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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Ways of My Household 10/16/2017

Monday through Friday of this week was hot and humid, summer temps returned with a vengeance.  Then Saturday and Sunday brought in some much cooler temperatures and relief from the humidity.  It was such a pleasant weekend.  I even stole a few minutes on my front porch swing on Sunday afternoon!  Now, if these cooler temperatures will just hang around!

Here’s what I accomplished this week …

I saved $126.87 on 3 items of clothing (a pair of pants, a blouse and a skirt).  The original price was $152.19 for all three, but I paid $25.31 instead.  When it comes to clothing if I don’t make it I buy it off the clearance racks of nicer department stores … which is where I scored this deal.  Quality clothing … name brand clothing … on a small clothing budget.  It can be done!

We found these 33 lb boxes of mis-cut leg quarters for $12.99.  That makes them $.39/lb which is an unheard of price in our area.  We purchased one and I canned it.  I added 18 pints of chicken meat and 10 quarts of chicken broth to my pantry!

We also found boston butt’s on sale for $.99/lb.  We put them in the oven and slow cooked them overnight.  The next day we divided the meat up into meal size portions and added 4 large packages to the freezer part of my pantry plus we left enough out to have for a couple of meals.  I also took the broth and meat drippings that cooked out of the meat, strained it into a large container and set it in the refrigerator overnight.  I canned it when I canned the chicken broth.  I added 3 quarts of meat broth to my pantry from the drippings.

The same store had bananas on sale for $.39/lb.  We purchased 4 bunches and I plan to dehydrate them.  I’m really trying to build up fruits in my pantry as the prices are expected to go up due to hurricane damage in key agricultural areas.

We purchased 20 lbs of ground beef to add to our pantry.  Buy buying it in bulk we were able to get a better price. Here’s how we freeze our ground beef to save space in the freezer.   

This has been a big stocking up week for us and it has felt good to be able to fill in some of the areas that were getting low.

I gratefully received a really nice skirt this week from a friend.  It had been given to the lady who gave it to me and she couldn’t wear it so she gave it to me.   It fits perfectly!

I also gratefully received a hodge podge of sewing items from a neighbor that she had gotten from cleaning out a storage locker she and her husband had purchased.  Some of the items were housed in a cheese box.  I was excited to see that, this makes 3 cheese boxes that I have now and none of them cost me a cent!  Now, all I need to do is find some time to get them stained or painted and stenciled.

What did you do to live frugally, build up your pantry or save money this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017 ... update 10/12/2017

I'm having so much fun with my fall bucket list!  Look at the things I've done from it this week ... 

Decorate for fall  ... done!

Eat ‘trick or treat’ candy

Burn fall candles ... ongoing ... the scent I'm enjoying now is called 'bountiful harvest.'

Make l0w-carb pumpkin cupcakes done!
Here’s the recipe I used … my husband and I both agreed that they were very good! 

Work on getting Christmas gifts wrapped and mailed if necessary

Enjoy my front porch swing

Read at least 3 books ... I started Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller this week

Prepare and mail ‘fall treats’ for my grandbabies

Prepare ‘fall treats’ for the local little people in our lives

Enjoy the fall foliage and turning of the leavesongoing

We took a day trip and enjoyed the fall foliage along the way.   We got to enjoy this view of Grandfather Mountain.  This mountain really does look like a grandfather lying on his back!  Can you see the forehead, nose, lips and beard?

Go for a ‘fall’ walk at least once

Visit the local pumpkin patch

Purchase fall mums

Purchase fall pumpkins  ... done!

Enjoy our church’s fall festival

Finish the afghan I’m crocheting and snuggle under it

Enjoy soups and stews

Enjoy the cooler temperatures … ongoing

Plant garlic

Pick up pinecones and make fire starters

Mail birthday gifts to two of my grandchildren

 How are you doing on your fall bucket list?

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

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #14

This week I'm working on a 'finish' ... something I started a while back and never finished.  I pulled it out this week to 'finish it up' but alas, it didn't happen!

It has been another crazy busy week and I only got to sit down at my sewing machine ONE day!  By-the-way, this one day of sewing for at least 15 minutes puts me at day 30 in my sewing challenge!

Okay, on to what I'm trying to finish ...



