Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blueberry Ice Cream & Welfare Cupboard

Passed the sign heading home from town this afternoon.

Blueberry ice-cream was a-ok.

For the last 2-3 years we've put off restocking the welfare cupboard just incase we weren't staying. The Christchurch earthquake was a wake up call to locals who weren't prepared. The LDS church in Christchurch turned one of their stake centers into a food court for a while and at church we were reminded of the importance of keeping a welfare cupboard.

I spent just over $100 on the basics and plastic storage containers. Pasta, flour, rice, sugar, salt, vege stock cubes, candles, toothpaste, toothbrushes, detergents, toilet paper, baby diapers and some canned food.

Not everyone likes the budget brand, but when you're in a desperate measures situation you wouldn't care about the difference between dog food and chicken alfredo.

These are camping utensils. Spoon, fork, knife and chop sticks. $5 from The Warehouse.

This week tooth brushes are 88 cents and toothpaste is 98 cents per from Pak n Save. Soap is $3.50.

The baking basics.

So we're getting somewhere after nearly 3 years. It's cheaper and uses less effort to buy canned fruit over preserving them. Winter is coming up, I will be preserving feijoas since no one sells them in a can. Larry also requested I try preserving/bottling salsa - this is one of the 47.

I've had to rearrange my shed for the welfare cupboard. It's been a storage unit for my brothers gear. I evicted their gear from the welfare cupboard over the weekend. The brown door along the back wall is the cupboard entrance.

It's an exciting thing getting on top of this. I'd like to get two of these in the next month and a tent sometime.

We've had 2 earthquakes measuring 5+ in the last 2 weeks. It's a gentle reminder for us to get things in order. It's common knowledge in our religion to be ready.

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