This morning has been slightly slower than usual, and it feels good! I like to take some time once in awhile to catch my breath. We had planned on making another batch of cheese tomorrow, but since the weather is going to be nice and no rain in sight for a few days, Al will be heading to the hayfield starting today, and won't take a break from making hay until Wednesday, which is our next planned cheese make, and it's supposed to rain.
My work, for the weekend since I won't be going to farm markets will be playing catch up on things. I have about 5 batches of cheese that will be waxed this weekend. We use plastic mats that put under the cheese as it ages in the cooler. This helps let air flow under the wheels. We use the same plastic mats under the cheese when the wheels are coated, so that means some of the coating gets on the mats. I have a stack of mats that will be washed up and sanitized today. I also want to wipe the shelves down in aging area, I do this about every month or two. Wiping the shelves with vinegar and salt prevents any unwanted mold from growing.
I also have 6 wheels of cheese to pack up and get ready to ship on Tuesday, it's going to Jungle Jim's.
So, even though I am taking a weekend off from markets, I still have a very long list of things to do! But, I will admit, I'm moving at a slower pace. ;-)
To go along with the "takin' it easy" part of the day, I've fixed a very easy and quick lunch. It's very yummy too!
Texas Tortilla Soup
26-oz. can chicken and rice soup
10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
15-oz. can black beans
11-oz. can corn
Garnish: shredded Cheddar, crushed tortilla chips
Combine soup and undrained vegetables in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Ladle into soup bowls; top with cheese and tortilla chips. Serves 4.
Hope that everyone has a chance to enjoy the weekend!