Today was a busy, yet relaxing day here at New Garden Homestead. How can it be relaxing and busy, you might ask? I love being at home and doing manual labor. It’s such a nice change from the corporate world that I live in Monday through Friday.
I started out the morning with a quick run to Wal-Mart. When I need to do some shopping, I try to go early on a Saturday morning before the rest of the town wakes up. I find it much easier to think and find what I need without the hustle and bustle of the other shoppers. It’s pretty much just me and the employees early on a Saturday.
When I returned home, I got things ready to start my morning of baking. The first thing I baked were two strawberry swirl cheesecakes for work. We’re having a little food day on Monday for Halloween. I’m also taking chips and a jar of salsa that I canned over the summer.
Then I made a frozen chocolate pie for home. This is one of my husband’s favorites! It’s super simple. I’ll post the directions in the near future.
I also baked up a loaf of Italian bread to go with the lasagna I made for dinner tonight.
Oh, and how could I forget, I made a strawberry crock pot cake with the leftover strawberry pie filling I had from making the strawberry swirl cheesecakes. I’m really trying to use everything and not let food go to waste. This was super simple! I just dumped the pie filling in the crock pot. Then you take a box cake mix (I used a white cake mix, but you could use strawberry, chocolate or yellow) and mix it with a ½ cup melted butter. Mix it until it’s crumbly. Sprinkle it over the pie filling. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Sprinkle white chocolate chips over the top just before serving.
After lunch I joined my husband outside to assist with cutting up the Oak tree that we lost this past summer. We let the goats out for a little while and they enjoyed a nice snack of dried up Oak leaves. They are so entertaining!
I watered the some plants and the cucumbers and cleaned up the goat pen before turning in and getting cleaned up.
For supper, I cooked a lasagna from scratch to go with the homemade Italian bread I baked earlier in the day. Then I cleaned up some lettuce and spinach from the garden to make us a nice green salad. I also added fresh spinach to the sauce in the lasagna. Then I can’t forget dessert. The strawberry crock pot cake turned out great! It was very rich though.
Then I curled up on the sofa with my honey and watched a movie. This was a wonderful, busy and relaxing Saturday here on New Garden Homestead. I look forward to the time we get to do this every day and not just on the weekends.
How did you spend your Saturday?