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Day 437: Sundubu-jjigae

Another day doing some errands! I had to open some new accounts at the bank and ran into IKEA first to pick up some picture frames and candy. I can’t resist Polly. The bank is a local one and everyone is always so nice there! After the bank I ran in the store to see if they had any small amounts of meat to add to the sundubu-jjigae dinner and found a steak that was (I assume) erroneously for sale for $2.43. I am not one to pass up a bargain so I grabbed it and left. Ha!

For lunch we had tuna and these queso dip flavored chips from Aldi. They oddly do taste like queso!

For dinner Matt made sundubu-jjigae. It came out great! The meat was so tender and it helped use up some of the massive amount of kimchi we have in the fridge.

We watched Hacks on HBO Max. I was looking at our cell phone bill and it turns out we can save money by upgrading and it includes HBO Max! So I canceled that and will sign in for free. Hacks is so good!

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Day 436: Sausages with Potatoes and Radish

For lunch I had some canned minestrone with a little cheddar.

Today was the first pick up of our new CSA. All of the produce is supposed to be from farms here in Baltimore City! It’s at a historic mansion. I’m a little worried how well the food is going to hold up if they leave it outside like they did today when it’s really hot but pick up was easy .

Our local snowball stand opened!! First egg custard snowballs of the year! And last year!

For dinner I sautéd some kielbasa I bought a Costco a long time ago, radishes and their greens from the box and potatoes. Easy and tasty! I’m not sure if I am going to buy that kielbasa again but it’s okay.

Spent some time in my new chair playing with Mitzi.

We tried to watch the Mick Jagger movie, Performance and it was so boring. Then we watched It Happened in Brooklyn with Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante. It was cute! So much love for Brooklyn!

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Day 435: Gyros

We were a little low on staples so I ran to Aldi in the morning where they also had dog beds and kiddie pools for sale, both I’ve been keeping an eye out for Mitzi.

I had some shrimp when I came back. My new lounge chair was delivered but not until it was too late to use it! Tomorrow!

For dinner we heated up some gyro meat we got at Costco and had it on pita with the grilled onions, Trader Joe’s garlic sauce, tomatoes. It wasn’t bad! A little bland on its own but it was fine with toppings.

We watched Cruel Summer. Where is this going?! And finished Wandavision. I don’t think the kids added anything to that; they were so boring!

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Day 434: Crabcakes

I had to get my emissions test in the morning! It was put off for so long, I have to go back in October!

Our CSA starts up this week so I drove past the pick up place. I’m disappointed not to have delivery but hopefully it was be so good, I won’t mind picking it up! It’s only about 10 minutes from our house but it’s at a weird time- 2-6pm.

For lunch I had my favorite jjajangmyeon and Matt had some noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner we had the leftover crab cakes and I made a chickpea, eggplant, arugula, tomato salad with tahini as a side.

We finished Ghosts on HBO Max and I tried out my new punch needle but I can’t get that vintage yarn to stay put! It’s very frustrating. I tried some sun art from a kit the library gave me and it didn’t work well. Why are the easiest things the hardest for me to do? Jell-O never sets for me either.

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Day 433: Tomato Salad

I finished up a weaving today using the locker hooking method for some texture.

For lunch we split a leftover pork chop and had it with mi goreng cooked with some shredded cabbage and carrots.

For dinner I made a tomato/avocado/arugula salad. We have so many cherry tomatoes! I went a little nuts buying them recently. We had leftover pork burgers too.

Our weigela is blooming! My phone doesn’t recognize it as a word for spell check but does when I use the “look up function” ?? Anyway, it’s very pretty.

We watched Mare and I was right! I can’t wait for more. The scene with Mare and her mom in the car was hysterical.

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Day 432: Crumpets & Crab Cakes

I went and picked up a punch needle kit I found on Facebook Marketplace north of the city early in the morning. Then I stopped off a bakery I’ve always wanted to try but they are far from us and closed Saturdays so I never made it. Glad I did! I bought some chocolate top cookies and a peanut butter cake bar that was really good.

Matt timed it so he’d have bacon, crumpets and eggs ready when I arrived so we had sort of brunch.

For dinner we had more of the fennel leek gratin and crab cakes. The crab cakes came out really good using my ritzy crab cake recipe. We have 3 left so that will be an easy meal later in the week.

I tried out my punch needle and it’s not working with the yarn and fabric I have but it is working with the embroidery floss the Facebook woman gave me. It’s a mystery. It’s punch needle yarn! Made for this needle! I really hate troubleshooting crafts, because I’m doing them for less stress, not new problems.

We watched more Ghosts. It is really cute. Only one dud episode so far. I can’t wait for a new episode of Mare. I worry about her partner, introducing his mom and he’s so nice it seems like foreshadowing .

