The first week of January has been a good one on the Prairie. To start, the weather has been mostly beautiful. Thursday and Friday we had fog and Saturday the high temperature dropped to single digits. J and I have not missed the lack of wind! The wind must have missed us as hear it howling this morning.
A week ago Sunday J went coyote calling. He sent me two texts, the first with a single coyote. The second picture had three. J said he saw and heard more coyotes and was excited with the success of his afternoon hunt. I love hearing about his hunts; he gets so excited.
Monday J and Cousin T decided to try their hand at ice fishing. Again, success! J’s Dad and Uncle stopped in Tuesday and joined us for a fish dinner. It’s fun to have fresh fish in January.
Tuesday J and I decided to try brisket on the Green Egg. We have a couple 3-4 pound cuts of brisket and thought we would smoke it for the two of us. J got the egg out and going while I slathered the meat with yellow mustard and seasoned it with Kocher salt and black pepper. We smoked it for 6 hours, wrapped it in tin foil and let it keep cooking. When I wrapped it I added coffee to keep the meat moist. J took it off the egg at 5 pm wrapped it in a towel and let it rest for an hour.
It was a good test run. We thought it was a little on the smoky side and a bit bitter. We think the bitter came from the type of charcoal we used. Next time we are going to try different brand of lump charcoal and maybe a rub vs. salt and pepper.
Mid week found J and I on the road. J went to Small Town for a meeting and I headed to North Dakota Border Town for an appointment and groceries. It was nice to get out of the house and restock the fridge.
I did some major baking Thursday and Friday. Thursday I made two batches of Chocolate Chip Cookies and two batches of Peanut Butter “Star” Cookies. The grocery store had Christmas candy on sale and I stocked up on chocolate stars.
Friday I made two batches of Pumpkin Wheat Honey Muffins and two batches of Apple Muffins. I enjoy being in the kitchen and having go-to foods in my freezer. Sometimes I wish I had a dish washing fairy to help me with the clean up.
With the cold snap on Saturday J got his paper work in order for taxes. After Church on Sunday we went to Cousin T’s for dinner. We celebrated our favorite Mechanic’s birthday and had a good visit.
Today starts the online “One Day” art class I am taking, hosted by Jodene Shaw at White Owl Wings. I’m looking forward to this journey of soul-searching and creativity.
Also on the agenda this week, bangs vaccinating heifers at Cousin T’s and at home. That means sorting calves on Wednesday afternoon and a busy Thursday.
How was your first week of the New Year?