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Day 141: Leftovers & Leftovers

I planned today to be an easy cooking day so I could bake something but a key ingredient was spoiled so I couldn’t.

We had leftover potato salad and one sausage each for lunch. I had the leftover beets too. I’m trying to clear out the fridge so I know what’s in there and make shopping easier on Wednesday.

For dinner we had leftover barley soup.

We have some fun meals planned for the weekend but they are all coincidentally pretty sausage heavy. That’s the problem with shopping less frequently, you really have to make do with what you have. I have some ideas for other meals but they all require a trip to the store.

Non-food related activities:

Umbrella Academy is back on Netflix!

I had another migraine (or the same one, rebounding?) and felt kind of woozy.

Started three books I didn’t like and returned them to the library.

Listened to more You’re Wrong About

Started watching New Girl. I’ve only seen the Prince episode before.

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Day 140: Shrimp & German Potato Salad

For lunch I had some frozen breaded shrimp. I spent most of the morning talking to my mom and sort of ran out of time to think of anything.

For dinner I made these German sausages I got from Aldi, marinated some beets and made the other kind of German potato salad, the kind with apple. It was surprisingly tasty!

Next week Aldi has dog supplies on sale so I think I will do our grocery shopping then. It would only be three weeks but we are a little low on some items (carrots!) and we need a new container for dog food. Our freezer is still very full and I’m a little hesitant to use too much in it because I think things will get worse in the fall so it will be nice to get some fresh food.

I’ve really been stretching out the meat and other ingredients the last couple weeks so I actually ended up freezing more from the shop on June 17th than I expected. Aldi ads come out on Wednesday so that is my preferred shopping day and the following Wednesday is our eye appointment so I can’t shop then (dilated eyes) and the week after that is my birthday and Matt’s off the whole week so I don’t want to shop then either. My guess is I will either do a online order to fill in or we will go to a specialty store at some point around then.

Non-food related activities:

We’ve been talking about getting a second dog after Pippi suddenly died. I saw one that looks nice at a rescue and put in an application. Fingers crossed! It’s a bit of a drive but we’d only have to do it once.

I really spent most of the day talking to my mom about her medical care and books.

I listened to more You’re Wrong About. I can’t wait for Candace Opper’s memoir to come out. I find her fascinating. I had read an essay of hers about her fixation on a classmates suicide so I was excited to see she was the guest on the Kurt Cobain episode.

Trying to knock out at least one more book before the end of July!

We watched Popeye on Netflix DVD. What a weird movie. Oooooh. Ooooooh.

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Day 139: Beef and Barley Soup & Stuffed Peppers

For lunch I had the leftover peppers and some crackers. I sort of chopped them up to make a dip. There wasn’t much left. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese.

I made beef and barley soup in the slow cooker. Not seasonally appropriate but stew meat is easy to find lately and it’s not like we don’t eat hot food in the summer. At least it didn’t hear up the house! It was really good, the package of beef was bigger than the one I used before so it was extra meaty which Matt liked.

Non-food related activities:

I got the knitting and the eco packs for the Sims. The knitting is so cute.

I had a migraine.

I finished the new Ruth Ware.

We watched some Damnation on Netflix.

Matt had a lot of work to do in the evening.

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Day 138: Beef and Mash & Chicken Burgers

Produce delivery day is always exciting! Unfortunately the red Russian kale was missing but the extra mushrooms I ordered were there.

For lunch I had leftover beef from Monday and mashed potatoes from Sunday. There wasn’t much left of either. Matt didn’t feel great so he had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner I made chicken burgers with ground chicken, paprika, fennel seed, oregano and a tomato cucumber salad with pearl mozzarella. All very good! Bonus: used up some old Kaiser rolls.

Tomorrow I’m going to make this soup again because I was craving it. Who cares if it is July? I don’t have quite all of the ingredients I used in April so I’ll have to improvise a bit.

Non-food related activities:

No much! It was hot. I watched Stateless on Netflix while Matt worked in the afternoon and then we tried the Mary Higgins Clark series (French) on Mhz after dinner but it wasn’t very good.

I’m trying to think of what to do about my birthday next month. Normally we try to go on vacation that week so Matt is off but obviously that’s off the table.

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Day 137: Stuffed Banana Peppers & Beef Rib Noodles

For lunch I made tuna and spinach stuffed banana peppers and used up a lot of random stuff from the fridge. So good!

For dinner I heated up the beef country ribs I cooked yesterday in the slow cooker with some zucchini and eggplant and fresh wide Chinese noodles. Two very successful meals in one day!

Non-food related activities:

We watching Thank God It’s Friday and Northern Soul on Prime. A great ‘70s music double feature. Donna Summer is always awesome. It’s odd American soul music was so popular in Northern England back then.

Did a lot of work on Coconut & Lime.

Finished another book.

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Day 136: Fish Stick Sandwiches & Sundubu Jjigae

For lunch we had fish stick sandwiches (with homemade tartar sauce!) and chips.

