Saturday, September 19, 2015

Pantry Challenge #38 ... 2015

(I had looked everywhere locally for these large, long handled wooden spoons but had been unable to find them.  I wore out the ones I had!  While at a little non-electric Mennonite store recently I found them and purchased 5!!!  You just can't beat these for stirring things in deep pots!!!)

We’ve been babysitting 4 year old twins most of the week so my pantry building didn’t get a lot of attention, but that’s okay!

Here’s what I got done …

I canned 11 quarts of pears.  The pears came from our pear tree.  We love these fried up with a little butter and sweetener.

I took the peelings and cores from the pears I canned and turned them into 4 pints of pear juice which I will freeze.  I will make pear jelly with it when things are a little less busy at my house!

I got the bread I was air drying last week turned into bread crumbs and added 1 pint to my pantry.

I asked at the bakery section of Sam’s Club if they had any empty frosting buckets for free.  I was told that I could have only one … and only occasionally could I get one!  I don’t know if this is the policy at all Sam’s Club’s or not but I felt like I had been thoroughly grilled by the time I got the bucket.   It’s just a bucket and it’s the first one I had asked for … I don’t know why I was given the 3rd degree … I’m not sure I’ll go through that again for a bucket!  Has anyone else experienced this kind of treatment?  Maybe the lady was having a bad day!

My husband and I had been out mowing and doing yard work one afternoon and when we came in it was supper time!  I reached into the freezer and pulled out 2 of my homemade freezer dinners (made from leftovers and frozen in divided plates made for freezing, microwave heating and eating), micro waved them and sat down to a delicious, nutritious dinner!  I love having homemade freezer meals on hand for times like this!

I started the task of cleaning out our raised beds and getting them ready for winter.

I shopped a few sales this week and found:

2 (3 bars to a package) packages of Ivory soap which I paid $.47/package for after coupons.

This package of 2 bottles of dressing on clearance for $.41 at Sam’s Club.  We purchased one package.  We’ll use it for marinating purposes.

We saw this sprouted 7 grain bread on sale for $.51 a package in the freezer section of Sam’s Club but didn’t purchase any as we don’t eat much bread anymore.  (About the only bread we use anymore is Joseph's Bread or I make Gwen's Bread)

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

Harvest herbs

Get a jar of cider fire started

Make some elderberry syrup for cold and flu season

Shop sales and loss leaders

Harvest rest of okra and lay out to dry for next year's seeds

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

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