Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Ways of My Household 11/19/2017

It’s the time of year when our pantry building slows down and we start enjoying the benefits of all our preserving work throughout the harvest season.  I will keep an eye out for sales of items we use and work on the non-food parts of my pantry, but for the most, its rest time from intense pantry building for a few weeks!!!   I make it my goal to never let my pantry get depleted if possible, but enjoying a few slower weeks sure is welcome!

Here’s what I got done last week …

I added this flat of corn to my pantry at $.38/can.

While at Sam’s Club one day I noticed that one of the samplers was giving out samples of Yoohoo chocolate drink.  Neither my husband nor I care for the drink but a light bulb went off in my head and I asked the sampler what she was doing with the empty GLASS bottles.  She told me she was throwing them away.  I asked if I could have them.  She said yes and gave me 5 empty bottles.  I was thrilled.   I’ll use them to make my essential oil flavored waters in since it is not recommended that you put the essential oils in water in plastic containers.  Some of the varieties I like to drink are lemon and wild orange.   For these size bottles I’ll add 1 – 2 drops of oil along with a little non-caloric sweetener …. yummy good and it helps me get my  water down not to mention it’s good for you!!!

My husband gleaned sweet potatoes from a field near us.  I will half bake them, let them cool, then vacuum seal them and add them to the freezer part of my pantry.  These two buckets will be enough to last us until sweet potato gleaning time next year.  

A group of us were talking about substitutions this week and we talked about a substitute for buttermilk in our cooking.  I found this link on 5 different ways plus a DIY method for making buttermilk.  I used to do the DIY method all the time, but had forgotten it. 

I baked 3 cakes this week for a lady in our community … a pound cake, a carrot cake and a 16 layer chocolate cake.  A little extra money is always good!

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

I worked some more on getting the raised bed ready that I’m going to plant garlic in.  If I don’t hurry up and get it ready, it’s going to be too late to plant the garlic before long!!!

Speaking of garlic, I found a method for making garlic tincture that I want to try.  The link is HERE

I continue to enjoy living my Fall Bucket List that can be found HERE.
I completed 2 days of at least 15 minutes of sewing prep work in my 100 day sewing challenge, which makes me sitting at 39 days.  I’ve been prepping fabric for the upcoming Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville mystery quilt that starts Friday.   I finished the preps for the browns, corrals and aqua’s.  I need to do the neutrals and I’ll be done and ready!  Update:  I've finished the neutrals now and I am ready for this mystery quilt project to begin!!!

Update:  I've been asked about the boards the fabric is wrapped on in the picture.   They are comic book boards that I ordered from Amazon HERE.

My husband and I finished the Bible class on Acts that we were taking at a biblical school in another town.  The next class starts in January and will be on Revelation.  I’m looking forward to that class too, but I’m also looking forward to some down time and a slower pace for the next few weeks!

I set myself the goal of having all my Christmas shopping completed and the things that have to be mailed, in the mail by the end of the month.   That way I can concentrate on enjoying the sights and sounds of the season and not have to fight the ‘crowds of Christmas’ during the holiday season.

I updated my Christmas card list and enjoyed a time of working on getting the cards ready for delivery or mail, whichever is applicable.  We only mail the cards that go out of town, the rest we hand deliver.

I added this lesson on Dorcas to my other blog, She Hath Done What She Could.

That’s it for me this week, what did your week look like?

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

Be sure to check out this week's featured post from the archives ...  This is Why, part 6!   



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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Ways of My Household 11/12/2017

We went from beautiful fall weather to really cold for us ‘freeze warning’ weather.  Yikes!  This is a bit early for us to be having ‘freeze warning’ weather!  Here’s hoping it doesn’t hang around too long! 

This is a picture of the tree I’ve been enjoying and sharing photos with you of over the past several weeks. It was taken before the wind and rain started and the temperatures started dropping.  The picture doesn't do it justice, it was quite beautiful!

