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This is Why! part 4

Parts 1, 2, and 3 can be found here . In the last entry we talked about how to use leftovers to help stock our pantries. This week ...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Daybook Entry: November 30, 2015

Outside my window ...  the few trees that are not evergreens, have lost their leaves or are in the process of doing so.

I am thinking ... that there is still so much ‘outside’ work to be done before the ‘too cold to be outside’ weather gets here.

I am thankful ... that I am almost completely done Christmas shopping!

I am stitching ...  some hanging handtowels!

I am going ... to avoid the stores as much as possible from now until after the holidays!  I don’t like shopping when the stores are crowded!

I am wondering ... what’s in the present my youngest daughter sent home with us from our last visit with her.  It’s my Christmas present from her and I’m not even supposed to touch it until Christmas … she knows how hard that is for me to do!!!

I am reading ... The Best Yes, by Lisa TerKeurst.  This is turning out to be a thought provoking book!  

I am seeing … our chickens in our yard.  They are so funny to watch!

I am hearing … our rooster crowing!

I am hoping ... the temperature tomorrow will be where we can work outside again!

I am learning ... to crochet!!! I’m teaching myself using youtube by working on simple easy quick projects that match my skill level.

In my garden ... we've decided to plant a cover crop for the winter to help add nutrients to the soil.  

In my kitchen … we’re eating a lot of quick home-made freezer meals or heat and eat home-canned meals since we’re working against time to get everything outside ready for winter.

One of my favorite things ... listening to Christmas music this time of year!

Around the house … it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! 

A picture to share ...  this coconut cake that I made … for someone else!



patsi

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pantry Challenge #47 ... 2015

There has been a lot of harvesting going on around my house this week.  The hum of a tractor can be heard when outside and the sight of truck after truck of soybeans going by my house is a common occurrence.  This is the last crop of the year in our area to be harvested and is the signal that winter is just around the corner for us.  Everyone is busy working on those last few jobs that need to get done before cold weather drives us inside.

So, what did I get done this week …

My to-do list from last week:
Work on vacuum sealing candy in jars that we got for half price in the after Halloween sales.  I worked on it, I’m still not finished, but I worked on it!!!!

In addition:

My husband wanted some ham for sandwiches this week so he went to the freezer, got a ham out and cooked it.  It was way too much for him to eat before it spoiled so I set to work preserving it.   I froze some slices, then I froze the chunks and bone and finally I froze the drippings and broth from cooking the ham.  The slices will be used in future meals or for sandwiches, the chunks and bone will be used when I start canning pinto and northern beans in January and the drippings and broth from cooking the ham will be used to season a pot of soup.  Waste not, want not!

One Sam’s Club find this week was these Nutrisystem bars … regular price $12.98 …. on clearance for $2.91/box (15 bars per box).  These are really good and have a high protein count ... which is something I need right now while we’re trying to figure out this meat allergy thing.








The other Sam’s Club find this week was these …  regular price ... $5.48/bag!









Here’s some freebies we got during our visit to Sam’s Club …  the orange juice and muffins were given to us as we entered the store and the candy came from a kiosk.  The muffins will be frozen and brought out during the week of Christmas, the orange juice will be used in taking my daily dose of cider fire and the candy will go to some little people in our lives.  All were free!







I brought my lemon trees in from the greenhouse, you know the ones I started from seeds back in the summer … yes they are still living, and set them on a windowsill on the south side of the house.  I sure hope I can baby them through the winter!

I signed up for EBates this week.  I can earn a small cashback amount when I purchase through EBates … and every little bit adds up and helps!  

I continue to work on earning Swagbucks which I turn into Amazon gift cards.  

I stitched up some 'Christmas‘magic pillowcases’ for my grandchildren this week. 

I've been looking at planners for 2016 and just haven't found anything that was in my price range that met my needs so, ... I’m making my own.  I’m almost finished with it and when I get it completed, I’ll share what I did with everyone.

I took down the fall decorations and got the Christmas ones out of storage.  I’m hoping to get the tree up this week!

