Monday, March 11, 2019

Winter-y Days

There are some days it's so nice not to have to be at work before the sun comes up and this morning was one of those. It's so beautiful outside in its starkness with the trees frosted, a light scattering of snowflakes and the fog in the distance. These are the best mornings for sitting on the couch and sipping on a cup of chai tea as one plans one's day.

It looks like it might be a nice day. It's currently 8' out and the forecast is predicting 25'! Temperatures that are above 0' practically swoon worthy! Okay, a bit over dramatic BUT we're tired of the arctic weather temperatures and the record amount of cold weather we've been having up here. We've had a record 28 days of below 0' weather so we're hoping this warming trend continues. The vehicles are starting to have issues with these continued low temperatures too, even ones that typically have no problem. Temperatures this low are hard on the engines.

Plans for the Day:
  • Organizing my office area in the living room better so I can get my new printer set up. I have to get the printer set up today as I have a bunch of papers I need to scan and get sent to my insurance and Worker's Comp. Keeping up with the Worker's Comp is taking more time than I thought it would and they still haven't approved my claim yet so I haven't been paid. It's becoming a little bit more than frustrating. 

  • I also have physical therapy this afternoon so I'll be gone at least 2.5 hours for that.

  • I plan on visiting Mr. B's dad after physical therapy as he's still in the hospital.

  • Set up my business Facebook page.


Last night I'd planned on making a roast chicken in the Instant Pot but we didn't get home until 7 pm so that wasn't going to work. I had some thawed hamburger in the fridge so I decided to try making salsbury steak for supper.

I don't remember my mom ever making it when I was growing up but I do remember having it in the frozen TV dinners on occasion. It seemed an easy enough recipe and ended up tasting great. Find the recipe HERE. I did use low-sodium brown gravy mix.

Mr. B said "Tasted better than if we'd gone to town!"

Sides were mashed potatoes and buttered corn.

This was a great budget meal and cost less than $6 for the whole meal. I'd gotten a clearance deal on hamburger a while back so that was only about $2 for the meat, the gravy packets were probably about 90c each, the corn was 88c for the bag on sale and I used half the bag, and the Idahoan mashed potatoes were $1. I had everything in my pantry so that was a huge plus. I was going to grab some rolls and heat them but forgot.

The recipe made about 8 patties so this would have fed four people. If I were feeding four people, I would have made 2 packages of the mashed potatoes and used the whole bag of corn. I think I might also have increased the gravy as we like gravy on everything so maybe another packet of that. I only ate one patty myself and Mr. B ate two. I have leftovers in the fridge for our lunches.

Some planned meals for the week include:

Roast chicken and sweet potatoes
Shrimp fettuccini and salad (for me)
Hot Dogs and baked beans
Brat burgers and potato salad
Pancakes and sausage


Purls and Potions: A paranormal cozy mystery (Vampire Knitting Club Book 5) by [Warren, Nancy]    Witch Summer Night's Cream (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 3) by [Hanna, H.Y.]   Living Lagom: A Swedish Guide to a Balanced Life by [Thoresen, Maya]   

A new book came out in the Vampire Knitting Mystery Series!!!! I'm so excited I've got it downloaded for my next read.

Witch Summer Nights Cream  - 57% completed

Living Lagom - 51% completed

Cozy Minimalist Home - 43% completed

1 comment:

  1. The snowy pictures are gorgeous...perfect! And I remember those TV dinners too! I'll definitely try the recipe...sounds great.


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