I started this child's quilt a couple of years ago (don't laugh, I have some WIP's that are older than this)!  I completed the top, got it ready to quilt and even started machine quilting it ... and then, for what ever reason, I didn't finish it.

One of my goals during this 100 Day Sewing Challenge is to finish up some of my WIP's and this little quilt is the first in line for completion.


So, here we go, I had hoped to finish it this week but my ONE day of sewing wasn't enough.  I don't intend to lay it aside again until it is completed, I'm so close!!!!

I can't wait to get it done, give it a good washing, toss it in the dryer and then watch those little crinkles appear that I love to see in a completed quilt!

What have you stitched up this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How to Freeze Ground Beef to Conserve Freezer Space

When we buy ground beef, we usually buy it in bulk which means it has to be divided into meal size portions and frozen.  

Sometimes I will make meatloaf and freeze it before cooking ...

Sometimes I will make meatballs and freeze them before cooking ...

But most of the time, since conserving freezer space is important in my freezer, this is the way we do it ....



My husband usually helps me and we divide up the portions and vaccum seal them.  Notice that it is just a lump of ground beef in a vaccum sealed bag at this point. If this was put in the freezer like this it would take up unnecessary space and be hard to reposition after it had frozen solid.

But wait, it doesn't have to go in the freezer like that ...


Here's my secret weapon ... my rolling pin!  I take that rolling pin and flatten out each package of ground beef by rolling it back and forths until the bag is completely filled and ground beef is evenly distributed.


The finished product labeled, flat and ready to be stacked neatly in the freezer!
Which would you rather work with in your freezer, the lump of ground beef in the first picture or this flat package?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 10/9/2017

The past two weeks have been extremely busy and while I didn’t get everything I wanted to do done, I did get a few things …

We always check the marked down produce section when we go grocery shopping and this week we found bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, nectarines, avocadoes, key limes and apples. I dehydrated the bananas and the rest we’ve enjoyed in meals as there were not enough to preserve.

My husband juiced the key lime lemons and I made this low-carb key lime pound cake.  

I also made this low-carb granolaI eat it over yogurt.

I chopped and dehydrate turmeric root.

I finished dehydrating the two #10 cans of mushroom pieces I had left to do.

I purchased Carolyn Ketchum’s new book the Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen and made the Easy Taco Pie on page 218.  It was GOOD!  My husband gave it a ‘thumbs up’ so I added it to my low-carb ‘tried and true’ recipe collection.  I’m looking forward to trying other dishes from the book!    

I needed some new socks and while shopping for them I noticed something. The store I was in had their women's socks beside their children's socks. I got to looking at and comparing the children's socks and the women's socks because the children's socks were $3 cheaper than the women's socks for the same number of pairs in a package. Same style, different colors but otherwise nothing was different. I compared the length and the width, they were the same. I compared the quality, they were the same. You know what I did??? I bought myself some children's socks and saved myself $3.

We found Boston butts on sale for $.99/lb and purchased two to add to the freezer part of our pantry.  We'll get several meals out of these.

My husband changed the oil in our vehicle instead of paying to have it done.

That's it for me, what have you done to save money, stock your pantry or live frugally?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Photo Friday ... Little Things

 This is the jar that I keep little things in ... it sits on a shelf in my kitchen!  Things such as individual packets of jelly, etc that are put on your tray when you order fast food and things like the packets of organic black tea seen in the jar that came from the freeosk at Sam's Club. There's a whole 'hodge podge' of things like this in this jar, it really is a treasure trove of different food related items that come in handy on a regular basis.


Here it is with it's lid ... by the way this jar and lid came from a thrift store!


Do you have a 'hodge podge' jar in your kitchen?

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

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Fall Bucket List 2017

I think fall is my favorite season!  Our summers are so hot and humid and fall is such a relief from the heat and humidity ... and who doesn’t love all the sights and sounds of this time of year.  Let me just say again that I love fall!

With that thought in mind I came up with a ‘Fall Bucket’ List (after reading Laura’s over at Harvest Lane Cottage) to help me get the most out of this season.   

The dates for the 2017 fall season are September 22nd - December 20th.

(I’ll be doing updates weekly to help make sure I’m being intentional about living my list.)


