Doing What We Can With What We Have

Hi there. These days my cupboards look a bit like those of Mother Hubbard. But I am not in despair. No no, this is a resilience post. I am liberated by my lack of food.

How, you say? Well, this lack of ingredients forces me to be creative with what I have. And this is my go-to outlook in all facets of life right now. Sometimes I have to give myself pep talks, but they work, and then my creativity blooms.

I have a giant bag of whole wheat flour. I have oats. I have raisins (recently purchased to stretch the supplies on hand), and I have a freezer full of meat. I have rice and dried beans, I have my home canned goods, including jars and jars of spaghetti sauce. I have one acorn squash, ten potatoes, and one onion. I have some pasta, cornmeal, and shredded coconut. I have lettuce and celery. And I have spices, sugar, agave, soy sauce and oil. And lots of butter. With this I can do wonders.

This afternoon I plan to bake an adaptation of Mollie Katzen’s 150% Whole Wheat Bread, substituting rice for wheat berries. I cook meat every night that my vegetarian stepdaughter is not here. I keep a pot of rice in the fridge at all times. I cook up beans, makeshift muffins, and boy oh boy do we eat a lot of spaghetti sauce.

And that’s cool. That’s what this season is all about; living off the bounty you have set aside. Sadly, this move has severely interfered with my gardening, with my preserving, and with my husband’s gleaning. But I know of one apple tree in our new neighborhood, and we are walking there today. We’ll see if there’s any fruit left.

I can do this. I can craft these slim pickings into meal after meal for my family. I can light a candle, put on some music, and get in my groove. I can bake bread. I can cook beans. And the garden will rise again.


About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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