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Day 189: Shrimp & Jjapaguri

I had to pick up my eyeglasses (it has been an ordeal, they finally seem okay) so I came home and quickly made some frozen shrimp. I’m always amazed at how crispy they are. It’s not much different than a shrimp basket at the sub shop.

Flowers were delivered from Matt’s work which was nice of them! My mom really like carnations so it was good to see them in the mix.

For dinner I made some beef country style ribs in the slow cooker with Korean pear, gochujang, and soy sauce. Then we made jjapaguri and added the beef to it in an homage to Parasite. How did that win best picture less than a year ago?! I also made some pattypan squash as a side.

I did a ton of work on my mom’s estate again. I really look forward to filing. It’s pretty simple; almost everything was co-owned with my dad but with Covid it’s really hard to get anyone on the phone and everything has to be done remotely. I also am having a lot of trouble figuring out how they paid for their home owners insurance and car insurance and it’s due. I can’t get them to contact me either. My mom handled it and my dad isn’t sure. There is no canceled check and it doesn’t seem like a debit card or auto payment but an electronic check?? IDK

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Day 188: Chicken Tenders & Squash

For lunch we had leftover baked homemade chicken tenders (Matt had his on some leftover top-sliced hot dog rolls) and leftover braised red cabbage.

For dinner I roasted a delicata squash with some herbs de’provence and Matt made pasta with this odd cacio e pepe meal starter kit I bought at Aldi. It had the cheese, sundried tomatoes and pepper in it. All things I could buy individually but it was less than $4 and of course super simple to make. I’d buy it again.

I worked a lot on stuff for my mom’s estate.

We started His Dark Materials (Netflix dvd) and it’s pretty cute .

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Day 187: Sandwiches & Chili

This morning I went to the farm stand in Kingsville, dropped off a package, bought some Coke Zero at Giant and dropped off my library books.

Then I came home and made a tomato-leftover pork chop sandwich for my lunch.

I made beef chili in the slow cooker with beans and tomatoes my dad insisted we take with us last week. Matt made cornbread with this weird buttermilk self rising cornmeal mix I bought with our Amazon Fresh delivery to bump us up to free delivery. It was good! He didn’t quite follow the suggested recipe but it turned out well.

We watched the new PBS show Van der Valk. It was pretty good.

I’m really getting through some You’re Wrong About episodes lately. Today was acid rain. I miss the days when both republicans and democrats were concerned about the environment.

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Day 186: Lox & Chicken Tenders

Our eating habits have changed a bit due to the pandemic. No take out and no eating in restaurants has meant an increase in simpler food. Plus the stress of my mother’s declining health and then death really has put a damper on cooking the last month. And puppy training! Oy! I feel like I never get a moment’s peace.

We’ve been eating more mi goreng or other non-fried instant noodles, more smoked salmon, more chicken breast (baked tenders are so easy!), more soba and more wild rice pilaf. Plus I haven’t had as much fruit or variety of produce as I usually would. The produce box hasn’t been great and the local farmers are way outside of the city.

For brunch we had smoked salmon with cream cheese on leftover bread from Costco and hard boiled eggs.

For dinner Matt made wild rice pilaf with spinach and baked homemade chicken tenders.

We watched The Long Goodbye on Prime.

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Day 185: Noodles & Braised Cabbage

For lunch I had the leftover pork country ribs and zucchini tossed with some Tainan style noodles. Matt had regular noodles and cottage cheese. Our instant noodle consumption really has increased during quarantine! It is a good way to use up some odd bits of leftovers. I try to get the non-fried, lower sodium ones.

For dinner Matt baked some pork chops, braised some red cabbage and apples and made baked potatoes.

Matt planted some saffron bulbs! We think we might have already had some in the yard but now we have official ones. It’s possible they might even bloom this year! The shipment took longer than it was supposed to for various Fedex related reasons so I’m not sure if they got in the ground in time.

I love growing things that are expensive to buy in the store! We haven’t had much of a harvest of anything this year, it’s been very rainy and windy. The beach plums all split on the bush, the apples and pawpaws disappeared off the trees. Honestly, I don’t have too much energy to do anything with it anyway.

Today I stepped on a shard of plastic on the porch. I don’t think it was too deep but one more thing to worry about. I think it must have been from when we had to repack the recycling to take it in ourselves since recycling is on hiatus here.

We watched There Are No Fakes on Prime. What a bizarre story.

I read André Leon Talley’s memoir.

