Monday, August 5, 2013

the weekend that was - first in August edition


Dinner and drinks at Maggie's on the river with Debbie and Noreen. Crab stuffed mushrooms, buffalo chicken cheesesteak (I wish it was shredded), and good friends.
1 - Home brewed iced coffee
2 - Not one fun thing in this entire freaking cart. Tissues, Borax, shore snacks...these are not earrings, tank tops, and funky patterned socks.
I did some cooking and freezing Saturday morning.
1 - Beef and bean enchiladas from Plain Chicken to freeze.
2 - When freezing, cover first with plastic wrap, then
3 - Cover with tin foil and write the directions on there for reheating. I always write "take plastic wrap off" because otherwise, ugh.
4 - Sunday dinner: some chicken and cheese enchiladas with leftover chicken, and then I used the rest of the beef & bean mix from #1 to round it out.
5 - Friday I soaked black beans while I was at work. Then I drained, rinsed, and soaked them again for another five hours, drained and rinsed again, covered with water, and cooked them on low in the crockpot overnight. I got six cans out of it (1 and 2/3 cup is the equivalent of a can). Into the freezer they go.
6 - I also made a huge vat of enchilada sauce to use in the enchiladas and froze the rest. When doing this, make sure the bag stays upright or you'll end up with a big ol' mess, like moi. I use this recipe from Budget Bytes. For this, I multiplied it by six.
7 - One of my favorite meals to eat and one of my favorite to freeze: Mexican Stuffed Shells. I used enchilada sauce instead of taco sauce because as stated above I made a vat.
8 - All of my goods done and ready to freeze by noon.
I had a great afternoon at my Aunt Therese's 79th birthday party.
1 - I die over this dog. Look at her tongue!
2 - Awesome cake made by Teri
3 - My brother Stephen and me
4 - My Dad with his two uncles
Another early wakeup call courtesy of my dogs. I also made Whole wheat waffles to freeze (wait until they're cool and place in a ziploc with parchment paper between waffles.
It was a gorgeous day, so I took the dogs for a walk down by the river. They loved it, went crazy and passed out immediately when we got home. I spied the park on the way to Maggie's on Friday night. It was full of people sitting under trees, classic cars, motorcycles, and food trucks. I kept singing The River by Bruce Springsteen over and over in my head.

MFD was away all weekend on a Drink-n-Stink. I absolutely loved my alone time, but was glad to see him when he came home Sunday afternoon.

I spent the afternoon reading outside until the asshole mosquitoes drove me in. We watched Season 2 of The Sopranos On Demand up until the finale of The Killing. God I love The Killing. Holder is the best character on TV. I cannot believe the show is over. No spoilers, so I'll say no more.
We also tried to get froyo...the place was closed at 6 on a Sunday in summer. Say what? I'm sour about this even as Kohr Bros. looms large in my near future. Thank the universe for a three day work week this week! Holler!

Happy birthday to my lovely college roommate Jody today!

I hope your weekend was fabulous!









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25 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a mighty fine weekend! LOVE the pics of the pups. Are you gonna miss them when you're away next weekend? I keep crying to Steve that I'm gonna miss PMB and Linky Cat this week.

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  2. I am sort of maybe kind of madly in love with Holder. He is just the absolute best. If he and Lloyd Lowry (from Breakout Kings) ever had a show together--the characters, anyway--it would be the bestest show ever created. And it would be the only one I watch.

    I also love Mexican stuffed shells.

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  3. Perfect weekend! Love the prep instructions & recipes. Happy Aunt
    Therese's party went well. Teri has a heart of gold. Love her! Lights & angels to all of them. I want to do the river walk with you and the boys!
    Carpe diem on this beautiful day.
    Love your MOMMA

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  4. That dog looks like my Leo, and he sticks his tongue out all the time too. Must be the breed!

    Boring Target trips are the worst. I finally got their Target debit card so I can get 5% off of everything.

    I am pinning your Mexican shells...everything looks delicious and now I want Mexican and cake for breakfast.

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  5. i am so saving the mexican shells recipe! Your meal prep never ceases to amaze me!

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  6. I want that buffalo chicken cheesesteak. How does one prepare their own iced coffee at home? Just refrigerate a pot of coffee or is there a secret to it?

    And I hated the first season of The Killing so I gave up on it. My husband watches it and said that I would have loved this season. Oh well. More time to blog.

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  7. I'm going to be trying those mexican stuffed shells this week! Yum!

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  8. all that food looks soo good!!

    and i love the new design :)

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  9. I'm so jealous that you have a short week - these 5 day weeks in the summer are bogus. Also, I'm proud of your Target trip - that is hard to do. I walked around Target Friday with my sister in law and didn't buy a thing. It was a miracle.

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  10. What a great weekend - so productive! I so want to get into the cooking and freezing thing, as cooking a meal every night is just not going to happen, so this is a great recipe to try to get into my new habit with - thanks!!

    Regan

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  11. I love the look on Geege and Gus' face! Sweet babies. And Target... you have to at least get one fun thing... even if it's on the $1 isle. I want some homemade waffles now. We didn't register for a toaster, but we use to love us some Eggo Waffles. That was breakfast every morning when I was growing up! Happy Monday!

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  12. Those mexican stuffed shells looks amazing! I'm gonna have to make that this week.

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  13. I'm so far behind on The Killing. Dammit! I want those enchiladas now. And the Mexican stuffed shells. I should have read this after lunch.

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  14. I'm dying over how cute your dogs are!!

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  15. Your food prep is making my mouth water! I love mexican food.. I'm definitely trying those stuffed shells ASAP!!

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  16. Food, beer, coffee, target? Can I come hang out with you on weekends?!?

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  17. I LOVE The Killing! I only watched half last night, and I'm going to finish it soon!

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  18. I want crab stuffed mushrooms! and that cake, yummo!

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  19. Ummm so I want to come over and eat!!! LOL! Such yummy looking food! My pup does the side tongue thing too, it's my favorite! I love the coloring of that pup too. Looks like you had such a great weekend!

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  20. this post just made ms so hungry!!! lol

    http://yourbeautyfixreviews.blogspot.com/

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  21. My gosh girl! You are on a roll with cooking and freezing your foods, love it! That is what I call prepared. That cake looks to die for. Philly cheesesteaks are my favorite so to have that with chicken sounds delicious. Great pics

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  22. Busy weekend! Looks like lots of fun.

    I really need to do some cooking and freezing. You have inspired me.

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  23. Buffalo chicken cheese steak?! What?!?!?

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  24. Those dogs!!
    I have tried to freeze waffles before...never with parchment paper between. I might try again, this time without bent knives and cuss words flying....GENIUS idea to keep them from sticking!

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  25. I'm excited about all your tips and info on freezing meals. I've only made and froze a few things so this was super helpful and gave me some ideas too! I'm definitely gonna' to the mexican stuffed shells, yum!!

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