Here we are at the end of another weekend. I have been non-stop busy since the last edition, and am hoping things slow down (just a little) for the next few days. I write this because I am feeling a little drained of energy.
Friday night was so long ago, I honestly don’t even remember what I did. That is how busy the week was. Saturday I slept in a little and got up to volunteer for the Boston Terrier Rescue Canada group. BTRC is run completely by volunteers, and they do whatever they can to raise funds. I was working in a canteen at a local cat show. The SPCA was hosting it and asked us if we would like to help out to split the profits between the two organizations. The message went out late in the week, and I picked my time slot, and off I went.
Let me say, first of all, that I am really proud of myself for looking at all of that food, and ONLY buying an apple. I paid for it and enjoyed it. I ended up with pizza to take home, and it was supper. It has been a while since I had to stand on my feet for a few hours. Although I was glad to have a chair for a couple of necessary but short breaks, I managed OK. I do have nerve pain in one leg and I have finally figured out that my hip flexors are the root cause. If it comes down to it, I tough it out, but I can be in a lot of pain while I am doing so.
Cat Show Poster
Donation sign. Empties for Paws
The Saturday Morning crew
The Saturday afternoon crew
Bin for empties to recycle for BTRC
What does a person do when they go inside the Cat Show after the volunteering is done? Well, if you are me, you look at EVERY cat you can see, and you buy new cute little socks with cats all over them. I wanted the cute change purse too, but I am on a budget and that means I can’t always get everything I want.
My new kitty cat socks!
I bought something practical. I can always use more cute socks.
Today is Sunday. I slept in later today, I needed it. We had been invited to a friend’s house to play board games. It was set as a potluck. I decided to make His & Hers Lasagna. His lasagna is traditional. Mine is THM Lazy Lasagna. No noodles and yes it has spinach.
His & Hers Lasagna going in the oven.
His & Hers Lasagna all cooked.
He helped me with the prep and assembly. I made some guacamole dip and we brought Nacho Scoops for that. It was good. The best part is that there are leftovers of the lasagnas and the guacamole. So I have lunches prepped for the week right now!
We played Cards Against Humanity first. After supper, we played Ticket To Ride, Europe. It was a lot of fun, once we all knew what we were doing. The board game looked like this when it was all over.
Ticket To Ride Europe Game
It was a busy weekend. I didn’t get a lot of cleaning done, but we got the prep cooking started for the week. That’s a wrap for this weekend! What did you do?
Where’s the Beef?
I just put this massive Beef Stew in the oven. The beef is on the bottom. Then I cut up cabbage, turnip, carrots, onion, mushrooms, and radishes. You read that right. There are radishes in my beef stew. It is a new thing for us, and as I am on the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan, I have tried this once before, and I liked it. The husband did not like the radishes as much as I did. Last time he said, “Fewer radishes and more potatoes.” There are no potatoes this time. That’ll teach him. Just kidding. He bought a bag of potatoes, and he will have mashed potatoes on the side. I can bake a sweet potato if I want a potato.
I added a carton of beef broth. I was thinking about adding some red wine for flavour but decided to save it for Thursday. TGIT and I have plans that involve wine and popcorn. It’s our thing. So I added a carton of mushroom stock instead of wine. Then I hit the spices. Some bay leaves, garlic, onion powder, dill, parsley, and a little Montreal Steak Spice for that little something unexpected.
I have made homemade baked beans in this roasting pan. They cook all day. I have made turkey in it, of course. I have made a ham in it; and boiled dinner which is a ham with vegetables, like the stew above. I usually don’t add mushrooms to that one. Or spices, the salt from the ham is amazing with those veggies.
If you have lasagna lovers in your life, you can make a many layered lasagna in one of those roasters. It is absolutely amazing, especially if you have the right flavour combination. I have been hit or miss with regular lasagna lately. Or as I call it now, his lasagna. With noodles. I make the THM Lazy Lasagna for myself when I want a lasagna.
THM Lazy Lasagna Recipe
I have also made Bangin Ranch Drums in this roasting pan. I eat them with sweet potatoes and green bean fries. I add nutritional yeast flakes instead of onion or garlic powder, when I make the green bean fries. I finally like frozen green beans, but only if they are cooked this way! 😉
THM Green Bean Fries Recipe
Bangin Ranch Drums THM
The cooked stew
I hope it tastes good, or I’m going to have to go off plan and top it with ketchup!
Update: The stew was really tasty. My husband told me it was better than the last time, even though he was dubious about how it smelled. He said the radishes weren’t even so bad this time. I ate the stew by itself for my lunch today and paired it with baked sweet potato for supper. He made his own regular boiled potatoes to go with his supper. Ketchup was not necessary, but a pinch of sea salt and a light sprinkle of pepper would be the only change I would make next time.