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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cooking Amongst Chaos

We finally got all of our things that have been sitting in storage for the last 3 years while we were living in the UK. See, when we moved to London, everyone said that most rented places came with furniture. Also, we anticipated a much smaller place. Both were true, but we didn't anticipate moving to Bath. (Such a wonderful surprise, really.) When we did move to Bath, we got lots of items from freecycle or IKEA and attempted to give or sell it all when we left. But we still had a lot of leftover stuff. And then the stuff from storage. And stuff we bought to make it for the last 2 months. Lots and lots and lots of stuff.

We are going to have the biggest garage sale you have ever seen!

I love many of the memories we have brought back from our time in the UK, but I also bring back a few lessons. One of them being that we can live in a smaller place AND that we don't need so much stuff. Even my packrat husband has been changed from this experience.

Right now, though, we have a ton of boxes all around that require sorting. This means that I do not have the time and/or energy to make elaborate meals. I can't wait to get back into, though!!! For tonight, out menu consists of:

  • Campbell's Tomato Soup (requested by Tate)
  • Pacific Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (adult version of #1!)
  • Grilled Cheese (Kid version and baby swiss/cojack for me)
  • Grilled Ham Sandwich (for the major carnivore in the family)
  • Spinach Dip and Chips (to use up extra spinach from last night)
  • Random Fruits and veggies in frig/freezer as sides

Another quick meal has been to use a bag of FROZEN MEATBALLS. Meatball subs are so easy once you add a baguette, Pizza Squeeze (I know, I'm disgusting), and melted cheese. The little ones just eat the meatballs warmed up with the random fruit/veggie thing.

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER is another easy one with scrambled eggs, frozen waffles, and bacon. Bacon is easy if you prepare it by putting on a lined baking sheet and baking in the oven for 15-20 min.

Any other good suggestions that you use when you want to keep dinner simple and easy?

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