Monday Musings: 11.26.2012 Edition – Plus a Thing! November 26, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in 101 Things, meal plan monday, random stuff, Shopping With Peeps.
We have survived the Thanksgiving weekend – thank goodness!
You know, the older I get, the more I realize that I’m my own worst enemy. I mean, I didn’t have to cook the holiday dinner (with the exception of sweet potato casserole and dinner rolls), we only traveled a little over an hour away, and we were home by bedtime.
Yet I am BEAT!
I just seem to be incapable of taking a 4-day weekend OFF . I always feel the need to cram 4 or 5 days’ worth of projects into that 4 days off. Even when I know it’s what I’m doing, I do it anyway.
Of course, one of those projects happens to be one of my Things – number 24, to be specific.
I’d started cleaning out the desk a while back, and I even got a couple of drawers somewhat organized, but. . . now it’s empty.
I bought that desk when I moved into my first apartment – to hold my very first computer. I paid $25 for it from the Vietnam Vets thrift store, and I remember the nice men there helped me strap it onto the top of my Pontiac Sunbird.
But the time has come – it’s got to go.
We woke up Saturday morning to what can only be described as SNOW! Not a lot, granted (it wasn’t even really measurable), but it was definitely cold. And white. And windy. Brr. Saturday morning’s walk was less than pleasant – I’ve been spoiled this fall!
However, it really was just what I’ve been waiting for – it was the perfect day to put together a big pot of chili!
And since we were there and all, we also put on a batch of chicken stock – gotta keep up with that stuff in the freezer, you know!
I think I’ve mentioned that we’re going to be having some work done at the house, so, rather than have Jar lose what’s of his furry mind trying to defend the castle, I’ve been getting him used to the idea of coming into the office with me.
That seems to be working out okay – and really, how many office refrigerators have a big old Kong nestled between the baby carrots, the cauliflower bits and an apple?
Yeah, we try to run a healthy ship.
Oh, oh, Shopping With Peeps!
We were in the baking aisle – flour, sugar and salt on one side, and Every Mix in the World on the other – when a shelf tag caught my eye.
Muffin mix – specifically cereal muffin mix.
Cocoa Puffs (and Reese’s Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch) Muffin MIX?
The first question I have is “Who BUYS this stuff?”
Then I realized that the shelf tag was a “discontinued item” sale tag, and I had my answer.
This photo is to demonstrate that my mother has finally gone over the edge. She’s officially a crazy lady.
She sent a couple of butternut squashes from her garden home for us. The TWO of us. I set them next to my quart jars of stock – for scale.
Now what the HECK am I going to do with all that squash? Not that I mind too much We do both like squash.
Plus, I’ve got a couple of kale bushes in my garden I’ll be happy to share with when next I see her.
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. We’re still working at emptying the freezers – will it NEVER end? I’ve also got to sort through some of that ridiculous pile of recipes I’ve accumulated over the years – so our menus or the next few weeks will likely reflect that. Still.
Monday - Over three years ago (7/27/09), I printed a recipe for Breakfast Tacos – we’ve got plenty of tortillas, and, of course, eggs and bacon. AND we’ve got home-canned beans that are only moments away from becoming refried beans.
Tuesday -I guess we were in a bacony sort of mood when we made the menu for this week – I’ve got Saveur‘s recipe for Spaghetti all’Amatricana that I printed just last summer.
Wednesday - Since we didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner, we don’t have the turkey leftovers that the rest of the world has. So we roasted a chicken over the weekend and have chicken leftovers instead. Enough to make the chicken pot pie that Peeps has been wanting to try since it was published in Cook’s Illustrated two years ago, appropriately adapted to use already-cooked chicken and homemade chicken stock. And no mushrooms.
Thursday - I’m always on the lookout for a good soup, so even though this Lentil Soup with Kale and Sausage calls for all sorts of fake ingredients (Soy choizo? Parmesan-style soy cheese? Really?), we’ve got real chorizo and cheese, plus plenty of fresh kale, and this just sounds good. I hope it is.
Friday - And here comes pizza night around again. I doubt we’ll have leftovers to pile on pizza this week, but the herb garden is hanging in there, and there’s always plenty of cheese and sauce.
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.