Monday, January 12, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

My office is a mess, the cabinets taken down
Pantry items are anywhere an empty space can be found.
The counter space is cluttered,
No space to prepare the chicken.
Did I mention that my office is actually the kitchen?

That's about as close to poetry that you will get out of me! It was a weekend of tolerance and patience as work has resumed on our kitchen, displacing me for hours at a time. This morning we had a real mess on our hands when a cabinet (loaded with dishes- the only cabinet that had not yet been emptied) came crashing down on the floor ruining both that cabinet and many of the dishes inside. Oh, and there was an enormous jug of salsa, left over from my husband's bachelor days of buying things in industrial sizes, that was on top of that particular cabinet. When the cabinet came down, the salsa jug exploded. The mess was indescribable. Not to mention the broken dishes.
"There wasn't anything of sentimental value in there, was there?" asked the Mister.
"I try not to attach sentimental value to dishes," I replied truthfully.
"So nothing from your Grandmom?"
"Well, uh, yes. A few things that survived the war but didn't survive us."

The Mister groaned.

The good news is that all of my glass and ceramic pie plates survived without a scratch, and much of the broken dinnerware were dollar store finds. Anyway, on with business:

Sunday: Roasted chicken with green beans and noodles
Monday: Cabbage and beef casserole with corn relish
Tuesday: leftovers
Wednesday: Crock pot tortellini soup, BLT's
Thursday: Spinach Fettucine with Artichokes
Friday: leftovers
Saturday: Ummm, baked fish, probably. Whatever is fresh at the store. Served with rice and string beans and something I pickled. Yes, that will do.


  1. Sorry to hear about your upset in the kitchen.. Wow you are having a bad day.(HUGS)I'm trying to catch up on my reading.. hope all is well..
    Blessings Brenda/haflinger

  2. Oh my poor dear! Was the Mister helpful in cleaning this. I cannot imagine such a catastrophe.

    Now what I want you to do is if you ever have children, remember this mess before you yell at them for spilling milk, cereal, your coffee creamer, etc. Just bite your tongue. HARD! :)

    PS did you take a picture?

  3. Oh, your poem like thing is cute. :) I really need to write another here soon, but my inspiration has been lacking.

  4. Kim- yes both my husband and I got everything cleaned up and under control nice and quick. The minute it happened (and it happened in slow motion like all tragedies do), I knew he would feel so bad about it, I just wanted to get it cleaned up fast. These things happen in the battle field of renovations. And no, I didn't take a picture! It would be like photographing a gruesome accident!

  5. To hear of your grandmother's old dishes made me moan also. So sorry! If you've not thrown them out yet, gather the shards and use them in a stepping stone for the garden. You can purchase cheap kits from places like A.C. Moore, even Wal-Mart.

    I love reading your menus.

    I've found myself wishing that you were my librarian the last few times I've visited the library.

  6. Stace' you are a genius! I wish I had thought to do that with those dishes before my husband hauled the whole mess away. And truth be told, I'm a bit sad about those dishes today, too.

  7. See if your husband would be willing to go dig through the dump and present you with the shards for Valentine's Day. :) Of course, I 'm joking, but wouldn't that be a wonderful suprise!

  8. Dish loss = Catastrophe at my house, particularly if they have had previous owners.


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