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Prepping. Homesteading. Frugal living. Tired of the BS that is our world today. Random thoughts by Erica.
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Sunday dessert using up the food pile: Lemon Bars. My Grandma Rene made these. My mom made these. I make these because they are so simple!

This is food storage friendly dessert. I'm not a fan of baking or making desserts so I like simple, easy, and delicious. This fills all criteria.

The recipe is in the last photo. For the life of me, I never remembered having coconut in them. My mom does not like coconut so she left it out. I do too.

Lemon pie filling (2019)
Angel food cake mix (new)
Vanilla Extract (homemade)

#pantrychallengereimagined #pantrychallenge #foodstorage #prepping #preparedness #nofoodwaste
Sunday dessert using up the food pile: Lemon Bars. My Grandma Rene made these. My mom made these. I make these because they are so simple!

This is food storage friendly dessert. I'm not a fan of baking or making desserts so I like simple, easy, and delicious. This fills all criteria.

The recipe is in the last photo. For the life of me, I never remembered having coconut in them. My mom does not like coconut so she left it out. I do too.

Lemon pie filling (2019)
Angel food cake mix (new)
Vanilla Extract (homemade)

#pantrychallengereimagined #pantrychallenge #foodstorage #prepping #preparedness #nofoodwaste
Tonight's supper: fries with ketchup. So much for the food storage tonight. Some nights are like that.

I actually have a lot of frozen fries that need to be consumed. I got an air fryer for my birthday from the kids and I am still getting the hang of it.

Tomorrow, we will be back to the pile since I have that meal planned.

Some of you may have figured out that I am far from perfect. I have learned so much over the years with food storage and prepping. However, sometimes I get busy and overlook items or forget how long I've had them. That is why I push for the pantry challenge every year. I didn't do it last year and I regret it. This year's challenge has been good so far, but I'm not done!

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Tonight's supper and food storage challenge: I had a pork roast in the freezer that was processed in 2019. Still good, but needs to be used up. On the bottom of the slow cooker, I sliced a red onion and put the pork roast over it. On top of the pork roast, I put the can of cream of celery soup and a packet on dry onion soup mix from the food storage pile. I also added the half package of mushrooms from the fridge, black pepper, and thyme on top. Cooked for 10-11 hours on low and it was delicious.

I also used a packet of instant mashed potatoes along with some boxed instant mashed potatoes from the cabinet. Both needed to be used up. We also added sliced carrots that were canned in 2015. Those were still tasty too.

You might have figured out that sell-by and best-by dates don't phase me much. While I do think you should be aware of them and use the food in a timely manner, they are just a manufacturer's suggestion. Well, except for dairy and lunchmeat - then you should definitely pay attention to the dates!
Tonight's supper and food storage challenge: I had a pork roast in the freezer that was processed in 2019. Still good, but needs to be used up.

On the bottom of the slow cooker, I sliced a red onion and put the pork roast over it. On top of the pork roast, I put the can of cream of celery soup and a packet on dry onion soup mix from the food storage pile. I also added the half package of mushrooms from the fridge, black pepper, and thyme on top. Cooked for 10-11 hours on low and it was delicious.

I also used a packet of instant mashed potatoes along with some boxed instant mashed potatoes from the cabinet. Both needed to be used up.

We also added sliced carrots that were canned in 2015. Those were still tasty too.

You might have figured out that sell-by and best-by dates don't phase me much. While I do think you should be aware of them and use the food in a timely manner, they are just a manufacturer's suggestion. Well, except for dairy and lunchmeat - then you should definitely pay attention to the dates!

#pantrychallengereimagined #pantrychallenge #foodstorage #nofoodwaste #preparedness #prepping
Tonight's supper: We will call it pasta casserole for posterity's sake. It's really just a garbage casserole or leftover casserole. I throw whatever needs to be used up in this meal.

Casseroles are pretty basic. You need meat, vegetables, pasta, and/or something to hold it together. Pasta sauce and condensed cream soups are the usual binders.

