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what’s cooking?

Aside from swim meets, family get-togethers, and school I have been cooking meals and sleeping off a cold.  Well, we all have been dealing with the cold.  Chamomile steam treatments help keep my head clear, the tea goes down nice with a bit of honey to soothe my throat, and lots of broth based soups taste warm and comforting.

Here’s what I plan on cooking for dinner the next few days:

  • Rotini with Meat Sauce
  • Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables (using leftover chicken to make chicken noodle soup and for quesadillas for lunch)
  • Pan-fried Tilapia with sauted summer squash and rice
  • Fried Rice (with lots of veggies)
  • Pot Roast (leftovers will be used to make a huge pot of veggie soup)
  • Twice-baked Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Lunches are leftovers and soups.  Breakfasts are oats, eggs, and the occasional pancake or waffle day.   Fruit is served for snacks, breakfasts, and as the occasional dessert.

All of the meals will have lots of veggies with them and most will be served with a salad as well.  I’m really trying to keep us eating as many veggies as we ate in the summer when things were cheap to pick up at the market.   Glad I have the green beans I canned.  They aren’t as healthy as fresh, but they cost nothing out of my bi-weekly budget and taste good.

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You guessed it.  Still so busy.

  • soccer tournaments in 40 degree weather with wind chills near freezing (Liz’s team did great)
  • first swim meet (Jane finally logged a time in butterfly, big smile there!)
  • The twins are learning so much, too much some days as they are managing to get into some mischief.  If they keep up at this pace, I’ll start kindergarten with them next year.
  • Forest is running (ha! “run, Forest, run”) for an at-large seat on our city council.  Our budget was, well about $150 and that is long gone.  We decided to make the signs ourselves and I am hoping to finish the lettering today.  Election is two weeks away, perfect time to put up a handful of well-placed signs.  Thankfully I have a good friend that has been helping me on these.
  • We have had a cold run through our house.  Not long-lasting, thankfully, but just enough to put a kink in your day.

I do have some real posts in the works.  An update on my canning and preserving as well as some meal lists.  I often go back to my old meal lists and use them to help in planning the menus for our week.  We are on a really tight grocery budget for the rest of the year and I plan on addressing that as well.

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not an authority

I am not an authority on much anything, but I am always willing to share what I do know.   Denise over at There Is Always Room for One More asked a few questions about ordering a side of beef for the first time.  I’ve been there a couple times and offered to share what I know.  It ended up turning into a post to share with her readers.  Go ahead and check it out and be sure to read on through some of her posts…you think my house is crazy, I wonder how Denise get’s it all done with her houseful of beautiful children!  (I imagine her wit and great sense of humor come in pretty handy.)

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