Happy Monday! Are you ready to tackle the week? I hope you all have a great one 🙂
If you’ve been following for a while, you’ve probably noticed that waffles or pancakes are Alex and I’s breakfast of choice on Sunday morning. I love this little tradition we’ve started since moving in together. We’re trying to use of food we have in the fridge so while the pancakes were cooking, I made some bacon. With the leftover batter, we made more pancakes and put them in the freezer for a quick breakfast on another day.
After breakfast it was time to get things done! Since Saturday wasn’t very productive, I figured I should use the morning to be. I gathered a bunch of clothes to donate and brought back the library books I finished. There were some potatoes in the cabinet that were starting to sprout and get quishy. Since I hate throwing food away, I cut off the bad parts and cooked them for just a little bit in the oven to bake off the moisture. Once they were completely cooled, I put the fries in a freezer bag and threw them in the freezer. I’ve never done that before so when we eat them I’ll report back and let you know how it works! By the time that was all done I was ready for lunch. There was some leftover stir fry from earlier in the week which I heated up to enjoy.
After lunch it was go time. Alex’s parents are going on a cruise in the Mediterranean (cue the jealousy) and asked us to house and dog sit for them. Although we could go back and forth to our apartment and their house it just seemed like a bigger hassle. Instead we packed our bags for our “vacation” haha. The picture above doesn’t include our dirty laundry (yes our machine is still broken), backpack and smaller cooler filled with perishable food, We kept saying how it honestly feels like we’re moving.
Normally I grocery shop and meal plan Saturday morning. Since we’re not at our apartment, we didn’t know what groceries, if any, we would need for the week. After we unpacked, I worked on meal planning for the week and checking what groceries we would need before going to the store. I spent less than $15 on food which was awesome! I will say though, we got lucky since his parents knew we would be staying there so they didn’t feel a need to eat all of their perishables.
Alex’s parents have two golden retrievers, Grace and Annie. His mom said they did not take them leaving very well and seemed confused when Alex and I arrived. To cheer them up, Alex and I took them on a walk! Don’t worry, they get plenty of exercise in the yard but because Grace is 15 and Annie had two hip surgeries a walk to the park is a little much for everyday. When they realized where we were going they got so excited! By the end they were panting and tied but it was fun to take them out on such a nice day!
For dinner, we had some leftovers that were in the fridge. I threw some potatoes in the oven to crisp up a bit and added some garlic, paprika and pepper for extra flavor as well. While the oven was preheating I snacked on a few noodles from Greek pasta salad, yes just the noodles since I’m picky, and put green beans on a plate. Once the potatoes were crisper, I placed them in a bowl and topped with some ketchup and hot sauce. It was an easy but filling dinner!
We ended our night by sitting outside. One thing we love is fires (except when it’s in our oven)! Our apartment has a fireplace but it hasn’t been cold enough to use it yet. The fall of last year was when Alex and I started dating so we spent a few nights at the beginning of our relationship sitting in his parent’s backyard talking by the bonfire. We’re taking advantage of having a bonfire pit and will be spending a lot of time enjoying this little luxury.
Question of the day: Will you cook or freeze food before it goes bad? I really hate throwing food out, it feels like such a waste of money!
I would like to take the time to remember all of those that passed away 16 years ago during the terrorist attacks and to all of the first responders. My thoughts and prayers are with their families today, as well as those affected by Hurricane Irma.