Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pantry Challenge #16 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

Look at the latest picture of our baby bluebirds! They almost have all their feathers and are filling out.  The best we can tell there are 3 in the nest.

My to-do list from last time:

We’re being allowed to get some cuttings from a friend’s fig tree this week so we’ll do that.  We are going to attempt to root them and grow our own fig trees.  Done!  Read about it HERE.

Make banana bread using overripe bananas.  Done!  I made 4 loaves and added them to the freezer part of my pantry … after having a slice or two!!!

Complete my $5 or less challenge.  Done!  Read about it HERE!

Work on planting more of our garden.  Done!  I planted rabbit tobacco, replanted bunching onions, tomatoes, zucchini, dill, basil, and cherry tomatoes.

In addition:

I transferred my homemade liquid soap that I'm making to a larger bottle as it continues to increase as I add more soap slivers and well water to it.

I dried some rose petals from fragrant rose bushes in my yard with the intent to make potpourri.

I started another ‘soup bag’ for the freezer.  This is where I add little bits of leftovers, including broths, to make soup next fall/winter.

I propagated some rose cuttings using the same method as we used for figs.

We purchased 6 quarts of strawberries.  Blended enough of them to freeze 72 strawberry cubes for use in smoothies and sliced the rest to enjoy over a homemade pound cake.  

I did more direct composting.

The spring onions I planted last week are about finger high.  It won’t be long before they’ll be ready to eat!  Yum!

I strained up the comfrey tea concentrate, for fertilizing my garden, that I’ve had brewing.

I also strained up the nettles tea concentrate, for fertilizing my garden, that I’ve had brewing.

The rosemary cuttings that I started rooting last week are growing tiny new roots.  It won’t be long before they will be ready for planting.

We have 'a bit larger than marble size' peaches on our peach trees and 'a bit larger than marble size pears' on our pear trees.   I’m hoping for a good harvest of both this year.

I strained up a gallon of pure vanilla that I’ve been brewing for 5 years.  When I opened the jar, the most delicious smelling vanilla scent wafted out.  When my husband walked into the house, he commented that the house smelled like vanilla.  Guess I should start another jar so it’ll be ready when I use this batch up!  (The best I can remember I used about 30 vanilla beans to make this gallon of vanilla.)

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

I’m not setting any pantry related goals for the upcoming week as 2 of my grandbabies, along with their mommy and daddy, are coming for a visit.  YIPHEE!

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'll bet that vanilla smelled great! A gallon of vanilla is a lot of vanilla. It will probably last quite a while for you and I wonder if you plan to use some for gifts.

    It sounds like you have a great week coming up with family. Enjoy!

    1. Yes, beckyathome, I plan to use some of the vanilla for gift giving and I plan to enjoy having my children and grandchildren home!!!!

  2. Patsy, your vanilla looks awesome! Making homemade vanilla has been on my to-do list for a while...what alcohol base did you use? My husband bought me some Vodka for the base, however, I've heard of other base options...please share how you did yours? Laura

    1. Laura, I used vodka as my alcohol base. I just put approximately 30 vanilla beans in a gallon jar, filled it with vodka and let it set for 5 years!


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