Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Snap Shot















Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic..BUT Please download the picture to your computer first.. do not just directly copy and paste.. otherwise you are using my bandwidth..thank you! :).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :)



So Far This Week
What a week it has been. I've been missing in action for several days now. This will be a shortened version of WSS.

On Saturday I came home from a 4 day trip to the hospital. I had a chain reaction of issues that put me in the ER.

It's a long story and I'll just share the basics of what happened to me. I was taking a medication for one issue and the side effects of that medication irritated my stomach and caused an ulcer to bleed. It was an ulcer that they say had already been there, and most likely bleeding very slowly and this is why I was not aware of it.

Three days after starting the medicine I passed out due to the blood loss and was rushed to the ER. I had 4 blood transfusions during my 4 day stay and had the ulcer cauterized.

I'm now recovering from blood loss anemia and doing better day by day. Gaining a little more strength each day. So that is good. But, it's going to take time to get back to normal.

I'm thanking and praising God I'm still alive as my blood numbers were nearly in the critical stage. My husband and children are also so grateful for God's mercy in this situation.



On My To-Do List
Rest, sleep, do a little here and there, rest and sleep some more. :)



Projects I'm Working On
Regaining my strength and health



Today's Weather
I'm writing this Tuesday evening and scheduling it to go out first thing in the morning. But, I can tell you the day is supposed to be lovely and warm.



The View from my Deck (or window)
Next WSS will have a pic..



What I'm Reading
Not a lot lately... soon, I'll be back to reading



What I'm Listening To
The breezes blowing through the house and my wind chime. Happy sounds of peacefulness.



Something Frugal I've Done This Week
It was an expensive week! :)



Fitness and Health for the Week
Working on getting my iron levels up, clean eating, lots of water, vitamins and rest. 


Next week, I pray, I'll have more strength and can get back to the things I love doing, such as blogging. 


Monday, July 10, 2017

Menu Monday!















It was a busy week for me last week with family and friends here. This week it's back to normal and that includes menu planning!

I had a lot of food come into my home while company was here, and that meant we were eating it up for a few days. I never did make my pork roast that I mentioned last week. So that is my plan for today. Cook the roast up in my Instant Pot.

Using some of that meat I will make pulled pork philly sandwiches for tonight's dinner. I'll serve homemade coleslaw to go with this. You can find the pork sandwich recipe I'm going to try HERE.

The rest of the week....

Chicken Taco Salad
This is just a variation of a taco salad. Normally I make taco salad with seasoned ground beef. Instead, I'll use boneless skinless chicken and season it as I would for tacos. Add the cut up chicken to a big bowl of spring mix greens and add tomatoes, grated cheese, green onions, grated carrots, thinly sliced purple cabbage and dressing of choice. A yummy colorful summer salad. Enjoy with tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

Pork Pot Pie
I'll use my precooked pork and turn the juices from cooking it into gravy today and set this aside for this recipe. I plan on mixing together the meat, gravy and any veggies of my choice (usually using what I have on hand). Pour into a casserole dish and top with biscuits. Bake in the oven around 350/375 until the biscuits are done and the gravy is hot and bubbly. I'll serve this with a salad or veggie and french bread.

Fried Hamburger & Cabbage
I like to cook up hamburger, then add cut up cabbage and onions. Cook that until the cabbage is soft and season with salt, pepper, season salt, garlic, etc. Serve with roasted potatoes and a green salad.

That should do it for the week!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Canning Salsa

Wednesday Snap Shot  
will be on a break this week! :) I have a lot to do in town today to get ready for family coming tomorrow. So, no time to blog this morning..


Since many are in the middle of garden and canning season I thought I share one of my favorite things to can.. Salsa! I love this recipe. It was given to me by a friend and I've used for years and years and literally canned hundreds of jars of it... (I posted this a few years ago) Hope you enjoy it if you try it! 
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I’ve been busy making salsa! I used 40lbs of tomatoes to make 2 double batches. I made one batch in my 14qt pot …



And the second batch in my roaster oven…




It was a long day of chopping, pureeing, simmering and canning but I ended up with 31 pints and 14 quarts. I made 31 pints a few days ago, so I do believe we have plenty of salsa to last us for the year!



I still have lots of tomatoes and more to pick. I plan on making tomato sauce with the  remaining tomatoes that keep coming.

This is a super yummy salsa recipe that my friend Leah shared with me a few years ago. I make it every year now. You can find the recipe here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/cannedsalsa.htm 
 


 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Menu Monday!













I made a few extra meals over the weekend and have leftovers. So, the next two days I won't need to do any cooking.

The rest of the week is looking like this..

Hamburger/Hot Dog BBQ
I'll be having company come for a couple days so we've planned to do a summer bbq with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon and whatever else we want to add in.


I'm planning on cooking up a pork roast from the freezer and use the meat in a couple different meals..

Easy Pork Chili
You can find the recipe HERE. I'll serve it with tortilla chips and a salad


Pork Fried Rice
You can find the recipe I'm going to try HERE. I'll serve this with a cucumber salad, and watermelon


Chicken Parmesan
I'm going to try making this in my IP. I'll serve it with angel hair pasta, french bread, and roasted broccoli.


That should do it for us for the week.