An Old-Fashioned Revival

I have been thinking that it would be a good idea for my family to take the Food Bank Challenge. I know it will be difficult, but I am interested in seeing how I can involve the girls and share with them that there are many families that survive on so much less. As much as I pinch pennies, it has been a very long time since I had to think hard whether I could seriously afford a bag of milk this week. J and I spent years working minimum-wage jobs, and it was really difficult and frightening. It’s only been the last five years where we’ve felt comfortable enough to grocery shop to our heart’s content. In fact, I would say our grocery shopping has become a tad reckless. I remember long periods of time when the only meat we bought was regular ground beef, and I could whip up at least a dozen different meals with ground beef. I was also the queen of tuna noodle casseroles, and J could throw together a mean pot of soup from everything in the fridge. Everything was no-name, and our groceries had to fit on our backs because we had no car - not unlike the majority of families living below the poverty line. This particular challenge would be more difficult for the simple fact that you are not allowed to use what you already have on hand. I may have to wait a few weeks for the cupboards to empty because like I said before, we've gotten a little out-of-hand with stocking up like crazy.

Speaking of cheap and yummy, I have been on a coleslaw kick lately, and unfortunately for the people around me, cabbage does have a tendency to make one gassy - I'm not immune, folks! I love to sprinkle my coleslaw with little tidbits of apples!

Many thanks to Katherine, I am throwing all caution to the wind and starting a felted bunny at what seems like mere minutes away from Easter. Why do I always seem so late? I bought the chocolate bunnies nearly a month ago and felt extremely organized, and lord knows the house has been ‘decorated’ for just as long. These two are just waiting for their dark chocolate brown chunky Lopi wool bunny friend to join them. I'm knitting as fast as I can!!

It was very nice to rediscover my little pocket pet duckling I knit up a few years ago, before I could shape. It's simply some yellow novelty eyelash yarn knit in garter-stitch until you have a square, then fold it on the diagonal and seam up one side of the triangle leaving the other side open for stuffing, and then once stuffed, you seam it up and decorate it as you see fit. T and I also knit up little white fuzzy bunnies the same way!

And I finally found a recipient for my orange alpaca ribbed hat! Doesn't she look fabulous!!




OzB said...

Bea looks delightful in her beautiful orange alpaca hat! My niece, Emily, would LOVE it!

I am so proud of you and your family for wanting to take part in the Food Bank Challenge!

I too remember the days of limited food; big bags of potatoes, onions and yes...ground beef!


Katherine said...

I can't wait to see your bunny!

And she does look fabulous! What a cutie. Your duck cracks me up.

About the food - what a great idea. I can't count the times I've looked into a full pantry and thought we didn't have any food. Talk about taking it for granted. But man, I'm not sure if we could do it without making some serious changes - so much for the organic veggies, huh? (But more Kraft Dinner, and that's a good thing, as long as it's only for a week).

~RaenWa~ said...

She looks so cute in her hat with her hands on her hips...I love coleslaw...If you get the bunny done a little after Easter its ok as long as its in the same month lol..Over the years we have had times were we had to make ours meal streach & man tuna noodle rocks lol !!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of coleslaw too. I like raisins and carrots in mine.

Very cool orange hat!