Here’s The Plan

They say that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

What they DON’T say (but should) is that sometimes when you plan things you STILL come home short one bottle of red cooking wine that you really needed for a recipe and you bought because Indiana has blue laws about buying real alcohol on Sundays, and they don’t count cooking wine as real alcohol (which you found out because a Meijer employee kindly checked with the manager after warning you emphatically several times that you did NOT want to drink cooking wine, and you assured him that really, you just wanted to cook with it, how desperate do you look???).

Of course, you shouldn’t have been shopping on Sunday, but things were desperate and you had already gone at the peanut butter jar with a spatula before church to feed the family peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast after you burned a waffle into the waffle maker because you forgot to put oil or butter in the batter.

Then again, if you had planned ahead you would have made the waffles the night before when you weren’t rushed and running late for church and also trying to find two tiny socks in the same color to put on your infant son so you could get to church on time to get seats on an aisle so that you could get your toddler daughter to the bathroom if she decided to shout “TOILET!” during the sermon (which she did, three times, two of which were false alarms).

And if you had planned ahead enough to actually take the dry laundry OUT of the dryer the night before, it would have been even easier to find the socks (it is the dickens to find tiny socks as it is without having your whole upper body crammed into the dryer), plus the waffle wouldn’t have burned, and then you’d have had enough peanut butter to feed lunch to the troops without having to go shopping on Sunday, and then maybe the whole red cooking wine incident would have been avoided.

Pause to take a deep breath…

And here’s the menu:

Monday
Beef Daube Provencal, green beans

Tuesday
Farfalle with Pumpkin and Sausage (I plan to use the organic chicken sausage from Costco), Sauteed Spinach

Wednesday
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (recipe below), layered with beef and mashed potatoes as a sort of shepherd’s pie type thing

Thursday
leftover Beef Daube Provencal, broccoli

Friday
Homemade pizza, spinach salad

Saturday
Beef Barbeque on homemade wheat rolls, green beans

Sunday
leftover Farfalle, salad

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (recipe from a book, either “Bean Blossom Dreams” or “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” I can’t remember which…)

1/4 cup oil
3 large apples, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
10 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp all spice
1 tablespoon orange juice
salt and pepper

1) Heat oil in a dutch oven, add apples and onion, cook uncovered until soft
2) Add cabbage, cook 10 minutes
3) Add vinegar, sugar, spices, and OJ, and salt and pepper to taste
4) Reduce heat, cover, cook for 20-25 minutes until liquid is absorbed
5) In oven, bake 30 minutes at 250 degrees
6) Freeze unused portions, use in stews, shepherd’s pie, etc.

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