Wednesday, May 13, 2020

April 1 - April 30 Self-Isolation Meals

Wednesday, April, 1, 2020

B- Oatmeal with pear and gorgonzola (cheese was not appreciated)
L- Tuna with mayo pickles and celery, cranberry orange muffin
Walked Buffy
D- Pinto beans with 1/4 lb bacon, onion, rice Veg-all
T- Filled trays
Wiped common areas down

Thursday, April 2, 2020

B- Oatmeal with fruit cocktail
Walk Buffy
L- Dennison Chili con Carne, Soda Crackers, Bell Pepper
D- Rice, Quinoa, Beans with Bacon Onion Veg-all

Friday, April 3, 2020

B- oat bran with fruit cocktail
L- Cream of Celery Soup, bell pepper, apple slices
D-Rice, Quinoa, Beans with bacon, onion veg-all, with hummas and pita bread

Saturday, April 4, 2020

B- oat bran
L- Tuna with celery, bellpepper on toast with broiled cheese
Gardening -Worked in the back.  Got two planters set with Square Foot Gardening Soil mix
D- Noodles with left over rice, quinoa, beans, veggies, pasta sauce

Sunday, April 5, 2020

B- Oatmeal with blueberries!
L- Noodles with Nutrisystem Cheese and Sausage Pasta and peas
D- Spinach salad with Palak dressing, and Paneer fried cubes, rice and Madras lentils
Gardening - worked in the back

Monday, April 6, 2020

B- Oatmeal + blueberries
L- Banana nut and chocolate chip muffin and tea
D- Elbow noodles, prego sauce and 1/2 bag mixed frozen veggies
Make white beans + diced tomato+ 1/2 diced onion + 1/2 lb bacon

Buffy sort of sat on the stairs while waiting for us to get shoes on before her walk.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

B- each had our own cereal with blueberries and milk
(B bran flakes, J Wheatabix, A corn flakes)
L- Lithuanian Black Bread, sour cream, green onions - We found out about a restaurant downtown that was selling food purchased to make at the restaurant.  The servers and workers were collecting orders and delivering mainly for the tips.  The owner said he was pretty much just selling at cost.  So we ordered Monday at 4:30 and it was delivered before 9:30.  This bread is something Bernie remembers from his childhood, so we had it as soon as possible!
T- (for BA) crackers, nuts, dates, in tray
D- beans, with onion, bacon, tomato, Russian sauerkraut, hot dog, condiments
Each a 1/3 piece of chocolate cake and scoop of caramel ice cream

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

B- Oatmeal with canned fruit
L- Sardines, with celery and onions tossed in lemon juice, hard boiled egg, buttered toast fingers (From the NYtimes:


Sardines and Celery: A Perfect Pairing

When you tire of sardines on toast, this crunchy salad is a great alternative for the tinned fish.
·       Published March 31, 2020       Updated April 7, 2020, 12:23 p.m. ET

We have subscribed to the online newspaper for a while, now subscribe to the recipes too!
D- Elbow noodles, prego sauce, white bean with tomatoes, onion, bacon and fresh asparagus
T- BJ - each had two banana nut muffins

Thursday, April 9, 2020

B- oatmeal with canned fruit
L - Canned chicken, mayo, celery sandwiches with apple slices
D- beans, onion, bacon, tomato, sauerkraut, hot dog, condiments
T- BJ 3 oatmeal cookies

Friday, April 10, 2020

B- Oatmeal with canned fruit
L- 1/2 oatmeal cookie, 1/2 celery and banana with p-nut butter and raisins
D- Russian Braised Cabbage and brown bread

Saturday, April 11, 2020

B- Oatmeal with canned fruit
L- Grilled cheese sandwiches with minestrone soup
Attended Mariko and Andrew's zoom wedding!
Had a piece of cake at the end of the ceremony.
D- Hot dog, beans, sauerkraut
We played Chronology, remembering nice times with Andrew and friends.

Had planned on watching while outside, but even though I had tested the connection, the computer didn't connect correctly.

So we watched inside on Alex's phone.

