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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Countdown to Christmas ... 11/30/2016

Today, I worked on the ladies Christmas party for our church that I’m hosting at my house in a couple of weeks.  This is always a fun event and the fellowship is icing on the cake!  Yes, my house is still a work in progress and yes, we’ll have to put away our current construction project materials, but that’s okay, the Lord has blessed us with this home, the least we can do is to use it in His service.

We enjoyed seeing more and more houses lit up with all their Christmas lights tonight as we drove to and from church and of course we sang along with Christmas songs while we listened on the radio!

How are you enjoying your journey to Christmas?  

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


My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could
Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Countdown to Christmas ... 11/29/2016

We’ve enjoyed lots of Christmas joy today …

We listened to Christmas music and sang along of course … if you’re not singing along, you’re missing out on some holiday joy!

We enjoyed the one and only store bought fruit cake that we like (it’s only available this time of the year) … a Claxton fruitcake!   I’ve only ever tasted one other fruit cake that I liked and it was homemade.  (For many years I thought I didn’t like fruitcake!)

We watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tonight.  I don’t care how many times I watch this show I enjoy it every time!

I spent some time today looking through the holiday issue of the magazine, Country Sampler. I look forward to this issue every year.  I’ll look through it numerous times; it inspires me, and then pack it away after the holidays until next Christmas when I’ll add the new Christmas issue to my collection. 

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season!


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



Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Countdown to Christmas ... 11/28/2016

Today we got to enjoy our first Christmas card of the season! 

I love getting cards in the mail and getting caught up on what’s going on in friend's and family's lives. With the advance of social media fewer and fewer people send cards plus there’s the financial part of it too, but this old fashioned grannie still gets excited when the mail person delivers an actual ‘I can hold it in my hands’ Christmas card to my mail box!


That’s it ...

That’s all … 

Getting a Christmas card in the mail … 

One of the simple joys of Christmas ... at our house!

patsi
A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 11/27/2016

Before we get started on this post I want to thank Patricia M. for her generous donation and her encouraging words. It is so good to know the things that I write are encouraging and helping others. Thank you again Patricia M. for the monetary donation and the encouragement!  

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday ... now it’s time to move on to Christmas!!!!

Let’s see how the ‘Ways of My Household’ went this week …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

We enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving at home with just the two of us.  It was what we needed as we’ve had our plates really full the past few months.

My husband has been doing some work on our hearth this week which required him to put on his brick layer hat.  By doing the work himself he saved us $360.


Today is my husband's birthday so I baked him a birthday cake instead of buying one … savings:  $25 

I hope you’re following along on our ‘Countdown to Christmas series.  I’m really enjoying sharing what we’re doing each day to get the most out of the season.

We saved $241.00 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.


I’m on day 63 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.   I finished this summer swaddling blanket.   Remember from this post how I wasn’t pleased with how it was turning out and had ripped it all out?  I changed the color of the thread and went to a thicker thread as well.  I love how it’s turned out!  I think a little white grub rose in one corner will be all it needs … other than a good ironing/pressing! This will go in my gift trunk as a gift … savings $25.  (I had a reader ask if I just cut out a piece of muslin baby blanket size, hemmed it and then edged it ... here's my answer ... that would be the way I would do it, I would cut the muslin and then just do a quarter inch hem all the way around but the one I used this time was pre-cut and hemmed.  They came in a package of 4 ... and they are called kitchen dishtowels.  Yep!  I purchased these muslin kitchen towels several years ago and hadn't used them. They are the perfect size for a swaddling blanket!!!  Sometimes you just have to think outside the box!!!)  Let’s see, what shall I crochet next ….

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $14,898.52 add this week’s amount ($751) and I/we have saved $15,649.52.

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally this week?

patsi
A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Countdown to Christmas: 11/27/16

I don't do a lot on Sundays as it is filled with church and church related activities most of the day, however I did sneak in a few Christmas things today ...

We listened to Christmas music on the way to and from church ...

We enjoyed seeing the decorated houses and yards on the way to and from church tonight ...  

I lit one of our favorite Yankee Candle, candles ... Christmas Cookie ... and enjoyed it's fragrance...

I put the finishing touches on these coasters that I started right before Hurricane Matthew hit ...

(They are made of 3 layers of flannel stitched together with the edges clipped.  Then it was into the washer for a good washing and then into the dryer for a good drying.  Being in the dryer is what made the edges curl. There are 8 all together. They were really simple to make.)


What did you do toward your journey to Christmas today?

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


My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could



Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.




Saturday, November 26, 2016

Countdown to Christmas: 11/26/2016

Well, I did it!  I took down the fall decor today!  I need to wash the fall place mats we used on our dining room table and once that is done everything will go back into storage.

I also ...

Added a Christmas background to my computer screen

Listened to Christmas music … sang along with Christmas music (I have absolutely no singing talent. I really can't 'carry a tune in a bucket' but when it's just me and hubby I sing out anyway!)

Worked some more on my cross stitch project.  The more I work on it the more I like it.  This is going to make a really cute mini pillow!

What did you do toward your journey to Christmas today?

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


My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could
Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Countdown to Christmas: 11/25/2016

We're officially at the 'one month til Christmas' point! Many are or have been out Black Friday shopping today, this year however, we chose to sit this one out other than a quick trip into town for a needed item.

