My world on Friday

Well, I got up at 5am. Actually, I think it was 4:53

Emptied the dishwasher, clean the few stray dishes and had coffee.

I went out to walk at 5:25 am.

I came back, got the pizza dough going for Friday night pizza.  Then from the comment yesterday, I got out the oxo and put it in my Le Creuset and simmered and scrubbed and voila, it worked pretty darn good. Thank you for that tip. It’s not back to white, but looking at the other one, I don’t think it was white white, more of a tannish white. But not sure. Anyway, it looks lots better.

Last night I ended up making scrambled tofu with celery, carrots, onions, pumpkin seeds and, a sprinkling of cheese.

I swished and swiped the bathroom, my daughter vacuumed and I tidied the kitchen. So far 2 small loads of laundry done.

I went to the gym and it was crazy busy so I didn’t do a whole lot. All the machines were constantly being used. Too many people for this introvert.

It’s a cloudy day and it may rain. I’m going to go read.

Update on YNAB. So far I’m liking it. One difference from last time I used it is I’m not linking my bank accounts because the total would get all messed up and I spent more time reconciling accounts than not. Last time since the accounts were linked, I’d put in the amount and then Ynab put it in from the linked account and it was not working for me. I like to put it in manually. So for instance, I spent $ 37 at Safeway Wednesday, but I put in $40 for groceries. Since I am always doing bank updates in by bullet planner, I know where our account is daily. So that makes it easier for me to keep things straight. I like the categories for annual bills and that will prove useful once we have money in those accounts. So far my assessment is that I will pay for the subscription when the 30 days is over.

 

Pizza is just cheese and ? tonight. I’m thinking for winter to switch up Friday night pizza to Italian Friday. That way we can do some other things on Friday night. Or any ideas?? What do you do for a weekly theme? It does really help me stay on track with meal planning ( unless I’m too lazy).

 

A Good Doctor visit

Today was my regular oncology appointment in Sacramento. I drove down in B’s Santa Fe since it was supposed to rain and I didn’t want to risk the ‘ole pink van’. But I think she would have made it just fine. But still, it’s nice to drive a newer car!

All is good in Myelomaville. He doesn’t seem too concerned about the small increase. Still Normal and for now that’s all I can really focus on.  But I did ask for another blood test in December and then not see him again till January. Unless something unusual occurs this will work and then I can obsess about it or not.  (I’ll try not too even if there is another increase).

Right now it’s pouring out so at least I didn’t have to drive in that.

Dinner is a big question mark?????? It’s usually crockpot Thursday but I forgot to put anything in this morning so now I’m stuck with what’s for dinner. The most likely scenario is pasta with butter sauce.  Maybe grilled cheese??? I guess I’ll figure it out in 3 hours time.

Yesterday, I made a lovely cauliflower cheese soup, maybe that used all my creativity for the week.

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That’s the cauliflower cheese soup in my almost 30-year-old Le Creuset dutch oven.  If you’re going to buy a dutch oven go for the best you can afford or save up until you can afford a Le Creuset.  The inside is browned from making the bread and I’ve tried cleaning with Barkeepers but it just doesn’t budge. Any ideas?

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This is my other Le Creuset which is also 30 years old and is still clean in the inside as I’ve only used this one for things like the above which is chicken and sweet potatoes a few onions and mushrooms.

I LOVE Le Creuset!!

Simple Sunday

A cool day after the rain but sunny.

We were out walking by 5:30 ( or 6:30) Daylight savings time. It wasn’t completely dark. Our other regular usually doesn’t walk on Sundays so we had the park to ourselves and the geese and ducks. But sort of as expected the regular 7am crowd showed up at 6 am. Tomorrow will be interesting to see who’s there.

Then it was the Kitchen Zone this week, so I wiped all the cabinets, top of the refrigerator and did the windows and stove hood. All I need to do is mop the floor tomorrow.

We had pumpkin pancakes for breakfast with some bacon and veggie sausage and scrambled eggs. Quite yummy really.

Then it was on to the gym and Target.  I needed to get twinkly lights. I only got 2 packs because they weren’t on sale. Plus cat food, of course. PLus a couple of large Xmas bags to put gifts in. I decided this would be a good way to just have the simple gifts in a bag for each person. We’ll see how that goes.

I came home and got the pork roast in the Lodge to cook for a few hours and made homemade mac and cheese and I just finished the salad. I’m guessing were eating a little earlier tonight than usual.IMG_0386.jpg

Here’s a cute picture of Rocky and Ollie( the cat)!!

Rainy Saturday

It’s raining in Northern California and snowing over the summit in Tahoe. It’s a nice change. We certainly need it after the destructive fires in the Napa/Santa Rosa area.

We certainly need it after the destructive fires in the Napa/Santa Rosa area.

I’m reading a good book today “The child Finder”. Very intriguing and I finished it in about 3 hours.

I’m making a lovely minestrone in the crock pot for dinner and we’ll have left over pizza on the side.

My new oven is like magic and seems to be cooking everything better. Last nights pizza came out remarkable.

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Cheese and pepperoni pizza with basil.

 

Is it Friday?

I’m off schedule this week and it drives me crazy.

Yesterday, we went to Costco and Trader Joe’s because B was going to drive and help me. But it’s usually gym day. So that didn’t happen. Then our stove finally bit the dust this week as I was trying to make my sourdough boule and everyone kept complaining about the propane smell. When the oven wasn’t calibrating the temperature, it was doing this weird thing and propane must have been coming out. So, I found a good deal at Lowes for a $1000 stove on sale for $650. It’s nice and it was delivered on Wednesday. But then it wasn’t hooked up for dinner so that threw me off schedule too.

Well, it’s probably good to switch things up!!

So today I’m going to the gym and that will throw off my day. But at least I can make Friday night pizza in my new oven!!!

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This is the last of the cherry tomatoes. I’ll make a sauce after I use the food mill to get the skins and seeds out.

 

Tofu with Golden mushroom gravy

I didn’t take any pictures but this is a recipe worth sharing.

First, saute mushrooms in olive oil and a little butter. I was making this recipe as I had a whole container of mushrooms that needed to be used. So, saute till brown and I like to do them till they’re just a little crispy. Set aside on a plate.  In the same pan, add a few tablespoons Nutritional yeast, and flour.  I just eyeball it. Then toast for a few minutes. Then add 1-2 cups hot water or veggie broth. I used hot potato water as I was cooking some potatoes for mashed potatoes as a side. So again I just eyeball it till it looks nice and thickened. Then add a splash of olive oil and a splash of sesame oil.  Next, add tamari or soy sauce about a few good glugs. A crushed clove of garlic and freshly grated pepper. Continue mixing till a nice gravy consistency.   I strained mine as the nutritional yeast I was using were flakes. So straining made it a beautiful golden color. I also mixed just a tad of corn starch in as I wanted it just a tiny bit thicker.

Next, add in the mushrooms and stir.

Then I sliced up the tofu and fried in just a tiny glug of olive oil.

Plate the tofu and then ladle the gravy on top.

I served this with mashed potatoes and corn I had frozen from the farmers market.

This is a winner recipe!!  Try it.  I hadn’t used nutritional yeast a lot before, but now I will add to other things as well.