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Archive for the ‘Stock Up on Foods and More’ Category

Are You a Survivor? Tips for Setting up Survival Food Storage… and a Garden.

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 12, 2010

A contemporary kitchen pantry in a U.S. house.

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There was a time when I had a good store of food in the pantry. Whenever Skye would come home for a quick visit from Fort Kent, I would send her home with bags of groceries. If anyone was in need, I could fill a box with food.

Unfortunately, with all of the being ill and the surgery, my stores have dwindled down to nothing. That is what happens when you are unable to replenish.

It is now time to begin this process again. I do not like the feeling that, in an emergency, I will not have plenty of food and other items available. While I am getting back on my feet, I will be purchasing items to restock the pantry with.

Here are the guidelines I plan to use:

  • Store food that I like. Don’t base my purchases on what the girls like. Skye lives away from home, and Zowie is in college and rarely here.
  • Purchase items on sale, with a coupon, whenever possible. Or by using whatever method gives me the best price.
  • Rotate foods. New foods go to the back. Use the older foods first.
  • Garden next year, to help to fill the pantry with minimal cost.
  • Learn how to can and dry foods.
  • Purchase a few of at least 1 food item each week for the pantry.
  • Reevaluate how much food I will eat (by myself) for a year and purchase accordingly, plus 10% to 20% more for visits from the girls and others, and helping people when they are in need.


If you have any tips that will help others to create their survival pantries, please share them in the comments below.

Here are a couple of articles that may interest you:

Survival Gardening Foods

Food Storage Guidelines for Survival

I hope you enjoy the articles.




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Mini Homestead Happenings 11/29/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 29, 2009

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. While my daughters and I do not celebrate the old Thanksgiving, we do celebrate all that we are thankful for: Food, shelter, warmth, family and friends.

We have spent some time preparing for winter. We cleaned out much of the junk from under the trailer, left by previous owners, cleaned up the yard, banked the trailer and closed up windows.

Oil has been delivered, and we have a little food stocked. Not a lot, as funds have been limited this year. But enough to feed us a couple of weeks.

Moxie kitty has gone home to her mama. My friend was able to procure a small apartment, and she brought Moxie home to it last week. We miss Moxie, here, but she is safe and well cared for.

Our cats have their winter coats, and they are settled in for the winter. The two who go out during good weather, but do not like winter.

Zowie needs boots, and we will get them next month. We are all set with coats and such. I purchased us gloves last month.

The furnace runs at 65* during the day, 70* in the evening for showers and such, and at about 55* at night. This will take place all winter, and we will turn the furnace off as soon as we can next spring.

Zowie is doing just fine in school, and has her college applications and essays in. We are hoping for a good school. She wants to major in Psychology, and eventually work with adolescents.

I am working at my writing career, and building it up nicely.

How do homesteaders prepare for winter? I am interested in learning about all of the necessities involved. I will add this information to my homestead notebook for future reference.

Warmest Wishes,


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 12/11/2008

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on December 11, 2008

We had received some nice snow during the beginning of the week, but it disappeared with the rain yesterday. This keeps happening. It snows, then it is gone.

We have another chance to keep some snow. We are, apparently, supposed to be getting another storm tonight. This one is supposed to be pretty bad, and it should leave us with about 8″ of snow. We shall see how long it lasts this time.

It was a cold but refreshing walk this morning. I have been sick and my asthma kicked in pretty bad because of it. I continued with my meds as usual, and didn’t walk or do as many other physical activities as I normally do, but was still having problems. I felt a little better yesterday, and still better today. I hate colds!

IW (11) took his merry old time with his math today: Almost 4 hours worth of time. No pressure, he just had to bring homework home with him tonight. C (9) came over on the bus after school today. She helped me with dinner, practiced her math and spelling, and played with Lego’s before deciding that she wanted to draw and write a story.

Sheila’s professor told her that he was not having class this evening due to the impending storm, which is why IW is not spending the night. I sent his list of homework for tonight, as well as a list of his scheduled school work for tomorrow and one of his weekend homework. I figured that, if we are all housebound tomorrow, there is no reason why anyone should be getting behind on their homeschool work.

