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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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I haven’t done a how-to recipe in a while so I thought I’d start with canning beans.  My girlfriend that has moved to the middle of no where wants to start growing as much as she can for her family.  Canning beans is a good place to start since it’s so easy.  Please note:  you MUST USE a pressure canner for this recipe!!

 

What do I need?

pressure canner (bigger than a pressure cooker)

real Mason-type jars, lids, and rings -doesn’t matter which size, use the size that fits your family, I use pints

beans -I use green and yellow, today I had 3.85 lbs (I weighed them for you)

salt -mine’s fine sea salt but it doesn’t have to be

water

 

Step One:  wash and sterilize your jars, especially if they are full of cobwebs and spiders from spending the winter in the basement.  Put the jars in the canner and cover with hot water.  Put the lid on loosely (don’t seal,  we’re not looking for pressure now).  Bring the water to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.  While the water is doing it’s thing, wash and snap/cut the beans to the size you prefer.

Step Two:  put the beans in your jars.  Add 1/2 tsp for pints and 1 tsp for quarts.  I put the salt at the top so that when you add the water it gets dissolved.  Fill the jars with water. leaving 1 inch at the top for head space (keep beans below this level too).

Step Three:  take as many lids as necessary and cover them with boiled water (not boiling).  Let them sit for 5 min.  Place on jars and screw on rings.  Just finger tip tight.

Step Four:  now here is where you need to read the instructions for YOUR pressure canner.  This is what I do with my Presto canner:  fill with 3 quarts of boiling water.  Place jars in canner.  Seal this time.  Heat over fairly high  heat until steam vents freely.  Keep up a steady stream of steam for 10 minutes to vent the air from the canner.  Then I put the pressure regulator on.  Now watch the dial until it reaches 10 lbs of pressure.        Adjust the temperature to hold at this pressure.  Process the beans at 10 lbs of pressure for 20 min for pints and 25 for quarts.

Now comes the important part, turn off the heat and let the pressure drop ALL BY ITSELF.  Once the pressure has dropped CAREFULLY take the lid off and remove the jars and let them cool.  Sit and listen for the glorious ‘ping’ to let you know the jars have sealed.  Sealed jars will have concave lids.  Any jars that don’t seal will have to be eaten right away.  Take the rings off before moving the jars to storage. This is very important.  Sometimes the seal on the lids fail in storage (very rarely) and you want it to be obvious before you feed it to your family.  I’ve only ever had this happen once.

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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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As you probably have guessed, I’m still sick.  Ella’s basically totally better.  Colin got sick on Friday and he’s still coughing a bit. I’m still sick -TWO WEEKS later.  I’m really hoping this hasn’t turned into something.  So here’s the menu for this week, whether I have the energy to make it or not is another thing.

Monday:

cracklin’ chicken

Tuesday:

honey garlic meatballs -crock pot -new recipe

Wednesday:

steak souvlaki

Thursday:

leftover souvlaki

Friday:

BBQ’d ribs

Saturday:

leftover ribs

Sunday:

roasted garlic chicken

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Monday was busy and I kind of forgot it was Monday.  Tuesday was this:

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Somebody decided to share their cold with Ella and me.  Of course, Ella being Ella she spent most of Tuesday throwing up or feeling nauseous. It’s so hard, I have nothing to do that can help her.  I’ve never heard of someone who gets a sore throat and throws up the day before getting a cold.  She finally fell asleep about 10 pm.  Luckily we have the recliner ends on the chesterfield, makes sleeping downstairs more comfortable.

Of course, today she’s more or less back to her old self.  Just a little stuffy.  Me on the other hand, I still have a sore throat and my lungs hurt.  Really don’t have time to be sick this week.

I’ll give you my original menu plan for this week because I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of ‘whatever’ eaten this week.

Monday:

tacos

Tuesday:

steak souvlaki

Wednesday:

maple glazed chicken

Thursday:

leftover souvlaki

Friday:

sweet and sour chicken

Saturday:

prime rib -not sure what else we’ll make, Belinda and Stefan are coming up

Sunday:

full roast turkey dinner

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Time to get back into menu planning.  We’ve been sort of doing it week by week over the summer, but not really.  Time to get the budget back under control and figure out what we’re eating this month.  So here’s what’s for supper this week:

Monday:

smothered pork chops -doing these in the oven with some potatoes fresh from the garden

Tuesday:

hamburgers -Ella’s request

Wednesday:

American goulash

Thursday:

Czech goulash -from freezer

Friday:

sesame chicken -Daddy’s request

Saturday:

Shanghai noodles 

Sunday:

leftovers?

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