Monday, October 25, 2010

Going Back in Time

This weekend I went back in time for Heritage Square Museum's Mourning Tours. It was a lot of fun and exhausting at the same time.  The problem. Standing on my feet for 6 hours each day in borrowed boots...torture.

After spending 2 weeks gathering everything I needed it was so cool to finally put everything on and step into character. I looked like Anne of Avonlea!

I even got to dabble in a little spirit photography.

It was a lovely weekend. Now onto our Christmas program. Now where to buy my poodle skirt...

Monday, October 18, 2010


Another week and another trip to the grocery store.

John and I have been making an effort to eat out less and cook more. Its healthier and cheaper.

This week we only went to Henry's since I was busy when the farmer's market was going on and John doesn't like to go without me.

We bought ingredients for...
White Bean Chili with Cornbread Muffins
Pork Chops with Acorn Squash and Salad
Chicken Pot Pie with Mixed Vegetables
Pesto Pasta and Salad
Sandwiches Makings (deli meat and cheese)
Breakfast foods

We spent about $80 which I think is pretty good since we'll have plenty of food for 6 days. I figured 6 days x 3 meals= 18 meals X 2 people= 32 meals. $80/32= $2.50/per meal.

We certainly couldn't eat this good for $2.50 if we went out  to eat. We didn't even skimp too much on meat this week.

One of the big changes I've had to adjust to since getting married is our eating style. I can and do eat the same thing for days upon days. 4 days of Chili for lunch in a row, sure! My husband, not so much. Plus he eats more than I do, so I'm still adjusting to our shortage of leftovers from some meals. For instance, the chili makes about 8 2-cup servings. Of course John had two servings for dinner last night. So that only left 5 servings for the rest of the week. This meal would last just me more than one week. In my single days I would freeze half of it for later. Now if I have some for lunch today and so does my husband, we'll be down to 2 servings left by Tuesday. How do the mothers of teenage sons deal with this? I know they eat way more than my husband.

As a side note I'm climbing back on the Calorie King train. 4 months post wedding and I've gained back the weight I lost. Sad :( Must exercise more and drink less beer.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ahhh, changing life...

In the last 6 months I've moved, been married, adopted a dog, started volunteering and a museum and now I've added a new job!

So far so good. Ultimately my new job leaves me happier and less stressed. Hopefully it will stay that way.

Now onto the recipe. This is delicious! Just try to forgive the photos. My camera had an unfortunate incident with a pear in my purse a couple years ago and now it's not really working. So there photos are from my phone. 

Here is the recipe in its original form. And below is the second go around. 

This is yet another recipe from my favorite recipe book.

Butter and shallots in a pan and softened. Add peas. Add juice from one lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked ravioli. Call it done. 

I loved it. My husband loved it. Only down fall...not good for reheating. 

A couple weeks ago while we were planning meals for the week I realized I had a few things already on hand. Asparagus and pasta. All I needed was a couple shallots and a lemon. How easy is that! I thought it turned out really good, but John thought it was lacking protein. He was right, but since we'd eaten a lot of meat that week I think this was a nice refreshing meal.