Monday, November 22, 2021

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan - November 22, 2021

Greetings, Dear One! Happy Monday! 

I hope that you and yours had a good week and a great weekend! My week was strewn with emotional ups and downs, but, by week's end, the tsunami had leveled out and, at the moment, I almost feel like me. I hope it lasts.

I had a great weekend. On Saturday I went with Buddy and Christy and the children to Louisburg to go to the cider mill. We took a little detour on the way and ended up seeing some beautiful country and visiting some neat historic sites. 

The highlight of our trip, though...and I know that only those that are closest to our family will understand this...but the highlight of our trip was discovering a Price Chopper store, quite by accident, and in the most unexpected of places. (Price Chopper was our hometown, Italian-owned, grocery store back home in the Kansas City area.)

Buddy said, "I wonder if they have eggnog?" 

I said, "Anderson-Erickson?" 


"I don't know."  

"I'm going to find out!"

Buddy, granddaughter Ruth, and I went in the store. Not only did they have Anderson-Erickson eggnog, but they also had Roma bread, Alessi bread sticks, genoa salami, sandwich pepperoni, Fontina, and more.

I cried in the store. I can't explain it, but it was the closest, and  most connected to my husband that I had felt since he passed. All his favorite foods where there and I knew how excited he would have been to have made this discovery with us. My son said he felt just like he did when he was little shopping at Cosentino's Price Chopper in Blue Springs. I knew what he meant.

I could hear my husband saying "let's get some of this" and "let's get some of that." I drew the line, though, when I heard, "I wonder if they have any Greek olives?" LOL! (I never did like those things, but John loved them!)

Anyway, it all sounds silly, I'm sure, but it meant the world to me. I got quite few of the foods that we enjoyed on a regular basis (especially during the holiday season) during the early years of our marriage and moving. I feel like I'm truly kicking off the holiday season in style now and John would be very happy!

I went out to the park Sunday afternoon and got the nicest surprise! My cousin from Colorado and his wife and daughter were in the area They called and met me out there for a short visit. 

While there the daughter (Katy) played a little tune on her fiddle for me out on the prairie and wow! She's good!!! I was hoping to put one of the videos that I took in this post, but I can't figure out how to get uploaded to YouTube right now. If I get it figured out I will post it next week. 

Okay...I've rambled on long enough. Let's get on with this week's post, shall we?

This week's to-do list...

- work
- photograph a prescribed burn out at the park
- clean house 
- rearrange and straighten the Van Gogh room (a.k.a. my office-turned-spare-bedroom when company comes)
- clean out the fridge
- do laundry
- spend Thanksgiving with family and friends
- thank God for His many blessings in my life

This week's menu plan...

Breakfast ideas (no particular order) -

- scrambled eggs and toast
- fat-free turkey slices with laughing cow cheese wedge, and egg on toast
- sweatpants oatmeal
- THM pancakes with fresh blueberries, Triple 0 yogurt, and THM syrup
- cottage cheese on toast with fruit
- cinnamon-apple toast with Triple 0 yogurt

Lunch ideas (no particular order) - 

- fish sandwich with baked potato
- grilled cheese and Just Like Campbell's Tomato Soup
- chicken ranch salad
- egg salad sandwich with fresh fruit and veggies
- Italian sandwiches with Sun Chips
- homemade pizza from the freezer

Monday - Chicken ranch salad
Tuesday - Ham with fried potatoes and sautéed peppers and onions
Wednesday - Bison chili with crackers
Thursday - Thanksgiving
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Leftovers

Well, Ladies, that's it for this time! You all have a great day, a lovely week ahead, and an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving! Love and prayers over all!

Until next time...

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  1. Sounds like you had such a wonderful weekend. Beautiful photos of it all as always. Praying you have a peaceful week and a great Thanksgiving.

  2. Thanks, Jean! Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! Hope you have a great one, too!


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