Here's what I enjoyed today in our countdown to Christmas journey ...

I've seen this idea on Pinterest in several places and after looking at the items needed to make them I got to work ... I had everything on hand needed:

canning jars
red and white yarn
candles (I purchased on clearance during last year's after Christmas clearance sales)

What do you thing?

Simple!

Pretty!

Something I enjoyed doing!

One more thing, that quick trip into town I mentioned earlier ... well ... we listened to Christmas music going and coming and even did some singing along!  Another small and simple thing that makes the holiday season special!

Okay ... one more, one more thing ... we watched Frosty the Snowman on TV tonight and of course we had to sing along with the songs and help the characters say their parts (Yes, we've seen this show so many times we know all the lines ourselves!).  Can we just say that the Christmas spirit is alive and well at our house!!!!

What did you do today on your journey toward Christmas?

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


My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Countdown to Christmas ... 11/24/2016

It's November 24th and our Thanksgiving meal has been enjoyed and is over.  Christmas is just a few hours away from being one month away ... can you believe it!  Just for fun I thought I would do a Christmas countdown from now through Christmas Eve sharing how I/we are enjoying this holiday season each day.  For us, Christmas is not just about the day, but all the things leading up to it as well.

Are you ready to start this journey with us ... let's get started!

After the Thanksgiving meal is over I like to sit and do handwork while my husband watches football.  Today, I started this cross stitch project.

As you can tell it's going to be Christmas related.  I'll continue working on it a few stitches at a time until I get it done.  I'm enjoying watching it come to life as I sew each stitch.

Did you do anything Christmas related today?

I'll be back tomorrow with another entry in this Countdown to Christmas series.

I hope you enjoy this special holiday series!

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


My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could
Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

 https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Week!

It’s the week of Thanksgiving and all through the house ...

It’s time to start cooking, time to get the pots out ...

Put the turkey in the roaster and the pies in the oven ...

Peel those potatoes and make the stuffing …

I’m taking the rest of the week off for Thanksgiving festivities and a little R & R.

Enjoy the holiday!


Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers!  

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

My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could


Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means. 


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 11/20/2016

Before we get started on this post I want to thank Sandra S. for her generous donation and her encouraging words on my Food Preservation Log/Journal.  It really encourages me to keep on keeping on when I know that the things I write are helpful.   Thank you again Sandra S. for the monetary donation and the encouragement!  

We’ve been cooking for out-of-state volunteers who’ve come to our area to help gut houses that were flooded during Hurricane Matthew.  Our last day to cook for them will be Monday as they are all going home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.  Words fail me when trying to form thoughts about what these college students are doing and the sacrifices they are making.  I just keep praying that God will abundantly bless them for their willingness to be used by Him.  May God be glorified in all that we do!

Okay, now … let’s see how my week stacked up otherwise …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

We have a clothes dryer again!!!!  We found a used one that works well for $60.  We had not intended to replace our non-working one any time soon, but when we found this one and at such a good price … that worked and looked good as well, we decided we needed to take advantage of the opportunity!  A used clothes dryer at an appliance store would easily cost between $150 - $200+, so I’m counting this savings as $100 (I have to admit, it’s rather nice having a working dryer again!)


I’m used to cooking for 2 so when the request came in for us to cook for 20 I pulled the book, the Momy's Cookbook, off my bookshelf. It’s filled with practical recipes that use common everyday ingredients and is written by moms of very large families. (I don’t think it’s in print any longer, I've had it a really long time.)  While I don’t have a large family, this cookbook is great for cooking for a large number of people such as we’d been asked to do this week.

Speaking of cooking for these 20 people, if we had taken them out to eat the cost would have been about $200 per meal, we were able to feed them from our pantry for much less ... Savings: $300

We saved $63 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items. 

Our chickens have started laying again … Yeah!  We got 27 eggs this week!   Happy Dance!!!!  Saved: $6

I planted horseradish and garlic this week.  

I also re-potted my lemon trees into bigger pots and fertilized them.  I am amazed that they are still growing.   This is their second year … now, if I can just get them through this winter!  They are snugly sitting in our greenhouse where they will reside until spring.

I’m on day 58 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I crocheted 2 more dishcloths and worked really hard on a summer swaddling blanket.  I was about half way done with it but, the more I worked on it the more I didn’t like it so, I ripped it all out (yes, I did).  I’m starting it again this time with a few changes!  Stay tuned!  Saved $6

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $14,323.52 add this week’s amount ($575) and I/we have saved $14,898.52.

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally this week?

Oh wait, before we end this post; let’s have a guessing game … are you up for it???

Here you go … I baked all these cookies for the volunteers mentioned earlier in this post.  How many cookies are in the pan?  Post your guesses in the comment section.  I’ll let you know if/when someone gets the right answer!  (Note:  the pan is about 4 inches tall and contains several layers of cookies.)


Update:  We have a winner!!!  Rhonda A. guessed 111 cookies and she is right!  There were 111 cookies in that pan!  Thanks for playing along.   I enjoyed it!

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


My other blog :  She Hath Done What She Could
Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

 https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.


A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.
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