Meal Plan; 13 – 17 December

3rd Sunday in Advent, aka joyous reflection, was a great success this morning. Our youngest daughter found an awesome pencil drawing kit in her stocking. It was instantly put into work as she is practicing her techniques.

I spent about an hour on this gorgeous Sunday morning, with a warm cup of Black Rifle Coffee, looking for ideas for both lunch and dinners.

Homemade rugbrød and world-famous æbleskiver – the little joys from my home country of Denmark

Once I have narrowed down the meals for the week, then I prepare the grocery shopping list.

The “cool” thing about grocery shopping on a Sunday morning is that you are mainly surrounded by elderly people. You can easily overtake them down the aisles and get the fresher produce ahead of them. It becomes a real-life video game; Carmageddon springs to mind, just using shopping carts instead.

On a more serious note, making your meal plan simplifies your attempts at creating your grocery shopping list. In addition, you will be able to save money in the long run as you are only buying the stuff you need.

In the past, my wife and I would walk up and down the aisles and just fill the shopping cart with stuff we thought we needed. The fridge was stocked, but so was the trashbin as we had to throw out that kicked of decomposing process or exceeded expired.

Planning ahead. Shop what you need for your meals. Save money!

My Elf Ear

I had a date with my dermatologist midweek. It was time to get rid of this skin cancer shit once and for all. Not that it had bothered me, but I vehemently hate cancer – any form of cancer. I would rather have the scientists develop a cure or vaccine for cancer, rather than keep focusing on COVID variation #253.

COVID will keep mutating every couple of months, and our bodies can only handle X amount of vaccines. At some point, I think we will see serious health issues develop as a direct consequence of over vaccinations. But, that is just my personal opinion.

Anyway, back to my elf ear!

My dermatologist gently injected a local numbing cocktail into my earlobe (probably mixed with the COVID booster), and left me for 15 minutes until my ear was numb. Actually, it was so numb that my hearing got muffled. LOL

Then he started to cut with a scalpel. I’m grateful for him using a scalpel as the scissor clipping sound would sound awful this close to my eardrums. Imagine hearing the cutting of flesh?

The flesh-cutting event only lasted 5-8 minutes. He then left with my cancer thing and a small sliver of my ear, to get it examined under the microscope. It was important to check that they got it all, which they luckily did.

Of all freakiest experiences, the feeling of gently pulling in my ear when he was giving me stitches was the oddest. Imagine, you can’t feel your ear, but every time he pulled the strings my head was being moved. Strange sensation.

Considering this was a 3-hour session, it was totally worth it, and I can now say I’m cancer-free. I do not attempt to place myself in the shoes of true cancer victims, as their ordeal is prolonged and scary. I simply pray for a cure to cancer.

The gathering of the Firepit Boys

I have many times spoken about the Knucklehead Gang aka Firepit Boys. We are a small group of mates who meet at least monthly for beer, music, meat, and over-the-fire shit-talk. It is our way of dealing with the pandemic, laugh, and just be boys.

Just grilling on our own hanging cauldron firepit

We met last Friday for our monthly committee meeting, discussing the weather, welded some stuff, and grilled some meat of course. I had made shredded cow tongue and stuffed cows heart – absolutely delicious. In addition, I served smoked queso with hot chicken wings. A buddy invested this awesome ground meat trio (lamb, beef, and bison) wrapped in bacon and some marinated beef skewers.

There is no point bothering with the salads or other sides. The gang will likely not consume these choices. It is not that we hat salads, it’s just that they compete with our meat’s dinners.

Family dinners

I have been doing meal plans for almost a year now, and it has been an amazing journey. We have tried meals from around the World, some delicious and some a little less delicious.

This week I’m exploring a few more interesting lunches. I want to make my kids the coolest kids in the lunchroom, and kids with the healthiest lunches.

School lunch is a terrible substitution for actual food. It contains a lot of shit and tons of artificial flavors added. Nothing in school lunches looks healthy. We have to change what our kids eat. What we put into their bodies impacts their development and aptitude.

I’ll continue to use my trusted sidekicks when cooking meals; my Dutch Ovens and my Traeger.

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
MondayGranola barsCiabatta with provolone, spinach and MortadellaSomewhat Alaskan cod chowder
TuesdayChocolate pudding cupsChicken salad in a Ciabatta rollOven-roasted chicken with spuds and mushrooms, in a creamy sauce
WednesdayFruit cupsBuddha Bowl with grilled chickenShrimp green curry with boiled white rice
ThursdayChocolate pudding cupsItalian pasta salad (cold)Shrimp with orzo pasta, sundried tomatoes and feta
FridayChip bagsLoaded rye sub with curried egg saladHominy casserole with brisket and bacon pieces

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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