Is anyone else ready to forget the rich, decadent foods of the Thanksgiving holiday and get back to your normal weekly fare? I am! This week’s menu is about as plain as one can get, with plenty of opportunities for eating leftovers thrown in. Here’s what we’re having this week:
Monday: crockpot beef roast, carrots, and potatoes; green beans or English peas (or both!); rice; cornbread
Tuesday: barbecue beef roast; oven fries
Wednesday: pintos and cornbread
Friday: homemade pizza or leftovers (I might be scrapbooking this night, so we’ll see what we end up with!)
That’s about it for this week. Our house is a mess, as it usually is after we’ve had a particularly busy weekend. I’m glad we’re crockpotting it tomorrow so I can try to concentrate on catching up on laundry, decluttering, etc.
What’s on your menu this week? Head on over to I’m an Organizing Junkie to find more great menus or to share yours!
I am in my fourth year of teaching freshman composition at a local community college as a part-time instructor. This semester, I chose Willa Cather’s My Antonia and O.E. Rolvaag’s Giants in the Earth as our class novels. While my classes’ reactions to the novels were mixed, I found both novels interesting and compelling for their depiction of humanity and its potential for both triumph and despair.
O.E. Rolvaag’s epic Giants in the Earth is the story of Norwegian settlers who make their way across the prairies to finally settle in the Dakota Terriotory in the latter part of the nineteenth century, where they try to subdue the land and make it prosper. On one hand there is Per Hansa, the indomitable man who embodies true pioneer spirit and will stop at nothing to find success. In contrast to him is his wife, Beret, who slips into depression and madness as she finds so much about life as a pioneer to overwhelm and frighten her. The story is peopled with other pioneers who react in various ways to their climate and environment, but in the end they all work together to build a successful community together. The story chronicles the challenges and triumphs of this little band of pioneers while simultaneously giving the reader a picture of the psychological makeup it takes to settle and subdue a new land.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Although I read it in translation from the Norwegian, I found it both easy to read and, at times, beautifully written. Despite the fact that it is a lengthy novel (about 500 pages), it is a relatively quick read because it is really just a day-to-day accounting of the pioneers’ lives. There is much to love and admire about the characters. The ending of novel is one of those that makes me throw down the book and sigh deeply. You cannot spend so much time with these characters without becoming at least a little bit attached to them. If you like pioneer stories of courage and character, you will enjoy this book.
Today’s kitchen tip deals with organizing recipes. I have a confession to make: I am a hoarder of food magazines. With my subscription to Light & Tasty, in addition to other miscellaneous publications I have collected over the years, I have so many recipes that I was forever trying (and liking) a new one, only to be unable to find it among all the magazines when I wanted to make it again. I finally hit upon a solution: now, when I try a new recipe, I put a blank address label on the front of the magazine and write the title of the recipe and the page number on the label. Perhaps a simpler solution would be to clip out the recipes I like, but I want to keep my magazines intact because I often find myself rereading old issues and trying new recipes from them. I hope this saves someone a little bit of the frustration that I suffered! For more of Kitchen Tip Tuesday, head on over to Tammy’s blog!
I’m a little late with my menu plan today. We had a hectic weekend. Steady Eddie and I sponsor our church’s Bible quiz team, so we took about ten children to a competition 2 1/2 hours away from home on Saturday. On Friday, a very beloved member of our congregation had died after having a heart attack the previous week, so Sunday was full of funeral-related activities and the emotional after-effects. This morning found me rather out-of-sorts, so I’m just now trying to get things in order for the week. You’ll forgive me, won’t you?
This week’s menu is rather short and simple since Thursday is Thanksgiving. Major food-related holidays always cause me to be a little disconcerted in my planning. I always do fine up until the big day, but it’s afterwards that I’m always unsure about. For example, Steady Eddie and I have joined the hordes on the Friday after Thanksgiving and gone shopping for the past few years, so I am planning nothing for Friday. Saturday is up in the air for me as well because–well, it just is. I don’t know why. Anyway, enough for that blathering. Here’s my short menu for the week:
Monday–Curried Chicken Chowder (recipe later), crackers, tea, and fruit
Tuesday–leftover Curried Chicken Chowder, etc.
Thursday–feast with the family! my contributions: Spanish green beans , crock pot macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pudding, and carrot cake
Friday–every man for himself
How’s that for menu planning? Head on over to I’m an Organizing Junkie for more great menus!