Simple Food

What do you do when your food stores run low? You get creative.

Here is look at what is in my cupboards, and freezer. And here is what I do with it.


Transferring beans and grains out of their plastic sacks and into clear glass jars. The glass jars give me a better perspective of how much I have of each, and therefore what sized portion it would make.



Pasta stored in the cupboard turn into … pasta! Who would have guessed?!


Everything Mexican Casserole. Totally not authentic. A leftover extravaganza using rice, beans, sauteed onions, a bit o’ salsa, and what not. Delicious. Oh yeah, and the last bit of cheese grated on top.



Oats and whole wheat flour make up the base of many of our goodies around here.

In this simple gluten free crumble oats are layered with the lasts of jars of homemade jam hanging out in the fridge. How did we end up with three jars open in the fridge anyway? I added to that a bit of homemade applesauce, also sitting in the fridge, a bit of friend-made applesauce, and a bit of her fig butter. Then I sprinkled on some shaved almonds from the nut drawer of our fridge.


Crumbly and soft when fresh; cuts like a layer cake when cold.


And, of course, the ever popular leftover crumble heated and eaten with warm milk.

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Two sets of baked goods made using whole wheat flour. Currant Breakfast Biscuits and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut Cookies, inspired by one of the best cookie bakers I know.



My shady potato basket turns into … crock pot roasts and seed potatoes!

Here is a roast:


Here are the seed potatoes; pieces of sprouting potatoes containing eyes. While they sit on my counter they sprout, and their cut side hardens off. They are chilling out on my counter, waiting to be planted in March.


Homegrown and dried mint. Turns into mint tea. River likes it now too.



Fruit. We eat it.


Big head of cabbage. Half of it got carmelized. The other half is beginning it’s fermenting process. It will become a flavorful sauerkraut.


The meat from the 1/8 of a cow we got. Here is what is left as of January 2nd (candlemas).


We use the beef in a variety of ways. I cook steaks and add the ground beef to pasta sauce, or eat it fried up over a grain, perhaps with a bean. Roasts are yummy to. As are stews.

IMG_1658The meat eating members of our family eat meat every week or two. Mostly this cow.

Broccoli stems. Peeled and steamed. Delicate and soft with butter and salt.


Oh look! More baked goods! Homemade snacks are cheap cheap cheap and low sugar too.

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Well, now you’ve gotten a glance at some of the items in our diet lately and how I transform basic ingredients (many of them whole foods) into meals for my family.

*stay tuned for my organizing success and slow plant growth.


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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