Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Monthly Goals Update and This Week's Goals
I would have posted this yesterday, but I was plain not up to it. My son's first injection at the allergist was FINALLY accomplished yesterday. It went well, by the way, so don't worry about bad news there. Actually, everyone kept telling us how great my son did for as long of a wait as we had AFTER getting a shot in each arm. And he WAS super good, so I was happy about that.
By the time the appointment was done, though, my husband and I were completely shot. We were so scared that something bad would happen, even though the odds were astronomically small, that we sat on pins and needles until like the last 20 minutes or so. So we came home just exhausted. And then helping to haul all kinds of stuff to keep the son occupied for two hours (closer to 3 by the time the shot got mixed up and all) and helping to hold my son down while they gave him the shots...I was rewriting the book on pain yesterday. Lots of spasms in my left arm after that, swelling and me in so much pain on and off I wanted to cry. Biceptal tendonitis is, by far, some of the worst pain I've been in. I'm really trying to take it easy on the arm today as a result, but yesterday I wasn't even up to typing.
Today, I'm mainly trying to SLOWLY clean the house as it's terrible around here right now, but a nap is on the agenda too hopefully as I didn't get but two hours of sleep last night due to my son and his cold and now I have a sore throat, so I'm praying hard I don't get sick (it's vitamin taking time!).
When it came to goals last week, I got canning stuff done (yay!), got the cantaloupe in the freezer (double yay), but didn't get to dehydrating the potatoes. By the way to the person who asked, I dice and/or slice potatoes up, blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes and then dehydrate them. You can use the sliced potatoes to make potatoes au gratin with and the diced potatoes you can add to casseroles, soups or stews. I've heard of people smashing them into powder after dehydrating them to make instant mashed potatoes, but I haven't tried that yet, so I'm not sure how well that would work.
I actually did get a Christmas gift accomplished this week. I took the alcohol I got for free and some other alcohol I had around the house along with a couple of bottles of juice and things and made Peach Pie Moonshine (seen up top). I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I scabbed as much peach schnapps from around the house that I had (we had a bunch of mini-bottles that came with our bar downstairs that are goodness knows how old, but they got the job done) but only had about 1/2 of what I would need, so I filled the void with peach flavored vodka instead. I used a container of peach, apple mango juice I had around here instead of the peach grape juice and then 3/4 of a container of apple juice from the fridge and then just made up the rest by adding two big cans of peaches instead of two small cans. The left over peaches from making the moonshine I used to make peach crisp for dessert last night (you remove the peaches before adding the alcohol, just in case people are like "WHAT???" *laugh*), so I can safely say nothing went to waste here.
The mix, since mine is a higher alcohol content than the original recipe was (vodka definitely has a higher alcohol content than the schnapps) , kind of tastes like peach flavored burning right now, but it gets sweeter and better tasting as it sits, so I just waited until the heated mix cooled down to about 115 or so, added the alcohol and then poured it into cans/jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace (the pretty bottles, by the way, you can get at Target and they are indeed canning jars) and then just tightened the lids down good. Every one of them sealed without issues, so at least I won't have to worry about them leaking should they get bumped or something :). They are curing in the pantry until Christmas. The pretty bottles will stay here to give as gifts to my husband as I'm not giving those up for anything, but others will be given at Christmastime to some of the adult couples in the family who drink. Not bad for like no monetary investment and a bit of thinking on my part on how to make it all work.
So, this week's goals are...
1. Take it easy on arm as much as possible. Remember to ice it.
2. Clean house as much as possible without overworking arm.
3. Work on goals for September.
4. Work on shopping goals for September.
5. Work on Christmas gifts.
And that, my friends is it for goals this week. I'm trying to keep it realistic and simple at this point.
How about you? What are you up to this week?