Before I get started with today's post, Millie wanted me to take her plight to the masses. I think she wants your sympathy. She lives with a bit of a bed-hog-dachshund. Poor pup has to hide behind a curtain just to get a spot on the edge of the bed.
We ordered clams with chorizo as an appetizer. My husband would NEVER consent to ordering clams, so I was super excited to have the opportunity with my adventuresome nephew. Sadly, they were out :( I had heard this place had excellent burgers and there was one with bacon jam and brie that tempted me. But my eyes kept going back to the chicken pot pie on the menu. I ended up ordering the potpie with a side salad. I am not going to pretend I wasn't disappointed when this arrived. That's a biscuit on a cup of soup!!! To be fair I knew it was going to be biscuit topped, but I am used to a thicker, creamier pot pie filling than I was seeing here. I figured I better at least try it before I complained and sent it back. From the first bite I was hooked! It had the most delicious sage flavor with big chunks of perfectly cooked chicken. The veggies were good, but the mushrooms were divine. My only disappointment was that it wasn't a bigger bowl so I could bring home leftovers for the rest of the week.
Sunday we woke up to some snow...very little snow, but super cold - 5 degrees! My husband has started running again, but this seemed a bit cold.
To avoid the cold, we decided to catch up with our old friend, Gym. It had been awhile so introductions were in order. I walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Monday was another freezing cold day with temps around 5 degrees again. We took the dogs out to the farm for breakfast and to play. My mother-in-law made us ham with fried potatoes and toast with homemade applesauce. Her fried potatoes are too delicious to resist - I am still trying not to think about the oil they were cooked in. Toast with applesauce is one of my go-to comfort foods. Since I indulged a bit for breakfast, I had a simple bowl of cereal for lunch. The pups were worn out. They were pressed up against me - at least the left side of my body was kept warm :)
I love fresh herbs, but hate the prices or having to buy more than I need for a recipe. I heard a tip and finally remembered it when I was picking out sage for an upcoming recipe. Poultry Mix is a combo pack of rosemary, thyme and sage. So I needed the sage - rosemary and thyme (which I love) were a nice bonus (and I already used some of them too).
Breaded Pork Cutlets with Root Veg Mash and Sage Gravy. Yes, it is another find from the Cooking Light issues I picked up from the library. I told my husband what I was making and "root veg mash" caught his attention...not in a good way. I reminded him potatoes were root vegetables and left it at that.
Sauteed Lemony Brussels Sprouts which sound delicious...to me, not so much to my husband. Instead, I roasted some green beans.
I had been a little concerned about having a three day weekend. It is always more difficult for me to stay on track over the weekend. I think I hit a good balance. It helps immensely that my husband is committed as well. Do you have any tips on how you handle the weekends?