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Day 146: Home Fries

For lunch I made us home fries with leftover Chinese sausage, mushroom and onions.

For dinner I had some frozen shrimp and Matt made himself noodles with cottage cheese and tomatoes. The fridge is super bare!

I made tuna pasta salad for tomorrow’s lunch since I’m going shopping.

Non-food related activity:

Not much! Watched the new show on Britbox, Wild Bill which was odd.

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Day 145: Fried Rice & Steak

For lunch I heated up the leftover garlic rice from Saturday mixed with the leftover filling from stuffed cabbage and the rest of the cabbage.

For dinner we had pasta with pesto and steak. The fridge is so empty now! All we have in there is some red cabbage, eggs, hot dogs and condiments.

Non-food related activities:

Matt took off the afternoon since he worked all weekend so it was pretty chill. Then we watched The Gentlemen (Netflix DVD).

My Keanu mask came! I ordered it before the 4th of July so I was giving up hope.

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Day 139: Beef and Barley Soup & Stuffed Peppers

For lunch I had the leftover peppers and some crackers. I sort of chopped them up to make a dip. There wasn’t much left. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

I made beef and barley soup in the slow cooker. Not seasonally appropriate but stew meat is easy to find lately and it’s not like we don’t eat hot food in the summer. At least it didn’t hear up the house! It was really good, the package of beef was bigger than the one I used before so it was extra meaty which Matt liked.

Non-food related activities:

I got the knitting and the eco packs for the Sims. The knitting is so cute.

I had a migraine.

I finished the new Ruth Ware.

We watched some Damnation on Netflix.

Matt had a lot of work to do in the evening.

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Day 134: Basil Pasta & Hot Dogs

We did get a big storm this evening! Afterward the light was really eerie!

For lunch I chopped up the rest of the basil and added it to the leftover ricotta/greens pasta from Wednesday. I also baked a take and bake loaf I bought last week to use that up.

After lunch I made more Rice Krispies Treats with all the toppings.

For dinner we had hot dogs (from the pack we opened earlier in the month), Aldi knock off tater tots (the trick is to bake them a couple minutes extra) and steamed broccoli, for health.

This week has been mostly pretty easy meals! I froze a bunch of meat right after shopping and everything else had very far off expiration dates. It was nice not to be under too much pressure to make a specific food.

We are still having some issues with our Washington Green Grocer boxes. The food keeps going bad quickly. The peaches were moldy the next day and the green beans were moldy in two days. There is a limit on how much produce we can eat in a single day! We also don’t know when it is going to arrive on Tuesdays so we can’t really plan meals on Tuesday around it so often Wednesday is the first day we can really eat any of it anyway. It’s so wasteful to be throwing all that food out. And expensive!

Non-food related activities:

Still trying to get a lot of reading done. Two new books came in from the (digital) library on the same day.

Watched more Watchman.

Continued listening to You’re Wrong About while cooking and washing dishes .

Matt had to work in the evening so that broke things up. Hopefully that’s it for the weekend!

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Day 133: Tuna Salad & Chicken with Wild Rice

I made tuna basil salad with leftover plain pasta for lunch. After lunch I made blueberry cherry muffins. For dinner we heated up the leftover wild rice pilaf and the chicken thighs from earlier in the week. Matt was skeptical but it worked! The rice didn’t have very assertive favors so it took on the flavors of the chicken.

Non-food related activities:

We started Watchmen (Netflix DVD). It’s not quite what I expected. People said it was disturbing? We are 3 episodes in and that’s not what I’d say.

More reading!

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Day 132: Beet Greens & Quesadillas

For lunch I chopped up some beet greens (I sautéd the stems first with the giant spring onions and garlic), yellow cherry tomatoes (I bought at Aldi on June 17th!), red pepper flakes, leftover watercress and a bit of ricotta and tossed it with some pasta. We have a fair amount left and some more plain cooked pasta too. This week has been good for leftovers! I don’t have much in the way of meat that I have to use up ASAP right now so that has helped. I froze a lot last week and the rest of it is in vacuum packs and sell by next week or later. The German sausages are sell by October!

After lunch I made buttermints. I’ve craving them after reading a book that has a scene where one of the characters was eating them. It was surprisingly easy! I added a little vanilla which I think makes them taste more like what I remember but which wasn’t in the recipes I found. I tried some of the scraps but they have to set up overnight.

Matt made quesadillas with the one leftover pork chop from Monday and some mushrooms.

Non-food related activities:

Watched more Babylon Berlin. Neither episode was terribly stressful so I’m worried what peril that next ones will bring.

Huge storm today! Apparently a bus floated away not far from our house but nothing seemed to have leaked here and the yard looks okay!

We ordered new sheets and they came! It’s so nice to sleep on fresh sheets. I realized that one of our old sets (that is still in fine shape!) is one I ordered from the Delia*s catalogue way before I got married. Ha!

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Day 129: White Bean Fritters & Grits

For lunch Matt made some zucchini-cannellini bean fritters and pocketless pita (using this recipe) and I made baba ganoush with the eggplant he grilled yesterday. I love using up things we have on hand to make something new.

For dinner he made more patties out of the pork leftover from Thursday. We had a great pork shoulder at Sylvain in NOLA years ago that was basically discs of fried pulled pork. This was a pretty good recreation and a really fun way to use up leftover country pork ribs. We had it with (bagged) salad and grits.

Not a lot of leftovers from this weekend but we used up a lot in a great way.

Non-food related activities:

Honestly, a big nap. I finished a book last night at around 3 am according to the app and Matt’s hasn’t been sleeping thanks to his ear infection. Even Lulu didn’t feel great.

I bought the new eco expansion pack for the Sims on sale so I installed that. I like to read or listen to podcasts while playing so that will be fun.

