Thursday, May 6, 2021

On This Day: 5/6/21

I thought I’d do something different today and share how my day went … sometimes we learn more by following someone around and observing.  That’s what this post allows you to do, follow me through my day virtually!  I hope you enjoy it, let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more of this kind of post.

My day started with my normal routine, bathroom visit, oil pull using coconut oil, teeth brushing and dressing for the day.  From there, I started a load of laundry and while it was washing I drank a bottle of water and did my Bible study.  (I try to start each day with a bottle of water.)

When the washer was finished I transferred the clothes to the dryer.

Hubby got up and made omelets for breakfast, he makes a delicious omelet.  (He’s a really good cook!)

After breakfast I emptied the dryer and put the clothing, etc away.

It’s time to start transitioning our winter wardrobe into summer wear and this includes our bedding as well.  This morning I removed blankets from the bed and got them ready to store away until needed again this winter.

Since meatloaf was on the menu for today, I mixed up enough for 2, one for today and one to freeze for a future meal.  I set out a jar of home canned potatoes and a jar of home canned okra to go with the meatloaf.

After breakfast and a quick check online to see if there was anything that needed my immediate attention, I loaded the dehydrator with spearmint I harvested earlier in the week.  (I like to let my herbs wilt for a day or so before drying them, they take up less room in the dehydrator!)


Before heading out the door to the garden I took two pans of shallot blades, (the green leaves grown from shallot bulbs) to the freezer to be flash- frozen.  I had harvested and prepared the shallot blades earlier in the week.

In the garden I planted 2 rows of okra and 2 rows of purple hull peas.  Hubby plowed the garden and before long it was ready to set aside for another week.

I’m still working on planting the herbs I purchased last week and today I got borage and bee balm in containers.

I cleaned out one of our tractor tire raised beds as the first step in getting some cucumbers planted in it.

I also planted some dahlias in one corner of a raised bed.  I’m really focusing on adding beauty to my garden this year in the form of flowers wherever I can find a corner to put them.

Next I headed inside for a glass of raspberry tea and a little sit-down rest time.

We had some errands to run in town so that was the next thing on our agenda, when we got back home I headed out for a brisk walk.  Since it was a beautiful day with a high of 72 and a light breeze I opted to take a walk instead of doing an exercise video inside.   Between working in the garden and my brisk walk by the end of the day I will have logged some 15,000 steps.  I try to get 10,000 steps in daily so I’m pleased with today’s activity level.

I checked in on the chickens, fed and watered them and gathered the eggs.  We're waiting for baby chicks to hatch, but today was not the day.  We have two hens who are 'sitting' and we are on baby chick watch!

We’ve been blessed to have another full day and this afternoon we are relaxing and watching a little TV together.  I may get out some hand work and work on that for a little while as well. 

I love our busy days and quiet evenings!

patsi

A Working Pantry

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

Items I use in keeping my pantry well-stocked:

Dehydrator

Dehydrator Teflon Sheets

Dehydrator Cookbook

Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

Herb/Coffee Bean Grinder

Manual Food Chopper

Pressure Canner

Canning Supplies

Food Scale

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Stocking and Restocking My Pantry at a Mennonite Non-Electric Store!

Recently, I had the opportunity to shop at a 'non-electric' Mennonite grocery store.  I knew I was going ahead of time so had my list ready.  Here's what I purchased for my pantry...


... the two large bags in the back are rye flour.  I simply cannot find it in the area where we live so I was delighted to be able to stock up ... I purchased 14 pounds (each bag was 7 lbs).  It will go in the freezer for a few days to make sure that all insect eggs are killed.  After that I'll fill a canister and add it to the baking area in my pantry.  The remaining will stay in the freezer until a refill is needed.

To the left of the rye flour is butter sprinkles.  I've been looking for this item and again, just can't find it in my area.  I'll fill a pint jar to keep in the refrigerator for use and freeze the rest for refills.

Between the two bags of rye flour is a bag of dry hominy.  My husband spotted this and wanted to try it so into the cart it went.

Beside the dry hominy is a bag of unsweetened coconut.  I use this in baking and in granola so was glad to be able to restock it.

All those plastic containers contain various spices, which was the main thing on my shopping list.  I'll refill my spice containers and set the rest of each in the freezer for refill purposes.

In the front are flavorings: hazelnut, banana, butterscotch and butter pecan.  I'll use these in baking and smoothies.

I had such fun shopping at this store, I've already started a list for the next time I get to go!

patsi

A Working Pantry

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

Items I use in keeping my pantry well-stocked:

Dehydrator

Dehydrator Teflon Sheets

Dehydrator Cookbook

Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

Herb/Coffee Bean Grinder

Manual Food Chopper

Pressure Canner

Canning Supplies

Food Scale

For ways to support this blog, go HERE.

You can view my privacy policy HERE.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Out With the Old and in With the New!

 Out with the old ... 


 carrots that we grew over winter ...
(I see a lot of carrot preserving in my near future.)


from this raised bed.  

Still in the bed are Kings lima beans.  These lima beans will run up the arch and make a beautiful covering plus give us lots of yummy beans!  On the far end of the bed are garlic chives and on this end are flowers I planted yesterday.  I love having flowers and herbs tucked in corners and ends of my raised beds.  Not only are they beautiful but the herbs help deter pests and the flowers add beauty plus attract bees.

I'm debating on what to plant in the open space where the carrots were ... there are so many options ... I'll let you know what I decide!

To sum it up, out with the old means harvesting the carrots (the old) leaving the bed ready for 'new' plantings ... out with the old and in with the new!

patsi

A Working Pantry

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

Items I use in keeping my pantry well-stocked:

Dehydrator

Dehydrator Teflon Sheets

Dehydrator Cookbook

Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

Herb/Coffee Bean Grinder

Manual Food Chopper

Pressure Canner

Canning Supplies

Food Scale

For ways to support this blog, go HERE.

You can view my privacy policy HERE.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

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