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We have been drowning in beans! This is the 18 pints I canned yesterday. I also have 7 pints of pickled beans, 15 quarts of full length beans canned and 7 freezer bags stuffed with beans frozen in the freezer.


A Weekend Of Canning

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Had a chicken that wouldn't fit in my freezer and it snowballed to an entire day of canning!

Had a chicken that wouldn’t fit in my freezer and it snowballed to an entire day of canning!

On the weekend, I headed home to help with canning some deer meat at my Grandmothers.  Well, I didn’t make it in time (who would have thought our house would lock us in!) but I did come home with some goodies!  Including 2 chickens!  Unfortunatly my freezer was full, so I cooked up one of the chickens in the pressure cooker and yesterday went to town canning it.  (Follow the directions from here)  Then I realized I had venison roasts in the freezer that were never going to get eaten and were taking up more space in the freezer so I cubed those up as well.  I raw packed them, which I’ve never done before.  We’ll taste it and see if I’ll do it again.  I only made up 2 pints just incase.

So all together I did 4 pints of chicken, 2 pints and4 quarts of chicken stock and 2 pints of venison.  What a way to spend the weekend!

Problems with the BodyRock Challenge

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Is anyone else finding the challenge HARD?  I sure am!  I have found that I’m so sore the next day that I can’t do the workout.  Which of course has led me to giving up for the past few days.  Yes, I went back to my old ways.  If I can’t do it right, why do it?  Plus, my husbands schedule has sucked and I couldn’t get to the gym last week and won’t be able to go this week either.  I’m thinking about getting up early to go, but haven’t been able to drag myself out of bed yet.

So instead of giving up, I’ve decided to continue, but not with the workouts they are posting.  If you go to the websites ( and search for “lite” or “beginners”  (make certain you look in the archives too!) you will find all kinds of workouts for beginners.  Those are more my speed.  I’m soooo out of shape!

I also wanted to share a simple supper that we had last night.  It was SO good!  Just a simple easy stir fry.  I served it with basmati rice which is our new favorite!  Can’t get enough!

1 head of bok choy sliced.

A few stocks of celery thinly sliced.

Clove or two of garlic minced.

1 can of baby corn (we couldn’t find any so just put in a can of kernals.  Tasted great!)

I also threw in a can of turkey that I had done up after Christmas.

2 TBSP of oyster sauce.  (I added a TBSP of soya sauce as well.)

Stir fry bok choy, celery and garlic (and cooked meat if adding) until the bok choy starts to wilt.  Add the corn and sauce and heat through.

That’s it!  Took me longer to chop everything then to cook it!

Happy Monday!

BodyRock 30 Day Challenge: Fit Test Day

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OK….I haven’t been feeling great.  Fighting something off, so I’m 5 days behind on the 30 Day Challenge by BodyRock BUT I am doing it.  Today was day #1 for me and it was the fit test.

So after doing just the fit test, I’m terrified for the next 29 days, but I can do it!  Maybe some others would like to join?  (Hint, Hint?)

Here’s my stats:  (Lets see how I have improved in 30 days!)

Squat jumps: 31

Push Ups: 28

Burpees: 8

High Knees: 42

Lunges: 20

Step Ups: 24

Triceps Dips: 17

Surfboards: 11

Half Burpee/Monkey: 8

Switch Jumps: 26

Side Lunge: 21

Frog Jumps: 14


I did take a before pics and measurements, but do not have the courage to post yet.  Maybe after the 30 days.

So tonight I’m off to work on my C25K, starting week 1 again.  Like I said, last week was a bust for me.  Between shin splints from my first day running and feeling like something the dog drug in, this is my fresh start week.  I did learn last week though, that if I go over 4 (miles or km, I have no idea what the treadmill reads in) I get shin splints.  So 4 what ever is my “jogging” speed.  I was at 4.5 and feeling great, but my knee and shins disagreed by the time I sat in the car.

Good luck to everyone!  Let me know what you’ve been up to physically!

What I’ve Been Up To

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The last few days have been filled with snow, cleaning and canning. And no pictures to share.

Anyway, I’ve canned 7 pints of BBQ Beans, 2 quarts of pinto beans, numerous jars of turkey and veggie stock, and canned up the end of our Christmas turkey.  A simple search can find you recipes/directions on how to do this.

Last night was my first night of Couch to 5K program and it was a wake up call!  I am so out of shape!  I couldn’t even do all the running segments.  But I kept up with it and walked as fast as I could during the running parts.  I think that I will keep doing week 1 (and any other weeks) until I can do all the running parts.

The plank challenge has triggered a back injury as well, so while I am still going, I am not doing the entire times.

And that’s it!  Oh, and I turned 30 today, but am thinking about staying at 29 to be able to get some of the things done that I wanted to before I turned 30.  Funny how when kids come into the picture, you push yourself into the background.  Ah well, off to clean and work out.

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