Monday Musings: 10.01.2012 Edition October 1, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in Musings.
Tags: monday menu plan
Wow, it’s been a long week! Mostly, I guess, because I’ve picked a virus or bug or plague or something – I’ve been miserable! I actually stayed home from work for two days last week, and, honestly, what a waste of good sick days! I spent both days on the couch, fading in and out of a Benedryl-induced stupor!
I did manage to catch Mr. Cardinal on the back fence – though I missed Mrs. Cardinal. I guess it’s time to start putting some sunflower seeds out for them soon, huh?
Anyway, I’m still not feeling 100 percent (or really, even 70 percent) so if you don’t hear much from me this week, fear not – I’m probably snoring on the couch again!
There was one thing I did manage to accomplish before I was ready to lie down and die – I got a batch of apple jelly finished! This was my very first time making jelly EVER, and I was quite happy with it!
I will be sharing that with you soon – this week, I hope, assuming I’m back to normal soon.
I wonder if I’ll ever stop being astonished by how simple this is?
I’ve been picking up the knitting needles again – well, actually, I haven’t really put them down, just slowed down a bit.
I’m still working on a scarf I started last winter, and sometimes it seems like I’ll never finish it! I did get a pair of socks done, which I was quite happy with. Though I think I was a little premature in wearing them – it’s still a little early in the season to be wearing wool-blend socks all day!
Speaking of socks – get a load of this! You know how the Boy recently moved back out and into an apartment, right? Well, I asked him to let me know if there was anything he needed that I could help him out with. On the tidy (if lengthy) list he left for me, he included his foot size (as if I didn’t already know he’s a size 13!) and his young lady friend’s size.
Is that a hint, or what?
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. Now that fall’s here (holy cow, it’s OCTOBER!), we’re shifting more to hearty, warming meals. We still hope to have the occasional “hey it’s a nice day, let’s fire up the grill” evenings, but, as happens every year, those days are becoming scarcer for the time being.
Monday – Well, the results from last week’s poll came back, and, as of this writing, it’s a tie! We had equal votes for the Cook’s Country Dakota Chicken-and-Dumpling Soup and the Cook’s Illustrated‘s Chicken Pot Pie with Savory Crumble Topping, so, in keeping with the “I’m sick” theme for the week, we’re going with the soup. The pot pie, however, is definitely up next for leftover chicken – fear not!
Tuesday – The October issue of Cooking Light has an interesting recipe for Spiced Lentils with Poached Eggs that looked intriguing. However, rather than carrots, I think I’ll pan-roast some broccoli, since I’ve got a bunch still in the fridge.
Wednesday – Peeps suggested pancakes for dinner one night – not sure yet what pancakes we’ll make (I can think of three recipes off the top of my head that we LOVE!) but I’m sure we’ll figure it out by dinnertime! And of course, we’ve got homemade breakfast sausage to go along, and maybe even a bit of applesauce, too.
Thursday – Back when we ran the meal-prep business, one of the more popular selections was a buttermilk-brined pork loin. It was so easy, and it was so good – the pork is soaked in a solution of (wait for it) buttermilk and kosher salt, then it’s roasted with fresh herbs. It’ll be wonderful with sweet potatoes and some green beans, plus there should be plenty left over!
Friday – And I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve got no problem adding some of that leftover pork to my pizza on Friday night pizza night! I should still have some tomatoes, too, though mine are just about done for the season, I fear. I will take advantage of every last one I can!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.