Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 9/25/2016

(The pictures from this week's post came from one of my sister's home.  She really has a creative touch when it comes to decorating.)

Twice last week we pulled up to a gas station only to discover that they were out of gas. We are in the area that has and is being affected by the pipeline leak and subsequent bypass repair.  Not only have we experienced gas shortages but have also had a 20 - 25 cent per gallon price increase.


We've witnessed people being rude and throwing an old fashioned hissy fit because they couldn't get gas.  This surely has made me contemplate what a long term gas shortage would be like!  This is the second time in the last couple of months I have witnessed a person's actions or been directly affected by someone not getting what they wanted ... and it wasn't pretty either time!

Okay, on to this week's doings ...


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

I chopped and dehydrated some of the jalepeno peppers that we purchased when we were traveling and made hot sauce with the rest.

I had some banana’s that were getting overripe so I sliced them, flash froze them and then packaged them into smoothie size portions and froze them.

I made a batch of granola.

My husband was given a 5 gallon bucket full of big catfish.  After cleaning and dressing them we added 23 pounds of catfish nuggets to the freezer part of our pantry.  (23 lbs @ $3.50/lb):  Saved $80.50

We came across a sale on T-bone steaks for $2.99/lb if you purchased them in bulk.  We purchased enough for a meal to see if they were any good before we went back and purchased more.  They were good so we pooled our resources and did some creative financing and came up with enough money to add 42 lbs of T-bone steak to the freezer part of our pantry.  Regular price for T-Bone steaks in our area is $7.99/lb. We paid $2.99/lb.   That’s a $5/lb savings.  Total saved:  42 lbs x $5 = $210

I found kidney beans on sale for $.50/can.  I purchased 10 cans.  Regular price $.89/can.  Saved: $3.90

I also found pinto beans on sale for $.50/lb. Regular price … $1.50/lb.  I purchased 20 lbs. Saved $15.00

In addition to the above mentioned savings we also saved $214.17 using coupons and shopping sales for non-food items.

I earned a $10 Amazon gift card through Swagbucks.

I added compost material to the compost bin. 

I canned 7 more quarts of purple hull peas we grew in our garden.  Saved $12.50

I started another batch of cider fire. 

I made 2 more batches of kefir.  Saved $4.16

I made elderberry syrup (I told you last week this was going on my to-do list!)  Here's the recipe that I use to make elderberry syrup.

I made up 49 turmeric capsules and 51 vitamin c capsules. Saved $10

I planted the one surviving fig tree that made it from the starts we began during the summer.  (The excessive heat from the summer killed the rest of them.)  It started out as a 4 inch twig that we rooted and now it’s between 3 and 4 feet tall!  Saved $15

I’m still working my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  Minus the 3 days I was sick and recovering puts me officially at having crocheted for at least 15 minutes each day for 19 days!  This week I did a lot of practicing an edging that I fell in love with over at The Bluebirds are Nesting.  I hope to have the finished product ready to share next week.  This is the yarn that I am using for this project!

Not working a job outside my home savings $100. 

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $ $11,403.61, add this week’s amount ($675.23) and I/we have saved $12,078.83.  

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!

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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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Weekend Assignment: 9/22/16

We've had some great comments on posts this week.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment!  

It’s time to close out our week here on A Working Pantry with a weekend assignment.

Are you ready????

Here you go ...

Do you have any band aides?  Not sure?  Now's the time to go check because our weekend assignment is to check our supply of band aides.  

When you need them you need them right then ... so, how's your supply of band aides?

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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Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Question & Answer: Work Savings? ... part 2

After answering a question from this post ... in this post, I received another question ...

Thanks for answering this question with an entire post...it's exactly what I needed right now as I try to make a decision whether to leave my job or not. For me...it's mental. I am so "fried" when I get home that I'm no good to anyone. I want to come home full-time even though I have no young children who need me at home. I feel I would have to explain my decision to everyone...why do some of us feel this way? Have you ever addressed this in a post?

Here's my response ...

