Tuesday, September 3, 2013

the labor day weekend that was

Holler holler holler for $50 million dollars - it's a three day weekend. I like Labor Day in theory because I plan to get a lot of shit done. What really gets done is about half of what I plan. The other half of the time I loaf around and love every second. 
1 - Yes, I am now the dog lady.
2 - Dinner: sauteed pork chops with a Pepsi/ketchup/soy sauce pan sauce, steamed corn fresh off the cob, and cheese stuffed peppers. 
3 - MFD and Maisel
4 - While MFD did the yard work, I boiled, blanched, and dried corn. After I cut it off the cob, I packed it into quart size freezer bags in 2 cup increments. The brownies were a bonus.
Saturday I visited Gamma and Pop. My Pop cracks me up. He loves his wine and has no flair for fashion. I stopped for pizza after I left. Nothing like a good two slices of pizza. I even burnt the roof of my mouth.
1 - Sunday morning. Lots of iced coffee. 
2 - Rice in the crockpot: 6 cups of rice, 6 cups of water, 6 1/2 tbs of olive oil, 6 teaspoons of salt. Six six six, bitches. Be sure to spray your crock (if you read that fast it looks like cock) with cooking spray, and cook on high for around 3 hours (watch to see when all the water is absorbed). The rice comes out perfectly. Once fully cooled, freeze in 2-3 cup portions in quart size freezer bags. If you have four or more people in your family, you want to freeze in 4-5 cup portions.
3 - Peach ice cream: 1 cup whole milk, 1 cup fat free creamer, 1/2 tsp vanilla - mix together in a bowl. Puree one cup of peaches (about 2.5 peaches) with 1 tbs honey, add to mixture and put in fridge for three hours. Use ice cream maker to finish it off. I folded in another cup of fresh diced peaches. 
4 - I made a pot of sauce to freeze. My base freezing sauce is 2 small diced onions and 5 cloves of minced garlic. I saute the onions in butter for about 5 minutes, then I add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add four 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes and a 6 oz can of tomato paste. Salt, pepper, garlic salt, basil and oregano to taste, and a squirt of Sriracha. Simmer for a few hours, let fully cool, and freeze flat in freezer bags. 
5 - In the afternoon, I fed my Sopranos addiction with four episodes from Season 4.
MFD's mom made her famous spaghetti for dinner, and it was delicious. We had birthday cake and came home to play with the dogs. 
Monday - puttering.
1 - Quinoa with fresh basil and grape tomatoes with a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette for this week's lunches.
2 - Broccoli and swiss egg muffins for this week's breakfasts. 
3 - MFD's favorite salmon casserole.
4 - Fresh homemade bread that I ate like a fat ass with a lot of butter.

More Sopranos, book finishing, blog writing, enjoying a Monday off with nothing to do. Sweet bliss. 
In case you missed it on FB, in addition to my no spend September, I'm joining Marla and Brie for a squat challenge. Do it with us - your ass will thank you when you start wearing your jeans again. 

Four day week? We can do this. 
Linking up with Leeann for Monday Morning Gossip


  1. your food pics are the best and i need to start adding some balsamic to my quinoa. i only use lemon and lime but will look into balsamic because it's probably tastier!

    Vodka and Soda

  2. Your productive weekends make me wish I got off the couch more! And this squat challenge is tempting... I may have to play along!

  3. I may just have to join this here squat challenge!

  4. My weekend was equally productive/chill, and I wish I could have that EVERY weekend, right?!

  5. I'm going to have to try that rice trick. I am terrible at cooking rice, especially brown.

    God damn no spend September. I just made a list of things I need from Home Goods and then read your post.

  6. i haven't eaten breakfast yet.. I need to get on that asap!

  7. Dang Betty Crocker!! You whipped up some goodness in three days! I need those Broccoli and swiss egg muffins stat!!!

  8. my butt cheeks involuntarily flinched when I read that squat challenge but I kind of like the idea! And I am pretty sure your Pop and I would hit it off!! I'm pinning this for the rice , btw

  9. I don't think I've ever made bread before (Aaron has) and I'm determined to do it. I like the looks of that quinoa, too. A friend of ours made quinoa with beets for the block party. I don't even really like beets, but it was delicious!

  10. all this food makes me hungry. i also want to meet pop!

  11. I will have to give the squat challenge a try count me in.

  12. Butter and bread. I'm pretty sure any time I make muffins, rolls, or bread-- I eat almost a stick of butter with it. I can't believe I just told you that.

  13. Gyahhh, I have been cravin pizza like no other. Thankfully, there's somewhere close by that has decent gluten free pizza. And your grandpa's socks? Fabulous.

  14. I write cock every time instead of crock. I think I have a problem.I I love the pic of you and your furbabies! :) Stop with the food. Seriously. You always make me hungry.

  15. Holler Holler! Now give me my money! And that food!

  16. Looks like a great weekend!
    I should definately be doing squats....

  17. Your weekend looked very accomplished!! Love the sauce and rice! Good books, pups and lazing about is the best kinda weekend!


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