I am back to being much more functional after another few weeks getting used to my longer work schedule. I got some good things done this month.
A lot of my efforts in October have gone toward filling in some gaps in my food supply.
I made a big crockpot of Pork of the Gods, had a couple of meals from it and packaged up 7 more meals worth of meat. I also cooked some chicken breasts in the crockpot. From that, I had two dinners, made enough chicken enchiladas for one more meal and individually wrapped and froze the others for four more just-add-enchilada-sauce-and-bake meals. I still had enough to packaged 11 meals worth of cooked chicken.
I love having packets of cooked meat in the freezer. They allow me to quickly put dinner together. For example, with a packet of cooked hamburger in the freezer, I can make a spaghetti dinner in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta because I have the meat thawing and warming in a pan of spaghetti sauce while bringing the water for pasta to a boil and then cooking it. Quick meal prep at dinnertime is critical for me: I’m too tired after a day of work and commuting to take a lot of time getting dinner on the table so if it’s not easy, it doesn’t happen.
Besides meat, I cooked and froze rice. It thaws and heats in the microwave in just a couple of minutes (instead of the 20 – 25 minutes to make on the stovetop). It’s as convenient as Minute Rice but healthier.
Besides the cooking I did, I also rearranged some cupboards to utilize some hard-to-reach corners to store some of the lesser-used #10 cans. Since I don’t have to get another can of wheat out very often, putting them in the far back corner of some deep cupboards was a better use of that space.
I have attempted some Seed Saving. I harvested seeds from the serrano peppers and the basil that grew in my garden. I also saved the seeds from some green chili peppers that I got from the farmers’ market. I’ve never saved seeds before so this is a totally new experience/experiment.
From my 101 Provident Things in 1001 Days list:
I’ve been wanting to upgrade my Get Home Bag (#72). My efforts this month were to buy water pouches (which handle temperature fluctuations better than plastic bottles), glow sticks, and battery-powered flashlights (I’ve previously just had hand-crank flashlights).
More progress was made in the front bedroom and the walls were prepped and primed (#33). They are ready for painting and I have narrowed the the paint color choices down to two. I hope to make more progress on this project in November.