Sunday, July 3, 2016
Weekly Goal Update and This Week's Goals
So, how did the goals for last week go? Well first I got the daughter through her dentist appointment, so that got done :). I also did go through projects and things I had around the house and figured out a few ideas for Christmas gifts for this year. At least one thing I found was a kit to make my daughter a doll, so that will definitely come in handy. I also dug out my yarn and started working on a project for Christmas as well this week.
On the sewing front, I didn't get to repairing my husband's jacket zipper as I ended up doing some chores around here to help my husband get ready to go out of town this week. To complicate matters my son didn't sleep at all one night (he went to bed at 6:00 am) and didn't sleep well most of the week, so it was kind of hard to get motivated to do much of anything some days. Luckily, though, the iron supplements and vitamins I've been taking finally started to perk my energy levels up, so I was able to cope with the lack of sleep a lot better.
I also dug out the Fourth of July table runner and put that on the table for tomorrow.
I still haven't found the DVD repair kit, but like Indian Jones in the Adventure of the Allusive DVD Repair Kit, I'm not going to give up! I shall traverse any pile of forgotten stuff to go through and dodge any falling items as I look on the tall shelves in the closet! I shall not be denied!!!
On canning goals is where I really did do good work this week. I canned...
1. Cherry jam (seen up top).
Some people asked for the link to the recipe I used. I used the recipe HERE but I did do a few things different. For one, when you used prepared tomato sauce to start, the reducing time is a LOT less. I only reduced the stuff for about an hour and I still ended up with some getting scorched even on the lowest heat setting (luckily it didn't make the BBQ sauce taste like charcoal or anything when it happened, I just had to scrub the bottom of the pan afterwards). I also used poblano peppers because I had them in the freezer and skipped the hot peppers and the sweet bell peppers, using the poblano peppers in their place. It worked out pretty well actually. I had just enough celery and onions frozen to get the veggies out of the way. Once the veggies were tender I used a immersion blender instead of worrying about food milling everything and got the veggies incorporated into the sauce that way.
Normally I would have added a tablespoon of liquid smoke to help flavor the BBQ sauce more to our liking, but after searching for a good hour, I have to say that I must be out of it. I'll just get some liquid smoke at the store at some point and mix in a little bit into the sauce when I go to use it. It'll work.
4. And I got pancake syrup canned today. I adapted a recipe I had used for years to work better for me and it came out great. I'll post up the recipe here soon.
5. After I got done with the pancake syrup and the honey mustard, I went to put the 1 lb package of powdered mustard I had opened into a jar, but there was some left over. My husband asked if he could have what was left in the package and I said okay. He then went online, looked up a recipe for hot English mustard, got my scale out, got the last bottle of hard cider and made his own mustard. I put it into sterilized jar and canned it for him (I tasted it and can see why they say to let it rest for two weeks. Holy COW that stuff is hot!!!). I thought that was pretty neat of him to do with just some left over powdered mustard.
When it came to getting cleaning goals done with the kids rooms that didn't get done this week with the son not sleeping and other stuff going on. I'm hoping to get to that this week.
I did get bread baked today. The recipe made two loaves of bread, but I really didn't NEED two loaves since my husband is going out of town this week, so I grabbed the other half of the dough and quickly made some cinnamon rolls for breakfast tomorrow with it. It worked great and the rolls are now slathered thickly with cream cheese icing and are under the Tupperware cake cover until tomorrow morning. Yum!
My goals for this week will integrate into my monthly goals (I hope *laugh*), so I'll get to that tomorrow. How about you? Did you get some of your goals accomplished last week?