Monday Minutia...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, November 30, 2009

Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a nice weekend. Did you participate in the craziness that is the Friday after Thanksgiving? Wake at 4:00am and run out to the stores and buy all your holiday gifts?

That is koo-koo crazy in my mind, but I know enough people who do it.

We had a real nice dinner on Thursday with Nancy's family and then came home with some ham and turkey, so a nice turkey sandwich was available!

On Friday we were able to get all the left-overs from our garage sale to Goodwill. Took us two trips with the SUV and my car. This allowed my car to finally get into the garage. This is nice as the last week or so the windows have been all frosted over in the morning.

Then we headed off and did some grocery shopping in anticipation of filling the new freezer. We made a list of ingredients that we needed for 6 main courses to be prepared.

With Nancy beginning work again, we decided to do an all-day cook and freeze a bunch of meals to use over the next month.

On Saturday, we woke slowly and then Nancy decided she wanted to clean the house as I cooked, thus killing two birds with one stone.

I photographed throughout the day and will be presenting that over at MANGIA Y'ALL over the next couple of weeks...

You know... MANGIA Y'ALL, that web site I have been ignoring...

In the end, I prepared: Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce - 9 portions, Beefy Mac - 6 portions, Stuffed Flank Steak - 6 portions, Beef & Spinach Patties - 4 portions; Chicken in Sherry Cream Sauce - 4 portions and overnight in the crock pot, I prepared a Asian Pot Roast in Sesame Soy Sauce - 6 portions.

Ended up with about 35 portions worth of main courses. Took about 6.5 hours in total, including clean-up - well not counting the overnight cooking of the pot roast. And when I vacuum sealed them I left the option for Nancy and I to each have a different entree...and all we need to do is whip up some side dishes.

Today, we are serving dinner over at MANGIA Y'ALL for the first time in a while. this is not from this weekend, but from one of our most recent cooking journeys...

I always try and remember to photograph when we cook, but sometimes I forget to take pictures at the end - and then I can't use the whole thing! LOL

Today's meal is a Pot Roast made in a clay pot. I have had the clay pot for years but never reached for it when cooking. A few weeks back we made a Orange Chicken in the clay pot and it was fantastic.

The next week we tried the pot roast...

Today - a new post:
Clay Pot Pot Roast
Come take a seat at the table

Thanks to those who went over and voted for the Hope Foundation on Facebook. I also understand the side one of my loyal coach-sitters made regarding the need to heal all wounds and care for all who need here in the USA before we go out into the world to help others with our time and money.

I believe we need to ensure there are programs in place here in the USA prior to endowing foundations in other countries and in this case - a cure for cleft-palates in children - exists here, thus my support for this foundation.

12 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. Sounds like a wonderful holiday week-end.
    I kicked off the Christmas season by posting the David Phelps arrangement of O Holy Night on my blog. You gotta hear this one.

  3. DRILLER: Looking forward to checking it out later this evening...

  4. Mimi Lenox Says:
  5. I knew food was majorly involved in your weekend festivities. The freezing of meals saves sooo much time and even I (on a good day) can do that. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Now I'm hungry.

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and lovely Nancy.

  6. Jay Says:
  7. I keep thinking that I should make up stuff ahead of time and freeze it too, but never do. My sister is good about doing things like that. Plus, she never cuts down recipes even though it's just her and her husband. They always have leftovers and stuff in the freezer for lunches or for nights when they are short on time. I rarely have leftovers. Except the big stuff like Spaghetti or beef stew. Stuff like that.

  8. God I have the worst case of inferiorty complex now with all that thinking ahead meal planning shiz you do. Thanks Vinny :P :P :P

    Think you could Fed Ex me a few?!

  9. MIMI: It really is not as difficult as it seems and takes away so much work during the week.

    JAY: Whenever we cook we cook full recipes...never cook for two...

    STARR: Come visit for a few days...

  10. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving, Vinny! Say hello to Nancy! :)

  11. Dianne Says:
  12. cooking ahead is great!! sounds like you had a wonderful weekend :)

  13. Unknown Says:
  14. ...I have yet to live someplace where I can park in a garage...

  15. Sounds like quite a weekend. I'm sure the extra effort in the kitchen will come in handy with both of you working now.

  16. MARY: And hello to Vinny

    DIANNE: We did...we did..thanks..

    FRANKIE: WAIT>..your name changed!

    SOUTHERN: It already has!

  17. Well, I know if I came for a visit, I'd be well fed!


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