Mouse Control and a Restocked Pantry. DAYS 22-24 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge

DAYS 22-24 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge have flown by. One week to go!

Friends. We did it. We made a major grocery run.

On Day 22 we hit the town and restocked the fridge and pantry. Not because I’m giving up on the challenge, but because of everything that’s been going on between us and N. Korea right now. (Read Day 21 for more of my thoughts on this.)

At the store I bought a ton of canned fruits and some canned meats to put back into our food storage. This challenge has revealed to me that we were completely lacking in the canned fruits department, so I stocked up.

I’ve also let the kids off the hook for the last week of the challenge, so I got lots of fresh fruits and veggies and regular stuff for the kids to munch on.

I’m going to continue through this last week only using what we had before the grocery run. The only way I can learn what we’re lacking is if I experience it firsthand. You don’t know what you don’t know.


All of this talk about preparedness has encouraged me to get some projects done around the house that we’ve been needing to do for a while now.

One important project was building a trash can surround at the edge of the woods so that we could move the outdoor garbage cans away from the house. Anyone who lives in the country knows how bad of a problem mice can be. They’ve chewed holes through the bottoms of our old trash cans and were invading our garbage.

It’s a pain to empty the garbage cans out only to find the trash bags full of holes. But worse is the fact that the trash was attracting mice to our home.

Historically, mice have been a huge problem with the spread of disease.

I wanted to move the garbage cans far away from the house, but I didn’t want them to be an eyesore. My husband and I took apart some unused grape trellises to repurpose the 4×4 posts, and raided our scrap wood pile for some old decking boards that had been removed from my grandfather’s lake dock. We used the pieces to build a nice trash can surround to hide the cans.

We also bought some brand spanking new, heavy duty garbage cans. (Not a cheap investment!) Hopefully they’ll keep the mice out for a long time and our mouse problem will lessen significantly. Now that we’ve taken their hiding place away the cats should be able to do a better job of catching mice when they get close to the house.

I’m REALLY happy to have this project done, and I love the way the trash can surround turned out.


Wow my boys need hair cuts.

With all of the outdoor projects we’ve been working on I’ve still been busy in the kitchen. Some days I feel like I never leave the stove.

For breakfast on the 22nd I made Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies. We’ve had a bag of raisins in the pantry through this entire challenge, but nobody seemed to want to eat them. I hoped that this would help use some of them up.

The cookies turned out good, but I’ll have to find other creative ways to hide raisins in treats.

I also had fun experimenting with a new recipe using Thrive dried pears, Thrive passionfruit yogurt bites, and Thrive lemonade drink mix to make Passionfruit Pear Popsicles for the kids.

They turned out really good! Very refreshing on a hot day.

One of these days I’ll get those popsicle molds I keep saying I need to get.

Only one more week to go in the challenge! I’m feeling good about being on the home stretch.


Here’s the breakdown of Days 22-24 challenge meals:

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies
Eggs and toast

Pear Passionfruit Popsicles
(The kids ate snacks from the store since I’ve let them off the hook for the challenge.)

Quesadillas- Thrive Colby cheese, rehydrated; Thrive Taco TVP
Baked Greek Sweet Red Squash (from the garden), Thrive corn
Shredded venison and rice

Leftover Chicken Orzo Soup
Chicken and rice


What have you guys done this week to be a little more prepared for emergencies?

4 thoughts on “Mouse Control and a Restocked Pantry. DAYS 22-24 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge”

  1. The trashcan surround looks great! This week, to add to my food storage, I dehydrated several bags of frozen organic sweet potato cubes I got at a great sale price, and then I vacuum sealed the dried cubes in canning jars with an Oxygen absorber placed in each jar for good measure. I’ve also been doing some online research to try to find a brand of shelf-stable cream that could be used to make fresh butter and/or cheese if fresh dairy products weren’t available.

  2. I have been trying to eat out of our freezer too. there are just too many things in there that have been there for a while. bleck, haha. nawww, it’s really ok. Do you have a kitty? Maybe an outside kitty will help with the mice.

  3. Our main challenge right now is that we’ve got two trees full of apples (that are quickly falling to the ground) and no time to prepare them for storage. I want to make apple jelly and put some apple crisp in the fridge but we are swamped with homeschooling. Any suggestions? Do I just need to put off schooling for a couple of days and take advantage of this treasure?

    • Laurie,
      It’s tough when you feel like you just don’t have the time. If it was me, I’d probably turn it into a homeschool lesson (if your kids are old enough to help), and work on processing the apples together with the kids. If that just wouldn’t work for you then I’d take a couple of days off to work through the apples and make up the school days later.


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