I am tired, and I just got up. I was up til almost 4 a.m. and am about to get back to work. Yesterday evening we butchered our last 2 pigs. They weren't huge, but together they both were about 200 lbs. So I spent last night scraping hides and starting the lard rendering pot. I have 2 huge coolers full of meat that I have to process today (remove meat from bones, cut meat into chunks for grinding and other cuts, grind, wrap, label), stock to start, a pie to bake before the violin/piano teachers get here because I'm selling it to them, and start processing all those plums. Thankfully plums can sit a few days.
Anyway, last night was leftover soup (i accidentally found that tapioca noodles from the Asian market are fantastic for soup 'cause they don't dissolve all the way when the soup is left over..), salad, and toasted bread. I had made a huge breakfast that tided us over w/a little cheese and cracker tray for a snack later. Tonight is liver and onions. The liver from these pigs was the healthiest I've ever seen. I used to dislike liver w/a passion til my dh conned me into cooking some for him once. I use about 7 onions in mine, and caramelize the heck outta them first. Now I LOVE liver and onions, and w/the way we've been missing red meat, I know our bodies will thank me tonight for the iron-rich liver. My son is already drooling.
So yeah, this will be a busy week. I have a bunch more pies to bake (sent a pie order form w/my dh to work), pies to bake for our Tday, plus I need to start prep for the Big Day. I like to have very little cooking stress on Tday so I do most of the work the 2 days prior.
KQ, isn't it nice to be stocked up? I am working on filling my pantry lately, and am watching like a hawk for sales on veggies to dehydrate or freeze. Aldi had sugar and flour each for .99/bag (4lb and 5lb, respectively), but they had a limit of 4 each. My dh and oldest dd will stop by tonight on the way home and go thru separate lanes to get more. Since we are bee keepers, that is a good price for sugar and we need lots for the winter feedings). And flour will be for holiday baking for gift baskets. Oh, and they had cranberries .99/bag so I got 8 (will have dh pick up more today), and they had canned pumpkin (one of the few canned items I buy) for .99/can, so I bought a case and probably should have bought 3 cases. They also had chopped walnuts on sale, and just so happens that 4 of the pies I need to make are walnut praline pumpkin.