Monday, February 20, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 2/20/2017

It's beginning to look like spring around my house!  This flowering quince is just one example.  Daffodils are up and blooming, forsythia is in full bloom (it's so pretty), my hydrangea bush is putting on leaves as is my elderberry bushes.  Our pear tree is blooming and so is one of our peach trees. We simply have not had a winter and now it's time to start planting our spring garden. I surely hope ole man winter doesn't decide to make an appearance now!

Here’s how last week shaped up …


We’re still working on the chicken coop!  Savings to us this week by doing the work ourselves: $221

We saved $32.72 using coupons and shopping sales for pantry and non-pantry items.

I made 2 jars of kefir this week.  Savings $16

We found whole fresh picnics on sale for $.88/lb. They came in a 2 –pack so we purchased one.  We brought them home and slow-cooked them in the oven for several hours.  We had this along with home canned green beans and home canned beets from our pantry shelves for dinner that night.  There was lots more than we could eat so we left some in the refrigerator for leftovers and then vacuum sealed the rest (4 packages) and added it to the freezer part of our pantry.

I had two rose bushes that needed moving, they were not doing as well as they could in their locations, so I dug them up and moved them.  I will give them lots of TLC over the next several weeks to help them get established in their new location.

I made tuna fish salad this week so we could have something quick for lunches. Everything to make it came from our pantry and the eggs came from our chickens.  It was yummy good on some low-carb bread!  (It’s more of a method than a recipe … tuna fish; boiled eggs, chopped; home-canned sweet pickle relish and Miracle Whip salad dressing.  Mix, refrigerate and enjoy!)

I found this simple eye glass cleaner recipe over at Vicky’s Kitchen and Garden.  How simple … and how ‘chemical’ free!  Since both my husband and I need reading glasses this little recipe is going to come in handy.   

You know that I’m all about keeping a well-stocked pantry so when I read Cheryl’s post titled ‘No Money to Prep!’ I knew I had to share it with others.  It’s a good one so hurry on over there and read it.   

Annabel and Vicky gave us a boost in the encouragement area this week with this post titled Pantries and Preparedness:  Encouragement!  

I can’t forget Jes’s series that she is doing titled ‘The Time to Come:  A Proverbs 31 Preparedness Series, there’s some really good stuff there too.  

I hope you will take time to visit and read each of these posts/sites, when we all work together sharing our knowledge, the task of keeping a well-stocked pantry like grandma used to do, doesn’t seem quite so daunting. 

I got a virus on my computer this week and my son, who lives 12 hours away, was able to walk me through how to get rid of it.  Savings to us, at least $75  (So thankful to have a son who has the know-how to do this sort of thing.)

I crocheted 2 more dishcloths this week for the dishcloth challenge I’m participating in.  Savings:  $8

I saved several free crochet patterns from this site!  

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $4520.99, add this week’s amount ($452.72) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $4973.71.

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

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


Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weekend Assignment: Do You Really Know...

Before we get started on today's post, I'd like to thank Jean M. for her generous donation and her sweet note of encouragement. My cup surely runneth over with thanfulness for those who support this site both financially and with encouragment. You are making a difference in my life.  Thank you!

Our weekend assignment is to take a honest look at our pantries and answer the following question ...

Do I really know what's in my pantry?

Is it a jumbled mess or can you get a good idea of what you have with just a quick glance?

Why is knowing what you have in your pantry important?  Think about this, your answer could mean changes are needed in your pantry in order for it to be a help instead of a hindrance!

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


 Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Preparedness: Vicky's Wisdom on Dealing with Flooding

Before we get started on today's post I want to thank Ashlee T. for her generous donation and for the sweet words of encouragment.  Ashlee paid me, as a teacher, the highest compliment in her note.  Thank you Ashlee for the donation and the encouragment. Your note will be printed off and added to my 'encouragment file' for those times when I feel like the things I do don't really matter.

You've heard me refer to Vicky of the Vicky Challenge several times, she has lots of wisdom and good common sense.  I love sitting at her feet and learning from her.  She wrote the following for our disaster preparedness class and graciously agreed to let me share it here as well.

Today I would like to share an idea that anyone living in flood prone areas may find helpful. Planning ahead is such a key part of preparedness. In any situation we want to be able to help ourselves as much as we can and sometimes it begins with just something simple. Maybe it is a BOB or pantry full of food. However there may be times when a real disaster occurs and you will be forced to leave your home and security. So what will you do?

One of the biggest things I have seen is people leaving and taking nothing with them, not even a token of food or something that could make them comfortable. Well for some I know the attitude is that they will be taken care of, but for many I think the situation is scary and they just aren't able to think. So let's not let that be us!

Have you ever seen in a flooded area people walking through high water holding things above their head? I remember specifically seeing a man holding a loaf of bread over his head during one flood. And that got me to thinking?

So if I have to wade through high water and not exactly know where I may end up as far as shelter and provisions I want to be able to get out with more than a loaf of bread. Or even if I am stuck at home I will need things to keep me going for at least a few days. So here is what I have come up with for that situation.

A good plastic container to put supplies in
Duct tape to tape the container shut and keep water from seeping in
Some sort of rope to pull it through water
Pool noodles these babies will help make the container float and they are cheap to buy

After you put your supplies in the container duct tape it shut really well so no water can creep in and cut the pool noodles to fit, the more you can put on the better it will float.

You can use rope through the hole in the pool noodle to tie them on or if you can find a waterproof adhesive you can glue them on.

