Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pantry Challenge #'s 34, 35, 36 and 37 ... 2015

(My niece created this beautiful arrangement from scratch for her brothers wedding. It was even more beautiful in real life. She is a very talented young lady!)  I think I'll take her idea and write 'be thankful' on the side and fill it with fall things ... for a thanksgiving arrangement.  What do you think?

This pantry challenge entry covers 4 weeks because that’s how long it’s been since the last one.  I took a blogging break to rest and do some traveling.  Here’s what I did before, during and after I got home that added to my pantry.

We butchered and froze 5 chickens

From those 5 chickens I canned 14 quarts chicken broth and froze 2 quarts of meat from the bony pieces I used to make the broth.

I canned 5 half pints of hot pepper jelly

I also tried a new to me canning recipe and canned 3 pints of onion relish

I harvested enough grapes to can 7 quarts of grape juice

I harvested a 5 gallon bucket of pears that I plan to can in the upcoming week.

I had some left over bread from our trip that I’m air drying.   When it is dry enough, I’ll grind it up, toast it and turn it into bread crumbs.   Anything that I can let air dry, I do because it saves on electricity.  (Unless I’m in a ‘I need to get this done yesterday mode.’)

The cayenne peppers I’ve been letting air dry are finally finished drying so I took them from the window seal and jarred them up.  I'll add them to soups and stews this winter.

I did the same thing with the last of the elderberries from our bushes for this year.

I did some thrift store shopping while traveling.  There are no thrift stores near where we live so this was a treat for me!  You can read about what I found and how I plan to use the items HERE, HERE and HERE.  (There are 3 different entries thus far.)

I hit a really good sale at JoAnn Fabrics and walked out with approximately $120 worth of merchandise for approximately $37.  I had some really good coupons that I was able to use which also helped.   The fabric/sewing part of my pantry got a good boost!

I gratefully received some really nice new to me clothes from a friend and from my sister-in-law.  Thank you Ms B and Ms B!  (Both of these ladies names begin with a B!)  I’m all set for quite some time in the wardrobe department.

We gratefully accepted a used well pump from a friend after we got home from traveling and discovered that our well pump had stopped working. (It could not be repaired as the motor had burned up!) Thank you Mr. and Mrs. H!

I gratefully received a big tub of crafting supplies from a friend that I’ll turn into Christmas gifts for this year.  Thank you Ms B!

Another friend had 3 more popcorn tins for me that I’ll repurpose like I did these and turn into storage.  I gratefully received them from Ms P.  Thank you Ms P!

I had lots of laundry to do after we got home from our trip plus all the thrift store finds needed washing, so I spent 2 days doing laundry and letting all of them, except 2 loads, line dry … after we got our water working again.

I added 5 containers of shelf stable milk to my pantry that I got at a Dollar Tree for $1 per container.

I purchased a 25 lb bag of pinto beans. We cannot find this size bag locally so whenever I travel I look for it.

We attended my nephew's wedding and the favor was a packet of wildflowers. Both my husband and I each got one.  I brought them home and added them to my flower seed collection to plant in the spring.

I got to visit my mom while we were away and she sent me home with several strawberry runners that she was going to throw away and a start from a huge wondering jew plant that she had.  The strawberry runners will help me expand my strawberry bed and the wondering jew plant will be a nice addition to my flower collection!

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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