One of the easiest ways to save some cash is to cook meals at home, especially if you plan things out in advance (particularly using items you already have on hand). I used to so enjoy reading others’ meal plans each week and sharing my own – it’s been too long, so I’m going to get back into it. I hope my menu gives you some inspiration. Some folks plan for three meals a day and even include snacks; we have pretty much the same thing daily for these things, so I only write up dinners. Here we go!
Monday: Waffles & fruit
Tuesday: Beef & bean tacos
Thursday: Baked ziti
Friday: Hot dogs & pasta salad
Saturday: Baked ziti leftovers
Sunday: Curried mutton & brown rice
If you’d like to get more meal planning ideas, hop on over to I’m an Organizing Junkie and read on!
Pantry & Preparedness:
Purchase two cases of bottled water for our emergency supplies (DONE 18 Oct 2017)
Scan vital documents to a USB drive for evacuation bag
Walk 1x weekly with evacuation bag & with dog wearing her panniers (thanks to this little lesson learned!)
Finish knitting donation hat (Frogged this project & gave away the yarn. It is just way too hard on my hands.)
Re-start my Tesla shawl (Cast on [again!] 11 Oct 2017)
Education & Personal Enrichment:
Finish first quarter of kids’ homeschooling (DONE 13 Oct 2017)
Read a book from my fall/winter reading list (DONE: Finished reading Ghost Fleet 8 Oct 2017; finished John Adams 10/26; finished The Water Knife 10/30)
Finish the “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” lecture series I am watching on The Great Courses Plus (This is on hold for me; reading John Adams took up most of my free time in October!)
Complete at least one FEMA Independent Study course
Writing & Professional Development:
Catch up on my LinkedIn messages/connection requests (DONE 15 Oct 2017)
Transfer clips list to this site
Type up final draft of the article I’m working on, and submitted to planned site
Work on my non-fiction book, Prepare Anywhere
Index at least 10 batches/100 image files (DONE 8 Oct 2017)
Participate in Worldwide Indexing Event sponsored by FamilySearch.org (DONE 21 Oct 2017)
Scan irreplaceable family photos to USB drive
Health & Wellness:
Dental exam/cleaning appointments for children (EDIT: Now in November)
Make appointments with specialists for myself & one child per primary doctors’ referrals
Walk at least twice weekly (without evacuation pack)
What are your goals for October? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! If you’d like to see what I was able to mark off my September goal list, click here.
One of my favorite bloggers, Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker, shares her goals at the beginning of each month, broken down into categories such as garden, sewing, and the like. I usually have a mental list going, but since one of my goals for the upcoming months is to get back to blogging more, I’m going to go ahead and get them in writing here on ye olde blog.
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“Keeping a pantry.”
“Building a stockpile.”
No matter what you call it, there are folks out there who are into having a supply on hand and those who just aren’t sold on the concept. These days we see magazines all over the newsstand marketing MREs (meals ready-to-eat) and buckets of freeze dried food to “preppers” and survivalists of every stripe. We can look back at shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and watch the crazy unfold, happy to know that we aren’t like those weirdos. Thanks to all the sensational gear marketing tactics out there encouraging us to “BUY ALL THE THINGS!!!”, it is really easy to fall into the idea that having a pantry is for paramilitary anarchists, old people who were children of the Great Depression, or coupon queens gone mad.
Here’s a little tip: it’s not true.
Popping by the grocery store on the way home from work every few days seems convenient, until it isn’t. When isn’t it, when the store is on the way anyway? It isn’t convenient when Continue reading
Last week I had the opportunity to assist with a jam making class for a ladies’ night. My co-teacher brought jam making supplies and explained the basics of how to make grape jelly from grape juice; I brought in two canners and a small collection of books and magazines about canning. Below is the list of resources I took to the class, as well as some other items that I mentioned to the ladies in attendance. It is my hope that posting this on my blog will serve them (I told everyone not to bother writing any of it down – easier to post it here!) and my readers. Whether you’re looking for supplies and resources for your first attempts at canning or you’re ready to advance your skills, I’m sure there will be something here of use to you!
Books: Continue reading