Fall will arrive, officially, on September 22. Though it was 90° this afternoon, there was a decided “fall” feel to the afternoon breeze. I filled my arms with a few projects and headed outside to work at the picnic table in the front yard. It was pleasant in the shade, and I was able to get quite a bit done, including some fall menu planning. I love our country road this time of year as harvesting equipment of all shapes and sizes (but mostly huge!) pass by the house all day long. Dixie, our sweet lab mix, enjoyed being out front with me and she chased trucks and tractors to her heart’s content all along our front fence line.
One of the things I worked on was adding some new, fall dishes to my “Recipes to Try (Fall)” folder on Evernote. I already have a fairly lengthy list of recipes saved in that folder, but I love to cook and I especially love trying new recipes. Today I chose recipes from two of my favorite sources for new recipes, the current issue of Taste of Home(August/September 2012) and the fall section of Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue.
I like doing this sort of advance work for menu planning. The I time spent today, saving some new fall recipes to my Evernote folder (complete with pictures in most cases), added to my list of new recipes that I can quickly scan, choose from, and then drop into my weekly menu plan in the coming weeks. Because the entire recipe is included, I don’t need to open up cookbooks or retrieve a magazine when I plan my menu and/or make my shopping list. The time I enjoyed outside this afternoon will save me oodles of time in the season ahead.
The only problem I encountered was the fact that, as the dinner hour approached, more and more recipes were making their way onto my list of recipes to try. It didn’t help that the aroma of the Chicken Enchiladas that Dani was making for dinner was wafting out into the front yard!
Copper wasn’t off today. He worked a twelve hour overtime shift and then texted me on his way home to ask me out to the movies this evening. The boys
were coerced by their sister happily volunteered to take care of the kitchen for me so I could go. Date night!
Taking the time to create a “bank” of new, fall recipes to choose from, as we plan our menus in the weeks ahead, is one way that we can all look well to the ways of our households.