Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pantry Challenge #31 ...2015

The heat and humidity we’re experiencing just doesn’t seem to want to let up!  Our feel like temperatures has been well over 100 degrees more days than not since the first part of June.  The leaves on the trees in our yard are starting to turn and fall off … 6 weeks ahead of time.  The fruit trees we planted in the spring are definitely stressed as well as a couple of long standing dogwood trees.  We can keep them watered but there is simply nothing we can do about the intense heat.  Everything is drooping from this unusually long heat wave; this has definitely been a year of gardening when it’s hard!  However, we are so thankful for what we have been able to harvest and add to our pantry!  Let's see what that was this week!

My to-do list from last time:   

Harvest and dehydrate herbs.   Done!  I harvested and dehydrated lemon balm, lavender, sage, spearmint, peppermint, comfrey and elderberries.

Add rice to my pantry for medicinal purposes when a bland diet is needed.  Done! 

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge.  Done!  I purchased a 10 lb bag of rice for $4.44.  You can read about it HERE!


We were given about a gallon of fresh figs so I will need to preserve them asap.  Done!  I made 1 pint and 9 half pints of fig jelly. 

In addition:

We were given a large catfish that a neighbor caught and offered to my husband. My husband dressed it and we had catfish strips for dinner one night.

I canned 14 more quarts of tomato juice this week.  The dehydrator is humming with the pulp and peels in it as I type.  When they are completely dry, I will grind them up into tomato powder.

I needed to make up a big batch of turmeric and vitamin c capsules this week as I’ve just been doing enough to get from week to week.  I filled about 100 capsules while watching another episode of War Time Farm before I had to quit.  Filling each capsule is a mindless thing and for me can be quite monotonous, but having something to watch really made  it better.

I froze 2 dozen of eggs this week in anticipation of our chickens molting which always seems to occur during holiday baking time.

The lady that gave us the figs also gave me some flower seeds. It is well know that I like flowers and when I admired a bush filled with flowers she pulled off some seeds and gave them to me.  When I asked her what the name of the bush was she said she didn’t know but thought it was some kind of ‘sweetheart’ bush.  I want to do some research to see what I can find out about it.

Our Sam’s Club find this week was a box of 24 variety bags of Boulder chips on clearance for $2.01.

I worked on my scrap quilt on my sewing day this week.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

I continue to work toward my monthly goal of Swagbucks

We added $4.70  in change to our change jar this week.

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

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge
Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?


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  1. I love War Time Farm and have enjoyed all the shows that group has done. Edwardian farm, Victorian farm and Tales from the Green Valley. Think there was Tudor Monastery farm too! We are in that time if the year when if someone says what are you doing today we have to say "whatever is ready in the garden"! Hope you get some relief from the heat soon!

    1. Kathy, I like that 'when if someone says what are you doing today we have to say 'whatever is ready in the garden!' I totally get it!

  2. It was a busy "pantry week" at my house. The garden decided to come in all at the same time. I froze okra, peas, green beans and lima beans. I also froze blueberries and made salsa. I cleaned and organized my deep freeze. I did my bi-monthly shopping and went to three stores and boy, was I tired at the end of that day :). I will be collecting tomatoes and peppers this week in anticipation of making more salsa. We should have one more picking of blueberries and I'll be watching the figs to get to them before the birds do. :)

    1. MamaHen, you did have a busy 'pantry week' didn't you? Don't you just love seeing your pantry fill up though!

  3. Hi Patsi!
    I collected Kellogg's and coke codes when we recycled this week. I had a wedding to go to and found towels, washcloths and a bathmat and candle on clearance. I went to Dollar Tree and got the card, tissue paper, gift bag and a bag of sea shells. Since their wedding theme was a beach theme I glued the sea shells to the tissue paper that sticks up out of the gift bag. I dried spinach outside on hot days and hung laundry and canned more beans. I also got foil pans at the Dollar Tree for my emergency supplies or for when I send food to friends or neighbors. If I find pretty casserole dishes at the thrift store I will buy those to send food in and if I don't get it back it's no biggie, but the thrift stores around here are getting to be more expensive than Walmart so I have not found much lately.


  4. Patsy, you are a whirlwind! I didn't do much on a practical level, but I did save a significant sum on a major purchase by doing lots of research first. You can't knock a saving of over $700! I love, love, love the colour of the Fig Jelly! Mimi xxx

    1. Give me the $700 savings any day!!!! Love it!

  5. Dear Patsy,

    You have inspired me to watch War Time Farm again. I love shows like this. They educate me on how to live frugally. I did find a site the other week and I posted it on my blog. It is about wartime living and quite an interesting read.

    I really must remember that eggs can be frozen when I have an abundance, so then I will have some to get me through their molt. Our chickens are just starting to lay well after the winter break. Spring is knocking at the door, baby chicks will be next.

    I love the look of your fig jelly and your scrap quilt is looking fantastic!


    1. Tania, that's why I enjoy War Time Farm, learning to live frugally in a world that continually changes means we have to keep on keeping on in our schooling. I will go check out One Contented Homebody, thanks for the heads up! Fall is around the corner for us and I am looking forward to that season!


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