The usual Sunday evening collection of randomness…

I never bothered with my hedges yesterday. Jay was a busy bee in the morning…As the bambino & I pulled into the driveway, we noticed him mowing the lawn. When he came inside, he cleaned up his man-cave the toy room, and after about an hour, he had it looking rather nice & tidy. Of course, within about 5 minutes, the bambino had it looking like a tornado had hit it, but I have learned that with a toddler, the expectation for a clean house is completely unrealistic, and will never happen (at least not until he leaves home, and I often threaten to just lock him in the basement until he’s about 50. Maybe even 60.). And I’m not exactly a neat-freak to begin with.

Anyway…I spent a good chunk of the day debating on whether or not to bake bread or work on soup…And I did a lot of recipe-reading, and menu-tweaking. Before I knew it, Jay had popped in “Office Space,” I made some popcorn, and when it was over, Jay offered to go and fire up the grill. I had some steaks that I’d thawed, and I gave the bambino the option of steak or baked eggs in tomato cups for dinner. Not surprisingly, he chose steak. So I got to work prepping stuff:


I had wanted to pop up to work yesterday morning to get more sweet corn, but I forgot about it until after the bank had closed for the weekend. No matter. I made homemade fries again too:


I briefly thought about making steak au poivre instead of grilling, but it’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, so I felt the grilling was warranted. And they were delicious:


I grilled a pepper for Jay too, but again, didn’t have any. Jay bought a large tub of ice cream so we had some of that for dessert.

When I got up this morning, I first thought about making pancakes with bacon for breakfast, but then I remembered I had half a loaf of pumpkin bread left from last week. I’d wanted to try pumpkin bread French toast last weekend, but never got around to it. So that’s what I did this morning.


I commented to Jay that while it’s a diabetic’s nightmare, it was delicious, and I was rather pleased with myself with how well it turned out.


Even the bambino scarfed it down, and even when he tells me he likes the waffles/pancakes/French toast I make, he’ll fill up on whatever breakfast meat I also fix. This time, he ate 1 slice of bacon, and a full slice of bread. I was impressed (and pleased).

After that, while Jay was dealing with 2 yellow jackets that had infiltrated our living room, I got up off my butt, got dressed, and went outside to trim up the hedges again. It didn’t take too long–About an hour/hour & a half, which is a far cry from the last time I battled them. Jay was nice enough to come outside & help me with the clean up, which didn’t take too long either. I think I went outside around 11, and by 1:30, we were walking down the block, chasing the bambino on his Batman bike. Then we showered, ran some errands, and came home. I could’ve taken another nap this afternoon, but fought sleep. I didn’t sleep that well last night, and with the yard work this afternoon, I will more than likely crash shortly after the bambino goes to bed. I did decide that instead of the baked eggs in tomato cups I was going to make tonight, we were eating at Guadalajara, because I just do not have the energy for anything right now (thank gods for my laptop, as I am vegging out in front of my TV, watching “Dateline” as I type this entry!).


My favorite thing about Guadalajara is the salsa. I’ve said before that I do not like chunky salsas, and while there are chunks in this salsa, it’s just liquid enough that I love it. I love their chips too:


They’re always warm when they arrive at the table. I ordered tacos again:


And I always get extra rice instead of beans, as I dislike any beans in any form:


And we were seated in the perfect booth (for me, anyway):


And now I am in the comfort of my living room, in my elastic-waist pants, and will probably be in bed in about 2 more hours. I’m thinking that tomorrow, I will make my soup, bake some bread, and get the laundry done. I should also go for a run.

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2 Replies to “The usual Sunday evening collection of randomness…”

  1. How do you organize your recipes? I have them on index cards sorting by main ingrediant (i.e. meat, fish, etc.). But it just doesn’t work well, they get wet or messed up when I’m cooking. I need organization!

    • I have a recipe box (from Longaberger no less–Whoo–Fancy schmancy!) that I use–It was a bridal shower gift from my mom & aunt, so I have stuff sorted the same way as you–On index cards, sorted by ingredient. The box is nice, b/c it’s got a little ledge on the lid that lets you use it as a holder, so it’s a little less messy when you’re cooking. Anything I print off the internet goes into a recipe binder I bought a few months ago (It was necessary, as I had TONS of random papers floating around my desk & kitchen!). It’s pretty easy to tell which ones I use on a regular basis! It’s also nice because I’ve got a cookbook stand that it fits on, so it can stay out of the way (for the most part) when I’m making something. Other than that, I’m not exactly all that organized!