And attach the rope at a length you are comfortable with you can pull it along while wading through water.

What will I have in it?
That will depend on what you think you will need the most, but try to think lightweight items. A vacuum sealer can help keep a lot of the items stay dry as well if your container does happen to get moisture inside. And you don't want it too heavy because you will probably have to carry it at some point, but basic things that can get you through for a few days or so can be a big comfort and to be able to do something for one's self can ease some of the feeling of helplessness.

Some of the items to think about including in your own flood pack:
tarp and light weight rope - you could make a temporary shelter or use the tarp for other things like to sit on
a change of clothes
small blankets
lightweight food items
an empty jug for water or a few bottles of water
can opener
light source
matches
small cooking pot
utensils and paper products

Basically anything you would put in a bug out bag, but if you don't have everything in your bug out bag waterproofed you risk losing a lot of it to water damage since must people use a simple back pack. You could even just do bug out bags and put them in a container like this and when you are sure you are in the all clear of having to deal with any deep water you can leave the container and strap on your BOB .

It may sound silly pulling a container, but help doesn't always arrive the exact moment we need it and it is better to have something to work with, something is better than nothing. So maybe your flood pack might just be a change of clothes and some food or maybe it will be packed with full out survival supplies either way if you have it made and the basics in it or your BOBs you can duct tape it shut pretty quick and be able to have some things on hand that will be much appreciated in this kind of situation.

XOXO
Vicky

Don't you agree that this is some helpful information?  Having come through Hurricane Matthew last fall, I can tell you I saw alot of people who would have liked to have had this information! Thank you Vicky!

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


 Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home ... #15

(You can read previous entries in this series HERE.)

In the last entry I shared our 'official pantry' room.  Many of you were surprised that I don't have a huge pantry room ... I don't and it is entirely possible to have a well-stocked pantry without one!  In this entry I'm going to show you a small closet ... turned pantry!



Do you see the little inset the man in the plaid shirt is working in?  That's a small closet ... approximately 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet.


Here's the latest picture I have of it now!

Next week, we start on the hearth!

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


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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 2/13/2017

I received a package containing the following in the mail this week from a reader and member of our disaster preparedness class.  Thank you Connie B.! What a thoughtful thing for you to do and your sweet words of encouragement were so helpful to my heart and spirit.  I look forward to using these threads and will think of your kindness whenever I do.   Thank you again!

Encouragement helps me to be able to keep on keeping on in writing and teaching in the online world, thank you to all who meet that need for me.

Nothing on my to-do list this week got done due to an emergency medical situation with a lady that goes to our church.  My to-do lists are very flexible, people’s needs come first and that is what has taken place this week.   If you are of a mind, I would ask you to please pray for this lady and her family. 

This is how my week shaped up …

My to-do list from last week …

Make bookmarks out of scrapbooking paper … Didn’t get done!

Finish doll quilt … Didn’t get done!

Can Navy beans … Didn’t get done!

Make pattern for a new  moomoo (lounge wear) … Didn’t get done!

In addition …

We’re still working on the chicken coop!  Savings to us this week by doing the work ourselves: $104

I made 2 jars of kefir this week.  Savings $16

We saved $609 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.


My husband saw this cooler sitting on the side of the road along with lots of other trash waiting for the trash pick-up service to come by.  It had been used to furnish drinking water for farm workers.  The only thing wrong with it was the spigot was cracked.  My husband replaced the spigot and now it works beautifully.  Savings to us after purchasing the new spigot … $30

We found some more of the marked down tomatoes I told you about last week and added a few more cans to our pantry.  I’m really thinking that I won’t need to can whole tomatoes this year!   The savings are reflected in the total of pantry and non-pantry related savings mentioned above.

Last week I shared about the gourmet pickles we got on clearance at Sam’s Club.  During the 2 weeks that we’ve actually had the pickles in our house, we’ve eaten 3 jars (I told you they were good!).  The labels came off the jars easily and the lids are the right color for my kitchen theme … which means these jars are ready to be put to use as storage in my kitchen.   I’ll use my Sizzix and the black vinyl I have on hand and label each jar according to what I put in it. Delicious pickles and free storage … that’s pretty good in my book!


We also found these nitrile work gloves on clearance at Sam’s Club for $2.91 (8 pair).  We added these to our pantry for those times when this type of glove is needed.  The savings are reflected in the total of pantry and non-pantry related savings mentioned above.

I started my 100 Day Essential Oil challenge this week by purchasing a bottle of Ginger root essential oil, using part of the recent donations I received from A Working Pantry readers.  Thank you to those who have made donations, you are making my 100 Day Essential Oil challenge possible.  I have learned that Ginger essential oil is good for nausea, inflammation and arthritis to name a few.  What do you know about ginger essential oil and how do you use it?  (I am on day 2 of my 100 Day Essential Oil Challenge.)

I cashed in enough Swagbucks points to get a $10 Amazon gift card.

Since we’ve spent a lot of time driving this week, I took advantage of the riding and crocheted 2 more dishcloths (and started a third one) for the dishcloth challenge I’m participating in.  I now have 6 dishcloths I’ve crocheted since starting the challenge that are now in my gift trunk!  I’m really enjoying this challenge! Savings:  $8

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $3643.99, add this week’s amount ($877) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $4520.99.

On this week’s to-do list …

Make bookmarks out of scrapbooking paper
Finish doll quilt
Can Navy beans
Make pattern for a new  moomoo (lounge wear)

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

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


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If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button.  I would be very grateful!  

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