Monday Musings: 03.10.2014 Edition March 10, 2014Posted by Toy Lady in meal plan monday, Musings, random stuff, Stupor Kitty.
Hopefully, this will be the last – or close to it, anyway – of the COLD market trips! Boy, it’s just not as much fun shopping for produce when the temperatures are stubbornly stuck in the teens, is it? We’re still a ways away from anything truly “fresh” – though I picked up some Meyer lemons, so there’s that.
One cool thing we noticed – the City is installing a vehicle charging station right there at the public market!
It’s starting to look like I should start saving up for my Tesla, huh? By the time I can afford one, there should be charging stations on every corner, huh?
So. This happened.
I don’t know if you remember – I’ve mentioned once or twice how we have Treat Time in the mornings, right?
Basically, I sit down on the kitchen floor with the dog on one side of me, and the cat on the other, and we play the Name Game.
No, not that one.
Basically, I sit between the two of them, and, as long as they’re paying attention to ME (and not each other), I’ll say one of their names. When the owner of the name looks at me, he or she gets a treat, and I mark that with a click of the clicker.
Sounds kind of silly, huh? Especially with a, um, mature kitty. (She’s about 13 years old.)
Well. The other evening, while Peeps was walking the dog, I was cleaning up the dishes and the kitty was frolicking around the dog-free living room, like she does.
As we’d had turkey with gravy for dinner, there happened to be a pan with some nice homemade turkey gravy that, any other time, I would have let the dog give a quick lick to (it’s FAR more effective than pre-rinsing) before washing.
But the dog wasn’t there.
So . . . more in a conversational way than anything else, I said “hey, Minerva Kitty!” and would you believe this! She came RUNNING back to the kitchen like her tail was on fire!
So the moral of the story is this: not only can you teach an old DOG new tricks, you can teach an old CAT some tricks too!
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. Boy oh boy, can I just say – again – that I have had ENOUGH winter! I mean, yeah, we love the hearty, warm foods and all, but we like salad, too. And grilled stuff. BUT we still do what we can to eat seasonally, and right now, the calendar notwithstanding, the season is winter.
Monday - Our supermarket had Norwegian salmon on sale, so, since it’s been a while since we’ve had any salmon, we thought that would be a nice change. I’m thinking of pan-searing or roasting it with some sort of apple-bourbon glaze. I also couldn’t stand it anymore, so I picked up some imported asparagus, which will be roasted to go with the salmon. Baked potatoes and fresh bread will finish the meal.
Tuesday - We have a gift certificate for Applebee’s that’s expiring shortly, so, well, that.
Wednesday - We haven’t enjoyed our pasta with lentils in ages – and I just picked up lentils at the market, too. I may try pre-cooking them in the pressure cooker, just for the heck of it.
Thursday - As we were rummaging in the freezer, we found a package of three NY strip steaks – so we defrosted them, split one for a steak-and-egg breakfast later in the week, and I used the remaining two steaks in a vegetable-beef soup. After all, if spring’s not going to come, we may as well enjoy some more soup, right?
Friday - And again, it’s pizza night - Peeps has started making the crust the Sunday before (instead of Tuesday, like he used to) and would you believe, the pizza is better than ever? Seriously!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.
Monday Musings: 02.03.2014 Edition February 3, 2014Posted by Toy Lady in Big Lug, meal plan monday, Musings, random stuff, Stupor Kitty.
Boy, it’s been a long, cold week, hasn’t it?
And clearly, The Jar is suffering from cabin fever, just like the rest of us!
Poor thing – he wants to go out and WALK and even RUN! Then we get outside, and before we know it, his little (big) feet are cold and he’s walking funny and he’s ready to come IN.
He’s spent a good portion of a couple of evenings trying to get us to play ball with him – in the living room. Now I don’t know about your house, but mine is far too small to have a 115-pound beast gallumping around chasing a tennis ball. That’s how houses get broken! So he eventually settled for picking the yellow fuzz off the tennis ball instead.
I keep saying – it’s just like having a giant furry toddler in the house.
(And yes, we took him out to get weighed last week - someone is going to need to drop a few pounds, I think. Someone else, that is.)
And the kitty has finally done it – she’s broken the Kitty Code.
When we finally got a couple of hours of above-freezing temperatures Saturday, I took the opportunity to fill Kongs – it’s amazing how much easier that is when you don’t have someone trying to shove his big furry nose on the counter and barking his fool head off at you because he WANTS SOME RIGHT NOW.
Of course, I’ve got furry little meowing going on instead. So. . . I let her lick the can. That would be the Mighty Dog can. Then I took a picture of her with her face in the dog food can. Ha.
It’s been just about 3 months since we’ve switched Jarly to a raw diet, and, overall, I have to say, we’re very happy with it.
We haven’t seen any sign of any of the stomach issues he’s suffered in the past, which is great. And he’s pretty much always had a rash on his stomach, which got a little better when we changed kibble, and better yet when we cut out peanut butter, but it’s always still been there. Now it’s completely gone.
Now that we’ve found several decent sources of meat, it’s actually much cheaper than kibble too – and, additionally, kibble itself has become something of a treat!
The only downside? Raw liver. (Actually, organ meat in general.) Do you have any idea how awkward (and disgusting) it is to cut up a 20-pound beef liver?