Besides watching this tree transform its beautiful fall foliage to almost winter bareness, here’s what else I’ve gotten done this week.

I worked on finishing harvesting the last of the cayenne peppers and jalapeno peppers and I am officially done with the peppers for this growing season!

With the cayenne peppers I harvested I refreshed the pepper vinegar that I keep in the refrigerator year round.  My husband loves this on collards and it’s so easy to make and keep on hand.  From start to finish I gather the cayenne peppers, wash and let them dry completely (you don’t want any moisture on the peppers), loosely fill a quart jar to ¾ full, fill jar with apple cider vinegar, put a plastic screw-on lid on the jar, give it a good shake, refrigerate and use when needed.  It’s one of the easiest things to make and a good way to use cayenne peppers.

I harvested the last of the comfrey for this growing season. I plan to take part of it and start a batch of comfrey oil.  When it’s ready I’ll make some comfrey salve to use on bruises, ligament/tendon strains and injuries, etc.  The rest of it I’ll dry to be used later. 

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

I continue to enjoy living my Fall Bucket List that can be found HERE.
I completed ZERO days of at least 15 minutes of sewing in my 100 day sewing challenge so, I’m still sitting at 37 days.  I did however, cut out 4 more bowl covers that are now ready to be stitched up and I purchased the rest of the fabric I needed for Bonnie Hunter’s ‘On Ringo Lake’ mystery quilt project starting the day after Thanksgiving. 

It pays to be a smart shopper!  When I went to purchase the rest of the fabric I needed for the above mentioned mystery quilt project I looked at several fat quarters.  There was no price on them so I asked … they were $2.49 each!  Gulp!  I needed several!  Then I noticed that the 100% cotton fabric was on sale for $5.99/yard so I did some quick math in my head.  If I purchased half a yard of the fabrics I needed instead of buying fat quarters I would be spending $3/half yard (there are 2 fat quarters in a half yard of fabric) instead of $2.49 per fat quarter  … $3 versus $4.98 per fabric color … hmmm … not a hard decision to make!   By purchasing my needed fabric in half yard increments instead of fat quarters I walked out of the store with what I needed for a lot less money!  It pays to take your time and shop smart!

I needed a baby shower gift this week so I shopped my gift trunk.  Then I needed some appropriate paper to wrap it in … I didn’t see anything in my stash that would work until I came across some solid white wrapping paper. A light bulb went off in my head and I got to work.  This is what I came up with … I used my Sizzix to make the tag.

This is the time of the year that I can usually find Land O Lakes butter on sale for $1.99/lb.  This is my stocking up price and this is the time of year that I usually stock up so, I’ll be checking prices this week … wish me luck!


I had one complete day at home this week so I emptied everything out of the master bathroom except the furniture and did a deep cleaning. As I put things back in I reorganized, put like things together and did inventory.  I was exhausted by the end of the day but it felt so good to have this 'fall cleaning' job done!

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

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

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Be sure to check out this week's featured post from the archives ...  This is Why, part 6!


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Ways of My Household .. 11/5/2017

This last week was a beautiful example of what I think fall should be like.  The weather was beautiful and the scenery is becoming more colorful with each passing day.  I am enjoying it so much!  Just look at the orange coloring in the top of the tree!  I get to enjoy watching it's transformation every time I leave my house.  

So, what did my week look like …

My ‘to-do’ list from last week …  I did not get one single thing on my to do list done!  It was just that kind of week!

Finish harvesting cayenne peppers
Finish harvesting jalapeño peppers
Clean out raised bed where I’m going to plant garlic
Plant garlic
Work on harvesting remaining herbs
Move lemon trees to greenhouse
Do inventory of gifts in my gift trunk for the upcoming gift giving season

In addition …
I gratefully received the gift of a quilt pattern I’ve been wanting from a reader.  Thank you Bobbi!

