Meal Plan; 12 – 16 July

We finally got to see the fireworks that our village had planned for the 2nd of July, but we couldn’t light up the skies due to heavy clouds, thunder, and insane rain. Our area got even hit with quarter-sized hail for 10 minutes. I thought my windshield was going to crack. Branches broke, blocking roads, strong winds made large trees sway violently in our little forest on our property.

It’s hard to say if this is related to climate change, but I have a suspicion that it plays an important part in these freak weather storms we are getting. For example, one day, we have mid-90s Fahrenheit, only to see dropping temperatures the following day, into the early 70s.

We’ve been in the US for a decade now, and the summers are not as consistent as I experienced in the first couple of years in God’s country. While we get nice warm weather, we also see an increase in humid and thundery days.

Having lived in Ireland for 15 years, I don’t mind a bit of rain. But we are getting torrential rain with drops the size of ping-pong balls (slight exaggeration).

Girl Scout camps started this week, and it went broadly well. No drama, and both girls were super happy being back, meeting up with friends. The weather stayed dry most days, and they even did the overnight stay Thursday night, which included some heavy thunder rolls.

For the past few weeks, we have been glued to the TV, following the Euros, a European soccer tournament that comes around every 4 years. Watching the games, the skills, the atmosphere, and the anticipation of who progresses to the next round is awesome.

My Viking birth country, Denmark, participated, and the Boys in Red fought like brace Vikings throughout the tournament. Despite living abroad for the past 24 years, I’m very proud of my Danish roots and was cheering on my fellow Danes.

Danish Dynamite Beer

The nation rallied together behind the national team as we witnessed a moment of horror. Our star player, Christian Eriksen, suddenly collapsed on the pitch, with cardia arrest, only in his late twenties and excellent fitness level. Lucky, through the quick actions from our team captain and paramedics, they brought him back to life, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Spectators in the stadium and across the Globe were in shock, and the game was postponed.

The players were visibly rattled by what they had witnessed, and we, unfortunately, lost the first two games. Nobody blamed the team. The nation stood by its heroes.

Despite a rocky and scary start to the competition for Denmark, they advanced through the stages. We beat several strong teams. A new sense of nationalism flooded the globe; the players fought and created magic on the pitch.

In the semifinals against England, the mighty Three Lions fought valiantly. The Vikings were back on the British Isles, invading London with our bravery and determination. But, unfortunately, through some unfortunate decisions, we lost the game 2-1.

We are red, we are white – we are Danish Dynamite!

Despite the loss and a stolen game, we are very proud of our players. The team outperformed most teams. The team received tremendous support from around the globe, not just because of the horrible incident but because we played with heart and passion. Well done, lads!

Time to talk about food

Smoked a couple of Cornish hens on the Traeger, for about an hour

Last week’s meal plan was laid out with the best intentions. But, unfortunately, I made a serious mistake. I neglected to prepare most meals on Sunday, making the week a little more stressful.

Honestly, we were at a super 4th of July party at some friend’s house and enjoyed a long day with beer, laughter, food, and plenty of aqua time in their pool.

But, it does show that meal plans and meal prepping are important for a less stressful week.

Due to the weather forecast, I will be using the Traeger a little less this week. Of course, it plays an important part in my meal prep, and I grilled some Cornish hens for a rustic chicken salad and the Spicy Miso Ramen,

I’m making a few hearty dinners this week, mixed with some family favorites; falafel feast and taco Tuesday. But, first, I will attempt to make the traditional Hungarian Goulash, using some of the fresh farm beef we bought last week.

Fire up the Traeger. Ready your Dutch oven. Go shopping, and let’s start cooking—another Sunday in the Kitchen with music on the magical Demerbox and wonderful aromas filling the room.

WeekdaySnacks n’ BreakfastsLunchDinner
MondayFruit CupsCornish hen salad, with green beansSpicy Miso Ramen with Cornish hen
TuesdayRice chipsBudha BowlTaco Tuesday, with shredded beef
WednesdayFruitsDumplingsHungarian Goulash
ThursdayEgg MuffinsFalafel feast with sabih, tomato & cucumber salad
FridayFalafel with hummusFriday BBQ – seafood delight; giant shrimps, fish fillets

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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