This is old gal is feeling kind of flushed today. I have been a busy bee. It is nice to sit down and rest my back for a few minutes.
I decided today was the day to get myself in gear and get the holiday and winter pantry sorted, arranged, cleaned out and ready to go.
I started with both of the freezers (actually last night). I finally got outside and went through the deep freeze in the garage. I brought a lot of items in, and placed in the upright freezer. There was sadly a couple things that I just tossed. I believe I had gotten them free (not that waste of free is ok), and they were very old.
Downstairs & frig freezers are now all sorted (AGAIN) and have new inventory. Deep freeze is ready for sale turkey or hams! YAY!
I totally cleaned out the refrigerator and combined bottles and got rid of a few. If I have had a half bottle of something for a few months - it obviously meant we didn't LOVE it. Washed all the shelves and re-arranged things.
I did my HUGE Aldi shop of the season this morning! I get several things to last through the winter, just in case. I like being prepared for anything during the holidays and I like knowing I don't have to run out for basics if the weather gets nasty. I got several cases of veggies that I just don't grow or can myself. I am great on fruit. Got extra baking goods and some boxed items that we really like.
I then ran across the street from Aldi to Meijer and took advantage of .37/lb. turkey!!!!! WOOHOO. I got a nice big one for $7 and change (limit 1). I will use it for Thanksgiving and the others (2) that I already have went to deep freeze. I will keep my eyes open for more cheap turkey in the next few weeks and for inexpensive hams. Heck, you can't buy lunchmeat for .37 pound!
I got a few stocking stuffer gifts as well.
It was absolutely pooped after loading the car from Meijer, packing my groceries at Aldi and loading car - then unloading the whole mess and finding a place for it! They need to send someone home with us to do that - don't you think??? LOL
Sadly much of my EXTRA storage is in the basement - and that gets tricky and scary, carrying things down.
I rearranged some things on some shelves we have in 2nd bedroom and made room for extra pantry storage upstairs. That will help me make a lot less trips. I can get extra from there - then replenish that at my leisure.
I have one more store I want to go this week. Sav-A-Lot has some good deals. Potatoes are super cheap, as well as fresh sweet potatoes. Both will last for a good while in the cool basement.
I basically had everything I needed for Thanksgiving here already - so we are also ready for whatever the holidays or winter throws our way.
I feel accomplished knowing what we have on hand and that it is orderly and accessible, and that I am well stocked for the winter.
BRING IT ON!!!!!!!
Now I just to need to finish making jellies - and using up all that fruit I brought in. I do need to dry more bread for dressing, and finish the fall cleaning chores. Then on to Christmas fun.
Are you taking advantage of the great deals that can be found this time of the year?
Are you ready for Thanksgiving (in 2 WEEKS!!!!! YIKES)?
Have you got your pantry in order and inventoried?
Now is the time!