It's summertime. The hardest decisions I have to make each week are which of the fresh produce we should eat and which I won't have room for...Tough times, huh? I did a pantry inventory last week and mean to do a freezer inventory this week and determine just how much I can put in the freezer of all this good food that's coming in right now. It's this time of year I probably eat the most 'nostalgia' foods since I grew up eating fresh garden produce and I want to cook them the way Mama and Granny and Big Mama did. Put a plate of Squash and onions, sliced tomatoes, green beans with potatoes and coleslaw made from a new head of cabbage before me and bring on the hot cornbread. I cook differently from my family in that I don't toss in a bit of bacon or ham or fatback. I will toss in a little piece of smoked turkey or a drop of liquid smoke to add that hint of flavor from my childhood without the additional fat.
For my own sake, I'm going to put down three meals for each day. I have failed to plan breakfast and supper too often and am just weary of getting caught without a plan. Nothing but a tiny bit of work to cure that bit of struggle.
Mango Orange Juice Smoothie, Morning Glory Muffins
Meatloaf, Red potatoes with lemon butter, Field Peas, Sliced Tomatoes
Leftover meatloaf will make sandwiches during the week.
Pimento Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Peach
Waffles, Turkey Sausage
Chicken Curry, Rice, Tomato and Cucumber Raita, Steamed Broccoli, Naan
As near as I can tell from the recipe, raita is a traditional accompaniment to Curry, and is basically a yogurt dressed salad.
Peanut Butter, Turkey Bacon and Lettuce Sandwiches
If you haven't tried this, do. I got this sandwich idea from my favorite old cookbook and it's really quite good.
Breakfast Burritos with Pico de Gallo
Macaroni and Cheese, Garlic Green Beans, Fried Squash slices, Tossed Salad
Meat loaf Sandwiches, Watermelon Slices
Peanut butter toast with peaches
Roasted Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cabbage Salad
The cabbage salad is shredded cabbage, diced fresh tomatoes, diced fresh green peppers with a mayonnaise dressing. It's different from coleslaw and tastes so fresh.
Breakfast Sausage Strata, Fruit Cups
Strawberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe and Peaches in the fruit cups. The strata will use up bread end pieces I've got in the freezer.
Beef Kebabs with Peppers and Onions, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans, Wedge Salads
Leftover rice will be used to make the pilaf.
Egg Salad sandwiches, Chips
Egg Bread, Fruit Parfait
Have you had egg bread? Pioneer Woman makes them for her family and it's good for a change of pace. Cut a hole from the center of a slice of bread. Place in a pan with melted butter, crack an egg into the hole and brown. Flip and brown the other side.
Stuffed Peppers, Succotash, Sliced Tomatoes, Ice Cream Cones
Homemade crust with a little olive oil, oregano and garlic topped with thin slices of zucchini, onion, tomato and cheese. It's a nice change up of the usual pizza and tastes so fresh and good.
Turkey Salad Sandwiches, Sliced Melon
Cinnamon rolls and Sausage balls
Burgers on the grill, Corn on Cob, Fixings plate (cheese, lettuce, onion rings, tomato slices, pickles), Dessert (undetermined at this time)
I feel good about all I got done last week. This list is a short one compared to all that I did do. The master bedroom and bath got a full on wall to wall deep cleaning as did the laundry closet and the kitchen sitting area. I've made a good start today, bleaching kitchen counter tops and deep cleaning the floors, taking down the shelf above the stove and cleaning the back-splash and shelf there. I think I'm done for a couple of hours now.
Touch up the furniture paint here and there.
Paint the back door a fresh coat of white.
I also want to:
Make up a few more batches of cookie dough for freezer and perhaps freeze a dozen cupcakes which are always handy to have.
Deep clean the living and dining areas (it's all one big room). This involves:
Removing books and dusting then reorganizing them
Culling a few more items and trying to better organize surfaces and undercover
I would also like to:
Get cookie dough prepared for freezer
Prepare a special cake or dessert for July 4th
Grill out on July 4th even if it is just the two of us. It's John's last holiday at home this year and I want to celebrate and enjoy.