Sunday, September 12, 2010

Meal plans and the week ahead

We have another busy, but really fun week ahead of us. Today we're just going to the farmers' market and taking it easy. We were planning to go fall raspberry picking, but we decided it was too much with everything else going on. Kevin leaves Monday for Germany. Tuesday afternoon I'll be going to my local chapter meeting for WAPF. Wednesday I'll be in Detroit for meetings during the day. Thursday is the big fall farmers' market on the lawn of the Capitol. Friday is my flex day, our first day of Kindermusik for this semester, CSA and milk pickup, and Kevin comes home. Saturday I'll be picking up 12 chickens that I ordered from a local farm. Then we'll be meeting some friends at the orchard for some fun in the afternoon. And then we'll be going over to my grandpa's house for family night. We'll be doing family day/night with my mom's family once a month now - its going to be so fun! I'm very glad to have such a close extended family!

I ordered some things so that I can try out making a couple different kinds of cheese soon. They should arrive this week, so maybe I'll be able to make some soft cheese (would be chevre/goat cheese if I was making it with goat's milk) this week. I'm excited to give it a try. I also have ricotta, feta, queso blanco, and kefir cheese on my list to try out soon. There are three or four different cheese classes that are held each month in our area and I've been trying for months now to fit one of them into our schedule, but it never works. I've done some reading on cheese making and I'm not sure I even really need the beginner level cheese classes. I think I'll be able to do it myself, no problem. We shall see, I guess. Maybe I'll take one of the intermediate or advanced level classes at some point down the road.

Anyway, here's the plan this week...

Sunday ~ farmers' market
B: sourdough english muffins with yogurt cheese and honey
L: salads
D: beef roast in crockpot with potatoes, cabbage, and carrots

Monday ~ Kevin leaves for Germany
B: yogurt with granola
D: grilled cheese and home-canned tomato soup; raw veggies; applesauce

Tuesday ~ WAPF local chapter meeting
B: dutch baby pancakes from freezer
D: eating at my parents' house

Wednesday ~ meetings in Detroit
B: sourdough english muffins with butter and homemade jam
D: leftover beef roast with potatoes, cabbage, and carrots

Thursday ~ farmers' market on the Capitol lawn
B: yogurt smoothies
D: eating at my parents' house

Friday ~ flex day; Kindermusik; CSA and milk pick up; Kevin comes home
B: scrambled eggs with cheese and veggies
D: TBD... something in the crockpot

Saturday ~ pick up chicken order; orchard trip; family night
B: fried eggs; sourdough english muffins
D: at my grandpa's house for family night


Mary Voogt said...

Sounds like a fun week! Too bad Kevin has to be gone. Hopefully it will go by quickly.

Have fun at the big FM. I bet they have so much good stuff.

Did you end up doing the sourdough stuff last week? I'm anxious to read about it/hear about the new method.

Not sure what cheeses they make at the GF class. Mozzarella for sure. Good luck with your cheese! I hope to make it someday too.

By the way, when are you going to post your method for yogurt? I haven't tried it yet, but would like to. Curious how you do yours.

Sara said...

Yes, I did end up doing the sourdough bucket method last week. I didn't do the cinnamon rolls - just ended up making a LOT of english muffins and freezing the majority of them (also used them for our sandwiches on Saturday). I need to write the post for the bucket method still... and upload the pictures.

I have my yogurt post written (along with a whole slew of others), but just haven't posted it b/c I keep forgetting to take pictures. I guess I should just post it. I am thinking I'll make yogurt again on Friday afternoon, so maybe I'll remember to take pictures then. If I don't, then I'll just post it anyway. I basically follow the way its done at Kitchen Stewardship.

Sara said...

Ok, so... I actually uploaded pictures today and realize I already took pictures of the last time I made yogurt. So all I'm waiting for now are to upload them to blogger... which is taking FOREVER!!!