Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Ways of My Household: 9/17/2019

I am in full canning and food preserving mode!

I canned beets and pickled beets.  You can read about it HERE!

I dried some fresh lavender.  You can read about it HERE!

I made applesauce and dried apples.  You can read about it HERE!

I harvested our sweet potatoes and was very happy with what we were able to grow in raised beds and containers.  The picture on the right is a sampling of what I've dug so far which is about a 5 gallon bucket full.  I still have a couple of raised beds to harvest!

As soon as the sweet potatoes were harvested, I amended the soil and planted cabbage collards back in the same containers.  Thus far I’ve planted 19 plants.

My husband found a 55-gallon barrel lying on the side of the road a while back.  He brought it home and set it aside telling me it would make a good strawberry growing barrel.  This week he cleaned it up and turned it into our second strawberry growing barrel.  There were enough runners from the plants on the first barrel to plant and fill up each opening in the second barrel.  In fact, we double planted each opening.    We feel truly blessed to be able to add this second barrel to our strawberry growing area without having to purchase anything additional.  We filled it with some of the garden soil we got on clearance at Sam’s Club several weeks ago.

Guess what … my hubby found another 55-gallon barrel, only this time he didn’t find it lying on the side of the road, he found it in some of the stuff we have stored.  (We stored ALL of our belongings in storage when we started renovating our house.)  He has worked diligently to turn it into another strawberry barrel and now we have 3.  I’m feeling pretty blessed!

Remember my Danny Corn saga; I harvested the 3 ears of corn from it this week with the intention of saving them for seeds.  One ear was ruined but the other two were in fairly good condition so into the green house they went to finish drying out.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to have enough seeds to start over next year.

I harvested the rest of our butternut squash, we love it cubed and roasted in the oven.

I started harvesting okra seeds, this is the time of year that a lot of seed harvesting is taking place.

I got stung by a wasp on one of my hands and instead of stopping and treating the sting immediately, like I should have, I waited for some 2 hours.   I really wanted to finish the task I was working on so put off doing what I should have done, what a mistake that was!  My whole hand, fingers and up to within 2 inches of my elbow swelled up really large (The knuckles on my hand disappeared in the swelling!).  It was hot to the touch, itched and hurt.  I had what is known as a large topical reaction and let me just say it was very painful.  I could not use the hand and kept it held in an up position as much as possible because letting it down made it hurt that much worse.  If I had done what I should have done, then I wouldn’t have had to suffer those painful consequences.  Lesson learned, no matter what I’m doing, the next time I get stung I’m going inside and treat it immediately!  (It’s still not back to its normal size, but at least I’m beginning to be able to use it again.)  Here's what I should have stopped and used ... and the next time I will as I keep this on hand all the time.

Here are a couple of meals we had from our pantry last week:

(1) Meatloaf made from scratch, home-canned potatoes and purple hull peas

(2) Philly cheese steak meatloaf (using the leftover meatloaf from the above meal), mac-n-cheese and leftover brown beans
That’s it for this edition of The Ways of My Household, what did you do this week to save, live frugally, build up your pantry or 'look well to the ways of your household?'


She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. Patsy I am so glad you got so much produce from your gardens and you were able to save some corn for seeds :). Incidentally to make you feel better the kangaroos and wallabies have munched on my ornamental plants down to the ground but they are coming back. Wasp stings can be nasty indeed and we use Witch Hazel lotion for bites and it works well but I may not react as badly as yourself to them.

    Our savings added up to $208.34 :).

    Internet listings and sales.
    - Made about $25 from the sale of a 5 layer cotton eye mask and bread bag that I made.
    - Listed 10 items on a free listing promotion saving $16.50 on usual listing fees.

    Purchases -
    - From IGA on special I purchased 5.47 kg of rump steak for $9 kg and pork thin sausages for $3.95 kg saving $114.05 over purchasing them in Woolworths.
    - Also from IGA on special we purchased premium minced beef for $10 kg and 2 x 725 g packets of corn flakes for $3 ea saving $17.30 on usual prices.
    - At Aldi we purchased 6 x avocadoes, bananas, kiwi fruit and macadamia nuts saving $9.39 over purchasing them in other supermarkets.
    - In Kmart we purchased a pair of slippers on clearance for DH for $5, two pillows each and an electric kettle for backup supplies saving $51 over prices in other stores.

    In the gardens -
    - Planted one garden bed with capsicum, tomato and basil seeds and another bed with heirloom sweet corn and dwarf bean seeds.
    - We used our grey water pumped from the grey water tank to water fruit & berry trees and about 1/3 of our back lawn.
    - Used saved shower warm up water to fill hand washing water bottles and to clean the bathroom and toilets.
    - Reused house dusting water to water the shrubs in the gardens around the home.
    - Used some town water in a 4 lt ice cream container each day for the kangaroos and wallabies to drink as it is so dry.
    - Watered in the newly planted 3 vegetable garden beds with town water from the drip irrigation system.

