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Garden Planning Around Your Pantry

In one of my recent videos, 5 Things To Consider When Planning Your Garden, I mentioned that I always ask myself "What does my family like to eat" when I am deciding on what I want to grow in my garden.

I suggested that it would be a good idea to look back in your meal planner at the meals that you have prepared for your family in the past, and then think about the ingredients that you used for each of those dishes. A lot of those ingredients can be grown and prepared in your own kitchen.

To re-enforce this train of thought even further, I would highly recommend checking out Esther Emery's series, The Homesteader's Wife's Skills of the Month Club. Even if you think you have a pretty good handle on all of the skills, it never hurts to hear another person's perspective on things. It has really challenged me to think deeper on how and why I do the things that I do when it comes to growing, preserving, and storing our food--which brings me to this post...
Garden Planning Around Your Pantry
Yes, I always consider what my family likes to eat when I plan my garden, but this year I'm doing it a little differently. 
This year, I am envisioning my garden as a market. I am making my list of "things to get" to stock my pantry for the year, and I am planning the garden that way. It really has made me rethink everything that I plan to grow. I have added a few things to my list and have readjusted the amounts of certain things I want to bring in.

Here is my "things to get preserve" list (please bear in mind that it may change in the coming months):

Pizza Sauce
Pasta Sauce
Diced Tomatoes
Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies 
Tomato Juice
Corn & Black Bean Salsa
Green Beans
Dill Pickles
Bread & Butter Pickles
Pickled Okra
Dilly Beans
Banana Peppers
Dill Pickle Relish
Pickled Beets
Squash Relish
Apple Sauce
Apple Butter
Pear Sauce
Pear Butter
Tomato Powder
Green Powder (kale and other greens) 

Apple Rings

Cellar Storage
Potatoes (?)


Corn (on and off the cob)
Collard Greens
Swiss Chard
Broccoli Rabe
Brussel Sprouts
Chopped Bell Peppers
Basil in Olive Oil
Summer Squash (breaded for frying, shredded for baking, chopped/sliced for cooking)
Okra (breaded for frying, whole for roasting) 
Stir Fry blends (peppers, onions, squash, cabbage, garlic, etc.)
Fajita Blend (colored peppers and onions cut into strips)
As you can see, by making this list, it's really easy to decide what I will need to grow.

There are calculators online that you can use to determine how much you need to grow to feed your family for a year.

I hope you found this helpful. 

Much Love, 

Mama Gets Fit With Tangi & Trish

Yes, I have done this before.

Well, sort of.

I have said, "Hey, guys! I'm going to lose weight. Watch me!"

I would start, be all excited, and then too soon after, I would lose the motivation. Predictably, the weight would come back and bring a few friends.

Yes, I have done this before.

Oh, but this time, it is so very different.

Not only am I better equipped for this battle of the bulge, but I have some friends that are cheering me on.

Let me start from the beginning....

November 21, 2016

We just returned home from visiting my family for the holidays.

My Caver and I (this photo was taken two days before I stepped on the scale)

I was bloated, tired, bloated, crabby, and bloated.

I went to the bathroom and looked down at the scale. I couldn't remember the last time that I had weighed myself.

I didn't want to get on it, but I knew that it was time to face the music.

I took a breath, turned on the scale, stepped up on the cold plate, and waited.

It flashed...


What?! NO!!! Not again!

That's it!! It's time to call in the reinforcements.

My friend,Trish, is an inspiration. She's a mama of six babies and looks AMAZING! She has literally worked her booty off. If you have any questions about Weight Watchers or Trim Healthy Mama, she is your girl.

My fabulous friend, Trish {her channel}

Trish had recently posted a photo of herself on Instagram sporting these cute athletic leggings. I remember looking at the photo thinking-- "I want that for myself." Not the leggings, but the confidence that it took for Trish to post the photo. She earned it and I knew that I had to earn it too.

I called Trish and, in a nutshell, said "HELP!" After talking for quite a while, I was ready to go! Weight Watchers was going to be the plan of attack. With Trish's help, I knew how many points to have each day, I began pinning WW friendly recipes on Pinterest, and I found a way to calculate points when I logged my food.

This time is different.

This time, I am getting results.

This time, I've come out swinging.

If you want to keep up with my journey, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Each Wednesday I post a Wellness Wednesday video giving you an update of my progress, battles I faced during the week, and victories that I won.

If you need motivation and a community of cheerleaders, than be sure to follow Trish (Just Sew Trish) and I every Wednesday for our live YouTube show called Mama Gets Fit. We go live at 7:30 a.m. central/8:30 a.m. eastern. We also have an awesome Facebook group that's for women only that you are invited to join (if you're a woman).

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The Homestead Wife's Skill of the Month Club with Esther Emery


I got skills, but who couldn't use more skills-- or fine tune the ones that they already have?

Esther Emery is someone that I have looked up to for a couple of years. It all started when I stumbled upon her family's YouTube channel, Fouch-O-Matic Off Grid. Here was a family going after a lifestyle that seems so romantic, but at the same time, devilishly unforgiving and brutal; all of it, beautiful in it's blood, sweat, and tears.

I have grown to respect Esther immensely for her heart, her strength, and for her mad story telling skills. I look forward to finally meeting her this October where she will be a speaker at the Homesteaders of America Conference in Virginia.

Esther Emery (photo from homesteadersofamerica.com)

Until then, us women have the opportunity to glean from Esther in a super cool way!

Esther has started a series on her self-named channel, Esther Emery called Skills of the Month. She, along with friends, will address topics ranging from preparedness to organization. There will be homework assignments! (Does that excite anyone else but me?) There is also a community being built on Facebook and you can find the link to that group in the description box of her videos. I have just watched the first lesson and got a page of notes. The second lesson has also been posted and I'm stoked that the subject is on Food Storage.

With that being said, I am going to publish this so I can get back to class. ;)