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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


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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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