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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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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pantry Challenge #26 ... 2015



We finally got some relief from the intense heat we’ve been experiencing for the last three weeks.   The somewhat lower temperatures are suppose to last for about a week so I hope to be able to get some outside projects done while the weather is cooler!

My to-do list from last time:   
Can potatoes.  Didn’t get done … again!

Here's what I did get done though:
I canned 5 pints of yellow squash pickles.  You can get the recipe HERE.

I washed and sliced several squash to flash freeze.  I’m going to try freezing them this way for the purpose of going from the freezer  straight to the frying pan while still frozen. 
The same friend that told me about flash freezing the squash for frying purposes also shared with me her recipe for making squash/zucchini chips.  Here's the recipe ...

Squash/Zucchini Chips
Slice thin
Spray with coconut oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Bake on parchment paper 2 hours at 200 degrees.



I can't wait to try these.  She also shared a link to this Garlic Parmesan Squash Chip.  They sound good too and I'm sure I'll be trying those this week as well! 
I harvested 5 bell peppers from the garden, brought them home, washed them, deseeded them and cut them into fourths.  I placed each piece on the food chopper and chopped them into small pieces.  I filled snack baggies with ¼ cup of chopped peppers then put the snack baggies inside freezer bags.  I added 12 snack baggies of chopped bell peppers to the freezer part of my pantry.  I’ll use them in casseroles, frittatas, soups, etc.

I harvested more basil, oh my, it sure smells good.  I plan to make some spice mixes when I get through harvesting and drying my kitchen herbs.

I brought my garlic cloves in that have been curing in the greenhouse and am ready to start using them.  This fall I want to plant twice as much garlic as I did last fall.
I started another jar of cider fire.

I baked more of Gwen's Bread.  That's all the baking I got done this week!
I made up some more turmeric capsules and vitamin c capsules.
We ate our first tomatoes of the year from the garden this week. They were so good! We also harvested the first okra.  If all goes well I should have plenty of okra to preserve this year so please share with me how you preserve okra.  I need inspiration!

I planted some turmeric and some horseradish.  You can read more of my 2015 gardening journal HERE. 
On a not too good note, our cabbage is rotting in the garden due to the prolonged intense heat we’ve been having.
I didn’t buy any groceries last week.
I stitched up a pair of Mickey Mouse pajama bottoms for my little grandson, put a zipper in his Mickey Mouse pillow case and worked on my scrap quilt.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.
I’m well on my way to earning another Amazon gift card through Swagbucks.

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

can potatoes ... yes, again!

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

 patsi
A Working Pantry

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Q & A: Can You Share Your Squash Pickles Recipe?




In this post I shared some ways I use squash.  A reader shared her family recipe for making Yellow Squash Pickles in the comment section ... they sounded really good so I made a batch this past week.

When I mentioned the Yellow Squash Pickles in another post a reader asked me for the recipe ...



Yellow Squash Pickles

8 cups squash necks, sliced 1/4" thick
2 cups onions, sliced thin
2 cups vinegar
2 bell peppers, sliced thin and diced
2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. mustard seed
3 cups sugar
salt to sprinkle (just enough to barely cover the top)

Combine the squash and onions, sprinkle with salt and cover with ice. Set aside for 2 hours; drain liquid off but do not rinse. Combine vinegar, sugar, celery seed, mustard seed and bell peppers in a pan; bring to a hard boil (I let it boil for a minute or two). Add squash and onions; mix well. Pack in jars and seal. Process in boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes. These are so good to eat with a vegetable meal. Enjoy
(my opinion - You can leave the bell pepper out but do NOT leave out the onions)

patsi
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Q & A: Could You Share Your Banana Pepper Relish Recipe?




Hot Banana Pepper Relish (use rubber gloves when working with hot peppers)

1 gallon hot banana peppers sliced into rings (remove seeds if you desire moderately hot)
4 -5 green sweet peppers, you can add one or two ripe ones for color (chopped)
2 - 3 medium onions (chopped)
2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 small bottles ketchup
1 T salt

Stir vinegar, ketchup, sugar, salt and oil together in a big pot.  (I use enamelware or stainless steel and stir with wooden or stainless steel spoon.)

