Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pantry Challenge #20 ... 2015

We are spending a lot of time outside mowing yards (ours and a friends) and working in the gardens.  There is so much to be done this time of the year.  The winter time of rest is over and our busy season has begun.

With a good portion of our time being spent outside, did I get anything done in our pantry?

Let’s take a look …

My to-do list from last time:   

Freeze Eggs … Done!  I froze 1 dozen.

Finish vacuum sealing Cheerios … Didn’t get done!

Finish vacuum sealing tea bags  Done!  I added 2 quarts of tea bags to my pantry.

Vacuum seal oats … Didn’t get done!

In addition:

I slow cooked a roast with carrots and onions in the oven one afternoon but instead of making gravy with the broth I strained it up and added the liquid from a jar of home-canned mushrooms that I had sautéed to go with our meal and then froze the combined liquid.  It will become soup broth in the future or meat broth for another roast.

We received a check for medical expenses we had overpaid and used it to purchase some marked-down meats to add to our pantry.  We purchased 2 hams and 2 pork shoulders all at greatly reduced prices.

I purchased a blouse on clearance at Sam’s Club for $3.02.

I completed a Pinecone Survey and earned $3.

I earned $25 through Swagbucks and $5 through Bing.

We added $4.80 to our change jar.

I've been busy repurposing this week as well. This pickle jar and these popcorn tins!

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Finish vacuum sealing Cheerios

Vacuum seal oats

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

A Working Pantry

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  1. Congratulations Patsy on your ebook! I just purchased it and once I have finished reading it I will send you a review as I know these are very helpful to a book.
    I am excited to read it! I am really trying to expand my pantry and preparedness as you know. And I keep seeing more reasons to do so and do it now.
    This week I have a lot of cooking to do as I am helping the newly home with the baby couple! I am also drying some herbs and planting some, adding good to my cellar. And trying to learn more. I will be reading your ebook in the evenings. I am so happy for you with this! xxx

    1. Thank you Annabel! You are always so supportive! How blessed the 'newly home with the baby couple' are to have you so near and wiling and able to help.

  2. I am stocking up on some food to take with me to Colorado in July when my daughter has a baby. She and I both have celiac disease and eat a gluten free diet, so we really have to make our food from scratch. I want to cook a lot of food for her while I am there as she won't really have help after I am gone. I am also canning a bunch of food now, and making gluten free mixes to take with. So I guess I am stocking someone elses pantry! I have been freezing asparagus and it looks like we are going to have a lot of cherries and strawberries this year.

    1. How blessed your daughter is to have you to do all this for her! A new grandbaby ... what a blessing!

  3. Hi Patsy! It was kind of a slow week here. I added 4 bottles of Mr. Clean and 4 boxes of Magic Erasers for free to my cleaning supplies. And to add to my baby supplies I got 5 packs of diapers, 1 pack of pull ups and 6 containers of wipes for a grand total of $3.75. I like to keep them on hand for either my grandbabies or babyshower gifts. I love the diaper cakes, but instead of using cloth or rolling up disposeables to make the "cake" I get plain white wrapping paper and wrap the diapers to make a square tiered "cake" and use a lot of curling ribbon to make it pretty. then decorate with toys, booties, bottles of baby wash, pacifiers and baby blocks or beads spelling the baby's name, top it off with a big bow and a small baby bottle nestled inside the bow and the nipple looks like a candle sticking out. I looove when I get to be creative! I didn't get to add to my pet pantry this week, but will as soon as I get additional coupons. We are still eating very simple meals since we are working outside a lot. That is all for this week. Have a wonderful week!


    1. Vicky, I would love to see a picture of your 'diaper cake' creation! It sounds so creative!

  4. Patsy I have a pic on my phone of when I had just started decorating it, but not the completed project. As soon as my son can transfer the pics I'll post it for you. My phone is a very old LG. That is the funny thing I am actually very creative jut nobody ever gets to see it LOL! I can tell you though I spent a lot of time in the evenings just curling ribbon! And I used lots of it. When my daughter in law had my granddaughter last June I took a small basket and put a bow on the handle and did lots of curling ribbon on it and filled it with snack size packs of cookies, crackers and candy bars for mommy and daddy. People were stopping me and asking if I got it in the gift shop because it was so cute and a good idea. I guess curling ribbon makes everything pretty!

  5. Sounds like you have had a good week! And how exciting to have your ebook updated! I really need to look into the Swagbucks Patsy! Thank you for sharing this pantry inspiration with us! :)


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