These past two days have been productive, in one sense. I’ve been trying to get a lot of food prep done so that it is easy to just grab things and either defrost and heat, or defrost and mix with other things.
Today, I made two different blender purees. One is veggie-based: cucumbers, canned red beets, kale (from freezer), and canned tomatoes. I can no longer eat that kale because there are too many hard stems but they puree nicely. The other mixture was fruit-based: oranges, canned apricots, and fresh strawberries. I often buy tubs (2#) of plain yogurt and I can add some of each of them and have a really healthy smoothie. If the flavor needs a touch-up, there are always things in the fridge: chocolate syrup (I know, I know, not healthy), honey, coconut (left over from something or other).
Right now, I have an overnight batch in the slow cooker. I inherited some foods from a couple who leaves for the summer, so I decided to cook up my oldest meats before starting on the newest batch.
Tonight, it’s a ham bone and black eyed peas. I’ve never made the black eyed peas from scratch before. Every recipe I found wanted things I do not have in the house tonight. So I just tossed in a can of Rotel on the bottom, added the 2 bags of frozen black eyed peas (12 oz bags), and found a bunch of green onions that were awfully skinny critters. I just took the kitchen shears and snipped them into half-inch pieces and tossed them in, too. We’ll see what happens when it’s finished in the morning. Should be interesting. Or not.
I also cooked down some diced fresh apples and pears and packed them into containers. I can no longer eat the fresh ones just as they are, but now I can easily add them to my cereals.
Thursday, I stopped at the mechanic’s and had them do my air and fluids. Time was when I did those things myself but he doesn’t charge his regulars and it is easy to get there. My tires and fluids are ready when the hot weather returns in a week or so. It was 100 on my porch yesterday...