My experiment this week – living off my pantry

OK so I started an impromptu experiment this week.  Given the fact that I live in the foothills of Mt Rainier now, and last time we had snow we had about 18 inches, I’d say it’s safe to say I should be able to “hole up” and be comfy, right?

This week when I was planning my weekly grocery shop, I realized that I generally buy about a week ahead.  There were very few things I actually NEED from the store.  And going to the store is a several hour thing, what with it taking at least 20 minutes to get to the grocery store plus having 2 little kids, etc.

So I made the rash decision (lol) to NOT shop and see how we do.  I know I haven’t been posting much lately, part of that is due to my laptop only working about 10 minutes at a time, and part of it is that I am very busy with other projects too.

Anyway, I did want to keep track of how we do.  Today is my first day and I just realized that I am almost out of eggnog.  Eggnog is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season – I love it in my morning coffee.  So that is a disappointment because I am NOT SHOPPING.  And by the time I will allow myself to shop again (this weekend) there probably won’t be any left in the stores.

Oh well, guess I’ll have to learn to make it!  lol

Anyway so we’re just after lunchtime and I already know we’ll be drinking powdered milk by the end of the week.  Lucky for me my kids don’t seem to mind it, though I personally don’t like it that much.  We just put a quarter of a cow in the freezer and I have a few pounds of cooked chicken meat in the freezer.  I do have plenty of flour to bake bread (though I have been baking our bread anyway so that’s not unusual), and we have lots of the generic staples.

Because I like to buy in bulk, we do also have lots of beans and I have masa to make corn tortillas.  We don’t have many veggies though, and I only have 6 satsumas to last me the week *cry.*

So anyway, we’ll see how I do!  The thing is, it’s quite realistic that I could potentially be snowed in or something for a week and so I think this will really show me if that’s something I can comfortably do or not.  I mean, I know we’ll have FOOD but I’d like it to be as close to normal as possible, you know what I mean?

The last time it snowed, my dear hubs didn’t get home until close to midnight from work.  He left at 4pm, and his commute normally takes 1 hour.  If that happens again, I need to make sure we’re ready to hole up for a few days.  It’s a good thing we have a full woodshed and I have a few kerosene lamps, too!

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