Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pantry Challenge #30 ... 2015

My husband has been very sick this week so I didn’t get much done until Friday and Saturday.  As a result of his sickness he had to be put on a specialized bland diet.   He could eat baked potatoes, bananas and rice; all of which are very high in carbs and which we did not have in our pantry … we eat low-carb due to my husband being diabetic so we don't normally keep these items in our pantry.  Let me just say it has been an interesting week! 

(My husband is better and is able to start eating his regular diet again.)

So, given the week that I’ve had did I get anything done in my pantry ….

Let’s see …

My to-do list from last time:   


Can tomato sauce.  I canned tomato juice instead … 7 pints.   Due to my husband’s illness and ongoing condition any future tomatoes that I preserve will be in the form of sauce or juice. 

Harvest and dehydrate herbs.  Done!  I harvested and dried basil and comfrey.

Complete $5 or less weekly pantry challenge.  Done!  I added fresh ginger. You can read about what I did with it HERE.

In addition:

I harvested and dried some more elderberries.

I dehydrated some Roma tomatoes and the pulp and seeds that I strained from the tomato juice I mentioned above.  When all this was completely dried, I ground it up into tomato powder.  I have half of a quart jar full from something that would have normally been considered waste!  Pretty good if you asked me!!!

I had some lemons that I had purchased on sale that needed to be used, so when I saw this post from The Blue Birds are Nesting blog that talked about making lemon butter I knew I had to try my hand at making some.  My husband and I both thought it was delicious and I can assure you that I will keep an eye out for lemons to go on sale so I can make some more!

By the end of the week my husband was feeling some better and wanted to get out of the house so we went to Sam’s Club and found these chips on clearance for $.91/bag.

I made crystallized ginger to be used for nausea and indigestion.  My husband and I both thought it turned out really well.

With my husband being sick I wasn’t able to get to the garden where our tomatoes are, so when a neighbor drove up to our house with 1 and ½ five gallon buckets full that she had picked for us (from our garden) … she had heard that my husband was sick and thought it was something she could do for us,  we have some very good neighbors … I turned them into 13 quarts of tomato juice and added them to my pantry.

I found mushrooms on sale for $.69/carton and purchased enough to can 7 pints.

I finished one of the two throw pillows I’m making.  You can read about my weekly ‘sewing day’ HERE.

With my husband being sick, I didn’t have much time to work on Swagbucks this week but I did earn a few points.

We added $2.70 in change to our change jar this week.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Harvest and dehydrate herbs

Add rice to my pantry for medicinal purposes when a bland diet is needed

Complete $5 or less pantry challenge

We were given about a gallon of fresh figs tonight so I will need to preserve them asap.

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

patsi
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

An Update on My Attempt to Grow my Own Lemons

In this post I shared that the lemon seeds I had been sprouting were ready to plant and then gave an update on them here.

Take a look at them now ... 




Five of them are up and thriving and I noticed this morning that another one is breaking through the soil.  That means 6 out of the 11 seeds I planted have come up!

This is an experiment to see whether I can grow my own lemons and so far it's looking promising!


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Learning to be Less Dependent Upon the Grocery Store: Fabric Softener

Previous entries can be found HERE.

We're still in the laundry/cleaning section of the 'Grocery Store' notebook I'm compiling and in this entry I'm going to share with you my fabric softener recipe.


I don't buy fabric softener liquid or sheets, I use this instead ....


(I have used this for several years and am well pleased with the results.)


Fabric Softener


3 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner (I use the cheapest that I can find)
6 cups hot water

Mix all together and store in a gallon milk jug.  I use approximately ¼ cup per load.

I turn to the Basic's List section in my notebook and add white distilled vinegar and cheap hair conditioner.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

$5 or Less Pantry Challenge: 7/23/2015

How did you do with our $5 or less pantry building challenge this week?

Here’s what I added to my pantry for less than $5 …




I purchased this fresh ginger root for $3.58.

Here’s what I’m adding to my pantry with it:

A portion of it will be used as an ingredient in cider fire ...

A portion of it will be used to make crystallized ginger which is good for nausea and indigestion ...

A portion of it will be used to plant so I can grow my own ...

And any peelings, scraps or leftover pieces will be dehydrated and turned into ginger powder!


Now, it’s your turn, what did you add to your pantry last week for $5 or less?



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Sewing Day Accomplishments: July 21st, 2015

This week my sewing day had to take place in small increments of time over a two day period.  My husband has been very sick and my schedule has been anything but normal. 

 Here's what I got done ...


I completed one of the two pillows I'm making from scraps!


Here it is in it's new home ... an antique wing-backed jar that sits by the hearth!
(The coloring in this picture is off a bit, so sorry ... the pillow really sets the chair off and I am so pleased with my scrappy project.)


Update:  I was asked how I made envelope style pillow covers ... here's a link explaining the process ... http://heyletsmakestuff.com/2014/01/06/simple-envelope-enclosure-tutorial/


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