Sunday, October 17, 2021

The produce stand, and other Sunday things

Yesterday was a day full of running around (Nick's ref games, Sam's PSATs drop off & pick up, a trip to the produce stand, Sam's soccer games, etc). I also made a double batch of apple sauce, and a zucchini chocolate chip bread. The applesauce used up apples a friend gave us (and, an old lemon from the fruit drawer) & the zucchini bread used up the last zucchini from our garden.

I got in a slow walk (still have a head cold) & Nick made dinner. I highly recommend this (new to us) recipe for Korean Beef Rice Bowls. We will double it next time, as it was just enough for one dinner. We also used sriracha in place of the gochujang sauce, as we didn't have any. M made basmati rice for the rest of us, and I made him cauliflower rice mixed with riced cabbage. Team work! Sam did the dishes. ;-) 

As I mentioned, I went to the produce stand yesterday, and I'm always so impressed with the prices. You do have to check the quality, but it's typically very good. 

Here's what I bought for $13.03

  • 3 heads of broccoli - $2.58
  • 2 head of cauliflower - $2.98
  • 1 bag of large sweet peppers - $1.99 (2.5 lbs)
  • 2+ lbs of Persian cucumbers - $4.30
  • 1 bunch of radishes - $.49
  • 1 bunch of green onions - $.69
I had originally planned to get a red pepper for a recipe I'm making on Wednesday, but the 2.5 lb of large sweet peppers contained plenty of red peppers (and more), and was the same price as a single red pepper. Great deal. 

What's on the agenda for today? 

  • Soccer game for Nick
  • Soccer game for Sam
  • House cleaning
  • Making muffins
  • Working out
  • Laundry
  • Finalizing my packing list for next week
  • Making caprese chicken skillet (a new recipe)
  • Tennis for Nick (it may rain, however)
  • Prep for the week ahead
  • Clean the spare room (normally M's office)
That's it from my side. What about you? What are you up to today? We have an 80% chance of rain today, and I'm thrilled. We need it so much!


  1. I hope your cold gets better today!

    Thanks for sharing the beef bowl recipe, we have been very bleh about food and it's been a challenge to keep meals rolling out. Fresh ideas much appreciated!

    I'm hoping to get our produce shop in today and to learn more about how to use the sewing machine. I'll have to work some, I am sure, to help lift the burden for the week a bit when I'm pulled away a lot for kid stuff.

    1. Give the beef bowl recipe a try - it was delicious. We've also been very bleh about food lately. I've found myself totally uninspired.

      I'm going to make up more today, and have it on hand for during the week.

  2. Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to try it this week. I love basmati rice.

    Great deals at the produce market. You can't beat fresh. Have a great day!

  3. Wow! You are so busy even on a Sunday. How old are your kids? I wish at least one of them would drive. That would have lifted a lot of weight from your shoulders. If they go away for College instead of staying home, I am sure you will not know what to do with your life. Lol!

    1. The boys are 14 & 15, so not quite driving age yet. There's so much freedom ahead! :-) We're in the home stretch.

  4. Taking mini breaks as my body is not doing great with the amount of hauling and boxing, and taking things out to the trash vacuuming in corners that have been neglected. I'd like to get some baking done today, but realize, it likely wouldn't get eaten so will old off until next weekend, but I do have some cookie dough in the freezer so might bake up just enough for a sweet treat. M $3 chili is simmer now. We'll have either tonight or tomorrow for supper. As I suspected, it's more a chili flavored soup, but I liked the taste. The Korean beef recipe sounds amazing and yes, team work is a great thing. You are raising such terrific young men.

    1. The Korean beef was so good, I'm going to make up more this afternoon, and we'll have it during the week with the leftover rice.

      I've been in a total baking mood. I'm really eyeing these cookies!

  5. I hope you feel better soon.

    My goodness you have great prices at the produce stand. We pay at least triple that at our Farmer's Market.

    God bless.

    1. The produce availability & pricing is definitely a huge gift in California!