Saturday, January 22, 2011
As mentioned a few days ago, I'm going to report on my first impressions of SOS Cuisine!
And the bottom line is... so far so GOOD!
On Thursday morning (and you can choose to start your plan ANY day of the week), I received my plan for the upcoming week's 5 dinners. I spent some time Friday going over the plan and looking through the recipes' ingredients & instructions. Since there were a couple of dishes (one entree and one salad) that I was pretty sure wouldn't go over well in my house, I went through their extensive recipes and substituted other ones into the menu.
Then I hit a button and voila... printable menu, grocery list and action plan for the week (so I can prepare some of the items ahead of time should I wish to do so). You can also print off the recipes if you wish (I decided not to for it was going to take a lot of paper and I can take my laptop to the kitchen as needed).
Today I braved the snow and headed to town for groceries needed! At 4pm, I started a double batch of "My Mothers Tomato Sauce" (lots of veggies in it!) and while it was simmering, I made the meatballs. While these baked in the oven and then simmered in the sauce, I cleaned up the kitchen, set the table and made a spinach/cranberry/almond/sesame seed salad and even had time to read some SP articles too)!!
Supper was yummy! (Since I doubled the recipe, I can serve it later this week, or freeze it for another week)
Tomorrow, I'm making the Spicy Sweet Potato Soup - I have the ingredients already, and I've just discovered that I can add breakfasts and lunches to the plan too, so I can make a complete plan! It will take some time to customize things but...
I feel like I've been chosen for an appearance on "Fixing Dinner" !!! It feels so good to be organized for the week's meals.
Now, I know some of you will say that SP does all this too. Well, I've tried it and it just wasn't for me. We're all different and we all have to look for what works for us ... thankfully different options are out there!
Hope you're enjoying a wonderful winter weekend, everyone!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
.... might be me!
I woke up way too early, was too warm and decided to go downstairs to turn back the furnace (I forgot to do it before I went to bed.. and I would smack my head and say "Doh" right now, but that wouldn't be a good idea (as you'll learn below))!
You see, our aging cat has started to do his thing outside the litter box, so we have put up a barricade so he can't roam as far from the box... making us humanoids (who clean up after him) much happier.
Well, I was happier...until I fell over the barricade in the dark enroute to the thermostat! Let me tell you that Archangels Raphael & Michael have been busy since then. My left wrist, hand and palm took the main hit. and I wouldn't even know I'd hurt them now! And the goosehead on my forehead (which took the secondary hit) is much smaller than it was and barely hurts when I rub it. Perhaps it won't bruise either?! Time will tell.
Thank you, AA Raphael & AA Michael. You, and all the other beings of light & love are such a blessing to us, if we just ask & step out of your way ! Namaste
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
More cleaning, more tidying up done today. Also helping my daughter get her upcoming trip organized. Good day food wise, also changed my exercise this morning... not quite so much aerobics/walking cardio... added in crunches, etc and also sped up my walking pace for 30 seconds, then regular pace for 2 minutes for a lot of my workout. A change is as good as a rest so they say!
Sunny here today - a welcome treat after yesterday's rain & dreariness!
Hope you've had an awesome day, my friends!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Today I discovered soscuisine.com. It's a Canadian website, which sends out a weekly menu plan, grocery list and recipes. And it uses the grocery store weekly specials.
Many of the plans are free, some cost $2/week. Another soscuisine member said they sign up as 4 people (even though there are only 2 ppl in their household); they then have leftovers for their lunches!
They have an Eat Local option too (it starts up again in May). And in the future, we'll be able to add our own recipes to the system.
I've been looking for something to help with meal planning, that takes the grocery store specials into account, that allows me to eat locally. This site seems pretty good!
So, I'm now a member (I signed up for the Budget plan (it's free, and it plans meals with the most frugal options). Once I get comfortable with how the site works, I'll let you know how it's working out.
Or perhaps you'll decide to see for yourself right away!
And if you're not Canadian: You could sign up using a postal code from Canada. The plan should still work...it's just you won't have access to the grocery store sales that are applicable to you in your country.
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