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Day 431: Mushroom Pork Burgers & Shrimp Salad

Matt returned to (outdoor, masked) tai chi today! On his way back he picked up some $$ local crabmeat for tomorrow’s dinner at a local seafood market and shrimp salad and a coddie for lunch.

Great coddie!! Served the classic Baltimore way with saltines and yellow mustard. we shared the coddie but I wish he had bought two!

For dinner we grilled cherry tomatoes (on a skewer) and made burgers with finely chopped mushrooms and ground pork. Also a bagged salad. The burgers came out really good! I think they will reheat well too.

I read in the hammock while the meal cooked. It has been really cool and pleasant nearly all month!

We watched Throughly Modern Millie (Netflix dvd) which we hadn’t seen before and it was really bad. A couple of cute songs early on but it was really bizarre and racist. Why was there a Chinese-run sex trafficking storyline in a satirical comedy musical about the 1920s and (silly) secret identities? How and why did they make it into a Broadway play?!?! I’m glad we saw it because now we know we don’t ever want to buy tickets for it! Apparently the play version kept the sex trafficking storyline and the weird racist stuff too. It was like 2001. We knew better!

We also stated Ghosts on HBO Max. Very cute!

I made this:

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Day 430(!): Leek-Fennel-Potato Gratin

I had to go to the courthouse early to drop off some more paperwork. Fingers crossed it is enough. Dealing with my mom’s estate has been so stressful!

I stopped at Trader Joe’s and got some spices, a plant, goddess dressing, pelmeni and some garlic sauce. Mine always splits but Trader Joe’s is good. I don’t really like Trader Joe’s and probably won’t be back for a long time because right after I left they announced they weren’t requiring masks anymore.

Matt was off so we made some (frozen) dumplings for lunch and watched Hacks. Does Jean Smart have an over all deal with HBO or what? She is so good.

For dinner we made pork chops and a gratin with potatoes, leeks (whites and greens) and fennel. Prepping the fennel/leeks yesterday really sped up the progress. I should have taken a picture, it was actually pretty good looking for a gratin. We have so much leftover! It was basically this recipe but with leeks replacing some of the potatoes.

We watched Woman in the Window on Netflix. You can really tell they were messing with that movie. It seemed really patched together. I had liked the book and read it way before the author drama came out and thought it could have been a good movie, if tricky to adapt. They weren’t up to it!

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Day 429: Take out!

For lunch I had the leftover red beans and rice with an egg.

I spent some of the afternoon in the hammock reading the new Jennifer Weiner book. She’s really churning them out lately. I think they’ve suffered. It’s not my usual genre but they were always fun summery, lighter books and now they seem rushed. Book 102 of 2021!

The mail was a mixed bag. Some vintage punch needle yarn arrived but also some thing from the registry of wills wanting some more documentation for my mom’s estate. I had hoped it was all finished! I put together what I think will satisfy them and will drop it off tomorrow.

Anyway, my plan was to make this time consuming leek fennel dish for dinner but I was so busy with the paperwork I ran out of time so Matt picked up some chicken and fries from the local sub place. I really missed fries last year! I am glad we aren’t doing too much take out any more but it is good in a pinch. We were starving and we didn’t really have anything quick to make defrosted. We already did a last minute meal yesterday.

Matt prepped the leeks and fennel today and shared them so it will be quick to make something with them tomorrow. He’s taking another vacation day so three day weekend!

I did a little more weaving while we watching Cucumber and the Winter Melon on Disney Plus. We are not huge Marvel people but I wish they had treated it more as a parenthetical work and just had it about them readjusting to every day life. The men have great chemistry but the overarching story was silly and a it was little offensive (strange?) that the wronged people were the villains? A procedural where they occasionally solve a crime or a buddy road trip movie would have been so much more fun.

I had migraine again! I blame the paperwork and going too long before eating.

Our figs are huge and it’s barely mid-May. I wonder if they will be ready to harvest early? I swear they normally aren’t this big until the summer.

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Day 428: Red Beans & Rice

I had to help my dad out in the morning so busy day! It was right next to an Aldi so I picked up some rhubarb and tomato vine candles (that is a combo made for me!) and eggs/milk.

For dinner Matt made sort of a chicken creole with leftover rotisserie chicken (we froze some chicken too! We had a lot!) and made red beans and rice from a packet.

I had a ton of library books come in so I had some hammock time to put a dent in it. It’s really unseasonably chilly! I almost needed a blanket.

I started a new weaving using locker hooking from a class I downloaded while watching Cruel Summer. The Clerks references were funny considering her father is Kevin Smith. I don’t trust her though!