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Day 309: Bison Sloppy Joes

For lunch I had another can of soup (not many leftovers this week!). For dinner we had broccoli and bison sloppy joes (defrosted bison meat from Aldi) sort of following this recipe but adding carrots for moisture and bulk. We used some purple carrots from a produce delivery from a few weeks ago and it turned the whole dish really dark purple.

We tried watching some Netflix DVDs but they were both bad. We watched the latest Zoey’s Playlist. It’s nice to see more of the sister-in-law character.

All of my holds came in at the library so I’m going to pick them up tomorrow!

Apparent Costco is offering same day delivery in our area so I placed an order for tomorrow. There are a couple things I’d like (parchment paper!!) that they haven’t had for regular online shopping. You can get things like rotisserie chicken too. I don’t know if I’d do this a lot but we are out of some things we need. Costco is pretty far from us, I’m surprised they will deliver here.

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Day 301: Chicken Noodle Soup

Trump supporters stormed the Capital building today. I’m not surprised at all. Horrible horrible people.

For lunch I made homemade chicken noodle soup with Lipton-packet style skinny egg noodles, leftover chicken, the stock we made yesterday, carrots, celery and parsnip. It really only took about half an hour and was really good!

I started a new weave.

Dinner was weird because Matt’s work was supposed to call in food for him to pick up for his meal as part of a work thing but when he called the restaurant, they didn’t know what he was talking about so we made and ate hot dogs. Then they called and said it was ready.

Anyway, it was from a place we used to get Italian food and a sandwiches a lot pre pandemic so he did a distanced pick up of a lasagna and salad. We had the salad today and then just refrigerated the lasagna for lunch tomorrow. It was a nice gesture of his work (a boss is leaving and normally they’d have a party) but awkward because pretty much no place delivers to our part of the city so he had to coordinate a place for pick up and then they placed the order. We haven’t done any real takeout since early March so it was weird! Food we didn’t make ourselves!

Zooey’s Playlist (Hulu) is back so we watched that and some more Pottery Throwdown (HBO Max) and I worked on my new project.

I think podcasts might be better since I have to look at it so much. I listened to all of Nice White Parents in two days. I need something new with a lot of episodes!

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Day 300(!): Roasted Chicken & Stuffing!

For lunch I had some canned soup and Matt had noodles and cottage cheese. We had leftover barley soup but that is really more of a main meal type dish—very filling.

I had ordered a whole chicken with our Weis order Sunday. It was sell by Thursday so I wanted to go ahead and make it up. I picked up some cubed soft potato bread a few weeks ago (it might have actually been a bit before Thanksgiving, even soft cubed bread has long expiration dates) so I made some basic stuffing in a Pyrex dish using the fat/juices from the chicken as it cooked (there wasn’t much, it was a small chicken) on the bottom of the pan. Normally we make stuffing balls in the pan with the chicken or turkey but this was a good, easy compromise. I made potato and rutabaga mash for the side. It was very good! Lots of leftover stuffing, some mash and a couple cups of chicken.

Matt made a quick stock with the bones while we watched Rebecca (Netflix DVD, it took over a month to get here!) and it yielded almost 32 oz!

I finished my first weaving project!

And a pompom out of the scraps. I think I might try to do that after each project.

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Day 293: Cheeseburger Meatloaf

For lunch Matt had noodles and cottage cheese and I had a can of soup. Boring! But I haven’t been to the store in three weeks and we have been eating leftovers for dinner.

For dinner I made meatloaf. I was sent some new variety of Velveeta that is packed into little individual cubes by Influenster that I had to try. I made sort of a “cheeseburger” meatloaf by adding ground mustard, pickle relish and chili sauce to the beef then placing cubes of Velveeta in the middle and covering it with the rest of the meat. Then more chili sauce. It was actually really good! I also roasted some red skin potatoes with cauliflower and anchovies.

I also cooked a marinated pork roast I had defrosted so we can have an easy meal tomorrow.

We finished up La Forêt on Netflix. We continued to figure out our NYE menu.

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Day 283: Singapore Noodles & Miso Soup

I had an idea to make Singapore noodles for lunch which was a massive undertaking and left us with enough noodles for a small army. They were very good though!! I’ll have to write up the recipe. 12/21 update—Done! Recipe here.

For dinner I made miso soup with soft tofu, green onions, garlic, onions, wakame and soba noodles.

We finished The Flight Attendant. It was so good!! Great ending too.

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Day 282: Festive Nachos & Gnocchi

I really felt like nachos so I made them for our lunch. Just cheese, onion, black beans, salsa.

For dinner we had the cute Christmas tree and star shaped gnocchi with the meat sauce we made in the slow cooker Wednesday/Thursday. Very good! Both meals were oddly festive.

We watched season two of Hjem til jul! So cute. I wonder if there will be another season? I can’t believe the doctor is the Neanderthal in Beforeigners ! What a transformation.

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Day 278: Soup & Noodles

For lunch I made us mi goreng with leftover pork and cabbage. We will probably have it tomorrow too! We had a lot of pork leftover.

I made a beet-beef-sauerkraut soup in the slow cooker. So good! We have a ton of jars of sauerkraut I swear I bought last fall to use up, we had beets from our produce delivery last week I had roasted on Friday that needed to be used. It turned out great! We made some take and bake bread from Aldi to go with. That bread has been a great find during the pandemic. It’s around $2 and tasty. Not as great as from the Italian store but better and easier than I’d whip up in an afternoon.

We watched Hjem til jul on Netflix I watched it last year but Matt didn’t see it and the new season is available Friday! It’s a not too Christmassy Christmas drama. I like seeing a peek at everyday life in Norway!

I’ve been watching I May Destroy You during the day. It’s so good if stressful.

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Day 276: Gravlax & Coleslaw

For lunch we had gravlax with Norwegian flatbreads, cream cheese, capers, hard boiled eggs and red onion. I think the flatbreads are a seasonal cracker at Aldi and were great. Very crisp.

For dinner we made country style pork ribs in the slow cooker and shredded them for sandwiches on the leftover rolls from burgers. Matt made baked potatoes and coleslaw with leftover radishes, cabbage and red onion.

We watched the rest of The Wilds. We also made cornflake wreaths with coconut added.