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    DH "forgot" about the challenge when he was out yesterday. He found a new german baker and bought a rye and sunflower loaf. We had that with our soup last night for dinner. We also had a few strawberries and some canned peaches.

    This morning I'll have 2 poached eggs on toast, and tea, DH is having the rest of the rye bread with cheese, and coffee. Very continential (lol).

    DH will be out all day so he can't make dinner. I'll make a homemade pizza when I come home. I'll put the fixings in the bread machine for the dough so that should be ready when I come home from work. The topping will be pasta sauce, cheese, peppers, mushrooms, garlic and onion.

    For lunch I'm taking crackers and cheese, banana, apple, water and an Amish Apple Brownie < recipe in the kitchen threads. I have tea bags at the store so I'll make tea there too.

    Things are still going smoothly. No major upsets yet.

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    This morning I had toast and vegemite and tea. DH had bread and cheese and tea.

    My lunch today will be tomato soup and I'm making a pineapple and coconut cake this afternoon, so I'm sure I'll have some of that for afternoon tea, with a cup of tea.

    Dinner tonight will be canned salmon in a nicose-type salad - lettuce, tomato, onion, green beans, cucumbers, boiled eggs and herbs with homemade dressing. I'll also serve new potatoes with parsley and butter. A lot of the above is from our backyard -the eggs, lettuce, beans, herbs and the new potatoes. We might celebrate this excellent week with a beer each that DS left behind when he went to Canada. Dessert will be the pineapple and coconut cake.

    Life's good.

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    Rhonda, I love reading posts like these. I don't know what it is about them, but I really do.

    I'm in, but with my own version. We have to buy three gallons of milk, bananas, and apples once a week. Everything else we can eat from the stockpile/freezer. Okay, we don't HAVE to. We could use powdered milk and skip the fruit, but I'm not going to right now. My kids love fruit and I want to encourage that if I can. Milk is our drink of choice as well, again, something I don't want to forsake for the challenge. Otherwise, I'm in!

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    Welcome Amy. I'm pleased to have you in the challenge.

    Darlene, you're being very quiet. How are you going with your challenge?

    Okay, the milk ran out yesterday. I finished it off with a small glass of what remained. That will be the end of the milk until 27 July when I finish my challenge. I can make do with powdered milk which I have in my stockpile but I'd only drink it hot. We'll see how that pans out.

    Yesterday I made pineapple and coconut cake from what I had in the cupboard. I used eggs from the backyard and powdered milk, I had cake flour, tinned pineapple, coconut and butter in the stockpile. I increased the recipe slightly and got 12 muffin cakes and a small bar cake. I gave 6 of the muffins to my DIL and the loaf cake is now in the freezer. I'll defrost it when the muffins are gone.

    Breakfast today will be porridge (rolled oats) with a little bit of hot powdered milk, and tea. DH will have baked beans and toast.
    Lunch for me will be tomato soup, lunch for DH will be cheese sandwiches and an apple. He'll make tea at the store. If there are any strawberries in the garden today I'll have them for afternoon tea, if not, I'll have the last banana.
    Dinner tonight will be tuna bake which I'll make from scratch from stockpile ingredients and a few herbs and new potatoes from the garden. Dessert will be pineapple and coconut cake.

    I make sure I drink enough water every day. I usually get around 2 litres in winter. We have a filter on our water tap in the kitchen so I never have to buy water, except for the crate of it we have in the stockpile as an emergency supply.

    I'm starting to run out of some things - mainly milk and bananas. It's all going well though and I'm enjoying not going to the supermarket.

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    I've made one concession. I asked DH to bring home 2 litres of milk yesterday because we have a guest staying for a couple of days - and she LOVES our local milk. I hated doing that because I'm always very strict on myself when I do a challenge, and I HATE doing something I said I wouldn't do.

    Having to provide food for a guest while on a challenge like this will keep me on my toes. Luckily Kathleen is almost vegetarian so she won't expect meat. As long as I have milk here, she'll be happy.

