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Monday, December 7, 2015

Pantry Challenge #48 ... 2015

It's been another busy week with us racing against time to get outside things done before the cold, winter weather sets in for our area.

Here's what I/we got done ...

My to-do list from last week:
Repot small maple trees we are growing from seed.  Didn’t get done.

Repot small trees that my mom and I dug up from her yard back in the summer.  Done!  I planted 3 very small sapling trees, as in 3 – 4 inches tall, that my mom and I dug up from her yard back in the spring when I visited her.   I don’t know what kind they are but the foliage is beautiful and it’s one more touch of my mama that I was able to bring home with me.

Put up my Christmas tree.  Done!  I cleared my schedule and took an afternoon and put it up.   It’s probably 30 years old and was given to us by someone who it had also been given too … truth be told, there is no telling how old this tree is.  But it has been well-cared for, is the right size for my house and serves our purpose well … and I might add, when it gets all dressed up (decorated) it is quite beautiful!  Being content with what I have brings peace to my heart.

Continue working on vacuum sealing candy in jars that we got for half price in the after Halloween sales.  I got it done … I got it done!!!!!  I now have candy on hand for baking and snacking!

In addition:


I found Libby’s canned vegetables on sale for $.50/can and I had coupons for $1 off 4. I was able to purchase 8 cans of canned vegetables for $2.  Score!







On the same shopping trip we found marked down bananas for $.39/lb.  We purchased 3 bags and brought them home to use/freeze.

I started preserving the rest of the sweet potatoes we harvested last month.  I washed and baked them to the half done stage, let them cool and then froze them.  We’ll use these to slice and fry and top with homemade gravy.  Hmm … hmm … good!

I printed off this free pattern and made hanging dish towels.  Instead of printing the pattern on card stock though, like she did, I printed it on regular paper and then made a ‘muslin’ pattern out of it.  It will stand up under lots of usage this way and I do plan to make several more.     

We winterized our chicken coop and made some needed repairs.  We got the chickens settled in after them having their ‘coup/house’ cleaned and strawed … but not before we had a ‘chicken chasing’ adventure to capture one that didn’t want to be captured.  Laughter is good for the soul and our soul’s got a good workout from that adventure.

I planted a hydrangea bush and two lilac bushes that we purchased in the spring at Sam’s Club on sale.  I had brought them home and planted them in big pots in the spring so that I could give them lots of TLC and get them through the very hot months of summer.  By planting them in the ground in the fall, they will have time to get established before next summer’s heat.  

I planted a Rose of Sharon bush that I sprouted off the mother bush.

I earned enough Swagbucks to get another Amazon gift card this week.

I completed 2 PineCone surveys this week and earned $6.  These small amounts when saved, add up to a larger amount that I can purchase something we need with when it is needed. 

Have you seen this cookbook ... Pieces of the Past ... I plan on trying some of the recipes in the near future.  Several caught my eye but this one in particular jumped off the page at me ... Potato Soup Mix … this is a 'just add boiling water' kind of recipe.  I am definitely making some of these to add to my pantry storage.  The book is full of tips like this one:  adding tomatoes to a roast naturally tenderizes the meat because of the acid that is in the tomatoes?   There's the tip and there's the why ... I love that! You'll be hearing more from me about this cookbook as I've been given permission by the author to share a couple of recipes from it ... after I've tried them myself of course.  Now, which ones shall I choose??? 

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

Repot small maple trees we are growing from seed. 

Make a batch of Scrabble for the holidays.

Finish preserving sweet potatoes.

Try at least one new recipe from my new Pieces of the Past cookbook

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

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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