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Day 233: Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is very ugly.

The workers came back and out up our new downspouts. Apparently they need to come out and do a new estimate for the soffits and fix them next week. I’m tired of the banging, I’ve had a migraine for days.

For lunch we had leftover pork on leftover flatbread.

Matt made baked ziti with chicken meatballs and the leftover turkey pepperoni from pizza making and garlic bread with half a loaf I got from Costco last week.

I’m trying to figure out Thanksgiving this year. I don’t think it’s safe to eat in person so I’m leaning towards cooking food on the Sunday before and taking a plate over to my dad on the day and leaving it. I don’t see how I can cook all morning and be able to eat and drop it off before my dad likes to eat dinner at like 5 pm.

We watched GBBO and it was Japanese week and it managed to be somewhat offensive and clueless at the same time. Has no one there eaten Japanese food? Heard of Japan?

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Day 232: Japanese Curry & Fried Rice

We got like 3 inches of rain yesterday so I’m glad they got the roof in! They are supposed to come back tomorrow or Monday to put in the new soffits and gutters. This has to be my least favorite way to spend money.

For lunch I made a quick fried rice with leftover meatballs and rice, and some fresh spinach and arugula. It was surprisingly tasty.

For dinner Matt made Japanese curry with chicken thighs and Korean sweet potatoes. I liked the sauce and the potatoes were good but the chicken was a little chewy. I hope the leftovers are better! I think it needed to simmer more.

I bought a new iPad Air with birthday/Christmas/Hanukkah money from the last couple years and it arrived. It’s so thin! I’m waiting for the keyboard case so I’m a little scared to use it.

It came with a “free” year of Apple Plus streaming so I tried the Jennifer Aniston/Reese Witherspoon show. It’s fun to see them together. I never watched Friends so it’s interesting to see her in a TV show.

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Day 230(!): Eggplant Dip

For lunch I made mi goreng with leftover fried chicken. While I was making lunch I roasted some eggplants to give them time to cool before dinner

For dinner we had flatbread, eggplant/feta/olive dip, mini chicken meatballs made with zhoug and bread crumbs, canned stuffed grape leaves and toum. My favorite kind of meal!

We watched Shakespeare and Hathaway on Britbox and The Unicorn on Netflix. We were pretty burnt out. Tomorrow the roofers come to redo our roof.

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Day 229: Roasted Mushrooms & Gnocchi

For lunch we had mi goreng with leftover rotisserie chicken and I added leftover broccoli to mine.

For dinner I roasted a pound of mushrooms with garlic, lemon juice and capers, heated up some packaged gnocchi (tossed fresh baby spinach in the water as it cooked) and tossed with some sun-dried tomato pesto from Aldi. I also made pork chops. It was all very good and different than the usual. I’m really trying to mix in some pantry items with each dinner when I can to rotate them out. It’s easy for me to fall into the mindset of “saving” them for some future meal but if I am going to shop less frequently, that time is now.

I am still worried about rising COVID numbers locally. I’m trying to get set with food and things like cleaning supplies/OTC medication etc. like I did back in February in case we go back to only wanting to shop once every 3-4 weeks with no in-between smaller shops. I really didn’t find doing that too difficult but it is nice to have some more variety and not have to order grocery delivery.

I’ve been having to go out a lot to help my dad and do my mom’s estate paperwork (dropping things in the dropbox at the courthouse) but hopefully that is winding down. My dad hadn’t been up to date with some check ups in the past year after my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer so we thought it was a good idea to get those in-person only appointments in now.

We ordered a tabletop Christmas tree. I’m not sure if the puppy is ready to behave around a tree with all glass ornaments yet. I’d be fine skipping it but Matt really likes it. I guess since he didn’t grow up with one (being Jewish) it’s more of a novelty to him. I don’t love Christmas but it will look nice. We do have a good collection of all food ornaments.

We watched Nocturne, another Blumhouse movie on Amazon and caught up on the PBS shows.

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Day 228: Maryland Fried Chicken

For lunch Matt had some cheese ramen with leftover chicken from Friday and I had the last of the salmon salad I made yesterday.

For dinner Matt made Maryland style fried chicken, steamed broccoli and baked potatoes.

Matt was on call this week so I’m glad that’s almost over! Nothing major happened but it’s hard to relax.

We watched two of the Blumhouse movies on Amazon. I liked Evil Eye but The Lie was bad. It just didn’t make much sense.

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Day 227: Snackies

For lunch we had sandwiches made with rotisserie chicken, smoked cheddar, dill pickles and honey mustard.

For dinner we had snackies—bread; homemade salmon salad made with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and red onion; artichoke salad (jarred from Aldi—artichoke hearts, olives and peppers); salami, Spanish cheeses from Costco, pate. I really love meals like this!

We watched The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. It was good but so unbelievable that everyone in her life was so nice.

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Day 226: Lamb

I saw a fox!

I went to Aldi to pick up a few things we still needed and that my dad wanted before heading over to help him out. Then I went to Costco. It was packed with people buying paper products again. The virus levels are getting higher. Soap is still being rationed there.

For lunch I had sandwich with rotisserie chicken.

For dinner I had leftover lamb on a baked potato.

We watched Rebecca on Netflix and GBBO. I don’t know why Netflix adds so many new things at once, especially these big expensive dramas and why they made the queue so bad. Why isn’t it in order of some sort? It’s not in alphabetical order, it’s not by genre or order of addition. It’s overwhelming.

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Day 224: Sandwiches, Sandwiches

I went shopping at Aldi yesterday morning (see what I bought here) and Matt made tuna salad so we had that for lunch.

I’m trying to go back to shopping less frequently now that the numbers are going up again. Tomorrow I have to see my dad to help him with something and am going to try to stop at Costco for some supplies in case we don’t want to go back for the next couple months.

For dinner we had more fake Chik-fil-a with the Aldi red bag chicken, pickle slices and brioche rolls and “Asian” salad mix with Trader Joe’s sesame sticks tossed in. Why can’t I find those sticks somewhere else? I know they must be a knock of something?

I listened to a lot of You’re Wrong About. I’m almost caught up to the current day!

We watched half an episode of the French Agatha Christie show on Mhz and the latest episode of Fargo on Hulu.