    Breakfast for me today will be crumpets that I have in the freezer, honey and tea. DH is having eggs on toast. His lunch will be ham and tomato relish sandwiches, a pineapple and coconut muffin cake, he'll make tea at the store. He'll take the last banana and the last mandarin. I'll make bread for sandwiches for Kathleen and I - I have cheese, tomatoes, boiled egg, salad etc for fillings. We'll probably have tea or coffe with those but I took a can of pineapple juice from the stockpile last night, it's in the fridge in case we want a cold drink for lunch. Dinner will be spanish omlette and salad. Eggs from the backyard, potatoes, herbs, peppers, spinach, zuchinni all from our garden. We have cream in the fridge. I'll make an apple crumble from 6 pink lady apples and butter in the fridge and flour, powdered milk, sugar and spices from the cupboard. The crumble will be the vehicle for the last of the cream.

    I'll defrost the small pineapple and coconut cake this morning. That will probably be eaten today and tomorrow.

    How is everyone else doing?

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    Rhonda- I enjoy reading your challenge very much and I know you will succeed! I wish I could participate in this challenge too, but it really wouldn't work well at the moment.

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    Rhonda, we did something like this for a few weeks before we went on vacation. (I don't know if you remember, but I posted a thread looking for ideas to use the foods we had.) I did it mainly because we were going on vacation and I didn't want to buy any more food, but also because we only have one car now and shopping is a bit tough- the closest grocery store is about 7 miles away (a very expensive one at that), and I've never really used public transportation in my life. I wouldn't want DD on a bus without a car seat. Also, I thought it would be good to use up some of the food and put new food in to keep it well-rotated.

    We did have to buy stuff for dd- yogurt, cheese, and fruit, but otherwise we did okay. I forced DH to eat up some of the canned soup in the cupboard. I prefer to make my own, but I don't often make him seafood soups, and I never make him soups with beef, so he buys those canned. And we STILL have a bunch in there!

    Even so, when I went shopping the other day after we got back from vacation, there wasn't a whole lot I needed to buy. I stocked up on some loss leaders and clearance items (got huge jars of salsa, which I have yet to find a good recipe for, for only $1. 24 oz is normally $3, and these were 32 oz bonus jars. I cleaned 'em out.) I also bought some fresh fruit- blueberries, strawberries, bananas, plums, peaches, saturn peaches, and watermelon, as well as a few veggies- lettuce, cucumbers, and corn. That's pretty much all I got.

    Anyway, it worked out okay. We weren't as strict with it as you, but we didn't buy a lot of groceries those last two weeks, and we used up anything that would go bad before we left.

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    Thanks Michele. Kimber, I thought I read about you doing something like this. I think it's a good way to use up unwanted and old goods, and a great way to rotate a stockpile.

    All is progressing smoothly with the challenge. My friend thinks I'm a nut short of a fruit cake but I can live with that. This morning for breakfast we are having grilled cheese on toast with tomato slices. Eveyone will have a glass of pineapple juice and a cup of tea. The tea is running low but how can you limit what you give a guest? I'm happy to have her here so we'll just have to deal with the tea shortage later.

    Lunch today will be fresh home baked bread with egg salad and lettuce, and coffee. DH will take rye bread ham and pickle sandwiches an apple and the last of the pineapple cake to work. I hope to have time to make another cake this morning when I bake bread. If I don't, I'll make scones for afternoon tea. Our guest is leaving late this afternoon. For dinner, DH and I will have the rest of the tuna bake from 2 nights ago and any leftover scones or cake for dessert. If we have no cakes, I'll open a can of peaches. We'll either have water, tea or beer to drink.

    I have some lentils and split peas in the cupboard which I want to use tomorrow. I'll have to look for some new recipes later.

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    I took my guest, Kathleen, to the mall this morning to pick up a couple of things she needed. I put her on the train about an hour ago and just went in to change the bed linen. There was a huge package of organic tea bags and a package of loose tea on the bed. Stuck to the tea was a post it note with a love heart on it.

    Awwww. Good friends do my black heart good.

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    I knew somehow tea would find it's way to you to soothe your black heart. That friend knows you well. You're doing great btw.

    Sorry, I do have to make one more purchase, tissues. Everyone here except Jack has had a cold and I will not deal with hankies to launder. eew I suppose I could make due with toilet tissue but you'll have to explain all this to my kids, I won't.

    Things here are progressing fine, nothing exciting to report. We've been eating high on the hog & leftovers are planned. So choice of rotisseried roast beef, marinated grilled pork,Pesto noodles, baked rice and a salad from the garden to go with.

