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The nice cool weather is back (though Wednesday is supposed to be 30C with humidity).  It’s so nice to be able to bake again.  It’s been pretty quiet here on the farm.  Colin has been busy with his seed cleaning, mostly winter wheat.  I think soy bean harvest will start soon, so he’ll be getting those calls too -from the smart folk who clean their seeds before putting them away for the winter instead of waiting till everyone is busy in the spring.

I’m still having a hard time menu planning.  I think it’s my form of virus anxiety.  I’m afraid to plan/make food because I’m afraid of us running out of food – even though the grocery stores (and my freezer) are fully stocked.  I hate this feeling and I don’t know what to do…

 

Sunday:

turkey breast in the crockpot

Monday:

hot turkey

Tuesday:

Salisbury steak in crockpot

Wednesday:

turkey pot pie

Thursday:

leftover pot pie

Friday:

beef chow mein

Saturday:

hamburgers in the air fryer -yum!

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I’ll use the grocery header today because that’s why there was no post yesterday.  I was busy in town picking up the groceries.  I sure love ordering online.  I wish the Metro in Pembroke would do online shopping.  I also wish they would tell their employees that yes, their noses ARE attached to their lungs too, not just their mouths.  I saw a number of employees ‘wearing’ their masks with their noses hanging out.  I suffer through wearing a mask to keep them safe, they could return the favour.

What do you see in this picture that has made Colin so happy?

Nothing much planned for this week.  We continue to run into the village a couple of times a week to get unlimited internet for some video watching/downloading.  Ella’s also plugging away at her school work.  Have I mentioned how happy I am that we don’t have to make the “school/no school” decision?  Yet another bonus for homeschooling.  Though our local group is starting to get together again but from what I hear they aren’t making the kids keep distant or wear masks, so I’m not so anxious to attend yet.

Monday:

whole chicken in my air fryer -I love that I can cook a whole chicken for supper even after I’ve been in town for most of the afternoon

Tuesday:

sourdough pancakes

leftover chicken

Wednesday:

chicken salad -Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime

Thursday:

??

beef and snow peas -from the Dinnertime book, IF I can find decent looking snowpeas somewhere.

Friday:

Cobb salad/egg salad sandwich for Daddy/grilled cheese for Ella -we found a great new place for goat cheese.  It melts really nicely, unfortunately they have crazy shipping  😦

leftover chicken

Saturday:

spaghetti and meatballs -Ella’s request

Sunday:

supper with friends who are just as isolated as we are, maybe more so

So did you figure out the picture?  Yep, there’s puddles in the driveway!!!!  We got about an inch of rain on Sunday and it’s drizzling again today.  Hurray!!!  Thank you God!  It’s not a lot, but it’s just in time.  The corn was literally days away from being written off as garbage/worthless.  It’s amazing how fast the grass greens up after a long awaited rain.  Our grass wasn’t as bad as some because Colin stops cutting it when it stops raining.  I swear some people must cut their grass every week because they ‘cut the grass every week’.  There is some really short, really dead grass out there.  Our last real rainfall (and it wasn’t much) was back at the end of June.  We could use another few days.  And I’m really enjoying being able to sleep well at night and I need to get some baking done.

 

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We continue to melt in Ontario this week.  They are promising a cold front some time today.  I’ll believe it when I feel it.  Hopefully it will bring along some gentle rain.  Not doing much.  I have a dress cut out but still waiting for the energy to work on it.  The house was so hot yesterday I gave Ella a ‘heat holiday’ from school work.  Thank goodness we have the pool.  It may be small but it helps get the body core temperature down.  I like to go after supper when the sun’s moved around to the other side of the house and I don’t need sunscreen and sun glasses -ha ha.

Nothing too exciting on the menu.  And yes, we had air fryer chicken quarters twice.  They are Ella’s favourite and Metro had them on for $0.99/lb.

