Posts Tagged ‘Menu’


We finally got the base cabinet we needed for the kitchen, cut the countertop and secured it in place. While we don’t have miles of countertop in our kitchen it certainly FEELS like we do.

Just having everything on something that’s supposed to be a cabinet is fulfilling.

Sorry I’ve been lax on pictures lately. Everything has been nothing short of hectic between planning a wedding, getting our kitchen (and the rest of our apartment) together and I’m finally making an effort to go back to the gym. Go me!

I started Weight Watchers on Thursday of last week and since then I’ve lost 6.5 lbs. I’m being honest with myself and I really think it’s mostly water weight loss, but it’s better than nothing and frankly at this stage of it I’ll take what I can get – anything to keep me motivated.

My goal is 140 lbs. That’s right in the middle of the healthy weight area for my height and because I have broader shoulders and hips I think that will work well for me. (I’d be slender without looking anorexic)

This morning I weighed myself at 188.5. That’s 48.5 lbs to go – too bad that I probably won’t continue to lose 6 lbs per week! That would make this incredibly easy.

I’m figuring this is what is going to happen:

I’ll lose weight up to 175 fairly easily – probably before the handfasting this September.

175-165 will take probably 2 months.

165-155 will probably take another 2 months.

At that point I’m not sure what I’ll do once I break the 150 mark. That’s a place I haven’t been since college – freshman year of college at that. I can say it will definitely be surreal.

The food on the Weight Watchers plan is actually pretty good. I enjoy cooking and since I’ve been in a cooking rut the last few months this has been helpful.  The portion sizes are a lot smaller than what I’d normally make, but I think so long as I really stick to them (and be okay with not being stuffed full) I’ll be fine.

The last week I’ve been making some pretty tasty meals including:

Tortellini vegetable salad

Asparagus, new potato and chive fritatta

Apple braised chicken – one of my FAVORITES (then again I love to braise anything)

Beef-vegetable pie (which if I brown the beef on the stovetop instead of cooking in the oven it will end up better I think)

Creamy curry pasta primavera – VERY tasty as well

and Wednesday I’m making Grilled ham steak with nectarine salsa

Doesn’t that sound tasty?

For next week I have most of my list prepared:

Chicken tortellini soup

Asian Noodle-Peanut salad

Beef, blue cheese and spinach quesadillas w/ Tex-Mex rice and bean casserole

Tofu and snow pea stir fry

Dijon Pork Cutlets

Baked Mac and cheese w/ broccoli

Japanese noodles w/ garlic toasted tofu

Huevos Rancheros

Cincinnati Chicken chili (one of my favorites kinds of chili!)

So far Garry has really liked the food. I’ve asked him to go on the diet with me, well not really “with” me, but not to buy junk food and bring it in the house or leave wrappers in the car. He can eat whatever he feels for lunch (although I’m nudging him to eat reasonably healthy lunches) but for dinner he’ll eat what I cook and in the portion I give him (and NOT complain that the portion is too small – that’s key).

What will be nice is when he will learn to cook that way too. Whenever he cooks the portions are ENORMOUS (at least double) and again, no surprise that we are where we are. He’s gained some weight since moving home a year ago and I’d like to see him lose some weight as well.


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Frugality at it’s best

I am determined to plant seeds this Ostara – and desperate times call for desperate measures.

Luckily for me, I can put together a menu that isn’t so terrible that I can pull off a week’s worth of groceries for about $50 at Wegman’s. Also it helps that once a week I go to ladie’s night and Garry knaws on some venison that his dad gave us.

So here is my $50 a week budget meal planning:

Wed 3/17: St. Patty’s Day party – Bonfire Warmer Soup

Carrots, milk, pre-cooked bacon (or buy bacon and cook it yourself), onion, butter, flour (already have), curry powder (already have)

(Guests are bringing side dishes)

Thurs: 3/18: Orange glazed pork chops w/ asparagus and rice

Pork chops, orange juice, asparagus, apricot preserves (all already have), rice

Fri 3/19: Noodle night! – Chicken and broccoli ramen

Ramen noodles, chicken breast, broccoli, cream of broccoli soup

Sat 3/20: Raspberry pancakes

pancake mix (already have), raspberries

Sun 3/21: Ostara

Spring Omelets w/ sausage

Eggs, leeks, asparagus, sausage (already have sausage)

Mon 3/22: Frozen pizza (I know, how unimaginative!)

