• chefcarlin

Thanksgiving week had it all. Birds, bulbs and bread. Maybe differently than most people would expect, but this is my life.

I might have forgotten that it was Thanksgiving week. While menu planning, I realized that I didn't want to shop Wednesday, couldn't shop Thursday and wanted to avoid Friday thru Sunday.

Tuesday it was! So I checked the fridge, freezer, rescheduled, added in Thanksgiving and off we went.

The shrimp and grits were wonderful. Very indulgent, very cheesy, very good. I used less bacon, a 5 ounce box of spinach and had many grits left over. Breakfast later!

I know that I get sushi every time we shop, but since we only shop every 10 days or so not bad. And since husband hates raw fish and loves wings, it works. If I add sushi as an ingredient note on Plan to Eat, sushi gets added to my grocery list. Perfect.

Coming home from grocery shopping we saw some of my favorite birds. I know people don't always like vultures but I really think they are wonderful. And we saw a bunch on the side of the road. They make me happy.

I won naan breads a few weeks ago, tossed them in the freezer and thought they'd be great for this steak wrap recipe. So good! I did sprinkle the wraps with a little water as suggested and they heated up perfectly.

We are not good wrappers in this family so I topped the flat bread with the steak ingredients. Perfect with a knife and fork.

No bird for our Thanksgiving. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. I have turkey coming in my December Butcher Box so decided on pork tenderloin. But still stuffing, fancy mashed potatoes, canned jellied cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, fresh green beans, gravy, porcini salt rubbed pork tenderloin, chocolate pie.

Chocolate pie needs it's own paragraph. First of all, Nancie McDermott is a very nice person, has very good recipes and writes good cookbooks. I have several - Southern Cakes, Southern Pies, Quick and Easy Thai, 300 Best Stir Fry Recipes. Recommend all.

This pie! I did not put the topping on since I wanted to leave the pie out of the fridge. And we cut very thin pieces. Very thin. So good.

Thursday night I stated that I would not be cooking on Friday. So of course on Friday I thought bacon would be good. And then why not biscuits. And of course eggs. Sigh.

But so good. Although there are only three ingredients, I didn't pay attention and used buttermilk instead of cream. Also did not even see to brush tops. Still great though.

Salmon tonight for dinner, leftovers for Saturday after working. And bulbs are growing well. One seems to be a little slower, but I know it will catch up!

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  • chefcarlin

It's the end of school for me at least for this semester. I had the last session with the 7th and 8th graders on Thursday. So much fun for all of us I believe because I have been asked back for spring semester. Yay!

My menu planning reflected the busy week. I am trying to keep balance and slowness in my home life while re-entering the work life.

I worked Sunday for KitchenAid and while I was home pretty early in the afternoon, I knew two days of talking with people would drain me.

Roasted salmon, roasted asparagus and lemon pasta. I'll link the pasta recipe but to me it was just fine, not great or good.

Monday was my booster shot day and restorative chicken soup that same day was just a coincidence. But a nice match. No big issues with the booster, my arm was sore, I might have been a little tired but otherwise fine. I'm not sure if there will be a paywall for the recipe.

This was excellent! Broth flavor great and heated up nicely the next couple days. Leftover planning.

I stuck with easy meals this week. Also I have a lot of ground beef in the freezer. I like to stock it since there are so many things to make with it. Of course I don't worry about dishes since husband is in charge of cleanup, but he deserves easy days too.

Ground beef stroganoff for ease and taste. I like the slight tang of the yogurt instead of sour cream and we always have yogurt. Really though we have sour cream as a staple too. And crema. Nope, no dairy problem here.

Wednesday I planned leftovers so I could have some time off. I needed to pack my equipment and ingredients for school since I had women's group Thursday morning. No time to pack then.

Fortunately this was treat week so I had the rice cereal, chocolate, sprinkles and most everything already purchased. I could stop at the store on the way home Thursday for cake and foil pans.

Leftovers for the win. Jerk curry meatballs for husband with the remainder to the freezer. Soup for me.

Thursday I had women's book group from 10 to 12 but leave home at 9 to get to the Decatur area. Then store, home, lunch, car loading, school.

We made one peppermint bark and one with M&Ms and sprinkles. So pretty and pictures would have been lovely. But no.

Pack up at 5, home, wash pans - melted chocolate and marshmallows, kind of messy. Husband had soup before his zoom. I thought brownies would be good, I had taken them out of the freezer Wednesday. I was tired and the thought of even heating anything seemed not possible.

Husband went to zoom, I showered and rallied and texted with my friend gang. Around 8 my stomach decided I needed to heat stroganoff. Usually when I'm hungry I don't want sweet things and I like warm food. Of course a brownie after with tea.

Friday pizza night. I made easy dough. While shopping I picked up an assortment of grape tomatoes of various colors. Roasting those for a topping and will add spinach and bacon. And a probably more traditional one with sauce, cheese, pepperoni. And leftovers.

Working Saturday and Sunday so freezer to the rescue Saturday with macaroni and cheese, pulled pork for bbq sandwiches. Salad stuff too. Burgers Sunday.

Still working on menu for rest of week, plan is to shop Monday so need to get on that. So far just potatoes and dessert for Thanksgiving.

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Lots going on but my week started out slow so it was bread time. The last time I farm sat, Laurie brought me thank you presents and one was a dried starter from California. I named it Goats (of course) and used it once but things happened and into the fridge Goats went.

I brought Goats out over the weekend, fed, and started bread Sunday night. Since I seem incapable of making things easy on myself, I decided to try two recipes and double each one. So much dough.

Mixed things Sunday night, started baking, folding, resting, Monday and by the end of the day had 4 gorgeous loaves of bread. Goats did well. I made Sourdough Sandwich Loaf and Master Loaf.

Dinner was fresh bread and a big salad with steak slices. I could have just had bread but balance.

I made my menu plan with grocery shopping planned for the 12th. Original plan was the 8th, but I had enough produce.

Arepa Mia Tuesday night, Wednesday was not meatloaf because I went to the store for class groceries and decided sandwiches from the Italian store would be perfect for first meal. With a cannoli too. And since meal one was about noon, dinner needed to be lighter.

While at the Italian store I picked up some house made mozzarella so dinner was marinated mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula. With sour dough bread.

Birds! I put out food and water for birds and enjoy watching them on the deck. Wednesday morning I heard screaming crows and checked out their problem. Last time there were three young hawks flying around so I expected that again.

It was an owl! A huge owl that moved up a branch when I went to get the camera, but I got a picture anyway. He stayed 10 minutes or so, screaming continued, and then flew off. Gorgeous.

Today, Thursday is after school cooking so the meatloaf from the freezer is perfect. With maybe potatoes and sauteed spinach or spinach fettuccine if I have any extra energy.

Oh, the bulbs. I ordered amaryllis bulbs from Costco early instead of waiting until after Christmas and just hoping I find some. All planted, we'll see what happens.

Maybe I should look for paperwhites early too? And I need to get a chicken out of the freezer.

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