~ from my home to yours, living the Working Pantry lifestyle ~ surviving today's economy ~ a can-do spirit and attitude ~

Preparedness Like Grandma Used To Do

With all the dooms day, end of the world type preparedness sites online, I felt the need to clarify where A Working Pantry fits into the preparedness arena.

Here at A Working Pantry we're all about being prepared, make no mistake, but NOT an end of the world/dooms day type of preparedness. 

Instead, our focus is on common sense everyday preparedness like grandma used to do.

A full larder ...

The ability to treat minor illnesses and injuries ...

Repurposing things we have into things we need …

Growing a garden ...

Canning and preserving our own food ...

Producing with our hands the things we need for our home and home keeping to the best of our ability ...

Strategic and prudent shopping …

and ...

A can-do attitude along with the tenacity to look to the future and plan for it.

I have 44 years of experience living this lifestyle (not counting my frugal childhood), and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  It has prepared me for the difficult economic times we all find ourselves in right now.

I hope you enjoy what you read here.



  1. Where do I start? Love you website. Alison

    1. Thank you Alison, just jump in anywhere and Welcome!

  2. Herbal meds for colds and flu … I need to make some shower balls for stuffy nose's along with a couple of other things, so this is an area I need to work on.

    Essential oils for colds and flu. Please, please, let me know how to get started on these. We, here in Michigan, have already been slapped by Father Winter and it isn't even Winter yet. I am really behind. Any help with Essential oils for colds and flu and shower balls for stuffy nose's along with a couple of other things would be helpful or at least steering me towards a tutorial. Thank you. :)

    1. Alison, I'll be doing posts on all those things in the near future.

  3. Ran across this recipe and your blog while searching for a squash casserole that wasn't too rich and could be frozen. Excellent site! I'm a 67-year-old country gal and garden who believes in preparedness the same way you do. Plus, once you start growing and cooking your own food, it's hard to put up with so-called convenience foods in the stores and fast food joints.

  4. I've always had a small pantry of items in case of times such as these. I'm always stocked up on flour because you can make lots of things with it,butter,eggs & coffee. It's a small pantry, but it will be reap big rewards if we need it. Not hoarding. Preparing and hoarding are not the same thing. Following along with you now.