Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pantry Challenge #9 ... 2016

I love it when the mail brings me packages!  Don’t you just love a surprise!  Last week I gratefully received a surprise package in the mail from Annabel over at the Bluebirds are Nesting.  Annabel has such a sweet spirit and giving heart and every now and then she surprises me with a gift package all the way from Australia.  You can see in the picture what she sent me this time.   I love the way she discerns from my writings the things that I enjoy doing and chooses her gifts accordingly.  These items have been added to my pantry and will be used in the near future.  Remember, our pantries are more than just food!  (Thank you again Annabel!)

My to-do list from last time:

Can chicken and chicken broth … Partially done!

Finish vacuum sealing the dry pinto beans I have into jars.  Done! I added 8 quarts and 4 pints of dry beans to my pantry. In the future when we start running low on canned pinto beans, I’ll open these jars and can them.  Until then the dried beans will stay safe from insects and varmints that would like to enjoy their goodness!

In addition:

Baked a buttermilk pie and a pumpkin pie for an upcoming event.

Made a sourdough starter and then made sourdough bread for the same upcoming event mentioned above.

Printed, clipped and loaded coupons on reward cards for my upcoming ‘free’ grocery shopping trip (planned for the end of the month).

And then … I came down with the flu and everything came to a screeching halt!  I haven’t had the flu in 30 years but it hit me hard this week … chills, aches, headaches, eyes hurting, fever, coughing, dizziness, nausea, near fainting, weakness … but the most dangerous was fighting the dehydration that has come as a result of the fever.  Over on the A Working Pantry Facebook group we’re discussing how to prepare your pantry to be ready to combat dehydration.  Dehydration can be very serious.  You’re invited to come and join us or feel free to leave your comments in the comment section below. 

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

I’m not going to set any goals for next week as I’m still recovering from the flu.  I plan on doing very little … and here is yet another reason why having a well-stocked pantry is so helpful …when you’re sick you don’t have to worry about needing to buy groceries, etc.  You can stay home, take care of yourself and not infect others!

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 think my daughter had something similar this week as well. She did a lot of sleeping, which is very unusual for her. We're running low on Acetaminophen now (which we used to control the aches and fever), so that is on our pantry stock up list for this week.

    I've never hear of buttermilk pie. Do you have a link you could provide to a recipe, Patsy?

    1. This is the one we use ...

    2. Thank you for the link...the pie looks wonderful! I love that it says the pie freezes well. Those are my kind of pies!

  2. Dear Patsy,
    I am so sorry you have the flu. In my life I have only had it badly once and I will never forget. I ended up in hospital. When it hit I could hardly move and it was like being hit by a train. Now if I see someone down the street and they say they have the flu I think no you haven't you have a cold! As the flu lays you out flat!
    I really hope you are feeling much better. Seriously just rest for now.
    I am so glad my parcel arrived and I hope the apron pattern is useful. I figure with pretty sheets or table cloths aprons are a lovely gift to make and lovely to wear too.
    As you point out, having supplies means when sick you can stay home, you have what you need, you are not out spreading the flu. If only everyone did this!
    Catch up on some reading and rest up. with love

    1. Annabel, it has been 25-30 years since I've had the flu but it sure has hit me hard now. I'm flat on my back in bed or on the couch more than I'm up. I'm looking forward to stitching up the apron and using the stickers. Thanks again!

    2. I'm sorry you are sick, Patsy. I've only had the true flu one time, and I was flat for over a week and could barely move the second week. I had to go to my grandma's funeral and could barely walk, but managed it with my husband's help. It was not easy, as I had several children at home, who have special needs, so we watched a LOT of tv, if I remember correctly. Lovana was 8 and made muffins all by herself for the first time because she was tired of the pick up meals they were getting. So, that's a sweet memory from my one and only bout with the true flu. I hope you get enough rest and can drink enough.

      I canned the rest of the turkey broth I needed to do this week, as well.

  3. Hope you feel better soon. The flu is horrible and it knocks you on your backside. Will be praying for you. Rest up and stay home, even if you feel better someone elses germs could get ya and land you back in bed. d

  4. Patsy, I feel for you. I have had the flu twice in a month, and it's a Summer one, so I can't even rug up and feel cosy. It's just awful! On a lighter note, you are so right in mentioning Annabels sweet spirit. She truly is a one in a million, and your gifts are lovely. Mimi xxx

  5. The flu is one nasty lurgy! I hope you are well and truly on the road to recovery Patsy. I have been working full time these last few months. My contract finishes at the end of March. Hubby and I have been living on as little as possible. He does the cooking so he also does the shopping. That man loves a bargain and will wait until a product comes on special. In this way our food pantry is building slowly and we are getting ahead. We did have a few weeks of living out of the pantry as we needed to build our emergency fund up again. Now that this is done we are back to purchasing a few staples that were beginning to get low. There are a number of Birthdays coming up in our large extended family. I have been busy building up the gift pantry by using (mostly) what I had in my craft cupboard. I did purchase some beautiful wool to crochet up a blanket for my sons birthday. I have made fabric covers for two journals I picked up on special. The fabric was in my stash. I plan to make a matching pencil case to complete the gifts. I'm currently working on a blanket, to put on the floor, for a baby to lie on. My daughter asked if I could make something for one of her friends, who is expecting her first child. I had some yarn in the stash, so my hands are busy getting this done. This week has been about getting gifts made using what I already had.

  6. I hope you're feeling much better by now, Patsy.
    You mentioned dehydration and I missed it on the Facebook group, so I'll share here. I have a recipe for homemade sports drink (we call it Mater-Ade) that I regularly make for my daughter to have after cross country practice or when anyone in the house is ill. All of the ingredients are easily kept in the pantry and the finished sports drink is far less expensive than commercial varieties, plus it has no artificial colors or chemicals.
    I do hope you're able to get lots of rest and are recovering quickly.
    Blessings, Leigh

    1. Leigh, could you share your 'Mater-Ade' recipe please. I am better but not all the way recovered yet. Thank you for inquiring.


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