Let me say before I address this readers question that I have worked outside my home on more than one occasion when the need arose.  In fact, earlier this year my husband and I thought it might be necessary for me to return to the work force again due to huge increases in our health insurance premiums … just to be able to get the health insurance.  But after much prayer and taking an honest look at what it would cost financially, my earning potential, what it would do to me health wise/mentally and how it would affect our family, we decided it would be the better choice for our family for me not to work outside the home but to continue earning through saving and being frugal at home.

I know some working wives and mothers who earn enough financially to justify their working outside their homes.  They have no desire to be stay-at-home wives and mothers, they have found what works for them and their families and they are pursuing it.  I support them completely!  I am not anti-working outside your home if you are a wife and/or mother. But let’s be honest, working outside your home if you are a wife or mother is hard, pure and simple. Not only do you have your outside the home work obligations but you also have your home obligations, your children’s needs to see to (regardless of their age) and your husband’s needs as well.  Cooking and cleaning don’t get done by themselves and neither does the laundry and grocery shopping.  Are you really a ‘present’ member of your family or are you so tired and overburdened that you just feel like you are going through the motions, getting the next thing done so that you can go on to the next thing to be done?

Not everyone is cut out to ‘have so much on their plate.”

And finally, why do some of us feel we have to explain ourselves for wanting to be full time homemakers?  We feel this way because this is the way society as taught us to feel.  Being a homemaker is a fine and noble job, but it’s not easy and there is no glamour associated with it in today’s world.  The world portrays the working wife and mother as having it all together and keeping everyone happy in the process while the full time homemaker is often portrayed as lazy and/or missing out on life’s best.   Wives and mothers who work outside their homes because they want to as well as those who work outside their homes because they have to are quick to tell us that it is not easy and definitely not glamorous. Women who chose full time homemaking as their ‘careers’ are also quick to tell us that ‘lazy’ and 'missing out on life’s best’ do not describe their lives.

Is there room in our society for the homemaker and the working wife and/or mother? Yes, and it’s up to us to be proud of the road we choose while being supportive of both!  It starts with each of us!

I hope this answers your question!

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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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Prepping for Winter...

Tonight I'm making granola (recipe below) and compiling a list of things we need to do in order to be ready for winter.

Note:  This is not 'my recipe.'  I've had it a long time and used it multiple times.  I do not know where I got the recipe, I know that it was online, but regretfully, I am not able to give the original source of this recipe.

GRANOLA
 Mix together....4 cups rolled oats
 1 cup sliced coconut
 1 cup chopped pecans
 1/2 tsp. salt
 then combine..........1/2 cup coconut oil
 1/4 cup honey
 1/4 cup REAL maple syrup
 1 tsp. vanilla
 Mix well and pour over oat mixture
 Spread on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally remove from oven and stir in 1 cup dried fruits.  Let cool completely and store in an air tight container.

Now, about those winter preps ... are you thinking about winter preps yet?   If so, what's on your list to get done?

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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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home ... #6

(Previous posts can be found HERE.)

 We have the land ...

We have the house ...

and now it's time to give the house a foundation ...

First we had to get a permit, dig the footer to very rigid specifications, have the digging inspected and then we could finally get the concrete poured.  You see those thin long pieces of metal ... those are hurricane straps that had to, by law, be installed.  Yep, we live in hurricane country!



The footer was deep and wide ...



Another view ...  my dear husband worked so hard ...



A closer look ... it had to have a final inspection before my husband could start laying the blocks for the actual foundation. 



After the footer finally cured ... TA-DA ... my husband laid the first block for the foundation!


My husband laid block after block after block ...


and there had to be pillows laid underneath the house too (for support of the house) ...


Making progress ... see the little air flow vent ... there were so many small details that had to be included.  Do you see the clip board with the orange looking piece of paper on it.  That was our building permit which had to be displayed on the outside of the house at all times.  If the building inspector had come by and it had not been displayed, we would have been fined!


More air flow vents ...

