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I’m even a bit early.  My first official menu plan of  2009…

Monday: Chicken legs in Lemon Pepper marinade, green beans and a Pasta Side

Tuesday: Italian Sausage Calzone

Wednesday: Pasta w/almonds and garlic croutons, veggies

Thursday: Chicken Salad Club Sandwiches with tomatoes

Friday: Pasta w/Almonds leftovers

Saturday: Chicken Pot Pie

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Well, I had my meals for the week all planned out…then Scottie picked me up at work with sandwiches and drinks packed and we had a picnic at the park.   I can’t say that I’m upset that he messed up my meal plan LoL.  So, for the rest of the week, here’s what I’ve got on tap…

Wednesday-  Chicken, Noodles and Veggies ( a combination of leftovers from previous nights)             

Thursday- Breakfast for dinner! (Biscuits and Gravy)

Friday- Ravioli

Saturday- Pork Chops and Veggies

Sunday- Ham, mashed potatoes, veggies

The biscuits and gravy is just a can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits and a can of Sausage Gravy I found at the grocery store…cheating, I know, but I LOVE biscuits and gravy…and you can’t get it anywhere around here, as far as I know.  So if I can find an easy way to make it for myself on a regular basis it’ll be great!  Next time I’ll have to try either the biscuits or gravy from scratch. 

As for the stairs…we haven’t run into a disaster like I was expecting, but the upper stairs  have about 10, 000 staples in them (much more than the lower stairs), so the process is going slower than last week.   Hopefully we’ll still be done by Sunday so we can have an open house that day.  We shall see!   

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Ok, so the pulled pork was delicious!  I was a bit worried when it started cooking and it smelled SO spicy, but it had just a bit of a kick…perfect!  After having it for dinner both Friday and Saturday nights, Scottie and I ate the last of it as a midnight snack on Ritz Crackers Saturday night LoL.  I will definately be making that again. 

The stairs:  They are going amazingly well (I keep waiting for some disaster to strike).  The bottom set of stairs are done now and the carpet is ripped up on four of the stairs on the upper set.  My next project will be somewhat smaller I think…I’m looking at knobs and handles and trying to pick one for the kitchen cabinets…here’s the one’s I really like…

They actually sort of match my silverware too LoL! 

Let’s see, what else…I havent’ talked about my little one too much lately.  I finally got to see her ‘swim’ on Friday.  My MIL has been telling me how amazing she does in the pool with her tube on (she wears one of those tubes that has an attached tank top type thing so she can’t slip through).  Now, I consider myself a fairly laid back mom.  I’m not too much of a worry wart…except when it comes to the pool.  Nana has a deck that comes right up to the edge of the above ground pool and there’s no fence around it, so for the last three Summers, at every bbq I’ve spent the whole time blocking the entire edge of the pool that comes up to the edge of the deck, which is a considerable length…I just never sit down LoL.  So I’ve been hearing how well Abbey is doing in the pool and I finally got to see her in action.  She really does look like she knows how to swim in that thing.  She actually moves her arms and kicks like she’s swimming and will venture out to the middle of the pool to rescue a toy and drag it back to the edge.  And of course, I’m not the tiniest bit biased LoL.  I really have to get some pictures of her in action.

Ok, I think that’s it.  Oh, I mentioned last week that I should plan meals week by week.  I’m forming a list in my head for this week so I’ll try to get that up tomorrow. 

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Well, I never got around to trying that recipe I posted below but when I took the pork out of the freezer I started thinking about the pulled pork sandwich I got in Nashville, TN on our way to New Orleans a few years ago.  It was so good!  I’ve never tried making pulled pork myself so I checked out a few recipes, got out the crock pot and threw in some ketchup, brown sugar, a little vinegar and a bunch of spices and seasonings.  I’ll have to let you know how it goes! 

So, does anyone have an absolutely delicious recipe I can tuck away for next time?

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So, since I’ve started this little blog, (less than a week ago), I’ve been using it as much to collect my friends web pages/blogs and favorite links all together in one place so I don’t lose them, as to record the little moments of our family.  However, it seems that my list of links and blogs is growing much faster than the posts I’m doing about myself LoL. 

I am a compulsive collector of cookbooks.  I’ve got dozens of them,  probably over 200.  So when I stumbled onto my first foodie blog link it was all over…one led to another and another, as you can clearly see from the growing list of links  on the right.  Anyway, most of my cookbooks are packed up right now since we’ll (hopefully) be moving relatively soon, but I think I’m going to try to make at least one recipe from one of my cookbooks each week… I’ve been inspired by all those great recipes I’ve been reading about.  So this weeks try will be from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook…

Oven Baked Pork Stew

1 1/2 lbs boneless pork, cut into 1″ cubes

2  Tbls cooking oil

3 Tbls all purpose flour

1 16 oz can tomatoes, cut up

1 clove garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp beef bouillion ganules

1/2 tsp dried thyme, crushed

1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed

1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 3/4″ thick (4 cups)

1 large onion, cut into wedges

1 medium green pepper, cut into think strips

1   10 oz package frozen peas, thawed

 In a large skillet brown meat, half at a time, in hot oil.  Remove meat from skillet, reserving drippings.  Stir flour into drippings.  Stir in undrained tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, bouillion, thyme, oregano, pepper sauce, 1/4 cup waterand 1/2 tsp salt.  Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.  in a 3 qt casserole combine meat, sweet potatoes, onion and green pepper.  Stir in tomatoe mixture.  Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven about 1 1/2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.  Remove bay leaf.  Stir in peas. Bake 5 to 10 minutes more.  Serves 6.

Not sure exactly when I’ll get to it, probably towards the end of the week.  Hmmm, maybe my next project will be coming up with a menu plan each week ahead of time.  I was doing that a few months ago and it worked out well most weeks.  I think I’ll try and work on that tomorrow!

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