Tues 3/23: Lady’s night (Garry will probably make some venison and rice)

Wed 3/24: Bean burritos

Black beans, onion, jalapeno, salsa, rice, cheese, burrito tortillas (I have some left over)

So I’m hoping it won’t be too bad. I have $125 to last me until next Thursday and I should put some gas in my car today too. That leaves $100 to buy a week’s worth of groceries. If I can keep it close to $50 I’ll be a happy camper. (You know incase we need cat food/litter or something)

It’s a bit of a stretch, but I think we can do it! If I can save that $$ I can happily go buy myself some seeds and potting mix and not feel terribly guilty about it.

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Fri. 12/18: Noodle night! – Sunflower Ramen

Sat. 12/19: Basil Vegetable scramble (bkftst)

Football party

Sun. 12/20: Wrapping presents to raise some $$ for football

Frozen pizza (dinner) – I know… so imaginative, but I’m driving a lot tomorrow so I won’t want to cook when I get home.

Mon. 12/21: Bonfire warmer soup and butter bean burgers

Tues. 12/22: @ Crazy Ladies Night – bake some brownies!

Wed. 12/23: Lemon-Jalapeno Chikn and spicy corn chowder

Thurs. 12/24: Apricot glazed ham steak, mashed potatoes, crescent rolls, and green beans

Fri. 12/25: Cinnamon rolls and eggs benedict (for bkfst)

Roasted spicy chicken, wild rice, broccoli, butternut squash, stuffing

Sat. 12/26: Breakfast potatoes

Yule ritual (I have no idea what we’re bringing for food)

Sun. 12/27: Meixican eggs in a nest (bkfst)

Left-0ver’s soup

Mon. 12/28: Potatoes Au Gratin with salad and left over soup

Tues. 12/29: Practice!

Wed. 12/30: Noodle Night! Pineapple Ramen

Thurs. 12/31: New Year’s Eve! (which will entail some grocery shopping and probably going somewhere to do something fun with the gang)

Whew! Just writing about it makes me tired!

This morning I woke up to my apartment being less than 60 degrees inside. No joke. Then my car wouldn’t start (it was 10 degrees outside). So my co-worker came to get me and Garry limped his car to get me a battery (his car might not make it up the huge hill I work on top of) and successfully changed it! YAY!

So now I have a working car and the maintenance guy is looking at what on Earth is wrong with our heat. We had it turned up to 75 and it was 55 in my living room! Somehow that doesn’t seem to make sense if the heat works at all… even a little.

Money is tight until the end of the year… oh let’s be honest, until the end of football season. I’m contemplating not playing because it’s putting a huge financial strain on us. However, I’ll talk to Garry about trying to find a few ways to save some money. We’ll just have to wait and see…

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A Day off

Today I had (most) of the day off. Still had to work at the radio station, but because Garry and I were both very busy we decided to hold off on grocery shopping and get seperate meals tonight. Even better, he made breakfast for us this morning. 🙂 Yay!

It’s list day today which means coming up with the next week’s menu. It’s that time where I pour over internet recipes and pick 6 or 7 to try for the next week. We’ve been doing something called “Noodle Night” once a week where we make Ramen noodles, but with a slightly more gourmet flair. Last week we did noodles with a spicy homemade peanut sauce, scallions and cucumbers. Unfortunately I cooked the noodles a little too long (it’s apparently been THAT long since I’ve had Ramen) which means I’ll have to watch them a little closer next time.

Despite having today off, I was pretty busy. I went to the undisclosed location to work on Garry’s present (Which is coming along beautifully!) then went to the radio station to record my show, then back to work on the present some more and came home. Luckily for me he went ahead and looked up some recipes to try next week.

Batata Nu Shak (Potato Curry) with rice and green beans

Rainbow Veggie Chili with crusty bread

Fried Tofu with butternut squash soup

Garbanzo bean salad

Sweet and Spicy Soup with Black eyed peas and Sweet Potato

Olive oil and Roasted red pepper Pasta


Sounds tasty to me!

I’m also working on a cookbook for my brother and sister-in-law for Yule. I’m collecting recipes from everyone in our family along with stories that go with the recipes (if there are any). My mom is helping me by cooking some of the dishes and taking pictures of the food as well. I’ll post them on here when I get them from her too. What will be fun is digging through my grandma’s cookbooks and finding all kinds of hand-written recipes that I can scan at work and put them in as pictures. YAY!

More updates later… Clean House is on!

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