Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Ways of My Household/Vicky Challenge: 7/21/2018

Another busy week is in the books and what a week it’s been …
Pillowcases by Patsi had a week-long $8 pillowcase/Christmas in July sale this week and it far exceeded my expectations.  With it being the first Christmas in July online event I had done I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it was a success.  (I’m already thinking ahead and have some ideas for a holiday kick-off sale the first of November.) 
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I’ll be sharing more info about Pillowcases by Patsi’s holiday kick-off event as we get closer to time, but right now it’s gardening/harvesting/food preserving time!!!  So, let’s get back to the here and now …
I planted the moringa seeds that I’ve been sprouting for about 2 weeks.  I checked them and the sprouts were developing roots so it was time to get them in some soil.  I’ll be watching them closely and doing everything I can to help them transition from sprouts to plants.
I ordered some Hawthorne seeds this week.  This is another herb that I want to try to grow.  
I harvested more herbs and dried them: peppermint, spearmint, plantain, Italian basil, calendula, lime basil, sage and elderberries.
I planted more cayenne pepper plants.  I started these from seeds late this year so they will be a fall harvest.   I use quite a bit of cayenne pepper in tinctures, herbal remedies and in cooking.
I harvested more okra and we had our first meal of it.  It was so good!  
And then there were the peaches!!!  You can read about our peach hunting mission HERE.  Thus far I have canned 14 quarts of peaches, 3 pints of peach jam and 8 pints of peach syrup.  I also want to dehydrate some to go in granola.  I’ll be preserving peaches for several more days to come!!!
I transplanted 2 lemon trees that I grew from seeds into bigger pots.  
The big news is that my husband made me/us a salad barrel and is currently working on a strawberry barrel!  This just makes me so happy as I have wanted both of these for a long time!   The strawberry barrel (on the right) is not finished but he is well on his way!
I harvested more cucumbers this week and we were given a watermelon and a cantaloupe.  We have sure been enjoying all the fresh fruits and vegetables this time of year brings.
That's it for me this week, what about you?
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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  1. Hello Patsy and everyone :).

    You have done so well in preserving so much produce and we also have been traditionally drying herbs picked from the gardens on wire racks. I love your planters and we thought of one we had seen for a strawberry planter using PVC pipe with holes cut in it with a hole saw with end caps and put vertically on a stand much like your salad planter.

    Last week our savings and earnings added up to $428.21.

    Here is how we saved and did last week -

    Earnings -
    - Earned $50.40 from the sale of a home made bread bag and 300 g of thyme picked from the gardens and dried in my internet store.
    - Earned $3 from the sale for a garden harvested a bunch of silver beet to friends.

    Finances -
    - Banked more money into our home deposit savings account bringing us to 26.80 % of the way there.

    Purchases -
    - BigW were have a huge clearance on their winter and some summer clothing with markdowns and a further markdown of 40% off those prices again (18th to the 26th I think) in store. With our following purchases we saved 73.31% or $267 on usual retail prices and stocked both of our wardrobes for a few years to come in winter clothing.

    For myself I purchased on special 2 pairs of knitted gloves, 3 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of jeggings, 2 pairs of shaping tights, 1 x 3/4 sleeve lace detail t-shirt, 8 x l/s t-shirts, 3 x 5 pk of cushioned sports socks, 3 x puffer vests, 3 x puffer jackets. For DH we purchased 4 x l/s t-shirts, 1 zip polar fleece jacket, 4 quilted track suit tops, 6 tracksuit tops and 4 x tracksuit pants.

    In the gardens -
    - Separated out 392 g of thyme picked and dried from the gardens saving $52.68 over purchasing it.
    - Picked 21 g of snow peas, 254 g of early Massey shelling peas, 200 g of money maker tomatoes and 2.3 kg of cherry tomatoes from the gardens saving $52.68 over purchasing them in the supermarkets.
    - Harvested more French and English lavender to dry from the gardens and separated other dried garden harvested French and English lavender saving $9.68 over purchasing it in the shops.

    In the kitchen-
    - Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.

