Summer To-Do List

Summer To-Do List

This house blog is so, so sadly neglected. I want to remedy that! We’ve had some cool stuff going on in our house, and we’ve got even more cool shit in the works, so we might as well detail it, right? Right.

House To-Do List

  1. Revamp the look of the blog. It’s stale!
  2. Work on developing a comprehensive strategic plan for our house, with outside (possibly professional) help.
  3. Once the plan is done, work on revamping “The List
  4. Have the silver maple in the backyard evaluated to see if it needs to be cut down
  5. Finish arched doorways in living room
  6. Clean up the back patio and move the bricks (but first, figure out where to move the bricks to)
  7. CAN ALL THE THINGS
  8. Have a garage sale/purge everything possible
  9. Make a good list of easy meals that aren’t made of crap
  10. Complete radon remediation

Blog posts to bring everything up to date

  1. Hardwood floors! (they’re glorious)
  2. The long-awaited garage update
  3. Area rugs!
  4. Updated kitchen post
  5. Future kitchen plans
  6. Garden plans/progress
  7. Homebrewing!
  8. Spoonbutter
  9. Strategic plan!

I’ve also got a running list over on my personal blog. What’s on your list this summer?

May 28, 2013 0 comments
Menu List #1

Menu List #1

jan 2013

First half of the month menu tiiiiime! I slaved over this thing, you guys, so bask in its glory.

  1. Roasted spaghetti squash with mushrooms, with garlic bread on the side
  2. Hot dogs and baked beans!
  3. Thai curry, loosely following this recipe, but with frozen veggies
  4. Burgers and Brussels sprouts
  5. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
  6. Fettucini with Balsalmic Delicata Squash & Bitter Greens
  7. Italian bread pizza
    Take a loaf of Italian bread, cut it in half lengthwise, spread with sauce, add toppings and cheese, pop in a 350* oven for 10 minutes. PIZZA!
  8. Grilled apple and cheese sandwiches and side salad
    One of our local restaurants (Red’s Alehouse) makes this with brie, mozzarella, slices of Granny Smith apples, caramelized onions, and arugula. I am determined to recreate it.
  9. Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and garlic chips
  10. Quinoa salad
  11. Breakfast at dinner
    We usually do some variation on the egg+toast+breakfast potato theme
  12. Tacos
    Tortillas, spiced black beans with diced chiles, avocado, sour cream, cheese, onions, tomatoes, PERFECT.
  13. Ravioli and sauce with salad
    We’ve got some leftover refrigerated stuff from Costco that rocks my socks.
  14. Jambalaya
    We’ll be making this dish vegetarian by using Soyrizo and some grilled chicken things, and using veggie stock. Yum!

We already ate Dish #13 last night, when we decided to wait until today to go to the grocery store. OOPS. Oh well, it was delicious.

January 4, 2013 0 comments Read More
January 2013 Food Challenge!

January 2013 Food Challenge!

jan 2013

Okay, yes. I know I owe you some big time updates on the house. We’ve done some huge, marvelous things! Hardwood floors! Garage! Baby! I’ve been away too long, and I’ve got a SERIOUS case of catch-up to do. I promise I will! But first, I want to tell you about what we’re doing here at Seven Ten Clark for the month of January.

We’re doing a food challenge! We will not be eating out (the food kind, not the dirty kind) for the entire month of January. No restaurant food*, no fast food, NO JUNK! Looking back over our finances (because I’m the money-watcher in our household), we spend wayyy too much money on food. Money that would be better spent elsewhere. Hello, daycare-that-costs-a-mortgage-payment! Hi there, giant-student-loan-debt! While we don’t usually spend our shared household account money on eating out, between the two of us, Kevin and I will definitely see a big leap up in our bank balances if we’re not going the easy route and grabbing what’s convenient.

It’s just not healthy, either. We’re vegetarian, so it’s not like we’re guzzling grease-encased fried chicken bits, or lardburgers. But still, our go-to delivered food is pizza, and that does not make us good vegetarians. We’re not honoring our bodies by filling it with cheese and bread 90% of the time, and we’re both coming to the conclusion that we want to be in a healthier place. Kevin has started riding his bike back and forth to work every day, and the trip will be easier when his body’s fuel is higher quality. Obviously, I could stand to get down to a healthier weight.

I’ll admit it, we’ve had a pretty good excuse up until now (her name is Clare). But we can’t milk that excuse forever! And now’s the time to make the change, especially before she starts eating solid foods. It’s time to meal plan, grocery shop, and have some fun in the kitchen!

So, I’ll be writing up our meal plans here, taking pictures of particularly delicious homemade foods, and showing you our progress! We’re already on Day 3 of January, and we’ve been eating up stuff from the pantry to prep for shopping tonight.

Wish us luck!

January 3, 2013 2 comments Read More