I’m kinda anal about having a plan and sticking to it. I’m trying to relax a bit on that and learn to live more of a “go with the flow” lifestyle. Chad is leaving in January (if you call going only 50 miles away leaving). He is going to try to keep working here on weekends so he’ll come home on Friday evening an stay til Sunday but I have a feeling that he’ll soon be putting in a transfer and not coming home every weekend.
Because I enjoy cooking and we enjoy eating, and because eating out just doesn’t work so well for us because (1) I’d prefer to eat at home; (2) We have very few restaurants without driving to Joplin (about 60 miles); (3) Vince teaching night classes one or two nights per week and goes to the Y after work; (4) I never know when Chad will be home with working and night classes and social activities. Even if we eat out, I feel like there should be something warm and nutritious here for him to eat so that usually means cooking anyway. Doesn’t my life sound difficult? No . . really it isn’t. I have the easiest life of most anyone I know. Lucky for us though that I do like to cook or we’d probably not be very happy in this little town.
I’ve been doing the biggest part of my cooking for the week on Sunday or Monday and with this much anticipated empty nest, I’ve decided to try something different. I started it this week and it still feels odd for me but I’ll try it a couple of months and see how it feels.
I’ve made up a new blog (yes, just a little obsessed with the blogs!). It’s The Meal Plan. It will consist of a menu posted weekly and I’m naming the menu by the week number . . kinda like my stash report. I think it’s easier because week 50 will always be in the middle of winter when I can’t go out and pick fresh tomatoes so and week 26 will be the middle of the summer when light meals are more favorable. Just helps me keep up with things better to have them numbered and coincide with the calendar.
And there will be a “Put it into Action” post for each week. I have everything listed for what I need to do for each day.
This is something I’m doing because I need a list for everything and I don’t function without having everthing written out. I decided to share it with whoever wants to follow along. This won’t be a pretty, fancy blog . . it’s basically going to be just my list of what we’re having and what I need to do each do. Obviously, not everyone will like the things I like. Doubtful many of you northern folks will get real excited about seeing crawfish etouffee on my menu for Friday night! 🙂 Expect to see lots of crockpot and pressure cooker use. Certainly anything I’m making in the crockpot or pressure cooker can be made without one but I love those two things and can’t imagine cooking without them. I’m not posting recipes but if I’m fixing something that might require a recipe, I’ll post a link.
Anyway, the new blog is there for anyone who wants to check it out.