    House maintenance -
    - We took out one kitchen cabinet in the kitchen so we have room to have our new 90 cm oven put in.
    - I swept behind it and DH scrubbed the walls and floor to clean it. The cabinet was sitting on the wooden floorboards so DH had to cut some ply we had to fill in the hole so we have a level area for the stove to be installed in. I still need to paint the walls and the side of the kitchen unit where the sink is.
    - DH put up a stainless steel bench we purchased beside the sink and then the new stove will go beside that.

    Hope everyone else had a wonderful week as well :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

    1. Lorna, what a productive week you had!!! You go girl!

  2. I'm sorry you are still dealing with problems with the wasp sting. You might try some Arnica Montana tabs,if you have them, for the inflammation. I typically take 5 sublingual tabs at a time about 3 hours apart.

    Other than our awesome deals at Walmart with iBotta we made a stop at a produce stand for a few needed fresh items and stayed out of the grocery stores. We don't have much going on to harvest since insects have found our grape tomatoes and we often find that tomatoes that look ready to eat are just a shell hanging there that has been completely hollowed out. I have held off on planting anything for fall because we have had record breaking heat day after day here. I may have missed the chance now because I suspect it will go from hot to cold really quick this fall.

    It seems that quite a lot of our thoughts and energy are going into the big move our church made 10 weeks ago. We bought an abandoned eyesore car dealership in the inner city about a year ago and completely transformed it into a church. This area of town has two big churches where people in that area are sadly not welcome and many of those residents do not have cars or the suits and nice clothing that would be needed. We have always been a come as you are church. Ten weeks in and our church attendance has gone up by 50%. PTL! We have an overflow room and this week there were some standing along the back wall. In a few weeks we will go to two services to accommodate all who are coming. Something big is happening in the inner city as a result of this move. In those ten weeks our youth group has gone from 30 to 80! Imagine the impact on the inner city teens! This is so exciting and we are working on how we can adapt and serve. Adapting is a big thing with a brain injury. Members have been asked to move to the early service and it is hard for Hubby to get going early in the mornings so we are talking this through and I am telling him that he can do it! We are just blown away by what God is doing!

    We were talking with our 5 year old granddaughter via the Marco Polo app this morning and she told us that she does not remember our house so we have sent a video tour to help her remember. She also did not remember the player piano so we sent a video of that too. I love technology with our kids overseas. I cannot imagine the days of sending missionary kids off and not knowing if the ship they left on even arrived.

    Have a good day!

    1. Lana, I've never had such a reaction to a wasp sting and I've been stung several times! The inner city work/ministry is a really good thing, I wish you all much success and I pray that your hubby is able to adapt to the new schedule without much stress. How much longer does your kids have before they come back to the states? I know you will be glad. It sounds like your family is very mission minded. I'm so glad you were able to send a video tour of your house to help your granddaughter remember it. Love technology when it comes to things like this!

    2. My husband was like you. One day he got stung on his hand and his entire arm swelled up. It was scary. I got him right to our alternative practitioner that day and she was really shocked at his reaction. The bee and wasp remedy that we keep now has helped him to have pretty much no reaction to stings. It goes with us when we travel too. I have had success with getting lavender hydrolat on right away but I have never reacted horribly like you. It also seems that over time my husband has had less reaction and that the remedy is desensitizing him. If you get some be sure to store it wrapped in foil to help it hold the frequency.

      Furlow is not until 2022. Too long. Laws in the country where they are make it impossible to come sooner.

    3. Lana, That is a long time, so sorry. Technology is a wonderful thing for sure in situations like this! Is the bee and wasp remedy your husband takes the one you told me about?

    4. Yes on the remedy.

      The kids are begging us to come visit but I cannot even imagine how hard it would be for my husband.

    5. Lana, that would be a difficult trip on anyone.

  3. Wow Patsy! What a mess with the wasp sting!
    Powdered meat tenderizer (purchased in the spice section or you can make your own - baking soda works partially in a pinch too). We keep a 2oz container on hand just for such things. Mix a little in a small amount of water to make a paste and apply to the sting - neutralizes the venom and helps reduce the swelling and work the stinger out.

    We have been harvesting tomatoes, carrots, peppers and winter squash in our garden. I canned four more jars of tomato sauce this week - my first year canning this year and it appears to be going well.

    Love your blog!

    1. Thank you Lea for the words of encouragement and for the tip about the meat tenderizer. I got stung through the glove I was wearing, I still can't believe the reaction I had! Congratulations on your first year of canning, you seem to be doing great!

  4. Girl you've done so well this week! You'll be eating the fruits of your labor for quite awhile.
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

    1. Laura, thank you, that's the plan. The more I can stay out of the grocery store the less I'll spend!


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