Ever tried a new recipe and discovered it was awful? Well that happened this weekend. It was a sausage casserole. Thankfully we have a large dog who thinks it is very good.
I spent a great deal of time planning a menu with what is in our fridg freezer. I am really trying to come up with new recipes and get out of the rut of fixing the same old stuff week after week. Part of being in that rut is that we are ( like so many) on a tight budget and get use to doing what works on the budget. So far only a few new recipes have caught my attention.
Emily has been teaching herself how to crochet ( because mom just cannot get past the basic stitches) She is using videos on line. She made a lovely flower and started a hat this weekend. I on the other hand spent hours trying to learn how to make the flower...sigh!
Monday found me coloring my hair. ( yep I finally gave in this past summer and am now covering the grey), helping with homework, cleaning out the fridg, doing laundry, running Naomi to an appointment and enjoying the sunshine. Can you believe its still in the 70s! Its amazing outside. Emily and I went to our favorite park and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors. Dinner was a favorite ( after this weekends blunder I had to do something they loved) General Tzo Chicken and Rice. I cheat and use a store bought sauce. But its worth it because they love it. Also made yeast rolls for the week.
Wednesday still finds the temps in the near 80s so the AC had to come on. Its is humid here in the south. Naomi and I went to work and Emily did all of her school by noon. This left us with plenty of time to work on crafts. I also made a regular loaf of bread and a lovely cheese loaf. We did dinner and a movie ( in the living room) Dinner was tacos with all the fixings.
Thursday dawned much cooler, cloudy, windy and wet! Feels much more like fall. Quiet day at home while the gals are at enrichment classes. Took the time to do some deep cleaning. Dinner was marinated beef. I like to make my own marinade. Start with 3 parts oil to one part acid ( lemon juice, orange juice, or vinegar) and add:
2 T Thyme, 2T Oregano, 2T parsley, 1T Rosemary, 1/4 t cheyenne, 1T paprika, 1/2 t salt, 2 T sugar and Rub on meat and let sit in fridg ( covered) for 24 hours. (I sliced the beef very thin and let it soak in the marinade for stir fry) Quick fried it and served with noodles and veggies.
Friday was again a warm and beautiful day. Lots of errands and a lunch date in the morning. We got school done in there somehow. Date night with my hubby and crafting in the evening.
Seems like a rut: school, eating, cleaning and crafting. But it is productive.School takes time, crafting takes time and in there somewhere is work and normal everyday stuff like mopping the floors, laundry, and scrubbing toilets. At this stage of our homeschooling the gals do nearly all the work themselves. I guide them, assist when needed and make sure the work gets done. I do miss the days of all hands on school!
The beautiful weather has been kind to my roses! They are growing huge and blooming profusely.