Do you ever make mistakes? Is it frustrating? I know I could get frustrated if I allowed myself to.
Yesterday was one of those days where I made a big mistake. Did I let it ruin my day? Nope, not in the least. Matter of fact, I am still laughing about it.
On Sunday I cooked a 11+ lb. ham. Hubby and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with apple, raisin, and pecan coleslaw, pineapple and baked potatoes for sides. A nice glass of wine topped it all off.
After dinner, Hubby cut the ham in half. He took the bone out so that I could make bean soup. He also took a chunk of meat off one of the halves as extra for the bean soup. I always get all of the bits off of the ham bone to add after the soup cooks for a while. I froze half of the ham for future meals. I put the other portion in the fridge for a dinner and for sandwiches or ham and eggs for breakfast. I put the ham bone and the extra chunk of ham in a ziploc in the fridge. That night I soaked my northern beans overnight in the crockpot.
Yesterday morning knowing that I had a very busy day, I drained the beans and washed them well and cleaned the crockpot. I then put the beans back into it, added my spices, and added the ham bone. I covered all with 3/4's cold chicken broth and 1/4 ice cold water. I covered the crockpot and turned it on to low to let it cook all day.
I went out and ran all of my last minute errands. Until a reader, Pat, reminded me in comments yesterday, I forgot to get all of the ingredients for our party mix that Hubby makes every year. If I had forgotten, my son would have been so disappointed. I was so afraid that the store wouldn't have every thing that I needed. I was lucky because they only had two boxes in the entire store of wheat Chex and I snagged one. I picked up the rest of the ingredients and was happy to get them all. This party mix is not cheap the way Hubby wants it made but it is a tradition in our household. Hubby hates peanuts in his party mix. So I buy 3 cans of mixed nuts - no peanuts every year. However yesterday, they only had two cans. So I bought a third can of mixed nuts that said it had 50 less peanuts. I told Hubby it was all I could get without driving 26 miles. He can decide whether to add the third can or not.
Then I made a run to the beverage center to pick up some Beer- Fat Tire which is my son's favorite. Lastly I went to the liquor store to pick up 3 bottles of wine and our bottle of champagne for New Year's Eve.
When I came home I put everything away and sat down to do my Ibotta rebates for the wine. I also had $7.00 worth of Frontera and Yellow Tail rebates to fill out and get in the mail.
Our mail came and I was happy to see the free coupon for a 12 pack of Diet Coke from My Coke Rewards. I also got a notice from Social Security of a raise effective January 2017 for .3%. I didn't expect it to be much. However I didn't expect that my net check would be the same as last year. Yup, between Medicare going up and the taxes going up that I have withheld every check, my net didn't change one penny. Here's hoping that Hubby's notice when it comes actually gives us a raise. It should. I don't get a very big check because I didn't work that many years while my children were growing up and I didn't make much money. That said, it was a choice we made and that we have never regretted.
I was then very busy for the rest of the day doing many odds and ends. Hubby asked what we were having for dinner. I said ham, pineapple, scalloped potatoes and green beans. He asked was the soup ready. I said no. That I always cook it at least a day and a half because it is so much better. So I told him we would be having it tonight.
I made dinner, we ate and then I proceeded to wash the dishes. Then I decided I would take the ham bone out of the soup, take the meat off, and put the rest of the bits of meat back in. As I started to do this, I realized the water was ice cold. The soup didn't look like it had cooked long enough(picture last night). Guess what? I turned it on but never plugged it in. I was so busy I just never noticed. Fortunately the crockpot kept everything cold enough so that I am not worried about it going bad. Hubby put it in the cold garage last night and I just brought it in and plugged it in and turned it on. So hopefully we will have bean soup tonight. UGH!
I could have let it upset me. But I didn't. I was just happy that it stayed cold enough and because the ham is processed with salt that it is fine to eat.
I haven't made a mistake like this one in a very long time. But they do happen and when they do I just go with the flow. I know that I am not perfect.
Today Hubby will happily be making our party mix so that I can wrap a container for my son's family for Christmas. We will enjoy the rest ourselves over the next couple of weeks.
It's a cleaning and laundry day around here so I best get moving.