Monday, August 30, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 8/30/10

I'm writing this post from my kitchen! Yes! We got a new laptop this weekend. And do you know what we named her? Martha. Yes, I love my Martha - she's going to be fun and handy to use.

So, what's going to be on the Richard Family Table this week?

Monday: Crockpot Whole Chickens, Roasted Potatoes & Dilled Peas

Tuesday: Grilled Pork Chops with Pear Salsa (so good!), Brown Basmati Rice, & Grilled Zucchini

Wednesday: Chicken & Black Bean Burritos, Chips & Salsa

Thursday: Red Pepper & Bacon Quiche & Salad

Friday: Brats, Quinoa Salad & Fruit

Monday, August 23, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 8/23/10

Here's what's on the menu for this week! See my earlier post today for more of what's been going on in our kitchen.

Monday: Chicken Fajitas, Beans, Chips & Salsa
Tuesday: Pork Souvlakia & Greek Salad
Wednesday: Country Style Pork Ribs, Mac'n Cheese, Salad (if my 2nd planting of wax beans start cranking out, we'll have those instead!)
Thursday: Beer Battered Fish, Oven Fries, & Red Cabbage Coleslaw
Friday: Greek Hamburgers & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Home Preservation

Hello! Wow - once again, the busy-ness of life has caught me off guard and I have not kept you all up to date on what we've been eating. I know the extreme sadness this must have caused you (excuse me, my tongue is in my cheek ;) )

The garden is in full swing! Although the first planting of cucumbers is dwindling down, I've still got another, smaller planting now producing. The tomatoes are getting their "I'm tired" look but the peppers are blushing just like a new bride. Here's a list of what I've canned and preserved (not in it's entirety but close):

Tomato Juice
Italian Seasoned Tomato Sauce
Dried Tomatoes
Really Quick Dill Pickles
Quick Sweet Pickle Slices
Honeyed Pickled JalapeƱos
Southeast Asian Chile Garlic Relish
Dried (and crushed) Anaheim Peppers
Blueberry Lime Jam
Peach Jam
Spiced Peach Jam
Dried Sage (need to do more!)
Dried Dill (need to do more!)
Dried Thyme (need to do more!)

.....I'm sure the list will continue to grow :) I've also done some freezing: like 11 pounds of chopped onions.

I'll also keep my bell peppers and hot peppers that I haven't been able to use fresh and freeze them.

I get an immense sense of satisfaction by putting up the food I've grown, seeing the clean jars that glimmer like jewels on the counter beside the stove. Adding the dehydrator has been a nice addition to canning and freezing. What have you been putting away for the upcoming months?