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My Weekend Challenge

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So this week is our little town's "homecoming," of sorts. I believe it the the 107th Sheldon Old Settler's Picnic. Our town of 500 draws in a crowd of alumni for the weekend activities.

It started yesterday for me. As oldest DD and I were getting ready to head off to Joplin for Sam's, we discovered that both small trailers were loaded down. One with the Kubota you see in the snow picture on my main page. It was with DH. The other had the rewards of an auction my FIL had been to over the past few days. I don't know how many bolt bins we had to unload, but some were so heavy we just had to take the drawers out to get them off the trailer. We finally got that done; it only took us two hours! (We were hot and sweaty by that time.) When I went to hook up the trailer lights, the fitting for the trailer didn't fit my Suburban! We bought the vehicle sometime in February, I think, and DH hasn't had the time to make the conversion. So, DH was on the farm at the time. He tried an adapter that wouldn't work, either. In the end, we took his four-door dually pickup that drives like a semi! It is nice enough, with all the bells and whistles, but it just doesn't turn like my car. Trying to park the thing on any given day in a crowded parking lot is a challenge, but then we added the trailer! There was no putting off the trip, however, and so we headed south.

We did a little shopping at Kohl's, one of the ONLY times I was able to spend my Kohl's Cash! I didn't find any real clothes to wear, but I cleaned house on workout shirts! I got some for less than $3, and then I took off the $20 Kohl's Cash! emoticon I also got some awesome workout socks at the mall, and Cait got a cheap swimsuit for next year.

Then for the real reason for the trip. We spent well over $1,000 on food for the 4-H/FFA food stand on Friday and Saturday night. Today I will smoke 80 pounds of pork loin and cut it up for tomorrow. Then tomorrow morning I will smoke the beans and potatoes to be served at the lawn tractor pull. I get to do the same thing Saturday morning for the sides that will be served up on Saturday. All together I'll do 60 pounds of potatoes, 10 pounds of onions, and 6 gallons of beans. emoticon Last year each club cleared right at $800. We served over 400 hamburgers, almost 200 hot dogs, untold nachos, and our famous Farmland KC Wild Wings. I don't know what they actually are, but they look like pork loin on a pork rib bone. They cost us a fortune, but it is a tradition for us to have them. We sell them for $2.75 each, and make about a quarter each. Some people order them 5 and 10 at a time for family! Here is a pic of the smoker DH and DS built a few years ago.

The other side is a grill.



Since Cait will be a Junior this coming school year, their class (of 14 kids) will have the dunk tank fundraiser going on, as well. We will be selling homemade cookies, too. She has mixed up 6 batches of dough altogether so far, and put it in the fridge. She will bake a few to sell tonight. I may mix up some peanut butter dough this morning so she can make the Peanut Butter-Cup cookies recipe I found in the August 26th issue of All You. Also on the menu will be brownies! I'm just glad that she is determined to bake a few batches at a time and get them immediately out of the house so they won't be a temptation to either of us!

Anyway, my challenge will be to take time to eat right and exercise throughout the next few days. I am actually back down to 169 from my high of 178.5 last Saturday morning. I did really well yesterday, and saved calories for my double dip of Braum's Cappocino Chunky Chocolate yogurt. I even got a short workout in before I left. This is a fun, busy time for our family. Our town is so small, and like most other towns, a few people do the majority of the work. DH and I will be torn between working the dunk tank (gotta have an adult taking $), his 25th class reunion, and the food stand. It will all be over around 2 am Sunday morning.

I'm tired already, just from reading this blog!
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PEGTIGER 8/20/2011 4:45PM

    Making wonderful memories. I love that grill. I'd be great at the football games!

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LAURALOOHOO 8/19/2011 2:10PM

    Sounds like a lot of work, but a lot of fun too! These are the memories you'll remember for years to come. Enjoy!!

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MIMIKK7 8/19/2011 8:30AM

    Wow, I am tired from reading all that you are doing for your community! emoticon That is truly awesome and sounds like you and your family will have a very fun filled weekend! emoticon on a job well done with the scales! emoticon I know you will rock this weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAR1970 8/18/2011 9:58PM

    Busy, busy! Sounds like a lot of fun though!

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SPBETTERWAY 8/18/2011 8:12PM

    Wish I was there. Have a lot of fun.

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LISAINMS 8/18/2011 2:21PM

    What fun! I know you're a busy girl, but that will keep your mind on things other than nibbling as you cook. Nice smoker, too. I would love to have one of those, but we don't cook for a crowd like we did when we lived near relatives. Good score on the workout tops from Kohl's! And you know how jealous I am at your double scoop from Braums. We are going to Dallas Labor Day weekend and you know where I'll be found... can't wait for that Cappucino Chunky Chocolate deliciousness!! Have a great time at the event; I'm sure you will be getting a lot of compliments!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/18/2011 2:20PM

    That sounds just awesome!! Good luck with the food aspect!!

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KASANT0015 8/18/2011 12:52PM

    Oh my, so much good food!! Just concentrate on portion control and getting your exercise in...you will be fine! Have fun :)

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TERESA159 8/18/2011 11:25AM

    Party time! Sounds like a great community tradition and I love how you are right in the middle of the whole thing. (and girl if you drive a Suburban and still needed a trailer, I know that's a LOT of food!) What fun. You know all that work is so worth it. Enjoy the event and rubbing elbows with your neighbors just don't leave your Spark at home. And show off that new bod!!!

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