Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wednesday, A day with the baby


Kelsa was intrigued by the Presidential debates last week.  Hubs had been hunting all day and I was a little perturbed by his dirty pants on my furniture. He needs a haircut and Kelsa needs hair.

Yesterday I play hookie and went up the hill to spend the day with Kelsa.  Just could not miss the opportunity although I really need to get into my shop today.

Kelsa and I are having a discussion.

She thinks my jokes are very funny.

Oh Grandma you are a crack up.  So How could I resist a good audience when daughter called to have me come up?  I mean 5 hours of this is worth everything. By the way she looks just like my Twin sister and my baby pictures, this will not serve her well later in life.

Now I am behind but I don't care, I will catch up.

I just discovered something I am the Queen of the 20 minute dinner.  How do I do this?  I cook ahead and keep it simple when I can.  Here is a 20 minute meal I prepared on Saturday after moving Lil sis all day.  It makes enough for 4 with seconds.

Take a bag of shrimp (I buy the frozen peel on for better flavor when on a good sale) and a package of pasta.  Any kind will do. Start pasta water and start shrimp in hot water on stove to facilitate shell removal.  While these are getting ready to boil or heat, melt one cube of butter, 2 cloves of minced garlic and one large minced onion.  Saute until translucent, add one pound of fresh sliced mushrooms, a pinch of pepper flakes, 1/2 cup of white wine, marsala or cooking .  Cook on low. Now peel shrimp and add to mixture and cook.  When your pasta water boils add pasta.   I only wait until shrimp are warm to touch to peel.  Now drain pasta dump all together if too dry add a drizzle of good olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste. I also make a large salad while everything is cooking.

Buy large heads of salad greens and chop adding shredded carrots, sliced radishes, sliced peppers.  Keep this in fridge.  I remake this every three days.  So I don't have to buy those awful bagged salad things.  One head of red leaf lettuce will make a large salad.

This will be ready I swear in 20 minutes.

Yesterday as I was coming down the hill I thought about dinner.  Knowing I had shredded cooked chicken in the freezer and peppers about to go bad, I sliced up two onions and three large (red,yellow,orange)peppers put all in skillet with olive oil and saute. Add a pinch of pepper flakes,a dash or two of soy sauce, 1/4 tsp cumin,.  I took shredded chicken and defrosted in micro and added to my peppers and onions.  Squirt in some lime juice.  Now take flour tortillas (always have on hand) warm in micro and spread with sourcream add mixture roll up and serve with salad.  20 minutes tops

Also when you gook rice cook a lot. You can freeze and reheat and use in so many ways to make a quick meal or dessert. Hubs love hot rice with a little conning and sugar, raisins and cold milk.  I started a large portion of rice before I started slicing peppers yesterday.  I am kind of a lazy cook.  Cook a lot serve a second meal and freeze what you can.

Tonight I will do up a large portion of taco meat and freeze some for a quick meal later.

Well I had better get busy as I have been having way too much fun with babies.


Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.




  1. She is cute! Now, how old is she? I have had to keep a sheet nearby for those people with dirty clothes.

  2. How precious are Kelsa and Grandma!
    I am so glad you did something you enjoy!

  3. That is such a beautiful photo of you & dear little Kelsa laughing ... just precious. I would put that one in a frame Kim.

  4. thats such a lovely pic! what a nice way to spend the day.

  5. What a sweet picture!!
    I like your 20 min meal ideas. Thanks!

    1. I love to cook hate to clean up but it does get old after awhile so 20 minutes I can do.

  6. Oh my is she a dolly. I cook like that too. Tomorrow I'm making a squash vegan pizza.

    1. Isn't she just a sweetie? Love her to the moon and back.

  7. Such adorable pictures.
    Goods ideas for dinners!

  8. Adorable baby! I do similar meal block prep. One of my highlights of working from home is the ability to make the salad earlier in the day. I dread salad making (it's just for my husband, and it usually has 6+ veggies, so much chopping). By making it earlier in the day, I don't get irritated with it, and I'm able to throw dinner together so much easier.

    1. I do not like chopping veggies for salads either, that is why I do a huge one to last three days!