Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 6.22.14

On the menu again are carnitas tacos. When I went to defrost the meat for them last week, it turned out the large hunk of meat that I thought was pork shoulder was actually a piece of lamb. Oops. We ate out that night, but today when I picked up our meat box there was a hunk of pork shoulder! So the carnitas tacos will be made this week!

Sunday: BBQ corn & smoked roast beef

Monday: stir fry using some leftover roast beef

Tuesday: leftovers - maybe cheese steaks with leftover roast beef?

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: carnitas tacos

Friday: spaghetti and meatballs

Saturday: dinner with my sister? TBD


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Apricots Again

This past weekend we were back out in the orchards with Village Harvest. I wrote about the apricot harvest we did with them last year here. This year Sean and I went to a different apricot orchard than the one we went to last year; this one was actually inside an old cemetery! It was beautiful, and the trees were really bountiful. I didn't catch the exact amount of apricots that we sent to the local food bank, but I think we were well over 1000!

And, as usual, Sean and I came home with about 30 pounds of apricots ourselves. Unlike most harvests, where we come home with imperfect fruit that is either bird-pecked, over ripe or under ripe, this time we came home with a lot of absolutely perfect fruit. The trees had dropped a lot over the last week, and due to various levels of liability, "ground fruit" cannot be donated. But as long as you give it a good washing, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

I didn't take as many pictures of what we did with our apricots this year, because a picture of apricot jam is a picture of apricot jam. But here's a list of what we made this year:


  • apricot turnovers
  • apricot jam (12 half-pint jars)
  • apricots in spiced syrup (6 pint-and-a-half jars & 4 pint jars)
  • dried apricots
these were some of our apricot creations last year

We still have a mixing bowl of apricots in the fridge too, waiting for me to come up with a use for them. I could run them through the dehydrator after the current batch of dried apricots is finished, I could make more jam, I could freeze them, add them to smoothies...

What are your favorite ways to use apricots? Share them in the comments!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 6.15.14

Sunday: Father's Day dinner

Monday: carnitas tacos with homemade tortillas

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: salad?

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: steak with chili sauce and fingerling fries

Saturday: a friend's wedding!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 6.8.2014

Sunday: birthday dinner for my mom

Monday: eggplant parmesan (with busy schedules at the end of last week, this got pushed into this week)

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: ribs and quinoa salad with strawberries, almonds & mint

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: broccoli cheddar soup

Saturday: homemade pizza

Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 6.1.2014

A little late this week, but here's the meal plan:

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: leftover steak and green beans

Tuesday: steak sandwiches and salad

Wednesday: lentil soup

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: eggplant Parmesan

Saturday: dinner with Sean's family


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Making me smile today

Today was a really good day. Among other good things, this conversation happened while playing pretend with a kiddo:

King Connor of Jupiter (played by the Munchkin) and Marcus, Supreme Leader of Mars (played by me) discuss their upcoming invasion of Earth over the intergalactic telephone. Picture King Connor with an evil, maniacal voice.

King Connor: the bats are excellent soldiers, because now we don't just clone them, we can regenerate them and they never die!

Marcus: yes, they are much like Cylons.

And without missing a beat,
King Connor: yes, or like pawns in chess. Except more better than pawns because they fly.

Thank you for playing along Munchkin! Maybe in ten years you'll understand all the references I've brought into our games.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 5.25.2014

Somehow with all of the graduation lead-up and festivities, I missed posting the last week's meal plan and I am a bit late today. I did have a full weekend of graduation ceremonies, so I hope that works as an excuse!

We will be adjusting our regular leftovers days over the next few weeks as the evening schedule changes -- no more night classes for Sean, but a very different work schedule for me. This is where doing a weekly meal plan over the weekend is so helpful for me, because then I am ideally prepared for food during the week. Plus if I have dinners planned, I will have leftovers for lunch at work :)

This week's meal plan:

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: Bok Choy & avocado salad

Tuesday: crock pot Zuppa Toscana

Wednesday: sweet potato skins and salad

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: steak with roasted potatoes and green beans

Saturday: quinoa tabbouleh