So much to do, so little time

It’s one of those weeks…two days shot with Dr. appointments, vet visits, produce to put up, and garage shelving to build. This was one of those weeks The Sticky Menu Plan was designed for!
Sunday we worked on more garage shelving, so there wasn’t time to devote to cooking a big meal. We always enjoy my Big Spring Jam Greek Chicken Salad. It does take a little prep work, but that prep can be done in bits and pieces as time allows. Once again, Monday wasn’t meatless. Taco Salad Our Way was a quick choice. I had Taco Seasoned Beef in the freezer, as well as some Simple Refried Beans.  We don’t use a big tortilla shell for this salad, just a base of tortilla chips, plenty of lettuce, and home grown tomatoes.  So good!
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Tuesday was another trip to the Madison County Farmer’s Market and another long day of working to fill the freezer with more Summer Squash for the Freezer and Cream-Style Corn for Freezing. I do believe the old adage “Make hay while the sun shines”. If I don’t take advantage of the fresh summer produce I’ll be sorry come winter.
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The tomato plants are still producing, as well. I have some Homemade Marinara Sauce and Simple Plain Tomato Sauce left from last year’s bountiful harvest, so this year I’m concentrating on chunky style Freezer Tomatoes and Fresh Tomato Soup. I’m saving freezer space by storing the soup as a concentrate without any broth. I can add that as needed or substitute milk if I’m in the mood.
Tuesday night’s dinner was a spin on my Pork Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas. I had some broccoli in the fridge and substituted that for the peas. Yellow bell peppers and sliced mushrooms went in too.
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Michael wasn’t too thrilled with Wednesday night’s Freezer Food, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. To be fair, I did nothing to enhance them. They were just heated straight from the freezer and pretty bland. I should have at least added a little extra sauce or something.
By Thursday I was starting to wear myself out. My Sticky Menu Plan said we were supposed to grill some of our Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls, but when I went to retrieve them from the freezer a couple of already grilled hotdogs jumped into my arms instead! Well, at least we didn’t head out to a drive-thru.
Friday was Fishy, but with a twist. We rewarded ourselves for the week of hard work by going out to dinner. OK, it was just to a Mexican joint again, but we enjoyed it. My Fishy Friday entree was a combination of shrimp and chicken called “La Marina”. I’m going to work on figuring out the recipe because it’s more diet friendly than some Mexican meals.
All in all, it was a good week. Be thankful for what life gives you.


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