Welcome to 2019, everyone! Somewhere online the other day I read that 1999 is now 20 years ago. That seemed so strange — first of all, because Daughter #2 was born that year and she will indeed turn 20 soon. But also, just because I so clearly remember all the Y2K talk and various other 1999 things. I think it’s true that the older you get, the faster the years seem to roll by.
Anyway, I hope you all welcomed in the new year in grand style, and I am wishing you all a good one. We didn’t do a lot. We usually watch the SyFy channel’s Twilight Zone marathon on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I bought a bottle of Welch’s sparkling grape juice, and that was our “party.” It was nice and low-key.
This week, Daughter #1 is back for her final semester at college. Daughter #2 is taking a college hiatus to do an internship with a nearby town mayor. And Daughter #3 begins her final semester of high school. My piano students return today. And, so far I have 12 ISSMA band solo/ensemble students I’m accompanying. That seems like a lot, particularly since many are in the most advanced “Group 1” and have really challenging solos. It kind of makes me up my game though, and keeps me on my toes musically. I like that (unless I screw a kid up, which hasn’t actually happened yet). That competition is Feb. 2, and state competition is Feb. 23.
It’s back to regular menu plans again this week. Here’s what I have planned:
Monday: Foil Pack Taco Chicken — We like packet meals since they make it so easy to individualize for various family members’ tastes.
Tuesday: Fish night — some baked, some breaded, and maybe I’ll make some rice or quinoa or something like that from the pantry.
Wednesday: Cheeseburger Gnocchi — a new favorite of our family. Gnocchi are potato dumplings — really good if you haven’t tried them.
Thursday: Lasagna soup — leftover from last week. I love it when that happens.
Friday: Chicken Curry — this looks similar to my recipe. I always buy cans of the coconut milk at Trader Joe’s. One thing I like about playing at State ISSMA contest is that there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby, and I always stop there on the way home.
What’s new in your life — or kitchen — this week?