Monday, February 26, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 2/26/218

We’re still working on the repair of our outbuilding/shed which is taking up most of our ‘non-work’ time.  We got the other side of the outbuilding roofed!  Yeah!!!  There are still several things to be done before the repairs will be completed but we’re so glad to have the roof done!!!  
Here's what else I got done ...
I froze a bag of shredded cheese we purchased at Sam’s Club into ½ to ¾ cup increments and added them to the freezer part of my pantry.

I took 5 organic lemons and 4 Meyer lemons and turned them into lemon slices for the freezer, made lemon zest which I turned into lemon extract, and set the lemon seeds to sprout.  You can read about how I did it HERE.
I started preparing ingredients to make another batch of cider fire by peeling and chopping horseradish, ginger and turmeric. I put it in baggies in the refrigerator until I'm ready to make the cider fire.

I started preparing some horseradish, ginger and turmeric for planting. Can you see the sprouts forming on the ginger and horseradish?
I preserved some celery and made celery salt using the leaves.  You can read about it HERE.
I started sketching out where I wanted to plant what in my garden/raised beds for this year.
That's it for me this week, what did your week look like?
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  1. Hi Patsy and what a productive week you and your DH have had finishing the roof on your outbuilding and also saving yourself a fortune on getting a tradesman into do it too :). So happy when I hear others do their own repairs too.

    Rather a mixed week here of grocery shopping, cooking, and some work in the gardens done. Most importantly we stayed in budget and only purchased what we had used in groceries to top up :) .

    Shall start off with income we brought in from our eBay store to date this month which was $37.35. Some we used for buying electronic ignition lighters for prepping and everyday use and left the rest to build up in the account. I plan to download it when I get a bit more money built up in there to pull back some of the grocery bulk pantry stock up expenditure.

    Gifts -
    - Said yes to a friend who offered me 24 figs for free they couldn't use saving $24 over purchasing them and had them fresh to eat all week, yum. I trade fresh herbs from my garden with her when she needs them as they are so expensive here.

    In the kitchen -
    - Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.
    - Baked a quadruple batch of oat and golden syrup biscuits/cookies for our weeks special treat and they are yum saving $9.01 over purchasing the same amount in the shops.
    - Made a double batch of magic mix from pantry stores for making puddings and white sauces with saving another $16.58 over purchasing the packet varieties here. We use a lot of this in our household.

    Groceries -
    - Purchased only the groceries we'd used for the 6 weeks and used our roadside assist club grocery cards saving us 5% off the total.
    - Managed to stock up on a lot of sausages and bacon which we packaged in meal sized portions for the freezer when we got home as well as bulk raw ingredients we put in storage tubs thanks to our large pantry stock up.
    - Picked up 2 x 1kg tubs of yoghurt on clearance for $2.10 ea for DH as he is taking antibiotics saving $9.80 on usual prices.

    House organisation/ deep cleaning -
    - After packing our bulk sausage and bacon purchases we deep cleaned the kitchen benches with peroxide to sterilise them.
    - During the week I wiped all the outsides of the kitchen cupboard doors with hot soapy water and rinsed them so they look really clean again.
    - Mopped the tiled and vinyl floors with our usual mix of 2T ammonia and 1T of dishwashing liquid in 4lts of water and they are all clean and sparkly again. This mixture cuts through grease and brings the floors up clean and sparkling and is what they use in commercial kitchens to clean floors.

    In the gardens -
    - DH spade edged around 2 herb, berry and rose garden beds in the front yard and DH and I removed all the grass from the surrounds and grass and weeds growing inside the beds as well.
    - Spread out a half a trailer load of dirt we took out to put our collapsible water tanks in some time ago and awful soil we purchased for garden beds we removed in the back paddock in holes out there to make it easier to mow. Landscaping places sometimes give you really bad recommendations grr.

    Electricity savings -
    - Did the usual and used our solar lanterns and only turned on our hot water system once the water was getting cool saving around $7.50.

    Hope everyone has had a fantastic week too :).


    1. Sewingcreations15, we do feel blessed that we are able to do the work ourselves, like you said it saves a lot of money. You've had an excellent week, look at all you saved and added to your pantry. I'm working on cleaning out my flower beds too and getting ready to start planting in a few weeks. This time of year is a busy one for sure!!!

