Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 11/27/2016

Before we get started on this post I want to thank Patricia M. for her generous donation and her encouraging words. It is so good to know the things that I write are encouraging and helping others. Thank you again Patricia M. for the monetary donation and the encouragement!  

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday ... now it’s time to move on to Christmas!!!!

Let’s see how the ‘Ways of My Household’ went this week …

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

We enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving at home with just the two of us.  It was what we needed as we’ve had our plates really full the past few months.

My husband has been doing some work on our hearth this week which required him to put on his brick layer hat.  By doing the work himself he saved us $360.

Today is my husband's birthday so I baked him a birthday cake instead of buying one … savings:  $25 

I hope you’re following along on our ‘Countdown to Christmas series.  I’m really enjoying sharing what we’re doing each day to get the most out of the season.

We saved $241.00 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.

I’m on day 63 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.   I finished this summer swaddling blanket.   Remember from this post how I wasn’t pleased with how it was turning out and had ripped it all out?  I changed the color of the thread and went to a thicker thread as well.  I love how it’s turned out!  I think a little white grub rose in one corner will be all it needs … other than a good ironing/pressing! This will go in my gift trunk as a gift … savings $25.  (I had a reader ask if I just cut out a piece of muslin baby blanket size, hemmed it and then edged it ... here's my answer ... that would be the way I would do it, I would cut the muslin and then just do a quarter inch hem all the way around but the one I used this time was pre-cut and hemmed.  They came in a package of 4 ... and they are called kitchen dishtowels.  Yep!  I purchased these muslin kitchen towels several years ago and hadn't used them. They are the perfect size for a swaddling blanket!!!  Sometimes you just have to think outside the box!!!)  Let’s see, what shall I crochet next ….

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $14,898.52 add this week’s amount ($751) and I/we have saved $15,649.52.

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

A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.


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    1. Nancy, Thank you! I enjoyed doing it once I realized what was bugging me about it and corrected it!

  2. That coconut cake looks scrumptious! Happy Birthday to your husband!

    We had a quiet Thanksgiving with only one of our sons and his wife here. They are the adult kids that we can really relax with and we get along very well so we had a nice day.

    Savings included our free turkey from hubby's employer that saved about $9. I turned that turkey into 42 servings by the time I made broth and soup for the freezer and froze the leftovers. Not bad for a free turkey! All other food for the day was homemade and purchased mostly on sale which always saves money.

    We learned a few weeks ago that our vision insurance can only be used after one year and a day each time. That put this year's appt on Dec 19. When the opportunity came up last week for hubby to modify his insurance choices for 2017 we dropped the vision coverage. This saves $11 twice a month. We will pick it back up for 2018 and go in January of that year. We save all that money and go only 2 weeks later.

    I baked all our bread, packed lunches for hubby and cooked from what was on hand and on the menu. Taking a few minutes to make a menu each week is what saves me the most at the grocery store.

    1. Lana, that's smart thinking on your vision insurance! Don't you just love the many ways you can stretch a turkey ... you did really good! Menu planning not only saves money but it also gives you a ready answer for 'what's for dinner?'

  3. Happy Birthday to your husband, Patsi!

    Your blanket turned out lovely and I agree that a small white grub rose would be perfect in the corner! Now I do have another question about it. I know you said this was muslin. Did you just cut a piece of muslin baby blanket sized and hem it and then do the edging?

    What a blessing that your husband is handy with masonry! What a nice savings there!

    1. Jenn, that would be the way I would cut the muslin and then just do a quarter inch hem all the way around but the one I used this time was pre-cut and hemmed. They came in a package of 4 ... and they are called kitchen dishtowels. Yep! I purchased these muslin kitchen towels several years ago and hadn't used them. They are the perfect size for a swaddling blanket!!!

    2. I think I have seen those before...I will have to keep an eye out for them! How clever of you to think of using them!

  4. Love your new cover picture. I have been checking in every couple of days and have gleaned a lot for saving and your projects. So admire you both for all you have done for your communities after all the flooding! Happy Birthday to your hubby. You are both blessed from the Lord in having each other! <3 Nancy Gonzalez

    1. Nancy, thank you! It's nice to hear from you! We have been so busy that I haven't had time to do much posting on social media. I'm behind on everything!

  5. Happy belated birthday to your hubby! His cake looks so delicious and pretty. I'm loving those crochet edged swaddling blankets. I may have to try my hand at some since we are expecting our third grandchild in May. :)

    Be blessed!

    1. Debbie, congratulations! Aren't grandbabies just the best!!!!

  6. Dear Patsy, That cake looks like it is covered in snow! It made me think how that could be used with a Christmas tree or sleigh on top for a Christmas cake. I love it!
    Your swaddling cloth is gorgeous! I didn't know they could be purchased as kitchen towels. I might look on Amazon and see if they have them. For the lady above... here muslin comes very fine so I get two layers and sew them together like you are making a big pillow then turn inside out and sew in remaining seam. Then all seams are inside... then crochet around. I do this for wash cloths for babies and adults. They are beautiful as wash cloths. After using these its all you want to use.
    Great savings Patsy! Have a good new week! Love

    1. Annabel, what a great idea to put some sort of Christmas decor on top and turn it into a Christmas cake, I hadn't thought about that! I found the muslin kitchen towels at an Amish store a few years ago. I hope you can find them on Amazon!

    2. Thank you, Annabel, for the wonderful tips!

  7. Wow that cake looks so yummy. Happy birthday to your husband. Have a great week Patsy. Paula in Kansas.

    1. Paula, it's very good too! Thank you Paula!

  8. Happy Birthday to your husband. The cake is lovely! I bet it even tastes better.
    Do you take photos of all your cakes so the people have something to look at when they order or is it just word of mouth? You had great savings this week.
    It was just my daughter and I for Thanksgiving.She did most of the cooking this year. We had leftovers for ever yum. We got a 15+ pound turkey for 49 cents a pound. That was a nice savings. We will have turkey again in a month or so.

  9. Patti, I do not bake cakes as a business, once or twice a year I will get a phone call asking me to bake a cake for someone's special occasion. So, no I do not take pictures of all my cakes and since there is such a few, only a couple of times a year I would say that it's not 'word of mouth' either. Usually around Thanksgiving I'll get a few requests and then again at Christmas. It's just a little extra money if and when it happens. I don't advertise at all! $.49/pound for turkey is a good price!


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