We've been really trying to get back in the groove of hubby being a regular full-time resident of the house now that deployment is over, but it's been hard, but not for the usual reasons of clashing in the house and disturbing the natural order of things, but instead it seems like I communicated with him more when he was on the ship lately! He has been working 12-14 hour days every day since he's been back, he is gone by the time the kids are up for school, and home just in time to tuck them in at night. I've been trying really hard to get back to cooking "real meals", but find that I have to just save him a plate to eat when he gets home. The kids and I always sit down to a family meal, but sometimes the content & originality is lacking when I cook only for 2 little guys.
The past week I have been trying to use the freezer stash of garden goodies every night from here until Spring so we can get an accurate amount to preserve for next year, since we need to account for hubby being home and eating the harvest too. I grew less last year, but hubby will eat anything and everything that I can plant so I need to get creative again!
Some of the dinners this week were pretty basic one-dish meals, but all had garden veggies incorporated:
How about the rest of you? Are you finding you had enough preserved to last til Spring, or will you be increasing the amounts preserved for next year? I definitely need more tomatoes put up!
Last night was hubby's night to cook, he makes amazing pizzas - I just wish he would clean up his mess afterwards!
On to the only excitement of the week- I made the long trip up to D.C. to IKEA on Friday to create my "craft space"! It is very hard to describe the limited space I have in this house, but here's a reality for you to ponder... I only have 4 rooms in this house including the kitchen - and no garage! Minus the kitchen, it's one room that houses both boys and all their toys, our bedroom that also serves as my office space and garage like storage behind a curtain for all our camping/hiking stuff, a living room that is also the dining room and music room, that leaves..... the hallway!
FYI: the below rack behind the bedroom door was my old "stash space"...I can't even really hang door units on the door since they are all french doors to have the place feel bigger than it is.
The hallway in the below pic also stores the washer/dryer behind the blue curtain on the left side as well as hubby's fishing gear up near the ceiling, see it LOL? He used the recess at the end to build me some built in shelves for the few knick knack pictures I have.
Good thing I really love organizing and get a "high" off of being able to fit our lives into this small space. While I would dearly love to have a permanent table to sew at, this will do pretty well since the dining table is right next to the craft storage area, and all of it is out in plain sight so I will actually be tempted to USE the sewing machine! (Before I had to dig all this stuff out of underbed containers and trolley carts shoved into a closet).
Below, a close up look at the shelves/wall. I used a baking sheet divider to store random pieces of fabric, magnetic bars to hold things like scissors, tins of pins, etc. Spice rack holds more notions, a plastic trash bag caddy holds partial skeins of yarn that are destined for a rug or some other small project. I reused a metal chalkboard tray from the kids' room to hold my cutting mat and smaller felt quilt block design board I made last night (not pictured). There is even a space the the left of my old machine to park my someday new machine!
I'm pretty darned excited about it all! BUT.... this week is for ordering seeds, so the sewing will have to wait a bit longer. We are scheduled to have a whole week of rainy, crummy weather, so it will be perfect for finishing up my seed ordering and bed plans - those catalogs sure bring a bright spot to a dreary day!