Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Grocery shopping..egads!

We have just about run out of the stuff we put up from last year's garden. I had to go to the grocery store. Little Sis was so funny, gasping in shock when I actually bought vegetables.

This year's goal is to put up enough garden produce to last from harvest this year to harvest next year. We were oh-so-close-but-not-quite with what we put up last fall.

Somewhere I have a list of what and how much I planted last year. I plan to at least double everything, and maybe triple the green beans.

Oh, and guess who is now gainfully employed? Yep! I gots da job! It's a great job at a great place - working outside, getting dirty, and having fun. (That's all I'm gonna say out of respect for my employer, who, by the way, is awesome!)

Now the challenges: to get the garden in, to keep decent meals on the table, keep up with homeschooling, and get enough rest. Oh yeah, and laundry...lots of laundry.

I'm open for some new crockpot recipes. Anyone??


S Vandemore said...

Congrats on the new job. Happy that you are happy about it.

Crockpot recipes? I'm not very imaginative -- chili, stew, soup, meatballs, roast, corned beef & cabbage. That's about it. Check on the interwebs.

Sounds like you need to plan for about 4-5 more months of canning goods to get through the spring and summer. You'll do fine. :)

Small Pines said...

Well, you sure got close to lasting until the new season! Congrats on the new jobber! Ditto on the crockpot recipes - I just searched online for 'em. Chili. Chicken corn chowder is good.

Mary Rex said...

I love my CrockPot. I have a few favorites from sorting thru the zillions of recipes on line. Some cook in 4-5 hours - really nice if you can get home for lunch. I will send you recipes via e-mailo.
One thing I have found is that most chicken dishes cook well within about 2 1/2 hours on LOW.
When I have followed otherwise delicious recipes, and cooked the dish any longer than that, or cooked it on HIGH, the chicken was overdone.

It is great that you have had time with your kids. Being with your children instead of going somewhere else to work. What a lovely thing. HomeSchooling. I still need HomeSchooling myself!;)

Kelli said...

Did you know that you can make meatloaf in the crock pot as well? All you do is make your meatloaf the same as usual. Thennnnnn add a little water with your veggies:) Cook on low all day. Mine always turns out awesome! If you like you can send me an email at:, and I will send you these "freezer" meal recipes that I found. You make up different mixes, put in the freezer and then when they are needed, you thaw and add the last remaining items for a quick meal.

Congrats on the new job!