If Zowie’s one class tomorrow is canceled at the high school, she also has homeschool work that she can work on, until we have to walk to her doctor appointment tomorrow afternoon.

If school is canceled, we may also have C from noon until evening sometime.

I watched some Christy episodes yesterday. They are an inspiration in homesteading, in my opinion. Their mission had little money, so they really had to make do, as did the people in their area. The episodes show their hardships, but also how they ‘overcome’ them. And how they overcome hardships is what can be very inspirational.

I am currently looking into how one can stock up on food for a year, at least. I figure that, the first year on my own land may not produce a great food yield, so I will want to be prepared with plenty of food. A small walk-in room of the side of my shack should suffice for storage purposes.

Another small walk-in room, on the other side of the shack, will hold the wood for the stove. I aim to figure out how much wood I will need to get me through a winter before going to a new homestead as well. I saw a contraption that makes splitting logs easier, which I do intend to have. That is, if I choose a wood stove.

I also want a cookstove, if possible. What with having no utilities, I will need to be able to cook inside during the winter. I will be looking into this as well. My question here is, do you use wood for cookstoves? If so, does the wood need to be cut smaller than in a woodstove?

Skye just called. She is my older daughter (19) and lives up north here in Maine with her fiance and roommates. She will be coming down for some of the holiday celebrations, and is very excited about it. She does not get to come down often.

Well, have to go for now.


P.S. If you check out my links, you will notice a link for sourdough recipes. I have not tried them out yet, but one of my goals is to learn how to make sour dough bread. This link will lead you to a place that has different recipes, including hamburger buns and cinnamon rolls.

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 11/24/2008

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 24, 2008

Well, the reason why it had been so cold was because we were headed for some snow, which arrived in time for our Saturday morning viewing. We woke up and there it was. Early to be sure. Last year it snowed a little before Christmas.

Anyway, I got to walk in the snow, and boy was it cold! We brought in all of the outside autumn decorations, except for the wreath on the door. The outside stuff will be put away as soon as it is all dry.

So, we have been getting caught up on chores. I have also stocked the pantry shelves some more with items on sale, and I had coupons for them, as well as some Family Dollar items with coupons.

3 Joy dish washing liquid at .77 each

4 Suave shampoo at .75 each

2 Ajax dish washing liquid at .80 each

6 bread mixes at $1.50 each – this is how we quickly and easily bake mini breads for everyone at the holidays. We only do these from scratch: pumpkin, apple, banana and zucchini. We do these from boxes: lemon poppy seed, apple cinnamon, cinnamon swirl.

2 cake mixes at .50 each.

2 sugar at $1.79 each

2 frosting at $1.50 each

6 Pasta Sides at .67 each

2 garlic bread at $1.00 each

4 Campbell’s Tomato Soup at .25 each


We have also begun making gifts for the holidays: candles (I made a separate post to tell you how.), and my nephew is making pictures and piggy banks for littler family members right now.

We are currently watching Little Men, which Isaiah is enjoying very much. We just finished Young Riders and Father Murphy.

We are also watching season 2 of The Waltons.

Our turkey is thawing in the refrigerator, and we will begin the holiday cooking by baking on Wednesday. We are having my sister and nephews over for the meal on Thursday, and they will bring stuffing, stuffed celery and a pie.


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Working on a Homestead

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 23, 2008

So, I have been thinking about ways in which I could earn money when I finally get my land and can do homesteading type things on it. Two major things that I plan to do are candle making and soap making. I had been planning on making the soaps from goats milk and herbs that I will grow myself. I was just reading an article on the subject of soap making from a homesteader:

My plan would be to do as much work as I could on a variety of things during the winter months, so that I could do the more homesteady, time consuming things like gardening during the summer months. The less business-type things that I had to do during the busiest months, the better.

