This Too Shall Pass (Plus Pantry Recipe Suggestions)

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Woman laying upside down on a yellow couch with her feet crossedIn the midst of the Covid-19 craziness, I wanted to take a moment. A moment to take a deep breath and remind both you and myself that this too shall pass. 

We have entered a very serious and unexpected time in our history. This is a time that will be written about in books and studied for future planning. And we are living it. 

Generations before us have seen war and famine, hardships and events that we can’t even imagine. And while we’ve heard these stories from our grandparents and about their grandparents, we will be telling our grandchildren about this. 

We will be telling the stories of how we spent weeks at home, trying to do the right thing. How people bought toilet paper and water bottles with seemingly no reason other than mass panic. How we had to remind each other that this was not a snow day. That this was a time to get real real quick. 

This is a serious time in our history. It is one that we need to take seriously and requires us to behave responsibly. But this too shall pass. This is not the end of the story. 

So please stay home. Do your grocery shopping, print out some recipes and stay home. This is a time for working remotely, binging Netflix or Amazon Prime, reading books, playing board games and doing puzzles. Be responsible and take care of those that can’t take care of themselves by not helping the virus spread. 

And if you head out to the grocery store or the pharmacy or the doctor’s office? Thank every worker you can. These are the people on the front lines who are helping to keep the world go round. The least we can do is show our appreciation. 

If you are looking for recipes that you can make right out of your pantry with ingredients that will keep for awhile, here are a few of my favorites.

This Cornbread Chili Casserole is primarily canned foods, spices, ground beef and an onion. You can omit the onion if you don’t have one, just add some dried onion flakes or onion powder. 

This Old-Fashioned Goulash has a lot of ingredients, but most of them are canned and spices other than the ground beef and onion. Again, you can replace that onion with flakes or powder. 

My Pepperoni Pasta Bake only has four ingredients and is super easy to throw together. Keep the ingredients around and you can pull it out when you need to. 

Lastly, my 2-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons and Funfetti Cake Truffles are great pantry desserts. You can make them as an activity with the kids or just for something that you can snack on. 

Please stay safe, my friends. Hunker down, enjoy the lack of having to travel, watch more television than you normally would, and try out your hand at cooking. This will pass, we just have to do our best not to lose ourselves in the meantime. 

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