I am a little late serving corned beef and cabbage but this has been an unusual year all around. Each week end we make dinner for Patty and Becca. They both work very hard and with the three little ones they are so busy through the week we don’t get to visit with them much so on the week-ends when the kids are with their father we have Patty and Becca over for dinner one day and get a wonderful time to visit with them. We see the kids when we go to Patty’s house, they are happier to see us there also as they don’t have to be on their best behavior as they have to be in my house and we enjoy them much more also. I love my great grand children but they are hard to keep up with for more than an hour at a time. Anyways the first of March Patty asked if we could have Corned Beef sometime in March and this week end was the only one free enough to work it in. I got a beautiful piece of corned beef at Save-A-Lot, almost 4 pounds and this week I got the red potatoes, green onions, and cabbage to go into it. I can’t have carrots or even cook with them so I always put it a rutabaga instead. Right now I am waiting for the meat to cook and have all the vegetables ready to go into the pot at the correct time. I have the green onions cooked and chopped with the garlic to toss with the red potatoes when they are done and will pick and chop the parsley to toss with them and the butter. Everything looks great and is going well so it should be a success. I haven’t done a corned beef and cabbage for years but Norman’s mother always made one a couple times a year when she and Grampa was alive. I miss them and hope my dinner today would make her proud.
I am almost finished with my Swagman. I have his face marked off but need to sew on this eyes, make the eye lashes and eye brows and sew the nose and mouth. Norman just finished his “Billy” for me. That is the black pail that hangs on his bed roll. It was used to boil his dinner in over the open fire. In my day these men were called tramps now they are called homeless. I have more hair to put on and his beard and mustache, then he will be done and I can start on my white bear. I got the pattern copied out today so need to finish up Swagman so I can cut out the bear. The story for Swagman is due to arrive Wednesday.
James keep reminding me I need to make more strawberry jam for them, so if they berries are still down at $13 a flat I will take time out to make up another half dozen pints of jam. I don’t know what I will do when the strawberry season is pasted.
Have a great day and keep happy.