Next week I'll be chained to the kitchen for 5 days of branding, but the preparation begins days before. Menu planning and grocery list making began on Thursday:
I put my handy dandy pressure cooker to work cooking 3 big roasts. As soon as one was done, I started another one:
They will be turned into barbecue sandwiches for dinner on Monday. I'm needed at work and this is something I can leave warming in the crockpot. I'll make coleslaw, salsa, and a double batch of cookies and 5 gallons of tea on Sunday and hope that keeps the boys from going hungry.
Breakfast is at 5:30 and I ought to be able to get everything cleaned up and set up for dinner before I leave for work. I just hope its not another 12 hour day at work, because my feet need to hit the floor at 4 the next morning.
I also cooked up 6 pound of ground beef and put together a batch of Tabasco pickles yesterday:
Today I hope to be in town by 7 in order to knock out the grocery list, get my baby chicks ordered, and pick up medicine for the cattle.
Saturday's already spoken for because we have a special Rancher's Select sale at the sale barn and on Sunday I'll be trying to get a head start on the rest of the week and possibly meet college girl in a town 2 hours from here to pick up dear grand-dog for a week while our girl attends a bovine nutritional convention out of state.
As crazy as things are right now, life is good and this time of year is one we always look forward to. I just feel my age a little more now than I did 20 years ago! :)