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Day 390: Easter (lamb & pandowdy)

For our big meal of the day we made pita sandwiches with leftover lamb, eggplant dip, and kolokithokeftedes. So good!

I made a strawberry pandowdy for dessert, we had candy from Rheb’s and some frozen Reuben bites from Aldi for snacks around dinner time. We were still so full from lunch!

We watched the Charlie Brown Easter special and the Charlie Brown special where he goes to France and England (on a hover boat which apparently was a real thing) which was very cute.

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Day 389: Lamb & Lemon Potatoes

I bought a leg of lamb at Costco so we went ahead and made that, Swiss chard and lemon potatoes for dinner.

So much lemon and mint!

For lunch we had the last of our Russ and Daughter’s bagels and lox from Costco.

We also made a sweet bread with candied oranges that was really good! Holiday weekend success!

We watched some Murdoch Mysteries. They are really packing in the old characters and storylines early in the season. I think they filmed during Covid maybe they wanted to get it all in just there were more delays?

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Day 363: Trout Salad & Cookies!

For lunch I made trout salad over asparagus then immediately made Lucky Charms Cookies! Both were excellent!

For dinner we made some Aldi red bag chicken sandwiches with brioche rolls and pickles. They are an easy meal but they are not quick! I think they take about 40 minutes which makes sense because they are frozen and actual chicken breasts not patties.

Watched more French mysteries on Mhz. I we started a new series, Crimes Parfaits which has some French stars we recognize trying to commit or solve the perfect crime. It’s not the best but it’s cute.

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Day 177: Shrimp & Bison Burgers

Today was awful. I went to order new eyeglasses and while I was there my mom’s nurse called and said she wasn’t doing well. I finished up and went home.

I made some frozen shrimp for a quick lunch. Then I called my dad again to say we were coming over and he answered and said my mom had just died.

Of course we rushed over and stayed with him. I made all the arrangements and then we came home. It’s all a bit surreal.

We weren’t sure what to do about dinner but figured it would be about as quick to make something as it would be to figure out a place that was open for take out. Anyway, we came home and Matt made bison burgers, tots and we had a bagged salad.

Then we made brownies. My mom had such a sweet tooth and loved to bake!

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Day 165: BLTs & Pizza

For lunch we had BLTs with a yellow tomato.

For dinner Matt made pizza. He followed the instructions in the book for the first time and used less yeast and they came out pretty flat. Still tasty though! We used kalamata olives, sopresseta and capicola for toppings and mozz, parm and aged provolone for the cheese!

I’m a bit worried about our salt intake but I figure it has to be lower overall then when we were getting food at/from restaurants before. I’m trying not to dip into our freezer stash so when it’s been a bit since I’ve been to the store (it’s been almost 3 weeks) so I’m limited to what has better expiration dates and we have left.

Non-food related activities:

Got some reading done.

Started the final season of Mr. Robot (Netflix DVD). I can’t believe they killed off the blond muppet looking one so early on!

Trying to tire out the puppy is a full time job. Tomorrow we are going to crate her while Matt works and I return my new glasses and get a flu shot. I want her to be comfortable in the crate now so it isn’t a big deal when we leave in the future.

The people at my mom’s rehab are driving me nuts. They are acting like it’s a big deal about her paper work but they waited a week to email it to me from a nonfunctioning email address, requiring me to call them twice before they said to mail it in. Now the same guy called whining about it and asked if I could email it to him. No, it’s in the mail! I don’t have it anymore. Plus they called my brother about someone at the rehab when he is not their contact about someone having Covid 19 and he didn’t tell us until I emailed him about mom having pneumonia. I’m really exhausted about all this.

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Day 114: Hominy & Steak

Our beach plums are doing great! I’m hoping to do something fun with them this year, last year we had a great harvest but my mom was in the hospital/rehab after her brain cancer surgery and didn’t have the energy to do anything with them.

Matt made hominy and sausage (frozen) for breakfast then we just snacked on chips and salsa later in the day.

For dinner we shared a steak (from the freezer) and had baked potatoes and beet salad. We made two steaks but they were so big, we decided to save one for another day.

Matt made brownies after dinner so we each had one but they weren’t quite ready to be cut yet. I’m looking forward to trying them tomorrow.

Non-food related activities:

More Dark (I recommend turning on the CC subtitles, they give you the name of the person taking when they are off screen and it helps keep everyone straight during all the time traveling) and Babysitters Club (they are really hitting a lot of point here—Japanese internment!) on Netflix.

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Day 106: Dandan-ish Noodles & Hummus

For lunch I made our “big meal” for the day. Matt bought fresh dandan noodles at Hmart last week and I wanted to make dandan noodles with them (obviously) but I didn’t have all of the right ingredients. So I made some dandanish noodles with Sichuan peppercorns, homemade chili oil, ground chicken (instead of pork) etc but I didn’t have the right vinegar and my pickled greens aren’t quite ready. I subbed in the kohlrabi greens and bulbs I prepped and cooked yesterday instead. It was pretty quick to make too even though I hand-ground the peppercorns and made my own infused oil, it only took about half an hour or so? The noodles and chicken cooked really quickly.

