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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Ways of My Household 11/12/2017

We went from beautiful fall weather to really cold for us ‘freeze warning’ weather.  Yikes!  This is a bit early for us to be having ‘freeze warning’ weather!  Here’s hoping it doesn’t hang around too long! 

This is a picture of the tree I’ve been enjoying and sharing photos with you of over the past several weeks. It was taken before the wind and rain started and the temperatures started dropping.  The picture doesn't do it justice, it was quite beautiful!

Besides watching this tree transform its beautiful fall foliage to almost winter bareness, here’s what else I’ve gotten done this week.

I worked on finishing harvesting the last of the cayenne peppers and jalapeno peppers and I am officially done with the peppers for this growing season!

With the cayenne peppers I harvested I refreshed the pepper vinegar that I keep in the refrigerator year round.  My husband loves this on collards and it’s so easy to make and keep on hand.  From start to finish I gather the cayenne peppers, wash and let them dry completely (you don’t want any moisture on the peppers), loosely fill a quart jar to ¾ full, fill jar with apple cider vinegar, put a plastic screw-on lid on the jar, give it a good shake, refrigerate and use when needed.  It’s one of the easiest things to make and a good way to use cayenne peppers.

I harvested the last of the comfrey for this growing season. I plan to take part of it and start a batch of comfrey oil.  When it’s ready I’ll make some comfrey salve to use on bruises, ligament/tendon strains and injuries, etc.  The rest of it I’ll dry to be used later. 

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

I continue to enjoy living my Fall Bucket List that can be found HERE.
I completed ZERO days of at least 15 minutes of sewing in my 100 day sewing challenge so, I’m still sitting at 37 days.  I did however, cut out 4 more bowl covers that are now ready to be stitched up and I purchased the rest of the fabric I needed for Bonnie Hunter’s ‘On Ringo Lake’ mystery quilt project starting the day after Thanksgiving. 

It pays to be a smart shopper!  When I went to purchase the rest of the fabric I needed for the above mentioned mystery quilt project I looked at several fat quarters.  There was no price on them so I asked … they were $2.49 each!  Gulp!  I needed several!  Then I noticed that the 100% cotton fabric was on sale for $5.99/yard so I did some quick math in my head.  If I purchased half a yard of the fabrics I needed instead of buying fat quarters I would be spending $3/half yard (there are 2 fat quarters in a half yard of fabric) instead of $2.49 per fat quarter  … $3 versus $4.98 per fabric color … hmmm … not a hard decision to make!   By purchasing my needed fabric in half yard increments instead of fat quarters I walked out of the store with what I needed for a lot less money!  It pays to take your time and shop smart!

I needed a baby shower gift this week so I shopped my gift trunk.  Then I needed some appropriate paper to wrap it in … I didn’t see anything in my stash that would work until I came across some solid white wrapping paper. A light bulb went off in my head and I got to work.  This is what I came up with … I used my Sizzix to make the tag.

This is the time of the year that I can usually find Land O Lakes butter on sale for $1.99/lb.  This is my stocking up price and this is the time of year that I usually stock up so, I’ll be checking prices this week … wish me luck!


I had one complete day at home this week so I emptied everything out of the master bathroom except the furniture and did a deep cleaning. As I put things back in I reorganized, put like things together and did inventory.  I was exhausted by the end of the day but it felt so good to have this 'fall cleaning' job done!

That’s it for me this week, what did you do to save money, live frugally or build up your pantry this week?

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

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33 comments:

  1. Good luck finding the butter on sale! I wait for it too, only last year it never did go on sale. Why is it only junk food goes on sale and not the pantry basics? Great job on figuring out how to save on fabric. I went to a huge Farm Stand and found that they were selling bundles of 3 cobs of Indian corn for 4.99, and individual cobs for 1.25. So I bought three individuals and saved myself the price of one cob. Somebody didn't figure that one out very well. But it worked for me. You just have to be "smarter than the average bear!"

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    1. Rozy, that was some smart shopping on the Indian corn! You're right, pantry basics don't usually go on good sales very often. It's cheaper to eat unhealthy than it is healthy!

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    2. I am looking for that butter too! The cheapest sale price I have seen so far is $2.49 and Aldi's regular price here is $2.45!

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  2. My fabric shopping resulted in the same prices and decision! I got some skinny quarters and some half yards, though I have to admit that I didn't really NEED more fabric. Whatever I don't use of the skinny quarters I will cut into squares or a couple other shapes I have stockpiles of already. It would be funny if we picked some of the same colors. I washed and ironed and folded them today (on 5" ruler).
    Brenda Montanye

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    1. Brenda, you're ahead of me, I haven't washed or ironed or folded mine yet, but at least I have it! I'll try to get a picture of what fabrics I choose and add them to this post later in the week. It will be interesting to see if we choose some of the same fabrics!!!

