Winter food prep!

Winter food prep has started!! I am hoping to purchase a freezer soon!

Today I found a great local meat sale so I stocked up on ground beef and sausage. I made about 60 meatballs. Tonight we are having meatloaf and I still have two pounds of ground beef to prepare and freeze.

I really enjoy prepping for winter. It feels so nice to fill my pantry with food, prep toilet paper, laundry stuff and to make homemade soaps to put up for the year.

I am going to start canning this week.

In the fall after canning season is over, I want to make homemade pasta to store! I have been wanting to do this for such a long time.

Right now I am focused in the garden!

I’m really trying to get everything caught up. I need to take down some of my bean bushes and start planting some carrots.

Cabbage will be ready soon! I’m excited for some yummy sauerkraut! Cabbage rolls sound so good too! I haven’t made them in a long time!

A lot of my beans and corn will be frozen this year. I prefer some vegetables frozen, and those to me just taste better frozen fresh.

School starts soon. I am going to try to squeeze in some more fun with the kids in the next two weeks. We might go camping! It will be nice to have some family time! This summer has been so busy!

Pickin’ time

Cora and I did some picking this morning.

We picked fresh tomatoes, many types of green beans, peppers, basil, and two different varieties of parsley.

Cora said when she wants to grow up she wants to be a farmer and she wants us to farm together. She wants sheep, chickens, pigs, cows and horses.

She’s the best helper. She loves working in the garden! She plants, weeds, Trims, picks and waters the garden with me!

Today we have some chores to get done. Laundry needs hung, dishes need washed and the floors need mopped. I also want to do some food prep.

Tomorrow Cora has to get her tonsils and adenoids removed. I’m hoping for a fast recovery!

Cute pic of jack from yesterday 🥰

Summer Reading

What are you reading this summer? I read Young Pioneers the other day. It was such an easy read that it took me one day to complete it!

If you like the Little House books, you will enjoy it. It is written by Laura’s daughter, Rose.

I’m really enjoying the frontier / pioneer theme. I have a few books to choose from and will let you know what I decide to dive into next. I really enjoy series. I actually haven’t really read for myself in years. I am always reading kids books these days.

If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments, I would love to hear them!

Rolling’ up our sleeves!

Today is another slow paced day so far. We all slept in (until 8am!) and spent the morning pretty lazy.

Mid afternoon, I went in to the kitchen to tackle the dishes. Our dishwasher is broke (something I can probably fix, but haven’t) and I have been avoiding the dishes in the sink. I got started on them and actually found the work to be very relaxing.

It really reminds me that there are so many things in life we don’t want to do; but we should just make the best of it and change your perspective and enjoy the hard work that comes with it. Washing all of the dishes didn’t take me long. It was much faster than waiting for the dishwasher.

After I tackled most of the dishes, it was time to learn! For awhile now I have been wanting to make butter with the Little girls. Now that we are reading the Little House books, it really seems appropriate. Emma and I did this when she was young and it was really fun!

The butter tasted great! The kids each had a piece of bread with the new butter spread thickly over it. Cora really enjoyed making the butter and eating it. We have buttermilk left over, so hopefully I can make some biscuits if I ever get around to it.

For lunch we had the left over spaghetti and broccoli, then went out to swim!

I recently ordered a new skimmer bag for the pool and it was so helpful! Cleaning the pool takes a lot of work, but I do it daily. I am so glad the pool hasn’t given me and trouble this year. All the levels are always good and since I get in and skim at least an hour or so a day, it’s pretty clear!

This has been one of the best purchases aside from our popcorn maker for this year! Especially since I only bought it for $40! Such a steal.

Now that we are inside and relaxing, I plan on finishing everything I started yesterday. I’m hoping to get my kitchen cleaned and mopped, my fridge cleaned out, some laundry put away and to finish my room.

I have no idea what we will have for dinner tonight. Cora wants me to make Chinese, but I am perfectly fine with continuing the leftovers. If everything goes well, we may need some icecream for all of our cleaning and organizing efforts today.