We were blessed to get to go to Oklahoma City this weekend. It was really great to see our families. On the way home, we stopped by Pop's. A really cool concept, this Route 66 gas station has every kind of soda pop imaginable. And a great number that should have been left unimagined, such as Ranch Dressing Soda, and Peanut Butter Soda... I got a spicy Ginger Beer to swig on the way home as I read my book du jour, "Atlas Shrugged".
Once we arrived home, about 2:30, I rested a bit. Noodled around on the internet a bit. Started a load of laundry. Polled the family what we should eat for dinner. Made a weekly meal plan. Went to the store. Pumped 16 gallons of gas for Robert's lawn mower. Came home and unloaded groceries. Proceeded to put away groceries. As I did so, several opportunities presented themselves. Since I had bought 2 5lb tubes of ground beef (at $2 per lb, I might add!) I went ahead and started processing 1 of those tubes into meals. (I shoved the other tube in the freezer) First I measured out 3 lbs into my large kettle and added 3 lbs of turkey meat to brown. Turkey meat is a great way to stretch one's beef! I mushed the other 2 lbs into Salisbury Steak patties and stuck them in the freezer to be used this next Friday. After the meat was browned, I measured out 2 cups of beef each into 5 ziplock bags to be frozen. This will save me at least 20 minutes next time I need a pound of cooked ground beef. I used the last 2 cups of meat in the pan to make tacos for tonight's dinner. While the beef cooked, I took 3 eggs out of the carton that needed to be put away and boiled them for tomorrow's tuna salad. I also took the warm, rotisserie chicken out of it's sack and deboned it for Tuesday's meal. (South of the Border Chicken Stew) Then I made a large bowl of pico de gallo, which I intend to eat from most of the week. I also mashed last weeks pinto beans into this weeks supply of refried beans for burritos.
It is now 10:26 pm. I have bathed two toddlers. I brought the dumpster up from the road. I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and brushed two sets of teeth. The kitchen awaits. I blog.