Monday, July 16, 2018

The Ways of My Household/Vicky Challenge: 7/15/2018

I’m in such a busy season right now with all the canning and preserving, not only of the produce we’re growing, but also of what I can find on a good sale at the grocery store.  That’s why it’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘The Ways of My Household/The Vicky Challenge’ post, I’m having to prioritize how I spend my time because garden produce won’t wait!
Here’s what this past week looked like.  I’ll have to figure up my savings later, right now I just don’t have time.
I saved seeds for next years planting of armenian cucumbers.
I sprouted some moringa seeds and sometime this week I’ll get them planted.
I canned 4 pints of sweet pickle relish.
I canned 6 quarts of potatoes (this is the last of the potatoes we grew this year).
I canned 9 pints of peaches (I shared about getting them HERE).
I finished up the bread crumbs I’ve been making from sourdough bread.
I started making kombucha this week.
I found fresh walnuts on sale for $3.99/lb, regular price $9.99/lb.  I’ll be canning walnuts this upcoming week!
We were in the town where JoAnn’s Fabrics is located this week and while there I purchased McCall’s patterns ($1.99 each) and Vogue patterns ($4.98 each) on sale.  I purchased 5 patterns and paid $18.98.  
We found Washington sweet cherries on sale this week for $1.77/lb, regular price $3.99/lb.  We purchased several pounds, brought the them home and I canned 9 pints of cherries in ACV using this method on a Homesteading Family video.  I also froze a few to go into smoothies, made 4 pints of cherry jam and canned 1 pint and 1 half pint of cherry juice using the pits.

(Please note: The method calls for using apple cider not ACV.  I used ACV because I'm experimenting a bit here!!!)
I’ll use the canned cherries in smoothies, yogurt and flavored water.  The ‘cherry juice’ left in the jar from the canned cherries will be used in my Kombucha.
I also found Mcintosh, Gala and Granny Smith apples on sale.  I’ll be making chunky applesauce this upcoming week and using the peelings/cores to start a batch of vinegar.
From the garden we’re harvesting cucumbers and our okra is just starting to bear.  Our lima beans are full of blooms and we have lots of baby lima beans on the vines. The prospects are good for us to be able to harvest our first lima beans from a garden we’ve grown since moving to this area.  We have baby peppers and baby green tomatoes as well.  
From my herb garden (pots) I’m harvesting basil, nettles, lemon balm, plantain, feverfew, calendula, peppermint and spearmint.  My elderberries are filling out really well, it shouldn’t be to much longer before they will be ready to harvest. 

One more thing, this week over in my Pillowcases by Patsi group, we're having a $8 pillowcase sale all week long.  The only catch is that you must be a member of that group in order to get the sale price (otherwise the price is $12 each or 2 for $20).  We're also doing a 'Christmas in July' event as well and those pillowcases are just $8 each this week too.  After this week the Christmas pillowcases will go away until November 1st.  If you'd like to be a part of that group and take advantage of this sale as well as future sales click on the link, request to join and I'll get you approved as soon as possible.
That's it for me, what kind of week did you have?

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

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

$5 or Less Pantry Challenge: 7/12/218

In my last $5 or less pantry challenge, I had $53.70 to roll over into the next week.  Somehow the next week slipped by me and now I realize it has been 2 weeks since my last $5 or less pantry challenge!!!  Where did the time go!!!  

At any rate, when I add $53.70 to the $5 for last week and this week's $5 allotment, I have $63.70 to work with.

Here's what I purchased this week to add to my pantry …

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Adding to My Pantry: Peaches

We were asked last night at church if we would be interested in some peaches.  Since our main peach tree has died and our younger ones are not producing yet, we said 'yes!'

This morning we went to pick them and got 4 bags full or nearly full all in various stages of ripening.  The lady we got them from wanted us to pick all of them as the squirrels were eating them quite fast.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Vertical Gardening: Cucumbers

This year we decided to grow our cucumbers vertical …

Making Bread Crumbs

In this post I told you about reviving my sourdough starter, Prudence, and that my plans were to bake enough bread to do a big batch of bread crumbs and then to bake several loaves to slice and freeze.

Today, I'm making the bread crumbs …

I removed the loaves of bread from the refrigerator where they've been patiently waiting for me to get to them …

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