Sunday, February 6, 2011

Just Plain Sweet Pantry Clean Out Day from the kitchen of Stacey Beth

Let it ice, let it freeze and then let it snow! We had a major ice storm come through and freezing temperatures for 4 days along with a lot of snow. We are in the south and this is just not something that we are fully ever prepared for. So I was limited on baking last week and also entertaining an almost two year old who could not go outside and burn energy made for an exhausting week. We were VERY blessed that we did not lose power (with the 15 minute exception on the rolling blackout) and only lost gas heat for about 8 hours.

A project that I decided to take on was to clean out our pantry, refrigerator & freezer. Here in North Texas, 1 in 3 children do not have enough to eat on a daily basis. It is very humbling to me. I could not imagine not being able to feed my child.

The picture below is one of the several tubs that will be dropped off at the food bank. Our local food bank takes frozen and refrigerated items too. Sometimes it is hard to decide what to donate. I think oh we will use it one day. Sadly that one day never comes so this time I decided to donated everything that I had that thought on. I would rather know that it actually feeds someone than sits in my pantry and expires.

When you think of your local food pantry you think of donating food. There is so much more that they need. They need personal items like deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, shampoos and soaps. Our local Food Pantry is also in desperate need of feminine products. Another thing is baby food, formula and diapers.

My husband looked at our cleaned out, organized pantry and said that it met his standards of organization (in high school he stocked shelves at a grocery store and constantly is rearranging things I put in the pantry).......wheew....I guess I did a good job!

My challenge to everyone is to go through your pantry and make a donation. No donation is to small. Also if you get a local paper get the coupons out of it and clip them. There are numerous websites (that are free) that will tell you where the best place and time to match up your coupon. A lot of items end up being FREE or very little cost. You might not use these items, but someone else will. If you would like a list of websites that I use to help me match up mine, please send me an email and I will send you the links that I use.

For health and strength and daily Bread, We give you thanks, O Lord.

Check in tomorrow for another tasty treat.

Stacey Beth
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17 –

1 comment:

Margaret said...

Beautiful! I am inspired. My daughter is making one of your treats - I will let you know how it turns out.

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