Saturday, January 16, 2016
In My Home This Week: January 17-23
I've just finished flipping through a magazine from January 1937. Lots of advertisements for Canned Pineapple and lots of suggestions on how to use it. One author suggested taking spears of pineapple (saw an advertisement so you could certainly buy them cut in that way) rolled in brown sugar and then tucked into pie crust and sealed well, then baked. Or what about doing a twice baked Sweet Potato and adding crushed pineapple to the mashed filling? They topped pork chops with pineapple and served it with ham. Pineapple rings placed in a pan and meatloaf packed in on top? I think this one would be really good with a ham loaf! Another dessert suggestion is to put ice cream between angel food cake slices (or a cut cupcake) and then top with crushed pineapple. A Pineapple Egg Nog is suggested, too, using chilled pineapple juice mixed with a raw egg yolk then mixing in whipped meringue from the egg white. And last but not least, another entree idea, this time of broiling pineapple rings alongside pork sausage patties and piling the sausages in the middle of a ring of the broiled slices to serve.
I suppose this was a great month for Pineapple back in 1937 and I don't know if that is because it was seasonal or if it was the lack of fresh fruit available and the need of Vitamin C in winter diets. Still, it all sounds pretty good...except maybe the egg nog. I'll have to think on that one.
...I plan meals:
Broiled Chicken Livers, Rice, Oriental style Green Beans, Fresh Pears
John is not fond of liver and completely turns his nose up at the idea of chicken livers. I like them so well that when we bought dinner out the day we were married...I chose a chicken liver platter! In my first marriage, I often bought a pound of livers to fry, pan saute with mushrooms and sour cream gravy or make into liver spread which was as close as I ever came to pate...Delicious spread on crackers, delicate and nice on a canape sized sandwich of toasted bread with a lettuce leaf, and pretty darn good for a lunchbox sandwich too, since it was hearty. The first time I made the liver spread, Granny came to visit and we ate it all...and then she asked if I'd make more! So I did and we ate all that batch, too.
So yes, I'm fond of liver and yes, this was a solo meal but some of you may like liver nd be looking for good ideas to serve it up. I won't claim the idea of broiling was all my own. Mama and I ate out at a fancy cafeteria type place which is patronized by elder Southerners and they had the liers on teh menu. I opted for chicken that day but I tucked that idea away to use here at home.
Economical meal, too, because I set the livers aside when I bought all those whole chickens in bulk back in September and I salvMaged those which looked best, a sort of bonus meal for me that was super delicious. I seasoned with lemon pepper, drizzled with olive oil (lightly) and added a mere dab of buter to the pan before broiling.
Franks with Sauerkraut, Potato Salad, Rye Bread, Baked Apples
Leftovers from supper one night, with the addition of canned sauerkraut.
Meatball Calzone, Green Salad, Tangelos
The cup of leftover tomato sauce was poured over some meatballs I found in the freezer, made up back in October when we last purchased beef and all roasted in the oven together. I'll add in a da of cream cheese and mozzarella when I wrap them in whole wheat pizza dough. I expect I'll have pizza dough leftover for a supper pizza one night as well.
Roast Chicken, Pan Roasted Butternut Squash with Brussels Sprouts and Pecans, Fresh Pear Salad
The last of the chicken breasts I bought back in late September. I've had the butternut squash on the counter for weeks now. Time to use it up and so I'll toss it with some frozen Brussels Sprouts and some whole pecan halves to bake.
on my own
grocery day: Grab and Go at the deli
...I plan my week at home:
Grocery day for sure, but bills have been paid early, since there's a holiday in the offing on Monday and post office and bank will both be closed. It's usually our short pay week and despite having extra cash this pay period, I mean to stick to my grocery budget and purchase lightly. I'll set aside a portion of money to restock our beef and chicken.
Make necessary returns and run errands. I could use that money back in my account to use for other needs.
Continue working on the clutter. I can't believe that this past week I sent out from my house, a big box of stuff for donation, two bags for trash and set aside a few items to give to the girls. Seriously? I thought I'd been on top of my house but I guess this is just proof that it is an ongoing process. Just because it's tamed doesn't mean I don't need to continually check it over now and then. This week I hope to go through the family photos and meorabilia and the paperwork that clogs up our files.
I need a couple of photos and the short and sweet "Winter Wardrobe" post will be ready to go up on the blog. Now the weather is sunny once more, I can take advantage of the lovely light and take better shots.
I need to go buy some mulch so I can get to work on the rose bed once more. I've plenty of landscape cloth in the shed (found as I organized it two weeks ago) and begin work on the next area.
Continue to put it that solid hour each day on Swagbucks, along with whatever other time I'm on the computer playing about. I've just earned another gift card and now it's time to start on the next one, so yes, it's paying off, if it is tedious at times.
The weather is to be cold mid-week, too cold to paint but I may get a few projects done in the early part of the week if I make wise use of my time.
I am absolutely going to go into town and add some new items to my booth. I got sidetracked by weather and lack of car last week. I've got things tagged and ready to go. I'll combine it with a visit into town to the library since the store is just across the street.
I plan my fun:
I've got a library book and mean to read it so I can finish it up before the next review book arrives.
I hope to spend a few hours at the library this coming week on my 'free' day and go through the genealogy material they have on hand.
I want to visit an antique store/thrift shop or two. I'm thinking this would be a great morning trip for me on my free day. I'm specifically looking for a vanity or dressing table to use in my guest bedroom area.