Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Ways of My Household 7/30/2017

The picture is of Prudence (my sourdough starter.)  I needed to put her on hold for a few weeks so I let her dry naturally and stored her in this jar.   

I harvested more elderberries this week.  This has been our best year of harvesting since planting them a few years back.

I harvested mullein flowers this week and let them dry naturally on my window seal.

I continue to harvest cayenne peppers and lay them on the window seal to dry.  We use a lot of cayenne peppers so I’m diligent to keep them harvested as soon as they turn red.  Some mornings that’s a hand full and some mornings it’s quite a few more.  At any rate, my window seal is currently full and we are so thankful!

I've been using the peach ice cubes I made from this post.  I drop them into a glass of home-brewed green tea.  Hmmmm, it sure is good!

The same neighbor that called and offered to let us harvest his okra last week called again this week.  This time we harvested a 5 gallon bucket full.  We shared some with another neighbor and then I canned 5 quarts using the method found in this postI had a small amount left over so I dehydrated it.  

The neighbor that we shared the okra with gave us a watermelon.   We had been wanting one but didn’t want to pay the high prices at the grocery store.  We had the watermelon for snack one evening and oh my, was it ever good!   We are blessed to be a part of a neighborhood network where several of us share with each other.

I practiced making some of Mimi’s ‘swoosh’ roses.  She’s right these things are addicting!  I'm going to practice a little more (still have to work on the leaves) and then I'm going to make up some cards and gift tags.

I’ve started utilizing the library more for books to read.  

Here’s what I’ve recently read …

TheDiscovery Saga Collection by Wanda Brunstetter  

What I’m currently reading ….

A Mother’s Love by Charlotte Hubbard   
(Yes, I’m an Amish fiction fan … they are my kind of ‘escape’ books!)

It was so hot and humid weather wise last week.  The sun really heats up the house through the windows in the back of our house and one way we've combated that is to close the blinds and then draw the blackout curtains.  It makes a good 10 degree differance in the temperature inside our house when we do this.

We continued to do our normal saving things, feed the compost bin, cook from scratch and this week the only groceries we purchased was a gallon of milk.

What did you do to add to 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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