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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pantry Challenge #15 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

If you've been following our baby bluebirds saga, here's the latest photo taken today ... it looks like there are at least 3 babies, possibly more, in the nest. Can you see their feathers starting to come in?  


My to-do list from last time:

Complete my $5 or Less pantry challenge.  Done!  I purchased 4 cans of mushroom pieces and 4 cans of tuna in water for $5.52 … a little over the $5 but some weeks I’ll be a little over and some weeks I’ll be a little under.

Continue to work on raised beds.  Done! They’re almost ready for planting!

A friend asked if I would be interested in some of the flowers in her yard and of course I said yes, so, I need to go to her house this week and dig up some ‘starts’ to transplant to my house.  She has some beautiful flowers and I am excited about this opportunity. Done!  I received hostas, lilies, black-eyed susan, azalea, creeping jenny, canna, and two that she didn’t know what the name was.  I am so thankful!

In addition:

I planted cucumbers, basil, cilantro and rosemary.   All the seeds were saved from last year or in some cases even earlier except the rosemary.  A note about the rosemary, while at our local mom and pop feed store with my husband, one of the owners saw me admiring the rosemary plants and went, unbeknownst to me, and cut some cuttings off of another rosemary plant. She gave them to me with instructions to put them in some water on a window seal and let them root … and then to plant them.  I was so surprised.  There are a lot of good and thoughtful people in this world!!!

Removed part of the compost from our compost bins and added it to raised beds, the cucumbers I have planted in a big pot and around our blueberry bushes.

I had some overripe bananas that I mashed and put in a jar in the refrigerator to make ‘banana liquor.’   You just let the mashed banana's sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days until a liquid forms and then it's ready for use.  Stir the mashed banana's before using and add to recipe in place of fresh banana's in recipe.  This is supposed to make your baked goods even better.  There is no alcohol/liquor involved in this method … I learned about doing this on the A Working Pantry Facebook group.  I learn so much from everyone there!

I planted some spring onions.

I started direct composting into our raised beds.  Direct composting is when you add compost materials directly to the soil for decomposing instead of into a container or bin. I'm hoping this will encourage earth worms to take up residence in my raised beds which will do wonders for the soil.  I’ll also continue using my compost bins as well.

We found the brand of cola my husband drinks on sale this week for $.79/bottle ... regular price $1.38 -$1.99 each so we purchased several to have on hand for him.  (I gave up drinking cola when I got the flu several weeks ago and only drink it when we go out ... I don't allow myself to have them at home.  I have been doing this for several weeks now and do find that I feel better.  However, this is always going to be a struggle for me because I do enjoy the taste.  But for now, I'm on the upside of this battle and with every day that goes by that I don't drink one, my will power gets a little stronger.  Let's hear it for small victories!)

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

We’re being allowed to get some cuttings from a friend’s fig tree this week so we’ll do that.  We are going to attempt to root them and grow our own fig trees.

Make banana bread using the ‘banana liquor’ I mentioned above.

Complete my $5 or less challenge

Work on planting more of our garden

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

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


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