Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pantry Challenge #21 ... 2016 + other thrifty things we did this week!

We have more bluebird eggs!!!   My husband came in with this photo this afternoon after deciding to check the nest.  Looks like the bluebirds like this spot for hatching out their young!

My to-do list from last time:

Continue harvesting and dehydrating spring onions. Done!  Actually, this is an ongoing process and will continue until the onions are all harvested.

See what I can add to my pantry for $5.  Done!  I was able to score a  CVS deal for much less than $5.  You can read about it HERE.

In Addition:

Chopped and dehydrated some leftover raw carrots.

Chopped and dehydrated some leftover bell peppers. 

Gratefully received some fresh from the ground potatoes, fresh from the vine cucumbers and fresh from the ground onions from some friends.

Added compost materials to the compost bin I emptied a couple of weeks ago.  It’s time to start the process all over again!

Browned a large package of ground beef we purchased on sale.  Froze two meal size portions from it for future cooking and used the rest to make spaghetti sauce for dinner one night.

In The Garden we have …

Tomatoes blooming

Baby cucumbers on the vines

The second planting of cucumbers we planted is up and about an inch high. In another week or so it’ll be time to plant a third planting.  By planting them in stages, it insures that we will have cucumbers to eat most of the summer.

Bell, banana, jalapeño and cayenne pepper plants are thriving

Spring green onions to eat

Squash plants are about a foot tall

Second planting of squash is pushing through the ground

Parsley is growing (thank you Annabel)

Basil, cilantro, rosemary, sage, spearmint, peppermint, lavender, lemon balm, nettles and dill are growing

Garlic will be ready to harvest soon

Turmeric is up and growing well

Rabbit tobacco is taking off

Bunching onions are growing

Okra is coming up

Zucchini has baby zucchini

Blueberries are just before ripening

Elderberry bushes are blooming

Raspberry bushes are loaded and ripening

Grape vines are full of promise

Peach tree is hanging full of baby peaches

Pear tree is hanging full of baby pears

It looks to be a good gardening year.   I surely hope it is!

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Start harvesting raspberries

CVS shopping

Continue harvesting spring onions

Harvest zucchini

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. What a good and busy week Patsy! The bluebird eggs are the dreamiest looking things ever. Love, Mimi xxx

    1. Mimi, I can't believe we are blessed to be able to watch a second group of eggs hatch this year! I love the color of their eggs!

  2. Patsy I've never heard of Rabbit tobacco. What do you use this for? Your garden is going great guns. So envious of you getting your cucumbers growing. I love bread and butter pickles and grow cucumbers every year to be able to make these with the extras not used in salads. Sadly my efforts so far have been decimated by insects. As I don't spray I have to accept what happens with the insects.
    The fur baby needs a new bed. I am making a cover out of scraps of fabric for an old European cushion. Once finished it will a bright and colourful bed with a removable, washable cover. This is currently a work in progress on the sewing table. I forgot to mention frugal as its made out of what I already have.
    I crocheted a set of newborn cowboy booties for my DIL's cousin. The cousin is partner to my sons best mate for many years. I used yarn I already had in my stash and a you tube pattern. These were posted today.
    Other frugal activities have been making all our own cleaners, eating fruit and veg from our garden, cooking all meals with what we have in our pantry and using excess fruits by preserving into jams and syrups.
    Over this week I'm hoping to dry some rosella flowers for tea, continue sorting through and reorganising cupboards, cut out and make some male zippered washbags to go into the gift cupboard.
    Life is good.

    1. Jane, this is my first time for growing rabbit tobacco but after having done research on it plan to use it for sinus, respiratory issues. You are a busy lady ... just look at all you're accomplishing!!!!


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