Here’s a list of ‘free’ things I added to my pantry this week …
2 travel size body wash packages
3 individual size fruit snacks

I shopped the after Halloween candy sales and added enough ‘half price’ candy to my pantry to meet our Christmas gift giving/stocking stuffers needs.   I started vacuum sealing it in quart jars to preserve it long term.

While out on my “Halloween candy sales run’ I stopped in at Dollar General and found mixed vegetables on sale 2/$1.  I purchased 10 cans.  I brought them home and dehydrated them and added them to my pantry.  I chose to dehydrate them instead of leaving them in their cans because of space issues in my pantry.  I will use these in soups, casseroles, etc.

I downloaded this free at the time e-book, Spice Box by Grace Livingston Hill  

I also downloaded this free at the time e-book by Katie Singh, The Old Fashioned Housewife.   

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

I continue to enjoy living my Fall Bucket List that can be found HERE.

I completed 4 days of at least 15 minutes of sewing each in my 100 day sewing challenge. This puts me at 37 days.  I finished the afghan I've been working on for weeks, finished the last little bit of crochet edging left to do on the pillow cases I made earlier and finished 2 sets of Christmas pillow cases.  It sounds like alot but it really was a matter of finishing everything up.

I started going through my fabric stash for fabrics for the upcoming mystery quilt (On Ringo Lake) by Bonnie Hunter.  I found enough for the browns and neutrals but, I think a trip to the fabric store is going to be needed in order to have enough of the aqua's and corals though!

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

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

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Be sure to check out this week's featured post from the archives ...  This is Why, part 5!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 10/29/2017

Fall weather is finally here … I mean, it actually looks and feels like fall outside!  The leaves are turning, crops are being harvested, gardens are being cleaned out and put to bed for the winter and fall cleaning both inside and outside is happening.  It’s that time of the year!

Here’s what I got done this week …

I finished dehydrating bananas that I got on sale for $.39/lb.  They were a little overripe but for dehydrating and grinding into banana powder, they will do just fine!

I divided up a 5 lb bag of mozzarella cheese we purchased a few weeks ago into 1 cup size portions and froze them.  I added 21 snack size bags of 1 cup each to the freezer part of my pantry.

I had a one gallon jar of banana pepper rings that I dehydrated for the purpose of grinding into powder to add to vegetable burgers, casseroles and meat mixtures.  It gives foods just a little extra zing that I like.

Our weather is supposed to take a turn into the upper 30’s tonight.  When I learned about this I worked frantically for about 15 minutes, before I ran out of time, to harvest my rosemary before the temp’s dip.  

I plan to take one of these sprigs and root it to grow inside in case we have a ‘colder than normal for us' winter.   That way I won’t have to start all over next spring if my rosemary plant doesn't make it through until spring.

I also started harvesting the last of my cayenne peppers and jalapeño peppers but didn’t get them finished.  I’m going to try to finish this task this week.

I continue to work on my crocheting.  The blanket I’m working on is getting close to being finished … maybe … that is if I can decide what size I want it to be!

We enjoyed some cooler weather meals this week:  chili, okra soup over rice, and broccoli cheese soup.   They were all so good!

Here’s a list of ‘free’ things I added to my pantry this week …
3 snack size packages of fun fruits … again!
1 travel size package of bath and body scrub

I downloaded this free at the time e-book, Amish Knitting Circle Christmas:  Granny and Jeb’s Love Story.  Vickie from Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden sends out a list of free at the time e-books several times a week and that’s where I learned about this one.  

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

I continue to enjoy living my Fall Bucket List that can be found HERE

I've completed 33 of my 100 day sewing challenge.  I still have several things I want to complete before the challenge comes to an end.

My 'to-do' list for this week …
Finish harvesting cayenne peppers
Finish harvesting jalapeño peppers
Clean out raised bed where I’m going to plant garlic
Plant garlic
Work on harvesting remaining herbs
Move lemon trees to greenhouse
Do inventory of gifts in my gift trunk for the upcoming gift giving season

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

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

Be sure to check out this week's featured post ...  This is Why, part 5!

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

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