This Week In My Home: Settling Into a New Season

I had fun Friday evening watching a British video, "Back In Time for Dinner".  I watched the 1950's episode which is roughly an hour long.  It was so interesting how meals evolved in that era for the British.  It begins with rationed meals and then goes through a short period of even more stringent rations.  The protein allowance was 1 ounce per family member.

While this family lived in town I should think the ones who lived in the country had slightly better times, as they at least could hunt for rabbits or deer and likely had their own dairy and poultry stock to boost the family rations.

It made me think long and hard about how we utilize our foodstuffs today and it makes waste that much more abhorrent.

Well all that aside, the rainy cold/muggy warm weather is most undecided and frankly makes meal planning a bit of a hit and miss thing.  I have decided that it's supposed to be autumn, so I shall plan autumn meals and if they don't suit the day, oh well.  I'm just so ready to start 'eating fall'!

I'll start with the meal served for Shabat this week and move on from there.

Dinners:  Roasted Chicken,  Brown Rice Apple Pilaf, Oven Steamed Broccoli, Double Chocolate Pudding Parfaits
All my prep was done on Friday.  It was easy enough to stuff the chicken (orange peels, onion,celery and carrot) and pop into the oven with seasonings sprinkled on top.  I diced half an apple, a small portion of onion and some celery and cooked in pineapple juice until tender.  That was stirred into the brown rice which was popped into the oven to warm towards the end of the chicken roasting.  I put the broccoli pieces into a dish with a tiny bit of water and covered so they steamed in the oven.  I used 1/4 cup of sugar free white chocolate and fudge chocolate puddings into parfait cups for a dessert.

Sunday Dinner in the crock pot:  Two bean Chili, Cornbread, Green Salad with apples, walnuts and broccoli
All I need do is make cornmeal pancakes when I come in from church.  It shouldn't take more than a few minutes.

on my own X 2 

Cheeseburgers, Oven Fries, Coleslaw
We'll be going to meat market one day this week and I will likely make cheeseburgers with some of the fresh ground beef.  John will eat his on bread, but I'll likely have mine on a piece of toast rather than use all the carbohydrates eating bread.

Chili Burritos in Corn Tortillas, ???, Apple Salsa,  Baked Sweet Potatoes
There's only a little chili left.  Hmmmm...  Thinking cap time.  I do have some leftover chicken and rice as well...We'll see what I come up with.

I have plenty of leftovers to choose from for this meal...but a trip to the meat market usually means John wants a nice steak dinner.  I'm leaving this option open.

Breakfasts:  Apple Pancakes, Turkey Sausage
                      Eggs and Toast x 2
                      Butterscotch Oatmeal with Blueberries, Peanut Butter Toast
                      Cheese Toast, Cinnamon Toast
                      Apple Cinnamon Biscuits, Turkey Bacon,
                      Boiled Egg, Toast with Marmalade

Suppers:  Chicken Sandwiches, celery and carrot sticks
                  Chicken and Rice Soup
                  Toasted Cheese Sandwiches
                  Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
                  Tuna Apple Salad Sandwiches
                  ??X2?? On my own, and no idea
Fruits at present consist of oranges and apples.  I'm sure we'll be picking up some fresh produce this week so there will be other options perhaps, if sales are good. I'm hoping for bananas and pears this week.

Jobs This Week

I'm not sure what the weather is meant to be like.

Take Mama to her cousin's home to deliver wedding gifts.Mama decided to go to the shower and delivered gifts.

Drop by booth and clean, put in a few new items.

Meat Market.

Decorate front porch, even if painting isn't quite finished at this time.

Pot the plants I brought home last week.  I've been waiting for a drier day, since Granny told me never to plant in soil that is too wet.

Doctor appointment.

Everything on my list from last week as I seem not to have done even one single thing.


Lana said...

Your leftover chili and chicken and rice could make some nice quesadillas.

All of the painting is finished here. We have a new ceiling fan to put up and pictures to rehang. Then we can finish moving back into the rooms. We did move back into our bedroom on Friday and it is so nice to be 'home'!

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

Meals sound wonderful.. I too, am ready for fall meals..
Hope you have a blessed week. Judy

Anonymous said...

I watched the same family u-tube of the family in the 50s. I also had watched PBS 1940s House, The War time Farm series and also the War time Kitchen and Garden series too. The farmers could hunt for wild berries, mushrooms and game etc. They had to give all the cows milk to the ration boards. They were only allowed to keep any if it spoiled. Everyone was on the same rations, farmers, city people and even the King. Each show series added to my knowledge along with some documentary clips I also found on u-tube. The British had been mainly raising cattle as grain imports were so cheap prior to the war. Then with the blockades they had to make up for the huge percentage of the foods they were before importing for their people.Germany had hoped to starve them out. To do that that meant they had to kill much of their farm animals as they needed too much of the land to live on that was now needed for food production. Even their pets in many instances had to go. They were not sure they could turn around the country to feed so many when they had not produced much for years. Each year they had to produce more, then more. Even after the war they had to produce more again to feed the European countries that had been ravaged. So they then too had to keep their rations going at home. Britain after the war was bankrupt. As I said each series was from different perspectives and all talked of some of the same things while going more in depth on others. So worth the watch. I also learned many frugal things I had not seen anywhere else.
I have never tried the CVS way of saving and such but sure admire you for doing such a splendid job! It looks and sounds very complicated to me!! :) Sarah

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