Monday, August 15, 2016

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home: #3



We left you with this in our last post!  So, what did we with this mess????


Come on, I'll show you ....



Yep, we tore it down ...




completely ....


and burned it!


Then it was time for the rest of the clean-up!


Finally, a cleared lot!

Just you wait to see what we moved onto this nice clear lot ... I can't tell you how many people questioned our sanity when they saw it!!!  If I had been them, I would have too!!!

Here are a few hints:

it was old (built in 1932) ...

it had been a house and had served as a church at different times ...

it had a huge hole in the roof ...

it had a big hole in the floor directly under the huge hole in the roof ...

it had no inside walls, only studs ...

it was home to many creatures ...

it was full of trash (this is an under statement) ...

it had been neglected for lots of years ...

it had been used for storage for all of those 'lots of years' (You know the kind of storage where you just open the door and throw it in?)

the structure was sound ...

it was what we could pay cash for ...

I'm trying to prepare you for the picture ... which will come in the next entry of our journey

  ... which I won't post until after the Labor Day Weekend because ...



Yes, I know you love me!!!!

Meet you back here after the Labor Day Weekend!  Have a good one everyone!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Ways of My Household: 8/14/2016

A reader asked me if I had been successful in my attempts to grow turmeric after reading this post. I told her I had and that I would share a picture along with how I preserved it so, that’s how we’re going to start this post off.

This is a picture of the turmeric I currently have growing.  It has been an experiment the last 2 years to see if I could succeed and I’m happy to say that I can.  Next year I plan to greatly increase the amount of turmeric I grow.

Hmmm … I can grow it, but how do I harvest it and what do I do with it once I get it harvested?  Good questions!  I dig it up in the fall, cull out the roots that are too small to do anything with and replant them immediately.  The rest of it gets brought in and thoroughly washed. (Want to know a secret, I wash it in the dishwasher without any kind of detergent or rinse aids … it does a wonderful job!)  Then I thinly slice it and dry it in my dehydrator which is similar to this one. (I do not peel it.) Next, it’s time to grind it up into powder using this little grinder.  It’s now ready for use in cooking and in filling the capsules I use to make the turmeric capsules I take daily.

Okay, on to my week …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

I harvested soapwort this week.  This is a new plant for me to grow.  I learned of soapwort while watching Wartime Farm last year and was able to locate seeds for planting through Amazon.  I used the instructions in the book Wartime Farm to make shampoo using what I harvested.  I followed the instructions closely and it did exactly what the book said it would do.  While I don’t plan on replacing our store bought shampoo with homemade soapwort shampoo, I must say that it is nice to have this bit of ‘tried and true’ knowledge to draw on should it be needed.  You can bet that next year I will be growing more soapwort!

I canned 9 more pints of banana pepper relish and added them to my pantry.  Saved $41.49   

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Cheryl has hit it out of the park again with this post titled Use This For That.”    Some of the things she shared I knew but some were new to me.  

Harvested and froze more okra for my pantry.  Saved $15

Earned $6 doing PineCone surveys.

I purchased enough plain ole #2 pencils (4 packages of 8 for $.47/package) during the back to school sales this week to last until the back to school sales next year. 
 
Added 18 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the freezer part of my pantry.  We purchased a bulk bag at Sam’s Club a few weeks back and I’m just now getting around to dividing it up and freezing it.

I set out rose bushes I had rooted and grown from clippings.  Saved (price of 3 rose bushes)  $45

We are still saving seeds from tomatoes but this will be the last as our tomatoes are through for the year. Saved $10

I worked on cleaning out two of our raised beds this week getting them ready for fall planting.  Our summer garden is officially all done except for a few pepper plants and okra.  The excessive heat we had for such a long time really hurt it.

We had to run an errand into town one afternoon and stopped in at Food Lion because we had a coupon for a free loaf of bread.  We purchased the free loaf of bread; that is all we purchased, with a cost to us of zero.  We didn't even have to pay taxes.  When we got our receipt we also got another coupon for .... a free 4 lb bag of sugar.  I handed the bread to my husband and went back and got the free sugar, again we didn't even have to pay the taxes.  When I got the receipt for that I also got a coupon for a free can of vegetables or fruit.  You guessed it, I handed the bag of sugar to my husband and went back and got the free can of vegetables.  We walked out of Food Lion having spent not one cent but with $3.91 worth of grocery items. 

I vacuumed sealed the 4 lbs of free sugar just mentioned into quart jars and added them to my pantry.

Saved $183.02 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Added compost material to the compost bin. 

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (5 hour x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $50

Not working a job outside my home savings $100.

Book(s) I’ve read this week …… I continue to read Wartime Farm and glean from it.   

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $10,247.25, add this week’s amount ($456.51) and I/we have saved $10,703.76.  

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry and live frugally this week?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Weekend Assignment!

It's time to close out the week here on A Working Pantry  blog with a weekend assignment. 

Last week the assignment was to check your supply of antibiotic cream and restock accordingly.  I heard from several of you that you did!  Good job!

Keeping in mind that our pantries are more than just food, this week our assignment is to check our pantry for over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, baby aspirin, etc.  Who wants to have to make a run to the store for these items when you have a splitting headache or are aching from an illness or injury?  Not me!

So, let's do a little prevention work here shall we and check our supply? 

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button I would be very grateful!  

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Purifying Water Using Pool Shock

Just a 'heads up' for those of you who use or have pool shock in your pantry for purifying water purposes ... this is the one I have in my pantry storage ...

and it's on sale NOW  ... (I don't know how long the sale will last.)





Here is one of many posts online on using pool shock for purifying water.

patsi 
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button I would be very grateful!  

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Let's Talk ... About Re-Canning

Re-canning, for the purpose of this post, is when you purchase items in #10 size cans or other large containers and re-can them.

I've done it with great success!

Here are a few things that can be re-canned to give you an idea, there are many others:

black olives (follow canning instructions as if you were canning them for the first time.)

tomatoes  (follow canning instructions as if you were canning them for the first time.)

green beans (follow canning instructions as if you were canning them for the first time.)

ketchup (follow canning instructions as if you were canning them for the first time.)

tomato sauce  (follow canning instructions as if you were canning them for the first time.)

No the black olives and green beans are not mush.

Why would you want to re-can?  What are the advantages?

Many times #10 size cans or other large containers of an item are cheaper.

Maybe your garden didn't produce all you needed and using this method to finish stocking your pantry will meet your needs.

If you can't use it all, it's a way to keep it from going to waste.

Here are some posts that talk about re-canning (be sure to read the comments as well):

Canning, -- Well Re-Canning 

Canning and Re-Canning 

Recanning Store Bought Tomato Sauce

Have you done any re-canning from store bought #10 size cans of vegetables or fruits?   

What are your thoughts on re-canning?

patsi 
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button I would be very grateful!  

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home: #2

So what did we do with the mess that I showed you in the last post?

Come on I'll show you ...




First we had to mow the grass, the whole place was really grown up!




That's better, we can at least see the structure ...




Oh my ....  this project was definitely not for the faint of heart!




We hauled load after load after load of burned scrap metal out of the structure to the recycling center ... the good news ... we sold enough scrap metal to recover $1300.00 of the price we paid for the property!

The yard is mowed and the structure is cleaned out of anything that is salvageable, now it's time to ...

Hmm, I'll think I'll wait until the next entry to share that with you!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button I would be very grateful!  

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