Sunday, November 28, 2021

My Week

I worked Monday-Wednesday and I actually was extremely productive.  Emergencies were few and far between so I was able to focus on some of the things I needed to get done.  Four out of five of the schedules that I do is complete for all of 2022 which is a BIG relief.  The other is done through January and changes often so I'm not too worried about it. Now just to schedule the monthly admin meetings for the year and that all will be done.

I followed the food prep schedule for Thanksgiving dinner and it really made things so much easier.  The big guy was here Wednesday night and helped quite a bit.

Thanksgiving dinner came out really well.  If it is just the two of us next year, I am going to scale back just a bit.  Two pies are just too much and a bone in turkey breast will be more than enough.  The turkey was very moist and tasty which is always good. Thursday night I put the carcass in the crock pot and made a big pot of stock. We've enjoyed another small meal of the left overs, a couple of sandwiches and today I'm making a big pot of Brunswick stew so nothing has gone to waste.  I made a batch of onion rings to have with one of the sandwiches.  It's been years since I've made them and they are so good I need to make them more often.

Friday went to Freddys for burgers and fries.  We went through the drive through and ate in the Jeep instead of going inside.  It's been so long since we'd been there it was SO good. The rest of the day we each did our own thing and then played cards that evening.

Saturday we went to do a little local shopping and picked up a few things for Christmas baskets.  We also decided to have lunch while we were out so we drove to Firefly Grill.  I've mentioned before that this is my favorite place to eat.  We had a gorgeous view and the food was amazing as always.  

We even went out to feed the fish while we were there.  Before we threw the food in there was no sign of them.  As soon as the food hit the water, they came out quickly. 

I took a picture of my salad but was half way through my meal before I realized I didn't take a picture. A sure sign you are having a good time.  I had flank steak with the creamiest, butter mashed potatoes.  The big guy had Korean chili chicken wings with kimchi. It was all so delicious and a nice break from turkey.

We pulled the totes of Christmas decorations out of the closet in the garage and I've slowly started to decorate.  The tree is going up today but may not get fully decorated until sometime this week. I'm hanging lights on the inside of the front windows; our wreath is on the door and a few yard decorations are out and that will be the extent of outside decorations.

Since we did such a large shopping trip last month, this month only came in at 480.00 and that includes the 15 pounds of butter I picked up for 1.77 each.  I think December may be a little higher but shouldn't be too bad.  We're still pretty stocked up on things.  We are planning a shopping trip next Saturday because I want to be ahead of the crowds.

And now just like that, it is already Sunday.  I have a few things to do around the house and I want to do a bit of meal prep for the week.  Other than that, I'm going to take it a bit slow today.  I have really slept in the last four days and getting up at 5 am is going to be a bit brutal.

How was your week?  Stay safe everyone, between Covid and society, it's a bit scary out there.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Thanksgiving 2021

I hope everyone that celebrates enjoyed their Thanksgiving.  Ours was nice.  Good food, spending time with the big guy and relaxing a bit.  A great way to spend the day.  Even though I had small portions of everything, I still ended up stuffed for the day.  I guess you can even out the calories if that's all you ate for the day.  Right?


But then there was pie.  Sweet potato for the big guy and pumpkin for me. Thankfully, I don't have much of a sweet tooth so I have no problem limiting myself on dessert. If it is only the two of us again next year, I'm going to simplify the menu a bit.  Two pies are too much. 

Today I am going to do a few things around the house and pull out the Christmas decorations.  It is officially Christmas season.  I can't believe we only have 29 days until Christmas.  I hate it when there is so little time between the two Holidays.  

My mom is really struggling with her dementia and I am a bit overwhelmed with the situation. The past month has been horrible.  This is only going to get worse and that makes me sad.  My hands are tied on most things because she is married and he makes the decisions so I can only do so much which is frustrating.

I'm off to get my day started.  I hope you enjoy this last Friday of November.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Home Alone

 For the first time since November 2019 I am home alone for the entire day and night.  The big guy just left for a TKD tournament and will be back tomorrow.  I will miss him but sometimes it's nice to have the house all to yourself.  I'm armed with a list of things I want to do to make the most of this time and to get ready for Thanksgiving.

It will be the two of us for the holiday but I'm still making a traditional Thanksgiving meal only a little more scaled back.  A couple of years ago I stopped trying to do it all in one day and came up with a plan that works really well for us. I've been making Thanksgiving dinner for so many years it really is easier than it sounds and on Wednesday and Thursday I will have the big guy here to help.

This years menu: Roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, deviled eggs, brussel sprouts, rolls, sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie

Sunday- move the turkey from the freezer to the fridge.

Tuesday- Make two pie doughs, bake sweet potatoes, dice onions, carrots and celery

Wednesday- Make sweet potato pie, make pumpkin pie, make cornbread, make cranberries

Thursday- Boil eggs and make deviled eggs, make cornbread stuffing, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, bacon parm brussel sprouts, rolls, gravy

I am already really looking forward to the left overs.  Last year I used some of the cornbread stuffing and put it in the waffle maker to heat up.  Then topped with mashed potatoes, turkey a bit of cranberry and a little gravy.  It was AMAZING!! I can't wait to enjoy that again.

Then of course is the big pot of Brunswick stew, my all time favorite for years.

