I did more cooking today than anything else. Did wash a couple of loads of clothes, and water the downstairs plants. I need to take a photo of my Christmas cactus. It started blooming this week.
I made another apple pie this afternoon with 5 cups of apple slices and 1 cup of raw cranberries. I’m taking it to a birthday party tomorrow. I also made a pecan pumpkin pie using this recipe from SouthernFood.com. Somehow, it didn’t turn out quite like I had expected. May have to look at some other recipes. Or maybe I just wasn’t hungry.
I added an extra pound of ground beef and a chopped green pepper to the chili that I made earlier this week that was way too hot. It was better, but somehow it tasted different. I warmed up the cornbread by cutting it into squares, buttering them and putting them in a 350 oven for 10 minutes. They were perfect, warm and soft, with just a little crust on the edges.
We had fried egg sandwiches for lunch today with black bean salad. I love egg sandwiches on Italian bread from Wal-Mart. I won’t make them unless I have the right bread. Not sure why it makes so much difference. My black bean salad is super easy. The dressing is 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp cumin. I add that to one can of drained, rinsed black beans, then throw in onions and peppers to taste. Today it was one red onion, one green pepper,and one red pepper. I used to add corn, but now it is just beans, onions, and peppers.
Tonight I worked on another duffel bag. It is all finished except for the ends. I tweaked the pattern a little bit again on this one. I think I’m going to like the way it turns out. I need this one to have enough to give each of my grandsons one for Christmas. But I think I will make a couple more to list in my Etsy shop because I have sold two of them. They are unique and different. As far as I can tell, no one else is making anything just like them.
I did address a few Christmas cards today. That is something that I need to finish this weekend. I enjoy doing it, but I have a hard time making myself sit down long enough to do it.
I also need to go through boxes in the basement and straighten things up down there. I also need to mark the boxes so I don’t have to pull them off the shelf a dozen times to see what is in them! I’m sure I can make better use of the space I have with a little organization. Don’t hold your breath! I don’t stay at that job very long either!