Hurricane Irma Prep

It's Sunday and I thought I would do a short update before we lose electricity. Hurricane Irma is on the way and while it's calm now, we are sure to get high winds and lots of rain. You can bet we will lose electricity sometime between late tonight and early Monday morning.

Here is a map updated 23 hours ago. Doug's brother and family are in Tampa so we are hoping the best for them.  It's the storm surge that will complicate things along with the high winds.  You are in our thoughts Gregg, Barb and Mia!


Since the storm was tracking along the east coast we didn't do all out planning as we should have. Once we realized it was tracking into the Gulf we started filling gallon pitchers and any other water container with water. Also froze several gallon bags with water so that's not only drinking water but ice packs. One case of bottled water is in reserve in the pantry.

I made bread, lots of bread, because good luck finding any on the shelves in the markets.


Also I soaked beans and made a 15 bean soup. This was something I have done for past storms, check out the recipe and post HERE. Only thing different this time is I didn't add any meat, it's strictly vegetarian. We have a good quantity of rice as well. Yellow rice, Basmati, Jasmine and plain old long grain. If need be, a few ladels of soup over a bowl of rice will sustain us for a while.


One of the meals I have planned is a lasagna skillet. I made it before and it's all done in a pan so this will work on the camp stove. I'd planned on posting this and sharing with Beth Fish Reads....later.

skillet lasagna

Now we will be gathering up loose items outside so they won't be projectiles.  Tristan, his daughter and their dogs will be joining us as they are in a mobile home.  Not safe to weather this storm out there.

That's all I have for now.  I probably won't post again until afterwards but might update Instagram if we have a cell signal out here in the boonies!

I will be joining Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday series.

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Mae Travels said...

Good luck and safe survival to you & your family!

best... mae at

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Tina:)
Thinking about you and praying all stays well...

Judee@gluten Free A-Z Blog said...

Hope all goes well for you in the storm.
You sound all set with the food-
I like your skillet lasagna idea and will have to try that.
We are on the East coast but snow bird in Florida half the year in our condo in Miami..
Miami lucked out but we were nervous. A friend checked our condo and we have a little water got inside , but that is about it.. the building has some minor damage but all is well..
Hope you fair as well.. be safe ..

Linda said...

Praying for you and your family tonight. I see you posted this 13 hours ago and I am hoping and praying all is well. We are in the country with no TV and little radio so I do have some Internet data to keep up with where Irma is and what is happening.I will be looking forward and will rejoice to see your next post! Stay safe and know that so many are praying for your safety....

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thanks for sharing a soup this week. ;-)
Hoping that everything is going OK for you and you and the family are safe. It does sound like you'll have some good things to eat--electricity or not. Take care my friend.

Katherine P said...

How are you doing Tina? I'm glad your son came to stay with you. Mobile homes aren't the best option for a storm like this! I like that you filled jugs with water. It always amazes me how many people spend so much time running around buying water before a storm when they could be filling containers with tap water! We are waiting for after effects to hit here but it's weakened considerably so it shouldn't be too awful. My daughter is at Auburn (though she left for the weekend) and we were worried because it looked like it was going to hit there pretty bad. They may still have flooding and some nasty storms but not as bad as it could have been. You now have me wanting soup!

Tina said...

Thanks all for the great comments. We are well, I will be checking in with you on your sites now. Thanks again for the good thoughts!

Seven Hour Lamb with White Beans <br>{ make that less than 2 hours in the Instant Pot}</br>

It's good to get back to posting about food after a short break. Next year I will be getting a flu shot; this bout knocked me for a loop...