Friday, April 16th, 2010

I Won’t Back Down

The ribs got cooked!  Just as I was about to resign myself to not getting it done… I did!  I decided to wing it.  It was getting late and dinner was drawing near but I decided that there was just enough time for the ribs to cook in a low oven in time to be finished on the grill.  Cap it off with ice cream cones and fun friends and I can’t think of a better way to wrap up the week, success!  So the week went well.  Everything but ‘something with leftover chicken’ got made.  I did have chicken salad once for lunch and have just enough chicken leftover to do it again tomorrow.  And Saturday is market day so I can get some good bread.  Bonus.

Reflecting on this week’s menu plan I concluded that I will never make the spanakopitas again.  I lost interest and didn’t use up all of the filling.  They’re not for us.  I will definitely be trying the risotto cakes.  I posted a link to the recipe in the comments to that post but a few of your have asked about so here it is again.  Roasted tomatoes are a tasty way to shake up our standard vegetable side dishes but I forgot that I had done these before on the bbq with feta and that they were also really tasty.  Maybe even more so.  I didn’t get to a few things but all in all I think it was a success.  I have to round up some resources to get cracking on next week’s plan.  I should have plenty of time to do that since the weather is supposed to be not so great tomorrow.

The weather was nice for most of the week though.  Particularly today.  I have never been to Sherwood Gardens while the tulips are in full bloom.  I wanted to go yesterday but I foolishly thought it might be nice to walk there.  We made it about 6 blocks before realizing it probably wasn’t a good idea and chose a closer destination.  We did make it there today, this time by car.  The tulips are so beautiful and it was a nice day to run and run and run.  We took a picnic lunch and stayed until Chase couldn’t stay anymore.  While we were getting ready I mentioned the word picnic basket and so Chase insisted that I get it down.  I have two that I’ve found at thrift stores and never use either of them.  They’re mostly just decorations but I got one down and we used it.  When I opened it up to pack up the food I found a whole kit.  Plates, cups, silverware and salt and pepper shakers in their original packaging.  If only I’d filled them we would have had some salt at lunch.  Next time.

Lastly, speaking of market day.  I have a ten dollar bill that I’ve been saving so that we can buy some more cream of tartar.  My friend Gwelan shared her recipe for play doh with me and we made our first batch this week.  It’s really good!  I threw away our old play doh that was all mixed up and getting dried out and saved the cans to reuse with this stuff.  Play doh is cheap but this stuff is just as nice and fun to make too.  Chase was able to help with lots of it.  We made hot pink and one batch filled two play doh cans with a little left over.  Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Play Doh

1 c flour

1/4 c salt

2 Tbsp cream of tartar

1 c water

t Tbsp veg. oil

2 tsp food coloring (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients (include the food coloring here) separately. Then combine and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes over med heat. It will form a ball. Let it cool, knead it, and place it in tupperware for storage.

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