Monday, September 17, 2018

Mealplan Monday #211

Monday - Leftovers!  (:
Tuesday - Salami and mozzarella Sandwich rolls with roasted red peppers
Wednesday - Chicken Noodle Soup (using leftover Comfort Chicken from freezer)
Thursday - Chinese take-out!
Friday - Fish Tacos, Black Bean Pineapple Salsa
Saturday - yoyo
Sunday - Seasoned Pork Chops, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, carrots

Friday, September 14, 2018

Crockpot Mulligatawney Soup

I'm pretty sure I originally found this recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking.  And since we have had rain pretty much non-stop for over a week, it feels like fall is here - even if its super muggy outside. {side note - why oh why did I not plant grass before we got all of this rain?!}  Anyhow, I made a few adjustments to it, so I will post my version.
Mulligatawney Soup

Remove the yellow fatty stuff (ugh) from 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and place in the bottom of the crock pot.  To that add:
2 small cut up Gala apples (no need to peel)
3 or 4 carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 small onion, diced
1 can fire roasted tomatoes with their juice
1/3 c. golden raisins
the juice from 1 small lemon
3 c. broth - I had beef on hand this time
2 T curry powder and 1/4 t nutmeg
1 cup prepared rice

YUM - all of those veggies and a curry seasoned broth.  (It already smells wonderful!)
I set the crock pot to low and 8 hours.  When Hubby got home, he stirred it well to shred up the chicken, added the rice, and made garlic toast. I don't have a picture of the finished product as I was tired and still had laundry to do...It makes a LOT of soup for my little group, so I'm sure we will enjoy it again as leftovers, probably tomorrow since we have more rainy weather coming our way.
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Happy Birthday, sweet Chloe!

Happy Birthday to The Girl!!  Twenty-seven years of love and laughter - how can all that time have flown by so fast?  I'll still remember her as a sweet little girlie, no matter how many birthdays she's had!

So mayst thou live, dear! many years,
In all the bliss that life endears,...
~Thomas Hood, "To My Daughter, On Her Birthday"

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mealplan Monday #210

Monday - Comfort Chicken, mashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday - Green Chile Tacos with cheese, sour cream, etc.
Wednesday - French Bread Pizzas   HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GIRL!!
Thursday - Mulligatawny Soup*, garlic toast
Friday - Buttery Green Olive Chicken*, couscous, peas
Saturday - TBD
Sunday - Sausage and Ranch Hash Brown Casserole*, biscuits, fruit
*will share recipes!


Friday, September 7, 2018

Leavin' on a jet plane

Today The Girl is headed off on vacation (well-deserved and far overdue, I might add) to Ireland with one of her college roomies.  They will visit the roomie's Irish relatives and explore castles, breweries, museums, parks...and have a wonderful time I'm sure.  She showed me how she expertly packed, including some snacks for a long trip.  She's got foreign monies, an itinerary, and plans to "un plug".  Teddy is all set up at Camp Rustown with food and a bed.  And above all, she has a level head, a lot of smarts, and a taste for adventure.
 And her dad is worried sick about it, and making me feel nervous, too...but that will always be the case.  Why do kids have to grow up and travel so far away where you cannot rescue them?  Because if they didn't, you would never let them go and they would never grow and learn about themselves and how they fit into the world.  Then later, when you can't be there, they wouldn't be able to go it on their own.  It's just the way of it.  Whether we like it or not!
Safe travels, Coco.  We send love and good thoughts with you and hope you have an awesome trip!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Weekend re-cap: on call, El Chilito, Adelbert's, Cafe Java, Fall!

We stayed pretty close to home on Saturday and Sunday since I was on call  7a - 7p.  This always makes Hubby kind of grumpy as he had no one to take up to Highlands - the boys were otherwise occupied.  I reminded him more than once that my job was kind of crucial to our finances... 
On Saturday we ate lunch at El Chilito.  While the tacos were very fresh and delicious, and the service was great, they are kind of pricey.  (Maybe we are getting spoiled by the cheaper version of eating out in Burnet...)  It was hot outside, but they had shaded picnic tables.
I did a lot of catch-up around the house:  cleaned the oven, took a load of stuff to Goodwill, washed my car, worked on the filing pile on my desk, cleaned bathrooms, wrote my mother a letter*, ran to Wal-mart, set out some fall decor.
I'm loving the natural look for fall decor - I want to rid my house of the orange-y pumpkin-y stuff.
In the evening we visited a brewery that was suggested by a friend at work.  For $15 each, we got a flight of 6 half pours and a glass to keep and bring back for $2 off future pours.  We enjoyed some fish and chips from the food trailer outside, and some live acoustic guitar. I'm sure we will visit again soon!
They, like the other breweries we enjoy, are in a metal industrial style building.  They featured art for sale from local artists, and had darts and a giant Connect Four game.  We stayed until 9ish then ordered pizza to take home to the boys. (aka other people who live at our house)  On Sunday, it was much the same, but I got a little bit more done after we ate the breakfast "special" at Cafe Java.  {We decided that breakfasts out are waaay too overpriced in Austin, same as lunch!} I got called in for a short time and Hubby decided to fire up the grill.  Scout and Dutch came over for some delightful baby back ribs, potato salad, and bacon-y green beans. Everything was so good and I fell exhausted into my bed at 9 p.m. and slept like a rock.  
And now since we've had Labor Day, it's officially Fall in my opinion!

*You may think snail mail is old-fashioned, but as my mother says, checking the mail and finding a letter from someone is like finding treasure - its the first thing she opens!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Mealplan Monday #209

I sure do miss my photographer...
Monday - Mrs. Ringle's Chicken, salad, mashed potatoes
Tuesday - Fruited Chicken Salad on croissants
Wednesday - Quick Black Bean Chili*, fritos (The Girl will be here!)
Thursday - Parmesan Bow Tie Skillet*, salad
Friday - Pesto Tilapia*, garlic toast, peas and carrots
Saturday - YOYO
Sunday - Taco Chicken Bites*, seasoned rice, borracho beans, Tomato Soup Cake*
*all recipes I need to share soon!

Hooray for September!


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