Hello, friends. Last week, I baked some of our sweet potatoes, and pulled lambs quarter and spaghetti squash from the freezer for a side dish. One of the things J & I had to do last week was empty a building, which was full of things people left. It truly amazed us what people leave behind. Quite a bit went to the dump, two vehicles full went to thrift stores, and one tote came home with us, with things we can use or try to sell. We went by Aldi, and got four .49 avocados, along with a few other things. A $5 reward was redeemed when buying cards at Walgreens.
With the new year, we have a bit of catching up to do. The entire week between Christmas and New Years kept us busy with the unexpected responsibilities. Now that all of that is taken care of for now, we have 12 orders to create and ship over the next few weeks. There is a soap order to wrap and deliver, several other batches of soap to wrap, and some to make. I took New Years day to catch up on a few things, then began focusing on our traditional Southern meal of black eyed peas and rice, collards, and cornbread. Fresh cornmeal was ground for the bread, and collards were harvested from the garden. Oregano was harvested, and dried for winter use.
|"safe room" for the chickens|
The last time I harvested broccoli, it looked like the next round would be a while yet, but when I went to check them, I was disappointed to see they had started getting slimy in the middle. It's been quite rainy, so I'm sure that played into it. I composted the middles, and had a pound of good broccoli left, which I roasted, along with a pan of one of our small pumpkin pieces. A package of frozen lima beans rounded out the meal, which made for an entire homegrown meal, other than oil, spices and a small amount of onion that went into the beans. That's always a great feeling. One of my nieces is getting ready to head back to college, to begin her master's degree. She and I met at Small B&B cafe for breakfast, where I had to drop off a soap order. After we ate, we checked out the little folk art museum that is there. In all the times I've been to Small, I've never seen the museum, as it's only open Saturdays, so that was fun. We then stopped at a few places, and I found some treasures, including an amaryllis bulb marked down 30%, and two canisters I plan to turn into compost crocks. J finished making a dozen orders this weekend, and I painted 8 of them on Sunday. Whew! I'm looking forward to a slightly slower pace this coming week. Have a good one, friends.