Whew! Almost 100 pounds of plums came off that tree! I'll post about the canning process later this week, but suffice it to say, the first day of preserving went very well. Not perfect, but I didn't expect it to be. I'm proud of all we accomplished.
This week we have more plums to get processed, and start working toward getting ready for a trip we are taking to Seattle for a week. I have no expectations that we will accomplish anything beyond finishing these plums, but it's a hope!
Pops has his first round of chemo therapy on Monday, so we wanted to make sure he had food available that would be appealing but easy to manage for the first few days. The fact that these menu items require little cooking helps since we will be doing lots of canning this week and don't have time for a lot of food prep.
Oh! I wanted to share how last week's Salad Menu worked out! I have to call it a raving success. Pops was a bit hesitant about the idea of taco salad (I've never made them anything that was too spicy except arguably one batch of chili, so I really don't know why, but he was hesitant nonetheless). Actually he was very hesitant about the idea of a week of cold dinners entirely, but he gave it a shot. And boy oh boy, is he glad he did.
Monday was a hot day with hot meatballs marinara and LOTS of cooking ingredients to keep the oven off for the rest of the week. Tuesday was Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad, which had those obvious ingredients as well as some onion and corn with a mayonnaise dressing including some garlic and dill. Really delicious, if we hadn't overcooked the chicken, but irony abounds, the 'Rents liked the dry chicken. Wednesday was taco salad day and that was when we'd spent all day harvesting plums, so we were glad for a quick and easy meal. Both of those took ten minutes or less from the time we decided to make dinner to the time everyone had bowls in their hot little hands and that included frying up some strips of taco meat for the taco salads.
Friday we had a mediterranean rice salad, and YES the lemon rice was fabulous even with a lemony dressing. Truly delicious and both parents went back for seconds. Saturday was supposed to be egg salad sandwiches but we ate all the hard boiled eggs we had and the stovetop was full of preserving stuff so we couldn't boil more, and I never made the carrot slaw as I intended. I offered to make them a green salad and Pops actually ASKED for more of that taco salad if we had things left over. WOO HOO!
This week is a little cooler, 70's and 80's instead of high 80's and 90's, so we have a little soup going on. But let's get to the menu, shall we?
What's on the menu?
Breakfasts: Yogurt & Honey; Hash with veggies and eggs; Eggs & toast.
Lunches: Lunchmeat sandwiches; Bacon Cucumber Tomato sandwiches; Pizzadillas.
Snacks: Yogurt; fruit; veggie snacks.
Monday: Sunny, 84 degrees. Mr. Moon works the early shift, I have some errands to run, and then we are spending some time with a friend in town for the evening.
Parental Units: Split Pea & Ham Soup (already made, reheat from the freezer) [pork; soup; freezer; easy]
Me: Meatloaf and mashed potatoes [beef/turkey; freezer; toaster oven; traditional]
Tuesday: Sunny, 88 degrees. I have an appointment in the morning and afterward we are having some friends over for Plum Processing.
Parental Units: Green Salad [salad; easy; vegetarian]
Me & Mr. Moon: Pizza with our plum guests. [take-out]
Wednesday: Sunny, 81 degrees. I have an appointment in the afternoon, before and after which I think we will be doing the final plum processing. Though truthfully we could finish Tuesday. If we do, Mr. Moon and I get a date night!
On Your Own Night! Mr. Moon and I will make something delicious and spicy. I'm thinking chicken wings for me, he has some spicy Indian sauce to do something with. [OYO]
Thursday: Sunny, 79 degrees. Mr. Moon works the late shift, so we need something for the 'Rents to eat whenever they're hungry and to stop Mr. Moon and I from the temptation of eating out.
Tuna Macaroni Salad [fish; pasta; cold; easy]
Friday: Sunny, 77 degrees. Mr. Moon works a double, so something that the 'Rents can make for themselves is key, and also again keeping us from eating out.
Parental Units & Mr. Moon: Potato Leek Soup [vegetarian; soup; freezer; easy]
Me: Chicken and rice [chicken; rice; freezer; traditional]
Saturday: Sunny, 78 degrees. Our plans for the day are so up in the air, because we don't know what will happen with the plums. I expect we will be done by then, but just in case we are leaving the day open. Backup plan is probably re-arranging our storage unit.
Stuffed Baked Potatoes--we can always add a roast to this if we decide to later. [delicious starchy goodness. I seriously don't know how to classify this meal.]
Sunday: Sunny, 83 degrees. Mr. Moon works the late shift.
On Your Own! I'm having chili for dinner. [OYO]
What's on your menu this week? Need planning ideas? I'll be linking up at orgjunkie.com, if you need other ideas!