Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pantry Challenge #27 ... 2015

Another busy week has come and gone ... this time of the year is there any other kind of week!  In addition to our normal routine, we've had 4 year old twins staying with us this week.

My to-do list from last time:   

Can potatoes.   Done!  I added 7 quarts to my pantry!  Can you believe I finally got them done!!!!

In addition:
Our tomatoes are not doing well this year.  Lots of blossom end rot, even though we’ve been diligent to add calcium and lime on a regular basis, and sunburn from the extreme heat we’ve been having.  Despite this, I canned 7 quarts of tomatoes this week and added them to my pantry.

For snacks for the twins one day I made cookies instead of spending money on store bought ones. 

We got a phone call from a friend wanting to know if my husband would be interested cleaning some fish that had been caught that morning for half.  My husband said ‘yes!’ We added enough fish to the freezer part of our pantry for 3 meals plus had fish for dinner one night.


Like I've mentioned earlier, we’ve had the twins most of the week and we used what we had on hand to keep them occupied …

butcher paper, glue sticks, stickers, crayons, foam shapes ... they had fun with these items ...

(I taped the butcher paper to the table with painter's tape.)

 In addition we went outside and drew on the concrete drive with sidewalk chalk, we set them up at the kitchen table to play with modeling clay and play dough, we blew bubbles outside, rang the dinner bell numerous times and played matching games with Bible character cards to name a few.  

The little girl and I painted our finger nails and her toenails and cut some Rose of Sharon bush blooms to make a pretty flower arrangement for the house.  All these activities, except for the play dough were things we had on hand. 

I added 4 packages of ground beef to the freezer part of my pantry.

I also added a box of dried milk to my pantry.

I planted some more horseradish this week.  I’m starting to think about a fall garden which will need to be planted the end of this month or the first of August.  You can read more of my 2015 gardening journal HERE

I stitched a little more on my scrap quilt this week.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

I earned enough Swagbucks to get $28 in Amazon gift cards.

I’ve almost earned enough points through Bing to get another $5 Amazon gift card.

We added $3.65 to our change jar.

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

vacuum seal dried milk into pint jars

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

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  1. Believe it or not, applying for a credit card from amazon was frugal! I got a visa card from amazon and they gave me a $70 gift card from amazon for getting it! I'm not using it except for my subscribe and save grocery items where I earn points for every dollar spent for more gift cards!

  2. I added first aid supplies to my pantry. I picked up female supplies too. I realized how many things that are still needed for emergencies. My neighbors run over for tornado warnings and I sit and think if I have ready everything in case we are trapped in the basement. I need more items to make sure we have the basics.

    1. Mom at home, good for you for thinking ahead.

  3. This past week my hubby went to Aldi's and they had gotten an over load of blueberries and were selling them for .69 cents a pint the limit was 10 pints. I spent 2 hours cleaning and freezing them and they were good,had to taste some.

    1. tealady, that is a great deal on blueberries! I would have done the same thing!

    2. My sister-in-law taught me to just put the blueberries in a milk jug or freezer bag straight from the pints. Freeze. When I take them out, then I clean them. (I use them daily on my oatmeal). Super easy.

  4. I got blueberries and strawberries added to the freezer this week and I also bought a box of powdered milk. I need to get the milk put in jars and freeze some zucchini this week.

  5. I canned 20 pints of tart cherries from our tree. We eat them all year on our yogurt. I also canned 12 pints of blueberries that I bought at Aldi. Yesterday I canned 7 quarts and 17 pints of pinto, navy and black beans. I worked on making gluten free mixes for pancakes, cornbread, cake, pizza crust and bread. I am going to Colorado to help my daughter who is having a baby so I am taking half of everything I make to her house. I also bought foil pans at the dollar store and will prep a bunch of meals for her when i am there and stock her freezer. I finished one baby quilt and just need to do the binding on the second. I also made some bibs and booties and baby toys.

    1. Gloria, you better slow down or you won't have any energy left for that new grandbaby! You did good, girl!!!!

    2. Gloria, if you have a Sam's membership you can buy a 30 pack of foil pans and they come out to about 25'30 cents each. You are making me feel like a canning slacker!!! :) I do need to get some peaches and get them done soon.

    3. Patsy I got my new baby thursday! 7 lb 8 oz Nova Leanne. I have to wait until the 26th to see her in person! Thanks Lana for the info, I don't have Sams. But she only has a small freezer anyways. Dollar store pans were 4 in a pack for $1, so about the same price.

    4. What a beautiful name ... congratulations! I know you are so excited to see her. I was blessed to see only one of my grandchildren right after their birth. I had to wait 2 months to see one and 3 months to see another. Waiting is hard, but oh what a joy it will be when you get to hold that little bundle in your arms.

