I tell ya, going away is great, but sometimes it takes a while to get back into the swing of things.  That was me this time.  I feel like I spent the whole week catching up instead of just a day or two.  Ah, well…..it was worth it. 

These cooler days are making me feel lazy.  We had our first fire, though I’m not sure it was actually cold enough and the house ended up being hot once it warmed up a bit.  But, I do love a fire in the fireplace. We were also hugely blessed by some dear friends with a good bit of firewood.  I’m looking forward to many enjoyable days and nights in front of a blazing fire.  Maybe a roasted marshmallow or two.

I made some yummy things this week…..nothing new, but still just as delicious as the first time.  We had Cranberry Bread (recipe in cookbook), Oatmeal Cookies – just for fun I tossed some mini chocolate chips into part of the batter, Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes, oh my goodness! You canNOT eat just one, these things are addicting, and actually pretty simple to make.  Now that we’re having cooler temperatures, I’ve been baking more.  What’s your favorite thing you’ve made since the weather is cooler?  It doesn’t have to be a sweet treat.

With cooler weather also comes deer season.  Thankfully I have a brother who likes to hunt.  HUGE blessing.  I have been missing having venison, but no more.  My brother got us a deer and we just had to pay for the processing.  We got 26# ground, a 11/2 pound roast, 4# cubed steak, 3# stew meat, 3# butterfly steak.  Average less than $2/pound.  SWEET!

On to the menu:

Melissa Makes Robyn’s Meatloaf (my favorite thing to make with ground venison)
Baked Potatoes

Tuesday(Karate night):
Hot Dogs

Lime Cilantro Chicken

Chicken Fried Steak (2nd favorite with venison)
Mashed Potatoes
My daughter has been begging for this since we got the venison!

Salmon Patties
Oven roasted potatoes & carrots

Fish Tacos – didn’t make these last week

Taco Soup

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