Friday, April 17, 2009

Days of Our Life

It is the third beautiful day in a row, in the 70's today.  I'm having a hard time keeping myself and the children motivated to complete our schoolwork.

I didn't even get to walk outside the last two days.  Wednesday (the first of the three beautiful days) I ended up walking on the elliptical after supper, and yesterday I walked around grocery stores and the mall all afternoon and evening.  Today I'm getting out there and enjoying the weather!

I've not made a menu plan for the week in about two weeks, and it is starting to wear me down. I forced myself to write things down this week, even if it has been after the fact, in order to get my head into planning mode again.  Tonight I'm fixing a full turkey dinner, that way I'll have leftovers to work with once again.

We will need to buy a new chest freezer.  Ours has gone kaput.  I went to get out hamburger for today's dinner of spaghetti and noticed things thawing.  Fortunately most everything was still frozen and we quickly moved it all to the downstairs upright.  Another good thing is that most of the quarter beef we bought last fall is gone and only steaks are left. (I always save those for spring/summer grill time).  We should be all right to wait to buy one till later and gives us an opportunity to check out any used ones listed in the local paper.

Tomorrow is Ellie's birthday so I need to bake a cake and make homemade ice-cream.  She requested a white cake with lemon filling.  I've no clue how to make a lemon filling, any ideas? I might just put lemon flavoring in the frosting and call it good.  The birthday person gets to pick the meals for the day.  Ellie picked fettucini alfredo with garlic bread for dinner, and for supper; brats with macaroni and cheese.  I'll throw some cut-up veggies and/or a salad to help curb the carb explosion.

I've eaten to many sweets in the last few days and my tummy is rebelling.  Probably should go drink another glass of water to help.


Melanie said...

Lemon filling is easy to make! Do you have a lemon meringue pie recipe you like? Use th lemon filling for your cake. If not, here's a lemon curd recipe that will work perfectly for the cake.

Lemon Curd

4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Juice of 2 lemons
Grated rind of 2 lemons

1. Cream the butter and gradually beat in the sugar.

2. Beat the eggs into the creamed mixture, then add the lemon juice and grated rind. Cook, stirring, over low heat until mixture thickens. This must be cooked over low heat and stirred constantly to keep it from curdling. If desired, use a double boiler.

3. Serve hot or cold, or use a dessert filling.

I've used this with lemon cake and 7 minute frosting, topped with raspberries or strawberries. Delicious!

Let Ellie know the Timmerman's wish her a very happy 12th birthday!

Erin said...

Lemon curd is really, really good on toast.

Happy Birthday!

tyleen said...

I second--Lemon curd is easy and delicious!