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Eat from the Pantry Challenge Weeks 3 and 4 Complete

June 30th, 2015 at 03:34 pm

I did really well on this. I spent maybe $75 on groceries for the entire month of June. I saved $750 from eating from the pantry, freezer, and garden and not going out to eat at all. I only went into the grocery stores to buy milk and a little bit of vegetables. I stopped by a fruit stand for cherries a couple of times. In season WA state cherries are something I seemingly can't resist.

I did videos of the meals if anyone wants to see them. If you go to the actual entry they are hyperlinked and you can just click through. They don't seem to be hyperlinked otherwise.

Week 3:

Text is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5v1V_ExMTk and Link is

Week 4:

Text is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEkj54qsp2U and Link is

And if you are curious to see how I did my meal planning under these circumstances, I did a video on that as well. I really learned a lot about myself and my habits from this challenge. I was also surprised at just how much more variety I had in my meals than usual when I buy groceries more often. I had thought it would go the other way, but it didn't.

Pantry Meal Planning:

Text is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LdgFPZ4aQM and Link is

Tire Fund Goal Met

June 30th, 2015 at 03:17 pm

$600.00 Old Balance
+400.00 Deposit
1000.00 New Balance

$750 came from the grocery and eating out budget that I saved from doing the Eat from the Pantry Challenge for 4 weeks.

January Money Fund Deposit

June 30th, 2015 at 03:06 pm

$2715.91 Old Balance
+__10.00 Weekly Deposit (6/25)
$2725.91 New Balance

$1274.09 to go to hit 4K.

January Money Fund Update

June 20th, 2015 at 01:53 am

$2705.91 Beginning Balance
+__10.00 Weekly Deposit
$2715.91 New Balance

$1284.09 to go to hit my goal of $4000.

Eat from the Pantry Challenge Week 2 Complete

June 16th, 2015 at 03:00 am

This has gone much better than expected. I did give in any buy fresh local WA state cherries and the husband got his jar of bread and butter pickle chips and the yogurt he likes. He doesn't like what is on hand that the kids eat. Otherwise no spending on groceries this week.

I am starting to see space in my freezer again and that is good. I will need that room and any more I can make when we purchase a half a beef later this year and for when we butcher our 30 meat chickens in 10 more weeks. Not to mention the 8 rabbits we are doing this week, though I may debone and can it instead of freezing it. I like having it canned, but I don't like picking out the bones when I open the jar.

Anyway I posted this week's meal plan. I deviated somewhat from my last meal plan, but not from the pantry challenge really, other than to get those cherries.

Text is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8duz3Dlkoc and Link is

Menu Planning for the Week

June 16th, 2015 at 02:50 am

BBQ Chicken Legs
Home canned corn

Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
Chili for boys
Chicken noodle soup for the girls

Brined pork chops
Fried potatoes
Home canned Applesauce

Sloppy Hoppies on homemade buns
Sweet potato fries

Fried potatoes
Green beans
Snow peas

Homemade pizza with ham, sausage, pepperoni, bell pepper strips, onion strips, basil


January Money Fund and Tire Fund Updates

June 12th, 2015 at 04:40 pm

$2663.91 Old Balance
+__10.00 Weekly Deposit
+___9.00 Egg Money
+__23.00 Coin Jar Money
$2705.91 New Balance

$1294.09 to go to hit my goal of $4000.

$400.00 Old Balance
+200.00 Deposit
$600.00 New Balance

$400.00 to go to hit my goal of $1000.

Garden and Eat from the Pantry Challenge

June 9th, 2015 at 03:12 pm

I feel like I am starting to settle into a routine now between the garden and the farm chores and making all of my meals from what is available here and not by making a quick run to the store or getting take out. As the garden moves into heavier production more time needs to be spent there.

I have harvested a pound of snow peas from the garden this week, 2 bunches of kale, 1 head of lettuce, 2 bunches of green onions, and 3 kohlrabi. My broccoli is getting close to harvest size, which astounds me. It is all so early, but with this weather, I can't blame it.

Text is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzII-hvqugA and Link is

I am enjoying the cooking this week more than I have in a long while. I don't know if it is just access to super fresh ingredients from the garden or knowing it is all food I grew and/or preserved myself, but it feels different. I haven't felt any resentment over cooking like I sometimes do. I mean I love cooking, but I am often irritated when it all falls on me. This last week I don't seem to care about that. It's like an attitude has shifted. Of course the children are helping far more than they ever have before so maybe that is why?

Some things were quite challenging since the hot water tank that feeds the main kitchen went out and had to be replaced. We couldn't use the dishwasher and every pot and pan that we cooked in had to be hauled down to the half-kitchen that had hot water. That went on for 5 days, but we got a new tank put in and had hot water again last night.

As promised here is the video of my meals for the first week of the challenge:

Text is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEWnzVbQ7UA and Link is

I am looking forward to the rest of this challenge. It is good to be feeling so positive about it.

