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What Makes The Provision Room Unique?

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There are a myriad of food storage sites on the internet and even more for emergency preparedness.  There are countless great sites for gardening, cooking technique and recipes.  Why would you want to read this blog and hopefully, jump in here and do what we’re doing?

At The Provision Room we believe we can do it WITHOUT INCREASING the cost of our monthly food budget.

That might mean we have to get creative, learn some new techniques, or get our hands dirty.  We might even have to “upcycle” some used items to create the storage areas we need.  But something deep inside us tells us there has to be a way.   A way for all of us to take the necessary steps to provide for our families in case of the unexpected without buying into the mass consumerism of corporate America.  We really do believe we can do this while maintaining our standards to eat real food and heal the land.  Sure we might be a little crazy.  We prefer to think of ourselves as radical moms on a mission!

We know some will have a hard time believing this, but here are the numbers to prove it.  The first step we encourage you to take is joining us in doubling just 2 meals per week.  (We’re trying to reach our 1st Goal of 1 month of food storage.)  If you do nothing else you will have 8 meals stored each month.  At 8 meals per month it will take us 4 months to reach our first goal.  But wait!  There is a surprise!  (Have we mentioned we LOVE surprises?!)

Every 3 months we will take 1 week off from major cooking!!!

During our one week off we will eat from our freezers, our pantry/dry storage, and our gardens.  We will take one whole week off from our work, a sort of Sabbath rest, and one week off from buying groceries!!  That means we will have some extra cash the next month to help in our preparations or another area of our budget that may be struggling.

Take a look at this…

In 1 year we will store 60 meals, get 4 weeks of cooking vacation, and a 1 month reduction in our annual grocery budget!!

That’s AMAZING news!!!  So far so good right?!

Now we do understand there are some areas of preparing our families that will cost us something.  If you don’t already have them, water storage, generators, freezers, and safes all cost money.  We’re going to try and help with this as well.  Our husbands are going to get in on the blog and do some product comparisons for us and teach us some ways that we might even be able to get these items second hand or in trade.

In the end we truly believe, slow and steady wins the race.  We CAN do this!  We are going to do it in a way that blesses and uplifts our families.

Join in wherever you are!  Learn and grow as we do the same.

There are a myriad of food storage sites on the internet and even more for emergency preparedness.  There are countless great sites for gardening, cooking technique and recipes.  Why would you want to read this blog and hopefully, jump in here and do what we’re doing? At The Provision Room we believe we can do […]

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What Makes The Provision Room Unique?

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There are a myriad of food storage sites on the internet and even more for emergency preparedness.  There are countless great sites for gardening, cooking technique and recipes.  Why would you want to read this blog and hopefully, jump in here and do what we’re doing? Read More

Saving Meals Chart

There are a myriad of food storage sites on the internet and even more for emergency preparedness.  There are countless great sites for gardening, cooking technique and recipes.  Why would you want to read this blog and hopefully, jump in here and do what we’re doing?

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July Meal Plans

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Summer is officially on us and the fun has begun with dance camps, summer studies, camping, beach trips, friends visiting and family arriving!  Whoo!  So much fun can be exhausting unless you have a good plan. Read More

Jul 14 Meal Plan

Summer is officially on us and the fun has begun with dance camps, summer studies, camping, beach trips, friends visiting and family arriving!  Whoo!  So much fun can be exhausting unless you have a good plan.

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June Goals

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“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James

This is our first “official” week of summer and I feel like a child on Christmas morning, not sure where to start with all the fun!!  I want to allow myself plenty of time to rest but at the same time I’m very aware of how quickly summer goes!  I don’t want to miss anything!  Not to mention my to-do list for things around the house that just seems a mile long this year!  I remind myself to set some goals and take some baby steps.  Those steps really do add up over time and that’s what we are all about here in the Provision Room.  Just take a look…

After one year!

After one year!

Increasing slowly without breaking the budget!

Increasing slowly without breaking the budget!

I love stepping into my provision closet now!  It’s neat and organized and full of food for any of life’s little happenings.  One of the smartest things I did was give my 10 year old the job of keeping track of everything in the freezers and in the closet.  She is taking her job very seriously and keeping us all in line!  I love it!

So now is the time to join in, right where you are and start preparing your family for rainy days when life takes over.  Don’t be frustrated or overwhelmed let’s just journey together in community and the job will get done!

We are continuing our hospitality theme for this month.  It seems like we really hit on topic close to everyone’s heart so we’ve decided to stay here a little longer.   Daja and I have so much more to share with you!  We really feel like we’ve only scratched the surface!

Baby Steps:

1.  Continue to double two meals per week for the freezer.  If you are new to the Provision Room and don’t know why this is so important, and why we think it is one of the smartest ways to expand your stores without increasing your budget, check out our page on What Makes The Provision Room Unique.

