This week, it was all about potatoes! I decided to use up the purple potatoes we grew in our garden. I don’t know if they are good “keepers” or not. I do know the red ones sprout easily. As of Wednesday, they were all cooked into something. I also had a few red ones from my sister, and the bottom of a bag of russets from the store that I was targeting. They are now gone, too. Last Saturday, I got 3-10 pound bags from the store. They are in the garage, all covered up with a blanket, ready for the next couple of weeks and Thanksgiving dinner. I made fried potatoes, with a mix of white and purple one morning. I made cheesy potato soup for lunch one day, and the rest went down the hatch for dinner that night. I made lots of faintly purple mashed potatoes from a mix of purple, red and white. I used around 7 lbs for last Sunday’s Family Sunday Dinner to make mashed potatoes. I guess the extended family loves potatoes, as there was about 1/2 cup – 1 cup left. Wow! Just Wow! Best 75c I’ve spent in a while:)
The soup theme continued as well, with the cheesy potato soup, and a pot of turkey-rice. I always make enough for more than one meal, when I make soup. I can’t seem to help myself. Ja’Ana made cornbread again this week, and my sister made some on Sunday.
On Sunday, along with all those potatoes, I did baked, breaded chicken, which was a hit as well. I think we were all in the mood for heartier fare–fall is certainly here along with it’s rain, and wind, interspersed with a little sunshine now and then.
One day, I put round steak into the crock pot and made Swiss Steak. I made some gravy to go with it, and those purple mashed potatoes. There is still some of that left, so we will probably eat it again tomorrow.
Jake convinced me to make Rice Krispie treats (from gluten-free Malt-0-Meal Rice Krispies), and he took a big plate full home for his Mama. He hung with us today, as there was no school. We did a slew of errands–everything from getting medicine, to getting the oil changed in the car. We slipped in some duck-feeding, and had lots of library books in the car to make it fun. We got him a Happy Meal–I had a coupon for buy one, get one free, so he and Patsy both had one. She’s old enough to actually be able to eat more than that, but it satisfied her to get to have it and he was literally starving today–nice!
There were lots of salads this week–for lunches with chicken or for dinner along with the other food, cooked home-canned green beans, home-canned peaches and applesauce, hot dogs, sandwiches, corn chips with salsa, and pork and beans. Patsy eats cold cereal almost every day, and Rob and I eat eggs almost every day for breakfast. Lovana gets a crepe or sandwich for free from work on the days she works, and pretty much makes her own food the rest of the time. Sometimes, I eat at my sister’s house in the evening, as I don’t get done until 6, and everyone at home just makes their own, or eats leftovers. Sometimes, I go home and make a salad, or warm up leftovers on the days I work. It has turned out that I only really need to cook 4-5 main recipes a week, and there is enough for the week to just warm up leftovers.
This coming week, it’s going to be all about cleaning out the fridge so we can fit the Thanksgiving food in there the following week. I’m not sure what I’m making, yet, but I’ll work on some planning tomorrow, and hopefully, I won’t get carried away, as I have an entire day at home….at least that’s what my planner says. So, if I decided to go somewhere, it will be purely for fun. Should be a great day, either way.