On The Oregon Trail. DAY 9 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge!

It’s DAY 9 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge…

And my husband says it’s beginning to feel like we’re on The Oregon Trail.

Running low on meat. At least nobody has typhoid.


It’s not that we don’t have lots of food. It’s just not the food we’re used to. Or that we want to be eating necessarily.

I could go for some fresh apples right about now.

I’ve been reading through my copy of The Little House Cookbook for inspiration. It’s amazing to me how little our pioneer ancestors lived on… how simple their meals were and how little selection they had. We’re so spoiled nowadays with so many food choices. I think it would be a real struggle for many of us if we only had very basic staples to live on.

Preppers talk a big talk about living on rice and beans, but I challenge you to try it for a month. I promise you you’ll regret not storing more of a selection.

I think I need to focus some energy into making a good comfort food meal tomorrow.


Here’s the breakdown of Day 9’s challenge meals:

Scrambled freeze dried eggs, toast, jelly, coffee

Leftover potato fritters

Fresh mangoes, jicama, popcorn

Rice and steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots


How well stocked is your pantry? Would you have enough to get through a 30-day emergency comfortably? What comfort food item would you want to have the most?


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4 thoughts on “On The Oregon Trail. DAY 9 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge!”

  1. My family would honestly wither away if we had a daily menu like this. I understand the philosophy of seeing whether you can rise to the challenge, but please don’t starve yourself or your family while doing it. When you’re growing kids (and feeding a grown man) you seriously need to eat more than this!

    • We actually eat like this all the time (usually not a lot of meat). I promise you my kids aren’t starving, lol. I do appreciate the concern though. πŸ™‚ Plus, the kids graze on stuff out in the garden all day long that I don’t even count for meals. πŸ™‚

  2. My number one comfort food would be milk chocolate, second choice – buttered popcorn πŸ™‚ A few months ago I lived off my stored food for a 5-week period, and I wholeheartedly agree that it’s very important to store a wide variety of foods so you don’t feel “deprived”. Also, I found myself wishing that I had planned my food storage a bit better. I sometimes wanted to make certain recipes only to find that my pantry was missing one or two ingredients for that recipe! My plan now is to select my favorite, go-to recipes, list all the ingredients and quantities needed to make a month’s worth of those recipes, and then stock up on shelf-stable versions of those ingredients (and milk chocolate too of course!) πŸ™‚

  3. You guys are doing great! I agree we are so spoiled with our food options. my husband and kids would never volunteer for what you guys are doing but I think it’s a great trial run! Good job!


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