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~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.


~A Day In the Life of a Country Girl~

Written by Sue, Thursday, July 30, 2020  very hot, humid, clouds left over from
yesterday's storm,90's.⛈

In Blogland Rules, they say you shouldn't make excuses as to why you haven't been blogging, which make no sense to me. When you reach a certain age, which I have, one will push the limit on rules, as I am doing at this moment.
Simply stated I've been so busy gardening, preserving food for winter, and just trying to stay cool, our weather has been almost intolerable, heat wise, the humidity is so high too, when I step outside to water the plants on the porch, I come in dripping with sweat, not perspiration plain old sweat.

Enough excuses for now!


I am usually up by five a.m., coffee and devotions first, then on to the days work, such as yesterday. After the first things first, I put a load of laundry on, then to the kitchen to make mango jam, my goal is to try as many new recipes this year as possible, and this one was a winner. How do I know, I tested it this morning on a slice of toasted raisin bread, so yummy.

Last week Aldi's  had mangoes for 49 cents each I bought 14 used 8 in this recipe, I didn't need to use much sugar, it made 8 half pints, so I figured I had 64 cents in each jar. I have 4 left which I will freeze, two have been eaten.

After kitchen was cleaned, I put dinner in crockpot, I do enjoy my crockpot makes things so much easier.
I worked on drying more herbs.Here I have oregano, so much fresher than store bought.

We then went to the grocery store as the new weekly ads had come out,  Food Lion grocery store had 25% off their Nature,s Promise organic and all natural meats, I got some great deals, once home I washed, froze  the meat in trays, then I packaged the meat in Foodsaver bags! My Foodsaver is one appliance I must have, it keeps food fresh so much longer.

Here are some of  the bargains I got on the meat, we spent roughly $76.50, more or less in chicken tenders, whole chicken, pork chops, pork ribs, ground beef, steaks. Once packaged I figured, 17 meals of meat dishes  for 2 people estimated at 2.25 per person per meal, using organic and all natural meat.

I am and have always been a bargain shopper, I don't buy cheap products, I try and buy high grade at a great price. I bet you are better shoppers than I am.

I also worked on organizing one of my pantry closets.

Other than making jam, there is nothing I enjoy more than baking, especially cookies, I made 4 dozen chocolate chip, 4 dozen ginger snap cookies, most went to dear daughter she had asked if I would bake some for the construction workers who are working on their new log home. Homemade cookies are like people they come in all sizes and shapes.

I once again cleaned the kitchen, then on to finishing dinner. After dinner I froze some white seedless grapes I bought on sale for 99 cents per lb. Have you ever eaten frozen grapes, they make the best snacks for long hot summer days, or anytime!These were so sweet, DH and I ate quite a few before I could get them in the freezer.

At this point , I am looking for a shower and my bed.💤💤💤

 I hope you are happy you stopped by today., 
I know I am happy you did.😉😊
Hugs from me to you


Old Time Cindy said...

Sue, you sure are one busy gal. I'm an early riser also and enjoy my work that I do at home. Love looking at your jars lined up in your pantry. I used to can, but I mostly freeze our produce now. Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Ginny Hartzler said...

I am tired just looking at all you did! I WANT those cookies! You will not need any more protein until fall maybe! That is good, because of upcoming shortages due to the virus. I would not call it "making excuses" For me, if a blogger does not post in awhile, I worry that they have gotten very sick or something. So I think it is just polite to let all your followers know you are alright.

sharon said...

I don’t know anyone who has more energy than you! I must ask what was in your crockpot for dinner.

ellen b. said...

I'm always happy to stop by here. You are a true pioneer in using all your farm and other stores have to offer in season. I bet those workers enjoyed those homemade cookies! We are having a heat wave here so I understand the whole sweat topic!! Hope the end of July goes well for you and we are all hoping for better news in August!

Cheryl said...

Thank you for giving us a peek into your very busy, productive, and generous day!! Always happy to see a post from you . . . no excuses needed!!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

You are amazing! I wish I could follow you around and take notes and learn, but I'm exhausted just reading about all of it! All of it is so wonderful, and I love seeing your jars of produce on the pantry shelves. Such beauty and bounty! You are truly blessed!! Dining at your home would be such a treat!! Thank you for sharing this with us. I love seeing that people still do these things!

Farm Girl said...

What an amazing amount of work you accomplish Sue! I love my food saver too as well as frozen grapes. They are such a treat. Blueberries are pretty good frozen too.
Your jam is awesome. I really love making jam.
I loved seeing what you have been doing.
Have a great weekend.

Theresa said...

It is nice to see what you have been up to and it makes me tired:) My Mama did a lot of canning and freezing when I was growing up. I remember how much work goes into it all. I know you will enjoy all of your hard work this Winter. Shopping for bargains is smart, I love good meats and buy them when they aren't full price. Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

happyone said...

You start the day early and sure have been busy!
Must give you a great sense of accomplishment doing all you do!!

Mrs.T said...

Sue, you are downright amazing with all that you do! I got tired just seeing all that you did in this day.

The mango jam looks amazing. I would never have thought to try that.

Your Food Lion grocery store is the same company as our Hannaford supermarkets up here in the Northeast. I buy the same Nature's Promise products; they are good.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Vee said...

We've had days of temps in the 90s with humidity levels in the 80s. I know that your weather is more of a challenge and I don't know how you do it. It truly sucks the life out of a person.

Always nice to see the pretty jars lining your counter. And cookie baking? You must have the AC cranked. There's been no baking here for weeks. 😊

Edna B said...

Goodness, you are a busy lady! I love love those plants you've shown. They are absolutely gorgeous. I like to buy the best that I can at bargain prices. You are a super shopper. Those were great deals on the meat. Enjoy your day, hugs, Edna B.

CHERI said...

Blogging Rules???? Never heard of them...and don't plan to look them up:) I figure it's my blog, I'll do it the way I want! Yes, I'm getting old and breaking the rules doesn't bother me so much anymore...LOL!!! Your post made me plain old tired...but I'm oh so envious of all that you have accomplished. Makes me thing of the "ant" in Aesop's Fable and the ant and the grasshopper...uh oh, guess I'm the grasshopper. I totally identify with your "glistening" from the heat. The weatherman here said today it felt like it was 102 and I totally believe it!!!!! I am going to try those frozen grapes...I do eat frozen blueberries when I have them. Stay cool...and safe.

Gloriade said...

Hello! I loved the name of your blog and decided to stop by. What a lovely place. I must admit to never being very consistent with blogging myself. I go in stops and starts. Your mango jam looked delicious and I love hearing of your bargain shopping. Come winter, you family is sure going to appreciate all your hard and dedication! Blessings to you! Gloria

My Tata's Cottage said...

You are a busy gal. Someone said they freeze their leftover coffee in an ice cube tray and use them with Almond Milk! Oh so clever and waste free! With the unknown in the air with the upcoming election we are very diligent with prayer and preserving foods and paper products. since all the stores have the one per person rule I buy paper products weekly. I put a huge pot of Hearty Cowboy Soup in the crock pot last night. We have plenty to eat and the veggies are so good for us. I love blogging it is easy to control unlike the evils of social media. Too much hate and evil lurking over there. Sad because I enjoy my loved ones who are far away but it is hard not to see the hate posts too. ;-(
I am going to share your blog with my girls who one is not a blogger but the newlywed is! Hannah will love your blog as she is always looking for new things to cook with her hubby. :-)
Have a beautiful day. HUGS and LOVE

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