Culinary Adventures with Lori: Search results for brunswick stew

Well I'm off to start my day.  What are your plans for today? 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

My Week

 I can't believe it is Sunday again already.  I remember when I was a kid it seemed like time stood still.  Summers seemed endless, the time from one Christmas to the next seemed like eternity.  Now though, it seems to fly by.   

Yesterday we went to do our biweekly shopping. It's a 40 minute ride and I usually read the entire way but everything was so beautiful I found myself gazing out at the gorgeous fall colors. I love this time of year.  The temperature was 36 degrees which usually isn't cold to me but with the wind chill it felt like 26 so it was pretty cold.  I came home and made hot cocoa to warm us up a bit while I put groceries away and prepped all veggies and meat.  It was a no rush, relaxing kind of day.

If you don't have time to make it from scratch I highly recommend Ghiradelli hot cocoa mix.  YUM!

This is the corner of our yard that I see through the kitchen window when I'm doing dishes.  The picture does not show how pretty it really is.  I need to get out and take pictures of our burning bush trees.  They are all bright red right now.

Meals this week were...

Left over pasta and a salad
Left over beef and veggie stew
Cheese burger and oven fries
BIG salad
Veggie quiche
Chicken chili 

This soup is SO good.  It just makes you feel good to eat a bowl.  It's chicken, chicken stock, northern beans, green chilis, poblanos, jalapenos and garlic.  For spices I use turmeric, cumin, coriander, mexican oregano and smoked paprika. A bowl of this with a good piece of sour dough bread is my kind of comfort food on a cold Fall night.

Well it's time to get busy.  I have a list of things to get done before the week starts.  It's a cloudy and cold day so staying inside won't be difficult.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Wednesday W's

What's top of my mind: 1st world problems but top of my mind this week is my hair.  I have thick curly hair that grows freakishly fast.  I've been having it colored to keep the gray at bay for a number of years.  In August I talked to my stylist and told him I was sick of having to color it but will not go through the halo grow out.  So, I haven't colored it since August and I have close to two inches of very gray growth.  Next Wednesday is my appointment to have it all blended gray.  I'm not an extremely vain person but going full on gray has touched my emotions a little.  I will be glad when it is done though.

Where I've been:  Again, work and home and no where else.

Where I'm going: We will be going out of town this weekend for our biweekly shopping.  Yes I am a wild one now.

What I'm watching:  I've watched The Great British Baking Show each week and I've been watching a lot of the Christmas baking competitions on Food Network while I cook dinner each night.  We watched a really good movie last weekend but I seriously cannot think of the name now.

What I'm reading:  I have been spending my normal reading time on going through my recipes.  I am determined to get them all together and organized ASAP.

What I'm listening to: I'm appreciating the silence as much as I possibly can.

What I'm eating:  I don't like to keep leftovers in the freezer for more than a month so this week we've had the pasta Monday night and the veggie beef stew last night. There is two more servings of chili that will be chili mac probably Friday.  So that only leaves one more serving of the veggie beef stew that I will probably eat for my lunch tomorrow.

Who needs a good slap: Internet bullies.  I don't go on FB very often but there is a community group that I check on from time to time to see what events are going on in the area and some people ask for recommendations, etc. that are helpful to me.  I only read and never comment but some people make the rudest comments and I just don't understand.  If you have no interest in the topic just scroll on.

What I'm planning:  I've slowly started planning out the next three months of Holidays with lists of foods and activities that I want to be sure and indulge in this holiday season.  The big guy started a month ago talking about looking forward to Brunswick stew after Thanksgiving so now I can't wait either.

What's making me smile: I've been smiling a lot lately just counting my simple pleasure and blessings.  I have a lot to be thankful for.

Share your week in the comments if you'd like.  Stay safe!!

Sunday, November 7, 2021

My Week

 Happy Sunday!!  

We had our first frost on Thursday morning.  It was a pretty heavy one coating everything outside with a layer of white that almost looked like snow.  For today through Saturday highs will be in the 60's with lows in the 40's. The sun has been shining and the sky has been blue.  Perfect weather to me. The leaves are pretty much at their peak and gorgeous.  Southern Illinois really is beautiful.

I finished I'm Cooking as fast as I can.  It was a good book.  Cat Cora was very frank in writing her story.  Yesterday I started Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson.  It is recipes and stories.  Too soon to tell how much I like it.

Our October total spent came in right under $1000.00.  But remember that includes food, household supplies, health and beauty products, pet food and alcohol. We also ate out one time this month and that is also included in the total. The number was also higher because it includes Thanksgiving and Christmas foods.  We could go until January or February without buying anything but dairy and fruits/vegetables but with the shortages and increase in prices we are going to just continue restocking anything we've used every two weeks.  It's nice to know going into the winter weather and cold/flu season that we're OK if we can't shop for a month or so. 

Meals this week...

BBQ chicken legs, garlic mash potatoes and salad
Beef sausage pasta (SO good)
BIG salad
Hot ham and cheese sandwiches with oven fries
Chicken fajitas and spicy rice
Calzones ( prosciutto, peppers, red onions, mushrooms and motz.)

This morning I made bacon and yeast waffles.  I took one strip of bacon and put it in the batter.

They were delicious but we both agreed bacon on the side is our preference.

I'm off to start my day.  Laundry is calling my name loudly.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!! Stay safe!