Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 11/20/2016

Before we get started on this post I want to thank Sandra S. for her generous donation and her encouraging words on my Food Preservation Log/Journal.  It really encourages me to keep on keeping on when I know that the things I write are helpful.   Thank you again Sandra S. for the monetary donation and the encouragement!  

We’ve been cooking for out-of-state volunteers who’ve come to our area to help gut houses that were flooded during Hurricane Matthew.  Our last day to cook for them will be Monday as they are all going home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.  Words fail me when trying to form thoughts about what these college students are doing and the sacrifices they are making.  I just keep praying that God will abundantly bless them for their willingness to be used by Him.  May God be glorified in all that we do!

Okay, now … let’s see how my week stacked up otherwise …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

We have a clothes dryer again!!!!  We found a used one that works well for $60.  We had not intended to replace our non-working one any time soon, but when we found this one and at such a good price … that worked and looked good as well, we decided we needed to take advantage of the opportunity!  A used clothes dryer at an appliance store would easily cost between $150 - $200+, so I’m counting this savings as $100 (I have to admit, it’s rather nice having a working dryer again!)

I’m used to cooking for 2 so when the request came in for us to cook for 20 I pulled the book, the Momy's Cookbook, off my bookshelf. It’s filled with practical recipes that use common everyday ingredients and is written by moms of very large families. (I don’t think it’s in print any longer, I've had it a really long time.)  While I don’t have a large family, this cookbook is great for cooking for a large number of people such as we’d been asked to do this week.

Speaking of cooking for these 20 people, if we had taken them out to eat the cost would have been about $200 per meal, we were able to feed them from our pantry for much less ... Savings: $300

We saved $63 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items. 

Our chickens have started laying again … Yeah!  We got 27 eggs this week!   Happy Dance!!!!  Saved: $6

I planted horseradish and garlic this week.  

I also re-potted my lemon trees into bigger pots and fertilized them.  I am amazed that they are still growing.   This is their second year … now, if I can just get them through this winter!  They are snugly sitting in our greenhouse where they will reside until spring.

I’m on day 58 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I crocheted 2 more dishcloths and worked really hard on a summer swaddling blanket.  I was about half way done with it but, the more I worked on it the more I didn’t like it so, I ripped it all out (yes, I did).  I’m starting it again this time with a few changes!  Stay tuned!  Saved $6

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $14,323.52 add this week’s amount ($575) and I/we have saved $14,898.52.

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

Oh wait, before we end this post; let’s have a guessing game … are you up for it???

Here you go … I baked all these cookies for the volunteers mentioned earlier in this post.  How many cookies are in the pan?  Post your guesses in the comment section.  I’ll let you know if/when someone gets the right answer!  (Note:  the pan is about 4 inches tall and contains several layers of cookies.)

Update:  We have a winner!!!  Rhonda A. guessed 111 cookies and she is right!  There were 111 cookies in that pan!  Thanks for playing along.   I enjoyed it!

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  1. Replies
    1. Debbie, not 80 ... but feel free to guess again!

  2. Hi Patsy!

    In the last week, we put off a trip to town and continued on with our own outdoor work. If we ever have grazing animals, we don't want them eating mouthfuls of nettles, do we?! If anyone would even do this as paid work, it would have cost us heaps!!

    I'm guessing 99 cookies. Surely you would have had to try one!!

    With very warm regards,
    Rachel Holt

    1. Rachel, you made me laugh, you know I tried one ... more than one in fact, and they were quite good! 99 cookies is not correct, feel free to guess again.

    2. Okay, Patsy, for the fun of it, I'm now guessing 78 - since I first thought of 79, but you have eaten more than one!!
      What kind of cookies are they - or were they?!

    3. Rachel, they were peanut butter cookies ... no, not 78 ... you are moving in the wrong direction! And oh yes, I ate more than one but I didn't include the ones I ate in the final count in the pan!!!

  3. Replies
    1. Rhonda, not 131 cookies, but you can keep guessing!

    2. Rhonda!!!!! You guessed correctly!!!! There was 111 cookies in that pan! Way to go!!!!

  4. Im guessing 63 cookies. They look good by the way!
    Well done on your massive week and feeding these good kids! It is so nice just hearing about such good college students willing to help others and working like that!
    Your savings are great! What a year it has been! The lemon trees are looking very good.
    You have been going great with your crochet and embroidery! I am thinking when things quieten down and it is winter time you will get more time for this kind of stuff too. Well I hope!
    Your circumstances this year have demonstrated many ways that pantry is needed. Some I never considered! Working so hard as you do set you up for getting through but also helping many other people. That is awesome Patsy you should be proud! With love

    1. Annabel, it has most definitely been a year! My pantry has risen to the challenge on more than one occasion. My 100 day challenge has helped me stay focused with learning to crochet, I've learned that even just 15 minutes a day can make a difference even if it is done riding in a vehicle going down the road. I'm looking forward to tackling a blanket type crochet project after the holidays, hopefully when things settle down! 63 cookies, no, but feel free to guess again.

  5. 60 cookies they remind me of my grandmother's cookies she also used to make molasses cookies with sugar on top soon good

    1. Debbie, not 60 cookies, you're way to low, think more! Feel free to guess again!

  6. Replies
    1. Barbara, not 128 ... feel free to guess again!

  7. 100 cookies ~ and peanut butter cookies are awesome! One of my favorites!

  8. Patsy I'm guessing 119 cookies. You did have a very busy week. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Paula in Kansas.

  9. I bet it's 121.
    Have a blessed holiday season!!!

  10. Hi, Patsi!

    I will guess 102.

    Yea for a clothes dryer!

  11. Ohhh I am loving the guessing :-) OK, I'd say that the pan holds about 6 layers, and as there are 19 cookies in the visible layer... 6x19= 114 cookies ! Am I close ?

  12. How about 115? Tammy

  13. I guess 118! I bought a used dryer for $50 used it for 10 years . It was still working
    we donated it to a family with kids when we moved. We needed a stackable in the condo
    and it was still going last time a checked. May your dryer live a long life. I replaced the belt once super easy. I love a good deal ! It just makes me so happy.:)

    1. Patti, I sure hope we get 10 years out of this one!!!! Not 118 ... lower!

  14. Cookies good so good - I'm guessing 107. Happy Thanksgiving Mrs. Patsy.
    Cindy from Ala

  15. A friend from eastern NC led a group to the coast to gut houses last week so I thank you for possibly feeding our friend!

  16. 107...108...109...110...111...112...113...114...115..or 116 cookies?
    I'm dying to know. Cindy from Ala

    1. Cindy, It was 111 cookies in the pan, Rhonda A. guessed correctly!


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