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Monday Musings: 06.17.2013 Edition June 17, 2013

Posted by Toy Lady in Home, meal plan monday, Musings, random stuff.

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What do you know?  I was able to score one last bunch of fresh asparagus at the market this weekend – I thought for sure it was all done!

Boy, it sure is nice to find fresh, local produce again, isn’t it?

We’re also scoring some beautiful fresh lettuce and even spinach – and we’re enjoying it as much as we can, too!


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Our Jarly has finished up his three-week tracking seminar, and he’s really starting to get the hang of it – plus he enjoys it!

Of  course it helps that we’ve been practicing every morning – I’m telling you, if you ever lose a hot dog in your back yard, our Mr. Sniffy Face is just the guy to find it for you!


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So we enjoyed this lovely pannini the other evening – and it was delightful!  We started with a loaf of semolina bread, which I sliced  – kind of the way you’d slice a layer cake – into four slices (plus the top and bottom crust).

Then we smeared some pesto mayonnaise on one side (homemade mayo and enough wild garlic pesto to be tasty), covered with some thinly sliced smoked pork loin (courtesy of Peeps and his magic smoker!), some lovely quick-pickled onions, and (get this) some fresh baby kale right out of the garden!

A couple of slices of pepper jack cheese, and a quick brush of olive oil on the outside, and the sandwiches went out to the grill – fantastic!

Fortunately, it was also delightful for lunch the next day, since there was plenty left over!


So I told you Jar’s been picking up the tracking thing, right?

Well, Saturday morning when we were walking in the neighborhood, I looked up, and there, about a block away, was a DEER.

Now mind you, our neighborhood does not get a lot of deer traffic – we have sidewalks, divided highways, and we’re about 2 blocks from the City line.  But sure enough, there was a deer, and when he saw us, off he went.

So we walked along, and when we got to the yard in which we’d seen Bambi, Jar dropped that old sniffer to the ground, and he tracked that thing across someone’s front yard (sorry about that, folks!) and practically to the fence the deer had jumped – and nothing – NOTHING – was going to distract him from that trail – not me, not Peeps, not even treats falling from the sky!



And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.  You know, sometimes we seem to have the hardest time  planning not the main meals, but the sides – pulling a hunk of meat out of the freezer is easy, but what to do WITH that hunk of meat, you know?

Do you usually plan the whole meal, or do you go with just the protein and catch as catch can for the rest?

Monday – Now that the herb garden is fully in the swing of spring, it’s time to put a BUNCH of those flavorful greens to use – and I don’t know of a better way to demolish a TON of fresh herbs than our old favorite pasta with tuna and herbs – we LOVE this stuff and look forward to it all winter!

Tuesday – Late spring means fresh peas – or, in my case this week, snow peas!  And what a coincidence that I just this week saw a recipe for stir-fried beef with snow peas and red peppers – which will be quite nice with some rice – probably brown basmati.

Wednesday – We’ve got a slab of wild salmon in the freezer – and, since we’re still making sure Peeps’s mom is eating properly, it’s the perfect time to slap that bad boy on the grill!    I’m thinking a quick rub with some olive oil, lemon, a bit of minced wild garlic, and maybe some fresh dill (which apparently re-seeded itself in the herb garden last fall – may as well run with it, huh?).  We’ve got some fresh spinach that will go famously with salmon, as well as some baby potatoes that can easily be pan-roasted.  And maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll have some fish left over for another meal!

Thursday – As long as it’s nice grilling weather, we pulled some chicken breasts out of the freezer, which will be marinated.  We’ve got some sweet potatoes which Peeps will probably toss on the grill too – maybe with some complementary seasoning.  And, of course, what’s probably going to be the final fresh asparagus of the year.

Friday – I have a dilemma this week on pizza night – on the one hand, I’ve got tons of gorgeous fresh herbs that will be fantastic on a nice cheese pizza, but on the other hand, salami is on sale this week at the supermarket, and there is very little more delicious (and fat-and-calorie-rich) than a salami and cheese pie. . . hmm. . . decisions. . . .good thing I’ve got the better part of the week to decide, huh?

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





1. Judy Norton - June 18, 2013

We all knew Jar was smart and now he is finding that out too. Yes, a deer in your hood must be rather a strange sight to see especially so early in the morning. Now about the magic smoker….. your menus sound SO good for the week and that sandwich is just beautiful. Have a fulfilling week.

Toy Lady - June 18, 2013

Thanks, Judy – has it cooled down at all for you?

Judy Norton - June 18, 2013

Yes for several days but headed up again now. We have had some rain though so that is GOOD.

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