Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pantry Challenge #23 ... 2015

I received the following comment from a reader this week …

I don't have any idea how much credit you get from Amazon but over the last few days I ordered 3 expensive car seats and cookware. I like your blog so much and I went through your links so I hope it helps you.

My heart wanted to explode with joy … I thanked the reader for her support both in word and deed and thought that now would be a good time to thank everyone for your words of encouragement and the financial support you provide by purchasing through my Amazon affiliate link and/or by purchasing my e-book, Yes, You CAN Have a Well-Stocked Pantry!   The percentage I make through my Amazon affiliate link is small but every little bit helps and I want you to know that I appreciate every cent of it.

Okay, let’s see what I got done in my pantry last week …

My to-do list from last time:   

Start a batch of ‘Gwen’s Bread.’   Didn’t get done!  I really want to try this bread but we have been so busy this week … maybe next!

Continue harvesting raspberries. Done!  I added 10 (1/2 cup) bags to the freezer part of my pantry.  I also made 2 quarts of raspberry syrup which I froze.

Harvest raspberry leaves from growth on new canes and dehydrate them.  I’ll use them in herbal tea.  In the works!

In addition:

I ordered pure Stevia from THM (Trim Healthy Mama) using money I earned selling my e-book Yes, You CAN Have a Well-stocked Pantry.  I was getting low and am so glad that enough e-books sold that I could restock this essential item in my pantry.

I continue to chop and freeze our spring onions.  I added 14 (1/2 cup) packages to the pantry part of my pantry.

Our Sam’s Club ‘finds’ this week were 20 bars of Dial soap on clearance for $4.91, Chex Mix snack bags on clearance for $4.01/box of 36 individual bags, (The Chex Mix will be used for snacks in our upcoming VBS.) and popcorn shrimp on clearance for $.51/box.  

I used up all the laundry detergent in the container but instead of buying more I filled the container back up with my homemade laundry detergent that I keep on hand.  I make a big batch and it usually lasts me for a year.

Our squash has started producing and I canned 14 quarts.  It looks like sunshine in a jar!

I canned 26 pints of beets.

I cashed in $30 worth of points I earned through Swagbucks and Bing at Amazon.  I used it to purchase groceries through Amazon to add to my pantry.

We added $5.55 to our change jar.

I added garden leftovers to my compost bin and gave some to our month old baby chicks.

I saved fabric scraps from my sewing day this week and added them to my sewing scraps bucket.  I’ll be starting on a new scrap quilt this week.

I removed buttons from a shirt of my husbands’ that has become badly stained.  I cut the shirt into pieces, cutting out the stains, and added the fabric to the fabric part of my pantry.

This week on my sewing day, I made a Mickey Mouse pillowcase for my grandson, super soft baby washcloths for his baby sister (along with 2 more to go in my gift trunk) and completed another page of the quiet book I’m making for my oldest granddaughter.  You can see pictures and read about it HERE.

I planted the lemon seeds I have been waiting patiently to sprout.  I planted 11 sprouted seeds in 8 pots.  Three of the pots have 2 seeds planted in them.  I’ll be watching them all closely; I really want to grow my own lemons if I can.  To find out what else I’ve been doing in the garden this week you can read my 2015 gardening journal HERE. 

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

Make Gwen’s Bread

Can more squash

Can potatoes.  A friend gave us some newly dug potatoes and I’m going to try canning them as shredded potatoes to be cooked as hash browns when opened.   (This is purely an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.)

 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. Good luck with all the things you want to do this week. FYI.......... I personally find that I have better results canning potatoes in chunks or cubes as opposed to shredding. Shedded ones tend to cake in the jar and become mush on me.

    1. Thanks Kim for the info on the shredded potatoes, I'm expecting that to happen, but want to try it anyway.

  2. I did make a batch of Gwen's Bread. Its got a very nice flavor. My dough was a bit slack for free forming on a stone. Still very good, but I think I'll switch over to a regular bread pan to try to get something that resembles a loaf of bread. Mine was a bit challenged to make sandwiches

    1. Thanks for those tips, I will definitely keep them in mind when making mine!

  3. I am interested in how you make your herbal tea from the leaves..i would imagine that you can do that with any like blackberry or blueberry? Just a silly question but thanks for your input. Joann

    1. Joann, here you go ... Put 1 – 2 teaspoons dried leaves in a cup
      Pour 1 cup boiling water over dried leaves
      Cover and let tea steep about 5 minutes.
      Add sweetener of choice

  4. I bought my large pressure canner through your Amazon link, but I would also like to remind people that they can sign up for Amazon smile and designate a charity to receive a percentage of their purchase price. I chose celiac awareness and anytime I buy anything they get a donation. They have a list of charities to choose from. Neither of these two things are costing the buyer anything.
    I made rhubarb jelly and froze asparagus. I have been continuing to can beans and make my gluten free bread out of the beans. My cholesterol came down from 180 to 150 from eating beans every day and I save about $5 a week from not buying gluten free bread.
    I made a quilt, bibs, booties and toys for my future grand daughter.

    I have blanched and drained grated potatoes and cauliflower and placed out flat on wax paper and froze, then putting them in zip lock freezer bags. I also do that with wild rice, brown rice, zucchini and other foods. When they are in the flat packages thay take up very little room and thaw easily.

    1. Thank you for sharing the information about 'Amazon Smile.' Those are some good tips on freezing things 'flat' to go in the freezer!

  5. Hi Patsy! First I have to tell you that my achievements are not many again this week, but when I babysit I have her over ten hours a day and this getting up at 4:45 am is starting to wear me down. We won't get anything from the garden for awhile yet so nothing here as far as that goes. My father in law passed away this week so things to do there and I got to babysit my grandbabies Sat. and I had to be there at 5 am! It was a joy to spend time with them though my grandson is all boy and a handful, but makes my heart melt! I hung laundry on the line and found 3 cents on the ground at the store. We stocked up on some ground chuck and cheese this week for really good prices and my cats told me there were mice in pantry room and sure enough I found them nesting in my toilet paper! I was joking and saying when they were looking for real estate they wanted a ranch style home because we found a packet of ranch dip mix they had in there and a small piece of wallpaper border so they decorated too! Unfortunately some of the tp had to go to the burn pile. My one cat caught 2 mice and my son 1, but when my cats get a mouse they get a scoop of tuna as a reward, my son didn't want his scoop of tuna. HAHA! KMart sent me 10 dollars in surprise points and I used those to get plastic containers to put tp in so I got 2 free and they just sent me another 10 dollars so I am going to go get 2 more free. I made a nice batch of dog food for the boys I slim them down now that the cold is over and it only cost me 2 dollars to make enough for the week. I hope you have a wonderful week!


    1. Sounds like you've had a good week Vicki, glad you were able to get plastic containers to store your toilet paper in for free. I store most everything in some sort of container for that very reason. So sorry to hear of your father-in-law's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


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