2.  Prepare a car picnic basket.  This is a great way to avoid the drive-through this summer and be prepared for impromptu picnics, date nights, days at the beach, and just any ol’ time the hunger monster lifts its head from the back seat!  How to prepare a car picnic basket.

Big Girl Steps:

1.  Take the 30 Day Fast Food Challenge!!  Last year we kicked off our 30 Day Fast Food Challenge.  If you haven’t yet tried giving up fast food here is your chance!  For 30 days commit to eating intentionally, promising not to hit a single drive through or fast food joint.  This is a great challenge for your entire family, small group or church!  Trust us, you won’t regret taking this challenge!

2.  Practice hospitality.  This will be different for each of us.  The point is reach out to someone and make them feel welcome.  Need a refresher in the art of Biblical Hospitality?  Check out Entertaining vs. Hospitality.

(Linked to Wise Woman Link-Up,  Fantastic Thursdays!, One Sharendipity PlaceFrom The Farm HopMaking Your Home Sing and Hope In Every Season)

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James This is our first “official” week of summer and I feel like a child on Christmas morning, not sure where to start with all the fun!!  I want to allow myself plenty of time to […]

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Back To School Like A Boss

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Whether your kids go to school or whether they “do school” (you know, only homeschoolers say “do school”) this time of year is sort of exciting and stressful and makes you want to order a pumpkin spice latte to drink while perusing school supplies. I love me some new school supplies. Nothing says happiness like un-cracked composition books and boxes of brand new pencils. Just breathe it in! That’s the smell of education, baby! Read More

Back To School

Whether your kids go to school or whether they “do school” (you know, only homeschoolers say “do school”) this time of year is sort of exciting and stressful and makes you want to order a pumpkin spice latte to drink while perusing school supplies. I love me some new school supplies. Nothing says happiness like […]

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Baby Steps To Abundant Home Centered Living

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Baby Steps

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If you’ve been hanging out in The Provision Room for any length of time, you know that we are just consumed with the idea that home is where it’s at. We believe in joyful and abundant home-centered living.  We feature other homemakers from time to time to inspire you that home-centered lives are possible at every phase and in every sphere.  We share recipes and prayers and our struggles and adventures.  All aimed to celebrate and encourage you to live your best home centered lives.

But, let’s be real….it’s tough! The world we live in doesn’t make home-centered living easy.  Read More

Baby Steps

If you’ve been hanging out in The Provision Room for any length of time, you know that we are just consumed with the idea that home is where it’s at. We believe in joyful and abundant home-centered living.  We feature other homemakers from time to time to inspire you that home-centered lives are possible at […]

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Meal Plans for April 2014

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Holidays galore and our “cooking vacation” make for a crazy month!  It is so good to have it all planned out.  Now I’m just one B-I-G shopping trip away from being all done.

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April Menu Plan

Holidays galore and our “cooking vacation” make for a crazy month!  It is so good to have it all planned out.  Now I’m just one B-I-G shopping trip away from being all done. Let us know if you have any recipe requests.

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Homemade Christmas!

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The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand

-Willa Cather

There’s just something special about a gift that you know spent a lot of time in the heart, head and hands of the giver.  It makes it all the more special when you know it wasn’t just picked up off a shelf, but was crafted with you in mind.  Lovely.

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Homemade Christmas Gifts

The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand -Willa Cather There’s just something special about a gift that you know spent a lot of time in the heart, head and hands of the giver.  It makes it all the more special when you know it wasn’t just picked up off […]

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December Goals

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December Goals

It’s that most wonderful time of the year.  Parties for hosting; marshmallows for toasting; and all that.  You know.  In a time of year when our focus should all the more be on joy and family and heavenly things, pondering the great mysteries and treasuring up things in our hearts, we are often distracted and harried and hurried.  So, this month our goals are less about outward preparedness and more about inward preparedness.  Meaning, preparing our hearts for His coming. Read More

December Goals

It’s that most wonderful time of the year.  Parties for hosting; marshmallows for toasting; and all that.  You know.  In a time of year when our focus should all the more be on joy and family and heavenly things, pondering the great mysteries and treasuring up things in our hearts, we are often distracted and […]

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10 Day Give: DAY TEN and Menu Plans

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CONGRATULATIONS to yesterday’s winner of the curriculum bundle, Andrea!  

ENJOY!

Have you been enjoying all the giving?!  Isn’t it more blessed to give than receive?!  We LOVE this time of year!

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Seriously delicious antipasto salad created by the girls, with some pickled vegetables on the side.

CONGRATULATIONS to yesterday’s winner of the curriculum bundle, Andrea!   ENJOY! Have you been enjoying all the giving?!  Isn’t it more blessed to give than receive?!  We LOVE this time of year!