My husband got two deer this year, his first since we've been married. That means I got my first experience at helping butcher. Not exactly what I would call fun, but I'm thankful for the meat. There are, of course, certain portions of the meat which are only suitable for grinding. When I was growing up, my dad always had a big meat grinder that he would use. Since I did not have one, I thought I would just try it in the food processor. It works! Quite well, I might add.
After a little trial and error, here is how it worked best:
This is a piece that has already been ground. Now you need to pick out as much of those white streaks as you reasonably can without spending forever or wasting too much meat. I wore disposable gloves for this part.
It will look like it has been crushed to smitherines, but once you cook it, it is the perfect consistency. See?
Now you can use it for spaghetti, chili, or anything else for which you would use regular burger!
I apologize if that was a little gross for you, but I hope it will help someone like me who had no earthly idea how to go about grinding venison.
Preschool Boy + Pockets + Crayons + Washer + Dryer =
2. After you have sprayed the spots, place the clothing into the bathtub with the hottest water you can get. (It is very important to have your water very hot or you will end up with grease spots on the clothes.)
3. Let the clothing sit for a few minutes and scrape each spot with your fingernail. The crayon should come right off, along with some oil from the WD-40.
4. If you have tough spots, re-spray them and scrub them some more with your fingernail. When you have removed all or most of the spots, put the clothes into the washing machine on the hottest water setting. Use good laundry detergent like Tide if you can.
5. You may have to send the load through a couple times and use some good-smelling fabric softener to get rid of the oily smell from the WD-40.
6. Do not dry any of the clothes until you are sure the crayon marks are gone. If you have any clothing that still has crayon marks, start over at step 1 and repeat until the crayon marks are gone.
7. NEVER wash a little boy's clothes in the future without checking the pockets!
I have been horrible about burning supper lately! Between trying to nurse the baby, welcome home hubby, take care of a potty-training 2 year old, and who knows what else, my scatter-brain forgets sometimes that dinner is burning away on the stove! But I've become a professional at cleaning seemingly hopeless pots and pans! Take for instance the pot in the picture below. I seriously thought it was done for. But as you can see in the “after” picture, it's as good as new.
Want to see my secret weapon?
It's called Bar Keeper's Friend, and it be found in the cleaning supplies aisle at Walmart or the grocery store. In my experience it has cleaned anything and everything no matter how hopeless it looks. Some things require a little more elbow grease than others, but it will still clean things I would otherwise have to throw away. It costs around $3.99, and it is well worth the money for the headache it saves me.
What's your secret weapon?
Look out 2012! I am challenging myself, not to a day, a week, or even a month; but to a full year of Anti-Procrastination!
I'd love to have you join me!
Let me explain what I mean by Anti-Procrastination. You know those crumbs you see when you open the silverware drawer? The messy closet that needs a good straightening? That pair of pants that needs mending? Anything that bugs you every time you see it but that you just never “get around to” is a candidate for an Anti-Procrastination project.
I really don't know why I procrastinate. I have million excuses that all seem valid, but really most of the time they aren't. “I'm in the middle of making dinner.” “We're getting ready to go out the door.” On and on I could go with the excuses, but they're getting a kick out the door this year. When I see something that needs doing, I'm going to do it right then and there!
I'm not saying that I plan to start deep cleaning the oven 5 minutes before it's time to go out the door. But those crumbs in the silverware drawer? Ten seconds and they'll be gone!
Here are my self-imposed rules for Anti-Procrastination Year. You can make up your own rules for how they will best suit your situation.
I'm sure I'll think of more rules as I get into this. I've already been trying to do one thing every day even though it's not 2012 yet (I decided not to procrastinate starting on Anti-Procrastination Year!). So far I've changed out my fall wreaths for the Christmas wreaths, pulled a sock out from behind the bed, and got rid of a pair of shoes.
I plan to post an update once a week of what I've been able to accomplish. I'm taking the plunge and publishing this so that I will be forced to be accountable for the entire year.
Please cheer me on, and join me in the challenge if you're up to it!
I really wasn't planning on posting this because I honestly just threw some stuff in the crockpot trying to use up leftovers. But it turned out so well that I have to post it so I can remember what I did. I thought some of my readers might like to have a recipe that uses up leftover mashed potatoes and tastes delicious!
Here's what I did:
Half a crockpot full of leftover mashed potatoes
4 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of chopped carrots
1 large head of broccoli
6 slices of bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces
Mix it all together and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
When it's all done the mashed potatoes just sort of melt into the liquid making an incredibly thick and creamy soup. This is honestly the best potato soup I've ever made!
I'm linking this post to Real Food Wednesday.