Menu Monday #34 – Nary a Cute Title or Pun in Sight

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Heather

Last week I had a 50 : 50 success rate with following the menu plan. We did have bolognese, but it was over a half-hearted ratatouille that I nearly ruined because I was sneaking an episode of Orange is the New Black on my tablet.

Hot weather is here for the duration and we’ve got near triple digits and high humidity until further notice. I’m going to try to work more salads into the rotation, but I hate making salads. That’s a first world problem if you’ve ever heard one, right?

There’s a place around here called Verde, thankfully neither location is on my regular routine or I’d be in a lot of financial trouble. I think I’ll be working my way through their menu over the next few weeks. Their salads are amazing and they use this nifty tool that looks like a couple of conjoined pizza cutters to speed up the chopped salad process. I’ve heard the version they use is at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, so I’ll hold off on ordering the OXO version until I confirm this.

I also know it sounds crazy to put a soup on the menu when the temperature is high, but you have to try it. (I’ll get it posted later this week). We’ve been dealing with some sinus stuff around here and there’s nothing quite like hot peppers to clear your head, at least temporarily.

What are you making this week? Do you need a menu planning printable to get started?

Menu Plan Monday

  • Monday –  Tuna Patties – I’m still searching for exactly how to make this wheat-free. Everything is either paleo (read that as way too involved or on the opposite end of the spectrum just tear up a piece of white bread – also not an option) and BLT salads
  • Tuesday – Roasted Butternut and Squash with Soba noodles (buckwheat noodles work just fine, testing a recipe that caught my eye)
  • Wednesday – Jalapeno Corn Chowder
  • Thursday – Bulgogi, rice, whatever vegetables are suitable for stir frying from the CSA
  • Friday – Grilled Chicken over a Southwestern Chopped Salad
  • Saturday – Marinated and Grilled Flank Steak  over grilled vegetables or salad – this will depend on the CSA contents
  • Sunday – We’ll be taking full advantage of the neighborhood pool all. day. long. Hotdogs or brats with sweet potato fries or zucchini / squash fries.

I have a couple of reader questions in my inbox this weekend, so it won’t be all food all the time this week.

Enjoy!

Menu Monday – Summer Break Style

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Heather says:

I didn’t get around to posting last week’s menu, but I assure you we ate, several times a day even.

We are definitely using the grill much more often and the foil wrapped vegetable packs are an incredibly handy way to use up the CSA’s bounty without putting in a ton of work. I just adjust the seasonings to match the protein we’re going to have. If you like blue cheese try a splash of balsamic vinegar and top with the cheese after the veg are done. If you are serving fish, a squeeze of lemon and some rosemary or basil would be fantastic. If you want shish ka bob flavor without the effort some teriyaki, soy sauce, and ginger. Don’t be scared to experiment, the worst thing that will happen is you’ll know better next time. (You can even just try your experimental seasoning on a mini packet before trying it on the whole batch)

This week promises more squash and if we get any more cabbage, I’ll have to try my hand at sauerkraut. Theoretically it’s not hard, finding the room to make a batch is an issue all in itself.

This week I do hope to finally take pictures and share how we do fish tacos.

I’m also glad that I finally nailed down a version of gluten-free zucchini bread that I’m proud to share.

What are you serving this week?

Menu Plan Monday

Zucchini Bread, Regular and Gluten-Free

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Heather says:

It may be zucchini season where you live -assuming you’re in North America– if not, it soon will be. While we love zucchini in lots of ways, the CSA is outpacing our ability to eat this awesome vegetable.

Ray, who is unfortunately allergic to wheat, mentioned how his grandmother used to make zucchini bread and how much he loved it and I remember loving when my mother made zucchini bread one summer when our garden went nuts.

Challenge accepted.

Last week’s attempt was tasty, but too cake-like to publish and if you’re going for a gluten-free version there was a little grit from the non-wheat flours. If you prefer a cake-like crumbly zucchini bread, all you have to do to this recipe is increase the flour by one cup and add an extra egg. Not recommended for gluten-free flours, the flour to oil ratio is what got rid of the gritty feel.