    I am down to only 2 onions and potatoes are low too. I'll make do though. Sure will miss those onions as they add so much flavor to food...gonna have to substitute dried.

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    Wow Darlene. Your menu is fancy! When I run out of food, I might eat at your house. I hope you don't run out of onions. That would be worse than running out of tea (maybe). I couldn't live without onions.

    Isn't it great to have good friends. I remember you said that I might "find" some more tea. You were right!

    It's just DH and I again today. I'm sitting here with a cup of tea. Today we're having the following: breakfast for me will be two crumpets - they are the last of a packet that are looking very dry, so they have to be eaten today. I'll have some honey on them and a cup of tea. DH is having the last tomato and eggs on toast, and tea. My lunch will be a tuna and lettuce sandwich - tuna from the stockpile, lettuce from our garden. DH is taking tomato soup (from the stockpile) in the Thermos and a cheese sandwich. He's also having the last of the pineapple cake. I'll have an apple this afternoon and maybe some passionfruit from our vine. We are going out for dinner tonight. It wasn't planned as part of the challenge but it's DS Shane's birthday on Friday (he's working then) so we're taking him out to dinner at the restaurant he got his new job at. We haven't been there yet so we'll all enjoy going somewhere new.

    There'll be no fresh tomatoes after today. The tomatoes we have growing are still weeks away from their harvest. I've been craving oranges but we have none. I'm going to pick some lemons off our tree this morning and make some lemonade to see if that stops my citrus craving.

    It's getting more difficult now that things are running out. It's also making it more interesting for me to see if I can provide what we need and be happy with it.

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    Day 10 of the 21 day challenge. It seems like I've been doing this forever! LOL.

    We took DS Shane out to dinner last night at the new restaurant he'll be cooking at soon, and we had a most excellent meal. I'll tempt your taste buds before I go on to what we're having today. lol

    I didn't have a starter. We all had a beer, DS had spinach, fresh ricotta and pistachio tart and DH had garlic and herb calamari. Main course - DS - fillet steak (it was three inches thich) with red wine sauce, a faggot of beans on hollandaise sause, and a thick slice of roasted potato. DH - grilled snapper on a bed of prawn risotto. Me - garlic prawns on safron rice - this was the best meal I've had in years, although it was too big and I had to give away two prawns. Dessert - we all pigged out. DS - chocolate and macadamia tart and a creme anglaise, DH - midori mousse with passionfruit sauce and strawberries, me - brandy snap filled with chocolate cream served with lots of berries - cranberries/blackberries/raspberries/strawberries. We had a bottle of wine with the meal. The bill came to $242, which is what I'd usually spend for weeks of normal food.

    Now on to today's menu

    I'm working at our store today so that presents an extra challenge. For breakfast today DH and I are both having scrambled eggs on toast, and tea. Lunch - I'll take a Thermos of tomato soup, a rye cheese sandwich and a small container of canned peaches. I'll make tea at the store. DH will probably have sandwiches. Dinner - potatoes from our garden, canned salmon and salad - with no tomatoes .

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    Day 11

    I really feel like getting a pizza on the way home from the store tonight but I'm on this blasted challenge. Grrrrr. It's not a good morning for me. DH almost cut his finger off yesterday so he can't cook tonight, I'm really busy, and working today and I feel like taking shortcuts on everything.

    OK, rant over.

    Breakfast will be crumpets and honey, and tea for me. DH is have grilled cheese on toast, and tea. I'll make ham sandwiches for DH before I go to work and put them in the fridge (he can't use his right hand for a day or two), my lunch will be the rest of the tomato soup and some cheese and crackers. I'll take the rest of the peaches too if they are still in the fridge. Dinner will be a tuna bake. Most of the ingredients for that are in the stockpile and fridge and it's quick and easy to make when I come home tonight.

    Tomorrow I'm going to make a big pot of soup so I don't have to cook for a few nights.

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    Keep on keepin' on, Rhonda. You are determined; I know you can do it even if it isn't fun!!


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    Rhonda- I think your exercise will be a very useful one for me as we go into our emergency budget- I don't know how long we will be without a paycheck, so it really behooves (sp?) me to pay attention to this stuff!

    Infact, it couldn't come at a better time- Thank you!

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