This Week In My Home
I continue with the Freezer challenge:
Did you ever decide mid-way through something that really you just don't care for it overall? I've decided I'm that way about frozen green beans. They just lose something in the fresh/frozen/cooked stages that can't be recovered. So when I use up this lot of green beans I'm going to stick to having them fresh or canned but never frozen again. Just my personal taste on this one. John could care less. Turns out green beans were never a favored vegetable for him at all.
I did make a tiny bit of room in the biggest freezer, but I've yet to clear them out and defrost. That is going on my list even though I think it's a pipe dream this week.
I Plan Meals: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Lemon Pudding
I planned another meal but we had so many leftovers John asked for a repeat meal today, too. We had this after church and it took me about five minutes to heat in the microwave while I made a quick salad. Easy peasy.
Tuna Pasta Salad, Crackers, Mandarin Oranges
I wouldn't normally serve this in cooler months but John asked for it especially. I'd planned to make tuna salad sandwiches or even a tuna casserole, but he wants this and seldom makes a request so I will indulge him. I just need to get my grocery shopping done so I can have plenty of fresh colorful vegetables to put into it. And olives. Black and green ones. Requested.
Roast Beef Hash, Green Peas, Slaw with Apples and Cranberries
Lunch Out (convinced this will happen on grocery day)
Chicken and Dumplings, Crisp Green Salad, Baked Apples
Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Corn Muffins
And just to let you know, I'm not at all sure about these menu ideas aside from the requested meal for John and the lunch out. I really really had a hard time making a menu plan this week for some reason. At least I've a guideline to work within!
I plan my work:
I don't know just how much time I'll have to work this week. It's Harvest week which means grocery shopping has to go in to the mix of tasks to be done. We've guests coming in to stay a few days/nights with us as they travel about visiting other family members. So mostly what I do this week will revolve around Harvest or company.
Get the bills paid, do banking, mail off bills, balance up the register, etc.
Get the Christmas bins cleared out of the guest room and out to the shed. Try to make the room look/feel comfortable. Pull out extra blankets and such so they don't attempt to use the antique quilts. (Don't mind them using the antique quilts but the boy is 6'2" and the quilts are about 5' long. That's a lot of boy left sticking out!).
Make Christmas cookies. Batch one is done. Realized I've no place at all to store the things. Must remedy this before baking more but batch two and three and four shall all be mixed up tomorrow and frozen by spoonfuls if nothing else.
If time permits: get a Coffee Chat and
Plan a little fun:
There will be family here to enjoy and between visits, I hope to start my Christmas reading. I have a group of small books I read this time each year and if I get a lot of reading time there are favorite Christmas scenes in other books I enjoy reading through (Little Women for instance). My current reading list: The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott, Dickens' A Christmas Carol, No Holly for Miss Quinn by Miss Read, Jan Karon's The Snowmen and Esther's Gift (a boxed set of small books), Christmas After All, The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, and Christmas Stories from the Heart, a compilation of stories from various evangelists. There may well be others but these are the ones I've pulled out for now. Oh! How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, but I'll pass on reading it if I see the cartoon on TV at any time.
And because 'tis the season, I think some cocoa sipping and Christmas tree gazing should be thrown into the mix too. This time is going quickly and I want to savor it.