I have been forming a list of things that I could do using my homesteading skills:

  • candle making
  • soap making
  • bath mixes
  • food mixes
  • sell access eggs, and animals
  • sell compost if I ever have too much
  • sell leftover garden produce
  • teach baking/cooking skills
  • make blankets/quilts/rugs and ornaments to sell
  • sell dried herbs and/or herbal teas
  • teach canning/food preservation and stocking up

I am not sure what other things that a homesteader could do to earn money. If you have any ideas, I am open to them.


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Pantry Updates: The Freezer

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 21, 2008

The Freezer Contents

The Freezer Contents

I spent some time the other night cleaning out the freezer. It is only the freezer to the refrigerator, but I consider it an extension of my pantry. It looks better now, and I found out that I can still room for more freezer foods.

NOTE: I freeze all leftovers, even the leftovers for my childcare business. That is why there are single servings of some things. I am trying not to waste any food if at all possible.

Here is what is stored in my freezer at this time:

1 qt. fruit mix-ins

5 packages of 1/2 chicken breasts

2 cream cheese

6 – 4 packs of butter

32 eggs

1/2 qt. homemade crushed tomatoes

19 qts. homemade pasta/pizza/salsa sauce

1 sm. Italian bread

3 – 8 oz. blocks of cheese

2 meal size packages of turkey bacon

5 servings homemade fruit sauces (apple, peach, pear)

1 package Boca burgers

1 turkey ham

5 – 1 c. servings of shredded zucchini

8 qts. homemade chili

1 package broccoli spears

2 packages sliced American cheese

3 qts. vegetable mix-ins

3 qts. strawberries

1/2 can tomato paste

5 servings cantaloupe

1 pint homemade vegetable broth

2 qts. egg noodle casserole


Not too bad. And I will be adding a few more things as well. The trick is to freeze flat when using plastic freezer bags. Then you can stand them up or stack them for optimal space use.


P.S. I’m not sure if I will ever have a separate freezer. We will see. I did have one years ago, but it was old and kicked the bucket. A chest freezer would be helpful, and cheaper than an upright to run. But an upright would help me to be able to better organize everything.

P.S.S. The two turkeys that I purchased for Thanksgiving are sitting in my mothers freezer.

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My Pantry Updates

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 14, 2008

I thought that I would share what my “pantry” looks like. It isn’t much, and it is in different locations. I have finished the pantry shelves in the little room, so I wanted to share what they look like with you.

The top shelves of the pantry shelving unit.

The top shelves of the pantry shelving unit.


These are the bottom shelves of my pantry shelving unit. There are two drawers below the shelves.

These are the bottom shelves of my pantry shelving unit. There are two drawers below the shelves.

It is hard to organize with such a small amount of space. I am stocking up now because I know that we will have a hard time later this winter.

I will be posting my pantry inventory soon.


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Still Working on Winter Prep

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 13, 2008

Since the trailer is banked, we have been working on washing the windows and getting the plastic on them. The bathroom, kitchen and living room windows are done. Zowie has done one of her bedrooms windows, and has one left, and I have to do my bedroom window.

I have also been looking for good from scratch recipes, and have been working on my pantry.

Things are coming along nicely, and I expect them done before snow flies.

I have also managed to decorate the inside and out of the trailer for autumn. I’m not sure that I will be able to decorate outside for the winter holiday season. Last year it snowed before I had the chance.


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Preparing the Pantry (Continued)

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 26, 2008

I am progressing with the pantry nicely. It is almost completely established. I even went shopping and stocked up on a few things. I have another shelf to stock, and then I will be making a pantry inventory to post. This will make it easy for me to tally what I have and cross off what we use. I will then be able to keep purchasing on a regular schedule for the pantry re-stocks.

I will also be cleaning out the freezer, and extension of the pantry. Another inventory will be made for the freezer.


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Extra Income will be Helpful

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 17, 2008

As of yesterday, I am babysitting 4 year old twins. They are keeping me very busy, and we are having a lot of fun.

The extra money will be so helpful. I am planning on paying ahead of bills and buying more stock-up items for cleaning, personal hygiene and food. In this way, I can be sure that we will be able to get through the winter.

What tools are you using to keep ahead this winter?


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