We left last Saturday for our vacation, and then I had five nights in a row where I just had to go to the cafeteria and choose from foods someone else prepared. It was great in one sense–a real vacation in a way camping is not–but also, I ate too much, and the food was not what I would generally make. It was good, just a little bland and generic for my tastes.
Still, it was hard to come back to cooking again. Thursday and Friday nights, we ate out. Last night I just made some frozen salmon burgers with teriyaki sauce and microwaved some pumpkin souffles from Garden Lites (unfortunately, this was a seasonal offering only, although the Butternut squash souffles look similar).
It is time to get back to normal, though. About halfway through my vacation, my computer stopped working. It powered on, but wouldn’t load Windows all the way. I ran diagnostics, searched for error codes on my Nook and found scary posts about needing a new hard drive. I tried many repairs, and they would seem to work and then hang up again. Finally, I tried one last big repair and did the one thing guaranteed to make my repair work–I went out and bought a new laptop.
I meant to just do some price comparisons in case I needed to make a purchase, but I found a really good deal. Plus, we have been seriously having an issue with the fact that my son and I both want to use my normal computer. AND, the battery doesn’t hold a charge anymore, so it is stuck on my desk with the wall plug, and I wanted a truly mobile computer. Yes, I know this is a lot of justification. But, it is too late to change the facts now, so I just have to economize and move on.
Sunday: Chicken tacos
Monday: Rosti with Bacon and Scallions, scrambled eggs, fruit smoothies
Tuesday: Spicy Orange garlic shrimp, rice, broccoli
Wednesday: Salmon noodle casserole, made with gluten free noodles, peas, pumpkin pudding
Thursday: Chicken/veggie stew, rice pudding
Friday: Pizza, salad
As you can see, this will be a fairly easy week to get me back on track. I do miss heading down to eat someone else’s cooking on dishes someone else is cleaning (and the never-ending coffee pot! Always fresh!), but it will be nice to get back into our normal routine.
This post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!