It is hard to believe that six months have already passed by. Midsummer flew across the calendar, with speeds similar to the witches traveling to Bloksbjerg, a mountain top in Harzen Germany when the Danes burn them on bonfires. Obviously, nobody is burned alive since the witch trials in Salem, MA.
Last week we were preparing for the arrival of the biggest celebration in US history – the 4th of July, aka Independence Day. This weekend, we witnessed US communities, friends, and families celebrate when we kicked the British and told them to go home. Man, what an achievement, and since then, America has prospered and continues to be a global power.
Our little family immigrated to the US back in 2011, so this year is special to us. A decade of living in this country has been phenomenal. It culminated in our naturalization, being fully adopted by the US, and feeling more American and patriotic the longer we live here.
I’m convinced that we might be more patriotic and grateful for living in this great country compared to many individuals born here. We appreciate the opportunities that the land of the free has given us. However, we do not take for granted liberty, and we honor all the heroes that made this possible throughout World history.
Sure, we have had some interesting cultural adjustments, mainly around healthcare and social welfare. But, coming from Europe, we’ve seen the good and the bad of social welfare, something that many US politicians fail to see. Don’t get me wrong, social welfare is great, but it comes with higher taxes and less capitalism. At least in my humble opinion.
We love and appreciate our new home country, and fell privileged to live here.
Monday the 5th of July is a bank holiday this year, as the 4th of July fell on a Sunday. The family is winding down today, after our excellent celebrations yesterday with close friends. We spent most of the day in great company, diving into the pool, eating hotdogs and burgers, playing cornhole, listening to rock music, and drinking some nice beers – a proper garden party.
Time to talk about food
On Tuesday starts the summer camps and extended school year. That means I need to plan out lunches again and make some meals that can be made in advance.
While I had bought and planned meals for the last couple of weeks, I did not make any meals in advance. Instead, I made them quickly when arriving home from work, which meant eating late. Not ideal, but the kids needed to relax after a stressful school year.
The Traeger was used a lot during the week, and we always grill food on the weekends.
I spent some time this morning cleaning the Traeger, getting it ready for some cooking today. You need to clean the grill, no matter which kind of grill you have, regularly. Don’t deep clean it. When you cook, it adds a nice layer to the inside of the grill, giving the grill more flavor and fats. These are essential to a good grilling experience.
We also bought a quarter cow, fresh from a local farm. Again, grass-fed cows with no chemicals added. I’m excited about the healthier meat and the flavors that come with proper care of the cattle.
|Weekday||Snacks n’ Breakfasts||Lunch||Dinner|
|Monday||Fruit Cups||Sandwich with chicken salad||Chicken sandwiches with coleslaw, roasted beans, and cherry tomatoes|
|Tuesday||Rice chips||Cesar Salad with roasted chicken||Garlic broccoli shrimp with quinoa|
|Wednesday||Fruits||Dumplings||Roasted cornish hen with noodles and bok choy|
|Thursday||Egg Muffins||Falafel feast with sabih, tomato & cucumber salad|
|Friday||Falafel with cucumber & tomato salad||Roast Thai red curry with cornish hen, served with cauliflower rice|
One day, I might get so organized that I will link the meals below to my recipes. We can only live in hope!
Have a fantastic week, my friends. I hope you enjoy these meal plans. It is so much easier to make food in advance, although you need to invest several hours during the weekend to prepare the meals.
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