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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First week of September lunch round-up

It's a short week to prepare for, due to Monday being a holiday for everyone at home. So, I didn't need to make as much as usual. Here's what I came up with:

  • hard-boiled eggs (this must be sounding monotonous as I've been boiling eggs for the last several weeks)
  • pasta-tomato-basil salad in Italian dressing
  • vegetarian baked beans
  • apple-cinnamon muffins
  • fresh apples
There's also sourdough bread, peanut butter and jam, and yogurt, for those who want some of the usual fixings.

My daughters are still working a job without a decent kitchen. There's a fridge but no microwave, so I'm still making everything "safe" to eat without reheating (no meat in anything). My husband has a kitchen at work, so this doesn't concern him. At the end of September, my daughters start classes again, and will once again have a full kitchen to use for lunches. (They even have real plates and silverware there!) So I will be free to use meat or meat stock in anything I put together.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day!


  1. My family and I had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I hope you and your family did as well.

    Mmm...pasta salad sounds yummy. I haven't made that for quite some time. I think I will do that soon.

    Our lunches are super simple for this short week:

    Apples (from our trees)
    Cheese and Crackers

    No meat for us this week either. My family likes doing 'snack-y' type lunches sometimes.


    1. Hi Angie,
      your lunches sound yummy, and simple -- my favorite combo! Are you getting a lot of apples this year?

      I'm glad you and your family had a great Labor Day weekend. For us, It was a mix of working around the house, some downtime on Sunday, then a BBQ on Monday, so a good one here.

    2. We aren't getting as many apples as last year, when the trees were hanging full. Between our early apples and the later ones, we might have enough to last until December.

      Last year, I got creative to use the surplus and made apple butter, apple crisps, etc. This year, we are just going to eat them fresh...or out of the fridge. :)

      We have a local fruit farm that sells great tasting apples that are so much cheaper than grocery store prices. They are able to keep apples in cold storage usually through April. I'm already looking at our grocery budget to make a little room to buy apples from them when ours are gone. Apples, bananas and oranges pretty much make up the fresh fruit portion of our diets during the fall and winter.

      Our Labor Day weekends sound very similar. I felt very relaxed and refreshed when it was back to normal yesterday.

      Have a great day!

    3. Angie, our winter fruit looks much like yours. We have a bit of frozen fruit, and I buy canned pineapple, but apples, bananas and oranges get us through till the following summer.

  2. I thought of you yesterday while grocery shopping--eggs were 99 cents/dozen, so of course I stocked up.

    My husband bought pears and peaches at the farm market last Saturday--the pears especially are a treat for us.

    1. HI Kris,
      So envious of your peaches!! I'm still hoping to get out to the highway that goes across the mountains. There are a couple of farm stands that always have peaches in early September at a great price.

      As soon as I read your comment on eggs at 99 cents/dozen, I had to check to see if Walgreens had theirs on for 99 cents. Not this week. But great that you were able to stock up!! I see omelettes, quiches and frittatas in your future.

      Did your son have his birthday already?

    2. His birthday was the last week of August. Right before school starts. :)

    3. I hope his birthday was fantastic! Great way to end the summer.

  3. milk has been $1.99 per gallon here. Am waiting for eggs and butter to go on sale. and after hunting season we should be set for awhile,

    1. Hi Dee,
      That's a great price on milk! I hope it's a sign of better prices on dairy for the rest of us!

      I usually see butter on sale just before Thanksgiving, then through Christmas. And around here, eggs cycle on and off sale at Walgreens, about every 3 months.

      It sounds like you're getting well-stocked for winter.

  4. Sounds like good choices, Lili. I do the no fridge/microwave thing depending on which teacher's room I am in. I was able to take soup and reheat it today, so that worked out well for me. I've been thinking about boiling eggs this week for egg salad. It's on my to do list anyway. lol :)

    1. Hi Belinda,
      Oh yes, with your work arrangements, you never know what you will have available. Cold foods probably make the most sense a lot of times. But great that you could bring soup yesterday and have a place to reheat.
      It's a funny thing about making egg salad -- it's not like it's complicated or all that time consuming, but it's one of those tasks that in my mind sounds like more work than it is. I dislike peeling the eggs, so maybe that's one of my mental roadblocks.

  5. Our lunches have been a hodge podge of leftovers and even cereal one I did have enough lunches saved to send for hubby's lunch for every day this week, though.

    1. Hi Shara,
      well some weeks are like that aren't they? Whatever works! We've had a few dinners lately that are rather hodge podgish. Tontight's looks normal enough (soup, bread, fruit and pie), but tomorrow night it will be all the leftovers I can scrounge up!

      Good job on getting your hubby's lunches all taken care of. I'm sure that is a blessing to him!

  6. Hard-boiled eggs always make a tasty lunch :) We had some as part of lunch at one of the conferences I was at and they went very quickly!

    I usually take leftovers to work and eat them without leaving them in the fridge (or usually reheating it). You're making me think maybe I should investigate fridges in the building just to be safe.

    1. Hi Liz,
      Oh, maybe I go overboard with keeping everything "food safe". But it has been warm this summer, and my daughters work in old buildings with no A/C, so their lunches will stay at room temp all morning, if they forget to put them in the fridge at work. If I were you, if you're not having issues with your lunches out of the fridge, then I wouldn't worry too much about it. I'd just steer clear of fish items being out of the fridge, for sure.


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