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?

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