Wannabe Martha

Still trying to figure out which Martha

There’s a Menu and Not Much Else

I wish I had more time to post today, but super busy with work and home life; still, am trying to live up to my own promise-to-self that I’ll blog regularly.

 I didn’t get to make the pie Els recommended – my fault – just ran out of time, plus want to try and scale down to a smaller amount.

Here’s the planned menu for the week. I’ve stopped stressing about whether or not we stick to it, but having a plan means having a shopping list means getting the grocery budget under control.

  •  Monday – The roast pork sliders and Jicama Slaw that did not get made last week.
  • Tuesday – Buffalo chicken wraps
  • Wednesday – Asian Lettuce Wraps (not to self – pick up fish sauce)
  • Thursday – this Roasted Cherry Panzanella Salad – maybe with some grilled chicken
  • Friday – Do Your Own Thing

So, what’s cooking at your place?

Unrelated item #1 – school starts in 6 weeks which annoys the living daylights out of me. No school until after Labor Day! Sheesh! Again, Sheesh

Unrelated item #2 – Hoping to have a Reading Update post soon – maybe even tonight.



Don’t You People Eat?

Yes.  Yes, we eat.  But last week I burned my arm really badly Monday night and then the girls hightailed it off to their grandparents mid-week, so the menu business sort of went by the wayside.  Things are better this week.  My arm’s not bandaged any longer and our appetites have returned a bit.

I know the week’s nearly over, but did want to share a couple things we’ve made and enjoyed – which you might enjoy also.

Monday – Sautéed chicken  with salad and grilled crookneck squash

Tuesday – Tacos – um, these Crispy Beef, Cheddar and Pickle Tacos – make them as soon as possible; while you’re at it, head over to Wit & Vinegar and  make large batches of their Taco Seasoning mix – you’ll never buy the stuff again.  It’s worth noting that once you put pickles (and chopped onion – my addition) on your tacos, you don’t ever want anything else on them again.  That’s it – the beef, cheddar, finely chopped pickles and onions.  Nirvana!

Wednesday  – I’m not sure yet – might prevail on the people who live with me to come up with something.  Angharad makes this killer tomato soup that would be pretty perfect; I think we have all the ingredients, so that’s a definite possibility.

Thursday – Erm…not sure.  I’m thinking a final attempt at preparing a London Broil.  The last couple I’ve tried have come out slightly tougher than the sole of a boot, so not really feeling the excitement.  On the other hand, I have one in the freezer so might as well get it over and done with.  I came across this recipe which has some seriously good reviews, so maybe it won’t be so bad.  Note to self:  make sure there’s plenty of salad, just in case.

Friday – Dinner plans – YAY

But wait – I made this Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce (from Two Peas and Their Pod – super tasty site; I go there pretty much every day!) like 4 times last week.  I know you’re thinking that peanut butter and cucumbers is just too weird of a combination, but let go of your hesitation and try it out.  The sauce is a lighter version of my  “Better Than Ed’s Sauce” and would be tasty on so  many things.  The first time I made it, I used one of my THREE (!!!!!) mandolins – long story, maybe I’ll post about it, but since then I’ve been using this great little julienne tool which is much easier to use and less hazardous on the fingers.  I have this one which came as part of a set with the best ever vegetable peeler you will every own.  Ever.  I bought a set for each of my girls so that they too will never have to be without.  That’s how much I love them.  My girls, I mean.

Well, that’s it.  So, anything tasty happening at your houses?