Growing Concerns and Homemade Popsicles. DAY 21 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge

It’s DAY 21 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge, and I think I need to restock ASAP.

Before I share with you my growing concerns, let’s talk about what we’ve eaten today.

Yesterday I took advantage of the opportunity to use a bunch of scraps I’d frozen to make chicken stock. Roasted whole chicken bones, onion ends, carrots peels, celery stalks… all in ziploc bags ready to be used in a nutritious stock. I cleaned out my freezer and cooked the ingredients all day long in a large pot of water.

Today I used that delicious chicken stock as a base for Chicken Orzo Soup. It turned out SO AMAZING. Better than our favorite restaurant’s recipe!

I used Thrive freeze dried onions and celery, canned carrots, Thrive seasoned chicken slices, Thrive chicken bouillon, orzo and dried parsley. Everything in this recipe was from shelf stable ingredients. I’m definitely gonna have to print it off and keep it in my emergency preps recipes binder!

Today was pretty hot compared to what it has been. The kids got creative and used some of the powdered drink mix we have to make popsicles. They poured reconstituted orange drink into ice cube trays, and used popsicle sticks we’d saved from store bought popsicles. It was a refreshing treat, and prompted me to make more elaborate popsicles for tomorrow’s snack (shhh… don’t tell them, it’s a secret!).

Note to self… I need to get some popsicle molds!

So let’s talk about more serious matters on my mind.

I was catching up on the news last night and found myself very concerned after reading Kim Jong-un’s response to Trump’s address to the United Nations. If you missed it, you can read his full statement here.

I found the following excerpts from Kim’s response particularly troubling…

“Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the D.P.R.K. [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”

“As a man representing the D.P.R.K. and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the D.P.R.K.”

“Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.”

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”

I don’t know what his capabilities truly are, nor do I know how far he would go with his threats. But I think we ought to take them seriously.

Seeing as I’ve pretty much wiped out our basic food pantry, fridge, and freezer, tomorrow I’m gonna make a major grocery run and stock up on the things I know we need.

I’m not giving up on the challenge… but I’d really hate for something to go down when I’m at bare minimum. I’ll continue eating from what I currently have on hand for the last week. I might let the kids slide on week four though. I think they’re pretty burned out of not having fresh fruits and veggies every day.

This challenge has helped me realize what we didn’t have enough of to begin with, so I feel like tomorrow’s emergency grocery run will be made with better focus and planning than we’ve previously had.

All of this saber rattling might be nothing more than words, but I’ve gotta do what I can to be prepared for worst case scenario.

What do you think about all of this tough talk between the US and North Korea?


Here’s the breakdown of Day 21’s challenge meals:

Pumpkin bread- from bag of frozen pureed pumpkin

Almond butter and jelly sandwiches
Popsicles made from Thrive orange drink mix

Chicken Orzo Soup

Shredded Venison Sandwiches- slow cooked venison on buns
Canned peas


17 thoughts on “Growing Concerns and Homemade Popsicles. DAY 21 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge”

  1. I think you made the right decision. IMHO we are sitting in a powder keg right now – between North Korea’s continually escalating threats, the political & social dissent in the US right now, tropical storms & natural disasters, and just plain heading into colder weather. I do not think it is a good time to let supplies run low.

    • Did you ever think all of this Korean hoopla just might be a fear mongering tactic which is definitely part of the agenda of those in a higher position than even the president? I feel that we need to be positive and not let this fear thing infiltrate our day to day lives. Granted, the state of our country will probably get worse before it gets better but we need to concentrate on gratitude for what we have and the beauty of the positive energy of loving, caring people that we come across every day. We need to learn how to forage for the food around us as these plants offer themselves up to us in our individual localities with nutritional information for our bodies as we consume them. I think this will help sustain us in ways no powdered food can……….just a thought. I want to thank you so much for all of your interesting info though – your multitasking abilities to handle the various aspects of your job and life are inspirational!!!!! I wish I had 1/2 the energy and knowledge that you have, when I was your age! Many, many blessings to you

  2. I am also very concerned about the things we are hearing in the news. Along with the threat of North Korea, we have seen so many natural disasters recently that should be a wake up call. I know that I have enough home canned foods to last for at least two months, but I’ve been trying to work our way through them so that I may restock next year. I think that I will go through and see what we are low on and just purchase from the store. I am not able to do any canning this year, but hope to next year. I also think I should stock up on more water. We have enough for about 2 weeks…I might try to at least can some water for emergencies. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

    • Oh, and by the way, it sounds to me like your challenge is successful if you have already found the gaps in your preparedness! I completely understand your decision to stock up.

  3. Good idea to replenish your stockpile of essential items – just in case!. IMHO, the leaders on both sides need to tone down their rhetoric and threats immediately before someone makes a terrible mistake!

  4. Can you give us a recap of what you would be stocking up on at the store? Maybe it’s too soon and you’d rather finish your challenge before issuing a summary but any insight would be great thus far!! Although I did already add coffee creamer to my food storage reading along with your experience!! Lol

  5. I agree 100% with you. You can still continue with the challenge but knowing that you are prepared gives you piece of mind. I haven’t been doing the challenge but I have been following along and have learned a few tips BUT this post has made me think about making
    sure I put away a little more and double checking what I do have. I bought Thrive for several months and have been thinking about starting it again. Do you have the Thrive cookbook?

  6. We watched the speech but I didn’t know about KJU’s comments afterwards. This guy is a certified nut. I think you did the right thing by stocking up. We had let our stockpile run out this summer as we are preparing for a move to a bigger farmstead (but we haven’t found our property yet). After KJU’s threats in July and August, we stocked back up again with a minimum 30 day supply. We HAVE to protect our families in the wake of sick sick people like this guy. I love that you are doing this challenge, but I think you’re smart for stocking up too. A well timed experiment, I’d say.

  7. Glad you went to the store. I’ve been worried about your stuff being depleted at a time when we may need it any day. This is why I did NOT meet your challenge. I figure we have three months, and that will be a lot of beans & rice which my family DOES NOT LIKE. When push comes to shove, they will eat it, but if I served it now, they would shove it – into the pig bucket!

    • Hopefully even though you weren’t able to do the challenge with me you’ve been able to glean some helpful tips from watching me go through it. 🙂 Sounds like you made the right choice for your family by holding off!

    • For Nancy:

      My chiropractor had me taste test cupcakes and I loved them. Then he gave me the recipes and I was shocked. He had tricked me with healthy nutrition that tasted too good to believe. I think your family would benefit from this discovery. His secret ingredient was beans. But I don’t like beans! But I love these two recipes, so I guess I really do like beans.

      There are wonderful recipes for black bean cupcakes that taste fantastically like chocolate cupcakes. The recipe our family uses does not have sugar, uses a can of black beans and eggs (no flour), so I can feel good about feeding them to my family.

      We also have a recipe for vanilla cupcakes that are made with canned navy beans or garbanzo beans and eggs, no sugar. Pinterest has bean brownie recipes as well. Here is the point: you could get your family to eat a cupcake for breakfast and get their protein in an enjoyable way and they would NEVER guess they were eating beans! Just a thought.


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