52 weeks… still going strong….kind of….

Two weeks ago it was an MRI, last week it was a colonoscopy…this week a pneumovax shot that has rendered my left arm pretty useless.  I had my annual exam Monday along with a pneumovax shot.  Because I have asthma, my doctor, Dr. Beth thought I should go ahead and have it, especially before my good insurance runs out at the end of September (COBRA). 

My older bossy fun sister challenged me to a month of buying nothing but perishables from the grocery/drug stores.  I have to admit that once I realized I was not going back to work I began using coupons and hoarding er stocking up on stuff.  So I inventoried both my pantry and freezers (large stand alone and two refrigerator freezers)  to get started.  I made an excel spreadsheet myself after spending way too much time surfing the net trying to find one.  My inventory consists of unopened jars/boxes/etc.  It does not include what is already opened or spices, etc. 

So here it is:

Baking Items    
Chocolate Chips Mini chips 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Butterscotch 1 1
  White Chocolate 1 1 
  Regular semi-sweet  12 oz 1 1 1 1 1 1 + 1 gallon
Hersheys Kisses-dark chocolate 1 1 
  M&M’s peanut butter 11.4 oz 1                                                                               
White sugar 5 lbs 1 1
Brown Sugar pounds 1 1 1 1 1 
Powdered sugar pounds 1 1 1 1 
Canned pumpkin 15 oz 1 1 1 1 
Splenda lots!  
White flour 5 pound packages 1 1 1 
Gourmet cocoa powder 1.54 cannister  
Crisco sticks 1 cup 1 1 1 1 1 
     
Jello  assorted flavors 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  chocolate pudding 1 1 1 1
  vanilla pudding 1 1 1 
Beans Navy beans 1 pound 1
  Pinto beans (dried ) 25 pounds
  Bush’s grillin beans 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Pinto beans (canned) 1 1 1 1 1 
  Black beans (canned) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Garbonza beans (canned) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  S&W Carribean 1 1 1 1 
  Hormel Chili 1 1 1 
Beverages Crystal Light 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Lipton Tea bags 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  TJ’s straight Cranberry Juice 32 oz 1 1 1 1 1
  Apple juice 64 oz 1
  Light Cran-Rasperry 64 oz 1
  Blueberry Pomegranite 64 oz 1
  Cranberry-grape 64 oz 1
  Shasta Lemon-Lime 1 liter 1
  Diet Pepsi -12 packs 1 1 1 1 1 
  Pellegrino 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Pomegranite-Blueberry 64 oz 1
Cereal Assorted cold cereals 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Oatmeal 1 1 1 
     
     
Dessert Choco covered almonds  3 lbs
  Brownie Mix 1 1 1 1 
  Cake Mix  1 1 1 
  Jello 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  ice cream 1.5 qts 1 1 1 
  Chocolate syrup  
  Whipped cream  
Canned fish Salmon 1 1 1 1 1 
  Tuna 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Fancy albacore 1 1 
Coffee Starbucks instant 24 pack 1 1 
  singles 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Starbucks French Roast Beans 2.5 lbs 1 1 
Condiments Spicy Chipolte Relish TJ’s 1
  Best Foods Mayo qt jars 1 1 1 
  Heinz ketchup 40 oz 1 1 
  Heinz Relish 26 oz 1
  Kikoman soy sauce 10 oz 1
  Tobasco 2 fl oz 1 1 
  El Pato 4 oz 1
  Barbecue sauce  1 1 1 
  Weber Black peppercorn marinade 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Brown Gravy mix pack 1 1 1 1 1 
  Lawry’s Mesquite marinade bottle 1 1 
  Lawry’s meat marinade package 1
  McCormick Chili packet 1 1 
  Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry packet 1
Cooking Oil Canola Oil (Wesson) 1 1 1 1 
  Olive Oil (2 liters) 1 1 
  Flippo (16.9 Oz) 1 1 
Canned Fruit Peaches 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Pineapple 1                                                                                
     
     
Jelly, Etc 1/2 pints of apple butter 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  1/2 pints of strawberry jelly 1 1 1 
  quarts of applesauce 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Hot sauce 1 1 1 1 1 1
     
Pasta    
  Spaghetti 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Lasagna 1 1 1 
  Medium Shells 1
  Gnocchi 1 1 1 
  Mini Piccolini 1 1 1 
  Fun shapes 1
  Linguini 1 1 
  Garden Rotini 1
Pasta Sauce    
  Marinara 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Butternut 1 1 1 
  Alfredo 1 1 
     
Peanut Butter    
  Skippy 1 1 1
  Smuckers 1 1 
Salad Dressing 1 1 1 1 1
  Nut toppings 1 1
  Croutons, etc 1 1 1 1
Salsa La Victoria 12 oz 11
  Pace 1
  Herdez 1
  hot sauce 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Enchilada sauce 28 oz 1 1 1 1 1 
Soups Cream of Chicken 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Cream of Mushroom 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Chicken Broth (1 qt) 1 1 1 1 
  Beef Broth (1 qt) 1
  Progresso assorted 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
Side Dishes Stove Top Stuffing 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Instant Potatoes 1 1 1 
  Rice a Roni 1
  Grits 1 box
     
