Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pantry Challenge #19 ... 2015

This week has been all about the 105 baby chicks we received in the mail.  They are so much fun to watch, their playful antics are something to see.  You can read about them HERE! 

In and around taking care of our baby chicks here’s what I got done in my pantry …

My to-do list from last time:   

Finish planting herbs … Done!  I planted chickweed this week.   This spring I’ve added comfrey, jewelweed and chickweed to the medicinal part of my herb garden.  I may plant one or two more herbs in the next couple of weeks but otherwise I’m finished planting herbs until fall. 

Finish vacuum sealing Cheerios … Didn’t get done!  Glad this isn’t a perishable item!!!

Finish vacuum sealing tea bags … Didn’t get done!  Glad this isn’t a perishable item either!!!

Vacuum seal oats … Didn’t get done!  Glad this isn’t a perishable item!!!

Put the finishing touches on releasing an oldie but goodie e-book I wrote titled 'Yes, You CAN Have a Well-Stocked Pantry ... Expanded Edition!'  Done!  Look for info on the launch date later this week! 

Place a Subscribe and Save order through Amazon.  I’ve decided to set aside the money I earn through Swagbucks and Bing each month to pay for this.  (Link to Amazon's Subscribe and Save can be found on the sidebar of A Working Pantry blog.) … I have this started!

In addition:
I harvested some more nettles and they are currently air drying.

I also harvested the first spring onions from our garden.
We tried a low-carb pancake/waffle recipe from the book Satisfying Eats that we really liked. In fact we like it so much that we will be replacing the Carbquik that we normally buy to make pancakes and waffles with … with it.  Yeah, one less thing to have to buy at the grocery store!

We were able to purchase these 4 bags of Hershey’s candy for a total of $3.63 out of pocket using coupons and ECB’s.  That makes them less than $1/bag including taxes.  I added them to the freezer part of our pantry for use during those hot summer days when we’ve been outside working and want a quick pick me up. 

I had a couple of 8 oz blocks of cheese I had gotten at Aldi’s that needed to be used or preserved.  I opted to preserve them by shredding them and then freezing them in 1 cup increments.  I put each 1 cup amount in a snack baggie and then put the snack baggies in a 1 quart freezer bag.  I added 6 one cup baggies of shredded Monterey cheese to the freezer part of my pantry.

I froze the 3 quarts of plain yogurt I got on clearance at Sam’s Club a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve almost earned enough points through Swagbucks and Bing for a combined $30 in Amazon gift cards.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:
Finish vacuum sealing Cheerios

Finish vacuum sealing tea bags

Vacuum seal oats

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

A Working Pantry

Update:  5/11/2015 ... Several have asked me for the low carb pancake/waffle mix recipe I mentioned in this post ... the ingredients are, almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, stevia or sweetener of choice and sea salt. I wish I could give you the recipe but it is copyrighted with specific notations that sharing is prohibited.  I will say this though, we have enjoyed everything we've tried out of the Satisfying Eats cookbook thus far.  I highly recommend this cookbook if you're serious about eating low-carb.

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  1. I am really excited about your ebook Patsy! I know it will be fantastic and I cant wait. I will be splattering it all over my fb page and blog too!
    Loving seeing your chicks. Also am interested in your low carb pancake mix...
    I had a pretty productive week and added some stackable large plastic bins in my cellar as for now I have about run out of shelf space! I got 8 bins on a special. I also added canned goods plus more first aid and practical things like garbage bags, masking tape, dish liquid and toothpaste. it is really adding up. Now I am starting to fill gaps in areas as I think of things.
    This week my daughters baby is due. But I am pretty organised with lots of meals ready in the freezer and shopping done. I plan to re plant my herb stack, add herbs in some spaces I have between my rose bushes, add some items to my cellar that I think would make good "swaps" or "currency" in a crisis. Also I am making a list of things I would love to get if we could afford... so if money became available we would buy... these include a rain water tank, a generator, a kerosene heater... Can dream!
    Have a great week! xxx

    1. Annabel, we have a list of things we would buy if money became available too ... a gas stove is at the top of the list. Living in hurricane country, it's nothing to lose power for several days and while a generator will keep the freezer and refrigerator running, it can't handle an electric stove. I can't wait for your grandbaby to get here ! Glad you are prepared!!!!

  2. Hi Patsy! I have been using my clothesline and catching up on laundry. Last week I added 2 bags of cat litter and a box of cat food to my pet pantry that I got for free with coupons. I added 45 cans of cat food and 5 small bags of cat food that I had coupons for, but not free. I got a bunch of samples in the mail that will come in handy. The store had roasts B1G1 and lo and behold 1 of them had a $3 off coupon on it so I got 2 large roasts for $13 total.My husband got a sample of dog food at Sam's. I used a few coupons and got the baby I watch bags of snacks for $1 each. Since it has been so warm the last week we have just been eating simple meals like sandwiches. It looks like we are going to get bad storms so I better go batten down the hatches! Hope you have a great week!


    1. Be safe Vicky! We've had severe storms this afternoon as well! By the way, you did good stocking your pantry last week!!!!


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