Topsy-Turvy is putting it mildly

Last week’s menu plan turned into a Carnival Ride!  Nothing went as it should, but through it all we managed to avoid restaurants and fast food. Sunday was the calm before the storm. We enjoyed a leisurly dinner at Emily’s. She’s such a good cook! Monday all the craziness started. Something happened every day. You can forget trying to follow it all. I’m not even sure what we did, but we did manage to eat at home.
On to this week…The craziness continues!
This Sunday was almost normal. We had Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers, but not on the grill. I took the easy way out and made them in an iron skillet, stove top.
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Monday once again wasn’t meatless. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but “Meatless Monday” does at least remind me to try to go meatless at least once a week. This Monday we dined late at night on Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken. It seemed like we hadn’t even finished supper before it was time for bed.
Tuesday poor Lizzie had oral surgey to extract two fractured teeth. (We have no idea how she fractured them?) We kept things simple and had Tuna Salad on top of a House Salad for dinner.IMG_0194 IMG_0045
I had been waiting all week for Wednesday’s Italian Tomato Pie, but we were sorely disappointed. Our tomato crop just didn’t bear as it has in the past, so I was forced to buy some tomatoes at a produce stand. Although those tomatoes looked good, they just didn’t work in the recipe. Our tomato pie was a juicy runny mess.
Thursday we fell back on a tried and true favorite, Beef and Bean Burritos. I keep Taco Seasoned Beef and Simple Refried Beans in the freezer for a quick meal. All I have to do after the beef and beans are heated is dice a few tomatoes and onions and shred some lettuce and cheese.  A little Salsa Rice is good on the side.
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Friday’s dinner came with a  twist. Saucy Shrimp with Whole Corn Grits was on the calender. I started rummaging around in the freezer and a box of Cajun marinated shrimp along with some Quick and Light Cheese Grits presented themselves.  The Cajun shrimp were perfectly seasoned for the dish, and the cheese grits substituted nicely.
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Along with everything else, I just couldn’t pass on this year’s peach crop. Peach Pound Cakes with Amaretto Hard Sauce were the newest addition to my peach recipe collection. We can’t enjoy a basket of fresh peaches without making a batch of Peach Ice Cream, either.IMG_2028_1 IMG_2023_1
Individual Peach Pot Pies finished out the basket of peaches and gave me the oprotunity to use my new little mini pie pans.  Just when Michael thinks I have every piece of kitchen ware that was ever manufacured, I find something else I need!  Chicken pot pies sound good, don’t they?
Be thankful for what life gives you.


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