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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Cheap & Cheerful Suppers for Mid-June

frozen pizza (freezer stash)
eggs and mushrooms
stuffed grape leaves (freezer stash)
roasted turnip roots
sautéed turnip greens and garlic
scratch cinnamon rolls

Saturday use it up supper -- a variety of leftovers to be eaten
sautéed kale and rhubarb pie

spaghetti and meat sauce
Sautéed Swiss chard
leftover pie

ham, egg and vegetable (including turnips and beets from the garden) fried rice (freezer stash)
scratch brownies

chili (freezer stash)
vanilla-rhubarb sauce
cornbread (freezer stash)

ham and lentil soup (freezer stash)
cabbage, kale, and carrot leaf slaw
leftover cornbread (freezer stash)

eggs with peppers and onions
corn (freezer stash)
carrot sticks


We're in turnip season right now. I harvested turnips twice this week. I use almost all of each turnip plant. We use the roots, chopped, tossed with oil, salt and pepper then roasted. We use the leaves, shredded and sautéed with onions and garlic. And we use the stems. I chop the stems into 1/4-1/2-inch bits and freeze them in ziplock bags. I add these bits to purchased frozen chopped broccoli to stretch the broccoli.

I made a batch of ketchup this week. I used the ingredient list on a purchased bottle of ketchup as my initial guide. Our purchased ketchup label wasn't specific about what spices were used, so I looked up an old recipe for ketchup for that info. I taste compared the small amount of purchased ketchup remaining in the bottle with my batch on the stove and adjusted different ingredients until it was just about right. Kind of surprising how much sugar I needed to add to get the taste right. Anyway, my family seemed to like my ketchup well enough.

One of my goals this past week has been to empty the small stand alone freezer so I can defrost it. The frost is so great that it's taking up space that I need to store some of the garden harvest. However, it sure seems like when I take a few things out to use in meals or stash in another freezer, more freezer stuff appears. I know that's not possible, but there seems to be an endless amount of frozen food in that freezer. Once I do get it emptied, it should thaw quickly (a day or two). Then I can fill it back up! The good news is we have way more juice concentrate that I had thought. When at Walmart a couple of weekends ago I noticed that frozen orange juice concentrate had gone up quite a bit since I stocked up in late 2021. It's now $2.14/can. In 2021 it was $1.39/can. I also have enough frozen butter to get us through a few more months. Anyway, I noted in our menus which items came out of that freezer.

The last few days I've been working on our Father's Day meal plans. I'll use several foods I have on hand. but I also went grocery shopping for some special foods. I bought frozen corn on the cob, a watermelon, some frozen roasting vegetables (baby red potatoes, carrots, onions, and zucchini), and two kinds of juice (blueberry-pomegranate and apple-cherry). I have some chicken-apple sausages in the freezer, pecans for baking a pecan pie, and tortilla chips and salsa. We're doing lunch on Sunday, so I'll also make coffee and tea. The weather looks less than lovely for Sunday, so we'll spend our time indoors. 

Do you have plans in place for celebrating Father's Day? How was your week? Any special meals that stand-out in your mind?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


  1. Although it may not seem like it, your menu for the week looks like you've made a good start on emptying your freezer. On Father's Day, we are going to spend the day with my father-in-law. We'll be providing all of the food for everyone. Others that are coming don't have time to make anything because they are travelling. On Saturday, my kids will be celebrating with their father while I'm at work all day. Not sure what they have planned, but I'm sure part of it will be burgers on the grill. I'm going to contribute a cherry pie.

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      It sounds like Father's Day plans for your family must've been nice for both Ward and your Father-in-law. I hope your husband and sons had a good time together on Saturday (but sorry you had to work that day). A cherry pie sounds tasty and just what a dad would enjoy.

  2. What is it about freezers that when you take stuff out they are still full lol.
    I love turnips. The last time we grew them they got so wormy. Haven't tried them since.
    The kids are doing a father's day BBQ next weekend at our son and dil's house. I'm providing the meat. I decided it was time to get these kids hosting so it doesn't all fall on me all the time lol. Next weekend was when most could be there.only my oldest dd's teenage foster child will miss it, and if she's like most teenagers she's fine with that!!

    1. Hi Diane,
      I think your plan to get your kids to host some family gatherings is a great one! I hope everyone has a great time at the BBQ.

  3. Hi, Lili. Hope you have a lovely Father's Day luncheon, even if the weather isn't lovely. We have both sons home today, but one will have to leave before Sunday, so it's sort of been Father's Day week here. Lots of fun meals and small outings. You asked about notable meals for the week. Our most-fun was a birthday dinner, when we planned to eat previously-frozen home-made burritos baked mojado-style... then when I was digging those out, I found four orphaned home-made taquitos in the freezer. So, we baked those up as well. :) Good work on the ketchup. I've made small batches of it, and they were delicious. Cloves, I think, are the spice that makes it taste most "right" to me; and yes, I agree, it takes a lot of sugar to make it taste like you expect. Take care, everyone. Sara

    1. Hi Sara,
      I'm so glad both of your sons could be around so close to Father's Day and over one of your birthdays. I'm sure you all enjoyed spending time together this past week. The taquitos and burritos sound yummy!

      Yes, cloves was one of the spices I used in the ketchup. I also added a pinch of cinnamon and I think a bit of allspice (I can't remember and I'm too lazy right now to go look that recipe up, ha ha). I'm not a huge ketchup fan, but it tasted good to me. My daughters and husband are the big ketchup eaters in our house.


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