Posts Tagged ‘Menu Planning’

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

What’s Cooking

I haven’t been feeling terribly creative lately.  Not a lot of making but I have been doing a lot of cooking.  Partly because I’m trying to be more careful on what I’m spending at the grocery store and partly because we’ve had so many days at home in a row and maybe just a little bit because I got a new magazine in the mail.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Fall Back

How come weekends are never long enough?  Not even when you get an “extra” hour?  I guess because getting an “extra” hour just means that everyone is thrown off of their game for an entire day more than anything else.  I suppose I shouldn’t complain.  Both of my kids slept until almost 8 yesterday’s time or almost 7 today and were both asleep by 7 tonight or 8 by yesterday’s time.  So it really wasn’t so bad.  Even though they were tired and my head is spinning a little.  You know?  Like, hey why ARE these kids so tired, it’s only 6:30?  Oh, right.  It’s kind of really 7:30.  How’d the switch go at your house? Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

A Few Things

My house is a mess.  It’s totally covered with toys and baby gear.  To the gills it is.  You can’t take a step in here without stepping on something small and pointy.  That’s at least partly because I bought a bag of small pointy toys on Saturday.  I took Chase to the thrift store and let her pick some things.  It was fun but I’m starting to question whether or not it was a good idea after all.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Two Weeks Of Dinners

I somehow managed to get way behind on this but I’ve still been planning and shopping and cooking.  Last week was pretty run of the mill.  The only new recipe that I tried was for loaded sweet potatoes.  YUM!  So good.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Tuesday :: Day Two

I’m so ready for this lousy weather to move out.  It can take my lousy attitude with it too.  That would be ok with me.  I was so thankful when I got home today for all of the strangers who were kind to me today.  I think they kept me from falling to pieces.  Ok, I think the only way for me to get it all down is as a list.  So, things I’ve been meaning to tell you… Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Dinner This Week

I’m totally on a roll here. Well, except for the weekends. Apparently I don’t cook on weekends anymore. I was patting myself on the back for not going out to dinner even once this week. Of course, we went out to lunch not twice, not thrice but FOUR times since Thursday. Sigh. That kind of negates all of my hard work with dinner. At least Thursday and Friday’s lunches weren’t crazy over the top. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010


Sooo, we had pizza for dinner.  And not the homemade kind.  The kind that comes in a greasy cardboard box.  I went into the kitchen this morning to get the crock pot down so I could put the ribs on and dropped the lid from on top of the fridge.  It shattered.  It shattered into thousands of tiny shards of glass.  It was such an unbelievable mess.  It doesn’t help that I feel crappy and that it took me a long time this morning to get Avery down for a nap.  I could have fashioned a lid out of something I suppose and I will probably do that tomorrow but in the moment I just couldn’t cope.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

What’s For Dinner?

Riding high on last week’s success with planning our dinners in advance I’m trying again.  I’m also inspired by Rob‘s good work with Menu Monday.  I spent some time over the weekend puzzling it out and came up with a list of dinners in no particular order and a shopping list of a couple of things to pick up.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Choking Back My Rage

So I had my computer back for exactly 24 hours before I had to turn it over for repair AGAIN.  There’s nothing wrong with the computer itself but it seems that when they replaced the RAM they destroyed the optical drive.  I’ve never heard a disk drive sound so sad.  Although this time I got smart and took it to a local authorized repair shop so I can avoid dealing with the dudes at store in Towson, now that’s genius.  So, I’m feeling so discouraged about it that I don’t really feel like writing a post.  I had lots of things that I wanted to write about and kept pushing them off until I got my computer back.  Now that it looks like it will be another week before that happens I’m taking advantage of the fact that Ben is out at some event thing or other and I can use his machine.  

I’ve been using the crockpot a lot lately although when Erin asked me what I’d made recently I could only think of two things.  I have turkey mole up there right now waiting for me to decide whether or not I’m hungry and I made a Cook’s Country recipe for sunday gravy that I caught on television last weekend.  I was pretty happy with the sauce.  I didn’t have sausage on hand so I made meatballs and cooked them before adding them to the pot.  They held up just fine over the long cooking time and I felt good that I hadn’t needed to buy any extra meat (you know, on top of the 75 lbs we brought home two weeks ago).  I’ve never actually seen the recipe itself so I can’t say this is it exactly as printed but it seemed to approximate what I saw on the show.  I subbed in some shoulder chops for the country style ribs too.  Oh, and yeah I only had skirt steak so I subbed that too.  But aside from changing all of the meats… 

I served pasta on the night I prepared the sauce and used the leftovers to make a yummy lasagne that served for two more dinners.  That was the center of my meal plan for the week I guess.  I also brined, spatchcocked and roasted a chicken that we had for dinner one night with… the name escapes me now for that orange colored cauliflower.  I prepared the turkey mole tonight but didn’t serve it for dinner because I ran away from the office early which through me off my game plan for starting dinner and I put it on an hour late.   

Good news though, I had those mini meatloaves in the freezer so dinnertime was saved.  It was something of a success I suppose.  She scraped off the mashed potatoes and ate the meat.  I just went upstairs and turned the pot off.  I tasted the turkey and the texture is right on.  I think the meat might do well to have a little added seasoning but I’m not to worried about it.  I see this recipe like the sunday gravy.  It was good over pasta but great in lasagne.  This will probably make an ok supper of turkey with rice and beans and a salad but I think it will make great tacos or burritos, among others, shredded and mixed with the sauce.  So I’m done with cooking for the week.  I can enjoy a whole day of not thinking about what to make for dinner before the cycle starts all over again.  Now, what I could really go for is a cookie.  A nice, fresh chocolate chip cookie.  That sounds so much better right now that turkey mole for one.  

Oh, and my fabric arrived today from Crafty Planet for making the book sample.  It has a directional print!  I’m a little psyched and a lot freaked out.

PS Ben just called from Ignite Baltimore and said it’s awesome.  I want to take part in informal festivity and merriment, this is total BS!

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