Had sour cream cake for Andrew and Mariko!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

B- Oatmeal with canned fruit and dates, apple pastry and Easter treat!
L- Sausage hash, eggs, apple, broccoli, toast
T- Cinnamon bears, licorice, popcorn
D- Russian Braised Cabbage
A few days earlier had put end of onion in water and when it sprouted moved to some Square Foot Gardener Mel's Mix Soil.

Monday, April 13, 2020

B- Oatmeal, with pineapple with brown sugar and butter
L- Noodles, beans with quinoa, onion, tomato
D- My first time making egg carbonara - served with broccoli and garlic toast

N Y Times
The Bacon, Egg and Cheese of Pastas
Is there anything more satisfying than an easy bowl of carbonara?
·       Published April 6, 2020       Updated April 7, 2020, 12:23 p.m. ET

Neighbor's drawing for the kids!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

B- Oatmeal with pineapple, toast, butter and jam
L- Quesadillas, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, refried beans
D- Waffles, bacon, scrambled eggs

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

 B- Oatmeal, pineapple, blueberries (decided adding a bit more water to the oats made it nicer)
L- Ärtsöppa, instead of the Pannkakkor (crepes) we had Waffles with Whipped Cream and apple pie filling
Recipe from Spruce Eats  -

Swedish Yellow Pea Soup Ärtsoppa Recipe

D- Carbonara with mushrooms and asparagus added

Thursday, April 16, 2020

B- Oatmeal
L- PB&J Sandwiches (B & A ate at their computers)
T- JA had hot chocolate, oat bran muffins
D- salmon, rice, asparagus
Played Pandemic board game

Just as in real life, we can only win against a pandemic (or many things) if we all work together.

Buffy looks in on the game.

Friday, April 17, 2020

B- Oatmeal with canned apples
L- Ärtsöppa, Waffles with raspberry jam and whipped cream
D- Teriyaki Salmon, Asparagus, roasted cauliflower and rice. Teriyaki Sauce made with soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger in sauce pan, while that is cooking combine some corn starch and water, add to the sauce pan and let cook more until thickened.
Pulled out face mask I had gotten in China just after SARS outbreak, used it as a model to make some masks.  Instead of sewing the elastic loops in, they just threaded in and provided the cut ends.  The buyer ties the elastic for the ears.

 Saturday, April 18, 2020

B- Oatmeal Waffles, 2.5 c self-rising flour, 1.5 c oats, 3 T sugar, 1.25 t Salt, 4 eggs (powdered 2T*4= 4 eggs ~1c of water), ~ 1/4 c oil  One sausage each  (waffles were very dense - do not recommend making again)
L- hot dog, sauerkraut, baked beans
D- Chicken Doranco by Bernie with zucchini, toast and spaghetti.
We played cribbage, thought of nice times with Joe and ate b-day cake made in his honor.  Earlier we had called him to send greetings and blew out candles via phone.  Chocolate cake with raspberry jam in the center, white frosting and name spelled with chocolate chips.  Served with Raspberry sorbet.

Wire tie used for nose pincher.

Used scraps to sew in place on the lining.

Sewed the front and back together.

Pulled so right side out.

Top stitched

Then folded to make the channels to insert the elastic. Used safety pin to pull it thru.

 Sunday, April 19, 2020

B- Different cold cereals, oat bran muffins, frozen blueberries
L- Spinach with hot bacon dressing, bacon fried, add mushrooms, red onion.  add a little sugar, vinegar, and dijon mustard serve with grated hard boiled eggs.
D- Chicken Doranco, zucchini, peas, noodles (Joe's birthday cake and ice cream)
Made masks in different sizes.
Played Cribbage

That's me with I was a Disney tour guide!  around 1973.

Monday, April 20, 2020

B- Oatmeal + orange marmalade  Bernie decided no more breakfasts - sometimes he comes down for coffee with us.
L- Beans with tomato, bacon, onion (put salt in the beans while cooking next time) + rice and soda crackers
D- Costco meatloaf + mashed potatoes, Bernie made brussel sprouts with garlic, then balsamic vinegar and grated cheese

Planted the onions and the living herbs delivered from grocery store in the garden.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

B- Oatmeal, frozen blueberries
L- Tuna salad with celery and apples
D- Costco meatloaf, peas, mashed potatoes

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

B- Oatmeal with dates
L- Beans and rice
D- Pasta with Butternut squash, red onion, cottage cheese, rosemary  Recipe notes on blog here.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

B- Oatmeal, with blueberries and banana
L- Sardine, rice, celery with lemon juice and onion
D-  Pasta with Butternut squash, red onion, cottage cheese, rosemary AB
Beans and rice J

Buffy blending in the backyard, enjoying the sun.

