It Must be Christmas

A very busy day today for everyone.  It started like every other day but by ten we had a long list of things to buy and things to do.  Today we had a car and Joe was here to help us all get the things we need.  It is my job to plan the meals and get the food I need to make the meals.  Don’t feel sorry for me, I love to cook and when I can cook whatever I want I am as happy as a pig in mud.  I wanted to go back to “Cash and Carry” and get the rest of the meat I need for the rest of the month.  Yesterday we got a freezer so I can get the large pieces of meat at the whole sale place and cut it up and freeze it in one meal packages.  That way I can get the best meats at a much better price.   Also both Luke and Landen need a hair cut and Joe wanted to go back to Home Depot and get the small retro fridge we saw yesterday.  It is very cute and very reasonable in price but big enough to hold the extra items Holly needs for work for the Christmas season.

So off we went about 10am.  We dropped the boys off at the barber shop and we went to Home Depot.  We got the fridge, took it home and got the call that the boys were done.  So back to the barber shop and then on to Cash and Carry.  I had a ball getting all the things they wanted to eat.  I got a big top of the round to cut up into steaks, another pork loin, I could not resist that because it was at $149 a pound today, 10 pounds of hamburg, a box of sword fish (10 pounds) three different cold cuts to slice, some cheese to slice, vegetables and a little fruit.  It looked a lot more than that but believe me it was a lot.  Thee were a couple things I could not get at Cash and Carry so we stopped at Albettsons for those.  We got home and then had to cut up all the meat and put that away.

I really found out how big those pieces of meat were when I tried to cut them in a small kitchen with just regular kitchen knives.  A 17 pound of beef is really, really big.   I had to cut it up into smaller pieces so I could handle it.  I did miss my big chopping board but I finally made it.  All of the small pieces I put into stew beef pieces or breakfast size steaks.  Then I cooked up a frying pan full of very small steaks for the boys to have for lunch.  OH, my those were good so I cooked up another pan full so the boys had enough to satisfy them for a lunch.  I for get how much grown boys can eat.  So I let Joe package the cut steaks up into single meals packages.  There are five of us at each meal and three of these are growing boys.   We wound up with four meals of steak and one of stew beef.  I will feed them steak one day a week so that will go the whole month as I planned and they are nice big meals!!  Landen says  there is not to much in each meal.  Then we cut up the pork loin and put those into meals.  This loin was much bigger than any I had gotten before and I cut them very thick so they will all take about 25 minutes in the oven after they are fried for three minutes on a side.  They looked so good  but I put them all in the freezer anyways.  Then I cut the 10 pounds of hamburg into 6 packages and froze them in a lump.  I was too tired by then to make patties.  When I want to use it I can make patties if that is what we want or I can make Shepard’s pie or another recipe after I thaw it.

Then we got the slicer out and slices up half of  each cold cuts  except for the ham and we could only cut up about a quarter of that it was so big.  Joe will take half the cold cuts we slice so he and Laura can make good sandwiches this week too.  By the time we were done with that Holly came home earlier than usual because she had to buy the things she needs to make the party for her people.  Holly had some lunch and she and Joe went out shopping and got some gifts for the kids so they could get the sent out .  I got to sit and rest for a while, then Luke came and asked if we could do some home work.   Of course I wanted to do that.  He is learning to do cursive writing and he loves it.  He treats it more like art than just written.  With each new letter we learn, we find all the words we can think of that uses only the letters he has learned so far. He is really getting god at it.

Now it is time to finish cleaning up the kitchen and get a sandwich and go to bed.  Have a great day

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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