The white chicken chili on Monday was pretty good!! Princess's boy was over, and he ate 2 bowls, besides the homemade bread we had with it. I couldn't find a recipe that I had all of the ingredients to, so I improvised with what I had!
I had to work Monday night. After work, I also had to meet with Princess's dad because she forgot her laptop there over the weekend. Instead of driving over an hour to get it, he met me on my way home from work, about halfway between our towns. I also got a new friend Monday night! His name is Shadow. He's a Holland.
I had been planning on leftovers for supper on Monday, but we didn't have enough so I threw together some cheesy potato soup. There was only one bowl left after everyone ate! WOW!
Yesterday was Tuesday, so the truck came. I went to see what there was to offer. It was unusual that they had a TON of spices!! I saw some ground cumin, which I'm currently out of, but somehow didn't manage to get one of those. Some of the herbs and spices they had multiples of (big glass jars of ground coriander!!) but some they only had a 6 pack (like the cumin.) I also got a case of plums, 60# of carrots, some red peppers, and part of a produce box (they only had 4 produce boxes this time. I got a bag of potatoes, a bag of carrots, some pears, and a bag of apples in it... I shared the other stuff that had been in it)
Yesterday I worked also. We had leftovers for lunch. Princess requested some potato chips to go with the 2 containers of French onion dip in the fridge. I also ran out of soy sauce a few days ago, so I stopped at the store and picked some up (farmer's market is in the store parking lot.) I had some leftover rice in the fridge, so I made a fried rice for supper. Generally when I make that, I put in mixed veggies, but I didn't know we were out of them. I did have some plain veggies in the freezer though. I added sliced carrots, corn, and green beans and made a pretty hearty meal. I didn't have any meat to put in it but I did add 4 scrambled eggs. It seemed to go over pretty well.
This morning I was pretty sore when I got up to do my workout. It's been a while since I've been doing it, so I'm using muscles I haven't used in a while! I chose just to do 15 minutes with MyFitnessCoach and it was recommended to be a "core" day, so I obliged. I REALLY need to find my yoga mat - doing crunches and ball rolling on the hard wood floor is not comfortable! My lower back has been aching all day. I think it's a combination of the exercise and the canning. I usually end up with some back pain during canning season with all the time on my feet. The back problems go back to a car accident I was in my senior year. But we'll talk about that another day.
Today was my day off, but I think I worked harder today than most normal days. It was a canning day!! I had 3 of my Cornish in my big roaster that had cooked overnight and made a BEAUTIFUL broth, and one cooking in my crockpot. I peeled about half of one of the 30# bags of carrots and probably 10-15 pounds of potatoes, diced up 3 HUGE onions (I probably only needed 1-1 1/2) and blanched some sweet corn I had in the fridge from the last box. (I also got a couple in this box). I have to say.. I LOVE my Pampered Chef veggie peeler! It makes peeling carrots SO EASY!!!
I put up 3 quarts of just carrots, 4 quarts of corn chowder base (onion, garlic, corn, potatoes, carrots, chicken stock), 7 quarts plus 9 pints potato soup base (onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots, and chicken stock), 9 pints of chicken, sliced up enough apples to fill 4 ice cream pails (2 were gallon sized, 2 were "family sized"), cooked down about 20 pounds of apples to make applesauce and eventually apple butter, and had a "family sized" ice cream pail of chicken stock left that went into the fridge. It's getting too late to finish that up.
|Chicken waiting to be canned|
Even with all that I did there, I STILL have 45# of carrots and a case of plums left to process. The sliced apples are for future use in apple pies and apple pie cookies (which I need to make tomorrow, along with bread for market and a birthday cake for Hubs!)
I admit, I don't always cook from scratch. Today Princess wanted mac and cheese, and the boys wanted hot dogs. I LOVE mac and cheese - but ONLY the blue box can do it!!
Supper we decided to try a chicken taco soup. I still have a couple BIG bags of preseasoned chicken taco filling. Princess thawed one out, and I improvised to make a really good, filling soup.
2T taco seasoning
1 pint homemade Rotel
1 pint tomato juice