The good thing about quick breads and muffins is that the recipes are fairly forgiving. If your oven isn’t spot on the temperature department or you eyeball the amount of vanilla or only have large eggs instead of jumbo, it’s all going to be fine. Quick breads and muffins are not precision baking and are perfect if you’re just trying to find your baking legs. You can play around a little with the recipe and have good, repeatable results and not worry about the product failing miserably.

Now there are some things to keep in mind. You can’t wait all day after mixing the dry and wet ingredients as there is some chemistry magic happening. If you wait too long, your baking soda will finish reacting before the batter can set and you’ll have dense little loaves or muffins. You don’t have to worry about tossing in some raising or nuts or swapping out some butter for oil etc. Experiment and write down your results.

If wheat is not an issue in your household, just swap out both non-wheat flours for 2 cups of all purpose flour. (In case I phrased that oddly that’s two cups of flour total, not two cups for each cup, capiche?)

: Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

: Dense, moist zucchini bread

 Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

  • 1 cup Pillsbury Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Bisquik Gluten Free Baking Mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon -more if you prefer
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter – room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup walnut pieces (optional)

 Grated Zucchini

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Grate the zucchini if it isn’t already
  • Combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
  • In a larger bowl cream the butter and sugar together and stir in the oil. Mix until fully incorporated and no obvious lumps exist.
  • Lightly beat the eggs and stir them into the wet mixture, with 1 tsp vanilla.
  • Quickly work to add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet. As soon as the batter is moist, stir in the grated zucchini and walnuts, if you choose.
  • Pour the batter into two 9×5 loaf pans and bake for 50 -55 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

Enjoy!

 

I Can’t Do [x] Because [Y] or Reviewing a Book on Procrastination

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Heather says

It’s a little weird to be asked to review a book on procrastination. The jokes nearly write themselves, right?

I can’t review the book on procrastination because I’m going to write my own book on procrastination, and I’ll start tomorrow.

Procastination

Most of you are here for life skills of some sort, learning how to deal with things that you probably weren’t taught growing up. Perhaps someone did try to teach you, but maybe you weren’t ready to listen.

It doesn’t matter the cause, you’re here now.

I have alluded to, but not really said that at one time this community filled a void that I couldn’t even tell anyone existed. I was absolutely terrified that if you or anyone found out that I was miserable that you, all of you, would lose any shred of respect you had for me -not that I had any for myself- and I’d end up more alone and more miserable.

So I filled up my days writing here, taking care of my kids, and pretending everything was fine. Not necessarily picture perfect, but fine, thank you very much.

And pound by anxious pound I slipped away.

People who haven’t dealt with anxiety, think that it’s a knot in your stomach and worrying.

People who have can tell you sometimes it’s being stuck in the stall of a public bathroom, dripping sweat, hanging on to the handicap rail and begging God, “Please, just please don’t let me pass out, I can’t be found like this” while trying to keep your toddler from crawling on the floor of a bathroom.

Sometimes I’d come home at night from work and I’d shut the garage door and think about whether or not to turn off the car. I always found a reason to make myself get it together and go inside. (Those reasons are currently zipping up and down the stairs with nerf toys having the time of their loud little lives)

One morning I was getting my youngest out of her carseat, I put her on my hip, reached for a bag of groceries and my legs gave out.

They said, “No. You’re done.” On the floor of my garage, I knew I couldn’t fake it any more.

I was a basket case of stress that I couldn’t explain. I really wasn’t hungry much of the time and what little I did eat, to put it politely, exited quickly.  (Potassium is very important, trust me)

I didn’t even know how to tell my then husband. (That maybe should have been a clue, but denial is a funny thing).

I started going to see a therapist and I made myself a plan. I gave myself two years to change my life. After I was done emotionally vomiting over this poor lady,  I realized she had no valuable feedback and just went to work on my plan to change everything.

What does this have to do with procrastination, Heather? Why all the  stories are you just trying to put off the review?

No, I’m not. I just know what depression and anxiety look like and they aren’t pretty and procrastination and anxiety often go hand-in-hand.

