It won’t be long now, until my menu plan includes cabbage and broccoli. I also have lettuce, spinach, and several other things growing. I spent last evening after work, and some time this morning working on the garden I am sharing with my sister, Rosalie. A couple of Saturdays ago, we planted these little starts and some seeds, and last night I hoed around them. I love gardening, and am so excited that I will not only get to garden this year, but that there will be two of us to take turns watering and weeding so there will be more freedom, with all of the benefits of a garden, for both of us.
We have been having quite a few “pick-up” dinners around here lately. That is what we call it when we reach into the fridge and cupboard, and pick up whatever is in there and serve it for dinner. So, last evening, we had cheese pieces, lunchmeat, some apple slices, and water, mainly. Rob had actually grabbed some food and thrown it into a cooler and met me over at the garden after I finished work. He had a load of fencing and hog panels to take over there. Things are getting even crazier and busier around here, so we need a menu plan.
Wednesday: Rob takes 2 youngest girls to the ortho really early, I work during the morning, and here at home late afternoon. He will serve dinner to the rest of the family while I finish and we will bolt out the door for church. So, crock pot it is. I will do chuck roast with potatoes and carrots in it. I never got around to that last week.
Thursday: leftover chili from Friday, frozen corn bread The girls have eye appointments plus their regular dance classes, so home late. They are having Lovana work all the time, long, long hours right now since they are down some people and can’t seem to hire any more, so she won’t be asked to cook this week.
Friday: BBQ chicken. I will ask Rob to grill enough for Sunday dinner, as well while he’s at it. There is a recipe that intrigues me in my new Clean Eating Magazine, for potato waffles, which basically looks like grated potatoes and chives cooked with some other things in a waffle iron. I may try that. I also have a friend coming in from out of town and some other appointments, so we will see how it goes.
Saturday: The girls have an extra dance rehearsal, as recital is approaching, but I should be able to cook just fine. Turkey meatloaf sound good, or I can do turkey burgers if that sounds better on that day. Part will depend on what schedule my friend is on–and when she’s eating here or elsewhere. We will work it out later.
Sunday: Family dinner. I will take chicken. We will probably buy rolls, as my niece and nephew love them so much. I may make a fruit crisp, if I get time, as I still have fruit to use up. I will have others bring salad, I can do green beans.
Monday: Rob can barbecue his choice of meat. There is steak, pork chops, burgers—I’ll let him choose. It will be my last Monday of work for a while, so I’d better enjoy him cooking as long as I can:)
For all the meals, we can have salads, and numerous veggies remain in the freezer and canned goods cupboards that will be added to the meals. As the time of our move comes closer, I can see that I will have less and less time to cook. Already, I used quite a bit of my day today packing with my mom and aunt (sewing room done), and hauling firewood with Rob (I went on one load, and he and J did the other). There is lots left to haul. We figure my sister’s family might as well get some good out of it. If the buyers end up with some, I’m sure they will appreciate it, too.