Now that the move is over from Alabama to New Mexico, life is becoming somewhat normal. The move to the Southwest where my husband originally came from, was an ordeal. Moving from a larger city to a small rural village presents some unforeseen problems. We adapt as we find the need. So, you must learn to improvise and modify your recipes on an ad-hoc basis.
We also just recently put our home up for sale. We are looking towards moving to an area where the altitude is not as high and downsizing our home is looking very much as something we want to do. Most baby boomers are in this frame of mind, the kids leave for college, some never to return except for holidays. This is due to the fact that we are looking forward to our retirement years and know that we don't need three extra bedrooms and two extra bathrooms to clean! Cooking in a home where your private spaces are being viewed is another issue, short cooking times, not allot of mess to clean up after each meal and keeping the house staged -- presents problems as we cook, bake and grill our food. More on quick recipes to get us all through the next few months to come, including the mad Christmas rush as we all entertain family and friends.
Also, waste not. Use your leftovers and get that stuff out of your freezer cause the holidays season is just around the corner. Hm, makes one think...Christmas cards and Christmas gifts...its time to start thinking about those things! as your put away your Halloween decorations, see what you need to throw away, go out and see what great bargains there are for next years Halloween decor. Next holiday is Thanksgiving. You need to pull out your Christmas list, order cards now and start to declutter your OLD or broken Xmas decorations.
A few ideas for leftovers to make great quick and easy meals with left over bread
1) use leftover bread to make french toast. Serve with thick sliced bacon, fresh fruit and some WARM fresh homemade strawberry syrup (add strawberries to pan along with a couple of tablespoons of water, sugar and simmer until the fruit starts to break down ~ 15 minutes).
2) make croutons with left over bread. Simply add to a stick of butter in a plan, coat bread cube and brown on all sides, add Parmesan, Italian seasoning or seasoning of choice. Serve on your salad or on top of hot tomato soup.
3) make grilled cheese croutons. Scrumptuous with tomato soup, butternut squash soup or cream of arugula soup.
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