Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Ways of My Household 11/19/2017

It’s the time of year when our pantry building slows down and we start enjoying the benefits of all our preserving work throughout the harvest season.  I will keep an eye out for sales of items we use and work on the non-food parts of my pantry, but for the most, its rest time from intense pantry building for a few weeks!!!   I make it my goal to never let my pantry get depleted if possible, but enjoying a few slower weeks sure is welcome!

Here’s what I got done last week …

I added this flat of corn to my pantry at $.38/can.

While at Sam’s Club one day I noticed that one of the samplers was giving out samples of Yoohoo chocolate drink.  Neither my husband nor I care for the drink but a light bulb went off in my head and I asked the sampler what she was doing with the empty GLASS bottles.  She told me she was throwing them away.  I asked if I could have them.  She said yes and gave me 5 empty bottles.  I was thrilled.   I’ll use them to make my essential oil flavored waters in since it is not recommended that you put the essential oils in water in plastic containers.  Some of the varieties I like to drink are lemon and wild orange.   For these size bottles I’ll add 1 – 2 drops of oil along with a little non-caloric sweetener …. yummy good and it helps me get my  water down not to mention it’s good for you!!!

My husband gleaned sweet potatoes from a field near us.  I will half bake them, let them cool, then vacuum seal them and add them to the freezer part of my pantry.  These two buckets will be enough to last us until sweet potato gleaning time next year.  

A group of us were talking about substitutions this week and we talked about a substitute for buttermilk in our cooking.  I found this link on 5 different ways plus a DIY method for making buttermilk.  I used to do the DIY method all the time, but had forgotten it. 

I baked 3 cakes this week for a lady in our community … a pound cake, a carrot cake and a 16 layer chocolate cake.  A little extra money is always good!

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 worked some more on getting the raised bed ready that I’m going to plant garlic in.  If I don’t hurry up and get it ready, it’s going to be too late to plant the garlic before long!!!

Speaking of garlic, I found a method for making garlic tincture that I want to try.  The link is HERE

I continue to enjoy living my Fall Bucket List that can be found HERE.
I completed 2 days of at least 15 minutes of sewing prep work in my 100 day sewing challenge, which makes me sitting at 39 days.  I’ve been prepping fabric for the upcoming Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville mystery quilt that starts Friday.   I finished the preps for the browns, corrals and aqua’s.  I need to do the neutrals and I’ll be done and ready!  Update:  I've finished the neutrals now and I am ready for this mystery quilt project to begin!!!

Update:  I've been asked about the boards the fabric is wrapped on in the picture.   They are comic book boards that I ordered from Amazon HERE.

My husband and I finished the Bible class on Acts that we were taking at a biblical school in another town.  The next class starts in January and will be on Revelation.  I’m looking forward to that class too, but I’m also looking forward to some down time and a slower pace for the next few weeks!

I set myself the goal of having all my Christmas shopping completed and the things that have to be mailed, in the mail by the end of the month.   That way I can concentrate on enjoying the sights and sounds of the season and not have to fight the ‘crowds of Christmas’ during the holiday season.

I updated my Christmas card list and enjoyed a time of working on getting the cards ready for delivery or mail, whichever is applicable.  We only mail the cards that go out of town, the rest we hand deliver.

I added this lesson on Dorcas to my other blog, She Hath Done What She Could.

That’s it for me this week, what did your week look like?

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

Be sure to check out this week's featured post from the archives ...  This is Why, part 6!   



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15 comments:

  1. This week I cleaned cleaned cleaned! Getting ready for a big family Thanksgiving. After that I think things will slow down at my house and we will enjoy putting up our decorations and I hope to have time to sit and enjoy them!

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    1. Wendy, we enjoy the decorations of Christmas too and I agree, slowing down and enjoying them is pure pleasure! Have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your family!

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  2. I have to ask :) Were you able to purchase magazine boards for your fabric "on the cheap"? Or did you have a cardboard source? Are they 8.5x11 or a size that works better for you? Where do you end up storing them when they are not in use (shelves, boxes?)? I am still organizing and my folds, around a 5" ruler, are small for many of the pieces of fabric I have. I am still solving :)
    Brenda Montanye

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    1. Brenda, the boards I have are called comic book boards and I ordered them from Amazon several years ago. I added a link to the post so you could see what I am using. The size is 6 and 3/4 x 10.5 inches. When they are not in use I just stack and store them on a book shelf just as if they were a book. I hope this helps. I don't have a sewing room, so I have to get creative with my 'sewing pantry!!!'

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    2. perfect. I am going to measure my shelf again and do some figuring. I like that this link was for 200.

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  3. We got those .38 veggies too. Three cases of cut green beans and one of corn. We are well stocked. Grocery competition here is really driving down the prices. We got eggs for .21, salsa verde for .39, butter for 1.92, 8 oz pkg of colby jack cheese slices for .62 and bottles of premium OJ for 1.31 among other deals. We picked up free cream cheese and pancake mix with Publix digital coupons. All of the pantry is about full along with freezers and refrigerators. I think January will be perishables only here. I used up some soft apples in the fridge and made a bowl of applesauce. We got a great price on fresh green beans and canned 20 pounds. My husband and I enjoy canning together so we had a nice day doing it.

    We saved $6000 by paying cash for a new to us vehicle. My husband ordered his last set of tires that he is awarded for his service to his employer at a savings of $850. We are taking turns driving each time we go out so we both learn to drive the new car. I has so many features that our old one did not that it is a learning experience for these two old people!

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    1. Lana, I sure wish there was some grocery competition going on here!!! If I saw the prices you gave I would stock up for sure!

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  4. Per the water with essential oil, have you tried True Lemon? It is just powdered lemon juice and we absolutely love it. A large canister is about $17 on Amazon but we only use 1/8 tsp in 12 ounces so it lasts a very long time. You can also use it in recipes that call for lemon juice for much cheaper.

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    1. Lana, I did not know about True Lemon ... thank you for that info!

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    2. Also check your Sam's for it in packets. Ours used to carry it and does not anymore. It is way cheaper there.

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  5. I wish I could quilt but alas cannot sew a straight line. I can look at an academy award winning gown cut out a pattern and duplicate it, But sew am straight seam and get it to match up forget it. It's a disability.

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    1. Out My Window, have you tried starting with a quilting pattern that doesn't have anything to match up? Sounds like all you need is some confidence. You certainly have talent if you can duplicate a pattern by looking at it.

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  6. Hi Patsy, I keep getting a newsletter dated 9-11-17 from you.I don't think the last few I have received are current. Just FYI.

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    1. Marie, there have been several entries since then, I don't know what has happened. Let me poke around and see if I can figure out what's happening. Thanks for letting me know.

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