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People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of its activities get in the way of serving a delicious, home-cooked meal and that it is perfectly okay.

    • Saturday: Jim tried his hand at making fried rice tonight with a recipe for Kielbasa and Shrimp Fried Rice. While fried rice is an easy meal to make, it is something you have to make once to be able to understand how versatile it is and feel comfortable playing around with ingredients. Jim stuck with the recipe exactly, except for dividing the recipe into two pans and using three-quarters of the shrimp for Holly’s pescatarian version. While it was still good, I think playing around with the seasonings and adding bean sprouts, carrots, and other vegetables would make it even better. It makes a ton of rice though, so I know I will be taking some for lunch next week.
    • Sunday: Christmas Eve was the perfect day to try Crockpot Sunday Sauce. Connor prepped everything the night before so all we had to do was take the crock out of the refrigerator and put it into the warmer. When we got back from my brother’s house later that day, the sauce was ready to go. It was absolutely delicious too. We were able to freeze some of the sauce for Jim and me and still have some for leftover meals this week. I am very excited about those leftovers.
    • Monday: When we talked to the kids about plans for Christmas, Connor expressed a desire to open presents, eat, sleep, and relax. So we did just that. I made a breakfast casserole for after opening presents, but that was the only formal meal of the day. Instead, we had appetizers ready to go for whenever someone was hungry – taco dip, reuben dip, deviled eggs, wings. People could eat at their leisure however often they wanted. It made for a very relaxing and no-pressure holiday.
    • Tuesday: My fridge was practically groaning with all of the leftovers it contains. I have used every piece of food storage containers I own too. There was absolutely no need to make anything until we ate all of those leftovers, so that we made some headway on them today.
    • Wednesday: Connor left today to head back to Ames for the marching band’s trip to Memphis and the Liberty Bowl, which means one less person eating food. My fridge is still ridiculously full, and we only have two more evenings to eat up everything before our own trip. More leftovers it is.
    • Thursday: Yep. More leftovers.
    • Friday: What do you eat when you are in Memphis? BBQ of course! We went to Central BBQ after the festivities and had some of the best ribs and pulled pork we have ever had. Poor Holly made due with fries and vegetables.


    What was for dinner at your house this week?

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