Imaginary Meal Plan vs Reality

I had a plan on Friday when I walked into the store. Wait. No, I didn’t. Sigh. We ended up at home with groceries and I am sure I can create meals out of them–but I need time to think. Oh wait, I have served four dinners (and multiple breakfasts and lunches) since shopping and so thinking time should be well past.

Can I recount those instead?

Friday-Specialty-except not because we were out of the special ingredient and had to substitute a variety of canned tomatoes for it. Kids ate and complimented but notably–there are leftovers still.

Saturday-Greek Chicken on pita with feta and hummus, a variety of fresh vegetables. Oh wait. No. That was the imaginary meal. Reality: Chicken Piccata sort of like Elise Bauer’s at Simply Recipes. (except I don’t do capers and fresh parsley? ha. I forgot to put any parsley on it.) Served with leftover fake specialty, green beans dressed up and “salad bar” from the mixed greens, sliced radishes and feta I did have in the house.

Sunday-No idea what I thought to plan but scuttled once we realized that the fried chicken hater would miss dinner. We had the opportunity to try the new sandwich at KFC (imagined during commercials as being a lovely mash up of King’s Hawaiian rolls and chicken) and to get a mini bucket with sides for the family.

Monday-Once again, imaginary meal sounds lovely–if I could remember what I imagined. I think a stir fry with crisp baked tofu I saw in a cookbook. Reality: Grilled cheese with roasted red pepper and the leftover side of choice–fancied up green beans for Mama, coleslaw and mashed potatoes for Denise.

I know mock chicken salad is on the menu this week. I don’t remember what else, but I plan to sort out the fridge and freezer tomorrow and a menu then.

In the meantime, does anyone else ever end up this way? Do you have the imaginary menu and the actual served meals? Why does it happen on your part? Poor planning or unexpected time crunch or just not in the mood?

Tips for a Girl with Her Own Home

  1. Stuck on goo in a pot or pan? This one is the one your other mother didn’t know. Clean yucky pans and make them shine again with a mixture of 2 tablespoons cream of tartar dissolved into 1 quart water. Bring the mixture to a boil inside the pot and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. You can also add liquid fabric softener to a casserole with warm water and soak for an hour to get stuck on goo off of it.
  3. Cleaners are expensive. Mix 1/2 cup bleach with 8 cups of water in a spray bottle to clean counters and bathroom sinks.
  4. 1/2 cup cascade powder + a splash of bleach in a large bucket of water will remove blood stains…but it will also seriously bleach any and all colors. If you soak too long you also risk holes in the item.
  5. Crumbled aluminum foil works as an in a pinch scrub pad
  6. Create a place where you always keep your keys and ID and train yourself to keep them there. ALWAYS.
  7. Change the oil on the car every 3000 miles. Look for coupons. Wednesdays give “ladies” 10% off at Jiffy Lube in town. However, keep your own records of when filters/wipers/etc need changing. Do not upgrade to any service that they will try to sell you there…go home and figure out if it is really a worthwhile service and then go back if it is and they have a good deal. You are young, a girl and car repair places know how to push buttons.
  8. Good wiper blades in Florida are a must. If they stop working well and your windows are clean, replace them.
  9. Make up your bed every day before noon. It is good luck. Really. Do it.
  10. Remember you are on your own but we will be a phone call, txt message or email away. You have friends in town, your brother, and we have more people than you can imagine in town who will help you out with anything. They adore us, adore you, and really do remember what it was like to be new to being on their own. So, don’t ever think you are alone baby girl. You aren’t. Besides kid…your moms…anything. anywhere. You know that.

Housekeeping of Yesteryear

Yesterday, when I saw this post at Modern Mechanix…I chuckled. Time and money-saving tools for Woman’s Workshop in the Home, 1924…how quaint. Then browsing through the junk mail last night…Solutions Catalog. Same sort of stuff. Same sort of sell. The more things change…the more things stay the same

Friday Family Life

Drama proving that proper management of schedules, responsibilities, privileges and finances leads to a happier home. 1949. Go ahead! Click! Watch.