Monday, October 25, 2010
Hi since it's kind of cool and drizzley here I decided to do a bit of baking, Hubby has a sweet tooth, so do I, so I have some secret plans to keep treats to a limit.
I like to make a cke in a cookie sheet pan, then cut into 4 big pieces and freeze 3 of them, then I can pull one out occassionally for hubby's treat/dessert..I may have a small piece too, but it's way better thn having that whole cake staring at you from the cupboard!!''
Today;s cake was an idea I saw somewhere to add pumpkin to a carrot cake cake mix, I added the other ingreidents from on the box and amped up the cinnamon. Yummy and safely tucked into the freezer.
My next project was to deal with bananas that didn't ripen right..I hate buying green ones since you never know if they'll ripen nice and this bunch didn't. So I made 2 loaves, cut them in half and froze 3 packages. :) So I've stocked some healthy treats when we get busy bale hauling!
I really love to cook and like to stock the freezer. I've been searching around for ideas to add to the ones I already use. I found some neat ones..like freezing batch lasagnas in ice cream pails then pop out and store in freezer bags. When you're ready to cook . put it into the crock pot..cool hey! There was another similar that was mexican with layered tortillas and beef and cheese, yummmm!
My favorites are batch cook meatballs, baked on a cookie sheet, then freeze in portion sise bags (it's what we're having for supper tonight with homemade freeze tomato sauce and pasta) I also take the ground beef mixture and make up patties and or meatloaves. I have been known to assembly line make homemade pizza's to freeze. I love to cook a couple roasts and slice paper thin with my electric meat slicer and package into small packs.
One member mentioned BBQing a lot of chicken breasts, then freezing them, great idea! Then there's the old stand bys like chili, soups, stews, cabbage rolls etc.
I also love to fry up a lot of ground beef, drain off all fat and freeze in little packages for quick meals like chili, sloppy joes etc.
If any of you have any batch cooking ideas I'd love to hear them :)
Better run..hubby is putting out bales and I need to take off twine.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Hi..you'll all be tired of me talking about my calves..the four legged kind and my injured leg calf!! Boy is it sore today..been trying to rest it since out 4 pm. but it's still throbbing!!!
We got the calves all sorted from the cow, then sorted from each other..ones to keep /sell and then loaded into the semi. It was about 2 to 3 hours of leg work :(
Drove behind the semi to watch them weigh and track their weights, etc. Then had a quick lunch (I treated myself to a tiger tiger ice cream cone..small) and treated myself to some magazines, too.
Checked another herd of cattle at our far away pasture on our way home..then hauled some bales.
While hubby hauled more bales, I put my leg up..finally. Phoned my sister to set up our Christmas present/spa weekend..then made reservations..we're going the last weekend before Christmas!! Our idea is to be all ready by then and just relax, or at least have the shopping finished so we don't spend a bunch of money :)
I made a quick supper..my favorite for Sunday supper..cover a pan with tin foil, put chicken pieces and a sweet potato cut in half, cut side down on pan..sprinkle with spices..I used dollar store chicken grinders, then bake for about one hour..hubby had left over beets with his, I had a spinach salad with mine...dessert was a fresh apple.
It's raining out here and snow is forecast for tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday..but not to stay I hope!!!! We wanted to haul more bales tomorrow so hope we don't get too much moisture!
The calves sell on Tuesday so we're off to Assiniboia again!!
Going to take it easy, rest my leg for the next few hours till bedtime!!
Have a great day and keep on sparkin'
Sunday, October 24, 2010
We got the cattle moved into the corrals today and fed them..I cut twine and removed it from 10 round bales. We need to start around 6 am sorting them so they are all ready for the semi tomorrow at 9 am..them we'll drive to Assiniboia to watch them weigh..we'll be selling around 90 of our 140 calves, the sale is on Tuesday. Wish us luck for a good price at the auction!!
My leg has been sore since I was on it alot today..tomorrow will be worse since sorting is hard work and lots of running!
Hubby got finished baling Woo Hoo..now we have to haul them all home!!
Today was my favorite sister's birthday..we talked on the phone, she just lives in Regina. We made plans to give each other a trip to Moose Jaw Spa together for a Christmas gift :).I'm looking forward to that!! I love Temple Gardens Mineral Spa :)
Well I should get to bed cuz 6 am comes early!!!
Keep on Sparkin'
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I finally got in the last of my carrots, beets and turnips. My turnips weren't very great this year..only a couple meals. I used lots of carrots through the the summer and fall, but I washed up 2 large bags and 10 ziplock sandwich bags of mini carrots for snacks. I scrubbed up all the beets and cooked and peeled them all. Then I sliced and ice cream pailful and made fridge beet pickles, then I froze 7 bags of sliced beets and 4 bags of diced and we had beets for supper.
My sister told me a hint for washing carrots..using the washing machine :) use gentle and rinse first if they're really dirty, don't fill too full , then bag up and store in fridge.
I had to go to town again today to mail stuff for hubby's job, then brought hubby coffee in the field.
I did some laundry and did some organizing in the bedroom, sorting clothes , changing out some new lamps. It looks better already, I do want to paint it soon!
Well I should get to bed and be ready for our big, busy weekend..keep on sparkin'
Stay turned for mid-week when I'll do a recap of October's goals..I may have to snoop on other's blogs for some inspiration for November :) I know my November theme will be "Hospitality"
My recumbent bike is in Weyburn for me to pick up Wednesday so I'll be including alot of biking to keep holiday weight gain away...
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