Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pantry Challenge #31 ...2015

The heat and humidity we’re experiencing just doesn’t seem to want to let up!  Our feel like temperatures has been well over 100 degrees more days than not since the first part of June.  The leaves on the trees in our yard are starting to turn and fall off … 6 weeks ahead of time.  The fruit trees we planted in the spring are definitely stressed as well as a couple of long standing dogwood trees.  We can keep them watered but there is simply nothing we can do about the intense heat.  Everything is drooping from this unusually long heat wave; this has definitely been a year of gardening when it’s hard!  However, we are so thankful for what we have been able to harvest and add to our pantry!  Let's see what that was this week!

My to-do list from last time:   

Harvest and dehydrate herbs.   Done!  I harvested and dehydrated lemon balm, lavender, sage, spearmint, peppermint, comfrey and elderberries.

Add rice to my pantry for medicinal purposes when a bland diet is needed.  Done! 

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge.  Done!  I purchased a 10 lb bag of rice for $4.44.  You can read about it HERE!


We were given about a gallon of fresh figs so I will need to preserve them asap.  Done!  I made 1 pint and 9 half pints of fig jelly. 

In addition:

We were given a large catfish that a neighbor caught and offered to my husband. My husband dressed it and we had catfish strips for dinner one night.

I canned 14 more quarts of tomato juice this week.  The dehydrator is humming with the pulp and peels in it as I type.  When they are completely dry, I will grind them up into tomato powder.

I needed to make up a big batch of turmeric and vitamin c capsules this week as I’ve just been doing enough to get from week to week.  I filled about 100 capsules while watching another episode of War Time Farm before I had to quit.  Filling each capsule is a mindless thing and for me can be quite monotonous, but having something to watch really made  it better.

I froze 2 dozen of eggs this week in anticipation of our chickens molting which always seems to occur during holiday baking time.

The lady that gave us the figs also gave me some flower seeds. It is well know that I like flowers and when I admired a bush filled with flowers she pulled off some seeds and gave them to me.  When I asked her what the name of the bush was she said she didn’t know but thought it was some kind of ‘sweetheart’ bush.  I want to do some research to see what I can find out about it.

Our Sam’s Club find this week was a box of 24 variety bags of Boulder chips on clearance for $2.01.

I worked on my scrap quilt on my sewing day this week.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

I continue to work toward my monthly goal of Swagbucks

We added $4.70  in change to our change jar this week.

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

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge
Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?


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