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Orange Oatmeal Muffins & Hot Dogs (Day 26 recap, 4/7/20)

Matt made those sweet potato cornbread muffins a little over a week ago (time both flies and doesn’t move) and ate his last one today. After lunch I whipped up a batch of orange-oatmeal muffins. They are perfect for self-quarantining because they don’t use a lot of flour (because of using oats), citrus lasts a long time (these oranges are around a month old) , use only one egg and instead of a whole cup of milk, I made up a third with fresh orange juice. Plus they use oil instead of butter. They are really tasty too! A lovely light orange flavor and they are filling without being heavy.

I made a little too much of spaetzle dish yesterday because I didn’t want to have to come up with something new to use the pork in again and I knew today would be the last day the pork would be safe to eat. However the leftovers weren’t quite enough for both of us to have some. Luckily we had some leftover chicken from Sunday so for lunch Matt had the leftover chicken and potatoes and I had the leftover spätzle with smoked pork and cabbage. It was a relief just to have to heat something up in the skillet vs making something new!

For dinner we had hot dogs, tots and salad with lettuce from last week’s produce box and some red onion, tomato and cucumber I bought last week at Aldi. I am planning more hands-on meals for tomorrow and what we had expiring the soonest was chicken and Matt had some for lunch. I really enjoyed having an easy meal day!

We froze the bone-in chicken thighs I bought last week. The expiration dates weren’t as great as they were when I shopped on 3/12 but I really wanted to stock up so I ended up with a lot of chicken (1 whole, 2x boneless thighs and 1 pack bone-in thighs) with very similar expiration dates (4/9,4/11). I don’t love chicken so I don’t want to eat it every day! Anyway, I marinated some thighs (expiration 4/9) tonight to have for tomorrow’s main meal.

Non-food related activities:

I’m reading Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet and really identifying with the main character’s experience at college. It’s sort of unsettling.

I tried to read Gish Jen’s newest book, The Resisters because I have loved all of her other novels but I couldn’t get into at all. It’s not my genre and while it is kind of cute I don’t really enjoy books with made up names and worlds.

We are watching Blood on Acorn. I had watched the first season a couple years ago but now the second season is out so I am re-watching the first with Matt. It’s one of those shows were you really have to pick out not only the mystery aspect but who everyone is, how old they are, why they are reacting the way they are, where they are.

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