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Another month is just about gone and I'm reading about schools that are already out for the summer in various parts of the US. Here in Ontario, the kids have another month to go, but they won't go back to school until the day after Labour Day.
I cooked a small piece of pork loin last night , making a good old fashioned roast dinner out of it - really, really good, then while I cleared up, hubby shredded the rest of the pork so tonight we'll have pulled pork on a bun (and the dough is being made as I "speak") so tonight will be easy. (This from the whole pork loin we bought a few weeks ago that hubby cut into 6. The whole thing cost about $16 - can't be bad)
Despite good intentions of firing up the BBQ most of last week, we only used it once. We'll try again - I fancy chicken and Italian sausages with a big salad - one of my favourite summer meals and taco salad sounds good too
I checked thru the freezers yesterday, mainly to see what needs to be used in the fruit and veggie department before the new season's crops are ready. We still have lots of raspberries and lots of green beans so I need to incorporate them into the menu somehow. I also discovered that there is enough meat to feed us for easily 3 months if I didn't buy another thing - this is after trying to use up the freezer stocks for most of this year. Need to keep plugging away at that.
There's a couple of packs of ribs all cooked and ready to eat in there - maybe one of them will make an appearance this week. Chicken and pasta in one form or another and burgers will round ut the week nicely and make a very small dent in the freezer stocks
How about you? Does your menu planning get more relaxed during the warm summer months?
Have a great week,
Hi Tasty and Everyone! Happy Memorial Day to you all.
Wow, Tasty! You sure stretched out that pork loin-What a great way to do it. Maybe I will go to Sam's Club this week and pick one up for DH and myself. They have been a good price over there lately. Anytime I can stretch out my budget like that is a "good" thing!
Well, yesterday DH made BBQ ribs on the grill and also chicken breasts for a meal later on this week. Had the ribs yesterday and they were sooooo good. Just LOVE grilled foods-and it helps keep the kitchen so much cooler too.
Today, we are going to the beach if the weather holds out and will be having hots and hamburgers for the family and grandkids. It is supposed to reach 92-93 today, so a good day to relax and enjoy with family. Will be drinking LOTS of iced tea-already made several gallon jugs to take with us.
Tuesday is "Flea Market " day for us. DH and I do the market at least once a month or more now. Good way to relieve the house of a lot of things we don't use and also a lot of clutter, LOL! And we make a little money on the side. We've made good friends there which makes it a lot of fun too. I think we will be eating the grilled chicken and a large salad for dinner that night.
Wed-pork chops either on the grill or pan fried in the house-or maybe breaded??? Along with boiled new potatoes and fresh peas. Dessert will be fresh peaches (maybe grilled if we use the grill ??)
Thursday-don't know yet-maybe tacos??
Friday-it is only supposed to be 60 degrees, so I might make soup and sandwiches. Have a LOT of onions to use up, so may make onion soup.
Saturday-Bringing the boat and camper home to clean them up for the season. Lots of work (and probably repair work too, as they are older now) so will make something easy for dinner; maybe a casserole out of the leftovers or out of the freezer. Whatever way the wind blows........
Oh, and to answer Tasty's question-summer is definetly more relaxed cooking because we "go with the flow". Seems like we just pick up and do things at the last minute compared to the rest of the year. If it is nice, we are on the boat or camping, going to the park for a picnic etc. Got to enjoy the nice weather here in MI when you can, because winter just lasts too long. LOL!!
Jan in MI
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We just returned home from the new to us camper's maiden voyage. We left Friday and returned at lunch time today.
It was a spur of the moment trip because of all the rain in the forecast. The camper worked well, we stayed dry and did very little. It was a welcome change from the go-go of farming. We did discover a few little personalization type projects to complete before the next (longer) trip.
Meals this week and through the summer months are very relaxed. This week is cool and damp so I'm thinking some stews and soups from the freezer and then when the sun shows up again we will grill.
Good to hear that you got away for a couple of days Pat. That kind of recharges the batteries, doesn't it?
Found some bargains in the meat department when I got groceries yesterday.
Made up some turkey salad bunwiches for an in the field meal last night. I had planned on a ginger beef and broccoli stir fry but DH changed plans. I'll do the stir fry tonight.
It is gray and sort of drizzly so I plan to spend the day in the kitchen prepping for the next camping trip. We plan to head out again on the 10th for a week or so. I'll make a big batch of sauce for pasta, sloppy joes, and some burgers and meatballs to put into the camper freezer. I want to make a pan of brownies and lemon bars along with a coupe kinds of muffins. It wouldn't hurt to mix up a few baggies of dry ingredients for pancakes to have ready too. Guess that will be a start and a good way to spend the day.
Hope you all have a pleasant weekend.
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