Getting back to the basics

In our journey to become self-sufficient and grow our Homestead, I am finding it’s about getting back to the basics.  Going back to doing things the way our grandparents and great-grandparents did.  The culture has become about convenience…fast food and disposable this or that.  Everyone is so busy running from this meeting and that soccer game and that dance lesson and there’s no time to cook a meal or mend a blouse.  Instead we drive through and pick up dinner and buy a new blouse.  That is so much easier.

How about when a snow storm is about to hit and the news stations show the empty shelves at the grocery store.  Everyone panics and runs out to buy milk and bread.  They don’t have enough food at home to make it a day or two.  I was guilty of that too, but I don’t want to be like that any longer!  No sir!

My new goal is to have a stocked pantry and freezer full of meat and veggies.  I’ve found that this doesn’t happen overnight though.  We were very guilty of eating out 3-5 times a week.  I would do good one week and cook at home 4 nights, but then we would blow it the next week and eat out almost every night.

It’s taken a few months, but I’m finally getting there.

I have spent several Sundays prepping food for the freezer.  Some of the easier things like meatloaf, lasagna, cooked ground hamburger, chicken breasts, and meatballs.  Again, this doesn’t happen overnight or in one weekend.  If you think it does, you’ll just get discouraged.

I had to gradually build up the supply, mostly because it can be expensive and time consuming.  We have a budget and a certain amount for food each week.  I watched the sales and picked up things here and there.  I typically spend $100 – $150 in groceries each week for the 3 of us (husband and a daughter that’s still at home).  I’m now cooking from scratch more often.  This includes baking my own bread.  I’m now trying to see if I can stretch the shopping trips to just every other week with a goal of going just once a month.  I’ll let you know how it goes!  This will be my first time of making it last two weeks.

In order to make this happen, I am cooking with what I have on hand.  I’m trying to see what is getting ready to expire and then use it up before it does.  This takes thought and a bit of Pinterest surfing, but that’s ok.  It’s a wonderful tool.  I’m very thankful for whoever came up with it. We’re also eating leftovers now.  In our old ways, we rarely ate leftovers and pitched it all.  We’re mostly eating them for lunches at this time.

How long can you make it without going out to eat or to the grocery store?  What if something terrible happens and you’re unable to get to either or they’re no longer there?  How long could you survive?  Gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?

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