Sunday, October 9, 2011


Good thing I got that "Red October" reference in last week because wow, those Phils let us down in a big way. My husband is in a deep funk which will last until after the series. I am somewhat relieved because this is weeks of his time I have back. (He's a blogger for The Good Phight, a Phillies blog, and in season, it's a real second job for him.)

But last week, the second job around here was mine. It went well, though it was drinking from a fire hose as far as learning, but that was to be expected. The people are nice, the job is interesting, and I feel very, very blessed to have found this spot. But. It means by dinnertime, my brain cells are shot, so hooray for an easy week, and hooray for this blog, which gave me a nice archive of Stuff We Like now that I don't have time to focus on it.

This week:

Monday: Chinese-Style Pork Carnitas, rice, broccoli

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday, of course

Wednesday: otherwise known as my son's birthday! We'll go out for Chik-Fil-A--his choice.

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Football night, I hope.

Easy week, but last week kicked my tush so I need it!

So, last week, I was looking for our pumpkin muffin recipe (and by "ours" I mean "the internets'"; thank you Donna at AllRecipes, whoever you are) and found two totally craveworthy recipes I had forgotten about. One was Pork Roast with Apples and Cider Cream Gravy, and the other was Chinese-Style Pork Carnitas. All three are on my sidebar now, for you to enjoy as well. I adore them both and was happy last week to have had all I needed but the pork for the cider-cream one. Yu-hum.

Besides re-pointing me to fall favorites, I was glad I made the muffins; they were popular in lunches all week. This is my new "deceptive way to feed them something healthy" trick of the week since the moment of the squeezers is over, alas. So the lunchbox challenge is, in fact, a little more challenging but I'm muddling through. I did feel grateful for my Martha Stewart Moment when I actually made pumpkin puree and froze it for just such an emergency but the banana muffin mix from Trader Joe's was just as popular.

Blogging time is a little more restricted for me so not much other news to report. Have a great week and check out I'm an Organizing Junkie! for the best collection of meal plans on the web. No, seriously. It totally is.


Mom24 said...

I am seriously impressed that you are planning and making dinners, let alone lunches! It's not easy making such a major change, make sure you're good to yourself and don't make yourself crazy trying to do everything. Glad things are going well so far.

I've often thought about trying the carnitas recipe, just never have...maybe one of these days. :)

Have a good week.

tipsybaker said...

I was curious if they put chocolate chips in that muffin recipe and I see that they do. Chocolate chips and pumpkin are great together. I never would have guessed until I tried and now I can't eat pumpkin bread/muffins without.
I remember going back to work full time when Isabel was 3 and the challenge of trying to get dinner on the table when we all got home at 6, exhausted. Good luck!!!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I used to plan lunches, when I was home for the summer, and snacks. Now that I'm back to work, it's just dinners. If you have a must try recipe, please link it up to my "Must Try Mondays".