Add vegetables

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil on medium for 20 minutes.  Stir to prevent sticking.

Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal.

Makes about 8 pints.

patsi
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Daybook: June 22nd, 2015


 


For Today ... June 22nd, 2015
 

Outside my window ... it is hot, pure and simple! 
 

I am thinking ... that building a front porch onto our house was a smart move.  Not only does it serve as a shaded place of rest but it helps keep the house cooler by blocking the sun from shinning directly into the windows. 
 

I am thankful ... that my son and daughter-in-law called to ask how I preserve large amounts of bacon.  It makes me happy to be able to pass on my pantry building knowledge to my loved ones … and it makes me even happier that they ask! 
 

I am stitching ... a pair of Mickey Mouse pajama bottoms for my grandson. 
 

I am going ...  we took the twins to Burger King to play in the inside air conditioned playground and then have a French Fry snack … (they don’t like ice cream!). 
 

I am wondering ... if the extreme heat we’re experiencing will destroy my garden. 
 

I am reading ... a new recipe I want to try Friday … my next baking day.
 
I am seeing … the beautiful handwork that Annabel Smith over at The Blue Birds Are Nesting did in this post and wishing I could do the same.
 

I am hearing … the gong of our cast iron dinner bell as the twins take turns pulling the cord making it ring.  They asked every time they come to visit if they can ring ‘that bell!’
 

I am hoping ... to make yellow squash pickles this week. I got the recipe from a reader … it sounds delicious!
 

I am learning ... that I need to make time for me in the midst of this busy summer season.
 

In my garden ... the cucumbers we planted a couple of weeks ago are up and growing.
 

In my kitchen …. I made more bread … the loaf I made on Friday, and was sure would last us all week, is gone!
 

One of my favorite things ... a quiet, restful evening at home with my husband after a busy day.
 

Around the house … there is a sink full of squash waiting to be preserved.
 

A scene from my day … my basil planted in an old dishpan.



 



 
patsi

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pantry Challenge #25 ... 2015



We had VBS this past week and I didn’t get a lot done but hey, a little is better than none!

Want to hear something funny?  You see the picture on the left?  We thought we were planting cucumbers ... the package said cucumbers.  I mentioned to my husband several times that the vines didn't look like any cucumber vines I had ever seen.  Guess what? There was a reason the vines didn't look like any cucumber vines I had ever seen ... they weren't cucumber vines ... they were cantaloupe vines!  We purchased some more cucumber seeds and planted them ... let's hope these seeds are truly cucumber seeds!!!!

My to-do list from last time:   

Can potatoes.  Didn’t get done!

In addition:

I canned 14 more quarts of squash.  I’m done canning squash for the year!   It’s a good thing too because the intense heat is killing the plants.  Our ‘feel like’ temperatures this week were between 105 and 115 every day!

Our tomatoes are starting to ripen but the sun is so hot it’s scorching them before they get fully ripe.  This means we need to pick them as soon as they start turning and lay them out on the front porch to finish ripening.  In addition to harvesting tomatoes, we harvested cabbage, hot banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, squash, egg plant, sage, peppermint, mint, plantain, nettles, lemon balm, comfrey, basil and lavender.  You can read more of my 2015 gardening journal HERE. 


I didn't spend any money at the grocery store this week!


I read an article in Backwoods Home magazine on dehydrating fruits and vegetables in your greenhouse.  A light bulb went off in my head ... why had I not thought of that ... so, this week I'll be trying it out.  It's certainly hot enough in our greenhouse and it will save on the electricity bill not running our electric dehydrator!


The lemon seeds I sprouted and planted a couple of weeks ago are coming up ... 3 of the 8 are up so far.  I am excited about this project and hope I can grow my own lemons on my own lemon trees!
I added a weekly ‘baking day’ to my schedule.  This will be a savings at the grocery store.  You can read about my low-carb baking HERE.

I grabbed a few minutes and stitched on the scrap quilt-a-long I’m working on. I’m using up a lot of my fabric scraps with this quilt which makes me happy!  Waste not, want not!   You can read about my scrap quilt and my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

I’m well on my way to earning another Amazon gift card through Swagbucks

I earned enough points through Bing to get a $5 Amazon gift card.

We added $7.20 to our change jar.

