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Monday Musings: 01.17.2011 January 17, 2011

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We had a busy weekend – just a lot of kitchen projects to get done.  Some baking, some meal prep, and even some cutting-up-of-fruit.  But I’m happy to report that it all got done – even whacking up two pineapples.

It is nice to have the door-sized chalkboard for my list, though – it’s so easy to cross off what gets done!  Kind of gives me a sense of accomplishment, you know?

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How about a new episode of Shopping With Peeps?

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Yeah, we were in the supermarket, when we noticed the “Wrap-N-Mat Wrap.”

I know you’re wondering just what it is, aren’t you?

Well.  It’s a combination sandwich wrapper and. . .

(are you ready for this?)

Combination sandwich wrapper and placemat.  For just six bucks.

Yup.  You apparently wrap your kid’s sandwich in the Wrap-N-Mat, then he unwraps the sandwich and uses it as a placemat.

Of COURSE he does.

PhotobucketOn a, um, friendlier note.  Remember when “Peeps” exclusively meant the little marshmallow chickies at Eastertime?  Then they expanded to bunnies, and the next thing you know, every holiday involved colored sugar-coated marshmallow?

But how could I resist the “I (heart) U” Peeps?

Awww. . .

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Kristine over at Wait in the Van is hosting A Product of Silence this week – a writing exercise to, well, exercise one’s writing skills, I guess.

I’m thinking of participating this month – tune in Wednesday.

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This week was market week – and I met Peeps when he got out of work, and we went together this time!

It’s SO much more fun when someone goes with me, you know?

And although it was mighty cold (and snowy!), one of the vendors not only had a few chickens, they had rabbits this week, too!  (Though I’ve got to admit, I’m not sure if the livestock was there to be sold as pets . . . or dinner.)

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We also scored a boatload of fresh broccoli – it’s always nice to get some fresh green vegetables this time of year!  We managed to stock up on carrots, celery, potatoes, garlic, and sweet potatoes, as well as a few other items.

Plus?  We had lunch at the Empanada Stop, so all in all, it was a pretty good trip.

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Don’t forget this week is the Third Thursday of the month!  Please feel free to join us for this month’s Third Thursday event – just “borrow” a recipe (or any other technique) from someone else’s blog and tell us about it!

Complete details are here, and remember, the more the merrier!

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And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.  Wow, I don’t know about you, but it’s been cold around here – and we were glad to be in the kitchen with the oven going!  We managed to get a good head start on almost all of this week’s dinners, which makes the week so much easier.

Monday – One of the cooking magazines to which we subscribe is Cuisine at Home, and last month, they included a shepherd’s pie with Moroccan spices that sounded intriguing.  We tweaked it a bit – to use leftover lamb roast instead of fresh shoulder steaks and, of course, to serve two instead of 6-8.  It should be interesting.  I’ll let you know.

Tuesday – We were watching Cook’s Country, and they were doing “Southwestern Suppers” which included, among other things, Easy Chicken Tacos.  We’ve got chicken in the freezer, so there we go.  Taco night!

Wednesday – Soup night is usually good for “warm and cozy” which is a very good thing when there are a couple of feet of snow on the ground!  This week, Peeps has made an old favorite – split pea soup.

Thursday – Since we had a chuck roast to use, we decided to do a pot roast.  This time, though, rather than make our usual weeknight pot roast, we decided to try something from Fine CookingBarbecue-Braised Bourbon Beef.  The meat is all cooked and just needs to be reheated and finished – which is the best way to do it this late in the week!

Friday – It’s pizza night – yay!  Jarly’s Kong toy is already set up and in the freezer – that keeps him extra busy while we enjoy with our pizza in front of the TV.

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

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