I’m looking forward to getting my mom’s estate moving forward. My dad asked me to help him with the day to day expenses for him which I don’t mind but it’s a lot of work on top of the estate stuff too. It’s a little overwhelming.

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Day 183: Pimento Cheese & Roasted Eggplant

I found diced pimentos at Weis yesterday and we already had a good bit of cheddar so what better lunch than pimento cheese? I added a little ground Kashmiri pepper to the mix to my usual recipe. We also tried some fake Doritos from Aldi and they were basically like the real thing. I think Frito-Lay makes the Aldi brand snacks anyway.

I woke in the middle of the night with an awful migraine but I felt better by the afternoon.

For dinner we had leftover rotisserie chicken, roasted eggplant, quartered cucumber and naan and Matt made a spicy tahini sauce for it all, similar to what I make for soba noodles.

It was so dreary all day!

I spent most of the day looking up stuff for my dad.

In the evening we watched That Touch of Mink (Netflix dvd) which had some great automat scenes. Somehow I had never seen it before.

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Day 182: Fake Crab & Pork

I ended up runing some errands today. I had to get to the bank and the library (sidewalk service has come to my local branch!) so I decided to get to Weis and pick up some odds and ends we needed there vs getting them delivered. The store wasn’t busy at all. I picked up a new plant and bread, some condiments and noodles. The store had a lot of empty shelves. I’m glad I’ve been picking things up as I shop in case things get worse.

When I came home I made some pasta salad with fake crab. The crab was supposed to be in small chunks but it was cut very haphazardly. I think manufacturing everywhere is suffering. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner we heated up the ribs I made Tuesday and had them with rice and summer squash in black bean sauce.

We watched The King of Staten Island. I liked it but I think they could have cut out the robbery storyline. We recognized a lot of the places in it. I’m sure we’ve been to brunch with my in-laws at the place they go to in it.

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Day 181: Noodles & Costco Chicken

Today was exhausting. I kept getting calls and texts the state organization that my mom kept applying for help from and didn’t get approved for (after nearly a year with brain cancer) until this month asking about her death. Then I got a call from somewhere tonight asking about her death again that I thought was them but maybe it was the crematorium? I was upset (annoyed) and tired of the calls and she said she was sorry they took so long to help with her care but then they asked what my mom’s mother’s maiden name was which seemed odd? I don’t know who it was. I guess if they need anything else they will call my dad or call back? Or the hospice if it was the crematorium? People need to identify themselves more clearly on the phone and it use acronyms. I was in the middle of dinner and starving and it was from a area I get a lot of spam calls from some and a number that had never called me before so I thought it was spam and was going to answer and then hang up on them.

Anyway! Sorry if it was the crematorium people but I filled out the form completely and gave it to them. If it was them, wouldn’t she just say I must be confusing them with someone else? If it wasn’t, why are they asking about her mom’s maiden name?

In the morning Matt took Mitzi to the vet and it was somehow $200 for shots, ear drops and to insert the microchip we gave them. Then he went to Rheb’s to pick up the candy I order for my parents and us before my mom died.

THEN we went to my dad’s house and picked up my mom’s beloved sewing machine. It was a 1941 home ec machine Grandpop bought her used when she was in high school. My dad also gave me a bunch of other things of hers like a quilt she made and some other small items. My parents are/were minimalists so she didn’t have much. My dad is really packing it all up and giving it away to women’s shelters.

I’m excited about the sewing machine because its one I’ve always been able to use successfully and have made a ton of things on it. The leg is a little wobbly now but I’m assuming it’s our old floors or a felt pad fell off? I can’t image it got injured surrounded by bread, pillows and blankets in the car.

We don’t live near Costco but my dad does so we went in and bought a bunch of stuff we needed. It’s still been hit or miss with toilet paper and dish soap so I wanted to get that. We got a rotisserie chicken and some bread for dinner. We barely made it all fit in the car. Matt insisted taking his car instead of my roomier Matrix for some unknown reason.

I actually put some pork country style ribs in the slow cooker in the morning with soy sauce, Korean pear, sesame oil, onion and gochugaru just in case we didn’t get to Costco so we can have that another day. It might even been better later!

For a super early lunch I had some leftover turkey breast from Saturday with a fried egg and mi goreng and Matt had leftover bison sloppy joe on rice when he got back from Rheb’s.

We watched the new McDonald & Dobbs on Britbox. The woman main character needs some work but it’s a cute show.