So, yeah, I'll just post up the menu plan for the coming week here in the next couple of days and just say that I punted on dinner this last week. Saturday I didn't even need to cook! My daughter went to her friend's birthday party (and he knew what the sheep pillow was and did indeed like it! Woohoo!) and came home with an extra pizza left over from the party so we had free pizza for dinner.
Which worked out perfectly, because I spent all weekend working my tail off canning (more on that in a minute) . This week is already derailed and it's only Monday. Went out to take the kids to school this morning to have warning lights come on in my car telling me I had a super low tire. Got the kids to school and managed to kick my poor husband out of bed (who subsequently could not get back to sleep most of the day) to show me how to fire up the air compressor so I could go and run my son to speech therapy and run some errands. I thought the tire might just be low and would be okay, but as soon as I got home and let the car sit in the garage for a few hours (my husband filled it in the late morning) and the thing was down five pounds. I saw how low it was getting going to pick up the kids and ended up picking them up from school 15 minutes early because I was worried the leak was getting worse on the tire. My husband filled the tire before he went to work and will fill it again in the morning to keep it from settling too badly (we hope) and then tomorrow's schedule is my husband getting some sleep (I hope) while I run into town and wait while my winter tires get put on my car (thank goodness my tire waited to do this until after the 15th so I had that option) and hopefully they repair my leaky summer tire. While there I'm hoping to get them to redo my tire sensors as they managed to reverse my front tire sensors on the last tire change over...AGAIN (third tire change over is the charm as they say). More money I didn't want to spend right now! Life sure is fun!
So, yeah, onto what I managed to get done this last week.
Well, sewing goals didn't happen much. I did work on the embroidered pillow case kit as I waited for my car to get it's oil changed and I worked a bit on my new pot holder for the kitchen while I was there too. And I did manage to sew a few more pieces of velcro onto my second set of unpaper towels. But, getting side tracked making a birthday gift kind of put a monkey wrench in the works for sewing goals, but hey at least I got that done and figured out!
I did, however, manage to kick some behind on canning goals this weekend!
Side note: I am REALLY glad I got the bulk pectin instead of buying boxes or something! That stuff works TONS better than the pectin I normally use (which usually ends up being Sure Gel or Ball brands). I have no idea why it's different, but it sure worked great in all of these recipes!
Cooperative Extension Service had published and I ended up doubling it as I had more rose hips than I thought (woot!). Instead of the consistency of two boxes of pectin, however, I added three. This really is the best way, I've found, to get a consistent set on jelly. Otherwise, if your water content on something is too high in your fruit the jelly just doesn't set and you end up with syrup. And I still have rose hip syrup. I didn't need any more. Twenty four hours later and the jelly had a decent soft set on it by the way it was sitting in the jars, so I know it'll set completely within a week (rose hip jelly can take that long to set completely). I got eight and a half pints from the rose hips I foraged in the yard. Not too shabby! And while you can't see it in the pictures because I canned it in pints (makes the mixture denser in the jar or something) because I used so many really ripe rose hips the jelly came out a really pretty dark pink color. Pretty cool.
I'm getting down to a point with the canning where I have sauerkraut to worry about jarring up here in about three weeks and I am hoping to have enough jars to get that done, but the peach jelly...well for now the peach juice is going to stay in the freezer until I can either afford more jars or empty some because I am pretty much out of anything that would work as a jelly jar. Once I sure I have enough quart jars to can up apple pie filling (once I empty the fermenting jars in the pantry out, in other words) I'll buy some apples and make apple pie filling for the coming year and yeah...after that I'm pretty much done for a while!
Oddly enough I didn't can half as much this year as last year, but at the same time I'm so much busier schedule wise this year that the canning I got done this year has been a LOT harder to get done. Weird how life is like that.
And now onto this week's goals! Now that the garden is pretty much done for the year (I am hoping to figure out a ground cover and start some seeds, but am not sure I'm going to make it the way things are shaping up) due to Bob and Ted, and now that canning is on hold until the sauerkraut is done doing it's voodoo, I have nothing stopping me (other than cars continuing to have problems *sigh*) to work on sewing projects and getting some cleaning and organizing done. Yay!
- Prepare potato basket project and figure out liner
- Cut out two pairs of sleep pants for son
- Make two skirts for daughter
- Work a bit on fall themed quilt
- Continue to work on embroidery
- Start work on reorganizing pantry and closets
- Fix hole in daughter's pants
- Make out menu plan for week (there it's written down! Now I have to do it!)
- Recover house from canning weekend (the son had pretty much free reign as I was working this weekend...it shows...poor house).
- Clean fans
- Continue to work on new pot holder for kitchen
- Get tires changed over on car. Get leaky tire fixed (hopefully).
So, how about you? Up to anything this week?