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  3. Thanks for that tip about the cayenne peppers which I think are chillies in our part of the world, Patsy. We usually have lots of Bird's Eye chillies to use up. They are too hot for me but the menfolk like them.

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    1. Nanna Chel, both my husband and I like spicey hot foods so we use quite a bit of cayenne peppers. I don't know what Bird's Eye chillies are but they sound similiar to our cayenne or maybe even jalepenos.

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  4. I also am waiting for butter to go on sale.

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    1. Out My Window, I hope we both have success!

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  5. This has been a busy week with lots of running around in the car. I have been crocheting when I have had some spare time and a baby blanket is coming together. The house currently smells delicious as I have made banana muffins using up some soft bananas. I topped up my miracle cleaner and my homemade laundry liquid. I am happy to have achieved as much as this.

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    1. Jane, with all that's been going on with Bluey, I'm amazed that you've been able to get anything done. You go girl!!!!

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  6. That baby gift is absolutely adorable! Are they just stick on dots? What a clever girl you always are!

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    1. Angela, they are little round circles cut out with a circle punch and glued on. Stick on dots would have worked too, but I didn't have any of those!

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  7. It is usually much cheaper to buy large fabric pieces on sale than fat quarters. But hmmm...a fat quarter is 1/4 yard, that's why they call them quarters. So unless you did some magical fractional math you can only get 2 fat quarters from 1/2 yard!
    I just learned to crochet in the early spring and so far have made 9 blankets. Everyone is getting one for Christmas. I also made hats, scarves and washcloths for people.
    I opened a booth in an antique shop, I thought it would be a fun thing to do in retirement after a long time working in healthcare. Besides being fun I am earning about $200 a month...so...yarn money haha.

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    1. Oooops! You're right about the fat quarters! I don't know what I was thinking! Thanks for catching it and letting me know. I've corrected it in the post. You have been busy crocheting, I mean really busy! Isn't it a good feeling of accomplishment when you teach yourself a new skill!

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    2. Too funny. I liked your magical math though. My friend thought the fat quarters were too expensive and was going to buy quarter yards when fabric was on sale. She got mad when the girl cut off a long skinny strip. "I want fat quarters." Then she got REALLY mad when the girl told her she'd have to buy half yards. Haha. She wasn't having it. I tried to explain it to her when she told me her "rip off story."

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    3. Gloria, it would be nice if quarter yards would work for fat quarters but they just don't!

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  8. Patsy, your gift is beautiful! I was thinking that you could always make some extra fat quarters with your *bonus* fabric and gift them to a fellow sewer! I'd love a gift of a couple of FQs!

    The lowest I've seen LOL butter this year was a Kroger store. It was $2.49 lb. Good luck!

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    1. Debby, that's a good idea for a gift for a quilter! Thanks for the idea!

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  9. Patsy, I think there are just two fat quarters in a half yard.

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    1. There is becka, Gloria brought it to my attention and I corrected it. I don't know what I was thinking ... I knew that ... I must have been having a 'senior' moment!!!

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  10. Just did some outdoor work today. It was close to 50 degrees so I needed to get 'winter ready'! I'm not much into 'stocking the pantry' as I live alone, but appreciate thrifty ideas and all things home related. I like your posts!

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    1. Lindy, thank you for your words of encouragement! I still have several things to do outside before winter, I hope I can get them done in time!

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  11. Butter went on sale here, only it was $2.50 per pound. I was excited about that, and stocked up. $1.99 per pound would be amazing.

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    1. Chipmunk, the lowest price I've seen thus far is $2.99/lb so I'm still looking.

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  12. Our butter just dropped to 2.50 lb. Aldi’s, which is over an hour away, had it for 2.49lb. For us, I think the 2.50 may be our new normal.
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie, our Aldi's has it on sale for $2.35/lb. It's not looking good for finding it for $1.99/lb!

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  13. I love the tag that you made...it is so cute!

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    1. Thank you Debbie. Me and my Sizzx work well together!!!

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  14. I love your baby shower gift. Had you taken that somewhere and paid money to have it wrapped, it couldn't have been any cuter than what you did!

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  15. I did the same thing with my fabric, Patsy! I found a very neat tutorial for a "fusion" quilt and bought the on sale fabric by the yard instead of the fat quarters. lol!

    When I shopped yesterday, my Aldi's butter price had dropped to $1.99, but I haven't seen butter that cheap anywhere else.

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    1. Jenn, I'll check my Aldi's again this week ... thanks for that tip! We gotta shop smart, don't we???

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