Yesterday was a busy day. So much still needs to be tended to outside, but I’ve not been feeling quite myself so I stayed inside and took care of some of inside chores.
First on the agenda was to wash the bedclothes. It’s time to put on the flannel sheets, so I went ahead and also put the summer quilt in line to be washed. I knew it wouldn’t take long for Puddin to think I had laid it there for her.
Gotta love that face!
Well, it wasn’t long before the old man, Sidd, joined her.
I’ve been asked how we keep track of all of our food in our freezers. “Doesn’t stuff get lost?”
Well, it helps to keep a running list. It’s not a perfect solution since we have to remember to add or remove what we put in or take out, but it gives us a pretty accurate idea of our stock.
This inventory list was created in Excel and we have a list for each freezer. I printed out an extra copy for the chest freezer and attached it to the top.
Yesterday was a good day to update it. We had crossed off and added so much stuff it was hard to read. It should really be updated every couple of months, especially during harvest season, but that doesn’t happen.
We don’t, however, keep a list for our freezer in our refrigerator in the kitchen. That may be the next list I need to put on my to-do list since stuff does get lost in there!
One of the other organizational things we do is keep a list of what we’re having for lunch and dinner for the week. Well, really Dave keeps the list. I made this simple form so that he had a place to write it down and then post it on the front of the refrigerator.
We’ve also been continuing on our soapmaking journey. While in the basement I took a picture of one of the three soaps we made last week curing before I put them away.
I’ll post more about them later. It sure smells good in the basement with all of this new soap. We are trying to tweak our recipes and decide on just a few we really like. We’ve found our first several soaps didn’t have enough fragrance.
We’ve also decided that we love goats milk soap, so we’ve been adding it to the last five we’ve made. We had used goats milk before but never used 100%. It seems to make a difference and a much better soap. But there is more testing before we are done.
I also worked yesterday on the meeting for our Master Gardener’s 2012 Garden Conference next October. I know that seems like a long way away, but there is so much to be done now. I am co-chairing it and Thursday will be our first meeting with all of the chairs who have been so wonderful to volunteer. After printing out the agenda and handouts, I’m ready for them!
My Fearless Art Journaling class is going by so fast! Wednesday will be our fourth session. I’ll be posting about what we did that day later on this week. Next week will be the final class. It’s been really fun teaching what I’ve learned and played with over the past two years.
That’s how my Sunday turned out. Got more done than I thought I would. Looking forward to a busy week.
Ah…I see you and hubby are bloggging together again! (I looked at your entry times)
Wow…what a freezer full of stuff, but you won’t be spending much this winter on food since you have it all there. I am making tomato soup this morning since the green ones are ripening up all at once it seems.
The soap looks YUMMY! So pretty…and I can almost smell it as I ponder the picture…so what do you think is special about the goat’s milk in soap? Please share.
One more thing…is that a hand made quilt those cats are lying on? And if it is how are you washing it? I tore up some of the batting when I put a fairly large hand tied one in a washer with the agitator…since that lesson I take my nice ones to a laundromat to wash in the side washers, since I don’t have one here.
Kathy, It seems to lather better and it is easier to deal with the lye. No smell when you freeze the goats milk ahead of time.
Kathy, No that’s a quilt I bought years ago at a store. It’s kind of falling apart but I just love how springy it is and I’m not into buying a new one. I’ve never really treated it too nice. I have a lot of quilts grandma made but we don’t use them. They are mostly double bed size. I have a front load washer but for a big quilt I’d still opt for the laundramat.
Don’t you just love to look at a well-stocked freezer…and home-canned items in the cupboard. Looks like you’re ready for the winter. Beautiful soaps…handmade are the best. Looking forward to class on Wednesday.
I do hope you are planning to share some of that fabulous soap!! I would be MORE than happy to “test drive” it for you and write a review. I just enjoyed a sample from Maple Ridge soaps courtesy of Henrymilker.com. It is wonderful and I’ve used about half the bar so far. So I’m looking for another wonderful bar. I used to make my own soap, but haven’t for awhile. I need to get back to it – it is SO worth it!!
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Trece, I’ll be glad to put you in line for testing!! We hardly make enough for ourselves and our Christmas presents! Thanks for dropping by.
Beautiful soap! I prefer goat milk soap as well, but I did make one with around 70% castor oil once and that washed beautifully as well.
Your freezer organizing system is great! We only have one small freezer and still stuff gets lost in there constantly.
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Great photo’s! I love the very first one! Thank you so much for these! And I learned a couple of things while reading your post! Have a great weekend and a month of November!