Monday:

steak souvlaki

Tuesday:

air fryer chicken quarters

Wednesday:

leftover souvlaki

Thursday:

sourdough pancakes

Friday:

air fryer chicken quarters

Saturday:

crock pot pork ribs 

Sunday:

hot dogs

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We’re still enjoying the last few days of beautiful temperatures.  It’s supposed to get crazy hot later this week.  It’s been so nice, my lungs have appreciated the lack of humidity.  Speaking of my lungs, I have to go back up to the hospital this evening.  I’m still ‘this close’ to a cough all. the. time!  Also, if I breathe the ‘wrong’ way I can still feel the rattle and will start coughing.  So, if you could send up some prayers around 4:30 my time, I’d appreciate it.  Send some for Ella too, she worries a lot when I have to go to the hospital.

Monday: 

spaghetti

Tuesday:

my favourite roast beef

Wednesday:

steak -my air fryer does a great job

Thursday:

leftover roast beef

Friday:

French fries -air fryer again. Poutine for me since I have great gravy.

Saturday:

beef melts

Sunday:

tacos

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For some reason the lilacs around here were really lackluster.  Like the bushes are half dead and none of them really tried to flower much.  The weirdest thing was the light lilac coloured ones – they mostly came out white this year!!  On the other hand, my bridal wreath spireas look amazing…

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The first of June already?  But then again, May is often a blur of seed cleaning and cropping.  How’s your spring going so far?  The last week or so we’ve been having a heat wave.  Last Wednesday we actually hit 37C (98.6F) plus humidity for a ‘feels like’ temperature of about 41C (105F).  That was quite the shock to the system considering how chilly we’ve been for most of May.  We finally got some rain starting Thursday evening (and some every day through to Sunday).  Along with that rain came a glorious cold front.  Though we could have done without the frost scare Saturday night.  It’s been so wonderful in the house on the weekend.  I’ve been baking up a storm and have the week’s worth of bread (and then some) tucked into the freezer waiting.  The crops look fabulous, the rain came just in time and was just what they needed.

I’ve jumped on the quarantine sourdough bandwagon.  I’ve tried years before but could never make it work and usually just given up.  This time I did a fair bit of searching on Pinterest and found some really specific (aka actual time table) feeding and baking instructions.  It’s turned out much better this time.  So far I’ve made pizza dough, English muffins (yum!), biscuits (Ella liked these), French bread, and peanut butter cookies.  We haven’t got reviews on the bread or cookies yet, well Ella found the cookies tasted ‘yeasty’ but I also may have under-cooked them a bit.

My Menu Plan Monday will be a little different for the foreseeable future.  I can’t seem to ‘meal plan’ these days.  So I’ll give you meals for ‘the week that was’ instead of the upcoming one.  Considering the hot and humid will be back, that’s easier -sometimes I’m/the house’s just too hot to cook.

Monday:

garlic beef noodle bowls

Tuesday:

pizza -on the BBQ with the new dough recipe

Wednesday:

Chip Pit -woo hoo ‘our’ chip truck was finally open

Thursday:

hamburgers

Friday:

steak

Saturday:

chicken chow mein

Sunday:

chicken quarters in my air fryer

Did I ever tell you that Belinda and Stefan got us an air fryer for Christmas?  Best. Present. Ever!!  I have used it so many times since the new year.  I makes the best chicken and hamburgers – I think better than the BBQ. It makes great French fries (tater tots and hash browns too).  I really asked for it to make cake and bread in the summer time so it won’t heat the house in the summer.  So far I haven’t found anything that doesn’t work in the fryer and there’s lots of recipes on Pinterest.

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How’s your Advent going?  Mine’s ticking along a little faster than I want.  I had a bit of a stomach bug last Monday and that seemed to throw off the entire week.  Now I feel a bit behind.  I did get a bunch of cookie dough made up over the weekend.  I also baked a batch of spritz cookies, my Christmas cake, and steamed the Christmas pudding.  This morning I’m taking a break from baking to get some wrapping done.  I’ll add some pictures to this post later today (their all on my phone right now).

Monday:

roast pork my favourite way

Tuesday:

bacon and eggs (and Ella French toast or perogies)

Wednesday:

leftover pork

Thursday:

chicken gyros

Friday:

sticky garlic noodles

Saturday:

oven fried chicken

Sunday:

Salisbury steak in CP -Ella’s favourite

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I really should change this to say Menu Plan Tuesday, but oh well.

