Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pantry Challenge #9 ... 2016

I love it when the mail brings me packages!  Don’t you just love a surprise!  Last week I gratefully received a surprise package in the mail from Annabel over at the Bluebirds are Nesting.  Annabel has such a sweet spirit and giving heart and every now and then she surprises me with a gift package all the way from Australia.  You can see in the picture what she sent me this time.   I love the way she discerns from my writings the things that I enjoy doing and chooses her gifts accordingly.  These items have been added to my pantry and will be used in the near future.  Remember, our pantries are more than just food!  (Thank you again Annabel!)

My to-do list from last time:

Can chicken and chicken broth … Partially done!

Finish vacuum sealing the dry pinto beans I have into jars.  Done! I added 8 quarts and 4 pints of dry beans to my pantry. In the future when we start running low on canned pinto beans, I’ll open these jars and can them.  Until then the dried beans will stay safe from insects and varmints that would like to enjoy their goodness!

In addition:

Baked a buttermilk pie and a pumpkin pie for an upcoming event.

Made a sourdough starter and then made sourdough bread for the same upcoming event mentioned above.

Printed, clipped and loaded coupons on reward cards for my upcoming ‘free’ grocery shopping trip (planned for the end of the month).

And then … I came down with the flu and everything came to a screeching halt!  I haven’t had the flu in 30 years but it hit me hard this week … chills, aches, headaches, eyes hurting, fever, coughing, dizziness, nausea, near fainting, weakness … but the most dangerous was fighting the dehydration that has come as a result of the fever.  Over on the A Working Pantry Facebook group we’re discussing how to prepare your pantry to be ready to combat dehydration.  Dehydration can be very serious.  You’re invited to come and join us or feel free to leave your comments in the comment section below. 

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

I’m not going to set any goals for next week as I’m still recovering from the flu.  I plan on doing very little … and here is yet another reason why having a well-stocked pantry is so helpful …when you’re sick you don’t have to worry about needing to buy groceries, etc.  You can stay home, take care of yourself and not infect others!

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

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

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