Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 10/23/2016

We finished with the first phase of the disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Matthew after caravanning to and delivering to one of the hardest hit areas with supplies on Monday. We continued to deliver and distribute through Wednesday to other areas that were hard hit as well.  So many people have lost everything!  

Here’s how my week shaped up …

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

I needed to free up some freezer space in our refrigerator freezer so I pulled out the ‘T-Bone steak bones’ I’ve been saving and made a big pot of bone broth.  I used some of it to make a pot of beef stew for supper and then canned 7 quarts for my pantry.  Saved $14.56.

I harvested cayenne peppers, jalapeƱo peppers and bell peppers.  I’ll chop these up using my handy dandy non-electric chopper and freeze them in ¼ cup increments.  Saved $15

I also harvested plantain, rosemary and comfrey.  I have the rosemary in a couple of paper bags drying. I used a hole-punch to punch holes in the bag for air circulation.  The bags are sitting in the window that gets the most sun in our house.  It’s the best non-electric food dryer!  Saved $8

While unloading and loading trucks for delivery of disaster relief aid this week, a lady and I were talking about various things and we got on the subject of fire ant bites.  She told me that as soon as possible after you were bit, if you would rub a bar of lye soap across the bite really good, that the bite wouldn’t blister.  I filed that information away in the back of my mind until I could get home to write it down.  After writing it down I forgot about it until … I got bit by a fire ant!  Immediately, I remembered what this lady had said and headed inside to get a bar of lye soap.  I rubbed down the bite really well and the area around it and waited.   The next morning I got up and checked it.  If you have ever been bitten by a fire ant you know that they make a hard blister so that’s what I was looking for … guess what?  There was no blister!  There was a slight pink spot but no blister!  This remedy will go in my herbal/homeopathic book as a keeper!

We were able to reduce our auto insurance monthly premium by $21/month.  That’s a savings of $63 for the rest of the year!

I had a few ends and pieces of bread left over from eating sandwiches during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew so I’m making bread crumbs out of them.  Right now they are torn into small pieces and lying in a flat dish in the same window that the rosemary is sitting in.  (I have a really wide ledge for this particular window and it is perfect for drying herbs and bread crumbs!)

I found this post on how to use garlic as a natural antibiotic.  It has some really good basic information, some of which I’ve used on more than one occasion.   I printed it out and added it to my herbal notebook. 

I used the clothes line instead of the clothes dryer this week to dry our laundry:  Saved $6

We saved $14.80 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  (We’re not spending much at the grocery store right now, I’m so glad our pantry enables us not to have too.)

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I added compost material to the compost bin. 

I’m back at my 100 Day Crocheting Challenge after having to take a break due to Hurricane Matthew.  I am now at day 37.   It sure felt good when I was able to pick up my crochet hook again and get back to it.   I now have 2 more washcloths waiting to have grub roses embroidered on them.  Then they will be ready for my gift trunk.

Did you notice that I mentioned 'grub roses' above?  I’m learning how to embroider them.  I simply love the way these little grub roses look!  I’ve learned the technique, now I just need to continue practicing. I hope to be able to show you some of my work in next week’s ‘the ways of my household’ entry.  Thank you Annabel for your tutorial HERE and HERE and for  the package of straw needles and threads you sent to help get me started! 

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $12,763.81, add this week’s amount ($248.36) and I/we have saved $13,012.17.

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or 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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