Last week on the Homestead
I figured it was time for a Monday update. Today I had to appear for jury duty.. yuck.. fortunately for me, I was released. Sooo.. I came and took care of kids and my home. We have lived in this county for 11 years and I have been called 3 times and Tobin 2 times.. and they say it random! I don’t buy it.. I personally know people in my county that have never been called! Someday I may feel like I can afford the time to participate in jury duty but for now.. it really does not work well, so I am thankful that I was able to come home.
I have been winging it this last week with out a menu. Not usually my favorite thing to do. However I have been working hard to make the right amount of food so as to not have too many leftovers and when I do have leftovers do my best to incorporate them in another meal.
For example, one night I made rice to go with some polish sausages. Tonight I am making enchiladas. Instead of using 2lbs of hamburger to make my enchiladas, I used 1 pound and added the leftover rice to the meat to fill up my tortillas. It made good use of the leftovers and saved me money as well. It is actually a fun challenge to see how creative I can be with what I have.
Last week was very busy. Emily is still taking GED classes 2x a week. She will be testing again this week, on Thursday doing 2 more tests. Then we are down to one last test in another 2 weeks and “ta-da” we are done!! The finish line! Then she can decide where to go from there.
I would not think that these classes would be that big of a deal, but it seems like it throws my week off. I don’t normally have outside commitments so when I do, it is noticeable.
Tuesday Tobin and I spent the day in town. It was very nice. We did some shopping, ran some errands and he took me out to lunch, Mexican food, our favorite. It is nice to just get away for the day kidless!
The rest of my week was filled with just keeping my house running and food on the table and the laundry caught up on. Plus the kids are finishing up their school books so I am spending time with them wrapping up the school year. I am praying we are done by the end of this month!
On a side note (thinking ahead to the next school year), I am looking at purchasing a laser printer. Anyone have one they really like and can tell me why they like it? I have one in mind but before I purchase it, I was curious if anyone else is using them and if you were happy or not with the brand you have. The cost on them (at least the black and white ones) has really come down in the last couple of years.
Sunday, Mothers Day, was really very nice. I am one who is not real big on Mother’s Day.. too many years of my own mothers high expectations for the day causing me a lot stress! LOL.. so my kids know I am easy going.. if I hear from them all and get hugs from the ones at home, I feel blessed.. So it was so nice that Emily and Leanne made me a beautiful and special Mother’s Day dinner.. The menu was: pot roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, dinner rolls, and carrots. With an absolutely delicious strawberry shortcake (I will try and share the recipe with you soon).. for now I will share the pictures…
My son Richard called me and my daughter
Hope you all have a great week on your homesteads.. I will try and get back to post some recipes this week!!