Monday Musings: 11.07.2011 Edition November 7, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in Musings, random stuff.
Tags: menu plan monday
She’s decided that she’ll just be more comfortable spending the winter in her new house – and go back to packing up the old and busted house in the spring.
So meanwhile, I was home alone on time change weekend (which, in and of itself, is an abomination).
That’s okay – I didn’t mind scrambled eggs with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
And, surprisingly, cinnamon toast alongside it? Not as disgusting as you might think.
This also happened to be a market weekend – there is SO MUCH in season! I’m having a really hard time not buying some of everything. I mean, a 6-pound squash . . . for a buck.
A quart of local maple syrup for under $20.
Broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, fennel – all a buck.
I mean, how can you pass it up, you know?
The Jar, of course, seemed to home in on one particular bag when I got home – the one that had the giant bones in it.
He followed that bag to the kitchen and just patiently stood and waited.
The boy does love him some bones, doesn’t he?
So I guess the herb garden is getting a little crazy, isn’t it? I hate to cut it down quite yet, though. I mean, we’re still using those herbs!
I’m going to try to winter-over the rosemary again – and the thyme should be fine as is.
The oregano and the mint, however, are going to get severely cut back this fall, then, in the spring, I think I’m going to have to split them both. They’re just out of control.
Jarly is not a big fan of being out in the back yard alone.
That is, unless there’s a squirrel in the yard. Then – THEN – he’s all about protecting the homestead.
Fortunately, he’s not really a jumper – sure, he’ll hop around back there, but mostly, he just glares menacingly at the vermin.
And barks. He does like to bark at squirrels. SIGH.
And it’s the annual time-change Christmas cactus photo.
I usually leave the plant on the deck most of the summer, and once the nights start getting cool, I bring it in. And usually, right around now (late October-early November), I start seeing buds.
It’s a Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-Easter cactus.
I wish I knew what I was doing right.
Have I mentioned that the puppster loves his bones?
Peeps got him a whole marrow bone for Halloween – we gave it to him in the back yard, and you know, he never noticed the parade of strangers at the front door.
And then it was bedtime, so he had to come in. But that’s okay – he just went to work on it then next afternoon.
Even though he knows that bones are (mostly) an outside thing.
But you know, he’s quick. He scooped that thing up in his giant mouth and hustled it in anyway.
I know, I’m a softie. But he just gets so lonely out in the back yard all by himself!
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. Peeps’s mom will most likely be in and out throughout the week – she’s going to be settling in, and we’ve let her know that she is more than welcome to join us whenever she’d like.
Monday – Since chicken breasts were on sale this week, we’re doing a version of oven roasted chicken – this time with an apple cider pan sauce. I think some greens will nicely complement the sweetness of the cider, so I’m also trying a kale and cabbage gratin with it.
Tuesday – Peeps is taking what may be his last opportunity to haul out the smoker, and among the various things he’ll be smoking, he’s doing a beef brisket. We’ll enjoy that for dinner, along with some oven-roasted sweet potatoes and probably a tossed salad.
Wednesday – Since we had such unexpectedly nice weather last week, we put off the fish from last week. We’ll enjoy that with some simple rice and maybe another salad. Or broccoli.
Thursday – You know how, by the end of the week, we’re looking for less work? Well, I’ve got a pasta and bean soup that we haven’t done in a while – most of the (minimal) work is done, and now it’s just a matter of heating it up and dumping some pasta in. How much easier can it get?
Friday – Not quite sure yet what we’re doing Friday for pizza night – the usual, to be sure, but we’re going to have to figure out whether Peeps’s mom will be joining us.
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.