After having packed and moved so much stuff, there are things I’ll never have to by again. Not really . . I don’t have a lifetime supply of anything except yarn and fabric. I have plenty of home canned meats and veggies. What I didn’t move was junk food/comfort food. I don’t keep a lot of that kind of stuff anyway because it doesn’t keep that great and it isn’t something we couldn’t live without. I could store it in the freezer but my freezers were always full of other stuff.
When we had an ice storm in Louisiana in 1997 and our power was out for 7 days, all the neighbors got together with camp stoves, grills and smokers and, as food defrosted in freezers, everyone cooked up what they had and shared it with everyone else. I don’t remember anything except the brownies! One lady had worked with Boy Scouts and knew how to make a solar oven with aluminum foil and I don’t know what else but she made several solar ovens and those with brownie mix chipped in and we had a big batch of brownies. That was true comfort food when everyone needed it. Yes, we need nourishing foods but we also need comfort food.
This weekend Addie was so happy to make brownies. I remembered that I had unpacked one package of brownie mix and she was happy to stir them up, lick the bowl, wash the bowl and eat the brownies. That reminded me to add comfort food to my grocery order this week. Not being a chocolate fan, I’ll eat a brownie or two but muffins are my choice – warm, with a little butter; even cut in half and toasted in a skillet when they’re a day or two old.
Three packs of brownie mix but lots more muffin mixes.
I don’t think any of us can guess what Fall and Winter will be like – Covid, weather, who knows what may happen, but I want to be sure and get re-stocked on any supplies I may be low on so that if we feel more comfortable staying home and not going out, we’ll have everything we need. Don’t get me wrong – brownie and muffin mixes are not the mainstays of my preps but they are important! 🙂
Up in the top of the pantry where I see them and won’t forget about them but where I have to grab the step stool (and think about whether I really want them) before I get them down.