Lots went on this weekend:
Lunch with my parents
Oil change (and surprise exhaust work)
Knitting (see above)
My meal planning efforts are starting to be worth their weight in gold. Last week, my sister gave me this dry erase board (I so love it) and I set myself up for a week. I list the recipes that I need to make on the bottom right (most were done at this point...) and then all I have to do is remember to consult it every morning. That is the challenge. Soup this week was Sweet & Sour Beef & Cabbage. The chicken was roasted with a mustard/honey sauce. It was supposed to be cut into serving pieces, but I was pretty much knackered by Monday night, so it was spatchcocked.
|Roasted with the end of my paltry potato harvest.|
I already made some changes to the plan - the "S/P crust" was for the sweet potato pizza planned for Friday. No way that was happening by last night. So it's now going to be an omelet with leftover roasted potatoes from Monday's meal. I am loving this planning business. I think I never bothered because I didn't think it was worth it for a single person. Wrong-o! I made my breakfasts for the week:
|Strawberry cheesecake oats|
|GF Oat 'gnagels"|
I chose a new recipe for oats this time - strawberry cheesecake oats. I discovered a partial bag of frozen strawberries (egads - at least 2 years old, but smelled very strawberry-ey) so whipped these up. Very healthy - strawberries, almond milk, yogurt, cough*creamcheese*cough, chia seeds. I also whipped up a batch of KAF's oat 'bagels', which are gluten free. Ergo, not bagels, but gnagels. I love these.
Speaking of breakfast, I had my favorite GF pancakes for breakfast this weekend, Trader Joe's GF Pumpkin Pancake Mix (with some frozen blueberries I discovered next to the strawberries....bad me):
|OMG, the BEST mix!|
The pups and I went up the mountain for a hike on Sunday - it was a sunny day; a rarity in these parts lately. Of course, the length of the hike is only as long as the shortest legs...
|Captain Short Legs|
|A beautiful spot|
We then got to go inside and have tea, cheese, fruit and GF crackers (me) and rawhide sticks and beef jerky (pups). It was all very civilized. I went on a solo adult visit Saturday to a friends' for our 'holiday' get-together. It was very revealing. We usually (there are three of us - the Girlz) exchange little baskets of homemade stuff. L is not very handy but she usually recycles gifts to us that she receives and doesn't want. Don't get me wrong. I don't care where it comes from. She gets great stuff! However, this year she didn't have anything to give. Also, not a problem. My little gift bag was entirely handmade - a pair of knitted acorns, eggnog with rum, Meyers lemon curd, homemade vanilla. What did bother me was that she was visibly relieved to find that all of it was handmade - as if it was not worth much/anything, so her guilt was assuaged. We all know how much time, effort and care we put into handmade things. She is off my list for next year and I may suggest we all give it a rest.
There was a lot of knitting in between cleaning and manure management. I ended up with some unexpected knitting time - at the mechanics, you can take it from there - so I am making progress on a pair of fingerless mitts for a friend's partner. I also got some quality BFF time with Melanie, as we are back on our Knitting Sundays. It's always a good excuse to get a fire going in the fireplace which makes for a cozy scene.
|Kramer is a big fan of fireplaces.|
Next weekend will be a little different.