I know how tiny tasks can be put off and the next thing you know these once little things are these massive –incomprehensibly so–  and it’s just too hard. So you find a distraction.  Maybe it was an oil change, or a haircut, or a dental appointment and weeks go by and these tiny tasks get bigger and when you have three young children those tasks pile up awfully fast.

I had a plan though and I carried it out. I made it happen one little step at a time.

After I moved out, I felt on top of the world. I had it made. I had a house for the kids and I, in a place where I wanted to live. I could have friends over and I began to feel less like a puppet going through the motions, like I was actually alive, and I was hungry again.

And then my world fell completely apart.

And while I had friends willing to help, and a therapist who was more than a sounding board, this was a pit I had to climb out of on my own.

I wish I had read: The More You Do The Better You Feel by David Parker long before any of this.

I knew that when I dug deep and made myself tackle a task that it was rarely as bad as it initially felt.

No one ever even yelled at me. (I am the stereotypical eldest child, overly responsible and terrified of authority figures)

I don’t necessarily identify with David Parker’s theories about why we procrastinate, but overall I did like his techniques for dealing with the habit.

Just like FLYLady doesn’t work for everyone, David’s J.O.T. Method™ may feel like overkill to some of you. If you’re not seriously struggling with procrastination and avoidance, chances are this book wasn’t written for you.

And hey, that’s okay, some people like mayonnaise and I can’t wrap my brain around THAT.

While it may seem like this was an awful lot of writing to say, “Hey, if you are a procrastinator and it is severely affecting your life, order this book,” it was simply a chance to tell you that I get it, I’ve been there, and it’s going to be okay, but you are responsible for making the changes and taking those steps. If things are really bad, sometimes that first step is a call to a professional.

It doesn’t matter if you’re completely overwhelmed or feeling desperate, you aren’t alone.

Cabbage Slaw with Lime, Honey, and Cilantro

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Heather says

This ridiculously easy recipe is what I refer to as a ratio recipe. You can scale it up or down depending on how many or few you are serving.

Easy Cabbage Slaw with Lime, Cilantro and Honey

 

: Lime and Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

: Great topping for tacos

  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, sliced thinly or shredded
  • 2 TBSP lime juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped

  • Whisk together the lime juice, honey, and cilantro.
  • Toss the cabbage in the dressing and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavor to develop.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Refrigeration time: 1 hour(s) 

Diet tags: Gluten free, Raw

Culinary tradition: USA (Southwestern)

 

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac, It’s All About the Urushiol

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From Facebook:

How do you deal with poison oak, sumac, and ivy in general?

Scratchy in Santa Fe

Heather says:

If you come into contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac the most effective “treatment” is to immediately and thoroughly wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. All three of these plants (and interestingly their distant cousin the mango) have the same allergenic oil, urushiol. Interestingly, not everyone is allergic to urushiol. While I’m allergic to everything else Mother Nature throws at me, I’ve never had a case of poison ivy despite my years and years of rambling in the woods, but enough about me.

Urushiol StructureSo the structure of urushiol looks a bit like this, with alkyl chain at the R in the image. An alkyl chain is simply a bunch of carbon atoms with hydrogen attached kind of like this C/C\C/C\CH3 (That’s about the best I can do in a standard text editor, just pretend you get it). That alkyl chain makes the urushiol molecule difficult to dissolve in water.

However your skin has oils and urushiol will gladly hang out in those oils, having a party, raising blisters and an ugly rash.

The urushiol can be spread through contact, if you have some on your arm and you scratch, you may get the urushiol under your finger nails which will then be spread to your face or wherever you decide to touch before you wash. (And gentlemen, I’ve heard plenty of embarrassing stories about men not washing their hands thoroughly and -how do we put this delicately- spreading the fun to less public body parts and later assuming they have other issues that require a visit to the county health department.)

Despite the persistent old wives tale, you cannot spread poison ivy from the rash itself, UNLESS, that rash never got washed and still has urushiol. Got it?

If you don’t wash the oil promptly your skin may absorb the urushiol; which, as you can imagine may intensify your reaction. Some people even have systemic (whole body) reactions to poison ivy and will break out in rashes, even in places that have not had contact with the irritant.

