I'm late, I know. I just couldn't seem to settle my mind to thinking of meals...and oh does it show in my household because I haven't cooked a thing since I made breakfast Friday morning! Yep, as we were getting ready to come home. It's been scratchin' about and coming up with much of nothing the past two days. Time to get myself pulled back up into routines, planning meals and preparing foods from scratch and grocery shopping. You know, real life stuff. Yup.
We bought a rotisserie chicken for Sunday dinner and a pint container of potato salad. I do need to make a trip to the meat market but that will come later in the week. I noticed the discount grocer in the next town, the one where I found that bulk package of Tennessee Pride Turkey Sausage patties, has whole chickens for $.89pound...of course, I have to add $.9 or 10%, which really makes them $.98/pound but I'll be saving nearly $.80 a pound off the best price at the meat market. These chickens are not guaranteed antibiotic free but they are Carageenan free. I plan to buy about 10 whole chickens. That's one start on building my meats back up.
But I don't really need to plan shopping just yet, which is where my mind wants to go. No, I need desperately to plan meals, so let's us tackle that right now before I travel off down another rabbit trail and forget my whole purpose. All week long the forecast says it shall be 90F...That's hot but not unbearable and it's perfectly seasonable here.
Tuna Pasta Salad, Saltines, Lime Cottage Puddings
I always have used just what we had in the crisper in my pasta salad. Sometimes we have peppers and sometimes we have none. I think I have a bit of green pepper in the crisper this time, certainly I have carrots and onions and celery. Black olive slices are always a nice addition, too. I also have some limes I have been keeping in water for the past two months or so. I want to use up those limes and get some fresh ones. I think making the cottage pudding with the lime juice and zest will be tasty. My recipe makes just enough for four I think. I'll have to dig that one out of the binder where I keep my recipes.
Roast Beef, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Peas, Fruit Cocktail
The roast is smaller but will do nicely for a meal and enough over for sandwiches for supper later in the week.
Club Salads, Cheese Toast Points, Leftover Cottage Pudding
I'll cook some turkey bacon, slice half the breast from the rotisserie chicken we had for Sunday dinner and make up salads for our meal today. I hope at this point to also have tomatoes but if not, then we'll do without.
Chicken Pot Pie, Pineapple Salad
I'll use the second half of that cooked breast meat to make a small pot pie for us. A cold crisp Pineapple salad next to the hot pie will be a nice contrast. I'll add a full compliment of vegetables to the pot pie.
Shish Kebabs, Rice, Roasted Asparagus, Strawberries and Cream
I have a sirloin steak I plan to cut into meaty cubes for the shish kebab. I hope to pick up some fresh produce while at the discount grocers but if I find money is tight, I can skip it and use an onion and peppers from the freezer. And the Berries and cream can become a box of instant pudding with crumbled cookies atop.
Creamy Chicken Noodles, Green Beans, Green Salad, Muffins
I'll use the carcass and any tidbits of meat from the rotisserie chicken to make up this dish. I may toss in a can of drained mushrooms just to add a little more meatiness to the dish without actually using any more meat. I'm going to try to keep the dish light but it begins to seem heavy to me I'll skip the muffins. That should be the last of that chicken.
Well that's meals...Now to get on to planning work...which is still up in the air because really I don't know if we'll be home every day or all days. Meals may vary from what is planned to picnic fare.
Jobs This Week
The pansies are done. I need to take them up from the strawberry jar and put in petunias or something.
Start work on front porch...I need to shop, oh how I need to shop! Wonder if I can manage that this week at all? The front porch must be painted, as well as the furniture.
Make a third pair of shorts out of old pants.
Tag more items for booth and take them to town to put out.
Linen trunk must be straightened up.
Paint cupboard has yet to be sorted out. That's on my list as well.
Minor grocery shop. Chicken tops that list but I do need to pick up a few other items as well.