Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 10/28/2018

(This is a picture of the sun setting against some trees in front of my house one evening this week.  It was a beautiful sight!)

This week has been a blur due to a medical emergency with my mom so I'm really having to think back to see if there is anything to report!

First, I did not get the elderberry syrup made, I'll try again this coming week.

I used ginger ice cubes I had in the freezer to flavor some of the water I drank this week.  Sometimes it's hard for me to drink plain water.  I also like to put lemon ice cubes in my water but am out of those at the moment!

I ordered ginger for planting as I want to fill up one of our tractor tire raised beds with it.  Last week I planted turmeric and as soon as the ginger gets here I'll plant it.  I already have horseradish growing but I need to dig it up, see how much I have and replant it.  My goal is to have a raised bed full of turmeric, one full of ginger, and one full of horseradish.  I also need to get the garlic planted.  Do you know what I use turmeric, ginger, horseradish and garlic to make????  If you guessed cider fire, you're right!!!

I have acorn squash to preserve and the sweet potatoes we gleaned to can up.   I hope to get started on those this week.

That's it for this week, what did you do to save, live frugally or build up your pantry this week?

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  1. I'm sorry to hear about your mom and hope she is recovering.

    I think on weeks like that, it's so great to have a lot of hard work already stored up in the pantry so you can take it easy when you need to.

    I finished my canning from my garden. There were a few more tomatoes, so I did one more batch of pizza/pasta sauce. The green tomatoes became Salsa Verde. We have already been opening jars and thawing frozen produce like crazy for meals, and I feel like I'm more than ready to move into that season. I love to can and preserve, but I'm feeling tired these days. I'll wait a little bit before I tackle the soup bones I found while arranging the freezer, but will make broth eventually.

    It's time to turn my energy to cleaning, preparing for Thanksgiving, and hopefully, some sewing projects! My week is a little easier this week, so I'm hoping to get started on some of those projects sooner rather than later.

  2. I am sorry to hear about your Mom. I hope she is on the mend now.

    Mostly all I have to report is rest and sleep which we needed here at the lake. I bought $40 in groceries but will get $28.80 back from ibotta. On Wed we had to drive back home to the dentist because one of my crowns fell off but we took a scenic route back so it was somewhat enjoyable.

  3. Sorry to hear about your mother, Patsi. Hopefully everything will be alright! Prayers being sent

  4. Patsy I am sorry to hear about you Mum and I hope she is feeling better and the medical experts have sorted out the problem, hugs from us to you and her.

    Your gardening sounds like it is coming along nicely and you will soon have some lovely preserved items to add to your pantry which all helps :) .

    Here is what we accomplished last week -

    House purchase savings and finances -
    - Good news is the current owners of the property we are settling on in December have agreed to spray the fence lines, outdoor structures for termites and the outside house stumps and agreed also to spray the inside and outside of the home for pests, fix a leaking pipe under the home and replace a broken window and hire a surveyor to peg the property boundaries saving us between $4500 - $6500 if we had to do it ourselves. Fortunately the house has no termites and the owners agreed to this as we had it as a condition on our offer to purchase that we had to be happy with the building and pest inspection results for the sale to go through.
    - Saved another $20 on our roadside assistance membership by changing our 3rd party over to the same firm and the cost was the same as the previous 3rd party insurer we used to go with.

    Groceries -
    - Did a small top up of dried baking goods using an discount e-voucher and taking advantage of specials saved another $44.94 off usual prices.

    In the kitchen -
    - Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.
    - Blanched and froze broad beans picked from the gardens making 14 more double meals for the freezer.

    Home organisation -
    - We have now packed half the house into labelled boxes and this week concentrated on packing our medical supplies and food storage leaving out what we will use until we move.
    - I damp dusted everything and DH vacuumed the rooms as we finished packing each room.

    In the gardens -
    - Weeded our sweet potato bed and put weeds in the bin.
    - Chopped up half of our dried broad bean plants ready which we trench composted today along with the broad bean shells to save on room in the bin. Our lovely neighbour also allowed us to fill the room up in his bin with weeds from the gardens after all the rain made them grow profusely.

    Hope everyone has had an equally good week :) .

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

  5. Sounds like quite a week. I wish we never had medical weeks!
    You've been busy as usual. I hope to get back to myself and get busy around the house, cleaning, decluttering, holiday prepping, and writing.

    Glad I dropped by tonight.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage


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