Anyway, the plan was to have Sunday night stew that day (I know. On a Thursday. What was I thinking?), but I recognized early on that I wasn't going to have the stove space available to simmer the stew for two hours. So I made something in the slow cooker. You guys. It was so nice, after canning all day, in between sledding and shoveling off the temporary rink in the yard, to not have to worry about supper in the afternoon.
|Our seasonal pond is huge and frozen this year.|
It was all fun and games until someone got a split lip.
Don't worry. It looked worse than it was.
Guess what I did, friends. I reused a lid. I know! You're not supposed to do that! It's not supposed to work; it's not safe. But I figured if it didn't seal, I would just refrigerate or freeze that jar. It was easier than canning all the rest of the beans, and just cooking the leftover quart on the stove and then storing them in the fridge or freezer.
But it worked! In fact, all 20 of my jars sealed this time. That might be a record. But I did put that one jar in the cupboard to be used up first. And I'll be buying regular mouth canning lids this week so I won't have to reuse anymore lids anytime soon. You know, if I can get to the grocery store. I'm thinking today might be my best chance.
Other things happened, too, and we ended up having what was on the menu only one night last week. And it wasn't leftover night. Hopefully this week, we'll be able to stick a little closer to our plan. Here it is:
- Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, oven roasted broccoli
- Pizza, salad
- Leftovers/fend for yourself
- Easy Italian beef roast, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls
- Chicken tacos with guacamole
- Hamburgers or hot dogs (hopefully we'll have the grill dug out by then) with buns, chips, carrots or grilled green veggie, jello
- Sheet pan smoked sausage dinner