Week 3 Food Totals


44 1/4cups flour
Did you know there are about 4 1/2 cups of flour in 1 pound of grain? 1 cup of wheat will grind into 1.5 cups of flour.

3 cups rice

3 cups macaroni noodles

1 cup other pasta

1 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup popcorn


4 tablespoon butter ( I am not really keeping track of butter, because I know we are consuming 5 pounds of butter over the entire challenge)

3 2/3 cup corn or olive oil

1/2 cup butter powder


Apple Crisp, Grandma’s Visit, Bagels and Thrive Express

I started out the morning baking an apple crisp for breakfast. I know its a dessert. But you only live once and heck we are living on food storage so we have earned dessert for breakfast! Plus apple crisp had a cup of oatmeal in it, and that is a breakfast cereal. Mr. Incredible and I were going out on a date and Grandma was coming over to hang with the kiddos while we were gone. I took a photo and then put the crisp in the oven.IMG_1917

What is Mulligatawny?

A dang good dinner! I made some for dessert tonight (its not a dessert, its a soup). We all had a bowl after we had finished up the small first dinner I cooked. Shepard pie and fry bread/scones whatever you call them. I was raised calling yeast dough fried in oil, fry bread. But Mr. Incredible calls pieces of dough fried in oil, scones. Reese called them scones tonight too. I call the pastries you can buy at coffee shops with blueberries and white chocolate chips, scones. Anyway that’s what we ate tonight for dinner. Gigi loved the Shepard pie. I must admit it was good. Mr. Incredible and she finished it off.

Raspberry Honey Butter/Frosting/Cream Cheese

I am looking for alternatives in my food storage that I can use to spread on bread. This was instigated by the amounts of fresh butter we use and how I do not have the freezer space to store that much butter for my family.

I am storing butter powder. I have used butter powder for cooking applications but not so much for spreading on toast.  I am one of those people who eats bread so I can eat, taste, savor the butter on top. I consulted with my good friend Heather who is also amazing with food storage, check her blog out, to get some advise on the butter powder. I have a play-by-play with photos to show you what I came up with in implementing Heather’s advice.

Chocolate. Store Chocolate!!

chocolate chipsI am not a chocoholic. I enjoy chocolate and sweets. I don’t have to have dessert after every meal or even something sweet. But lately I have been dying for some chocolate. Not brownies, but solid milk or dark chocolate. You can imagine how happy and grateful I was to find some “emergency chocolate” bars in my Shelf Reliance party supplies. Not some but one XL Symphony bar with almonds and toffee chips. I am so happy to have it! I am breaking off a square or two and savoring them. I have shared it with Mr. Incredible but no one else knows about the candy bar, even he doesn’t know where I am hiding it.

Mr. Incredible’s Favorite Lentil Soup

I just found this recipe today. I made it tonight for dinner using Thrive instead and it was amazing! I love it and Mr. Incredible said it’s his favorite lentil soup now. All my kiddos ate it cheerfully. This is yummy. And oh so easy. It does take time to simmer to get the lentils soft. Just throw it in a pot and forget about it for a while. This soup was so good and easy I wanted to do a price break down on cost per serving. I am basing my ingredients off of my recipe using Thrive freeze dried food.

French Toast, California Casserole, Chicken and Rice

I did not pressure can black beans today. But after our meals I realized we need to eat more beans because they stick to a person better than white rice.

I baked a loaf of french bread yesterday intending it for french toast this morning. And it worked. I used 2 fresh eggs and 1 scrambled egg mix egg plus our Rosehill Dairy milk. Sprinkled some cinnamon and vanilla into the mix. I cooked the slices of dipped toast on an extra oily pan so we wouldn’t spread butter on the slices after they were done. I am becoming a nazi about our butter. I should lay off. I really want the butter to last. I will whip up some of my powder butter and see how that is received. IMG_0932

Week Two’s Food Totals

This is tougher than I thought, keeping track of the food we eat through out the week.


Rolled Oats 1.5 cups

Steel cut oats 2 cups

popcorn 1/4 cup

rice flour 3 cups

wheat flour 11 cups

rice 4.5 cups

pasta 3 pounds

Oil  2 cups oil of corn or olive oil not including the butter

Beans 1 can of black

Vegetables 1 can of corn, 1 can of green beans, 2 cups of freeze dried onions, 1 cup of mushrooms, 1 can diced tomatos, a large #10 can of crushed tomatoes, 1 small can of tomato sauce, lots of freeze dried  vegetables.

Monday: Steel Cut Oats & Smoothie, Pasta Salad, Chicken Dumplings

This morning I made steel cut oats. To mix it up a bit I added freeze dried blueberries just before serving the hot mess. It was good after adding the brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon. I also made a smoothie with the kefir that was really ready to be used. Kefir is a probiotic. Similar to yogurt. When you buy these little kefir grains you can use them indefinitely as long as they are taken care of. I asked Julie the owner at Cultures for Health how kefir grains do with powder milk (reconstituted of course). Julie said the kefir grain disintegrate in powdered milk and disappear. I was sad to hear this.  I am currently feeding my kefir grains the milk delivered by our milk man.IMG_0924IMG_0922