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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Menu for 1/30/15-2/5/15

I want to start off by saying I've been reading up a storm lately. I always say I devour books and the past few weeks I've been really proving it. I finished Jim Butcher's The Furies of Calderon and then talked to my brother's girlfriend about some of the books she enjoys. She recommended the Legend series by Marie Lu and I went through two books (Legend and Prodigy) in just 5 days. There's another book left in the trilogy but I'm saving it. It's like when I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and flew through it in two days. I was devastated because it was over and I wished I had more to read. I saved Mockingjay for months because I didn't want it to end yet and I knew if I started it I wouldn't be able to put it down.

I happened to be browsing the Amazon daily deals Friday and came across a $0.99 book about a woman who was born in 1892. It's the mostly true story of her life, written by her granddaughter. Donna Mabry says in the forward of the book, Maude, that she lived off and on with her grandmother and that starting when she was about 6 years old she shared a bed with her whenever she stayed there. Her grandmother would tell her stories about her life as bedtime stories and it was a really fascinating life. She lived through two World Wars and the Great Depression, was married twice and had five children, and moved from Tennessee to Missouri and finally to Detroit, Michigan. There are a lot of sad moments but it's a lot of fun to hear how much she learned and grew over the years. I found myself thinking several times that it was lovely to hear someone voice my thoughts.

I burned through Maude in just three days as well and downloaded another of Donna Mabry's books, this one supposedly a mystery. I can't wait to get started on it but I think I need to take a few days off from reading. As much as I love it I do get headaches from staring at the screen for so long and I frequently stay up all night reading because I don't want to put the book down.

Ooh! I know this is gonna sound like the crazy lady who loses her train of thought too easily, but speaking of my brother's girlfriend (like three paragraphs ago) she and I get to have a girls' day on Saturday! We're going to get manicures and have some one-on-one girl chat and then a sweet treat to top it off! This is my small (but big) Christmas gift from her.

I don't know if I've mentioned this but I really only have one close friend. She's a great friend, my bestest friend, she's like the sister I never had (in fact she calls me Sissy on a regular basis) but she's still the only one I have and she lives a little over half an hour away and works another hour further away so we hardly ever get to see each other. It's been so great for my brother to find someone he really loves and who loves him back. They're such a great match. I'm so happy for him, but I'm happy for me too because his girlfriend is just the best! Her personality is very similar to mine, we enjoy a lot of the same movies, television, and books, and she is just a really fun, cool person to hang out with.

That being said, I'm very glad we'll be spending some time together without my brother because they're still in that sickeningly sweet, lovey-dovey phase of the relationship that always makes me a little uncomfortable (mostly because I'm jealous and wish I could go back in time and enjoy that phase of my relationship with Aaron again). Plus, it's my little brother. I still think of him as the little kid I defended at the bus stop in middle school. I'll get over that, right?

Man, the food in my house the past two weeks has been outrageous! We had an amazing maple dijon glazed pork roast last week. It was the best pork loin roast I've ever made. Then this week I roasted a chicken for only the second time in my life and it was the most tender and juicy chicken I've ever had outside of the rotisserie chickens I used to buy at the store. The sandwiches I made from the leftovers today reminded me of the post-Thanksgiving, leftover turkey sandwiches Yaya used to make for me.

I've laid out a plan for the next couple of months of recipes that I want to share and I'm just going to fit them in when the ingredients go on sale. This may mean that I wind up posting a considerable amount of breakfast, side dish, and bread recipes and that's just fine with me. I do have a few bread recipes I'm dying to try and I know I tend to slack off on the breakfast and side dish recipes. It's just so hard to remember to photograph them as I'm making them!

One recipe I'm super excited about is this sunflower honey wheat bread I saw. The bread is so beautiful, golden brown round boules with an X crossed on top, and I love whole grains and seeds in my bread. If I can get my loaves to come out as pretty as the Beth's I'll be thrilled!

This week is going to be a bit more laid back. I'm hoping to finally be able to post the recipe for Yaya's cheeseburger soup but other than that I'm mostly sticking with simple dishes like hot dogs and grilled pork chops.

Here's the full menu

Breakfast- almond joy oatmeal
Lunch- leftover meatball sandwiches
Dinner- grilled pork chops, seasoned rice, soy and garlic steamed broccoli, and Hawaiian rolls

Breakfast- chicken biscuits
Lunch- leftover rice and broccoli with grilled chicken
Dinner- cheeseburger soup and crescent rolls

Breakfast- pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs
Lunch- leftovers
Dinner- Admiral will provide dinner

Breakfast- cereal and milk
Lunch- chicken stir fry and fried rice
Dinner- barbecue pulled pork, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and homemade hamburger buns

Breakfast- scrambled eggs and toast
Lunch- leftover pulled pork macaroni and cheese
Dinner- chili dogs and chips

Breakfast- maple raisin oatmeal
Lunch- leftover chili dogs
Dinner- turkey burgers, french fries, and macaroni and cheese

Breakfast- cereal and milk
Lunch- leftover turkey burgers
Dinner- pizza and salad

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