Friday, January 22, 2021

A Journal of My Days: 1/22/2021

Dear Readers,

It’s time to take a peek at my week ...

This week I added absolutely nothing to my pantry!  Not one thing!  It’s comforting to know that we can skip a week or more of grocery shopping, should we need to, and not have to worry about having nutritious food to eat.  It’s one of the reasons I strive to keep a well-stocked pantry, that and the fact that it enables me to save a lot of money!  I’ll take saving money any day of the week!

Hubby needed to do a small update on the greenhouse this week so while he did that I spent some time inside of it tidying things up getting ready to start seedlings. 

I added celebrity tomato seeds to my seed bank, I had ordered them a couple of weeks ago from Burpee and they came in this week.  The celebrity tomato is a hybrid that grows well in our hot and humid climate so I try to purchase seeds every year. I cannot stress enough to do your research for seeds that grow well in your climate.  It will save you money and frustration.  Not all seeds grow well in all areas!  (Local gardeners are a good source for finding what grows well in your area ... this is often an untapped resource!)

I fed Prudence (my sourdough starter) this week and made rolls and a loaf of bread to use throughout the week.  Prudence sure makes good bread (Prudence is about 5 years old so her flavor has developed really well.); I actually look forward to baking day each week and am always looking for new ways to use the leftover starter. 

This is just too good not to share. Jenny of Elefantz draws our hearts back to our homes in her new 'free' online magazine, The Homemakers Heart .  Go check it out!

I finished reading two books this week:  (1) The Crows Call by Wanda Brunstetter (a light and easy read) and (2) Forgiving What You Can't Forget by Lysa Terkeurst ( a deep read that has taken me a few weeks to get through).

Before I share my sewing makes for week #3 of 2021, I want to talk a minute about my sewing nook.  (It's the reason I can snatch precious minutes of sewing more often.)

Having my sewing nook in my dining room area, which joins my kitchen (in fact, our living room, kitchen and dinning area is all one big combined room), means I can start and stop without having to take everything out and then put it all away every time I sew.   It’s a system that works for me and is one that I’ve grown into over the last few years.  I needed to give up the idea of ‘having a sewing room’ in order to be a productive seamstress.  Once I looked at what I had to work with and worked out a system that utilized it, I haven’t looked back.  It’s been the best sewing decision I’ve made in a while! 

"Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am" Philippians 4:11.   

I got these heat erasable marking pens for Christmas and I like them so much better than the water soluble ones I've been using.  The marking lines disappear when heat from an iron hits them and that's just so convenient!

Now on to this week’s makes:

I utilized ‘riding in the vehicle’ time to crochet dishcloths this week.

I put together a ‘Grandma Claus’ Christmas journal that I’ll utilize throughout the year to help me prepare for the holidays and to record holiday/holiday prepping memories as well.  I like to doodle and this project is perfect for doodling!

I stitched up these project pouches, I’m using one for grab and go crochet projects and the other for cross stitch or hand embroidery projects.  I also stitched up a few for gifts and added them to my gift trunk.  You can find the free pattern and instructions HERE(I go into more detail about my sewing projects over on A Working Pantry Sews on InstagramYou’re invited to join me there.)

That's it for this week.  How has your week gone, what have you done to add to, use or build up your pantry?  What are you making/crafting/sewing?


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  1. Your rolls look Delicious as does the bread...

    1. Tammy, thank you! They are quite yummy tasting too!

  2. If you decide to sell dishcloths again my Hubby would love to have another set. I can't get him to use anything but your dishcloths and our first set is done. Your breads are beautiful. I can almost smell them from here!

    We really did not have any pressing need for groceries but did make a stop at Sam's for 4 items yesterday. We had more items on our list but have learned just to be happy with what they have and roll what is left onto the next list. Likewise our Dollar Tree stop. We did find a small basket for the car to keep masks in which was very much needed. There are so many homeless people on all the corners and women too which are a recent thing. Yesterday we handed out so much water that we lost count. They are so grateful to get that water because all the water fountains are turned off and covered here. We often arrive home from an errand running day in a foul mood because we are tired and hungry but yesterday we were just so grateful to arrive home to our warm house and pantry full when so many are without that we were still behaving ourselves. (smile) We have had a hard time finding peroxide for months so when I saw a case of 12 bottles for $10 on Amazon I grabbed it. I also added 16 packs of green bean seeds to the pantry this week.

    My husband installed motion lights on the front of our house this week saving us the cost of having someone do it for us. We are happy to have the added security and know that the lights will come on for those late UPS delivery people. Yesterday we returned materials that he did not need before they were forgotten and money wasted.

    Sadly our home town lost an icon to Covid this week. I grew up on the same street as him and he was always so kind and smiling everywhere he went. He was a teacher at our high school and much loved by everyone. I also lost my favorite Aunt to Covid in December. She was in a nursing home and they would not tell the family anything. It was so hard.

    Have a good weekend and stay safe and wash those hands everyone!

    1. Lana, I'm so sorry for your loss, all loss is difficult but Covid related ones carry a lot of emotional trauma for the deceased's loved ones. We have motion detector security lights too and love them as well. That's a good idea to have a basket for masks in your vehicle, we have a box in ours. I like the idea of a basket better! Sadly, a lot of people are hurting financially due to Covid, I wish a solution could be found. I keep praying that this will soon be over and that people can start to recover financially and mentally.

    2. Lana, I will let you know when I'm ready to get back to crocheting dishcloths to sell. Thank you for your support.

  3. Hi! I added a few more pantry goods and am currently writing out a grocery list to hit 3 stores for deals tomorrow. I found an Xcel sheet for tracking 3 months so I may give that a whirl. I wrote out a list of dinner ideas and found a couple doable IP/CP recipes I am on a roll!

    1. Patti, you are on a role, good for you! Keep up the good work!


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