I have a fairly open day today - sort of, lots of little things. Open enough, at least, to think of playing with paper. It has been on my mind since last Friday, when my 7 y.o. was looking through my 17 y.o's baby book - I pull their baby books out on their birthdays. After the party, for said 17 y.o.'s birthday, last Friday night, the 7 y.o. wanted to look at his book. With a huge lump of mom-guilt stuck in my throat, I had to tell him he didn't have one. My youngest doesn't have a baby book. The boy has exactly three pages. Three. Pages. Three!
So, this week when I was doing my planning (menu and things-to-do) I added "Create Mo Page" to my list. I think today, I'll go find a stack of photos for him and a kit to work with and set it out on my dining table, which is already piled with popcorn orders - and in a week it'll be staged for Thanksgiving dinner. Guess I better work fast and efficiently.
I was crazy productive this week, must be seasonal nesting. I was less productive with the cooking though - odd. You'd think not posting last Friday I'd have more food, but I don't. The menu from last week became this week's. The two nights I did cook last week were soup and a Taco Bar for the boy's birthday, the rest was just leftovers reworked. So, I had an entire menu, already planned and shopped for, that I just moved to this week. But, that's just one of the perks of meal planning - flexibility.
I knew Monday was going to be cold, with a chance for snow, so something warm seemed like a good idea. Creole Shrimp and Sausage had a good spicy warmth to it. It came together really quickly, but you could also make it ahead and just leave out the shrimp until just before serving. I opted to leave out the Bulgar, because I had lime rice from the party left over, which I seasoned according to the recipe. I made my go-to Corn Bread to go with it.
I'm still trying to work through an overstuffed freezer and I had two open bags of fish. I had two filets each of cod and tilapia, which are good substitutes for catfish as they are both firm white fish. The Cajun Pecan Catfish was spicy and crunchy. I served them with Spiced Sweet Potato fries. I chose to use fresh sweet potatoes, instead of frozen, that I fry-cut, roasted and then tossed in the seasonings. I could also have tossed the fries and seasoning in oil before baking them.
I have made these Sausage Sliders with Cran-Apple Slaw before. They are just really good and so easy; chopping the apple is the most difficult thing. I also whipped up my go-to 40-Minute Buns.
I have had these Frosted Chocolate Chip Brownies on my menu for at least three weeks and finally got to them this week. They are awesome. Moist, cake-like and really, really chocolaty. However, remember to toss the nuts and chips in a bit of flour so they don't sink to the bottom.
I'm off to deal with those pesky little things on my to-do list that I can't seem to get scratched off.