Tomato products Bruschetta TJ’s 1
  Sundried Tomatoes TJ’s 1
  Italian Style 14.5 oz 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Mexican Style 1 1 1 1 1 
  Fire Roasted 1 1 1 1 1 1 
  Stewed 1 1
  Tomato sauce 6 lb, 2 oz 1 1
  Tomato sauce 8 oz cans 1 1 1 
  Tomato paste 12 oz 1 1 1 1 
  Plum Tomatoes TJ’s 28 oz 1
  Rotele 10 oz cans 1 1 1 1 
Vegetables Beets 1 1
  French cut green beans 1 1 
  French friend onions 6 oz 1
  Olives 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Chopped green chilis 4 oz 1 1 1 
  Chipolte peppers 7 oz 1

I think I listed hot sauce twice…oh well you get the picture.  There are only 2 of us in the home…me and DH!  I do need a few items, some ww flour, some brown rice and quinoa which we are low on all of those.  I also have some coupons I want to use before they expire tomorrow.  So I am going to go shopping today to get a few more items.    Next week I will post my freezer inventory. 

Also in an earlier post I talked about DH’s man cave bookcase and how I needed to get it organized.  Well using 2 of the bins it went from this:

to this:

The bottom two rows hold bins with my granddaughter’s books in them.  We also had a busy week that took our backyard from this:

 to this:

 with a small misshap outside the back door where a small landing was poured:

which was done by:

I was switching some laundry from washer to dryer when out he goes through his doggy door in the garage to the outside onto the new landing.  Poor thing had been going nuts looking and barking at all the strange men at our house this week.

I also managed to finish this:

So I stayed pretty busy even with my arm pretty painful.   Now let’s go through our fearless leader’s  (www.orgjunkie.com) questions of the week:

  1. Do you rotate your seasonal clothing?  If so, have you done it yet?  Sort of.  We live in a very temperate climate so I don’t actually pull out really summery clothes unless I am going on a trip somwhere hot….like South Carolina….or the Sacramento valley… or the weather calls for it.  I have a rubbermaid container in the garage with shorts, capris and sleeveless tops in it.  I should probably dig it out, but I am afraid I will look like a fat cow in everything!
  2. Are you celebrating your accomplishments as you go?  It’s so important no matter how big or small the task is you complete!  Every day at home is a celebration, seriously, after working outside the home for over 30 years, I am just so happy to be a homemaker.
  3. What’s on your list for this next week?  My list…well I did write down two things while reading everyone’s posts from last week.  One is washing my teapots that are above my cupboards in the kitchen, the other I cannot remember, but will when I find where I wrote it down….

I also plan to get another quilt done, between today and tomorrow hopefully.  DH left this morning after stopping at our business, to go to another Sharks game tonight.  So I will be alone today and tomorrow and hope to get a lot accomplished on the quilt for my middle daughter, who is moving to South Carolina about the middle of May.  She requested it after I posted the picture above on facebook.  I ignored her, so I am hoping it is a surprise.

So happy week everyone, both organizing and just living!  And prayers for all the people who are suffering from the tornados!

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About allysgrandma
Passionate homemaker after 35 years of working and raising daughters! Finally time for my first love (other than DH who I met when I was 12)....sewing and quilting.

10 Responses to 52 weeks… still going strong….kind of….

  1. Alexandra says:

    I was tired just reading all you got done. Great job! I inventoried my pantry earlier in the year and was amazed how much food I had. I have been trying to eat from the pantry so nothing expires. Can’t wait to see your freezer inventory.

  2. Michelle says:

    Wow! You put me to shame! I need a nap after reading your post! I love your pantry inventory…I think we will stop by and visit you this week as we have “Old Mother Hubbard’s” cupboards here! 🙂

  3. Jennie says:

    I originally clicked on your post because we have two toy fox terriers and one of them looks like yours. The patio project sure will be fun adding stuff to it to enjoy this summer. I have an Outdoor Space label on my side board if you want to see what I have done to our space in the past. You sure did get a lot done this week and it all looks good. The quilt you made is very pretty I am new to quilting and hope to make at least one this year.

  4. Suzy says:

    I love, love, love your quilt! Looks like you stayed busy this week. Hope you feel better soon!

  5. Becky L. says:

    You did alot this week. I didn’t do much since I was gone for 3 days, 2 nights to the coast. Am gonna post my previous weeks stuff this weekend. Am behind and tired. I need to make my granddaughter’s little cloth counting book for her 3rd birthday soon. Cut 2 out this weekend! One is for a friend’s child. Our weather is back to chilly and wet again. I have some back stock of items that we usually use. Still trying to figure out a way to keep things stored that’s not going to fall off microwave cart. Thinking of cupboard in laundry room….maybe my next project! Have a good weekend, my friend!

  6. Martianne says:

    You sure have been super busy. Good work!

  7. Natacha says:

    I absolutely love the pantry inventory! You also did a great job on the bookshelf! 🙂
    Hope your arm is less painful soon!

  8. Great job!!! You’ve been working really hard

  9. Martha (MM) says:

    Wow, great progress! I hope you left the little prints in the concrete 🙂
    Still at a standstill here with organizing, just living around boxes for the moment. Hope you are feeling well and wishing you a great weekend 🙂

  10. I agree – I’m tired just reading all that you accomplished! Way to go! Can I borrow some of your organizing and claim it as my own??? Nothing got done around our house this week (too much sewing to do) and my husband’s fervor on Friday fizzled by Sunday so no drawers done like I hoped!

    Way to go – it all looks great!

    Did you keep the foot prints??? I would – I love the story all the foot prints I see in the concrete on our walk route!

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