Why would my family want to go three months without going to the grocery store? In January when we embarked on this venture, I had some ideas of the benefits/risks but after 7-1/2 weeks a few things are concrete. This is not easy cooking from scratch every meal for 2700 meals (less the leftover meals). Some days when the question looms the largest, I conclude it is because I really do care about my neighbors, my children and any readers who may read something on this little amateur blog. If anyone can become even a little more self reliant, it is worth the effort. I have gained experience that will change our lives. My children have gained a greater measure of confidence and feeling of safety. If we couldn't go to the store because of lack of income, or a pandemic, or a natural disaster, or chaos in the streets, our family would be okay. We would survive in style. We are all more grateful for the every day blessings: we enjoy of fresh milk, bananas, and pears. We are also more confident in other people's ability to care for themselves. No need for entitlements from governments; we will govern ourselves. I have examined every angle of this challenge to have enough food in our homes to live for at least three months. Finances, nutrition, family interactions, marriage stability, community poverty, community health, even world poverty is improved if each home is strengthened by applying strategies to be self reliant. I want every family in America, the world to feel this freedom of self worth and not to worry about from where the next meal is coming. That is why we will continue the challenge - 37 days to go.
Breakfast: Leftover Cheese Pizza, oatmeal
Snack: Peanut Butter and honey sandwiches
Lunch: Minnestrone Soup with dehydrated carrots, potatoes and onions, black beans (from the freezer)
Dinner: Macaroni and Cheese, hot chocolate, Fruit juice drink and lemon bars made with Knox gelatin.