Book club is wrapping up.  Next week we are having a Dickensian supper and a double feature of A Christmas Carol, Alistair Sims/Muppets.  Should be fun.  I’ve made the plum pudding already and will make the caramel sauce on Monday.  Not too much this week, trying to wrap up school before we start Advent/Christmas holidays.  I’m done shopping (just waiting for a couple of parcels).  Hopefully we’ll get our tree late this week or early next, then I can wrap and enjoy the season.

Monday:

bacon, eggs, and vegan potato pancakes (sorry I lost the link)

Tuesday:

roast chicken

Wednesday:

hot chicken sandwiches

Thursday:

chicken pot pie biscuits

Friday:

slow cooker honey garlic meatballs with homemade meatballs

Saturday:

chicken a la king -one of Colin’s favourite uses for leftover chicken

Sunday:

roast beef -I want to start having my Mom (and maybe Colin’s Dad and step-mom) for supper on Sundays during Advent, so we’ll start having nicer suppers on Sundays.

 

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Oh look!  Menu Plan Monday actually on a Monday!  Nothing too exciting this weekend.  Colin is working for the new neighbour a bit, so he was gone all day on Saturday.  We went to Eganville for lunch out on Sunday, then I came home and had a nap -ha ha!  I made a slight change to last week’s menu.  When I went to get the leftover ribs from the freezer I saw the package of chicken wings.  Since I can only make wings when Ella’s not home (crazy child) I decided to pull out the wings instead.  I planned to make the honey lime wings that we like, but somehow I’m out of lime juice.  So I hit up Pinterest and found Garlic Parmesan wings.  They were yummy and didn’t fill my house with smoke like the honey-lime ones do sometimes.

Busy finishing up the house tidy before Advent starts and we have supper out with friends coming up this week too.

Maureen finished up our new pictures.  They are so beautiful, I love how she makes this old farm look great.      Here’s a few:

 

 

 

Monday:

chicken cacciatore

Tuesday:

steak souvlaki

Wednesday:

leftover chicken cacciatore

Thursday:

bacon wrapped venison backstrap

Friday:

vegetarian pot pie

Saturday:

turkey

Sunday:

??

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We were in Pickering for a short visit over the weekend.  I’m always so tired after we come home, especially since I do most of the driving these days.  We didn’t do much, but Saturday afternoon, Uncle Stefan and Auntie B took us to an arcade.  Ella had lots of fun playing all the arcade games and winning ‘tickets’.  There was a go-cart track too.  Ella had fun, but was disappointed that the carts go so much slower than her dune buggy.

Belinda raced too.  Colin thought it was funny that the 2 people without a driver’s license were the ones go-carting.

My favourite yarn shop in Bowmanville has moved.  Tina’s bought the old Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce building in Orono!!  How cool is that?!

Parking in ‘downtown’ Orono is certainly easier than in Bowmanville.  It’s a quick off and back on to the highway too.

Check out the cool balcony!  But guess what the best/coolest part was???

THE VAULT!!  I mean, how cute is that?  Wasn’t terribly big inside, but then again the old farmers wouldn’t have had that much cash to stash at the bank.

I didn’t do a Menu Plan Monday last week since we were going away.  I made the most delicious roast on Monday and we just ate variations all week.  Here’s the recipe.  I used a sirloin tip that was on sale.  It was so good that Colin and Ella both raved over at every meal -all week!  It is definitely on my ‘make again’ list.

So what’s up this week?

Monday:

leftovers

Tuesday:

Czech goulash

Wednesday:

spaghetti

Thursday:

shake and bake chicken with stovetop stuffing

Friday:

chow mein

Saturday:

ribs

Sunday:

leftover ribs

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I get so busy with leaving early for book club Monday mornings that I forget to get my Menu Plan Monday posted on time.  I need to take a few minutes and schedule these ahead of time.  Oh well, you didn’t miss anything.   We only had spaghetti yesterday because the chicken was still frozen solid in the fridge.

Monday:

spaghetti

Tuesday:

roast chicken and dressing

Wednesday:

hot chicken sandwiches

Thursday:

chicken and dumplings

Friday:

BBQ pork ribs

Saturday:  All Souls’ Day

chicken cacciatore and roasted potatoes

Sunday:

leftover chicken and dumplings

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