For dinner we had fish sticks (thank you Aldi for cheap, sustainable, wild caught fish sticks) and cucumber spears with hummus.

Matt made cookies after dinner.

Then he spilled about a liter of olive oil on the kitchen floor so that was a mess! On the positive side, the floor is very clean now.

Non-food related activities:

It was warm today (upper 80s) but not humid so I got to use the hammock twice. Miraculously no one was setting off firecrackers or mowing the lawn. I got some of my book read and more came in from the library (digitally).

Watched more Black Spot on Netflix. This season is more supernaturally than the last, I think.

Listened to more of the Faded Out podcast; I still find their priorities and order for each episode a little off. I also feel like the host thinks the police are a lot more involved and competent than they actually are. Why would they interview the landlord or an ex girl friend if they weren’t around at the time of the child’s disappearance? I barely saw my landlord when I rented. He had no idea what I did or who I was.

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Day 98: Salads & Tomatillo Pork Chops

For lunch Matt had the leftover tuna salad and I had leftover cucumber salad and a couple of saltines.

After lunch, I made blueberry muffins for Matt’s breakfasts. Aldi had nice looking blueberries yesterday! I’ve finished the 100 pack of muffin liners I bought mid-April. Matt went to H Mart. H Mart is a fair distance away in another county so it is quite a journey! He took one of our coolers and ice packs. It’s not that hot but we do that even in the winter when we shop there.

Actually ate a whole muffin for a snack! I normally maybe have a bite and let Matt have the rest for his breakfasts. They were really good.

For dinner Matt made pork chops, fresh tomatillo sauce and wild rice pilaf with swiss chard.

Non-food related activities:

The In Your Own Backyard host continues to vex me. At least I’m almost done! He goes to the prime suspect’s house. He talks about how he is not the first person to do this and that the neighbors are tired of this. He doesn’t say how he knows they are tired. He then goes on to say that he doesn’t know if the neighbors don’t know who the suspect is or if they just don’t care. That seems like a leap. Maybe they know and do think it’s weird or upsetting but what are they supposed to do? Move because a man who was a suspect in a woman’s disappearance in another city 20 years ago moved in? Then he goes to the door and knocks. A neighbor says something he doesn’t understand then goes into his own house and the host, Chris Lambert, leaps to the conclusion that a person is going inside to get a weapon or to call the police. Wouldn’t the most obvious thing the neighbor might have said is “he’s not home?” or “he doesn’t open the door to strangers” or something along those lines? Who calls the police on someone knocking on their neighbor’s door? I mean, I’m sure someone somewhere has but I wouldn’t think it is the most logical conclusion. Nor is getting a weapon. What an escalation for what could have been someone with the wrong address or early for a get-together at their neighbor’s house. I can’t tell if the host just isn’t a critical thinker or if he is trying to manufacture drama where there is none. Then he talks about a girl who was found murdered who worked for Coca-Cola like the suspect but disappeared a year before he started at another bottling plant. How on earth does he think that’s connected?

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Day 80: Steamed Crabs & Pizza

It seems wrong to eat crabs when the world is battling a pandemic and there are so many protests but we still have to eat! Matt picked up crabs at seafood market and we had them for lunch. It was supposed to be a dozen but they gave us 11 which was disappointing; they are so expensive. It was a beautiful day to be outside!

For dinner Matt made pizza with soppressata, mozzarella and capicola he bought at the Italian grocery. We already had ricotta, onions and kalamata olives from Aldi.

Non-food related activities:

We watched Blood & Sand (the first episode or two) and Uncorked on Netflix.

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Day 77: Seafood Orzo & Deviled Ham

For lunch today I went from having no idea what we were having to making this seafood orzo dish in like 10 minutes. I had read how frozen mixed seafood is super gross but it really turned out great! If you click on the recipe link, I talk about what went into making it; it’s very pandemic-friendly!

For dinner I made a version of these deviled ham toasties but I heated some oil/butter in a pan and placed slices of take and bake Italian bread leftover from lunch on it and topped it with the deviled ham and cheddar for sort of a open-faced grilled cheese/toast type thing. It was really good! I might have liked it even more than I did with English muffins.

After dinner (it’s baking right now, actually) I made a small cake for Matt’s birthday tomorrow so I won’t have to wait for it to cool to frost it tomorrow. We’ve planned a lot of food and cooking tomorrow so this will be one less thing to worry about. I made this cake but used all regular sugar instead of brown because I’m going to ice it and brown sugar gives it a stickier top.

Non-food related activities:

I worked on Coconut & Lime a lot.

I listened to more of In the Dark about the coronavirus.

We watched more of season 3 of The Good Fight so Matt can catch up and we cancel the service. I watched the season 4 finale in the morning. I heard Cush Jumbo might be living the show. I can see it but I’ll miss her! I’m sure there were supposed to be more episodes than seven so I wonder how they will deal with it.