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

Can potatoes

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

 patsi
A Working Pantry


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Daybook: June 15th, 2015


 

For Today ... June 15th, 2015

Outside my window ... the temperature reached 102 degrees today with a heat index of 109!

I am thinking ... that this hot weather is really dangerous.

I am thankful ... for my husband. We are celebrating 35 years of marriage this week.

I am creating ... a new list of sewing projects as I'll hopefully be finishing up some of my 'works in progress' this week.

I am going ... to try to get to bed before midnight tonight!

I am wondering ... if the amount we have budgeted for the power bill this month will be enough.  (In my mind I can see the meter spinning round and round!)  We’re doing everything we can to keep the power bill down but running the air conditioner daily will definitely cause it to increase.

I am reading ... my Bible daily and that’s about all the reading time I have this week.

I am seeing …  the need to add a 'baking' day to my schedule each week.  Eating low carb, it is important to keep low-carb snacks and goodies on hand.  Buying them is too expensive for my budget so it's time to start doing some  low-carb baking on a regular basis.

I am hearing … the hum of the air conditioner … it’s really working hard!

I am hoping ... for a break in this heat … without severe storms!

I am learning ... new children’s songs at VBS this week.

In my garden ... we’re harvesting squash, bell peppers, cabbage, eggplant and onions.

In my kitchen …. my husband prepared snacks for VBS!

One of my favorite things ... hearing the twins say, “Mrs. Patsi, I love you!”  The twins stayed with us again today and more than once they flung their little arms around my waist and said 'Mrs. Patsi, I love you!"

Around the house … well, let’s just say that it needs a little bit of attention!!!

A scene from my day … mimosa tree blooms




 patsi
A Working Pantry

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pantry Challenge #24 ... 2015




Our gardens are keeping us busy every spare minute we have.  Weeding, harvesting and preserving are daily occurrences … and we are so thankful!

My to-do list from last time:   

Make Gwen’s Bread … Done!  (picture on left)

Can more squash … Done!  Canned 42 more jars.

Can potatoes.  A friend gave us some newly dug potatoes and I’m going to try canning them as shredded potatoes to be cooked as hash browns when opened.   (This is purely an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.)  Didn’t get done!

 In addition:

I earned $.94 through the Walmart Saving Catcher program. That plus the $.15 I had previously earned means I have earned $1.09 all together.  I’m leaving it alone until I have enough to do something with though.

I used pellon and cut out a single size pattern from a multiple sized paper pattern this week.   This enables me to save all three sizes on the multiple sized pattern for future use.

I canned 11 pints of chicken broth using chicken bones I had been saving in the freezer.

I made turmeric capsules

I made vitamin c capsules

I harvested the last of the raspberries and added 3 more packages to the freezer part of my pantry.

Our Sam’s Club find this week was a box of 4 LED solar lights, regular price $49.98 … on clearance for $19.91.  This will not only come in handy for lighting the way when we have to be outside after dark but they can also be brought in at night for lighting in the event of a power outage.


We found bacon at Sam’s Club for $1.92/lb (bulk box) and brought it home and divided it up into meal size portions and froze it.  You can read how I freeze bacon HERE.

We did the same thing with sausage … we purchased 2 (2 lb) rolls, brought them home, divided each roll into 4 portions, wrapped each portion in foil and placed all of them (8 portions) in a ziplock gallon baggie.  When we get ready to have sausage, I’ll open the bag, pull out 1 portion and zip seal the bag back up.

We are harvesting and eating cabbage, squash, bell peppers and onions out of our garden.  I love fresh vegetables and besides them being delicious it saves us money at the grocery store.

I earned $3 for doing a Pinecone survey.

 I’m well on my way to earning more Amazon gift cards through Swagbucks and Bing.

We added $2.35 to our change jar.

We had to go to a neighboring town this week that's about an hour’s drive away and while there I stopped in at JoAnn’s Fabric … they had Simplicity patterns on sale for $1.99/each.  I got two patterns that were regularly $15.95 each for $1.99 each.

I am thrilled with having an official sewing day each week  … you can see pictures and read about the last one HERE.

You can read my 2015 gardening journal HERE. 

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

Can potatoes

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

 patsi
A Working Pantry


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