Monday, September 18, 2017

The Ways of My Household 9/18/2017

I have been in homemaking haven this week!  After either traveling or preparing for Hurricane Irma for the last month, I finally got to do some home things!  It feels so good to be back in my home doing what I love … keeping my home.

This week …

I made kefir. I haven’t had a kefir smoothie since around the first of August and I’ve been missing them!

I got the fall decorations out and put them up.

I woke up GG (the sourdough starter that Annabel from Bluebirds are Nesting shared with me).  Prudence (the sourdough starter that I made) is still resting. I want to use GG to see if there is any difference in the bread I make with her and the bread I make with Prudence.

Since we have plenty of eggs right now I made deviled eggs for us to snack on throughout the week.

I had some leftover ham in the refrigerator so I chopped it up and froze it to be used in omelets.

I tried coupon shopping at Dollar General after reading this post by Rhonda over at If You Do Stuff, Stuff Gets Done!   Go here to see what I scored.  I think coupon shopping at Dollar General is going to be a regular thing for a while.

I made an Italian Seasoning blend from spices in my pantry.  The recipe was shared with me by a friend.  Thanks Pama!  (She shared other recipes with me also that I’ll be sharing in the near future.)

Italian Seasoning (Dry Mix) 
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
2 T. oregano
1 T. parsley
1 T. sugar
2 T. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. celery flakes

For Italian Salad Dressing mix 2 T. of this mix with 1/4 c. vinegar, 2 T. water, 1/2 to 2/3 c. olive oil or canola oil.  Shake well.

I re-canned four #10 size cans of mushroom pieces that we got on clearance while traveling. I still have 2 more cans to do. Thus far  I’ve added 9 pints of canned mushrooms and 3 pints of dehydrated mushrooms to my pantry. 

We found 50 lb bags of onions for a really good price (.22/lb) … $10.79/ bag at Sam’s Club this week and purchased 2 bags.  (The produce manager told us they increase in price to twice that much when these were all sold.)  I’ve been dehydrating onions and chopping and freezing onions and having all kinds of onion related meals.  I still have quite a few more to preserve, that’s okay, I was thrilled to find them at this price.

The same friend that gifted us with okra last week gifted us with more this week.  I cut it up and added 4 more bags to the freezer part of my pantry.

While staying with friends during our travels, I was gifted with a barely worn pair of sneakers.  They looked brand new!  Thank you Betty, this is such a savings to our budget!

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. Patsy, You have had a busy week! We harvested about30 lbs of tomatoes from the garden yesterday, I will be making sauce this week.
    I also have a few things I'm going to dehydrate, some cilantro and basil.
    Great finds at your Dollar General!

    1. Laurie, you're going to be busy this week as well. I hope to dehydrate some grapes and turn them into raisins and finish re-canning the rest of the mushrooms. Looks like a busy week ahead for both of us!

  2. I'm so glad the Dollar General deals are working for you.
    About DG, I recently discover their $1 aisle. At my store, it's near the front behind the beauty section. I like TopJob bleach and they sell it for $1, just slightly cheaper than our commissary. These days, I'm even watching the dimes so I'll be buying my bleach at DG too.
    Thanks for the sewing challenge idea. I've done lots more sewing since I started it too.

    1. Rhonda, thank you. We're watching our dimes too! I'm enjoying my sewing challenge too!

  3. I found huge green peppers for 50 cents each and chopped and froze them for later. Boneless pork loin was 1.69 an pound so I bought one and cut it into pork chops and stir fry strips. I paid $7.08 and got 9 meals from it. I added a cake and cookies to my freezer for later and some main dish meals. I also baked 2 dozen muffins for snacks and they are tucked up in the freezer. I love having ready to eat foods in my freezer!

    1. Lana, you go girl! Look at what you got done and what you saved and what you got ahead on with freezer foods!

  4. Last week Bluey bought home a huge amount of free tomatoes and capsicums. I spent the week making tomato sauce, tomato relish and sweet chilli jam. Once I finished with the cooking I moved into the sewing room. It got a clean up and then I started in here. I have added a number of sewn items to my gift pantry. I too am loving the sewing challenge.

  5. You've done awesome! You inspire me. I'm beginning to feel better now after my last chemo. I don't have a surgery date yet, so I'll just enjoy feeling better for now!

    1. Laura, I'm so glad you are feeling better. Please know that your name is on my prayer board as a reminder to lift you up to God in prayer on a regular basis.


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