Monday, May 30, 2016

The Vicky Challenge: May 30th, 2016

I/we had a better week in the saving department this week, read on to see what I mean ...

I/we saved/earned $502.87 this week in The Vicky Challenge!  

Here’s how it breaks down:

We were given this whole trailer load of wood, cost to us … gas to go get it:  Saved: $400 (When this is split and stacked it will be enough wood for our heating needs next winter. We stand in awe of God’s provision for us!)

Harvested 70 spring green onions ($.92 per bunches of 10); one and a half pints of raspberries ($4.64 per pint); 3 medium cucumbers ($1.30/pound); 1 ounce of lavender ($2.06/ounce) ... Saved$ 20.82

Was given fresh from the ground potatoes, squash fresh off the plant and broccoli cut fresh from the plant. Saved $12.56

We were also given 2 loaves of bread. Saved $5

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Saved $12.50 by taking advantage of sales, coupons and clearance items. 

Downloaded Lovely Lavender, the Universal Herb for free.  Saved:$5.99  

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (4 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $40

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $6,550.45, add this week’s amount ($502.87) and I/we have saved $7,053.32.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

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

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From the Garden: May 30, 2016

Over the years, in order to harvest our garden produce at it's peak, I've developed a routine. Today, I started that routine for this year ...

 Immediately after breakfast I headed out to the garden to see what needed harvesting and began the task of gathering.  Garden produce is at it's peak early in the morning.

After all the gathering/harvesting was completed, I brought the produce in and started preserving or preparing it for use.

Today I gathered the following ...

I peeled these cucumbers, sliced them up, sliced some onions, put them in a bowl, added salt, water to cover and just a tad of vinegar.  I put them in the refrigerator until dinner tonight when they should be ready for eating.

I picked these raspberries from our vines this morning (one and a half pints). I washed them up and then put them in the blender along with some water.  After they were well blended, I set them to straining.  When they are through straining, I'll fill up ice cube trays and freeze them.  When they're completely frozen, I'll pop the cubes out of the trays and freeze them in a freezer container.  I'll use them in smoothies or to flavor water.

I harvested some more spring green onions, cleaned them up, chopped up the blades and put them in the oven to dry.  The white parts of the onions went into the refrigerator for future meals/use.

I also harvested some more lavender which is in the oven (with the light on) drying.

This will be my routine most every morning for the rest of the harvesting season.   Some mornings there won't be anything to harvest, and I don't harvest on Sunday as it is our day of worship, but other than that you'll find me most every morning in the garden harvesting produce to add to my pantry and feed my family.

Do you have a harvesting routine?

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

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