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Monday Musings: 01-10-11 January 10, 2011

Posted by Toy Lady in Musings.

PhotobucketWow, that whole date thing looks a little like binary code, doesn’t it, what with all those zeros and ones?

But anyway, I wanted to mention, before I forgot, that last weeks Breakfast For Dinner dinner was a huge success – we reheated some leftover rib roast, browned some homefries (i.e. leftover potatoes) and scrambled a few eggs – what a great supper!



That old kitty, she just gets braver by the day, doesn’t she?  She knew the dog was around, but she wanted to be in the kitchen where all the action was, and, for a change, the dog didn’t.

So she just hung out on the stool, watching what was going on which, to be honest, wasn’t much.

After all, if it was, the dog would have stuck around, wouldn’t he?



Santa put a gift card in Peeps’s stocking for one of his favorite stores – a local place called Beers of the World, which, yes, is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s a local store that stocks various beers from all over the world.

I don’t know enough about beer to speak intelligently about it, but apparently, it can be as complex as wine is!

I’m going to have to get Peeps to talk more about beer and its multi-faceted-ness, I think.


We got a bit more snow this weekend – not an awful lot, just enough for the puppster to want to run and frolic.

And, of course, trudge through and sniff and pee on and walk faster and . . .

You know, all the stuff he likes to do in the snow.

That boy does love him some snow, doesn’t he?



Finally, I got a chance to use my homegrown.  Fennel seeds, that is.

Remember the fennel I planted last summer?  Yeah, although it was apparently a banner year for fennel around here, I got nothing but seeds.  A lot of fennel seeds.

So, since I’m of the lemons-to-lemonade school, I harvested the fennel seeds and composted the non-bulbs of fennel.

And I ended up with my own little baggie of homegrown. . . fennel seeds.



And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.  You know, while it’s not a great idea to go shopping when you’re hungry, it’s probably also not such a good thing to plan the week’s meals right after breakfast.  I mean, it’s hard to get too excited over what we’re going to do with chicken breasts when you’re all full of eggs and biscuits, you know?  We do what we can, though!

Monday – I’ve been thinking that I want something with ground beef – sloppy joes or something like that.   I don’t know why, only that we haven’t had anything like that in so long.  But then, leafing though some of our old recipes, we found Pizza With A Hamburger Crust – a pizza that my mother photocopied for me from her recipe card collection about a million years ago.  Now THAT is some wintertime  comfort food!

Tuesday – With the holidays and all, we’ve fallen a bit behind in our plan to cook from our magazines.  However, we have managed to make three dishes from the current Cook’s Illustrated (gingerbread, chili, and glazed salmon – all winners!), and we’re about to make a fourth – an almond-crusted chicken cutlet.  We’ll serve that with some rice and a lonely delicata squash that we’ve had knocking around for a while.

Wednesday – It’s swim class night, which means soup night.  We had one last package of Chinese BBQ pork and one last quart of Asian stock, which will go in the slow cooker when Peeps gets home from work.  Then we can add some fresh pasta, and all that will be left to do is slice up some scallions and dinner will be served.

Thursday – I roasted a pork roast over the weekend, and we’ll be finishing (and enjoying!) that Thursday – it’s a simple matter of slicing, making a sauce, and reheating the meat.  When we made that homely vegetable mash a while back, I ended up stashing the leftovers in the freezer – they’ll go beautifully with pork roast and either squash or beets, both of which have also been stashed in the freezer.

Friday – We do love our  pizza night!  There is very little more relaxing than giving the dog his kong toy and enjoying our dinner while catching up on some TV or movies – it’s the only time we ever eat dinner in front of the television!

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





1. judy - January 10, 2011

That “breakfast” supper looks wonderful! There is no “not right” time for breakfast food.

The children look wonderful. Awe….. Kitty is so brave. And my brother’s dog acts just like Jarly in the snow.

Beer works for me tooooo. Thanks for the daily update.

Hey, Judy! Not only is the Kitty getting brave enough to hang around in the kitchen, she’s been mighty vocal in the mornings, too. It’s like she WANTS her brother the dog to play with her!

2. Miz Helen - January 10, 2011

Your menu for the week looks great. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

Well thank you, Miz Helen. I’ll definitely give that a look!

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