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This is Why! part 4

Parts 1, 2, and 3 can be found here . In the last entry we talked about how to use leftovers to help stock our pantries. This week ...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fall Bucket List Update ... 12/18/2017

I continue to enjoy ticking off the things on my Fall Bucket List!  

You can read the updated list HERE!

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

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #15

This last week just flew by and once again I only got to stitch one day ... and that was not sewing on my sewing machine stitching, but crocheting.  I spent a lot of time riding this week so my stitching had to be portable. Here's what I 'stitched up' ...


I loved stitching up this hair tie in my favorite color pink ...



I also did one in black.  Here's the tutorial I used and the pony tail holders I used.  I want to do more in other colors as well!

I've completed 31 days of my 100 day sewing challenge.

What have you sewn or stitched up this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Ways of My Household 10/16/2017

Monday through Friday of this week was hot and humid, summer temps returned with a vengeance.  Then Saturday and Sunday brought in some much cooler temperatures and relief from the humidity.  It was such a pleasant weekend.  I even stole a few minutes on my front porch swing on Sunday afternoon!  Now, if these cooler temperatures will just hang around!

Here’s what I accomplished this week …

I saved $126.87 on 3 items of clothing (a pair of pants, a blouse and a skirt).  The original price was $152.19 for all three, but I paid $25.31 instead.  When it comes to clothing if I don’t make it I buy it off the clearance racks of nicer department stores … which is where I scored this deal.  Quality clothing … name brand clothing … on a small clothing budget.  It can be done!

We found these 33 lb boxes of mis-cut leg quarters for $12.99.  That makes them $.39/lb which is an unheard of price in our area.  We purchased one and I canned it.  I added 18 pints of chicken meat and 10 quarts of chicken broth to my pantry!

We also found boston butt’s on sale for $.99/lb.  We put them in the oven and slow cooked them overnight.  The next day we divided the meat up into meal size portions and added 4 large packages to the freezer part of my pantry plus we left enough out to have for a couple of meals.  I also took the broth and meat drippings that cooked out of the meat, strained it into a large container and set it in the refrigerator overnight.  I canned it when I canned the chicken broth.  I added 3 quarts of meat broth to my pantry from the drippings.

The same store had bananas on sale for $.39/lb.  We purchased 4 bunches and I plan to dehydrate them.  I’m really trying to build up fruits in my pantry as the prices are expected to go up due to hurricane damage in key agricultural areas.

We purchased 20 lbs of ground beef to add to our pantry.  Buy buying it in bulk we were able to get a better price. Here’s how we freeze our ground beef to save space in the freezer.   

This has been a big stocking up week for us and it has felt good to be able to fill in some of the areas that were getting low.

I gratefully received a really nice skirt this week from a friend.  It had been given to the lady who gave it to me and she couldn’t wear it so she gave it to me.   It fits perfectly!

I also gratefully received a hodge podge of sewing items from a neighbor that she had gotten from cleaning out a storage locker she and her husband had purchased.  Some of the items were housed in a cheese box.  I was excited to see that, this makes 3 cheese boxes that I have now and none of them cost me a cent!  Now, all I need to do is find some time to get them stained or painted and stenciled.

What did you do to live frugally, build up your pantry or save money this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017!

I'm having so much fun with my fall bucket list!  Look at the things I've done from it this week ... 

Decorate for fall  ... done!

Eat ‘trick or treat’ candy

Burn fall candles ... ongoing ... the scent I'm enjoying now is called 'bountiful harvest.'

Make l0w-carb pumpkin cupcakes done!
Here’s the recipe I used … my husband and I both agreed that they were very good! 

Work on getting Christmas gifts wrapped and mailed if necessary

Enjoy my front porch swing ... I got to spend some time on my swing reading a good book one afternoon ... what a relaxing time!  

Read at least 3 books ... I started Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller this week.  I am really enjoying this book.  If you like the Little House on the Praire series, you will like this book.  It is the account of the Ingalls family's move from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new life in Kansas from Caroline's point of view.

Prepare and mail ‘fall treats’ for my grandbabies

Prepare ‘fall treats’ for the local little people in our lives

Enjoy the fall foliage and turning of the leavesongoing

We took a day trip and enjoyed the fall foliage along the way.   We got to enjoy this view of Grandfather Mountain.  This mountain really does look like a grandfather lying on his back!  Can you see the forehead, nose, lips and beard?

Go for a ‘fall’ walk at least once

Visit the local pumpkin patch

Purchase fall mums

Purchase fall pumpkins  ... done!

Enjoy our church’s fall festival

Finish the afghan I’m crocheting and snuggle under it

Enjoy soups and stews

Enjoy the cooler temperatures … ongoing

Plant garlic

Pick up pinecones and make fire starters

Mail birthday gifts to two of my grandchildren

 How are you doing on your fall bucket list?

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 3!

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