Na Na pinches her pennies

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.

First October food bank day

This time there was better and more food.  We never know what we’re going to get.  I made a short video of the food we received.  The video has another one of my Uh, duh moments.

I’ve made pork patties before but I’ve never seen them frozen.  Usually we had them like a burger on a bun but with cole slaw and bell pepper strips on them too.  Maybe I should fix these smothered in onion gravy over rice with mixed vegetables.  Or maybe a pork version of the KY hot brown.  I see lots of possibilities.

The chickpeas will probably get made into hummus because I have tahini already that I got earlier this year.  I’ll probably make a batch of it for my daughter’s Christmas dinner.   I might make some candy for the kids with the chickpea water.  I never got around to eating breakfast.

20 comments on “First October food bank day

  1. Laura
    October 23, 2019

    Please check e-bay for unused filters in original wrap, could be much cheaper – even w/shipping. Some people buy ahead, then for whatever reason moving, new heater, etc. sell the leftover ones. Laura

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    • Anita
      October 24, 2019

      Thanks Laura, great suggestion.

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  2. carenowplease
    October 18, 2019

    I got 4 yellow peppers for $1 in kroger yesterday, I’ll cut into strips and microwave as a side with a poached egg for brunch.

    I did not do my planned no-spend September, and this month was not no-spend October either- I had major truck repairs but also decided to get a proper haircut and color ( a coupon covered the cut but the coloring and tax came to $75 then of course there’s a tip on top, which for readers from overseas it’s expected here ) I feel fabulous, and am especially enjoying the indulgence as I won’t be able to afford it again for a while!

    I bought me a little space heater for the winter, my room is at the end of the heating/ac ducts and has been super-hot all summer, now it’s getting cold it’s super-cold. I didn’t use the portable ac unit my friends brought me over because of the cost, but the space heater will be 15 cents an hour approximately, and only need to be on a couple of hours a day at most.

    Now considering a no-spend November : )

    Maybe you could pickle some walnuts or candy them as a holiday gift for someone?

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    • carenowplease
      October 18, 2019

      Oh, that’s me, Tracy. I seem to have bounced into a parallel wordpress dimension with an old account!

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    • Anita
      October 18, 2019

      Aren’t pickled walnuts actually baby walnuts in the husk? I don’t think I’d like that. Candied sounds good though. No in No-vember. I like that but it wouldn’t work for me. If you plan a no spend November will you skip any Thanksgiving food bargains? What I mean is there is the after Halloween candy sales that make good stocking stuffers. Soups, canned goods, pudding & jello, and juices are usually cheap in November. For me November and December would be difficult no spend months.

      I got out my two small space heaters and cleaned them up. Using the 60 year old furnace is horrible on my budget so I’m going to try once again not using it at all for as long as I’m able. Last year I made it to middle of November before risking turning it on. My furnace really needs replacing but I can’t afford it. The filters cost between $40 and $65 each IF I can find them. I may have to resort to ordering online and paying shipping.

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      • Tracy
        October 19, 2019

        When I had my own kitchen I used to enjoy buying turkey when it got cheap, and making a good meal of that, but most of the holiday bargain stuff I can’t eat now. I buy a small yam several times every week to microwave for lunch, I like when they get super cheap in the fall, they haven’t yet here this year.

        I’m going to get Dollar Tree jars, they do a fun pet one, and put in gifts for Christmas- pet treats probably, since most of my friends have given up human ones for health reasons. I’m actually working Thanksgiving, maybe my son and I will share a meal in the evening, but neither of us has a proper kitchen so it will be an improvised microwave affair, or IHOP or somewhere.

        One year I’d love to go stay in a hotel in San Antonio and eat in a famous restaurant there. But it won’t be this year.

        I cooked the yellow peppers in big slices in the microwave this morning, takes about 12 minutes, then I cracked a couple of eggs on there and served with yellow mustard. I’m fighting off a cold so it was perfect.

        You get it a lot colder than here and for longer, I’m in a small space now, and any home I buy or rent in future I plan for it to be somewhere I can keep one room warm, I can’t tolerate the cold. No more large or open-plan homes for me!

        Maybe someone will sell the furnace filters on Amazon?

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  3. Marybeth
    October 17, 2019

    You got some great stuff this time. The pork patties are great on an egg sandwich. I buy them from Aldi. We went apple picking recently so I have been making lots of apple dishes. I made apple sauce and froze some for over the winter. I got peppers from the produce clearance rack. 8 yellow and 8 orange for $2 each. I chopped them up for over the winter when peppers are a small fortune.

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    • Anita
      October 18, 2019

      Ooo, good suggestion Marybeth. Egg sandwiches. I think I’ll can my apples for use later. I was going to dehydrate them but I messed up the dehydrator with frozen blueberries and it needs some seriously deep cleaning before I can use it again. I don’t know what I was thinking. Sigh, I’ll never do that again.

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      • Marybeth
        October 18, 2019

        I never tried dehydrating blueberries before. I usually freeze them. Hubby loves them in his steal cut oats and muffins too. I could put them on the sheets I use for the fruit leather so that they don’t fall through the holes. We love apples dehydrated with some cinnamon sprinkled on.

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        • Anita
          October 18, 2019

          A warning for you. IMHO dehydrating blueberries at home is not worth the mess it causes. I had 18 pounds of frozen blueberries. I decided to save space in the freezer by dehydrating them. Uh duh! I don’t know what was in my mind but I just spread them out on the plastic mesh still frozen then turned it on overnight. What a mess! The frozen berries thawed and run all over the dehydrator. There is a layer of sticky mess in the bottom. In hind sight I should have thawed them to make syrup or jam. If I ever want dehydrated blueberries I’ll buy them already done. As soon as I get the dehydrator cleaned out I’ll be using it more now that the weather is cooler.

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  4. Selena
    October 17, 2019

    A very nice haul indeed. Walnuts are very good for you and are a tasty addition to oatmeal. I wonder if the cranberries could be blended in a smoothie? They too are good for you. I am quite impressed with your ability to deal with what you get – be it freeze, ingredient for , share with others.

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    • Anita
      October 18, 2019

      Thank you Selena I appreciate that. A great deal of patience is necessary when living off food banks. Wait long enough and the good stuff eventually comes along. Actually I think of it as gardening by food bank. I write about my food bank life for those who may find themselves in a “newly poor” situation. I want to encourage them to see the possibilities.

      I’m sure the cranberries would be good in a smoothie. The walnuts too. Good suggestion.

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  5. KAYTHEGARDENER
    October 17, 2019

    With the walnuts, dried cranberries & chopped apples, it sounds like a good batch of cookies or quick breads for the holidays!!

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    • Anita
      October 17, 2019

      Without teeth the walnuts and apples are impossible to chew. I usually make a paste out of walnuts to add them into recipes. I was thinking maybe a walnut pound cake. The apples may become simple fried apple side dish or become applesauce.

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  6. Jane
    October 16, 2019

    Really good assortment!! Lots of meals for you for the month!

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    • Anita
      October 17, 2019

      There sure is. 🙂

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  7. Jasna
    October 16, 2019

    Can’t wait to see what creative recipes you come up with. I’m a faithfull follower!
    Hugs,
    Jasna

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    • Anita
      October 17, 2019

      Hi Jasna, hope things are well with you.

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  8. Linda in NE
    October 16, 2019

    Looks like you got good stuff yesterday. Walnuts & dried cranberries are pricey in the stores. Those peppers would freeze well. I either cut them in strips or dice them & freeze.

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    • Anita
      October 17, 2019

      Yes, very pricey. I feel very lucky to get those. I freeze peppers too.

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