NO SCHOOL! Which means no work for me. One of the most wonderful parts of owning my own business is that I can arrange my schedule around my kids. So, what to do on this beautiful day? Well, I do have some chores to catch up on this morning from being sick earlier this week and having NO motivation to clean. But, after we finish up with those, I am hoping for a nice family bike ride to the park, or maybe a short hike. M2 has been asking all week to hike to the "A."
Took some extra time on breakfast this morning, when I have the time I like to cook. I pulled out some Venison Breakfast Sausage that hubby and I made last month. If you can make your own, I highly recommend it. It's the best way to know for sure what your ingredients are, and it is so rewarding to know you harvested and processed your own meat source.
I grilled some peppers and onions, and fired some eggs to go with it.
Knee deep in house project today. The kids reminded me I needed to feed them, so leftover ravioli and I snagged the last piece of breakfast sausage…odd combo, but filling.
We did get outside today. We have this wonderful open space behind our home. It's like having an additional 2 acres in our backyard. We had a great time playing out there this afternoon. Tag and chase the dog…such a beautiful day.
Have you ever noticed that when you are stress, just sitting out in the sun makes everything seems so much better? Hooray for Vitamin D. I make it a priority to get out as much as possible. It really does make me happy.
You should sit in nature 20 minutes a day…
- Based on an old Zen saying on meditation
It's Friday, I don't have to work, and I have the time to make a nice dinner. The girl's requested meatloaf. It is one of M1's favorite meals. In fact, this recipe is called "Mina's Favorite Meatloaf."
1 1/2 pounds Ground Elk
1 Onion, Chopped
1-2 Carrots, Shredded
1/2 Cup Frozen, Chopped Spinach, Thawed (Swiss Chard)
Garlic, Salt, and Pepper to Taste
1 can Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp Smoky Mustard
1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar, Honey, or other preferred sweetener
Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl mix the first 6 ingredients. Put into loaf pan. In a separate bowl mix the Tomato Paste, Mustard, and Sweetener. Coat Meatloaf.
Bake for 1 hour
It's full over vegetables too. I added Frozen Chopped Swiss Chard from our garden (did some freezing over the summer), some shredded carrot, and onion. You could add others as well. I have added shredded zucchini in the past, and it was great.
Of course, you can't have meatloaf without mashed potatoes!!!! I've done the pureed Cauliflower (and almost did it again tonight), but family will not eat it. Well, they will, but its not their favorite by any means.
Broccoli is a staple vegetable around here. It's M2's favorite and everyone will eat it lightly steamed with a dash of salt. Simple, healthy.
Hubby got home from a successful hunting trip. Freezer filled! It is very nice knowing that we will be able to supply our family with healthy meat throughout the year without the need of commercial meats. I will say, if we do buy commercial meat, we tend to lean towards pork.
We are doing some heavy thinking of raising our own pork this upcoming year. It would be a fun, educational, and a great way to add variety to our normal meat routine of Deer, Elk, Grass-Fed Beef (from my parents ranch), Wild Turkey, and Grouse without having to buy commercial meat.
Speaking of pork…Tomorrow?