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Day 463: Chili!

I’m trying to clear out some of our freezer and “pantry” so today was chili in the slow cooker made with frozen cooked chicken breast from a Costco rotisserie chicken we hadn’t finished, salsa from the contest, fresh pepper and beans. It was a bit of an experiment but it was really tasty!

For lunch we had tuna sandwiches.

I’m working on my new loom! I went to a yarn store way outside of the city and picked up some supplies for weaving. They were really nice and had what I wanted.

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Day 451: Salmon Cakes & Grilled Cauliflower Salad

Today was the first day I really didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything at a specific time in a long time! It was pretty gloomy out but not too too hot.

For lunch I heated up some leftover baked potato (I had made extras because they were in a bag with a potato with a lot of eyes and there is nothing worse than cutting open a bad baked potato) with an egg, the tiny bit of lox that was left from a couple weeks ago (still good) and onion.

Matt had a dermatology appointment which went fine so I had the house to myself briefly!

For dinner I made salmon cakes with the leftover grilled salmon (so good!) and made a salad with the whole cauliflower we grilled, tahini, capers, radishes and cucumbers.

We watched a new to us show on Acorn–Candice Renoir. It was cute and apparently season two is coming later this month. I looked on IMDB and there are like 8 seasons of it so it would be great if they got them. I like to practice my French and the dialogue is easy to follow.

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Day 450: Chili Baked Potatoes

Thursday is my new CSA pick up day and I’m not loving it The location normally wouldn’t be bad but the most direct way is blocked off from my neighborhood due to a multi year bridge rebuild. Traffic gets rerouted through the park where the pick up is and it’s really hard to get in and out safely because there is no light to turn on to a busy four + lane cross city street. In non-bridge construction time the park road was very low volume so I guess there wasn’t a need for a light before but things have changed.

Another annoyance is that the pick up is 2-5 pm (but some emails say 6) and they leave the food outside on tables so I feel like I’m rushed to go get it before it wilts in the heat. Twice it’s been super hot and today it’s supposed to rain.

I like the idea of getting city grown produce but unless it is amazing when more things are in season, I’m not sure if I’m going to renew. I also don’t like that there is no parking lot at the pick up location but it’s also in the middle of a large park so I wouldn’t think anyone is picking up the produce on foot.

There are worse problems but I’m not loving it. The same place is at the local outdoor market on Tuesday evenings and I wish we had the option of picking it up there instead. It has a parking lot and is on a bus route.

For lunch I made us both tuna salad sandwiches. For dinner we had leftover chili over baked potatoes.

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Day 441: More Noodles

For lunch I had some frozen shrimp and Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

I found some repainted Herman Miller shell chairs on Facebook Marketplace yesterday and they were being sold in PA about an hour away. Lucky me when I contacted the woman she said they’d be near Baltimore today and could drop them off! They look amazing. Matt says they are too short but they are the same height as our old chairs.

For dinner I was going to make quiche but I sautéd kale from the CSA for it and it was so bitter! I’m glad I tasted it. We ended up making instant noodles with cabbage and the chicken I was going to put in the quiche instead.

Matt’s birthday is this weekend so I want to go shopping tomorrow and buy any groceries we need. He’s taking off Friday so if I can’t get anything tomorrow then I can still get it on Thursday. We actually still have a fair amount of food and I want to clear out the freezer some but he wants to smoke some brisket and I know we don’t have that.

Our fridge keeps getting water in the deli drawer and no where else. It must be a blocked line but I can’t see where it is coming from, the rest of the fridge is bone dry.

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Day 429: Take out!

For lunch I had the leftover red beans and rice with an egg.

I spent some of the afternoon in the hammock reading the new Jennifer Weiner book. She’s really churning them out lately. I think they’ve suffered. It’s not my usual genre but they were always fun summery, lighter books and now they seem rushed. Book 102 of 2021!

The mail was a mixed bag. Some vintage punch needle yarn arrived but also some thing from the registry of wills wanting some more documentation for my mom’s estate. I had hoped it was all finished! I put together what I think will satisfy them and will drop it off tomorrow.

Anyway, my plan was to make this time consuming leek fennel dish for dinner but I was so busy with the paperwork I ran out of time so Matt picked up some chicken and fries from the local sub place. I really missed fries last year! I am glad we aren’t doing too much take out any more but it is good in a pinch. We were starving and we didn’t really have anything quick to make defrosted. We already did a last minute meal yesterday.

Matt prepped the leeks and fennel today and shared them so it will be quick to make something with them tomorrow. He’s taking another vacation day so three day weekend!

I did a little more weaving while we watching Cucumber and the Winter Melon on Disney Plus. We are not huge Marvel people but I wish they had treated it more as a parenthetical work and just had it about them readjusting to every day life. The men have great chemistry but the overarching story was silly and a it was little offensive (strange?) that the wronged people were the villains? A procedural where they occasionally solve a crime or a buddy road trip movie would have been so much more fun.

I had migraine again! I blame the paperwork and going too long before eating.

Our figs are huge and it’s barely mid-May. I wonder if they will be ready to harvest early? I swear they normally aren’t this big until the summer.

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Day 428: Red Beans & Rice

I had to help my dad out in the morning so busy day! It was right next to an Aldi so I picked up some rhubarb and tomato vine candles (that is a combo made for me!) and eggs/milk.

For dinner Matt made sort of a chicken creole with leftover rotisserie chicken (we froze some chicken too! We had a lot!) and made red beans and rice from a packet.

I had a ton of library books come in so I had some hammock time to put a dent in it. It’s really unseasonably chilly! I almost needed a blanket.

I started a new weaving using locker hooking from a class I downloaded while watching Cruel Summer. The Clerks references were funny considering her father is Kevin Smith. I don’t trust her though!

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Day 427: Lentil Salad with Salmon

I slept so late today! I think it was almost 10 before I got up. Last week was rough and I had so many headaches I think I just needed some sleep.

I got right up, posted the recipe for that wild rice salad I made last week and made lunch though!

For lunch I made our main meal for the day and made a one skillet meal with salmon (frozen, from Sitka Salmon shares—use my code CALFish for a discount), lentils (parboiled in a pouch from Aldi a while back), asparagus and radishes with some bread from Costco. I don’t know how that asparagus was still good, I think I bought it about 10 days ago. We ate a lot of salad mix last week because I didn’t feel well so we are well stocked with produce.

For dinner we had some more rotisserie chicken in some noodles with spinach and seaweed.

We got Disney plus again to catch up on some shows. We are watching the Falcon and whatever and the parts with them is cute but boy does it not have much of a plot! I wish they had just made a goofy road movie with the two of them instead.

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Day 426: leftovers

For lunch we had leftover rotisserie chicken in some Korean ramen with extra seaweed. It reminded me of the ramen we’d get at our local Korean place that has dumplings floating in it but I can’t remember what it’s called. Googling is not helping, it’s not the kind with kimchi.

For dinner we had the Taiwanese pork leftovers. We had planned salmon and a gratin but Matt replaced our kitchen sink and we were too tired to make anything new.

I ordered more punch needle stuff. Im bidding on some vintage punch needle yarn on eBay so we will see if I win that. It’s so quick to make something fun.

Who knew eBay was still a thing?

We watched more Mare of Easttown. I was right! That’s all I have to add.