Meal Plan; 4 – 8 October

My sincere apology for posting this post a couple of days late. It was a busy weekend which kept me away from my computer. Less computer time is not a bad thing, and I highly recommend getting time away from computers and social networks.

Welcome back to a normal week. Just regular school activities, the usual workload, remote working and training for my lovely wife, and a lot fewer concerts. No nights with less than five hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation is gone. We did not catch up on missed sleep but had a few early nights since.

My beauty sleep is essential, although I would have to sleep for a decade to get prettier, unlike my wife who only needs a few mins.

Decks, Beers & Wings

Trex, sweat, beers, steaks, wings, and knuckleheads

To kick off the week, I decided to replace our old rotting deck. It was probably installed by the previous owners when they built the house and showed serious signs of age.

Some boards were clearly not happy with decades of water, and a few even rotting through. It was turning into a risky business eating dinner outside.

I invested in composite wood from my friends over at Trex. Granted, Trex is more expensive than regular pressure-treated wood, but better in the long term, and it can better withstand rain and snow.

At the outset, switching deck boards with newer boards seems fairly straightforward. Nothing complicated with ripping up old stuff. However, like any DIY project at my house, nothing is easy and my house seemed cursed. Always something off or sudden surprises.

And yet again, we found “interesting” challenges during the project. Some rot had to be eliminated and fixed. A new set of stairs was created, and constantly measuring the deck while putting down the Trex. Instead of an afternoon, it took two days to replace the deck … and still more work to do.

As a reward, and long overdue, the knucklehead gang met for some well-deserved wings, steaks, beer, and a few shots of whiskey. We hadn’t gotten together for a few months. It was a needed bonding session with the lads, and we shared great stories and laughs.

By Sunday evening, my aging body was screaming of old age. Knees and back killing me with soreness, and I slowly fell asleep in my LazBoy around 8.30 pm. It had been a busy weekend after all and I’m not a spring chicken.

Meal planning – preparing for the gan

With the weather dropping slightly in temperature, it gets dark sooner, and a little more moisture in the air, I decided to start off with some nice simple soups and chowders.

Authentic Danish left-over dish

The Danish ‘biksemad’ last week was a huge success. It is so damn simple to make, and you can call it anything you want. Who doesn’t like a few spuds, some fried onions, a little reheated meat in small cubes, and a nice runny egg on top – delicious.

My wife has a healthy fetish for quiche and has been craving it for a few weeks now. So, I’ll be preparing a couple of quiche options, all made from scratch, including the crust. I do not use premade crusts.

The kids a digging all the lunch ideas. I’m sure they get a few raised eyebrows at school. Most kids in the class buy school lunches although some just eat a bag of chips. Our kids get lettuce, grilled chicken, homemade stuff – not all that premade crap. Jaime Oliver attempted to change the school foods, with the right intentions, but the revolution did unfortunately not roll across the US.

I fully support and agree with his vision of better and healthier food for our kids. Childhood obesity is a real thing and with a little support, parents could make better lunch choices. Schools can easily change the food they serve, but the giant government machine is not interesting in offering better choices.

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 cupsSliced grilled sirloin steak, with spinach and melted cheeseLemon chicken with rice
TuesdayBrowniesChicken melt wrapPotato Soup
WednesdayVeggie sticksGrilled pepperoni pizzaQuiche Feast
ThursdayCrackersShrimp salad on a carrot & chia seed bunCorn Chowder
FridayVeggie sticksTuna slider meltsBBQ Feast (seafood)

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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