Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pantry Challenge #25 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

I’ve had quite a busy week!  Read on to see what I mean!!!!


Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

My to-do list from last time:

Harvest herbs.  Done!  I harvested dill, basil, lavender, sage, spearmint, cilantro and parsley.  Saved $10

Continue working on cleaning out raised beds. Didn’t get done due to the heat and rain!

Quilt 4 blocks on this toddler quiltGot 2 blocks quilted instead of the 4 I had planned!  Hey, it’s better than nothing!

In addition:

Started chopping and dehydrating garlic. 

Gratefully received 2 five gallon buckets of fresh from the vines cucumbers.  Saved $20

Gratefully received 4 fresh from the vine tomatoes from a neighbor.  Saved: $2

Saved the peelings from the 4 tomatoes we were given and dehydrated them.  I will turn them into tomato powder when I get enough to grind.

Saved the seeds from the same 4 tomatoes and they are now sitting on my window shelf drying.
When they are completely dry I will put them into an empty pill bottle that I have cleaned and then label the bottle.  I’ll save the seeds for next year’s tomato planting.

Canned 9 more pints of sweet pickle relish.  Saved $18.72

Canned 9 quarts of hamburger dill chipsSaved $25.29  

Enjoyed lots and lots of cucumbers and onions in a vinegar, water and salt mixture.

I shared with a dear older lady in our community about castor oil packs after she mentioned that she was suffering with inflammation on her knee and was having trouble walking.  She showed me her knee and I have to admit it was obvious that it was pretty bad but, I’m happy to say that by the next morning it was well enough that she was able to drive and go do her grocery shopping.

Finished the 2nd of three toddler quilt tops I’m making for my grandchildren for Christmas this year.  (I’m also hand quilting them.)

Saved $6.62 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.   Did very little grocery shopping this week!

Ordered The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe at no cost to me.     Saved:   $23.31

Added compost material to the compost bin. Our compost bin is really getting some good vegetable scraps added to it almost daily!

Harvested 4 zucchini from the garden.  Saved $2.36

Completed two PineCone Surveys earning me $6.

Planted 1 tomato plant that I found in the greenhouse while organizing it and getting all the plants out of it for the summer. (It gets too hot for anything to grow in the greenhouse in our hot and humid summers.)  I planted the tomato plant.  It looks so small compared to the other plants, but hey, it’ll give us a few late tomatoes!!!  Saved $1

Added 8 small soda bottles of water to the freezer for use when canning (to cool vegetables down when recipe calls for it).  Saved $2.50 (the price of one bag of ice in our area.)

Added 1 gallon of water to the freezer in preparation for hurricane season.  I used empty milk jugs that had been washed out.  (It is part of our hurricane preparedness preps.)  We’ll use them to keep things cool in an ice chest or to help keep a room cool should electricity go off and there is no air conditioning (you can fill a crate with frozen jugs of ice and turn a battery operated fan on them to distribute the cooler air coming off them throughout the room).  Saved $1.50


I started making this set of hand puppets using what I have on hand and completed the 'chicken' this week.  This will be another Christmas gift for my gift trunk.   

Chickens laid 3 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $9

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (2 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $20

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,855.25, add this week’s amount ($148.30) and I/we have saved $8,003.55.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Continue chopping and dehydrating garlic.
Inventory pantry

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, live frugally or save this week?

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

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chicken Tractor ... We Made It Ourselves!


We love our homemade chicken tractor and so do our chickens!



(do you see the overgrown squash they're enjoying)

They are content, kept clean and have access to clean water continuously from the long white pipe you see in the picture.  We even installed roosting poles made out of branches!

It's portable, when we get ready to move it, which is every time we mow, we just push and roll it.  It has a tin roof that keeps the chickens from getting too hot and all their droppings fall to the ground below the chicken tractor.

Soon, we'll be culling the roosters out and building a couple of nesting boxes on one end.  

