In the BWS household, it's a tradition to not go out for special occasions but rather to stay home. Mrs BWS is proud of her ability to create a meal, so this thread is my salute to her. Appetizer: pepper seared wild duck on a bed of homegrown collared greens. Served with a nice young Beaujolais. Main course: cast iron venison chili over basmati rice, with homemade chili powder (cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, cumin, black pepper, dried ground garlic, oregano). Served with a beautiful Rioja. Dessert: Oven-baked rice pudding served with tawny port. All from our stores and the only thing store-bought was the wine and a few items such as sugar and black pepper. Sometimes we think about hypothetically substituting homemade muscadine wine for the port with dessert, and rye or corn for the table wine but obviously we wouldn't break "the law". Point being- take some time to not just live, but live well from your stores and preps. No need to subsist on spam and freeze-dried whatever. Variety is the spice of life- make sure to plan ahead for special occasions and luxuries. Very important for your physical and psychological well-being and no reason why it can't be planned. In a long-term SHTF, such luxuries will make a huge difference. Hats off to the self-sufficient and never forget: self-sufficiency is the ultimate subversive act. Be careful out there. Learn how and why "law" is made. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!