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Monday, August 23, 2010

A productive weekend

It's Monday and I am still wishing we had one more day to our weekend. Ever start the week feeling that way? Not usually the best way to start a new week, but sometimes that is just how it goes. Our oldest son came home from his training with the Marines on Friday. It was good to see him, but he was gone in a flash to spend time with his friends and girlfriend. We saw glimpses of him over the weekend, but not much. Kind of a bummer, but we expected it. The rest of the kids and I worked on canning green beans on Friday, ended up with 28 more quarts. YAY! :)

Saturday, my hubby and I headed to town for coffee and a few errands. Our weekend project was to work on expanding the fencing for the goat pasture. Long over due, and a big project that would not be completed in a weekend. It felt good to finally be starting it though. Before we went to pick up fence posts, we stopped by the "Wholesale Sports" for a few things. Wade was going to take the boys out to site in rifles and have some fun on Sunday and needed a few things. Every time we visit this store, I end up drooling over the backyard grills and cast iron in the camping section. :) This time, they were having a sale...a very good one! I've had my eye on a grill there, a huge barrel style grill, for a couple of years now. Well, 30% off was the best deal I'd seen on it and my wonderful hubby decided that we couldn't pass up that deal! I was like a little kid at Christmas, SO excited!! :) We decided to use it for a combined birthday and anniversary gift for ourselves. gotta love that! Both of our birthdays are in August, as is our anniversary. :)

After getting the fence posts, we headed home to get to work. I was little to no help with my back acting up, but it was fun to watch the guys work. :) They got one corner next to the barn set and then one more corner before it was time to start thinking about dinner. We decided to try out our new grill and headed to the store for a special dinner. We spent WAY more than I would have liked, but Wade wanted it to be a fun and delicious dinner and it WAS far less expensive than it would have been if we'd gone out. We ended up with bacon wrapped steaks, bacon wrapped shrimp, grilled corn on the cob and grilled sourdough bread. ALL of it was amazingly good! We all ate WAY too much and had tons of leftovers for the rest of the weekend. The grill worked AMAZINGLY well. Such a great time!

Last night, I cooked a prime rib roast on the grill. Took several hours, but I just kept feeding the fire more wood and it cooked away. I do believe that it was better than the traditional salt coated and roasted in the oven version. Every time we butcher a steer we cut prime rib roasts, they are a favorite here and something that we would NEVER go out and purchase. They've become a tradition for Christmas. :) Quite tasty on the grill, and I can't wait to try it again. So tasty!

This week will be busy, finishing up lesson plans for school that starts in just two weeks, a bit of shopping for the last few books we need, canning green beans and hopefully tomatoes, baking, laundry, cleaning and just living. So thankful for a productive and fun weekend with our kids, wishing for more time with one of them. It was hard to see my hubby head off to work this AM, but I know another weekend will be coming and we'll have more time to get things done around here. :) Never an end, it seems, but that is kind of like life...always a work in progress. :)

4 comments:

A Country Helpmeet said...

So nice to here that you had a good weekend. As we all say, "the homestead list" is never done! :-) How is your barn? I'd love to see a current picture?

HUGS!
Carrie

Cinnamon said...

Yes some pictures, please :-)

Your dinner sounded dee-licious!

I love all your canning that you're getting done. Awesome~

~Cinnamon

Marie said...

Sounds like a great weekend. That food on your new grill makaes me hungry!
Love,
Marie

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Wonderful post! Love you're blog. You're leaving our dream! Sounds like you've been cookin' some yummy recipes up on that grill. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! Have a blessed day, Jackie

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