Normally on Saturday I do the netflix marathon, eat chocolate and Michael waits on me hand and foot, but this week I decided to Get Stuff Done!
I meant to get up at 5:30, I told Elizabeth I was going to and I did, to go to the bathroom and then slept in until 7! After making the coffee I started the day with the jalapeno cheddar bread because it takes the longest to just sit.
This has fresh jalapenos and a sharp cheddar.
At this point I realized that my breakfast plan, egg, sausage and cheese on rolls that I’d frozen two weeks ago, was going to be late because I forgot to take them out of the freezer the night before. No one complained about them being late because they’re delicious!
My kitchen aid doesn’t handle even one batch of bread, however this awesome Hobart $2750 used, my sister-in-law Toni gave me (gave me for free!) can hold a double batch! Just a note here that if you’re the kind of person who says yes to free things you’ll find yourself very blessed along the way. Even if you’re not certain that you want it, say yes, then pass it on to another friend.
Next came southern butter rolls with Kerry gold butter! These smell good even while they’re rising. The mixer does 4x the normal batch 🙂
Next my awesome helpers peeled 6 pounds of apples and we’re using the function stacking principle today so that we use every piece of the apple. The peels and cores are being frozen until next week when my friend Melissa is going to come over and teach us how to make our own apple cider vinegar!
Next,the delicious rolls are done! It’s hard to see in this picture but on the right side rack I have the “large” cooling rack purchased at walmart which is great for small baking projects, however the larger racks from Acemart Kitchen Supply $5 each, can hold way more baked goods
This was just in time for lunch! I packaged and froze 2 dozen rolls for next weeks wedding shower, saved 2 dozen for Easter morning the next day, and they ate up 1 1/2 dozen in about 30 minutes. These freeze great and are super easy to make.
I need turkey for the sandwiches next week so I’m baking a turkey and ham for Easter and here’s my very first BRINE! Using the Pioneer Woman’s recipe because it called for rosemary and we have tons growing. That turkey is now in the oven and I’m pretty excited about how awesome it better taste.
I think it was about noon at this time? I meant to write down the times but there you have it. In the middle of this busyness amazon delivered our jars for canning chicken in two weeks and Alexis LOVES opening all the boxes and checking everything in.
By this time the house is smelling awesome and I’ve gotten breaks from the kitchen to help Michael as he builds the stairs for the new pool deck 🙂
This bread is amazing and a simple thing to do even without a mixer. It doesn’t take a lot of work just resting times. I can add two cups of anything delicious to the recipe. Yesterday I made rosemary sundried tomato and put it in the freezer, except the loaf we ate right away with butter.
I started with the bread and rolls because they have rise times between 4 and 6 hours but then we began with the berries! At the local produce terminal, I got 8 packages of blueberries for $3!!! I haven’t done alot of canning but freezer space is running out so I’m learning how to do this better. We canned so much stuff when I was growing up and I remembered it being really hard, apparently the hard part is getting started and it is time consuming so my helpers helped me. Jessica pulled out all the bad berries which weren’t very many and Alexis and Jack helped with the stirring as they passed through the kitchen. Having an extra canning pot would have helped with sterilizing jars and doing the water bath for this many jars but it just took a bit longer.
We didn’t stop there! Remember all of those apples? We made some apple sauce which turned out to be one jar to can and some warm on ice cream!
I’m writing this Easter morning because I have the time! It’s really crazy but the turkey is in the oven, Alexis made the green bean casserole yesterday and I got up early and made the stuffing and au gratin potatoes. AND Jessica just brought me the most delicious pastry for breakfast! Loving the team work 🙂
So, around 3pm yesterday the almost 6 jars of blueberry syrup and single apple sauce jar are done! I still need to label all of these but we’re having gluten free pancakes tomorrow with blueberry syrup. Including the price of the jar, sugar and lemon zest this is about $2 a quart for the syrup.
Now both Michael and I were really tired. His deck stairs weren’t working out like he’d planned and I’d been on my feet a long day. We continued to GSD!
Remember we’re getting ready for Easter and nothing says, “He is Risen” like dyed eggs! This is the first time they did this and they managed to do the whole thing from set up to clean up all by themselves. Mostly because Paisley was napping 🙂
By this time it’s 4:38 exactly and the water is still hot in the canning pot AND I have 8 packages of strawberries that I got for a total of $5 and it’s time to make jam!
This turned into 28 jars of jam, well, syrup too because even though the directions said, don’t make any changes, do everything exactly like it says, I didn’t and if you know me you won’t be surprised. What I learned today is more pectin is better than less pectin. So, now we have blueberry and strawberry syrup 🙂 The great news this morning is ALL my seals sealed up. It’s such a happy pinging sound and very affirming for the work done.
So, here’s the grand finale with my little helpers!
1) Those apples made an apple pie, mincemeat pie (no meat), apple sauce, peels and cores to freeze.
2) Turkey is brined
3) Blueberry syrups
4) 5 1/2 dozen butter rolls
5) 4 loaves of jalapeno cheddar bread
6) 10 hot dog buns – forgot a picture of those, last time I tried making them they were too big and this time they’re too small so we’re going to cut the hot dogs to fit and save the pieces for wienies and beans later.
7) 18 dyed eggs
8) 28 jars of strawberry jam (whoops syrup)
9) DINNER! 7:37pm and everyone wanted to eat? So, they got toasted cheese and tomato on homemade bread. One kid asked which ones didn’t have mayonnaise to which my response was, the ones you made.
DONE and I have to say the end of the day felt way better than if I’d actually spent it being waited on while eating chocolate. My old body was SO tired but my brain was so happy.
Then this morning I woke up at my usual 5:30am and was so excited about Easter and all we’d already gotten done. I was feeling so accomplished, because we had GSD all day and I realized I have more to learn about function stacking and living a more sustainable, resilient life.
Because, then there’s this: I make and freeze turkey broth since it’s free but then I put it in this – stove top? – time to dry some of that rosemary, sun dried tomato bread for the next holiday 🙂
If you’re feeling down or discouraged, stop it, look around at all that needs done at your house and GSD!