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