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

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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

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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

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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

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #16

I got to sew 2 days for at least 15 minutes each last week!!!!  This puts me at 33 days!!!! 

Here's what I worked on ...



... on the left are 2 sets of Christmas pillow cases I'm stitching up and on the right is the small quilt I'm quilting.

I sure would like to finish both of these projects this next week!!!

What have you been sewing?

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

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 10/22/2017

(The photo is of a field of soybeans in front of our house.  When the plants turn brown and drop their leaves, they will be ready to harvest.)  

Another week has come and gone and for the most part we have enjoyed more fall like cooler temperatures, which have been soooooo nice. Okay, let’s just be honest and say that it has been really nice and I’ve enjoyed them immensely!

Here’s what I got done this week …

I gratefully received an envelope of cock’s cone flower seeds in the mail.  While we were traveling I admired a lady’s beautiful cock’s cone flowers.  They were some of the most beautiful ones I had ever seen.  I had forgotten about them until a fat envelope arrived in the mail and I saw the return address.  She had harvested the flower heads and brought them to her sister who had in turn retrieved the seeds from the flower head after they had dried and fallen out … and mailed them to me!   I shall enjoy planting these seeds in the spring and the beautiful flower heads as well once they develop.  That you Ms. S and Ms. B.!

I did my monthly pantry at a glance reorganizing this week.  It’s where I quickly go through my pantry, put things back in their places and straighten things up.  It makes the big inventory and organizing events that I do in the spring and fall a lot easier!

Even though I completed my ‘Learning about Essential Oils 100 Day’ challenge a while back, I’m still learning how to use essential oils.  This week I added more blends to help combat medical issues that my family deals with to my essential oil recipe collection!  Just because the challenge is over, doesn’t mean I stop learning!

Here’s a list of ‘free things’ I got this week ...

3 packages of makeup remover cleansing towelettes
3 snack size packages of fruit snacks
2 individual small packages of strawberry jam

I downloaded this free at the time e-book … The English Son: The Amish Millionaire, part 1

I downloaded this free e-book by Katie Singh: The Housewife is a Writer.  Thanks Katie for making this free for your readers for 5 days.

I started ‘making over’ the cheese box I was given last week.  Here’s the before picture … I’ll share the after picture when I get it completed.

I needed a birthday gift for a one year old over the weekend so I shopped from my gift trunk.  My gift trunk is a valuable part of my pantry!

When we did our monthly grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago we purchased a 5 lb bag of shredded cheddar cheese.  This week I finally got around to dividing it up into cup size increments and freezing it.   I added 26 snack baggies (1 cup of cheese each) to the freezer part of my pantry in addition to using enough for a dish we were having in our evening meal.  I have a 5 lb bag of mozzarella cheese I need to do the same thing too … maybe I’ll get around to it this upcoming week!!!

We spent less than $5 on groceries this week!  We can do that because I work hard to keep our well-stocked pantry.

I had a 25 lb bag of sugar in my kitchen waiting to be put into jars and added to my pantry.  Let’s just say that I’ve had it several weeks, this week I opened that bag, scooped and scooped and scooped out the sugar into quart jars.  When I got done I had filled 10 quarts and 2 pints as well as the gallon pickle jar turned canister that I keep our working supply in.  This will be enough sugar to last us at least a year if not more.

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


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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