Hello, I’m still here. I owe my disappearance from this blog to a writing deadline that was using up my brainpower, another round of (milder) sickness hitting the youngest two, and just too many sunny days. Although Elizabeth seems to have the worst of it now, but she had a milder case of the flu when we were all suffering with it the first time around. I see sick eyes in this picture….
I finally finished my mobile for meg’s mobile swap last week. It is a variation of the one hanging over elizabeth’s changing table, which she is demonstrating in this picture, needs to be raised a wee bit! And instead of hanging it on an embroidery hoop, I attached a few fabric leaves to a willow branch and hung the swallows from there. If you haven’t seen the mobile swap flickr group, you must check it out. There is some amazing work floating around–(one of my favorites being the one meg made…)
So this week I planned my menus again, just dinner–and spent a little more than last week–$131. But last week I think I did a better job of using some of the things I already had in my pantry and made some old standby meals. This week I tried two new recipes. Several people have asked me to share what I made, but let me warn you, we are a very meat and potatoes type of family. Well-balanced and colorful, yes, but meat and potatoes. This is nothing fancy, all very simple menu items….
Monday (b/c the planned roast didn’t defrost):
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Tomato/Bocconcini cheese/Basil tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
baked sweet potatoes
homemade corn bread
Spaghetti with turkey meatballs
"white" pizza–chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach, a bit of bacon, mozzarella cheese.
tabouli over mixed greens–
this was a first try for me, the tabouli. I made it from a mix out of a box and it was no good. But I want to find more grains to include in my menus besides rice and couscous, so if anyone has any suggestions?)
(and I think we had some applesauce in there somewhere…)
So there it is. In all it’s (lack of) glory.
Now I’m hungry….