Archive for May, 2009

Deciding on Dinner

Ahhh, such great weather for a holiday weekend! Mr. Farmer and I have been goofing around for the past couple days, starting with 9 holes of golf on Friday evening, a big shopping trip for garden materials at Home Depot yesterday, and date night watching Angels & Demons. We managed to plant two pots and beds in the front and back of the house, with a big whine from me only once when he found me in the recliner with a Diet Coke half-way through the process.

At any rate, when we got back from our honeymoon, we found ourselves with a little more time in the evenings, so we decided to start cooking rather than scavenging for food out on the town every night. Two weeks ago we hopped on Rachael Ray’s site and just went with one of her weekly dinner planners, which at the time even gave you the shopping list. (Since that time they’ve taken down that feature. Poop.)

We didn’t go in this order, but here’s what it included. And with left-overs, it lasted us two weeks.

SUNDAY
Open-Face Pork Tacos
MONDAY
Spiced Grilled Chicken
TUESDAY
Beef-and-Portobello Minestroganoff
WEDNESDAY
Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches
THURSDAY
Vegetable Ribbon Pasta
FRIDAY
Swordfish with Mango-Caper Relish
SATURDAY
Strip Loin Steaks with “Pizza” Topping

The turkey meatloaf sandwiches — surprising as it might seem — were our absolutle favorite, followed by the open-face pork tacos. Those were a ton of work, though, clocking in at over an hour. The steaks were really good too, especially using the pizza topping as a bread-pudding-like side dish. Least favorite for me was the pasta, followed by the swordfish — which was technically fine, but I’m not a big fish person.

Now that the shopping list feature has disappeared on that site, I set out this morning to just find receipes from her 30-minute meals sections that looked good and made the shopping list from there. Here’s what we decided on:

Fancy Tuna Melts
Asian-Style BBQ Pork Chops and Succotash
BLT’s
Chicken Satay Noodle Salad
Turkey Parm Meatballs and Caesar Slaw
Millionaire Rotisserie Chicken Salad
Brats
Marinated Flank Staek with Sweet-Hot Slaw
Herb Apricot Chicken
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas (from Cooking Light)

The big question now is which item we’ll have tonight when Mamma Farmer comes over for dinner.

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More Photos

Boy have I gotten lazy. So to make up for it, I’m giving you pictures. And a poem.

Click here for snapshots from Mom’s camera (various photographers — camera got passed around like my niece.)

And if you haven’t seen the slideshow from the photographers, go to www.heartlandphoto.blogspot.com. Hooray!

As for the poem, Mr. Farmer’s birthday was last week, so I gave him a book of poems about the things we did on our honeymoon. (G rated, people! Keep your heads out of the gutter!) Here’s today’s excerpt:

One fish, two fish, three fish…
I wish! No fish.
Bring me my lunch dish
For my wheat thins — delish!
Oh wait…a bite!
What a delight!
Reel, push, pull, a fight!
Get that marlin up here tight.
The catch of the day.
The crew yells, “Hooray!”
Will my wife say,
“Yes!” on the wall it can stay?

(This poem was fiction — Mr. Farmer’s quest for a marlin continues.)

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We’re back!

It’s time for a Sunday afternoon nap, but I felt compelled to say hello! The wedding was tons of fun, and Maui was fabulous. Click on the Flickr photostream on the right to see some pictures from Hawaii.

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