Sunny, Summer Saturday Fluff

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 11:40am

Busy, busy time of year!

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 11:50am

Do you set your alarm for Saturday morning, or sleep in?

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:03pm

Busy, busy time of year! Do you set your alarm for Saturday morning, or sleep in? What time is *sleeping in*, lol?

If dd is not going to school or cram school, I do not set an alarm. That seems almost crazy to me.

Do you schedule your day, or fly by the seat of your pants?

I usually have some "musts" on any given day.

Do you plan all three meals (plus snacks)? Do you plan any meals, lol?

No, I plan, shop for and cook one meal and try to have things on hand for the remainder of the meals.

What is your favorite summer Saturday afternoon activity? How often do you actually get to enjoy it?

No special summer or Saturday activities really. Dd is with her cousins planning a trip, dh is in the office, I am answering fluff :).

And a question specifically for ME....
We have a busy day planned, and I admit to not being a very good multitasker. Any ideas for a quick, *easy*, and relatively nutritious meal? Dh has been gone for a few days, and will be home this evening, but I'm not sure of the exact time, so I have to be a little flexable. Remember, dh is not real adventurous!

Tortellini or ravioli with cheese are decent on such a day. Top them with any of the following:

Broccoli florets sauteed in olive oil with thinly sliced portobello mushrooms and some garlic. (Can also be eaten cold.)

Mixed veggies of some kind, say broccoli, peppers, onion, beans with some cream and fresh herbs, even if it is just parsley.

Saute a little prosciutto in strips with some onion and garlic, add frozen peas, add cream. You can also leave out the cream here, in which case it can also be eaten cold.

Halved cherry tomatoes flash sauteed in lots of olive oil with lots of sliced garlic and either fresh basil or some pesto.

All these are very quick.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:10pm

Do you set your alarm for Saturday morning, or sleep in? What time is *sleeping in*, lol?

I haven't set an alarm regularly for decades. I slept in this morning at 6:55am. It was the furthest I have slept "in" since we returned from Paris.

Do you schedule your day, or fly by the seat of your pants?

A mixture of both. DH maintains a "list" of things that need to get done and we work through them at our leisure. We try to combine trips to minimize car travel. Sometimes we have none and sometimes we have 15.

Do you plan all three meals (plus snacks)? Do you plan any meals, lol?

I do group planning when I shop- I make sure we have a psta, a chicken and fish.... Then I decide that day what to cook for dinner. We eat cereal for breakfast every day and leftovers or sandwiches for lunch.

What is your favorite summer Saturday afternoon activity? How often do you actually get to enjoy it?

If the weather is mild, I love to go on a hike. This week I have been on 5. IT has been a great week. Next week looks the same!

On a day like this anything grilled is quick - add a fruit, a salad and fresh bread- and you are good to go. I do a fruit salad- 3-5 ingredients of whatever looks good. I do a green salad- greens of your choice, nut of your choice, dried fruit of your choice, cheese of your choice and avacado. Our favorite is spinach, goat cheese, dried cranberries,pine nuts and avacado. Drizzle some olive oil and/or good wine vinegar or nothing.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:15pm


Busy, busy time of year! Do you set your alarm for Saturday morning, or sleep in? What time is *sleeping in*, lol?

Neither. I get up about 6:00 every day (on a rare occasion I will sleep in until 7:00).

Do you schedule your day, or fly by the seat of your pants?

Saturday morning is grocery shopping day. Rest of the day unplanned.

Do you plan all three meals (plus snacks)? Do you plan any meals, lol?

Not sure what you mean. Do I plan ahead what I will be having for each meal, no.

What is your favorite summer Saturday afternoon activity? How often do you actually get to enjoy it?

Going to the movies. About once or twice a month.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:21pm

Tortellini or ravioli with cheese are decent on such a day. Top them with any of the following:


Broccoli florets sauteed in olive oil with thinly sliced portobello mushrooms and some garlic. (Can also be eaten cold.)


This sound delish, but dh wouldn't eat it.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:33pm

On a day like this anything grilled is quick - add a fruit, a salad and fresh bread- and you are good to go. .......


Unfortunately, we *only* have a fire grill, so with the briquetts it's not quick, but maybe I can throw something under the broiler.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:33pm
By flash, I just mean to cook them on high heat and quickly. The idea is to have them cooked and soft, but not turned into sauce. Cherry tomatoes cook nicely that way. You can skip the pesto/basil and use some finely chopped parsley instead or some other herb that they like. Or just cook something else.
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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:35pm
I love spending a HOT afternoon at the (air conditioned) movies!

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:38pm

By flash, I just mean to cook them on high heat and quickly.


Okay, that's what I thought.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 12:57pm
Yes, that would work too and that way you can make it ahead. You can also use orzo as the base, just dress with OO and vinegar (balsamic is nice). Add tomatoes, maybe a little garlic, something green, some cubed mozzarella, maybe some pine nuts for a little crunch and dinner is done.

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