I'm sorry that this is not a very good picture, but you can see that the foundation is completed.  The house is ready to be lowered down on it and tied down with the hurricane straps ... and inspected again!

So, what do you think so far ... ain't she pretty????

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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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

This post linked to The Art of Homemaking Mondays

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 9/18/2016

Nasty Virus!  Nasty Virus!  Nasty Virus!  That’s what I had this week!


My husband had it last week…

Did I mention that it was nasty …

Fever …

Chills …

Body aches …

Nausea …

Diarrhea …

Feeling like you were going to pass out when you stood up …

Weakness …

It was a real doozy!

I tried really hard not to get it.   But, in spite of doing all the right things, I got it about 2 days after my husband got over it.  His bout with it lasted about 4 days, mine lasted about 48 hours.  Here’s what I did that he didn’t and why I did them.

Oil Pulling using coconut oil.  I oil pull once every day using coconut oil as part of my regular morning routine because it is so good for you.  Since coconut oil is an anti-viral I oil pulled 3 times a day the first day.  Oil pulling helps pull the toxins from your body and a virus is definitely a toxin in my book!  

Took Cider Fire every 3 – 4 hours.  This little home remedy has several anti-viral ingredients in it.

Popped a ginger ball in my mouth every time I felt nauseous … thankfully I never threw up, my poor husband did though, more than once.  

Went to bed and stayed there … except for bathroom visits.

The second day I got up feeling better (no nausea, no diarrhea), but very weak so I rested the second day as well.

After the second day I was back to normal and thankfully so.

I could have also taken elderberry syrup as elderberries are anti-viral and taken charcoal capsules to help pull the toxins out of my system … why didn’t I?  I haven’t made my winter batch of elderberry syrup yet and although I have the activated charcoal and the capsules on hand, I didn’t have any ready to take.  Guess what is going on my to-do list???

(Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor and have absolutely no medical training at all.  I’m simply sharing what I did for myself and the end results.  Consult your physician for medical treatment for medical issues.)

So, what did my week look like?  Let’s see …

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

Added compost material to the compost bin. 

Saved $85.71 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Earned$16.01 in affiliate links. Thank you to everyone who clicks on my Amazon link and does their shopping through it.  Every little bit helps!

Our fall peas are ready to be harvested and toward the end of the week we did manage to start on this task.  We picked 2 (5 gallon) buckets full and I am in the process of canning them.  So far, I have canned 7 quarts with another 7 quarts to go from these 2 buckets (only one bucket is shown in the picture, but I promise we picked 2).  Then it will be back to the pea patch to pick more.  Saved $12.50

I also harvested a bucket of pears from our pear tree that need to be canned!  Saved $15

I finally got the cayenne pepper strung and it is drying in my dining room window.

I started another batch of cider fire.  It will be ready for use in about a month.

I made a batch of kefir.  I’ve been without it for about a month with traveling and then being sick.  I really need to get those good probiotics back into my digestive system.

I’m still working my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I’ve completed 15 days.  I did have to miss three days this week, so my 100 day challenge is going to have a break in it … but that’s okay … sometimes you just have to accept what life hands you and move on.  This week I crocheted edging around 2 baby blankets.  I am so pleased with how they turned out!  I will pack them away in my gift trunk and when I need a baby shower gift.  I’m thinking I’ll have the baby’s name or initials embroidered on it and it will be ready for giving.  Okay, now I’m ready for something a little more complicated … I think!

Not working a job outside my home savings $100.  I continue to get questions on this savings and am in the process of trying to get them answered.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $11,174.39, add this week’s amount ($229.22) and I/we have saved $11,403.61.  Please note that this amount is not money we have sitting in a savings account.  It is money we have earned by saving and being frugal that has enabled us to stretch our budget further ... it's like having a second income, only I/we save/earn it from home.  It is a savings how ever you want to look at it!  I truly approach saving money and stretching our budget as I would a job that carried me outside my home.  It's my contribution to our family's economy.

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!

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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Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.

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