This Week’s Menu, August 7, 2016

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Menu for the week of August 7, 2016

Breakfast: Homemade egg mcmuffins
Lunch: Tabouli with pita wedges
Dinner: Ribeye steak with baked potato and salad

Breakfast: Bagel with schmear
Lunch: Sushi
Dinner: Pork fajitas

Breakfast: Leftover steak with egg
Lunch:  Corndogs (something quick because contractors are expected)
Dinner:  Pasta with pesto

Breakfast: Breakfast burrito
Lunch: Grilled veggie pita pockets
Dinner:  Shrimp stir fry with fried rice

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch:  Salad
Dinner:  Smoked chicken

Breakfast: Cheese omelette
Lunch:  Potluck (I expect leftovers from various days so we’ll eat whatever’s left in the fridge.)
Dinner: Burgers

Breakfast:  Breakfast out (We almost always have breakfast out if we’re hunting garage sales.)
Lunch: Bean soup (frozen leftovers)
Dinner:  Smoked chicken quesadillas

It’s hot, people! Really hot! This past week has hit 104 nearly everyday. Right now we’re building a hay barn, but we can only work until 11am at the latest. After that we lose the shade and it’s too miserable to work.

This means we have to get up before dawn to feed animals and ourselves. Since I know we’ll be spending all morning in the heat I’ve been trying to only make light breakfasts. Much as I’d love to have pancakes, that’s too heavy a meal if we have to go right out.

The new schedule has been a boon to (re)discovering bagels and schmears. If you have an Einstein Bagel near you, you already know what a schmear is. I’ve been experimenting with different schmears. I’ve tried salmon, veggie, and strawberry schmears.

The other big news is that we’re about to spend a ginormous amount of money on a facelift for my existing kitchen cabinets. I had three choices: 1. Paint the cabinets and let them wear away again. 2. Beg Greg to build me new cabinets. 3. Spend big $$$$ on cabinet refacing.

I wore that poor consultant to the bone with questions, then made him come back a second time because I refused to make a decision until we’ve had a chance to discuss it at length. The estimate was way more than I was willing to spend, but I had to consider two things.

Painting is a cheap fix but it looks cheap too. Those cabinets have been repainted many times.

Or let Greg build me new cabinets. The plain truth is I have him scheduled for many other projects like new fencing, the water well he’s yet to dig, and a back patio I may never see in my lifetime.

Even though the kitchen remodel will be expensive I think it’ll be a good investment in the long run, especially when it comes time to sell. I need to refinish the floor too, but we’ll do that ourselves.

This is the fourth kitchen we’ve remodeled (five if you count my mother’s kitchen), but this is the first time we’ve ever hired outsiders to do the work for us. That proves we’re getting old now. LOL!

Have you ever done any remodeling? What was the worst part of it? For me it was how messy my house is until the work is done. It’s never fast enough.


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  1. Those grilled veggie pita pockets sound delicious 🙂 I bet the finished project with the kitchen will be nice. Hard to let go of a lot of money like that, but definitely sometimes worth the effort, especially down the line when time to sell the property.

    That is hot weather for your neck of the woods. I can see why you would have to limit the time you are working outside. Last thing you want to deal with is heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

    I never like “strangers” in the house when work needs to be done so that’s the hard part I would have with a remodel.


  2. Betty: Greg usually gives me a face when I mention grilled veggie pockets, but they’re really good. He just wants one with meat.

    re: strangers
    I’m told it’ll take at least five days. It’s a big job. fortunately it’ll be at least two months because they have to custom make the cabinet doors and drawers.

  3. We had to remodel one bathroom in our old house before we sold it; it had floor and bath tub issues that would have made it a much harder sell. My guy was too busy at his job to do it himself, so I got an estimate from a reputable contractor.

    Meanwhile my guy somehow found this man who worked for another contractor but also did tile and tub work on his own time, for about half what his company charged (which is why my guy hired him.) I didn’t like the man’s ethics, but since my guy had the final word we hired the moonlighter.

    In this case cheap was not better. It was the nightmare you’d expect. The moonlighter showed up late every evening, complained the entire time he was working about how tired he was, kept going out to his truck to drink beer and smoke — he thought he was being clever, but he stank of it when he came back inside — and took twice as long as he’d promised. We then had to spend all the money we’d saved hiring him to fix the mistakes he’d made.

    Needless to say we don’t hire moonlighters anymore. My guy does the work, or I hire a contractor. He’s not allowed to hire anyone anymore. 🙂

    • Lynn: Holy moley, I’d be ticked. I’ve only had to subcontract a job to someone else when I lived alone and Greg couldn’t make it out to me. But they came highly recommended and did a great job.

      Cheap is never the way to go with remodeling jobs. If it’s that cheap, quality is getting skimped somewhere.

      Sorry you had a loser moonlighter, but I laughed out loud when you said your guy wasn’t allowed to hire anyone anymore. Lesson learned.

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