Jeff writes: I am thinking that a one-week challenge like this should be fairly easy for our family. We've started by using what is fresh and in the refrigerator. We are starting to make some adjustments however. A quick look at the day shows:
Breakfast: Jeff was running late and not very hungry, so he had a couple of chocolate chip cookies from last night. That got him through to lunch. Theresia had a bowl of cereal and milk, two pieces of toast and a glass of orange juice. The kids had cereal and milk, and toast.
Lunch: Because Jeff was running late this morning he just grabbed a few things from the refrigerator. His lunch included yogurt, carrots, dates, mandarin orange slices, and of course, chocolate chip cookies. Theresia had leftovers from dinner last night - BBQ chicken breast, cheesy potatoes, carrots, and a cookie. The kids had PB&J, pretzels, cookie, apple, carrots, and juice boxes.
Snacks: Jeff had his homemade gorp (raw oatmeal, raisins, and chocolate chips.) Theresia had snicker doodles at the office. The kids had leftover potatoes and pretzels.
Dinner: Tonight was Taylor's night to cook and help in the kitchen. He wanted lasagna but we didn't have any mozzarella cheese so he settled on tacos. We used taco shells that we purchased a while back on sale, ground beef from our freezer, grated cheddar cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole. Dessert (refreshments for FHE): chocolate chip cookies - all gone now!
The adjustment - we started the challenge with one and 1/4 gallons of milk. Breakfast really cut into that. We have the full gallon in one container and are going to 'cut' the milk for the rest of the week by mixing half 'regular' milk and half mixed powdered milk in the 1/2 gallon container. This plan received mixed reviews from the kids. We'll see how it works.
Another adjustment: Theresia put the kids on notice, "No toast for breakfast, or there won't be enough bread for lunches." We will be baking bread tomorrow afternoon!
One side note: This Wednesday our Young Women's group has a fundraiser - a Chili Cook-off. The bishop's challenge caught some members off guard, so requests are going out for trading, bartering, and sharing for needed ingredients. I would imagine that this is what a real emergency would bring - people working together to get through a crisis.
4 months ago