January Money Fund Update

June 7th, 2015 at 11:26 pm

I forgot to add in the $10 weekly deposit on Thursday to the JMF.

$2653.91 Old Balance
+__10.00 Deposit
$2663.91 New Balance

$1336.09 to go to hit my goal of $4000.

Pantry Challenge/Meal Planning for the Week

June 7th, 2015 at 06:55 pm

So far the Eat from the Pantry/Freezer/Garden Challenge is going very well here. The garden is really getting going so I am very happy with it. Tomorrow will be my seventh day on it, so after dinner I will post a video with all 7 meals so you can see what I've been doing if you want.

I had to shift some things based on what I had already and the kids wanting pizza, but for the most part I stuck to last week's meal plan. This week's will be:

Southern Fried Rabbit (this got shifted)
Fried potatoes
Cole slaw

Lamb chops (for me and the kids)
Pulled pork (for DH)
Canned pineapple

Rabbit enchiladas
Mexican rice
Canned nectarines

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Garlic bread
Snow peas

Brined pork chops
Fried potatoes
Green beans

Homemade pizza (pepperoni, ham, bell peppers and onions)
Cole slaw

Rabbit bacon cheeseburgers
French fries
Strawberries (frozen if not enough are ripe yet)

Fund Deposits

June 5th, 2015 at 04:44 pm

Today is payday so I distributed money to 3 different funds today.

Down Payment Fund

$30,500.00 Beginning Balance
+__,500.00 Deposit
$31,000.00 Ending Balance

$49K to go to hit my goal.

Tire Fund

$200.00 Beginning Balance
+200.00 Deposit
$400.00 Ending Balance

$600 to go to hit my goal of $1000.

January Money Fund

$2523.91 Beginning Balance
+_100.00 Deposit
$2653.91 Ending Balance

$1346.09 to go to hit my goal of $4000.

Fund Updates

June 3rd, 2015 at 07:40 pm

I sent $225 to the January Money Fund today.

$2298.61 Starting Total
+_225.00 Amount Added
$2523.61 New JM Fund Total

$1476.39 to go to my $4000 goal.

I also sent $200 to start the Tire Fund Today. The goal for that is $1000.

DH Got the Overtime Okayed

June 1st, 2015 at 10:03 pm

So DH texted me and they found a bed for the extra four nights so we won't have to worry about the four days he had to take off to be home for DD's graduation. I won't have to touch the college fund, the January Money Fund, or the Emergency Fund. So now I can focus on building the JMF and the Tire Fund with no stress hanging over my head. Or at least no more stress than usual. Which is quite a relief.

I sold 2 dozen duck eggs this morning for $9. I gave her a discount since she brought me a dozen egg cartons.

We had one litter of kits born today. Ruby had 5 reds. We are still waiting on Serenity and Phoebe to have their litters. They were due on Sunday, so they are overdue now. Phoebe has pulled fur, but other than building a very nice nest, Serenity shows no signs of being in labor. Hopefully I will come out to more kits in the morning.

As I said in my meal planning post I am going to try to go the whole month eating only from the Pantry/Freezers/Garden. I did go and buy flour and sugar today. I will only buy milk, but I will go u-pick some strawberries to make jam as I won't miss out on making jam for the year when the local berries are in season. I do have a jar of pectin so I won't need to buy that for making jam.

I picked my first snow peas today. I am so happy to have them. We will have them in this week's stir-fry dinner. It is only one serving's worth, so if we put it in the stir-fry we'll all get to have some. We should have a ton more in a couple days and then we can each have a serving of them.

January Money Fund Update

June 1st, 2015 at 09:55 pm

$2258.43 Beginning January Money Fund Total
+__10.00 Weekly Savings Deposit
+__30.18 C1-360 Interest
$2298.61 New January Money Fund Total

Meal Planning for the Week--Pantry/Freezer Challenge

June 1st, 2015 at 09:49 pm

I have decided to take Mrs. Frugalista up on the eating only from the Pantry challenge. My only exception will be to buy milk and also strawberries for making jam, because it is jam making time and my own strawberries will not be enough for that. I will start tomorrow. Today I had to go and buy flour and sugar because I was low on the former and out of the latter, and I can't make jam without sugar.

The garden is doing well enough that we will have lettuce, kale, chard, snow peas, and kohlrabi from it this week. And the broccoli is starting to head up so we should have some later this month. We have canned nectarines and applesauce and pineapple for when we run out of fresh fruit. And our own strawberries are just starting to turn color.

I am hoping to make it the whole month.

Picnic Ham
Baked potatoes
Green beans
Fruit salad

Chicken and Vegetable Stir-fry
Fruit Salad

Baked turkey thighs
Mashed potatoes and gravy

Duck in rabbit broth in the crockpot
Baked potato soup

Southern Fried Rabbit
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Cole slaw

Brined pork chops
Fried potatoes
Cole slaw