It is officially crunch time, in my opinion, can’t complain cause I’m doing pretty good. Shopping is done, well gift shopping, I still need to hit the grocery store one more time to pick up a few things for Christmas and Christmas Eve dinners. I have been cooking since last Thursday, party here, pot luck there and a few yummy treats to give away. I may bake a few cookies if I have time, but every year I make homemade beef jerky. I don’t even eat meat any more but, everyone seems to love it so, I make it for them. Plus it’s nice to break up all the usual sweets with a little savory, and I try to change things up flavor wise each year. This year in addition to the usual steakhouse flavor, I also made a Thai Chili, I like trying out different flavors. I have done barbeque, Smokey maple, Hawaiian, jerk and one or two others I can’t think of at the moment. I always have to make sure I plan ahead because although it is simple and requires little effort it does take two days to make. I always let the meat marinate for a day and then it takes another day in the dehydrator. I started this batch on Saturday and it will be ready to bring to work and to give out today.
I may be buying food the next two days because I need a short break from all the cooking, and the worst part, the clean up. I really love to cook, but I don’t like the mess it can cause, so when I’m short on time stopping at the grocery store to pick up something premade is a life savor, and it beats the pants off of fast food. All that remains after that is wrapping. I think I am more than half way done, but each year I seem to find all these little things I stashed away.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel; I took a few days off in between the holidays so two more days of work then 5 off, with the weekend. I also took the day after New Year’s for one more long weekend. I’m quite excited about that, and it will give me some time to work on a few projects I need to get moving on.
Good luck finishing up and have a wonderful holiday