Our large stationary chicken coop, you can see it at the top of the picture to the right in the background, will be undergoing renovations in the very near future. In the meantime, the chickens are happy and content in their 'mobile unit!'

Our chickens provide us with eggs and fertilizer and occasionally a meal so we want to keep them happy as they play their part in helping us keep a well-stocked pantry!

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

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Today's Harvest ....

Here's what we harvested today and what I plan to do with it ...



Zucchini and yellow squash ... this will be turned into a meal.  We love eating vegetables fresh from the garden!




Peaches from our peach tree ... I'll peel them, de-seed them, whiz them in my Nutribullet and then freeze in ice cube trays. After the cubes are frozen solid, I'll pop them out and freeze them in a ziplock freezer bag for future use. These peach cubes make the best smoothies!




Cucumbers ... I washed these up and laid them on a hand towel to dry.  They are being reserved for more cucumber and onions in vinegar. 




Eggs ... fresh from the chicken!

What are you harvesting?

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

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Zero Out-of-Pocket …

I recently order the book, The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe.   I’ve been looking at this book for quite some time wanting to add it to the library part of my pantry and I finally did it.

Regular Price of book is $23.33 … cost to me $0!

How did I get it for $0?  I earned a $10 Amazon gift card from Bing and then received $17.51 from Amazon for affiliate earnings.  This gave me $27.51 so, I ordered the book!

I can’t wait to delve into it as it has been recommended by several people that garden that I highly respect plus the reviews on Amazon are really great for the book.

Another book along these same lines on my wish list is Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon.  I’m working towards earning enough Amazon gift card money to purchase it next.

Do you have gardening books similar to these that you would recommend?

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

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Pantry Challenge #24 ... 2016, The Vicky Challenge and other thrifty things we did this week!

We had VBS this week, but still managed to get a few pantry related things done!


Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

My to-do list from last time:

I didn’t set any specific goals for my pantry due to having VBS. 

But, here are a few things I did get done:

I used the last of my celery seed but instead of tossing the glass container I washed it up, removed the label and repurposed it for housing another spice.

Saved $306.49 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Harvested 5 zucchinis. I chopped, dried and powdered some of these and added the powder to the vegetable powder jar I started for this year.  I use the vegetable powder in casseroles, meatloaf, burgers, soups and as a thickener.  Saved $2.95

I also shredded some to make these zucchini patties and this zucchini quiche.  I learned about both of these recipes from this site where there are other ideas on what to do with zucchini.

Finished harvesting the spring green onions.  I used the white parts in cooking and chopped, dried and turned into powder the green blades. Saved:  $2.76

Gratefully received half a bushel of cucumbers from a neighbor.  Saved $10

Made a gallon jar of refrigerator pickles using some of the cucumbers we were given.


Made 9 pints of sweet pickle relish using some of the cucumbers we were given.  This will be enough to last us until next summer when cucumbers are ready to be harvested again. Saved: $18.72

Saved the ribbon and box from this gift.

Started another bucket of comfrey tea for my plants.  This is great for giving plants a boost.

Harvested more lavender.  Saved $2.06

Harvested plantain to add to the plantain tincture I made HERE.

Added compost material to the compost bin.

Harvested a few (6) more peaches from our peach tree. Saved:  $3.54

Gratefully received a plastic grocery bag full of yellow squash.  We ate the squash throughout the week.  Saved:  $5

Added these matches to my pantry.

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week: 
 Saved $6

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (3 hours x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $30

Worked out row garden

Started cleaning out 3 raised beds and prepping for ‘fall’ planting.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge savings/earnings have been $7,467.73, add this week’s amount ($387.52) and I/we have saved $7,855.25.  I'm really enjoying seeing how much I/we save/earn through being frugal!

Here are some things I want to get done in the upcoming week:

Harvest herbs

Continue working on cleaning out raised beds

Quilt 4 blocks on this toddler quilt.

Finish stitching up a second toddler quilt top

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, live frugally or save this week?

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

You can also follow A Working Pantry on Pinterest and on Facebook!

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