Monday Musings: 02.25.2014 Edition February 24, 2014Posted by Toy Lady in Cooking, Freezer Meals, Home, Information, meal plan monday, Musings, random stuff, Review.
Boy, there for a minute, we almost started thinking about spring! The weather this weekend has been, well, the word that comes to mind is temperate. Not too cold – we actually came close to 50 at one point! – and sunny, to boot!
Although we didn’t need much (which is just as well, since the selection is pretty slim this time of year), it was nice to walk around at the Public Market without freezing for a change!
Okay, I would like to pause for a moment and congratulate myself.
For the past few years, I’ve been carrying FOUR cell phones on my account – mine and Peeps, sure, but also The Boy‘s and Peeps’s mom’s, as well.
Let me just say – that kind of thing starts to add up! Even when three of the four of us were just using basic phones – none of that fancy smart-phone stuff.
So now. . . the other two have transferred their phones to their OWN accounts, and Peeps and I? Well, we closed our account and went with a new(ish), no-contract carrier called Republic Wireless.
Basically, we bought the phones outright ($300 each (ouch) BUT that’s what credit cards are for), and from here on out, our service is $25 a month each, plus tax, for unlimited talk, text, AND data. No contracts, no extra charges, no nothing.
Plus? I’ve got the Internet in my pocket, guys!
The service has been great, we love the phones (Motorola’s Moto X), and we’ve both been extremely happy. And it’s significantly cheaper than the basic cell service with the other company. Where’s the bad?
If you want to check it out for yourself, click on the Republic logo above – either for more information or even to sign up yourself. In addition, just until the end of the month, if you do use the referral link above, Republic is offering a $19 credit on new plans.
* Unsolicited opinions here. The only renumeration I may (or may not) receive would be a $19 credit to me, too, if anyone signs up using that link, which they’ve offered to all their customers, so . . .
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. I’ve got another busy week ahead at work – it’s getting to be that time of the year, I guess! It’s still a little weird with Peeps frequently getting home later than I do, but, on the bright side, we’re not getting up before 4AM !
Monday – We have some veal shanks in the freezer, which will cook reasonably quickly in the pressure cooker! Several years ago, I found this recipe for ossobuco bianco, and, although we’ve only made it a few times, we love it. I may also try risotto in the rice cooker – I think that’ll be a perfect complement.
Tuesday – I’m kind of embarrassed about this, but, ever since the Ukraine thing has been in the news last week, I’ve had Chicken Kiev on my mind. (I’m pretty sure the Ukrainian rebels would probably be less than impressed that FOOD is what I think of when their government is overthrown, but what can I say? At least it’s lovely, garlicky-buttery chicken!) Maybe with some barley and broccoli.
Wednesday – I kept stumbling across two partial bags of frozen corn in the freezer – it was driving me nuts! So . . . you know what you do with two partial bags of corn? You make corn chowder. I used the last of the chicken from last week’s roast chicken, along with some of last summers corn stock, and BOY is this gonna be good!
Thursday – My most recent dog food purchase has reminded me (again!) how important it is to keep the freezer under control – what goes in MUST come out! As it happens, Peeps opened the freezer door the other day, and a container of pork sugo fell out. Ha – saute the broccoli rabe we picked up at the market, and we’ve got dinner!
Friday – Friday night is always pizza night for us – the crust sits in the fridge and ferments all week, and we’ve got plenty of homemade sauce, salami, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, basically whatever we’re in the mood for. And, of course, Jar’s Kong!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.