Keep in mind that animals that have come in contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac may spread the urushiol on their fur. If you’re especially sensitive, try to keep animals off of the furniture (especially beds) and bathe them thoroughly.

When removing poison ivy, sumac, or oak from your property, your best defense is to wear long pants, long sleeves, and gloves. Take this clothing and immediately place it in the washer – check out How to Remove Poison Ivy from Clothing, and wash your hands thoroughly. That’s it. There’s no magic trick. Sure there are plenty of products out there that claim to work especially well, but that’s mostly marketing. Wash the area with plain old soap or dish detergent (for hand washing, not the stuff you put in your dishwasher) and then treat the rash itself with your favorite OTC topical ointment.

Oh and a very important side note: Never burn poison ivy. That rash you get on your skin? It’s nothing compared to a potential reaction in the lungs.

Send your questions to helpme@home-ec101.com.

Have a Family of Bookworms? Try Amazon Family Library

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Heather says

A couple of years ago I shared how to download audio books from your local library for free. If you liked that, I think you’ll dig today’s info.

I use Amazon for a lot of things, it’s also a small source of revenue – if I link to something here and someone makes a purchase through that link I get a percentage of that sale. It’s something pretty common on the web and it’s called an affiliate link. If I mention a product I use or like, it makes sense to do this as it doesn’t cost the purchaser any extra. In theory it is possible to be shady when using affiliate links, but I only add the link if it is relevant. I’m not going to try to make you buy a $37 ebook on how to start an aquaponic farm (I saw that yesterday), but I will link to baking soda if it’s in a recipe and sometimes I’ll even plug my own book.  (If I don’t, who will?)

That revenue this brings in isn’t huge and mostly feeds my book addiction and occasional binges on tv shows. I do love Amazon Prime‘s free shipping which keeps me from having to brave Walmart or Target, because, well, people. . .

sigh

If I can avoid this, I will.

The kids are taking after me in the read everything they get their hands on department and while I generally don’t mind visiting the used bookstore, I am really beginning to appreciate the ease of the Kindle and free Kindle apps to feed their voracious literary appetites. If you haven’t heard of Bookbub, go check it out, I’ll be here when you get back.  (That is not an example of an affiliate link, it’s just a really cool way to find low cost and free books through publisher promotions.)

How to find and manage free and cheap ebooks for the entire family

If you’re a geek like me, you may find over the years you’ve had quite a few phones, tablets, and apps attached to your Amazon Kindle account. Yesterday I was trying to figure out how to get rid of some of the devices I’ve broken and or sold over the years so I can get the default download to be my current device. It’s kind of a pain, but you can find it under My Account in the Digital Content section.
Amazon manage devicesWhile I was poking aound I noticed something called Amazon Family Library, being curious I looked into it. It turns out you can more easily share content with family members AND this also gives you better control over what you’re giving your children access, too. The younger two have Kindle Apps on their Nabi Tablets and the oldest one has my old Kindle.

I’m still figuring out all the ins and outs of managing the multiple devices, but I thought you might want to hear about it.

I try really hard to be aware of what they are exposed to, my mom had no idea how advanced my reading abilities were as a small child until after I’d read the copy of Stephen King’s It she’d left lying around when I was 7. Oops.

Oh and Amazon Prime includes the Kindle Lending library which lets you borrow books marked Prime for free. *winning*

Of course, like the free audio book rentals, I could just be one of the last to know.

If not, enjoy!

Home Organization: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

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When I think of my dream home it is perfectly organized from floor to ceiling, basement drain to roof vent. Real life organization is a bit different than my dream. I found this quote by Christina Scalise that sums up my goal for organization: “Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” Following are some articles with tips to help you with that type of home organization; just click the title of the one that you want to read more about.

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Avoid The Just-Walked-In-The-House Clutter

How to avoid the buildup of shoes, coats, mail, etc. from when you walk in the door. I think most people struggle with this, since it’s really easy just to toss down your stuff and sack out in a chair the second you get home.

Cleaning Up With Preschoolers

I have a 3 year old girl who refuses to clean up her messes and because I don’t like to punish her too hard, I do it for her, but lately my house is so cluttered with dirty laundry, her toys, and most of my husbands clean jeans, that I feel like I’m going to scream because of the mess.

