This feels good
Some times around here I start so many projects that I feel like I don’t get any thing done. This mostly happens when I become slack on writing my lists and staying organized. An organized home is more efficient and running a farm takes planning. Although I enjoy flying by the seat of my pants some times but know this is what happens, projects left started and undone.
So far this week I managed to cross of quite a few projects…
I made the meat loaf my husband has been teasing for since I got back from vacation. Me, I hate the stuff and don’t usually eat all that much meat. To make him happy- tonight’s supper was just for him… meat loaf, mashed potatoes and carrots. Everything I needed came from the pantry. I had to stop and make bread crumbs first.
To make bread crumbs I save all my left over bread and freeze it in a bag until I have enough save or run out. Don’t save stale bread, this makes stale bread crumbs. They are simple to make, place them on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven at 350f until brown and all moisture is gone. Next I toss into the blender and blend to the size crumbs I want. I store them in a glass jar in the fridge. If I end up will huge amounts I refreeze them. Now wasn’t that easy, I told you it would be. The good part is I don’t have to spend money on bread crumbs, I use up the ends no one seems to want so nothing goes to waste.
While the oven was on I made Ranch Crackers for his lunch to take to work. He likes them and they are very cost effective compared to some of the snack crackers on the grocery shelves.
1 bag small oyster crackers
1/2 C olive oil
1 package or 3 Tbl. dry Ranch dressing Mix
1 tsp. dill weed, dried and chopped
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Mix everything together except the crackers in a large bowl, gently fold in the cracker to cover. Pour onto a baking sheet and bake at 220f for 20 minutes, or until brown. About half way through I gently turn them over to brown on both sides. Let cool and store in air tight container.
I finished up my pot holders and dish towel for the swap over at Down-To-Earth. Nanette your package is headed to the post office in the morning. I ran out of time today to do it. This was a very fun project for me, I met a new friend and learned a new sewing skill. How to sew bias tape on in a circle. (Hey that just gave you a hint Nanette! :)…)
I have this cute little mustard jar I found while on vacation. Can you believe it was only $.50, at a thrift store we stopped at. My sister took me there, the place is bigger than any thrift shop I have ever seen. We were there for 3 hours looking around, laughing and joking. Now to figure out what to do with it. I know it is supposed to have one of those red rubber canning jar rings to seal it thigh. I have some somewhere…. What would you do with it? Any ideas?
The chicks are growing every day. They are getting used to me and will now come when they hear me. My youngest son helped me name them. I don’t know if they are girl or boy yet but one is Stewie and the other dumpling, as in chicken stew and dumplings… yum! Hey now, they are headed there eventually, every thing has a purpose here.
My granddaughter needs a new lunch bag for preschool. Any one care to share any instructions for making an insulated one out of fabric with a zipper and handles? I’ve been looking on line with no luck finding anything interesting.
I started my pepper and cucumber seeds today. The tomatoes now have their first set of leaves and are doing well. I have 2 full flats with 4 varieties. I don’t intend to grow them all, I expect some not to make it and the rest I plan on trading for other seedling with a friend.
I washed out some 5 gallon pails I brought home from my friends MOUNTAIN of pails. He buys oil in them for his skidder and other tree cutting machines. There are A LOT of pails there…I plan on planting the tomatoes in them. They are all either dark red or black and I have grown tomatoes with good luck in the for several years in the past. Once I can get the covers off they are pretty easy to clean. I use old newspapers and vinegar mixed with water. The dirty newspapers then are brought across the street and my neighbor uses them to start his outside wood burning heating stove. The stove has some sort of filter, smoke cleaning attachment on it. It’s made to also burn used motor oil.
I found in my stash some fabric to make my granddaughter some spring skirts. She had some last year and loved them. It’s simple, I use the full width of the fabric 45″ as the top, sew a pocket for some elastic and hem the bottom.
And lastly I made some more salve for my granddaughter and to add back into our first-aid kits. The recipe for it is here….I love this stuff and haven’t bought any ointments since I started making it last summer.
Hope you all had a good and productive day.