Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 10/29/2017

Fall weather is finally here … I mean, it actually looks and feels like fall outside!  The leaves are turning, crops are being harvested, gardens are being cleaned out and put to bed for the winter and fall cleaning both inside and outside is happening.  It’s that time of the year!

Here’s what I got done this week …

I finished dehydrating bananas that I got on sale for $.39/lb.  They were a little overripe but for dehydrating and grinding into banana powder, they will do just fine!

I divided up a 5 lb bag of mozzarella cheese we purchased a few weeks ago into 1 cup size portions and froze them.  I added 21 snack size bags of 1 cup each to the freezer part of my pantry.

I had a one gallon jar of banana pepper rings that I dehydrated for the purpose of grinding into powder to add to vegetable burgers, casseroles and meat mixtures.  It gives foods just a little extra zing that I like.

Our weather is supposed to take a turn into the upper 30’s tonight.  When I learned about this I worked frantically for about 15 minutes, before I ran out of time, to harvest my rosemary before the temp’s dip.  

I plan to take one of these sprigs and root it to grow inside in case we have a ‘colder than normal for us' winter.   That way I won’t have to start all over next spring if my rosemary plant doesn't make it through until spring.

I also started harvesting the last of my cayenne peppers and jalapeño peppers but didn’t get them finished.  I’m going to try to finish this task this week.

I continue to work on my crocheting.  The blanket I’m working on is getting close to being finished … maybe … that is if I can decide what size I want it to be!

We enjoyed some cooler weather meals this week:  chili, okra soup over rice, and broccoli cheese soup.   They were all so good!

Here’s a list of ‘free’ things I added to my pantry this week …
3 snack size packages of fun fruits … again!
1 travel size package of bath and body scrub

I downloaded this free at the time e-book, Amish Knitting Circle Christmas:  Granny and Jeb’s Love Story.  Vickie from Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden sends out a list of free at the time e-books several times a week and that’s where I learned about this one.  

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

I continue to enjoy living my Fall Bucket List that can be found HERE

I've completed 33 of my 100 day sewing challenge.  I still have several things I want to complete before the challenge comes to an end.

My 'to-do' list for this week …
Finish harvesting cayenne peppers
Finish harvesting jalapeño peppers
Clean out raised bed where I’m going to plant garlic
Plant garlic
Work on harvesting remaining herbs
Move lemon trees to greenhouse
Do inventory of gifts in my gift trunk for the upcoming gift giving season

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

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

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8 comments:

  1. Hi Patsy, Am wondering how to do a starter of Rosemary? Just clip and put in water? I did put wire around mine with leaves in it to try to save it but in Zone 5 I am not sure if it will make it so thought maybe I could do a starter. Thanks. Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy! I cut off a healthy sprig of rosemary and put it in a class of water to root. I sit the glass in a window until the sprig starts to root making sure to keep water in the jar. After it has a healthy set of roots I plant it in a pot and return it to the window and care for it accordingly until time to plant it outside in the spring.

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  2. We had our first heavy freeze this weekend - 21 deg. in SW Missouri. I also need to redo a raised bed and get the garlic planted. I dug up a parsley and will try growing it inside. If it doesn't do well, I can always dehydrate it. With porches on the south and east side of the house I have a difficult time trying to keep plants that need sun growing. We need to replace some of the beds as the wood has cracked and they are coming apart even though they are cedar. Guess nothing lasts forever. Very windy here today also which makes it feel a lot colder than 55!

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    1. Kris, brrr ... that's cold! My raised beds are HUGE tractor tires and then I have one rectangler one made of railroad tyes. I have enough railroad tyes to construct another raised bed and need to get that done asap!

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  3. Got another 25 pounds of big beefsteak tomatoes for $3 so even though I canned 21 quarts of diced tomatoes last week, I couldn't resist and canned another 10 quarts! If they have them again next week at that price, I'll get them and make tomato sauce! At that price, it would work out to 16 cents per pint jar (8 cents per 8 ounces) That would make it worth my time and using my steam canner, the water and time and energy savings vs regular WB canning make it possible to get a lot done in a shorter amount of time!!!
    I used some of our home canned pancake syrup so I may make more next week!
    I got about 45 pounds of potatoes for $5 on Saturday so I put them in my basement bins.
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    1. gardenpat, just look at all those deals you are getting. I love that scalloped potato mix in a jar!

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  4. I don't comment here often, but read along for inspiration since you all inspire me to reach my goals. I have to share this story with you. Yesterday my daughter in law told me her mom bought a new car with all the bells and whistles. Dad bought a Mercedes a few months ago too. She said the monthly payments weren't too bad and they were really happy about their purchases. Of course I am happy for them, but I had to giggle inside because I splurged recently too. I bought a fancy license plate holder I had been eyeing for a while for my paid in cash, somewhat generic, no bells or whistles, second hand car. Life is good.

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    1. LOL Aloha Lori! I'm with you!!!! Give me 'paid for' any day of the week over monthly payments!!

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