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Friday, April 14, 2017

Gift Giving: Easter Treats

The picture is of a couple of 'Easter treats' I pulled together for some very special little people in my life.  I had so much fun making them!  

I just had to share!!!


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


20 comments:

  1. Glad to see you back and I always love the topic of pantry building! I added 24 cans of refried beans, 24 cans diced tomatoes, 12 cans green chilies, lots of semi and milk chocolate chips. 12 rolls of paper towels, 36 rolls TP and about 100 bandaids. I've been sick for a month so it felt good to get some stocking up done.
    I love your sweet Easter Egg gifts. I would have loved to have found an egg basket like those. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!
    Melody in OR

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    1. Melody, I hope you are feeling better! Glad you were feeling up to some stocking up, sounds like you had success! I hope you have a wonderful Easter as well!

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    2. Thank you Patsi! I read on Annabelle's blog that your husband was hurt. I hope he gets well soon! Thoughts and prayers your way!
      Melody in OR

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  2. Bluey has been in super specials chaser mode. He came home with 4kg of packaged honey leg ham for $4. In the same shop he picked up 4x2L milk for 50c each. Most of the ham and three of the milk were frozen. I made a batch of olive oil soap. I have 20 good sized soaps hardening off. We were gifted a salami sausage,made by a friends Grandson. We buy half a sheep off the same Grandson, who raises and butchers his own animals. I purchased online all the seed we will need to finish off the garden. We are slowly getting the garden underway. Lettuce and bak choy are being harvested already. My first two tomatoes are ripening away. The cucumber vines are moving up the trellis. Pomegranates are just about ready to pick. Mmmmmm life is good.

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    1. Jane, getting the garden planted this upcoming week is the number 1 thing on our priority list. I too have all the seeds and plants I need to get it planted. I like your phrase, 'super specials chaser mode!' I need to try my hand at making soap again, the last time didn't turn out so well, you've inspired me to try again!

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    2. Look at the method Wendy uses on 'My Abundant Life'. Her Olive Oil soap is super easy to make. I have used this recipe for years and it makes really nice, plain and luxurious soap.

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  3. I added 6 packets of gluten free pasta for free, using loyalty points which other half collected buying car fuel. That's the kind of shopping I like!

    Also added oats, witch hazel, , two essential oils, bath foam for refilling soap dispensers (it's the cheapest way to do it) and toilet roll.

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    1. Allegra, way to use those loyalty points!!! You added quite a bit to your pantry, way to go!

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  4. It's always good to be back home!

    I added 2 packages of toilet paper (24 mega rolls), 10 tubes of tooth paste, 10 containers of deodorant, and 3 bottles of shower gel. I used my accumulated money from my SavingsCatcher to pay for all of this except the TP.

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    1. Wendi, oh my, that's some smart shopping. SavingsCatcher is with Walmart, right?

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    2. Yes, it's with Walmart.

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  5. I've been concentrating on toiletry items and with this week's purchase of shampoo, hairspray, deodorant & liquid soap, (all on sale) - I should not need to purchase anything in this area until the New Year.

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    1. Margie, don't you just love it when you can take full advantage of sales! You did good!!!

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  6. We are in stock up mode here, too. My husband is back out of work because it just made him too tired and he needs more time to heal. We are still on full paychecks but 60% is coming soon. I plan to make as many stops at Aldi to pick up butter at $1.99 a pound as possible. I canned 12 jars of pintos and 6 of great northern beans this week and added them to my pantry.

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    1. Lana, I'm sorry to hear that your husband needs more time to heal, I pray that it want be long before he is back to his full strength and stamina. When I find butter on sale for $1.99/lb, I stock up too. I plan to can beans this week.

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  7. This week has been focused on buying fresh food as cheap as I can, to lower our food expense. I finished shopping today and I'm rather pleased with myself; was able to find a lot on sale. The bulk buying of TP, etc, will happen next month before I give birth. One interesting thing I did this week was make candied orange peel from several oranges we ate. Never even tasted one before, so it was an experiment. Thanks for the reminder of cheap chocolate next week--I keep forgetting Easter is almost here!

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    1. DesertWife, what do you do with candied orange peel? Congratulations on your new addition to the family! Sounds like you are getting things ready.

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    2. From what I read it's good to use in baked goods such as scones and breads. I've only ever seen it in chocolate bars. I'm going to use the Tightwad Gazette universal muffin recipe and add some to it along with chocolate chips. I'm also going to dip some in chocolate and see if it's any good.

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  8. I was able to find 16 cartons of SunMaid raisins (20 oz size) in the mark down section of the store for $1 each! I bought them all since I've been getting lower on my raisin supply! They said the regular price was. $3.59 carton but I also found them on Amazon for $6.29/carton that were identical to mine!! Even at the $3.59 price, I saved about $40!!! Plus, now I have raisins for oatmeal and cookies and granola and snacks!!
    I was given some chive plants and so I planted those in my herb garden! I already have some chives growing but we love them and so "more is better!"
    We planted the 3 new cherry trees I bought 10 days ago so we now have 13 fruit trees growing in our side yard! We finished building our chicken coop on Wednesday and are getting our laying hens on Saturday who will hopefully add eggs to our pantry!
    I got sugar and flour on sale ($.77/4 pounds of sugar and $1.04/5 pounds of flour)! I bought 50 pounds of flour and 48 pounds of sugar to add to my pantry buckets! I also added (7) 48 oz bottles of canola oil that were on sale for $1.29 each since I was running lower on that as well!
    All in all, a good pantry building week!!

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    1. gardenpat, you had an outstanding week! You go girl!!!!

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