Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pantry Challenge #33 ... 2014

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So, with this past week being Thanksgiving, did I get anything pantry related done other than using from it ... what about that vitamin c powder that has been on my to-do list for way too many weeks?  Is it still there?

Read on to get the answers ...
My to-do list from last time:  

Start canning pinto beans … Yes! Got this huge project started! It will be interesting to see how many jars of canned beans I get out of this 25 lb bag.  This week I canned 11 quarts! I used hog jowl scraps/cubes that I had frozen earlier in the year for seasoning.  I also added a pod of dehydrated cayenne pepper that I dehydrated earlier in the year to each jar.  We like our pinto beans seasoned up this way!
Finish grinding up pork skins …Yes!  I added a quart and a half to the freezer part of my pantry.  I don't care for this chore, but I do like the convenience of having them ready for use when needed!
Make vitamin C capsules … Yes!  I made 120 capsules!  Aren’t you proud of me!!!!
In Addition ….

Remember when I shared with you about roasting fresh peanuts in the shell and remember that I told you that we would eat our fill of them then I would bag up the rest and freeze them?  I did that this week too!  I added 4 one-gallon bags of peanuts to the freezer part of my pantry.
I ran across what looks like will be a good series on ‘the pantry’ over at Blue Bird Nesting.  I’m looking forward to reading each entry as she publishes them.
We did some ‘Black Friday’ shopping at CVS and Walgreens. Here’s what we got:
CVS … 12 cans tuna and 2 bottles of Dawn dishwashing detergent …paid $8.72  (saved … $14.71 using coupons, ECB’s and taking advantages of sales.)
Walgreens … 2 bottles Dove shampoo, 1 Listerine Dental floss, 4 Gear deodorants and 2 packages of ponytail holders … paid $10.63 plus have $9 in rapid rewards for next shopping trip (saved $28.98 using coupons, RR’s and taking advantages of sales.)
The specific area of my pantry that I’m focusing on restocking for the months of November and December is baking supplies.  This time of year most stores run sales on their baking supplies, so it’s a good time to do some replenishing.   Here are the items I will be watching sales for:
Butter … I added 2 more pounds to the freezer part of my pantry.
Sugar-free chocolate chips
Coconut oil
Olive oil

In other news:
I used up two of the fall candles I’ve been burning since the weather got cooler but instead of throwing the jars away I cleaned them up and turned them into containers for q-tips and cotton balls.  (That's them in the picture at the beginning of the post.)
My hair needed trimming so I got my husband to do it for me. 
Someone ask me if I would do some Thanksgiving baking for them and ordered two cakes to be picked up on Wednesday.  I was thrilled to get the orders and set about getting the job done.   I already had most of the needed ingredients on hand so I didn’t have to go out and buy much.  My well stocked pantry came through for me again!
I took advantage of JoAnn Fabric’s Black Friday sales and purchased a bolt of pellon and a bolt of muslin.  Both were deeply discounted plus they were offering free shipping if purchased within a certain time frame.  I also purchased adult size t-shirts that were on sale for $2 each.
Since December is typically a very busy month I set down and, using a ‘fill in calendar’ on my computer, made out a menu for the entire month.  I then took that menu and made out a grocery list.  I’m all set to do our grocery shopping for the whole month in one trip.  Thankfully, I don’t have to buy much!
Remember last week I told you that I had dropped my cell phone for the second time in 6 weeks and that the second drop had finished it off.  Well, we got it replaced this week at minimum cost to us and lowered our cell phone bill in the process!  Win! Win!
My husband’s birthday was Thursday … on Thanksgiving Day.  I baked him his favorite cake and we had his favorite meals all day long.   I’m so glad that both of us are content to celebrate our special days in ways that don’t blow our budget.
I stitched up a travel size envelope style pillow case for my little granddaughter.
I finished stitching up a doll quilt I’m making for a doll we’re giving the same granddaughter for Christmas.  I’m also stitching up a little diaper bag, outfits and diapers for the doll.  In addition, I’m stitching her up an apron to go with the kitchen set she already has.  I’m having so much fun! 
We purchased a Christmas scene puzzle to start putting together throughout the month of December.  It was on sale and I had a gift card.  We will enjoy working on this puzzle throughout the month of December.   We like doing simple things together.
Shortly after my husband had headed out to run an errand one day my phone rang … all I heard was one of my favorite Christmas songs … Dominic the Donkey … it’s our tradition to start listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving and this song came on the radio before my husband even pulled out of the driveway.  Knowing that it was one of my favorites he called me, put his phone up to the radio and let me listen.  Another simple thing that brings us joy!
I opened up my Christmas gift 2014 tub this week and started shopping from it for this year’s gifts.  (I shop sales throughout the year and add to it.)

I started decorating for Christmas this week using what I have.

Here are some things I didn’t do …
I deliberately chose to stay away from any and all ‘Black Friday’ sales unless it was something that I had specifically planned to purchase.  (Earlier in the week I sat down with the sales flyers and my need list and mapped out our ‘Black Friday’ shopping.)

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:
Continue canning pinto beans
Grind up another bag of pecans and add them to the jar I keep in my refrigerator all the time.

Now it’s your turn, what pantry related and/or frugal things have you done since we last talked?

Patsi  ... a.k.a grandmommie pat

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