My big project for the weekend was to clean and sharpen my gardening tools. I didn't get around to it last year and was amazed at how much rust accumulated and the dullness of my cutting tools.
I washed and sanded everything. I sharpened my cutting tools. Then I gave everything a coat of oil. I wish I had some linseed oil for the wood handles, but I'll get some before spring. Don't they look fabulous?
As you can see, it will be awhile before they get used. They are ready for action. It feels good to have them in tip top shape.
I ended my prairie deer season with tag soup. I saw plenty of deer, but since we had two butchered I was picky. I can't complain, as I needed some quiet time.
I make most of the deer we harvest into roasts, jerky, and sausage. I made sausage patties with the last deer. They are great in biscuits and gravy. I made summer sausage with this deer. It is very fulfilling to use your own herbs for the seasonings. My husband smoked them for three hours. I swear the smell and taste of smoked meat is unparalleled.
Don't they look delicious? The white is frost, as I just pulled them out of the freezer. I even canned five pints of stew meat. That is great for stews, stroganoff, and enchiladas. I also pulled out the final bag of frozen buffalo berries from last year and made jelly. I didn't try to get my jelly overly clear, because I like the color when it is thicker. I ended up with eight jars. Yum, buffalo berries make the best jelly.
Well, that is my weekend in a nutshell. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My husband smoked the turkey for nine hours and it was worth every hour. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know I have a lot to be thankful for. Now that I have everything processed and my garden tools are all cleaned up, I think I will just hibernate until spring.