    Other frugal things we usually do -
    - Saved warm up shower water and dish rinsing water to water the fruit tree pot plants on the back veranda, only turned on the electric hot water system when it needed heating, heated the home with free firewood, boiled our kettle most days on top the slow combustion fireplace instead of using the electric kettle, hung washing out to dry on the clothes line and washed out and reused clip seal freezer bags.

    Have a wonderful week ahead everyone :).


    1. Sewingcreations15, I love reading about how you save! It's so wise to stock up when there are good sales on things that we know we will use. You've had a good week for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yay! You have been so productive and are getting so much done and put away for the future.

    1. Thank you Wendy! It is a lot of hard work but it's also very satisfying!

  3. Fresh okra! Yum! And all the peaches! That strawberry barrel is great. I am thinking of the bumper crop you can grow in all those pockets. Our tomatoes are finally starting to ripen one by one.

    We have had a month of everything that can wear out has worn out sort of month. We have gotten new sheets and pillows and the list goes on and on which has really hit the budget hard but we have not gone over. I was glad to see how well your pillowcase sale went. I hope I have I have a better month for your next sale and can get in on the fun.

    I have had a horrible knee week so I ordered groceries online from Walmart. Our store is across the street from Aldi so the prices are really about identical plus I got 10% off since our Walmart just started doing the curb side pick up. This was a real blessing for my husband who just let them know he was on his way and arrived to have everything loaded in the car and he was on his way home. I got my bleach tablets, too. I will use this service in the future since it was so easy. Hubby also picked up a few deals at other stores. We got three free pounds of ground turkey, two free boxes of ice cream treats, and three 3 pound boxes of frozen sausage patties for $5.48 each.

    We found that the French drain along the front of our house was standing full of water so hubby is working on digging out the rocks and getting it working again. No cost, just lots of labor. Thankfully we do not have water under the house which is surprising with all the heavy rain we have had.

    Have a good week!

    1. Lana, bless your heart, you have had a month. I hope things settle down for you all! I don't know if our Walmart has curbside or not, I'll have to check. We don't buy a lot of our groceries there but it is good to know that that service is available. Take care of your knee and don't rush it!

    2. We had never considered Walmart for groceries until we were at the lake last year and Aldi was closed for renovations. There are few grocery choices in that small town so we tried Walmart thinking it had to be cheaper than the other options. We were really surprised to find how low their prices are and that their store brand is very good.
      Our daughter in law in Alabama literally has only Walmart and Publix. She started doing the curbside pickup just because it is so much easier with 3 kids. She has been very happy with it or I might not have even considered it. They do not charge for the service and we were very pleased with everything in our order so we will definitely keep it as an option. It saved so much time, too! It is also pretty hard to end up with impulse items when you have to search for the item and you see that total going up at the side of the page every time something goes in the cart.

  4. Gorgeous pillowcases! Those are on my list of things to make when I pull my sewing machine out. Right now, I'm going through my cotton yarn, knitting up some dishcloths for Christmas gifts, and then I'll tackle some other Christmas knitting, but once those are done, it's sewing time. :)

    The strawberry barrel is really neat, too! Do the birds stay out of those better than plants in the ground?

    1. Stephanie, thank you! I gave dishcloths for Christmas gifts a couple of years ago, they make really nice gifts! Our strawberry barrel will be easy to cover with bird netting so birds shouldn't be a problem!

  5. Miss Patsy, I saw today that you grow lime basil...did you know that the flowers made into tea make some ladies sleep! Including this one! Best wishes, Laura

    1. Laura, I didn't know that!!! I plan to use it in pesto but will definitely keep this little tip in mind. Thank you!

  6. Congratulations on your Christmas in July sale. I am glad your pillowcase business is doing well. I love the salad and strawberry planters. Nancy

  7. I like to experiment with food as I am a retired dietitian. My crazy idea this time...I made some low carb, gluten free flour from some giant zucchini I got from my neighbor. Peeled, cut up, dehydrated and ground up. I mixed it half and half with some rice flour and made pancakes. Hubby didnt seem to notice. Fun little experiment.


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