As the bathroom scale will attest, we ate very well this week!

But first, a quick apology for this week’s post being late. I had a very important mission to fulfill, that of assistant to the construction crew that replaced the screening on our back porch. The lead contruction guy was my very handsome husband, who will be turning 65 this week, and the project supervisor was my dog, Lizzie. You can see her working from the inside of the porch, very fitting for a supervisor, don’t you think? My job was to hold things, hand things up the ladder, locate lost tools, and clean up debris. No time for any foolishness like the computer, but I was thrilled to have the screen replaced!  They both did an excellent job.
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Now for the real purpose of this blog, The Sticky Menu Plan. The first half of the week I followed my menu, and as I said, we ate very well.
I love center cut, bone in, pork chops and they were on sale, so Sunday we enjoyed them grilled. I brined them first,and they were really delicious. I think that whenever you start with a bone in cut of anything it will always have more flavor, no matter how it’s prepared.
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If you follow this blog you may remember that a couple of weeks ago I mentioned I wanted to work on a knock-off of Abblebee’s Chicken and Shrimp Tequila Tango. Well, here it is; Tequila Lime Chicken and Shrimp with Avacado Cream. It was delicious, but there are two things I’d like to refine. The calorie count is too high and the avacado cream is too thick, but very tasty. Recipies always seem to be a work in progress. I can’t help but wonder how each one could be improved.
By Wednesday, I was again happy to have The Sticky Menu Plan in place. Emily called to tell us that Kelton’s first baseball game of the year was Thursday night, So Wednesday and Thursday’s stickies were reversed. No Problem! Both days I had planned on Freezer Food, but the Mushroom and Pork Skillet Dinner takes a little longer to get to the table, so we had that over pasta on Wednesday, along with with a House Salad.
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Thursday night was quick and simple Chili Dogs, giving us time to get to the ball game.
Friday the porch screening project began, and before I knew it it was 7 PM! Too late to prepare anything much, so once again the stickies were switched. Simple Saturday’s Bean and Ham Soup came out of the freezer and into our mugs in a flash. (Mugs courtesy of Kaij and Kelton.)
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By Saturday, the construction crew had gained enough experience to make the work flow much more smoothly, giving me time to toggle back and forth between the work site and the kitchen. Fishy Friday’s Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops came out just fine, especially since I paid attention to one of my Lessons Learned .
It will be so nice this spring to have the screen repaired. We can enjoy sitting on the porch and leave the back door open without the bugs coming in. Be thankful for what life gives you.

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