Whoops! It’s Tuesday! That means that I missed Monday! We’ve been mostly relaxing and pretty laid back lately. Dave’s birthday was last week, so I made Oven Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and Carrot Cake for dessert. It was by far THE best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten. I’d never made one from scratch before, so that was new territory, but it was so worth it, and easy too!
Last Saturday we gave blood at the local blood drive. The place we usually go to is really small and low key, with an elderly lady checking people in and other senior citizens staffing the snack table. They’re always really nice and sweet and it makes it all the more quaint. But this drive… This was an organized drive. There were posters all over the outside of the building, multiple Red Cross staffers coming up to us multiple times checking on us, and the snack table was stocked with soft pretzels, cookies, bananas, grapes, and juice. Also, they had a table set off to the side with paper and markers in case any children came. We usually bring our daughter and take turns donating so that one of us is watching her, so this worked out very well. We had a really good experience.
Sunday we had a potluck and meeting to attend at church, so I decided to make this Taco Casserole.
The recipe came out of a calendar we have. It was pretty funny, I was standing in the kitchen aimlessly staring into the fridge trying to come up with a casserole idea and bouncing ideas off of Dave, when I remembered a comment on my last post suggesting an enchilada thing and said, “Hey, how about something Southwest-y? Maybe beef and beans….” And then I looked up and this recipe was staring me in the face! It was meant to be! I did change it a little bit… I didn’t have “spicy beans” so I added a teaspoon of pureed chipotle peppers. It was incredible! The dish was picked clean at the potluck.
Now that I’ve rambled (does that make up for the lack of postings? Yes? Good.) here’s my menu plan for this week, including yesterday. We have been invited to two different Memorial Day picnics this year, (Lucky Us!) so this plan is reflecting those as well.
- Stuffed Peppers
- Flat Enchiladas
- Leftover Stuffed Peppers
- Baked Potato Night
- Pasta Salad to take to a picnic
- Homebrewed Sweet Tea for the other picnic