After the holidays last year, I did some soul searching and came to the conclusion that my life needed more balance. I was tired of the chaos and haphazardness of my daily life and felt a need to simplify and organize my home and thoughts. One area of need for us was preparedness. Although we have been blessed and not had a major natural disaster in our area that affected us, I wanted to be as ready as I could be if we did have an extended time that the electricity is off, or our food supply was diminished. Inspired by my daughter I started to work on an "extended pantry" Shopping at sales for items, storing, organizing, dating, and rotation of these items was first on the list. Canning, dehydrating and learning about cooking from food storage was next. I am not going to expound on these subjects as there are so many wonderful blogs and websites available that say it much better than me. I will show you a photo of part of my pantry area which is downstairs in the basement. I'm not finished, as it is an ongoing project, but I think I have a good start.