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IzTUdKHgTwe%GhBf%w%o4wrZ54chYuQRKsKJQLfEOCYwTried my hand at making homemade hot Italian sausage without the casings. It was a surprisingly easy project. Took my 3 1/2 pound pork butt and cut it up into smaller chunks that could fit through my grinder. Put them in a ziploc bag and froze them for about an hour which amazingly makes the grinding all that easier. Ground the pork on a course grind and then laid it out on cookie sheets and added the spices and seasonings. Kneaded it all together and put it in the fridge for a day to meld all the flavors together. Tonight we tried it, cooking up a couple tablespoons to test for flavor. Delicious. This will be bagged into individual portions that I can use in sauce, stir fries or on pizza.

 

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This picture just about sums up the conclusion to this weekend. I put my camera on the table to download the pictures from the snowstorm that I took today and noticed that the viewfinder had the perfect shot – the trail map from Killington that the boys poured over like gold was hidden somewhere in there and the fire in the background, which kept us all warm and cozy through this week, with its wild windy lows and its crazy snows.

The New Year’s holiday has been a blur. A good blur, but still a blur. Lots of family, friends, food, laughter. We celebrated Christmas with my family when they all arrived which was very nice.

New Year’s Eve was celebrated with friends. A got a very nice visit that morning from Patty of Where Did the Time Go? blog which is always fun when she is in my neck of the woods (hopefully soon I’ll be able to stop in on her world) and then the snow which started that morning continued all of New Year’s Eve…. and continued all of New Year’s Day …. and continued on Saturday ….and continued on Sunday morning, when things looked like this:

And was still continuing when we sent our guests off with hugs, kisses and bellies full of pancakes with maple syrup and sausage and our neighbor’s bacon and our eggs…. and it continued while we disassembled Christmas from our house… and it continued while we ran to the store to get lunch stuff and dinner …. and it continued still into the evening hours when the boys were set off to bed with dreams of a delayed opening in their little heads.

Welcome to winter….. Vermont style.

Evilwife on the move

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