The shelves were bare within three days in the markets on the East Coast due to a week of storms that have left over 36 inches of snow shutting down supply lines. (Sounds like The Long Winter scenario all over again.) Many, including my sisters, have been without power. The only fresh produce to buy was a stalk of scallions. This brings an emphasis to the need to prepare and underscores everything this blog is about. No matter how much the government or the neighbors want to help right now, they cannot. Citizens are reliant on what is on the shelves in their own homes.
So far we have not made any trips to the store nor eaten out to feed our family. But, the children were asked to take pop to a youth activity. We drank the final bottle on our shelves last week for a family birthday party. They went to the store for pop for church.
I traveled for two days without buying fast food. Five thick slices of zucchini bread served wonderfully for lunch both days in airport terminals. The children managed at home just wonderfully. They cleared the freezer of a meal that I prepared 3 weeks ago out of leftover jambayala.
Breakfast today was Lumberjack pancakes. I especially like these because they have oats and wheat flour. This pancake sticks to one's ribs and keeps a body satisfied for hours. I make pancake mixes and put them in the freezer. We make 8 mixes in individual quart jars.
The wet ingredients to add are written on the outside of the bottle. We grab a jar and 8 minutes later, there is a stack of pancakes waiting to be devoured with plumb syrup.
Lunch: Peanut butter and jam sandwiches if the child chose not to eat the black beans from the freezer and corn that were reheated.
Dinner: The children chose Hot Bread and Milk. They really like it - especially for ease and convenience when they are hungry and Mom is not around.