Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I always get really quiet on my blog during a holiday. I kept myself busy in the kitchen and sorting more stuff. So let me tell you what I’ve gotten done the last few days.
I went to the mobile food bank a couple of days before Thanksgiving. This is what they gave me. I also got a small bag of catfish nuggets that are in the freezer. I’m never lucky enough to get a turkey from any of the holiday food give away programs. I don’t have young kids and I don’t get snap benefits so I don’t qualify for a holiday basket from any charity. I usually buy a turkey breast or two on sale which is good enough.
I put the potatoes in the fridge and the other food in the pantry. I used the cabbage to start a batch of sauerkraut. I do love sauerkraut. It takes about six weeks to make a five pound batch.
I’m wishing I had another jar like that so I could start another batch. There was about two pounds left so I dehydrated it to be used in soups.
I canned 25 half pints of mandarin oranges from the discount bin at the store. It takes about two mandarins for each half pint jar.
I dehydrated 5 pounds of oranges also from the discount bin at the store. I don’t know what kind but they were larger than the mandarins, smaller than regular oranges, more tart, and totally seedless.
I chopped and dehydrated onions I got from the commodity center this month and some from a discount bin.
I needed to bake a loaf of bread for sandwiches. I decided to take advantage of the heat in the oven so I also baked biscuits, corn bread, and a chocolate cake.
Those went into the freezer for individual servings. Even the bread was sliced to put into the freezer. I didn’t put icing on the cake. That makes it more like a muffin for snacking.
I had a request to bake someone else a loaf of bread so I baked another loaf. While the oven was still hot I baked another turkey breast and cut it up for the freezer. I wish I had gotten a couple more while they were on sale.
My food storage was in total disarray which makes it difficult to be rotating it. It was time to clean it up and make things easier to find.
Its much better now that like items are together and the jars are on the selves instead of stacked in the corner. Some stuff was transferred to the kitchen where there is another shelf unit like these. I’ll be organizing it one day this week.
I also had an appointment with the dentist for a fitting of the new wax denture mold. I’m extremely happy with how it felt. Not at all too big. More like natural. I had no gag response at all and I was able to close my mouth normally. The school will be going on winter break in a few days so it will be mid January before I see the dentist again. That’s when I get the actual dentures. I’m anxious to get back to eating real food but I’m sure glad he’s making them over.
When I moved here to this house I was happy to know a Kroger store was within walking distance. I could check the discount bin more often and it was much easier to pick up my diabetes medication. A little over a week ago we found out the store is closing permanently. There was no announcement; just quickly emptying shelves making people curious enough to ask what was going on. This is very strange because that store was just remodeled last summer. The last day is Monday, November 27 at 5 pm. I was sad to find out because the closing puts me right back into a food dessert again and no place close for medicines either. Life just keeps getting more difficult.