Decorate for fall  ... done!
  Eat ‘trick or treat’ candy
  Burn fall candles ... ongoing
  Make l0w-carb pumpkin cupcakes
  Work on getting Christmas gifts wrapped and mailed if necessary
  Enjoy my front porch swing
  Read at least 3 books
  Prepare and mail ‘fall treats’ for my grandbabies
  Prepare ‘fall treats’ for the local little people in our lives
  Enjoy the fall foliage and turning of the leaves
 Go for a ‘fall’ walk at least once
 Visit the local pumpkin patch
 Purchase fall mums
 Purchase fall pumpkins  ... done!
 Enjoy our church’s fall festival
 Finish the afghan I’m crocheting and snuggle under it
Enjoy soups and stews
Enjoy the cooler temperatures 
Plant garlic
Pick up pinecones and make fire starters
Mail birthday gifts to two of my grandchildren

Do you have a 'fall' bucket list?

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

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #13

Let's see, in my last 100 Day Sewing Challenge I hit day 25, and I've been able to stitch at least 15 minutes for four days this week!!!!  I know, I was surprised too!!!  

This puts me at 29 days!

Here's what I stitched up ...

Remember this sheet that I got at the thrift store for $2.98 ...



I told you my plan was to turn it into sleepwear for myself.  



Well, that's what've I've been working on this week ... 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there until I finished it.


I added this decorative stitch on each sleeve and to the hem to dress it up a bit. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. I've enjoyed turning my thrift store sheet into what I think is a lovely garment ... and all it cost me was $2.98.

What have you stitched up lately?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Photo Friday ... Fabric Jar

When I cut a pattern from fabric I generally take the time to cut the remaining fabric into quilt size pieces and store them in plastic bins according to size.  That usually leaves me with odd shaped pieces that are too big to throw away but not big enough to cut out one of the sizes I use.  

My solution ...



I'll use these odd shaped pieces for a crazy quilt or for applique!
Waste not, want not ... fabric is expensive!!!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #12

I was able to stitch for at least fifteen minutes on 3 different days since I last reported.  That puts me upto 25 days!!! 

Actually I crocheted.  We've had some unexpectedly crazy busy days since my last sewing challenge post and there has just not been any time that I could sit down at the sewing machine, so I picked up a more mobile project and worked on this blanket some more ... 




It's about half the size I want it to be so I still have quite a bit of work to get done before winter weather gets here.  I'm using a crystallite crochet hook with this project as it is easier for me to hold on to; I'm also using Bernat Blanket yarn in a cranberry color for the solid color and a varigated color for the in-between sections.  In the picture it looks lavender, but it is really cranberry.

That's it for me this week!

What have you stitched up this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Seven Things We Learned While Eating Almost Exclusively from our Pantry for Three Months.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 9/25/2017

(These are dandelion flowers that I harvested in the spring, now it's time to start digging the roots.)

Hmmm … let’s see … I don’t have a lot to report this week as it has been an unexpectedly busy week, a whirlwind kind of week, if you will, where we went from one crisis situation (family and non-family) to another.  I am happy to report that as of this moment, things have settled down somewhat!

So, let’s see what I actually got done …

I added 3 bottles of Dawn dishwashing detergent to my pantry using coupons. My out-of-pocket cost was $.78.

I gathered the ‘homemade mix’ recipes I wanted to make into one place.  I hope to be able to start putting them together this coming week.

I had several jars of dehydrated foods that needed vacuum sealing, so I did that.

I did a quick ‘straightening-up’ of the non-freezer ‘food’ part of my pantry.  My goal is to do this once a month hoping it will keep it from getting so untidy overall.

I cleaned and organized my refrigerator.  My goal is to do this once a week!

I looked at my pepper plants and thought, "I really  need to harvest them," but it didn't get done!

I looked at my yard and thought, "I really need to do some work in it," but it didn't get done! The upside for that is that the weather is supposed to get cooler and that will definitely make getting the outside things done easier!

I looked at my swing on my front porch and thought, "I really would like to enjoy some time with you and a good book," but that didn't happen either!!!

I looked around and thought, 'how blessed I am to have pepper plants to harvest and a yard that needs attention and a swing to enjoy some leisure time on."  So, while my week didn't go like I thought it would, I am indeed blessed beyond measure!

That’s it for me, like I said it was an unusually busy week ...

What did you do to build up your pantry or live frugally?

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

My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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