Monday, January 23, 2012

This Week's Menu -- Meet Maya

Meet Maya
This is Maya (pronounced "my-uh"). She's kitty #3 in our house and is about 6 years old. We adopted her as a kitten. M & I are both crazy for our cats. Yep, we're those people. And we're okay with that. If you're not a cat person, you won't get it. Don't even try. But these kitties... they bring me a lot of joy. They are really good company. This particular kitty is always waiting at the kitchen door when I get home. She's the main talker in our family (I think she talks more than M & I do put together). She responds when you speak to her with abbreviated meows and half-purrs, by rubbing her head against your arm. By keeping your lap or legs warm in the dusty pink armchair. She's a grey/blue kitty with patches of orange tabby stripes. Maya is a very thoughtful cat. She'll bring Max (our 4th kitty) his favorite toys when she wants to play. She will curl up with me quietly when I've had a bad day. She seems to know the right times to talk and when not too. People often have a hard time with that skill.

Maya is our mostly gluten free kitty. This girl needs her protein. (She's a lot like her owner the person who buys her food! lol) She doesn't do well with grain-based cat foods... and if you feed it to her, she'll throw it right back up... you know, on your shoes, or right in the middle of the hallway, or right where you'd put your feet down on the floor when you get up in the morning. She'll let you know her tummy isn't happy.

Maya also hates my alarm clock. If I hit the snooze too long, or don't hear it going off.. she gets near the top of my head, roots around my head, finds a good patch of hair and tugs on it hard to wake me up. Thanks Maya.

In other news... we're in the midst of a very busy time... cookbook writing is in full swing and I'm in the thick of it. Through the end of February, the blog will continue to be on the back burner unfortunately. I hope you don't mind.

But I am trying to get back in the habit of weekly menus... life sure goes more smoothly for me when we have a menu plan in place. And I think Michael is actually getting sick of cereal nights (maybe a blessing in disguise?)

This Week's Menu: 

  • Monday -- Cheryl's sniffle stew (with something in place of the chickpeas, but I'm not sure what yet... maybe ground chicken meatballs or something) 
  • Thursday -- Gluten Free "Spaghetti" and Meatballs... I will either use spaghetti squash or "Miracle Noodles" (Anybody tried them? I've heard rave reviews!) 
  • Friday -- Sauteed chicken & veggies -- not sure of the seasonings we'll use yet -- possibly Greek Seasoning, Herbs de Provence, or a very mild mix of Indian spices. 
  • Saturday -- Taco Salads using ground turkey, taco seasoning, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, olives
  • Sunday -- Breakfast for dinner -OR- Leftovers 

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