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Day 126: Jajangmyeon & Corn on the Cob

For lunch Matt had turkey sandwich and I finished off the roasted turkey breast in some jajangmyeon.

I made some pork country style ribs in the slow cooker with fresh cherries, chili sauce, spices and onion and served it with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. We have a ton of pork left.

Non-food related activities:

I have a robin in my yard that I think laid eggs in my driveway last year and stuck around. She never flies off when she sees me and frequently watches me. Today she was perched on the edge of the (dry) birdbath and I swear she made eye contact with me then jumped in the dry bird bath and jumped out without breaking eye contact. I can take a hint so I took out a pitcher of water and filled it up.

She had flown off but she mustn’t have gone far because she flew over the birdbath after I filled it and then perched on the fence watching me and Lulu until I took Lulu inside. I hope she enjoyed her bath/drink!

I finished an ARC of Impersonation by Heidi Pitlor. I liked it a lot! It was about a working class ghostwriter which isn’t a subject you read much about.

We watched We Have Aways Lived in the Castle on Prime. The house was beautiful. Crispin Glover looked good. I haven’t read the book but I feel like they made a little change at the end.

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Day 124: Mi Goreng w/Chicken and Squash & Shrimp and Wax Beans in Black Bean Sauce

For lunch I sautéd some golden rod squash and leftover chicken and tossed it with packets of mi goreng.

For dinner I made shrimp and wax beans in black bean sauce. It turned out a little salty so I’ll use less soy sauce next time but the black bean flavor was good.

We had some Rice Krispies treats for dessert.

I made egg salad to have for tomorrow’s lunch after I get back from the grocery store. I haven’t made it since the winter and it finished off the last of a dozen eggs but I’m assuming I’ll be able to pick some up tomorrow. We have some watercress to add to it too!

I rearranged the refrigerator to make room for groceries tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s been a whole month! I’m getting better about using up any leftovers before shopping for optimum free space. Now all we have in there is some prepped beets, cottage cheese, butter, cheddar and dozens of condiments and pickles.

Tomorrow I am going to start some chili before I leave so I won’t have to do any cooking for the rest of the day! Grocery shopping is exhausting and I have made so much food and done so much work over the last couple of days. I’m exhausted.

Tomorrow is also one of those days when it seems like everything we’ve ordered over the last few weeks is arriving at once. Long delayed Costco orders, prescriptions, contact lens supplies, new masks etc

Non-food related activities:

I am giving up on Faded Out. I can’t take it anymore. I also deleted Sticky Beak, the follow up.

I listened to an episode of You’re Wrong About which I like but so far I already knew a lot about the topics they talk about. It’s entertaining but nothing new. I think I have similar interests to the woman host.

I wrote a ton of reviews for Netgalley.

Worked on C&L a lot.

We watched another episode of Babylon Berlin and Father Brown (quite a combo!).

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Day 123: Chicken, Mac and Cheese & Fish Sticks

I made our “big meal” at lunch again. I defrosted four thighs over the weekend to help with my goal of rotating food in and out of our freezer. I made what we call Grandpop fried chicken which is pan-fried chicken made like this but with a tiny bit of granulated bouillon sprinkled into the flour. My grandpop made it that way all the time and it’s so good! I tossed the leftover green beans with the leftover marinated julienned carrot and cucumber from making gimbap and added a dressing for the vegetable. I made mac and cheese with the rest of the shredded cheddar, leftover ricotta and the cooked plain pasta we had from Friday. We are out of milk but the ricotta melted well and helped coat the noodles. Lots of repurposing leftovers today!

I made Rice Krispies treats after lunch.

For our evening meal we finished off the fish sticks (highly recommend the Aldi wild caught fish sticks) with homemade tartar sauce and I had some chips and salsa and Matt had some peaches and yogurt. We already had such a filling meal in the afternoon we didn’t need much but I wanted to finish those fish sticks and get them out of the freezer.

After dinner we prepped the wax beans and the beets we had from last week’s produce box so they will be easier to use in other meals later in the week. This way they are ready for any use.

I placed an Amazon pantry order for Wednesday. There are a few items we just haven’t been able to find in person since February that they had in stock. Matt wants to take this week off of grocery shopping (I’m going Wednesday) since he did the vet visit and grocery shopped at the Italian grocery last week but we have a few things we need and Aldi doesn’t sell.

Non-food related activities:

We started season 3 of Babylon Berlin on Netflix (only one episode, I can’t wait to see what happens next!) and watched a little more Father Brown on Britbox.

I caught up on Gee, Thanks Just Bought It. Caroline is so enthusiastic about everything. It’s interesting to see a slow pivot to more sustainable shopping.

I did a lot of work on Coconut & Lime today.

I started an ARC of the new Caroline Leavitt book. I’ve been reading her books since college so I was excited to get a copy of this!

I thought a lot about how grateful I am no longer teaching and don’t have children during all this.

I organized our enclosed porch. We have very little storage space in the house. The porch isn’t insulated but it doesn’t get below freezing or as hot as the outdoors does. We use it for our recycling bins and cases of soda normally but we have a cart in there I’m now using to store some nonperishables like pasta, instant noodles, extra soy sauce, the case of sleepy time tea we ordered etc. It looks so much better now! In the colder weather I left root vegetables out there but it too hot for that now.

We have been storing yeast and cheese in the tiny mini fridge on the porch but today I noticed it was a little warm inside. I’m going to have to keep an eye on it. I don’t know if it can’t keep up with the heat (I adjusted the temperature down) or if it was left slightly open after Matt made the pizza dough or what. It isn’t essential but it is nice to have! The couple pounds of yeast and shredded cheese take up a lot of space in our regular fridge which is pretty small.