Change of Plans and a Challenge

DH had to retire from the fire department, his 30 plus years of saving lives and property caught up with his body. The doctor decided that it had enough and needed to stop being punished, so as of August 1st he was retired.

Now we had a “plan” that involved him working for another at least 5 years. In that time all the consumer debt would be paid off, the van would be paid off and we would have about a year’s worth of food in the pantry. Well you all know what they say about plans.

The good news is that all of the consumer debt is paid off. The next step is to pay off the van. If we get a decent income tax refund, that should be take care of the remaining loan balance.  If not it will still be paid off with a year or so.

Unfortunately, the pantry isn’t as well stocked as I would like, even if he were still working full-time. I like to have about 3 months worth of food in the freezer and on the pantry shelves. The shopping that was done over the past couple of months was to fill in the gaps, with very little planning and stocking being done.

It is time for me to get back on the stocking and menu planning band wagon. I need to get the pantry restocked and back to my comfort level. My plan this week is to figure out what I have and what needs to be purchased to start to accomplish these goals.

Here is my challenge to you. Inventory your pantry and freezer. See how many meals you can come up with for your family. Think three meals a day, and maybe a snack. Include drinks too.

Would you be able to survive a week without a run to the store? Would you be able to survive two weeks? If you do not have a week’s worth of meals, then make a plan and start stocking your pantry. Once you have a week, move on to two.

Having food in the pantry is a blessing to you and your family.

Pax Christi,
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

PrepWise Wednesday — Figuring out what you need


You have now decided you want to start “prepping” and building a supply of food and medicines and you not sure how to figure out what the heck you need for your family. There are several websites out there to help you.

One that I can recommend is Millennium Ark. This website is definitely for the hardcore prepper that is out to prepare for the end of the world. They have one tool that I love. It is this spreadsheet to help you figure how much of what items you need to store. It has a section that you fill out for the number of people that live in your house and for how many weeks you want to prepare for. It runs in Excel (or you can download OpenOffice which is a shareware program that lets you run Microsoft Office programs).

There is a one year supply list here. It has a one year supply for one adult. It includes costs. The rest of the site is once again a hard core prep site so you are warned. 🙂

Over at Cooking Traditional Foods there is a section on Food Storage for those with food sensitives and allergies. KerryAnn also has a spreadsheet similar to the one at Millenium Ark to help you with your food storage needs.

Another great resource for getting started is the Simply Living Smart website. They have wonderful resources.

The most important thing to remember is to store what you eat, and eat what you store. That way the food is used and rotated, and nothing is wasted.

Come on join us at PrepWise to learn more.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

PrepWise Wednesday — Sustainable and Self Sufficient


This week I want to talk about being self sufficient. Now that you are thinking about Prepping and getting your family prepared for an emergency. The next step you have to think about is how are you going to sustain you and your family once your stores run out?

I know it is late in the season, but you need to start thinking about it for next year. How would you grow food so that you could continue to live if the world as we know it ended or if you just needed to be able to drastically cut your outgoing money because of illnesses or job loss?

I would recommend a couple of books to get you started thinking about growing food. The first is the classic Square Foot Gardening. The next one I would read would be Lasagna Gardening. Both of these books let you start to garden without a lot of effort and will provide quite a bit of produce for the family.

Once you have read those and decided that you need them on your bookshelf, then you would want to progress to growing other forms of food like chickens. Another book that recently read and then decided I needed on my shelf was the Backyard Homestead. A lot of great information on how to grow vegetables, fruits and some animals. It even gives you layouts for various size land plots. Plus it gives you recipes and some basic instructions for canning fruits and vegetables. It also gives you recipes for making cheese and suggestions for raising dairy animals like goats or small cows.

Another book is Five Acres and Independence. It gives you information for a larger farmstead, if you have the land. It was originally written in the 1930’s so it has some wonderful advise from that era.

So check out your library and see if you can get these books. Read them and start laying out your plans for next year. Some plants can be planted in the fall, plus Square Foot Gardening has some tips on extending the season for growing.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome