A rainy May day.

Unusual to have a rain in May like this but it’s quite nice as it’s watering the lawn and all the plants.

I’ve just stayed inside working on starting another leaven for a few loaves of Tartine bread and tidying up.

I tried making Peter Reinhart’s bread the other day, and it was a flop. It had a quite good taste but was too hard and didn’t brown up nicely. The main difference between the two is the dutch oven. With Tartine, you make the starter(leaven) and then lots of other steps, but the final dough is baked in the dutch oven not, just straight on the steel.

So I’m back to Tartines recipe which always looks beautiful.

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I’m caught up on laundry and mopped the kitchen floor.

My son finished his final for the semester and he and B are headed down to Las Vegas to see Elton John’s last performance on that piano.  This is his birthday present. The tickets were not cheap:(

But they should have a fun time of it as there are lots of museums to visit and LV has nice weather usually.

Tomorrow, I’ll hit the gym and then I have a number of errands to run like getting bird seed, a few groceries, Home Depot for some garden soil and who knows what else.

Dinner is double stuffed potatoes from the freezer and some breaded cod fillets. Maybe a salad if I’m inspired.

Simple Sunday on Monday

I guess I missed posting yesterday so here it is for today.

Our weather is spectacular. Mid to low 70’s and sunny. We ate dinner on the patio and it was very nice. I made a mish-mash of things. Leftover asparagus and gruyere quiche, a piece of salmon that was in the freezer, a lone potato and, a big salad. It was different but I got to use up a bunch of stuff. Oh yeah, and a lone stuffed bell pepper.  I called it a success.

We have had a pretty bad issue with rats at night in the chicken coop and they are under our house. We’ve( well, my husband )has set traps and got quite a few but it is an ongoing problem. So first we are not going to put out the compost for the chicken as that’s what attracts the rodents. Then under the house, all the insulation needs taking down.  We did order a sonic thing that is supposed to work quite well to rid the rats.  Since we no longer have any outside cats nor do the neighbors, I think, this is when it started last year. We may look at getting some ferals that have been caught by the ASPCA and spayed. We do have a large barn they could live in.  I guess that may have to happen but we’ll see how the other goes first.  It’s not a pleasant thing but that’s country living , I guess. We actually have never had a problem before so I think it’s the combination of no outside cats and 2 of our neighbors are serious hoarders and their yards are disgusting. I cringe every time I drive by.

Well, this will be a week of some projects. I’m hitting the barn and tidying and cleaning some. Since it’ll be warm I can open the doors and do a little work. Then I will go recycle all the cardboard.  I also have a food bank delivery and a big bag of books for the pet bookstore.

I’m not going to do much if any shopping, but I need some cat food and coffee filters. Next week is May 1st so I’ll try and just use what I have.

Tonight is pasta night so I might make a mushroom stroganoff as I have everything I need.

Tuesday is Taco Tuesday which really is Mexican Tuesday so I have some enchiladas I just made and froze the other day.

The rest of the week still needs some ideas.

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Five on Friday

Well, we were successful in our date to Antique Trove and found 2  boxes/crates.

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The top one is cute as it is my daughters birthday( May 29) and B’s birth year 1950!! Plus on the other side, it says occupied Japan.

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This was my plan for that one and the other is in the front room.

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I haven’t finished putting some cookbooks in. I’ll probably put ones I don’t use a lot but still want to keep like a first edition ‘The Art of French Cooking’ my son found at Goodwill for me.

I am over the moon as I think crates/boxes are so versatile and can hold things if necessary.

Then we had a meh sorta lunch at the deli My sandwich was kinda tasteless. Not sure what it needed but I was glad I only had half.

Thirdly, I made double stuffed potatoes for the freezer. I bought the 15lb bag at Costco for $5.99 ( that is a great deal). So I baked ten but of course, you fill them higher than the plain potato, so I ended up with 10 halves to freeze. The rest of the empty halves went to the chickens.  I plan on doing the rest tomorrow as it is one freezer meal we all enjoy and so easy to reheat.

Fourth, I went to the gym for a quick workout.

Fifth,  nothing really, but it’s been a fun week with B off. Next week he’s in a meeting all week so it’ll just be me and my daughter who doesn’t work the first part of the week. My son is at school all day so I don’t usually see him except on the security camera.

It’s wasn’t a frugal week at all. Today was car registration for the Santa Fe and we had to buy tires as well. So pretty expensive. I’m not planning on any grocery stuff ’till May first except cat food when necessary. Ollie is not doing well but is still eating so we just give him food whenever he’s hungry.

 

 

 

Rainy Monday

I went to the gym this morning. It’s cold and rainy out. Perhaps it was a wise decision to cancel our coastal trip. It certainly isn’t blue skies and sunshine there or here.

Then B and I went on a lunch date to Nevada City to Three Forks  . 

Oh my, was it absolutely delicious. We shared the Quattro Pizza. Listen, this is a wood-fired pizza, traditional and wonderful.

Then the rain turned to giant snowflakes and it was magical. We were going to walk around some but since neither of us had the right coats or even an umbrella we just left. But it was a great lunch date!!!

Tonight is minestrone from the freezer and grilled avocado sandwiches.

 

 

Meal Planning and budgets

I like having a meal plan if only for the simplicity of it. I know what the week will bring and then it’s just simpler.

This week we’ll be having:

Monday: is usually fish or pasta / so we’re having cod from Costco, asparagus and spinach with a sprinkling of goat cheese

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday but we’re having Amy’s cheese enchiladas with beans or rice

Wednesday: pasta night so I think we’ll do spaghetti with sauce and a salad

Thursday: Crockpot Thursday, so I’m thinking a nice soup in the crock pot maybe lentil.

Friday: Friday night pizza, I’ll either do homemade or perhaps we’ll order. It depends on the mood. Usually, I prefer my pizza plus the price of ordering is fairly steep but sometimes it’s a nice change.

Saturday: I thought of grilling something as B got the gas grill ready to go, but I think it’s supposed to rain. Maybe some grilled chicken then or I still have a few cornish hens in the freezer and B bought a lentil loaf from a natural foods store he services in Nevada City.  I guess we’ll see how it goes.

B is gone most of the week traveling for work up to Eureka so he won’t be here. Dinner will just be my daughter and me. My son is at school late so doesn’t eat dinner with us.

Generally eating vegetarian and B has been one for over 50 years, we eat lower on the food chain. I think it’s healthier overall. I’m fairly skeptical of food fads like Paleo, keto, Vegan, whatever. Back in our youth, it was macrobiotics. I remember going to a cooking class in Macrobiotics back then… interesting… but later he died of some sort of cancer fairly young ( 40ish) so that didn’t help much.  I think all things in moderation.

I do like Michael Pollan’s take on using meat as a side, organic and harvested ethically.  I generally always buy organic meat( chicken, beef,) but sometimes bacon slips by and it’s not organic.  Well, I guess if one is trying.

Budget wise, food is still our biggest variable.  Although, total with animal food, Costco, nonfood, wine, we’re still averaging @ $800 for 4 people so I don’t think that’s too bad.

I finished the entryway zones and even washed the front door.

We went to the gym and it was nice to get back to the rhythm. It was closed yesterday for Easter.

 

Friday things

Well, it has stopped raining for now, and so far no snow. So that’s good news. I’m going to the gym this morning to make up for my workout yesterday.

I shopped yesterday at the Holiday market here in town, so I don’t need any groceries. As I mentioned before, we are so lucky to have such a great organic market plus a great deli. They also carry Smart Chicken which is the only chicken I will buy.  They also have a great wine section and carry Boars Head cheese and meats so really a win-win.

The second zone this week is the entry ways and right now the sun porch is quite messy with rain gear and fire wood and misc. Since it’s cold out there, it’s just going to have to stay that way till it warms up a little. The front entry is also messy with just debris from the storm. That’ll have to wait to be swept till the storm moves out Sunday.

I have one load of laundry to do and a quick vacuum.

I completely forgot to update my Light chains results. I finally got them this week and they are all NORMAL!!! The ratio is 1.1 so that’s great news!! So Happy!!!Yay!!!

Tonight is a homemade pesto pizza with pine nuts.

 

 

 

 

Simple Sunday

We are in for some very cold weather and snow is even predicted for Thursday.

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This is a pretty picture of Tahoe though with snow.

Ugh!! I do not like cold weather. It was 41 degrees this morning walking but with a jacket( I have a North Face polar fleece I bought like 8 years ago), it was comfortable. But when it gets to 29 degrees like it is predicted, then that is cold.

So today is a gym day and then some light chores. The zone is the bedroom this week and closet, so I’ll work on the pantry/closet again. It’s just always a work in progress. Our bedroom only has a bed and Heywood dresser, so it’s pretty easy to just tidy and dust and wash the windows.

I downloaded a fun ebook by the author of ‘Decluttering at the speed of Life’

This one was her first one ” How to manage your home without losing your mind’

She is really hysterical to read and I gleaned a few good ideas.

Tomorrow I get my 6-week labs so we shall see. It’s sorta like Russian Roulette. Will they still be normal or will it have changed? Who knows , right??

Tonight I’m making another Skillet recipe from Cook’s Illustrated ‘The Best Skillet Recipes’. I’m making skillet lasagna.