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Busy week last week!

September 22nd, 2008 at 09:44 am

I just got caught up reading all the posts from Friday on! I've been so busy at work and home that I haven't been keeping up like I usually do, and haven't had time to write much either.

Last week was crazy busy at work--my time was almost 100% billable, which is unusual for me. Then at home, AS and I are working hard to get a housekeeping rhythm going so NT doesn't have anything to do but homework. Part of the job is keeping an eye on him and making sure he doesn't do any surreptitious housework! It's hard--today I woke up and some of the dishes I'd left for today were done, and the counters cleaned. Grrr...

NT had to write papers and do homework all weekend, so AS and I took a page from a friend's book--he's doing lots of batch cooking and freezing so there's less to do later in the month--and did a lot of cooking for the week. In addition to veggie "chicken" parmesan for lunch and veggie "roast" dinner with 3 side dishes on Saturday; veggie brats/burgers, instant mashed potatoes and cabbage & apples for lunch, and pasta with spicy garlic toss and oven-roasted cherry tomatoes for dinner Sunday; and several strawberry and/or banana milkshakes; we made:
- Big serving of the cabbage & apple dish (we'll have the rest Thursday)
- Two loaves of multigrain bread and one of banana bread, for lunches & breakfasts
- Carrot (with tops) soup to have for lunches
- Radish salad (I'll try that tonight)
- Salsa for tacos later this week
- Mushroom/tarragon cream sauce for pasta later this week

This was partly to save work later in the week, partly to make sure some of the veggies got used while they were at their peak.

We're trying to be extra-frugal with our grocery shopping so we can have a surplus next week and go out to dinner somewhere nice. So far the budget looks like it's working out exactly to plan!

4 Responses to “Busy week last week!”

  1. merch Says:

    Plant the work and work the plan. Great job!!!

    I hate leftovers and can never eat them. Just a quirk I have. Or a childhood scar.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Sounds like you all have a good plan! I like the sound of your menu - something I could actually eat. Big Grin

  3. Analise Says:

    Great planning! You are doing a superb job with the details.

    I'd love to get the recipe for your carrot soup with the tops on.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Thanks guys! Analise: It's a very simple, wholesome soup. It could be a little boring so make sure you have some great flavorful bread or crackers to eat with it.

    SERVES 4
    1 tablespoon light olive oil or canola oil
    1/2 sweet onion, diced
    4 cups water
    4-6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch rounds or finely diced
    1 cup carrot tops, washed and finely chopped (just the leaves; discard stems)
    2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules (I used veggie broth powder)
    1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed (I bet any grain would work)
    sea salt
    fresh ground black pepper
    Directions: In a 3-quart pot, sauté the onion in oil until translucent, then add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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