Lots of progress this week on last week’s goals. I didn’t expect to get everything done, but I managed to accomplish quite a bit and overall, it feels good.
I finally got the stuff off the freezer so I could rearrange things. Ultimately, I decided to pile up all the ancient stuff in one area. I’ve read that your freezer works better if it’s relatively full and I’m not going to be filling it just for me, so I guess the old stuff helps hold the cold. This week, I made Lemon Chicken Soup, spaghetti sauce, chili, and Jambalya. I also made caramelized onion, apple and bacon single serving tarts and froze three of them. Lucky thing, too, it was so good I would have eaten all of them if I hadn’t made some to freeze. I did not, however, record how much of what I put in so I will make it again before I write up a recipe. Oh, I also roasted a chicken and made some rustic chicken and noodles. And chicken fajitas. And oh were they good. I chopped up a bunch of peppers and have plenty for future cooking. My kitchen freezer is no longer bursting at the seams and the big freezer is filling up nicely with lunches and meals ready to cook. I still have stuff to make – which was not really the plan. I was supposed to be doing this a little at a time, not going on a crazy cooking binge.
I moved the little table out to the living room so I can sit comfortably and eat dinner away from the computer. I’ve been reading When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies while I eat. It’s interesting, I found that when I “read” it before, I skimmed through particularly the first chapters looking for the how-to part, wanting easy answers without really reading and thinking about the rest. There are things I agree with, things I don’t, and I surely see myself in the “yeah, but…” category when it talks about not dieting and learning to eat on demand. The focus is not on weight loss and my main concerns are that I really need to lose weight for health reasons. On the other hand, diets don’t work. I lose weight, I gain it back. So why not do something different? I think I have a leg up on the process since I’ve been working all summer and fall on eating real food and not punishing myself with those weird little frozen diet meals. Overall, cooking for myself is far healthier and better balanced. And more filling. I’m eating less after dinner – though I still have issues eating in the middle of the night when I’m not sleeping. At any rate, what I’ve been reading and thinking deserves it’s own post and I hope to do that later this week.
I’ve made progress on getting the chores done in my part of the house. The bathroom is ready, again, for the plumber and at least the plumber is scheduled – for next week. More cleaning to come since the cats are really good at throwing litter around, but I’d need to do that anyway. I’m waiting for a callback from the handyman. If I don’t hear from him by tomorrow I will start making other calls to get outside stuff done. Landscaper has disappeared again. There’s still inside stuff to do. Housekeeping is never ending despite my irrational belief that it should be done once and stay done. More kitchen clean up today – but I have rolls/sandwiches to make first. And if I have time, stuffed shells to make and freeze. Onions to caramelize. Tart crusts to make. Oh, and chicken enchiladas to make and freeze. Once I get all that done, my refrigerator will be much more empty and my freezer much more full. Then Thanksgiving will be here.
Lots of cooking focus. Too much? I don’t know but I like the idea of having lots of options ready to re-heat or throw in the oven or fry pan when I’m ready. In the future, however, I do want to do this more reasonably. Make enough to freeze some whenever I cook – or to freeze time consuming ingredients like peppers. The easier it is to have a healthy meal, the more likely I will eat better. A little at a time is much better than all day cooking sessions.
This week, I have my on-going goals, family night at the nursing home on Thursday, my annual doctor’s appointment on Friday, and finishing up the cooking projects for which I already have the ingredients. Next week is Thanksgiving but it’s only me. I’m keeping things simple and will likely have some freezer meals come out of that, too. Maybe I’ll take Dad lunch or some dessert or something. Oh, and the plumber on Tuesday. Flea markets will have to wait until the following week most likely.