A new week and we're half-way through January already! Its been a productive first half of the month, at least, between home and kitchen projects. The fitness room is finally done! We've also been doing a lot of cleaning, purging, and organizing of stuff in the basement. I did a bit more canning over the weekend, as I've posted about already... 15 pints of baked beans and 20 pints of great northern beans... I'm done with both for the year now. I'll be canning pinto beans today... and maybe I'll get to the cannellini beans from our garden later tonight or tomorrow. I've been looking for a refried beans recipe to can, but haven't been successful and after thinking about it, I doubt they're safe to can at home - too thick/dense. So I guess I'll be using home-canned pinto beans to make homemade refried beans when we want/need them.... or just continue to buy them from the store for awhile longer.
This week is turning out to be quite busy. Today we're going to the family service at Faith Lutheran and then we'll be going to visit my grandparents - its my Grandma's 82nd birthday today. We'll also be doing some more work in the basement - organizing and cleaning. I'm off tomorrow for MLK Jr. Day... Carson and I may go back over to my grandparents' house to visit again, depending on how my Grandma is feeling after her treatment in the morning. Otherwise, we'll go visit my other Grandma. I also want to spend some more time in the basement and maybe canning some more beans if I don't get to them today. We may end up at the funeral home at some point, as well... we're waiting to hear what the plans end up being for my BFF's grandfather who passed away on Friday. Tuesday will likely be the funeral, so I'll be going to that. Wednesday I'll be in Detroit for meetings and we'll be picking up the new treadmill in the evening. Friday is my flex day! Carson and I will be going over to my grandparents' house again. And Saturday is TBD... we might be doing something with my old college roommate, Tiffany, and her husband and boys, Mark, Evan, and Tyson... otherwise, we'll either make a trip to the Flint Children's Museum or to the open gym time at GB Gymnastics. And since its prime time to do the fruit tree pruning, I'd like to get two of the pear trees pruned in the orchard... and I'm talking MAJOR pruning! :)
In addition, I'll be finishing up my veggie seed selections from Fedco and submitting my order this week. I'll also be getting a head start on some of the deeper cleaning in preparation for my cousin's shower on the 30th. And I'll be double-checking all of the supplies and other fun stuff I've picked up for the shower to make sure I'm not missing anything.
On to the menu... I've got a few new recipes coming up again this week... Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday...
Sunday - TBD... we'll see where we're at come dinnertime... grandparents' house, funeral home, or home... if we're home, we'll probably just have leftover white bean and ham soup
Meatless Monday - MLK Jr. Day! herbed baked eggs; steamed frozen broccoli; fresh oranges
Tuesday - taco soup in the crockpot; homemade bread; home-canned peaches
Wednesday - chicken fajitas; fresh mangoes
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Flex Day! italian tortellini soup in the crockpot; fresh oranges
Saturday - TBD... maybe out to eat to use one of our gift certificates... or maybe ordering Rocky's pizza