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 5 journal entry – (July 12, 2013)
Breakfast: Today I made one child scrambled eggs for breakfast, and the others had 2 slices of my homemade bread toasted with peanut butter. I skipped breakfast, just wasn’t that hungry.
For lunch I started scratchin’ my head. Hmmmm…what to make?
I had some fresh tiny tomatoes from my garden, so I decided to try to make tomato soup in my blender. I tossed in 6 tiny tomatoes, one tiny can of tomato paste, poured in a little milk, added one garlic clove and a pinch of chicken boullion. Then let it puree until it got hot in the blender.
I also tried making grilled cheese sandwiches again but this time with my homemade wheat bread. It wasn’t as easy to grill since the pieces I cut were not perfect. But it worked.
The homemade tomatoe soup tasted good, but the texture was like pudding. The kids ate about half of their soup and didn’t complain about the texture. They LOVED those sandwiches though and kept making comments like “You can really taste the wheat in this bread, mom! It’s good”. My momma heart felt pretty good at that moment.
Dinner: It was 5:30 and my husband finally walked in the door. In his arms were two of the most delicious looking boxes of pizza.
It was sabotage!
Now Dad was the hero and I was the mean lunch lady who slops “thick pudding-tomato soup” in their bowls.
I just stood there with my mouth wide open shocked.. I was speechless. But that only lasted a minute and then I said something like..”How could you do this? Don’t you know what I am trying to do? What about my survival challenge?”
All he could say was… “But it’s Friday night-Pizza-night!” And he gave me that cute grin of his that melts me everytime. How could I be mad at him? So at first I thought to myself..fine..I just won’t eat this pizza. And I sat there for about 2 minutes.
But watching the rest of them eating the pizza like half starved jackals I I couldn’t resist taking some for myself. So ended my 30 quest, all thanks to my inability to resist a well timed pizza delivery.
I am an all or nothing kind of person, so I just decided that I would have to start all over again and do this right next time. So with great shame, I quit 25 days early. Now you all know I am weak!!!! Oh the shame of it all. Do you think of me less now?
I do plan on restarting my 30 day survival challenge again in the future however my husband will probably still never poop in a bucket. Anyone want to join me next time ?
My 30 Day Survival Challenge that only lasted 5 Days:
The Oncoming Storm says
my mam and i do this all the time for both our houses. seriously, we get to the shop once a month. then again, we mostly get bulk items at winco and cash & carry, and keep our eyes open for deals on case goods in both places. i have a dead simple, rather spartan diet tbh, which makes it easy-peasy for me (ie: english breakfast tea, instant coffee, powdered milk, demerara, dry soups, cans of progresso, granola, flour, beans, barley, rice, homegrown vedge….you get the idea). i keep what meat i get in her upright freezer since my own dorm fridge is rather…..inadequate, like. her and the two grandchildren that live with her aren’t extravagant eaters either. they’re on city water. my water sits in a 16 gallon reservoir on a shelf above the kitchenette sink in the cabin (which is a 14 x 36 converted shed), gravity fed through pvc with a ball valve tap. i don’t do the bucket thing though since it’s rather illegal to bury it in town. may look into building a composter and a couple bins come spring though.
Just read this blog and loved it! When you decide to try it again, I’m in! My husband’s job is seasonal, (greens keeper at a golf course). Our lean months are during the winter with snow covering everything, including the garden, so no help there. I lived in Calif. for 56 yrs where there was something always growing in the garden. When I moved to Wisc. a few yrs ago I had to learn a whole new system of prepping.
Doing even a 30 day no-store challenge would be a big eye-opener for a lot of people. Even a 2-wk challenge might be enough if when you decided to do it you just sent out a mass email saying the challenge was on. After all, very few disasters come with advance warnings. Just a thought.
Okay! I am glad I have a partner in this! Though it may take a while to get my courage up again! 🙂
I know this is an old blog but I only just read it. I think its awesome and very commendable.
I was just wondering though – if you were wanting to see how you’d survive in a real emergency, would you have the luxury of a blender, freezer, fridge etc? I would love to have a go at living like people did before those modern conveniences, just to see how we’d go in a major emergency. But I don’t think I could!
Someday I will try it again without all the modern conveniences! I may have to do it when my kids and husband are out of town though! 🙂
I love this idea! Although I agree about doing the water part too to make it legit. MORE importantly, I think you should only have access to refrigerated/frozen foods for as long as they would last without power!!
Ha Ha Ha Ha!!! That was an awesome read!!! I love the idea and the pics. 🙂
I hate it but I don’t think my husband and I would survive more than a week tops! Times are tough and so our pantry and fridge are always pretty bare lol.
Can’t wait to read your next challenge 🙂
Kendra at New Life on a Homestead says
This was hilarious! Loved your challenge. I think I laughed so much because I’ve TOTALLY had the same conversation with my husband, trying to convince him to shut the power off for a week to see how well we get by. My husband would have sabotaged me with a pizza, too. Bad husbands. 😉