Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pantry Challenge #6 ... 2016

For the last three days, pantry building has been the last thing on my mind … but I have sure been glad that I have a well-stocked pantry!  Read on to see what I’m talking about ….

My to-do list from last time:

Continue vacuum sealing dry beans into jars … still working on this!

Thaw frozen turkeys and can … Didn’t get done!

Make and can broth from carcasses of turkeys after canning meat … Didn’t get done!

In addition:

I peeled, cut up and froze slightly over ripe bananas for use in smoothies.

We made another cheesecake using ingredients we had on hand.

I didn’t get a lot done this week because on the days that I could have worked on my pantry to-do list, I was busy cleaning and reorganizing my kitchen cabinets.  It was not on this week’s to-do list but I gave the A Working Pantry Facebook group an assignment to declutter their kitchen or pantries by putting away, getting rid of or throwing away 3 things.  My 3 things lead to a whole area, which lead to the whole kitchen.  My kitchen looks great, but not much got added to my pantry!

Then, shortly after I finished decluttering my kitchen, I had a TMJ flare up that was intense.  The pain has kept me from sleeping and has caused other teeth issues that I’ve been putting off  a visit to the dentist for to flare up and add to the pain level.  And of course, this all occurred on the weekend!  Here’s what I’m doing to help with the pain and discomfort …

Take ibuprofen for the pain … unfortunately, it is only dulling it.

Went on a liquid/soft food diet … nothing that requires much chewing is going in my mouth … for teeth and TMJ.

Avoiding anything with sugar in it … for the teeth and inflammation from the TMJ.

Using warmth on the affected area to help relax it… for the TMJ.

Taking cider fire several times a day for inflammation … from the TMJ and teeth.

Rinsing my mouth out multiple times a day with a salt water solution … for the teeth.

Swishing a 50/50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water several times a day … for the teeth.

I pulled this book, Be Your Own Doctor by Rachel Weaver M.H., off my bookshelf and learned how to treat a toothache by using raw garlic, cream cheese and plain toast.  I am using the cream cheese and garlic and leaving off the plain toast as it is just a means to spread the cream cheese and garlic on and adds nothing to the benefits of the remedy … for inflammation and infection.  I also learned from this book how to make clove tea which is helping some with the pain.

I have been doing a lot of reading and researching on the Earth Clinic site also which is where I got some of these remedies and suggestions.   

All of these things are giving me periods of ‘less hurting’ and helping me get through the weekend.  I shudder to think what this weekend would have been like without these remedies.  You can be sure that come morning I will be calling the dentist!

Please note that I am not a doctor, I am merely sharing what I am doing to cope with my discomfort and pain until I can get to the dentist.  Please consult your doctor before trying any of these remedies.

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that ‘I was sure glad that I had a well-stocked pantry.’  Are you wondering why?  Well, I’ll tell you … I had absolutely everything on hand for every one of these remedies including the dehydrated lemon slices I put in my clove tea.  With the level of pain I’ve been experiencing this weekend, I’m glad I didn’t have to wait until I or my husband could go to the grocery/drug store to get the needed items.

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

Until I get this dental issue taken care of  I won’t set a pantry to-do list but will just do what I feel up to doing in this area.

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

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. I had planned on enjoying my Saturday by quilting but when I was in the grocery store early that morning (just to get dog food!) 24 pounds of discounted green beans jumped into my shopping cart and I found myself canning 18 more quarts of green beans for my pantry! It's actually a good thing because I had noticed a day or two before that my green supply would probably not make it to summertime! So my 18 quarts cost about 40 cents each ( or under 20 cents/ commercially canned product!)
    I was going to try making cheese with powdered milk but had to babysit sick grandkids last week so I hope to try it this week!

    1. gardenpat, aren't you fortunate that those green beans 'jumped' into your shopping cart!!!! LOL ... That's what I call being at the right place at the right time!!!!

    2. My observation is that those unexpected "blessings/opportunities" always involve a commitment of time/action on our part and usually not on the planned timetable!!! Lol!!! But, oh what wonderful opportunities/blessings are around if we just keep our eyes open to them!!!

  2. Patsy I am sorry your teeth and jaw are giving you so much pain. If you are like me while cleaning your cabinets you may have had rigid determined set to your jaw which didn't help. My hubby says I do when I am focused on getting a project done! Would you share your recipe for clove tea? I would love to get the book but can't afford it just now. I have jaw joint pain--not as bad as your TMJ but due to RA and the tea may be comfort. Take care,

    1. Judy, it's 3 cups water and 1 tablespoon cloves. Bring water to a boil, add cloves and let simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and add 2 donks of pure stevia powder (approximately 1/8 teaspoon or to taste... donk is a Trim Healthy Mama measurement tool) and 2 slices of dehydrated lemon slices. It is very good to sip on besides the pain relieving benefits.

