This Week In My Home: Up In The Air
Bored...BORED....Bored! That's how I feel about food just now, just plain old fashioned bored. The cause? Who knows? I suspect the real reason is that I love cooler weather foods and find them far easier to be creative about preparing and planning into menus. Come warmer weather and all I can think of are salads and pastas and steaks and burgers. Being the hot foods lover that I am, and I don't mean spicy but as in freshly cooked and served hot, the warmer months truly challenge me. The very season when the most foods are available and at low prices, too and I can't think of a thing I want to eat? I know...Sad, just plain sad.
Well, I'm trying to break out of my rut by preparing some new or seldom used recipes. I tried a new to us pizza for Sabbath dinner. It wasn't quite where it should be flavor-wise but it was good. I'll figure out the seasonings on it and perfect it over time. Now to see what else we might have. And of course with a baby imminently due everything is all up in the air as I've no idea when we'll be taking off to see this grand little girl.
I'm so tired of tossing, or freezing, celery that I have been stuffing it for John and I to snack on. Pimento cheese, pineapple cream cheese and peanut butter are all good stuffing. It's a cool crisp snack, too.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, Tossed Salad
I drew my inspiration from a television commercial and though I had no idea how theirs was made I did it off the cuff. It was okay. I think it needed to be a little more seasoned and I lay half that blame at the chicken which didn't have much flavor...and frankly chicken seldom does in casseroles or on pizzas unless you season it a little more highly than usual. I didn't. I used the last of the chicken breast from last Sunday's meal, sliced onion, mushrooms, black olives and turkey bacon. I spread the dough with a little (very little because I didn't want it greasy) Ranch dressing and I used homemade not bottled. There are enough leftovers for supper one night.
Sizzled Sirloin Steak, Cheesy Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus
Does any one remember the Sizzle Burgers, where you melted butter in a frying pan, splash in some Worcestershire sauce and then added hamburgers? It was so good and delicious and that was my inspiration for this meal. I did the melted butter and sauce and put the steaks in to cook. It was really good and flavorful without being too highly seasoned.
Macaroni and Cheese, Pan Roasted Italian Vegetables, Green Salad
I think this will do well for dinner after church today. I have mac and cheese in the freezer and will thaw it tonight. I will put in the crock pot on KEEP WARM setting and then when we come home I'll cook the vegetables on stove top rather than in the oven.
BBQ Chicken, Coleslaw, Southern Cream Style Corn, Corn Muffins
I will likely have leftover chicken and that's fine by me. I'll use it in the next meal. I'll make just a few corn muffins then set the rest of the batter aside for breakfast pancakes.
Chicken Fried Rice, Ambrosia
I think I have a container of oranges in the freezer to make ambrosia. If not, there's plenty of fruit here for fruit salad. I had leftover rice from this past week and I'll use the extra chicken and a variety of vegetables from the crisper drawer to make the rice dish.
Meatloaf, Squash Casserole, Green Beans, Coleslaw
I don't mind leftover meat loaf at all, because I think it's terrific for a sandwich. I generally only use 1 pound of beef and stretch it with onions, breadcrumbs, mushrooms, grated carrot.
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.
Get guest room back in order.
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.
Go see the new grand baby. She will born this week for sure.
Finish last week's list.
Plant petunias and coleus I bought a week ago.