Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pantry Challenge #31 ...2015

The heat and humidity we’re experiencing just doesn’t seem to want to let up!  Our feel like temperatures has been well over 100 degrees more days than not since the first part of June.  The leaves on the trees in our yard are starting to turn and fall off … 6 weeks ahead of time.  The fruit trees we planted in the spring are definitely stressed as well as a couple of long standing dogwood trees.  We can keep them watered but there is simply nothing we can do about the intense heat.  Everything is drooping from this unusually long heat wave; this has definitely been a year of gardening when it’s hard!  However, we are so thankful for what we have been able to harvest and add to our pantry!  Let's see what that was this week!

My to-do list from last time:   


Harvest and dehydrate herbs.   Done!  I harvested and dehydrated lemon balm, lavender, sage, spearmint, peppermint, comfrey and elderberries.

Add rice to my pantry for medicinal purposes when a bland diet is needed.  Done! 



Complete $5 or less pantry challenge.  Done!  I purchased a 10 lb bag of rice for $4.44.  You can read about it HERE!

 





We were given about a gallon of fresh figs so I will need to preserve them asap.  Done!  I made 1 pint and 9 half pints of fig jelly. 





In addition:

We were given a large catfish that a neighbor caught and offered to my husband. My husband dressed it and we had catfish strips for dinner one night.

I canned 14 more quarts of tomato juice this week.  The dehydrator is humming with the pulp and peels in it as I type.  When they are completely dry, I will grind them up into tomato powder.

I needed to make up a big batch of turmeric and vitamin c capsules this week as I’ve just been doing enough to get from week to week.  I filled about 100 capsules while watching another episode of War Time Farm before I had to quit.  Filling each capsule is a mindless thing and for me can be quite monotonous, but having something to watch really made  it better.

I froze 2 dozen of eggs this week in anticipation of our chickens molting which always seems to occur during holiday baking time.

The lady that gave us the figs also gave me some flower seeds. It is well know that I like flowers and when I admired a bush filled with flowers she pulled off some seeds and gave them to me.  When I asked her what the name of the bush was she said she didn’t know but thought it was some kind of ‘sweetheart’ bush.  I want to do some research to see what I can find out about it.

Our Sam’s Club find this week was a box of 24 variety bags of Boulder chips on clearance for $2.01.

I worked on my scrap quilt on my sewing day this week.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

I continue to work toward my monthly goal of Swagbucks

We added $4.70  in change to our change jar this week.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge
  
Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

patsi

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Learning to Depend Less Upon the Grocery Store: Floor Cleaning Solution

I have one of those floor cleaning mops that have the disposable padding and bottle of solution that snaps into place on the handle.  The solution is quite expensive when purchased at the store so when I found this homemade version by One Good Thing by Jillee, I added it to my notebook under the laundry/cleaning tab …

Cut a hole in the bottom of the bottle to pour the mixture below in.  The hole needs to just be big enough to pour the solution in otherwise it might slosh out when using your machine.

50% water
50% white vinegar
A drop or two of Dawn dish washing detergent


I then turned to my Basics List in my notebook to add the ingredients to make this and see that I don’t need to because they are already there!  This is just one example of being able to make different things out of a few basic ingredients!

Update:  I have been asked if this will harm the finish on hardwood or laminate floors. Here's my answer:  Some say it does and some say it doesn't.  If you have concerns, I would start out by adding a couple of tablespoons of vinegar and the rest water along with the Dawn, like I'm doing.  If you don't want to do vinegar at all you could just do water and Dawn.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

$5 or Less Pantry Building Challenge: July 30th, 2015

How did you do with our $5 or less pantry building challenge this week?

Here’s what I added to my pantry for less than $5 …


... a 10 lb bag of long grain white rice for $4.44.

It will go in the freezer for a few days to get rid of any insect eggs that could hatch out later, and then I'll vacuum seal it in jars.

Now, it’s your turn, what did you add to your pantry last week for $5 or less?

Update:  Make sure you read the comments, there's some great $5 or Less examples being shared!



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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sewing Day Accomplishments: July, 28th, 2015

I was in the mood to work on my scrap quilt for my sewing day this week so I dumped out my scraps and set to work ...


I have a lot to choose from don't I?

By the end of the day I had completed several more blocks/panels/strips for my quilt ...


This is a fun project and I love that it is being made out of 'leftovers!'

What have you been sewing?

patsi

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pantry Challenge #30 ... 2015

My husband has been very sick this week so I didn’t get much done until Friday and Saturday.  As a result of his sickness he had to be put on a specialized bland diet.   He could eat baked potatoes, bananas and rice; all of which are very high in carbs and which we did not have in our pantry … we eat low-carb due to my husband being diabetic so we don't normally keep these items in our pantry.  Let me just say it has been an interesting week! 

(My husband is better and is able to start eating his regular diet again.)

So, given the week that I’ve had did I get anything done in my pantry ….

Let’s see …

My to-do list from last time:   


Can tomato sauce.  I canned tomato juice instead … 7 pints.   Due to my husband’s illness and ongoing condition any future tomatoes that I preserve will be in the form of sauce or juice. 

Harvest and dehydrate herbs.  Done!  I harvested and dried basil and comfrey.

Complete $5 or less weekly pantry challenge.  Done!  I added fresh ginger. You can read about what I did with it HERE.

In addition:

I harvested and dried some more elderberries.

I dehydrated some Roma tomatoes and the pulp and seeds that I strained from the tomato juice I mentioned above.  When all this was completely dried, I ground it up into tomato powder.  I have half of a quart jar full from something that would have normally been considered waste!  Pretty good if you asked me!!!

I had some lemons that I had purchased on sale that needed to be used, so when I saw this post from The Blue Birds are Nesting blog that talked about making lemon butter I knew I had to try my hand at making some.  My husband and I both thought it was delicious and I can assure you that I will keep an eye out for lemons to go on sale so I can make some more!

By the end of the week my husband was feeling some better and wanted to get out of the house so we went to Sam’s Club and found these chips on clearance for $.91/bag.

I made crystallized ginger to be used for nausea and indigestion.  My husband and I both thought it turned out really well.

With my husband being sick I wasn’t able to get to the garden where our tomatoes are, so when a neighbor drove up to our house with 1 and ½ five gallon buckets full that she had picked for us (from our garden) … she had heard that my husband was sick and thought it was something she could do for us,  we have some very good neighbors … I turned them into 13 quarts of tomato juice and added them to my pantry.

I found mushrooms on sale for $.69/carton and purchased enough to can 7 pints.

I finished one of the two throw pillows I’m making.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

With my husband being sick, I didn’t have much time to work on Swagbucks this week but I did earn a few points.

We added $2.70 in change to our change jar this week.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Harvest and dehydrate herbs

Add rice to my pantry for medicinal purposes when a bland diet is needed

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge

We were given about a gallon of fresh figs tonight so I will need to preserve them asap.

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

patsi
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