Monday, April 28, 2008

Garden Update

Don't try to grow tomato plants from seed unless you have a greenhouse. I set my plants out last week and they all laid down on the ground and died. They just didn't have strong enough stems to keep them up, so I bought new ones yesterday at a local greenhouse and planted them. They aren't the interesting varieties that the others were so I won't get anything different than other local growers, but at least I can get them fresh from my own garden. That is the only thing that I have planted so far. Since it keeps raining, Clark hasn't been able to go back over the garden spot with the tiller to brake it up a little more so I can plant my seeds. Hopefully I can get them in the ground by the end of the week. Also an update to my second job. I went in Friday night to Designer Cakes and worked till midnight to get things ready for Saturday. I loved it. I learned so much from Joan. Hopefully it will work out for me to go in on Thursday and Friday nights to help out. Everyone enjoy your week and check out these pictures of the new tomato plants that I planted. I have Better Boy, Golden Boy and Super Sweet 100 (Cherry Tomato).

Monday, April 21, 2008

OAMC (Once a month Cooking)

Well, my weekend was spent cooking. I have done freezer cooking before, but normally I just double a recipe or just use what is in my kitchen when my cabinets and refrigerator get too full. I have done once a month cooking before too, but I try to vary my recipes. This time I did a hamburger session because Kroger had ground beef on sale last week. I made and put in the freezer the following:

Spaghetti Sauce
Sloppy Joes
Upside down Pizza sauce
Firehouse meatloaf
Cheeseburger meatloaf
Taco rolls
Breakfast Bread
Corn Casserole
Twice baked potatoes
Baked Beans
Shepherds Pie
Sunburst Casserole
Salisbury Steak
Cheeseburger Quiche
Taco Seasoned Meat

I made two servings of everything but the casseroles and only made one of those. I made four meatloaves and eight burritos. I was cooking from 8:30 Saturday morning till 5:00 Saturday night. It was worth it because now I just have to go home, put dinner in to heat up and fix a side dish (normally a salad or can veggie for us). This will save so much time that we could spend with Abbey or working on other chores that aren't getting done now. It also saves money because you buy in bulking. I guess I will have to have a chicken day and maybe a pork and side dish day to even out the freezer. I can't wait until the fresh veggies start to come in this summer, then I can put up those in the freezer. I hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Not much going on...

Sorry I haven't posted much lately, but I haven't really done much. My tomato plants are still growing and so is my favorite little girl. Abbey is really getting big and she is finally on a routine. She goes to bed around 10 and sleeps till about 5, then a bottle, a diaper change and back to bed until time to go to MeMe's for the day. They seem to have a routine too. Then I pick her up at 5, go home for a bottle and we play and watch TV until time for a bath at 8:30 and bottle at 9:00. Finally we read books from 9:30 till 10 and its off to bed. I can't believe she is in such a good routine at three months old. Of course it doesn't always go this way, but most of the time it is close. As for my other project, we have to till up our garden spot this weekend and start getting it ready to plant next week. We are really tired of the tomato plants being in the kitchen. They have gotten so big that they take up my whole counter just about. They really need to go outside. I hope it will be nice this weekend so I can leave them out to get used to the weather before we plant them. I have seeds to plant also and those need to go in the ground in the next week. I'm so excited. Well, I'll leave you with a sweet little picture of Abbey being held by her friend Avery. I just love Avery's little pig tails.