Friday, April 24, 2020

B- Oatmeal
L- Scrambled eggs, mushrooms, cheese, avocado - very well received!
D- Chicken with marmelade, peas, Claire's potatoes, fresh bell peppers strips
Made lentils and Chinese Chicken meals days ahead of time.

Saturday, April 25 2020

B- Oatmeal, mango and molasses - went to far with the toppings - Alex prefers plain with toppings on the side.  (We are having oatmeal as it doesn't require milk to eat - and it's good for us!)
L- Spaghetti with butternut with extra ricotta!  Yum!
D- Chinese Chicken with Lee Kum Kee Lettuce Wrap Sauce, celery, onion, carrot, mushroom, red bell pepper
Using a different pattern for the masks - by Lorrie Nunemaker - has nose pincher, pocket for extra filter.
Played Cribbage

Trace pattern on fabric, then pin to same fabric, cut out and follow directions.

Able to make nine from three fat quarters.  The ties take a lot of steps, so was thinking of making with the elastic that I have.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

B- Oat waffle, yogurt with blueberries - J   Beans - A  No breakfast still - B
L- Scrambled eggs with corn beef hash, fried diced potatoes
D- Salmon teriyaki _ honey + garlic, rice, zucchini, fresh bell pepper
T- all popcorn and oatmeal cookie
Played Hearts

Making more masks

Monday, April 27, 2020

B- J plain yogurt, banana, and granola bar
B nothing  A- beans by himself before going to Home Depot (we had valve leak in back yard, he went to get parts to repair it!)
L- Lentils wil pepper and chicken stock and rice
D- Canned chicken a la king, peas on a yogurt/self-rising flour biscuit
Hearts and a cookie

Fake glum faces showing the score card - I won!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

B- Oatmeal (banana, p-nut butter)
L- Lentils with rice and biscuit
D- Chicken a la King with Curry and Claire's potatoes

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

B- Oatmeal (banana & p-nut butter)
L- Lentils with rice (Alex went to bank - he ate on return)
B&J had cookie
B to blood lab
D- Chicken tenders in Lawry's taco seasoning, rice, lentils were changed to refried beans by adding cumin, onion, garlic, chili powder - served with sour cream and cheese, and air fried quesadillas
Played Hearts and Cribbage

Cheese cheese cheese. One would think we didn't live in California...

Alex drove by my friends to pick up some non-rip wire ties to use for nose pincher on masks.

Making for the neighbors I have met so far!
Thursday, April 30, 2020

B- Oatmeal (banana + p-nut butter)
 B & J to Hospital clinic
L- Chicken, apple, celery, mayo salad on Dave's bread and yellow bell pepper
D- Different pasta lasagna + zucchini  (made a lot, froze half)

As I'm typing here realize I did not record my zoom exercise sessions or walking sessions or calls with friends.  There was more going on than meals and what I noted here...!

It was very important to me to have phone chats - always done weekly with my friend Penelope.  Before we met at the zoo or Costco for these walks.  Now we each are in our own neighborhood - chatting on the phone while we get in our 10K steps.

Sometimes I'd walk while chatting with other folks - or I'd just be sitting down.

Three times a week I have a zoom exercise session with Jil.  I've been working with her for over a year, so it was easy to switch to zoom.  I have several props to help with the exercise.  I seem to be make good progress and getting stronger.  Wish I had a pair of 15 and 20 pounds weights though.  Can't find any to be delivered online.

I get food from Walmart, CVS, and the local restaurant selling food instead of meals.  I'm also sharing an insta cart account with a neighbor now.  Once a week I submit list to her, she does the ordering.  When it arrives, she pulls out my stuff and walks it down to our front porch.  I pay her now via Venmo.

Our meals and time is very different than it was before.  Guess I'm getting used to it.

I will post May meals at the end of that month.