Sunday, January 17, 2021
Menu Plan: Christmas Season and Ordinary Time
We are sort of back in ordinary time. It is still the Christmas season through the Feast of the Purification, and though our readings still illuminate the incarnation and the manifestation of Christ as God in this world, we are gearing down in preparation for the bright sadness of Lent and the rejoicing that comes at the Paschal feast.
January is always a rough month. It is cold, dark, even with the days getting a little longer, and there is nothing fun to distract us from the frigid misery. It is actually not as cold as normal here, but since that is about the temperature of Satan's heart, it's not like it is hard to be warmer. I am missing living in a more temperate place and travel and all the things that could take me from this cold right now. We are revisiting our modified hibernation plan.
We have had some bright spots to cheer us up, though. Besides the good news with my father and one of my brothers last week, we also had cause to rejoice with Alexander who finally was offered a job, which he has accepted and signed paperwork (which was the reason I didn't share about it last week), in his field. It is an entry level job, but already pays a third more than his job he has now, and will give him experience, further training, and benefits. Also, on Thursday, I received another call from my brother telling us that our father was slated to go home Monday, barring any problems over the weekend. We are praying that it is so, as that means he should be home by tonight (our time) and rest and recovery at home with the people who love him around him will be much better.
This week's menu is still mostly out of our freezers, fridge and pantry. We are cooking it down until Ash Wednesday, and being as frugal as possible while we pay down debt. We have made some great progress on that score, and hope to have it managed in time to be able to travel again when that opens up once more. I know I have been terrible about keeping up my recipe round up posts, and I am sorry about that. Between the SAD and the exhaustion of the holidays and the darkness and cold and the recovery from the year we have just had, I have been so much more worn out than normal, even for this time of year, and I am spending my energy on the family and meal preparation.
- Sunday - Feast of Saint Antony of Egypt
Breakfast: Yogurt and Jam with Toast, Oranges, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Country Sausage and Potato Bake (using Country Pork Sausage and Thyme), Bread, Gingerbread Men, Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Breakfast: Chorizo and Egg Biscuit Sandwiches, Sliced Oranges, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Chili Dog Pizza, Fruit Plate
Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats with Brown Sugar and Raisins, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: H'ashweh, Laban bi Chiyar, Tagalong Bars, Salted Peanut Squares
Breakfast: Ful, Harissa, Shabboura, Canned Peaches, Tea and Honey
Dinner: Sour Cream and Onion Tuna Noodle Casserole, Pickled Asparagus, Vegetable Sticks
- Thursday - Feast of Saint Agnes
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast, Sliced Oranges, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Jacques Pépin's Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Rustic Bread, Snow Cap Cookies
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast with Honey, Sliced Oranges, Tea and Honey
Dinner: Falafel, Khoubz Araby, Harissa, Taratoor, Kalamata Olives, Quick Pickled Red Onions, Fruit Plate
Breakfast: Blueberry and Cherry Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup, Bacon, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Whatever Rich is Making