So far, so good! It's almost 2pm and I'm on a roll with baking day. Just taking a quick breather to nurse the baby/eat cold leftovers/blog and tweet where I'm at.
Here's my progress so far:
2 loaves soaked, yeast bread (from Sue Gregg's grains book)- in the oven as I write!
Double batch of banana-cranberry muffins
Triple batch of soaked tortillas- Soaking!
Double batch of granola bars - Soaked oats, nuts and seeds are dehydrating and almost ready to use
2 meals of Chicken Tetrazinni
1 big batch of meatballs
A batch of yogurt
1 large Shepherd's Pie- Mashed potatoes are made, meat is cooked, just picked fresh carrots from the garden.
Dice several large, nitrite-free sausages I bought yesterday and split them into meal-sized portions
Cook 1 lb taco meat
If I have time:
Bake pumpkins for making pumpkin puree
Wash/freeze fresh cranberries
I'm fairly happy with what I've got done. I'm pretty sure the pumpkins won't be happening, but that's alright. I think I can finish everything else, or maybe just have 1 thing left to do tomorrow morning.
A few people have asked what I'm doing with the children while I bake/cook my brains out. Basically, I've just been finding ways to occupy/entertain them. They ate a leisurely breakfast while I started this morning. The little guy played while big sister helped me with bread kneading and muffin baking. Then they both watched a movie, and spent a bit of time on the computer playing phonics games on Starfall.com. Then we had a drawn out, really random lunchtime, where they sat at the table for close to an hour while I worked, and I would just give them various different things to nibble on, drink, etc. We chatted together and Abbie came and helped me a bit.
The baby mostly napped or was calm during the morning, but around noon she got pretty fussy so I took a break to try to calm her and eventually got her to go back down for a nap. She's up again now and I came to the computer while nursing, but she seems happy so I'll soon be back in the kitchen with her in her little chair, watching me. The older kids are having quiet time/naps, probably until 3pm. Then I'll occupy the little guy with some drawing or playdoh at the table and Abbie would like to help me press and cook tortillas.
I wish I had some method or technique to tell you for getting stuff done with little ones, but it's all random. If the baby fusses, I use the sling. If that doesn't work, I have to take a break. I work while they eat, because the table is in the kitchen. I work really, really hard while they're occupied, sleeping, happy, etc. I let this be a day where they're allowed to watch movies or play games more than I usually would. Once in a while, I think that's ok (but normally, I'm not into plunking my kids down in front of a screen). I try to give them ideas of fun things they can play with and let them get a bit creative messy if it helps them to have fun while Mommy cooks!
If any other mamas have ideas of how to get stuff like this done with little ones, I'm sure we'd all love to hear them! And if you're joining in baking day, I'd love to hear your progress!