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Archive for June, 2012

One of my favorite days of the week is Sunday. Sleeping in, going to church, coffee and the newspaper, farmers market, grocery shopping, phone calls with the parents and in-laws, and weekly menu planning!

Along with trying to have a fully stocked pantry, a key to being prepared is planning out our meals for the week. This helps, not only with planning leftovers, but with fewer stops at the grocery store during the week and taking advantage of sales and coupons. We are then well prepared to deal with the week ahead until the next lazy Sunday!

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Be prepared

Yes- I was a Girl Scout. And the daughter of a highly organized mother which means I like lists, plans, backup plans, and when things happen as I plan. When it comes to cooking I like to have a plan but have made the best discoveries when I allow a little flexibility in the kitchen.

If you came into our house on any normal day you would not find much in our fridge. Cooking for two doesn’t take much planning especially when the hubby passes by the grocery store on his way home for work. I try my best to plan out our meals for the week but life gets in the way and sometimes an unplanned meal is the best (a.k.a. only option).

The following is my list of what I like to have on hand at any time to quickly throw together a meal or to doctor up our leftovers for lunch or dinner the next night. A little bit of planning now will save you time during the week. Real advice from a real Girl Scout.
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Changes

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”
― Heraclitus

How true is this statement. So many changes since my last post- new job, a European vacation, more classes completed towards my degree, and just completed my longest-race yet (10 miles!). No matter how large or small the changes one thing that always calms my mind and spirit is spending time in the kitchen. I thought it was time to get back to sharing my latest cooking adventures- with a bit of a change.

While I love to try new recipes, a majority of creativity in the kitchen comes from the day to day reinvention of our leftovers. My new job allows me to work from home but when I was commuting I would bring my lunch almost every day and the hubby continues to do so. I have always found new ways to transform last night’s meal into something new for lunch and even beyond. My ideas, while simple, keep us from eating the same thing constantly and (I hope) will inspire you to do the same.

I look forward to sharing my latest creations, tips, tricks, and (who are we kidding) special treat recipes that you can incorporate into your  busy schedule full of changes.

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