Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pantry Challenge #21 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

We have more bluebird eggs!!!   My husband came in with this photo this afternoon after deciding to check the nest.  Looks like the bluebirds like this spot for hatching out their young!

My to-do list from last time:

Continue harvesting and dehydrating spring onions. Done!  Actually, this is an ongoing process and will continue until the onions are all harvested.

See what I can add to my pantry for $5.  Done!  I was able to score a  CVS deal for much less than $5.  You can read about it HERE.

In Addition:

Chopped and dehydrated some leftover raw carrots.

Chopped and dehydrated some leftover bell peppers. 

Gratefully received some fresh from the ground potatoes, fresh from the vine cucumbers and fresh from the ground onions from some friends.

Added compost materials to the compost bin I emptied a couple of weeks ago.  It’s time to start the process all over again!

Browned a large package of ground beef we purchased on sale.  Froze two meal size portions from it for future cooking and used the rest to make spaghetti sauce for dinner one night.

In The Garden we have …

Tomatoes blooming

Baby cucumbers on the vines

The second planting of cucumbers we planted is up and about an inch high. In another week or so it’ll be time to plant a third planting.  By planting them in stages, it insures that we will have cucumbers to eat most of the summer.

Bell, banana, jalapeƱo and cayenne pepper plants are thriving

Spring green onions to eat

Squash plants are about a foot tall

Second planting of squash is pushing through the ground

Parsley is growing (thank you Annabel)

Basil, cilantro, rosemary, sage, spearmint, peppermint, lavender, lemon balm, nettles and dill are growing

Garlic will be ready to harvest soon

Turmeric is up and growing well

Rabbit tobacco is taking off

Bunching onions are growing

Okra is coming up

Zucchini has baby zucchini

Blueberries are just before ripening

Elderberry bushes are blooming

Raspberry bushes are loaded and ripening

Grape vines are full of promise

Peach tree is hanging full of baby peaches

Pear tree is hanging full of baby pears

It looks to be a good gardening year.   I surely hope it is!

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Start harvesting raspberries

CVS shopping

Continue harvesting spring onions

Harvest zucchini


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

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

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Container Gardening: Cucumbers

This year we're experimenting with container gardening and I thought you might like to see how our cucumbers are doing ...



Here's a picture of the overall pot ... want to see what's underneath all those leaves?




baby cucumbers ...




more baby cucumbers ...




and yet, more baby cucumbers!

There are many more that are not shown.  We are so pleased with how the cucumbers are producing.

Here's what we did and are doing to get these results ...

We took a really large pot ...
filled the bottom with some rocks for drainage ...
filled the pot with garden soil and some of our homemade compost ...
planted straight eight heirloom seeds and as soon as they were up and growing, added a tomato cage to the pot ...
when the cucumbers started running we wound the vines in and around the tomato cage ...
water daily (container gardening requires more water than traditional gardening) ...
fertilize with a liquid fertilizer about every two weeks...

and you're looking at the results!

We expect to be harvesting cucumbers in the coming up week.

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

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$5 or Less Pantry Challenge: May 28th, 2016

We had some errands to run in town today so I gathered up my coupons and CVS Extracare Bucks and off we went ... here's what we scored at CVS (and Sam's Club) for less than $5!!!


Total out of pocket for everything shown was $2.13 (this total includes taxes)!

In addition, we earned $2.50 in Extracare Bucks that we can use on our next CVS shopping trip.

(The two travel size toothpastes came from a kiosk at Sam's Club ... they were free!)

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

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: May 25th, 2016

This past week has been my lowest ‘saving’ week thus far, but it’s still something!

I/we saved/earned $82.17 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  

Here’s how it breaks down:

Planted the following plants that I grew from seeds (I am averaging each plant at $1 per plant):  8 tomato plants. Saved:  $8

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $$6

Saved $16.17 by taking advantage of sales, coupons and clearance items. 

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (4 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $40

Made four 12 x 12 inch design boards:  Saved $12

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $6,468.28, add this week’s amount ($82.17) and I/we have saved $6,550.45.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

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


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Sewing/Crafting Day: May 25th, 2016

I've wanted a design wall for a very long time, but we just don't have room for one in our home.  So, when I came across this post, I knew that I wanted to make some of these smaller design boards.  They are by no means a replacement for a design wall, but they will enable me to play around with quilt block designs without the pieces sliding around.

Following the instructions in the above mentioned post, I set to work ...



I started out with 2  inexpensive foam boards that were 20 x 30 inches each ...


and cut them into 12 x 12 inch squares (I saved the 'leftovers' for future projects)


I cut out pieces of cotton quilting batting (from scraps I had on hand) and glued them to each board (around all four sides) using a hot glue gun ...


Here are all 4 boards, trimmed and stacked waiting for the next step


I stitched up the edging and glued it on  ...  I was all set to complete all 4 of them yesterday, but let's just say that yesterday didn't go the way we had planned so, I still have 3 more to edge.


Take a closer look at the fabric I'm using for the edging ... it is perfect for the project and it came from my fabric stash!

I am excited about these design boards and am planning a quilting project so I can put them to use!

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

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