Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cooking marathon

Nick is an omnivore, but he is the best kind of omnivore- he's ok with eating meat on his own time and eating dinners we can both enjoy when we're together. I'm not at all against cooking meat, but it is definitely a lot easier if we can cook just one meal for the both of us. This brings me to my ridiculous cooking marathon this weekend.

I started on Friday night with an experiment. I've had a crockpot for ages and love it, but I have only come up with a handful of recipes for it. Since I'm not a huge recipe follower anyways, I decided to wing it with the slow cooker... and that yielded interesting results. I combined 2 cans of beans, some corn, peas, chopped onions, garlic and carrots, with fresh rosemary, italian seasoning, and vegetable broth. Then I added pasta, but way too early. The pasta soaked up SO much liquid, and I ended up adding more... and more.. and more... until the entire 6 quart container was full. Oops. At the end of 4 hours on high, the carrots were still really undercooked but the pasta (that I added with about 2 hours of cooking time left) were disintegrating. Oh well. That made 3 largeeeee dinners and 3 lunches.

Saturday was spent running around all day and buying house stuff. House stuff is expensive! We got garage door openers (there are 2 doors on his garage. it is huge), and new doorknobs. It added up quick.

I was so sad about spending money on totally useful stuff that I had to spend money on something totally useless- new dress(es) for a work party this weekend. I bought this one:
They made me sign a release form stating that I will only wear it while looking wistful... is that normal?

And I also bought this one:
For this one, I had to practice my come hither look and swear to accesorize with glowing skin. It came with a sample of exfoliator. I really need to shop at some new stores.

I bought 2 because I am indecisive... one of them will be returned. I also need to take a long hard look at the dresses I already own and figure out if one of them might be suitable. This is only problematic because most of my fancier dresses were bought at different weights, and I hate feeling schlumpy in things that are not fitted properly.

Where was I? Oh right, cooking. In between the dress buying. Sunday I made another vat of chili. It made approximately 5 quarts. That's 3 dinners and 4 lunches. Yikes. We had pasta for dinner, with 3 lunches worth of leftovers. I also made pasta salad as another lunch/side dish for this week. Our freezer currently looks pretty ridiculous.

Why am I making all this food? I honestly couldn't tell you. Part of me is just so happy to have someone to cook for again. Nick appreciates my cooking and is an honest, but nice, consumer of my dishes. I like the chance to be creative. And, of course, I loveeeee cooking! I think the other reason is that I'm a little stressed about work. We're about to shift into an intense 9 weeks of 12-13 hour days. Luckily, it is only 5 days a week... last year I worked 6 days a week. This year I'm also on day shift for at least the next 4 weeks, which is excellent. I'm getting a little bit into packrat mode though because last year this time turned into snack city-- I brought delicious salads to work and still managed to eat SO much crap, just because it was there. And I gained about 10 lbs. I've sort of overcome my "because it's there" urge. Kinda. Sorta. Hopefully getting into the swing of eating yummy and homemade dinners will help me resist fruit snacks when they appear everywhere.

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