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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 299: Mushroom Barley Soup

Got soup going in the slow cooker while I used my sun lamp this morning. I had bought a huge thing of dried mushrooms at Costco a few months ago so I used them and the strained liquid for some of the broth and added 8 oz fresh mushrooms, parsnips, (very pale yellow) carrots and barley and beef. I like it very thick and porridge-like so Matt thinned his out for dinner.

For lunch I heated up the leftover chicken and sticky rice in a skillet with garlic crisp and soy sauce. Not bad. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese because we didn’t have much left.

I worked on my tapestry! Caught up on some tv then switched to the Good White Parents podcast. Oy. I wish I had new You’re Wrong About but I’m all caught up except for Terri Schiavo and the Tanya Harding episodes because I’m a little burnt out on their stories.

More Pottery! I’m glad neither of us do pottery! It looks expensive and time consuming.

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Day 297: Fish Sticks & Wild Rice

For lunch we had quesadillas with the leftover pork and cabbage.

For dinner we had wild rice pilaf and fish sticks! For excitingly we had some lovely devils food, coconut and passion fruit cake our friend Tunde made and generously shared in a masked, distanced pick up. It was amazing!

I’m teaching myself how to weave so I watched a lot of weaving videos. We also watched some old GBBO.

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Day 294: Leftovers & NYE prep

We had meatloaf sandwiches for lunch, they were even better than they were yesterday!

For dinner I heated up the pork (cut into strips) and the potatoes/cauliflower from Tuesday in a skillet. Not the most thrilling but pretty good!

During the day I made a cake, dip and hard boiled eggs for NYE.

I finished a few short books and Matt worked on the NYE play list. We watched a little of the old Perry Mason which neither of us had seen before. We have a free month of CBS so why not.

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Day 292: Stew part two

For lunch I had some frozen shrimp and Matt had noodles and cottage cheese. I was going to heat up a small marinated pork loin I had taken out of the fridge and slice that up for sandwiches but it was still partially frozen.

For dinner we had leftover stew and added a packet of parboiled farro to it to bulk it up a bit. It was tasty but next time I want to make a stew with potatoes! They are my favorite part and Matt left them out. I had pictured us eating it over mashed potatoes but he had made biscuits instead. It was good to use up the farro though, it had been a special at Aldi that I hadn’t had before so I had been wondering if they were any good. I normally get the them at Target but this was just as good. It’s a really easy way to add grains to soup.

Mitzi is really maturing! She understands cuddling and isn’t trying to nibble on my fingers much. The girls both loved the llamas I bought them for Christmas.

My loom from an Etsy store still hasn’t arrived. It was supposed to be here almost 20 days ago. I actually ordered a second smaller one from Blick last week and I’m hoping that will arrive soon since it shipped via FedEx and I paid $3 extra for home delivery. I’m starting to lose momentum! I bought the online class and watched it weeks ago now. Hopefully I really will like weaving! Winter is so boring I thought it would be nice to do especially around the holidays but I think it will be January before either show up!

We worked on our NYE menu and watched some of La Forêt on Netflix which has one of the actors from the Agatha Christie show in it. I wonder if he is from Northern France because both shows take place there. Or lives there now.!

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Day 291: Suanla Chaoshou

For lunch we had some frozen ravioli with leftover (homemade) pizza sauce.

For dinner we made pork wontons with a chile oil sauce with black vinegar. It was amazing and it’s great to have all those ingredients on hand.

We defrosted a few foods for later in the week then it’s pantry ingredients for the end of the world marathon.

I haven’t grocery shopped in almost three weeks so I’m going to try to use up some of what we’ve been freezing rather than go to the store. Our freezer is really packed!

We finished Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie. The musical episode was really cute! I’ll miss this cast when they move on to the ‘70s.

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Day 286: Chicken Meatloaf & Roasted Pears

For lunch we had more ham salad. I almost didn’t think we’d get through the ham but we did! We made a lot of food last week that yielded more leftovers than expected so my plans were a little off.

For dinner I made Italian inspired chicken meatloaf and tried stewed tomatoes in it and it worked really well. I also added Ritz crackers and parm. On the side I made savory baked pears with red onions, rosemary and blue cheese and roasted red potatoes with red onion, rosemary, parm, capers and rosemary. Super easy but flavorful and very little hands on time. I was glad to get rid of all those pears! We had so many and I don’t love Bosc for eating out of hand.

We watched Meet Me in St Louis and The Shop Around the Corner. I didn’t know MMSL was funny! The youngest daughter was great.

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Day 279: Noodles & Sandwiches

For lunch we had the last of the leftover pork and some spinach in mi goreng.

For dinner I made a bagged salad and sandwiches with the leftover homemade chicken tenders, blue cheese, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and red onion on the leftover mini sub rolls I bought like 6 weeks ago. Go preservatives! Matt had a zoom holiday party for work so I didn’t want to make anything I had to time.

We caught up on some more The Crown on Netflix.

My loom still isn’t here! Estimated delivery was Saturday. However the candles for Hanukkah my in-laws sent on Saturday arrived today. Both from New York City! Also waiting for my Pearl River order to ship, they had a question about a substitution last week(?) and it doesn’t look like it shipped out. Part of our Macy’s order is missing too. One was an estimated delivery of the 8th and its candy. Fingers crossed things keep arriving. It’s not hurry for anything but I always worry things will get damaged.