Saturday, October 03, 2015
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Checking the pantry for the new season
I can tell we are now transitioning to full fledged FALL. Because that pesky back muscle kept me up part of the night. Every time it gives me trouble, I have such profound respect for people who live daily with pain. This will pass. I just need to move slowly and stay still. A chat with my daughter over iMessage this morning brought about the decision to watch Cranford this afternoon as I heal. ;)
This past week I went through my vintage recipe box to pull out some cold weather favorites. Perusing those cards are like going down memory lane. The recipes themselves remind me of certain periods of time in our family, favorite foods, and the people who gave recipes to me. Most of the typed recipe cards were those slipped into letters from my mother-in-law. ;)
I made oatmeal cake for the first time since it was cool in the Spring. Goulash was served for the first time since the weather turned warm, too. I do my best cooking in the cooler weather months.
So, of course, I had to look through the pantry to see what was there for the new season of cooking. A list has been made for those items I need to restock... slowly but most certainly surely.
Our once-a-month trip to Sam's Club was yesterday. Thankfully when my back was just aching a bit and before muscle spasms began. Although the cold, wet weather may have been what triggered them. But I digress...
There are a few items purchased every month at Sam's but most are on an "every two or three months" cycle. For instance, last month I had to buy a large bag of confectioners sugar, semi sweet chocolate chips, and rice. This month I bought brown sugar, milk chocolate chips, and whole black pepper.
This month it was time again to buy a mega package of TP while two months ago we bought paper towels. I always look to see if there are any specials we can use. I have the same Sam's budget each month but by spreading out purchases over a few months, it works.
There haven't been any specials I needed the last few months but I was thrilled to be at Menards (where we buy kitty products cheaper) when they had half gallon canning jars on clearance. And the cost was easy on my budget. I use those large size canning jars for bulk items. I bought one case of them and tucked them in the Study at the time. Last week they all were washed and dried and ready for filling for the pantry. Talk about mouse proof!
At the grocery store this month, I bought one box of kosher sea salt and one can of baking powder for the pantry. Most of the time that is how I deepen the pantry, just one... two... or three items at the time. I stocked some items at Aldi's, including three cans of pumpkin, a few boxes of tissues (cold and flu season coming up), and some other paper products. And my favorite chocolate. It is cheap and it is delicious, quite the dangerous combination.
My favorite historical reenactment is this weekend but the decision was made to take the money we would spend to attend and use it on the pantry. Otherwise we would not have been able to have a Sam's Club outing this month. That's okay for there have been other years I chose to go to the reenactment instead. Life balances out...
Okay, now I have a link for you! One of my long time online friends is Holly Deyo. She literally wrote the book on preparedness, my very favorite book on the subject is her Dare to Prepare... a huge volume that has pictures! She revises it every few years but my copy has a personal note and is one of my treasures... so I have an older version but it is still excellent.
I met Stan & Holly when they still lived in Australia in the 1990s. They are good people for whom the Lord has given much wisdom and a passion for preparedness. Holly was recently interviewed about the subject on a radio broadcast. She provided an mp3 link to it... here. She talks about the need to prepare and provides great advice.
Now, I need to do some gentle housework and then plump up the pillow and return to the sofa. A little reading is first. Next is Cranford.