The things we do for our pets, eh?
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. We seem to have fallen in a bit of a rut when it comes to dinner – I don’t know what’s going on. Winter blues, maybe. Some days, if I didn’t already have the meal plan, I swear, I’d just scramble a couple of eggs and call it dinner. Not that there’s anything wrong with that . . . but then what would we do for breakfast?
Monday -Our local supermarket had Alaskan cod on sale, AND I have fennel in the fridge, so we’re going to try cod with fennel and potatoes. Should be interesting, no?
Tuesday - Since we made a big old pot of sauce last weekend, it was a no-brainer to make a big old pan of lasagna this weekend, right? That’s all made and ready to just pop in the oven when I get home. Then it’s leftovers for breakfast, too!
Wednesday - We managed to separate those two pork chops I got at the market last weekend, so we’re going to split one of them between us – the other went back in the freezer. The chop is about 2 inches thick, and I’m going to cook them basically the way Alton Brown did rib-eye steaks on Good Eats – pan-seared, then finished in the oven. We’ll do baby potatoes and beet rösti, which I LOVE.
Thursday - For Minimal Effort Thursday, we’ve got some beef and barley soup up. I used a couple of boneless short ribs in the soup, and I kind of (ahem) beefed up the flavor with some chopped mushrooms. While neither of us is a fan of mushrooms on their own (the texture is weird), I chopped them chopped fine and cooked them until they all but disappeared – they add the hearty flavor without the icky texture.
Friday - And again, it’s pizza night. You’ll recall that we had lasagna earlier in the week, which means leftover ricotta filling. I just can’t seem to get it even! Either I have too much sauce and run out of filling, or too much filling and run out of sauce, or, as in this case, too much lasagna and ran out of pan! Anyway, we already know that ricotta filling on pizza is delicious, so it’s not such a bad thing to have some left over!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.
Monday Musings: 08.19.2013 Edition August 19, 2013Posted by Toy Lady in Big Lug, Food, Home, meal plan monday, Stupor Kitty.
Holy cow it’s peach season! Where has the summer gone?
And how do we know that, you ask? Well, besides fantastic local Red Haven peaches I picked up at the public market last week (and they were spectacular!), I received an email on Saturday from my local pick-your-own farm letting me know that peaches are ripe and ready.
What’s a gal to do but pack up her husband and drag him out to the farm first thing Sunday?
I was very restrained, though, I think. I only ended up with 17 and a half pounds - which took about 10 minutes to pick.
They are SO good, too!
Peaches aren’t the only fresh fruit we’re enjoying – oh no!
We were home Saturday afternoon, and I took the opportunity to enjoy my all-time favorite lunch in the whole world – a BLT! Peeps has been baking some fantastic bread lately -which, as it happens, toasts up beautifully, and there’s not much that can beat his homemade bacon. Add some nice bibb lettuce, homemade mayo and of course, the star of the show, a couple of slices of fresh Jetstar tomato, and I have a happy, happy lunch!
Old Jarly is having a bit of trouble deciding whether he wants to chew on his bone, or if he wants to come inside. He can’t do both – bones are outside toys.
We spent half of Sunday afternoon trying to get that through to him – he’ll bark to come in, so one of us opens the door for him, then he picks up the bone and we tell him “no bone” and shut the door. So he drops the bone, we open the door again, and he picks it up again.
That game gets old really quick, let me tell you!
Meanwhile, the cat is out prancing around the house, and every time it looks like the dog may come in (that would be something like every five minutes), she makes herself scarce, only to come back out and pester me as soon as he’s out of sight and earshot.
No wonder I never get anything done!
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. It looks like “Hey! Summer’s back!” around here – temperatures and humidity increasing through the end of the week. We don’t mind that too much – both my office and the house are air-conditioned, and we’ll probably plan a quick morning beach trip to keep Jar well-exercised.
Monday - We roasted that chicken last week (and it was very good!) – some of the breast meat is going to go nicely with a grilled caesar salad – basically, you take a romaine heart, cut it in half, brush it with dressing and slap it on the grill, cut-side down. We also like to slice already-cooked chicken and grill that the same way to gently reheat it. A perfect light dinner!
Tuesday - We got the September issue of Cooking Light last week, and there’s this big section on short-cut meals – healthy meals using prepared foods. At first, I sort of flipped past that section (Prepared foods? Really?) but then Peeps pointed out this hummus and rice fritter recipe. We would certainly try that!
Wednesday - We picked up a sirloin tip last week – that got divided and stuck in the freezer for future burgers and the like. Well, it’s the future, and we’re doing burgers. We’re going to finish up some baked beans, too, and I think I want to make this beet salad to go with it – if I get to it. Or maybe we’ll have peaches and tomatoes.
Thursday - Peeps made tacos for last weekend – so what’s better for Minimal Effort Thursday than more tacos – when everything’s already done?
Friday - We do love pizza night around here – ESPECIALLY during tomato season! Last week’s eggplant sauce was mostly a success – though next time I’ll double the amount of eggplant. However, the remainder of the sauce is now in the freezer – we’ll use that when we don’t have fresh tomatoes to slice up. I may sacrifice some of the pathetic basil for pizza – I don’t know what’s wrong with it this year, but it’s not doing well. Probably should just use it up, huh?