Yesterday morning I went digging. Digging into the bottomless pit that is our deep freeze. I wanted to see what we had and get some, some kind of organization! I know deep freezers can be harder to organize, but they keep food colder. And it's almost impossible to walk away and not close the door. My organizational system is not be Pinterest worthy in this case, but a couple boxes and bins later I at least know what I have, for Pete's (and the budget's) sake!
I can only hope that said inventory will help with menu planning and cut down on the food waste. And, of course, clear out the freezer for Christmas baking!
Which turned out to be two flat iron steaks, two packages of burgers, four packages of oxtails, chicken thighs, country ribs, two pork roasts, pork chops, beef eye of round steaks, shredded beef to make Philly sandwiches, frozen salmon fillets, chicken legs, a ham bone with bunches of ham still on, three or four other pieces of meat that I can't think of right now (I made an inventory and put it away) two large Ziploc freezer bags of tomato basil soup and assorted vegetables, frozen fruits, frozen biscuits, garlic bread and corn dogs. Yes, we do plan our meals around the meat. Carnivores are we. I still need to do a pantry and inner freezer inventory, but I count easily sixteen meals not counting any leftovers that may come from the oxtail soup or the ham and bean soup. It may be time to eat from the freezer and work on using up what we have.
After said digging (said cold digging mind you-I had no gloves on and was in the garage which is cooler than the rest of the house), It was time to get rid of the productive time of day and move to to fun part.............where the girls go out and make fairy gardens! Yes, us gals of a certain age surely do like to make stuff. As long as wherever we go the project ends up as a finished item as a couple of the gals are known to say. . By the way, below is the painted pottery leaf that I made way back in the pottery painting class before my Texas visit.
Fairy gardens are really just dish gardens as most of my gardening type readers know-except that the plants are smaller and after planting and watering, you get to put all kinds of other cool stuff in said garden. Rocks or stones to make water, fairies and fairy houses, season decor that you can change out. It all works. I tend to be of the seasonal change persuasion, and have even made some of my own mini decorations (tombstones out of painted cardboard, min birdhouses as Christmas village pieces).
After all, as someone who decorates her house for all of the main holidays and more of the minor ones than I care to admit, anything fun or decorative that can be changed up by season (especially cheaply) is on my radar. Said, my friends as I make miniature tombstones from cardboard and paint and such for a Halloween theme.
I personally did not make a new fairy garden on this expedition, but rather was the coordinator and hostess extraordinaire. Because I simply do not have any more window space for plants, anywhere in the house. And because in my grace and coordination I somehow, somehow, walked into a hanging planter at the garden store. Leaving me with a fun bump on my forehead. If there is a way to hit something, let me tell you my friends, I will find it.
And now I am limping off to knitting, where I hope to cast on the living room throw that will be my brother and sister in law's Christmas gift. Am I the only knitter in the bunch who hates the casting on part?