  2. You've got a great garden planned out. I was able to transplant a few of my baby broccoli and cabbage tonight into bigger cells. They are growing great. We've got a ways to go before they will be big enough, or the weather gets warm enough, to plant out. So far, they look good.

    I've never grown horseradish, ginger or tumeric before. Let us know how it works. Thanks,

    1. Becky, I've grown it all before and it has turned out well. I'll do a progress report as we go along this year.

  3. Patsy, what kind of bags did you use to put your celery in? Lemons are on my shopping list>

    1. Sue, I got them at the Dollar Tree. The brand is SureFresh.

  4. That is wonderful to have made so much progress on your outbuilding. Maybe just in time before cold weather arrives again if you are like us.

    The big thing last week was a complete makeover of the budget. I had to have it done by Wed of this week so I started early so I would have time to think things through. I believe I covered everything. With the additional income from our 401K I am back to saving money that I could not before. State taxes are not taken from our disability check so we have to save for those or get hit hard at tax time next year. Hopefully we estimated correctly but if not we will at least have a huge amount of it. My husband also finished up our taxes and filed them so that is done.

    Friday we made a trip to Home Depot and purchased the paint for a big inside painting project. It is our goal to do something toward that every day until it is finished. This job involves a 2 story stairwell so it is not something we are looking forward to but it must be done. Once upon a time we would have hired a painter but not anymore. We found some tools that will be a help to us so hopefully we can get it done ourselves. Very carefully.

    1. Lana, yes, we are trying to beat the next 'cold wave' that will surely come and get as much done on our outbuilding as possible. Our budget is done for the year but not our taxes! We are trying to do something toward the repair of our outbuilding everyday too no matter how small the 'thing' is, it seems to help us with keeping the momentum going. Please do be careful painting the stairwell, don't want you to have a nasty fall!

  5. I re-organized my small freezer a bit and took advantage of store points offers to stock up. One day it was fish & seafood, yesterday was produce and today was butter, cheese & yogurt. By purchasing this way I now have $30 worth of loyalty points to spend. Like you I came home and packaged up some of the shredded cheese to put in the freezer. This makes such a difference now as I don't lose any to spoilage! I've got a few varieties in there now. I also purchased lemons & limes and will be slicing them up to freeze tomorrow.
    Congratulations on getting so much work done.

    1. Margie, sounds like you are a wise shopper! Congrats on the $30 worth of loyalty points. I'm enjoying my sliced lemon in my water and tea! I hope you enjoy yours!

  6. Dear Patsy, building projects can be a real time and money gobbler, but it sounds like you have yours well in hand! Great buying on the cheese, and I'm very impressed with your horseradish, ginger and turmeric. You've inspired me. They're not something I've tried to grow, but I will now! I'd been a bit low health wise for a few months, and now that I'm feeling improved, I'm catching up on baking and decluttering and a few other little projects. This week saw gluten free bread baked, as well as gluten free three ingredient fruit cakes, cookies, banana bread and pineapple and coconut bread. We harvested pawpaw, cumquats, lemons, and Makrut (previously known as Kaffir) lime leaves (for Thai cooking), and I made a delicious Thai chilled noodle salad, and my Mums cumquat marmalade. Husband is busily rearranging shelving underneath our high set house, to make room to build me a new sewing room for me. That won't happen for a while yet, but like you, I'm looking forward to having that particular project done and dusted! Wonderful post. Mimi xxx

    1. Mimi, I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well. I do hope you continue to feel better. A sewing room, how wonderful. Do you have a gluten intolerance, it looks like you're baking a lot of gluten free things. On the building projects, plan for it to take twice as long and cost twice as much ... LOL, it's the way it always seems to go!!!

  7. Patsy, how do you prepare your horseradish and ginger for planting? Paula in Kansas

    1. Paula, for the ginger, I cut it so that there is at least one of the nodules on each piece. For the horseradish, I cut it in such a way that there is at least one 'eye/sprout' on each piece. Kind of like your cutting seed potatoes to plant. I hope that makes sense.


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