Thursday, December 8, 2016

Busy Week

I know that things get busy for everyone this time of year, but our busy-ness this week has nothing to do with Christmas. Monday was nuts at work. We sold 1476 hd of cattle and it was after 8 p.m. when I left the sale barn. It's such a fast pace and requires lots of focus. I feel like I work on Wall Street and I always need to decompress and take some deep breaths on the way home. I'm not complaining because I really enjoy my job, but...Whew!
Image result for Roswell Livestock Sale Barn

Then Tuesday morning was dedicated to making a list for town  and making something for our dinner, with enough for leftovers because I knew I'd be back home after dark. I made a quick Black Bean and Chicken Tostizzas.

No real recipe here. It calls for a can of biscuits and yes, I used canned biscuits. :) Sometimes I just need something quick and I picked a can up when I thought about making these last week. So, please do not report me to the biscuit authorities. :) I will be making plenty from scratch for the next 3 days again. Roll out the biscuits a bit. Mix up diced, cooked chicken (I cook up a bunch at once and keep it in the deep freeze for quick meals) and a can of drained black beans. Throw in some salsa. Chop up a couple of green onions. Mix it all up in a bowl and top the biscuit rounds with it. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Pull out of the oven. Top with grated cheese. Return to oven for a few minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a side of avocado.

This is good with refried beans and ground beef too. DH and I thought it was a bit too sweet this time and I think it was the canned biscuits. And we cut some of the crust off and that made the chickens happy.Gosh, I haven't made these in probably 10 years. Not fancy, but quick and good for a fast dinner before I headed into town.

An afternoon in town with too many stops and I was plumb wore out. On Wednesday, we had the heating/cooling guy out to replace the furnace in the bunkhouse. It was beyond repair and ancient. So I fed him too. Then, after cleaning up the kitchen, I made stew for Thursday. It's always better the next day so I made it a day early. It was cold Thursday morning

and our high was only 29 and I just had a few extras to feed. Sure hated to send them out into the cold after breakfast. They were all bundled up and had on multiple layers:

and I figured stew was going to hit the spot at dinner. It did. :)

I'll still have the boys for 2 more days, but thankfully our highs should be above freezing. I wasn't even out in it for very long, just long enough to haul them out and come back to the house to chore. It took me a while to warm back up, but nothing a hot cup of tea can't fix.

After the crew leaves out on Saturday, we've got our Safari Club Christmas party. We always have a stuffed mug exchange and I made animal print potholders to go with mine.

DH will put jerky in his. He got a deer a few weeks ago and we've been making jerky for days.

I'm also trying to bind another quilt

but I jammed my finger yesterday and it's not operating as well as I would like

But I'm being well tended to. Nothing like a little sympathy from the resident pup patrol

I'm having a hard time keeping my eyes open for very long anyway. We always enjoy watching the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but this year we're not making it very far before we're nodding our heads.

Maybe if I add 'nap' to my list, I can make that happen. :)


Dorian said...

Looks like you're keeping out of trouble ;) Hope your finger feels better soon. Oh, I love venison jerky! Glad your honey got some meat for the table.

Tired Teacher said...

Your days at the sale barn are looong! I'm assuming you have a long drive to and from as well.

I haven't made stew in years, and it would hit the spot today.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

We have been watching the NFR too. our DIL's nephew is a steer wrestler J.D. Struxness he tied for 1st one night then got first the next two night but since then he's has bad luck.
Stay warm we came hone from our sons house 3 hours north of us about 10 miles from the ND boarder and it was -12 when we left!! Alittle warmer when we got home around 0

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Shelly said...

If I ever get to thinking I'm too busy, I just need to come here and read up on all you're doing. Makes me feel like a slacker! I had to laugh about the cowboys with their extra layers -- My Cowboy always complains that he gets so bundled up, he can barely climb on his horse! It's gotten cold here the last few days. Hasn't been above freezing day or night for quite a while. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's high of 33 -- Woohoo! Try to get that nap in when you can. Not sure where you'll fit it, what with your schedule . . .

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