Day 3 of the Survival Challenge – Don’t Touch that Cheese!


For those of you who might not know what is going on….this summer I attempted to do a 30 day survival challenge of not going to the store that only lasted 5 days. Read all about why I wanted to do this challenge here.

Day 3 journal entry – (July 10, 2013)

Nooooooooooooooo!! No No No No No! That cheese has to last us! STOP! Get away from it immediately.

Cracker Barrel Cheese2

These are the words I remember screaming today at my husband when he got home from work starving and took out the cheese to eat a few slices.

Yeah, cheese is my sensitive spot. You don’t eat the cheese people…not when we are on a 30 day survival challenge of not going to the stores.

We must conserve it.

I don’t know what I will use it on, but I know it will be for something. Something good. And a day when I will really want it and need it badly.

Cheese and I have a funny history together.

You know me by now, right? I am a cheapskate. I think that fact has been established. Well, when I was a brand new mom of twins my husband and I were living in Pullman, WA while the happy husband finished up his degree at WSU.

When I checked the mail one day there was a poster on the mailbox saying… “Breastfeeding Moms get paid to do a cheese survey. Cheese will be provided to you – and you will get a check for your time.”

I was like…say what? Free cheese and get paid to eat it? Count me in! So I contacted them and they only required samples of my breast milk once every couple of weeks. No biggie I thought.

I got my first bit of cheese and loved it. I found out it was really sharp cheese though and I had to eat quite a big hunk of it every day. was all fine and dandy for the first week. But it got harder and harder to choke down that cheese everyday. I had to eat that cheese every day for 6 weeks. By the end of that survey I HATED sharp cheese. HATED it with a passion. It’s taken me years to get over that aversion….

So there you have it. Cheese and I have a history together.

Okay, back to the cheese my husband was getting into. Knowing we were on a survival mission..I just about lost it.

When I yelled at him about it, he just looked at me like I had officially lost my mind and nicely put the cheese away (half chuckling…). I then felt a little silly, but none the less protective about the cheese.

For today’s menu here is what we ate:

  • Breakfast: Pancakes + syrup.
  • Lunch: Leftover pasta noodles with parmesan cheese.
  • Dinner: Hashbrowns and fried eggs with a teeny bit of cheese. Breakfast for dinner! Always a hit.

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Later that night I realized we had been out of bread for a whole day now…so it was time to bake a batch of my homemade whole wheat bread. So I decided to grind up some of my stored wheat and make some bread.


They all turned out quite lovely!!

Another day down…and another 27 to go!

Read on friends –> See day 4 of my survival adventure2 Comments

Day 3 of the Survival Challenge – Don’t Touch that Cheese! was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 by Karrie

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  1. Rachelle Benson says:

    I am proud of you Karrie. We ration things out all the time in this house… especially cheese. You see its almost a 2 hour drive to Costco… where I buy 5 lbs of cheese for our family to last… the entire month!!! I know right? I also purchase a large package of string cheese for the kids for snacks, but those too are rationed out throughout the month, and I long for the days of fresh milk again where I just made cheese whenever I wanted.. until then… back away from the cheese… and no one gets hurt!!! I am right there with you baby!!! You can make it the month… We have made it 3 months out of ours… not pretty.. but we did it as we put in the house and were living in the travel trailer and just ‘hunkering down’ until it was done… You can do it!!! :):)

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