I planted turmeric in a pot back in the summer just to see if I could grow it and …. drum roll please …. I had success!  I harvested 5 roots 2 – 3 inches long this week!  I also replanted some of the smaller ones to see if I can keep it going. 

The garlic I planted about a month ago is 3 – 4 inches tall and growing well.  This week I covered the beds in straw in preparation for colder temps.

I removed my hanging ferns from the front porch and hung them in the greenhouse.  I’m going to try really hard to keep them alive through the winter!   Wish me luck!

I dug up a ‘rose of sharon’ off shoot from a larger plant and put it in a pot.  I’m hoping it will survive the winter and live when I replant it in the spring.

I took advantage of the special Amazon is running this weekend of 30% off of any one book by using the code HOLIDAY30 and purchased Mother’s Book of Home Economics: Remembrances, Letters and Essays from a New England Housewife by Mrs. Sharon White.  

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

Repot small maple trees we are growing from seed.

Repot small trees that my mom and I dug up from her yard back in the summer.

Put up my Christmas tree.

Continue working on vacuum sealing candy in jars that we got for half price in the after Halloween sales.

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

patsi

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Thrift Store Finds: November 2015

This past week I was able to visit a thrift store in Florence, AL called The Blue Door.  

Look what I found ....




This wreath cost me $2.  
My plans are to replace the bow and add some other things to fill it out and change it up a bit.





I also found these three hardback books for $.50 each.
The John Grisham book is for my husband and the other two are for me!

I love thrifting and can spend hours hunting down bargains.  I save so much money shopping at thrift stores instead of regular full price stores!

patsi

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pantry Challenge #46 ... 2015

Boy, do I have a lot to share this week!!!!

My mother gave my husband and I Christmas money early and we used it to further stock our pantry by shopping sales!  (Remember we’re getting ready for a really lean 2016!)

Come see how we used it ….

My to-do list from last week:

Shop sales and loss leaders  ( I've got my eye on a good butter sale ... we'll see what I'm able to do!) Done! I found butter on sale for $1.99/lb and purchased enough to last for a year … (until it goes on sale again this time next year)!

I also found and purchased these items on sale …

corn ... on sale for $.49/can



mushroom soup ... on sale for $.49/can









chicken broth ... on sale for $49/can
I don't usually buy chicken broth, but this was such a good deal, I couldn't pass it up!







green peas ... on sale for $.49/can









 Le Sueur young peas ... on sale for 10 for $10.  My husband loves these peas so when we found them on sale we purchased some.  They are normally well over $2 a can!





tomato paste ... on sale for $.49/can (regular price ... $1.69/can)













pasta ... on sale for $.49/box










evaporated milk ... on sale for $.79/can

sugar ... on sale for $1.39/4 lb bag












Here's something else I don't normally buy, but these were on sale for $.69/each and I just couldn't pass them up!





In addition:

I ordered a book for my husband for Christmas from Amazon. I got it used (in good condition) for $4.  The book lists for $20.59 new!



I found a 10 lb bag of Northern beans (white beans).  I’ve never seen the white ones in this size bag before so we purchased them, brought them home and now they are waiting to be canned!



I washed a ziplock bag and hung it to dry. I will use it for non-food items in the future.

We had one slice of onion left from a meal so I chopped it up and froze it.  It will be enough to use in a recipe that calls for onions.


I had several really good coupons for JoAnn’s so I purchased the following  ...   The patterns (most of them for doll clothes, I have several little girls in my life whose baby dolls need a wardrobe) were on sale for $1 each and I had 60% off coupons for the rest.  Yes, I had more than one 60% off coupon!




I downloaded Once Upon a Summer by Jeanette Oak from Amazon (it was free at the time I downloaded it).  


If you’re on the A Working Pantry Facebook group then you’ve already seen this.  A friend saw this at a craft fair and came home and made one to give me when we visited this week.  Isn’t it just the cutest thing!  It's body is a roll of paper towels!  This would make great Christmas gifts! 







The same friend had some roses that had seen better days and I asked her what she was going to do with them.  When she told me she was going to throw them away I asked if I could have them.  She asked what I wanted them for and I told her I wanted to make potpourri out of them.  They are now sitting in a dish on my window seal drying.  After they've finished drying I'll turn them into potpourri.


Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

Work on vacuum sealing candy in jars that we got for half price in the after Halloween sales.

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

patsi

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pantry Challenge #45 ... 2015

My husband and I are taking classes at a small biblical school that has just started this past fall in a nearby town and this week was finals week.  (Other than my family, I have two passions … keeping a well-stocked pantry and Bible study.) We each had 2 quizzes, a final exam and a presentation to do this past week.  We get a break until January when the next classes start so these next few weeks are going to be full speed ahead in the pantry stocking area as we’re trying to get prepared for a financially lean 2016. Hey, that rhymes … financially lean in 2016!

My to-do list from last week:
I didn’t have a to-do list from last week due to a big project my husband needed my help with.

In addition:
I found baby carrots on sale for$.69/lb at Aldi’s and purchased 8 bags.  I brought them home and canned 16 pints.  (pictured above)

I found 1 lb packages of ground chicken on clearance and purchased 3 of them.  I brought them home and made ‘chicken patties/balls’ out of them.  I didn’t use a recipe but just started adding different things … fresh cilantro from my herb garden, salt, pepper, red pepper I dried and ground during the summer, dried bread crumbs I made with stale bread, eggs from our chickens, some asparagus powder I made during the summer and a bit of basil I dried and ground up during the summer also.  I must say they turned out quite well, my husband liked them too,  and I must also say that I couldn’t duplicate the recipe again if I tried!   (This was before I found out I have a meat allergy.)

I worked on preserving some more sweet potatoes this week as well.   I canned 8 pints.  (also pictured above)

I used a 50% off coupon at Michaels and added another skein of yarn to the sewing part of my pantry.  In teaching myself to crochet, I have fallen in love with this art and am trying to build up the sewing part of my pantry with yarns by using coupons and taking advantage of sales.

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

Shop sales and loss leaders  ( I've got my eye on a good butter sale ... we'll see what I'm able to do!)

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

patsi


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

$5 or Less Pantry Challenge: November 4th,2015

Aldi's had baby carrots on sale for $.69/bag today so I purchased 8 bags.  If you're doing the math you'll know that I went over the $5 goal by sixty cents, but since I was under the $5 goal last week, I didn't worry about it.


I'm going to can these up in pint jars and add them to my pantry.  To find out how many pints I get, be sure to read the next weekly Pantry Challenge!

What did you add to your pantry for $5 or Less this week?

 patsi

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Pantry Challenge #44 ... 2015

I've been busy this week, what about you?

My to-do list from last week:
Start canning sweet potatoes … got this job started by adding 7 quarts to my pantry!

Plant garlic … finished this job by getting the second raised bed tractor tire planted with 87 more cloves of garlic.  With 67 in the first raised bed and 87 in the second we should have enough … if it does well … to take care of our needs in 2016.

Continue canning pinto beans … Didn’t get around to this!

In addition:
We found banana’s on sale at Aldi’s for $.22/lb.  We purchased several pounds and brought them home.  To see what I did with them, read this post.
We also found caramel dip/topping on clearance at Sam’s Club for $1.98.  We will use these while holiday entertaining and for gift giving.  (This would be great for a ice cream fixings basket where all the recipient has to add is ice cream.)
We did some after Halloween candy sale shopping.  I’ll vacuum seal most of it into canning jars for later use in baking and snacking.  The rest of it will be used in gift giving and stocking stuffing for the holidays.
I worked on getting our raised beds cleaned out and ready for winter.  We have a total of 8 and I got 6 of them completed.  I hope to get to work on the other 2 this week.
I added new straw to the chicken’s laying boxes in the chicken house.  We’re working on getting the chicken house ready for winter too and restrawing the laying boxes is just one of several little jobs to be done to get this project completed.  So many winter preps to complete!
Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:
My husband has a really big project that he needs my help with so I’m not setting any pantry goals for the upcoming week.  If I get anything pantry related done that will be great but it not, that will be okay too!
Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

patsi

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