Friday, May 22, 2015

Garden Update - Now We're Getting Somewhere!

It's been a few weeks since I gave a garden update. I guess any time I had to be thinking about the garden I wanted to be in it! We've had a lot of beautiful weather, and plenty of rain. Everything is lush - including the weeds.

We are very close to harvesting lettuce and strawberries - maybe tonight after work?

Here are the details of my gardening so far this year:

Giant: Onion sets $3.34
Home Depot: Mulch, soil, grass seed $40.00
Garden Center: Plants $26.24 + a gift card I got for Christmas
Seeds from $44
Mulch: $90

Total: $203.58

Harvests (pricing comes from my local grocery stores and
1 large jar of dried rosemary: $8.55
1 bunch of daffodils: $2.49
3 bunches of mixed herbs: $3

Total: $14.04

Total Profit/Loss: ($189.54)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Summer Reading List

Summer's almost here and I've been busy gathering my summer reading list! I know it's kind of a nerdy thing to do, but it's something I've enjoyed putting together since I was a kid. I settled on 15 books. I normally read about 10 books a month so this should be do-able between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Here's my list:
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Inspiration for my list came from family and friends, my lists of books I want to re-read this year, Books on the Nightstand Book BINGO, and Modern Mrs. Darcy's Summer Reading Guide.  I tried to get a good mix of books that would help me fill in my BINGO squares, a scary book to read down the Cape, some breezy back yard reads, and a few things to keep my mind going.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Back In The Swing of Things Menu & Goals

Whew, it's been a solid two weeks of eat what you can when you can type situations. Yesterday, a lot of our activities ended for the year, and my jaw finally unclenched. I started hearing noise about summer league soccer and I put my foot down! For these 10 weeks we are reclaiming our time for the family! Part of project time reclamation is starting to eat dinner again like normal people.

Mon -- Leftover buffet, salads
Tue -- Vegetable beef soup, rolls, salad
Wed -- Crock pot ribs, slaw, noodles
Thu -- Pizza, salad
Fri -- Birthday party

Breakfasts -- pumpkin bread, yogurt, fruit

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, granola

(Linked to: Menu Plan Monday)

This Week's Goals:

1) Home: Clean out home office. Sell or donate what we don't need.
2) Garden: Plant beans, okra, and cukes. Weed veggie garden and front hedge.
3) Writing: Write 5,000 words. Follow up on article pitches.
4) Reading: Review one ARC book. Create summer reading list.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quick Lit

This is what the passenger seat of my car looks like most days this time of year - hair bands mixed with library books mixed with changes of clothes mixed with snacks. We are on the go all of the time now and we need the essentials! Here's what I've been reading in between ballet, and scouts, and soccer, and school, and work.

After reading All the Light We Cannot See last month I was in the mood for a re-read of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It was still good, but I didn't find it as captivating as the first time around.

I had a sick day last month, and 84, Charing Cross Road was the perfect medicine. This short book of letters between a writer in New York and book store employees in London will make you want to jump on a plane.

Emma: A Modern Retelling was light and fun, even if Mr. Woodhouse's internal monologue had a bit too much Grace Makutsi in it for my tastes.

Big Little Lies: A good way to keep our school's PTA drama in perspective.

Visit The Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly reading link up to see what this is all about.  If you want to see all of the books I've read this year (53 so far!) check out my Pinterest page.
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Menu & A Few Goals

I finally woke up today feeling somewhat normal. I haven't felt this sick for this long in years. This has been like the early weeks of pregnancy without the fortunate pay off.

I did manage to get some meals in the freezer, so that will be a big help this week as I catch up on life.

Mon -- Slow cooker brown sugar and garlic chicken, noodles, salad
Tue -- White bean soup, corn bread
Wed -- Eggs, toast, sausage
Thu -- Spicy sausage and pepper penne, salad
Fri -- Pizza & salad

Breakfasts -- pumpkin bread, yogurt, fruit

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, granola

(Linked to: Menu Plan Monday)

1) Catch up on laundry 
2) Harden off another group of seedlings
3) Write 2,000 words

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Freezer Cooking For A Busy Month

I'm finally starting to feel a bit better. I've got to say I'm proud that I made it through a week of sickness without resorting to pizza delivery. The only problem is the freezer is now empty again and we have a super busy month coming up. Between Mother's Day, a birthday, visits from family, teacher's appreciation week, and various end of the year functions we need a plan. That's why I'm freezer cooking this weekend!

I have a plan - it's ambitious but do-able I hope. Here's what I plan to make:

Blueberry kuchen x 4 (will use for us, plus Teacher's Appreciation breakfast and Mother's Day)
Oatmeal breakfast cookies with chocolate chips and almonds
Cinnamon Bread
Mojo Pork
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken
Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies
Grilled BBQ Pork Roast
Southwest Chicken Wraps
Grilled Chili-Lime Chicken With Strawberry Avocado Salsa
Spicy Korean Pork Wraps
Zucchini Burgers
Savory Pumpkin Risotto (I use barley to make risotto)
Spicy Sausage and Pepper Penne

That's it! It looks like a lot, but many of these recipes require only sticking meat in a bag with some marinade. Okay, enough jabbering, I'm off to the store.

Monday, April 27, 2015

This Week's Menu

I am sick this week. Thank goodness for freezer meals! I don't feel a bit like eating, let alone cooking. Here's my don't give a darn menu:

Mon -- Salsa verde beef, tortillas, toppings, fruit
Tue -- Taco soup (using leftover salsa verde beef), salad, taco chips
Wed -- Eggs, hash browns, sausages, fruit
Thu -- Cuban black beans, kielbasa, pita bread, salad
Fri -- Pizza, salad

Breakfasts -- pumpkin bread, yogurt, fruit

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, granola

(Linked to: Menu Plan Monday)