Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 1/21/2018

We were given some deer meat this week so we ground it up and added some fresh ground pork meat to it along with spices.  We turned all this into homemade sausage and it was delicious.   I can tell you what spices my husband used to season the meat with but not the amounts as he just kept adding until the ‘smell’ was right.  He used Italian seasoning, oregano, onion powder, fennel seed, salt, black pepper, paprika, ground red pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. We ran the meat and spices through the grinder first using a 'big' grind plate in the grinder. Next, we ran it back through with the 'smaller' grinder plate. The end result was that we added 20 lbs of homemade, preservative free sausage to the freezer part of our pantry.

I canned 7 more quarts of navy beans and added them to my pantry.   That finishes up the navy beans, now it’s time to start canning pinto beans!

I made these low carb meat balls for dinner one evening.  I only used the recipe for the meatballs and not the sauce.  Instead, I laid a piece of pepper jack cheese on each flattened out meatball and let it melt … after the meatballs were through cooking.  (I baked mine in the oven.)   Both my husband and I thought they were very good.  These will definitely be something we will have again!

 The Bibles we use in the teen girls Bible class I teach does not have tabs on the page edges identifying the books so I got out my washi tape and stated separating each book by a different washi tape design/color.  In my opinion it makes the Bible look pretty 

and easier to locate the beginning and ending of the different books.  I’ll just bet that when the girls see it, they’re going to want to do the same to theirs … glad I have plenty of washi tape!!!  (I purchased Bibles for each girl in the class when the class first started so that we would all have the same version.  It makes studying God’s Word together easier!)

I spent about 15 minutes decluttering one day this week, it sure felt good to make progress with this task.  I think I’m going to start doing this daily, Monday through Thursday of each week.  I don’t seem to have large chunks of time to take on the project as a whole all at one time, so I’m going to try breaking it down into 15 minute increments and see how that goes.  Wish me luck!

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

That's it for me this week, what did your week look like?
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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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16 comments:

  1. Aah, decluttering....I really need to get more of this done, Patsy. As far as I know we don't have deer meat here in Australia although I believe there are quite a few around in some areas. We do have kangaroo meat in the supermarkets though :-)

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    1. Nanna Chel, I've never had Kangaroo meat, what does it taste like?

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    2. I haven't tasted it, Patsy. I believe it is lower in fat than other meats. Can't quite bring myself to try it :-)

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  2. Sometimes 15 minutes is all we have to devote towards decluttering and spring cleaning. Sometimes I don't have that but I still do a little. Makes me feel good to get something accomplished. I wish you well!

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    1. Thank you Vickie ... a little progress is better than none!

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  3. Very mixed week for me here. Was able to use lots of leftovers and will continue to do that this week. Had lunch at my parents house and was sent home with leftovers that will I will be able to stretch all week. I did have to go to the grocery store to get milk and bread. That's a normal thing around here, but was hoping to avoid it this past week. Oh well. I am working this week on planning a big Feb shop as most of the pantry will be depleted. Sometimes it feels like I am swimming, swimming, swimming, and getting nowhere, but I guess just keeping your head above water is good too. :)

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    1. Wendy, keeping one's head above water is a big accomplishment!

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  4. That's great that you could make so much sausage! What a nice gift from whoever gave you the venison.

    My husband continued working on the greenhouse he is making for me. I ordered my seeds and they are starting to arrive. I cooked a bunch from scratch and we did the usual things we do, like compost, clean our own house, etc. I was able to start pruning outside--a big job I will need to continue to work on whenever I get a break in the rainy, rainy weather.

    A lot of the week was consumed with a daughter who had 2 wisdom teeth out, and had a really hard time with one of them. So, we too 2 trips to the dentist, who is over an hour away, each way, and spent lots of time "babying" her. She's doing better now, thank goodness. We were able to use dental insurance for that--still a marvel to me after over 25 years without it.

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    1. Becky, I'm glad your daughter is doing better, dental work is no fun nor is the bill that goes with it. It's great that you have dental insurance. We need to change out the plastic on our green house this year before it can be used!!!

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  5. I like the way your labeled your Bible. It seems the older I get, the more difficulty I have finding my place sometimes. I have been thinking about getting one with tabs, but may have to try out your method. My son processed his own deer this year and I was very impressed. I told my husband I'd like to get a grinder and try to do the same next year.

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    1. Little Penpen, the grinder we have is an attachment that goes with our kitchen aid mixer. These Bibles didn't have tabs and I was trying to avoid the cost of buying tabs for all the Bibles. I started thinking about what I could do with what I had and after seeing this idea on Pinterest I decided upon it.

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  6. I love the "until it smelled right" Men, do they also do this with their dirty socks? :)

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  7. Wow, all that sausage is a wonderful thing to have tucked away in the freezer. I plan to can pineapple tomorrow since Aldi has them for .99 this week.

    We are kind of reeling in shock over a friend who delivers pizza as a second job who was robbed and shot on Saturday night. He will be okay but the reality of it is hard to take since two teens basically ambushed him. We took dinner over to them tonight and they are still in shock and have not really realized what happened. The teens have been arrested but what a crazy way to ruin your life at such a young age!

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    1. Oh my Lana! I'm so sorry for your friend ... and for the two teens who made a bad decision that will change the course of their lives in a bad way forever.

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    2. Just heard that they are charged with attempted murder. Minimum 30 years. They are 17 and 18 and threw away their lives for $70.

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