It's been a busy few weeks around here. Lots of food fixing & freezing, plus a renewed interest in creating a few trivets. When we are watching football I like to keep my hands busy, and making trivets is akin to knitting in that way.
Football is ramping up with post-season games and miraculously the Jags not only won their division but won the Wild Card game against the Chargers! Go Jags!!
|Photo coutesy o Club Continental in Orange Park, FL|
In the food department I've been having fun with Boston butt roasts, on sale, and very freezable. I usually take the pan drippings, stir in a 1/3 C or so of water, then freeze that in an ice cube tray. When reheating, drop a couple of the cubes in the covered pot with the pork and warm it up slowly. Keeps the meat very moist, gives you the prospect of gravy should you want it, and is super flavorful.
|5.5 lbs and has a nice bit of "bark". I roast @ 450°|
for 15 minutes, then drop the temp to 275° for the
remainder of the cooktime.
Another cooking project was a different kind of stuffed pepper. Walmart had these large, beautiful, 4-lobed bell peppers on sale, perfect for stuffing. I couldn't resist. Normally, I use ground beef, black beans, rice, cilantro and tex/mex spices. This time I had some ground turkey I had stocked up on (on sale @ Aldi), and I decided to make more of a turkey alfredo style pepper using sautéed mushrooms, cubed zucchini and onions, plus brown rice and alfredo sauce as the binder. Topped them with shredded parm and buttered panko bread crumbs. Wow, they turned out really good (I was kind of surprised since I was just winging it).
|Baked @325° for 30 minutes, then under the broiler briefly|
to brown the bread crumbs. Tasty, and 2 pairs to freeze.
One of the projects that I had really been putting off was re-organizing the upstairs linen closet/medicine cabinet. When you have a health plan that gives you a quarterly stipend for OTC drugs and supplies, you use it. Hence extras of bandaids, pain relievers, first aid creams and the like. It had been piling up and needed to be organized in the worst kind of way. Took me most of one morning. Here's the after shot, forgot to take a before (kind of glad about that, lol).
|Rolling tray table has my newest trivet on it.|
And speaking of trivets, here's a collage that shows the 3 trivets I sent over to our daughter's house, and the 2 newest ones. It's fun again, for which I'm grateful.
And last but not least, we had our 48th anniversary last week and celebrated with a wonderful steak dinner and some decadent desserts. FYI - If you have an Aldi near you, check to see if they have these there. Kind of spendy but worth it for a special occasion Absolutely fantastic!! 😊