The theme for this year is “Laser focused, hunkered down and spending as little money as possible.”
see how we did this week …
In the Garden: Hubby borrowed a friend's tractor and disked up our row garden. In return we're sharing bunching onion plants with him as he hasn't been able to find any in our area. We've been growing them for years and have plenty to share.
I've started making a list of things we want to plant this year with the list of things we want to preserve in mind.
I'm also making a 'herbal tea garden' planting list too. I've spent some time this week looking at different herbal tea recipes, been collecting them in fact. I'll pull from these recipes the herbs I need to grow in order to be able to make these teas.
Here are a few 'tea' herbs I have on my 'growing' list thus far:
Do you have any favorite herbal teas or tea blends?
I finished getting all the gardening containers that had to be moved during our well saga back in place. Next, I really have to make a decision about where to plant my in-ground herb garden and then the first phase of this year's gardening plan will be completed.
Bargain and/or Loss Leader Shopping: None this week! We did a little bit of grocery shopping, but it was for basics such as milk and bread. We also purchased a few non-basic items that hubby wanted for super bowl snacks. I'm not a super bowl fan, but he is, and we have always done snacks. He really wanted to not forgo this little 'treat' this year and if it is important to him, it's important to me. So, we made it happen!
Let me clarify something, I watch the super bowl with my hubby because he wants me to, I'm just not a football fan. I watch the commercials and sometimes the half-time show depending on the performance.
I listen to and wait for him to say such things as 'did you see that, watch this, they'll do a replay,' and other similar comments. The rest of the time, I usually work on a hand sewing project or do some writing. It's our super bowl yearly routine and yes, we both enjoy it!
In the Kitchen: I got out some of my dehydrated sourdough starter and worked on rehydrating it all week.
It will be ready to start baking with on Monday and I've got a sourdough baking day planned.
And yes, I will be using the discard in some of that baking as well.
From my Sewing Nook: hanging my head in shame, but I didn't touch the sewing machine again this week! Warmer weather (we got up to the mid 70's this week) means I have less time for inside doings. Right now, I'm spending as much time as possible outside working on yard and garden prepping.
I think I'm going to need to bring back my 'at least 15 minutes of sewing a day' challenge!In the Pantry: My preserving day this week was on Tuesday, and I tackled the remains of that 50 lb box of potatoes my hubby got on a great sale several weeks ago. Some of the potatoes where beginning to start sprouting which was my signal that it was time to get to preserving. Using my food chopper, I washed, scrubbed and chopped up about 30 potatoes and canned them as country style hash browns.
Health/Fitness: I've been doing so good on my intermittent fasting, but I took Sunday off because of the above-mentioned super bowl event and snacks.
It was planned so I don't feel like I fell off the wagon. I restarted my fasting window as soon as the super bowl was over.
I have to tell you that intermittent fasting is making a difference in my energy levels and the way I feel for the better and yes, I have lost a few pounds as well. I would have never believed it if I weren't experiencing it. I have a dear friend who is my fasting buddy, and it is helping me stay inspired. It's good to have someone to share my ups and downs with who is going through the same or similar experiences. We both started unbeknownst to each other, one day apart from each other!
Herbs: I harvested the first nettles of the year. I washed them up and placed them on a flat baking pan and then placed the pan near the wood stove. In about 24 hours, they were dry. I then crumbled them up, strained out the stems and started the first nettles jar for 2024.
Picture on the left: nettles dried and crumbled.
Yep, that's all that big pan made! I'll be repeating this process a lot this year!
I use nettles in various herbal remedies and teas, as well as powdering and adding to smoothies.
Bible Study: I completed and posted lesson 17 in our ladies Bible study on Esther. It can be found HERE.
Continuing Education and Skills: I'm focused on learning as much as I can about growing and making my own herbal teas. In fact, I'm learning as much as I can as quickly as I can about herbs in general, especially the medical aspect of them.
That’s it for this week, what did your week look like?
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