|Adorable "get well" bouquet from my godfather and his kids 2 weeks ago!|
This last week has been long and exhausting. It was my first week back at work since surgery and my body was not as ready as my mind was. Most evenings I came home, crashed on the couch and Rob made dinner. I must say we ate very well!! Last night was completely different. My state vehicle died and instead of coming home early as planned , my afternoon was spent calling my supervisor, the state offices and roadside assistance. When I finally got home I was fried. It was another evening on the couch....go figure. Only Rob went to a hockey game with the boys. I was in bed by 9 pm.
Last week I made 23- 12 oz jars of mixed berry jam for holiday gifts for my coworkers and for Rob's coworkers. Then over the week end we purchased a case of pickling cukes from the local produce stand and I canned 12 pints of bread and butter pickles and have 10 lbs of dill pickles fermenting in a bucket. The pickles were in a dish pan in the back room but the room was smelling strongly of pickle juice. Rob was kind enough to bring me a plastic 5 gallon bucket from work and now we have a loosely covered bucket in the kitchen. All of the recipes came from the Ball Blue Book. I had been using a family recipe fro the pickles but they were coming out rather soft. I figured I would try the recipe in the Blue Book as that has not led me wrong yet.
|Jam in the pantry with the tomatilla salsa.|
|Pickle brine- pickles not visible :).|
Christmas Eve will be spent with a house full of both friends and family. We are looking to have close to 20 people if you count the babies. The menu is a little less eclectic than previous years and a lot more people will be here for the fun. I can't wait to see everyone and enjoy all of the food and entertainment from the little ones.
I'll try to post food picture and notes after the festivities!!!