Friday, April 21, 2017

Blogging Break ...

(My youngest sister was selling this pitcher and I snatched it up ... I think it is beautiful!)

I know that I just got back off of a blogging break but I need to take another one.  This time it will likely last most, if not all of summer.

I will still be teaching the second Disaster Preparedness class beginning May 1st and will continue the little private group of Working Pantry readers that I have, but other than that I’m taking a break.

My husband received an injury while we were away recently and it has limited what he is able to do.  The injury will take several weeks to heal and of course it’s time to get the garden out and the yard work has to be done weekly.   I have to prioritize right now and blogging needs to take a back seat for a while. 


Thank you for understanding and I’ll meet you back here later!

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


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class Registration

(A picture I took from a recent trip to a Mennonite community!)

I have a really busy week ahead of me and the only blogging I will be doing (this week) is my Pantry Building Challenge on Friday.  

I do want to remind everyone though, about the second Disaster Preparedness Class I'll be teaching starting May 1st.  Many of the things we will discuss can be appled to long term preparedness as well.

You can read more about the class HERE ... and find the link to sign up as well.

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


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Favorite Books for Learning about Herbs, Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils

If you've been reading A Working Pantry very long you'll know that I keep a portion of the medicinal part of my pantry stocked with herbs and essential oils. I am learning how to use them through reading and research.  I have by the process of weeding through several books, found some that suit my style of learning ... which means they are easy to read and understand.  

Since I've recently been asked what my favorite herbal and essential oil books are again, I thought I would share the ones I use the most.

These are my absolute favorites and the ones I find myself going back to time after time.






Alchemy of Herbs is the latest addition to my library and thus far, I am finding it easy to use and understand.

Update:  I had Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails on my bookshelf but had not dived into it yet, but yesterday when a reader suggested it I went and pulled it from the shelf.  I now know why I purchased it, it is full of suggestions and ways to help treat specific illnesses using essential oils.  This book will join the others listed above as my 'go-to' resources when needed.  Thank you Allegra for your suggestion!

What are your favorite go-to herb and essential oil books?


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


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Pantry Building Challenge #1 ... 2017

(The picture is of a couple of 'Easter treats' I pulled together for some very special little people in my life.  I had so much fun making them!)

Remember in this post I told you that I was going to pull the pantry building part of The Ways of My Household out and give it it's own post again ... well, here's the first one for 2017!

Here's what I've added to my pantry in the last 3 weeks?  (We've been traveling, so everything I added was either purchased or given to us.)

I added:

liquid Benadryl to the medicinal part of my pantry ...

comfrey salve to the medicinal part of my pantry ...

witch hazel to the medicinal part of my pantry ...

fabric to the sewing part of my pantry ...

yarn to the crafting part of my pantry ...

wet wipes sample packets to the toiletry part of my pantry ...

freshly caught catfish for the freezer part of my pantry ...

this 5 gallon bucket of grated homemade lye soap  ... 

(Remember, my pantry is more than just food!)


My to-do list for next week looks like this ...

can navy beans

preserve asparagus

shop loss leader and sales (the first part of  next week will be a great time to add marked down chocolate to our pantries)

I am in pantry building mode in a big way and of course I'm doing it as inexpensively as I can, so stay tuned!

How about you, are you in a super charged pantry building mode too?  What did you add to your pantry last week?

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


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Preparedness: 2nd Disaster Preparedness Class Registration!

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I'm going to go ahead and open registration for the 2nd disaster preparedness class as I'll be taking a break from the online world shortly and don't want to forget to do this!!!!

As a reminder here are some pertient facts you need to know before signing up ...

This second disaster preparedness class is a repeat of the first one.

The class is an online class.

The class size is limited to 150 people.  When class size has been met, the class will be closed to new members.  No one will be allowed to join after that.

The class is scheduled to begin on May 1st or earlier if class size is reached sooner.  The class will last approximately 4 weeks.

For the last class, we had numerous people wanting to join after the class had already started and were disappointed when they couldn't so I'm trying to give more time for word to get out this time.

Please only register for this class if you are serious about disaster preparedness and are willing to participate.  This is not a class for full time lurkers!

There is no cost for the class!

What did the members of the first class think?  Here's what some of them had to say (their comments are used with their permission) ....

It's amazing the amount of knowledge I gained from taking your class. Someone would comment on how they would handle the situation and it would be something I never thought of before. Seems like the class was just the right size too. thanks again.  Vicki

I really liked the class, gave me new insights on being prepared. Love reading everyone comments.  Coleen

I have loved the lessons, I think a smaller group allows us to interact with each other better than a larger group would. Now I have a list of things I need to do to prepare for most situations. Margaret

I loved the interaction and the fact that we were from different parts of the country / world. I got so many great ideas and things I would have never thought about. Took plenty of notes. I think you did a great job of setting up each day - I liked having the weekends off. (so to speak -from new things happening) The group seemed to really get in to it and try to figure out what works for them and where they stand on preparedness. Thanks for doing this.  Crystal

The class size was perfect. The subject matter was very thought provoking. Toni

I really enjoyed it a learned a lot from everyone. I also liked the pre class questions and discussions. This is a area that I need to work on. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I also liked the type of questions you asked. Lorie

I learned a lot from these classes and will continue to revisit my notes to ensure I am better prepared for any future events.  Sharlene

I want to Thank you for doing this class. It takes a lot of time and work. It is much appreciated. I think the class size was good. I think if it was any larger the discussion time would get complicated and hard to follow because of too many comments. I loved hearing from people from all over and various experiences. The questions were very thought provoking. Several I had to take my time to mull over in my mind. It did make me take A very serious look at my home pantry family and self. I did enjoy some of the light hearted answers. I enjoyed this time with these ladies and you and will miss it. I will look forward to your fall class. God bless you for taking this on. Bonnie

I found all the classes to be informative and thought provoking. Thoroughly enjoyed them and feel that I am much more prepared should some thing occur. Thanks for allowing me to participate. Deloris

I loved the class and the size was good. I feel like I got to know a few more ladies this way. I would be signing up for the next class for sure. I thought about many things and found things to implement. I feel I need to go back through the posts and take notes as going along I found things to implement but didn't write them all down.  Thank you very much!  Annabel

I really enjoyed this class. The class size was good. I've learned so much and hubby and son helped with what we would do. Christina

I really got a lot out of this and really appreciate you putting the class on. It really made me think and I learned many things from the whole group! I'm definitely in for the fall class!! Tami

Thank you for all the work you put into this. I think the class size was good.  This class has helped me to realize even more that I need to go through what we have and organize and get rid of what we don't use and prioritize what we have and what we need. Your check ins with for example batteries you had was so good. I had let our batteries go down and right after you asked a real good sale came on and I had the coupons. Now we have had the batteries we needed for the drill. I would like to get a check list of things we should have or look for at garage sales this summer that would help in a crisis situation. I am sure I'm not the only one sharing with others from the class so you aren't only reaching the people in the class but others as well. Be Blessed.  Lisa

As mentioned earlier, I'm getting ready to take a blogging break but you can go ahead and 
 click on this link to join the class now.   I will open up the group and do the approvals around the middle of April when my break is over.  This means that you will not get immediate approval.  Approvals will be done once my break is over.


I hope to see you in class!



Update 4/14/2017 ... I am now approving requests to join the class! 

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


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