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This blog will be a place for me to keep track of the progress that has been made in this prepping journey.

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Food Challenge

Over at Preparedness Pro a challenge has been issued to go two weeks without going to the grocery store for food or household supplies sometime during the month of August. My family is going to start tomorrow. We've actually been kind of doing this for the past 2 weeks to reduce some of our short term storage...less to have to move. But, I had a small budget for fresh produce since I didn't do a garden this year. The challenge I have this time is that the fresh produce I have now is not going to

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Updates

I've been neglecting this blog again, but I have actually been busy doing...getting ready for our move (37 more days!) and some prep stuff. I've decided to put a link for my other blog because I've been updating that one regularly...gotta make life simpler...   http://lifeonarollercoaster-stacy.blogspot.com/    

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Week 2 Challenge

I think I'm gonna have to change this to posting about the challenges weekly. I'm having a hard time getting in here everyday to post. So, to end up the second week....       Preserve Something: purchased a flat of strawberries...they are hulled (made ds14 do it ) and in the freezer to be used for smoothies this summer. Yum!   Prep Something: Added paper towels to the stash    

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Wednesday Challenge

Plant Something: Today we planted eggplant, pumpkin and more watermelon transplants in the work garden.       Didn't do much else after work. My energy level was pretty low today..    

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Tuesday Challenge

Plant Something and Work on your local food systems: I picked up a dozen freebie tomato transplants from our local university. These will go in the work garden over the next few days. We are going to be overflowing with tomatoes come August! This is a good thing...the hope is that we will have so much that we can send a lot home with the childrens families. (And I plan to can some ) It's really interesting how the children are so different with gardening. About 90% of the kids in my classroom l

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Monday Challenge

Plant Something /Local Food Systems: Planted 3 watermelon and 3 cantaloupe plants at my work garden. The children are getting a big kick out of the garden.   Cook Something: We are eating smoothies daily made with fruit from our garden. Also, we made something new I found at this blog...she calls them masonades. We've only made the lemonade (with frozen lemon juice from our tree). They're delicious on a hot day!   http://coldantlerfarm.blogspot.com/2009/03/masonades.html

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Day 5

Don't tell anyone, but, it's really day 6. Yesterday was just so ridiculously busy that I didn't do anything that would be considered a challenge.   Today was better.   Prep something: I found 4 boxes of empty canning jars I had gotten from Freecycle and stashed (and forgotten about). They're soaking in hot water. Once they're washed they'll be filled with some prep item (rice, pasta or something) so they can won't take up as much space.   Cook something: Made smoothies with peaches an

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Day 4

Harvest something: I harvested about a half dozen peaches from our tree. Not enough to do anything with...except eat!

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Day 3

Prep something: Today I was gifted with 10 pounds of steel cut oats. These will get vaccum sealed in jars and added to my reserves.

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Day 2

Today was a very long, busy day. All I can say I did today was to reduce waste: I picked up a bunch of newspaper that will be used for mulch and dinner was made up of leftovers to help clear out the fridge.       Oh wait... I forgot...I got some muskmelon and tomato transplants from a fellow Freecycler (and they're heirlooms). They'll go in the ground next week.    

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Day 1

Plant something: This one won't be happening at my home very much because we are moving at the end of the summer. But, the raised garden beds at my work have been weeded and are useable now. This is where most of my gardening energies will be going this summer. Today we planted 3 tomato starts. One Early Girl, one Shady Lady and one unknown that was donated. The sunflowers the children started in the ground from seed are about 2 feet tall now and we have a dozen transplants that the children sta

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Independence Day Challenge

No, it doesn't have anything to do with the fourth of July... I found this very cool blog and on it was a challenge to do one thing every day to create food independence. Each day you: Plant something, Harvest something, Preserve something, Prep something, Cook something, Reduce waste, Manage your reserves and Work on your local food systems. I like this challenge because it gives me some guidelines...I find that the days can slip by and I don't do anything.   Here is the link to the challeng

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Monday Plans

I'm back after a necessary break. Time to get back up and make some plans. Menu Plan for the week of March 23-27th   Breakfasts   Oatmeal and o.j.   Toast and eggs or bacon   Cold cereal   yogurt     Lunches   Lunch meat sandwiches   Tuna sandwiches   Peanut butter and jam sandwiches   Pasta   Leftovers     Dinners     Cornish hens, pasta, veggies   Breaded fish, broccoli and rice   Burritos   Chili and rice   Chicken tenders

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Sunday

It has been stormin' here since 3:30 this morning. Good for us because we really need the rain here. This is going to be a stay at home day. I'll be catching up on laundry and other household stuff.     To do list for the week:   lesson plans (Done) juice lemons (Almost done...about 50 left) Go through current first aid kit (check expir. dates) Order more of dh's meds (Done) Inventory batteries (Done-need more...someone's been raiding the stash) Add 2 gallons water to storage (Done

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The Daily Grind

OK...so that's not the most positive title...but I'm not the most creative person when it comes to making catchy blog titles.   I'm finding that it's most important to stick with familiar, daily routines when going through major changes in your life. It's easy at work...everything is still the same...for me at least.. But, at home I'm finding it hard to keep the routines...and my home doesn't feel like home anymore. Even with trying to keep the signs of moving out of the way...there are stil

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Change and More Changes

I was just beginning to wrap my head around the idea of having to move from this house that we've been in for so long...with the possibility of having to move from this town that we've lived in for over 30 years. Then Friday dh comes home and tells me got a notice that his classroom is basically being eliminated at the end of the school year..think California budget issues and the trickle down effect it's having on everyone.   Yesterday I was really surprised at how I was feeling. I mean, I'v

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A little at a time

We started looking at places this weekend. I realized that we've been really spoiled when it comes to storage space and room space. I am gonna have to downsize bigtime and become a lot more efficient in how I store things.   I have about 150 empty canning jars of various sizes. The plan now is to start filling and vaccuum sealing them with grains, dry goods, etc..double storage. I emptied the drawer with pencils, pens, crayons, etc. They are emptied out of their boxes in ziploc bags in a flip

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A minor miracle happened today

Dh asked if I wanted to go check out the shooting range that's about 40 minutes away (heck yeah! I've only been trying to get him to go for the past few months!) Two years ago dh was very much against having any kind of gun in the house. After two years of listening to me go on about what I've learned here and looking at what's going on in our world...well, his views have changed. So off we go... The place was packed... We got information on classes they hold each month ($125 per person for a

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Rain, rain and more rain

It has rained and it has poured here today. Everyone keeps saying we need the rain...but, we're all secretly wishing the sunshine would get back here quick... after all, that's why we live in California right?   I spent way too many hours holed up in a classroom with a lotta kidlets that needed to be outside. Glad to get home and curl up with something hot to drink and my computer.   I did purchase some sore throat lozenges to add to the medical stash and I picked up a four month supply o

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Organization

We're going to be moving some time before summer...after 14 years in this 3br, 2b with a 4 room garage conversion. Try and imagine how much stuff you can have with that much room... And we want to be ready to move with a 30 day notice if we find a place sooner than summer. We started a couple weeks back tossing what is really unnecessary. As much as I don't want to move, this is a good process. We're getting rid of stuff I knew we should've gotten rid of years ago...just never got around to it.

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First Days

I'm really excited about this blogging area. We're going to be moving in a few months....this is my space to keep track of our progress in our move and how I'm going to keep prepping in the mean time. I decided to title it Bloom Where You Are Planted because I'm learning that being prepared is not necessarily about where you are, it's about what you know and how you can adapt it to any situation. Do I think we will end up on a lot of acreage with animals, etc? At this point in my life maybe not.

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