Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Eliminating Excuses

A few years ago I left my 14 year old son home alone while I took a quick 3 day trip. We were delayed so he was alone longer than anticipated. When we finally drove within 30 minutes of home, I called him. He said he was listening to Dr. Laura on the radio to help fill the "mother" void. I chuckled. One of the key qualities of a good mother is to provide safety for her family by holding absolutes, and Dr. Laura is absolute.

The most common responses that I received during our 90 days of "no trips to the grocery store" were 1) I couldn't do that, I don't have time. 2) I don't know how to cook or bake. 3) I make a trip every day for fresh produce. 4) It is too expensive. I would use all the precious food we have struggled to put away. I can't afford to use "food storage."

I must conceed that I am more than a little distraught over the increasing welfare state of our citizenry. Accepting this second challenge is a small attempt of my 'Mother's Heart" to establish some absolutes. The shelf stable basics of grains and legumes are the cheapest ways to feed a family; they are healthy because they are whole grains and provide a nearly fat free complex carbohydrate with a good source of protein; and finally, convenience can be built into a cooking routine that maximizes use of time with our family while teaching valuable skills of self reliance. Beyond personal health and well being, there is a responsibility to our communities to live within our means and if we have extra to live modestly so we can freely give and lift others out of a welfare state.

Sales for the week are advertised on Wednesdays. Tomorrow will be the first day of our three month challenge.


  1. She's back!!! I'm so excited. In this "gotta have it" society, I love learning how I can scale back.

  2. I love your new challenge. Thank you. I have also loved your essays. You have put into words thoughts that have been bouncing around my head for a while.