Saturday, October 16, 2021

A Working Pantry Boot Camp: 10/16/21

   Our challenge for last week was to take the age of our youngest child, grandchild, niece or nephew and add that number of items to our pantry!

The age of my youngest grandchild is 3 so that's how many items I added to my pantry!  

Here they are ...


A bulk box of Goldfish and a bulk box of Cheez-It's along with a package of lighters.

The Goldfish and Cheez-It's will be used in making a holiday snack food we enjoy every year (and use in gift giving).

(We won't use all of either of these when making our snack mix, so I'll vacuum seal what we don't use in jars and add them to my pantry.  We do this every year and we've found that they stay quite fresh for months!)

The lighters will be used in fire building in our wood stove this winter.

How did you do?

Our challenge for next week is a bit different but these are uneasy times we're living in so take that into consideration when you read this challenge ...

Add some shelf stable milk to your pantry.

It can be evaporated milk, goat's milk, almond milk, whole milk, 2 % milk, skim milk, powdered/dehydrated milk ... any kind of shelf stable milk that you'll use.  (This means it's likely going to come packaged in a can, box or bag!)

 (You can always substitute something totally different if a particular assignment doesn’t work for you. Just tell us what you’re substituting.)

Until next time!

 patsi

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Harvesting Herbs Today!

Our day time temps are still in the mid 80's which means our herbs are still growing and producing.  I'm thrilled and today I took my snips and a bowl and headed out to do some harvesting.



Pictured are:

English Thyme
Peppermint
Spearmint
Rosemary
and oregano

Not pictured are:  wild worm, comfrey and the basil we harvested yesterday.  As you can image I have several containers filled with herbs occupying space in my kitchen.  I like to let them dry naturally if at all possible and a colander (my container of choice for drying herbs when not using a dehydrator) is perfect for allowing air flow.  I give them a good 'mixing' with my hands a couple of times a day so they don't clump together and possibly mold.  Other than that I give them time!

I still have nettles that need harvesting and plantain but after that they should hold for another couple of weeks!  

I love growing my own herbs, the fragrance of fresh herbs is just something to be enjoyed!

Until next time!

 patsi

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Teaching the Old Ways!

The twins (now 10 years old) spent the day with us yesterday and as is normal we had 'things to do.'  They worked right along with us and in so doing we enjoyed some old fashioned fellowship, teaching and learning.


While the boy twin was helping my hubby on a building project, the girl and I planted garlic in this raised bed.  She got her hands in the dirt and helped do every aspect of getting the garlic planted.  She asked questions and I answered them to the best of my ability.  She was not only a big help but a joy to work with on this project!


Once we finished with our outside chores (harvesting basil, planting garlic and working in the row garden) we went inside and she wanted to bake cookies from scratch.  I had some bananas that were overripe so instead of making cookies from scratch she made banana nut muffins from scratch.  We got the recipe out and I showed her how to read the recipe.  I let her do all the measuring, mixing, prepping the muffin pan and filling them.  I even explained to her that cleaning up along the way was the best way to do the clean-up.  She was an eager student and the muffins in the picture are the ones she baked. (We packaged them up and sent them home with her and her brother when their mom came to get them.)

"Teaching the old ways," yes, that's a good description of what took place in my home yesterday!

Until next time!

 patsi

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