Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pantry Challenge #10 ... 2016

(I drank quite a bit of this 'good girl moonshine' from Trim Healthy Mama to help me stay hydrated this last week.)

I don’t have much to report for my pantry challenge this time.  I’m all recovered from having one doozy of a case of the flu which left me with a secondary condition of bronchitis that had to be treated as well.  I am happy to report that I am finally beginning to get close to feeling like normal again.  (It’s been 2 weeks and counting!) Trust me; you do not want a full blown case of the flu!!!

So, let’s see what I was able to do …

My to-do list from last time:

I’m not going to set any goals for next week as I’m still recovering from the flu. ... Good thing, because I wouldn't have been able to get them done if I had.

In addition:

I started a bucket of comfrey compost tea. It should be ready to use in about a month.

When I could think, I did some garden planning (the fever from the flu really muddled my brain for a few days!)

I cleaned and reorganized my pantry in two days … once I started feeling better.  I now know what I have on hand and what areas I need to focus on this year.

I made a big batch of cookies for my husband to share with the election workers while he was helping them with early voting.  Everything to make them came from my pantry.

I sent some of the same batch of cookies to a family in the community who had a death in the family.

That’s it!  I didn’t add one thing to my pantry!  I didn’t do any shopping!  I didn’t barter, swap, glean, coupon or shop sales!  I did absolutely nothing to add to my pantry last week and that is okay … ‘mama said there would be weeks like this’ … and she was right.  But when you have a well-stocked pantry, these kinds of weeks don’t present problems. They are just little bumps in the road that you’ve planned and prepared for through your pantry.

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

Start seeds in my greenhouse.  I know I’m behind schedule for doing this, they should have already been started … just one more thing I’m blaming on that nasty case of flu!

Start a bucket of nettles compost tea

Plant comfrey in various places in yard such as by trees, clothes line, etc.  I want to get lots of comfrey growing so I will have plenty to keep comfrey compost tea available for fertilizing my garden all summer long.

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

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

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  1. I am glad you are feeling better Patsi! You can also make chicken poop tea for fertilizing too. I got seeds started, but I still have more to do yet. This week I added meat to the pantry. I got some great deals on chuck roasts so I got 7 of them. I got chicken legs for .49 a pound so I made 5 quarts of bone broth for us and the rest of it was for dog food so it only cost around $4 for the dog food. The bones I rinsed and put in the compost. I too have been working in my pantry rotating and organizing. When I am cleaning one room I make a big mess in another! I hope you feel even better and have a great week!

    1. Thank you Vicky! I need to get some chicken poop tea started as well. Thank you for the reminder. Our soil is so sandy that it requires frequent fertilizing to keep our garden producing. Sounds like the meat part of your pantry got a big boost, I love it when that happens to mine as my husband is a big meat eater. I'm the same way when I clean and organize, I have to make a mess before I can get everything where I want it. Have a great week Vicky!

  2. Our dry food pantry if full to the brim. Our big upright freezer broke down last week. It would be over $800 to replace it. We were able to pack the 2 freezer spaces in the fridges to keep most things. I went crazy cooking what wouldn't fit. I learned to not rely on the freezer and purchase canned foods instead. I do not can like you do because of my health but your ideas of keeping the shelves full of a variety of foods resonated with me. Now I have been stocking with canned tuna and salmon and any other canned protein that I can find. I also stocked up on a variety of beans and lentils for protein. My biggest purchase is an instant pot. It can cook up one pound of chick peas in 40 minutes from dried state! Wishes for a fast healing to you.

    1. Mom at home, We've had more than one freezer to go out on us and didn't discover them until everything in them was ruined. I learned not to put all my eggs in one basket ... one preserving method!!!

  3. Hi Patsy, so glad to hear you're finally in the mend. Please don't send that lurgy down under, as it sounds awful! I only planned to make muesli slice this week and it did not happen. I'm in the last few weeks of a teaching contract and I'm just very tired and worn out. I have been getting into my garden in the evening as the days are still really hot and humid. I've now got most of my planting done. Here in the sub tropics of Australia our best growing time is our mild winters. Our pantry has sustained us for about a month as we got our emergency funds back to being able to get us through a tough time. We are now focussing on getting the staples built up. This week toilet paper, milk and coffee are on the list. The specials start tomorrow so this is when they will be purchased for the pantry. I've been adding to the gift cupboard by crocheting a baby rug,making fabric covers with pen and page holders for two journals and also making matching pencil cases. These were made with what I had in my craft cupboard. Just keeping my energy up to work and water the garden is my intentions for the next week and a bit. Hope your health improves with each day.

    1. Jane, do you have pictures of your page holders for your journals and the matching pencil cases? This sounds like something that I could make to go in my gift trunk. So glad you were able to live out of your pantry while you got your emergency fund built back up!

    2. Patsy I posted photos on your FB page.

  4. You had me at good girl moonshine!! What is the recipe, if you can share? I love making my own iced tea in the summer, but it's still chilly spring here in Chicago, and I keep forgetting to drink enough water. Your picture makes me wish for spring and warm weather! (Soon!!)

    1. Christine, here is the link to the original recipe. I use fresh ginger instead of powdered whenever possible. I also use fresh jalepeno pepper. I cut approximately 1 inch of fresh ginger and 1/4 - 1/2 of one fresh jalepeno pepper (I like the bite that comes from the pepper and the pepper is so good for you.) I throw both of these in my magic bullet along with 1/2 cup water. I strain it and use in the recipe in place of the powder. I follow the recipe in every other way!

    2. I guess it would help if I actually put the link ...

  5. I'm glad you are feeling a bit better. That flu is nasty. It is wonderful that your pantry was sufficient for the time when you were sick. If you weren't committed to having such a nice pantry before, that alone would be enough reason to keep it going.


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