This past week, I learned where my pantry is weak. Very weak. Downright deficient.
As I lay as still as possible with intense pain, brought down by back spasms. They were likely caused by a combination of lifting a somewhat heavy object and the affects of days upon days upon days of frigid weather.
The genesis of which was brought about by a childhood fall down a flight of cement stairs and reinforced at around age twenty with yet another fall down a flight of stairs.
Apparently grace in motion is not a gift I was given at birth... but I digress.
I had no backup at all for when the chief cook and bottle washer is down and out, unable to move (much less not getting in a night's sleep for four days due to the pain). The spasms have lessened and the pain not as bad if I move slowly. But when I recover, the first thing I am going to do regarding the pantry is preparing some make ahead freezer meals!
So while I have no personal experiences or wisdom to write about this week, I will share some favorite recent blog reads having to do (in some way or another) with living a pantry lifestyle.
The first link happens to explain what I call living a pantry lifestyle (as opposed to preparing for TEOTWAWKI) better than I have ever read before. I enjoy reading Ben Hewitt's blog even if I am not a homesteader. Read his words... here.
The second blog post (from the folks at Ready Nutrition) is similar in a different way. If that does not confuse you, mosey on over here where they write about how "prepping" can save you money even if there never is a TEOTWAWKI episode in your life. Which, by the way, can be a job loss and not WWIII.
A Working Pantry (here) is a new-to-me blog but absolutely wonderful. I think I followed a link to it from The Bluebirds are Nesting (here).
The last link is actually to a recipe I saw this week. I plan to try it when I can move around easier. It is a good pantry recipe if it works. If you try it, let us know! It is called Magic Custard Cake and the recipe is... here.