Monday, July 10, 2017

The Ways of My Household 7/10/2017

(A group of us harvested and snapped these green beans for an elderly neighbor and his wife recently.  I think the wife told  me they got 49 quarts.   She told me they were done with green beans for this year!!!)

The dog days of summer have definitely arrived and it is too hot to do anything outside that doesn’t have to be done.  We are putting our garden to bed for the summer as the heat has taken its toll on just about everything except okra.  Our heat indexes (feel like temperature) has been over 100 most days.  There are a few more things we’ll harvest from the garden in the next couple of weeks but most of the gardening is over for the summer. 

We continue to feed our compost bin as well as our chickens with garden scraps.

I chopped up a couple of heads of cabbage and started my first attempt at fermenting foods.

I also dehydrated 2 heads of cabbage.  I’ll use them in soups or grind them up using a herb/coffee grinder similar to this one and add to burgers.  

We had leftovers for two evening meals this week.

We gladly accepted 2 pints of squash relish made and gifted to us by a neighbor.

I tried a new to us low-carb snack this week, low-carb peanut butter chocolate chip mug cake, both hubby and I like it.  The recipe makes six mugs but I only cooked two and refrigerated the rest to have later in the week.  (In the picture, the top ramkin is the uncooked dough and the bottom one is after it is cooked.)

My apple cider vinegar journey is continuing with everything going well thus far.  It was time to strain out the apple peelings, etc last week and move on to the final stage which is waiting for it to turn into vinegar.  It needs to sit 2 – 4 weeks or a little longer (if it’s not vinegar yet).  I hope I have apple cider vinegar when it’s done!

We found antibiotic free whole chickens on clearance for $.79/lb and purchased four.   We had one for dinner one night and added the other three to the freezer part of our pantry.

I started our annual back to school/stationary supply shopping.  I purchased glue sticks for $.25 each, composition notebooks for $.50 each, lead pencils for $.25 for either a pack of 5 or 6 (sorry, I don't remember which), coloring pencils (I don't remember how much these were), crayons for $.50 for a box of 24, notebooks, purple notebooks to file my collection of Laine's Letters in (I chose purple so that they would be easy to locate and keep together on my bookshelves.)  I have a few more items to purchase and then the stationary part of my pantry will be re-stocked for the year, with a few minor additions later in the year.

We harvested our first cucumbers this week and our first tomatoes! 

I made kefir.

I downloaded the following ebooks for free:

That’s it for me this week, what did you do to build up your pantry or live frugally?

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

My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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  1. Here in the northwest we are having this heatwave but the garden is just beginning to produce. I did harvest my garlic today - my first try at it and I am quite pleased with the result. We shall see how they taste. We also had a large tree cut down after it split. Hubby will be much more grateful for all that wood when it is cut and put away and the weather is cold! Trying to be grateful while uncomfortable!

    1. Kathy, I hope your garden doesn't suffer too much in the heat. It has pretty much done ours in but this kind of weather is typical for our area this time of year so we know to plant early and harvest before the summer heat and humidity arrive. I totally understand your last sentence!!!! Be care in the heat!

  2. Have had a rough week emotionally but trying to put one foot in front of the other every day and do bits and pieces. Added two more packages of TP to the pantry. I think we are up to about 20 now. Have 7 large sensitive skin laundry soaps stocked up for excellent prices with sale and coupons. Made all our meals this week and baked muffins ahead for the freezer. Now if I could just stay out of them. lol. Continuing my work outside in the early morning and evening. Doing trimming, weeding, sweeping up the carport, keeping the big porch and outdoor furniture cleaned off. 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Watering in the evening after the sun is down. It's all starting to add up. Take care.

    1. Crystal, sometimes that is the only thing we can do ... put one foot in front of the other and pray. So sorry it has been a rough week for you. Good for you on the toilet paper and laundry soaps. You are making progress. This heat and humidity is something else isn't it, I am working outside early mornings and late evenings too. Like you said, 15 to 20 minutes at a time adds up! I hope this upcoming week is a better one.

  3. What a great haul! Here in SE Georgia, it's been hotter at supper/6pm than it was at noon! Over 100 some days. Insane, sigh. Poor a/c can't keep up.

    No gardening here. We live on a sandhill, and while I've done the raised bed thing (grew the best mustard greens ever), I'd need a serious fence at our new house, b/c the deer run things around here! lol Still, I enjoy reading about others putting up, and I can always hit the local Farmer's Market for fresh veggies.
    Happy Summer!

    1. Tammy, deer can be a problem can't they, for us it is squirrels. We have deer here too but they prefer the neighbor's agriculture crops to our garden. We're sorry for the neighbor but glad they are leaving us alone. I have to say though the squirrels are doing a pretty good job in making up for them!!!


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