I would normally have made salads and treats, maybe a patriotic Jello salad or something, but the rain has been near constant here the last little bit and the weather is matching our moods as my husband prepares to leave really early tomorrow. So, we set off some poppers for the kids, I dug out the only lowly package of hamburger patties from the freezer to make for dinner along with some tater tots (a rare treat now a days) and we watched a new MST3K we downloaded with the kids. As days go, it could be more celebratory, but it wasn't bad by any means.
Bright side, the garden should start to really produce this month, if the bugs lay off. I should be able to start really harvesting the outer leaves from the Swiss Chard, hopefully some peas will be had and plenty of rat tailed radishes seem to be popping up on my plant so hopefully I'll be able to make some more radish pickles for the pantry. The carrots and potatoes are growing, the garlic...well at least ONE garlic plant seems to be growing well...the others don't seem to be doing much, so I'm not sure how much garlic I'm really going to get this year, but we'll see. And lettuce should continue to produce, as well as the herbs, to make salads from and, in the case of the herbs, also dehydrate for winter.
Shopping goals for this month are...ugh. Yes, that's a proper term *laugh*. I have a lot of things to buy for winter that aren't going to be bought with dividends this year, so it's a matter of figuring out how and when to make it happen in the coming months. I have bulk things of bread flour and other pantry goods to get along with butter for the freezer, meat (somehow) and other things. The clock is ticking and the money belt is tight, but no matter what these goals need to get accomplished, so "where there's a whip, there's a way"...no wait...wrong quote...great song from the old "Return of the King" cartoon, though. My dad used to sing it all the time when trying to get us to do our chores...wait...where was I? Oh yeah, perseverance through adversity. Yeah, that'll get done!
I have a list of things I'm getting on Amazon.com this month. Some of it is canned fruit, to supplement what I already canned to last through winter (hopefully) and some things are just cheaper there than at the store so I ordered some. I ordered pure maple syrup from them, for instance, as it is cheaper than my local stores were offering it for and my son won't eat pancake syrup, only pure maple syrup. Things like that.
So, here's the list of things I'm hoping to get this month.
- A flat of canned pears (used my Amazon.com associate fees to help make the cost around 5.00 for the flat, which worked out cheaper than I could get around here. Thanks to everyone who has ordered through my Amazon associate links. It helps :)
- A flat of canned peaches (big cans). These were really cheap one night, so I ordered them to help supplement my home canned goods.
- Maple syrup, 1 quart (this will be enough to last my son all winter, I hope)
Bulk Stores/Regular Stores:
- Bulk sugar (got this over the weekend at Fred Meyer...I needed it for canning and was running low)
- Bulk Bread Flour (bulk store)
- Meat (wherever I can find it cheap)
- Canned Green Beans (keeping an eye out for a good sale on those)
- Honey (once again, hoping for making good money this month, or a good sale/clearance on honey)
- Cheap produce (if I run into it)
- Oatmeal (regular rolled oats)
- Maraschino cherries (I want to get a couple of big jars of them as I'll have all the other ingredients in the pantry for fruit cocktail this winter, making it so I won't have to buy cans of it for a while and my husband likes them as well).
And there you are folks. My list for the month. Here's hoping I can get at least some of it accomplished.