Apparently, that was way too much work. I got a sharp reprimand from my body. So yesterday I took it easy all day and only went grocery shopping.
Today, I was feeling better, so I picked up where I left off but a little slower. I got all of the laundry put away (a big feat in this house), washed all bedding, and finished up in the kitchen.
*B*'s favorite soup comes from Nourished Kitchen: Curried Lentil Soup. It's a little rustic and very tasty. It's so good that it could be served over rice as Indian food. I doubled the recipe and freeze the leftovers in muffin tins. When the soup is frozen, I pop the soup-popsicles into ziplocs and *B* can swipe a few cubes for his lunches. It works so well.
The kidney beans had melded into the perfect bean and bean liquid mess in the day's rest. When I make lots of beans, I vacuum seal them and freeze them in one cup pouches. That way, if I need to make chili, I just grab four pouches and throw them in.
I've found that if I cut the vacuum rolls in half, my canner funnel just fits perfectly in the neck. The beans don't get stuck in the funnel, the bags stay clean, and all I have to do is rinse the funnel in the end.
When I packed and sealed all 20 cups that the 3 lbs of dried beans makes, I laid them flat on a cookie sheet. Once they're mostly frozen, I dumped them in the basket in our stand up freezer.
Whew! That was a ton of work. But all my little food projects are done for now. Aside from cookies, there are no things hanging over my head that I meant to do - just in time for Christmas.