Sooooo, I still do not have a computer, which means I am using the computer belonging to my Mom. It is not good. Why? Why am I using such asynine sentance structure? Because if I use the apostrophe key, the whole computer goes nuts and I cannot type. I did not realize the vastness of my dependance on contractions.
I am also not sure when I will be getting a new computer. I really want an imac, but my funds for such a purchase are dwindling due to a money hemorrhage I like to call Daisy Dog. She now has a cast on her leg and a cone on her head to keep her from removing said cast. I would show you a really cute picture of her, but apparently the computer belonging to my Mom hates to upload photos as well. Humphhh.
I miss my little bloggy :(
I wish I didn't hate debt so much, because I would be slidding the card so fast right now and gett(apostrophe)in myself a (apostrophe)lil imac lov(apostrophe)in.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
After a weekend of family fun and strict observation of a Sabbath "day of rest" (aka--not doing dishes after every meal and not walking around picking up stuff and putting it away), Monday morning dawned on a very messy house. I knew I needed to stay home and get things shaped up for the week. But, I was struggling with "homeschooling mother guilt," which is of another species than the usual forms of mother guilt.
Except that my kids will homeschool themselves.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Monday: Kale and White Bean soup, bread
Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, frozen veggie
Wednesday: Grilled chicken (I will invent a marinade), healthy risotto, veggie
Thursday: Taco Pizza, salad
Friday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggie
Confession: Sometimes I don't make what is on the list, or I switch the days around.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Ahhhh, Saturday. I had my Lentil Burger lunch around 11:00 am today, so by 2:00 pm, I was ready for lunch number two ;)
So, I cooked again.
So, I cooked again.
Better than Campbell's, cheaper than Campbell's.
1 can tomato paste
2 1/4 c. water
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt and black pepper, to taste
grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Two lunches down, and it was time to go couponing.
I went to the Wal-Mart in my town, which always proves annoying and fruitless. I usually go to the store in another town, as they are much more cooperative and...nice.
Yesterday I did not cook anything for an entire day. Somehow I still had tons of dishes, hmmm.
This morning I just needed to cook something.
And I really needed to clean out the fridge.
"Necessity is the mother of invention."
Homemade Lentil Burgers
2 1/2 c. cooked brown lentils
3 tbs. tomato paste
McCormick Steak Seasoning, to taste (I used about 1 tbs.)
chopped green chilies (I used about 2 tbs. of the canned variety, but do this to taste)
1 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. quick oats
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray. In a food processor, place lentils, tomato paste, seasoning, and eggs. Pulse until it is blended. Pour it into a medium bowl and add the chilies, bread crumbs, and oats.
Let stand at room temperature for about five minutes. Shape into patties. Heat 1-2 tbs. olive oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet. Cook the burgers in the skillet about three to four minutes per side.
Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
I really like these! Next time I will add some finely chopped onion and garlic, to make it a little more interesting. I loved that they were not soggy in the middle.
So, the burning question:
Do they taste like meat?
Of course NOT.
But they are tasty and healthy. And I don't like things that aren't meat that taste like meat.
Because that is just weird.