Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 3/11/18

The planting for 2018 has started! 
I planted red potatoes, ginger, turmeric and horseradish this week.
I also replanted the multiplying onions that I pulled last week.  They are now living in 2 big pots next to the house where I can conveniently snip the blades when I need some.
I planted my sprouted lemon seeds. 
We finally went grocery shopping for the first time in four weeks, we mostly purchased fresh fruits and vegetables.  The grocery store we shopped at had blueberries on sale 4 for $5 and strawberries 4 for $5 so we purchased 4 of each.
 I brought them home and after washing them I divided them up into individual packages and froze them.  I added 5 cups of blueberries to the freezer part of my pantry and 2 full quarts of strawberries as well. 

For those whose household is made up of 1 or 2 people, using this method of buying and freezing what you won’t use in a day or two is a way to take advantage of sales and to add to your pantry.  You can read more about building a pantry for small households in this POST.
I shredded some block cheese we had purchased the last time we went grocery shopping that needed to have something done with it.  I divided it into 1 cup increments, put it in baggies, then the baggies into a quart size bag and added them to the freezer part of my pantry.
That's it for me this week, how have you built up your pantry or saved money this week?
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  1. This week I was able to dehydrate another 10 pounds of fresh green beans that I was given!

    At the same Produce market, they gave me a bushel box filled with red sails lettuce bunches for my chickens and 4 big bags (with 5 bags each inside of the big bags ) of green onions.

    I put 5 green onions in a glass yogurt container with water to become an “everlasting” source of green onions in my kitchen. I planted the rest (after cutting most of their green tops off) into my raised bed gardens outside. Even though we had a dusting of snow in the days after planting,they should make it through which will give me about 100 green onions this year!

    My 8 chickens continue to give me about 4 dozen eggs a week so I sold 4 dozen from my reserve for $10. this week!

    I got a 25 pound box of tomatoes for $5 and we are enjoying them in salads and in some of our meals. Any extras as the week progresses will be diced and canned for my pantry! I find that when I can them as diced tomatoes, I can convert them to salsa, sweet and sour sauce, Rotel, etc when I need to at a later time!

    In keeping with Wendy’s Use it Up challenge, I made a new lap size quilt top from scraps. Funny that it didn’t seem to diminish the volume of scraps I have!!

    Took more of my plain yogurt and made a quart of strawberry yogurt and a quart of caramel apple yogurt which also used up some of my fruit spread and jam. This will be a nice breakfast or snack.

    I took 20 minutes the other morning and made up 12 ham,egg,cheese McMuffins and 12 lemon poppyseed muffins to fill up our breakfast-to-go container!

    Another $200 came in for a quilt I made so, after tithing, I took half of the remainder and paid down a debt and the other half went into our savings account!

    It’s fun to see how little bits really add up!
    I’m hoping that Spring is just around the corner!

    1. gardenpat, You've had a really good week and made a lot of progress in a lot of areas. I really like how you divide your earnings into two different categories after tithing, part pays down debt and the part goes into savings. Great plan!

    2. Patsi- I’ve heard a lot of people advocate paying down debt first and, only after your debt is paid off, to add to savings because the interest rate you receive on savings is so much smaller than the interest rate you pay on debts! But my experience has been that without that savings to fall back on in case of real emergency, you just add more debt to take care of the emergency! But that’s jmo!!

    3. gardenpat .... YES! YES! YES! I so totally agree! I thought I was the only one that looked at it that way!

  2. We also bought 4 pounds of strawberries at 99 cents a pound and have them stored in a Rubbermaid produce keeper in the fridge. We are not fans of strawberries after freezing so this allows us to extend their use since the keepers will keep them for 2 weeks if I pick out the ripest ones every time we eat some.

    I rescued 5 pounds of mealy apples by making and canning applesauce. The applesauce is very good. So 4 pints added to our pantry. We got 4 free cups of fresh pasta sauce from the deli by asking if they would mark them down since they were near the date. I also had coupons. On the package it says the sauce can be frozen so we did. We also got a free cup of Greek yogurt. I added 2 beef roasts to my freezer at 2.69 a pound. I made enough beef stew for 3 meals with only one pound of meat and lots of vegetables.

