big hit on our food storage over the past year. It will be my time to rebuild. I definitely know of some holes already, and am attempting to make a plan to build things back up. Our only issue has been the money issue, or lack there of. I need to remember to start small, small, small. At this point anything, even one pound of rice/veggie/etc. would be better put up each shopping trip than nothing at all!
This is great! Awesome challenge, and awesome site!
I am in! I need to eat from the pantry and freezer … so I need the challenge. Thanks, Cindy from Alabama
I’ll be tagging along on this 🙂
I look forward to this challenge as I feel I need to know what I need to work on as far as food storage goes. It is just my husband and I right now but still I am going to take the challenge with you! thanks for all you do and share with us.