Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Ways of My Household: 8/14/2016

A reader asked me if I had been successful in my attempts to grow turmeric after reading this post. I told her I had and that I would share a picture along with how I preserved it so, that’s how we’re going to start this post off.

This is a picture of the turmeric I currently have growing.  It has been an experiment the last 2 years to see if I could succeed and I’m happy to say that I can.  Next year I plan to greatly increase the amount of turmeric I grow.

Hmmm … I can grow it, but how do I harvest it and what do I do with it once I get it harvested?  Good questions!  I dig it up in the fall, cull out the roots that are too small to do anything with and replant them immediately.  The rest of it gets brought in and thoroughly washed. (Want to know a secret, I wash it in the dishwasher without any kind of detergent or rinse aids … it does a wonderful job!)  Then I thinly slice it and dry it in my dehydrator which is similar to this one. (I do not peel it.) Next, it’s time to grind it up into powder using this little grinder.  It’s now ready for use in cooking and in filling the capsules I use to make the turmeric capsules I take daily.

Okay, on to my week …

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

I harvested soapwort this week.  This is a new plant for me to grow.  I learned of soapwort while watching Wartime Farm last year and was able to locate seeds for planting through Amazon.  I used the instructions in the book Wartime Farm to make shampoo using what I harvested.  I followed the instructions closely and it did exactly what the book said it would do.  While I don’t plan on replacing our store bought shampoo with homemade soapwort shampoo, I must say that it is nice to have this bit of ‘tried and true’ knowledge to draw on should it be needed.  You can bet that next year I will be growing more soapwort!

I canned 9 more pints of banana pepper relish and added them to my pantry.  Saved $41.49   

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6

Cheryl has hit it out of the park again with this post titled Use This For That.”    Some of the things she shared I knew but some were new to me.  

Harvested and froze more okra for my pantry.  Saved $15

Earned $6 doing PineCone surveys.

I purchased enough plain ole #2 pencils (4 packages of 8 for $.47/package) during the back to school sales this week to last until the back to school sales next year. 
Added 18 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the freezer part of my pantry.  We purchased a bulk bag at Sam’s Club a few weeks back and I’m just now getting around to dividing it up and freezing it.

I set out rose bushes I had rooted and grown from clippings.  Saved (price of 3 rose bushes)  $45

We are still saving seeds from tomatoes but this will be the last as our tomatoes are through for the year. Saved $10

I worked on cleaning out two of our raised beds this week getting them ready for fall planting.  Our summer garden is officially all done except for a few pepper plants and okra.  The excessive heat we had for such a long time really hurt it.

We had to run an errand into town one afternoon and stopped in at Food Lion because we had a coupon for a free loaf of bread.  We purchased the free loaf of bread; that is all we purchased, with a cost to us of zero.  We didn't even have to pay taxes.  When we got our receipt we also got another coupon for .... a free 4 lb bag of sugar.  I handed the bread to my husband and went back and got the free sugar, again we didn't even have to pay the taxes.  When I got the receipt for that I also got a coupon for a free can of vegetables or fruit.  You guessed it, I handed the bag of sugar to my husband and went back and got the free can of vegetables.  We walked out of Food Lion having spent not one cent but with $3.91 worth of grocery items. 

I vacuumed sealed the 4 lbs of free sugar just mentioned into quart jars and added them to my pantry.

Saved $183.02 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Added compost material to the compost bin. 

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (5 hour x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $50

Not working a job outside my home savings $100.

Book(s) I’ve read this week …… I continue to read Wartime Farm and glean from it.   

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $10,247.25, add this week’s amount ($456.51) and I/we have saved $10,703.76.  

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

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!
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