Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pantry Challenge #27 ... 2015



Another busy week has come and gone ... this time of the year is there any other kind of week!  In addition to our normal routine, we've had 4 year old twins staying with us this week.


My to-do list from last time:   


Can potatoes.   Done!  I added 7 quarts to my pantry!  Can you believe I finally got them done!!!!


In addition:
Our tomatoes are not doing well this year.  Lots of blossom end rot, even though we’ve been diligent to add calcium and lime on a regular basis, and sunburn from the extreme heat we’ve been having.  Despite this, I canned 7 quarts of tomatoes this week and added them to my pantry.



For snacks for the twins one day I made cookies instead of spending money on store bought ones. 






We got a phone call from a friend wanting to know if my husband would be interested cleaning some fish that had been caught that morning for half.  My husband said ‘yes!’ We added enough fish to the freezer part of our pantry for 3 meals plus had fish for dinner one night.








                                                                        



Like I've mentioned earlier, we’ve had the twins most of the week and we used what we had on hand to keep them occupied …


butcher paper, glue sticks, stickers, crayons, foam shapes ... they had fun with these items ...


(I taped the butcher paper to the table with painter's tape.)

 In addition we went outside and drew on the concrete drive with sidewalk chalk, we set them up at the kitchen table to play with modeling clay and play dough, we blew bubbles outside, rang the dinner bell numerous times and played matching games with Bible character cards to name a few.  

The little girl and I painted our finger nails and her toenails and cut some Rose of Sharon bush blooms to make a pretty flower arrangement for the house.  All these activities, except for the play dough were things we had on hand. 

I added 4 packages of ground beef to the freezer part of my pantry.

I also added a box of dried milk to my pantry.

I planted some more horseradish this week.  I’m starting to think about a fall garden which will need to be planted the end of this month or the first of August.  You can read more of my 2015 gardening journal HERE

I stitched a little more on my scrap quilt this week.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.


I earned enough Swagbucks to get $28 in Amazon gift cards.


I’ve almost earned enough points through Bing to get another $5 Amazon gift card.

We added $3.65 to our change jar.

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

vacuum seal dried milk into pint jars


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

 patsi
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Learning to Depend Less Upon the Grocery Store: Laundry Detergent




In the last entry I shared with you that before I started on my journey of becoming less dependent upon the grocery store I needed to set up some kind of system of organization and shared with you how I planned to do that.

I've got my notebook setup up and now I'm ready to add my first entry which is laundry detergent.

Years ago I tried the homemade laundry detergent that it seems everyone online either has tried or currently uses.  I liked it and have been using it for several years.  I haven't purchased laundry detergent in a very long time.

Here's the recipe I use:


3 bars Fels Naptha, grated (I have used Zote and Ivory as well.)
1 box Borax  ( 4lbs, 12 oz)
1 box Washing Soda (3 lbs, 7 oz.)
2 cups of baking soda 
1 box Oxyclean (3 lbs)

Mix all together in a really large container.  I have a huge dishpan that I use, I've heard of others using 'doubled' garbage bags or a 5 gallon bucket.  After I get it all thoroughly mixed I store mine in empty ice cream buckets and jars until ready to use.

Use 2 tablespoons per load

One batch usually lasts my family of two for one year.

After adding this recipe to the Laundry/Cleaning section in my notebook, I'll go to the Basics List section and start a list adding the following items:

Soap (Fels Naptha, Zote or Ivory)
Borax
Washing Soda
Baking Soda
Oxyclean

These same ingredients will be used to make other items that I have, in the past, purchased at the grocery store. Learning to be less dependent upon the grocery begins with a list of basics that can be used to make more than one item.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chicken Chatter: #6

It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted about the chickens we're raising for egg laying and meat.  As you can see they are growing and some of them will be ready for butchering in a couple of weeks. 

Sunday the 5th, they will be 2 months old!

(They're enjoying garden scraps of squash and tomatoes.)





They continue to try to find ways to escape their coop and we continue to ruin their plans!


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Sewing Day Accomplishments: June 30th, 2015

My sewing day today almost didn't happen!  In fact it wasn't until 9 p.m. tonight that I actually got around to doing any stitching. 

I was determined to not let the whole day go by without getting any sewing done so  at 9 p.m. I set down at my sewing machine and worked on the scrap quilt-a-long I'm taking part in.  

I stitched and trimmed all my blogs to 12 1/2 inches long.  The width varies as it should.



So what do you think?  It's looking quite 'scrappy' isn't it?

 patsi
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Daybook: June 29th, 2015



For Today ... June 29th, 2015

Outside my window ... the temperature is in the low 90’s … so glad we are getting a rest from those really high temperatures we’ve been having. 

I am thinking ... about my son, who had knee surgery today. 

I am thankful ... for my daughter-in-law who is really stepping up to the plate and taking care of her husband/my son and their small children during my son’s recovery.  She has her hands full and I appreciate all that she is doing.  I wish I were close enough to be of some help to her.

I am stitching ... on my scrap quilt! 

I am going ... to prepare to have the twins stay with us for the rest of the week while their daddy has some pretty serious surgery and their mommie stays with him. 

I am wondering ... what we can do with the twins to celebrate the 4th of July. 

I am reading ... the latest issue of GRIT magazine.  I glean gardening and pantry building information from this as well as other similar magazines.

I am seeing … my husband reclining in his recliner after a long day of running errands and grocery shopping. 
I am hearing … my little grandson jabber in the background as I get an update on my son’s surgery/recovery.  What a sweet sound! 

I am hoping ... my daughter’s dog gets better soon. She had to make an unplanned visit with him to the doggy doctor this morning. 

I am learning ... to utilize my calendar better thereby making it a more helpful tool in staying on top of things.

In my garden ... we are harvesting okra, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. 

In my kitchen …. We went grocery shopping today and I need to finish putting them away. 

One of my favorite things ... an unexpected visit to JoAnn’s Fabric!!! 

Around the house … I see the fabric purchase I made today … using my 60% off coupon!  I can't wait to start using it!

A scene from my day … these are for my oldest granddaughter, aren’t they just the cutest little pair of shoes!  (They are gently used but in great shape!)





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