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Day 259: Schnitzel & Fried Smoked Oyster Rice Dressing

I ran to the post office in the morning then came home and made a quick fried rice when the leftover oyster rice dressing and turkey.

For dinner Matt made schnitzel, heated up the leftover mashed potatoes and made some Swiss chard and mushrooms. The thin pork chops were sell by Friday so we had to get them done! We also cooked up the steelhead trout which also was sell by Friday. We will make trout salad for our lunch tomorrow.

We watched Good Morning Vietnam on Netflix DVD. I hadn’t seen it before.

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Day 258: Turkey Empanadas

For lunch I made chipotle turkey acorn squash empanadas with leftover turkey. Highly recommend!

For dinner we had some mortadella sandwiches. Matt made a run to the Italian store for Thanksgiving supplies and got the ingredients.

I spent a long time at the bank doing paperwork. It was all though the drive thru so I’m glad it wasn’t very cold!

We caught up on Death in Paradise and Fargo.

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Day 257: More Turkey

For lunch I heated up leftover chicken from Saturday and the cauliflower from Sunday and mixed it in some mi goreng. It turned out great!

I spend most of the day on the phone with various people about my mom’s estate so we just had turkey sandwiches for dinner.

In the morning I went to my dad’s to drop off his dinner for Thursday and he gave me my mom’s old milkshake maker.

We watched The Truman Show (Netflix dvd) and an episode of Fargo (Hulu).

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Day 254: Meatloaf & Thrown together sandwiches

For lunch I made us sandwiches with flat bread, leftover chicken tenders, the dregs of a container of feta, Trader Joe’s garlic spread, cherry tomatoes (from October!), cucumber and the lettuce leftover from the salads yesterday.

For dinner I made meatloaf and we had baked potatoes stuffed with sautéed spinach.

The roofers were still here most of the day but it’s done now and looks good! We picked blue shingles which looks nice.

I went to Weis and picked up some odds and ends that I can’t get at Aldi. Mostly canned soup, pasta, bricks of cheddar, bread and cottage cheese. Here’s hoping we don’t have to shop any time soon! The freezer is packed so we should be in good shape if things get really bad and we don’t want to go out at all.

We started the Crown. I’m sad my mom didn’t get to see this season, it’s getting to a time when she’d really remember and she wasn’t much older than Diana.

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Day 252: Leftovers (again)

For lunch I heated up the leftover home fries and bologna and fried an egg.

Dinner was pav bhaji without the pav and just on rice. It was still very good! I think we will make it again.

We watched Death in Paradise on Britbox. Would it kill to them to swap in a detective who isn’t a white guy?

The roofers were supposed be back but the team was awaiting Covid results (eep! Joel they are okay) so they are sending another team tomorrow. Hopefully it won’t be too loud!! I sort of planned the day and our meals for yesterday and today thinking they’d be here and noisy. It did end up being noisy because our neighbor is having work done but it ended being a fairly chill day. I just want it done so I never have to hear the word “soffit” again.

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Day 249: Eggs & Pav Bhaji

For breakfast we combined the leftover potatoes with the leftover Brussels sprouts for sort of a hash to have with Boursin scrambled eggs.

We had lunch too! I had a little fake crab salad on crackers and Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner Matt made pav bhaji in the instant pot using that recipes with some tweaks. He made a whole jar of the spice mix so it will be easier to make later. We had it with little brioche rolls from Aldi.

It was good to use the instant pot for something. I don’t think Matt’s really used it himself before. I like the idea of the instant pot but I’ve had issues with food taking much longer than the guidelines say which sort of defeats the point. It takes a while to come to pressure so if you think something (like a big roast) is finished and it isn’t then that adds a lot of time to start that process over again to cook it longer. We’ve had a couple times where we have just had to make something else to eat at the last minute while the meat keeps on cooking.

I’m still sort of headachy. I can’t seem to get on top of it. I am tired of it and it makes it difficult to do anything.

We caught up on Fargo on Hulu.

The virus keeps getting worse.

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Day 244: Rice Krispies Treats

For lunch I had mi goreng with leftover chicken, leftover zucchini and watercress.

Then I made coconut-caramel Rice Krispies Treats.

For dinner we just had leftover pot pie heated up on a skillet.

Then we watched the movie about the Kelly Gang (Netflix dvd) and it was really bad and we shut it off before the end. They really didn’t make the most of the book it was based on!

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Day 239: Cheese Ramen & Red Beans and Rice

For lunch I added half of the leftover meatballs, a friend egg sprinkled with gochugaru and some watercress to cheese ramen. It was surprisingly photogenic! And tasty! Matt didn’t love it when he tried it before and it did small slightly like movie theater popcorn while it was cooking (milk solids is my guess as the culprit) but I liked it. Added a little gochugaru to the broth too (and didn’t drink all of it because it was a little salty). Matt had his meatballs on mi goreng. Making meatballs with what is leftover from making 2 chicken burgers has been a real genius move on my part, I think. The burgers were always hard to reheat well but the meatballs are easy to toss into noodles or fried rice.

For dinner Matt made red beans and rice from a packet and added it to sautéd chicken andouille, onions and celery. It was tasty! We’ve really had to start exploring some more “semi homemade” meals since we aren’t getting take out (yet, Matt really misses fries) or going to any restaurants.

It’s been a week since Matt talked to the unmasked guy and no symptoms! One week to go.

Tomorrow someone is coming out to give an estimate for fixing/replacing the soffits. Fingers crossed that isn’t much.

Matt is in training so we watched one Shakespeare and Hathaway (Britbox) and went to bed.