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Monday Musings: Holy Cow it’s 2012! January 2, 2012

Posted by Toy Lady in Musings.


This was a market weekend – the public market is held on Saturdays, and, even though it was New Year’s Eve, most of the vendors were doing business.

Here’s a word to the wise, though – if you come across a GIANT bag of salad mix for $2 – there’s a reason.  Just make plans to have salad for dinner that night – lots of salad.

It seems that two dollar salad doesn’t really last all that long.  Huh.



Peeps and I had our annual New Year’s Eve dinner – he fired up the grill for a couple of ribeye steaks, and we baked a couple of potatoes, tossed some salad, and opened a bottle of bubbly.

This year, we went with Iron Horse – a domestic sparkling wine that makes a regular appearance in some of our favorite fiction – we do love Spenser and  Hawk and will miss Robert B. Parker.



So we’re having dinner the other night, and the the dog is lying over in the living room waiting for us to finish and pay attention to him.

And who should come out of the basement lair but the kitty?

I don’t know what she was thinking, but she came out to the dining room, glanced into the living room, and she saw The Jar.

Whereupon she proceeded to give him The Evil Eye – he was  just lying there sleeping, but I think she was putting some kind of curse or something on him.

The sad thing is that he really doesn’t care what she does – until she starts getting all worked up and growling at him – THAT he just can’t let go.



We have had one sleepy puppy on our hands!

He’s been on the Prozac for three weeks now – just enough time for it to start to take an effect.   Now I don’t know if that’s what it is or not, but he’s been sleeping a bit later in the mornings, and, later in the afteroons, he’s just not much interested in getting up.  Or, really, doing anyting much.

Or, I don’t know, maybe he’s just still recovering from the holidays like the rest of us.



And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.  While we’re always trying to eat reasonably healthy (healthily? healthfully?), we’re also (still) trying to empty the freezers – it’s almost become a joke, hasn’t it?  We developed the habit of “stocking up” when things go on sale, and now, we’re not eating the same way we used to – more grains and vegetables, less meat.  And what’s in the freezer is primarily hunks of meat.

Monday – After all that about clearing out the freezer and stuff, I went and picked up some chicken breasts on sale – I do like to do that periodically so we can enjoy a meal with  pan roasted chicken – I’m thinking a variation of this sauce with leeks, sun-dried tomatoes and white wine – maybe with some nice polenta on the side and a fresh green salad.

Tuesday – I got a nice bunch of broccoli raab at the market this week, and one of our favorite things to do with it is a pasta dish with Italian sausage (homemade, of course!), broccoli raab and plenty of romano cheese.

Wednesday – I love me some kale – and, while it’s not Peeps’s favorite green, he doesn’t object too much when it’s part of caldo verde – and I scored a bunch at the market.  Soup night is becoming one of my favorite nights of the week!

Thursday – Well, except maybe this week – we discovered Cooking Light’s  Slow-cooked Tuscan Pork a while back and just absolutely love it.   We like to rub the meat the night before, brown it, and, of course, use our herb blend in place of straight sage.  This will be fantastic with some sauteed spinach as a contrast to the rich softness of the pork and beans.

Friday – And the end of the week brings pizza night – a chance for Peeps to “occupy” the kitchen.  He does such a great job with individual pizzas – I can have less cheese and less fat, while he enjoys plenty of pepperoni and cheese – something for everyone!

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





1. Kia @ A View From Here - January 2, 2012

Happy New Year – here’s hoping 2012 brings plenty of love and smiles your way =)

Poor Jarly – prozac is awful, it leaves you numb. Not feeling low just not feeling, just empty, just nothing – it’s like living in a void.
Hope he isn’t on it for too long and that there’s another way to deal with whatever his under-lying issues are.

Yay for Miss Kitty venturing out of the basement. Isn’t it an odd thing hearing cats growl like a dog?

Thanks, Kia – best wishes for the new year to you too! I hated the thought of medicating the dog, too, but we’re hoping to only have to keep him on it for 6 months or so – if the problems don’t resolve by then, we’ll work with the vet on the “next step” – whatever that may be.

2. Michelle - January 2, 2012

Whoa! What have I missed??? The Jar on puppy Prozac????? WTH?

After the Gretchen episode, he just started to become . . . difficult. We didn’t really notice too much (maybe a little more lunging at strangers on walks, harder to settle down when the doorbell would ring – that sort of thing) until we signed him up for the “advanced” training class – the off-leash one. He just lost it – was aggressive toward every dog that so much as looked at him. We backed him up and put him back into the “basic” class – the one he’d just finished with flying colors a couple of months before, and he’s still been obnoxious (to say the least). Then he started getting REALLY protective around strangers. We talked to the training guy and our vet, and we’ll try the Prozac for 6 months or so, then re-assess. There’s been some gradual calming-down, and he’s had a couple of weeks off of training, so we’ll see what he does next week. (fingers crossed!)

3. judy - January 2, 2012

Welcome back everyone. Thanks for the update on the 4 legged kids and new pictures too! Can we just get this year started and get things “back to normal” again? It seems like this holiday has just gone on and on.

Have a good one as you eat your way through another week. Sure sound good.

Hey, Jude – I hope the new year is good to you, too. And it’s good to be able to think about getting back to “normal” isn’t it?

4. anne - January 2, 2012

Good to see you survived the holidays! Don’t know about you, but I think it’s a wonderful thing to return to normal. Whatever that is.

The Jar will certainly be well rested. Ours is on Prednisone, and she’s gone from her usual trim, girlish figure to sausage. I’m guessing she’s gained close to 10 lbs on a 50 lb dog. And she sleeps a lot, too. And snores something awful. I’m not liking this mommyhood thing, I wish they’d all get better so we can relax!

Aww, Anne, poor Lady. 😦 Is she feeling better?

And WOW, 10 pounds is a lot – we got Jar to the vet and he’d gained 4 pounds (he’s at 104 now) and I’ve cut back his meals by a few kibbles.

5. Kelli Miller (@momof3boys3702) - January 4, 2012

Ooh, your menu plan looks so good! How do you menu plan each week? If you have a post about menu planning tips, tricks, product reviews, please be sure to link it up to our monthly linky: http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2012/simple-dinner-ideas-setting-up-your-menu-plan-dinnerideas/


HI, Kelli, thanks. 🙂 Mostly, menu planning is a matter of, first, what needs to get used up soonest, then, second, what’s on sale. 😀

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