This summer my family drove to Canada to visit some family. On those long 12 hour road trips I often get ideas on different blog series and posts to do. Posts that would be fun for me and challenging at the same time.
In Canada where my husbands family lives there have been times when you cannot use the water for drinking out of the faucets for a few weeks due to flooding and water tables getting contaminated. You could flush your toilets and wash your clothes, but it was not safe to drink the water. So, people had to purchase all their water – usually cases of water bottles or gallon size jugs.
It got me thinking… how would my family and I handle an emergency? Could I be more prepared for something like this? What about if there was an epidemic or natural disaster? Could I make it – what kinds of foods would I make? I would be forced to use up some of my stored wheat and beans most likely. And do tons of “from scratch” cooking. My curiosity made me want to do a challenge and find out. I wanted that peace of mind of knowing I could do it.
But getting my family on board was the real challenge.
So… on the trip home from Canada..when my husband was trapped in the car with me (hee hee) I decided to ask him. Here is how the conversation went:
Me: Sooo…. I have this really cool idea for a blog post.
Happy Husband: Oh yeah? Like what?
Me: It’s really cool. Plus it will save us some money. (–>You see how I added that in to smooth the idea over to my accountant husband? ..me be a smart wifey..hee hee!) .
Me: So what I am thinking is to have our family do a 30 day survival challenge of not going to the store at all. Trying to see if we can use up all the food we have in our pantry and some food storage. I know we have been out of town and have next to nothing in our fridge, so when we arrive home I think it would be the perfect time to do this. I don’t want to go and stock up before the challenge, I want this to be instant, like if a real emergency happened. What do you think?
Happy Husband: Hmm…sounds interesting.
Me: Oh and one other thing. I would love to also try to do all the water for our family too. So I think we should shut off our water, and I will go down to the river once a week to gather buckets of water, filter or boil it…and we would have to poop in buckets. Then probably bury it? Not really sure about that yet.
Happy Husband: Looks at me like I am crazy. Then laughs. Then says… “Oh heck NO. I will NOT poop in a bucket.”
Me: Oh come’on! It wouldn’t be that bad…it’s kinda like camping.
Happy Husband: Not a chance. We can do the no-going-to-the-store challenge but not the water one.
Me: Humph. Sigh. Okay. Maybe we could try this food type challenge first and try the no water challenge another time.
Happy Husband: Says nothing. Just keeps driving.
Me: Thinks to myself…that doesn’t mean NO! 🙂
When we got home we bought a gallon of milk, some bread and some items to make dinner that first night. Then the next day we began a challenge to not go to the store for 30 days. I was both excited and nervous. I was ready for the challenge. I was ready to use up all the processed foods in my house so that I could begin a more real foods lifestyle of eating. I was trying to think of meals I could make with what I had.
Every night I wrote down a mini-journal entry of what we ate, tried to take some pictures so that I could share my experience and learned a few lessons. But I only made it to 5 days. And you will read all about why that happened soon.
Stay tuned friends, for a 5 day adventure in SURVIVAL….. Karrie style.
- –> See Day One of my adventure here.
- –> See Day 2 of my 30 day survival challenge here
- –> See Day 3 of my survival adventure
- –> See day 4 of my survival adventure
- –> See day 5 (the final day) and how I was sabotaged!
Food is my love language. But so is saving money. So I like to combine the two a lot and make thrifty make ahead and freeze meals to save time. Because life is busy, and freezer meals can come to the rescue for all of us. And yes, they actually CAN taste good. Read more...