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I am happy to let you know that we’ve reached the final Monday in January. We are conquering winter, one week at a time — at least, that’s how I feel. And while I feel bad for those on the East Coast dealing with all that snow, it’s pretty nice to look out the window here and realize that we got none. None, I say! There are several birds on my new bird feeder. Life is good.
This is the week leading up to ISSMA instrumental contest here. For years, my girls have participated, and I have played piano for many kids’ solos. This year, I’m a little sad that none of my kids are participating. And, I only have four kids I’m accompanying. It just feels a bit … empty. Oh well, sometimes kids call at the last minute. This year, I’ll actually be able to help them out if that happens.
So, this week that I was anticipating being so busy, isn’t quite so much. Here is the menu plan:
Monday: Sweet and Sour Chicken, with rice made in the rice cooker. Do you have a rice cooker? I got one a few years ago as a gift, and although at the time I was not happy having another gadget to store (well, I’m still not happy about that part …), it does come in handy.
Tuesday: heated-up pizza. Daughter #3 went to an event with a friend Saturday, and brought home 2 untouched whole pizzas. I am taking this as a little gift from God — no need to cook dinner on my busiest piano day 🙂
Wednesday: Pasta e Fagioli Soup in the crockpot — don’t think I’ve tried it, but it looks good.
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie (one of my favorites)
Friday: Chicken Noodle Soup — no real recipe, just chicken, carrots, broth, peas, seasoning. My sister-in-law gave me the idea of making spaetzle instead of noodles, so I treated myself to this Spaetzle Maker. Have you ever made spaetzle? Any advice? I’ll let you know how it goes.
What’s new in your life or your kitchen this week?
More menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.