This past week has been a busy one with our friends arriving last week Monday and leaving early this Tuesday morning.
We ate way too much food (Hubs and I had just been eating breakfast and a main meal around 2 in the afternoon for several months now) with breakfast, lunch and the main meal at 5:30 pm. I think we will be eating very very light now to get our bodies back on track.
I did only cook healthy meals-but I had forgotten how much large portions our three male guests can eat-lol especially after being out in the cold woods most of the day and also laying tile.
The guys did not organize themselves well-which I think happens allot during vacations. It is a long drive to us and two of them are still working full time They had big plans of each getting a deer for meat to take home, and getting two large floors tiled.
Several days when they first arrived the weather was much warmer and beautiful and just awesome to be out in the woods. We had sunshine and light jacket weather when they arrived. The guys enjoyed being deep in the woods observing lots of different wildlife. They were telling us about observing coyotes, bob cats, lots of deer, and also big birds too. However doing that, their scent was in the woods for too many days that the deer knew they were out and about in their woods when it came time to hunt.So they just took one deer home for meat.
The guys kept telling us they had planned to tile both the bathroom and the hallway and Hubs and I thought-I don't think so unless that was all they did while they were here was to tile. We are just pleased they offered to do this for us.
This is always a fun time for all of us though and for Hubs and I it is like our Thanksgiving. I will have to say that I was feeling my age by yesterday with all that cooking and baking. smiles
However I do enjoy it all
As usual I forgot to take photos every day of the foods-but here are a few photos-mostly from the big Friday feast where other friends joined us.
For Friday, I made a large ham, my garden yellow beans with onions, garlic, and basil, roasted veggies-carrots, parsnips, turnips, brussel sprouts with olive oil and herbs, apple cider warmed with mulled spices, two pies, and more sides. the local friends that came brought a huge salad, two sweet potato pies, deviled eggs, macaroni cheese, and a gluten free version for me, the guys had brought down two cheesecakes, their salami made from bear and also venison, lots of Wisconsin cheeses-and that was just Friday lol
Since this post is loaded with lots of photos-I kept them smaller-
just click on a photo to enlarge all for better viewing
This table was more loaded down with foods after I took this photo, the big stove was full of food, as was the center of the two tables
I had this ham in my freezer-all meat no bone
The roasted veggies-I had roasted on a large cookie sheet for Friday-and this photo was left over for the next day's meal
Warmed mulled cider
I made a fresh cranberry-blueberry pie and also an apple pie
What is left of the two sweet potato pies
This was the whipped banana cheese cake that also had two toppings to put on top, and she made a nut crust this time so it would be gluten free
During this last week, I made grilled chicken breasts with veggie sides, grilled huge pork pieces with veggie sides, a corn beef dinner, and more. One of the guys brought down beef stew loaded with veggies.
We also enjoyed the butternut squash, carrots, and potatoes that were brought down
We also had a crock full of chili going everyday for lunch, I also made hot Reuben sandwiches, one day ham sandwiches.
This was just one of the butternut squashes-I baked it with the fresh maple syrup
We had a couple record breaking cold nights and early mornings-in the very low teens-brrrrr we even broke a record held back in the '60s and Yesterday all day it snowed-wow-another 67 year old weather record broken for snow on that date
It is so beautiful here in the woods after a fresh snow--I had to go out and grab the camera We ended up with around 4 inches
Enlarge further to see the cardinal sitting in the tree
I could not believe all the cardinals that were out and about-looking for bits of corn
I will do another post with just the tile photos We are so grateful for their offer to tile for us. The hallway is wide and huge so a big job. We had gotten the tile for the hallway and the bathroom mixed up-this was suppose to be in the bathroom as it has a bit of blue in it to pick up the blue in the walls-we had exactly enough tile to complete this hallway-with a little cutting ingenuity. a sigh of relief on everyone's faces
I also got into my craft room yesterday-did a little spinning with the buffalo fiber, and also started working on my Fabric Journal again. Once the hot summer temperatures arrive my ceiling lighting doesn't work in this room, so I have gotten so far behind-good thing I took lots of notes each month.
I am up to May-so did the embroidery on the outside edges of my page, and started to pull beads and things to tell May's story There will be allot of gardening for this month.
For my drink reference I totally forgot to take a new photo.
I was mostly drinking Bai blueberry water, hot tea, or hot cider this past week. I did also have one glass of wine.
I am sharing a previous photo I had taken with my Yellowstone cup and tea-as I used this cup most every day last week
Happy T Everyone!!