Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 1/7/2018

We had snow and ice and frigid temperatures in our area this week.  The snow is rare for our area but not so much the ice.  All of our appointments got canceled, much to my delight, and I got a couple more days at home.  It sure was nice!  “Hello, my name is Patsi, and I am a homebody!”  There is just no other place I would rather be … everyday of the week!

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas to make Valentine treats for the little ones in my life.  It has to be something that I already have the things on hand to make, and I found several options.  I’ll be sure to share the end results later on when I get them made.  Yes, I know it is still a month away from Valentine’s Day but I believe in staying ahead of the game as much as possible!

I made these elderberry gummy chews using these molds.   Here's another choice on the molds.  (I only used half the amount of sugar that the recipe called for, the next time I will leave out the sugar completely.) They sure are cute, now if they’ll just help keep the flu away I’ll be pleased!  I grow and harvest my own elderberries, but here's one place you can purchase them.  Also, here's the collagen/gelatin that I used.

I canned 7 quarts of dry navy beans and added them to my pantry.   I’ve got some more navy beans to can as well as pinto.  January is a good month to get my year’s supply of dry beans canned and that’s what I’m trying to do.  (I already had the dry beans in my pantry waiting to be canned.)

I added fresh garlic to the garlic tincture I’m making.  It’s been ‘working’ long enough now that if I needed to use it, it could be used.  This is another tool in my arsenal against the flu!  Hmmm, I think I'll start a second jar!

We tried a new-to-us cauliflower dish this week and we both thought it was good.  The next time I will add some chopped jalapeno peppers as well as some chopped onions though, as we like foods with some bite!  You can find the recipe for it, Cauliflower Soufflé, HERE.

I've been able to do alot of sewing this week due to being homebound because of the snow and ice.  I'll be sharing more about that Wednesday on My 100 Day Sewing Challenge.

Want to know how I’m doing on my January’s ‘to-do’ list?  Click here to find out.

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

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



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14 comments:

  1. You had a great week Patsi! I love to can in January too. You have gave me a great idea about canning beans. That is so handy to just reach in the cupboard to get a jar already made. Makes dinner time easy. We got a lot of things done this week too just to cold to go anywhere.

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    1. Vickie, that's at least one benefit of this bitter cold weather!!!

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  2. I have an elderberry tree that I planted last year in September. It's still only young but it is doing well. I hope to be able to look at making something like your gummy drops for us in the future.
    It's been really hot here so lots of time has been spent in the wading pool trying to keep cool. In between wallow sessions I have been going through cupboards and drawers. Over Christmas everything got left and it is now a bit yukky. So each day I open a cupbard and clean it out. I am now up to the under bench cupboards in the kitchen. Then it will be pantry time.
    Looking forward to seeing what you got up to with your sewing.

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    1. Our elderberry tree has been planted about 4 years and is now spreading. We have several baby elderberry tress growing now.

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  3. We stayed at home just like you. It was just too cold to go out. I have a good supply of beans in jars right now but I will restock before hot weather if needed. They are so good, better then any other in my opinion.

    An interesting thing is that studies have shown that vitamin D3 is a great way to prevent the flu. We have taken 5000 units daily from Oct 1 through May for the last 6 winters and we have completely avoided it. We don't do flu shots. They make me very ill.

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    1. Thanks Lana! I already take D3 but need to check and see what the dosage amount is.

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  4. I love your confession Patsi as I'm a homebody too! I'm thankful to know that I'm not so odd after all!
    I love that you are always thinking of things for the young ones in your life and create such wonderful gifts on a tight budget.
    Melody in OR

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    1. Melody, it is nice to know that there are others out there whose heart and soul are in their homes. I love, love, love my occupation of being a homemaker and all that it entails!

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  5. Patsi, I have given away so many elderberry plants from ours which I was given a few years ago. This year was the first time there were any berries and I picked them as they ripened and froze them until I had enough to make something. Unfortunately they seem to have stopped developing even though we still have flowers so perhaps the hot weather has effected the plant. I do want to make something with the berries for winter to ward off the flu as it was a bad season for the flu last year here in Australia.

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    1. Nanna Chel, it very well could be the hot weather. Our's flower in May and we have berries in June, thankfully before the extreme heat sets in for our area.

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  6. I love to stay home!! I love being retired!!! I love getting snowed in haha!

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  7. I'm starting to thin out the stuff in the basement. I'm realizing there are some projects, while very worthy, I'm simply not going to get to in the near future. Its time to pass some things along....like fabric....

    Patsy...email me!

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    1. mdoe37, I don't have an email address for you. You can email me at pantrytalk @ yahoo (dot) com

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