I've been quite busy in my absence.
I still struggle with time management - trying to stuff 10 lbs of turnips in a 5 lb sack so to speak.
I still struggle saying no - cause I really do want to do everything.
The more I say yes, the more frazzled I become and the next thing I know I'm somewhere mid-week, bra-less, in my pajamas, overwhelmed, nursing a latte at 3pm. Sometimes it feels as if squirrels have nested in my brain, and I can't for the life of me think right or prioritize anything.
When I get overwhelmed like that, I dream the craziest dreams. Full color, feature length film type dreams. I had such a dream shortly after picking up half a hog that I purchased locally from a gal that raised it humanely and organically.
Let me talk about bacon for a moment before I tell you about the dream - did you know that half a hog only has about 8#s of bacon on it? I'm not sure I can convey the disappointment I felt when learning this news. The butcher had called me asking me gobs of questions like 'how thick do you want your pork chops?', 'do you want your bacon thin or thick?' - that's when I stopped him. I asked him how much bacon there was. "About 8lbs.". My heart (and my stomach) sank to the ground. I was hoping this half a hog would last us a year - until I could purchase another one. There was no way 8lbs of bacon was going to last me much over a week, let alone a year - anyhow - I had the bacon sliced thick, but only had them process half of it. I'm going to try to smoke the remaining 4lbs myself. Stay tuned.
The butcher also asked me if I wanted the lard. I said yes, just because I thought if I had it coming, I wanted it. What I would do with it, I had no idea. Of course, if I were still baking pies daily, I could have used it. I toyed with the idea of making soap. It just sat in my freezer for a while, and just recently, I gave it to my homesteading neighbor - because I purchased a quarter of a cow and needed the freezer space.
The meat, by the way, is incredibly delicious - and quite different from the pork I had been purchasing at the store. I still struggle with eating meat - and if I think about it too much it truly bothers me - but for now - I do get my meat locally, raised organically - and it eases my conscious somewhat. I do know that I shan't raise my own birds for meat again, or at least at this writing, I know I won't. We all know how I change with the wind though. Don't be surprised if next week I'm ordering birds for butcher!
Back to the dreams -
I dreamt I had a pig named Cool Whip and we were the best of pals. Then, I dreamt about that bucket of lard. I dreamt that I was slightly stalking Alton Brown. I mean - I've got a total crush on the guy. I drove to Cleveland to meet him - he was so kind. (that really happened, I didn't dream it!)
In my dream, Alton was avoiding me like the plague, until he found out that I possessed a bucket of organic lard. The tables then turned, and he was pursuing me.
And that my friends - is the power of hog.
I'll close here with a recipe - it's for ribs (of course) by Alton Brown (of course).
My favorite rib recipe by far - although I do leave the chili powder out of the rub.