    My husband finished the first part of the big painting project. It looks great. Thankfully I love the color. Picking colors is the most stressful part for me especially since this is a large area of our home.

    1. Lana, mealy apples make great applesauce! I'll use our frozen strawberries in smoothies, I don't care for them any other way once they have been frozen. Glad your painting is underway and that you like the color!!!

  3. I bought two packages of Strawberries from Plant City, Fl for 99 cents each and dehydrated them. Sale ends on Tuesday so would like to get more! Nancy

    1. Nancy, that's a good price for strawberries too!

  4. I have been getting my garden sorted. The weather finally appears to have become cooler. I am so hoping the heat of summer is over. Most of my seeds are up. I planted some in early Feb but these mostly failed due to a heatwave. This second lot were planted late Frb and are doing well so far. I have been transplanting from the seed boxes into the garden,as the seedlings get to a decent size.
    I made my son a Birthday gift of shopping bags made from placemat panels I bought a number of years ago. The materials were all from my stash. I went to my gift cupboard and found a few things I have purchased for him for his camping supplies. These will all be posted off later today.
    I stewed up some apples that were past their prime and pulled out the little pie maker. I made 8 little apple pies. Two of these have already magically disappeared. They do smell delicious.
    We have been having some interesting meals as we are using up what we have. 'Ah la Chuckitallin' has been wonderful for using up all the bits of veg and meat that were already cooked and needed to be used up. We have one more of these interesting combinations to go and then all left overs have been dealt with. Bluey and I are really trying to make sure that we are not wasting anything.

    1. Jane, LOL, using up leftovers can be a creative adventure sometimes can't it????

  5. Hi Patsy and what a wonderful week you have had and a really good price on strawberries and blueberries you got and how exciting planting your sprouted lemon seeds :) .

    Here is what we got up to this week -

    Finances -
    - Banked more money into our home deposit account bringing our deposit up to 24.06%.
    - Downloaded $51.36 from selling homemade items and saved seeds from the gardens which I have banked to recoup pantry stocking expenditure.
    - DH earned $50 from a gardening job and I earned $39.20 from online selling on the internet. DH added his to the home emergency kitty and I downloaded mine and a bit extra in there to top up the pantry budget.

    Purchases -
    - Purchased a microfiber car windscreen cleaner with extended handle with money earned from my online selling using a 10% off voucher and a further 5% discount on eBay saving around .60c on usual prices.

    In the kitchen -
    - cooked all meals and bread from scratch.
    - made a loaf of fruit bread in our bread machine saving $3.70 over purchasing in the supermarkets and we are about to slice it up and freeze it so we can have many snacks from one large loaf.

    In the gardens -
    - Trimmed basil plants, spade edged and removed weeds from around 2 gardens beds and DH sprayed the lawns for weeds in the house and back paddock lawns.
    - Planted a 3.5m row of silver beet and a 3.5mt row of beetroot seeds in the gardens and trimmed the basil plants.
    - DH spade edged around 2 vegetable herb and berry gardens in the front yard and we weeded around them and in the gardens.
    - Picked a few strawberries to eat and 1.9kg of cucumbers from the gardens saving around $12.50 over purchasing them.

    Electricity savings -
    - Saved by only turning on the electric hot water system on when needed and using our solar lanterns.

    Water preservation -
    - Used saved grey water from our showers and washing machine to hand water the lawns with when it wasn't raining.

    Have a wonderful week ahead everyone :).


    1. Sewingcreations15, I love reading about how you save and stretch money! I get inspired by reading all that you do!

  6. Sounds like you had a another great week Patsy! I had an order of 8 lbs of strawberries come in and my intention was to freeze most of them. My children and hubby took care of most of that by eating them fresh! That's okay though, I LOVE that they love fruit and it is so good for them. I still have some in the fridge and am thinking I might try a fresh strawberry cake.

    1. Wendy, a fresh strawberry cake sounds good!


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