Call me old fashioned, but I like having a chore schedule. Since Sunday is (hopefully) a day of rest, I’m actually ready to tackle house cleaning on Monday. It’s been nearly a year since my cleaning lady went back to Poland (oh, how I miss lovely Christina and the way she folded our towels) so it’s up to me to keep it clean.
While I am scouring the kitchen, doing laundry, vacuuming & mopping floors, cleaning windows and avoiding bathrooms, I typically have a pot of chicken stock simmering. You know, kids get SICK of chicken soup once a week, so I freeze the stock and turn it into other acceptable soups, like asparagus, fish chowder, corn chowder, Italian meatball, potato leek and sometimes, chicken & dumplings. Nothing says cool fall day like Chicken & dumplings. We prefer the dumplings rolled out and cut instead of drop biscuit style. For good measure I baked a batch of chocolate chip butterscotch chip cookies and no one could say they did not like Mondays.
What you can see (top to bottom):
- onion skin
- parsley stems
- pomegranate seeds & skins
- carrot scrapings
- celery stem (I usually plant these in my garden but I have enough right now)
- carrot ends
- lemon half (morning tea)
- banana peel (morning smoothie)
Here’s to a week as productive as Monday!