I know this is supposed to be a Monday post but may I ask a couple of questions first?
1) how many of you have in-laws?
2) how many of you feel you must 'clean' the house before said in-laws arrive?
I can raise my hand on both questions. Cleaning is what I did most of last week. Now that my in-laws are here, I can relax a bit and just enjoy our visit. Mom is taking advantage of my WiFi to work on genealogy research while I sit next to her with my own laptop doing my writing thing.
With family visits comes food. Because there are four of us instead of just two, I've been cooking some things I don't normally make because we can indulge a bit without feeling like we have to eat a larger portion. Monday night when they arrived I made a small roast with boiled potatoes and 'canned' peas. Canned because they're the only kind Bob will eat. I survived.
Last night was spaghetti and garlic bread. I measured the spaghetti for a 5-person serving so I could put at least one serving in the freezer for me. I do that with a lot of meals so I don't have to cook big meals for just me the three weeks Bob is gone. I only made 1/2 a loaf of french bread, giving us each a 1/4 of the 1/2 loaf. YUM! I can't remember the last time I had garlic bread. It was definitely a treat. For dessert I had a 1/2 a blueberry and 1/2 a peach pie left over from when our daughter and her family were here in July. I had a small piece of cherry pie, warmed up then 1/4 c up of canned milk poured over it. I grew up eating my cobblers that way. Again, not something we have on a regular basis.
Tonight we won't be as lucky. Normally we reserve Pizza Night at Memories Sweet Shoppe for the Wed. Bob comes home... so only once every six weeks. But this will be the only opportunity to take Mom and Dick, both who love pizza. We'll eat our share and hopefully I can bring 4 pieces hope to put in the freezer for later.
Before going to bed tonight I'll put a brisket in the oven to slow-cook all night long so we can enjoy a traditional BBQ brisket and all the fixin's in honor of Dick's birthday. We'll top it off with homemade ice cream. No cake.
So yeah, this week it is more about the portions. And I'm doing a better job of it than Bob. I told him last night I didn't want to hear any complaints when he steps on the scales Tuesday morning. So far, I've lost 1 pound.
I'll be back in here next week and hopefully getting things in line the way they should be. Wish me luck... there are days I feel I need it.
Enjoy the Journey!