Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan
Listen up Fall.
I love you. You’re welcome here.
I adore you. Crunchy leaves, the sunshine and cooling temps. The end of constant boob sweat. It’s a beautiful thing. And with the wood stove added to the house in March, we’re ready to be cozy. I had my first mug of tea the other morning and it was delicious.
Rain is coming this week. It is inevitable. We’ve had an incredibly dry summer and I’m ready for the rain. I need to pick all the ripe and mostly ripe tomatoes later today. The raspberry patch will soon turn moldy. The season wraps up, and we start to spend more time on the inside.
Not like inside our own bodies. That would be creepy af.
I ended up canning four more quarts of whole tomatoes this week, and a total of seven quarts of peaches. I need to clean out the deep freeze and use up some of the strawberries and blackberries and turn them into jam and pancake syrup. Soon. That will happen soon.
Guess what came home with me this week? An air fryer.
I had no idea what an air fryer even was until a few months ago. I saw it online and was super curious. But the nice people on Facebook helped me out and explained the particulars. Basically, think of it as a mini oven that circulates hot air to make things crispy. A tiny bit of oil is needed for most of the recipes, but when I say tiny, I mean tiny. For my egg rolls, I just did a spritz of olive oil in my Misto, and it was good to go.
I have had a Target gift card in my wallet since Christmas last year. The air fryer hasn’t gone on sale since I started tracking them, but this week they were offering a $10 gift card with purchase. The night after we got it, tofu was on the menu for this recipe. So, I air-fried it. Sure did.
And it was delicious!
Friday I made some egg rolls (both sweet and savory) and they were really good as well. I’m really looking forward to cooking veggies in it. Just think of crispy Brussels sprouts, green beans, and broccoli. The possibilities are endless! I’m going to start an air-fryer board on Pinterest as soon as I find some killer recipes.
Turns out Jack is missing at least two adult teeth. Neat!
Growing up, the bathroom was right across the hall from my bedroom. At the end of the hallway is a window. For a few years after we moved into this house, I hated having to pee at night because there was a ghost there. I would dart from my bedroom to the bathroom as quickly as I could. The idea was that I would be able to get to the safety of the bathroom before that chick got me.
I am embarrassed to admit how long it was before I realized that ghost in the window was me. And damn, yes, I was that pale.
I can sense a shift in my thinking and living lately. Since discovering podcasts (favorites here and here, though both lists have evolved since posted), my tv time has been reduced to almost zero. I really do love tv, but it seems like even with all the options out there, I never find myself caring about the shows anymore. Troy and I will start a series on Netflix and then just give up after a few episodes.
Part of it may be that I’m carving out more and more time to work on the blog. As I have reframed my priorities for this place, I find myself extremely motivated to learn everything I can about the ins and outs of blogging. I go back and reread my goals that I outlined in that post, and the social media numbers make me laugh. My expectations on how things work were a bit impractical. And that is ok. It’s how we learn. Adapt and resent. My new plan is quality engagement with the readers/followers I do have and slow and steady growth if I am blessed in that regard. Looking inward and realizing that numbers don’t mean much has been freeing for me.
Anyway, the whole point of starting this topic is to say that for the first fall in forever, I have no idea what new shows are coming out in the next few weeks. I saw an advertisement for a new Law and Order, and I’ll be alllllll over that. But nothing else has tickled my fancy. In fact, I think I still have shows in my Hulu queue from last spring. Is there anything I should have on my radar? I feel like I need a really good comedy in my life. But not cheesy laugh track comedy. No talking dogs, people dressing up, etc. Hoping Last Man on Earth is returning. And I miss Arrested Development. The original three seasons; not the crap they redid a few years ago. Oh and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is great!
There have been a few “firsts” in the last few weeks that I experienced without my mom. We seem to manage with the big things, but it’s the little things that come out of left field and really get me. It was Jack and my nephew’s first day of school without having to stand for 15 minutes while my mom tried to figure out her camera for the 300th time. My mom was a former school teacher and loved looking at Jack’s homework every week. I found myself on Friday looking through his take-home folder and creating a big pile to take downstairs to her.
Life is precious, and so is family. Please make sure yours know you love them.
I need take my own advice as well because this week I yelled at Jack so loudly and scared the ever-loving shit out of him. His behavior has reached a tipping point for me, and I can’t tolerate it any longer. I busted out my ROTC voice to scream at him, and he looked absolutely terrified. Our windows were open to bring in the fall breeze, and when I went outside, my neighbor couldn’t meet my eye. We then went to soccer practice where Bennett fell down a hill and ate Cheerios off the grass around a garbage can. Essentially, I was living my best life that evening.
Meal plan time. I need to clean out our upstairs freezer this week. It’s so packed with homemade freezer pancakes (Blueberry and Apple Pie) and Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and it’s getting hard to close it. But on the plus side, I’m killing it with breakfast. Everything gets microwaved, fresh fruit added and DONE.
Monday:: Whole roast chicken, grilled corn, grilled zucchini, and biscuits (doubling the recipe).
Tuesday:: Tomato soup (I actually still have two bags of frozen tomatoes from last year), leftover biscuits, and leftover corn.
Wednesday:: Crispy tofu with a General Tso sauce, green beans, rice in the Instant Pot, and some random gyoza we have in our freezer.
Thursday:: Chef salads
Friday:: Sandwiches and fruit. Jack has a movie night thing at school and I’m sure he’ll be popcorned out.
Saturday:: Homemade pizza and roasted green beans (in the air fryer).
Sunday:: My mother-in-law’s birthday dinner!
Smith Brothers Farms – $19.93
Farmer’s market – $24.25 (no photo, but I got peaches, pluots, corn, cilantro, apples, and a jalapeno pepper for salsa)
What are you having this week?
PS, the Instant Pot seems to be on sale today for $20 off!
Making this recipe or others?
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