Sickness All Around, But Working On The Goals

We have been sick…well everyone except me, thankfully!  It started with the kids, went to the baby, then my husband got sick, then back to the kids…It has been circling around for more than 2 weeks now.  I think we are better, finally.

I have been healthy, which is miraculous considering I am up with the baby several times a night.  When she was sick I was feeding her plus doing breathing treatments every 4 hours…not much sleeping going on for a while.  She was at the Pediatrician’s office 4 times in one week.  Thankfully, she is better now.

I have continued on with my goals.  I have canned 4 quarts of chicken broth.  I have also used the canner to cook beans and chicken leg quarters.  The beans ended up too soft so I will have to adjust my cooking times, but it was a good experiment.  The chicken leg quarters turned out awesome.  I had a huge 10# bag and I cooked them in the pressure canner for 10 minutes after it reached 15# of pressure.  They smelled great cooking and the end product was great.  From a 10# bag I ended up with 3.5 pounds of chicken, 3 pounds of broth, and 3 pounds of skin and bones.  I got the bag of chicken for $3.99.  So I ended up with chicken for a little over a dollar a pound.  I am happy with that!

I have been baking about 2 loaves of bread in my bread machines each week.  I have 2 machines, so I make 2 loaves at a time.  I put them on the dough cycle.  After they are done in there, I grease my loaf pans and let them rise about 30 min and bake.  They turn out delicious!  My kids love having this bread with soup.  I love toasting it and eating it with butter on it.

We have been eating almost all of our leftovers.  The kids have been really doing a great job.  This alone has really helped to stretch the grocery budget.  As a reward for eating all of the leftovers, I have been trying to make a couple of homemade desserts each week.  The kids are loving that!

I have been faithfully walking 2 to 3 times for an hour or more.  Today I even ran for about 5 minutes.  I was breathing like a freight train…I am so out of shape.

I am happy to be following through with my goals.  I hope it continues.

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