Monday Musings: 01.20.2014 Edition January 20, 2014Posted by Toy Lady in meal plan monday, Musings, random stuff.
Is it just me, or has it been a long week?
I mean . . . I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I’ve not been feeling 100 percent lately, but I will tell you – Peeps and I sat down to watch some TV last night, and within 10 minutes, I could not keep my eyes open! So . . . it was an early to bed night for me!
You’ll notice that there are no photos again this week – the camera is just fine, fear not! I have learned my lesson and am keeping it WELL out of reach of certainly furry teenagers!
So yeah, no pictures, but this week it’s because I realized that I didn’t have any – it’s just been a slow week around here, I guess.
Have I mentioned that I’ve been listening to audiobooks in the mornings when I walk the dog? Yeah, that’s become my best time to get any “reading” in – at night, I just seem to fall asleep!
So our local library has hundreds of books available – both audiobooks and e-books – and both Peeps and I have been able to take advantage of the wide selection, right from our living room!
Lately, I’ve been listening to The Help, which I’m enjoying a lot. I know it’s been out there a while and it’s fairly recently been made into a movie – I’m finding it very well-written and thought-provoking.
So is anyone reading anything good lately?
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. The forecast I heard for the next few days calls for “high temperatures in the single digits.” You know, I can deal with the snow (within reason), and I can deal with the cold (again, within reason), but that’s just too cold. BUT I choose to live in upstate New York, so I guess I get what I get, weather-wise, huh?
Monday – The current issue of Cooking Light is here, and right away Peeps dog-eared the page with Stuffed Chicken and Herb Gravy. Since we’re both off work Monday (yay!) and have time to fiddle around as necessary, AND since chicken was on sale this week, we’re going to try that with some mashed potatoes instead of polenta and probably green beans.
Tuesday – Last week, Laura over at Hip Pressure Cooking published a recipe for Lentil Risotto which sounds . . . intriguing. Actually, it sounds very good, doesn’t it? I’m going to try it with French green lentils which, in my experience, take FOREVER to cook, which makes them a perfect candidate for the pressure cooker, I’d say!
Wednesday – I realized that I still had a pumpkin from last fall languishing away downstairs! I so hate buying fresh, seasonal produce, then forgetting it’s there! Fortunately, winter squash (of which pumpkin is one) is fairly forgiving, and the pumpkin was just fine for this interesting pork and pumpkin stew – I left the turnips out, since the one time I had them, I didn’t care for them.
Thursday – I had planned to make a pot of sauce this weekend. So I took a package of short ribs out of the freezer, and once thawed, I realized they weren’t boneless, so that’s on hold for next week. This week, those not-boneless short ribs are going to be braised and Balsamic Glazed. They should do better in the slow cooker than that chicken did couple of weeks ago. I’ll probably serve that with some of the homely veggies that we love so much.
Friday – And again, pizza night. I may have bought a little extra prosciutto for Monday’s chicken – which may or may not be enough to top pizzas with. Either way, we’ve still got plenty of the sauce we put up over the summer, and that definitely jazzes up a pie! Jar’s got his Kong, so a peaceful, relaxed evening will be had by all.
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.