Monday Musings: 04.25.2011 April 25, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in Musings, random stuff, Shopping With Peeps.
Tags: menu plan
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I pulled mine out of the window to water it the other day, and I saw that there are still a couple of blossoms hanging on – that would mean that this plant has been blooming continuously for over 6 months. What the heck?
This was a market week for me – and boy will I be glad to see some nicer weather for these little jaunts! Besides the fact that it’s not much fun to trek through the market in the wind and rain, I’m sure looking forward to some fresh, local produce. Not that I have anything against sweet potatoes, mind you – but some asparagus will sure be nice!
What is they say about anything worth doing?
Oh, yes, it’s worth overdoing. What with the Boy home again, and late night snacks (him) and quick lunches because there aren’t any leftovers actually left over (me) we’ve going through a lot more burritos than we used to lately. So I decided to start with 2 pounds of pinto beans this time. An overnight soak, 2 minutes under pressure, a quart of smoked turkey in BBQ sauce, and a pound of cheese, and we’ve got 16 burritos back in the freezer. That ought to last a while. I hope.
How about a quick episode of Shopping With Peeps!
We’ve been intrigued by the “Large Pot Pie Squares” in the noodle aisle for a while now. I mean, those squares, “large” or not, seem awfully small for a pot PIE, don’t they?
I also noticed the Prince of Wales tea – and it made me think of the upcoming Royal Wedding. I wonder how many people will be sipping Prince of Wales tea while watching the Prince of Wales wed? Hmmmm. . .
I’m still working on my 101 Things – and with regard to #55, the word for this week is. . .K. Kakistocracy. Oh, dear, another government word. You can pretty much paste any prefix in front of the suffix “-cracy,” and chances are, it’s a legitimate word. This one comes from the Greek “kakos,” meaning bad. The word would mean, then, government by badly qualified people. Um, yeah. Moving right along now. . .
One of the consequences of so many trips to the public market is an awful lot of vegetable scraps. Now I usually use them in chicken stock – and that is definitely a good thing. But we’re pretty, um, stocked up on chicken stock for the time being, so I decided to try my hand at some vegetable stock – for those times we may not want to introduce such a strong poultry flavor (and yes, my chicken stock really is THAT chicken-y!) I hope it’s as good as it look – I’ve got a dozen pints of the stuff!
Almost the end of April – and we’re just rejoicing that there’s no snow in the forecast! It has been a long winter, hasn’t it?
However, we’re not here to complain about the weather (and an ENTIRE WEEK of rain!); it’s time for the weekly menu plan.
Monday – Peeps is certain he can run between any potential raindrops, so we’ll grill some pork chops. We have missed grilled pork chops! I also got some collard greens at the market, which will go nicely with the chops, and we’ll decide on some kind of starch – potatoes or rice, most likely.
Tuesday – I picked up chicken this week, and before I skinned it all, I saved out enough for dinner – I’ve got this spiced chicken breast that is very good, done with boneless, skin-on breasts, quickly seared then oven-roasted. Add some sweet potatoes and a nice tossed salad, and everyone should be happy.
Wednesday – No swim class this week, but we’re still going to observe soup night – sort of. I’ll put together some lentils and rice before I leave for work, and Peeps will bake some fresh bread after he gets home – it’ll be warm and simple. Maybe I’ll make salad again.
Thursday – I’ve got leeks in the fridge that need to get used – we do love our leeks around here! About the only thing better than leeks is bacon and leeks – or maybe bacon and leek risotto – and with a poached egg on top, let’s just say we’ve got high hopes for this one!
Friday – Friday is, as always, pizza night. I’m hoping to hold back some of the bacon and sauteed leeks from Thursday’s risotto – that should make for an interesting pizza topping, don’t you think?
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.