For dinner Matt made us sundubu jjigae. Not the prettiest but it was very tasty! It used up the soft tofu tubes we had in the fridge (expiring 8/1) and he used some frozen (raw) mixed seafood from Aldi and dried mushrooms (we don’t have fresh right now) and homemade anchovy broth. We didn’t have the right seaweed for the broth but it still smelled the same as it does in restaurants. No leftovers, unfortunately!

We think we might get a set of dolsot or ttukbaegi since we will be stuck at home for a while. That would really expand some of our Korean cooking capabilities.

Non-food related activities:

I read a whole book.

We finished Babylon Berlin. The last season wasn’t quite as grim as the first two. I can’t wait for another season!

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Day 135: Fried Egg & Chicken Burgers

Our figs are looking good! The Little Miss Figgy tree was supposed to top out at around 4×4 but it is massive. At least 7 feet and too big for the place we planted it.

We had a fried egg on some stir fried noodles with spinach for lunch then Matt made chicken burgers and mashed potatoes for dinner.

Non-food related activities/thoughts:

We played Quiddler in the yard. It was warm but not too bad. Oddly the breeze was damp and smelled like it does at the beach.

I finished the new J Courtney Sullivan book. I know I have read her earlier books but I can’t for the life of me remember what any of them were about.

We finished Watchman. It was good! I felt like it was a little hard to connect with the characters. The production values were amazing! Apparently each episode cost 15 million. That’s insane.

My foot oddly hurt when I walked today. I hope it’s nothing serious. I don’t remember bumping it and I’ve barely even worn shoes since March. I’m always worried about this spot below my knee I had badly bruised months ago and keep rehitting (it’s really in an awkward spot that gets hit a lot and sometimes I get a faint mark there about a shade darker than the rest of my skin after I hit it again but not a real bruise) that’s on the same leg but I can’t think how it would be related. Hopefully it will be fine tomorrow. It doesn’t hurt or anything when I am sitting or standing, just walking.

I keep worrying about the USPS. Oddly our mail delivery has been more regular than it has been in years but we have had mail take longer than we’d think to arrive.

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Day 134: Basil Pasta & Hot Dogs

We did get a big storm this evening! Afterward the light was really eerie!

For lunch I chopped up the rest of the basil and added it to the leftover ricotta/greens pasta from Wednesday. I also baked a take and bake loaf I bought last week to use that up.

After lunch I made more Rice Krispies Treats with all the toppings.

For dinner we had hot dogs (from the pack we opened earlier in the month), Aldi knock off tater tots (the trick is to bake them a couple minutes extra) and steamed broccoli, for health.

This week has been mostly pretty easy meals! I froze a bunch of meat right after shopping and everything else had very far off expiration dates. It was nice not to be under too much pressure to make a specific food.

We are still having some issues with our Washington Green Grocer boxes. The food keeps going bad quickly. The peaches were moldy the next day and the green beans were moldy in two days. There is a limit on how much produce we can eat in a single day! We also don’t know when it is going to arrive on Tuesdays so we can’t really plan meals on Tuesday around it so often Wednesday is the first day we can really eat any of it anyway. It’s so wasteful to be throwing all that food out. And expensive!

Non-food related activities:

Still trying to get a lot of reading done. Two new books came in from the (digital) library on the same day.

Watched more Watchman.

Continued listening to You’re Wrong About while cooking and washing dishes .

Matt had to work in the evening so that broke things up. Hopefully that’s it for the weekend!

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Day 133: Tuna Salad & Chicken with Wild Rice

I made tuna basil salad with leftover plain pasta for lunch. After lunch I made blueberry cherry muffins. For dinner we heated up the leftover wild rice pilaf and the chicken thighs from earlier in the week. Matt was skeptical but it worked! The rice didn’t have very assertive favors so it took on the flavors of the chicken.

Non-food related activities:

We started Watchmen (Netflix DVD). It’s not quite what I expected. People said it was disturbing? We are 3 episodes in and that’s not what I’d say.

More reading!

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Day 132: Beet Greens & Quesadillas

For lunch I chopped up some beet greens (I sautéd the stems first with the giant spring onions and garlic), yellow cherry tomatoes (I bought at Aldi on June 17th!), red pepper flakes, leftover watercress and a bit of ricotta and tossed it with some pasta. We have a fair amount left and some more plain cooked pasta too. This week has been good for leftovers! I don’t have much in the way of meat that I have to use up ASAP right now so that has helped. I froze a lot last week and the rest of it is in vacuum packs and sell by next week or later. The German sausages are sell by October!

After lunch I made buttermints. I’ve craving them after reading a book that has a scene where one of the characters was eating them. It was surprisingly easy! I added a little vanilla which I think makes them taste more like what I remember but which wasn’t in the recipes I found. I tried some of the scraps but they have to set up overnight.

Matt made quesadillas with the one leftover pork chop from Monday and some mushrooms.

Non-food related activities:

Watched more Babylon Berlin. Neither episode was terribly stressful so I’m worried what peril that next ones will bring.

Huge storm today! Apparently a bus floated away not far from our house but nothing seemed to have leaked here and the yard looks okay!

We ordered new sheets and they came! It’s so nice to sleep on fresh sheets. I realized that one of our old sets (that is still in fine shape!) is one I ordered from the Delia*s catalogue way before I got married. Ha!