Tonight's meal consisted of an opened 3/4 pound box of rotini, 1 pound of venison (2019), leftover veggies from a meal out, 1 partial jar of pizza sauce, 1 partial jar of marinara, and shredded pizza cheese. Brown the meat, cook the pasta, drain, and combine the two. Add sauce and veggies and mix well. Add cheese on top and cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

I didn't really think about this before I started the #pantrychallengereimagined that I only cook 3-4 times a week. We eat leftovers on the other nights.

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#nofoodwaste #leftovers
I made breakfast yesterday. I usually make a hot breakfast once a weekend and 75% of the time I make baked oatmeal. I love it!

This week, it was a steel cut baked oatmeal. I used up the last of a jar of steel cut oats and opened a new bag from 2016. I'm not worried about oats - they can last a long time stored properly.

I also chopped up pecans from the food pile and used fresh blueberries since I had them. I like to eat mine with vanilla Greek yogurt.

The recipe I used was https://alexandracooks.com/2013/08/09/baked-steel-cut-oatmeal/

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The food storage pile after a few weeks. I still have work to do, but the pile is going down. I have added a couple things, but I'm getting there.

There's no doubt this is lasting through February now...

Today's food made: Baked Oatmeal Cups and Apple Cobbler. I'll try to post after pics, but I wanted to show what I used.

In the second pic, I made Baked Oatmeal Cups using bananas past their prime. I added dried blueberries using up this bag and dipping into another container I had of them. I also found two bags of rolled oats (dated 2016 and 2017) to use up and refill my container.

In the third pic, I made Apple Cobbler using those poor apples, apple pie filling spread on top with a mixture of instant oats, oat flour, and rest of the normal ingredients.

The only supper I made all week was a ham roast in the slow cooker on Wednesday. The rest of the week was leftovers.

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New post! I was thinking about what I wanted to do for blog posts in the last few months of last year. It occurred to me that I don't really talk about what I do, want to do, and what I think anymore. Some of that is a privacy thing, but some of it that I am not sure if anyone is interested! However, I have a new series started for the year. Check out where I am now in this post!

https://www.livinglifeinruraliowa.com/2022/01/prepper-update-where-i-am-now-and-what.html
Pantry Challenge Reimagined Update: A lot was used up, but the pile didn't seem to go away!

The first pic is Applesauce Muffins which were awesome! I used up a jar of home canned applesauce (2015) and more oat flour. The second pic is Blueberry Oat Muffins which were delicious. I used more instant oats and pastry flour. Breakfast is taken care of for the week.

Third pic: I'm back to baking bread. I made Honey Oat Bread from @therusticelk and it is divine. The perfect bread for toast and sandwiches!

Fourth pic: For lunch today was Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice from @iowagirleats and it was delicious. I wish I had taken pics of the final product!

Fifth pic: Supper last night was lentil stew in the instant pot. So good and comforting!

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New post! Food intolerances and allergies are becoming an issue for many people. In becoming prepared, we have to adapt and overcome these issues not just in our daily diets but also in our stockpiles. Ingredients and ingredient list become very important in making sure we avoid any food triggers.

In our household, we deal with lactose intolerance. I grew up with my mother being severely lactose-intolerance and have a daughter who is the same. We have prepared for this just like we would anything else and I share what we have done to be ready for now and later.

https://www.livinglifeinruraliowa.com/2022/02/stockpiling-and-preparing-when-you-are.html
The world is going crazy, y'all.

That is the long and short of it. History has shown us good and bad times. It has given us clues about what happens when the world is about to do a 180 and I think the indications are here now. If you don't see the signs of something happening soon, I don't know what to tell you.

Prices are getting worse by the day at the stores. Building materials climbing in price again. Food costs are rising. Shortages are being noticed at most grocery stores. Availability of goods is still an issue. Rising vehicles prices - new or used - are unaffordable for many people. Prices at the gas pumps are rising too. The list goes on, but we are headed for some more challenging times.

https://www.livinglifeinruraliowa.com/2022/02/10-ways-to-prepare-for-economic.html