Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer cold: the menu

Orange dreamsicle. Cold, soft, smooth, and sweet. Capable of soothing a raw throat, sore from mouth breathing all night.

reheated cheddarwurst on a bun
Diet Coke over ice

reheated coffee (I fell asleep after one cup this morning)
Planters peanut butter cookie crisps dipped in reheated coffee

Chicken dumpling soup in crockpot.

Ah, the crockpot. How would I feed the family without it? No, don't answer that. I'm not sure I want to know. The slow cooker let me simmer a beef stew while I was gone all day to a public school rally in Madison. Daughter stirred it, added gravy, and served it.

I used my one and only burst of energy to pile ingredients into the crockpot: two chicken breasts I'd thawed on the grill's dying coals (planned-overs), carrots, celery, onion, peas, beans, and a few herbs and spices. Then I let the soup simmer all day while I napped, tissue box at my side. When I woke from my afternoon nap (yes, I did nap twice; leave me alone, I needed it), I pulled a can of Grands biscuits from the refrigerator, diced two of them into very small pieces for the dumplings, and saved the rest to bake with supper. Bisquick makes the best dumplings, but today I was short on energy. Easy dumplings were on the menu.

Summer colds. I could be upset about missing being outside and having fun, but I'm not. Instead, I'm glad I can stretch out on the couch and nap without worrying about preparing lesson plans for a sub. Rain made it too wet to work in the garden, so I'll have to wait until the soil dries and my energy level picks up. Meanwhile, I put orange dreamsicles on the shopping list just in case anyone else gets sick. You know the Girl Scout motto: Be Prepared!

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Blogger Earth Muffin said...

It's true you can just be sick over the summer and not have to worry about what's going on at work. However, I think summer colds are the worst! Summer is the one time of year no one should get sick. The only "good" of being sick is getting to use those sick days we work so hard for. Feel better soon, Daisy!

6/23/2009 9:18 AM  
Blogger MUD said...

I am stealing the name "Planned Overs". When I grill, I always cook moe than we can eat at that meal and use the wonderful meats for additional meals. They are not "Left Overs" but "Planned Overs" that become the base for meals later on in the week. Thanks. MUD

6/24/2009 8:58 AM  

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