Saturday, May 25, 2013
Living the Pantry Lifestyle
Today I'm going to confuse you temporarily as I change the title of my Saturday Pantry Suggestions to Living the Pantry Lifestyle. For I think this will better describe the ponderings I do here each week. :)
Also, the above picture has nothing to do with today's ponderings but I thought it quite pretty. I'm growing boxwood basil in one of the cute Cath Kidson knockoff flower pots I bought last year. It adds the perfect bit of color.
Not to mention the beautiful dispenser of vanilla caramel hand soap... a frugal luxury from Tuesday Morning. I wash my hands a lot while cooking and the aroma is lovely.
So.... my ponderings this week were sparked by the beginning of the vacation season. While Hubby and I are staying home this summer, my children are traveling. Mr. and Mrs. Christopher are at Cape Cod celebrating their first anniversary before Christopher heads off to to an Android conference in Boston. (When he told me this, I started laughing and he knew exactly what I was thinking of... the Borg in Star Trek.) ;)
My grandchildren are going on vacation this summer... here! Oh, so are their mother and father. We had such little time together during last year's wedding (although a wonderfully delightful event), this visit will give us a chance to just hang out and enjoy each other's company.
All that to say... vacations remind me of the way I used to purchase Christmas and birthday gifts throughout the year. It was truly a Pantry Lifestyle way of making purchases. I especially shopped for little gifts and stocking stuffers throughout the year, finding everything from handmade doll clothes at the summer "Art in the Park" in Michigan to pretend gold doubloons and other pirate loot on the Boardwalk gift shops at the amusement park.
So often we can find items while traveling that aren't available locally (this was before the days of Amazon and other online retailers). I could stock my gift drawer with little things like regional candy and coffee, cooking and baking utensils, interesting toys, etc. For instance, Stephanie did part of her Christmas shopping when we were at Colonial Williamsburg a couple years ago for there were so many items the children would love that were specific to their gift shops.
By shopping for gifts this way (a gift pantry so to speak), it spreads out the cost so one is not hit with a large outflow of cash once of twice a year. I loved having a gift drawer (some have gift closets but I only purchased small items) after reading about them from both Emilie Barnes and Tracey McBride.
Not only are there financial benefits but it enables one to purchase "out of season" gifts. It is much easier to find a wonderful Christmas gift for the gardener in May or June than say... November. It makes it easier to put together a unique gift basket at Christmas for the gourmet cook when one has purchased regional jellies, jams, salsas, salad dressings, etc. when visiting other parts of the country... or world!
When Elisabeth was still a baby, I reaped the benefit of my daughter and son-in-law's visit to see his brother in Ireland with a gorgeous lavender-ish colored wool sweater that I just wore while running errands yesterday. (I am wearing it in my "official" online picture, too.) Although in that case, I must admit I dropped a few hints that an Irish sweater would make the perfect Christmas gift that year... before they left the States. ;)
I just love living a Pantry Lifestyle!