Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pantry Challenge #39 ... 2015

Happy fall to all our U.S. readers!  The temps in our area are finally getting cooler and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!  Lots of fall things are and will be happening at my house over the next few weeks:  fall decorations come out of storage and get put up, garden gets cleaned up and put to bed for the winter, fall cleaning gets done and a few outside jobs completed … now that the weather is bearable to work outside.    

Do you have a ‘fall’ to-do list?

My to-do list from last week:

Harvest herbs … Didn’t get done!

Make Gwen’s bread … Didn’t get done!

Get a jar of cider fire started … This didn’t get done either!

Make some elderberry syrup for cold and flu season … hanging my head in shame … no, not this either!

Shop sales and loss leaders.  Done!  I added V05 shampoo and conditioner on sale for $.77/bottle to my pantry this week!  You can read about it HERE.

In addition:

I harvested dried okra from our plants and started saving seeds for next year’s planting.

We were given some raw peanuts fresh from the ground.  There were quite a few of them so after my husband had boiled himself a big pot, I canned the rest.  I added 28 quarts of boiled peanuts to my pantry.  My husband loves these ... me, not so much ... I canned them for him.

I made a big batch of granola.  I love this stuff! 

I also made a big batch of spicy mixed nuts.  Hmm, good snacking food!

I restocked our supply of Nutribiotic Nasal Spray Plus this week.  Both my husband and I use this for our sinuses.  

Now that gardening is mostly over for us for this year, I have more time to read.  This week I started reading the new Trim Healthy Mama book and the new Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  As I’ve said before, I don’t follow the THM plan per say, but do use some of their low carb recipes and tips in both books.

Around the first of October I usually start getting serious about completing and mapping out our holiday plans and gift giving.  This week on our Working Pantry Facebook group we’re going to start a ‘getting ready for the holidays’ series where we’ll be helping each other get ready for the holidays in the most frugal way possible.  The first assignment will be posted Sunday night.   I know that some of you do not do Facebook so, would you like me to post the assignments here on the blog as well?  Let me know in the comments if you would.

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

Harvest herbs

Make Gwen’s bread

Get a jar of cider fire started

Make some elderberry syrup for cold and flu season

Shop sales and loss leaders

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

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