Sunday, May 3, 2015

Pantry Challenge #18 ... 2015

The weather finally got warm enough this week to finish up the garden planting and it has been a busy week !

My to-do list from last time:   

Continue planting garden and replacing items that didn’t survive the winter. Done!  We replaced a peach tree and an apple tree in our orchard that didn’t survive the winter.  We added 3 blackberry plants to our blackberry patch that we got on clearance, and planted 20 additional strawberry plants that we got on clearance too.  We also planted zucchini, yellow squash, potatoes, okra, red onions, cucumbers, mini decorative pumpkins, howden pumpkins and butternut squash in the garden.

Continue planting herbs … I planted jewelweed, comfrey, cilantro, parsley, marjoram and chives.  I still have a few more to plant.

Vacuum seal Cheerios … Partially Done!  I added 9 quarts and 1 pint of Honey Nut Cheerios and 9 quarts and 1 pint of plain Cheerios to my pantry.  I still have a few more plain Cheerios to do.

Vacuum seal tea bags … Partially Done! I added 4 ½ quarts to my pantry.  I still have another box to do.

Vacuum seal oats … Didn’t get done!

In addition:

We were given 2 metal T clothesline poles recently and my husband got them installed this week. You can see it HERE.

Our Sam’s Club bargains this week were fragrant roses on clearance for $5.21 each (regular price $12.91 each).  They needed a little TLC, but that wasn’t a problem, and are now doing fine planted beneath a dogwood tree in my yard. If all goes well, this dogwood tree will be surrounded by beautiful fragrant roses in the not too distant future.

I also found, on clearance, some lilac bushes.  I purchased 2 and planted them beneath the window of our bedroom.  With lots of TLC, I’m hoping they will grow to be big, healthy and reach up to the window.  I can just image opening the windows to the smell of lilacs!

One more thing that I found on clearance at Sam’s Club was 2 hydrangea bushes.  I purchased 2 and planted them beneath another dogwood tree.  I can image these bushes loaded with their big blue flowers growing nestled in the curve of the tree … oh, did I mention that this particular dogwood tree has a slight curve in it!

I purchased Hosta bulbs, these were not on sale, and started them in pots in our green house.  When they come up and get a little size to them I plan to plant them around another tree in our yard.

I started painting the popcorn tins I told you about HERE.  I’ll be doing a post on them later in the week.

I mended a sheet that had a small tear in it. 

We spent less than $10 on groceries this week.  That’s how I could take advantage of the flowers I got on sale at Sam’s Club!  We’ve been eating mostly out of our pantry this week and plan to continue this as long we can through the summer months.  This will give us a little more discretionary money to do some unbudgeted things we would like to do.

I received a $25 Amazon gift card I earned through Swagbucks.

I earned and received another $5 Amazon gift card through Bing

I received a $21 check from Pinecone Research for doing surveys.

We added $3.05 to our change jar.  

Don’t forget about the sale Zaycon foods is having on their chicken breast right now … $1.69/lb.   I wrote about it HERE.

I finished writing out the first chapter of the book of James from the Bible in my “James’ journal and am well into the second chapter.  This has become one of my favorite ways of getting God’s Word into my mind and heart.

I’m also working on reading through the entire Bible in a year.  I fell a little behind on this while we were on our working vacation but am working to get caught up and back on track.

I marked my Bible with this free More Than Conquerors Bible study.  Another one of my favorite ways of studying God’s Word is by marking in my Bible.  I’m currently working on marking my Bible with another free study on ‘Attitude,’ this is another good one!

New on A Working Pantry blog this week:  I added 2 more free downloads.  One is a set of recipe cards and the other is an info sheet on zucchini giving ideas on what to do with it.

My updated 2015 gardening journal can be found HERE!  I update it several times a week.

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

Finish planting herbs

Finish vacuum sealing Cheerios

Finish vacuum sealing tea bags

Vacuum seal oats

Continue planting herbs

Put the finishing touches on releasing an oldie but goodie e-book I wrote titled 'Yes, You CAN Have a Well-Stocked Pantry ... Expanded Edition!'
Place a Subscribe and Save order through Amazon.  I’ve decided to set aside the money I earn through Swagbucks and Bing each month to pay for this.  (Link to Amazon's Subscribe and Save can be found on the sidebar of A Working Pantry blog.)

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

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where We're Growing Our Food This Year ... part 1

garden # 1
(zucchini, cucumber, and yellow squash are planted here thus far.)

garden # 2
  (butternut squash, miniature pumpkins and howden pumpkins are planted here)

in raised beds
(garlic - to be harvested later May, early June and onions, which we're waiting for the seeds to drop and start another crop for this year)
raised beds # 2
and in our orchard
  (only 4 of the trees are bearing fruit, the others haven't been planted long enough.)
We have less than an acre of land here and we try to utilize it to get the most out of it!
Coming up ... Where We're Growing Our Food This Year ... part 2  (yes, there is more!)


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Monday, April 27, 2015

My Clothes Line ...

I was recently given 2 metal T clothes line poles to replace 2 of the 3 wooden ones I was using.  My husband worked very hard and got the metal ones installed and the wooden ones removed.  I thought you might like to take a peek ...

Here's one end of the clothesline ... the rose bush is just beginning to put on roses.  The big cedar log standing there is part of a cedar tree that we cut down several years ago.  It makes a great place for a pot of flowers!
Here's the middle post ... we're still using a wooden T post here. (We're looking for another metal one to replace it with as well.)  The cedar log here is where I sit my clothes basket when I'm hanging out clothes or taking them down.  When I take them down I fold them as I go and add them to the basket that way.
Here is the other end of the clothes line.  I just recently planted a yellow climbing rose bush by the pole.  The cedar log here will be home to a pot of flowers too.  This cedar log as well as the other two all came out of the same cedar tree.
Do you use a clothes line? 
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Zucchini ... what to do with it! Free Download

 It's gardening season here in the U.S. and for those of us who plant zucchini we know we're always on the lookout for ways to use this prolific producer.

Here's a free download with some ideas...

Zucchini ... What to Do With It!

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