Thursday, November 10, 2005

Worse than provisioning….putting it all away!

We’ve spent the last 3 days arranging, re-arranging, and re-arranging again all of the stuff that has made it onto the boat in the last week. This may sound like no big deal, but it has been challenging, to say the least. It’s kinda like putting a pillow into a shoe box….hahaha! See, all that great stuff we picked up at Sam’s club had to be re-packaged to get rid of all of the cardboard that melts aboard a boat, which took a bit of time, then we had to find spots for it to fit. The cruising books say to allow 3 trips to complete your provisioning for the trip. We did all of the dry stuff, the ‘staples’ if you will at Sam’s Club and have about 95% of it put away now. We still have a trip to Trader Joe’s, still need to get some frozen meats at Von’s, and have the Farmer’s Market this weekend to pickup all of our fresh produce just before we leave. We’ve had a lot of people ask us how to figure out what to take, and how much to take of it. Again, the cruising books say to make a list of your 5 favorite breakfasts, 10 favorite lunch & snacks, & 20 favorite dinners. Once you have the list, make a list of the ingredients and then provision using that list of ingredients as a grocery list. We’ve stocked up on a ton of stuff, right or wrong. To figure out where we put it, and how much we have, we’ve made lists & labels for each bin, cabinet, refrig & freezer area. Below is a list of just the stuff in the bins & cabinets – the ‘dry’ stuff:

Qty Description
2 Coconut Milk
2 Crystal Light Lemonade
4 Evaporated Milk
6 Soymilk
2 Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 Chicken & Dumplings Soup
3 Chicken Broth
3 Chicken Noodle Soup
4 Chicken Pot Pie Soup
1 Clam Chowder Soup
1 Corn Chowder Soup
2 Cream of Celery Soup
4 Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 Cream of Potato Soup
1 Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
1 Creamy Potato Leek Soup
2 Mayonaise
2 Split Pea Soup
1 Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
8 Tomato Soup
7 Baked Beans
2 Canned Black Beans
2 Canned Chili
1 Canned Kidney Beans
4 Canned Pinto Beans
8 Canned Ravioli
2 Canned Turkey Chili
1 Canned White Beans
2 Canned Clams
1 Canned Crab
12 Canned Green Chiles
7 Canned Olives
5 Canned Red Salsa
2 Canned Salsa Verde
14 Canned Tuna
1 Pizza Sauce
11 Rotel
1 Tomato Sauce
1 Canned Apricots
16 Canned Corn
3 Canned Cranberry Sauce
5 Canned Grean Beans
4 Canned Mixed Vegetables
4 Canned Peaches
1 Canned Pears
8 Canned Peas
1 Canned Pineapple
1 Bacos
Baking Box Bisquick
Baking Box Brown Sugar
1 Café Latte Mix
3 Cake Mixes (White, Chocolate, Devils Food)
1 Chai Latte Mix
1.5 Chocolate Chips (Semi-sweet & 1/2 butterscotch)
1 Chocolate Syrup
3 Coffee
1 Coffee Filters
Baking Box Corn Meal
1 Creamy Caesar Dressing
1 Crisco 3-pk
1 Decaf Coffee
1 Dijon Mustard Bottle
1 Dried Fruits:
1 Dry Sherry
1 Flour
Baking Box Gelatin (3pkts)
16 Instant, Flavored Oatmeal Mixes
1 Ketchup Bottle
1 Liquid Mulling Spices
1 Nesquick
1 Oatmeal
1 Oil
1 Ovaltine
1 Pie Crust Mix
Pineapple Rings
1 Ranch Dressing
1 Rice Protein
1 Soy Sauce
1 Sugar
Baking Box Tapioca Mix
Baking Box Wheat Flour
Baking Box Yeast (3pkts)
20 Apple Cider Mix
12 Chicken Broth
2 Cinnamon - Large
2 Coconut Milk
2 Condensed Milk
4 Evaporated Milk
1 Garlic Salt
3 Grape Jelly
2 Honey
30 Hot Chocolate Mix
1 Ketchup
1 Lipton Tea bags 104ct
1 Long Grain Rice
4 Mac n Cheese 2pkgs
3 Maxwell House Coffee
1 Minute Rice (zipped)
1 Pam Butter Spray
1 Pam Olive Oil Spray
2 Peanut Butter
1 Pinto Beans (zipped)
20 Ramen Noodle - Chicken
2 Tony C Seasoning
1 Zatarains Seasoning
1 4 Cheese Seasoning
1 Alfredo Seasoning
10 Apple Sauce Singles
1 Bacon
Tub Bisquick
8 Chocolate Pudding Mix
2 Creamy Pesto Seasoning
2 Egg Noodles
2 Elbow Macaroni
2 Enchilada Seasoning
2 Fajitas Seasoning
Tub Fettuccine Noodles
2 French Onion Soup Mix
Tub Lasagne Noodles
1 Lentils
Tub Long Grain Rice
6 Mac n Cheese 2-pks
3 Mashed Potato Mix
1 Matzo Ball Soup
1 Meat Loaf Seasoning
1 Mexican Rice Seasoning
Tub Minute Rice
4 Pad Thai Noodles
4 Pasta Roni Mixes
2 Pasta Salad Mix
3 Penne Pasta
1 Pesto Seasoning
Tub Pinto Beans
1 Polenta
3 Ramen Noodles
3 Ranch Dressing Singles
7 Rice a Roni Mixes
2 Rotini Pasta
Tub Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 Shake N Bake
Tub Spaghetti Noodles
3 Split Pea Soup Mix
1 Spring Vegetable Soup Mix
3 Taco Seasoning
2 Tortelloni
2 Tuna packets
2 Uncle Ben Microwave Rice
1 Velveeta

We have more bins & cabinets that haven’t been cataloged, but that’s a taste of what we’re bringing. I’m sure we’ll revise our list several times and will decide to take more or less of some items, but it’s a start!!

Other than that, we’ve been picking up some final items, working with Casey up at the shop, and getting those projects done. We had rain last night & most of today so we ran errands – storage, cell phone changes, shopping, Mp3 player parts, etc. We disconnected Rene’s cell phone today, so if you’re trying to get in touch with either of us, call 805-701-8384. Tomorrow is project day – getting some of those projects DONE! Chad, the rigger is also coming over tomorrow to finish up tuning the rig. Woohoo….we’re sooooo close!! I’ll write more later…..Rene & Michael


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