  3. Gentle remedial hugs sent your way Patsy. I'm sorry to hear you're in pain. Much love, Mimi xxx

    1. Thank you Mimi ... I am so ready for the pain to be gone!

  4. Patsy....sorry to hear about your teeth and your TMJ. We have had great success with just holding a clove on the tooth as well and my husband swears by oil pulling which he found on the Earth clinic site.

    1. Kim, I do oil pulling every day and I too am a big fan of it! I'll try holding a single clove on my tooth. Thanks!

  5. I'm so sorry that you are experiencing so much pain right now. Isn't it horrible how long the days and night become when you have to wait to see a dentist!I hope you find relief quickly on Monday.

    As for my pantry restock, I found tortillas on sale at Costco for $1.99/15 wraps (1/2 price!), so I bought 2 packages. The package said the best before date is March which gives us plenty of time to use them up. I also noticed that butter was on sale for $2.80 (normally it costs close to $4.00), so I bought 2 for the freezer. I use butter only when baking and for special holiday meals. Otherwise we use margarine for everyday use, as it is much cheaper. In fact I also bought 4 containers of margarine on sale at Wal-Mart for $1 each, so that it now stocked up too. While reading the free local newspaper, I noticed a small local grocery store had a particular French onion dip, which my husband and mother love, on sale for $0.99/container (normally close to $4.00/container at regular price). I pointed it out to my husband and he stopped in while out and bought 4 containers. Love it when things we enjoy eating go on sale!

    1. Sounds like you all got some good deals Rhonda A. Yes, the days and nights are long when you are hurting!

  6. Patsi,
    I am so sorry about your teeth. If you take ibuprofen can I suggest getting some Naproxen? I use the Equate brand from Walmart basically it's generic Aleve, but it takes the edge off a little better than ibuprofen. You will be disappointed with me this week and next. I am having a fiscal fast so that means no spending unless it costs me $0. I did get coke points and coupons when we took the recycling in, I got coke points and Kellogg's points while babysitting, the neighbor lady brought us a huge pan of 3 dozen homemade dinner rolls, the neighbor saved me his paper and I used a gift card from Christmas to purchase some tulle and crochet cotton and I found 26 cents. While I'm fiscal fasting even if it's a stellar deal I pass it up. The deal has to be no dollars out of my pocket period. I hope your teeth and jaw feel better soon.

    1. Vicky, fiscal fasting, I like that. No spending unless it cost $0, I like that too! Please let me know what you are able to 'purchase' with $0 dollars ... you could start another challenge ... The no purchasing unless it cost $0 Vicky Challenge!!!!! LOL, you are amazing even when you choose not to spend any money!

  7. Oh I do hope you feel better soon! What a blessing to have a stocked pantry during these types of times!

  8. I have had dentists use clove oil to help with my mouth pain before. When I had my wisdom teeth removed I developed dry sockets. They would soak strips of gauze with clove oil and pack the holes in my gums. It helped immensely. I have TMJ as well, I know your pain. A flare up is miserable.

  9. I try to keep my pantry up to snuff, replacing items as they are used. This past week, I did bake a spiral cut ham that I got for $5 off between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had gotten a ham a week or so before that I baked and sliced. We ate some and frozen the rest. I am not good at slicing hams so for me paying a little more and getting one already spiral sliced is better. This ham was an off brand from Aldi's. It was sliced really good and really tasted good. I kept some out for our lunch yesterday and froze the rest. I make sourdough bread all the time, as well as rolls and keep in the freezer. My stock of loaves of bread had gotten ready full, so I have just been feeding my starter. Soon I'll have to start making bread though.

    1. Quilting Grannie, do you have a good sourdough bread recipe? And what about the starter? Do you have a recipe for that as well?

  10. I hope by now (Tuesday) you are starting to feel better! It's no fun to hurt and takes the joy out of the day! I'm glad you got your cupboards/kitchen cleaned. That is always a satisfying feeling, isn't it?

    I'm still working on using up items from the stockpile. I cooked a lot of things on Saturday, but most are eaten by now, due to people being hungrier from the little more physical work they have been doing. It's funny, but because when I work, it's piano lessons, and it's not as physical for me--more mental, so I'm "rested" up after a day of work yesterday and ready to tear into the cleaning/sorting/packing today again.

    I will cook a bunch of food today as well, to get me through today and tomorrow. I'm planning to make turkey noodle casserole from defrosted turkey bits from the holidays, and zucchini chip cake with zucchini from the garden last summer, and clam chowder from frozen clams. We occasionally buy a huge can from a bulk store and use part and freeze the rest. So, I'm in "use-it-up" mode, rather than "fill-it-up" mode right now.

  11. My daughter and I both had to get Invisalyn this past year for TMJ. Although mine was more due to teeth extractions that caused my jaw to dislocate. It's very expensive ($6000), not covered by insurance. But we are making payments and it's worth it.
    Perhaps you need to see a dentist for this???


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