  6. Patsi, We have finally had a few nice days without rain so I hung laundry on the line and we were finally able to get in the gardens and weed. It does not look promising, but we may get some stuff from it. That is why we always plant extra. I got 2 free bottles of bbq sauce and a free bag of baby carrots at the store and a free loaf of bread. We bought milk and bananas and that is it. I got a sample of cat food that I will give to my kitties as treats. I have been trying to give a class on food storage for years and only got to hold 2. People are really not interested in the future it seems they would rather have the latest fad than food security. Ah well when they are ready I am here. I was into prepping for years, but it got to be too much doom and gloom for me. I am so glad I found your blog! I got 8 more buckets free from the bakery. They do not have lids, but I can still use them. I was reading Anabel's blog about the baby formula, did you know you can make homemade baby formula? I don't have the recipe, but it's out there would be good for emergencies. My chickens are laying good so I have a lot of eggs, but I have stopped selling them for now just in case. I just turned in some of my coke points for another $5 Walmart gift card. Hope you have a good week!

    1. Vicky, I'm glad you found A Working Pantry Blog too, you are so inspiring! I would gladly attend one of your food storage classes ... what a treat that would be. We always plant extra too and for that very reason. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

    2. Dear Vicky, I think now interest is increasing. The knowledge you have is now invaluable. I would come to your class too! Good idea on saving extra eggs. Love

    3. Thank you very much Annabel it is an honor that you and Patsi would come if we were near each other! I am just hoping that more people get on board because even though most things are just starting I don't think it is going to get better. If I can help anyone in any way please let me know. A little funny for you and Patsi, in my classes I have told everyone to make sure they had plenty of gravy-homecanned, store bought, powdered it does not matter except for diet preferences and when they asked why I told them because if you are forced to eat something like opossum or rat gravy makes everything tastier!

    4. ROTFL Vicky! I'll have to remember that about gravy!!!!

  7. Patsy I love that you got all that fish! What a blessing that was. It is wonderful how you help that family.
    Last week my aim was to add water and just as much as I could to my supplies. I did and I have an amazing blessing. God hear this apparently as I was driving and I saw a whole heap of stuff out on the kerb. One item was a rain barrel! It is not huge but we think about 100 liters. But as new condition, clean etc. It is certainly a bonus. What a find. Andy was amazed! He will connect it to a down pipe.
    It was a good week and I was happy! xxx

    1. Annabel, we need to set up some kind of rain water catchment system ... congratulations on finding the rain barrel! What a find!!!!

  8. We visited our youngest son and his wife 3 hours from home. We went to Sam's with them and bought 25 pounds of bread flour that our Sam's does not carry and found 3 packs of salsa marked down to $1.31. They are gourmet enough to go into a gift basket if the need would arise.

    I love all of your activities with the twins. I will keep them in mind for visiting grandchildren. Blossom end rot is a problem here with the tomatoes too even thought they should be fine. I suspect the odd weather.

  9. Patsi I just wanted to share with you since I know you get tickled by my parenting skills. Well my guys have a habit of destroying my kitchen! Every dish and pan will be in the sink, napkins on the counters just a big mess! They are used to Mama Bear always cleaning it up, well I am tired darn it! After several times of telling them to get it cleaned up it was not done soooo I went and got myself a sub sandwich from Subway and came home and sat at the table to eat it. They asked me what was for dinner Subway? I said no this is mine. And I told them I'm sorry I can't cook in a dirty kitchen and you haven't cleaned it up like I asked. They wanted to know what they were going to have for dinner? I said I guess whatever you can eat off of a napkin and a toothpick so I don't recommend the soup. About an hour later my kitchen was spotless!! That is parenting Vicky style!

  10. Patsi, the fish was a wonderful blessing.

    Here's what I got up to last wek -

    * I gave both Jessica and Megan a haircut. Their hair was due for a good trim. This saved us $10 - $15 each.
    * Made a litre of vanilla yoghurt using some natural yoghurt given to us as a starter.
    * Baked two loaves of white bread with chia seeds and two wholemeal loaves.
    * Filled up my car before the school holiday price hike and used a discount coupon too
    * Gratefully received a couple of boxes of clothes from a family member. There were lots of jeans and other items we can put to good use. All were in as new condition.
    * Froze two single serves of a pasta dish.
    * We've started using newspaper in the bottom of the chicken coop nesting boxes with a smaller amount of hay. It gives the boxes better insulation during the colder weather and means we don't have to use as much hay.
    * Made Annabel's Golden Syrup pudding. This is a very frugal pudding and wonderfully comforting in Winter.
    * Refilled all my spray bottles with Miracle Spray.
    * Started saving the washing machine water again. With the two big birthday celebrations lately, we just didn't have time to do it. It's great to get back into the routine.
    * Dried most of the washing on clothes horses. Some was put into the dryer.
    * Watered all our pot plants and bulbs with water saved from the kitchen.
    * Gratefully received some meat and vegetables. Most of the vegetables I blanched and froze straight away as I couldn't use it quick enough.
    * Donated another couple of bags to Savers and received some discount stamps. Megan bought some tops from Savers as she's doing work experience shortly at a local hospital.
    * Baked raspberry and white choc muffins for snacks.
    * Picked lettuce from our garden for two meals.
    * Collected a fair few eggs. One day we collected four eggs from five chooks. Not bad for the cold weather.

    1. Wendy, what a great week you had! I love the way you 'think frugally'! All the little things add up don't they?


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