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Monday Musings: 12.27.2010 Edition December 27, 2010

Posted by Toy Lady in Musings, random stuff.


My Surly Boy came home for Christmas, and he, well, he brought a friend home.

I’m not sure how serious it is, but, dude, he BROUGHT a GIRL home for CHRISTMAS.

I will say this – she’s cute, she seems to appreciate good food, and she didn’t seem to be afraid of us.

Interesting. . .



We very much enjoyed Christmas dinner – which I’ll tell you all about later on in the week.  But, as a sneak preview, I’ll tell you that the runaway hit seems to have been the individual Yorkshire puddings – I made a batch of them, and we ended up with 2 left.

We were contemplating how to use them in some sort of bread pudding – eggy – breakfasty sort of thing, when we heard the “thump” and the “scramble” of the cat knocking them off the counter (she really is not allowed to hang around on the counters, but try telling her that!) and the dog dashing out to the kitchen to see what was going on.

Turns out she tossed one pudding onto the floor for him (which he practically swallowed whole) and nibbled on the other.

Um, so what?  They’re working together now?


PhotobucketSo with the new year coming up, consider this a word to the wise.

We picked up a bottle of Australian sparkling wine the other day – it was on the “clearance rack” at our local liquor store.

While we’ve tried (and enjoyed) this wine before, we haven’t tried it after it’s been sitting for who-knows-how-long, upright  on the clearance rack in the window.

Yeah, don’t do that.  We finally got the bottle opened, and the “fizz” was decidedly fizz-less.

It was flat.  And while our local shop replaced the bottle, no questions asked, not every store is that reasonable.

It might be easier to just avoid the clearance rack, at least when it comes to bubbly.



And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.  The forecast tells us it’s going to cold – and snowy – and cold! and it’s, literally, the last week of the year, which  means we’re both kind of busy at work and looking for pretty low maintenance, high-comfort dinners.

Monday –  A while back, I found a recipe for white fish with sage garlic butter – sage, garlic, and butter are three of our favorite flavors.  We’ll halve the fish component and leave the sauce the same, which will go wonderfully with some baked potatoes and roasted squash.

Tuesday – We’ve got a bunch of pastrami in the freezer, and I picked up some rye bread at the market, so it only makes sense, during the holidays, to enjoy pastrami sandwiches on rye – it’s quick, it’s easy, and it’ super tasty!

Wednesday – Wednesday is swim class, which makes it soup night.  This weekend, we made a batch of white chili – it’s been far too long!  That will get reheated, and what we don’t eat for dinner should freeze nicely – we’re building up quite the stash of homemade soups in the freezer!

Thursday –  We’ve got a pork tenderloin in the freezer with my name on it!  I’m going to cut the tenderloin into 3/4 to  1-inch-thick medallions, wrap each medallion in sage-lined bacon, and cook in a ripping-hot cast iron frying pan.

The sort of dish that needs something awesome like a kabocha squash (which we’ve never tried).  It should still be awesome.

Friday – Although Friday is normally pizza night, we’ll be putting that on hold until Saturday – Friday is New Year’s Eve, and, for us, that means shoveling off the deck, firing up the grill, and enjoying some nice grilled rib-eye steaks, this time with tossed salad and roasted potatoes.

Basically, we pretend it’s mid-summer instead of the end of December.  And we enjoy it all the more, because we know it’s not mid-summer — it’s the end of December!

Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.





1. Spend Less 2 Save More - December 27, 2010

Yum- your fish dinner sounds delicious!


Thanks – I’m looking forward to it!

2. judy - December 27, 2010

Nice week of eating ahead! The picture is very nice too. Have a good week starting right now.

Judy, thanks! You enjoy your week too. 🙂

3. Susan - December 27, 2010

Awww … let’s hope this ends up as a really positive turn for SB! I know a “good woman” really turned around my brother in law about 15 years ago …
Happy New Year to you and Peeps!

Thanks so much, Susan – and a happy new year to you and your family as well! (And we’re hoping for the best with the Boy!)

4. Anne - December 27, 2010

Glad to hear you and furkids all had a tasty holiday. SB seems to be quite .. tall. Is he really up to the top of the door, or is that a weird angle?

Yeah, he’s a big boy. Part of it is the perspective – the doorway is sort of in the background, but I think he’s about 6’3″ or so – plus I think he still had his shoes on. 😕

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