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Garden and Eat from the Pantry Challenge

June 9th, 2015 at 03:12 pm

I feel like I am starting to settle into a routine now between the garden and the farm chores and making all of my meals from what is available here and not by making a quick run to the store or getting take out. As the garden moves into heavier production more time needs to be spent there.

I have harvested a pound of snow peas from the garden this week, 2 bunches of kale, 1 head of lettuce, 2 bunches of green onions, and 3 kohlrabi. My broccoli is getting close to harvest size, which astounds me. It is all so early, but with this weather, I can't blame it.


I am enjoying the cooking this week more than I have in a long while. I don't know if it is just access to super fresh ingredients from the garden or knowing it is all food I grew and/or preserved myself, but it feels different. I haven't felt any resentment over cooking like I sometimes do. I mean I love cooking, but I am often irritated when it all falls on me. This last week I don't seem to care about that. It's like an attitude has shifted. Of course the children are helping far more than they ever have before so maybe that is why?

Some things were quite challenging since the hot water tank that feeds the main kitchen went out and had to be replaced. We couldn't use the dishwasher and every pot and pan that we cooked in had to be hauled down to the half-kitchen that had hot water. That went on for 5 days, but we got a new tank put in and had hot water again last night.

As promised here is the video of my meals for the first week of the challenge:


I am looking forward to the rest of this challenge. It is good to be feeling so positive about it.

3 Responses to “Garden and Eat from the Pantry Challenge”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Okay, so I thought I was going crazy because I've harvested three broccolis already and last year I didn't even get my first one until July. Late July! I feel better knowing I'm not the only one.

    We've pulled bags and bags of lettuce out and about 9 qts of strawberries. Now we're battling some weird spiky weed that seems to be taking over.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thrift, my blueberries are starting to ripen. These are generally a late July/August/September berry around here. Everything is super early. It's going to be a fantastic gardening year for certain parts of the country.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Enjoyed the video of your meals. Smile That was neat to read the comment from your daughter too.

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