Monday, April 23, 2012

Stuff...

Pin It    Ugh, on top of a new Blogger, my computer was not working all Sunday! Apparently, they were doing a scheduled maintenance that they forgot to mention about to their customers. It actually started on Sunday at 11 am. So I was sitting here writing my usual Sunday post when I realized that my Internet is no longer working. Sweet!! After a bunch of fruitless attempts to revive it, plug and unplug, calls to the company with all-to-familiar phrase, "No one is available to get your call..." , I gave up and turned off the computer for a day. They turned everything back on at 11 am today, so I'm back :) But I really enjoyed time with my family. We went to Church, then went for a long walk and played outside a lot.
    Due to the computer issues, I'll skip The Inspire me Sundays and go straight to my usual Monday post.
    We actually had a really great weekend. I spent half of Saturday digging in a garden, planting, doing some yard work. I now have "an herb garden" that I'm really excited about:

  
   Our local Lowes had herbs and some veggie plants for $1.50 last week, so I "stocked up" :) Our house is pretty dark, I don't even have a spot to start my own seeds here. Hubby built a tiny windowsill for me a couple of weeks ago, and I keep a plant of basil and a plant of dill there. We actually tried our first homemade pesto this week. It was delicious! So I decided to add another basil plant, and also greek oregano, thyme, parsley and cilantro. I just love to grow my own fresh herbs!
   Too bad, the weekend is over...I've been doing laundry all morning and had a little helper with me (in a dryer. No worries, it's all turned off:):


   And I also cleaned a fridge, and I'm happy to announce that this is my food waste this week:

              
  
    Yep, lots of nothing!! We do have some broccoli  and leftover pesto that need to be used this week, and I'll make another batch of baked egg rolls for the freezer tonight to use up some chestnuts.

   So here's our menu for this week. Last time, when I made my 2-week menu, I planned ham for the Easter dinner but we ended up having dinner at my FIL's so I never cooked that ham. Honestly, I only could stick to my 2-week menu about 70%. From now on I'm going to do it week per week like I did it before because it seems to work better for us. And ham will be on our menu this week:

Mon.- ham, mashed potatoes, green beans
Tues.- salmon, brown rice, steamed broccoli
Wed.- ham-broccoli-rice casserole
Thurs.- spaghetti with pesto, salad
Fr.- leftovers
Sat.- ham sandwiches/soup
Sun.-pasta, shrimp, frozen veggies

                                       pasta with homemade pesto


22 comments:

  1. Yummy looking pasta! And great looking garden!
    The baby in the dryer looks pretty nice too. :)

    I was able to switch my blogger dashboard back to the old version and it has stayed that way so far. It was somewhere under options...I think...

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    1. I don't even know where the options are right now...

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  2. Cutie of a helper you have there, Lena. I just started growing some Herbs myself last Year, with looking forward to doing more again this Year. That pasta looks simply "delish"

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    1. Oh, I love it! I couldn't even imagine how much better homemade pesto tastes.

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  3. The PC can make me CRAZY some days. Good luck with your garden!

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  4. Gotta love computers...lol! Glad you're up & running again! Your little helper is adorable!! :)

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  5. Let me know if you want some sage, chocolate mint (strong tasting mint, mild chocolate flavor), lemon mint (not my favorite), or apple mint (kinda like furry spearmint, doesn't taste like apples). The sage grows like crazy every year.

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  6. What a cute little dryer bug, all I can find in mine is lint.

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    1. He's definitely my cutie, and he knows it and uses it against me all the time :)

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  7. menus looking good and well done with the herbs - I have just done the same - it is raining and raining and raining here in not so sunny England, so very good for the garden xx

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    1. Yeah, rain is great for the garden! We are having some very hot days right now but the rain is coming by the end of the week.

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  8. pasta looks yummy. Can't see our gardens for snow at the moment.

    Gill in Canada, south of Cindy!!

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    1. Ugh, Gill I hope this snow will go away very soon!!

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  9. Good luck with the herb garden. I really struggle with gardening, but I'm trying again this year.

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  10. good luck with your herbs.
    I love my herbs!! they sometimes last through the winter so I have some green to make the meal look even prettier!! and I also freeze them so i have enough to last all winter.

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    1. I freeze my herbs too. It's awesome to have some fresh herbs in winter.

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  11. Congratulations on no waste. With luck, all of your herbs will outgrow that pot soon. Our basil and parsley usually get pretty big. Our oregano comes back every year and seems to be fool proof. About the only thing in our yard that the deer or rabbits don't gobble up.

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    1. It's nice to know that oregano comes back! I'll keep it in mind. And I'll move herbs to the garden if they get too big. But usually I just keep them trimmed.

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