Customizing The Chore Routine

I love your site and I want to love this chore list, but I don’t know how to make it work for our family. We have a 6 month old, a toddler, and two hairy cats. I work part time and have two days during the week to do chores. Can you suggest a 4 day chore chart and/or how to get chores done with two young children.

Dealing With Too Much Stuff

Our home is full of stuff that needs to go.  It is 25 years of what ever, it’s neatly stored and organized. The house is telling me do not bring anything else home. There isn’t any place to put it.

Determining Your Home Management Style

Within your own household, you and your significant other will have different management styles as well. Let’s look at a few types of management styles and what works best together.

Get Clothing Clutter Under Control

I find my bedroom becoming cluttered very quickly with clothes that are “too clean to wash” yet “not clean enough to put away”.  I didn’t want to spend more time on laundry than I had to. I’d wear clothes until they were visibly dirty, overly wrinkled, or they became… umm… odiferous.

How to Curb Clutter

About as close to a magic pill as a person can find.

How to Divide Chores Evenly

My husband and I both grew up in homes where the father worked, and the mother largely stayed home and attended to all of the household duties. We both work, and sometimes have a hard time agreeing on who should be doing which chores, how often, and how well.

How To Reduce Paper Clutter

There are stacks of paper all over my house. Do you have any suggestions on how I can better organize this mess?

Keeping Up With Receipts: Keep Your Tax Accountant Happy

Many people throw their receipts in a shoebox and at the end of the year, they have a tangled mess to either hand to their tax accountant or go through themselves when they’re doing their own taxes. This method not only wastes time, but potentially can waste money OR get you in trouble with the IRS by either deducting too little or too much.

Organized, Clean, Sanitary, Sterile: Defining the Terms

It dawned on me last night that after nearly three years of posting I have never described the difference between: clean, organized, sanitary, and sterile. Well hang on because it isn’t that difficult.

Organization Is Fundamental

In which Ivy loses very important directions and has to wing it, and it all could have been avoided by keeping all her stuff in one neat place instead of keeping her stuff flung all over the house.

Review of Clutter Rehab by Laura Wittman

It’s a a very quick read, ringing in just over a hundred pages and seems like it would be a great thinking-of-you type gift.

The Secret To A Clean House

Dear Home Ec 101, How do you keep a clean house?
Signed, N00b in Newford

What Babies Don’t Need

All the baby books and sites have these huge lists of things it says we “need” but what do we realistically need? What are the must have items and what kind of quantities do we really need?

Yet Another Reason To Declutter

It’s strengthening my resolve to not just declutter the main house, but also my garage, attic, and all the hidden clutter I own.

Send your domestic questions to helpme@home-ec101.com.

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It’s Time Again for Hurricane 101

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Heather says:

June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. For those of us on the East and Gulf Coasts, we know this means anxious meteorologists glorifying every thunderstorm that appears in the oceans. Although the public tends to become jaded with media saturation, there is no reason to get caught with your pants down.

Hurricane Hugo was the landmark event of my childhood. Thankfully my family made it through safely with relatively little damage. I remember not only the storm, but the camaraderie that developed during the clean up. Everyone in my neighborhood pitched in, adults cleared downed trees and grilled defrosting meals. Older kids babysat and entertained the younger ones so the adults could work unhindered. I was only eleven, so my memories consist mostly of the awesome forts we were able to build with scavenged materials. I was too young to understand what a nightmare filing for damages or dealing with FEMA could be.

Hurricane Season Preparedness

Here are some tips to be sure you and your family are safe should a storm make landfall. (Many of these apply to those living near fault lines or in tornado country who don’t have the benefit of prior warning.)

