We had hamburgers for dinner with macaroni and cheese and french fries. I'm lazy so I used frozen french fries and boxed macaroni and cheese but the burgers were all homemade. I used the hamburger buns I made on Friday (I froze the leftovers after dinner Friday to save them for our hamburgers) and I made the hamburger patties on Wednesday before Aaron asked me to switch up the menu. I took a pound of meat and seasoned it with garlic salt, pepper, and onion powder, then I cooked them on my George Foreman grill. We don't have a grill or even a grill pan for the stove, but that George Foreman grill makes really great burgers.
Today I spent nap time working on the kitchen and dinner. I cleaned the counters and swept and mopped and loaded and ran the dishwasher. I had to cook some black beans to go in our chicken quesadillas tonight. I usually make my own tortillas but I have some left from a few weeks ago when I made chicken taco casserole for dinner. I shredded the cheese too and mixed up a new batch of taco seasoning for the chicken. When my beans were cooked I portioned them out, 1 1/2 cups per bag and put most of them in the freezer. I kept out about 1/2 cup to use tonight.
When a recipe calls for a can of beans I just substitute with 1 1/2 cups of beans from my freezer. My chili uses two cans of pinto beans so I freeze the pinto beans in 3 cup portions.
I always do the quick soak on the beans and I follow the directions on the package almost exactly but my new pot seems to cook the beans faster than the old one so I cook them 1-1 1/2 hours instead of 1 1/2-2 hours. I don't add anything but some salt until I use the beans in a recipe. One of my favorite meals for lunch is Cuban black beans over brown rice.
For Christmas this year I got some really great kitchen equipment. I now have a candy thermometer, two instant read digital thermometers, and an awesome 8 quart soup pot with a strainer basket and a steam basket. I use the strainer basket to make the beans. It makes it super easy to drain and rinse the beans.