… Christmas rather peters out at Twelfth Night or Epiphany, even for those of us who have managed to keep it going THIS long.
Although, technically, you might continue the Christmas Season until February 2nd – Candlemas – The Presentation of Jesus to the Temple –
Candlemas is also 40 days after Christmas.and the official official end of the Christmas season. So, my door wreath is staying up as long as it doesn’t look shabby or it’s February, whichever comes first.
I bought new toothpaste and there was an expiration date on the box… toothpaste has an expiration date?????? Best by Au 17….I’ll be sure to use it up by then. It’s marked on the the end of the tube, so I’ve been missing this for quite some time.
Shrimp was on sale and it was too cheap to leave behind – the post-holiday good news!
I ate ½ as shrimp cocktail (is it true that fruit and shrimp cocktails are Prohibition stories????) as a starter for my supper. I then has some spaghettini with olive oil and the rest of the cocktail sauce as the dressing for the pasta, and then a salad of arugula dressed with blood orange olive oil and honey ginger balsamic vinegar. The rest of the shrimp (and the leftover spaghettini) will be my fritteta supper for tonight.
Hot chocolate with marshmallows as my dessert.
The shrimp Penaeus vannamie was farmed in Viet Nam.
Shrimp also has an expiration date, which seems right…Shrimp(frozen) best by 03-11-2018. Beat it.
Mac & cheese – the store brand natural style (that means I bought it in the Natural Foods aisle, implying as it does that most of what they offer is neither natural nor food) was on sale, so another semi impulse purchase. I checked those boxes every which way, and could not find an expiration date.
I wanted to use up the last of the plain yoghurt, which was close to the end AND had been open several days, as well as the beginning to be a little too limpish to want to eat salad-wise salad greens, spinach and kale. This time of year probably as many greens get tossed into soup and other hot foods as actual salads, maybe more.
Cooked the pasta, added the yoghurt, cheese powder and the greens – popped it into a baking pan (no-stick, saving the trouble of having to grease it up), and sprinkled the top with same grated cheese (I also had had the very dregs of a bag of sweet potato chip to use as a crunchy topping. I even remembered them – and noshed them down as I was waiting for the water to boil…..so close…..then I put the pan in a 350° oven for a little while just to finish cooking the greens and to brown the top.
I made a double batch, so not only did I have both supper and lunch, I also have freezer treasure.
Life hacks – sounds like something you’d wish the cat didn’t do….but there’s been a workplace wave of microwave egg in a coffee cup. I haven’t tried this at home because most of my coffee cups are not the standard up and down, but hand crafter pottery and narrower at the top the bottom which leads to….. extraction issues
BUT – I was looking for something new for my morning oatmeal.So I added the egg to my oatmeal, instead of in a coffee cup. Like putting a poached egg on top of your hash….
I microwave it …so – I microwave ½ c regular rolled oats w/ 1 cup water for 4 minutes (instead of 5) on 50per cent power. Take it out and make a little basin in the middle of the bowl – there’s often one there naturally – crack the egg and drop it on top of a pat of butter and then back in the microwave for another minute on high (sometimes a minute 30) and then sprinkle liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
A nice warm way to start a cold day.