  • Check your insurance coverage. Do you have adequate protection from both wind and water? Are they with the same or competing companies? Keep these documents in a safe, dry place and remember to bring them along if you must evacuate.
  • Have enough food and clean water for each family member to last at least 72 hours.
  • One gallon of water per person per day.
  • Food should be ready to eat or only require minimal preparation. Please don’t forget to have a manual can opener on hand. You may end up the most popular person on your block.
  • Candles, batteries, flashlights, and a crank or battery operated radio are a must.
  • Keep your gas tank filled at least half way at all times.
  • Keep an emergency cash supply on hand, as ATMs do not work without power.
  • Have an evacuation plan. Shelters are only for those in the most dire need, those who have no where else to go.
    • Take identification and proof of residency with you. If an area is badly damaged law enforcement will restrict access to people trying to return.
    • Have a plan for Fido and Fluffy as well. Most shelters do not take pets, know what you are going to do before a warning has been announced. As a pet owner this is an important responsibility that is frequently overlooked.
  • Have a well stocked first-aid kit.
    • Keep all prescription medications filled and take them with you, if you must leave.
  • Have sturdy work gloves.  Keep an extra pair with your emergency kit.
  • Have sturdy shoes, you don’t need to be nailing a tarp to your roof in flip flops.
  • Except for emergencies, stay put after a storm. Emergency personnel have enough to deal with: restoring utilities and rescuing those who were injured in the storm. Don’t add to their workload.
  • Curfews may be established. Obey all law enforcement personnel. People under severe stress may act erratically.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.
  • Remember snakes and other wildlife may become disoriented after a storm. Watch where you step and never put your hands where you cannot see when removing storm debris.
  • If you live in a rural area, learn how to safely operate a chainsaw. This goes for you ladies, too. Downed limbs are pretty much a given. STAY AWAY from  power lines.
    • Own one, keep it in good condition, and have gasoline, oil,  and chain oil on hand.
  • Have plenty of  propane or charcoal for your grill.
    • I’ve brewed coffee using a grill in the past. My neighbors loved me for it.
    • NEVER use a grill indoors. The flames produce deadly, odorless carbon monoxide.
  • If you have to board your windows, make sure you already have the plywood on hand. It can be reused each year.
  • Have a couple of tarps ready, they can be used to temporarily cover a broken window or a hole in the roof until more permanent repairs can be made.
  • Remember cell towers may be damaged in a strong storm and communication may be spotty or non-existent for a while.

And finally, if you’re watching a storm with potential to become a threat and you’re not in an evacuation zone,  it’s time to check and make sure everything is ready.

Go ahead and get the laundry caught up, find the cooler, check the generator –if you have one–, swap the stored gasoline if you have / need that.  Make ice if your freezer isn’t full.

A full freezer will stay at temperature for 48 hours, only 24 if it’s only half full.

If the kids have electronics, go ahead and make sure they are fully charged, be ready to ration their use.

If a storm does look like it will hit, let the people who haven’t thought ahead deal with each other in those last few hours. You’re ready; stay home, safe and dry, and make your own version of Harriet McLeod’s Go Away Cookies.

And while the drama is what the media plays on, remember it’s the little, preventable accidents that are most common.

Here is hoping for a quiet season!

Menu Monday Memorial Day 2015

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Heather says

It’s Memorial Day once again.

Many of you will be celebrating with picnics and cookouts. If you haven’t figured out what to pack yet, here’s a list of picnic possibilities  and if you’re looking to easily feed a crowd Lowcountry Boil is always a good option. Don’t forget as host / hostess of an event it’s your job to make sure food safety guidelines are observed, as no one wants to spend tonight curled up on their bathroom floor.

I’m currently trying really hard to relax. I’m not good at relaxing, I find it takes a lot of effort and restraint and here I am breaking my promise to not work this weekend. (Home Ec 101 never really feels like work anyhow, so don’t tattle, please.)Steak over grilled vegetables Photo credit: Ray Bergman

Last night’s dinner was a quick, use lots of vegetables because more are coming, dinner. I made Easy Foil Veggies with a splash of balsamic in the packets,  and marinated a chuck steak in balsamic, olive oil, and Chef Prudhomme’s Redfish Magic. I the vegetables got a headstart on the grill. After the steak was flipped, I topped it with blue cheese. Not too bad for a let’s use what we have kind of meal.

While it is a holiday, people around here are still going to expect to be fed throughout the week, so here’s this week’s Menu Monday.

Menu Plan Monday

Saturday / Sunday are to be determined based on produce and protein on sale this week.

What are you making this week? Did you try anything new?